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 2013/10/24-2014/2/5 [Computer/SW/Apps, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA] UID:54741 Activity:nil ```10/4 Where is the CSUA IRC channel? \_ on freenode, it is rad, you should join us -ausman```
 2013/4/9-5/18 [Computer/SW/Languages/C_Cplusplus, Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/Languages/Perl] UID:54650 Activity:nil ```4/04 Is there a good way to diff 2 files that consist of columns of floating point numbers, such that it only tells me if there's a difference if the numbers on a given line differ by at least a given ratio? Say, 1%? \_ Use Excel. 1. Open foo.txt in Excel. It should convert all numbers to cells in column A. 2. Open bar.txt in Excel. Ditto. 3. Create a new file in Excel. 4. In cell A1 of the new file, enter this: =IF(foo.txt!A1=0, IF(bar.txt!A1=0, "same", "different"), IF(ABS((b\ ar.txt!A1-foo.txt!A1)/foo.txt!A1)<1%, "same", "different")) 5. Select cell A1. Hit Ctrl-C to copy. 6. Select the same number of cells as the number of cells that exist in foo.txt or bar.txt. Hit Ctrl-V to paste. 7. Hit Ctrl-F. In "Find what:", enter "different". In "Look in:", choose "Values". Click "Find All". Another way is to write a C program to read the two files using fscanf("%f") an do the arithmatic. \_ does this help? #!/usr/bin/python import sys threshold = float(sys.argv[3] if len(sys.argv) > 3 else 0.0000001) list1 = [float(v) for v in open(sys.argv[1]).readlines()] list2 = [float(v) for v in open(sys.argv[2]).readlines()] line = 1 for v1, v2 in zip(list1, list2): if abs((v1 - v2) / v1) >= threshold: print "Line %d different (%f != %f)" % (line, v1, v2) line += 1 \_ Something like this might work (\$t is your threshold): \$ perl -e '\$t = 0.1 ; while (<>) { chomp(\$_); (\$i,\$j) = split(/ \t/, \$_); if (\$i > ((1+\$t)*\$j) || \$i < ((1-\$t)*j)) { print "\$_\n"; }}' < file```
 2012/8/30-11/7 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/Unix] UID:54470 Activity:nil ```8/30 Is wall just dead? The wallall command dies for me, muttering something about /var/wall/ttys not existing. \_ its seen a great drop in usage, though it seems mostly functional. -ERic \_ Couldn't open wall log!: Bad file descriptor Could not open wall subscription directory /var/wall/ttys: No such file or directory \_ In theory, wall could be used as a sort of irc system, but maybe it's just fallen apart. Could not open wall subscription directory /var/wall/ttys: No such file or directory \_ In theory, wall could be used as a sort of irc system, but maybe it's just fallen apart.```
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 2010/2/8-18 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:53695 Activity:kinda low ```2/5 I like Adobe Flash. When written correctly, it scales along with your browser size. It looks consistent on every single browser. It is predictable. On the other hand, I'm not a big fan of CSS/HTML, which for the most part, look wildly different between browsers, and don't even work consistently or correctly at times. So why do so many people (like Steve Jobs) hate Adobe Flash? \_ It looks consistent!? I guess. They all look like an empty box with a little (f) circle in my browser. There is no proper Flash support in FreeBSD. I run a Windows version of Firefox under WINE sometimes, as needed, but I'd rather not. \_ LOL consistently bad is better than inconsistently good :) \_ And now we know what values have been affecting the art community for the last few decades. \_ The player really only works on Windows (CPU usage on Macs is ridiculous), "predictable" display sucks from a user perspective (because users want to display things the way they prefer), and it's proprietary. -tom \_ not to mention linux and solaris, whose builds are also slow, but until very recently lagged behind in versions and security updates, etc. Also, flash folks appear to do the same thing many bad web developers do and assume everyone runs their browser fullscreen at 1600x1200+ resolutions \_ web devs are stupid. 95% love coding with constants. the concept of % is foreign to them. \_ It's not part of his monopoly.```
 2009/12/24-2010/1/19 [Computer/SW/Apps, Industry/Jobs] UID:53599 Activity:nil ```12/18 http://science.slashdot.org/story/09/12/09/175245/Company-Trains-the-Autistic-To-Test-Software Train autistic people to do QA. Perfect fit.```
 2009/3/26-4/2 [Computer/SW/Languages/Misc, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:52760 Activity:nil ```3/26 Anyone here uses Heritrix? I'm trying to read the Intro document at http://crawler.archive.org/An%20Introduction%20to%20Heritrix.pdf but both Adobe Reader 8.1.3 (Win32) and gv 3.6.5 (cygwin) display error messages and show me blank pages. Adobe displays: "Cannot extract the embedded font 'FTXWSG+TimesNewRomanMS'. Some characters may not display or print correctly." "An error exists on this page. Acrobat may not display the page correctly. Please contace the person who created the PDF document to correct the problem." "Too few operands." Is anyone able to read this file? Thanks.```
 2009/3/11-17 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/Languages/Misc] UID:52701 Activity:high ```3/11 I have a potential gig at a large(ish) magazine that wants to setup a system like this to put a digital edition of their issues online: http://www.exacteditions.com There are many services out there that do this, and in fact they are currently using one. But they'd like to save money by moving this in-house. They're starting with PDF files and want to display them as images in the browser. That part is easy (convert them server- side). But they also want highlighted search results on the images, a la google books. I turn to the mighty motd for advice on how to do this. use a pdf manipulation library to highlight search terms and then convert to jpg? convert pdf to svg and highlight in svg before converting to jpg? drop the job cuz its too hard? sorry for the long post. thx. \_ I suspect drawing a rectangle or something would be the easy way to do it, but that doesn't solve the problem of finding the location of the text in the pdf... \_ I suspect drawing a rectangle or something would be the easy way to do it, but that doesn't solve the problem of finding the location of the text in the pdf... \_ How are you rendering these? HTML --> PDF or using some sort of reporting service (Crystal/SSRS)? If the former, I'd just set up a regular expression and drop in a custom CSS tag before and after the desired text that deserns what needs to be highlighted. Then render the HTML to PDF. \_ well the starting point is InDesign. They export PDFs and send that to their print shop. is there some library out there to manipulate PDFs so that I could just like "highlight search terms" in the document? \_ InDesign has a development forum. I found this there: http://blogs.adobe.com/acrolaw/2007/12/highlighting_multiple_words_in_a.html \_ Probably not, if you mean have it automatically highlight the text for you. \_ http://www.devdirect.com/all/PDF_MAnipulation_PCAT_2070.aspx```
 2008/12/2-6 [Computer/SW/Apps, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Motd] UID:52140 Activity:kinda low ```12/1 Just curious -- what do you guys generally use soda for? Why do you log on? Personally, I use it to keep a presence on IRC and AIM/gTalk at all times, and mess around with some Python programming (been setting up Twisted and such so I can play with making an irc bot). --toulouse \_ I use it to post SHIT, er, I mean, spill my guts about the company I work at... I use it to post to http://glassdoor.com and valleywags. My company has banned http://glassdoor.com's IP. \_ Website hosting, and, believe it or not, reading the motd; it does occasionally provide good or interesting info. --erikred \_ Speaking of this and that, what are the odds of turning cgi back on? --erikred \_ We'll turn it on for anyone who 1) wants it 2) knows how to write secure CGI 3) is willing to promise not to hose 4) emails root@ It's disabled by default just because that's the easiest way to get 0wned but I'm OK with having individual users use it. -- Steven (VP) \_ motd, wall, nwriting, providing a place outside corporate firewall to do things no the internet (diagnose net problems, download stuff the firewall/virus-scanner stupidly breaks) \_ Second all that, plus it gives me a place to goof off that my corporate security can't sniff, since everything is encrypted. I scrupulously avoid posting to blogs on the company wire, though I often read them. I often read them. Oh, I also use it as my repository of a bunch of stuff like phone numbers, that I want to be able to get to from everywhere. \_ trn remains the best newsgroup reader, and soda remains the easiest way to use it \_ there's something useful on usenet still? I throught it was drowned in spam, porn, warez, and inanity. \_ Some (moderated) algorithm groups still have the luminaries routinely. \_ obviously, you don't use alt.binaries.erotic.caucasian.lolita.paolo-pollux.likes \_ Newsgroup alt.binaries.erotic.caucasian.lolita.paolo-pollux.\ likes does not exist! \_ Newsgroup alt.binaries.erotic.caucasian.lolita.likes does not exist! \_ alt.sex.stories.incest. \_ Berkeley's Usenet server is likely to be turned off soon. -tom \_ Many decades ago I used it to finger hot women on Soda and uclink, uclink2, ocf clusters, etc. Nowadays, I just use it to forward joe@csua.berkeley.edu to my Gmail account. I still use my csua email on my resume. Nothing speaks louder than having BERKELEY in your email address. Go Beah!!! Speaking of hot women, toulouse... is it still fashionable to date Asian women these days? \_ dunno, but if so, I might be pretty fashionable soon. :D --toulouse \_ motd and personal website. I used to use soda for email and usenet, but mostly I've switched my email to gmail and have stopped reading usenet.```
