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If you want to make something, build something - just about anything, then check


If you find that funny ... ?

Personally I found that holocaust "joke" pretty offensive.

On a thread marked NSFW, I'm hesitant to remove it.

Still, when i see such posts, like the political posts, i just think ah, maybe that's one of the reasons we seem to have less and less new people joining our family here..

Maybe I'm being overly sensitive -- I'm just more and more feeling like we have to do something to improve this place, and seeing posts like this doesn't make me feel good.  Perhaps if I felt like we were a thriving community it would just be a tiny drop in the water.  But I feel like we are treading water and things like this start to feel like we loading up our own pockets with stones.

I should say that ArizonaHot has posted tons of interesting inoffensive posts, so I know know offense was meant by this one, and I don't mean to single any one out.  Like I said, in the whole scheme of things, this isn't a big deal -- it's just coming at a time when i'm spending a lot of time worrying about how to make this site a more welcoming site for new people..

Mouser - thanks for your comments and for being so frank about your sentiments. I feel exactly the same way. I have not been a prolific poster here and have never coded anything, but I've always enjoyed hanging out here and have used and still use many of the programs and coding snacks on DC (though I'm sorry to say that I've never donated as I live on a shoe-string ) - however when, fairly recently, things started going a bit weird here - about the time you decided to create the Basement board - and seeing that many coders no longer contributed to the site I almost closed my account with a strong feeling of disappointment.

May I make a radical suggestion : that this board (...NSFW...) becomes a child board of the Basement, and then you slap a "registered members only" permission on the Basement. In that way those that wish to talk about gun laws, police states and so on can happily do so amongst themselves, whereas all other visitors can concentrate on what DC is about ?


Mouser - spelling mistake :  Miscellaneous  not Miscelaneous

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: July 10, 2013, 03:30 PM »

Website | Download
v1.4.4 - 2013-06-10
    ! Converted temps weren't displaying properly for the entire 10-day
      forecast.  (Thanks, joiwind)

Thank you.  =]

Thanks skwire  :Thmbsup:

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: July 10, 2013, 12:07 PM »
skwire : out on another limb here though this may have been mentioned before (was it ?) :

when using the ten-day view and running the mouse pointer over the lower row to see the temperature conversions you get the days and conversions for the row above (i.e. the first five days) and when doing the same for the upper row, you get nothing at all.

I'm not sure if that is very clear but you'll get the gist.

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: June 17, 2013, 07:34 AM »
Software that doesn't ask you where to install ...

(Probably already mentioned !)

You might be interested in this (I am) :

"To complement its search products, the company (Ixquick - StartPage) will be introducing StartMail, a private, subscription-based email platform with strong encryption, later this year. Anyone interested in beta testing the program upon its release can sign up at"

Living Room / Re: International Currency Transfers
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:21 PM »
I am looking into the question of making currency transfers between the UK and the US and wondered if anyone had any experience of, or thoughts on, a cheap (and reliable/secure) method.

Using an online service would not be my first choice but in general it does seem to be cheaper so I may have to use that method.

One thing I have come across is which needs to be set up online but transactions can then be carried out by phone.
Has anybody ever used them? Has anybody ever heard of them?
Gives a whole new world of meaning to P2P!

Looks interesting but why does a site/company based in Ireland, England and Australia have an option to load the site in Polish ??? (See top-right on site.)

Living Room / Patent wars - again
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:44 PM »

and that was your post number 444, joiwind  :up:

Yikes  :tellme:


Who is Andy ? - you lost me there ...

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: May 29, 2013, 05:45 AM »
Website | Download
v1.4.2 - 2013-05-28
    + Added 10-day forecast option.  Enable in the Options dialog.
    * Made both the 5-day and 10-day forecast display optional.

Coolaroola  :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:
Thanks skwire.

There's also Sub-Desktop but I can't guarantee that it will work on Win 8 ...

And seeing the memory footprint can we assume that the cache is held in ram ? I can find no written cache.

It is effectively incredibly fast - I'll give it a good test.

