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Actually, this reminds me of much of my Linux experience since switching full-time in 2003 or so... :-\

Most people have a Google account of some sort, whether Gmail, Google+, or YouTube.  Which means they have ready access to Google Voice and Hangouts, and don't know or care that it can do VoIP as well as Skype can, just nobody uses it.   :P
Shows you the power of branding, eh?

As far as alternatives and quality go, if you can convince your friends to use a different client, most any app using SIP can work as well as a land-line phone depending on your internet traffic, but all parties have to sign up with a SIP provider, of which there are many free options.  For group conversations, Mumble works very well, and the setup is minimal.

Well, I must say that opening the thing is much faster.  The Vivaldi beta took forever to open.  Also, it looks like they removed the 'Email' link from the left-hand toolbar.  I wonder if they're abandoning the browser+email approach that made Opera unique, or if they figure most email is browser-based anyway, so...

It has some nice features, but is missing some very important ones. Among other things, it provides almost no privacy options beyond clearing cookies. Unlike the Chromium based Opera browser, there is no setting to clear cookies on exit or any means for managing cookie policy exceptions by site. 

Lack of policy exceptions per site is rather annoying, but if enough users poke at the devs with requests for it, I bet it will happen.  Clearing cookies on exit: it looks like there's a setting for 'Accept Cookies -> Session Only'.  I tried it, and it works as it says, just don't leave the setting to open tabs from your last session, or you'll get back all the cookies from the last site you were at.

with Vivaldi, the only way I have found that I can drag a tab to one of my other monitors, is by right clicking on it, and selecting move to new windows. However, when I do that, it reloads the tab. This isn't not good

I don't habitually snap off tabs, but it's useful when I need it. Yep, this is annoying.

I also can't watch embedded videos on many sites, which is even more annoying.  So, as promising as Vivaldi is, I agree it still falls just a bit short at the moment.  I will still keep an eye on it, and turn in bug reports as they are called for.

Living Room / Re: Touchy touch screen rubs me the wrong way
« on: April 07, 2016, 03:40 PM »
Glad it turned out well for you.  Sansa has consistently put out some pretty good hardware, even though these latest ones aren't as full-featured as the earlier models.  As far as the sound, does your player have Replay Gain settings?  If so, and it is enabled, then try checking the Replay Gain numbers in your files using Mp3Gain:

Any quiet files you can crank up to about 96 or so without really noticeable clipping, and with this software it is undo-able if you don't like the results.

Developer's Corner / Pay-What-You-Want dev deals from SourceForge
« on: April 07, 2016, 12:55 PM »
I already posted about the SourceForge Deals page, but thought I'd highlight the Pay-What-You-Want deals here.  Pay what you want, $1 minimum, beat the average price and get bonus items (extra wares or courses), and 10% of the proceeds go to charity. 
Get 'em quick, most are for limited times:


PWYW Hardcore Game Dev Development: (6 days left as of this posting)

PWYW Learn to Code Bundle:

PWYW Javascript Development Bundle:

PWYW The Android Expert's Coding Bundle: (Marshmallow only)

PWYW Incredible iOS 9 Developer Bundle: (10 hours left as of this posting)

PWYW Back-End Developer Course Bundle: (6 days left as of this posting)

PWYW iOS Designer Bundle: (6 days left as of this posting)

PWYW Game Design Course Bundle (1 day left as of this posting)

There will no doubt be others that pop up from time to time, and the ones that expire from Pay What You Want will probably still be available at a heavy discount through the main Developer deals page.  :Thmbsup:

Found Deals and Discounts / SourceForge Deals
« on: April 07, 2016, 12:28 PM »
I just stumbled on a whole mess of heavily discounted and Pay-What-You-Want deals offered through SourceForge.

Complete e-learning courses discounted from 50% off and more, Pay-What-You-Want deals for limited times ($1 minimum), cool gadgets, useful software bundles... it's quite a Smörgåsbord of deals.  Check it out!  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: April 06, 2016, 03:18 AM »
Plug - A Short Film about robots raising the last human girl on earth.

Very nice.  Hope to see his project come to fruition.  :Thmbsup:

A couple of what I thought were far better than most I've seen lately. The first deals with a "forensic accountant," reviewing some cabin cam footage of a mercenary drop assault on a space colony. The second is a police story from a future NYC where police protection is provided solely as a commercial subscription service.