 2008/11/2-5 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:51779 Activity:nil ```11/2 I'm thinking about buying Adobe Lightroom 2. I understand that registration today is very much online driven. Does anyone know if purchase is limited to registering to ONE computer only? What if I reinstall Winblow (which I do every 12-18 months), will I lose the license? \_ there is no license.```
 2008/6/20-23 [Computer/Blog, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:50323 Activity:nil 85%like:50311 ```6/19 I love this blog http://preview.tinyurl.com/548kv8 [photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com]```
 2008/6/19-20 [Computer/Blog, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:50311 Activity:nil 85%like:50323 ```6/19 I love this blog http://photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com/2008/06/azoogle-this-was-really-well-thought.html```
 2008/4/11-16 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:49732 Activity:nil ```4/11 Hilarious photoshop disasters. http://photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com```
 2008/3/17-21 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:49481 Activity:kinda low ```3/17 Is there a way to compare differences between two substantially similar Excel and/or Powerpoint documents other than going through them manually? \_ In Excel 2003, there is a "Compare and Merge Workbooks..." option under the Tools menu. (But for some reason it is greyed out in my Excel 2003.) In PowerPoint 2003 there is "Compare and Merge Presentations...". I've never used either, though. \_ Sounds great, but I cannot find this in Office 2004 for Mac. \_ Search for "merge workbooks" in Excel help, it explains what you need to do to merge two workbooks. I think you will need to share one of your workbooks and then make a copy of it. In the copy you need to paste in the other workbook. Then you can use the merge feature to merge the two together and see the changes. \_ Save them in the office XML format and compare those with diff. \_ How do I save in XML? I don't see that as an option. \_ AFAIK, you need Office 2007/2008 to export to XML. Earlier versions don't support XML. \_ I thought you could always save in some sort of text format (tab delimited or whatever). I'd look for that. \_ For Excel you can but it is primitive. For Powerpoint, I dunno. \_ I think all versions of Excel can export to comma separated and tab delimited text files, but it can be pretty hard to compare these files. \_ My wife who's an accountant asked me the same question back when Excel 2000 was the latest version, and here's the solution I figured: 1. Open the two files in Excel, say foo.xls and bar.xls. 2. Find out how many rows and columns there are in Sheet 1 in foo.xls and bar.xls. 3. Create a new file. 4. For Sheet 1, Cell A1 in the new file, enter =EXACT([foo.xls]Sheet1!A1,[bar.xls]Sheet1!A1) 5. Highlight Cell A1, click Edit -> Copy. 6. Highlight the same number of rows and columns as in foo.xls and bar.xls. 7. Click Edit -> Paste. 8. Click Edit -> Find. Under "Look in:", choose "Values". 9. Under "Find what:", enter "false", click "Find All". You'll have to repeat this if there are multiple sheets in foo.xls and bar.xls. You'll have to replace EXACT() with another function if you want case-insensitive comarison or if you want to find formatting differences. --- yuen```
 2008/1/5-7 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:48895 Activity:moderate ```1/5 I'm an Excel novice who needs help. Let us say I have a column of data A. I then take the absolute value of A1 and enter it in B1: (B1=ABS(A1)). All is good. My problem is when I want to delete Column A, Column B is still referencing A. How do I tell Excel to stop referencing the source data and instead let me have the result standalone? I don't want to keep A around anymore, but I still want B. \_ You keep A around and hide it. Or, copy column B and Paste Special...Values and get rid of both A and B. -tom \_ Hiding it was my solution, but that sucks. I will try "Paste Special". \_ Depending on what you're doing you may want to see A again. You can hide it as tom said or move it to another sheet and just reference it from your 'scrap data' sheet. I've yet to find a reason to actually destroy source data. YMMV. \_ I don't need it again and I want to get rid of it.```
 2006/10/26-29 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:45001 Activity:kinda low ```10/26 I seem to having this same conversation a lot recently: them: Hey get a Yahoo/MSN/hotmail account. me: No. I already have a gmail account. them: Just get one so I can IM you. me: Use AIM or gtalk like everyone else. them: But I don't use AIM or gtalk. me: Fine, I'll get one. Just don't send me email me there. (months later) them: Hey, I sent you an email/evite weeks ago and you ignored me. me: No you didn't. them: Yes I did. me: What account did you send it to? them: xxxx@yahoo/hotmail.com me: I don't check that account. Send it to my gmail account next time. them: Why not? me: Because it's not my freaking email address you moron. Get a clue. (repeat over and over and over again) What the hell? Why do people insist that you check an email account you never use and then bitch and complain when you don't respond to their emails? \_ You sure are bitchy. \_ I've never had that problem. Maybe you need friends that aren't dumb? \_ seconded \_ Thirded, but I have a friend who only has gtalk. "What's wrong with gtalk?" ... When he IMs me I never notice it. \_ The invisible hand. \_ Forward e-mail from that address to the one you do read. \_ AFAIK, neither support forwarding. \_ AIM? I thought nobody uses AIM anymore. I stopped logging in to my AIM a couple years ago. \_ Really? Most of my interns (current EECS students) only use AIM, which is why I got an AIM account. \_ I got that same problem. Here is how i solved it. 1. use thunderbird and /or client that supports both imap and pop3 2. use mr.postman so all yahoo/hotmail account email will be end up in your local mail client 3. use gaim so you can talk to every friends of you (5 total) using their IM software of the week. The only thing I can't solve right now is that my friends starts to use Microsoft's lives.space as their blog service. That service can not be accessed without using Microsoft's official client, using Internet Explorer. Let me know if you guys find a way to get around that. kngharv```
 2006/9/26-27 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:44550 Activity:nil ```9/26 Is there a way to strip away parts of a pdf document in order to keep just one part of it, without buying Adobe Acrobat? Thanks. \_ convert to postscript, start editing with \$EDITOR \_ unlicensed copying of Acrobat \_ Depending on the document and what you're trying to save, you may be able to select the text and copy and paste. -tom```
 2006/9/25-27 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:44521 Activity:nil ```9/25 Adobe Lightroom beta4 is out: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom \_ played with it last night. enuf improvements over beta3 that its worth taking a look at (at least the PC version). changes to the UI and it looks like some performance too. -shac```
 2006/9/18-20 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/OS/Windows] UID:44430 Activity:nil ```9/18 Are there any free/shareware tools to edit a pdf file? Any OS is ok. Thanks. \_ I'm not sure what you mean by edit (ie do you mean move/delete pages or do you mean edit text), but the following might be helpful: http://www.accesspdf.com/pdftk \_ I mean I have a pdf someone else at work generated but it has some colored lines and some text I want to remove. I loaded it in photoshop but I'm not photoshop pro and it displayed/loaded only part of the file. I've got no idea what's going on there. I'll check out the link, thanks. I'd also be ok with something that can convert a pdf to a gif, jpeg, etc which I know I can photoshop. \_ Okay, now I understand. What you are looking for might be a bit beyond what the free tools (or even basic Acrobat) can do. Re Photoshop - I think that PS can reliably only open the first pg of a pdf doc. The following may be of use to you (Universal Document Converter Demo for Windows): http://www.print-driver.com/download It should let you print the PDF to a bunch of TIFFs that you can edit. I think that Ghostscript on Linux can do the same, but it has been years since I've played w/ GS. According to Google 'convert' (part of ImageMagick) also works, albeit very slowly.```
 2006/8/14-16 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:43995 Activity:nil ```8/14 Pretty cool Photoshop filter: http://www.hdrsoft.com/index.html \_ While the results look pretty, they also almost uniformly have this "otherworldy" look to them, where the back of your brain goes "there is something very wrong with this picture; i just don't know what it is" \_ Exactly. I felt like I was playing a videogame.```
