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hear hear Hirudin! What a dopey idea saying they're leaving out emusic because of independents.
Why not say they're leaving it out because their music:cr*p ratio is so high compared to the others?
One point for allofmp3 is that you can hear COMPLETE tracks before you buy - a seriously good thing.

Carol mentioned about helping out a local museum in regard to Object VR. Made the point that they are not really computer literate and she didn't have access to their web server.
Made me wonder whether we could offer some DC web space, funded by credits, to groups deemed worthy of a bit of support if there's some sort of connection to a DC member as in the example just quoted. Needn't be for a whole website, but as in the example, could just have a specialized bit of stuff.

It would be a community service, it should be low bandwidth and it could have subtle DC branding.

A list of objections re practicality would probably take me too long to type - treat this as a KIV sort of idea worth considering

Carol, this sorta looks promising:
QuickTime. What a cool idea for internet media delivery. Movies and Object VR are two of the best features of this great package from Apple. Great, that is, until you need to download QuickTime to view media. For the PC this means 5.8 to 11Mb for QuickTime version 6.4. And the codecs (the actual movie compression and decompression programs) can vary from PC to Mac. What about AVI format for Windows Media Player? No ? same problem, and no Object VR. What is a developer to do? has a free java applet - example at - don't know if its just me, but it seems slow to load.

Can't speak for the quality of the output, but here's stuff Ive come across:
http://www.duckware....m/goround/index.html ($29)

would that $500 include plane tickets too? :huh:

Living Room / Re: A personal note about DonationCredits
« on: April 06, 2006, 04:02 AM »
this is such a neat idea!!!

Did you look at ?
(you may have because its associated with 37 signals/basecamp)

the 'create linked window' functions sounds similar to what tablane does but i thought that all current tabbed browsers allowed tiling/cascading of pages/panes/windows (whatever they should be called).

this may be just an aesthetic thing but the way tablane works is to automatically resize the 'lanes' so that there is no 'dead' space within the window - each 'lane' fits tight against each other. to me, this 'feels' better as it's self adjusting and doesn't require you to keep messing about resizing windows to fit nicely on the screen.

That used to be called tiling (either vertically or horizontally, which opera DID have. It ALSO used to let you have all sorts of odd sizes as "laning"/tiling.  Plus you didn't need to drag/drop, you just clicked as normal and voila, new page in linked window.

Opera was way, way ahead of its time and lots of "new" features around today are in fact OLD opera features.

How about the old Operas (eg v5) which would let you create new windows which could be tiled or cascaded within Opera?
You could create a "linked window" (or windows) to show the url you clicked on in an originating window.
Don't know if its still possible or not - would like to know.

As an aside, I had to install an old opera to get the screenshot below, which gave me a chance to use the Altiris Virtualization Software :):)
Thanks to whoever it was posted about that!!

Dear Jerry,
sometimes my students do really, really dumb things and I find it hard to maintain  my composure. I'd like to thank you for giving me a perspective on their occasional idiocy and for helping me realize that even if they show NO improvement whilst in my care, at least they'd find a place in Tuttle, OK where they'd be inconspicuous.

General Software Discussion / Re: Gabbly!
« on: March 24, 2006, 10:43 PM »
thats pretty nifty!! :Thmbsup:

Super, see if you like this player ...
It only plays 1 mp3, which you said prob suited you, but if you duplicate the swf, you can set it up to play many.
I found it at
Re displaying comments, does this sound similar to your need (replace photos with rtf docs)?
I take photos of the whiteboard at school after each lesson (about 5) and want to post them online.
So I needed a program to look in my folder of photos and create a webpage (of links) to those photos.
Thus I come out with a folder of photos plus an index.html file for those photos. It has to be done automatically, else its too tedious.
I used dirhtml from http://home.pacbell....dirhtml/dirhtml.html - a freeware program which allows for templates for the resulting index webpage.

:) Having said all that, I then wrote an autokey script to do basically the same thing for me (Im not crazy, there was a reason, namely I wanted more control over the template). If you go to my website ( -> school in the menu, you'll see a very unpretty but it works set of examples
If you want any more info, pm or email me

Living Room / Re: Free landline calls?
« on: March 22, 2006, 09:38 PM »
I noted that:
a. Free calls to landlines last max 1 minute unless you've paid a balance to them (couldn't see what the minimum balance was)
b. In the EULA, you agree to let them use your computer and bandwidth for their purposes (ie I guess you are signing up to be a relay for them)
Skype does this too I believe, but there's other companies out there who don't. Don't ask me which, Ive forgotten, sorry

Living Room / Re: Keeping track of software license/serial keys
« on: March 19, 2006, 06:19 AM »
Actually AnyPassword does a fair job for what I need.
-Carol Haynes (March 19, 2006, 05:33 AM)
One aspect of anypasswords that appealed to me was the ease of saving/moving the actual password file. Ive had a couple of calamitous h/d events at least one thing I could count on was quickly and easily  getting access to my passwords again

Living Room / Re: Keeping track of software license/serial keys
« on: March 19, 2006, 06:12 AM »
PS Tony ...
I haven't forgotten about the DVD - just been manic around here and I haven't had time to get it sorted out properly

-Carol Haynes (March 19, 2006, 05:18 AM)
PS Carol :)
no probs - I can relate to that. I'm thinking school work 23.9/7 .. not good!! Take your time.

