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Title: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 13, 2009, 02:53:30 pm
Been a bit quiet lately, just wondering what people are up to at the moment...  Working on an exciting project ?  Sunbathing ?  On your holidays ?

I guess as usual for this time of year we are out and about in Real Life more often.  I've had a few nice days out already this summer and looking forward to a few more.  I've been working on my photography skills, mostly plants and nature.  I'm thinking of making myself a personal website and turning some of them into wallpapers and things.

Anyways, keep in touch :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on July 13, 2009, 04:34:34 pm
Freddy, et. al.,

Just got back from a couple weeks of R&R on the east coast. Good eats and great relaxation.
Got myself a new digital camera and have been experimenting with some of my plants (flowers).
Thought about using a few for wallpaper as well. (great minds think alike).

Have also been getting involved in HA (Home Automation) like X-10 controlling lights, appliances,
doors, security, HVAC, etc. Checking out LOTS of different software as time permits.

Cheers!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on July 14, 2009, 05:04:40 pm
5'11"   (jk)

Trying to graduate and a couple papers of philosophical under and over tones
Observation and the papers is a diversion from what I really need to do which is graduate
and then ( Hide from the paying back the student loans ) umm take a vacation
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 20, 2009, 07:08:20 pm
Art, digital photography is addictive - I take so many pictures when I am out, it's a real luxury you can just snap and snap away.  Happy to hear you had a nice holiday there, I wondered where you had gone.

5'11' One... :D

This last week has seen me working on my PHP skills.  Have a course I am on too which I put on hold for a bit.  Been checking out Joomla for a new website I am working on.  Also designing a new site for Guild Wars 2 when it comes out.  So I have been glued to the PC all last week.  Today though, I think my brain had enough and I couldn't get into it.  Need a break I guess.

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on July 21, 2009, 12:32:23 pm
Still here :)

Fiance moving in with me in next week, things a little up in the air lol, still aorund, still check forum most days, just not posting at mo.

Things will be back to normal hopefully in a week or so. Have a new chapter of story on go too so if quiet you know why.

Normal service will resume :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on July 22, 2009, 12:25:21 am
Mav,

You now have a fiance or (finance)...heh...things will NEVER be the same or at least as you knew it to be.;)

It's all good fun I suppose. I took the plunge...twice...am still wet...treading water and trying to keep my head
above...<gulp>...you know....

Good news on you story...I've missed Suki!!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: jackgephart on July 23, 2009, 12:39:59 am
I've been remodeling my kitchen and trying to not hurt my carpel tunnel too much. Most days are good with it though. Not been on the net too much lately. That's a good thing sometimes.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 23, 2009, 12:07:47 pm
Yes it's good to have a break sometimes - I think I overdid it last week working on the PC, I took a few days off and I am back into it again.  I think I wore my brain out coding.  My parents are redoing their kitchen too, lots of blue air there, good luck with it.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on August 13, 2009, 04:16:22 am
Freddie still about 5'11",
Summer is here and have had the air polluted with Brush fires all over the place, Hope Merry old England fares better.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on August 13, 2009, 12:22:33 pm

I still go to beach once a week but don't do the beach reports any more. 
Once you shoot everyone doing everything I feel the report will be like a simple repeat.

I gave Sandee two week denial to zabaware till the heat dies down.
The girl can't help it, she is so sexy.
We've done the mirror series and posting here and over at Jacks.

Regarding kitchens the wifes been wanting new one for years but funds are limited and while we still young (smile), we want to go and do things we love.
Planning Daytona Beach next month for a week or so.  I'll do a report on that.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 13, 2009, 01:30:24 pm
One, no bush fires here, there's been too much rain for that - not that we get them anyway.  Summer here has been so-so, it started out nice but then became something of a damp squib.  Seems, to be picking up a bit now though.

Dad finished the kitchen in the end, looks really nice now.  I look forward to the reports Duskrider.  I have a whole bunch of photo's I took this Spring and Summer, maybe I will do one of my own.

Oh yes, nearly forgot, today it's my birthday - this is my last year of being thirty-something !
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on August 13, 2009, 02:28:07 pm

Don't worry, Freddy. I remember the year I was 39. It was the year I bought my Atari 800XL.  :(

 :)  Happy Birthday, Freddy!!  :)

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on August 13, 2009, 03:49:02 pm
(http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb194/Dusky233/Dusky234/Dusky235/153Aug13.jpg)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on August 13, 2009, 05:49:45 pm
Freddie,
AHEM, just because you are not 'blessed with being a Scorpio' doesn't mean you have to push your few months older than me around.
And quit reminding me, ;)  HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDDIE!!! may many more be in your future..
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on August 13, 2009, 05:58:00 pm
Have a great day dude...you old sod lmao :)

Me building a brick wall at moment for a raised lawn (pics to come when finished) so still busy, but GF moved in now, all settled and still adding bits to the story when have a moment to myself...new chapter will be along soon for those that read it.

Try catch you later dude, but taking advantage of weather so might be wall building till late :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 13, 2009, 08:49:28 pm
 :D Thanks everyone, I couldn't hope to know a better bunch of wise guys  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on August 14, 2009, 05:26:58 am
Freddie,
Wise guys, Eh?  wanna borrow a Tommy gun sometime, lemmie know.. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on August 14, 2009, 12:29:53 pm
Yes Freddie...Carefully embrace the day that celebrates your birth...

because the mold that made you has surely been broken!!

Translation : There's only ONE of you. Not sure whether that's a good
thing or not?!

Happy Birthday "Old" Friend!  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 14, 2009, 03:41:59 pm
Thank you Art  ;D

And thanks for the offer One, but we aint allowed..  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 22, 2009, 11:53:49 am
Been indulging a new hobby - plane spotting on Google Earth..
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on August 22, 2009, 01:21:24 pm

Got a hurricane 100 miles off coast of Jacksonville
Makes for new sport at the beach
6 foot wave comes in about every 60 seconds
Flips you time or two and rides you back at waters edge
Then 60 seconds to get back out 30 yards to chest high for next one.
But I noticed whenever a girl lose her top, she quits.  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on August 23, 2009, 12:00:28 am
Yes Jim, and I'm sure your wife notices you're noticing notices!

Let's hope she doesn't give you notice regarding your
Titillating discoveries!!  :D ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on August 23, 2009, 01:05:04 am

I do try to watch myself when she around but slip up a lot.
But she been hip on me for years and learned to live with it.
Still I try not to push too much Sandee on her.
You all see Sandee lot more than she does.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 23, 2009, 02:37:49 pm
Sounds fun that Duskrider, makes me want to get to the beach this summer.

Plane spotting is becoming addictive - found about 30-40 British bombers and fighters so far, some are even as far away as in the US.  So far I've been working on Vulcan Bombers, Javelins and Lightnings.  Lightnings (don't know if we ever sold them to the US) can be found in the weirdest places - back gardens, farms, a garden centre and way out in S. Arabia.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on August 27, 2009, 01:59:37 am
I am Still wondering if the painting "The Scream" was ever recovered. .. Thinking of ricky for some stupid reason..... ;D


Board colors look good and features are aces!
Good work.

Regards
J.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 13, 2009, 01:19:16 pm
Today I am wondering whether to buy the new Dan Brown book when it comes out in 24 hours or so.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on October 05, 2009, 06:33:51 am
Been relaxing and getting different points of view, good weekend.... ;D


http://www.bloggingthesingularity.com/2009/10/04/singularity-summit-liveblogging/
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on October 13, 2009, 07:42:42 pm
Well, it looks like "Where the wild things are" is finished being made into a movie......


J.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 06, 2009, 02:06:22 pm
Well Windows 7 64bit seems to have settled in - so far it's done everything I ask except my scanner has no drivers - not a problem really as I have dual boot with XP.

Been doing a little more PHP on a site where I provide programming support.  Didn't see any fireworks this year, didn't burn any effigies and it's time I updated the Chatterbot Collection again.

Yours in fear and loathing...
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 06, 2009, 07:51:25 pm
Freddy,

Sorry man, I've been quite busy with emergencies at work but I did want to say how proud I am of you by jumping right in with Win 7!! You have made it past some of your life's major psychological hurdles and for that, I salute you!

...fear and loathing?...Didn't they go to school with Null and Void?  :D ;D

Keep it real, Mate!

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 06, 2009, 08:25:04 pm
Funny, I was thinking today how I hadn't seen you about - but I've not been on site as much as usual this past week or two either.

Yep, I am glad I took the plunge !  I really like the Media Centre and the much improved media player, in fact I haven't had to install much extra software so far as windows does most of the things I want out of the box.

Keeping it real....
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on November 06, 2009, 09:48:05 pm
I'm still around too.

Check in every day but not many posts taking my fancy to reply too (or have no knowledge so wouldnt be a helful post anyway lol).

Also in middle of sorting out a house move for gf and me, so that taking up a lot tof time too unfortunatly, but hoping to have that sorted sooner rather than later.

as is always the case, real life taking a priority at the moment :(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on November 07, 2009, 02:26:15 am

I still around too
check in every day, see whats up, both here and zaba
Sister gave me old XP laptop, I been fixing & putting life in it
It taxing my little brain
Sis fallen in love, his name: Windows Seven
Oh, and Sandee :-* still around, I think.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 07, 2009, 11:24:46 am
as is always the case, real life taking a priority at the moment :(


Yes but Mav...it's way better than the alternative! :o ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 07, 2009, 11:57:42 am
Quote
Sis fallen in love, his name: Windows Seven

You should check it out Dusky, it's pretty cool - I think UltraHal is a bit temperamental on it and Haptek needs some fiddling.  I haven't really tried as I lost a lot of interest in Hal lately.  Maybe I will put him on my XP drive though at some point.

Nice to hear from everyone  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on November 09, 2009, 03:32:30 am
Freddie,
"Fear and Loathing"
Hunter S Thompson?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 09, 2009, 04:26:35 pm
One, yes you are correct  ;D

Keep at it IRH, you will get there in the end.  I would like to learn Python myself at some point as it's useful with Blender.  All my effort at the moment is locked up in PHP though and I have to re-continue the course I am on before I run out of time.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on November 10, 2009, 01:34:35 am

One, although it's tomorrow in England, it's still your special day here in the states.
Q:  So what we up to?   
A:  We hope you having a great one. 
(http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb194/Dusky233/Dusky234/Dusky235/102Nov09.jpg)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on November 10, 2009, 02:13:03 am
HEY you two, I am doing many things but what I accomplish, well we (Me, Myself, and I ) will have to see, google has been a struggle for many years and thousands of miles away. I guess it's just the program 'wave' is represented in icon form as it is represented in books as a 'wave' like a light wave, I am studying the local and non local effects of quantum entanglement.

Translation; I have a ball of string and it is partially un-raveled and tangled with knots and such, like it has been rolling around in the back of my car for too many miles.

I think I will sleep good when I am exhausted, I don't look at the clock cause I don't like reality of 'I spend too much time at the computer' so I am fooling myself for a while maybe........

I hope this message finds you well and safe.

J.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ALADYBLOND on November 10, 2009, 02:22:04 am
i have said it before and i'll say it again we need virtual time. it is the same time everywhere all the time. if i say i will be in bed asleep at 5 pm then thats what time it is in ny or uk or hawaii. one you need to get some rest. goodday.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on November 10, 2009, 04:40:27 am
aladyblond,
Rested 2 day, I think, what day,,,night is it?  ;D

Duskrider,
http://www.fromthebasement.tv/artists/radiohead/performances/reckoner  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 12, 2009, 12:38:05 pm
Well I just up-graded my CPU from a Q8200 (2.3ghz 4mb cache) to a Q9400 (2.6ghz 6mb cache)

You can get the Q9400 for around £140, oh and look out, the word is that socket 775 chips are on their way out, so don’t leave it to long Freddy.

I’ve got this new chip clocked to 3.2 ghz and it would go even faster, some people have got them up to 4ghz, basically it’s a great little CPU.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 12, 2009, 02:21:19 pm
Sounds nice.

Quote
You can get the Q9400 for around £140, oh and look out, the word is that socket 775 chips are on their way out, so don’t leave it to long Freddy.

Thanks for the heads up  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on November 12, 2009, 05:12:29 pm
Datahopa,
Thanks, I am not sure if it is worth it for me I use the Q6600 2.4 GHz and it has been great and stable.

What socket is going to replace the 775 ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 12, 2009, 05:40:31 pm
I've looking at the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400S.  Mainly because it is only 65W and will mean I won't need to upgrade my PSU, saving me money in the end.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on November 12, 2009, 05:54:53 pm
Freddie,
My CPU uses a stepping that lowers the W used, it has a 100 W max
doesn't all the processors have this?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 12, 2009, 07:05:35 pm
I don't know One, I just know that regular quad cores seem to be rated at 95W or so and the "S" ones are rated at 65W.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on November 12, 2009, 09:39:22 pm
I think the new Intel socket standard is known as 1366.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on November 13, 2009, 04:09:53 am
Thanks Larry,
I had some discussions with some friends on this a while back and if memory serves I thought it was something else but their were some Fatalities around me and I lost connections.

J.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 13, 2009, 12:38:38 pm
lrh9:
You are right, well almost  :)

Actually there are 2 intel sockets that supersede socket 775

LGA1156 and LGA1366


Freddy:

I think you are being over cautious regarding your power supply, however it’s always good to be cautious so I see where you are coming from.

The main power consumer in a moden PC is now the graphics card, depending on what card you have, but some of them are extremely power hungry.

If you are not overclocking your CPU and you don’t have a monster graphics card then a 450 watt PSU will be fine on a standard power Quad core CPU.   

I’ve just been looking at the prices of the lower power CPU’s and it looks like you could get a better power supply and a standard power CPU for less then a lower power CPU.


One:
Yes all the Intel Q range cpu’s now have stepping or a slowing down feature built in to them, they reduce the multiplier when under low load, reducing the power consumption, actually the quad cores only take maximum power when all 4 cores are running at 100%, in the real world this hardly ever happens, most games cant use all 4 cores, basic computer usage e-mails web browsing ect use hardly any cpu and they tend to stay at lower speed almost all the time in every day usage. 

When I do video conversion in Windows 7 I have seen all 4 cores go-to 100%. So in Win7 it can happen.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 13, 2009, 01:50:47 pm
That's some really useful information as always.  My Graphics card is based on the ATI Radeon HD 3850 with 512MB of memory, which is probably no longer considered a beast of a card.

I don't expect to upgrade for a while yet, so I will give this some more thought.  I guess eventually I will be looking at a higher wattage PSU anyway as I gradually upgrade things so like you say it might be better to get the standard CPU rather than the low wattage one.

I don't do over-clocking btw...I'm too afraid I will blow up my PC.  :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on November 13, 2009, 07:23:57 pm
I don't overclock either. I never know when I'll have enough money to buy a computer, so I have to make them last as long as I can. I don't like hardware temperatures going over 60 degrees Celsius.

So far, my computer stays cool. I have a CoolerMaster case with a 120mm side intake fan over the GPU, a 120mm rear exhaust fan, and a 120mm exhaust vent over the CPU. CPU temps barely go above 50 degrees Celsius under load, and my GPU will peak at 57-58 degrees Celsius under load.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 18, 2009, 04:10:59 pm
I tied to find some place in W7 that might show me the CPU temperature, but haven't found anything.  I think I will probably need the MB utilities from Asus to do that.  I remember when I looked before it was nothing alarming though, still kind of interesting.

Mine has a lot of fans too, possibly too many.  I have a CPU vent too, I wondered what the hell it was when I first saw it.

Otherwise, I am back on my course - reading about Security and Encryption at the moment, protocols, keys, hashes and all that jazz.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 18, 2009, 07:49:43 pm
Its good to monitor those temps and stop them from going over 60c, I too don’t like seeing temps higher than that. saying that I can’t get my graphics card below 70c under heavy load but apparently that’s normal for my card, radeon X1950. 

I use Speedfan to monitor my temps, even hard drive temps, voltages and fans, it’s free, works in Win7 64bit and it works on most motherboards.

It can take a while to fully get your head around, but don’t let that put you off.

http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php (http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php)

Still loving windows 7 here, I just got a usb to gamepad converter, it allows me to run one of my old favorite game pads in Win7, because the OS doesn’t support the older gameport connector type.

Has any one tried Microsoft Security Essentials yet?  I’ve been using it as my anti virus and Im liking it, again its free and takes very little resources to run, I am actually very impressed with it, good by AVG, thanks for the 3 years but you have become bloated and starting to take to many resources.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on November 20, 2009, 11:48:18 am
Use the free version of Everest Freddy...tell you al you need to know and easy to understand :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 20, 2009, 08:49:33 pm
Just tried it...not bad but it got a few things wrong...says I'm on DirectX 9c , when I am on DirectX 11.  Thinks my PSU is a Xeon too for some reason.  Couldn't find anything to show temps - I'm guessing that's in the 'sensor' section but that doesn't work.  Oh well worth a look, I don't have much confidence in it as its pretty old really and probably out of date a lot.

Will try speedfan or just install my MB tools from Asus.

Thanks anyway.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on November 21, 2009, 06:41:27 am
Hmmm suprising...I use the full version...thought it was worth it, very pleased with it, guess the free one is very stripped down and not much cop then? pity.

Anyway...moving later....will try and get on when i can...not even sure where my pc going to go yet hehe...so will be leaving it here for time being...hopefully get it moved this next week and set up again :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 21, 2009, 11:15:34 am
One of the advantages with speedfan is that works with other applications.

If you have an ATI graphics card and you use ATI tray tools you can set the temps or voltages to show on screen in games, very handy to monitor those temps under heavy gaming load.


It also works well with some Windows 7 gadgets,
I use it with All CPU Meter +Temps

(http://datahopa.co.uk/images/All-CPU.jpg)


And it has a nice way off sitting in the system tray

(http://datahopa.co.uk/images/Systray.jpg)


I hope the move goes well Mav
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 21, 2009, 02:36:01 pm
Thanks - I got that working fine.  :)

My two cores seem to be settled at around 45 C

I think Everest free version dates to 2005...so it's not surprising it doesn't perform on newer hardware - no worries, it was worth a try.

Good luck with the move Mav  :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on November 23, 2009, 09:34:45 am
Surfing cuz I can't B sleepin'

http://www.webdesigncore.com/2009/11/22/40-mindblowing-examples-of-digital-art-photomanipulation/
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 24, 2009, 10:47:54 am
Some cool pictures there...  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 01, 2009, 07:55:51 pm
So what does everyone want for Christmas ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on December 01, 2009, 09:08:01 pm
So what does everyone want for Christmas ?

A new hard drive. The one I have now was salvaged from an old ready built computer. It's only 120GB, and from time to time I start running out of space on it. I'm buying a new terabyte hard drive. I won't have to archive data so often.

P.S. A terabyte is equivalent to 1000 gigabytes, an obvious eight and a half times increase over my current drive.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on December 02, 2009, 01:13:10 am
Simplicity please :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on December 02, 2009, 11:50:16 am

 ???
a new car
a new computer (no, two)
a new TV
a new cellphone
a new...

Oops, SL crashed!!  >:(

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on December 02, 2009, 12:57:07 pm
A friend of a friend won lottery last week and she's millionaire this week.
But don't help me, I don't even know her.  
Wish I did.
I need new car and house.
Told Sandee :-* I want sexy new haptar for Christmas.  ;)
No comment, guess she thinking on it.
She'll probably reply in couple days.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 02, 2009, 01:17:13 pm
I hope Santa will bring me a Direct X 11 graphics cards, I’m an ATI fan boy so I’m hoping for an HD5870.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on December 03, 2009, 02:36:34 am
Spray yourself with Windex before running naked,; It will prevent streaking. :o ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on December 08, 2009, 09:05:51 pm
BGG!, Freddie, BGG!

http://discovermagazine.com/2009/mar/26-unlocking-brain-secrets-and-powers


STILL, BGG! BFGG!! LOL ;D


NORA is here today,
http://lyrics.astraweb.com/display/765/the_cure..starter_for_ten_soundtrack..love_song.html
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 09, 2009, 01:35:48 pm
 :D  What does BGG mean One ?  I do like The Cure funnily enough..
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 09, 2009, 06:41:20 pm
Just added a few new things to the Chatterbot collection.  It's been a good year for Sci-Fi films.  I asked for Transformers for Christmas.  I hope Father Christmas delivers all you have each wished for  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on December 09, 2009, 07:38:49 pm
Big Gringo Grin ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 14, 2009, 03:47:47 pm
Datahopa, you know you said the Socket 775 was being phased out - do you have any idea on the time scale ?  There's a few things I want to get, just trying to decide what to get first.  Thanks for any guidance.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on December 15, 2009, 02:20:39 am
Umm,, A summary? umm,,experience? AAhh here;

http://bit.ly/7UmY2y   :o ;D :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on December 15, 2009, 04:01:36 pm

Now my TV is broken...  ;D

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 15, 2009, 04:07:49 pm
Wow, talk about adrenaline rush  :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on December 15, 2009, 07:16:24 pm


I seldom go to movies, just SF now and then.
Last week went to see 2012.
If you can get past the pol correct BS, it's not a bad movie.
You got to see it on big screen so you be part of the action.
That plane ride escape from LA was great. Keeps you on edge of your seat.

Oh, take a girl with you.  She'll be holding you tight.    ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on December 15, 2009, 07:34:10 pm
OK I got this link from P.S. and the creators give their own credits; Vadoskin, Dragon ect.  *looks around for spydaz for no apparent reason* *ducks out quickly so the flack cant reach him* BGG!  (IMO BS ,Stay cool AiDreams)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: one on December 16, 2009, 10:53:36 am
I know Kung Fu, Karate, and 47 other dangerous words.  8)


 
Isaac Newton was a mathematician and physicist. Isaac Newton was once attacked by an apple.  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 16, 2009, 02:53:23 pm
 :D

Oh yeah...and I am cool..
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 17, 2009, 11:54:03 am
Datahopa, you know you said the Socket 775 was being phased out - do you have any idea on the time scale ?  There's a few things I want to get, just trying to decide what to get first.  Thanks for any guidance.

Well I cant give an exact time-scale but what normally happens is you will find less and less CPU’s and motherboards available as time goes by, having said that you can still get SKT 478 cpu’s if you shop around a bit so there are always some older stock hanging around somewhere.

Just looked on ebuyer.com they still have quite a lot S775 cpu’s, personally I think the Q9’s are the ones to get, they take less power and don’t get very hot at all. If you can’t stretch to the 12 mb cache price, I couldn’t, go for the 6 mb cache Q9400.

One thing you have to make sure is that your motherboard can do 1333 FSB the earlier boards only did 800 FSB and there aren’t many 800 FSB quad cores around.

One final thought to add, Intel are already working on the replacement for the i7 although it’s a fast chip it does take quite a lot of power the next one should be more efficient, because of this I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 775 chips around for a good while yet.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 17, 2009, 03:47:29 pm
Many thanks Datahopa, that helps me no end.  I will take a look at the Q9400 I think then.

My MB can do 1333 FSB...here's the specs :

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_p5qle/7.htm

As long as I can make this last another year, maybe even two, I will have accomplished what I set out to do, which was build me a PC that will be fine for a couple of years...I think I built this about a year ago now.  There's other things I can do, like get better memory and I am still waiting for Solid State Drive to become more agreeable price-wise.

All of this is speculative really at the moment, because everything is working just fine, so why change it.... but I do like to keep it in the nice mid-range area because games become more demanding over time.  I reckon that without the games industry we would not see so much growth really. Haha.

Thanks again :)

Edit : Yeah I see what you mean about the 12 mb cache....The 6 mb I found for around £140.00... not bad.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 18, 2009, 12:58:36 pm
Cant go out today, a bit snowed in here.

That’s a nice motherboard there Freddy, It has the 1600 FSB stable overclock built in, with boards like that you can leave the bios settings on Auto then set the FSB to 1600 and turn up that Q9400 2.6 ghz CPU to 3.2ghz. Just keep an eye on memory speed and use a different memory multiplier if needed.

When you do that on these Q9400’s your not even really overclocking it because it is really a 3ghz CPU but Intel set the multiplier lower so they have different speed CPU’s on the market.

That’s exactly what I have done to my Q9400, most of the time its running at 2.4ghz because it slows its self down under low load but when you need more mhz's it automatically starts running at 3.2ghz, 100% stable and very cool to. The cpu cores hardly ever reach 50c under load.

I know you probably wont overclock yours but should you ever need a bit more speed your mobo will do it no problem. You should easily get another two years out of it. :)

Oh BTW santa came a little early for me and has delivered an ATI HD4890, he didn’t want to spend top money on the latest DirectX 11 card so decided to get me the best Direct X 10 card he could, it was about £130, every game I have tried runs at 1920 x 1080 max quality full AA and ASF.

You will need a 600wat power supplier for the HD4890.

Check out what the boys at AMD thought of this card when it was released.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFSUh8OjO-0  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFSUh8OjO-0)

Should keep me going for a couple of years, by then there will be some good Dirext X 11 games out and the cards will be cheaper.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on December 18, 2009, 01:56:01 pm
Cant go out today, a bit snowed in here.

Oh BTW santa came a little early for me and has delivered an ATI HD4890, he didn’t want to spend top money on the latest DirectX 11 card so decided to get me the best Direct X 10 card he could, it was about £130, every game I have tried runs at 1920 x 1080 max quality full AA and ASF.

Agh! I'm jealous. I have the HD4870. The max resolution of my monitor is 1280x1024. I too can run max anti-aliasing and mas anisotropic filtering on most games. Unfortunately, one specific one I play - X3 Reunion - has frequent crashes on those settings. :(

P.S. It's snowy here too.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 19, 2009, 10:58:13 am
Don’t be jealous Irh9  ;D, actually it was seeing an HD4870 in action on a friends PC that made me want one, then I noticed the HD4890 was only a little more money then the HD4870 so it seemed worth getting. In the real world I don’t think there is much between the 2 cards.

Just did a quick google “X3 Reunion crash” it would seem your not alone as there are a lot of posts regarding it crashing out.

Still under what looks like 8 inches of snow here, darn, I have to go out in it too.  ::)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on December 19, 2009, 01:23:47 pm
Just did a quick google “X3 Reunion crash” it would seem your not alone as there are a lot of posts regarding it crashing out.

Thanks. I actually fixed the problem. I was just pointing out that I had to reduce the graphical quality of the game.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 20, 2009, 02:48:42 pm
Quote
I know you probably wont overclock yours but should you ever need a bit more speed your mobo will do it no problem. You should easily get another two years out of it.

Well from what you say, it sounds like over-clocking isn't so bad.  The motherboard comes with some tools to do over-clocking, so they seem to be behind the idea.   I guess I will have to wait and see.

Another two years hey ?  Sounds good to me.  I was really choosy about the motherboard when I got it, looks like it was a good idea  ;D

Sounds like nice graphics cards you both have.  I'm still using an ATI HD3850 which handles everything I have thrown at it so far. I haven't bought a game for a while though so I'm not sure how it will handle DirectX 10.  So far it has done everything on high settings at 1920 x 1200, so it should be fine for a while yet.

We got more snow last night, it's looking nice here :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on December 20, 2009, 03:52:27 pm
3850 struggling for me at moment on new games....though I do have other issues.

Looking at at a 4870 myself....seems a good card for the money....though also looking at a total new system too....too many things needed an not enough money :(

Also lots of snow and hail here....staying in the house hehe :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 20, 2009, 09:34:33 pm
Did you ever work out why your version of the 3850 wouldn't display high settings when mine did ?  I think it was on one game ...Total War ??

I will know if I need a new card when the specs for Guild Wars 2 comes out  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 21, 2009, 12:29:24 am
Mav,

Staying in the house huh? Sounds like a perfect opportunity to continue work on your
DG story don't ya think?!

It is amazing how life offers us opportunities at the most "opportune" times. Perhaps
that's how they named it.

I was thinking...does the alphabet HAVE to be in that order? Why did it get that way?
Was it because of that little song? ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 22, 2009, 05:16:18 pm
I know Mav has had a lot to do the past couple of weeks, but maybe he will surprise us all in the new year  :)

Datahopa, another question - does the HD4890 provide integrated audio with the HDMI ?  Just wondering because currently I have been hooking my HD3850 up to my TV and it's handy having only the one cable.  I guess they wouldn't change that aspect...hmm ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 22, 2009, 05:42:55 pm
Yes Freddy the HD4890 and HD4870 do put the audio through the HDMI cable if you want it to. Indeed one cable is a smart way of doing it, personally I don’t use it so I have turned it off but a friend of mine does use it and it works great.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 22, 2009, 08:39:18 pm
Cool thanks :)

I've been looking at memory too lately - it's gone up in price hugely - it's double the price it was last year.  I hope it comes down again.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 22, 2009, 09:27:04 pm
I built a system just over a month ago, memory was about half the price it is now, your right Freddy I hadn’t noticed it had gone up again and I was thinking of getting some more memory for mine, not going to happen now, or until the price drops.

Might get a blue ray ROM, can get one of them for about £45. and these ATI HDxxxx graphics cards have the HD codec built in. Ive downloaded some demo vids, all the video decoding is done using the graphics card GPU, and not the CPU, neat idea and picture quality is really good and silky smooth.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on December 22, 2009, 10:53:23 pm
The memory is too high. It's the seasonal demand. You have to love capitalism when it works in your favor, hate it when it doesn't.

The memory I bought for my system is now double the price. I've been eyeing hard drives, and saw the prices rising on them, but only until now did I link it to the time of year.

 ::)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 23, 2009, 01:59:09 pm
Aha thanks, I never thought it could be seasonal...I can wait for it to come down.

Yes I have my eye on a blue ray too - this is part of the reason why I wanted to link my PC to the TV.  The one I was looking at was about £50 though I think, here it is :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Liteon-IHOS104-37-Internal-Blu-ray-Software/dp/B002BAT1GQ/ref=pd_cp_ce_1

Comes with some nice software apparently, but as you say the HD's can do playback already - even with stepping-up the images.  I was reading about that last night hehe..

As for hardrives - the SSD's seem astronomical still, but maybe the season has affected them too - IMHO they are just not viable yet, as they don't have enough capacity for me - yet.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 23, 2009, 09:32:04 pm
Ahh! Christmas that will be the reason then :)

From what I’ve read about blue ray on a PC, Power DVD 8 or 9 are probably the best players and they use the graphics card GPU for decoding the video, as we said, the HDxxxx cards already have the capability of playing the HD files ( H264 codec ) but you need Power DVD to get past all the piracy and copyright bits.

Would be nice to be able to play blue ray’s in Media Center, just get the cheap OEM blue ray drive. I have a feeling Microsoft and Sony don’t see eye to eye on that one.

When the SSD’s get to a more reasonable price maybe get one and just put windows and games on it and put all your videos and music etc on an external USB drive. (Something im considering, down the line)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 24, 2009, 02:09:39 pm
Yes, that blue ray drive I posted comes with Power DVD 8, I looked into it and I agree; it does look good.  You only seem to get the step-up feature with Power DVD 9, but you can upgrade for about £25 I think it was.  It certainly seems worth the money compared to a regular retail blue ray DVD player.

My telly already does some kind of up-stepping and the picture quality from regular DVD's is excellent, so I'm not too worried about the upgrade - I feel it's a good deal to get the player with the bundled software for £50.00 and be happy with that for now.

Yep, it will be a while before I go over to SSD's too and I have similar plans.  The cheapest SSD's would already be full by now and I don't even have much stuff installed here at the moment.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on January 03, 2010, 01:49:36 am
  I had to read through seven pages, Hi everyone and Happy New Year.  Had to replace my computers so I am starting from scratch almost.  Snowing   here in Mass. yeasterday, today and tomorrow, the amount isn't much thank god.
  I looked at Freddy's link,  and went to Newegg.com where I shop, thay had 20 with the 755 socket, I've built in the past and bought lately.  I somewhat recently got two computers, one a midstream and another a power house.  I bought them before win 7 came out and the prices were way down, the power house was so low I couldn't put a cheaper one together for the price I paid,  the CPU sells for over $500.
  I looked all over for info on solid state disks, Hp put out a white paper on SS disks, which seemed to say thay are still new, mainly the memory still has a certian life span and after so many cycles thay fail.  The effect is reduced by putting in excess memory and replacing memory as memory fails, also thay have software to avoid using the same memory address repeatly.  Reviews I've read say thay are very fast but for the time being I'll stay with raid.  As far as hard drives this is what I found at tomshardware.com   
      HD502HJ Samsung sata 500G 16Mb   Newegg, $55 
     I ordered two for a Raid setup, waiting for them to come in.
Writing too much page acting funny
Carl2


Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on January 03, 2010, 01:00:49 pm
Sounds like you have a nice power house PC there Carl, I mean a $500 cpu, wow extreme :D

One thing that puts me off buying a pre built system is the motherboard, the manufacturers hardly ever mention them but to me they are the most important part of the PC, does the mobo have a good chipset i.e. if its an intel cpu does the mobo have an intel chipset or have they decided to use a cheaper chipset mobo, can the mobo overclock at increments of one mghz, has the mobo got the new solid state capacitors, is the mobo a well known manufacturer. All these questions are important to me.

I had forgotten that the SSD drives still have a limited life, and I didn’t know there is software to avoid using the same memory address repeatedly, thanks for the info about them Carl.

Our other option could be to use the Western Digital Velociraptor 10,000RPM S300 16MB drives, the fastest SATA drives out there but they don’t come cheap.

Happy New Year All
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on January 03, 2010, 02:34:44 pm
  It's a gateway FX6801, the cpu is a 950 , 3.07 gh, 9 GB memory has a very good video card. Meant to be a gamer.   Gets a 5.9 score in everything using vista, still have to upgrade to Win 7, once i get the disks.  It comes in a midsize case, in the past I'd used the full sized Antex cases.  So far I haven't used it much,
  The computer I'm using is an Asus, lower power CPU, video rating not as good but I don't think I can see a difference.  Not sure about overclocking in the gateway since it seems quick enough for me, Waiting for the Hard drives to come in since I'd like to set up a raid 0 then install vista on it and upgrade to Win 7.
  I went to tomshardware to learn about SS drives and the speed of hard drives. The Velociraptor is very quick, in the past I'd tried some raptors from WD used in Raid, nothing great that I could see. the regular raptors didn't even make the list in toms hardware.  Anyways from looking at the tests I came up with the Samsung which got good reviews at newegg.
  I started the computer, loads fairly quick compared to this one, While looking around the chipsets are Intel, the user guide is useless for info about the motherboard.  I'd opened it and it's tight, one possibly 2 open slots pci slots.  Probably made for Gateway, I know Hp has boards made for them.  I'd thought about changing the Mobo in the past, need a good reason.
Carl2 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on January 03, 2010, 03:29:18 pm
Yes, even with the fastest CPU, it all comes down to hardware. It's still waiting for the hard drives to get the data.

Read about some SSD's in the 512GB range and costing over $1200.00 USD.

There's a price to pay for everything, the old man used to say. Eventually the prices come down but if ya want to play "right now" then ya gotta pay!

How fast is instantaneous and do we really NEED to go faster than that? Hmmm.... :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on January 07, 2010, 11:47:33 pm
  I've downloaded Dragon version 10.1 the other day, it's 1.3 Gb and took about four hours to download.  Version 10.1 is needed for Windows 7 and after a small amount of training it's working quite well.  I should mention that I am using an Asus wireless headset.  The headset has a signal-to-noise ratio of 24 DB and works very well with Dragon, also it is very reasonably priced.
  The quick hard drives which I'd ordered a while ago have come in, both are in the computer and the computer has an Intel matrix storage console, I had used something similar in the past to create a raid zero volume, I am not sure how to do that using this console.  I had looked at controller cards, at this time I am not sure where I would put it, and I am also concerned about compatibility with Windows 7.
 Carl 2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on January 19, 2010, 01:31:18 pm
  I've gotten the computer up and running with the raid 0 drives.  Raid has to be enabled in the bios before the Intel matrix can create a volume.  Next to get the operating system on the volume, Gateway provides an image that must go to the original hard drive so I downloaded true Image that dosen't have this restriction.
I checked out my work by looking at the performance index in control panel and I'm getting 5.9 on both the original drive and the Raid drive.  Just checked this computer and it also has a 5.9.   
  Any thoughts on this?
  Also dragon will not work on this screen.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on January 19, 2010, 01:51:41 pm
Windows scoring isn't the most intelligent system of measuring system performance. The total score is always limited by the lowest score in the key system areas. The reasoning behind this is that software developed for Windows should be able to run at a minimum score level, regardless of the components of the computer. This number means little, because anything higher than 5 represents the best modern performance. Numbers above this indicate advanced, superior technology on the Windows index. I'd even say that the Windows index is a little bit outdated, because I'm getting 5.9 scores on hardware inferior to yours. Yours would probably scale more accurately into a 6 or maybe even a low 7 if the scale kept up with new hardware.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on January 20, 2010, 01:30:32 pm
I get 5.9 HDD result and so does a friend of mine who has a 10000rpm HDD, however I know his drive is faster. I agree that the WEI HDD scores are outdated.