 2006/7/13 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:43668 Activity:nil ```7/13 In Excel, is it possible to average every 24th column in a particular row. I googled this and found http://www.exceltip.com/st/Calculating_the_Average_Value_in_Every_Nth_Column,_Excluding_Zeros%09/862.html though I can't get it to work. In my spreadsheet, I have =AVERAGE(IF((MOD(COLUMN(C156:CP156)-CELL("col",C156),24)=0),C156:CP156)) It makes sense, but won't work. It seems to do the if logic only on the first column, and then just average the entire range, rather than the 1st, 25th, 49th columns, etc.```
 2006/7/13 [Computer/SW/Graphics, Computer/SW/Security, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:43656 Activity:kinda low ```7/13 I have about 80 .pdf graphics files, that are a mix of vector graphics and bitmaps, and I want to convert them all to bitmap of a specified resolution, while preserving the physical size of the original image. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to do this fast and efficiently? I have access to the full Adobe suite if that makes any difference. thanks. \_ Are they all one page? \_ Each file is much less than a page in size, and they're all seperate files. \_ Should be able to use ghostscript. Post a file if you want an example. \_ Ok, thanks. I've been messing with Ghostscript, but I can't figure out how to get it to both be 600 dpi and to preserve the physical size. If I were smarter, I probably would have specified all the sizes in the Latex code so that I wouldn't care, but that would be a lot of work at this point (180 page document). Here is an example file: /csua/tmp/lafe/5point5huge.pdf Any pointers very much appreciated.```
 2006/6/30-7/5 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:43545 Activity:nil ```6/30 Can anyone recommend a good site that has professional looking Powerpoint templates, for free? Thanks. \_ screw powerpoint, S5 all the way \_ Well given what's available at this conference, it has to be PPT. So forget the "screw powerpoint" advice. -op \_ Make your own. It's not hard. Drop me a line (email in my .plan) or sign your name if you want help. -John```
 2006/6/27-29 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:43512 Activity:nil 66%like:43501 75%like:43539 ```6/27 http://www.csua.berkeley.edu/~erikred/wallchart.pdf Updated: 1017 PST \_ Updated: 1418 PST \_ Next match: Germany v. Argentina, Friday, 0800 PST Expect Updates after that. \_ What are using to do the updates? Acrobat? \_ Acrobat Pro, Tools -> Advanced Editing -> Text Field Tool and Advanced -> PDF Optimizer.```
 2006/5/15-16 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:43062 Activity:low ```5/15 MS Excel question: I have a moderately large sheet with one column filled with entries that are in this form: "num; stuff", meaning it's a number followed by a semicolon followed by anything. Is there a way to split up this column into 2, with the first containing the number and the second containing everything after the semicolon? Thanks. \_ Save as CSV, one line of perl, import from CSV \_ very clever. Hope you didn't have any formulas. Try =RIGHT(), =LEFT(). -tom \_ The =LEFT() works perfectly; unfortunately, what's after the semicolon is usually several letters or words long. \_ Search Excel help for "Text Functions"; LEN may help. -tom \_ tools->text to columns \_ Perfect, thank you! thanks to everyone else, too. (btw in macs, it's data->text to columns) -op```
 2006/2/14-15 [Science/Electric, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:41845 Activity:nil ```2/14 PKD droid does a runner: http://csua.org/u/ezf (Sydney Morning Herald) \_ Of course, there's no proof it ever existed except in photoshop. \_ I've seen video, so.. "except in photoshop and premiere"```
 2006/2/13-15 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:41816 Activity:nil ```2/13 Adobe is looking for external study participants. If you are using Photoshop elements with minimal Photoshop experience (and are using a PC) and don't work in a creative field, please contact me via Email. -chaos```
 2006/1/30-2/1 [Computer/SW/Database, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:41603 Activity:nil ```1/30 What is an easy and free way to extract about 40 pages from a 180 page pdf document, so that I end up with one 40 page .pdf file and one 140 page .pdf file? I only need to do this once, so if there's some business that'll do this, I'd pay for it, but I don't want to buy software to only do it once. I have Acrobat Professional, but I can't figure out how to use that to do this. \_ If you have Acrobat professional, the easiest way is top open the "Pages" pane, select the pages you want to extract, then right-click and choose "extract pages". When that's done, right-click again and select "delete pages". \_ Wow, problem solved. Thank you!!!```
 2006/1/18-21 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/Languages/Perl] UID:41420 Activity:low ```1/18 I need to gain 20-30lbs of weight and want to track my progress. I could do this in an Excel spreadsheet but I don't have it installed right now and would rather have some nifty web thingie - I googled and most of the stuff I found kind of sucked. Before I revert to Excel (if lazy) or write my own (if bored) does anyone have recommendations? \_ "need" to gain? why? \_ My BMI is 15.4 . If it wasn't from being sick and/or I was a girl, I'm sure that's eating disorder range :) -op \_ http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/library/l-gnuplot Look at figure 8. \_ Sigh, duh. I actually have used gnuplot a fair amount. This should be perfect for an unpolished barebones thing. Thanks! -op \_ If I wanted to gain 30 pounds, I'd get a spiked tail grafted on to my ass. This would help with both balance and self-defense, and seems like the best possible way to gain weight. It might also be possible to use your mouse or trackball with the tip of your tail, increasing productivity. \_ Dude, just roll your own. It's a really simple bit of Perl. \_ I'm not a big Perl hacker. It is pretty trivial but a nice one with login/security, and pretty pictures rather than text would take me at least a few hours to write, because I'm not particularly familiar with the web/graphics libraries - op \_ The less you do on the couch, the faster you can put on that weight. (or more seriously, vi does this just fine) \_ depends on what kind of weight. he could put on a lot of weight sitting on the couch or in front of the computer, he just needs to eat more. EAT MORE LARD! \_ I lost the weight because I was/am sick, and need to gain it back in a healthy way or it defeats the purpose. Thanks anyway! (defeating silly comments with reasonable responses) - op \_ So far as I know the only way to quickly gain weight is to gain fat. If you eat right and exercise a lot, you might take a couple of years to gain 30lbs of lean-ish body mass. Unless you have naturally high levels of testosterone and/or take steroids. Though there are some other drugs you could possibly take. \_ Luckily (?), I am actually on (safe) steriods for medication for a few months. I have seen a nutritionist... it's not too bad to put on a pound a week, it turns out (eat a lot and drink Ensure). More than that, maybe I'll get lucky - if I'm underweight, maybe my body wants to recover or something. -op \_ I know dawne wrote one a few years ago; I'll see if it's still lying around somewhere and easy to get working again. --dbushong \_ Found it: http://bushong.net/dawn/widgets/tracker The graphing's a little sluggish b/c GD's broken under mod_perl for me, but otherwise it seems to work. --dbushong \_ Oh, right, it doesn't handle weight _gain_. I'll work on it. \_ If you have a palm use EatWatch: http://www.fourmilab.ch/hackdiet/palm```
 2006/1/7-9 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/Graphics] UID:41286 Activity:nil ```1/7 I have an .eps file generated from Illustrator that is all vector graphics, and it's about 300k. I need to get it to be as small as possible to upload it to an archive where they're anal about image file size. What can I do to shrink the file besides zipping? I already tried zipping, and it's still bigger than the 50 k they want for .gz files. \_ Sometimes you can reduce the line count at the expense of detail (a.k.a. "smoothing") \_ Convert it to png. -tom```
