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Living Room / Re: Free landline calls?
« on: March 22, 2006, 07:09 PM »
I downloaded a program in 2001 in which the trial version let you call anywhere in the US (from the US) for free and talk five minutes. The purchased version didn't limit you on your time.

I haven't checked out your InternetCalls program/website, but the one I used let you use your internet connection to call other people. When I used it I talked into my microphone and heard the other person from my speakers. The person I called just used their phone like normal.

I can't remember what it was called anymore. I only used it to call one person a couple of times.

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It's the difference between a real woman and a slattern, I'd much rather look at an attractive woman than be repelled by a skank.
I prefer women that are beatiful WITHOUT makeup, but are drop-dead gorgeous with. Vista is a case of "I can live with this skank when she has a couple of pounds of makeup on".

Is it just me that finds these comments slightly offensive? Some of us may not be much to look at but we are human beings with the same emotions as everyone else (and perhaps a little more grey matter than women who spend 90% of the time in beauty parlours, in front of the mirror or having surgery).
-Carol Haynes (March 19, 2006, 05:04 AM)

You are not alone, Carol.

P.S. That's a lot of quotes.

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Living Room / Re: clever samarost-style game
« on: March 22, 2006, 06:46 PM »
Deo is an imposter! I told him how to do that (after googling for the answer myself <grin>).
This is true. But the way you told me was so confusing I practically had to figure it out myself, so I will still claim some of the credit.

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General Software Discussion / Re: software for colorblind
« on: March 13, 2006, 11:29 PM »
Hooray, I was able to easily see all that I should have been able to.

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Living Room / Re: clever samarost-style game
« on: March 13, 2006, 08:14 PM »
how the hell do you get past level 3 (the one with the explosion tool powerup) ????

Answer to how to get past level 3
Don't use the self-destruct tool. It's just a decoy.
On the ground where the arrow is, it kind of bulges on the left, has some grass, then some sand looking stuff, then more grass and the cliff to doom. When the guy is in the sand looking stuff, click the bulge on the left and it will spring him up there.


EDIT: Aha! I didn't know there was a spoiler hider button. Thanks to whoever fixed that for me!

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Living Room / Re: clever samarost-style game
« on: March 13, 2006, 08:03 PM »
ps. shouldnt there be some donationcoder.com people making some little flash games?

I've been dying to create a Flash game for a while, but I can't come up with a simple, fun little idea I think I could do.

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Site/Forum Features / Re: The new forum is up!!
« on: March 12, 2006, 05:59 PM »
Yes, it seems to be using cookies instead of using information from a database. But it's only with the new forum. When I first signed up it properly showed all the posts I hadn't read.

And right now both "Unread Posts" and "Since Last Visit" seem to do the same thing.

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Site/Forum Features / Re: The new forum is up!!
« on: March 12, 2006, 05:33 PM »
Yes I logged in. That's how I posted. It seems to only check for new posts since I logged in, even though I'm not picking the "since last visit" link, because it is showing a couple of posts now.

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I got down to where it's all the way black and as far as I can tell I've killed/eaten everything there is up until this point, but there is one single little dot that I can't eat. Something tells me that when I do, that's the end of the game.

Is there any way to tell if there is still food on a level?

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Site/Forum Features / Re: The new forum is up!!
« on: March 12, 2006, 04:15 PM »
I'm on a different computer than usual, but my "Show Unread Posts" link no longer shows any results. It says there are no new posts, which is impossible because I haven't been here for the past two days. . .

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Only bad thing is dirty fingerprints! Yucky! Looks awesome though. Especially if the screens were so large. :)

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General Software Discussion / A List of Freeware Utilities
« on: March 10, 2006, 04:10 PM »
My friend sent me this yesterday. I've tried out a few of the applications mentioned.

http://121space.com/index.php?showtopic=886

I'm just guessing, but I'd say it has about 250 programs listed.

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Living Room / Re: Updating the forum software to 1.1RC2
« on: March 10, 2006, 03:51 PM »
Allen said:
Using IE/Firefox, links opening in a new window drives me completely batty.  On the other hand, links opening in new tabs is good.  Unfortunately Firefox doesn't provide a means for developers to open a new tab except through the chrome--extension developers can create tabs, web devs cannot.  Firefox now has "tab browsing" options though, doesn't it -- to force tab usage instead of window?

Yes it is in the options of Firefox to force "open in new window" links to just open in another tab. Such is my dilemma with this site. It's only annoying right now. I would be extremely unhappy if it actually did open in a new window.

Mouser said:
however i still feel like when you are in a forum it's a bit different - because the workflow normall dictates that you are usually going to want to continue browsing in the forum - and losing your place is an expensive waste of time if you have to try to find your way back..