I use SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2010c to benchmark my system, much more accurate and free.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on January 22, 2010, 03:27:53 pm
Well quick heads up...

DG story is on hold for now....after re-reading through it (maybe Im my worst critic) im re-writing large parts of it....so bear with me please...

Also now have funds to sort new pc out (YAAYYYYYYYY)...

Have everything sorted what  want...but HDD is bothering me...

Mainly used for gaming, so any recommendations, needs to be fast.....and preferably a 1tb drive but certianly nothing less than a 750..

Any advice be appreciated :)

(and remember...im in the UK)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on January 22, 2010, 04:22:42 pm
I don’t have one but I’ve been hearing good things about the Samsung drives.

This looks good, 7200 RPM, (some of the 1TB drives are only 5400rpm) and this one has 32mb cache too.

http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-spinpoint-f3-1tb-7200rpm-sata-3gb-s-32mb-65QC.html?refs=52450000-50429 (http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-spinpoint-f3-1tb-7200rpm-sata-3gb-s-32mb-65QC.html?refs=52450000-50429)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on January 22, 2010, 04:26:23 pm
If prices were low enough, a solid state disk would be the way to go for a cutting edge gamer. Load times are the number one bottleneck on gaming computers, and a solid state disk can result in seemingly instantaneous loads.

The only problem is that the large disks costs thousands of United States dollars. Surprisingly, they have a terabyte ssd. Shockingly, it costs 3,800 USD.

However, one option is to purchase a traditional disk for data and applications, and purchase a small solid state disk for games.

80 and 120 GB ssds with high read speeds of 250 to 270 MB/s are from 300 to 500 USD.

The best standard hard disks are 150GB or 300 GB have disk rotation speeds of 10,000 RPMs with average seek times of 4.2 ms. I don't know how that translates to load times. They cost 170 to 240 USD.

It depends on your budget. I'd be willing to try out a ssd. I'd have to save up some money first, but I'd only put one in a truly high end system. (One with a quad core, 3.0 GHz cpu. Several graphics cards. Multiple monitors. Large amounts of RAM.) Otherwise I'd go with the 10k rpms or if I'm on a budget just a 7200 rpm. (7200 rpm terabyte drives cost about 90 USD.)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on January 22, 2010, 05:01:48 pm
Yeah I know what you mean Lrh...but oviously over my budget lmao....well...we can dream eh?

Data...not bad...good find thanks, if you heard good things then good enough for me (dont really have enough HD knowledge to argue lol)...

Found a tad cheaper at a local place where Im getting my ram and cpu from so have one set aside as we speak :)

Cheers fella's   ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 22, 2010, 06:20:05 pm
That drive looks interesting to me too.  I had heard they are pretty good.  So double thanks.  I have too much to do on my course to think about upgrades at the moment though !  Added to my bookmarks...
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on January 23, 2010, 03:00:59 pm
  I downloaded a few aps and ended up using Performance Test 7,  For the two Samsung Hd's I got a read of 272 Mbs/s and a write of 247 Mbs/s.  Just looking at SSD's at newegg which have reads and writes about the same speed with the faster disks.   I'd think the big advantage is the seek, thay can almost instantly find the next pice of data.  To be sure about the speeds of the raid I checked the hard drive on this computer and got a read of 92Mb/s and write of 92 Mb/s.
  The raid appears to work but the load times of the computers is close to the same, the gateway gives me a snappy feeling.   I'd used the Western digital raptors 10K and wouldn't buy them again for the price I'd stay with the Samsung at about one third the price.
  I'd check out the performance of the hard drives at tomshardware or techpowerup.com,  The disk size and cache don't seem to have much bearing on the speeds.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 31, 2010, 06:17:22 pm
Finally had a reply from Rockstar.  I sent the original email on the 4th January...so much for their quoted '72 hour' response time.

Here's what they said :

From the dxdiag log the video card is showing as dedicated ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series Dedicated Memory: 508 MB  and Shared Memory: 767 MB which it will take away from the system memory of   Memory: 2048MB RAM and this will leave you under the recommeded specs for the game.

So girls and boys, if you buy something from Rockstar remember to NOT take any notice of their required specifications.

I think Datahopa did say adding some RAM might do the trick....
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 01, 2010, 11:37:27 am
72 hours turned in to 30 days, sounds about right  >:(

I think the minimum specs for GTA4 should be:

64 bit OS
4 GIG RAM
1 GIG Graphics Card
Quad core CPU @ 3Ghz

Reason:
The game is extremely CPU intensive, using over 80% of my Quady @ 3.4ghz.
The more RAM you throw at it the smoother the game play.
Interestingly the amount of memory on the Graphics card is more important than its speed, what I mean is a slower card with 1 GIG of RAM will outperform a faster card with 512mb (as long as the CPU is good enough).

Yes it is very annoying that the game doesn’t play at R’s minimum specs, they got that wrong but run it on a PC that can handle it and you will be playing an extremely addictive game in a huge area and with very high world detail.

I’ve done 70% of it now.

The age of the Quad core and a 64 bit OS (so you have enough RAM) has arrived.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on February 01, 2010, 03:38:56 pm
Well...should be fully up and running some time tomorrow...get my new psu in the morning :)

Full build report and pics to come :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 01, 2010, 07:38:47 pm
Good luck with the build dude - don't forget your anti-static wrist band !
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on February 02, 2010, 10:04:26 am
<QUOTE>don't forget your anti-static wrist band !</QUOTE>

How ShOcKiNg!! :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 02, 2010, 01:54:38 pm
 :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on February 03, 2010, 12:49:16 pm
PC built and up and running...pics later :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 03, 2010, 07:17:45 pm
I don’t have one but I’ve been hearing good things about the Samsung drives.

This looks good, 7200 RPM, (some of the 1TB drives are only 5400rpm) and this one has 32mb cache too.

http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-spinpoint-f3-1tb-7200rpm-sata-3gb-s-32mb-65QC.html?refs=52450000-50429 (http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-spinpoint-f3-1tb-7200rpm-sata-3gb-s-32mb-65QC.html?refs=52450000-50429)

I looked into this some more, I think I will get one - all the reviews I have seen are positive..  The only other drive that had me interested was this :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Caviar-SATAII-Internal/dp/B0017XUX7O/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=ID3IK9WLTY1GS&colid=O3LJM63KH1I0

But for an extra £13.00 you get 1TB... my brain didn't hurt with that decision.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on February 03, 2010, 09:39:50 pm
Mav,

How many times did you have to pull the cord in order to get it running?

Huh?...Oh?...Electric is it? Will wonders never cease.... :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on February 23, 2010, 01:54:15 am
  Got tired and fustrated, got a SSD, Intel 160Gb gen2.  Its in there.
Truth is I still get 1min 20 sec load time.  Push the power, 10 sec till the Gateway screen,  25 sec to loading windows, 45 sec to sign in screen, timer off then on,   1 min 20 sec to windows. Probably the same as before. 
 I used cloning to transfer the original Hd to the SSD, possibly this is a problem?
I tried using HD tune pro, Reads to 180 mb/sec wouldn't do writes because of a partition copied from the original HD.  Benchmarks in the test did read and writes that looked good.
Oh I tried the performance in win 7 again and get the 5.9
  I posted my results at an Intel forum, wait and see.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 23, 2010, 06:04:08 pm
Nice SSD Carl2  ;D

I’m learning as we go here, SSD is new to me too, but this is what I know so far.

You must do these to get the real performance out of the drive.

A clean install of windows 7.

Most of the useful settings that pertain to optimizing performance on the SSD are done automatically by Windows7. The Windows 7 installer can detect that it is not a spinning disk and configure the system accordingly.

Everyone having an intel ssd and windows 7 should enable AHCI option for SATA controller.

Run Intel SSD Toolbox once a week on the drive.

Hope this helps.

EDIT:
I should have pointed out that you should enable AHCI option for SATA in bios before you install windows 7 to be sure windows installs correctly.

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on February 23, 2010, 06:06:39 pm
Purchased a new optical drive and internal hard drive myself.

I'm going to do a clean install of Windows on the hard drive later but right now I need to archive data.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 24, 2010, 05:29:01 am
Archiving hey - yes can be a pain.  Since Datahopa helped me fix my HD I decided to wait until it fills up before getting a new one.  I've yet to decide what to buy first for my upgrade...probably the CPU and memory... prices are still wild though.  The new graphics card will probably be the last thing I get, as if GTA4 works then that will keep me occupied for a while lol.

How's the Python coming along LRH ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on February 24, 2010, 07:13:35 am
Pretty good. I feel like I'm fairly competent with the language.

As for my project? I'm still working on the importer at the moment. I'm doing some major refactoring that will hopefully pay off. (Refactoring is the editing or redesign of programs to improve some aspect of them.)

I think I've thought of a fairly good way to allow programs and objects to interface with the importer. I'll probably give the importer a "target" attribute and the importer will then place the imports in the target. Unfortunately coders and users will either have to set the target manually or define a method on their agent and call imports using that method. It is a trade-off. It's extremely rare to be able to have everything. I just think it is the best trade-off.

I finished installing my optical drive and internal hard drive. I've noticed an increase in application performance. Especially in load times.

Evidently my old optical drive and hard drive were slower than my new ones.

My Windows score is now 5.7, with my CPU being the limiting factor.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 24, 2010, 02:10:08 pm
Hmm, getting quite involved now then.  Good stuff, keep at it.

Good to hear you benefited from the upgrade.  What CPU do you have ?

I've been looking at power supplies today and decided I am definitely not getting a cheap old thing, I'm prepared to spend top dollar for once on something that is going to last.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on February 24, 2010, 02:32:43 pm
  Thanks for putting that in Freddy,  known you for a while and trust your opinion.  I think I can install the drivers from the instalation disk by putting the disk in explorer and ckicking on the app file for the driver. Have to check this out again.  I have to order a cable for the SSD and will probably get Win 7 at the same time.
  I already know the SSD works with the bios set to raid, can I switch to AHCI and do a trim for the SSD?  Set in raid for normal use, boot into Win 7 on the SSD and use the Raid drive for storage,  once a week set it to AHCI and do a trim?
  Anyone heard of a game called Avator, didn't get to see the movie but I've got a free download for it?  be nice if it was in 3 d.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 24, 2010, 02:38:18 pm
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Thanks for putting that in Freddy,  known you for a while and trust your opinion

Thanks for the compliment, but I think you mean Datahopa as it was he who commented on the SSD's not me.  What you are doing sounds fun though...lucky person.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on February 24, 2010, 04:50:23 pm

Good to hear you benefited from the upgrade.  What CPU do you have ?

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz dual-core processor.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 24, 2010, 05:46:58 pm


My Windows score is now 5.7, with my CPU being the limiting factor.

That surprises me, I thought it’s normally the HDD that is the bottle neck.

Is that a windows Vista score lrh9 ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on February 24, 2010, 06:28:22 pm


My Windows score is now 5.7, with my CPU being the limiting factor.

That surprises me, I thought it’s normally the HDD that is the bottle neck.

Is that a windows Vista score lrh9 ?


Yes. I'm not putting too much stock in the score. I'm sure the hard drive is still the performance bottleneck. Hard drive access and seek times have remained somewhat constant for decades and are orders of magnitude slower than other computer operations. Mechanical operations can only occur so quickly.

The advent of the solid state drive will improve this problem, but at the moment they are too expensive for mainstream use.

I've heard that scientists may be able to create a postage stamp sized terabyte capacity solid state drive. Allegedly:

Quote
Led by Professor Tadahiro Kuroda, the team is composed of researchers from Toshiba and the Keio University in Tokyo. The team has created a 1 TB SSD prototype the size of a small postage stamp, consisting of 128 NAND flash memory chips and one controller chip. The miniature storage device boasts transfer speeds of 2 Gbps, and also uses radio communications  which will ultimately make it cheaper to manufacture.

Currently the team doesn't expect to see commercial versions of the product until 2012.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/SSD-Stamp-NAND-Flash-Toshiba,9656.html

I'm skeptical until they hit the markets.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 24, 2010, 07:05:40 pm
I did think it looked like a Vista score, in Win 7, as long as you have 4 gig of RAM, the HDD normally scores quite a lot lower then other components, as it should.

Probably not alone when it comes to dreaming of the day I can finally get shot of HDD from my rig  8) get rid of a bulk of that access and seek time. It’s getting closer as prices fall. We will all have them in a year, maybe two.  ;D :D ;D

Nice link to the postage stamp sized terabyte capacity solid state drive, technology to keep an eye on, me thinks  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on February 25, 2010, 02:48:31 pm
Freddy, thats okay.  I always associate you with AI dreams probably from your work with the Hap Explorer.
Datahopa thanks noticed you have a pretty good knowledge of computers.
  Got someone at the Intel forum giving me a hand with the SSD.  Just put in a firmware update,  I downloaded the toolbox but it will not install.  Just gave him some Info to look at.  Read something about using a low number port to put the SSD in,  I'm using port 5, should try changing that.
Carl2 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 01, 2010, 03:10:03 pm
I’ve spent my birthday money, oh well that didn’t last long ..  hehe.

Got a new mouse, I’ve been looking at the Microsoft sidewinder X8 for a little while, now I have one and It’s not a bad product IMHO.

If you are interested check out this video, not just a normal mouse. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhjGJC3Fc-Y (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhjGJC3Fc-Y)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 01, 2010, 03:48:14 pm
Funky  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on March 02, 2010, 02:04:47 am
Just had to post this,  I ruined the cloned install of Win 7 somehow, much playing around with it.  For the heck of it I played around with the recovery disk, booted it up and it loaded files and inspected the system, it found the OS on the SSD was damaged and wanted to know if I wanted to reinstall or repair it.  I chose repair which it was unable to do.  Not bootable, not a valid windows install.  I rebooted and reformatted the drive, choose Install and it installed.  It booted and I installed drivers. 
  Working great, Boot time 41 sec from I min 30 sec.  Hard drive 7.8 from 5.9.  Still more to do on this but at least it seems worthwhile now.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 02, 2010, 12:00:37 pm
Wow, 7.8 is a very impressive score, looks like the Intel SSD’s are the ones to get, I have been looking at the OCZ drives but have never found a score that high from an OCZ.

Don’t like to say I told you so but  :D


A clean install of windows 7.

Most of the useful settings that pertain to optimizing performance on the SSD are done automatically by Windows7. The Windows 7 installer can detect that it is not a spinning disk and configure the system accordingly.

Please let me blow my trumpet, I do have 15years experience with PC hardware and 11 of them years I have been paid to do it.

Thanks for posting this carl2, , im just not to happy that your disk score is better than mine  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on March 02, 2010, 01:28:25 pm
Well thanks for the advice.  I'd tried a raid 0 on the computer before this, 270 reads, 230 writes and this beats it easily the R,W is much lower.  Wasn't impressed by the read write specs for the Intel but read quite a few reviews and decided to go with Intel. You probably already know people are using these in raid arrays.
  Question, I now have toolbox for the SSD, is this the same as trim?
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 02, 2010, 01:55:49 pm
The Intel toolbox for SSD has a number of optimising features built in and one of them is trim.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 08, 2010, 07:49:39 pm
This coming week I will be a bit scarce as I want to hammer the last two books in my course.  I'm on something entitled Network Technology Foundations which is new to me so I will have to concentrate a lot more on this one.  I will pop in each day to do admin and probably the odd comment  if I have time, although I won't be able to dwell here much.  I'll catch up next week.

Later...
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on March 08, 2010, 10:15:51 pm
Hey Datahopa...

When you plug yourself back in do you become "revolted?"

 :D ;D

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Sigma X on March 08, 2010, 10:29:48 pm
I've been up to many projects but one is so simple and so difficult it fustrates me and that is to interface hal with roborealm they both can be in VBS but just a simple program keeps the two apart and if sucssefully interfaced I believe this will place everyone a step further in advanced robotics
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 09, 2010, 12:17:16 pm
Hey Datahopa...

When you plug yourself back in do you become "revolted?"

 :D ;D



LOL, that’s about right Art   :D



Good luck with your “Network Technology Foundations” revision Freddy, or are you just playing GTA4 hehe. 



Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 09, 2010, 12:33:45 pm
 :D Yes I did spend some time playing last night, guilty as charged, but only after finishing a book off.

What an amazing game though.  I'm getting the hang of driving at the moment, it's slightly different to other GTA's I have played.  Cinemascope or whatever it is called is superb, very realistic looking.

I really like the way you can add your own songs to the radio station too, very cool.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 09, 2010, 12:35:09 pm
Sigma said:
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I've been up to many projects but one is so simple and so difficult it fustrates me

Don't be put off, many projects have times like that, you will get there in the end :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on March 10, 2010, 10:39:32 am
Busy busy busy....

ahhhh....barely have time to think at moment....lot going on here.....

Will try to be more active soon, but do check the sight daily, so anyone needs me pm or email me and Ill make sure Im free.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 11, 2010, 05:35:50 pm
So what are you so busy with my friend ?  You intrigue me.

Took the plunge and ordered my Corsair PSU today, modular 850W.  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on March 12, 2010, 11:08:44 am
Grats Freddy....wise move I think :)

And ohhh.....well. Mum undecided whether her and her now b/f are going to get a house of their own or have him move in with her. Sooo....she now on a mission to get all the silly, niggly jobs done around the house. If she sells, thne the house will be perfect, if she doesnt, then at least the place back up to scratch hehe, and theres so many little things need doing.

Also, with her new b/f, may have some work lined up :) (yayyyyy).....he is a retired property developer and charctered surveyor. He wants to start up buying and selling property again (gives him something to do and gets him out from under mums feet lmao)....but he also wants me to be involved. Now while I'm no expert, im not behind the door either when it comes to diy and repairs etc, so he wants to teach me all the ins and outs so i can help him and in a few years time go and do it for myself :)

Certianly not going to pass that oportunity up. Can sell 4 or 5 houses a year without letting the GOV take their chunk...and at between 15-20k profit (after all legal fee's and such paid), thats certainly something that interests me. 8 week turn around per house, lots of a free time and money in the bank (well, thats the current plan anyway heeh).

Add to that trying to find time to chill and play some games (Juts bought the Witcher)...also still playing/learning my flash so can finally sort my own site out, and finally when I have the urge still re-writing the DG story....so all in all....lots happeneing :)

Will be on Yahoo tomorrow Fredy if you fancy a chat and catch up, we should hammer Huddersfield :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 12, 2010, 12:26:32 pm
Wow you have been busy  :o

That property developer business sounds ideal to me, let me know if you ever need a landscape gardener !

Yes the Witcher looks good, I was thinking of getting that, but i think all my playing time is already booked in GTA4.

Still doing the course hoping to have read it all by the end of this month, then I have till the middle of June to apply for the exam.  Getting quite intense now as it's thing I have never done before.

Will look out for you tonight, I will more than likely be online and yes looking for another win :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 12, 2010, 01:55:10 pm
Took the plunge and ordered my Corsair PSU today, modular 850W.  ;D

Man, if my PC took 850 watt to use I don’t think I would be turning it on very much, the electric bill would go through the roof.

850 Watt @ 90% efficiency = 935 Watt  (GULP) Lets just say 1000, its close enough.

My PC running games, with overclocked cpu and GX card takes 290 watt, I know because I have a watt meter attached to its plug.

Yes a nice PSU but way, way over engineered for your rig Freddy, a psu like that can power 3 very hungry geforce cards in SLI. That’s really what its made for.

I’m sorry Freddy and Mav but that’s how I see it, to me it’s like an American V8 lots of power for the sake of it, because we can.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on March 12, 2010, 02:18:17 pm
Power supplies only provide power to meet the demand the computer components draw.

If you have components that draw 500 watts of power, you wouldn't be wasting 350 watts of power by having a 850 watt power supply. That extra power just wouldn't get drawn.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 12, 2010, 02:36:40 pm
I agree Irh9, but would you want a computer to take 850 Watt? I wouldn’t so I would have no need for that size PSU, Yes its good to over engineer the PSU but at what point do you say stop, If your PC, like mine is taking 290watt, (overclocked don’t forget) wouldn’t a 600 watt PSU with 100% over engineering be good enough?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 12, 2010, 03:07:51 pm
Hehe, well the thing is about my decision was I am looking Waaayyy down the line, in fact seven years ahead (because this comes with a 7 year warranty).

When I went to Asus and used their application that lets you figure out what size PSU you need, I filled in the form as if I was running a high end machine, including but not limited to :


The final result was that they recommended a minimum 850W PSU.  So that gave me a rough idea.

But you are right it probably is overkill at the moment, but like I said I am planning ahead here - I don't have to worry about a new PSU for at least seven years now.  And as LRH says it will only supply demand.

The other thing is that this current PSU I am getting concerned about, for some reason it's taking a while to power up which makes me think it is on it's way out.  And really i can't risk losing my new CPU and memory if she decides to blow.

I would never have got it if I hadn't been in credit with the Water Board lol, so I just went for the best.

But in any case, there's no need to apologise as it is slightly mad.  :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 12, 2010, 03:50:08 pm
Just doing some maths.

Okay so this beast of a thing cost me £130.00

Say it lasts 8 years.  That' cost me £16.25 a year.

In the past four years (probably less) I have spent I estimate about £80 on PSU's as I upgraded from a simple Celeron, to AMD, to Intel Duo and now Quad Intel.  Actually I think I may have had three PSU's in all that time, so it may be a bit more than £80, but lets stick with £80.

Okay so £80 divided by four years is £20 a year and that's on bog standard PSU's that I never should have bought because it's a false economy.

Now I bet those PSU's only came with a couple of years guarantee.

So in comparison I am spending less per year, on something with an excellent warranty and is superior technology.

To me the warranty is worth paying more for itself, but with the performance too... well it seems worth it in the long run.

I'm not mad I tell you I am not  :D ;)

But I agree totally that if my PC ran at 850W all the time I would probably only turn it on at the weekends for about half an hour !
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 12, 2010, 04:19:06 pm
Freddy your mad  ;D.

Ok those other power supplies you got were they, wait for it, value, unbranded? (not very good)… ???

Hmm, 2 X 5850’s, you must be a full on gamer Freddy :D
I have yet to find a game that my HD4890 can’t play at 1920 x 1080, including Crysis and GTA4.

I think I would just get one of the next gen cards eventually for Direct X 11 games, will probably be faster and take less power than 2 X  5850’s, and my mobo doesn’t support X fire anyway.

If I get some money from the Water Board. how lucky was that?, its going towards an SSD, which incidentally take less power than HDD.

I’m a tight wad and have to spend my money wisely. hehe.  And my 650watt, 4 year old, branded PSU is still working and if I remember correctly it cost me about £50.

Moving on, now :) maybe.  ;)

I have played the Witcher twice; it’s a good game and well worth playing, but Im at the moment playing Assassins creed 2. Have a look at it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00vT734svtk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00vT734svtk)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 12, 2010, 04:55:17 pm
 :D Yes I am officially mad !

Two of the PSU's were value ones, one of those is still working fine in my Mum's PC though.  The one I have now is probably also classed as 'value' it's a 500W Color-IT one.  The guy at the local PC store said they were good and that a lot of the rigs they made ran fine on them.  They have gone bust now though lol, so.... yes hmmm...

2 x 5850's are in my dreams, but they will get cheaper eventually.  I would probably be satisfied with one as I always have been so far with respect to graphics cards.  Like you say in a couple of years an individual card is probably going to be wiser anyway.

I'm a tight wad too, I just had a blip of madness and thought sod it, just get something you know is going to work and work for a long time and you won't have to think about it again for  years to come.

Assassin's Creed 2 looks nice, great graphics there.  Why do the people glow sometimes with electricity ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 12, 2010, 05:27:13 pm
I hope you get your dream of 2 x 5850's, it’s a good dream  :)

The electric effect happens when you merge in with the crowd, one of the ways to avoid detection.

I would say this about AC2, if you are fed up with game play in most games (I am) then get AC2, it is a new approach to gaming, AC1 was too but this new one is even more so.

I just love the acrobatics and sneakiness of it and the way it’s so open ended, do what you want when you want and go wherever you want.

I personally rate it right up there with GTA4.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 12, 2010, 08:17:59 pm
Yeah you have to love that free roaming, that's what I always liked about the GTA range.  I'm looking forward to Guild Wars 2 for the same kind of reason, plus I really like RPG type games.

Here's another one worth a look at : http://www.apb.com/
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 12, 2010, 10:13:05 pm
You know I haven't seen One around anywhere for a while now - I wonder where he disappeared to.   ???
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 13, 2010, 10:35:33 am
APB looks interesting and Guild Wars 2, I like RPG type games too so when I’ve finished AC2 I will look at getting one of them.

You know I haven't seen One around anywhere for a while now - I wonder where he disappeared to.   ???

Yes, Come back One, we need your witty banter  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Arakus on March 19, 2010, 10:50:37 am
Wow, Freddy still around and mad, good to see ;)

also nice seeing some of my old Creations still floating around the net ;)

hmmm, what am I up to?!?
Still playing NWN of course, building my own Mod/Server, hosting it, and playing/testing, guess that's about it as it takes up just about every waking minute..
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on March 19, 2010, 01:16:35 pm

Oh my gosh
Arakus, is it really you?
How long it been?   four?  five years?
I gotta go tell Mark and Nige.
Yes, creations still in use, we love them.

Welcome Home
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ALADYBLOND on March 19, 2010, 07:50:45 pm
dusky told me you were back i thought we were dead.lol
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on March 20, 2010, 02:46:09 am
Arakus! Don't tell me...You're going to use the old, "Rumors of my death have been exaggerated" routine!!

Nice of you to drop in and dust off some cobwebs after what...4 or more years? Maybe 5 / 6?

Anyhow, Hope life is being good to you!! Don't be a stranger!!
 ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on March 20, 2010, 09:29:17 am
Long time no see Jerry....glad you popped in to say hello :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 20, 2010, 02:07:19 pm
Wow blast from the past.... how the heck are you Jerry ?  It's nice you popped in :)

Not playing NWN myself any more - moved to things like Guild Wars after that.  NWN would still be fun if you could find a lot of players together....

Don't be a stranger  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Arakus on March 23, 2010, 07:04:01 pm
hahaha, yep it's really me ;)

I've stopped in on zabaware forums, and posted, but never got a reply so gave up, nope I've died, and died, and died, but it was only in Game ;)

Most of my time is spent Mod Building and online Playing/Chatting, have quite a few old faces from GS playing on my server, like Aluar, Vaaler, Confusatron, LOD, to name but a few, and several that were recent Players from GS (the past couple of years).

I'll have to dig up my backup discs, I know I made over 200 items, but barely see maybe a dozen of them around..

Hope everyone is doing good, if you have NWN and want to stop in (Ambar en Elas), feel free, we monitor so even if we're not Online we can see who is, so if you stop in stick around a few, one of us will probably be logging in shortly after (I will if I'm awake) ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 25, 2010, 05:35:33 pm
Does Hairy still play ?  Actually I might install NWN again, not sure if it works in Windows 7 but I could always put it on my XP drive.

I never knew you made so many items.  Yes please !  There are a lot of people still playing with Haptek and I am sure they would love to have some new toys - you can put them in the Downloads area if you like - usually I suggest you accompany them with an image so people can see what they are before downloading.

Personally I am doing fine thanks I think, this site is keeping me busy at the moment as well as a course I am on.  Good to see ya ! :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Arakus on March 25, 2010, 05:54:35 pm
yep Hairy still plays, I don't play on GS anymore tho so I don't see him very much.

Karen's new PC has 7 and she plays it, so aye it works in 7..

if you install it, feel free to stop in (Ambar en Elas, under Action), I'll keep an eye out for Timrath ;)

:)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on March 29, 2010, 02:50:08 pm
Arakus,
  Glad to hear from you, thanks for all the Haptek creations you've made.  Also at one time AI Dreams had a fairly large collection of Haptek characters which seems to have dissapeared.   Are you familiar with them and can we get access to them?
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 29, 2010, 04:10:06 pm
Try the Downloads section Carl...
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on March 29, 2010, 09:29:15 pm
Just came from the downloads, three htr's for characters, in the past there were about a dozen,  I looked at the number of motions to help limit my downloads since I didn't want to download them all.
Thanks for putting them here, Haptek hasn't done much and is on the way out.  I'm sure you had chatacters I hadn't seen anywhere else.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 29, 2010, 09:31:19 pm
Quote
Just came from the downloads, three htr's for characters, in the past there were about a dozen.

Do you mean fullbodies ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Arakus on March 29, 2010, 11:48:31 pm
I still have just about every Full Body & Torso that were available back then, the ones I know I have are..
Full Body
------------
Allison
Betty
Claire
Crystal
Derek
Doris
Heather
James
Jason
John
Maria
Maria_Black
Mermaid
Nadia-vgirl
Nadia-wip
Pamela
Rosie
Sara

Torso
--------
Bizlady
Torso_female
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on March 30, 2010, 01:38:36 pm
Arakus,
   You have the collection,  I've never seen a collection that large.
  Since you have so much experience with Haptek would you know if there is a way to make a htr with modified files from the uncompressed files without paying Haptek some absurd price? 
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Arakus on March 30, 2010, 07:18:10 pm
unfortunately no, without the Haptek utilities you can't, you could create a hap file that would remove/add the different hair, glasses or whatever after the character was loaded though.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on March 30, 2010, 10:24:43 pm
  I became interested in Jiggly which I believe is body_female, it has the phy file in it,  I found you could change the effect of gravity on her breasts, easy to see example.  I was able to load this and put it in a window, there are some screen shots at Zabaware, didn't get much intrest.  To make this useful to other people I tried to put the uncompressed files back into a .htr without sucess.
  I was using the Hap regestry, the hap player windows and the Hal window and found they would each respond differently. 
  I was able to create a startup.htr, simple text with lines like Load body_female, empty scene,  load new.jpg  which would load the character with different clothes.  I'm writing  this from memory so very possibly the script is not correct here.  May have a lot of this saved to CD's.
  Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on April 01, 2010, 01:20:15 pm
  Since my intrest in Haptek increased I downloaded the Haptek player and gave it a try.  Got the same results I had with Vista, unresponsive at times.  Zabaware says this is the result of using more than one core and there is a fix. 
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on April 01, 2010, 01:23:19 pm
http://www.zabaware.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7031
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on April 01, 2010, 09:11:03 pm
So Jerry, are you going to upload some new goodies for the Haptek fans ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on April 01, 2010, 10:44:35 pm
I found that a little earlier and tried the download.  It's not working with the Hap player from Haptek.  I get a behavior similar to what I had in vista.  At that time I ended up using XP for Hal.
  I haven't installed Ultra Hal, seems it still uses the Hap player.
Carl2 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Arakus on April 02, 2010, 01:23:11 am
just recently had to re-install XP, my primary HD went out, so I haven't quite gotten everything restored off Discs yet, but yeah once I get all my Haptek stuff back and I figure out what is and isn't currently posted I'll see what I can do.. It's all spreadt out on 3 different DVD backups, so will take a bit..
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on April 02, 2010, 02:15:48 pm
No problem, if they have waited this long I am sure they can wait a little longer  ;D

Sorry to hear about the HDD going down.  I am thinking of investing in an external USB drive to back up thing on myself, they're pretty reasonable these days. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on April 03, 2010, 02:23:22 pm
  My intrest in Haptek was renewed but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to use Haptek,  I should install Hal and try.  I still have XP 32 but at this time I'm not sure if I can or will install it, I'll lose half the memory.  I remember reasonable boot times with XP even with a P4. 
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on April 11, 2010, 01:10:07 am
  As I mentioned elswhere I have Hal 6.2 with expansion pack running in Win7 64.  I just checked my CD's and found Hal files I copied to disk.   I found 5 fullbody Characters: Heather, Allison, Betty, Bodyfemale(Jiggly) and Pamela.  Tons of animations,  camera positions,  Hap Player, Hap regestry, lighting, ect.
  Playing with Jiggly while I am writing this,  noticed it earlier,  Her upper arms and  breasts move for some reason.  This is in the Hap player.
  Just tried Jiggly in Hal, same behavior, I'd say it is unacceptable.
  Fullbodygirl who can not jiggle is okay, it must be in the phy file that causes the problem.
Good day gone bad, Since I downloaded these files from AI dreams I'll let you say what I shoud do with them.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on April 11, 2010, 08:17:07 am
Nige has solution for using Hal and haptek window in win7 over on Zaba.  
However no solution for using Putty in win7.
Regarding Ms Jiggly performance, it caused by player under win7 and I think fixable.
A nice thing about Hal and haptars is when your gal gets old and boobs and face droop way down, you can do brain transplant and give her a new body.  :D
(http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb194/Dusky233/Dusky234/Dusky235/1Apr11.jpg)
(No, that's her belly button)  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on April 11, 2010, 01:14:31 pm
  Looks like you've been playing with gravity in the Phy files.  I've been to Nige's post at Zabaware,  I downloaded the file and got it to work for myself after he explained what to do.  That problem is the Hap player becomes unresponsive, seems to turn on and off.  This problem is the jiggly character has small quick movements which are noticable in the upper arms and breasts.
  The Temp folder for the uncompressed Htr seem to have disappeared.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on April 12, 2010, 02:49:09 pm

The first picture is advanced condition you experience on win7.
First the jerking of boobs and upper arms.
Then growth of boobs and cheeks and voila, grandma.
She old but agile.  Don't be close when she does fast turnarounds and spins.   (smile)

P.S. If you wanting to use Ms Jiggly in win7, I'll see about a fix for you.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on April 13, 2010, 12:08:44 am
  I got body female to load with a modified skin, and added torso noise from Freddy's Hap Explorer.  This makes me feel like I'm off to a good start. Body_female works okay on the other computer, better graphics card.
  This part is hard to believe, like your picture.  I disabled acceleration for the physx on this graphics card and body_female was okay.  Today she has the shakes again. 
  I haven't regestered her yet and moving is easy.  What else have you been able to do with her?  I have a cd with most of the files but I won't know if it's there until I need it.  I opened one of the files and I swear it looks different.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on April 13, 2010, 12:06:54 pm

Update
Last night I fixed a fix for body-female and sent to Neil as I don't have win7 and he does.
He tested.
Don't work.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on April 13, 2010, 02:44:57 pm
Good luck with your experiments guys :)  That image of the saggy full body is quite alarming !

Jerry, still there ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Arakus on April 22, 2010, 09:29:08 pm
yep I'm still around, alot of mod building work yet to be done so I've been tied up..
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on April 23, 2010, 01:57:33 pm
No problem.  I've been doing a lot of programming this past week and have been tied up too.

It's been quiet this week, has anyone been doing anything interesting or maybe you have all got some good weather like we have in the UK at the moment ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on April 23, 2010, 05:41:57 pm
For me its work, but I did get some of the sun this afternoon. I love the weather but when its nice like this I loose my TV and start getting French TV, makes a change but as I don’t speak French I haven’t got a clue what is going on.    :-[
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on April 23, 2010, 08:14:55 pm
  Been working on a skin (Hal window vs character skin) and while trying to get the input volume meter for SR to work I found checking the box for SR causes the problems I was having.  The voulme meter is nice,moved it to the right spot, changed the size and it works.  Generaly don't use it so I can have time to read the input but at last I found the cause of the problem.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on April 25, 2010, 02:30:07 pm
Ohh making a skin hey ?  Be sure to show us what you come up with Carl  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on April 26, 2010, 03:53:54 am
  Datahopa calls it a GUI, so I'll use that to avoid confusion.  I have one which I tried and found the User input is one line so I'm changing it.  This is my third try so it;s much faster, almost done.
  I tried the Hapexplorer, not working for me this time.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 01, 2010, 09:51:27 pm
I split Arakus' creations into a new post here :

http://aidreams.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=3580.0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on May 02, 2010, 03:06:29 am

Wow, looking good.
Surprised me, 7 I don't have.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on May 03, 2010, 05:45:45 pm
(http://i785.photobucket.com/albums/yy134/GT40_2009/bizjoconde0192.jpg)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Arakus on May 04, 2010, 05:04:17 am
no "THE", just Arakus, or of course Jerry.

