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      Orphan Attachments   07/31/2018

      I have been doing some housekeeping lately and I've noticed that I had a lot of orphaned attachments. Attachments get orphaned when the PM or post is deleted without removing the attachment first. Deleting a PM or post does not delete the attachment and the file or image remain on the server. I'd like to ask all members to go through their attachments and delete any attachments you don't need anymore or those that have been orphaned. Where can I get a list of my attachments? Click on your display name in the upper right corner of the forums and pick "My Attachments" from the drop-down list. How can I tell an attachment is orphaned? If the PM has been deleted, you'll see a message like this in your attachment list: Unfortunately there is no message if the post has been deleted, so please check your old posts. We do purge old birthday threads every once in a while. Also some hosted projects have been shut down, so you may have orphaned attachments on one of those locations. Thanks!

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  1. What are you listening to right now?

    We're missing this little gem... The idea is pretty simple: you post what you're listening to, be it a song, sound effect, the ancient Pharaohs putting a curse on you. You get the idea. To start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf8aBFTVNEU
  2. Random Stuffz

    Incoming. To your bunkers
  3. Games on Sale

    GOG has kicked off its Winter sale along with more free games. This time, they're giving away Fallout 1, 2, and Tactics for the next 48 hours.For reference, their site is here: http://www.gog.com/Their servers are currently being hammered so you may have issues getting in for a bit.
  4. "Bad" Movie Suggestions

    As some of you know, I like to watch bad movies. I also enjoy picking them apart.Feel free to list suggestions and I'll post the results of me picking them apart. :)As for the criteria:They need to be bad films. They also should be older films (around 80's or earlier).
  5. Tech Advice and Stuffz

    I need some advice here so I figured I'd throw this thread up to help hold future questions and stuff. :)Anyways, I need to get myself a cable modem and I have no idea what to look for. No wireless features are needed, I'll be plugging in a coax cable from the wall into the modem and then an Ethernet cable into the modem and, from there, to my computer.
  6. Basic Comparison of Archive Formats

    This will be a general overview of various archive formats. For this thread, I'll be focusing on some of the more common ones. Fist a list: We'll be covering tar, RAR, 7z, and ZIP. tar is a file format for archiving only. It keeps file permissions, making it ideal for backups. It is an open format, meaning a license isn't needed to make a utility to support tar archives. tar is also the name of the Unix utility used to work with them. tar doesn't use compression, so you need to compress it separately after making a tar archive. gzip and bzip2 are commonly used for this, giving you archive names that end with .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 RAR is a proprietary format. Archives can be created using WinRAR. Being proprietary, a license is needed to support the format and the company can always say that one can no longer support the file format. For unpacking, 7-Zip has support but does not support creation. 7z is 7-Zip's main archive format, which is licensed under the LGPL. It doesn't retain file permissions, as I recall. It supports the following compression algorithms: LZMA, LZMA2, Bzip2, DEFLATE, and PPMd. LZMA and LZMA2 have improved compression ratios over the other three with LZMA2 having improved multi-threading support over LZMA. ZIP is supported by just about every OS but doesn't compress very well. It is the only archive format that Windows supports without installing another program. Out of the archives that do compression, 7z (using either LZMA or LZMA2) and RAR tend to compress files to the smallest sizes. They're actually about equal in the amount of compression. However, due to RAR being proprietary and having little support outside of the proprietary programs, I recommend that one use 7z. When it comes to RAR, there's always the chance that you'll have to pay to extract the contents in the future and certain operating systems are harder to work with to extract RAR files. Since the two archives compress roughly the same, the fact that 7z isn't proprietary is a huge plus and, in my opinion, is the superior format. As for compression options for 7z, there are quite a few. The main ones are the compression level, threads, and solid compression. With more threads, file size may vary but it'll be faster to compress. As for compression level, this is a trade-off. At the highest setting, you save the most space. However, it also takes the most time to pack and unpack. Solid compression tells it to consider all of the data as a single unit, so you get a smaller file size. Again, it also takes longer to pack and unpack. Personally, I use it archive files so I set the compression to level 9 using solid compression. For transferring files between systems (like a file system structure) that you wish to keep the permissions, tar is probably going to be your go-to format to use. If you want to ensure that everyone can use an archive, ZIP is a good fit for that since almost every OS has built-in support for ZIP archives. And that's a general guide on archive formats. Hopefully, it comes in handy.
  7. Recipes