I really don't see how having to close or switch tabs/windows is much less complicated than pressing your back button a time or two. I'd like for it to at least be an option, and set to default for local links (if not all links) to this site to open in the same page. I know how to navigate the web. If I don't want to lose my place, I'll open it in a new tab myself. If I forget, I know how to use the back button. When I want to open a link in a new window/tab, that should be up to me. And it's rather easy with the All-In-One Mouse Gestures extension for firefox. I just right-click starting on the link and make an upward motion.

I thought that almost all advanced computer users/programmers liked simplicity and minimalism. Finding out at the end of the day that you have 15 tabs open, using up over 150MB of RAM just for one site, goes against those ideals. And I am not exaggerating. That's what I was at yesterday. Not cool.

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Living Room / Re: Updating the forum software to 1.1RC2
« on: March 10, 2006, 03:58 AM »
I don't know how much control you have over the forum software, but I think it could be done easily enough with simple text parsing. If it starts with "http://*.donationcoder.com/" then use the same window, otherwise use the _new target.

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Living Room / Re: Updating the forum software to 1.1RC2
« on: March 10, 2006, 03:18 AM »
As you know I'm new to the forums, but one thing has been bugging me a lot since my short stay here. And that is that all the links in the forums open up in a new tab/window (not sure which, since I force Firefox to open in a new tab). I end up having twenty tabs without realizing it.

Can we just have normal links, please? Especially for internal/local links. So many threads link to other parts of this site I'd like to click on it and remain in the same tab/window. I like this site, but not enough to warrant 15 DC tabs open at the same time just trying to read the forums.

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Living Room / Re: Discussions about micropayments
« on: March 10, 2006, 02:47 AM »
mouser- I agree, micro payments will become effective and useful.  I don't think this will happen until the 'net is completely reworked and made private.  The 'Net company will be the one to moderate the micro payments.

$0.02

Was that your micropayment to this forum, Rover? :D

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Can anyone point me to a Firefox extension that will remember your chosen font/text setting across the board, like every page you load is -2 on the Text Size Decrease option OR that will remember your settings on a per page basis.  Either would work as -2 steps down is what I prefer to use for text size.  Doing this makes me not have to force the font used on every page loaded but rather the font that was intended by each website.

Doesn't firefox remember your font size settings automatically? Just press ctrl- (control and minus) or ctrl-mousewheelscrollup and it changes the font size for the page and any page you navigate to thereafter with no affect on image size.

As for my extensions:

All-in-One Mouse Gestures: Never used mouse gestures before this and I love them. My mouse has forward and back buttons but I forget to use them. Besides forward and backward navigating, it lets me easily view the source (up-right-down), open new tabs (up), open new windows (down-up), open the same page in a new window (down-up-down), refresh the page (up-down), true page refresh from server (up-down-up) view cookies (left-down-right), and a lot more things I don't remember how to do. One of the best features of it is that it lets me open links in a new tab simply by right-clicking the link and making the upward motion (open new tab motion but started over a link). I consider this an absolute essential.

BugMeNot: Allows you to right-click in any login form and it will connect to a database of submitted logins and try to automatically log you in so that you don't have to register to the site to access it. Great for compulsive registration sites (like any news site)

FLST: Brings up the focus of the last selected tab when the current tab is closed as opposed to just the one next to it in the tab list.

AdBlock: Lets you block images and scripts and even Flash (though it doesn't always detect the Flash) or even entire iFrames altogether. Background images, too. Absolutely Essential.

Spurl: Allen introduced me to this one. It's an online bookmarking utility. I've actually never used the extension, which is silly, because I just use bookmarks that add pages to my spurl bookmarks, and a bookmark which opens my spurl bookmarks in a sidebar.

Session Saver: This remembers what tabs you had opened when you closed your browser and opens them up again when you open your browser. I've had trouble with this one, though, because I have my "home page" set to several tabs and for each home page tab I have set, it will replace one of the saved tabs with the homepage site. Unless I use an external program to launch IE to a certain site.

For example, if I closed FF with two tabs open, and I click the FF shortcut to open it up again, it will only show me two of my home page sites (even though I have five), regardless of what those two tabs were set to when I closed the browser. But if I double click my Gmail Notifier which opens Gmail in a new tab, or if FF is closed it will launch FF and open gmail in a new tab, it will use the correct sites I had used previously with Session Saver and none of my home page sites.

This would probably be easily remedied if I just got rid of my multiple tab home page, but can you believe I've been too lazy to change that?

I've installed a couple of others that I haven't really used. EditCSS gives you a stylesheet modifier in the sidebar. Preferential is an advanced preference manager. Aardvark "quickly cleans up a page prior to printing" but I don't do much printing and haven't found much of a use for it otherwise.

