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Unfinished Requests / Re: One word, three dictionaries
« on: November 18, 2010, 02:13 PM »
A simple solution is to use Google.  Try this in the Google search area (include the quotes as I have):

definition "ambiguous"

You will get results that are similar to what you have described.  And the synopsis would usually be enough to offer the gist of each.

Living Room / Re: Why I have a problem with Facebook?
« on: November 18, 2010, 02:08 PM »
I agree that many people misuse/abuse Facebook as a way to publicly display their exploits.  A textbook example is in the current trial here in Florida with Casey Anthony.  Photos of this "distraught mother" partying and drinking appeared on Facebook and have become the most damning evidence.
Some do take pride in displaying their "drunk and disorderly" behavior.  But I think that is the exception.
Although I shy away from these sites, I use Facebook to maintain contact with my adult children and about 4 closest friends.  It is limited and restricted to only this small circle.  Also, I post only things I would feel comfortable my MOTHER seeing; a good rule of thumb with respect to the Internet in general.

As Renegade stated, your characterization is very bleak and should not be focused only on one service.  There are many, many, many similar examples of "faux amis" relationships on the Internet and off.

Living Room / Re: Ideas for a website...I need help.
« on: November 18, 2010, 02:00 PM »
I'm trying to improve my HDMI cholesterol...
Well then you need to buy a monitor that supports HDMI !!

Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures..
« on: October 09, 2010, 08:50 PM »
My wife and I have rescued over a dozen animals in the past ten years.  Many times, after unsuccessfully locating an owner, they become a part of the family.
Here are the two we have at the moment.


I agree with your tastes, Mouser.  Following the format you used, here is a micro-review of one of my favorites:
Alhambra - Compete to construct the most impressive Palace

Key features:
The concept is easy to grasp
Heavily 'themed'
Simple setup
Essentially a 'real estate' game but unlike the typical "Monopoly" style.
Unique in that there are four different currencies that must be used.
Minimal options on a player's turn so no one is bored waiting for the next round.
Enough scoring options so as to minimize failure (and discouragement) due to 'bad luck'.
Multitude of 'expansion' options that can be used as mix-and-match easily (yet this game does not suffer from expansion overkill like Carcassonne)

In some respects, you are working on your own.  Some might cite 'lack of player interaction'.
We found the 2-player version needed additional modification beyond what the designer providing in order to maintain a better balance.

Game Design Interests:
As stated, this game adheres well to the theme.  All the parts and pieces are richly designed to evoke the proper mood.
The very interesting aspect of the game is that scoring (which occurs three times in a game) is based solely on your ability to construct MORE of a particular room than your opponents.  This permits a variety of play in each game and enables you to explore multiple strategie options.

Final Rating:
Rating: 10 out of 10 -- This is on our short list of favorites (among the 60+ games we own).  We play it no less than 5 times a week - with 2 players and with 4 players.
The ability to add in expansion options guarantees the game will never become old and uninteresting to play.

General Software Discussion / Re: 27 Good Reasons to Love Linux
« on: August 31, 2010, 10:23 AM »
Right on.  Thanks for sharing.

General Software Discussion / Re: TicClick
« on: August 22, 2010, 09:22 AM »
Great set of features added.
And I love the new name !!!

Living Room / Re: Dropbox and Evernote problem
« on: August 22, 2010, 09:20 AM »
Let me recommend this basic troubleshooting step:
Uninstall (temporarily) Dropbox and try to use 'standby'.
Then uninstall (or perhaps you can disable) Evernote and try to use 'standby'
It would be helpful to verify, without a doubt, that one of these is the cause of your problem - and to know which one.

I know Dropbox can be easily reinstalled with no effect on your data.  I am unfamiliar with Evernote and you may need to backup the data that application has created in order to restore it when you reinstall.

Living Room / Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« on: August 18, 2010, 03:13 PM »
I won almost 80 board games (of various types).  { My wife and I are strange in that we don't watch TV.  Instead we spend our nights playing games }
Whenever I am considering the purchase of a game (fortunately, I am local to CoolStuff Games - the best prices on the Internet for games), I rely on the Board Game Geek.
It gets a high personal recommendation from me!

I bought a MacBook Pro.  It just arrived today.
And I must say the entire 'presentation' (the way it is packaged and presented when you unpack it) has impressed me.  There is also a lot of evidence of attention-to-detail.
As a first-time Mac owner, I am impressed.
Since I was using a laptop as my primary machine (with a docking station) and had it dual boot with Ubuntu I thought, "With a MacBook I get the best of both.  It is native Linux and a kick-ass Intel processor".  So my next PC  is this MacBook.
I am in a bit of a 'learning curve' with the UI.  But I think I am going to like it.
My major objection (inability to run a few 'essential' apps that are available only for Windows) has been overcome with VMWare Fusion!