    I feel like sharing my recipe for stew.Now, I use venison since I've got a freezer full of it but just about any meat will work. None of my measurements are hard numbers, they're all guesswork. :PYou grab your meat, toss it into a pot. Take your broth (I use beef) and fill up the pot just enough so that the meat is covered. Take some flour (about two palmfuls (that is, enough to fill the opening when you cup your hand)) and toss it into the post. Then you get a large onion and cut it up. Not into tiny pieces but the pieces are about an inch across. Toss them into the pot.The seasonings are all based on taste so the amount can vary but the types of seasonings I use have gotten good results consistently.Grab some steak sauce and pour into the pot. Same with Worcestershire sauce.Add some parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, lemon pepper, Everglades seasoning, and basil to the mixture (around a teaspoon of each).I use two whole cloves and two bay leaves as well.Then you let it cook all day long. I personally use a crock pot for the task.About 2 - 3 hours before I take it off, I toss in some corn (if I've got any), some peas, and carrots. Along with some gnocchi. Sometimes, I'll use standard potatoes. If I do, I toss them in in the morning with the rest of the mixture.Just thought I'd share that.

    Here are some that I enjoy:"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.But there is only one thing which gathers people into seditious commotion, and that is oppression." -- John Locke"In prosperity let us most carefully avoid pride, disdain, and arrogance." -- Cicero"How much does great prosperity overspread the mind with darkness." -- Seneca"The die is cast." -- Caesar"It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into." -- Jonathan Swift"Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are, and those few dare not oppose themselves to the opinion of the many, who have the majesty of the state to defend them." -- Machiavelli"The best fortress which a prince can possess is the affection of his people." -- Machiavelli"The people must not be counted upon; they cry indifferently : "Long live the King!" and "Long live the Conspirators!" a proper direction must be given to them, and proper instruments employed to effect it." -- Napoléon Bonaparte"A great people may be killed, but they cannot be intimidated." -- Napoléon Bonaparte"One must learn to forgive and not to hold a hostile, bitter attitude of mind, which offends those about us and prevents us from enjoying ourselves; one must recognize human shortcomings and adjust himself to them rather than to be constantly finding fault with them." -- Napoléon Bonaparte"A man who has no consideration for the needs of his men ought never to be given command." -- Napoléon Bonaparte"Soon there will be war. Millions will burn. Millions will perish in sickness and misery. Why does one death matter against so many? Because there is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished. Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise in this. But there are so many deserving of retribution ... and there is so little time." -- Rorschach, Watchmen"The perfect entrance, the grand illusion. It's everything. And I'm going to bring the house down." -- V, V for VendettaWell we could simplify it further by putting all configuration options undera single menu called "things".- Alan Cox on linux-kernel"Well, if you can't believe what you read in a comic book, what *can*you believe?!"-- Bullwinkle J. MooseAll men are mortal. Socrates was mortal. Therefore, all men are Socrates.-- Woody AllenI never made a mistake in my life. I thought I did once, but I was wrong.-- Lucy Van PeltI have a switch in my apartment that doesn't do anything. Every oncein a while I turn it on and off. On and off. On and off. One day Igot a call from a woman in France who said "Cut it out!"-- Steven Wright And here are some quote resources: WikiQuote IMDB And to find the source of a quote from a film: https://getyarn.io/
  9. PrgLnch: Yet Another Game Launcher

    Okay, I'll keep thinking on both things and keep looking for answers for the GPU stuff.
  10. Random Stuffz

    Here it's just been hot. And my AC has been on the fritz. Last night, it was actually cooler outside than it was inside!
  11. Random Stuffz

    How do ships in science fiction series not run into planets when they decide to travel faster than the speed of light? Or asteroid fields? That scene in Star Wars made no sense! The Rick's would have pierced the hull, depressurizing it, and sucking them all out! We would have had a vacuum sealed, bearskin rug!
  12. Kitties!!