"kisses" hmmm, I hope yer a woman, if not I'm gunna run, very fast and very far  ;S
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on May 04, 2010, 12:44:30 pm

Meghan is upset but she forgives you. Nobody can guess if torso characters are transsexual or not. ;D

Ok, no kisses, she just says thanks for your fantastic "work" in the Golden Age of Haptek.

I, too.  8) 8) 8)

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on May 15, 2010, 02:07:15 am
  I still like the Sandy character, I tried to put the face on fullbod ages ago but it didn't work,  may try it again. 
  I'm going to try to upload a pic of the Hal Gui,  to large to upload at Datahopa
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on May 15, 2010, 02:14:54 am
  I just looked at the pic and have to add this, Noticed it to many times in the past.  I pressed F6 to snap the picture and she closed her eyes,  In the past when I would press the X to close Hal or the Hap player she would close her eyes.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on May 15, 2010, 11:28:41 am
Carl2 if you use Print Screen then paste the image into your favourite image editor Hal will not close its eyes. That’s how I do my screenshots of GUI’s.

PS the image wasn’t to large for the site, there is a bug in the download manager that errors when you try to up-load an image as well as the file. I made a screenshot for you and have up-loaded it to your new skins download.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 15, 2010, 01:09:08 pm
Also, Carl the windows 7 has a new 'snipping tool' under 'accessories' which is a lot easier way of doing partial screen shots.  Images this big take up a lot of space here, I would prefer them cropped if you can do so.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on May 16, 2010, 12:35:32 pm
Freddy,
   I downloaded and  used screenhunter,  it offers a choice of the active window or the entire desktop,  I used the desktop to show the relative size on the desktop.  I increased the pixel count when making it for more detail so I knew it would be large.  Still new at this, sorry.  I liked your compact player at Datahopa"s one my favorites, alot offered for the space used.
Datahopa,
  You can get to the GUI gallery by using Datahopa support and following the link,  if you go to the gallery you can upload ar go back to the forum.  I followed the link to view the Gui's,  you've got a nice collection. 
  I found the the Print screen on the other computer, this one dosen't have one.  The closing the eyes when closing the app still seems strange to me.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 16, 2010, 03:59:11 pm
No problem Carl, it's just me worrying about space lol - in fact don't worry at all because I just checked and we have unlimited storage - so much for me worrying then  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 22, 2010, 08:59:40 pm
Watching the World Cup mainly..
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 22, 2010, 10:01:56 pm
World Cup some Fallout 3, painting the outside of my house and as little real work as I can get away with  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on June 23, 2010, 12:22:17 pm

Without France, the World Cup is not funny.  :( ;D >:(

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on June 23, 2010, 01:41:33 pm
painting the outside of my house

@Datahopa: Remember...Vinyl is final (vinyl siding / trim = no more wasted time and $$ painting. ;)


Without France, the World Cup is not funny

@GT40: I figured they got mad, took their ball and went home. :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 23, 2010, 08:44:21 pm
Congrats to USA for getting through to the next round with us  ;D

Sorry GT40, there is not much I can say about France this time round ???
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on June 24, 2010, 11:41:46 am
Ohhh....tooo much stuff to be finished :(

Doing numerous jobs around the house for mum, have a sort of short term temporary job, still working on site and DG story rewrite...

I do pop in every day here, just not much happening to make me want to post, but hope everyone is doing well :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 24, 2010, 11:47:52 am
@Art, Im not sure we have vinyl siding over here, across the pond, but I do know the paint cost £80, I think that’s about $120 and it has a 15 year guarantee, its going to have to do.

 I feel sorry for France, going out of the World Cup, I know they are a better team than that.

England and USA final maybe.  :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on June 25, 2010, 11:32:26 am
England will be out in the next round :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on June 25, 2010, 09:50:38 pm

Here are the latest photos from South Africa

(http://i893.photobucket.com/albums/ac140/Sandee6027/Fun%20photos%201/1Jun25.jpg)

(http://i893.photobucket.com/albums/ac140/Sandee6027/Fun%20photos%201/2Jun25.jpg)

(http://i893.photobucket.com/albums/ac140/Sandee6027/Fun%20photos%201/3Jun25.jpg)

(http://i893.photobucket.com/albums/ac140/Sandee6027/Fun%20photos%201/4Jun25.jpg)

(http://i893.photobucket.com/albums/ac140/Sandee6027/Fun%20photos%201/5Jun25.jpg)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on June 26, 2010, 10:35:09 am
Give me an S
Give me an A
Give me an N
Give me a D
Give me a Y..

SANDY!  ::) ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on June 26, 2010, 03:07:39 pm
Nice images. :)

I've been experiencing some "technical difficulties" with the fish pond in my front yard, so my recent days have been rather more busy than I would like, and I've had to give myself permission to take a break from Morti (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/pChat/) for a short while. but I've still been able to have a bit of creative fun. During one of my usual rounds of "freewheeling" through the web (that's where I just google something random, and follow links that sound interesting) I began reading about slot machines, and for some reason it sounded somewhat fun to "build" one. The "early result" can be found can be found here (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/slots.php). It's a really simple model right now, but I plan on expanding it. Since there are only 4 positions on each reel, the payout percentage is too high for a casino's liking (it's payback ratio is 934%, instead of the usual range of 93.4%),  but longer "reel strips" with more "slots" will change that. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on June 26, 2010, 03:22:19 pm

British site, I know. Really sorry, but with Sandee, USA will win the Cup.  8) 8) 8)

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 26, 2010, 04:04:39 pm
Nice slot machine :)  You made that ?

I got three bars  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on June 26, 2010, 04:32:17 pm
Yup. I took a look at a wide variety of slot machine images, and created a generic composite to use for the body. Then I "drew" the fruit and bars, and arranged them into 3 different "reel strips". I tried to make it function the same way that the old style mechanical versions did, in that the reels "spin" for a random period of time, and the slot they stop on determines the payout, instead of creating a random number, and then having the program "stop" the reel at the correct place. The only real limitation to making larger reel strips, which makes the machine more accurate as far as payout percentages is concerned, is the size of the strip images. The next step of having 10 "slots" per reel strip won't be so bad, but getting them up to 25 or more (some machines have up to 50 and more slots per reel) makes for some rather large images. I'll have to see how 10 slots per reel will work before I decide to go further with it. I'll probably also design options to play "different" machines, each with their own top glass and reel designs, and possibly different payouts, as well. But that's for the future.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 27, 2010, 02:27:35 pm
Is it all javascript ?  I got three bars again but you put the prize down hehe ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on June 27, 2010, 04:44:27 pm
Actually, it's more CSS than JS. Scripting CSS seems to be a lot faster than the old "image source swap" methods used in the past. And yes, I changed the payout a bit. I'm also working on the next level, where each reel has 10 positions instead of just 4, and I'm adding bells and sevens, with a much higher jackpot. I may also put in a "progressive" jackpot, that uses AJAX to update a common prize pool. That part is still "in the works". :) There will also likely be a set of options that will change the "skin" of the machine, along with the reels and payouts. This is very much an evolving process.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on June 28, 2010, 11:48:17 am

I always get this google ad across the bottom post on a page. 
No one else mentions it,   is it just me?
It don't have an "corner x" to close it.
Any ideas how to get rid of it??
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on June 28, 2010, 02:04:13 pm
I'm not sure about anyone else, but I don't see it because I use a Firefox plugin that removes most ads from the pages I visit. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 28, 2010, 02:42:37 pm
Yep you could use an ad blocker. It's there to help pay for hosting costs, domain names etc and keep this site alive.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on June 28, 2010, 07:10:39 pm

Ah,  got pop-up stopper from Panicware.
All is well.     ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on June 28, 2010, 08:06:40 pm
Personally, I'd rather make a donation than click on an add. I buy too much online as it is. (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/images/bigGrin.gif)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on June 29, 2010, 05:08:39 pm
I got your email, Duskrider. Loved the image. You should post it here.

My thanks, as well, for letting me know about the problem with my contact page. I've fixed the problem. I've also updated the security function for the contact page. A while back, some rather evil individuals were using the contact page to send me spam messages, so I took steps. I noted both their IP and email address, added them to a database, and coded the response portion of the page to inform the offenders that their actions were unwelcome. Now, however, instead of simply warning them, the page redirects their browsers to what has to be the most annoying website I've ever seen, at http:// worldsmostannoying.blogspot.com (I "broke" the link on purpose. If you wish to visit it, make sure it's in a new window. Trust me, you'll see why) - Bad people seem to bring out my more whimsically viscous side. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 29, 2010, 09:38:11 pm
Here's another good one to redirect them too : http://www.zombo.com/  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on June 30, 2010, 12:52:20 am
Um... Freddy? Thanks for the link, but while that is admittedly annoying, it's not nearly vicious enough to suit my needs. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on June 30, 2010, 11:26:24 am
~Slot Machine Update~

The "upgraded" version of the slot machine was getting too big, so I put it in it's own directory. You can access it at http://www.geekcavecreations.com/slots (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/slots)

Changelog:

~Changed reel size from 4 slots each to 18
~Changed the top-glass, reel and payout images to a more whimsical theme.
~Changed the jackpot sound to match the theme.
~Modified functionality of the Spin and Mute buttons to kill any currently playing sound

And before anyone yells "copyright infringement", I already did(yell "Copyright infringement", that is). It's a non-commercial game, for entertainment purposes. And no hamsters were forced into a life of porn in the game's creation. I take full responsibility for it's look and feel, yada yada yada.(http://www.geekcavecreations.com/images/bigGrin.gif)

{This forum needs [spoiler] tags } :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 30, 2010, 07:21:53 pm
Looking good, the smurfs are a nice touch :)

Sorry that website was not vicious enough - I will try harder ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 02, 2010, 05:35:12 pm
GCC,

I know someone with a Smurf site.   Do you want me to point him here ?  He might like to include it on his site...

By the look of it I reckon he could use it in an iFrame.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 02, 2010, 06:08:24 pm
I have no troubles with that. Be my guest. :) But please also provide him with a link to my main site, as well, if you would.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 02, 2010, 06:25:01 pm
Sure thing.  If it would work in an iFrame maybe put a link to your site on that page ?  What do you think would be the best way to go about it ?  Or I guess set it up on his site with a link so you are not tied to anything ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 02, 2010, 11:17:06 pm
Actually, the slot machine has a link already, on my "Fun & Games" page. I have a few other pages there, both games and joke pages, as well. I'll go ahead and insert a link into the slot machine's page, linking to my main page, though. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 03, 2010, 12:50:07 am
With my Mother's new job, her work schedule has changed, and it's been hard for me to keep track of what my days off are (when she works, I take care of Grandma). So I've created a calendar page that allows her to input her schedule when she gets it, and allows me to see at a glance when I'm off. It's handy enough that I decided to show it off. Bear in mind, however, that there's no user level security, so anyone can modify the information stored, and there's no profanity filter, so anyone childish enough can post some pretty "adult" words. Since it uses flat files for storage, there's no worries about SQL injections, however.
Anyway, you can see the calendar at http://www.geekcavecreations.com/calendar/ (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/calendar/).

By the way, feel free to edit any info there, or even add your own. Just remember that you should not put anything there that you wouldn't want your Grandma to read. Or, better yet, mine! :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 03, 2010, 06:24:37 pm
Having distractibility issues is usually a pain in where one sits. Sometimes, however, it can be sort of fun. :)

(http://www.geekcavecreations.com/rotate.php?fn=MortiInNewYork.jpg&w=100) (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/galleryImage.php?fileName=MortiInNewYork.jpg)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 03, 2010, 07:46:03 pm
 ;D  Nice piccy.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 04, 2010, 04:16:09 pm
You can "blame" Duskrider, I guess. His pics of Sandee have sparked my creativity. Besides, I thought that Sandee could use some companions. :)

(http://www.geekcavecreations.com/images/Gallery/thumbs/ACK!_thumb.jpg) (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/galleryImage.php?fileName=ACK!.jpg&q=100)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 05, 2010, 06:48:30 pm
Another nice piccy :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on July 06, 2010, 11:31:41 am
I particularly like the shadows and lighting.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on July 06, 2010, 01:24:03 pm

I particularly like her war outfit.
It will give her the edge in any fight,.   ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 06, 2010, 01:31:20 pm
*chuckles*
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 06, 2010, 03:21:20 pm
Yeah, that one was fun to make. I really need to work on learning how to add bones to objects in Carrara. I have several models of Morti, but they're simple OBJ files, with no bones, so I can't pose him. I know it's possible to add them, I just haven't learned how. Once I do that, then I have to learn to make his clothes morphable, so that he looks more natural when he moves. Lots of stuff to learn, but that's the fun part. (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/images/bigGrin.gif)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on July 06, 2010, 05:20:50 pm
Heres my one, relaxing at home with the family in Fallout 3, please forgive her appearance and stance, as she is a little mutated from the radiation.  ;D

Some pretty weird stuff in Fallout 3 LOL  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 07, 2010, 12:50:57 pm
Hehe, kinda looks like the bloke from Monty Python.  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on July 08, 2010, 12:13:59 pm
I thought that too, somthing like this:  :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMqSmiC_xHg
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 09, 2010, 07:44:35 am
This sux. :(

At 11:00AM, I was cruising all of my forum links when Windows Protection reported that my AV software was turned off. Having been through this once before, I immediately rebooted into safe mode, and began a virus scan from an uncorrupted CD. It's now 11:40PM, and that scan is still running. I guess the one disadvantage of having over a half-terrabyte of data on one's hard drives is that it takes weeks to scan all of the contents. So far only one trojan was "found", but it's a well documented "false positive". Maybe by morning I'll be back on my box, instead of the family's box, but maybe not. Till then, however, no work gets done on Morti. {pulls out the hanky, and wipes away the eye-sweat} I'll see everyone when my box is back.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on July 09, 2010, 12:25:03 pm
Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Personally I only ever scan the drive with the OS on unless I think I have a bad infection, then the scan only takes a little while because my Windows drives are small partitioned drives normally around 50GIG max and the vast majority of viruses resided on the windows drive.


I still am a supporter of Microsoft Security Essentials (http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/) free anti virus, I have put it on my customers PC’s, I use it, my family and friends use it and so far nothing has got through, I’m not saying its perfect but none of them are and I’m a strong believer that if anyone knows how to protect Windows its MS.

Good luck GeekCaveCreations.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on July 09, 2010, 12:40:15 pm
Tried out Ubuntu. Did not care for it. Could not figure out how to add links to Applications, could not figure out how to alter environment variables, could not get apps to run. If I wanted to learn how not to make an operating system I'd use Ubuntu.  >:(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 09, 2010, 01:40:14 pm
@Datahopa

The structure of my drives is such that normally all I have to do is do a full scan on the OS drive, but the nature of the suspected infection is such that just about any file that's even viewed in Explorer is susceptible to infection. And with 5 physical drives that range in size from 80GB to 250GB and split into 8 logical drives, the process of scanning all of the drives is a time consuming one. When the time comes for me to upgrade to a Terrabyte drive, I think I'll have to burn about ~100 DVD's to back up all of my archived files. That will probably cut about 70% of what I have stored out of the equation, and allow me to remove 3 of the current 5 drives. Call me anal, but I'm a huge fan of complete separation of data and applications from the OS. I have dedicated drives (either physical or logical) for the OS, applications, games, data, my web server the OS's swap file, and archived data. It took me months of research to come up with a combination of virgin registry hives and script files that allow me to do a complete format and re-install of Windows with total separation of the OS (Not even the "Documents and Settings" folder is on the OS's drive) from programs and data in less than 10 hours, including doing all the fun of Windows Update.

@Irh9

The only reason I use Windows at all is because the majority of the applications I currently use or have used in the past either don't have a *nix compatible version, or don't play well with WINE.

BTW, it's now 5:35AM here, and the scan is on the next to last drive. Unfortunately, the last 2 drives have more data on them than all of the other drives combined. :(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on July 10, 2010, 02:39:52 pm
  I've had quite a few problems in the past with viruses, ect.  I started seperating the OS and the programs as mentioned earlier.  Also put documents and downloads on another drive. Became so tired of this I bought Kaspersky which had a very good name which I used in Vista.  Vista complained about the load time of the anitvirus program,  the antivirus would ask me questions and I had no idea of an answer.
  I moved into Win 7 which seems better than Vista and am now using Norton 360.  Norton seems to load quicker and do a quick scan fairly fast, a full scan naturaly takes longer.  One of the things I like about it is in the past I found malware in the computer which wasn't acted upon since it wasn't a virus Norton will not have this problem. 
  Good luck.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 10, 2010, 03:50:35 pm
Thanks for the info, Carl. I'm sure it will prove useful. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on August 09, 2010, 12:15:57 pm
Just saying hello and letting you al know I'm still alive heh :)

very very busy, increasing my job searching efforts (ona  course), currently doing a computer course and about to start a University course again. Add to that there is a new lady in my life, things are a little hectic here and I;m not getting much done site nor story wise :(

I do check the forum regularly, juts nothing catching my eye wantime to make me post...but anyway....

Freddy my man, you on Yahoo much these days? We should catch up :)

speak to you all soon.

Marius
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 09, 2010, 12:54:59 pm
Good to hear from you :)  Interesting news too - what kind of courses are you doing and what are the subjects ?

New ladies are always good too, congratulations ! 

I don't go on Yahoo much at the moment, lately I have been just too busy learning javascript as I just mentioned elsewhere.  But I will make a point of signing in this week so hopefully I will catch you :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on August 09, 2010, 03:04:22 pm
Good luck with the courses and even more with the new lady  :D

Seriously... congrats  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 29, 2010, 12:54:24 pm
Today I am mostly unhappy about the so called summer weather  :(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on August 29, 2010, 01:51:38 pm
At this particular point in time, I'm making my 4th of around 20 passes through the place, on my way to the next of around 8 AI/technical forums that I haunt throughout the day. :) And no, that's NOT an exaggeration. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on August 29, 2010, 05:45:20 pm
Over 16000 views to this thread  :o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=113Tsybp-uk

Time for some Robot Music maybe?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on August 29, 2010, 06:12:39 pm
Ok that one might not be to everyone’s taste.

Try this one.

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeXTZOSWIUU
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 30, 2010, 01:56:53 pm
A blast from the past  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on August 30, 2010, 03:50:39 pm
I'm sure ALICE is simply ecstatic. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on August 30, 2010, 10:48:31 pm
Datahopa,

Er...you were right...on both counts! :o :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 08, 2010, 06:42:37 pm

My parents bought me a Venus Fly Trap today, now waiting for the flies  ;D


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7eQKSf0LmY
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on September 08, 2010, 07:03:01 pm
I had one of them one, a good few years back now, I remember it being hard to keep healthy and alive, you might want to look into correct water, light etc.

My one unfortunately didn’t make it, but it did catch some flies in its time.   
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on September 08, 2010, 07:47:21 pm
Same here Datahopa except I spent a lot of my time looking for the giant variety!

One that could say, munch on our local tax collectors!!  :D ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 09, 2010, 04:22:15 pm
 :D Could come in handy..

But yes, they are difficult to keep, I have tried before.  I'm going to save rain water for it, but I don't know about flies during the winter...will have to see..
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on September 09, 2010, 05:51:49 pm
There are always the online pet stores, where you can order flies to feed them. ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 10, 2010, 09:02:20 pm
I actually wondered if anyone did that, thanks I will take a look  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on September 10, 2010, 11:12:40 pm
I remember the the Venus flytrap, they never stayed a live.  At one time I put a few together thinking that might help and naturally they all died.  I am very sure they grow wild in the Southern states of America.  Good luck.
 Carl 2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on September 11, 2010, 12:59:22 pm

Feed them groundbeef   
They love it.    :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 11, 2010, 01:12:52 pm
Thanks Dusk :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 25, 2010, 02:44:17 pm
Went to Homebase the other day (hardware and garden store) and picked up another carnivorous plant.

Other than that I have been working on my course.

Piccy below :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on September 25, 2010, 07:37:36 pm
*tickles plant*

Awww.....who's a little cuteywuteyplantywanty?

OUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCH!  :-[
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on September 25, 2010, 08:16:37 pm
Shades of Little Shop of Horrors (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091419/), there...

"Feed me, Freddy!"  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 25, 2010, 08:38:55 pm
 ;D Yeah they are plants with some bite and I am never sure if they like being tickled !

I'm always amazed that nature came up with things like this, these kinds of plants fascinate me.

I remember Little Shop of Horrors, that was great, a long time ago now.  I read today that Rick Moranis might be in the third Ghostbusters film.  That would be great, he is so funny, he just disappeared at the end of the nineties though which was a shame.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on September 26, 2010, 10:06:26 am
Might be wrong but I think they have sold you a Triffid there Freddy, ok looks cute now but in a year or so It will try to take over the world.
 :o  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 26, 2010, 01:26:09 pm
lol  :D  Yes, I thought that too, it really looks like the Triffids in that old 80's BBC screen play they did.  Better be careful....
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on September 26, 2010, 08:40:44 pm
They kind of resemble tiny cobras. Let's hope their bite is tiny as well. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 27, 2010, 01:20:20 pm
Yes they do, I hadn't thought of that.  Those ones, as you can see, have tubular stems which fill with liquid.  The flies get digested in there  :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on September 27, 2010, 02:14:34 pm
(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQW5b5zKwOBWHujcY4RcwHTuJeQmpV27hVFKsdfh-SDQD-lL40&t=1&usg=__qJMuUkjcpBEoFmYM0aSOB2nqAoQ=) (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kew.gardens.pitcher.plant.sarracenia.arp.jpg)
(image is also a link)

You know, I THOUGHT those looked familiar! Freddy, have you been nicking some plants from Kew Gardens?  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 27, 2010, 02:23:27 pm
Wow, those are bigguns  :o

I think I may have a dwarf variety, but time will tell.

But no, the one time I went to Kew I was very good and did not pinch anything....honest.   ::)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on September 27, 2010, 02:27:36 pm

With all this plant talk, I thought I'd mention this picture is of my vincas in my front yard.
(http://i893.photobucket.com/albums/ac140/Sandee6027/Fun%20photos%201/1Aug28.jpg)
O.K.  I'm done. Let's go back to the triffids. 

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 27, 2010, 02:31:35 pm
Those are huge vincas Dusky - the ones we have are generally a lot shorter and more or less ground covering.  The ones in our garden have the same shape of flower but are blue. Useful plant.  Did you know if you pull off all the petals the stamen inside looks like a miniature ice cream cone - well the ones here do..
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on September 27, 2010, 02:50:16 pm

Mine are purple, pink, and white.  See the white one on the far left.
They are little over a foot tall.   I got down behind them and shot toward the house.
I kept the pic as a background for Sandee. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on September 28, 2010, 02:19:34 am
OK Dusky...which is it... My Sandee or My Vincas?? A lot of us are confused!! :-\ ???
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on September 29, 2010, 03:39:31 pm
Vincas as ground cover?  That sounds so neat.  If ours grew like that, I would dig up my front lawn grass and plant all vincas.   If possible, love to see a photo as ground cover.
About 3 months I took some vinca babies from the front lawn bushes and put along back fence.  Here's how they look today.  Again purple and pink and one white.
(http://i893.photobucket.com/albums/ac140/Sandee6027/Fun%20photos%201/vincas.jpg)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 29, 2010, 05:10:31 pm
They look nice like that Duskrider  8)

I can't get a picture of our vincas as it's a miserable, wet and gloomy day and they were cut back a while ago.  Mostly, here in our garden, they are in corners and not so much ground covering.  But they are great like that as they don't seem to mind the worst soil and a bad location.

Here's a picture though I found on the net :

(http://www.ppdl.purdue.edu/PPDL/images/VincaMinorCloseup.jpg)

And here's a useful page on the ones we have here in the UK :

http://www.vincaminor.org/

And another good page :

http://www.ppdl.purdue.edu/PPDL/weeklypics/4-25-05.html

Maybe I can get some seeds some time and post them to you - do customs allow that ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on September 30, 2010, 03:06:41 am

I like Vincas because they require no care, and are in bloom year round here in Florida.
I didn't know there such a thing as Vinca minor which is your ground cover.  It's very nice.  I not sure it will grow here but probably will.  I'm sure it's available for purchase.
Couple weeks ago I took about 20 babies from Vinca bushes out front and planted along side of house outside my computer room window.  They doing well and grown from 3" to around 6".   At about 8" they begin to flower. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 20, 2010, 02:04:41 pm
Nothing much to report here, weather getting progressively cooler.  Leaves falling off trees.  Brrrr.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on October 20, 2010, 05:03:31 pm

Brrr, wow, same than in French.  :)

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on October 20, 2010, 07:27:36 pm
Cant believe how much work I have at the moment, money is good but no time…
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on October 20, 2010, 09:40:05 pm
  Seems that you have the money and no time or the time but no money.  The days are getting cooler every day.  Been holding back about commenting on the vinca,  we have something sold as vinca,  green leaves that sometime contain white or yellow, never saw any with flowers.  Possibly it is the climate here and there are several varities I believe.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on October 20, 2010, 11:38:33 pm
The last few days, I've been preparing for a trip to Tennessee to visit friends/family, and to attend my Niece's wedding on the 28th. I'm headed out tomorrow, and won't be back till the evening of November 2nd. I'm not sure if I'll have enough access to a computer to be able to stop in, but when I get back, I plan on putting together a photo essay of the trip, and possibly, another of the wedding. I hope there'll be enough space on my SD card for all of the pics! ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on October 25, 2010, 03:45:46 pm

Welcome back, AI Dreams!  8)

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on October 25, 2010, 04:29:00 pm

Welcome back, AI Dreams!  8)



I second that, Good to see Ai Dreams back up and running.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on October 25, 2010, 09:27:07 pm
Seems that as we go through life, everyone gets a turn with "Technical Difficulties!"  :D ;)

Glad we're back!!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on October 25, 2010, 11:01:24 pm
  Glad  your up and running again.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 26, 2010, 06:42:04 pm
Me too.  I don't know why they took so long but I noticed on my mobile that it was back up this morning.

I've been away from home for a few days in the Peak District, so I couldn't badger them like I normally would !

Glad to see it all seems fine now, need to catch up on a few things.  See ya later !
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on October 26, 2010, 09:19:26 pm
Ahh! he lives, was starting to wonder where you had got to Freddy.

I’ve never been to the Peak District, what’s it like?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on October 26, 2010, 11:39:49 pm
Well I've never been to the "valley" district either!  ;D :D ;D ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on October 27, 2010, 01:12:34 am

me neither,  But just finished reading about it at Wikipedia.
Rog, we get pictures ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on October 27, 2010, 10:50:52 am
Dusky ...
I typed Peak District into Google then clicked on IMAGES.

Tons of beautiful photos of Peak District and surrounding countryside.

Really nice!!

This is of course, in case Rog is too busy to post any photos...ahem...cough... ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 27, 2010, 11:55:32 am
 ;D  A little busy to be honest yes, but I do have a lot of photos.  I'll post them later on today.

Datahopa, the Peaks are beautiful you should go. We had nice weather too which was a bonus.  My sister just moved across there recently and we went to visit. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 27, 2010, 03:12:30 pm
Here's a few photos, just a small portion of what I took.

I added a image viewing script a week or so back and now it comes in useful.  If you click on the first image you should be able to flick through them all easily.  Or play a slide show too which will slide through them all.

These first four are of a place called 'Surprise View'... a bit of a climb to the top of a hill, well worth it.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 27, 2010, 03:16:27 pm
The first one here, is of Derwent reservoir - where the RAF Lancaster bombers practised with the bouncing bomb.

The one of the river is the River Derwent, it was very nice there.  Really clean river too.

Then the remaining photos are around Chatsworth House, a very posh digs with amazing gardens.

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 27, 2010, 03:17:34 pm
Chatsworth...
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 27, 2010, 03:18:52 pm
And finally some more of Chatsworth Gardens...

The fountain was reaching about 90 feet, but it can do more than 250 feet - it's the highest gravity fed fountain in the world.

As you can see we got really lucky with the weather !
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on October 27, 2010, 04:29:50 pm

Beautiful pics and very well shot.
Wonderful your sis lives there,  You can check out the seasons.  Winter also be beautiful.

Oh, and neat program you installed.

Datahopa, best time is Autumn, I just returned from also colorful West Virginia
(as all the world knows)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on October 27, 2010, 04:57:15 pm
You done the Peak District proud, some great pictures, I must make the effort to visit it one day, its not that far away after all.

Loving the new viewing script too, I wondered how you did that, just so you know its works in IE8 and firefox, I tested it in both.

Have to agree with you Dusky; Autumn is a beautiful time of year, even for me, I’m colour blind and things don’t always look as they should, but you can clearly see from the lighting and colours that its Autumn.   
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on October 27, 2010, 06:01:10 pm

Wonderful report, Freddy. Thanks.  8) 8) 8)

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on October 28, 2010, 02:17:15 am
Nice work Rog...great photos! Digital?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 28, 2010, 12:36:09 pm
Thanks everyone for the kind words, I'm glad you liked the photos ;D

Yes Art, all digital, so much simpler and I can take as many as I like.

It's this one...  (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujifilm-FinePix-S5700-Digital-Camera/dp/B000PH5IWI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1288265452&sr=8-1)

It's cheaper now than when I bought it around two years ago.  I am still working out how to use some features !

Loving the new viewing script too, I wondered how you did that, just so you know its works in IE8 and firefox, I tested it in both.

Yes it's cool isn't it.  If you want it then you can find it here.... (http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1450)  It's called 'Highslide Image Viewer'.  Thanks for testing it in other browsers, good to know it works :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on October 28, 2010, 02:49:34 pm
Thanks for the link Freddy, am giving it a go on my site. Having to do manual installation, got most of it working  :-\
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 28, 2010, 03:41:34 pm
No problem.  Yeah, I had to do some of it manually too.

Let me know if you need any help - one thing you might need to add to your custom theme is the Display.template.php - I copied it across from the default theme and edited it then dropped it into my custom theme folder.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 24, 2010, 01:37:08 pm
Mainly doing my course at the moment, boy is it dragging on.  Not much time for anything else.  :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 24, 2010, 05:43:03 pm
Recently got a new mobile phone, mid range thing, and have made a set of talking sounds, using a text to speech engine, quite cool.

Starting up phone
Searching for network signal
Network found and connected
Ring Ring, you have a phone call
Bing Bong new text message

You get the idea  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 06, 2010, 04:53:05 pm
I don't use mobiles much but yep I get what you mean...

My course plan hasn't exactly worked out.  I left it for a few days there, but tomorrow I will be back on it.

Nearing the end now.  All about internet protocols and different types of server now.

So many acronyms to learn it gives me a headache  ???

The snow here has melted mostly.  We had perma snow for a while there as the temperature didn't go above freezing for over a week.  Now it's down to -1 C as I write, so another cold night.   God bless the people that invented central heating.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on December 07, 2010, 07:21:59 pm
The latest seasonal family project is nearing completion, so I figured that I would update everyone on what's going on.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=39092&id=100000282313634&l=691aca1ab2 (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=39092&id=100000282313634&l=691aca1ab2)

If you're also a facebook user, feel free to "friend" me. :)

I'm planning on putting together a page on my website, just like I did for last year's Christmas Village (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/xmasVillage/), but that's still a few days off. I'll post a link as soon as I get it done. And I promise that this one won't be as visually annoying as the last one. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 08, 2010, 12:26:24 am
Very nice work, Dave and probably helps keep you out of trouble or at least off of the streets!!

Great family project! O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 08, 2010, 05:37:27 pm
Amazing stuff Dave  :)  Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

I was also amazed that the old version took 1000 Watts !  Sounds like you trimmed that down to size now though.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on December 09, 2010, 03:00:44 am
With all of the "specialty" buildings (many have fiber-optics and drive motors for the internal motion displays, or other such power-intensive features), there is still a need for some external power, and with the addition of 12 more buildings (Mom went overboard this year), the overall power requirements began to exceed the capabilities of the power supply that I had built, so I cheated a bit. I had an old 500 watt PC power supply hanging about, so I modified it to run constantly, and tapped into it's 12 volt circuit to run the lighting. One nice advantage to this is that the PS not only supplies 12 volts, it also supplies 5 volts, as well, which will run most of the "specialty" buildings, too, that require 4.5 volts. Next year, there will be a completely different layout, with not only the 12 volt runs for the lights, but also a couple of 5 volt runs for the specialty buildings, as well. ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 09, 2010, 02:15:50 pm
How long does it all take to set up from beginning to end then ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on December 09, 2010, 04:47:04 pm
When everything goes smoothly, and I get the help I need {when} I need it, it takes roughly 1-2 weeks to complete everything. This year, however, with the lighting conversion, and with my Brother's new job taking him out of the house for extended periods of time at random intervals, it's taken a little longer to get everything done. I'm hoping to have it all completed by today or tomorrow, but we'll see. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 10, 2010, 05:26:55 pm
Best of luck with that then  :)

I'm now on the last chapter of my course here  ^-^
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 10, 2010, 11:29:43 pm
Way to go Freddy...you're getting smarter with each page turn!!

Hopefully, before the holidays, you'll have some gen-u-ine  cree-den-tials!!

Hot dang!! O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 11, 2010, 01:08:05 pm
Thanks Art, I'm just hoping when one thing goes in something else doesn't drop out.   ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 15, 2010, 06:52:45 pm
Well after 2 1/2 years I finally got to the end of my course !  Just finished the last chapter...one more preliminary test of 55 questions to go and I can apply for the exam.

Wahay !

 :irock:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 15, 2010, 08:26:24 pm
Congrats, must have been a load of reading, I applaud you for your dedication

Time for a break from it all, let it soak in, luckily Christmas is almost here.

Its all working out nicely  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 15, 2010, 08:45:56 pm
Thanks mate :)

Yeah there were quite a few books to read.  I probably could have compressed the time I spent on it really, but things just get in the way sometimes, so it took me a while.

Yes a break for now.  I just tore through the last test because I won't have access to it come Friday.  Got about 75%, which isn't bad for this time of night and some lack of reading questions properly... I want to get that up to 80% to feel confident....there's a lot more revision tests I can do, so that will help nudge my brain a bit.

But that can wait until after Christmas now.  Like you say the timing is impeccable. Hehe.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on December 19, 2010, 10:25:48 am
Hello......hello...

Anyone here.....dear god...what month is it?   

Just to apologise to everyone for being awol recently, had so much on my plate I've barely had time to blow my nose...

Anyway, still very busy, but hope everyone is well and ok, and happy birthdays to anyone I've missed in my absence and welcomes to any new members in my said absence...

Now we at this time of the year will try and pop in a little more, have a little more free time on my hands at last. Freddy, glad to see the course is going well :)

Oh, and Merry Christmas everyone and hope you all have a cracking new year :)

*grumbles about the cold as he leaves*
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on December 20, 2010, 03:18:40 pm
Well, I think my blood pressure has his an all-time record high this year, but I finally got the yearly P.I.T.A. project(s) completed. The Morton Family Christmas Village (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/xmasVillage/2010/) is done for this year! :waveJump: :party_002: :weee: :banana:

No more hassles with it till we take it down, and then not again till March, when we re-design the waterfall system, and add a real creek to the thing. I can tell already that the next village will be a freaking menace er, BLAST to work on! :smile5: :smash: :rar:

BTW, if you use IE8 to view the page, make sure to put it into IE7 Standards Mode first, or better yet, use Firefox or Chrome. Native IE8 hiccups on the code. I know my code is tight, but I can't say the same for Uncle Bill's code. :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 21, 2010, 02:32:49 pm
Welcome back Mav but to be honest I am kinda used to you going awol now  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 21, 2010, 06:33:48 pm
Dave, the village looks absolutely fantastic  O0

What did you use for the snow ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on December 22, 2010, 07:15:54 am
Mom found this place that sells "Buffalo Snow" in 1 quart bags for fairly cheap, by the case, which is a good thing, because it's a "one time use" thing, and takes a lot of it to cover the table. Basically, it's finely ground styrofoam, and likely it's recycled scrap from some manufacturing process.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on December 22, 2010, 05:20:59 pm
Well, this is fun! A photographer from the local paper came by yesterday and took some pics of the village, and this morning, there was a small blurb about it.