Living Room / Re: Keeping track of software license/serial keys
« on: March 19, 2006, 12:41 AM »
I use "anypassword" from romanlab - its simple, does what I need it for and is free.

LaunchBar Commander / Re: testers post your first impressions here
« on: March 18, 2006, 02:32 AM »
Mouser, a question please ...
I'm still finding autohide a very hit/miss affair - (I have it docked at the top of my screen.)
for example
a. sometimes when its showing, if I move the cursor away from the bar, it hides auto
 else it doesnt but when I click on the desktop it does
 else it doesnt when I click on the desktop .. but if I get agitated and click a few times rapidly it hides

I can induce the non-hide behaviour by pointing onto the bar then off 2 or sometimes 3, times. But sometimes, trying to induce the non-hide behaviour, it wont auto appear for a while.

Are you working on this, or reckon you'd fixed it or ...
I recall you did have concerns before.
Apart from that, I reckon this is shaping up to be the best launcher Ive used.

Best ScreenCaster / Re: Another possibility - WME
« on: March 16, 2006, 03:32 PM »
thanks Jim,
it sounds pretty impressive - I suppose the price is too! (probably out of a school's league)

Best ScreenCaster / Re: Another possibility - WME
« on: March 15, 2006, 06:34 PM »
could you give a link to Firefly please?

Living Room / Re: Unable to find or download license keys!!!
« on: March 11, 2006, 10:29 PM »
I have a swf demo of getting a key ...
if mouser agrees I'll post the url here ... else pm me

LaunchBar Commander / Re: an idea for auto configuration
« on: March 06, 2006, 07:36 AM »
thanks, I'll try that.

LaunchBar Commander / Re: an idea for auto configuration
« on: March 06, 2006, 06:32 AM »
...note also that launchbar commander makes it easy to add commands from the list of running processes, so it makes it easy to add an application you are currently using (i can make it easier too i suppose).

Point taken. That feature is WONDERFUL - and it's very easy as is.

you can drag shortcuts from your start menu

my start menu is like the bottom of a bowl of my wife's laksa - never know what you'll find in there and looks pretty messy

LaunchBar Commander / Re: an idea for auto configuration
« on: March 06, 2006, 05:10 AM »
It would only have to run for 2 weeks in my case ... if I havent used it by then I dont want it on my lean, mean LC bar. If I wanted EVERY bit of software to show in 1 place, I'd let the start menu grow like topsy and keep wading thru that.
Being able to dispense with the monitoring is why I suggested separating 2 functions - an initial getting set up function from the ongoing "doing what its designed for" function.
Is monitoring what program starts and comparing it with a list somewhere such a cpu/resource intensive thing anyway (at least short term)?

Then you would run a command called "Find and link all"
It's the "all" which worries me heaps - could you change it to "find and link all the ones you know I really want on the bar and leave out the 1000 other "just in case I ever want it" ones"

And then it would scour your hard disk for installed programs that match the items in that hierarchical predefined menu.
Yes it would take a long time to do the first scan.
Guess you know by now that scouring is the last thing I want

But afterwards the result would be a very nicely organized hierarchical toolbar/launcher with nice organized submenus, etc.
And at least in my case would be so humungously big I'd be quicker using start/run/....

I may have it all wrong (thats usually how it is with me) but I thought the best feature of a launch bar was to cut down on the clutter inherent in the start menu ... else why not use that? Usually I just want the <10 most frequently used programs for each category I set up (graphics,internet,system, file type stuff, etc etc)

LaunchBar Commander / Re: an idea for auto configuration
« on: March 06, 2006, 12:32 AM »
I would like a launchbar to have as small and overhead as possible.

In the beginning tho, I'd really like to have "something" watching, so that when it noticed me starting up a program, it would record that fact and, if it hadn't been run before, ask me whether I wanted it added to LC, and where.

After a while, when the launch bar was pretty well populated, I'd prefer to rely on only manually adding menu items (as LC is now).
Thus I'd like to jettison the helper eventually - much easier I imagine, if LC and the helper were separate programs.

Why not a helper app to scour my h/d to populate LC in the first place? Because it would take longer to get rid of stuff I DIDNT want on LC if it added them automatically, and I'd get sick of saying yes/no if I were asked about every program I'd installed.

In a sense, running a second, helper, program sounds a bit inelegant, but so is the idea of boosters on the space shuttle, and that works.

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