    Well I disagree with them letting their cats run loose all the time! I'm honestly tired of the corpses they leave around.
  13. Star Trek Online

    So, yeah, Borg engines look awesome: And, by far, one of the best ways to make energy credits in game is to farm kit modules. They go for a lot and are pretty easy to get.
  14. Star Trek Online

    So I figured it was about time I started a proper thread for this after playing for about six weeks now. The game is basically just that: it's Star Trek online as an MMO. Unlike many MMOs, it focuses a lot on the story side of things as opposed to just running around completing random quests (it does have those, however). It is free-to-play with an optional subscription. Its free-to-play model, however, is one of the best out there in that the subscription really only gets you convenience features such as extra inventory slots, character slots, etcetera but a lot of the players go with a sub anyways as it helps to support the developers. It's community is relatively small for an MMO but it's got a strong one. For instance, we had a pretty detailed discussion of Lego sets in-game today. The game also does microtransactions for a lot of the stuff you get with the subscription, which is nice for those that want to do things ala cart and as they need them (saves some money every month, too). They do sell other stuff like ships and extra companions but you can ignore the real money side of things for the most part (I do recommend buying the $5 Energy Credit storage boost if nothing else if you forgo a subscription) for two reasons: you can buy many of them from other players in the in-game exchange with in-game currency and they also tend to do giveaways every few months. Here are more details on the F2P model: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/3026713#Free-to-Play Matrix They regularly update the game and do so about once a week so they're still actively maintaining the game. It does have a few bugs but these are mostly minor annoyances such as some consumables being unequipped when you change a zone. Not too much of a problem once you become aware of them. The game does have a guild system (they call them fleets) but I haven't gotten to exploring this side of the game yet (you need a total of five players to make one and I haven't gotten around to joining one). If anyone does decide to join me (hey, these are better with friends!), I do have some tips: you'll want to save your energy credits up for the better shuttle when you get to that point and try and spend as little dilithium as you can (some of the giveaways are raffles and you can buy more raffle entries with dilithium, which is mostly important for very-late game gear so I recommend saving it up until you reach that point to maximize your raffle chances). I also recommend doing the achievements as they provide bonuses such as extra damage and things. I can craft a lot of basic gear if anyone needs me to outfit them (it takes forever to level up crafting but it's like that for everyone). Main site is here: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online It's a very fun game!
  15. Win 8.X CS Black Screen o' Misfortune

    Yay! That is strange, though. Very temperamental!
  16. Kitties!!

    I like that idea!
  17. PrgLnch: Yet Another Game Launcher

    Okay, so we can extend my map idea for the sets to contain a map with the running programs as the key and the values being a mutliset, holding the window positions. Not something we can do ourselves, of course, but it's definitely something to keep in mind as a request for the windowing people. Reading GPU configs: we found that the documentation was lacking, didn't we? Or did we want to try another approach?
  18. Kitties!!

    I did but I like having the deer in my yard.
  19. PrgLnch: Yet Another Game Launcher

    The window positions resetting is innate to Windows, actually. It doesn't save the configuration for each resolution, instead it's per user account at a global level. It'd be nice to have the behavior of the former (I'm not sure Linux even saves them per resolution), though. Maybe something we should request from the people of their respective OS? Edit: For the implementation of such a thing, it'd simply be a stack: On resolution change, push current positions into stack. Push the new positions on to stack for the new resolution. On changing back, pop the current ones off the stack and push onto another stack. Pop the old ones off the stack. It could be done with temporary variables but a stack greatly simplifies the code and makes it much cleaner. In essence, it's basically the same deal but looks nicer. Or it could be done using a map of sets. This is probably the better way in case there are many resolution changes while the windows are open.
  20. PrgLnch: Yet Another Game Launcher

    Where do we stand now? Not sure if we were still testing things or not.
  21. Kitties!!

    Yeah, that doesn't work here! I throw out my peels in my garden for compost and they still come! I can try foil, thanks.
  22. Gaming monitors: 4k TV or UWQHD monitor?

    I would just run those in a window instead of fullscreen, myself. It's not ideal but low resolutions don't usually stretch well too much above 19 inch diameter for close sitting or 32 inches for distance (things tend to look strange and the artifacts are more visible). Do you have some that aren't DOS games but below 800x600 resolution?
  23. Confusing issues, need help.

    Yes, that's it.
  24. Kitties!!

    I still have an issue with them hanging around my doors and windows, is there a way to keep them from coming too close?
  25. Kitties!!

    Question: how do I keep the stray cats around here from taking a dump right in front of my front door....?