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Living Room / If Programmers Had To Build Planes
« on: April 23, 2007, 02:12 PM »
If Programmers Had To Build Planes
 A humorous look on what is expected from software programmers and computer system managers.
("On-the-Fly" Computer Programming)
Ad by EDS (Electronic Data Systems).

Living Room / Re: Gizmodo has gone too far...
« on: April 23, 2007, 02:04 PM »
the first comment at gizmodo is awesome
Is it dishwasher safe?
... and kinda yucky at the same time

Living Room / How to build a 2.5 scale Sherman tank
« on: April 23, 2007, 02:01 PM »
That guy has a bit much time on his hands I guess. Awesome toy, tho!
Well, this is more of a hardware thingy ;-)
But nevertheless, enjoy!

This is [...] an instructional video on how to a build 1:2.5 scale driveable Sherman Tank.
If anyone would like futher info on this tank, go to
This is a new site just set up in the US and it covers, appart from my videos, comments and features on the subject of large scale tanks from all over the world.
Join up now and all your questions will be answered.

Living Room / Hunting bargains? Here's the ultimate tool for you!
« on: April 23, 2007, 09:09 AM »

Ok, enough of the fun, here's what google translation has to say:

Handbag holder for bargain scramble
The close friend who morning lines up quickly together
You think that we want knocking, the heart… which
The person, you call that “worldly desires”

Uhm, yeah, whatever, just check the page!

General Software Discussion / Re: Don't call it "the tray"!
« on: April 23, 2007, 12:52 AM »
It's a shame to see that somebody writing on MSDN could be so out of touch. Maybe he could check the listing of files on just about every Windows machine on the planet, with minor variations: C:\WINDOWS\system32\systray.exe

well, it looks like a decent piece of software.
yet i think i wouldn't buy it (i've had enough chomsky in my CS studies to do that stuff blindfolded)
and besides that, KDE already comes with a regex editor (which kinda sucks (or maybe it was just my inability to use it)


YouTube doesn't apparently delete it's video files right away.
If the video wasn't deleted too long ago, you might still have a chance "recovering" the video using this nifty little website.

Delutube - Deleted YouTube Video Viewer

Living Room / Video: Insane Ping-Pong ball tossing skills
« on: April 22, 2007, 01:21 PM »
Crazy Ping Pong Ball Video
This guy has way too much time on his hands!

Living Room / Laser Graffiti Video
« on: April 22, 2007, 05:03 AM »
you might have seen pictures of the project already, but that video was (atleast to me) something new.

Graffiti artists use a hand held laser pointer to instruct a larger laser to tag a large building.

from DevilDucky

Living Room / Re: Oh no, not another social network site...
« on: April 22, 2007, 04:34 AM »
it's getting crazy, here in germany there's also a new one, called 'die lokalisten' (en: the localists)
they even run TV ads.
but as always, they're just after data that can be used for marketing...
if they're not already backed by a huge company to begin with, all they're planning on is gathering more information about social networks and sell it to some big (or even bigger) company

The actual traffic appears to be pinging the google site - anyone any ideas why this might be happening
-Carol Haynes (April 21, 2007, 01:30 PM)

can you shut down everything and record a few minutes of traffic using wireshark and post the logfile somewhere?
maybe that way it would be more effective for the rest of the folk on here to take a look at it
(if you feel like disclosing your internal network traffic that is)

i'm not sure but i think that the gimp comes with a script or filter that can do it.
never used it

General Software Discussion / Re: Synergy
« on: April 22, 2007, 04:26 AM »
i've been using it for a year or so now
even cross platform across 2 linux workstations and a windows laptop
works like a charm
couldn't do without it

General Software Discussion / Re: emailSTRIPPER - Freeware
« on: April 19, 2007, 01:21 AM »
omg  :huh: :-\ :'(
i think i'll settle for a perl-oneliner

Living Room / Re: Why Linux is better
« on: April 19, 2007, 01:16 AM »
Oh I honestly can't say that Linux is "better" than say, Vista, especially when you appeal to specific platform applications. AutoHotkey is one. There are a dozen apps that can reproduce GUI scripts and hotkeys in Linux (Ubuntu has one built-in), but not hotstrings, for precisely the reason mentioned Gothi[c] mentioned — Windows API calls. Mac users dream of AutoHotkey, too.

that's like arguing that if i had written autohotkey for AmigaOS, AmigaOS would be automatically the superior OS.
If you start to appeal to "specific platform applications" you can always argue that A<B ;-)
If that app really is that crucial to you, then, for whoever sake, stay with OS-whatever, but please don't argue that the OS (that, if i really want to argue about the term "OS", has nothing to do with some user-space tool) is better because of that.

this works (of course) in both directions.
i just think your argumentation technique is flawed.