General Software Discussion / Re: thunderbird alternative
« on: April 11, 2013, 06:18 AM »
Coincidentally, though, I just saw a thing on TechRepublic that mentioned a client I haven't previously heard of: i.Scribe. Anyone tried it?

The free version is limited, the commercial version is $10, adds support for multiple identities/accounts... but the author's spelling is worrying ;)

I have been using InScribe for about ten years, it might not be as powerful as The Bat! but has some options that I really need : in particularly the Preview option to view messages on the server.

BTW the author is from New Zealand (re spelling)

(PS I've nothing to do with InScribe's development ... but I do try to support apps that I like and regularly use.)

Living Room / Re: Left-handed help needed !
« on: March 15, 2013, 06:51 AM »
I have never looked on this board before and this thread caught my attention.

After a lifetime of being right-handed I lost most of the use of my right arm and hand (permanently) 7 years ago.

I have looked into lots of different advice and information about how to do things left-handed and in my case came to two conclusions:
1. I will never be as dextrous with my left hand as I was with my right.
2. Like everything else, what works for some does not work for others.

I manage to do most of what I need to do albeit in a much longer time than before, I even managed to build a new computer last year although it took me 2 hours just to fit the CPU cooler.
If I have an annoyance where computers are concerned it is a Netbook with the FN key over to the left and most of the keys that work with it over to the right.


Hopefully by the time you have worked out your own tips and tricks you will no longer need them.

Best wishes.

-pilgrim-online (March 14, 2013, 07:47 AM)

Thanks for your post pilgrim and I'm sorry to hear about your disability, all the best, Martin.

Have a look at WindowsPager which I use constantly.
It sits on the taskbar not in the tray but may fit the bill :


    * virtual desktops, workspaces for Windows Vista/7/XP/2000
    * arrange your running applications on different desktops to improve overview
    * integration into the panel
    * several patterns possible
    * 64 bit support
    * move windows between desktops by drag 'n drop or by using the window menu
    * optional keyboard shortcuts for switching the desktop
    * set a window "sticky": always visible
    * "Mini-Windows" give an overview from each desktop
    * support for "Flashing-Windows" (notify for new messages in Mirc for example)
    * keep a window above all others by selecting "Keep on top" from the window menu
    * drag `n drop between desktops
    * dual/multi monitor support
    * no administrator rights necessary
    * no installation
    * safe: automatic window restore even on crash by use of two separate processes.

Living Room / Re: Left-handed help needed !
« on: March 12, 2013, 02:46 PM »
Thanks app for all that - good stuff.

Living Room / Re: Left-handed help needed !
« on: March 12, 2013, 07:24 AM »
Thanks guys for all the kind words and excellent council. I obviously can't reply to every point made but I really appreciate it all.

I wouldn't wish this on anyone in spite of the positive side : it does make you realise how we take things for granted, just blithely going along as if nothing will ever change and suddenly everything does.

Many thanks.

Living Room / Re: Left-handed help needed !
« on: March 11, 2013, 09:40 AM »
Thanks for the typing tip Renegade, that will help - I'm also looking for ideas for "everyday" things : try cutting a slice of bread from a loaf with only your left hand.

I know there is a range of objects for left-handers like tin openers and stuff but I'm looking more for great ideas, tips and so on. I'm managing to dress myself and can eat fairly well with a fork in the left hand but I bet there's a whole lot of knowledge out there just right :P for this kind of situation.
BTW obviously this brings home what it's like for so many people who spend their whole life facing these difficulties.

On the up-side it is said that one develops loads more new synapses when trying to function with the "other" hand ...

Living Room / Left-handed help needed !
« on: March 11, 2013, 08:12 AM »
Hi friends : I've just broken my right arm at the base of the radius near the wrist - pins, plaster and pain. I'm right-handed and am typing this with my left.
So I'm looking for ideas and gadgets to use with just my left-hand (no jokes please ...) that may make things easier ... thanks.

Living Room / Re: Long Range WiFi WITHOUT line of sight. HELP!!!!
« on: March 04, 2013, 01:51 AM »
Can you set up intermediate relays ?

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