 2005/11/10-12 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:40533 Activity:moderate ```11/10 Which chat program is the most popular these days? AOL IM? Yahoo Messenger? ICQ? I'm trying to sign up for one. Thx. \_ AIM in USA, MSN for rest of the world. Don't bother with ICQ, as the protocol is merging with AIM anyway. If I were you, I get account in both AIM and MSN and use GAIM/Adium/Trillian as client. \_ Most people use AIM but there's always enough people who don't that you need a multi-protocol client like GAIM, Adium, or Trillian. \_ Most geeks use something like GAIM or Trillian b/c then it doesn't matter what other people are using, you can use them all. If you're trying to pick a main account to use, it really doesn't matter much. \_ Most popular according to what standard? \_ The most chatting activity, I guess. -- OP \_ There are no objective studies that can answer your question. Perhaps you can try an answerable question? \_ AIM seems to be the most popular, at least in the US, but a coworker of mine claims that it's not really used outside of the US, so he uses MSN to chat to his friends in Sri Lanka and Britain. An intern who I used to work at Microsoft says that MSN was a joke and he didn't know anyone at school (MIT) who used it, and the only place he's ever seen it used was at MS. Like pp says, it's hard or impossible to answer the question. \_ Well, when someone comes from a school where people think it's normal to write an English paper in LaTeX using vi, I find it difficult to take their ideas about what constitutes "normal" seriously. \_ English paper in LaTeX using vi? That's silly. I used troff and vi. --dbushong \- i dont think people at mit use vi much. they use emacs. they alsi used to use Scribe, not LaTeX. dunno about they also used to use Scribe, not LaTeX. dunno about now. maybe they have Word Creep too. \_ You're silly. My English teachers were happy to accept my punch cards. \_ Ha ha! Son, in my day, they accepted the fully wired bread board -- and we had to improvise our wire with recycled vaccum tube radio parts. \_ My English teacher was happy to accept my three-hole- punch on her. punching on her. \_ air tight seal? \_ Tight, and sealed with lubes.```
 2005/9/15 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/Theory, Computer/SW/Unix] UID:39696 Activity:nil ```9/15 I have a stupid Excel question. It's easy to obtain the product of any two cells, but what is the syntax to specify that I want the product of, say, the previous two cells? That is, if I am in row A I want the product of A1 and A2 entered into A3, in row B I want the product of B1 and B2 entered into B3, and so on - sort of "relative to my position I want to do this". The rows can change lettering as things are inserted or deleted, but the idea is that I always want, say, column 1 and 2 multiplied into column 3 of the same row. How do I do this? I've RTFM.```
 2005/8/23-24 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:39237 Activity:nil ```8/23 Google IM is up. http://www.smashsworld.com/2005/08/im-on-google-talk-right-now.php \_ Great. Just what we need. Yet Another Fucking Messenger. I am so sick and tired of having to keep track of different logins and clients. I have YM, AIM, MSN, and IRC. Trillian is the solution? No. I can't get to certain features in YM like interactive games and Audibles. Fuck Google. \_ You might not know this, but you are too stupid to live. \_ I used to use AIM. Now I don't even bother logging on. If it's urgent, call me. If it's not urgent, send me e-mail. \_ Holy fucking shit. A branded Jabber server with no SSL support. Where are my smelling salts? What will they think of next?! \_ Great, only socks proxy. Woo. That's sad. -John```
 2005/7/13-15 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/OS/OsX] UID:38608 Activity:nil ```7/14 what is some OCR software for OSX that doesn't suck? - danh \_ I hear the super-expensive Acrobat is good, but if you find a cheaper quality alternative, please let me know. -brett \_ I've used Photoshop + Acrobat to OCR magazine articles and papers and found that it works pretty well. If you want to save some money buy a copy of Acrobat v6. --ranga```
 2005/7/7 [Computer/SW/Apps, Recreation/Humor] UID:38449 Activity:nil ```7/6 http://www.geekcruises.com \_ I thought this was a humor link until I clicked further and saw a plethora of PDFs that contain real information, or information too detailed to not have been a joke. \_ Wow. I've only known about Linux Lunacy. Didn't know there so many others. The Photoshop Fling and Roaming Reflection seems like a good option for a photographer.```
 2005/6/27 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/Languages/Perl] UID:38320 Activity:nil ```6/27 PDF -> Excel question. In a PDF file there are rows and columns of numbers (a spreadsheet). Is there an easy to to copy and paste that into excel and preserve the format? I tried it many times and spent a lot of time dicking around with the "paste formatter" manually putting in column delimiters. And it still didn't come out ok because the columns couldn't line up. Is there a third party software that can do this? or some other way like export the highlighted PDF segment into some other format/document and then move it back into excel? This is not for a small table. It's huge and I probably need to do this for several PDF files. Manual input is out of the question. Thanks. \_ perl, Perl-PDF and Spreadsheet::WriteExcel -tom```
 2005/6/13-14 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:38096 Activity:nil ```6/13 Someone e-mailed me an Excel Spreadsheet. I can't see rows 1-7 unless I choose "Full Screen". There is no scroll bar and Page Up/Down don't work. Is there a way to pull the spreadsheet down lower on my screen by dragging it? It seems I can make it bigger or smaller, but not move it around. I want to be able to view the top of the sheet w/o being in Full Screen mode. --dim \_ just go into a cell and use up arrow key tillu get to the top \_ This doesn't work. The cursor heads up to the top of the worksheet, but I can't see it (it disappears off-screen). I need the sheet to scroll up with the cursor. \_ hmm... did you try unfreezing panes? maybe someone froze them offscreen. also try scroll lock... maybe that will do what you want. can you put the sheet in /csua/tmp so i can take a look? i'm curious. \_ They are not frozen. Scroll lock does nothing. It is as if the sheet is too large for the pane that Excel chooses. I can't let you see the data, unfortunately. \_ View->Full Screen \_ I mentioned that this works, but the idea is that I want to view the top of the sheet in "normal" mode w/o choosing "Full Screen". \_ Window->Arrange...Tiled (or whatever). -tom \_ Voila! This worked. Thanks!```
 2005/5/6-9 [Computer/HW/Scanner, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:37564 Activity:nil ```5/6 I have a 45-page typed manuscript that needs to be turned into a digital text document. Any recommendations for an OCR service that would do that with high reliability and low cost? \_ If you have a scanner, photoshop and acrobat (full version) you can do it yourself. Just scan each page in at 300dpi or higher and then use acrobat to OCR it into a pdf. I did this for lots of old papers that I lost the soft copies of and it worked great. \_ How many errors per page did acrobat OCR make? \_ My originals weren't particularly good, but acrobat didn't make many mistakes on main text, maybe 2 or 3 per page not counting missing spaces. It had a harder time w/ figures, but overall it wasn't too bad.```
 2005/4/30-5/3 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:37436 Activity:low ```4/30 What's the best PDF to WORD converter out there? I'd like to be able to highlight and scribble on it, and I don't want to go with Acrobat 7.0 solution as it's expensive and slow. Thanks. \_ You don't convert from PDF. PDF is an output format. \_ Acrobat is a PDF file *editor*. \_ Well, yes, but PDF docs are for layout. Acrobat is for touching up at best, and for adding annotations. You wouldn't want to create a document from scratch in Acrobat. \_ At least for some PDFs Acrobat Reader 7 lets you select the text, copy it and paste it into a word doc. You have to reformat the text, but it mostly works. \_ For "protected" PDFs, look at http://www.elcomsoft.com -John```
 2005/4/20-21 [Computer/SW/Virus, Computer/SW/OS, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:37277 Activity:high ```4/19 Is it just me or did ZoneAlarm go from a decent home-firewall to a piece of crap? I have a version from over a year ago that works flawlessly. Twice now, I've tried to upgrade to the most recent version, and both times it's screwed up my setup so bad I had to downgrade back to the good one (the first time I couldn't connect to my work VPN, the second time it would not allow traffic between my two home computers to go through and any time I tried to copy files between them i would be disconnected from the internet). \_ No, it's ZoneAlarm. I've given up on it also and moved to Tiny Personal Firewall. It's just got so much unnecessary bloat that it's just plain stupid to run it. Stuff that also used to be decent but are really problematic include Symantec NAV, starting in 2004 it's really bloated up, the Symantec Firewall Suite, Adobe Acrobat 6.0+, the recent Quicktime versions, and Yahoo Messenger (it now takes up 25% of your screen with its unnecessary skins and stupid whizbang features you'll never use). This is why Free Software makes more and more sense, because commercial software needs to "improve" with time so they can continue making money. However, there is only so much you can do with simple software (such as a firewall) before feature creep totally destroys it. \_ I've worked at Zone Labs for over 4 years and sadly what you say is true. I'm constantly fighting with upper management over new features vs code cleanup, and unfortunately, new features almost always win. In our upcoming June release we are adding both a total re-rewrite of all the memory management that drastically improves performance of ZAP and P2P, but at the same adding "OS firewall" which hooks just about everything in the SDT and has the potential to prevent most rootkits, spyware, etc from being installed but unfortunately the code won't have enough time to stabalize, and will most likely cause thousands of new lockups, BSODs, etc... Unfortunately, our sales are doubling every year so its very hard to argue with upper management. It's very sad. --sky \_ I found I had accidentally left Acrobat 5.0 on my computer however many years ago. I made it the default and suddenly looking at pdfs just got much faster. I"m now wondering if I can get away with older bloat-free version of some other things. The hacked freeware version of Realplayer is pretty lightweight, too. \_ As a side note, Acrobat 7 seems a lot snappier than v. 6. \_ If you look carefully, the subtitle to Acrobat 7 is "the apology". ctrl-mousewheel works as well. And you can find in page without the idiotic and bloated find sidebar. \_ I recall stumbling on a site with pointers to old versions of software a while ago--a lot of companies seem to keep these on their ftp servers, but don't link to them from their download pages. I'm sure there are several sites specializing in this sort of thing. -John \_ http://oldversion.com \_ I use the current version of Zone Alarm with no problems. -ausman Zone alarm source: if (\$user == "ausman") { not_suck(..) } else suck(..) } \_ I blame paolo. -geordan \_ I blame geordan. -God```