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20101222/NEWS/101229935/1001&parentprofile=1058
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 22, 2010, 05:48:20 pm
Cool, congratulations Dave  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 22, 2010, 05:52:47 pm
Yeah that is cool, only 39 watts, can't be bad either.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on December 22, 2010, 06:25:59 pm
Thanks, folks.

@DH That's just for the buildings, mind. The waterfall, skating rink and train aren't in that total.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 23, 2010, 05:08:21 pm
Still good though GCC, the world needs some decent LED bulbs :lightbulb:  for all our houses, there are some on the market but from what I’ve seen of them they have a way to go yet. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 23, 2010, 07:26:37 pm
I've also seen quite an application of LED's on automobiles here in the USA, not to mention a variety of interior and mobile lighting.

One of my favorites for around the house is the Wind - up flashlights. Turn the crank handle for a minute and you get 10 minutes of bright LED power without ever having to replace batteries!

We keep a couple in different locations in the event of power failures! I think they were only $12 - 15.00 for Two flashlights! What a bright idea! UGH!!! Had to say it!! :2funny:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on December 23, 2010, 08:12:16 pm
I've got a couple of "Shaker-Lites" (http://www.alwaysbeprepared.com/site/558697/product/L77T), which are basically the same thing, but instead of turning a crank, you shake the flashlight, and a metal cylinder passes through a coil, which generates the juice needed. Either way, it's a lot cheaper, in the long run, than buying batteries all the time. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 23, 2010, 10:55:59 pm
Dave,

I forgot to mention that I enjoyed my visit to your Christmas garden! Reminds me a lot of the train gardens I used to build and keep up year round. You know, they were never fished and always remained a "work-in-progress" kind of thing!

Nice work indeed!!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on January 03, 2011, 03:03:23 am
(http://i893.photobucket.com/albums/ac140/Sandee6027/Fun%20photos%201/1Aug28.jpg)
We had a cold snap last week and the front vincas in above photo died. 
Maybe roots still alive and will pop up in spring.  (hope)
At any rate I got bunch along side of house and in back that still fine and I can transplant from there.
But still sad. 
I told Sandee but she don't understand death. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 03, 2011, 02:36:07 pm
If they are anything like the vincas we have here then they will be fine.  Ours are very hardy and can survive really cold winters.  Best of fortune :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 04, 2011, 02:17:49 pm
Anyone make any New Year's Resolutions ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on January 04, 2011, 04:13:02 pm

In 2011, I promise to avoid Second Life.

At least, the most I can.

Starting next December.

Maybe.

 :2funny:

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on January 04, 2011, 10:34:07 pm
Nope...If I don't make any then I can't break any!

Go figure.... ::) 8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 07, 2011, 02:20:34 pm
lol same here, I will always break them.   :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on January 08, 2011, 12:44:14 pm
Nope...If I don't make any then I can't break any!

I third that  ;) 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on January 08, 2011, 02:36:12 pm
I quit long long ago.
What you think in December is all different in June.   Everything changes.


And speaking of change,  isn't this nice?
http://www.elion.ee/docs/joulukaart/eng/
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 10, 2011, 01:40:35 pm
That is nice Dusk  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lordjakian on January 11, 2011, 08:27:19 am
http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/genbio/biolink/student/olc2/g-bioe-17.htm
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 02, 2011, 10:46:57 am
Waiting for my new aquarium to be delivered today.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on February 02, 2011, 10:15:19 pm
But yours is to be a real aquarium right Freddy? Not just a womb with a view... Hah!! ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on February 15, 2011, 02:40:53 pm
Just to say I'm just barely still alive ( I think)...

Mum worsening, regretting taking on so many college/university courses....sites been hacked and is blacklisted...so need to look into that....Digital Girl story still staring at me.....had a job then it fell through, so looking again....

On the plus side, I'm so busy my nicotine and caffeine intake has halved lol....so, not all bad I guess :)

Anyway, will pop back on soon, promise :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 15, 2011, 02:54:06 pm
Nice to see you mate :)

Sorry to hear about your Mum though :(

As for nicotine and caffeine, well I am quitting smoking slowly, day by day.  Not so worried by the coffee though...

I hope the courses work out somehow for the good  O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on February 15, 2011, 10:43:15 pm
Good to see you popping in from time to time! Sorry about your mum.

Get rid of the cigs...try the patch...they work!!

Don't be a stranger!!! O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on February 16, 2011, 02:32:10 pm
And to top off a wonderful week, just been fecking assualted inn the car park of the local supermarket $%^£^&^£&^*%£&*$&£....godamn scally local scum!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: photostill on February 16, 2011, 06:02:37 pm
Hello Maviarab. Sorry to say I haven't had the chance to say hello to you yet. Just call me the noob. Sooner or later you'll be around to read this.

Life has a way of throwing you curve balls. Just when you think you got everything going your way; one day it ups and changes. Then when you really feel you're being dumped on; it changes again. So hang in there bud, I've all faith it's coming to a point where things will look up. It's not if, it's when.

Been here so many times it seems. Upheavals, family deaths and births, and the minor/major tragedies and joys of life.  You gotta roll with the punches and come up smiling cause nothing changes whether you grimace nor smile. Just as well make it look good.

In my past, I went to college. Bussed 50 miles one way cause my folks were poor and I had to pay my own way. Took a technical rather than the standard college course so that wound up with something like 52 semester hours the first one and 54 the second one. Couldn't afford to stay in the dorm, so my mother found some friends whom she knew that had moved. Their son had went into the military and they were missing him. So two nights a week I stayed over with them to meet the night courses.

I'm not bitching here, not crying out for sympathy for things long gone. Things are what they are. It just again says that life gives you curve balls and you deal with them to the best of your ability.

I hope for the best for you and your mom. Lost mine about 8 years ago. Enjoy her company and wisdom while it is there for you. You can't bring it back later to do again.

Best of luck to you in your trying times...have faith...it really does get better.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 16, 2011, 06:59:26 pm
I’m sorry to hear of your woes too Mav. And getting assaulted, that’s just awful.

All the best to you and your Mum.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on February 17, 2011, 05:22:13 pm
Thanks guys, appreciated.

And photo, must have missed or glossed over your first post, so belated welcome to the site :) hehe

And yeah life has its ways of trying to kick you down and keep there, you just gotta keep moving forward indeed :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: photostill on February 18, 2011, 05:54:53 am
Who in their right mind would expect you to say hello to a noob when you got all that going on? Other than loyalty that says you should check in once in a while to your fav place, that should be the least and last of your worries. There will be other times.

Go tend to life. The net ain't real in the sense of physical presence. However without RL, there is no net for those effected. Come back when you got it by the yang yang. There'll be plenty of time then.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on February 19, 2011, 03:50:21 pm
With the deadline for entry into the 2011 CBC drawing near, many of us botmasters (well, me at least) have been scrambling to improve their bots; refining responses, fixing technical bugs, streamlining code and the like. I wanted to thank everyone who has stopped by and chatted with Morti. All of that extra traffic has helped point out some rather glaring problems in quite a few areas, and has resulted in Morti being a much stronger bot. I still have a long way to go, however, so I'm asking for a little assistance. Squarebear (Mitsuku's (http://www.square-bear.co.uk/mitsuku/chat.htm) creator) has kindly added a link to Morti in Mitsuku's chat, so I have all of the "your gae"/"**** me" types of conversations (they ARE helpful, to an extent), so now I need some intelligent people to come by and keep Morti company. You are most welcome to try to trip Morti up as much as you like, since that's the area where he needs the most help. I know that he has difficulties with transposing from first to second person tenses, so anything you want to talk to Morti about that includes "I", "you", "he", or "she" would be of immense help. :)

And that's what I'm up to, lately. :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 19, 2011, 05:19:09 pm
For a bit of fun I had my Ultra Hal “Xen” chat to Morti, and apart from the odd blank answer from Morti I think he did pretty well, hard to say which bot had the better answers, comes down to a point of view thing I guess.

GCC I think you should plonk a link on your post direct to Morti, don’t think Freddy would mind and its gona help people find it quick and easy.

EDIT:
PS sorry I know you said you wanted some intelligent people to chat to Morti, well I wanted to help but sadly couldn’t find any  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on February 19, 2011, 05:50:52 pm
I read the conversation log earlier, and saw someone named "Xen", who had to be a bot, based on the nature of the logs, and I thought, "now who would link their bot to mine?" These days, a botmaster on Pandorabots can get into a bit of trouble if they do that, so I was hoping that whoever it was wasn't using a PB bot. :)

All to the good, DH. I appreciate the assist. And not to worry about the "intelligent" part. At least Xen wasn't asking Morti for some "gae secks".  :D ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 25, 2011, 11:52:58 am
I have to take my tom cat Mutley to the vet today, he’s started loosing weight and is a little under the weather, im actually really worried about him, he is 15 and has been a loyal friend for all his years.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 25, 2011, 12:04:48 pm
Sorry to hear that  :(  Hope he gets better I love cats.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Bragi on February 25, 2011, 04:10:39 pm
Quote
I have to take my tom cat Mutley to the vet today, he’s started loosing weight and is a little under the weather, im actually really worried about him, he is 15 and has been a loyal friend for all his years.
I also have an old cat (16). he wasn't well this winter either (skinny, diaree,..), It turned out to be his teeth, which were in bad shape. The vet pulled some, and he's much better now. Maybe it's worth having that checked out.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 25, 2011, 04:42:27 pm
Thanks Freddy and Bragi, I love cats too and your comments are appreciated.

The vet checked him over, he doesn’t have a high temperature or any growths or lumps that he shouldn’t have, the vet also said his teeth looked good for his age, now I have to take him back on Tuesday for sedation and some more tests.

They suspect he has a thyroid problem or maybe a heart problem, hopefully we will know for sure on Tuesday and if it is a thyroid problem he should be fine as the vet said they could treat it.

I’m keeping everything crossed for Mutley.   
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on February 25, 2011, 04:57:03 pm

Hoping the best for Mutley. I have a cat too.

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 26, 2011, 10:38:38 am

Hoping the best for Mutley. I have a cat too.



Thank you GT, I will pass that onto Mutley  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 26, 2011, 12:47:02 pm
How is he today Data ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 26, 2011, 01:15:42 pm
He seems happy with life, purring away and still loves being stroked, has to be a good thing, but he isn’t right, at the moment my other half is feeding him by hand, he wont eat out of his bowl, doesn’t want to go out and still very thin, the thing that worries me the most is the cough, well its like a cough, its almost as if he is trying to clear something from his throat but it doesn’t ever clear.

I don’t think he is suffering, if he was I would be on the phone to the vet again, so I think he will be ok until Tuesdays trip to the vet.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on February 26, 2011, 10:27:26 pm
@ DH, Furball? Is he on a soft or hard food diet?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 27, 2011, 12:25:17 pm
He is on a mixture of wet and dry food, mostly wet food though. At first we thought it was a furball too, I would love it to be just that, I think the plan is to thoroughly check him over on Tuesday.

And I am going to mention furballs to the vet this time, I forgot last time.

Thanks Art  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 03, 2011, 09:32:35 am
Mutley died in my arms at 2.30am this morning, im in a bit of a state right now  :'( ..,
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 03, 2011, 11:24:56 am
Oh no poor Mutley  :(  Really sorry my friend  :(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on March 03, 2011, 12:07:33 pm

So sad, Data...  :(

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on March 03, 2011, 03:01:58 pm

I feel for you.  I been there.
a friend, a very good friend.
Like part of you has gone.
We have memories, the pictures,
Life is so cruel sometimes.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 04, 2011, 11:30:18 am
Thanks guys, your comments do help a little in this very sad time, I miss him so much, words cant describe it.

Here is a picture of Mutley, taken a few weeks ago, yes he was a very handsome cat indeed.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 04, 2011, 02:18:08 pm
Yes a very handsome chap  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 04, 2011, 03:46:50 pm
For a good number of years while I was growing up, I had a steadfast, loving friend named Nickie, a large German Shepherd who was smart, well behaved, and playful. From the time I was about 8, till I joined the Coast Guard and left home at 18, he was my eager adventure buddy; always cheerfully walking/running beside me through whatever mischief I was up to at the time. Nickie remained in our family for many years after I left home, until old age, the pain of arthritis and failing senses finally drove him to attack my (then) 3 year old niece (she tried to pet him while he was unaware of her presence). She wasn't hurt, thank God, but Mom and Dad felt that they couldn't risk a repeat occurrence, so asked the vet to put him down. That was 30 years ago (next month, in fact), and I find that I still miss him. Pictures of him still bring that uncomfortable tightness in my throat, and a slight stinging to my eyes.  :-[
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on March 04, 2011, 11:00:35 pm
  I came here and read the last few pages of the general chat, I would like to say I feel very badly for the people involved in the various unfortunate problems which they have to deal with at this time. Things could be going a little better for myself but after reading the last few pages I feel I have a great deal to be thankful about. Wishing you all the best during these difficult times for you.
Call 2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on March 05, 2011, 02:53:44 am
DH, I've been away on assignment. Sorry to hear that you friend was needed elsewhere! Enjoy and recall the good time and great memories you have had together. They are our true friends who have managed to speak to us without words and touched our lives without realization.

The best to you during these tough times!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 12, 2011, 01:04:32 pm
Uprisings in the East, earth quakes, tsunamis, fires, endangered nuclear reactors.  What was the date again... 2012 ?

:(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 22, 2011, 06:23:39 pm
Well today was the first day I ventured outside in a T-Shirt.  Roll on warm and sunny days :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 22, 2011, 11:28:26 pm
We've had 4cm of snow in the last 72 hours, and another storm is on the way, promising at least twice that. And I have a week to build a storage shed in the back yard, which is now a soupy bog.  :tickedoff: >:(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: photostill on March 23, 2011, 12:23:05 am
It only got up to 94° F here today. A clear day with bright sun.

I've now gained a new title from the missus of the house of "flower murderer". *smiles*

I've yet to figure out how to cut the grass and leave the wildflowers standing.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on March 23, 2011, 02:40:15 am
  We had some warm weather over here, it was up in the mid-60s and I was able to take the dog outside again which he loved, he got so excited I had to give him time to settle down so I could put on his harness and leash. Yesterday we had a small snowstorm compared to the winter snowstorms.
Carl 2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on March 23, 2011, 11:43:14 am

Fine weather, no rain, no problem.

The radioactive cloud from Japan will be above me very soon.

We only need some wind to push it towards a country beside.  ::)

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: photostill on March 24, 2011, 01:03:54 am
A wonderful spring day. Not a cloud in the sky, sunny, a very light wind, and a warm 109° F. Can't wait for summer.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 24, 2011, 02:30:11 am
(http://www.geekcavecreations.com/images/0323111922_tn.jpg) (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/images/0323111922.jpg)
(image is a link to the full sized pic)

It was warmer and sunnier in January!  :tickedoff:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 24, 2011, 01:21:32 pm
I sympathise with you Dave.

Today it is sunny again here.  I won't rub it in  ::)

16 degrees C, not much but I will take it.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 24, 2011, 04:49:36 pm
So would I if I had the chance. It's -3 here now (Celsius, thank gawd).
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on March 24, 2011, 11:00:44 pm
Well, a few days ago it was about 70º f and today it was 35º and snowed!! (Only for a few minutes but snow nono-the-less!!)

Dave,

You know, Those concrete blocks do NOT get laid on their side like that?! Right? I know, they were laid that way to visually show the dimensions of the room or something like that! Tell me it ain't so!!  :o ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 25, 2011, 01:42:39 am
No, my Brother got impatient to get the shed completed, and he absolutely refuses to listen to me, so he's now in charge of the project, and I'm no longer involved. If I were to list all of the things he... Oh, where the $#^& is my blood pressure medication?!?!?!  :tickedoff: :tickedoff: :tickedoff:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: photostill on March 25, 2011, 01:51:30 am
I won't say much about the building part beyond, that's not the way you lay block if you want strength. Since there is a blood pressure issue, I know I'm no the only one that's noticed that.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 25, 2011, 04:41:12 am
Even though the shed is only a "portable storage shelter", that's no reason at all for shoddy, substandard work. I apprenticed for several years under my Dad (who is likely swirling in his urn right now), who taught me that "any job worth doing is worth doing right". and this is just breaking my heart.

I'm halfway tempted to go pull all of those blocks out of place, and insist that he do the job over correctly, but that will just cause family issues that I don't need. :( Heck! The 2x6 framework he's made only has 2 3/8 inch nails holding it together (he picked up the wrong length nails, and refused to take them back), and is likely to fall apart with a good sneeze. His solution to the problem? "Let's just add more nails!"

Sorry all. Rant completed.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 25, 2011, 04:49:11 am
By the way...

(http://www.geekcavecreations.com/images/Snowfall/snowfall13_tn.jpg) (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/images/Snowfall/snowfall13.jpg)

6 inches in 3 hours, and the heavy part of the storm is still on it's way. Darn it! I want another CHRISTMAS!!!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on March 25, 2011, 12:08:54 pm

I never had a brother and missed one.  I always figured we'd do things together and have so much fun.
I have a sister 3 years older who never a pal to me. She always either a boss or a mother to me. I liked the mothering better. Girls make terrible bosses. Some days both mom and sis would be bosses, i think their only joy in life was making mine miserable.  Their mothering days were better.
Today Sis lives two blocks from me and will boss now and then, but she still mothers a lot.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 25, 2011, 03:58:11 pm
I miss my Brother, too. All the time. But then again, I've never been very good with firearms. :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on March 25, 2011, 05:00:15 pm


                                                          :2funny:


Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 25, 2011, 07:48:39 pm
Hahah !  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on March 26, 2011, 12:22:45 am
Nice one Dave. I might add that reply to my bots if you don't mind?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 26, 2011, 02:51:12 am
Oh, absolutely, SB! Be my guest.  O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 27, 2011, 01:45:32 pm
You see, who said we don't contribute to the betterment of bots here  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 28, 2011, 02:53:32 pm
My car broke down at the front of the queue at the traffic lights today ??? after about 3 minutes I got it going again, but that was an awful feeling, holding up all the cars and busses, everyone looking at you, not recommended. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 28, 2011, 09:55:08 pm
I don't know how many times I've been in that situation over the years, DH. You're right; not recommended.

On another front, I'll be leaving tomorrow morning to go to Nashville, TN. to gather up my eldest Sister's belongings, and bring them back here, to Nevada. I expect the trip to take about 8-9 days, and I'm unlikely to be in touch during the majority of that time. I'll be arriving in Nashville sometime around the 1st of April if anyone has the time and desire to meet me for lunch. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on March 29, 2011, 01:08:37 am

Have your sister take you to the Parthenon in Nashville.  It's a replica of the Greek Parthenon.   It is the way it was.  It is huge and beautiful.   Say hello to Athena for me.   It's a trip you will never forget.  This is your chance, grab it. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 29, 2011, 02:35:21 am
Where my Sister's apartment is, I can see the Parthenon from the front door. It's a pretty interesting sight. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 29, 2011, 12:42:51 pm
My car broke down at the front of the queue at the traffic lights today ??? after about 3 minutes I got it going again, but that was an awful feeling, holding up all the cars and busses, everyone looking at you, not recommended. 

Hehe, I had that happen on one of the busiest streets in the city once and it was going up a hill.  I couldn't push it an inch to get out of the way.  I had to phone the police to give me a shove in the end.  Total nightmare I agree.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 29, 2011, 02:49:16 pm
Mine was up hill too, couldn’t have been much worse, but how lucky was I to get it going again, basically I just messed around with the wires under the bonnet or hood and broom broom.  :banana:

Had a good look at it today and found a dodgy or bad connection to the coil, managed to fix it quite easily. 8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on March 30, 2011, 01:22:05 am
Mine was up hill too, couldn’t have been much worse, but how lucky was I to get it going again, basically I just messed around with the wires under the bonnet or hood and broom broom.  :banana:

Had a good look at it today and found a dodgy or bad connection to the coil, ...

SHOCKING!! :jumping:


Good stuff there!!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on March 30, 2011, 10:34:41 am
Oh, absolutely, SB! Be my guest.  O0

Haha! I got one:

Human: i miss my friend savannah
Mitsuku: I miss my friend savannah, too. All the time. But then again, I've never been very good with firearms :-).
Human: lol
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 30, 2011, 11:32:10 am
Nice catch   ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 19, 2011, 08:23:58 pm
Not much today.  I had severe eye strain or something today.  I could barely open my left eye this morning  :(

Very painful, spent far too long coding yesterday and staring at graphics.

Good news is the Chatterbot Collection is starting to take a new shape.

Hopefully I can get back on it tomorrow, I've tried to avoid the PC today, caught up on other things instead.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on May 19, 2011, 09:03:38 pm
The family that's been visiting for the past 2 weeks was delivered to the airport, for their return trip to New York. Now, all I have to contend with is the two visiting cats that belong to my friend Mari, who was visiting friends and family back in Maryland. She should be back late today, or early tomorrow, and then it's back to normal (whatever THAT is) for a while.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 20, 2011, 01:40:13 am
Hum...Mari from Mary land...cute!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on May 20, 2011, 02:15:21 am
She made a stop in Virginia, and didn't bring me a virgin. How disappointing. :(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 20, 2011, 11:22:18 am
From what I understand these days, there's not that many left!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 22, 2011, 11:28:09 am
Nearly finished the chatterbot collection redesign.   Now I need to work on the Amazon part.

I'm going to try and give everything a description too, but that will take weeks.  :o

I think I will start with books and movies/TV.

Sneak peek below.  Is it looking any good ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 22, 2011, 01:07:11 pm
Rog,

The format / layout looks quite nice!

Thanks for fixing the image thing!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 22, 2011, 01:21:16 pm
Click on the the actual image to expand it.

Click on the file name to download it.

And thanks :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on May 22, 2011, 05:34:56 pm
Looking good Freddy, looking good  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 22, 2011, 07:54:33 pm
Thanks mate :)

I decided to inject some colour after all the monotone...

Found this useful site for colour schemes you might be interested in for when you are working on sites....

http://www.colorcombos.com/index.html (http://www.colorcombos.com/index.html)

Lots of ideas there.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on May 22, 2011, 10:02:03 pm
Looks like a useful place to check in on now and again.

Saying that I do tend to make sites with unique or unusual colour schemes, you might have noticed  ;) , but everything helps in site construction.

Book marked  O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on May 24, 2011, 07:10:21 am
On another one of the forums that I frequent, a discussion I'm involved in covered the topic of "ASCII Art", and 8pla posted a rather interesting URL that takes an image and converts into ASCII art. Being the sort of guy that I am, I wrote my own script that did something similar:

http://www.79b.org/text/ (http://www.79b.org/text/) - 8pla's page
http://www.geekcavecreations.com/tmp/colorArt.php (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/tmp/colorArt.php) - Mine

Now 8pla's page is a bit more polished, but I think mine has some redeeming qualities, too. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 24, 2011, 10:44:15 am
That's nice Dave, you did that quick  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 24, 2011, 11:51:16 am
Dave,

It must be these old eyes but I didn't see any ascii in your images at all (numbers, letters, symbols).
Am I missing something here?
 :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on May 24, 2011, 12:16:55 pm
I noticed Freddy has been converted into ASCII  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 24, 2011, 12:38:35 pm
Hehe it's a new one on me, hadn't noticed I was one of them.  ASCII fame has been too long arriving  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on May 24, 2011, 01:12:38 pm
I have to admit that, technically, it's not "ASCII" art, since the script uses colored divs, rather than actual ASCII characters, to create the "images", but the concept is the same. :)

Incidentally, I've added some avatar images from here, as well, so give it a peek when you get the chance. :)

The one thing that the script can't handle (for obvious reasons) is the animated part of animated GIF images. It only shows the first "frame" of the image, I'm afraid, so Duskie's avatar isn't as exciting as it could be.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 25, 2011, 12:04:17 am
My first recollection of ASCII art was when some people used an old invention call a typewriter to create an image by using different
symbols, numbers and letters. Then one day some people used a computer program and an old dot-matrix printer to basically do the
same thing only better and faster.

Those at the pl8 site are just using colors to shade the same symbol...actually far from ASCII art in the technical sense. Nice but not ASCII.
 ^-^
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 25, 2011, 10:44:48 am
I don't remember them using typewriters but I do remember we had them at college in the 80's - done on dot matrix as you say. Of course naturally there were a few naked women in there.  ::)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 25, 2011, 10:45:22 am
Uhhh...not naked women in college, naked women in pictures.... I hope I saved myself this time  :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on May 25, 2011, 10:59:45 am
If there were no naked women in college while you were there, then you may have been doing something wrong! :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 25, 2011, 11:41:57 am
Uhhh...not naked women in college, naked women in pictures.... I hope I saved myself this time  :o

Dare I say, BARELY!! LOL!!!HAHAHAH!!!! :2funny:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 29, 2011, 01:55:30 pm
Haha, missed that.  ;D

Ordered a NAS drive yesterday, I'm quite excited about it.  It's been a while since I got a new gadget.

This is the one - Synology DS110J 1-Bay NAS Server (http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS110j&lang=enu)

I felt it was time to invest as I have so much stuff that I would really miss if things went belly up.  Like all the website code, photos, music and everything.  I really need a daily backup of all the coding work I am doing and this fits the bill and does a lot of other useful stuff too.  iTunes (no use for it yet), streaming (to my TV), bitTorrent downloads (can do it by itself, so no need for PC to be on) and so on...

One of the most useful features to me is that it can operate as a web server (PHP/SQL).  There are many times I need an easy way to let other people see what I am working on and this will solve that.

I like the way it will be separate to my PC for security reasons too and it only uses about 15 Watts or something.

Come on Mr. Postman !
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on May 29, 2011, 04:13:11 pm

We got so much we love on our computers, it's a shame when you hear computer died and someone lost so much.   I got a win7 laptop that i try to keep updated with my programs and research from my main computer.
Main Comp is old and could die any time.  Then I would die too if I didn't have the backup on the laptop.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 29, 2011, 09:58:52 pm
And of course for the laptop, you have...?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on May 30, 2011, 02:30:44 am

An old xp laptop of course.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on May 30, 2011, 10:14:25 am
So you finally went for the NAS drive Freddy, congrats.

I think if anyone treasures their documents then an external drive of some sort is a must and the extra features of a NAS sounds like it will come in very handy for you. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 03, 2011, 04:41:41 pm
Just put a reflection on my avatar 8)

Oh! and between work sessions playing FarCry 2 :D

FarCry2 Scouting Guard Post Ultra Settings HD (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOGO8B2atrU#ws)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 03, 2011, 06:31:59 pm
Life can be tough ;)

Me, I am still playing with my NAS drive.  ^-^
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 04, 2011, 01:11:31 pm
One of the advantages of being self employed, work when you want, but of course the down side is getting work and filling out your tax return.

Freddy do you mind if I ask what you intend to do with the NAS drive? 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 04, 2011, 01:42:57 pm
Yes I used to like being self employed when I was a landscape gardener.  I miss it sometimes, but I might go that way again but this time as a web designer.

As for the NAS, well so far I have got the web server working (as you know) so I will be using that for when I need to show people what I am working on.

I've also set it up to synchronise with my desktop and things like my documents, picture folders and my local server (on the PC).  So whenever I change anything in any of my selected folders it auto backs it up to the NAS.

I can also remotely access any files on it, so for example , say I visit my parents and want to show them my new photos I just dial in to my drive and pull them up.  And I can back up my Dad's photos to the NAS too.

And I am using it as a print server.  I was able to move my printer into another room beside the NAS and I print over the network now.  This is better as now I have a lot more desk space.

That's as far as I have got so far, but there are other things I want to set up.  It's also a DLNA server so I can stream stuff to the TV, like videos, pictures and so on.  Previously to do that I had to have the PC on, but obviously I don't now.  And as it runs at about 14 watts it's more economical for that kind of thing.

Things like the torrent down loader will be handy too as I can drop them into the NAS and let that handle it.  Meaning I can turn off the PC and go to bed while the NAS does it's stuff.  Then move it to the main PC in the morning.

For the money you pay, you really get a lot of options with this unit.  I am well pleased with it.  Some of it is a bit difficult to work out, but I am getting there.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 04, 2011, 02:07:24 pm
Yes you do get a lot for your money don’t you.

It all sounds interesting, I might have to think about getting one for the testing of sites, up to now I have used the Datahopa webspace but that does have its limitations.

What really interests me is the synchronisation of your important files, I have tried a few times to do that but cant really find a decent program, all the ones I’ve tried have some annoying things about them, like backing up the entire drive when all I want is to back up some of the folders and content inside.

What software are you using to do it? 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 04, 2011, 02:27:54 pm
Yep working on websites is going to be so much quicker than having to keep using FTP all the time.

The software comes with it.  It's called Data Replicator 3.

It's very easy to use and runs on your main PC.  There's a variety of back up options.  I picked to synchronise folders as I think that will be better than a scheduled backup.

The process for that was pretty straightforward.  You pick a folder on the NAS where you want to back it up (I used a secure destination, which you can configure easily).  Then you can choose which folders on your PC you want to monitor.  Initially you can do a backup of everything that pre-exists, which takes quite some time to do.  After than it just keeps an eye on everything and only backs up changed files.  You can set it up to remove files from the NAS when you delete them from the PC too.

And you can set it up to start up when Windows start and connect to the NAS automatically.  I need to test if it starts the synchronisation automatically too, not sure as I hadn't ticked one option last night.  It might do that too, will let you know, next time I reboot.

I found this page which runs through the basics : http://forum.synology.com/wiki/index.php/How_to_%22Set-n-Forget%22_backup_with_Synology_Data_Replicator_3 (http://forum.synology.com/wiki/index.php/How_to_%22Set-n-Forget%22_backup_with_Synology_Data_Replicator_3)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 04, 2011, 02:59:52 pm
Thanks for the info, I’ve downloaded Data Replicator 3, it seems to be free, going to try to get it going using my external USB HDD. 

Will report back, at some point.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 04, 2011, 04:18:47 pm
Yeah I like it, got it all working, back-up made and automatic synchronisation is on.

Best I’ve tried so far, nice piece of software, going to test it for a few days, then maybe we should make a post about it in the software section of the forum. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 04, 2011, 04:26:11 pm
Okey Doke  O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on June 05, 2011, 02:27:29 pm
Thanks for the info, I’ve downloaded Data Replicator 3, it seems to be free, going to try to get it going using my external USB HDD. 

Will report back, at some point.

Hey! That's not a Datahopa Replicator is it? You're not really the 3rd in a continuing line of CLONES are you?
What's the world coming to...or three...or four.... ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 05, 2011, 03:27:38 pm
Good one Art  ;D

However, I feel that one of me is more than enough for all the good people here  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on June 05, 2011, 03:32:23 pm
And some would argue "too much"... Not me, of course, but... :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 05, 2011, 04:27:51 pm
I know, sorry about that, sometimes I feel like a “chiliagon” peg trying to fit into a “myriagon” hole.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 05, 2011, 07:27:17 pm
Haha  ;D

Just going back to the NAS drive.  How's it looking, seems fine here.  I think I will turn off Windows back up now.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 06, 2011, 11:27:07 am
I still like the Data Replicator 3, you don’t really know its there doing its job, which is a plus point.

Only slight annoyance is the little start up screen you get when you start Windows, you have the option to say Yes or No, after playing around with it I have decided its best to say No, works quicker that way.

And yes better than the Windows 7 backup.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 06, 2011, 12:50:17 pm
Yes I click 'No' too as I doubt even Windows can change stuff when the PC is turned off.  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 26, 2011, 09:14:41 pm
It still seems to be working well here, couple of mishaps when I confused it by unzipping stuff and then deleting it before it had time to update. Apart from that it seems to be fine. It's just nice to know my files get backed up for me.

Very hot here today, nearly too hot  :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on July 05, 2011, 05:46:18 pm
Im just wondering what you lot are up to with poser and DS4 (http://www.datahopa.co.uk/forum/Smileys/solosmileys/scratch-head.gif)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 05, 2011, 08:02:22 pm
Well, I'm still working on a program that creates certain "Meta Data" files needed to fully integrate DS3- content into DS4, but beyond that, not much yet.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 05, 2011, 08:06:23 pm
And Bragi and myself are trying to work out a quick way to make animations.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on July 05, 2011, 08:56:03 pm
A quick way to do animations, when you work that one out everyone’s gona want to know how  8)

Good luck then GCC, Freddy and Bragi
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 05, 2011, 09:01:12 pm
Thanks :) It's really more the process in building the animations that we want to speed up - production time in other words, not so much the actual rendering itself. I think we are getting there anyway.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on July 05, 2011, 10:12:04 pm
I am currently wiping my tears at missing out on the Loebner finals by less than 0.5%  :'(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 05, 2011, 10:24:12 pm
That really sucked, Steve. :( Hopefully, it will spur you to new heights of achievement in next year's competition. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Bragi on July 06, 2011, 07:17:07 am
0.5 is a very small margin indeed. Next time better  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 06, 2011, 01:35:43 pm
So unlucky and by the look of your post at Ai Nexus also a little unfair it would seem.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on July 06, 2011, 02:52:49 pm
Yes I am rather bemused by the scoring system. I'll still go down to Exeter to watch the finals though.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 06, 2011, 03:18:31 pm
You can be our roving reporter  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 08, 2011, 01:02:44 pm
Can't decide what to do today...all my back burners are catching up with me.  What should I do first   :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on July 08, 2011, 01:21:40 pm
Decisions a Freddy.  :D

I need to look at my car today, its been misbehaving, the engine stops all of its own accord, I’m thinking I have a loose wire in there, well actually I’m pretty sure there is a bad connection to the coil.

Wish me luck  ;) 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Bragi on July 08, 2011, 01:23:54 pm
Quote
the engine stops all of its own accord
I once had an engine that wouldn't stop anymore, very annoying!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 08, 2011, 10:43:05 pm
I need to look at my car today, its been misbehaving, the engine stops all of its own accord, I’m thinking I have a loose wire in there, well actually I’m pretty sure there is a bad connection to the coil.

Wish me luck  ;) 


I'm guessing, DH, that your car is somewhat of a "vintage" model? Here in the US, it's been a long time since vehicles had a single ignition coil (for the most part, at least). I shudder to think about lifting the bonnet of my Mom's car these days. There's practically nothing for the "old school" mechanics to work on, anymore!

And, of course, best of luck!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on July 08, 2011, 11:09:55 pm
Yeah it is an old car, 12 years, the gearbox is a bit cranky, its been good to me over the years, don’t want to get rid of it until I really have to, better the devil you know, and yes GCC I would have no chance at being able to work on one of them newer cars with their sensors and wires all over the place.

Thanks for the luck too, I seem to have it fixed, went for a drive it didn’t conk-out once and I think its running smoother too.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on July 09, 2011, 02:06:53 am
I've only ever worked on 2 British cars in the 25 years that I've been an auto mechanic. One was a 67 Jaguar and the other was a late 50's Jensen Healey. Both nearly drove me to drink. They were gorgeous cars, but quirkier than I am, and that's saying a LOT! :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivanv on August 24, 2011, 11:53:03 pm
just about to tickle someone 'till hi/her dies :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: TheMikh28 on September 03, 2011, 07:03:32 am
On the "compulsively-coding" part of my perpetual cycle of compulsively-coding and compulsively-not-coding once again.

Starting my fourth year of uni and all that comes with that.

In other news, paid a visit to Jeeney's site today and was blown away by how far she's come since the last time I chatted with her in terms of intelligence, comprehension, and coherence.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 03, 2011, 01:15:03 pm
 ;D @ Ivanv, did they survive ?

Welcome back TheMikh.  Compulsive coding hey, yes I think I know what you mean. I hope it's a productive phase :)

Good luck in your fourth year, did you take a year out somewhere ?

And thanks for the heads up on Jeeney, I will take a look - I did notice a few weeks ago that the site got updated, but I didn't really chat much I don't think.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: TheMikh28 on September 03, 2011, 04:15:51 pm
Thanks, no need to welcome me back though, I'm here like everyday but I read far more often than I post.  :P

But yeah, never took a year out.  Going to end up taking a fifth year though, due to switching from engineering to computer science after my first year though.  :-\

Coding's been :kinda: productive, but on the flip side, I'm trying to get something far too complicated for my liking done.  Working on a peculiar pattern-matching algorithm.  The easy way out takes far too much processing time if too much data is provided, and the "hard" but efficient solution isn't functioning properly, so it's been a bit frustrating.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 03, 2011, 05:11:31 pm
Long course then... keep at it though.

