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Developer's Corner / Re: GameSetWatch: The Quandary Of 2D Vs. 3D
« on: November 23, 2008, 04:03 PM »
I agree 100%, I find isometric games to feel and look much nicer than 3d games.

However, when I'm developing a game, I can tell you that it's much easier to find tools and libraries for developing 3d games than it is to find tools for developing isometric games these days.

And that's another thing which may be a determining factor, especially if you're a lone developer pressed on time.

I have yet to find a decent Free isometric or even high-level 2D game SDK for C++, but there's plenty of them for 3D games.

Living Room / Re: Open DNS is s***ware
« on: November 21, 2008, 03:03 AM »
I'm not sure why people use OpenDNS when there's many good free DNS servers out there (eg: Those in combination with rolling your own cacheing server, and you'll have a more stable and fast system then what openDNS provides, and a tad bit more privacy as well, without the ads.

N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Intro
« on: November 20, 2008, 05:59 PM »
I hereby pledge to create a NANY app this year.

For the alternative OS users:

I use this, part of a script that will automatically upload to http.

N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Intro
« on: November 14, 2008, 09:33 PM »
During summer you'd have to compete with google summer of code...

N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Intro
« on: November 14, 2008, 01:36 PM »
Urlwolf raises a very good point...
If it doesn't qualify for NANY, then I think we should have a yearly contribute to F/OSS thing too then :P

Living Room / Re: Thoughts on switching to IPv6
« on: October 21, 2008, 05:20 PM »
While we're on the subject, where do MAC addresses fit in the equation?
MAC addresses are tied to your NIC, and are (basically) used for packet delivery on your LAN. DHCP servers also use your MAC when assigning IP addresses.

And remember, just like DNS resolves between hostnames and IP addresses, there is also a mechanism needed to translate IP addresses to hardware (MAC) addresses. That mechanism is ARP

Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 41 [NEW]
« on: October 12, 2008, 10:31 PM »
Clinging on to old definitions is silly. Does anybody use the original meaning of 'gay' these days?

It's not because anyone you know doesn't, doesn't mean that anyone isn't.

Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 41 [NEW]
« on: October 11, 2008, 10:32 PM »

Living Room / Re: Mouser's new book
« on: October 10, 2008, 04:48 AM »
I tried to buy the book but the website stops responding on the order confirmation page... :-\
;D  :lol:

I use synergy here between 4 computers. 2 running FreeBSD and 2 running Gentoo... works wonderfully well. I didn't find it hard to set up at all. The configuration is very straightforward, you just tell it which screen is to the left/right of which.

Living Room / Re: Has the LHC destroyed the world yet?
« on: September 21, 2008, 04:32 PM »
Real live webcams of lhc (not the blackhole joke one ;) )

CMS: http://cms-project-c...ia/CMSeye/index.html

General Software Discussion / Re: POP Mail checker
« on: September 21, 2008, 03:52 AM »
I use the mail notification feature in gkrellm on GNU/Linux... Probably no use to you though ;)

This thread in lynx: http://www.linkerror..._09-21-08_040537.jpg
This thread in elinks: http://www.linkerror..._09-21-08_040629.jpg
This thread in links2: http://www.linkerror..._09-21-08_040829.jpg

I still like the lynx version better because it doesn't try to put that column on the left, which really eats up a lot of space in a terminal.I much prefer the way lynx just renders everything full-width.

Note that I couldn't even log into the forum and post with links2.

hehe, wait till Gothic sees this post
Saw it :)
(making this post with lynx, btw)
Even though links,links2, and elinks have features like better table rendering and limited css support, i find that more sites work correctly with lynx. Lynx has some features that it's clones still lack.
That said, there is still lots of room for improvement. I dream of a text-based browser that can render all pages well and supports websites that use retarded(sorry, i mean modern) technologies. But no text-based browser has that as a design goal. Neither of all the mentioned projects aim to ever be a >full< browser that can support everything. Which is a shame really, but understandable. It would take immense amounts of work, and there's very little interest. That said, sites can be awesome to use when they are designed with lynx in mind. I wish dc had a lynx version :) It would probably be useful for users of mobile devices too.

Living Room / Re: DonationQuote - DonationCoder Quote Database
« on: September 19, 2008, 09:34 AM »
It's cool to finally have a quotes db with an rss feed :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 -- ribbons for everyone!
« on: September 19, 2008, 09:31 AM »
I think this new type of interface is a waste of screen real-estate.
Classically these tool bars were on the side of the screen, which makes more sense imo, because a monitor is typically more wide than it is tall.

Scored a 0 without gluing my eyes to the screen..

I wonder what the results would be if you were to compare people using LCD monitors versus people using CRT monitors.

Ridiculous. Not geeky at all.
All the revision 3 shows, and most of the other ones as well, while tech related, are not even close to geeky.

Ever since yuppies with money to play with electronics took over the word 'geeky' the threshold for what is considered 'geeky' has become lower and lower. When you get into the really geeky stuff, many of these shows (some of which depend on advertising) won't cover it because not enough people would care about it. If you're lucky they'll quickly and shallowly cover something mildly interesting, but nothing new to an actual geek.

However, it's still a nice list shows and podcasts. I just get frustrated that there isn't anything really geeky and fascinating that brings up really obscure stuff that an average (real) geek wouldn't actually know about yet.

Living Room / Re: Has the LHC destroyed the world yet?
« on: September 17, 2008, 08:36 AM »
In that video they mention an interesting data processing problem the LHC IT infrastructure needs to solve:

They need to detect some particular collission that occurs about 2x per year, keeping LHC running during that 2 year period at a rate of about 40 million collisions per second, of which generally about 100,000 collision events are stored.

Needle in haystack much?

Living Room / Re: Has the LHC destroyed the world yet?
« on: September 17, 2008, 08:06 AM »
Here's an interesting video showing a tour of the LHC computer infrastructure:

cool idea. should be interesting to see what questions evolve to the top as it attracts more users.

And people say I'm paranoid for having cookies disabled by default, and only enabling them on-demand - and after use they are cleared again.

Yes, it's a pain having to type in your password every time you make a forum post etc.- but it's worth it imo. FF extensions like cookiesafe easily let you do this at the click of a mouse.

It's probably also an even better idea to have a separate, sandboxed browser environment to do your online banking on. (Or even use a vm just for the purpose).

Actually, they didn't patent the pgup/pgdown keys.

They patented scrolling up/down in equal amounts, and provided pgup/pgdown keys as example to trigger the functionality.

Equally, outrageous though.  :mad:

Living Room / Re: Hard Drive electrical failure... trash it?
« on: September 06, 2008, 06:45 PM »
You're so lucky, you have visual damage!
Even though it's unlikely that that little smd there is the only damaged part, it's worth spending the $1 on replacing the smd part. If it works you just fixed your hard drive for $1 and 5 minutes of soldering in a new smd part :)

If you don't know how, here's a video tutorial ;)

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