 2005/4/19-21 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/OS/OsX] UID:37266 Activity:kinda low ```4/19 Is there anyway to open up a jpeg in Powerpoint, modify it with the built-in drawing tools, and then save it as a jpeg again (with modifications)? I'm wondering because I need a program on OS X to do simple drawing with (using tools similar to what powerpoint offers: lines, boxes, etc.). I have photoshop, but it doesn't have drawing tools. If powerpoint doesn't allow this, does anyone have recommendations for a free/cheap drawing program for OS X? Thanks. \_ i think most recent macs come with omnigraffle. would that be sufficient? \_ I do have omnigraffle, but I can't even open jpegs. does your omnigraffle open jpegs? -op \_ File->Place Image... Works w/ jpegs and pngs in OmniGraffle 3.2.1 (at least w/ the licensed version) \_ jpeg is lossy. Don't save a drawing as a jpeg. save the drawing as PNG. it will look a while lot better. \_ well the images are already in jpeg, so I'd prefer to keep them that way. -op \_ IIRC, each time you save em, they get more lossy. who/what program created them in the first place? \_ Photoshop doesn't have drawing tools? Eh? Exactly what are are you trying to do? \_ photoshop is a paint program, so it doesn't have drawing tools like a line tool, circle tool, etc. -op \_ I just want to add several lines and circles to an image to point out certain parts. Pretty simple stuff. Photoshop makes simple stuff like that difficult to accomplish. \_ Why don't you just import the JPEG into your PP presentation and draw on top of it using the PP drawing tools?```
 2005/4/15-17 [Computer/SW/Security, Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/HW/CPU] UID:37199 Activity:nil ```4/15 http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/04/14/mit.prank.reut/index.html The lead author is a (recent) cal alum.```
 2005/4/9-10 [Computer/SW/OS/Windows, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:37127 Activity:nil ```4/8 Just out of curiousity, has anyone tried eBooks (Adobe reader, Microsoft reader)? What is it like? eBooks are a lot cheaper than regular books and they don't take up any space and allow you to do quick searches. However, I'm wondering if they're transferable between computers. Any comment on this? -ok thx \_ They're transferable between computers if you remove the DRM. Remember Dmitry Skylarov?```
 2005/1/11 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:35660 Activity:nil ```1/10 I used the font "ITC Kabel Medium" to make a busines card, but I can't find the font on my disk anymore. Any idea what software this font might have been bundled with? Thanks! \_ Nevermind, Adobe says Pagemaker 7. Which I bought and returned because Quark is so much better. Font missing! -op```
 2005/1/7-8 [Consumer/Camera, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:35585 Activity:low ```1/7 I'm trying to digitally restore a very old color photo. I need to * Retouch scratches * Increase color saturation * Adjust brightness and contrast and hue ('Levels' in photoshop) What is the best order of operations here? I can see spending several hours on this image and want to get it right the first time. \_ Levels before color (adjusting the levels will mess with your color saturation). I don't think it'd matter much when you fix the scratches. --jameslin \_ Increase color saturation before retouching scratches, otherwise any artifacts from retouching the scratches will be magnified. The same applies to Level if you're expanding the level ranges, otherwise the opposite applies. \_ I was thinking that too, but it'll only protect somewhat against artifact magnification. If your monitor and printer aren't calibrated, for example, printing the picture might show artifacts you didn't see on the monitor anyway. For retouching scratches I usually make a Levels adjustment layer with an insane gamma first so I can see potential artifacts, and then retouch the scratches on a layer below. --jameslin```
 2004/12/1-3 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/OS/Windows] UID:35144 Activity:nil ```12/1 I have Acrobat Reader 5.0.1 on NT and 5.0.5 on XP. In the Preferences dialog, I can go through different categories freely except "Web Buy". When I try to go to "Web Buy" for the first time since I bring up the Preferences dialog, Acrobat Reader locks up for up to a minute before it works again. After than, I can leave "Web Buy" and go to it again freely. Has anyone else seen this problem? If I close the Preferences dialog and bring it up again, the same problem happens again. I've already de-selected "Enable Web Buy" but it didn't help. Thanks. \_ I have seen similar behavior when it tries to update itself but can't reach whatever Adobe cave it's trying to get to. Consider sniffing traffic to see what it's sending. -John```
 2004/11/15-16 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:34902 Activity:low ```11/15 In excel, how do I make the first row a header row? ie, each page printed will contain the first row again. thanks. \_ File/ Page Setup/ Sheet/ "Rows to Repeat at top" and then select the row you want to repeat in the spreadsheet. \_ Thanks!```
 2004/10/28-29 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:34422 Activity:nil ```10/28 I have a powerpoint file that contains many jpegs. Is there a way somehow to extract the jpegs alone and save them?```
 2004/9/15 [Politics/Domestic/President/Bush, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:33538 Activity:high ```9/15 http://www.electoral-vote.com Has nice popups per state which shows currently numbers and the way each state voted in 2000, gives details on how the numbers are gathered, compiled, and generated. Excel spreadsheet and xml is available free from the site. Updated once per day in the morning. \_ woah! bush wins! I guess we don't have to have an election now, since the compueter and the polls tell us who should be president. \_ you're a moron. \_ This is a great site. It was posted on the motd a while ago and I've been following it for a few weeks. Every time a state poll is conducted the thing jumps around.```
 2004/8/31-9/1 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:33264 Activity:nil ```8/31 How can I set the Page Setting to "Landscape" for all the worksheets of an excel file?```
 2004/8/19-20 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:33016 Activity:nil ```8/20 Where can I get Photoshop filters that simulate halo, glare, ghosting, and others? I'm looking for FREE filters, but if you have recommendations on commercial ones please post as well, thanks. \_ warez are free.```
 2004/7/13-14 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/Security] UID:32257 Activity:high ```7/12 I have a pdf file that is somehow corrupted. I want to recover its first page. What tool can do that? This is an image only pdf. \_ try opening it with illustrator. I've seen that work. \_ Elcomsoft has a cool toy for breaking pdf security and saving the result as another file. Maybe it can read it. -John```
 2004/6/18 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/Languages/Misc] UID:30910 Activity:nil ```6/18 [reposted] What is the best software to use for making large posters? I have found that Illustrator goes crazy when you have too large a file with too many bitmaps imported, and obviously powerpoint kind of sucks. It's been suggested that i use latex, but that seems like a silly way to do graphical layout. i don't object to buying expensive software (i won't be paying for it) but I want to know what the *right* software is. \_ talk to someone at Kinko's. They'd know.```
 2004/6/18 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:30897 Activity:nil ```6/18 can anyone suggest what software to use to make a 3 foot by 6 foot poster? powerpoint is frustrating for stuff like this, illustrator seems to become somewhat broken when your file is this big with a lot of images, and latex seems like the wrong tool for the job. i already have my graphics as seperate files, i just need to do layout and put some text on, but i'd like to be able to work in real units. tia.```