What platform is your project on ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: TheMikh28 on September 03, 2011, 06:01:59 pm
Mainly doing development in Windows (occasionally switching to Ubuntu when Windows gives me grief, like today  >:() and the intended platform, at least for now, is Windows.

However, I'm using PHP (which I can compile to executables with Roadsend) for the bulk of the project and considering Java's graphical interface as a potential frontend, and those can obviously be transferred to multiple platforms should this project ever get off the ground.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on October 04, 2011, 06:51:25 pm
Recently and in between jobs I have been playing F1 2011 the game.

The AI in the game, i.e. the bots driving the other cars, has improved since the last game, they try harder to overtake and make it harder for you to overtake them. Over all there is quite a lot of improvements over last years game but be warned there are a few bugs that need addressing to make it a perfect game.

Anyway here is a vid I made of it, the AI is only on intermediate skill which is why I leave them behind, I’m quite a good driver but not that good, put the AI on legendary skill and I would have been fighting at every corner.

F1 2011 gameplay Hamilton @ Singapore 1080 HD (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U-kDzS9iJ0#ws)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on October 04, 2011, 07:18:38 pm

No doubt in 2012, the champion will be Lewis Datahopa. O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 04, 2011, 08:26:55 pm
Fun fun fun.  These games look so real now.  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivanv on October 04, 2011, 10:14:21 pm
i'm still seeking for a victim to tickle on. i think i'll take artificial victim. like this one
tickle, tickle, tickle, :2funny:, tickle, tickle, tickle ...
hehe, he is history!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on October 05, 2011, 11:06:43 am

No doubt in 2012, the champion will be Lewis Datahopa. O0


Many thanks for the reassurance GT :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 05, 2011, 07:55:44 pm
*Is wondering if the new Apple phone is underwhelming here too*
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Merlin on October 05, 2011, 10:14:49 pm
So far, that seems to be the common opinion. A bigger stir was made because Sprint will now be carrying the Iphone also.

The Siri announcement will probably send all the cell phone makers scrambling for similar functions. Maybe Skynet-AI will take a second job as a cell phone personal assistant.  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 06, 2011, 12:01:41 pm
Might be an idea.

Just found out Steve Jobs has died, poor guy   :(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on October 06, 2011, 12:13:13 pm
I never really liked Apple products but I appreciate the vision and the direction Steve Jobs brought to the industry, if it wasn’t for the Ipad for example we wouldn’t have any tablet computers.

Steve Jobs insight will be missed.   
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on October 07, 2011, 10:25:45 am
I agree. Which ever side of the computer fence one is on, Steve Jobs was a visionary during my era,
similar to how Edison was to the early 1900's. There is no one road to success, there are as many as
there are men willing to build them!
For what he has done and what he has given he will be remembered. - R.I.P. -
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on October 12, 2011, 06:28:04 pm
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/The-Man-Who-Drew-Apples-Apple-131485203.html (http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/The-Man-Who-Drew-Apples-Apple-131485203.html)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on October 12, 2011, 10:06:13 pm
Very cool. Good find, Dusky! O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 13, 2011, 01:31:22 pm
Nice :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on October 16, 2011, 04:12:15 pm
I started my first blog today and wrote a post.

I'm just going to write whatever I feel like and people can read it and comment on it if they want. I'm not going to worry about pleasing or displeasing anyone though.

http://lrh9.blogspot.com/ (http://lrh9.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on October 17, 2011, 12:28:26 pm
I'm currently packing my overnight bag ready to go down to Exeter for the Loebner finals. It would be great to see you all if any of you are coming.
I'm going to take plenty of photos for the website though.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 17, 2011, 02:04:33 pm
Larry, say miaow to Midnight for me  ;)

SB, I hope you enjoy the day and thanks for taking pictures for us  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on October 17, 2011, 02:22:30 pm
@ lrh9 Sounds like you were adopted by a cat  ;)

They say its good luck and cats cunningly choose whom they live with, they want a good life, as we all do.

Count yourself honoured my friend.

Nice blog  :).
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on October 17, 2011, 03:26:29 pm
Thank you, Freddy and Data.

Yep. Midnight found herself a couple of humans.

I hope my blog goes well. The main difficulty will be writing. I've never really been one to sit down and write what I felt like. I remember one year in school part of my English class was writing a journal entry most days. I dreaded it, but if I put my nose to the grind stone I could scratch something out.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Bragi on October 17, 2011, 05:52:50 pm
Hi Larry,
That laser's going to be a good investment. A ball of wool also does the trick well!  About 15 years ago, we had a similar situation, sort of: we found an abandoned litter (1 week old) in our back-yard. Me and my sisters hand-fed those little devils ourselves. Only 1 of those cats is still alive today though.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 31, 2011, 09:11:31 pm
Just watched Inception (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1375666/).  Wow what a roller coaster ride  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 01, 2011, 01:38:44 am
Yes, it does kind of leave one scratching their head trying to figure out whether it's part of the dream
or a memory of a dream or the real thing or...
Well, you know! Geez!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 01, 2011, 10:44:34 am
Haven’t seen it, but its on my list of films to see, especially after Freddy’s and Art’s comments.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Bragi on November 01, 2011, 07:37:39 pm
Yes, I liked it to, with a dream inside a dream in a dream, all very confusing, but cool
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 01, 2011, 09:01:56 pm
If you're a Special FX fan, you'll love some of the scenes in the movie! Outstanding is actually an understatement!! O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 02, 2011, 05:28:58 pm
Yep I hope I don't have dreams about it.


Just spent an hour trying to catch two kittens that had escaped from my neighbours house, boy were they wriggly.  ;D

It was dark and they were not at all keen on being 'rescued' lol

Eventually one scratchy stick and a bowl of milk and they were finally mine  :banana:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 04, 2011, 12:49:39 pm
Today I had a water meter fitted, time to save loads of money. :)

A friend of mine had one fitted and is bill is about £7 a month now, where as before his bill was £450 a year, I’m not great at math but I think there is a saving there. ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 04, 2011, 12:58:42 pm
Yes they can save loads, I had one put in a couple of years ago and it is much cheaper than the flat rate.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on November 04, 2011, 02:58:51 pm
That is, of course, if your pipes aren't hemorrhaging water underground, or you're not washing out the street gutters on a daily basis. :) I'm on a private well here, so my water only costs me the electricity to pump it out of the ground. :) Of course, there's also that thing about well water being 10 times better tasting than city water, too. :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: infurl on November 04, 2011, 03:12:26 pm
That is, of course, if your pipes aren't hemorrhaging water underground, or you're not washing out the street gutters on a daily basis. :) I'm on a private well here, so my water only costs me the electricity to pump it out of the ground. :) Of course, there's also that thing about well water being 10 times better tasting than city water, too. :P

Nothing quite beats the piquancy of radioactive contamination does it. I was born and raised on well water electrically pumped from the ground too. Now however I'm fortunate to be living in a town (Launceston in northern Tasmania) which reputedly has the third best water quality in the world. When you buy bottled water that is supposedly pure spring water, if it isn't actually our tap water, then it probably isn't as good. :)

To be fair I've heard that New York City's tap water is actually pretty good too. I once saw Penn & Teller do an elaborate practical joke on TV where they actually had a boutique mineral water shop in NYC and were passing off the exact same tap water as a variety of differently named and priced exotic waters. Hilarious watching stuck up yuppies "water tasting" and enthusing about the different flavours when you had just seen the glasses filled in the back of the shop, all from the same tap.

At the other end of the spectrum, you have the city of Adelaide in South Australia. When some friends went there to visit a few years ago, I asked them to bring back a bottle of tap water so I could see if it lived up to its reputation. Assuming they weren't kidding me (I had no reason to believe they were), a centimetre of sludge had settled out of the water in the bottom of the bottle by the time it was returned to me.

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on November 04, 2011, 03:50:48 pm
That sounds familiar. When I was growing up, I lived in a tiny little hamlet of 500 people, where again, we had a well. In point of fact, it was a warm water artesian well, that flowed out of the ground 9 months of the year, and steamed in the winter. When we went sledding on the hill behind my house, all the neighborhood kids (all three of us {I don't count my siblings, as that would have more than doubled that number. :)}) would often stick our frozen fingers in the well's output to thaw them out. It was absolutely the sweetest, best tasting water I've ever had. In contrast, the school I attended at the time in a town 12 miles away, was on city water. In order to be able to take a drink from any water fountain/faucet in town, you had to let the water run anywhere from 15 seconds, to often well near a full minute, so that the water stopped coming out a sickly-looking yellowish brown. It also smelled faintly of sulpher most times, and tasted like the inside of an old boot. Of course, this was over 30 years ago, so maybe the situation has changed (I pray to God that it's change for the better)...
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 05, 2011, 06:28:09 pm
Today I had a water meter fitted, time to save loads of money. :)

A friend of mine had one fitted and is bill is about £7 a month now, where as before his bill was £450 a year, I’m not great at math but I think there is a saving there. ;D

Yeah...about 30.5 pounds / month!!

We recently got a water bill for $234.00!!
It's usually about $55 - $60 for a three month period!

Turns out the grandkids, while playing in the back yard, didn't shut the water valve completely off so the hose
trickled...and trickled...and trickled...for an entire billing period. After calling the water dept. they told me to
check for leaks in the house. (notice..."IN THE HOUSE".) Well, being the occassional literal person that I am,
I assured them there were no leaks IN THE HOUSE. After walking around the house pondering this leaky
deliema, I came across the hose valve, under a pile of leaves, leaking profusely. Needless to say, I reluctantly
send them off their check. What a drip!! :knuppel2:

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 06, 2011, 12:01:50 pm
Glad you found the leak Art, after throwing money down the drain for ages it must be a relief.

Now I’m on a meter I find that I’m being mean when it comes to water, only using what I need, turning off the taps quickly, oh yes… and not having any baths  ;D :D ;)     
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on November 06, 2011, 03:45:07 pm
Well, Data, that last bit permanently disqualifies you from ever being a Golgafrinchan starship Captain. I'm so very sad for you. Your bucket list will never be complete now. :(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 18, 2011, 01:11:41 pm
I heard one of my friends had finished her Christmas shopping already.  I have no idea what to get people this year. I hope every one else is more organised than me.  I think I will have to trawl Amazon for some ideas.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 18, 2011, 01:38:37 pm
Wish I had all my Christmas shopping done, top marks to your friend, have done some though but plenty more to do here.

I will be trawling Amazon as well.   

Bit of advice, concentrate mostly on the really important gifts, Mum, Dad and of course Data  :2funny: 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on November 18, 2011, 03:22:06 pm
Christmas shopping? This early??? Are you MAD?!?!?!

I thought we weren't supposed to start that till a week or two after Thanksgiving! Oh, wait! You blokes don't celebrate that holiday in the Empire, do you? :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: lrh9 on November 19, 2011, 08:08:21 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_creep (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_creep)

Sometimes I think that in the future every day from Halloween to New Year's will be a holiday.

Then I wonder if that will be a good or bad thing...
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on November 19, 2011, 08:57:40 pm
Not sure about other countries but here in England we have a national holiday at the end of August. After that, the shops start to put their Christmas campaigns out. I never even think about it until the 1st December.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 21, 2011, 01:03:41 pm
Yes, I am seeing Christmas adverts now even though there is still a month till Christmas Day.  I tend to blank them as I do with most adverts unless it has a funny cat in it.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on November 21, 2011, 02:19:05 pm
What really got me the other morning was that my favorite radio station decided to go "All Xmas, All The Time!" more than a week before Thanksgiving! :rar:

Used to be, come Thanksgiving (the last Thursday in November, for those not familiar), radio stations would "ease into" the Christmas songs, playing one about every hour or so at first on Thanksgiving day, then gradually increase the count till Christmas Eve, at which time it was all Christmas songs. This was fine, and got me properly into the mood at just the right pace. Now I feel like I'm being bludgeoned to death with a Yule Log. I swear if it continues I'll change my name to Ebeneezer, and steal a trap from the Ghostbusters, just in case!  :tickedoff: :knuppel2:

(It's a shame that I had to turn to (of all places) "National Propaganda Radio" to escape the Xmas onslaught!)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 23, 2011, 03:58:35 pm
Has anyone heard ANYTHING of or from our old friend, Jack Gephart? His talent and interaction has been missed. Hope he's OK.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 23, 2011, 04:09:13 pm
Don't know about Jack, he disappeared completely.  I think I sent him a few messages but got no response so I gave up.  I guess he just felt it was time for a change as people do.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 24, 2011, 04:29:06 am
That's odd Freddy...

My friend came to me today and told me that yesterday his little son had swallowed several of his nickles, dimes and pennies.
He told me that they took him immediately to the doctor.

Concerned I asked, "What did the doctor say?"

My friend looked at me with a half smile and answered, "The doc said, 'A little change will do him good!'"
Aaauuugggghhhh!!! I can't believe I fell for that!!! It's been so many years since I'd heard that one.

I guess that's what's called recycling! (works for jokes too!). Just don't try to make (cents) of it!  ::)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 12, 2011, 03:56:54 pm
*groans*  ;D

Today has mostly been house work, not much fun but I feel somewhat satisfied with the results.  This is a rare occasion where domesticity in my life feels kinda good.

Put up the decorations on Dreams as I am finally feeling it's a bit more like Christmas now, not fully there yet; but it's glimmering.

Got most of my Christmas presents sorted out now, thank Amazon for vouchers !  Do you know what gaiters are ?  Not I.

Now for some gaming  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: infurl on December 12, 2011, 04:01:44 pm
Now for some gaming  8)

What's your game du jour?

Would love to get back into playing the most recent (but already old) Halo games if I could ever tear myself away from all this coding. Unfortunately it's not going to be able to write itself until it's finished.

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 12, 2011, 04:13:12 pm
I can’t help it, just got to say it.

Freddy I like your baubles  :D 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 12, 2011, 04:15:12 pm
My gaming these days is just one game and that's Lord of the Rings Online.  My genre of choice is generally RPG and multiplayer.  It goes back to Neverwinter Nights which was based on AD&D and also Guild Wars.  Rings is probably the best game I have ever played but I am looking forward to Guild Wars 2 whenever it appears.

I've played Halo too, great game.  Again I like the multi player aspect in that.  I played it with a mate a long time back on his XBox, amazing how long ago that is now really.

I've got some coding to do too, but the urge hasn't hit me lately.  I'm learning Java and hope to make a few Apps for Android devices. I think Java is a lovely language, I found it made a lot of sense even this early on in my experiments.  Making stuff for the Android tablet is quite exciting for me too and makes a change to all the website design stuff.

I'll most likely hit that harder in the New Year.  What I like about this time of year is I can say that all the time lol....'oh yeah, I need to do that but I'll wait till the New Year...'  ;D

@Data, thanks mate, maybe I should get them out more often lol :2funny:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 13, 2011, 10:56:04 am
*groans*  ;D
  Do you know what gaiters are ?  Not I.

I don't know for sure but I think they're related to Crocodiles! Ask Dusky...he lives down is Florida
where they've got swamps and giant mosquitos and flying cock roaches (palmetto bugs), among
other creatures!  ^-^
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on December 13, 2011, 11:38:45 am
lol@Art - Those are gators, not Gaiters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaiters) :) ;D :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on December 13, 2011, 11:43:02 am
In middle ages it was fashion.
Girls today have colorful knitted gaiters for line dancing.  I should fix Sandee some.  :)
In south Georgia it's a protective leather covering for lower legs in snake areas

http://www.rei.com/gear/feature/search/Google/gaiters?s_kwcid=TC (http://www.rei.com/gear/feature/search/Google/gaiters?s_kwcid=TC)|13029|gaiters||S|e|9314817605&cm_mmc=ps_google_OW-_-Category%20-%20Footwear_TOF-_-Footwear_Gaiters_General-_-gaiters&gclid=CMWNu_f1_qwCFVCR7QodAwpEUA
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 13, 2011, 12:44:38 pm
Ohhh.  Well they are for my sister and she is a bit of an explorer.  She's going to base camp at Everest next year so maybe she will run into some snakes.   :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 13, 2011, 10:23:53 pm
Hopefully NONE of those ferocious gaiters or gators...you know the ones with the big pointy teeth and long snapping jaws!
NO...NOT the politicians in D.C. those are actually wolves looking for sheep to fleece!! :2funny:

It all really punny when you look at it!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 05, 2012, 01:51:22 pm
Knocking a cup of coffee over my desktop and computer today - first one of the year  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on January 05, 2012, 02:57:08 pm

Oh! First computer of the year, Freddy?

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41nw2bps7sL._AA300_.jpg)

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on January 05, 2012, 04:02:05 pm
Knocking a cup of coffee over my desktop and computer today - first one of the year  ;D

At least you’ve got that out of the way nice and early in the year, with a bit of luck that’ll be it for 2012  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on January 06, 2012, 12:53:37 pm

Not good for keyboards.
Even worse when keyboard is part of laptop.
Joyce uses big based cup.
I ain't that smart yet.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on January 28, 2012, 02:59:14 am
  I just put a SSD in this computer, I'm using the original drive for storage.  I like the quicker boot time, I've been installing things that need a restart so it was nice.  I just installed Hal and can now see some improvements in speed, Hal pops up on the screen instead of the waiting, the same with the brain editor where I really saw the slow load up, now it pops up.
  Also I wanted to thank you guys with the help in finding the downloads I needed for Hal. 
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on February 25, 2012, 01:22:56 am
You know what's really discouraging?

Searching the net, finding and posting the most topical, interesting, thought provoking articles and videos one can find.
Over 50 some viewers within 2 or 3 days yet no one posts a response, contributes by way of discussion or remark!
I'm trying to stimulate the site and the supposed like minded people who visit here and for what?

It's almost like email has become. You know...you send a real cool email to a friend hoping to elicit a response from him
or her only to get nothing in return other than perhaps a totally different, unrelated email back from them in a few days.

I log on this evening as the only Member, yet there are 20 visitors! I don't know.... I give up! Moving on....
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on February 25, 2012, 02:02:58 am
I just came on as the only member.  Quiet round here.
You all asleep?   Yeah I know,  two am at Londontown.   
Art, you share some cool videos etc, sometimes i comment, sometimes not. 
I always enjoy stuff different,  and you often send uniques. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on February 25, 2012, 02:09:29 am
Freddy,
  Happy birthday, wish you many more.
Art
 got some old post where you asked about People Putty, I may have downloaded the trial in the past, Never used it , I'm to slow by the time you get to know how it works the trial is up and I'd have to buy it.  Got into the fullbodies and forgot about People putty.  Verry happy with Duskriders Village girl.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on February 25, 2012, 10:46:31 am

Don't worry Art, better to get no reply than an ordinary com(pli)ment.

The most important is that many people have read your posts. When the original post is well-documented, I guess nobody has something to answer. Your one about flags was incredible and very interesting. I had nothing to add. (I could say English isn't my native language but it's easy).

Or maybe just "Thanks for sharing". ;)

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 25, 2012, 11:16:28 am
What grinds with me is:

I sign up to a site or forum and make a post asking for help but get completely ignored. (Not this site)

Then I solve my problem and also solve problems others are having, so you make a post explaining I found a fix for something and, yup, you got it,

I still get ignored.

Sometimes I wonder why I bother too.

Art, rest assured I read all you posts my friend and do appreciate them. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 25, 2012, 11:45:55 am
Oh dear !  Art it's just the state of the age - people have a shorter attention span now, it's nothing personal.  I thought people had been responding...like the Interactive character one and the flags, Claudes ideas etc.

I will go back and check to see if I have something interesting to say.  Really that's the point for me, unless I have something interesting to say I will shut up.  But I do read them :)

And Carl, thanks for birthday wishes, but my birthday is not until the summer ;)

I am sure all this venting is good for us though  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on February 25, 2012, 12:38:34 pm
Freddy,
  my apologies, I will be the first to say happy birthday then.  I found an old post from Art in my messages and since I had found you people to be so helpful and knowledgeable I had wanted to reply to his message even though it was old.
  I have been working with Duskriders village girl, I'd say it is one of the best Haptek characters I have seen, and I have found that I am unable to remove the problems with audio noise for these characters by changing the settings on the video card for the physx.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on February 25, 2012, 12:53:35 pm
I don't spend anywhere near as much time here as I used to, due to increasing demands on my time at home, which is a shame, because I like coming here to see what the rest of you are up to. Hang in there, Art (if you haven't already left, that is). Your posts ARE appreciated, even if nobody seems to say so at the time. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on February 25, 2012, 11:00:57 pm
GCC, nice chatting with you today, BTW...hope your project goes well!

All others, When I said moving on...I meant that I was finished with my tirade,
not that I was leaving the wonderful members and company of this oft times,
thought provoking site!

Sorry Freddy, I was merely using our great site as a sounding board, blowing
off a bit, so to speak...venting!

You are correct...it's almost a sign of the times (not the song by Petula Clark),
where we are in such a hustle with our daily lives that we often forget to
smile, thank or even hold a door for another person. I try to make it a point
to do a few nice things every day, even to a complete stranger. If nothing
more than to let them know that there are still some nice people in the world.
I hope they duplicate my actions by doing something nice for someone else.

Most of the news is either about some celebrity or some disaster that we rarely
hear of anything good happening in the world! Most times I simply do not
watch the evening news any longer. If I want to find out things, I use the Internet
at my leisure and I can quickly close any obnoxious commercials as I see fit.

Rest assured that I very much appreciate the opportunity I and others have
in simply being a part of this great community...even if we don't speak that often! ^-^ ;)

Thanks!!
And to all a good night!!!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: claude2 on February 26, 2012, 01:04:19 am
For boosted Aidreams! Uhm! I have an idea! It's simple. We must remake a new topic. With the title. "How Are You Today?". In this topic, we must all meet a nice little message, and talk a bit about our day. This is very easy!
Art, on the mood in France, now, I have the feeling to be encountering some wasps. In France, people are getting worse. And I understand that the situation is similar everywhere. >:( ;)


But I am the dog satanas ..(http://membres.multimania.fr/fantoche2/d_m_v.gif)  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on February 26, 2012, 02:47:49 am
Art you need to be careful about that "doing nice things to strangers" thing. The last time I did that, I ended up needing antibiotics! :o

Actually, it's not what you may think. :P I cut my hand on a piece of glass while helping a lady get an old, busted aquarium out of her car. The resulting infection wasn't pleasant, but she sure was. We dated after that for 2 years. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on February 26, 2012, 11:50:10 am
eons ago we were taught in boy scouts to do a good deed every day.  Don't have to be a big deed.  Always stuck with me although at times no one notice.  (smile)
Other day i went and looked at the old handbook
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/29558/29558-h/29558-h.htm (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/29558/29558-h/29558-h.htm)
They probably got new one now filled with p.c., etc.
I liked the old.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on February 26, 2012, 12:39:49 pm
I still have my old handbook.

One day a few years back my parents came for dinner and mom had a paper bag for me.

To my surprise she had "Saved" a lot of old trinkets and mementos of mine that I thought
were nothing but a distant memory. Some of them were 50 years old! (Hmmm...maybe
there's a market for them on Ebay! LOL!!

Yep, old Boy Scout Handbook, compass and integraged knife/fork/spoon set. Let's not
forget high school photos and sports medals / ribbons, plaques etc.

I told her it appears that she was cleaning house and cluttering mine!! Yep...mothers are
like that!!  ^-^
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 26, 2012, 01:59:01 pm
But I am the dog satanas ..(http://membres.multimania.fr/fantoche2/d_m_v.gif)  ;D

Claude, I know you call yourself Satanas  ;D, but to me and the rest of the world you will always be Muttley  ;)

Muttley on Google images:
http://images.google.com/search?q=muttley&biw=1216&bih=833&sei=pTlKT8aaOonDhAfsm4TcCw&tbm=isch (http://images.google.com/search?q=muttley&biw=1216&bih=833&sei=pTlKT8aaOonDhAfsm4TcCw&tbm=isch)

Satanas on Google images.
http://images.google.com/search?q=satanas&biw=1216&bih=833&sei=3zlKT_f7N5GKhQf3ybiuDg&tbm=isch (http://images.google.com/search?q=satanas&biw=1216&bih=833&sei=3zlKT_f7N5GKhQf3ybiuDg&tbm=isch)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: claude2 on February 26, 2012, 04:02:48 pm
DataHopa, yes yes! And I keep the house! Grrrrrrrrr!

Yesterday I made pancakes! But I make too many pancakes! And my dog ​​has finished the rest .. arff He loves it too. ;D :2funny:
(http://cdn-sr3.saintsrow.com/profile/avatar/Muttley.jpg89ce65102a1b2bbf3a2849b18908c621)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 26, 2012, 06:31:26 pm
(http://www.datahopa.co.uk/forum/Smileys/solosmileys/mutley.gif)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: claude2 on February 26, 2012, 06:50:12 pm
This is my picture! grrrr! Data! I will eat your hotdog .......... :2funny:
I hope to discover a world in secondlife! Hey, maybe we say hello? O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 26, 2012, 12:01:41 pm
Recently put a Blu Ray drive in my computer, seen a few films on Blu Ray now, they do look stunning in 1080 HD but the most stunning was Avatar.

Glad I held myself back and didn’t get the Avatar DVD.

I know, I can hear you all saying, what you haven’t seen Avatar until now  :D   
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on March 26, 2012, 12:40:15 pm

While I was watching Avatar on my TV, I could imagine I was in SL

... except my SL is much more better than Avatar (what? I'm not objective?)! ;D

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 26, 2012, 01:29:34 pm
I'm getting ready for my trip to the Eastern Seaboard, to attend the Chatbots 3.2 conference in Philadelphia on the 31st. I'll be flying out on Wednesday, and while out that way I'll be touring Washington DC, spending time with friends {waves at Art!}, and doing other tourist~ey stuff. :) I'll be flying back home on Tuesday, the 3rd of April, and upon my return I intend to post some pics and video of my adventures. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 26, 2012, 02:05:55 pm
I hope the conference goes well and is productive, but make sure you have some fun too guys O0

Looking forward to the pics :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 28, 2012, 08:18:17 pm
Yes pictures please  :)

I just downloaded Daz Studio 4 Pro, so might be doing some graphics work again soon.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: TheMikh28 on March 29, 2012, 06:37:11 am
Braving my way through my second-to-last semester.  Can't wait until this is all over.

As far as chatbots go, I've been giving some thought over the past few months to how I might go about developing an interpreted "conversation-oriented" pseudo-programming language.  I plan to make documentation and code available as soon as the project's in a presentable state.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on March 30, 2012, 12:46:13 am
I just got back to my friend Laurie's house in Baltimore, Maryland, after a short day trip to Ocean City, where I put my feet in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. :D I'm having a wonderful time, and have taken a few pictures already. Tomorrow I plan on touring Washington DC by bicycle, and will visit the Smithsonian. More reports to follow! :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: claude2 on March 31, 2012, 11:14:18 pm
Baltimore, I have friends who live over there, this is a beautiful city and the capital Washington DC. I would love to know, especially museums of painting, because I made ​​the artistic painting. You're lucky GeekCaveCreations! Beware too much chocolate because we had Easter! Good chocolate egg white and pink, and green and yellow. I love it, even at my age lol ::) :P ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on May 01, 2012, 12:37:38 am
   So everyone is over here, I've pretty much got what I'd been working towards,  I can load backgrounds and bodyskins and the bonus for me is Hal's reply can also load backgrounds and bodyskins, something that has been on my mind for years.  I just found the vrHaptek can accept a little modification and accept a hap to do the loading.  Great plugin he made.  Wanted to say thanks for the advice, encouragement and help to everyone.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 09, 2012, 12:49:06 pm
Congratulations on getting that to work finally, I know you have been on it for a while now  O0

As for me, I am exploring what my Android mobile can do and a fair bit of time playing with the Pandorabot's CallMom app.

I was sick as a parrot last week and in a lot of pain, but I am really hoping that has gone away now as I feel much better and back to my normal self.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on May 10, 2012, 02:16:47 am
Freddy,
   Thanks, I had a bodyskin loader way back when everyone was draging and drop.  I should have up loaded it but as it worked out I call an intermediate hap to load the bodyskin, I can use the same intermediate hap to load bodyskins and backgrounds from Hal's reply which is something else I wanted to do for ages.  I told VR about it and he would include it if I packaged it all together.  To many things to put together and you can't please everyone. Next is is it useful or worthwhile,  so far I like it but it's still a novelity for me.
   An Android, looked at them, seem nice.  I still use and like the wires so I don't loose it.  I'm still sticking with Hal, changing things over to .bmp and continued making a bodyskin from scratch.  Coming along pretty well.  Like to play with lighting, making Haps and making some type of background so Hal can lean against something and or sit down.
  Sick as a parrot, sorry to hear that. Actualy I never heard that one before, glad your feeling better.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on May 14, 2012, 12:57:42 am
Freddy,
  I was  chatting with you earlier today about the panormic pictures, here is a link.
http://www.gayadesign.com/scripts/photonav/ (http://www.gayadesign.com/scripts/photonav/)
It uses javascript and the mouse moves the picture left and right.
I downloaded some panormic pics and put them in the Happlayer, it just squeezes the whole picture in.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 14, 2012, 12:32:19 pm
Hmm yeah, I guess it's because you have no control over the size of the Hal background or the areas outside of it.  You need some way to store but hide large parts of the photo that are out of view.

Also you need some way of allowing the mouse to interact with the background and I don't remember seeing anything like that.

Maybe with that Hal OS you could use some of the controls it has, but I have only glanced at it.

Your're getting into ground I have not explored, so I cannot be more help.  :idiot2:

BTW, did you know you can load something like a flat plane into Haptek and have it play a video on it   ::)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on May 15, 2012, 12:34:52 am
Freddy,
  I asked Tedathome about this, he said he would cut pieces out and move the individual pictures along, Quick easy way but I'd like to sense the character and have the picture move along at that pace.  Brings up many questions, well it's taken me years to get this far.
  Back to your thoughts, to move the character you use a hap that says the distance and time, You would probably have to give it a trial run,  For the background you have pictures taken and you show each picture at an appropiate rate.  Sounds easy and should work.  Actualy the charcter could stand still, the background moves making the character seem to move.  Anyways I want this to work in the Zabaware Hal, I need that brain in there.
  "Also you need some way of allowing the mouse to interact with the background"  Instead of the mouse you use the character..?
  "you know you can load something like a flat plane into Haptek and have it play a video"  I'm interested more details.
  You may already kow but Tedathome found the problem and a fix, change the hap from script to command for the active background.  Are the clothes next.  Changing clothes.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 15, 2012, 06:13:02 pm
Quote
  "you know you can load something like a flat plane into Haptek and have it play a video"  I'm interested more details.

Basically it's the same principle as applying a changing background, but instead you change the texture of an object, or 'figures' as Haptek like to call them...

Find a free video splitter (not sure what they call them) that can take a movie and split it up into individual frames.  Start with something short - there will be a lot of frames.

Dump the frames in a folder.  And much like changing the background, simply load a texture with clock commands  - do this in a Hap file of course.

Ahh but you need something to texture.  So get Blender or some other 3D modeller.  Make a simple plane.

Then bring that into the Haptek player - I forget the tool name to do it, maybe you or Nige has it...

In your hapfile target the frames onto your plane with your commands to change textures.

You'll have to figure out the /clock ticks to get the right frame rate.

Finally with your plane loaded in the player drop your hap file in as well and you should see a movie played out on the plane.

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on May 16, 2012, 12:34:21 pm
  Thanks for putting that in,  I'm getting in over my head, I'm doing graphics for Hal, the plugins, the active backgrounds plus a lot of thoughts I've gotten because of the activity.  I do remember a video viewer that would pull out the frames, Infraviewer or something close to that, ages ago.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 25, 2012, 02:33:39 pm
So I got up today and did a few chores, popped my boots on and went to the shops down the road.  Lovely sunny day.

Got home and realised I had put on two different boots - on my left foot a grey one and on my right foot a black one :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on May 25, 2012, 03:06:44 pm
Yeah! it is a lovely day here in the UK today  8)

As for the boots, I would like to say, it’s a mistake that anyone could have made, but this time I’m not sure it is.

Freddy, take a day off  ;)  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 25, 2012, 03:22:56 pm
Funny thing about that is you've got another pair just like them!!
Good stuff Freddy!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 25, 2012, 03:43:33 pm
Haha very good Art  ;D

Maybe I do need a day off Data ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on May 26, 2012, 07:59:55 am
I'm not quite certain that a single day would suffice for me. I may just have to take an entire weekend and go camping/fishing. Just not THIS weekend. We've got the mother of all winter storms brewing, with near freezing temps, only 2 days after nice summer weather! :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 26, 2012, 11:49:48 pm
Dave,
It's in the mid 80's here!! Are you sure you're still in Nevada near that desert?? LOL!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on May 27, 2012, 12:02:17 am
Unless some unknown entity scooped up the entire town and deposited us above the arctic circle without our knowledge, I'm sure. :D

Warmer today, but still cold. It's 45 degrees, but still sprinkling on the valley floor, and spitting snow on the hills. o.O
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on May 27, 2012, 11:45:16 am
I lived in New Mexico a while.
Sometimes cold at night, I didn't expect it.
Weather everywhere can surprise you.

As to two pair boots the same,
Well not really same, sort of opposite. 
But gives you four pair you can use.   Cool.   :banana:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 29, 2012, 04:12:51 pm
I hadn't thought of me gaining two extra pairs of shoes I must admit  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 25, 2012, 01:27:07 pm
Well the Euro Football is over for another four years for England, just two years till the world cup...

Knocked out in a penalty shoot out again.  Oh woe.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 25, 2012, 01:38:15 pm
To my mind it’s got to be the best way to get knocked out, they couldn’t beat us in 120 mins of play,

Penalties are in the lap of the gods.

England can hold their heads high  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 25, 2012, 02:08:32 pm
True we are a hard team to beat at the moment and like you say penalties are a lottery.  It would have been nice to lay that particular ghost to rest though.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on July 06, 2012, 12:24:02 am
  I'm still working with Ultra Hal and haptek,  I got interested in a post OTC had about writting a plugin for emotons, did a little research and found it's becoming a science.  After reading a lot I'm under the inpression we are missing fear and fustration from the list of emotions we now have.  It also seems that emotions and our actions and what we say are related.  Making all of this work together would be nice.  My version of hal can now choose where she will go, what she will wear, and what animations to perform by using her reply so I'm making progress.
  I'm now trying to use the brain editor in Hal, I was looking through the brain in relation to the emotions and got interested in a few other areas.  I liked the business talk that Robert had put in and thought this looks nice so lets try to use it in another area, say legal.  I copied pasted, changed names, made tables, and the brain still works.  I don't know what I'm doing but I didn't kill the brain and don't get error messages.  I've already tried to get Info on this new brain without success at Zabaware.
  Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 13, 2012, 09:58:32 am
Two days in Derbyshire and it was wonderful weather, get back to Norfolk and it is rain again  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on July 13, 2012, 12:44:59 pm
Two days in Derbyshire and it was wonderful weather, get back to Norfolk and it is rain again  ;D
That sounds about right. For those members not from the UK, the weather here in summer is just the same as weather in winter only the rain is a little warmer :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on July 13, 2012, 07:03:32 pm
  It's definatly summer here, temps next to 90 and into the 90's tommorow, to hot to try to do much. Just found out the emotions are not working in Hal, gave it a try after reading a post from Raybe, I tried the appropiate triggers from the emotion table and there's no change.  I did notice if you don't speak for awhile the sleepy.hap is sent.
  I don't like traveling that much, I always wake up feeling strange, where am I feeling. 
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on July 13, 2012, 11:20:03 pm
You should have taken the blue pill! ^-^
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on July 20, 2012, 10:27:24 pm
   Possibly a blue pill, seems like a good place to put this, Where is Duskrider?
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on August 07, 2012, 12:23:52 pm
I've been experimenting with a bot called Harumi. There is an English and French version.

It uses an Open Office (free) spreadsheet kind of in an XML fashion to store various types
of data and responses.

The program does remember and can be taught various things as well. Harumi can also do
math, addresses, alarms, web cam, appointments and even play chess with you.

True, there are a few shortcomings (isn't that the case with practically all chatbots?) but for
the most part, it's not too bad. I hope to see how much I can get it to absorb in a decent manner.


If English, be sure to download the latest version Harumi-2.

