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[#] Mon Aug 30 2010 17:07:29 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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The model works!

[#] Tue Mar 30 2010 12:37:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Remember how long it took to stabilize Citadel on top of Berkeley DB?

You can't say the API made development easier for us initially. SQL

My primary goal was (and still is) to have a database back end that could be linked in as a library instead of requiring DBA-like activities everywhere the software is installed.

Would I do it with Berkeley DB today? Probably not. Today we have things like SQLite available that would have given us a schema layer *and* embeddability.
It's not worth switching over at this point because we already did all of the heavy lifting, but if we were starting the project today, things would definitely be different.

I got into some superheated arguments with Mr.T about this. He wanted a totally decoupled store using an external RDBMS. He said it wasn't an issue.
I argued that requiring all of those extra steps for installation would limit the take-up of the platform. It's a decade or so later now and I still think we did the right thing.

[#] Thu May 27 2010 16:36:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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[#] Sun Jul 11 2010 08:17:26 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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So Jul 11 2010 02:04:03 EDT von Animal @ Uncensored
Needs annoying backgrounds, unmuteable music, and more <marquee> tags.


[#] Sun Jul 04 2010 19:02:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I've still got an old-skool Ethernet-to-parallel (three parallel ports, actually) JetDirect. Works fine, but I'll probably never be able to upgrade it to support IPv6.

[#] Thu May 27 2010 08:01:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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So let's say I'm sick of my landline, and I want a skype phone.
Does there exist any hardware that allows you to hook a real phone up

to the PC to use as a skype phone?

Mixed media not getting the job done for you anymore? I think the real trick for you is going to be getting your phone number ported out from under the FiOS without cancelling your service. And didn't you agree to a two year contract a few months ago?

Anyway, as Pulse mentioned there are several brands of Skype-to-POTS adapters available. Most of them seem to be USB attached, though, so it's likely you'll need a dedicated computer (or a VM with a USB connection passed through to it) for this purpose.

Does it have to be Skype? If you're just looking for any phone service, most other VoIP services will give you an Ethernet-attached adapter that you can plug directly into your local network.
Vonage is the best known one, but if you'd rather go with someone trustworthy and local, our friends at Ace Innovative offer an *excellent* SIP service.
I used it for years before I got FiOS.

And if you're looking to go super cheap, you should also check out Magic Jack.

[#] Fri Sep 10 2010 14:36:50 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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seems like the first few are only running android 1.x wouldn't it be wiser to wait until the market is flush with expandable equipment that can run 2.2 and later?

[#] Tue Mar 30 2010 08:33:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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In my experience, the problem is not databases, but rather DBA's. I don't know why, but they tend to be extremely rigid thinkers. Everything has to be done "by the book" even if empirical evidence shows that some other way yields better performance, shorter development time, or whatever.

(And then they'll do something stupid like put a "select * from *" on every screen.)

[#] Wed Jun 09 2010 07:53:56 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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I love how I only got the first 80 characters of that URL but it contained everything needed to get me to the page.

I've often thought about how these RFID chips are unsafe. I'm carrying in my wallet 4 individual RFID enabled cards that someone could probably very easily steal just by brushing up against me. When I pay for stuff using the contactless payment system thing, it doesn't ask you to sign it, enter your PIN, or anything at all. It's just ....... Approved!

[#] Thu Feb 04 2010 23:50:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That's a need that could be eliminated, if only there were spoken news broadcasts on the radio.

[#] Tue Feb 16 2010 14:52:09 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I don't care what the number itself is, but I think it's useful to note it's normal operating temperature number, and the high range of numbers so I can see when it's getting too high.

[#] Sat Jul 10 2010 00:20:39 EDT from TheOneLaw @ Uncensored

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<blink> I had so much fun </blink> with this <blink>

way back </blink> when <blink> the net first </blink> showed up

<blink>but</blink> had <blink>forgotten</blink> all about it

after <blink>participating</blink> in <blink>far too many</blink> uber-professional

discourses wherein the </blink>recurring urge</blink> to accentuate things


to annoy people was buried.


[#] Fri Apr 02 2010 08:35:01 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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That is kind of interesting. It might come in handy, if I can ever get away from XP.

[#] Mon May 31 2010 10:09:01 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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so as a goof I hooked up ekiga to an ipkall number and in about 3 minutes is was working.
I played with asterisk for a few minutes when I realized how not trivial it is to set up and then thought about what I needed it for and realized it wasn't worth it.
I'll keep the ekiga thing around (hey it's free and easy) but what I really want is cheap phone and my 948 number so I'm going to see if the magic jack thing pans out.

[#] Thu Apr 22 2010 10:51:52 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Funny you should mention.  I noticed just last night on dr. horrible's sing-along blog that when there were large areas of flat surfaces that were dimly lit, there was a bit of pixelization (large blocks actually).  Still like it thoug as I am impatient and it is nice to have lots of options without having to mess around with a DVR.

[#] Thu May 13 2010 11:41:36 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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My thinkpad X31 is pretty rockin. It's really small and light and the battery lasts hours and hours and hours. It has no cd/dvd drive so you need some external drive to install the OS, but it runs xp swimmingly. It's my work-from-home-away-from-home machine. The screen is like 1024x768 and it's got a squished keyboard, but I've done devlopment on it, andit's quite useable.
I imagine you can pick up a used one pretty cheap nowadays.

[#] Mon Jun 14 2010 22:28:38 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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do hex editors read from block devices directly, as if I wanted to edit the MBR myself.
or are you saying mount the device as a file and do it that way...

[#] Tue Feb 08 2011 17:37:28 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Just had to interject a bit: great source for finding freeware: :)

[#] Mon Dec 13 2010 16:08:36 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Dunno whether this is useful for anyone, but it seems that Google has a text-to-speech API that anyone can use.

You go (where 'text' is the phrase you want it to say) and you get back an MP3. It works with any string up to 100 characters.

[#] Wed Mar 10 2010 15:55:52 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I am just so used to the touchpoint now that I have no desire for a regular mouse. I do have a mac mini in the house with a regular mouse and I don't mind using the mouse at all.. but on a laptop the touchpoint feels so much better.

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