Living Room / Re: New (?) music page
« on: April 19, 2007, 01:05 AM »
pandora/ isn't exactly new, it's over 1.5 years old.
it still is a very interesting idea.
i'm just wondering that it's still around and noone took it down.

General Software Discussion / Re: Don't call it "the tray"!
« on: April 17, 2007, 02:57 AM »

in totally unrelated anal news:

no anal comments for my OS.
i'll contiue calling the windows thingy systray too, just because (virtually) everyone expects linux to be like windows, i expect windows to be like my beloved linux ;-)
ok, enough jokes for today :D

General Software Discussion / Re: Mac Software Clones for Windows
« on: April 16, 2007, 01:13 AM »
you can install osx on intel cpus now, you know ;-)
one guy i know runs osx on his thinkpad

if you do that, you can run pretty much all mac stuff (intel version or universal binary)

Living Room / Intel Quad-Core Gaming Demo
« on: April 15, 2007, 08:42 AM »
Intel Quad-Core Gaming Demo
Intel combines two dual-core chips in a single package that plugs into a single chip socket.
Kentsfield uses two Conroe chips, and Clovertown uses two Woodcrest chips, for example

make sure to check the video, it's pretty amazing:

from TechEBlog

hibernation _could_ kill it, depending on how windows handles it.
if it's smart, it flushes the buffers, if not it just writes a ram-image to your harddrive (including the i/o buffers) and then shuts down
as already mentioned before, better play it safe ;)

Speaking of annoying USB behavior...

My PC has 6 high-speed USB2 ports. But if I ever plug in a USB1 device, the entire chain is downgraded to USB1 (until I reboot).[...]

well, never heard of that, wonder if it's a firmware or software problem tho

oops, just found the proper place to post, here we go:

Off topic a bit...
The oh-so-damn-useful unplug-stuff thingie (which i never use).
Your referring to the Safely Remove Hardware icon. Unless you have a "permanent" thing like an external drive or DVD drive that you never turn off or unplug, you actually should be using this lol...
-wreckedcarzz (April 12, 2007, 09:36 PM)
Actually, good idea. I'll start a new thread asking for more info on that :)

the thing i think this 'unplug thingy' does is making sure the filesystem is sync, in 99.9999% a very good idea.
virtually all filesystems that are used in 'normal' scenarios use some kind of buffer at some point (esp when writing to the device, which most of the time is a fire-and-forget task (unlike reading which has to respond with data asap)).
on linux and unix there's 'fsync' (good idea to use if you're creating a initrd image via loopback device), on windows you just click 'remove device', i pretty sure it does the same thing, make sure all data is consistent and buffers are cleared.

depending on the device (type of filesystem) it is more or less likely that you'll corrupt it by unplugging.
if there hasn't been any writing access to the device over the last few seconds it is also unlikely that there's still something in the buffer (if your I/O scheduler was idle for some time)
still.. chances remain..

Living Room / Re: Why Linux is better
« on: April 13, 2007, 12:38 PM »
Maybe it also is partly due to what users want.
Experience tells me that if a user requests a certain change or feature, I'll try my very best to implement it.
Maybe F/OSS users aren't as demanding.

for context:
i'm not saying 'OSS software is allowed to suck, because...'
i'm saying: 'just give it some thought'

you can only demand so much without giving something in return.
(most) FOSS people are highly idealistic (most of the time) about the work they do.

so imagine you put your sweat and time into a little pet project that you think solves a task better than something else (that might not even exist at the time) and in the end you feel like:
hmmm, i benefit from this, maybe just let others have some fun with it too.
...and along comes a demanding someone who's like: dude, implement this!

so, imho a lot of the open source community honors this (it might not be perfect, but it's free) and isn't as demanding as you might be if you payed for something.

it's community, not revenue. of the reasons that make me cringe every time someone goes into "(software|usability|service) sucks"-mode over some OSS project.

don't want it? don't use it. there are tons of folks writing stuff you can pay for if you like ;-)

Living Room / Re: What Programs Run In Your System Tray?
« on: April 13, 2007, 12:28 PM »
here's the thread about the 'safely remove thingy'

Living Room / Re: How to make a multi-monitor compatible wallpaper
« on: April 13, 2007, 12:20 PM »
...Not only can you not display separate backgrounds on different displays, but if your displays are different resolution, one of them is going to look either stretched and fugly, or cropped and weird. So, last week I set out to figure out an easy way to make multimon-friendly wallpaper.

maybe not easy, but also a way:
linux ;-)
it works just fine for me

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