 2004/5/11-12 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:30172 Activity:high ```5/11 I took pictures in my digital camera, but the date was set wrong. Now my computer has the wrong "last modification" and "date picture taken" values. How can I adjust these values after the fact? \_ can't adobe photoshop or some other too modify this? \_ Thanks! That solves only half the problem, though. Photoshop changes the "date picture taken" value, but not the "last modification" value. \_ uh, touch? \_ in windows? \_ http://unxutils.sourceforge.net \_ Shit that's cool! Why haven't I heard of it before? \_ There's also one that came with Borland C 4.5. \_ ```
 2004/5/11-12 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:30164 Activity:kinda low ```5/11 I hate Acrobat 6 -- the search function is overly cumbersome. Any way to simply search "from this page"? \_ install Acrobat Reader 5 \_ seconded. Reader gets worse every version. \_ Not terribly useful if the .pdf is created for ver. 6.```
 2004/4/6-7 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:13048 Activity:nil ```4/6 What free software most closely matches the functionality of Adobe Illustrator? \_ I've never used it, but you might want to look into Sodipodi.```
 2004/3/17 [Computer/SW/Editors, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:12731 Activity:nil ```3/17 I need to edit a PDF file, what's the best program to use? It's strictly text changes, no graphics/format alterations, so I'd prefer something not too expensive but effective. Cad-Kas's PDF editor didn't work too well, and a few others can't handle text when it's flipped 90 degrees. \_ Well, Acrobat (not Reader) is obviously the best choice. Fair warning, though, pdf isn't really made for editing. \_ agree with above. Acrobat version 6 is a blowed beast, though, so you are being warned. Moreover, not all PDF files are editable even if you have all the tools you needed. No, I am not talking about digital signature what not. I am talking about when PDF files are being made, there are number of things author can do which make PDF file editing difficult. First, he/she can convert everything into bitmap, in that case, you are out of luck. \_ Acrobat OCR is pretty darn good, actually. Secondly, if he/she embedded certain fonts inside the document, and if you don't have that font, I am not sure how would that turn out. -kngharv```
 2004/1/23-24 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:11922 Activity:nil ```1/23 I've used RogerWilco for gaming and ICQ to send files directly to another user. Now I've heard RW has some security issues and ICQ requires account setup etc. I'm interested in replacements for both in a corporate environment, preferably open source. Any suggestions? \_ gaming in a corporate environment?? \_ No, distance collaboration. Right now we're using phone conversations (and sometimes Yahoo messenger voice chat) and a common ftp server to xfer files. I'd like to xfer files directly from one site to the other without the interim point (these are scientific data sets and can be quite large). \_ ftp and a phone.```
 2004/1/15-16 [Computer/SW/Apps, Reference/Religion] UID:11796 Activity:nil ```1/14 The Bible as IRC chatlog http://www.ircbible.destrukto-theater.nl```
 2003/12/23 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:29730 Activity:high ```12/22 Urination question. I walked into the men's room today and saw a guy using the urinal with his hands on his hips. He was peeing "hands-free". WTF? I've never seen this. Everybody is holding it. Anybody else pee like this? Thanks. \_ This RULES!!!!! we need more threads like this!! can someone dig up the ASCII graphic of pissing from the last time we had a thread like this? \_ What are you, fucking 10? Urination is funny? Moron. \_ What's so strange about it? I don't do it personally, but it's not like you really have to aim. \_ I only do it when I'm dead tired. But never at a public restroom. \_ you have a urinal in your home? \_ I once looked at some new home in Mississippi, and they do have urinals in the bathroom! Never seen it before. And the agent acted like there's nothing special. \_ Btw was there some discussion a while back about the optimal way to avoid urinal splashback? I missed that. Please share your tips. \_ That was me. Aim obliquely at a sidewall instead of straight at the center wall. But it doesn't work if the center wall is too wide such that the side walls are too far away. I didn't save my ASCII graphics. \_ There are several things wrong with it. First, it's just looks unnatural. I noticed it because it looks so strange. Second, the fly has metal teeth. If you don't hold your penis it rests on the fly teeth and can be uncomfortable. Third, don't you need \_ Maybe he's larger than you, and this is not a problem. or want to control the aim? Sometimes there's pubic hair or other junk in the urinal and I try to flush it down with my urine. \_ Nice public service. \_ Don't forget the "Russian Drunk": Leaning into the wall, one arm above urinal for support, one arm hanging, typically while mumbling or singing into said urinal with head down. \_ Eel. Who'd want to touch a urinal?```
 2003/12/14-15 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:11457 Activity:nil ```12/14 Is there a way in Excel to do y=0 for n=1:100 y=y+x^n end where x is the value in a particular box, say E2. Obviously, I can do this manually for 100 boxes and then sum them, but I'm looking for a more elegant way. \_ I don't know how to do it, but i'm pretty sure the answer is yes, there is a way. Excel will let you define macros using visual basic. look under the "tools" pulldown menu. \_ A1 = 1, A2=A1+1, copy A2 to A3-A100 B1 = X^A1, B2 = B1+X^A2, copy B2 to B3-B100 B100 is your final answer -nivra \_ Nothing is impossible with Excel: http://www.geocities.jp/nchikada/pac```
 2003/12/5-6 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:11326 Activity:nil ```12/5 Photoshop question: I'm using Photoshop 7.0 on WinXP. I have swapping turned off, but Photoshop insists I have lots of swap, even though I have 768M RAM. Is there a way to tell Photoshop to not care about swap? \_ Does Photoshop still have it's own cache/swap setting? You set this to off or zero? What about the OS swap file? It is probably Windows that is swapping to disk, not Photoshop doing it on it's own. \_ No it does not, unless it's hidden in some file/registry key. Photoshop requires there to be a swap file, but then does not use it. When there is a swap, windows uses it for other things when Photoshop is closed, even though there is gobs of memory free. When I have swap off, windows runs faster and doesn't run out of memory. \_ I'm not sure PS' caching works in the normal sense. I allow PS to use two of my partitions for swap, and with 512MB RAM, it rarely swaps. Only when I have, say, 10+ 12MB tiffs open at once does my HD start churning. \_ When I turn on cache for it, it doesn't swap, but turning on cache makes windows swap even when it doesn't need to. \_ I think it's just inefficiencies in PS. PS is a memory hog. And I've found it has a problem unloading images from memory. So it gobbles up more and more memory if you load more and more files, even if you have saved and closed other images. \_ I'm not doing anything crazy. WHen I give it cache it doesn't use it, so I'm looking for a way to run w/o cache to improve general system performance. \_ Photoshop is bloatware. It amazes me that people often talk about MS office being bloated. But nobody talks about Photoshop or Acroread being bloated. Anti-microsoft people can be quite selective in their criticism. \_ Nearly all major commerical software is obscenely bloated. Microsoft is way more than most. Adobe is somewhere in the top ten, but the distance between #1 and #2 is huge. \_ Must add more features, so we can have new version, so we can sell upgrades!```
 2003/12/1-2 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:29682 Activity:kinda low ```12/1 Finally you'll be able to convert and read MS Word documents http://news.com.com/2100-1012-5111644.html?tag=nefd_lede \_ I'm still trying to convert MS Word users... \_ Huh. That's what OpenOffice is for last I checked. \_ Huh. OpenOffice is a broken piece of shit, last time I checked. \_ Huh. OpenOffice was a broken piece of shit, last time i checked. delete it again, and i nuke the thread. \_ Whatever. I didn't delete it. I use version 1.1 all the time and rarely have problems. It's also quite useful for opening Word docs that crash Word. \_ Does it hurt M\$? If so, good. \_ Hmm. The article says the schemas will be available to "customers and partners" That's not very promising.```
 2003/10/24 [Computer/SW/Apps, Science/Physics, Computer/Theory] UID:10762 Activity:high ```10/24 IF AIM WAS AROUND WHEN QUANTUM THEORY STARTED http://www.makeoutclub.com/03/page_messageboard.php?topic_id=323705 hahahahahahahahahahah! --maxmcc \_ Dumbass. \_ =((((((((((((((( \_ ?????? PROFIT!```
 2003/10/13-14 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:10614 Activity:kinda low ```10/13 WTF?! link:csua.org/u/4pa \_ Are you meaning to mock my representative on earth? --god \_ JESUS CHRIST! \_ that's a nimbus. \_ http://csua.org/u/4pc \_ It's not photoshopped. There's a presidential seal in the press room, and for some reason people get a hard-on from taking a picture of the Pres. in front of it like it's a halo. Never seen this with any previous president.```