In the USA, it is Friday the 13th.
I spent my day
  standing on a crack in the sidewalk,
  under a ladder
  with my fingers crossed
  repairing a mirror I broke
  after spilling some salt
  because I was startled by a black cat crossing my path
Remember: It is bad luck to be superstitious !

Living Room / Re: Bermuda Triangle Solved
« on: August 10, 2010, 06:20 PM »
The explosion would also sink any ships and oil structures in the vicinity and create a tsunami which would head toward Florida at 600 mph.
Oh goody... There's something to look forward to (I live in Florida).
Whoa.  Me too!

Picasa does this!
I upload photos that have been geotagged by my Eye-Fi card.
Then, when viewing them in an 'album' on the Picasa web site, I can select one and a small Google map appears that shows the 'pin' for that location.

I hope I did not burst anyone's bubble.  I just saw this post for the first time.

At least I'll give them credit for giving up on projects that don't work. Don't waste the time or money.
Unlike Microsoft, eh?

So it is time to for a "WAVE Goodbye"   :eusa_boohoo:

General Software Discussion / Re: What the websites know about you
« on: August 01, 2010, 08:52 PM »
So that explains why the Nigerian Prince contacts ME (and calls me his friend) for assistance in moving money to the US.
And I thought I was chosen based on my worldwide reputation as an honest and funny guy.

General Software Discussion / Re: TicTac 1.0
« on: July 30, 2010, 05:52 PM »
What a really cool idea!
Since it 'sticks' the window in a (new) place I would suggest the name "TicTack".  Like a thumbtack that sticks a piece of paper on the wall.

[video omitted]

I have always admired the INCREDIBLE creative talent of the people at The Children's Television Workshop.

Developer's Corner / Re: Git: converting svn repo & stuff
« on: July 25, 2010, 08:09 PM »
There are many things about git that I am still learning (disclaimer: I am NOT an expert).
I believe the solution to your problem would be to set up a branch that is 'private'; only available to you.

Hopefully, someone with more experience will chime in here (and provide an example).

General Software Discussion / Re: GlassPrompt 1.1
« on: July 25, 2010, 02:23 PM »
Sweet (little) application.
Thanks for sharing!

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: BugBopper-5.00 USD Instead 19.00
« on: July 25, 2010, 02:21 PM »
"Fastist", "Smallist", "Trustworthyist", "Informativeist" ?
It appears to be most 'MisSpelled-ist' !

This made me laugh when I saw it.  My first thought was, "No thanks, I already have two"

Post New Requests Here / Re: I Need, I Pay
« on: July 16, 2010, 12:27 PM »
To locate someone, using a competition, go to Sitepoint Marketplace or Rent-A-Coder.

Best of luck.

That would be OUTSTANDING, Mouser. :up:

Have you just volunteered to do so?

Time of Day Synchronized Slide Show
This is a quirky concept but, as I have always believed, if I have a need for something there must be
at least one other person in the world who would also find it useful.

The idea is to develop a Screen Saver that rotates through photographs on the user's computer.  Nothing new
there.  But each photo will be displayed based on the Time of Day it was taken.  Thus, at any minute
of the day I will be able to see photos I took at the same time of day on some other date.

Here are the 'business rules' for the application:
 o A typical Slide-Show Screen Saver with all capabilities that are assumed in such
 o All photos to be displayed are defined by the user in the configuration - from a set of folders
 o The user can configure a 'minimum display time' for photos.  Every photo will display on the screen for
at least this minimum time.  This prevents the FLIPPING of multiple photos in succession that match the
timestamp AND prevents the change to a 'next' photo prematurely.  In other words, if the 'minimum time' is 2
minutes yet there is a photo that matches the next minute it will be skipped
 o The photos will be displayed based on the current time and the time/date information of the photo (I
believe this can be found in the EXIF; if it exists.)
 o For photos that do not contain EXIF data, the date will be used - these form a 'pool' of photos for
"random" choice (below)
 o When faced with multiple photos meeting the selection criteria any one will be chosen at random from
those that do match
 o When there is no photo in the collection that meets the criteria the Month-and-Day will be used
 o When there is no photo in the collection matching simply Month-and-Day, the current Month will be used
 o If no photo matches the selection criteria - based on date/time taken, the file datestamp will be used
Additional feature/ideas (maybe future):
 o Since we will be reading the EXIF data, the option (configurable by the user) to display the GeoTag data
over the image - as a tag at the lower corner in Lat/Lon format.
 o A 'magic' key that will identify the currently displayed photo - perhaps placing its location on the
Windows clipboard. {I find myself, many times, see an image in my screensaver and wonder "Where is that?" or
"I want to print/copy/review that one"
 o The ability to include the path to photo-sharing sites (Picassa does this and I love it)
 o Added logic to 'remember' which photos were chosen at random so there is less chance of repeat.

I would like to do this myself, maybe even as a commercial venture, but I simply do not have the time.
I was hoping someone in the DC community has the time and desire to make this idea a reality.
This is an application I would find very useful (and will gladly share some Donation Credits)

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