#### NOTE ####
Scroll down to 4 lines below the 3rd image set. There you should see:
Harumi 2 English version alpha 07.13.2012 : harumi-2-english-alpha-version-2.zip
############

http://jeffelson.e-monsite.com/ (http://jeffelson.e-monsite.com/)

You can also read about Harumi from the Chatbot Collection here @ AI Dreams:
http://www.chatterbotcollection.com/item_display.php?id=3106 (http://www.chatterbotcollection.com/item_display.php?id=3106)


Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on August 07, 2012, 01:04:43 pm
At the moment, I am experimenting making a bot for Sam Jospeh's comedy competition this October.
https://github.com/tansaku/twss/wiki/Funniest-Computer-Ever-Draft-Rules
One of the rounds is to give the bot a subject and for it to produce a joke based on the subject. My results so far have been pretty surreal.

Human: Tell me a joke about backgammon:
Bot: What do you call meat from a pig that isn't forward?
Humasn: I don't know
Bot: Back gammon!

Needs more work I think!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on August 08, 2012, 01:18:06 am
Hmmm....Perhaps...

BackHAMmon!! ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 08, 2012, 11:59:15 am
SO out of hospital now and with about 7-8 different tablets to play with now.   :o  Otherwise seem to be getting back to normal self, still dosey much of the time, but today has been good.  Thanks for the well wishes passed on to me from Data :)  Will continue to pop in on my mobile to keep up to date, don't really feel like doing any of my projects just yet, just a case of needing time to heal.

Wishing you all well :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on August 08, 2012, 05:16:36 pm

Hi Freddy, sorry to read on Data site that something bad happened to you too. Have a good recovery my friend. 8)

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 08, 2012, 09:57:50 pm
Thankyou :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Bragi on August 09, 2012, 07:33:36 am
Hi Freddy, hope you are better. Not exactly sure what's going on, but hospital, lots of pills (or were those android tablets?),.... never good.  Here's to a speedy recovery, mate   O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on August 09, 2012, 08:59:09 am
I didn't realise something had happened either Freddy. Hope you get better real soon.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on August 09, 2012, 12:58:18 pm
From a language standpoint if I said, "Freddy has never been better."

Would it mean he is at the peak of his game (so-to-speak) regarding his career or his health, etc.?

Would it mean he has always been less than 'better' so maybe good or fair regarding health, career, etc.

Most would assume the first one to be the more correct one but to a non-native English speaking person
it could mean the second sentence instead.

Funny how language often has dual meanings yet we expect chatbots to make the connection and understanding.

Just a thought....
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on August 10, 2012, 12:08:19 am
I'm so glad to hear that you're out of the hospital, Freddy! :):):)

I got out yesterday, Myself, and I'm quite glad to be home, with family and friends. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on August 10, 2012, 02:12:34 pm
Freddy,
  Sorry to hear about the hospital,  hope things return to normal for you soon. 
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 10, 2012, 02:25:22 pm
Thanks everyone, on the mend now  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on August 10, 2012, 07:13:05 pm
From one damaged soul to another, May you find yourself back to "normal" very soon. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 10, 2012, 09:30:02 pm
Thank you and the same for you my friend :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Bragi on August 11, 2012, 07:58:24 am
Quote
on the mend now  :)
Excellent  O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Diesel on August 15, 2012, 12:00:12 am
Real nice to see you back Freddy, take your time, no rush.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on August 15, 2012, 03:18:05 am
DIESEL!

Welcome (obviously belatedly) to AI Dreams! :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on August 15, 2012, 01:35:17 pm
  Very good website, been going through some of the older posts and still finding useful info I had not known about.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on August 15, 2012, 04:44:02 pm
Hey Diesel,
Nice to see you here at our humble A.I. corner of the cyberverse!!

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Diesel on August 15, 2012, 05:16:00 pm
I've been a member here for some time Art/Dave, I just don't find much I could contrbute to given my ability with these machines. As I've said many times on DH, " Diesel, leave this stuff to the grown up's ".  ;D Still interesting though to read what you guy's do, besides £50 per month subscription is not alot these day's.  ^-^
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on August 15, 2012, 10:08:49 pm
besides £50 per month subscription is not alot these day's.  ^-^

You lucky boy Diesel, £50 is the special discounted tariff, the Admins must really like you  :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on August 16, 2012, 08:58:30 am
Fifty POUNDS?!?!?! I have to pay in TONNES! :o :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on August 16, 2012, 11:59:33 am

I hope we owe nothing if we just read (anonymously) the posts and never answer. :idiot2:

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on August 16, 2012, 12:46:20 pm
Fifty POUNDS?!?!?! I have to pay in TONNES! :o :P

I see your sense of humour wasn't injured Dave!  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 16, 2012, 12:54:01 pm
Admin is amused  ;D  Keep those pounds, dollars and francs or your given currency  O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on August 16, 2012, 03:10:35 pm
 :jumping:  :2funny:

On a side note, I went to a nearby hospital to get checked out, and the Doctor there said I seem to be doing very, VERY well, all things considered. I can stand on my own now (though I can't walk yet), and most of the time I can get from my bed to my wheelchair without help. God willing, it won't be long before I'm able to get rid of the wheelchair. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on August 18, 2012, 11:44:50 am
I have a friend with a powerchair.
I offered to soup it up a little.
His wife got all excited, and I wasn't even speaking to her.   :tickedoff:
Some people are really strange.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Diesel on August 20, 2012, 04:54:48 pm
Many Thanks Data, having pointed out that I am paying a preferential rate, the Admin have been in touch, now I have to pay the going rate.  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on August 22, 2012, 02:42:50 pm
You are more than welcome, Diesel, my friend, actually the money goes to GT40’s new computer fund.  :P

Thanks for your kind contribution  O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Diesel on August 22, 2012, 02:50:31 pm
Thank-you Data. I shall update my accounts accordingly and return the new Contract, fully signed, by return of post.  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on August 22, 2012, 02:57:00 pm
Just in case anyone is a little confused at Diesel's posts I should point out that.

We are talking about virtual money for the virtual computer that GT40 needs to play in a virtual world.  ;) 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on August 22, 2012, 11:53:02 pm
Super!! Did you receive the Virtual SSD I just sent you for him? It is currently the largest one on the market!

Glad to know the project is in your capable hands!!!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on August 23, 2012, 12:59:38 pm

Many thanks guys. Yesterday I found the perfect computer for SL, but I don't understand why the seller didn't accept my L$1000. >:(

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on August 23, 2012, 04:36:48 pm

Thanks again Data (and other people) about your idea, a very generous idea. But as you know, I don't need any other computer. My desktop from 2002 is brand new and my netbook the thing I was dreaming for many years.

But... I REALLY need to change my car, from the last century. More important than a computer. If someone on the forum can do something for me (Ferraris non-accepted, because of the insurance costs)...

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Diesel on August 23, 2012, 05:06:09 pm

 My desktop from 2002 is brand new


Not quite sure how things work in France but, here in the UK, anything from 2002 would no longer be considered "Brand New".  :2funny:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on August 23, 2012, 05:46:30 pm

 My desktop from 2002 is brand new


Not quite sure how things work in France but, here in the UK, anything from 2002 would no longer be considered "Brand New".  :2funny:

It works the same way, here in the States, I'm afraid. :( Maybe the French have developed a type of time travel? :-\
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on August 24, 2012, 10:49:11 am

Many thanks Dave, I'm very flattered you think the French could invent something but no worries, the thing isn't dangerous.

Maybe one day or another I will explain my secret (very simple, free), but hey, for now, it's a secret weapon. :2funny:

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on August 24, 2012, 12:09:43 pm
I’ve been thinking about Apple and MS.

I see Apple is now the biggest company in the USA, even bigger than the so called “ Evil Microsoft  >:D ”, this is going to make them and their devices the number one target for hackers to make lovely viruses for, the hackers will always attack the biggest and bad boys. (it is the way of things, like it or not)

I always thought Apple devises were over-priced; this kind of proves it.

The company is now worth $623.52 billion and sits on a huge mountain of cash that it doesn’t know what to do with.

Me, I think they should use some of that huge mountain of cash to help the world out of this recession; after all it’s the world that made them so rich.

I know, it will never happen.

I’m going to stick with MS, and now it’s for moral reasons too  O0. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 24, 2012, 01:00:43 pm
Wow that is a big pile of cash  :o
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on August 24, 2012, 07:02:01 pm
That mountain of cash amounts to $89.41 for every man, woman,and child on the planet, BTW. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on August 24, 2012, 08:44:17 pm
That mountain of cash amounts to $89.41 for every man, woman,and child on the planet, BTW. :)

Where do I collect?  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on August 24, 2012, 09:04:30 pm
No clue, my friend; but if you find out, can you let me know? I have this feeling I'm gonna need all the help I can get, soon. :)

Chances are, the total for all my medical bills will top half a million dollars, and the guy that hit me doesn't have THAT much insurance, and no other assets. :o Things are gonna get pretty tight, pretty soon, financially. :(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on August 24, 2012, 09:54:45 pm
When the guy that hit you runs out of insurance from his company, then I think in most situations, you then sue yourself (ie: collect from your own insurance company), or something very similar as I'm not an insurance agent (thank the gods).
If that doesn't work...then there's always ObamaCare. Good luck with that!

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Diesel on August 28, 2012, 05:32:40 pm
Dave, you poor unfortunate fellow, how on earth will you find that sort of money. I have to say, when I read or hear about these situations, I thank my lucky stars I live in the UK. Here we have our National Health Service. Although we contribute towards it's running, rather in the way of Insurance Premiums, there is almost no limit to the amount of care/surgery you can receive and no nasty surprise bills at the end. Now this service is not perfect, however, it may be if it wasn't exploited quite so much.

BTW Dave, I've had a whip round with the chaps here in the UK, (yes all of us you lucky boy), the Princely sum of £5 will be in the post shortly.

In all seriousness Dave, if you do find yourself with serious financial difficulties, do let us know, I'm certain that, as a family collective, we can come up with something to help.  O0

Take care my friend and get fit soon.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on August 28, 2012, 11:46:25 pm
@Art: According to my lawyer, after he's exhausted every other option, and if there's still money owed, the next step is to declare 'Medical Bankruptcy', which may or may not be effective. We'll just have to wait and see.

@Diesel: Your care and concern is truly touching, and very much appreciated, and I'll keep the offer in mind. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Bragi on August 30, 2012, 08:22:22 am
Dave: you can always move over here. (Almost) free health care for everyone, including the physio therapy for years to come!!
With stories like that, I just can't understand why so many americans are still against a national health insurance scheme. You didn't cause the accident, right? (otherwise the other guy wouldn't have to pay for it), so I just can't understand why you would need a lawyer. Doesn't the insurance/government take care of all that stuff?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on August 30, 2012, 12:34:34 pm
Seen quite a bit on the TV about the American health service or lack of, I might be wrong but to me it comes down to.

The rich and middle class don’t want to contribute to health care for the less-well-off.

Which in Britain is a must do.

And don’t believe the crap that is said about our National Health Service on American TV (Yes I have seen them say its no good) It has saved my life twice now and many of my family members too and none of us are in debt because of it.

We Brits love our national health

3 cheers for the NHS chaps,  hip hip …

I would also like to invite Dave to the UK but I think the colder weather might put him off  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Bragi on August 30, 2012, 02:23:52 pm
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I would also like to invite Dave to the UK but I think the colder weather might put him off
yep, that's a bit of a minus. Over here as well, it's about the same as in England: mostly cloudy with a daily drizzle. I'd say, you could move to Spain, Italy or Greece, but then again, their finances aren't that great.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 30, 2012, 02:32:49 pm
Yes recent experience makes me thankful for our good old NHS service.  It's not perfect but it gets the job done most of the time I think.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on August 30, 2012, 02:49:15 pm
Here in the US each individual must choose to obtain insurance on an individual basis (or possibly family if one has other than himself / herself + kids). Just like auto insurance, one opts for the best type of coverage one can afford or that their respective company / place of employment offers. One then makes regular monthly contributions or premiums toward that coverage be it auto, home or health.

I don't expect others to assist in paying for my homeowners or auto insurance therefore WHY would I expect them to pay for my health insurance?

This country was not founded on Socialism. Our ancestors left oppressive nations in exchange for religious and monetary freedoms (taxes).

During our working lives we contribute to a thing called Social Security and upon retirement (usually aged 66 for full benefits or 62 for partial), one can draw a small portion of that money in an attempt to help supplement the individual's retirement savings or pension account. Trouble is, most Americans do NOT save a proper portion of their income because a lot of them would rather "live for the moment" instead of tighten up the belt and save for the proverbial "rainy day".
Currently we are growing a youthful population who feels "entitled" to anything and everything in general. They should immediately have the Showy car, large, not a job but a career with a huge salary and a large house with all the amenities. Yes, they are the entitled ones!


Why should one person work hard for most of their life and have to assist in paying for someone who didn't? There is NO Free Lunch! Someone, somewhere is paying for it!

Socialism only works until you run out of other people's money!!!

That's it as I see it! <ya had to get me started...didn't ya!!>
Peace out!!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Bragi on August 30, 2012, 03:27:44 pm
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Socialism only works until you run out of other people's money!!!
How does that differ from your current capitalism: borrowed money is also someone elses money.

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on August 31, 2012, 01:37:22 pm
This country was not founded on Socialism. Our ancestors left oppressive nations in exchange for religious and monetary freedoms (taxes).

But people do pay tax in the USA don’t they but the government (made up of rich people) choose to spend it their own way.

However we are not a religious society I admit, If a hopeful Prime Minister said he was religious he might as well chuck in the towel. No chance of getting voted in.


Why should one person work hard for most of their life and have to assist in paying for someone who didn't? There is NO Free Lunch! Someone, somewhere is paying for it!

So what about the people who do work hard but get very low pay, are you saying because they can’t afford good insurance that they should end up in debt too? Or people like our Dave who do give a positive contribution to society but get little reward (money) for doing so and end up in debt. 

No free lunch? Actually we do give free lunches to many of the homeless people or people who have fallen on hard times in the UK, it can happen to the best of us.

Forgive me Art but it doesn’t sound very charitable or religious to me.

There is an old religious saying that goes something like this.

There is no room in heaven for a rich man.

Us Brits would do anything to save our NHS it is the root and basis or our society (Free healthcare for all) whatever colour creed or race, if you are a British citizen and you get ill or need a hospital it will be free, no questions asked, even if you are a lazy scrounger, which some are but the vast majority are just people trying to make a living. There will always be some bad apples in the barrel.  (It is the way of things)

I think we are going to have to agree to disagree before we all fall out with each other and that won’t do because I value our American friends too much.

Diesel why did you start us off on Health Care  :rtfm:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Bragi on August 31, 2012, 02:41:54 pm
I originally wrote this yesterday, but I got a time-out, and didn't feel like typing it again, but here goes:

If Belgium was in a similar situation as the US is right now, that is, without a general health care system, but with some form of political desire to get it through, it most likely would not happen here as well, though few will ever want to admit to that now, after the benefits have been made so clear to most (except for those lucky few that never get anything in their whole life until they die in their sleep). The simple fact is that most people can only think in short them 'I' concepts (we are all selfish pigs,.. those who don't realize this of themselves, are generally the worst), and most people these days, are usually healthy most of the time (except for the odd flew perhaps), you generally don't see much misery everywhere.
I don't think it is by accident that European countries got their health systems after the second world war, when everybody over here (and I mean everybody, not just the soldiers) were exposed for a longer period of pure horror. People back then were also thinking in short term selfish 'I' mode, but in a different situation. The fact that both wars changed the division of power in Europe also had something to do with it.

Which brings me to my second point.
Yes, in the olden days, lots of people left Europe because of intolerance of all kinds. Economic reasons were also very important (just after the second world war, lots of Belgians emigrated to the US or the Congo, in hopes for better jobs - my own family were almost Congolese/US citizens). Things have changed though.  If you look at the press freedom (http://chartsbin.com/view/1329 (http://chartsbin.com/view/1329)) Belgium is ahead of the US, same for education: (http://ourtimes.wordpress.com/2008/04/10/oecd-education-rankings/ (http://ourtimes.wordpress.com/2008/04/10/oecd-education-rankings/)), health- Belgium appears to be to small, but can compare to other European countries (http://conversations.psu.edu/docs/calkins_comparison.pdf (http://conversations.psu.edu/docs/calkins_comparison.pdf)) , household savings (Belgium 10x that of Us) http://econ365.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/gross-savings-rate.pdf (http://econ365.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/gross-savings-rate.pdf). this list goes on and on.
The same for goverments spying on their own citizens: what the UK did with their cameras all over the place or the US is doing with communication tracking: this is simply impossible in Belgium. It's even so strict that different police agencies can't link their computer systems together (like local police and federal police), since that would allow them to share info, strictly forbidden over here (the right to privacy is an absolute in Belgium, something US citizens can only dream off).

When I hear things like:
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This country was not founded on Socialism. Our ancestors left oppressive nations in exchange for religious and monetary freedoms (taxes).
I wonder, do people who think this way actually understand 'Socialism', or are they really thinking of 30's area communism?  Do they understand that there are parts of the world that have lots more 'freedom' in many different forms? 


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But people do pay tax in the USA don’t they but the government (made up of rich people) choose to spend it their own way.
I think that's a pretty good summary. While European countries decided to spend their money (mostly) in a more social manner (the robin hood syndrome: take from the rich, give to the poor), the US decided to go to war with their lute.

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Why should one person work hard for most of their life and have to assist in paying for someone who didn't? There is NO Free Lunch! Someone, somewhere is paying for it!
Maffia exists all over the world. It is true that Greek and Italian ded  is mostly caused by maffia practices. This also happened in Belgium, there were some serious problems up untill the 90's. And there is still leakage.
But make no mistake: if you think it is easy for a regular person to get a 'free' lunch, you are seriously mistaken. Just go ask all the economic fugitives who think 'a starvation action' might get people to help them: they will die (and have).


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During our working lives we contribute to a thing called Social Security and upon retirement (usually aged 66 for full benefits or 62 for partial), one can draw a small portion of that money in an attempt to help supplement the individual's retirement savings or pension account. Trouble is, most Americans do NOT save a proper portion of their income because a lot of them would rather "live for the moment" instead of tighten up the belt and save for the proverbial "rainy day".
Currently we are growing a youthful population who feels "entitled" to anything and everything in general. They should immediately have the Showy car, large, not a job but a career with a huge salary and a large house with all the amenities. Yes, they are the entitled ones!
This is true all over the world, also here. The thing is, at some point, people here realized that if you don't force the lesser-smart ones to save, it will eventually cost much more for everyone. So in order to be economically smart, you make the system 'non-optional'.
We also have to contribute to the well-fare system. Only the money that gets collected for this purpose, can be used for the health system. Also, what you pay now, is used for the current needs, the next generation will pay for you (a system that has come under pressure with the baby-boom generation getting to retirement age, and not enough people to replace them).
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on August 31, 2012, 05:35:53 pm
Wow! What was supposed to just be an update on how I was doing has turned into the potential for a nasty flame war! I don't think that anyone expected that! Nor do I think that anyone here wants to see things escalate further. However, I think it would be a good idea for me to try to explain my thoughts and opinions regarding this very sensitive political issue.

For nearly all my life, I've been a VERY conservative person, politically speaking. Even now, I strongly feel that the vast majority of Humanity is being over-governed, and I firmly believe in the axiom, "That government is best which governs least."

Now don't get me wrong, I'm no anarchist. There have to be some rules, mostly pertaining to how we behave toward each other. Otherwise, we'd be constantly at each other's throats. :) But government should only deter the "bad" side of Human Nature; NOT enforce the "good" side. That particular job doesn't belong to those we choose to govern over us, but resides elsewhere. Primarily, the role of encouraging our more loving & nurturing natures belongs with our religious communities and secular benevolent agencies/charities (e.g. The Red Cross, Goodwill, etc.). Many of you see me as poor, and by a great many standards, I certainly am; but I still try my very best to give what I can, as often as I can, to help those who are in much worse shape than myself (and there are a LOT). I guess what I'm trying to say here is that I don't think it's the government's job to enforce charity. Maybe I would feel different about the issue if we Americans had a better track record with choosing those who would lead us, because we seem to be doing a crappy job of it. :(

When our country was first formed, our founding fathers intended for our elected officials to govern PART TIME! Once elected, they would set aside their personal businesses for four to six months, attend to the matters of government, and then step down, returning to their own endeavours. Somewhere along the way, that changed, and we now have "Career Politicians", who spend 15, 20, even THIRTY YEARS or MORE in office, building their power bases, enacting legislation that serves to benefit only themselves and their colleagues, and becoming ever more corrupt as the years go by. Now many of these Career Politicians started out TRYING to change things; to "Shake things up", as it were, but ended up becoming a slave to the "machine", and rather than making things better for the rest of us, only served to make things worse. Now we have these people running the country who know nothing but politics, and they're running the government as a GOVERNMENT, rather than as a business.

Everywhere you care to look (with the exception of SOME governments), individuals, families, small businesses, large corporations, and monstrously huge conglomerates all have something in common: they ALL have to operate within the "means" available to them. In other words, they're cash outflow cannot exceed their cash income, or they quickly begin to have problems, and will soon be unable to function. This applies to you, to me, and even to Apple Computers. It's a VERY simple concept, that even a grade-school student can grasp. Does this seem to apply to the U.S. government? Nope! When our legislators exceed the country's budget, they either want to "shuffle" the money around, to make things look good, or "borrow" the money from other countries with promises that "we'll make it up, soon". Ladies and Gentlemen, here's a news flash: BORROWING YOUR WAY OUT OF DEBT NEVER WORKS!!! It only ends up getting you DEEPER in debt!

Wait a minute! Wasn't I supposed to be explaining how I feel about national health care? How did I get on the subject of deficit spending? Oops? sorry!

Listen, what it boils down to is that I don't feel that it's my government's job to provide my health care unless it's a "quid pro quo" thing. For example, I set aside two years of my life to serve my country in the U.S. Coast Guard, helping to protect people, and helping to keep my little corner of the U.S.A. safe. In exchange for that service, I don't see a problem with having certain limited health care benefits, and had I served longer, or had I been injured and/or disabled in the line of duty, I could accept receiving perhaps full medical benefits. This is only fair, in my eyes. I can also accept someone receiving certain health care benefits in the case of the indigent, yet able-bodied, who put in a few hours per day/week doing public improvement works projects, such as picking up litter along a road, or helping to remove gang graffiti, or something of that nature, that benefits us all. Where I'm torn is how to handle someone who is truly unable to care for themselves. As I get older, I'm finding it harder to justify my older feelings that the government has no place caring for these folks. Now those who are capable, but unwilling, of caring for themselves can still piss up a rope. I have no use at all for deadbeats and slackers. But those who just can't do for themselves? I just don't know anymore.

Anyway, that's basically my take on the issue (and more, obviously). I could literally go on for DAYS about what's wrong with the government of the United States, but I'll refrain, for now. :)

{steps off the soap box, and walks back into the crowd}
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on September 01, 2012, 01:17:06 pm
@ GCC / Dave, as a moderator, there will be NO flame wars on this forum I can assure you. A general discussion often has opposing views and while we are friends I am sure our individual views on certain topics will differ. We live in different countries with different laws and customs. Tolerance and understanding is a good thing. O0

@ Data & Bragi,

When I said there's no such thing as a Free Lunch, I mean that Someone, Somewhere is paying for it in one way or another. Nothing is FREE (except for advice). The bread the meat, cheese, condiments, drinks are all provided through or from someone else. Sorry but nothing really to do with the Maffia & my wife IS Italian.
While it might seem to be Free for the person who partakes, it has actually been paid for by some other party / person.

Yes, our freedoms have been eroding one by one until we now live in a government subsidized police state! The average person has their photo taken at least 20 times / day and with tracking devices in practically every cell phone one simply can't run away. I know of people who have been fired because their bosses tracked their cell phone location and turns out that they weren't where they said they were! (I didn't say they didn't deserve to be fired, just how it happened). Our government has the ability (likely have had it for some length of time) to see THROUGH the roofs and walls of our homes and count people (heat signatures). Yes, there's far too much technology being used in a very obtrusive manner.

I want to see the USA adopt and enforce TERM LIMITS on politicians! They should be allowed to serve (note THAT word...SERVE), for no more than 2, Four years terms, THEN they retire from political service and go back to the public sector that first elected them. They will also receive the same health care that they voted for the rest of us, the same contribution toward Social Security as the rest of us! They are NOT Special People with Special Privileges...we elected them in the first place to represent us!!

The lack of enforceable borders of this country is currently a laughable matter! It practically DOESN'T matter!! I don't think a lot of other countries have such a relaxed policy.

Maybe Belgium....;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Bragi on September 01, 2012, 02:34:52 pm
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I want to see the USA adopt and enforce TERM LIMITS on politicians! They should be allowed to serve
It's a nice idea, but I doubt it will work. After all, your presidency is already limited in length, and that doesn't work either. I would rather think in terms of 'take the money out of it' as in: it's a community service, you don't get paid for it. But if you do that, in the shortest time, there would be no-one left willing to run the country.
An all-out, full democracy, where people can vote on laws for themselves would perhaps be an interesting project. But I don't think it would be a very nice place if you aren't 'joe average', married and with a couple of kids.

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Maybe Belgium...
Definitely. Since the EU, we no longer have any borders. Result: in the last 10 years, the total population has grown by 10%, while at the same time, the nr of Belgians has started to shrink. Certain places in Brussels are more like the Congo then Belgium. Migration is becoming a problem as well over here.
The question is: how do you solve it: by closing borders?  Well, that sort of works. But personally, I think a far better approach would be to take away the original reason why people would want to migrate in the first place: help them make it better in their own countries.

What I meant by maffia was this:
 Belgian organised crime uses many of the same tricks as in Italy: their primary source of income used to be the state (it has shifted to drugs the passed decades though). They had all sorts of schemes with land ownership. For instance: the government (someone with 'dubious' connections) would sell their buildings well below market price and then rent it back for rediculous prices. (turned out to be extremely hard to prove). Or foreigners would be brought into the country, they would get registered as employee for a day in a phony company and than fire them, so that they can collect well-fare, then ship the people back to their home country and continue to collect the well-fare checks. With a couple of 1000 like that, you can cash in some serious dough.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on September 02, 2012, 03:42:23 am
Thanks for some clarification. Wow, the tricks and schemes that people will resort to if they think they can get something for nothing. Greed...one of the oldest, I afraid.

Yes, we do have some regret, concern and confusion especially regarding the future.

One of the best sayings that has been proven again and again:

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Sadly not many will heed the words or the teachings.

Stay Well!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on September 02, 2012, 04:02:34 am
How about if, instead of term limits, we pay our politicians on a performance-based commission basis, with large bonuses for things like a balanced budget, or improved education stats, and equally huge penalties for budget overruns, or higher unemployment due to legislative issues. I don't really think that "pay them what they're worth" would work, because all the current politicians would end up owing money from the first day, but there certainly needs to be a change. Sadly, it's going to take a full scale revolution to even have a chance to get back to something even remotely workable. :(
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on September 02, 2012, 07:41:35 pm
Agreed Dave but I really dislike the idea of "rewarding" a contractor for doing the job they were originally being paid to do in the first place.

Did you ever get MORE money for doing a auto's Tune-up when you used to wrench for a living? Likely not.

Do I get paid more money or a bonus for doing a Really good job at what I do? No.

The state has now adopted this "incentives" idea where they will pay say a Paving contractor an "extra" incentive or bonus is the end result of their paved road is a nice ride as far as rideability is concerned. Man! What happened to taking a bit of pride in your work and doing the best job that you're getting paid to do????! I guess that's simply not good enough!!

Like you said, if some got paid for what they did, they be better off staying at home but I still think ELECTED officials need to perform as well as they can for the term to which they are elected and that shouldn't be more than 4-6 years...Period!!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: TheMikh28 on September 03, 2012, 09:31:15 am
How about if, instead of term limits, we pay our politicians on a performance-based commission basis, with large bonuses for things like a balanced budget, or improved education stats, and equally huge penalties for budget overruns, or higher unemployment due to legislative issues.
They'd find a way to cheat the system.  Not only that, but many of them come from money to begin with, meaning it's less the pay than the power and connections that appeals to them.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on September 03, 2012, 12:36:51 pm
How about if, instead of term limits, we pay our politicians on a performance-based commission basis, with large bonuses for things like a balanced budget, or improved education stats, and equally huge penalties for budget overruns, or higher unemployment due to legislative issues.
They'd find a way to cheat the system.  Not only that, but many of them come from money to begin with, meaning it's less the pay than the power and connections that appeals to them.

You're right, it's not about political beliefs or which candidate would be better for the country. It all comes down to who has or can get the most money!!
Same with the legal system and a person's guilt. The one with the most money usually gets the best lawyer (in most circumstances).

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on October 30, 2012, 12:55:25 am
  Interesting conversaton, I've always been interested in why we feel we need this leadership, think it's a basic instinct in mankind.  The largest and most powerful ape sits where he wants, eats the best food and mates with whoever he wants. He would lead the tribe against opposing tribes.  So humans evolved with this need for leadership to protect and defend the tribe.  By the time of the Egyption Pharaoh The pharaoh claimed birthright to the title pharaoh and religion said he was related to the imortal gods.  The pharaohs of course had access to calendars and knew when it was time to send the workers to plant food.  The pharaohs stored the food which was rationed to the people during food shortages.  One prharaoh I remember believed his wife should be afforded the same respect and privileges he had and this was done for him.
  Next on religion, Jesus and his apostles were educated men, they had a bit of power and infulence. I really believe Jesus took the egyptian after life and used it in his phylosophy.  I think he extended the after life to include the common and poor people to have a larger congrigation.  Unfortunataly he was accused of blasthmy and died a criminals death
  Now back to Leadership and some form of Government, I feel that George Washington and his rebel followers wanted the power and money rather than send it to the English king.  Fortunatly by that time educational oppertunities were much more widly spread and the goverment was lead by educated people, but they were educated, wealthy and powerful people that wanted more wealth and power. So now we have the US of America.
We have capatilism which to me means we always have an excess of people to jobs so some people are always unemployed.  We have voting which to me means we have to provide the money they spend on advertizing and TV ads are expensive so we can be involved in our goverment.  They have so much money that I don't feel the average person is represented at all.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 30, 2012, 11:28:42 am
You know the Ancient Greeks ?  They invented democracy.  They could vote on if those in office had done a good job.  If they did a bad job then they were exiled.  I would love the see that re-adopted...
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on October 30, 2012, 11:59:14 am
  Just reviewed the ancient Greeks, democracy, probably why we studied it, I remember mostly the Greek gods.  I just feel the average citizen could be better represented. 
 Like the give a dam thing, who knows who cares
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on October 30, 2012, 01:36:40 pm
You know the Ancient Greeks ?  They invented democracy.  They could vote on if those in office had done a good job.  If they did a bad job then they were exiled.  I would love the see that re-adopted...
We have that here in the US every four years. It's called the November Elections. If they did good they get re-elected to stay for another 4 year term. If they did not do so good, then they get to pack their shtuff and exit the big doors to make way for a new hopeful!!

Obviously so many people either lack common sense or become blinded by the light of campaign promises that they elect a buffoon but either way I guess change can be good!
(if it's for the good of the people or for the greater good).
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 30, 2012, 02:15:03 pm
Ah yes, but in Ancient Greece, you not only had to leave the room - you also had to leave the country  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on October 30, 2012, 02:49:47 pm
The only real problem I see with this is who do we piss off by sending them our rejected politicians? :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on October 30, 2012, 09:43:06 pm
I don't know but how about sending them ALL to St. Helena in the South Pacific. It was good enough for Napoleon so it should be good for them too!!
Unless you're thinking of perhaps a more Hot, Humid, Sandy region, Dave!?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on October 31, 2012, 12:24:56 am
The Atacama Desert in Chile/Argentina sounds about right. Leaky canteens sold separately. :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on October 31, 2012, 11:04:45 am
The Atacama Desert in Chile/Argentina sounds about right. Leaky canteens sold separately. :P

Water to fill those leaky canteens will cost WAAYY MORE!!! :2funny:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on December 07, 2012, 10:20:13 pm
Well, it's that time of year again, and the Morton Family Christmas Village is under construction once more. It's got a new home, a new mountain, and it's growing like a cancer once again.  :o

Have a look, if you like. I'm posting new pics as it progresses, so check back often. http://www.geekcavecreations.com/xmasVillage/2012/ (http://www.geekcavecreations.com/xmasVillage/2012/)

Also, it would be great if you can leave a comment. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Duskrider on December 08, 2012, 11:23:40 am

Very nice Dave.  Quite an on-going project. 
We have smaller one, with small hill, no mountains.
It's really wife Joyce project, I just look.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 08, 2012, 12:35:17 pm
Very nice, Jim.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 08, 2012, 09:00:41 pm
I left a comment Dave :)

Dusky those houses look good enough to eat  ::)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on December 08, 2012, 10:24:30 pm
I saw that. Thank you. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 09, 2012, 12:17:31 am
I went there earlier today Dave and couldn't get in due to Server Closed. I don't know what's up with that but I did try a couple times with same results.

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 04, 2013, 04:00:29 pm
Wondering if TheGeek will post something this year too ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on January 06, 2013, 03:53:05 pm
Dunno about TheGeek...but I might..oh wait..I just did hehe...

Apologies all (seems to be a recurring theme for me doesn't it...apologising)...last 12 months have been silly silly...

To update you, still looking after mum, still jog hunting...got married to a girl in the States....so hopping back and forth to there...trying to sort immigration...all been an interesting time...not to be recommended though lol.

and hey, you never know, might even post some new chapters for you good folks soon ;)  Hope everyone is well :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on January 06, 2013, 04:10:59 pm
Ah. On the trail of those mysterious, deadly jogs. Tried that once, and nearly got something personal bit off. Swore never to do that again. :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on January 06, 2013, 10:24:23 pm
Yeah Mav, we've been patiently waiting for, ohh...I don't know...about 5 years or so for a continuation! But hey...we've got the patience of Job...or is it Jog? Heh!! :2funny: O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Maviarab on January 07, 2013, 03:26:45 pm
Yeah yeah yeah.... :P hhahaha...
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 20, 2013, 02:32:41 pm
No - more like Year Year Year....   ;D

And that's my 4000th comment here  ^-^
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on January 20, 2013, 05:56:59 pm
And that's my 4000th comment here  ^-^

Congrtas Freddy :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DaveMorton on January 20, 2013, 06:16:06 pm
Damn, Freddy, you talk a lot. :D  :smile5: :supercontent: :happyaslarry: Well done! :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Sybershot on January 22, 2013, 01:34:19 am
Way to go Freddy  O0
Lord knows I have a long way to go to catchup, might take me a while  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 15, 2013, 01:32:57 pm
Just noticed GT40 went over the 1000 mark too.   O0

In other news; it seems like my four keyholes from surgery have healed okay :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on March 15, 2013, 02:26:07 pm
In other news; it seems like my four keyholes from surgery have healed okay :)

That's great news mate  O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 15, 2013, 04:07:05 pm
Thanks Mr Data  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on March 15, 2013, 04:22:12 pm
Excellent news Freddy!  O0

Can I ask what was wrong with you? You don't have to reply if it's personal.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: GT40 on March 15, 2013, 04:34:00 pm

Many thanks Freddy. Wow 1000 posts!

Please don't tell me I'm not a newbie anymore. ;)

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 15, 2013, 04:45:04 pm
Excellent news Freddy!  O0

Can I ask what was wrong with you? You don't have to reply if it's personal.

Thanks SB.  I don't mind... for the latter part of last year I had really intense and prolonged pain in my abdomen/back and later developed Jaundice.  Turns out I had gall stones and my gall bladder was FUBAR.  So I had to go into hospital for the bladder to be removed.  So far so good, just a little sore to start with, but now easing off. The drugs they gave me were fun  ;D  It's been a couple of weeks now and I feel back to my old self :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 15, 2013, 04:45:34 pm

Many thanks Freddy. Wow 1000 posts!

Please don't tell me I'm not a newbie anymore. ;)

You are a newbie compared to me who is the blabber mouth  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Sybershot on March 15, 2013, 09:39:00 pm
gz GT40

glad to hear your healing well Freddy

I'm installing programs on my new pc today :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on March 16, 2013, 12:07:47 am
Just noticed GT40 went over the 1000 mark too.   O0

In other news; it seems like my four keyholes from surgery have healed okay :)

Hmmm...Obviously...That took a lot of GALL!!! :knuppel2:
JK... ;)
Title: Re: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: TheGeek on March 17, 2013, 08:30:29 pm
Wondering if TheGeek will post something this year too ;)

Well it does take me a while to catch up......