First one was good, if a bit depressing  (that gut-twist ending...), and the second I had seen before, but quite the thought-provoker.   :Thmbsup:

Here's one I recently found via FilmShortage:
Dan Warner is a Desaturator, tasked with sapping beauty from the world in a future where color is used as energy.

Living Room / Re: Touchy touch screen rubs me the wrong way
« on: April 05, 2016, 11:01 AM »
I assume you got a Sansa Clip Sport or Clip Jam?  Too bad those aren't supported by Rockbox, and probably never will be due to the unusual chipset that was obviously chosen for better battery life alone.   :mad:

I had an original Sansa Clip that served me well for almost 6 years, even going through the wash 3 times.  :o  Yes, the USB on that little thingummy was tight, but it got a little smoother after 10 or 20 recharges and music transfers.  After it finally died, I looked around at all the available Mp3 player options, and found that for my money, a $20 Wal-Mart Tracfone (the LG Sunrise which was on sale over Christmas; it's now $60...) with some extra MicroSD memory was going to serve me better as a music player, and upgrade my phone to boot, so I can recommend that route.  :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Cookies click driving me crazy
« on: April 05, 2016, 10:37 AM »
Apparently, it's to satisfy the EU "Cookie Law" that went into effect around 2004 or so, with the hard deadline being September 15, 2015.

What weirds me out is how the most popular Javascript cookie consent plugins on GitHub all use the phrase "Got It!" instead of "OK!"  :huh:

General Software Discussion / Re: Run Bash on Ubuntu on Windows
« on: April 05, 2016, 10:17 AM »
Just keep in mind that this sounds like it's running a lightweight VM of some sort - the bash window cannot run or interact with Windows programs.
I wonder what the technical reason behind this is - as far as I understand their approach, this is more of a syscall translation thingamajig than a lightweight VM like CoLinux. There's probably still some kernel object translation going on as well (like file handles) which might complicate windows<>linux communication, and probably some security concerns as well.

From this article: (emphasis mine)
How the heck did they do that? First, Ubuntu parent company Canonical and Microsoft will be running it not on Linux in a container or virtual machine (VM), but on Windows native libraries and programs: Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

WSL was quietly placed in the Windows 10 (build 14251) code in late January. A few days later, a developer worked out that two new subsystems lxcore.sys and lxss.sys, could be bridges for Windows programmers to develop Linux applications. The developer was half right.
"A team of sharp developers at Microsoft has been hard at work adapting some Microsoft research technology to basically perform real time translation of Linux syscalls into Windows OS syscalls. Linux geeks can think of it sort of the inverse of "WINE" -- Ubuntu binaries running natively in Windows. Microsoft calls it a "Windows Subsystem for Linux".

Recall that Wine is a recursive acronym for "Wine Is Not an Emulator", so no, it's not a VM sort of thingy, but definitely a translation layer.  I was wondering why they targeted specifically Ubuntu, I mean you gotta start somewhere, but...  :huh:
Looks like the article mentions that it's to provide maximum compatibility with their Azure cloud services, upon which the most popular Linux distribution is Ubuntu.

Living Room / Re: More good web comics you've discovered
« on: April 04, 2016, 06:39 PM »
Just found this one a few weeks ago, and lost some sleep catching up...  :up:
Beautifully drawn and artfully told by Minna Sundberg from 'A Redtail's Dream'.

"Stand Still. Stay Silent" is a post apocalyptic webcomic with elements from Nordic mythology, set 90 years in the future. It's mostly a story about friendship and exploring a forgotten world, with some horror, monsters and magic on the side.

The comic updates with one new page every weekday, Monday through Friday.

The Story So Far:
Essentially, some sort of virus or something has begun infecting people and animals in northern Europe, which transforms them into hideous monstrosities.  Some people and all cats are immune, so massive quarantines and nationalist hilarity ensues.  90 years later, a poor book translator catches wind that "The Silent Lands" (areas overtaken by the infection and its victims) harbor many libraries and the books therein are quite valuable.  He gets some friends together and petitions the government for a grant to hire a crew of adventurer/explorers to go explore, report their findings, and especially bring back precious books!  The grant is laughingly small, so their crew is ragtag to say the least, but...

