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Post New Requests Here / Re: G-Code to Carvewright File Converter
« on: September 17, 2011, 06:01 PM »
I was a CNC programmer for twenty-five years.  I'd be happy to take a look at the g-code and corresponding Carvewright files, but don't have time to take on a major project.


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Living Room / Re: U.S. East coast quake - Everybody OK?
« on: August 24, 2011, 11:18 AM »
Some interesting statistics about frequency of earthquake occurrence around the world.

Apparently there are about four quakes a day of magnitude five or greater.  And, those are the ones they know about.


http://earthquake.us...ves/year/eqstats.php

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Living Room / Re: U.S. East coast quake - Everybody OK?
« on: August 24, 2011, 07:37 AM »
Spartanburg, South Carolina - my house did some very mild swaying, all three open laptop lids flapped a little bit.

It was a strange feeling.

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Developer's Corner / Re: Next step up from Autohotkey
« on: August 14, 2011, 05:36 PM »
@mrainey: do you have any comments on Creative BASIC versus FreeBASIC (free, Windows, Linux & DOS) and PureBasic (79 euros, but that covers all future updates and Amiga, Linux Windows and MacOS X)?

I haven't worked with either of those.  Creative is easy to learn and surprisingly powerful, but it's Windows-only.

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Developer's Corner / Re: Next step up from Autohotkey
« on: August 11, 2011, 08:06 PM »
You might enjoy working with Creative BASIC - easily develop GUI applications in an interpreted environment, then create standalone executables.  It costs ten bucks.

http://www.ionicwind.com/cbasic.html

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General Software Discussion / Re: Software Hall of Fame
« on: August 04, 2011, 05:55 AM »
Excel has been so useful to me, over and over through the years.

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Living Room / Re: AWOL
« on: July 25, 2011, 09:16 AM »
Good to see you again.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 10
« on: June 08, 2011, 10:08 AM »
Are there any xplorer2 users who've tried (or even switched) to DOpus? I love xplorer2 because its design philosophy seems to be built to cater to power users - there are many hidden powerful functions (the help file is daunting) but lots of little nice touches that don't have a wow factor but soon become indispensable. And its fast.

I bought an xplorer2 license in 2004.  I liked the program very much, but every now and then it would lose all of my custom configuration settings.  A few other users reported the same thing.  Support gave me the impression that my problem wasn't too high on the priority list, so I moved to Directory Opus.

That was a long time ago, and I'm sure that xplorer2 is much-improved.  I'll stick with Directory Opus, which is a major pain to configure initially, but a joy to use.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Naming one's product
« on: June 05, 2011, 07:30 PM »
Hmm…  Directory O-pus, that's the Irish file manager isn't it, the one where you weep when trying to configure it?

Australian.  I weep too, but love the program.


A few more pus-tools:

Web Cam-pus
http://web-cam-pus.s...ftware.informer.com/

O/PUS
http://www.ddms.com/...port/doc/opusdoc.htm

Virtual Dj Pus
http://www.filebuzz....irtual_Dj_Pus/2.html

Pus-Poppin Frogs 1.0.1
http://en.bio-soft.n.../cell/PusPoppin.html

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General Software Discussion / Re: Naming one's product
« on: June 05, 2011, 03:00 PM »
Pho-TO-pus

Directory O-pus


It's all in the emphasis.

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I took the liberty of bringing out his true beauty...


Sky and I appreciate your work.   :)

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Here's my cat, Sky.  He's something of a basket case.   :P

Bas-Kat.JPG

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General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 10
« on: May 04, 2011, 08:41 PM »
I've been happy with version 9 for several years.  My only real complaint is the difficulty I have in figuring out how to access and change various settings (there are a LOT of settings).

I prefer XP to Windows 7.  Don't need no stinking libraries.

Given that, is there a compelling reason for me to shell out fifty-four bucks?

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One of my favorites is the Yadabyte Dictionary.

http://www.yadabyte....dabyte_Portables.php

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Living Room / Re: The internet in 1990 -- holy smokes!
« on: May 03, 2011, 09:27 PM »
@mrainy - is there any particular reason for the confrintational tone of your comment?

Actually, my original question (your degree is in .... ?) is just an expression that I've heard off and on throughout my adult life.  It was intended as a gentle "how do you know that?" sort of question.  Should have used a smiley.

Beyond that, I guess I'm just burned out by non-stop economic "plans" coming from talking heads on the Internet and TV.  Put a hundred economists in a room, get a hundred different opinions, many of them motivated more by politics than by reason.

No offense intended.

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Living Room / Re: The internet in 1990 -- holy smokes!
« on: May 03, 2011, 06:41 PM »
I don't understand your point.  Do you really want to know my degree (engineering) or are you trying to say I'm not qualified to say such things?

I'm asking what qualifies you to say such things with any credibility.

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Living Room / Re: The internet in 1990 -- holy smokes!
« on: May 03, 2011, 04:02 PM »
Just wait until the double-dip recession hits.  Wait until that bailout money starts diffusing into the system at large.  That's going to be scary.  Very depressing stuff.

And, your degree is in ...... ?

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Living Room / Re: should I ragequit?
« on: May 03, 2011, 10:29 AM »
I'm no gunslinger, but given the opportunity I'd have pulled that specific trigger.  As far as I'm concerned, Osama confessed with his video exultations and calls for future mass killings.  Formal trial not necessary.

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Living Room / Re: The internet in 1990 -- holy smokes!
« on: May 03, 2011, 10:20 AM »
Some of that stuff seemed pretty neat at the time.   Wonder where we'll be twenty years from now.  ;D

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Living Room / Re: amount of RAM in a netbook
« on: May 02, 2011, 03:40 PM »
1GB works fine with XP.

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Living Room / Re: The great toilet paper debate
« on: April 30, 2011, 07:03 AM »
that was like wiping your butt with a silky cloud

Pure poetry.   ;D

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Living Room / Re: The great toilet paper debate
« on: April 29, 2011, 08:49 PM »
As for the unraveling argument, I think there's a little bit of an irrational fear there.  People who prefer under look at the over orientation and think "Man, that looks unstable!  It's going to unravel!  Oh no!!"  But it's really not anywhere near that bad.  I just think, practically speaking, over wins every time.

I have cats.  Over loses sometimes.

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Developer's Corner / Re: New Twist on Basic
« on: April 29, 2011, 12:55 PM »
MiniBASIC was written by the man who developed my favorite programming tool, Emergence BASIC.  What that means is that the program will be very reliable, the developer not so much.

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Living Room / Re: The great toilet paper debate
« on: April 27, 2011, 08:41 PM »
Gotta be on top.

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Living Room / Re: A Parrot Riding a Car's Windshield Wipers
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:39 AM »
Even with clipped wings, the bird could flap it's way off the car if it wanted to.  I don't see any particular signs of distress in its behavior, but do think the owner isn't hitting on all eight cylinders.

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