 2003/9/27-29 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:10348 Activity:nil ```9/26 Now that Yahoo is clamping down on use of their IM protocol by outside clients, I'm wondering if there is an effort to create an interoperable open-source instant messenger protocol/service? \_ You mean like IRC, ICB, or Jabber? \_ Yup, thanks. :) \_ URL? Does this mean Trillian will not work any more? \_ http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,39020369,39116464,00.htm All third party apps are hozed for the time being. \_ Trillian saw this coming and did nothing proactively.. so yes their client was screwed for a couple days. As of last night (saturday night) they already had a beta patch out for at least Trillian Pro 2.0.. which seems to work fine. \_ How could they proactively adapt their client to a protocol that wasn't known until they got cut off? \_ why does everyone just use aim? \_ do you mean "why DOESN'T" ... \_ Whoops. Yeah I do. \_ I don't use anything. IM'ing is just another way of losing time to relax. Let them send email and wait for a response. \_ am I the only one who thinks that Trillian UI sucks and people who use a zillion IM apps are silly? \_ the default trillian skin sucks, but there are one or two that are good. Mostly I just hate using clients that make me look at ads. \_ which ones would you recommend? (considering checking it out)```
 2003/8/9-10 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:29289 Activity:nil ```8/8 savvy Photoshop people: is this faked? http://www.smuthosters.com/www/latinass/col/catch/mg/a.htm \_ Completely. Don't even have to be an expert to tell (different skin tones from face to body, shifting @ the neck). Who's that supposed to be, anyway? \_ not necessarily- sometimes the girl's foundation is lighter than her tan in real life. Not very professional, but it happens! \_ It is real. the color of her face matches her breasts.```
 2003/7/16-17 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:29063 Activity:nil ```7/16 Does WindowsXP have a Print-to-PDF functionality built-in? \_ haha is this a serious question - that's like asking do we have to pay for each piece of commercial software? \_ exactly. if it were built-in, then adobe wouldn't be charging \$150 for acrobat 6.0. \_ macs have it built in and adobe still sells acrobat for os x. Acrobat does a lot more than just convert to PDF. \_ Your best bet is probably print to ps and then use ps2pdf. But Adobe really is the gold standard ... they make "better" pdf than anyone else (ps2pdf, pdflatex, etc.) ... smaller, cleaner.```
 2003/7/5 [Computer/SW/Languages, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:28932 Activity:nil ```7/5 Excel 2000 question: is there a way to shrink a worksheet to print on only 1 page - but by adjusting only 1 dimension - i.e. i want the width shrunk down but i don't want the height shrunk? thanks.```
 2003/7/4-5 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/Languages/Misc] UID:28921 Activity:nil ```7/3 I need to convert powerpoint files to web-presentable form. No, the built-in functionality doesn't work because my cms can't handle anything with FRAME in it. Any other easy way (yes, i could output everything to PNG files and write whole bunch HTML myself) ? Thanks \_ ok, I installed 50+mb Open Dufus just for this purpose. Stupid, but it works.```
 2003/6/6-7 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:28656 Activity:nil ```6/6 Is there any sort of utility that takes an acrobat file that is mostly text and then extracts the text and outputs it as a word document? \_ Omnipage Pro \_ And by that, I mean you don't have to print it and scan it. It can open .pdf files. Sadly, it doesn't appear to extract the text (I've had documents that I could copy from in Acrobat, and while the text was there and correct, the formatting was lost. Omnipage got the formatting right, but some of the text was wrong. Go figure.) \_ pdf2ps | ps2html does a pretty good job, and then you can open in word, save as .doc```
 2003/5/13-14 [Computer/SW/Languages, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:28424 Activity:kinda low ```5/13 Is there a way to make Matlab plot something similar to an Excel "XY-Scatter plot", where it takes the data points, connects them, and also smooths them? \_ spline \_ But I don't know the shape that I want to fit it to. Specifically, I'm drawing a loop; I have about 20 points that make up the loop, but if I just plot them and connect them, it'd be jagged. All I want to do is smooth it all together. \_ lowess using polar coordinates? \_ That's in the Curve Fitting Toolbox, which I don't have. Any other suggestions? -op```
 2003/5/12-14 [Computer/SW/Editors/Emacs, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:28419 Activity:nil ```5/12 Are there any "good" Windows capturing softwares out there that is capable of capturing every action of an application that I specify? Such as all of the typings in Word, Excel, Emacs, IM, Explorer, NetMeeting. Best if it also capture sounds in addition to to the actions performed within the application. I have searched at Google, but have only found softwares that are capable of capturing to images and an alpha that does what I want, but crashes too often. Best if everything is captured in either AVI or MPG3 formats. \_ point a digital video camera at the screen. \_ Camtasia. I gave useful information on the motd, and feel dirty.```
 2003/4/13 [Health, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:28102 Activity:nil ```4/11 http://www.brandonvedas.com \_ And we should care about him because...? \_ Apparently some IRC chatters, taking a break from their busy masturbation schedule, watched this guy die from a drug overdose on his webcam.```
 2003/3/20 [Computer/SW/Apps, Politics] UID:27766 Activity:nil 56%like:27882 ```3/20 CNN close caption IRC channel, EFNet (try the server irc.he.net from Soda, sirc is a fun irc client), channel #CNN-LIVE```
 2003/3/19 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:27757 Activity:nil 73%like:27747 ```3/19 Is it bad for a pimp to need micro-management from his ho to get things done? I just realized I'm in that situation. Do good hos need to micro-management? \_ Yes. No. \_ Oh shit. Thanks. \_ I don't like micro-management, but I do like a pimp that engages me. Some pimps are like totally hands-off and leave the underlings to fight one another for work and projects and stuff. The pushy aggressive people benefits in such cases. \_ I like my previous two pimps. They seemed to be able to sense when I want them to go away (like when I'm surfing the web or when I'm in the middle of the problem and have nothing to report) and when I'm happy to talk to them. My current pimp seems to always want to check out what I'm doing at the wrong time. \_ These clowns have me doing time sheets per project. Yes it's bad. \_ That isn't an evil in and of itself. If you are working on multiple projects it can be very helpful for them to have some idea what you are spending your time on so they have a better idea about scheduling. \_ except in my case these morons couldn't schedule themselves out of a wet paper bag. theyre just pretending to do what they think pimps are supposed to be doing. unlike the person above who is left alone when in the middle of something i'll get interrupted every 15-20 minutes of a 6 hour task so they can get me "to communicate a status update report on my progress". im not kidding with the quote either. \_ I'm just saying time sheets are not the evil bit. \_ In general, probably not, but here it's just a tool for furthering more evil and oppression. \_ That's the problem with having too many mid-level pimps / project pimps. When they have nothing better to do, they need to show that they are doing something, so they invent various processes to collect meaningless and useless data. Based on those meaningless and useless data, they create nice excel spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations to show various improvements effected by some of their other not very useful processes. The people below know what kind of data they want, so they just enter the data according to what they know these pimps want to see. \_ So you're doing the pimp's job? It does insure job security. Hey if you did my job, I wouldn't fire you either.```
 2003/1/20-21 [Computer/SW/Security, Computer/SW/Languages, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:27161 Activity:high ```1/20 I have a pdf file that contains type 3 font. Since it is bitmapped I can understand why it does not scale nicely, but why does it look jagged even at 100% on acrobat reader while the print out looks fine? How can I convert it to type 1 font? The program dvistripp.exe that google points me to no longer seems to exist. Ok tnx. \_ does this file have anything to do with ps2pdf? -chialea \_ Yes typically I have the ps file and convert it to pdf using ps2pdf or distiller. I don't have access to the original tex or dvi files, however. --op ps2pdf or distiller. It seems to be the problem of the ps file, since many other ps files converts just fine. I don't have access to the original tex or dvi files, btw. --op \_ ps2psd does not do the right thing.```