The comic starts a little jerkily, as the ancestors of the main characters play out some of the events preceding the main story.  After the prolog, however, the pace starts to pick up and it gets pretty good.

It's been 90 years after the end of the old world. Most of the surviving population of the Known world live in Iceland, the largest safe area in existence, while the safe settlements in the other Nordic countries; Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, are small and scarce.

Countless mysterious and unspoken dangers lurk outside the safe areas - the Silent world, and hunters, mages and cleansers will spend their lives defending the settlements against the terrifying beings. Because of a great fear towards everything in the Silent world no official attempts to explore the ruins of the old have been made, and most of the information about it has turned into ancient lore, known by few.

But now, at last, it is time to send out an research crew into the great unknown! A poorly funded and terribly unqualified crew, but a crew nonetheless.

Stand Still, Stay Silent


General Software Discussion / Re: Run Bash on Ubuntu on Windows
« on: April 01, 2016, 09:08 PM »
* Edvard drops in with his obligatory link to gnuwin32 tools

Nope, it's not an environment like Cygwin, not in a Ubuntu VM, it's actual binaries that behave just like any command-line tools, it's been around for a while, and still (relatively) actively developed.  I have no idea why Microsoft took the route it did when these tools are readily available.

Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC?
« on: March 26, 2016, 12:40 PM »
For guitar, anything that gets you in the ballpark should be just fine.  Guitar is NOT a well-tempered clavier, and attempts to 'fix' it have resulted in some of the ugliest things you'd ever lay fingers on.  The weird thing is, I usually have a pretty good ear when it comes to detecting things out of tune, but my cheap little black box tuner does a better job most days; Tune string-to-string by ear and I have an awesome Gmaj, but a slightly flat Dsus, tune by blickenlichts and I have everything from Emaj to C7 down cold (and yes, I adjust intonation every string change). 

TL;DR: If you can swing the price for one you like, go for it.

Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC?
« on: March 26, 2016, 01:43 AM »
OK, I dropped this on the guys at GuitarNutz, and got a little (as in mostly one guy) feedback, but today I turn to my good friends here... 
A little history first:  Ever since I saw this ad in a 1977 issue of Guitar Player(?) magazine, I've lusted for one of these babies -
It was the middle of the 80's and I wanted a guitar that was different from the gold standard Strats, Pauls, and SG's, but not like the trendy Floyd-Rose-and-pointy-headstock 'superstrat' things being pumped out by the likes of Kramer, Jackson, Ibanez, etc., nor like the pointy monstrosities presented by B.C. Rich, Dean and Gibson.  This organic-but-awesome product of Ovation fit my bill perfectly, and I scoured the pawnshops and instrument stores anywhere I happened to be.  In the early 90's, a Breadwinner could be found for $450 - 600 in great condition, but they were on the rare side, and always showed up when I was out of money.  :(
They began to get more popular when Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine was seen playing them, and so somewhere around the mid-2000s the price started creeping even further out of my budget, and now can be had in the low $1000s on eBay.  :o

Now I'm married with a steady job, so I no longer have the time nor inclination to blast some chords on the road with some long-haired metal freaks, but I still play a bit here and there, and I still lust after that Ovation.  Eastman Guitars put out their loving tribute to the Breadwinner in 2009, and my heart leapt at the possibilities. However, at $800+ it was still out of my reach, and I my big fingers wanted a Fender-scale neck anyway, so... I went to work.  A few restless nights with a CAD program and some photos and tracings of the gem in question, and I finally have my dream in reach.  It may have to be built with pine or plywood, but so be it.
Ladies and Gents, in humble tribute to the Ovation Breadwinner, but adapted for a longer neck scale, I give to you...

The Loaf Champion:


In the zip, I have included DXF and DWG files, openable by any capable CAD program, and a Readme file explaining what's going on with the layers.  I use QCad, so they will definitely work in that, and have used DoubleCAD 5 successfully in the past.
For those who are experienced builders, please advise where I might have gone wrong on this, and for those so inclined to actually build the thing before I do, I require a surcharge payable in build pictures.  :P

Oh, and I wish there was something else than JavaScript for the web.


Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: March 24, 2016, 12:03 AM »
The url code for the video is all that needs to be in the tags, like so: <-- just this part after the '=' sign


Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: March 23, 2016, 09:47 PM »
I guess I still resent the MTV gimmick from years ago.  Force the viewer's eyes to refocus every 2 1/2 seconds and they won't change the channel. 

Oh, you mean when MTv actually played videos?... yeah, good times. 
Actually, I fully agree with you; the abuse of jump cuts and shaky cam effects trumping good old fashioned filmmaking got way out of hand there for a while, though you gotta admit some of the older videos can get a bit on the boring side (Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' anyone?).
The flip side is I've always felt that videos were supposed to be for showcasing some visual creativity alongside the music, or giving you a taste of what a live show might be like if you'd get off the couch and go.

And to be fair, I was never a good enough guitarist to pick up what anybody was doing in a video anyway; I figured that's what lessons were for.  :P

But yet another drummer "playing" a snare drum full of milk I can live without. 

How about cocaine?  ;D

(j/k, they're a metal band, they can't afford THAT much cocaine)

Stromae - Papaoutai (french)

Wow, the implications of that video are pretty deep-seated.  Basically, if you have kids, be a dad, not a space filler who happens to bring money home.  At least, that's what I got out of it...

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: March 23, 2016, 01:56 AM »
OK, one more and I'm done for the night...

If you don't know Empire of the Sun for their WTF videos, start here:

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: March 23, 2016, 01:08 AM »
Another one, catchy as hell, and pretty darn fun.

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: March 23, 2016, 01:05 AM »
Hehe, this thread has come close to de-volving into "Recommend new music to me, and if there's a video, all the better, but we all know it's about the tunes..."  ;D

So, here's a video I hope you'l enjoy; Electroswing at it's finest, and a fun video to boot.

Yeah, the premise is pretty much a joke, so signing it is like spitting in the ocean while wearing a clown suit.  As far as his hit list is concerned, Java is not high on my list of favorites, Ruby I find interesting but feels like a re-invention of Python, and truth be told, I can't say I like Javascript at all (says me after my 3rd attempt to learn JS, only to be frustrated and distracted).  I'll probably eventually end up learning it if I just knuckle down and put my mind to it, but I always find myself asking "If Javascript is so cool, why do people keep feeling the need to re-invent it every 6 months?"

* Edvard waits for webassembly to mature, and prays for a pascal front-end  :P

This is real:  :huh:

Outlaw programming languages that threaten the safety of the American people and work counter to our way of life.
My specific suggested list of languages to restrict from use, and phase out includes:
Javascript, Ruby, and Java.

I signed.

Time will tell if this is a genuine effort to be more cross-platform on Microsoft's part; or, if it's just another example of Microsoft's now classic "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" strategy.

Rumors around the 'net seem to indicate Microsoft is going for IBM and Oracle's jugular on this one. Their competition's offerings have been running on Linux for a while now, and the transactional database server market hasn't reached saturation yet, so this seems to be a very strategic move on Microsoft's part. 
Along with other announcements that appear to be Open-Source and particularly Linux-friendly (embrace), it does seem to be part of a larger effort to sever the tools from the platform, with the intention being if we aren't running a Microsoft OS, we should at least be running Microsoft software (extend). At that point, the platform matters less and less, which would be, in essence, the "extinguish" phase.

And that's my 2 cents...

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: March 15, 2016, 08:42 PM »
The Man From Death
A madcap, adrenalized, kung-fu, video game Western that pushes VFX and practical effects to their goofy, awesome limits.  Attacked by the nefarious Ailester Hall, a man seeks revenge for his wife's death with the help of a mysterious list of prophecies.

Careful, this one is pretty over-the-top.  :o

Reminds me of Marvin the paranoid android (HHGTTG)

From the HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to take you to the bridge. Call that job satisfaction? 'Cause I don't

From the '80s television adaptation, Episode# 1.5:
"Reverse primary thrust, Marvin." That's what they say to me. "Open airlock number 3, Marvin." "Marvin, can you pick up that piece of paper?" Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to pick up a piece of paper.


Though I never understood why they called him the "paranoid" android.  He never seemed to be paranoid about anything, just terribly, terribly depressed.

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