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How can wallpapers or cursors contain spyware? Aren't they just images? Or is it that they use some sort of installer to set them up which also places the spyware?

On another note, I have yet to find a truly likeable screensaver that doesn't eventually bug me. I generally stick to the blank screen or WinXP logo and then have my monitor turn off after twenty minutes.

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i also dont go to such a music site to buy specific songs.  i'm old fashioned i guess and i like to buy a whole album if i'm going to buy music, usually the real cd/record.

I'm with you there. I usually buy a full album as well. I'm kind of compulsive like that. I pretty much have to have the entire thing or it's not complete. That sounds like a really obvious statement, but I think you understand what I mean. It's rare that I'll look for just a select number of songs (haven't done that since the first time I used Napster and iTunes, which is why Napster became so frustrating to me having to buy one at a time) but there are plenty people who do. I like to have the real CD too, but iTunes is generally cheaper and then I can just burn my own disc and get the MP3 files and I'm ready to go without leaving the house or waiting for the thing to ship.

the one very real addition i would make to the review is the one you made, that there are now some really excellent alternative ways of exploring music, like pandora and also one you didn't mention, lastfm: https://www.donation...dex.php?topic=1880.0

Ah, I hadn't heard about that one! It's always good to have a selection.

Anyway, I haven't looked at many site reviews yet, but on "The Best [program type]" reviews I'd like to see more comparisons on features rather than just being told which is the best.

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Windows XP has functionality to beep at you when you press any of the "lock" buttons (Caps, Num, and Scroll). It scares the willies out of my mother (she always has her speakers turned up loud) but it's quite useful for catching that accidently "Lock" press.

If you've got the shortcut enabled, all you have to do is hold down the Num Lock key for five seconds and it will start beeping when you press the "Lock" keys. Otherwise just go into your Accessibitlity Options and enable ToggleKeys from the Keyboard tab.

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No, no beard for me. I shave everytime I take a shower (though I won't tell you how often that is!) ;) and even sometimes in between showers.

I went about a month without shaving once (though I did shower in that time), but didn't like it much. I have a habit of pulling out facial hairs when they get too long.

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Living Room / Re: Hope you don't mind me stealing a few words :)
« on: March 10, 2006, 01:13 AM »
That's a review of free text editors. EPPro is not free. Although EditPad Lite isn't too bad in itself.

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Best Music Service / Napster not good for casual music purchasers.
« on: March 10, 2006, 01:08 AM »
I have to disagree with this review, at least for my needs.

I'm a casual music purchaser, generally sticking to the artists I already know and like. If I explore new music, it is almost always on the recommendation of a friend. I don't listen to the radio because I can't stand all the horrible music it plays. I don't follow most of the popular trends in music. If I get in a car with a bunch of people and they start singing along to a song on the radio, I usually don't know it. I couldn't believe it when, back in high school, a few people asked me what radio station I listened to and the look of utmost surprise (and as if I was some kind of freak) when I told them I didn't listen to any. Sorry for delving into personal history, I just wanted you to have an idea of where I'm coming from in my personal tastes and musical desires.

For an audiophile, your review may be correct, but my experience with Napster has not been a pleasant one. That may be partly because I'm just ignorant on how it works.

In all my searches for music online I have found iTunes to have a better selection of what I'm looking for. Not only that, but it was iTunes' shopping cart that initially led me to prefer it over Napster, even if Napster had the music I was looking for. I didn't like that Napster made me buy one song or one album at a time, and didn't let me pick several individual songs or a couple of albums and buy them all at once.

Also, when I initially tried out Napster, I had a small monitor and liked all my windows maximized. I was more than a little frustrated that my task bar would not pop up from being hidden when Napster was maximized and I moved my mouse to the bottom of the screen. I reported this "bug" and they began to tell me how to go into the settings to make it so that my task bar didn't hide, as if I had no idea that the task bar was at the bottom of the screen and I only needed to move my mouse down there to reveal it. That was at least three years ago, but last time I checked (minutes ago), it still does that. Indeed, iTunes shared the same disfunctionality initially, but it has since been resolved. That problem doesn't affect me much anymore now that I have a bigger monitor and don't maximize all my windows (and don't use Napster), but it bothers me that they blamed my ignorance on how to use windows, as if it worked correctly the whole time, instead of their inability to make a program that allows the task bar to pop up.

The 30 second streaming preview playlist is a nice idea, if it only worked properly. Unfortunately any time you add music to it, it immediately starts playing the most recently added song, which is at the bottom of the list, effectively skipping over songs that you are currently trying to preview. I'd rather have not have a feature than one that doesn't work properly.