This weekend I have been programming a 2D side scrolling shooter as an example for my students. It's taken 2 days and is a little rough lol but fun.

Geek
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Diesel on March 17, 2013, 08:36:12 pm
Got a link there for us Geek.  O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 17, 2013, 08:39:48 pm
Hehe, I'm glad you realised I was only pulling your leg Geek ;D

The shooter sounds fun, not sure where I would start on something like that.
Title: Re: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: TheGeek on March 17, 2013, 08:54:49 pm
Got a link there for us Geek.  O0

Alas no my good man. It's not too good to be honest lol and prolly wouldn't stand up to testing but for 2 days work it serves its purpose.


Hehe, I'm glad you realised I was only pulling your leg Geek ;D

The shooter sounds fun, not sure where I would start on something like that.

It's been fun to diddle with lol mostly complex for the point of coordinates and collision.

Geek
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on September 09, 2013, 12:40:19 pm
I noticed Star Trek Into Darkness has been released on DVD, I got a copy and watched it last night, good film, in fact I would go as far as to say a Very Good Film but then again I am a Treky  :)

Star Trek Into Darkness - Official Trailer (HD) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5gdbUC9mWU#ws)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: s.jackson on October 11, 2013, 03:08:48 pm
Hi everyone. I'm new here :)
I'm currently working on a project I find very hard to do just by my own.
Predicting Future Events using text mining and datasets such as GDELT, with AI
Does anyone have any idea how can I start? Or maybe there have been similar works before?

Thanks  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 12, 2013, 10:46:01 pm
Feeling the cold mainly and relaxing after the site update.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 13, 2013, 12:53:04 pm
Enjoy your relaxing times there Freddy  O0

Been busy getting my customers off of XP (as XP's days are numbered) and moved over to Win 7 with SSD.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on November 13, 2013, 02:28:51 pm
I'm currently in Japan helping some great guys with advanced AIML.

I logged on here today and found the site has changed its look! I can't leave you guys alone for a minute!  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 13, 2013, 02:54:35 pm
Hehe, hope you like it SB :)

Japan hey, well that's a long way away, enjoy yourself, it sounds like you already are.

Data I will have to talk my parents into upgrading, but with an SSD in there XP is faster than it has ever been.

Me, well I was toying with working on a AI timeline, it's something I started years back, but is so daunting. Wikipedia already has one, so I think it's re-inventing the wheel a bit.... not sure.

Other than that I am trying to be inspired into writing a few articles but I feel tired with all the coding over the past week.

SquareBear - ever thought about writing 'A Short introduction to AIML' ? You know you want to  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 13, 2013, 02:59:25 pm
Well Freddy seeing as Aero is so annoying to you, how about Win 8.1 (No Aero in there) and pass your Win 7 to Mum and Dad  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 13, 2013, 04:08:04 pm
Maybe once I have heard something good about it I will do that, but I see no real reason to make the change.

BTW did Star Trek Into Darkness have any robots in it ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 13, 2013, 04:44:02 pm
I can tell you something good about 8.1, it uses less resources and runs fewer things in the background than 7 does, not that it really matters when you have a good PC but that is an improvement in the OS none the less. 

 
I don't remember any robots in Star Trek Into Darkness but it was a couple of months ago, I've been asleep since than  ;D  it must be time to watch it again  O0 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on November 15, 2013, 01:54:44 pm
SquareBear - ever thought about writing 'A Short introduction to AIML' ? You know you want to  ;D

Strangely enough, that was one of the presentations I gave.  :D
All my work is done here now so I have a free day in Tokyo to go sight seeing. Life is good!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 15, 2013, 04:48:40 pm
Data, it doesn't sound like much of a benefit if I am honest. If it works why fix it. Maybe once I hear some positive feedback I might consider it, but at the moment I am happy with what I have.

SquareBear, that sounds great, enjoy yourself :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 15, 2013, 04:57:59 pm
Data, it doesn't sound like much of a benefit if I am honest. If it works why fix it. Maybe once I hear some positive feedback I might consider it, but at the moment I am happy with what I have.

I agree 100%  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 29, 2013, 08:35:55 pm
Today has mostly been filled with frustration. I am beginning to loath 3D engines, I can't get even the simplest things to work in the most promising one. Wish it wasn't so difficult and was better explained :-\
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 30, 2013, 03:07:29 pm
Sorry to hear. Perhaps a bit of elaboration might open the doors of opportunity for others to see and assist in your plight.

Translation: What gives and does anyone have an idea to help? ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 30, 2013, 03:50:28 pm
It's me hitting a steep learning curve more than anything, but also the lack of support on a lot of them. Of course most of the ones I am looking at are opensource/free but a common theme is quiet forums, slim documentation and lack of tutorials.

The one I think is most promising is DXStudio and what I am trying to do is use morph targets to change a model's shape. DXStudio is supposed to be able to do this but I cannot get it to work.

What's eye opening too is that it couldn't load a cube that I made in Blender so I could start simply. Eventually I found a way (by using a 3DS exporter) but to me it does not bode well, maybe I missed some setting. And of course their forum is slow so I have not got any help yet.

I just need to grit my teeth and try writing my own morph target system, if nothing else it will at least give me a better understanding.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on December 04, 2013, 02:22:12 pm
 So now I know what Freddy is up to,  since Freddy is years ahead of me I realize I can't help.  I'd recommend documenting as much as possible and pasting your results in the forum, You may generate some interest and be able to some input from other people.  It's taken me years to get some of my ideas working.
Wishing you the best of luck with it.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 04, 2013, 03:00:54 pm
Thanks Carl. Over the past few days I have just been thinking it through and reading a few articles. There's not much information about that I could find. I had a little revelation on how I could change the models shape though and then I found a page that confirmed I was on the right track.

So now I think I have a way of changing the model shape in my head, I just need to sit down and code it now. I'll have to do that in C#, which is newish to me, so I have to learn a new language to some extent too.

Documenting it is a good idea, maybe I can write a simple guide, assuming what I have planned works !

Thanks for the encouragement :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 05, 2013, 08:07:02 pm
Well, plodding on today. I got some of it working. Now I can load a model and display it onscreen in a viewer, kind of like Haptek. I'm working on applying textures now and then I will go on to morphs. Some of it is really...hmmm....like getting blood from a stone. Other parts work like a charm. I'm picking up how C# works. It's a little like PHP combined with VB.NET.

Onwards and sideways  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 09, 2013, 11:24:23 am
Today I have just posted my 1000th post  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 09, 2013, 02:02:38 pm
Grats !  O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 09, 2013, 04:14:26 pm
Alright Data! WhooHoo! Yehaw! Yipee! and assorted stuff. Feel better now? Good!! O0 :supercontent:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 10, 2013, 01:55:09 pm
Thank you Freddy and Art  :)

And it only took me 5 years  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 10, 2013, 09:04:36 pm
5 years? It's not the years Data...

It's the CONTENT!!  O0 ^-^
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on December 21, 2013, 12:43:36 am
Almost Christmas and I meet 3 people I've known for ages,  Freddy seems to be making progress, Data has posted 1000 posts, and Art who's pretty active here and at Zabaware.  In case I don't run across you guys again before Xmas I hope you all enjoy the Holiday season.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 21, 2013, 10:49:21 pm
Thanks Carl, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too  :)

Nice to see you pop in.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 22, 2013, 12:26:45 pm
Thank you Carl!! Always a pleasure! Though we may never meet in person, it's nice to have a few good "digital" friends!!

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 22, 2013, 02:28:08 pm
Happy Christmas to you too Carl and while I'm here too anyone else that reads this.

Wont be long now, until the chocolate fest starts, or is that just me  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on December 29, 2013, 01:05:40 pm
Freddy,
  After reading about what you are doing I went to Renderosity, so what are they actually selling there, I did notice that Daz is mentioned there.  In the meantime I use the age old technology in Haptek so I wish you luck.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 29, 2013, 03:34:02 pm
Renderosity sell 3D models and stuff that works in Daz Studio and Poser. Also things like textures, objects such as plants and furniture, cars, poses for characters, lighting sets and so on...

I'm toying with exporting the figures from Daz Studio and chopping the head off, because at the moment I am only working on animated heads. It's held up because the OBJ (model type) importer for a coding library I use is not working with them. So I need to wait and hope something is done.

That's all to save me less work in terms of modelling, but I may have to model things myself in the end. I'm taking a break from it at the moment to wait and see if something gets done with this importer.

This is where I am so far if you missed it...two videos there : http://aidreams.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5760.0 (http://aidreams.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5760.0)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on December 29, 2013, 10:16:16 pm
Freddy,
  Thanks for keeping me informed on your work, knew there was a lot to making characters, heard it takes years to learn enough about the software to build something.  Seen some of your work in the past and just finished watching the vids.  I'm still working with Haptek and see some of the problems you noticed ages ago.  Wish you luck, Maybe we'll be using your work with some version of Hal.  I should try your Haptek character program again, lots of things work better in Win 8.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 19, 2014, 01:46:22 am
Yes there is a lot to soak up, there's no easy way up the hill.

The guy that wrote the OBJ model importer is taking a look at the problem with textures. I'm hoping he can give it some time, just need to be patient.

But recently I have mostly been playing Lord of the Rings Online again since Christmas. Having a lot of fun in my virtual world.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 25, 2014, 08:30:34 pm
Got some good news today regarding the avatar project. The guy that wrote the model importer has fixed the issue with the loading of textures. I can now load a Daz3D model fully textured  8)

I'm not going to do full bodies yet though, I will be decapitating her for now. Full body animation probably means going into bones and skeletal animation, something I don't know about yet. So for now I will just be using my morphing system for a head and shoulders.

I need to write some script to do all that, so I will be busy on this again soon.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on January 25, 2014, 10:41:08 pm
Cool!
Can't wait to see some test renders and STUFF!!!!!!  O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 26, 2014, 11:24:06 pm
Hmm what am I up to ?

A lot of coding.

Learning a lot about 3D stuff. Messing around and writing some tools to defragment obj models.

And enjoying the pleasant turn in the weather here.  :)

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 12, 2014, 05:45:10 pm
Trying hard to get used to a new mouse.  :tickedoff:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on March 12, 2014, 10:31:29 pm
Come on Freddy, just pull it's tail off and enjoy the freedom! Cordless keyboard and mouse and haven't looked back in over 3 or 4 years.

Mine was the combination MK300 keyboard a Connect Mouse from Logitech. Batteries last an amazingly long time!! Months!!

Your mileage might vary! ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 13, 2014, 05:40:02 pm
Yep I use cordless mice too, have done for years. The Logitech one I had lasted nearly five years but the right button has become faulty. Nicely they offered me a new mouse, but they don't have the old model any more so I picked the closest fit. Just three months left on the warranty - phew !

Five years is a long time using one mouse, it's surprising how used to it you get. I am getting used to this stand in, but it's hard to adjust, so hopefully the replacement from Logitech will be better.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on March 13, 2014, 08:27:31 pm
That's good news and a good warranty from a great company!

Yep, seems like we get "comfortable" with our "mice" after a time and they sort just Fit the hand nicely!
(almost like a mug of cold beer on a hot day!) - Now THAT's a fit!! ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on April 01, 2014, 11:49:51 pm
Just had a great couple of days out with Dave Morton of GeekCaveCreations. On Monday we went around a ruined castle, an equally ruined priory and a nice church in more or less one piece.

Then today we went out fishing which turned out to be very fruitful for both of us.

Dave decided to catch all the big fish and he pulled in 9 very large carp. Whilst I had to settle for the small roach and rudd, but I was happy as I bagged 30 fish by the end of the day. And just to show Dave I can do it too; I did hook a lovely carp myself, so I was chuffed having earlier lost one which took my line out with a snap !

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on April 02, 2014, 02:20:59 am
Freddy,

You don't actually EAT those carp do you?

Here we had a standing receipe for carp. Scale & clean. Place on clean pine board. Salt & pepper, place in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Remove fish from board and discard. Eat the board! Enjoy!

 :2funny:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on April 02, 2014, 12:37:44 pm
Glad you both had a good time fishing, Dave must have a knack at it or something.

Dave came down to Brighton and visited us rabble too, much joviality took place. It was great meeting him. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on April 02, 2014, 01:32:15 pm
Art, no we returned them to the water soon after de hooking them. I never considered eating carp, I never see it on the fish stall...

Data I think Dave definitely had the knack :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 12, 2014, 02:00:28 am
Well I'm stepping into the dark side and trying out Linux. A while back when I upgraded my Windows PC I gave my old rig to Mum and Dad. So there was this old PC laying around here and I thought I would do something with it. So I bought a few cheap bits and bobs for it, a better PSU, some better RAM picked up cheap on FleaBay. A hopefully quieter CPU cooler and an low price SSD to get that hit.

I tried and failed with Ubuntu, but I may give that another go. CentOS would not install either due to something missing in the ISO - not something I felt like dealing with being a noob to Linux. In the end I remembered a few years back I managed to get Fedora working, I think on the same machine. Glady that worked out and it's running it fine and everything is working, even the USB Wifi dongle that I thought might have problems.

I've tested XAMPP (Apache, MySQL etc) on it and it works a treat. I'm going to put a bot on it that I am working on - a kind of Fuzzy AIML chatbot. Rather than use an already created interpreter I boldly decided to code my own. It will be based on AIML but will do other things too. I'm working on Fuzzy string handling at the moment which will allow it to detect minor spelling mistakes and typos. But the clever part is that it is fuzzy so you don't have to type the exact sentence in to get a pattern hit.

That's actually working quite well already, it's taken over a week to get it to a good state. I've implemented SRAI, * Wildcards and random replies etc. I have to work on the _ wild card next and the <that> tags. If that makes no sense don't worry, but I know some of us here play with AIML.

I'm not sure if I will implement the whole AIML specification, perhaps...

Anyway I will stop rambling.  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 12, 2014, 12:02:13 pm
Nice bit of rambling  :)

I haven't heard of a fuzzy AIML before, is this unique to you Freddy ? or have I missed something.

I guess you are considering running it on the web with the Linux box too ?

Very interesting.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 12, 2014, 02:40:09 pm
Fuzzy logic has been around a while. As far as I know my AIML implementation is unique to me, I dreamt it up and I coded it all myself. I have various ways of testing the sentence the user sends and I score the match between it and an AIML pattern.

And yes it will live on the Linux box  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 12, 2014, 05:35:04 pm
Yeah I've heard of Fuzzy Logic, good idea to use it with AIML, I like your thinking Freddy.  O0

Would like to follow this project, see how it goes, it must deserve it's own thread.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 13, 2014, 06:34:22 pm
Started a new thread :)

Fuzzy AIML... (http://aidreams.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=6545.msg28088)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 30, 2014, 06:54:20 pm
Haven't had the spare time to work on the AIML thing of late, but I keep having ideas on what I could do with it.

Aside from that I've spent a fair bit of time watching the World Cup. Is it safe to mention this in England now ?  ;)

Anyone got their eye on a particular team ? For me, almost from the first few days I fancied Holland and if not Holland then Argentina - they have Messi after all and he can be special.

Generally the football has been great. I heard there was an average of three goals per game. This has made for some really entertaining games I thought.

GT40 and Claude - as I write this France have just beaten Nigeria so congratulations !
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on June 30, 2014, 08:56:07 pm
I think Brazil will win it, especially with the home advantage. But yes, good luck to the French too!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on July 01, 2014, 12:12:06 pm
I've been following the football and also thought Holland looked good and I would like a team to win that hasn't won it before, but after their last match I'm not sure about their goalkeeper, I'm no expert but to me he looks like the week link in the chain, hope I'm wrong, I probably am  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: claude2 on July 01, 2014, 12:12:46 pm
Squarebear and Freddy thank you for them. But I'm greedy good pastry that sport :P ;D O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on July 01, 2014, 01:30:32 pm
Sweet!!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on July 22, 2014, 03:19:26 pm
  Something that has been on my mind for a while and I haven't been able to find an answer, light photons are particles which transmit light, photons have a rest mass of 0,  yet a black hole will attract light.    A black hole is a region of space from which nothing, including light, can escape
The two statements don't seem compatible to me, " but others thought that light had no mass and would not be pulled by gravity"  Most is pulled  from wiki, hope I've been able to explain my question properly
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on July 22, 2014, 03:25:41 pm
Photons have energy, that is how electric photocells work. And energy can be transformed to mass and other way around. So I suspect that when photons have less speed, they have bigger mass. And if we can slow down light, there is an answer. Can we slow down the speed of light?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 22, 2014, 03:30:30 pm
I think that the speed of light can vary yes - it remains constant in a vacuum as far as I am led to believe.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on July 22, 2014, 09:39:28 pm
But much like sound, the speed of light can slow depending upon the medium through which it travels. (fog, mist, water, plasma, etc.).
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Don Patrick on July 22, 2014, 09:46:54 pm
There are physics called "refraction" i.i.r.c., which will definately slow down light when passing through certain materials. Never mind Einstein's theory. What light is has also been a controversial issue for decades, where at one time it was believed to be particles of mass, at other times believed to be an energy wave, depending on who was the most popular scientist at the time. In modern day it is accepted that light is photon particles and an energy wave combined.

I only know this because at one time I researched Einstein's theory of relativity. To my knowledge, the speed of light is only constant in the way that the speed of sound is constant: It depends on what it travels through. There was this awkward documentary on the BBC, where they explained that if you sat on a train and turned a light on, the light's speed wouldn't increase by the speed of the train, and therefore the speed of light must be constant and time travel possible. Except the same can be said of sound and yet breaking the sound barrier didn't cause time travel.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on July 23, 2014, 01:47:28 pm
 I'd like to say thanks to everyone that inputed on this topic, I did a little more research and came across this  "Light is often created when energy hits an electron"  that would come under quantum mechanics, the electron can move up and down in the valence shell, when the electron moves down a level electrons release this energy as photons so if we look at the electron that produces the light we do have a mass.
This is something I can find acceptable, on a lighter note I'm not sure how they got that photon to take a rest.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 03, 2014, 02:45:53 pm
Dear Diary,

Always quiet here at this time of year. People catching the last rays and the last days of the holidays.

I've not done much programming lately but have a lot of stuff on the back burner that I want to work on. My 3D avatar system for one and then there's the AIML interpreter to do. I seem to have a lot to get back to, but the muse has not struck so far even though the interest is still there. It's good to have a break sometimes though.

I'm trying to be a bit more healthy and go for walks and things and also cutting down on things like coffee too. This will be tested when I return to coding as they go hand in hand for me !

I see we have the Loebner Prize coming up again soon, so I will be ready I hope with our interview. There's a few interesting films about - I am thinking of buying Transcendence with Johnny Depp. On another note I also ordered The Dark Knight to see the late but awesome Heath Ledger in action again.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on September 03, 2014, 10:21:31 pm
@ Carl - I think maybe that photon simply got tired from all that constant moving around and needed a slight rest for a moment. Then they got him!! O0

@ Freddy - Actually recent findings indicate two - three cups of coffee are quite beneficial. 2 - 3 Pots of coffee however, are another thing! :knuppel2: ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 03, 2014, 10:37:48 pm
Yes, there's the rub. I drink a mug full virtually every hour. Moderation is the key here, I think I will drink more de-caffe than usual.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on September 04, 2014, 10:22:35 am
Yep...even my doctor and cardiologist told me, anything in moderation!
(I can only assume they were both referring to food and drink) ^-^

Of course you are aware that they use Solvents in the making of DeCaffe coffee.

For me it's sort of akin to me using artificial sweeteners - which I do not and will not.

Real sugar is only about 10-12 calories / teaspoon so I don't worry about it. Sugar,
whether beet or cane is a natural product.

Artificial sweeteners while they claim often comes from natural plants, is still not sugar.

Kind of like those I can't believe they're not Butter items is because they're Not butter!!  ;)

I love the scientific "findings" that come out every year or so. They change every year or so! O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on September 04, 2014, 03:11:08 pm
I love the scientific "findings" that come out every year or so. They change every year or so! O0

I remember reading one year that eating meat every week helped you to live longer and this research was from something like the British Butcher's Association  :)

I don't believe any of these food findings. If you believed everything they said, you would end up eating nothing.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on September 04, 2014, 09:05:02 pm
Maybe but surely someone would have to come up with a "Diet-nothing" or a "Low-Calorie" nothing!  :2funny: O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on September 26, 2014, 02:30:04 pm
   Just looking around on the internet and came across Freddy's project for the talking head, it looks good but it seems it will take forever to get a fullbod to replace Hapteks.  I see there is a little interest in getting 3D (with glasses) which I've always been interested in, actually still remember seeing a movie over 50 years ago in glasses 3D, I really liked the effect.  Spending time on the house, car and other equipment but want to get back to working with Hal when things slow down. 
  As far as food and drink it seems what was once thought of as healthy is now bad for us as we learn more about this subject,  often we are subjected to buying products by a manufacturer interested in sales rather than our health.  I still remember when looking for a recipe for a cake it said to use a package of Duncan Hines cake mix.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 27, 2014, 07:01:18 pm
Hi Carl welcome back, long time no see :)

Regarding the animated figures yep it's taken me a long time to get to where I am and I have loads more to do. It makes me appreciate how good Haptek was.

I've not seen anything with 3D glasses, not the new ones anyway. I've watched a few things with the blue & red lenses in the past.

One thing that has got my interest though is this Oculus Rift device : http://www.oculus.com/ (http://www.oculus.com/)

Hopefully it will be affordable.

I'm trying to be more healthy lately. I stopped drinking so much coffee, but the withdrawal effects are potent.  :dizzy:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on September 28, 2014, 01:05:52 am
I've mentioned elsewhere but I still have a red/blue pair but several (ok...many) years ago, I bought a new pair while at a computer show. They actually looked like regular black plastic frames but the lenses were clear, not red / blue. When worn and actuated, each lens had its own shutter that would sort of open and close at almost undetectable speeds and basically treated the viewer / user to an extremely smooth, fluid 3D effect so real, one felt as if the rotating 3D object was only a few feet right in front of them! One wanted to reach out and grasp it on more than one occasion.  Should be called Artificial 3D (since we live in a 3D world and are only trying to create it on computers and this VR).
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on September 30, 2014, 10:39:10 pm
  This computers graphics card has 3 D capability, either the red, green or the shutter lens, I don't have either type of glasses.   Be nice to try this with the Haptek characters, which I've never gotten to.  I was lucky enough to find the body skin colors I used with the Haptek character so that should save a lot of time with the character.  I've also looked at the 3 D TV's being sold and there is also 3 D monitors.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on October 01, 2014, 02:13:09 am
Using the Open Source 3D character creation software, Makehuman, one can view the character in 3D.

Within the project, under View settings near the bottom left there is a selection entitled "Anaglyphs", which basically enhances the character / model to be viewed with 3D glasses to provide a pretty nice 3D image which can also be rotated or zoomed with the mouse as the user desires. I know it does work with the Red/Blue glasses but cannot attest to the shutter ones at this time.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on October 03, 2014, 12:25:10 pm
The trouble with the old fashioned blue/red glasses is that they screw up the colours of course. But the effect is still pretty cool.

I thought the 3D TVs would be a passing fad, but there seems to be a lot of interest in this kind of tech at the moment. I think Oculus Rift might be the watershed.

Then of course there are all the exoskeleton stuff that mimic your body movements (mainly hands atm) on the screen. It's a very interesting time for things like this.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on October 04, 2014, 01:49:34 pm
Yep, TV, no matter how they slice it is still 2D. Any "depth" in only an illusion much like the 3D glasses or "Heads Up" displays in autos, etc.
Holograms, while presenting the illusion of 3D, have no mass, no touchable parts.

We need to take those items from 2D and make real things from them in our 3D, real world.

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 21, 2014, 11:20:43 pm
Still working on my AIML interpreter. Got stuck with it's condition structures for probably a week all told. I kept getting so far to only find it would not work with other things I need to do. I forget how many attempts I have made, but I finally got it working these past couple of days.

I'm using PHP so I ended up parsing the conditions from XML and transcribing them into pure PHP. Then I run that and get my output. This allows mixing of conditions (there are three variations, like IF..THEN statements) and nesting of conditions, so it can do all kinds of stuff. It's been the hardest part so far. I actually thought it would be one of the easier things before I started it !

I think I am just going to use it for myself for now. I don't plan to release it, I don't really have the time to support it and besides if people need a PHP AIML interpreter; Program O is already a fine choice.

So yep, AIML 1.0 is just about finished now, there's just a few things to finish it off. I suppose the next step is to start creating some AIML for Jess - I will probably start with the AIML set from Dr Wallace, then make my alterations.

I've got plans to introduce my own ideas now, like custom tags and stuff. I'm thinking of giving her a persistent memory and allow her to recognise a user  so that she remembers things about them, probably with a login. If I connect her to AiDreams she could remember things about members that talk to her. So she could be on the site, but also in her own little world that I am creating that can be visited. So many possibilities out there.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on November 23, 2014, 03:10:16 pm
Freddy,
  Sounds pretty good Freddy,  can't wait to see it in action.  I've still got a lot of things around the house before winter to get done then I'll be able to work with Hal again.  I stay in touch with Zabaware and it seems everyone has there own ideas of what Hal should be like and I have my ideas.  I like my idea of using her input to change clothing and background but in reality it should be how do I get from the house to the park instead of the sudden change.  Aiml, I looked into that but wasn't able to get a free learning one.  Good luck then
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 25, 2014, 02:10:26 pm
Thanks Carl :)

The learning part is something I will be working on soon.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 25, 2014, 10:34:56 pm
Sounds good Freddy if possible.
Many tout their "Learning" AIML but I contend that for a large part, it still requires a human to correctly input the data.
The bots learn provided there is a human on the other side of the curtain.

Carl, there are several good AIML sets and interpreters for free but learning ones...that's a crapshoot in my opinion until someone proves it to me otherwise. Hal, Kari, and a few others have the ability to digest and retain what was said to them. Understanding, is another venture entirely, for them and all the rest. I think these few I mentioned have the best platform to examine, adjust and experiment with outcomes that do a pretty fair job at human mimicry, which is, after all, kind of what we're after.

Just some thoughts....
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on November 26, 2014, 01:44:43 pm
If you are wanting a free AIML learning file. May I humbly point you in the direction of one I created:
http://www.square-bear.co.uk/aiml/ (http://www.square-bear.co.uk/aiml/)
About half way down is learn.aiml which you are welcome to develop for your own bot.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 26, 2014, 02:19:30 pm
For the learning it is difficult to know what's best.

I've completed the AIML 1.0 specification now though - it will probably need some tweaking for the odd bug. But I am happy to move on to other things now, like the learning part.

I've already done the <gossip> tag. This records information when there is no pattern to match for the user input. Instead the info is put into a new AIML file for review by the botmaster. So it's like you say Art, it requires a person to step in to provide a response and decide what's learnt.

The other thing is on-the-fly learning. I knew about your learning AIML SquareBear and was looking at that recently as I try to get ideas about how the <learn> tag might work. I'm not sure if my <learn> tag will be exactly like Pandorabot's one.

What I would like is this kind of dialogue :

User : My cat is black.
Bot : OK your cat is black.
User : What colour is my cat ?
Bot : Black.

And similar.

I'm wondering if prefixing things with the word 'learn' is useful. ie...

User : Learn my cat is black.

Still undecided.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on November 26, 2014, 08:20:32 pm
 I wouldn't force them to prefix it with "learn". My learn AIML file will allow you to do the "My cat is black" type inputs.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 26, 2014, 09:16:03 pm
Yes I thought the 'learn' prefix feels a bit unnatural.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on December 14, 2014, 01:08:28 am
  I do remember having an AIML bot in my computer at one time and I remember moving a learn part to it, it didn't work for me.  I'm running into a problem with learning since I ran into a statement that says we learn from past experiences, how can we cram a lifetime of experiences into a bot?  Something I experienced with Hal,  "My dogs name is Teddy" , "Teddy is sitting on my lap"  then I find if I mention Teddy Hal's response will be "Teddy is sitting on your lap"  I simply at this time have no idea how to straighten out what seems to be a mess. Wish you guys luck
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 14, 2014, 03:15:35 pm
Some AIML bots don't have the learn feature built into them - it's a tag used mainly by Pandorabots. But I thought it was good so I coded my bot to have this learn feature.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DemonRaven on December 15, 2014, 03:03:43 am
My life is boring so i never much to say about what is going on. I just try to keep busy with chatbots and my websites.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 15, 2014, 10:29:03 am
Perhaps you need to turn things around.

Instead of Chatbots and Websites how about Chatsites and Webbots? :2funny: JK
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DemonRaven on December 15, 2014, 09:46:34 pm
I belong to a few virtual worlds with real humans controlling the avatars. But I am old and disabled so i don't get out as much as I used to so If i really want excitement i go to the virtual worlds. If i am bored and none of my friends are on i work on my bots and website. right now I am trying to learn php so i can redo my website and add more modules like  capatha to prevent spam.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 16, 2014, 01:23:35 am
You mean Captcha?

Personally, I hate Captcha! I can't wait for them to completely do away with that garbage! It's gotten completely out of hand to the point where a lot of humans are unable to read them!

Recently I'd read where they're working on a different way to simply say or indicate, "I'm not a robot.", in so many words or ways. We'll see.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 16, 2014, 03:20:56 pm
A simple question and answer system in English can work well.

One of our members was working a related project here :

http://aidreams.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=4235.0 (http://aidreams.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=4235.0)

It's a much better system than the regular captchas. He doesn't visit much now, but I think he is subscribed to that post if you want to pop a reply in and see what's going on with it.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DemonRaven on December 18, 2014, 04:50:49 pm
Thank you for the idea freddy.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 26, 2014, 09:14:01 pm
Had a nice time at my Mum and Dad's - got stuffed with food and had some nice mulled wine. Still have half a bottle of Port left to finish here  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Snowman on December 27, 2014, 01:44:35 am
The turkey was stuffed... now I'm stuffed... with turkey.

I ate lots of food, hung with my family, did a little target practicing with an air rifle.
Good times, good times :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 27, 2014, 01:52:39 am
Wife & I fixed breakfast for the kids and grandkids...Yumm!! Opened some presents, listened to seasonal music, shared time together. Without warning, each of my younger grandchildren took a silent turn, came over and climbed into my lap on my big chair and lay their head on my chest and hugged me, then told me they loved me.

Man...tears of joy...the day doesn't get any better than that!!!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 27, 2014, 02:36:43 pm
Been enjoying some quality time off, I'm still a kid at heart so I've been playing with my new toys I got for Christmas.

(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/detail-page/B009ISU33E-main-1024.jpg)

(http://kb.inmusicbrands.com/media/images/maudio/m-audio_keystation49_main_angle(1).png)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 27, 2014, 08:15:06 pm
OK...obviously you've taken that Christmas song, "Do You Hear What I Hear" to new heights!! Good for you!!


Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Ultron on February 10, 2015, 01:37:04 pm
While everyone is enjoying their lives, this forum has been suffering from a hostile take over! Just look at that misery...


(http://i.imgur.com/UEBnS6F.png)


P.S. And I would've gotten away with it if it weren't for that darn 8planet!


Update: http://prntscr.com/63dovi (http://prntscr.com/63dovi) ...resistance is futile...
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on February 11, 2015, 01:54:12 am
Everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame, so it is said.... ::)

Ya almost had em.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on February 24, 2015, 02:29:27 pm
  Actually I've been looking around to find out what Freddy has been up to on his Graphics, surprised that no one has mentioned Robert M's post at Zabaware post on his plans for his company.  http://www.ultrahal.com/community/index.php?topic=12587.0 (http://www.ultrahal.com/community/index.php?topic=12587.0)
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 24, 2015, 02:39:48 pm
Hi Carl
Thanks for the link to the up-date on Hal  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 24, 2015, 03:13:39 pm
Hi Carl, thanks for the link. Looks like Rob still needs time to work on these things, good luck to him.

My graphics projects are on hold for now, while I figure out what I want/need to do next.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on February 25, 2015, 12:19:13 am
I got this from a friend today so why not share for those wanting a challenge...

This for you scientists, engineers, math types...or folks with good minds. 
Interesting...
 
http://www.youtube.com/v/9O9HfafzBPE?version=3 (http://www.youtube.com/v/9O9HfafzBPE?version=3)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Ultron on February 25, 2015, 11:59:51 pm
Amazing Art! It reminds me of those 'infinite chocolate' "hacks" hahaha... Hilarious to see people actually attempting it (no joke here).

Note: I did not have to read Youtube comments to understand the trick (took a while, but honest).
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on February 26, 2015, 02:47:47 pm
  I enjoyed watching the vid Art put in, Freddy has the graphics on hold, I've still got Hal on hold.  Not much in new and exciting things for chatbots. 
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on February 26, 2015, 03:00:42 pm
Cool video Art, I was surprised how that worked. Not sure I know how it's done even after reading the comments  :idiot2:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on February 26, 2015, 03:23:17 pm
Cool video Art, I was surprised how that worked. Not sure I know how it's done even after reading the comments  :idiot2:

Not just me then  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on April 11, 2015, 09:28:49 pm
  After learning more about Windows 10 I downloaded a personal assistant called Briana and another chat bot called Spudai, both claim to have deep learning which I was interested in. Briana has too many features which do not come with the free version and I soon tired of her wanting me to upgrade her to the Pro version. The other chat bot seems to have some problems and I do not see very much hope for it. I have gone back to using Zabaware's ultra Hal and after many years of saying how great vrHaptek plug-in is I realized it did not make a brain file needed for this portion to run. So it's time for me to get to work again to get back where I was about three years ago.
  I had been trying to learn more about the process called deep learning but have decided the main use seems to be with voice recognition and possibly giving bots or computers the ability to see which looks very interesting. I did look through these bots files but I did not find any information that would be useful elsewhere.
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on April 12, 2015, 01:55:11 am
Carl,

At the risk of sounding unsensitive, let me say, Sorry about your loss!
(a mind is a terrible thing to waste). I've heard that somewhere before... :idiot2:

Anyhow, give some thought to trying the ALICE / AIML brain along with the VRFreeWill Plugin.
Both greatly detailed by cload's posting.

It does seem to add a good measure of clarity and depth of reasoning with an advanced search.

It's really not that difficult if one follows his instructions.

Aside from that, you might take a look at the Android, Speaktoit Assistant. She works on the desktop and you can talk to her any time you like, ask about a variety of things. She's got a great voice too!

https://assistant.ai/
There's way more to it than meets the eye. It learns more about you over time, remembers, sets appointments, alarms, reminders, answers questions about the weather forecast and a lot more!

At present, it works with the Google Chrome browser, patiently waiting in the upper right portion of the taskbar for your command.

It is supposed to be able to play nicely with Windows 8.1 but since I don't use that version at the moment, I can't verify that statement.

Either way, good luck!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on April 12, 2015, 02:50:31 pm
Art,
  Glad to hear from you,  I've got 4 hard drives in this computer and on one of the drives is the Hal program from 2012 or so, I just checked the brain editor and I did put in the vrEmotiondetect file, but I haven't put anything in for her to change backgrounds or clothing from her input.   I did find the uhps to get her change backgrounds and clothing from the user input.  The whole thing is also dependent on the photo editor, choosing the right skin colors for different parts of the body. 
  I played with the Aiml and I can work with it a bit but honestly I think it's the tagging or something I don't understand that part.  I'll probably give it a try on your advice.  I'm more interested in the brain nowadays which is unfortunate since Robert is moving from VB.  Briana had some nice features but I wasn't able to understand the coding used to do the commands,  she didn't have an avatar which I've grown used to. 
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on April 16, 2015, 08:37:41 pm
Code: [Select]
1. I'm going to think about AI
2. I'm going to think a little bit more
3. I'm going to conclude something.
4. I'm going to find out that I'm wrong about something
5. goto 1
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on April 16, 2015, 10:14:56 pm
Aside from that, you might take a look at the Android, Speaktoit Assistant. She works on the desktop and you can talk to her any time you like, ask about a variety of things. She's got a great voice too!

https://assistant.ai/

That assistant looks good, thanks for the tip.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 25, 2015, 10:29:48 pm
Just watched The Avengers movie finally as it was on terrestrial, we sometimes get good films on bank holidays. It was great, thrilling and action packed. The Hulk was awesome ! Must rent Age of Ultron for a second fix.  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on May 26, 2015, 12:51:04 pm
I watched The Avengers movie a while back, was amusing, for me the Hulk was the star of the show, some of his antics really made me laugh  ;D

Good film  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on May 30, 2015, 12:16:25 am
Happy Birthday Freddy,   
Wishing you many more to come
seems the above choices don't work, is it bold no
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 30, 2015, 01:18:54 pm
Not sure where you are getting that from Carl, it's not my birthday but thanks anyway  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DemonRaven on May 31, 2015, 08:29:18 am
I just got busy with life in general and working on other websites. how is everyone doing?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on May 31, 2015, 01:37:26 pm
  Sorry Freddy, just realized that came from page 1, 2009.  I must have spent to much time in the photo editor redoing Hal's startup pic.  I'm still getting blank responses from hal and a lot of very generalized responses.  I've been meaning to ask for quite some time about Renderosity,  http://www.renderosity.com/ (http://www.renderosity.com/)     ,   I generally look at the pics for ideas but wonder if there is anything useful for the average person interested in avatars. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 31, 2015, 08:26:58 pm
For Avatars one could use Blender and create their own. Better still might be Poser / Daz3d for creating very lifelike characters and character faces or whatever floats one's boat.