And the DRM is what tops it all off. The worst feature right there. I can't believe they won't let you burn your music to CDs when you're paying them each month for music. That's ridiculous! If you're someone who operates on principle, as I am, that's reason enough to stay away from Napster. As the free account user, they've allowed me to burn my music in the past (haven't tried for years, though) so I could easily burn and rip the disc into MP3s. A hassle, to be sure, but it doesn't seem to be much better or worse than stripping the DRM. And I'm not fond of WMA files, either. I much prefer the widely supported MP3 format, though in recent years WMA support has become more available. If I buy something, I want to use it how I want to use it. I don't want to have to search through the limited products that support something as universal as simple audio.

I don't particularly love iTunes. In fact, I absolutely hate that it comes with QuickTime and you have no choice but to install both programs if you want one or the other. I've been using it for a couple of years (ever since I found myself dissatisfied with Napster's selection and functionality) and I still can't figure out how to make proper playlists. As a music player, I hate it. I stick with WinAmp. I don't have a portable music player and if I did I'd just use the USB cable to transfer my music over. I don't need an additional program to "help" me transfer files when Windows Explorer works just fine.

iTunes also has DRM protected M4P files, but natively allows and encourages you to burn your music within the iTunes Player. Again this requires ripping (and effectively having two copies of all your music) to be able to listen to the music anywhere but iTunes or iPod, but I haven't ever questioned the legality of it. I bought it, it's mine. I'll have it in what format I want.

I understand the necessity of both programs limiting the music to 3-5 computers. Unfortunately for me, I had no idea about this "feature" until I'd already re-formatted once and later gotten a new hard drive. Now I have two "computers" that are worthless on there, even though I've been using the same computer the whole time. I don't know how Napster handles this, but I think that unused "computers" on iTunes will eventually timeout.

iTunes was only briefly mentioned in passing in this review (saying it was ripping users off and costing more, when in reality, iTunes it offers albums for about a dollar less and often will include bonus tracks or videos. Not much, but for the miser it adds up) and yet as the main "competitor" of Napster, I feel it deserves further investigation. In this review we were just told about Napster's subscription service; we were simply told that Napster was the best, and saw no objective comparison between the very similar experience of the free account users, in which I feel iTunes comes out on top. That's a shame that readers of the review were not able to see for themselves which program would best suit them by comparing their features.

If you're looking to buy music, stick with iTunes. If you want to explore new music you haven't heard of before, then perhaps Napster is for you. But as a casual music purchaser with a very limited income, try http://www.pandora.com/ or http://www.mercora.com/ (both free) to find new music you'd like, then purchase it with iTunes. Your experience should be much less stressful that way. If you can't find it in iTunes, you probably won't find it in Napster.

Neither are perfect, but have "features" that annoy me extremely. But for just buying music, iTunes has provided me with the better price, a better selection, an easy to use store (with a shopping cart!), and an overall better experience.

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Feedyes.com would not work with my php script that required a variable passed via URL.

Feed43.com did, but I don't know anything about the extraction filters and things like that to go any further.

I also don't like that I have to register to use the rss. Does that mean I can only read it at those sites? If so, it's useless to me.

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Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other a bit. . .
« on: March 08, 2006, 10:22 PM »
I am 22 years old, and originate from the Boise, Idaho, USA. I came to this site a time or two on the suggestion of fellow member Allen. We've been online buddies for several years now. I decided to join because I like software and it's always great to see what other people recommend (reviews) and what new programs I haven't even heard of before that may very well be what I have been wanting for many years.

I run a few websites, some personal, some semi-professional. I've been learning PHP, though I'm not much skilled in it. My other programming language/application of choice is Macromedia Adobe Flash. I've made a few test projects to help improve my skill with the program, mostly with the ultimate goal being to design a cool game (that will probably live in obscurity all its days) that my brother and I have had the idea to make for years. They can be found at http://www.bighed.net/idler/. If you're interested in mildly humorous, albeit somewhat morbid animations, you can see the beginnings of my hobby/career into websites from that root URL. It's not updated anymore; it's something that I don't really tell people about these days.

Lately I've been tinkering with personal PHP utilities. Making my own discussion boards, and thumbnail creating script. I had been thinking about doing a wiki and not long after I saw some discussion on this site about getting a wiki here. So I decided to create one. I got Allen into it and we had a race to see who would finish first. Well, he's done and I've been out of town a lot recently (no laptop for me) and mine doesn't even create a page yet. His is a nice, little, and for once in his programming career, useful script. (Oh wait, his ReReplace.com site is useful, too!)

I still intend on making that wiki, and with a lot more functionality than Allen's. That's not to say I think mine will be better. We just have different ideas on what we want our own projects to do. Nothing wrong with either one.

That's all for now.

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