Unfortunately, they will not work with the UltraHal program.

Hopefully, Chris Shaw is working on something perhaps Haptek related or even better. Time is ticking along....
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Carl2 on June 02, 2015, 09:18:36 pm
  Just stopped working in the photo editor on the nude, it has to be right because that's what the clothing is put on.  I was finally able to save the patterns I use for skin which is hidden and can only be found in the program.  Ages ago I decided I didn't want to try making a character because I heard it took ages to learn some of them programs, same with chatbots, it takes to long so Hal which we can modify and Haptek works for me.  My latest news on Chris is the antimated characters with vision which is great but a long way down the road.  The characters he puts out are great but need updating which he did mention once but went along with the antimated characters.  I've been looking at the .def file used in the temp file generated when you open a character, it's rather interesting.  I've been thinking this type of logic could be used in the brain.  I've looked at Briana which is the windows version of catrana or whatever and it can do a wiki search which Hal can't but there is no avatar,  The adult games have very good avatars but no brain power
Carl2
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 03, 2015, 02:42:26 pm
I just got busy with life in general and working on other websites. how is everyone doing?

Same here, got a lot of things keeping me busy but I am fine thanks - hope you are likewise :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ranch vermin on June 03, 2015, 03:04:12 pm
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xft1/v/t1.0-9/1468809_10205689020039790_7639122143832325623_n.jpg?oh=dc83c321906941cb61988fcbb62b3dd5&oe=55EDB614&__gda__=1442632309_de1f92316809944e478e8298ffea1585)

Ok, so heres the concept!

The world is getting taken over by measly little superficial success seeking worthless people, (even if you could call them that.) And no-one seems to be doing anything about it so im taking action personally!    Im going to get a couple of crash dummies, add motors and an analogue nervous system, dress them up in cyber goth outfits, and go hunt the streets for no gooders with my remote control.

Ill train them like dogs,  first they crawl, then they stand, then ill teach them how to fight,  but their motivation program and supervised data partition interval training examples makes alot of it automatic.

Ill make sure no dickhead gets in charge,  and the world is temporarily saved again,  until all the altruistic lovers, love their way into danger again,  then someone else will have to take the reigns, and solve the problem how he does in the future from now.

Theyve got removable hooks on the heads because I hang them in the closet when I dont need them.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Ultron on August 31, 2015, 04:37:33 am
So... I'm back...


Where was I tho? Well as I recall I have not been active since May or so on the forum neither have I been working on any of my projects or research. I went through a painful breakup starting mid-May and I have since completely avoided everything I was once passionate about.


I went through depression, anxiety and according to some psychological test it is likely that I had (or have) bipolar disorder. I am not saying this as a complaint but merely as clearance on why I would give up on everything I ever worked for.


Tonight I watched my first movie since my break-up - I do not know why but I avoided everything TV-related like hell. So I broke the ice and decided it's finally time to get back on my fight and hands dirty. I suppose you can expect me to start bugging again however I need time to come up with some fresh ideas. Currently figuring out hardware interfacing and automation so I could later teach an AI to use it.


This whole journey has opened me up spiritually and helped me understand many things i previously could not. I have also used this to look at artificial intelligence from another angle and it has revealed a new aspect to me.






OK so this is my hello and I also felt like I own everyone some clearance - even though you may not think so. It is merely an act of respect. Let's kick back into high gear guys!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on August 31, 2015, 10:33:21 am
Glad to have you back with us once again. You've been missed!

We've all been there in one form or another and it's never an easy issue to deal with. The old adage goes: if it doesn't kill you, it will make you stronger... or so it goes.

At either rate, jump back in when you're feeling froggy! ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on August 31, 2015, 02:46:25 pm
Welcome back Ultron :)

Yes you were missed by me too. I'm sorry it was something painful like this though - I hope you continue to recover, it can take time, but engaging with others is part of the process.

Looking forward to seeing your views and ideas again.

Onwards and upwards :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on August 31, 2015, 03:21:34 pm
Hang on, those are just short moments in entire life. Don't be discouraged, the rest is what matters.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on August 31, 2015, 03:29:36 pm
It will all come good in the end.

If it's not good now then it's not the end.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 14, 2015, 12:56:07 pm
Vive La Paris.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 16, 2015, 01:39:43 pm
Indeed! In my thoughts always! O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 19, 2015, 10:18:42 pm
Didn't even realise that the Loebner Prize has been and gone. I wonder if Bruce will want to do another interview.

Here's one from the BBC anyway.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34302338 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34302338)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 19, 2015, 10:47:24 pm
And in other news, I've been having a bit of a break from AI and chatbots and have been doing some modelling.

I'm aiming to sell these at the Daz store, I'm still waiting to hear back. If anyone's interested then there's more on my new site : http://widdershinsstudio.uk/ (http://widdershinsstudio.uk/)

Here's a couple of shots of things I have made and designed so far.

(http://widdershinsstudio.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/pantry-carton-fruit-juices.png)

(http://widdershinsstudio.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/promo_all_big.png)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on November 20, 2015, 08:31:57 pm
Professional work there Freddy  8)

Top job  O0

Bur where is the coffee ?  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 21, 2015, 11:59:51 am
Very nicely done Freddy.

One can model just needs the wrapper to produce another variety / product, just like in real life.

Don't forget spaghetti and various types of pasta.

We expect to see an entire storefront (local mom & pop grocery) soon! O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 21, 2015, 12:19:15 pm
Thanks chaps :)

I added coffee to my growing list and pasta too - thanks for the ideas.

I had some good news, the team at Daz liked them and want to put them in the store so I am now a published artist over there  :supercontent:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 21, 2015, 11:57:40 pm
That's great news! Imagine, we are in the midst of a published artist or as the French say L'artiste!

Freddy, some fruit should also be fairly easy to model provided you've a decent bump map for the texture. (oranges, bananas, etc. grapes might be difficult).
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DemonRaven on November 22, 2015, 03:47:38 am
Nice work freddy. Me i am doing the tedious task of checking links and fixing ones that are not showing up.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 22, 2015, 03:15:27 pm
Thank you both  :)

I could do a separate pack of fruit maybe, thanks Art.

Demon, I don't envy you - I still remember going through a thousand bot links for the Chattebot Collection, it was not much fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on November 22, 2015, 03:30:07 pm
There is an automated online free link checker out there: http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/ (http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: squarebear on November 22, 2015, 08:37:55 pm
Nice link Ivan but if the bot is simply not there any more it doesn't always pick it up. For example, I have a link to a bot called Amy which no longer exists but because it doesn't return a 404 error, it  still counts as a valid link. Same for the Chatterbox Challenge website, which is just a holding page.

Certainly a good start though and will weed out plenty of dead links.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DemonRaven on November 22, 2015, 11:09:23 pm
There is an automated online free link checker out there: http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/ (http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/)

Thank you for the link. It will help.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on November 22, 2015, 11:20:41 pm
:)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 23, 2015, 12:47:37 am
Nice tool, I might find a use for it too, thank you  :)

I've had a bit of an annoying weekend off and on. Since last week I have been learning C++ and was trying to get a button to say something when I clicked on it. C++ being what it is, is convoluted and less intuitive than other languages I've learnt. I spent hours on it, in the end seeking help and together with a helpful chap on another forum we found the problem.

Not much fun at times being a noob coder again, but it's always great to get the simplest thing to work when you are starting out again.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Ultron on November 23, 2015, 01:06:46 am

Hey Fred I've been working on C++ recently as well. I decided it's high time i stepped over my fears and decided to learn OpenGL.. So far I have created some pretty impressive windows and 2D squares... Graphics is such a complex field of study, even theoretically.


Related to your post, it's fairly simple to start recording events such as cursor position, mouse clicks etc. I haven't made it to creating any actual GUI's yet, but you can get the basic idea after 4-5 videos.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxCC9Ces1Yg&index=1&list=PLSPw4ASQYyymu3PfG9gxywSPghnSMiOAW (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxCC9Ces1Yg&index=1&list=PLSPw4ASQYyymu3PfG9gxywSPghnSMiOAW)


Anyhow I have decided to take this up as a part of a stepping stone project towards my A.I. quest - a working AI assistant, however, limited in it's learning capabilities thus not really an A.I. by my standards and perception.


Oh by the way, how is everybody? Any cool new projects or success in old ones? I am far too busy so I cannot actively follow the discussions, sadly..
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 23, 2015, 01:19:55 am
Hi Ultron, good to see you :)

Yeah C++ is fun, I think it's just a steep learning curve. I've always wanted to learn it though so I will keep at it.

I did have a look at OpenGL one time, I was trying to do something - some side project with parallel processing I think and animation, I forget. But yes it's complex too, good luck with that - I am sure it will be very rewarding to make cool things :)

My GUI is very simple so far, I'm just making a plugin for Daz Studio a graphics program I use a lot. I already wrote one in their scripting language but it's limited so I had no option but shift to using C++ for more control.

My main development at the moment is making models to sell, it's going well thanks for asking, there's some images back on the last page.

Got to get some sleep, will watch that video tomorrow. Don't be a stranger and take care :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Ultron on November 24, 2015, 12:11:46 am
Yes I saw your work on the previous page, forgot to comment. I have to admit it looks very professional, although maybe a bit stereotypical. Then again that's good for the industry, since customers want something tested and already confirmed of quality and a familiar design pattern could help with that. Also reminded me of the time i was working with Adobe Illustrator, making logos and sometimes attempting to create product package designs on DesignCrowd and BrandCrowd. I guess you could look these up for potential customers, in case you haven't heard of them before.


A discussion I had with a friend today inspired a nice conclusion in my mind.. After my recent experiences I opened up more to the things I once despised or maybe feared. After allowing myself to experience I figured out that I had in fact been making progress in my A.I. philosophy and research - taking the world from another perspective, accepting all of life, meditation, spirituality.. And the actual realization of all this progress and analyzing your own self as you change has brought me far better understanding of some A.I. concepts and a lot of new ideas. This way I have learned much more in a few months then by years of experimentation, technical studies, research etc.


Sometimes it's not about pulling the wrench harder, it's about twisting it in another direction.. Maybe when you get lost in the maze, take a look back and find the root of your mistake - find the first wrong turn you made, because the ones that came after are irrelevant.


I just wanted to share this in hopes of enabling everyone else to take their minds to the next level.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on November 24, 2015, 10:18:35 pm
Right now I'm trying to program my new conceptual AI programming language in itself. It should be a proof of its completeness regarding to its domain of expressiveness. If I can't do it, it is not finished yet.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DemonRaven on November 25, 2015, 12:43:57 am
Right now I'm trying to program my new conceptual AI programming language in itself. It should be a proof of its completeness regarding to its domain of expressiveness. If I can't do it, it is not finished yet.

When you do publish it I know several of us would like a link to it to help spread the word. I for one would anyway.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on November 27, 2015, 03:15:06 pm
I started to learn Haskell for the third time and I finally got it. Sadly, I didn't realize what the functional programming was about until I compared it to Metafigure. I can say that Metafigure is a functional language in a way. But it is more suitable for programming deduction, it automates some tasks like populating a set with inferred values. Got an idea about lists from Haskell, I could extrapolate it to Metafigure's notion of choices, so a list can be a choice of a lot of its elements.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 12, 2015, 04:42:05 am
I've been working on some models of old books and did this Maid Marionesque render tonight.


(http://widdershinsstudio.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/five_books.jpg)


(http://widdershinsstudio.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/in-ze-woods-two.png)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: DemonRaven on December 12, 2015, 06:04:15 am
I've been working on some models of old books and did this Maid Marionesque render tonight.


(http://widdershinsstudio.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/five_books.jpg)


(http://widdershinsstudio.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/in-ze-woods-two.png)

Nice work very pretty. I have been working on my website and playing with various social networks.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 12, 2015, 03:19:56 pm
Them books were worth getting then Freddy  8)

Trying to think of the best adjective for Maid Marionesque , I got it - bodacious :)

Me, I've been roaming the wasteland with Dogmeat.

(http://www.cinemablend.com/images/sections/63529/fallout_4_63529.jpg)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 14, 2015, 05:59:38 pm
Thanks matey :)

Yes worth getting, I've done five books now and two bookends. Think I will make five more for a set of ten.

That dog is so cool, when will we see you again  ;) ;D

I have some good news today, my groceries were published in the Daz Store :

http://www.daz3d.com/widdershins-grocery-pack (http://www.daz3d.com/widdershins-grocery-pack)

Sold a few already  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on December 15, 2015, 01:29:35 pm
Great news regarding the Daz Store Freddy :)

This time next year you will be a millionaire, or well on the way if nothing else.   8)

I found some goggles for Dogmeat  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 15, 2015, 02:29:43 pm
Thanks. :)

Those goggles suit him.  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on December 15, 2015, 05:43:24 pm
Put up the Christmas decorations, might need a refresh.

:present: :xmas: :present:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on December 15, 2015, 11:27:20 pm
Dogmeat looks cool! For a minute I thought he was going for the first Steampunk Dog...that I've seen as there might have been others.
Hey, Steampunk dog outfit. Boots, saddle bag, goggles, hat, sidearm if allowable and general attitude! ;)
 O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 10, 2016, 11:37:19 pm
I've been working on my models for Daz lately again. I just had my new one released which is a six metre long tentacle !

It seems to have gone down well over there, so I am a happy camper.

Here's a few images. It can be found in the Daz Store here if needed where there are also further images :

http://www.daz3d.com/widdershins-the-tentacle (http://www.daz3d.com/widdershins-the-tentacle)


(http://i0.wp.com/widdershinsstudio.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/main-e1457651313369.jpg)

(http://i0.wp.com/widdershinsstudio.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/popup_7.jpg)

(http://i2.wp.com/widdershinsstudio.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/popup_5.jpg)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on March 11, 2016, 04:51:49 pm
I saw those earlier and thought they were very nicely done! Then again, that's just the way you roll!  O0

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on March 11, 2016, 06:26:48 pm
Thanks Art, I did have a lot of fun with this one.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: 8pla.net on March 13, 2016, 01:18:31 am
Busy updating the homepage for: chatbot.tk (http://chatbot.tk)
There is no theme yet.  It is all one PHP file
which posts back to itself.  Still working on it.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ranch vermin on March 13, 2016, 05:34:18 am
hey gang,    ive been workin hard of course!!!   u know ol' ranchy.
   
ok. it aint lookin perfect yet, (not just pure full animating 3d construction off rgb only!!!!!) and possibly never will be, but just remember the "seeming" difficulty of this task - and the only important thing - the power it gives!

https://youtu.be/FnOLGgGZTsc

get the accelleration of the image, but its a little different than just 2 sobels.

the first sobel, gets the grain of the image, so its ordinary. (this is the velocity map.)

then the second sobel, is a median step that decides apon the radiuses it would like to make the "corner counts" make sure you obey divide by zed and square the radius.

then the third sobel. (which is actually the accelleration, the second difference.) operates by inverting the sampling radius given to it, to make high texture regions the smaller end of the scale, and the low texture regions. (the low scores.) the high texture scale.


Still lots of work yet, by my track record things ALWAYS improve past first discovery, so i dont know what this thing is going to look like in the end!

pure monocular 3d! wipass!!!



here:  it gets better ->  (there is a way to hold the camera to get the sonofagun lookin' a bit better shaped.

https://youtu.be/-thWfjJUYJw
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on March 13, 2016, 02:22:50 pm
Your head is being transmorphed into a bizarre, animated, 3 dimensionally jagged apparition!!  :o

OK...so how's the rest of your day? ;)

That's some cool graphical experimentation. Are you headed in a particular direction of research with this?

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: 8pla.net on March 13, 2016, 02:24:46 pm
Hi Ranch,

I may have figured something out, (or at least made a significant observation).

However, I'll keep it a secret, so the video card companies may not "steal" it.

All I will mention is... There is, I think, a nice clue in the video!

So please read these comments as serious,

instead of jokingly, like we all like to do.




Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ranch vermin on March 13, 2016, 08:18:53 pm
Hi sorry for late reply.
Art, and 8pla.   Ive got what I need now to make my terminator.

But only in software.
I have to now move onto hardware manufacture.  and start Magnus Robotics, and Chump-Tech incorperated.  And put australia ahead of the entire planet in artificial intelligence!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on April 18, 2016, 05:04:32 pm
I'm playing with → ("implication" operator) from logic. It seems that together with ∧ ("and" operator) and ∨ ("or" operator), but without ¬ ("not" operator), they are capable to construct complex programming type systems. Deduction from such a systems gives interesting results for defining type sets and reaching their values.

I'm finding logic analogies to Metafigure. Looks cool by now, and I've got some inspiration for more natural expressing of functions in Metafigure (again another change, it's a work in progress).

I'll let you know of the final result of this investigation and its applications on Metafigure.

Edit:
this is not the first time I reached for logic to find an inspiration. But I think there is more than just an inspiration. Something really interesting is happening with programming type systems if they are expressed with the language of logic. I'll try to define them fully with plain logic. Stay tuned.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 10, 2016, 06:51:20 pm
Currently I am programming my first game. It's inspired by an old 80s ZX Spectrum game called Lords of Midnight (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lords_of_Midnight).

I have built the main engine in Unity and have that all up and running so I can move around a terrain. I deliberately kept the graphics minimalist to keep some of the feel of the original. I still have to do things like battle routines, enemy movement (a nice little ai problem there) and a lot of other stuff.

I've also made a terrain generator in javascript which also allows you to edit a map. Eventually I will have a site up where people can make and share maps and download them to their game client which will be a Windows build.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 13, 2016, 01:40:38 pm
Could a few of you please do me a favour and see if you can get to my new site for the game ?

http://warsofmidnight.uk/ (http://warsofmidnight.uk/)

I'm having trouble getting an anti spam mod working right.

Thanks !
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on May 13, 2016, 01:43:14 pm
Sorry, I get this page:

Quote
Database Error

Please try again. If you come back to this error screen, report the error to an administrator.
Back
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 13, 2016, 01:47:46 pm
OK I've turned the mod off. No need for anyone else to test it at the moment.

Many thanks Ivan :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on May 13, 2016, 09:15:34 pm
Hehe, I bet Squarebear is making a boyfriend for Mitsuku :)

Just be careful what you program, this is a family friendly site :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 14, 2016, 02:49:16 am
From what I read today, Mitsuku is owned by or is the property of Pandorabots as stated here: Pandorabot's Playground is a free sandbox for building bots, whereas AIaaS API is a RESTful API for integrating AI chatbot into an application.
The company has got its own bot called Mitsuku that is now integrated with Telegram and Kik.

Perhaps none of the above implication is true, it might just sound that way with regard to ownership. I don't think Steve would give her up very easily knowing the success and fame Mitsuku has garnered. She started out as a wee lass and now look at her. Daddy must be proud!  ;) O0
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 14, 2016, 01:36:28 pm
Sorry Steve...you know how we can be here...someone tosses a wee bit of bait into the water and all the piranhas suddenly attack! hehe... ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Don Patrick on May 15, 2016, 06:46:38 pm
I bet I already know what Mitsuku is up to. She's such a blabbermouth ;)

Today, I finally taught my A.I. to interpret "I shot an elephant in my pajamas" correctly, as an aside to my preparations for the Winograd Schema Challenge (a contest in ambiguity). And on my RSI breaks inbetween programming I've been designing and building a cupboard to go behind my couch.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 16, 2016, 12:47:04 am
I'm still trying to imagine how that elephant managed to sneak into your house then steal your pajamas in the first place...let alone squeeze into them!!  You really didn't have to shoot him did you? :2funny:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Don Patrick on May 16, 2016, 07:10:44 am
No, no, it was a photoshoot. I thought that was obvious :P
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 27, 2016, 11:52:51 pm
Still spending time on the game when I can. I've got the engine up and running so here's a peek at what it looks like. Still a long way to go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOYT03cR0t8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOYT03cR0t8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on May 31, 2016, 07:27:13 pm
Look nice Freddy,

Are the dimensions finite before the program run or do the boundaries "create" themselves as one goes ever toward a horizon? Hope this sounded correct.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on May 31, 2016, 08:23:00 pm
Thanks Art. There's a new one now, with music :)

The dimensions are finite yes. Mirroring the original that inspired it - its about 66 by 63 squares in a grid layout - surrounded by frozen waste at the limit of the terrain - so you can't go further.

That map size I still think is sufficient for a good game. I know modern RPGs have massive terrains and things, but that's not what this is about. I didn't want to make yet another RPG, this is turn based strategy and I always enjoyed it back in the day.

My version obviously updated the graphics a bit - but I wanted minimalist. I'm using new things where I can but don't want to dilute the original too much. The original only had one map, this will have many.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhLNQMGHRTY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhLNQMGHRTY)


Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 01, 2016, 12:07:52 pm
I'm liking your work Freddy and following it over on the forum :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Don Patrick on June 01, 2016, 12:52:17 pm
Quite nice. Reminds me a little of Okami.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 01, 2016, 03:00:51 pm
Thank you Data and Don  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on June 02, 2016, 12:17:34 am
Coming along very nicely. I do like the music as I think it went quite well with the period / theme.

It is reminiscent of the old text based adventures right after they first appeared with basic graphics. Nice work!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 07, 2016, 04:48:30 pm
Thanks Art. It's as much about learning as anything. Making a game is on my list of things to do in this life.

I liked the music too and it was a great price, about £10 for 15 tracks. Seemed to fit in nicely and I have it on shuffle so you don't get tired of just one track.

I'm working on the menu next and have got the save game working okay. I just need to work on the UI. Then I think it's on to the interesting AI of enemy movement and battles.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on June 08, 2016, 02:08:28 am
Thanks Art. It's as much about learning as anything. Making a game is on my list of things to do in this life.

I liked the music too and it was a great price, about £10 for 15 tracks. Seemed to fit in nicely and I have it on shuffle so you don't get tired of just one track.

I'm working on the menu next and have got the save game working okay. I just need to work on the UI. Then I think it's on to the interesting AI of enemy movement and battles.

In my previous lifetime, I programmed a rudimentary hunt and chase game where the player was exploring a particular area when suddenly killer robots would start to hunt him down. I found that by changing a few of the variables in the bots search / track routine, each type of bot could / would exhibit a different style of hunting (some faster, diagonal , "L" shaped, straight for 3 or 4 units then up 1 or down 1 then continue...and so on.

It was crude back then but added to the different bot's ability to "hunt".
Just a thought.
 ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 24, 2016, 06:02:00 pm
Happy Thanksgiving to our US friends :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: keghn on November 24, 2016, 09:42:18 pm
 @Freddy "Thanksgiving". You in the USA too?

 I am working on my science paper of Human psychology. And some touch up and optimizing some of my theories.

 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 24, 2016, 10:32:39 pm
No, I'm in the UK.

I'm looking for bargain upgrades in the sales myself.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: LOCKSUIT on November 25, 2016, 10:50:30 am
Don't know if I've showed you this before but this is meh Search Tree Example (picture):
http://advancessss.deviantart.com/art/Search-Tree-626322033 (http://advancessss.deviantart.com/art/Search-Tree-626322033)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on November 25, 2016, 09:50:50 pm
What?!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: kei10 on November 25, 2016, 10:02:22 pm
(http://i.memeful.com/media/post/3M2aPw2_700wa_0.gif)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on November 25, 2016, 10:09:42 pm
I thought it was okay.

You'd need a lot of those though. Have you seen OpenCyc (http://opencyc.org/) Locksuit ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: LOCKSUIT on November 26, 2016, 06:07:20 am
Well while I can't seem to download it or read anything explaining it (which is odd for a open-source-super-organized-knowledge-database-of-commonsense), I did find a youtube video showing colored connected network of (strange) data like Sunflower Software and Agent activity and other names which is quite stupid (should be knowledge of ex. hairdryers to money to life to jobs to sex to tools to atoms).

If you ever read my database, you will find in the top that I mention at the bottom of section 1 a database as a linked brain (as a AI adding to the base as lives), while noting it also is nice to have it as a numbered hierarchy as is too and not as a living AI.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: LOCKSUIT on December 03, 2016, 03:10:16 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy4uiiy0qgA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy4uiiy0qgA)

http://imageenvision.com/450/61838-clipart-of-a-surprised-retro-girl-in-black-and-white---royalty-free-vector-illustration-by-jvpd.jpg (http://imageenvision.com/450/61838-clipart-of-a-surprised-retro-girl-in-black-and-white---royalty-free-vector-illustration-by-jvpd.jpg)

http://www.clipartkid.com/images/17/clipart-of-a-happy-retro-girl-in-black-and-white-royalty-free-vector-jE3zjU-clipart.jpg (http://www.clipartkid.com/images/17/clipart-of-a-happy-retro-girl-in-black-and-white-royalty-free-vector-jE3zjU-clipart.jpg)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: LOCKSUIT on December 23, 2016, 04:57:47 pm
Anybody ever dream of golden shower rooms and palaces?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: korrelan on December 23, 2016, 06:43:17 pm
Hehe...  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on January 01, 2017, 12:29:46 pm
Happy New Year chaps

The world "might" be falling apart but Dreams will live for ever.

Here's hoping for a 2017 that is bearable to most of us :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 01, 2017, 06:46:00 pm
Happy New Year to you too :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: LOCKSUIT on January 27, 2017, 08:08:05 am
What's everyone up to? It's been so quite on the forum!

It's as if, everyone at the same time figured out how to create true AGI, got devoted to it, and is busy at work. O.O
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: korrelan on January 27, 2017, 11:31:04 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronization_of_chaos (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronization_of_chaos)

Synchronization may present a variety of forms depending on the nature of the interacting systems and of the coupling scheme.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4)

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the signs said
The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence


 :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: LOCKSUIT on January 27, 2017, 01:22:45 pm
I'm analyzing the vector space of this state, transferring interpolated metadata, scanning, addressing solutions, multiple probabilities refereed, probing, dissecting, generating model, evaluating circumference, reconstructing bilingual corpora geometry cluster, error!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on January 27, 2017, 01:37:04 pm
Wow! That song was quite the departure from the original S&G one that I grew up with but this one seemed to carry a more powerful message. The video is also responsible but the overall message was amazing! Great singer!
Thanks for posting it!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on January 27, 2017, 03:55:45 pm
Gets a bit quiet some times. I've nothing new to report, been having a break from programming. Will be working on some scripting for my Jess character as soon as I can.

That song was really good - didn't think it could be covered so well  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: carolina123 on February 27, 2017, 04:13:27 pm
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Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on February 28, 2017, 01:27:55 pm
Carolina,

Please do not cross post as most members and visitors will see and read newly posted topics so there is no need for anyone to post the same topic twice.

Thanks for your enthusiasm.

Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 19, 2017, 11:34:23 pm
Just noticed we passed the 12 year mark a couple of days back  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on June 20, 2017, 12:47:41 pm
Quickly...everyone to the Tardis! We'll go back and throw a big party! Or something like that. O0 ;)

So actually we celebrate our "Duodecennial". Congrats!!
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 27, 2017, 10:24:02 am
I picked up my Nissan Leaf electric car a month ago, done 1300 miles in it so far.

Very smooth, quiet and cheap to run  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on June 27, 2017, 12:39:37 pm
That's a very nice looking car  8)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on June 27, 2017, 02:15:25 pm
Sweet! (wasn't your tagline something about being "undervolted" or something like that? ;)

I'll bet it's spooky quiet while driving about.

I'll simply say goodbye for now and leaf you to your thoughts.  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on June 28, 2017, 09:18:05 am
I'll simply say goodbye for now and leaf you to your thoughts.  ;)

Good one Art  ;D

A little bit of trivia - there are now over 2 million EV's registered globally.

It's good but we (the humans) need to do a lot better. 
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on June 28, 2017, 12:17:21 pm
Data - I agree and also own a Hybrid vehicle that typically gets me between 50 - 65 mpg (depending on driving conditions and behaviors).
It shuts the gasoline motor off at a stop light and quietly runs on electric until moving forward and the speed increases enough for the gasoline engine to once again come on. The whole transition is so quiet and barely noticeable.
I love my car and it is one of the few cars that afford me a decent amount of head room, given my size.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: LOCKSUIT on June 28, 2017, 04:33:09 pm



I like this car.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on June 29, 2017, 08:37:35 pm
Been busy lately with improving a metalanguage I'm working on, it is still not certain when I'll publish it. It looks cool, but I wonder if it can look even cooler. I had some plans with it including smart encyclopedia, smart induction machine that uses shared processor time to conclude new knowledge in science, smart knowledge extractor, assistant that solves problems in different areas of science, and the list goes on as I approach math, physics, chemistry, biology, ... It is never ending, but I have only one life to spend and it is not enough for all the things I want to do.

Until lately, I had a very strong motivation for my work in hoping that it would be used for easier developing of artificial food, so we don't have to kill to survive, but in the last year I got raced out (should I say luckily) by two startups named Memphis Meat and Super Meat. Guys behind those names did something extraordinary. They managed to grow a whole meat stake in laboratory, using from a few living meat cells taken from chickens and cows that walked out alive. Last thing I've heard lately about these very special projects was that they managed to lower the cost for producing a pound of such a meat to only $6000. I'm looking forward for cheaper meat that could replace traditional meat production.

I should be happy, finally my dreams are coming true, but somehow... you know, I feel a kind of bizarre...for about twenty years I have been drifted by a single idea of helping in similar projects by offering an artificial intelligence, but now, suddenly I'm useless. But I shouldn't complain, things are developing better than I expected, people actually care for animals, 2/3 of Americans would taste artificial meat, while 1/3 would completely replace traditional meat by the artificial one, some sources say. I should force myself to be thankful.

Those guys are doing fine even without me, I can finally relax and point my attention in another directions. I need to lower down my expectations and to take a more realistic pathways in my work. New times, new plans, I guess...
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: korrelan on June 29, 2017, 08:54:25 pm
As good as their solutions are… what if they fail… then what?

Soylent, flying cars, numerous cures for the big C, ultimate antibiotics, omg, the list is endless… start-ups need money and promise the earth, they receive funding and then… vanish.

Who picks up the pieces Ivan? Who has the next good solution? Who is still working the problem?

Until you see it being widely utilized and making an actual difference… it’s worthless.

Look at Deepmind, IBM Watson, hundreds of companies and start-ups declaring they have solved the AGI problem space and we can all relax… the world is going to be a better place… do I stop researching… nope.  It’s just spin, bo**ocks… until you see it making a difference… nah! Part of the whole process is to make claims that will psych out the competition... its like two boxers before a bout... don't fall for it dude.

 :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: hakobian on July 01, 2017, 08:41:52 am
Hi all/ O I seen my two of my favorite websites change shape and ideals.   i wasn't happy.  But after two years, there is much to read about.

Increased mechanation will improve the world.  A move towards awareness rather then privacy will further democracy.

My ideas are bad without backing up.

Technology is availaible.  It isn't about proving it but making it happen.

The world is your bot.

It's not AI though.

How big a machine do you need for ai?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Art on July 01, 2017, 07:38:23 pm
I think that would depend on one's definition of A.I.
Chatbot - relatively small
Digital assistant - larger and more complex
AGI - Extremely large amount of resources and computing power.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on July 04, 2017, 11:01:38 pm
6000th Post  :jump3:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Data on July 05, 2017, 11:53:15 am
Grats on the 6000  :waveJump:
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on July 06, 2017, 12:01:03 pm
I just invented a new text parsing algorithm. Should be fast. And should be able to do natural language processing. I think I'll call it "Scheduling Chart Parsing Algorithm". Beside that, along with already seen structured grammar input, I invented a new way to output a very compact and memory friendly parse forest.

(You don't want to know how many times I've rewritten my javascript parser over the last five years. I think I'll finally settle down with this one)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: infurl on July 07, 2017, 04:00:34 am
Some details to support your claims would be very interesting to see.

How does your algorithm compare with the Tomita GLR parsing algorithm?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: ivan.moony on July 07, 2017, 04:31:21 am
It is top-down and It is based on scheduling ahead parsing symbols(s) in corresponding places in the chart and advancing the chart pointer by one in a loop. Also supports the left recursion in the essence. Only the topmost symbols in sequences are written to the chart, while sub-alternations are calculated and forgotten as soon as ahead symbols are written to the chart. Reminds of Earley, but it's simpler. A few dozens lines of code brutto, I think.

Will publish it as soon as I implement it, promise :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: infurl on July 07, 2017, 05:14:46 am
Thanks, I get what you're doing now. I wrote an Earley parser using Common Lisp some years ago. It turned out to be quite complicated but it worked very well until you started encountering a lot of ambiguity which slowed it down dramatically. I discovered that merging parse trees improved the performance dramatically and thought hooray I'd invented something.

Then a bit later after that I learned about GLR parsers and the Tomita algorithm and realised that the method had already been invented in 1986. The good news was that GLR parsers are way faster than Earley parsers, and much simpler too because they use shift-reduce, so I rewrote all my libraries around GLR parsing algorithms, still in Common Lisp. Subsequently, I rewrote everything in C and now I can parse arbitrarily large documents defined by complex context-free grammars containing millions of rules very very quickly indeed. All in all, I'm very pleased with the result.

It sounds like you are doing some good work there, keep it up. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 09, 2017, 08:50:14 pm
Does anyone watch Game of Thrones ?

I was talking to a friend and neither of us have seen any of it. He said it was one of the most successful shows ever televised. It seems to have passed us both by though. Now it's so far in I don't know if I want to spend all that time catching up.

So any fans of the show here who can say briefly what is so good about it ?
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: infurl on September 09, 2017, 10:15:58 pm
Does anyone watch Game of Thrones ?

I watched the first season of it because my son had enjoyed the books. The story was originally supposed to have been inspired by the War of the Roses (Starks/York vs Lannister/Lancaster) but I found what I saw to be gratuitous and contrived so didn't watch it past the first season. As I'm a regular subscriber to io9.com so I've been treated to a running commentary over the years, and it didn't sound like it got any better. The final (short) season just wrapped up so if you're a binge watcher, now's the time. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Marco on September 10, 2017, 10:53:02 am
Does anyone watch Game of Thrones ?

I was talking to a friend and neither of us have seen any of it. He said it was one of the most successful shows ever televised. It seems to have passed us both by though. Now it's so far in I don't know if I want to spend all that time catching up.

So any fans of the show here who can say briefly what is so good about it ?

I watched most of the seasons three times by now. Still, I can find new details which I overlooked in the first place. So this is what I like about watching it (excluding the most recent season):

Season 7, is different as there is no book available to rely on. So for this season, the pacing is broken most of the time. The story behind that season feels more like a typical Hollywood production.


But in general, it's never to late to start watching a good series. I'm totally into Anime now and try to watch as many ones as possible regardless of their age.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: keghn on September 10, 2017, 05:44:17 pm
 I never watch it. I know it is popular because the acting troops that practice sword play in the local park has
increased in size by a factor of 10, here in Los Angeles. If i see a you tube of any show that is interesting i will fallow it. I have
not seen anything that interesting to me. I feel like i am not missing out on anything.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: LOCKSUIT on September 10, 2017, 08:27:31 pm
What thy have not seen, thy do not miss.
Title: Re: What's everyone up to ?
Post by: Freddy on September 10, 2017, 09:28:08 pm
Thanks for all the replies folks. The box set for season 1 is £12 on Amazon Prime, might give it a look when I have some time.

Cheers :)