 2003/1/7 [Computer/SW/Apps, Health/Men] UID:27008 Activity:moderate ```1/6 I got a Gillete mach3 turbo shaver in the mail. Why is Gillete giving it away for free? Are they stupid? \_ Anyone tried using a straight razor? They do it in the movies and it looks so easy. \_ It looks so easy when they jump 10 feet up too. \_ They want you to love their product and spend the rest of your life buying replacement blades. \_ Did you try it? Is it any better than Gillete Sensor? \_ The regular Sensor razor is little better than a disposable Bic. With Excel you get little rubber flaps that reduce cuts. \_ Sensor Excel is a smoother shave than the mach3, but it is more likely to cut you. it's not good for heads or legs or sensitive faces. the mach3 turbo doesnt seem to be any different than the mach3, but it is 50% more expensive. i got gyp'd... \_ I second everything you said, except I never tried it on my head or legs. - op \_ no way. Mach3 is a much closer shave for me than the Sensor Excel, and I have some serious facial hair. -aspo \_ Oh I forgot. The one thing I don't like about the Mach3 vs. the Sensor Excel is that if I don't shave for a few days the Mach3 hurts more when I shave (but still is less likely to cut up my face.) The Mach3 Turbo doesn't seems to be a bit better in this respect. \_ does or doesnt? \_ yeah, I learned the hard way too that Sensor Excel is bad for my sensitive face .. \_ I have a suspicion that Gillette purposely lowered the quality for sensor excel blades so people would move to mach3. It's a damn blade, how many years do they need to perfect it? \_ Mach3 sucked ass last time i used it. i have no troubles with the excel... \_ I think they sent me mach3 when I turned 18. Yeah, it's basically to get you to buy their blades, but a lot of people, including myself like mach3. Oh, and I've known quite a few girls that liked it for their legs. \_ Damn! No wonder my ex-girlfriend refuses to return me my mach3, relegating me to my crappy old sensor excel. \_ brilliant! you've figured out how to get STD's from your ex without sex. \_ This is getting very boring. Can someone start a thread discussing the relative merits of different brands of female hygienic products? \_ Finally a man's-man instead of csua-man discussion on them motd```
 2003/1/5-6 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:26999 Activity:high ```1/5 I want to split a PDF file by half, page by page, so that I can view one column per page instead of two. It is entirely made up of tiff images, but I'd rather not convert it to tiff, slice tiff,and convert back, nor do I know how to do the first two. Please help. Ok, tnx. \_ if you didnt make page breaks to start with you can add them in using Acrobat... or if you want to actually split it up, you can do that... with Acrobat. \_ suck it up and convert it to tiff. If it's entirely made up of images in the first place, it's not as if it would be easy to have automated tools to do what you want. \_ Huh? pdf has internal marks so it knows where page breaks are. wtf are you talking about?```
 2002/12/5 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:26711 Activity:nil ```12/4 M\$ Excel qn: I have a column of 10000 numbers. Is there any easy way to create another column of 1000 numbers where each number is the sum (or average) of the corresponding 10 numbers in the first column? Thx. \_ should be do-able with the Fill-Down menuu item. \_ what exactly do you mean by corresponding 10 numbers? \_ he means you have column A which has "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10", and he wants column B to have just one number (55) which is the sum of the 10 in column A. There is probably an automated way to do that, but I can't think of it off the top of my head. One thing you can do is to use an IF statement in column B; it should be easy to have the entry in column B be blank except for each 10th row. Having the column B rows contiguous probably takes some scripting. -tom \_ can't you have column B have the SUM(A1:A10) then just fill down? You'll have more info than you need, but you can work with that. \_ combining with tom's idea: (IF((some rule to check if this is the 10th), SUM(A1:A10), "") then fill down \_ Yes, I can use the Subtotals function if I can let it be blank except for each 10th row, but I need the numbers to be next to one another. \_ then I think you probably have to write a little macro to put a formula in each cell. There might be a different way but I've never figured out how to get "fill down" to be more intelligent about how to increment the cell references. -tom \_ "On the Accuracy of Statistical Procedures in Microsoft EXCEL 97" B. D. McCullough, and Berry Wilson Abstract: The reliability of statistical procedures in Excel are assessed in three areas: estimation (both linear and nonlinear); random number generation; and statistical distributions (e.g., for calculating p-values). Excel's performance in all three areas is found to be inadequate. Persons desiring to conduct statistical analyses of data are advised not to use Excel. (McCullough, BD, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis v31 (1999) 27-37.) [ reformatted - formatd ] \_ gee that matters when you're trying to add. \_ It's not that I like using Excel. I'm just required to use it for this particular task. Otherwise I'd just write a C program from scratch to calculate the stats and it'll still be much faster than looking through the Excel Help.```
 2002/10/23-24 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:26302 Activity:moderate ```10/23 Does anyone know the keyboard shortcut in MS Excel for going between two or more different sheets that are currently open? \_ Ctrl+PgUp/Ctrl+PgDn to switch between sheets within an Excel document. \_ Ctrl-tab if you have two instances of a worksheet open; use the Ctrl-pgup/pgdn to go between worksheets in a workbook. \_ sorry, just realized I misphrased my question. how do I go between two different excel FILES that are open? (instead of going to the Window menu and choosing between file1 and file2? thanks. \_ Ctrl-tab will also go between two different Excel files that are open. Ctrl-Shift-tab will cycle it the other way. In Excel 2000, the different files also show up on the Windows task-bar, which means Alt-tab will also let you switch back and forth. I'll leave Alt-Shift-tab as an exercise for the reader.```
 2002/9/30-10/1 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:26060 Activity:very high ```9/30 http://www-bcs.mit.edu/people/adelson/checkershadow_illusion.html (self-documenting link) \_ Amazing. Even after measuring the shade of grey with Photoshop, I still find it hard to believe the two checks are of the same gray. \_ yeah I had to do that also, I cut and pasted them side by side. \_ Uhm... I simply blocked out the rest of the screen with some paper. I don't see how they're the same. \_ The "A" and the "B" letters are still deceiving your brain. \_ I blocked that out too. Maybe I'm just blind. \_ maybe this animated GIF will help. http://www.csua.berkeley.edu/~jameslin/tmp/checkershadow-AB-anim.gif```
 2002/9/17 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:25914 Activity:very high ```9/17 How fucked yp art your eyes getting from st4ring at screens wll day? \_ i hereby nominate this for the dullest fucking thread all week. \_ I can start posting some common sense anti-gun control urls. My favorites are the ones showing murder rate per capita has minimal correlation to strictness of gun control laws. \_ I turn the contrast all the way up and the brightness as low as I can read the text to reduce the emitted light level. \_ fine. do it. i see you talking, but all i see at the top of the motd is some BASH shit that makes this thread almost look interesting. \_ sorry, an actual work thing came up. it happens. you're going to have to fend for yourself for a few hours. \_ Can't help it, anything more interesting gets censored. It's the price of censorship. \_ Practice good vision habits. Move your head (try a naturalpoint.com device), rest your eyes every hour for a few minutes, and every few minutes for a few seconds, remember to blink, don't squint, sit comfortably. [motdformatd] \_ If your monitor is fucking up your eyes you need a new monitor. I've been staring at screens for 25 years since green screens that could literally burn an image you could still see with your eyes closed and my eyes are fine. \_ I turn the contrast all the way up and the brightness as low as I can read the text to reduce the emitted light level. \_ Me too! Is this common practice? \_ no. it is common practice to turn the intensity all the way up, turn off the room lights, and program naked with very dark sunglasses on. \_ that's total BS. If you are really concerned about your monitor, you need to calibrate it. Basically turn brightness down until you don't see anything on a black background, and turn contrast down until dark, medium, and bright white text appears reasonable. dark visible, bright not too vivid. Calibrating is especially important if you are viewing/editing digital images. Your eyes will thank you too. You do need a really good test pattern to do this (but plain old full-screen DOS prompt will do if you know how). check out the demo version from http://www.displaymate.com/demos.html Manufacturers by default cranks the contrast to 100% to impress customers in a showroom, this will surely shorten the life of the tube, and most importantly, your eye!! \_ Why is low contrast better on the eyes as compared to high contrast? I also like to turn contrast high, so would like some evidence before changing my behavior. \_ The blurriness makes your eyes work harder so they get a good workout instead of slacking all day. \_ You are not setting a low contrast. You are setting the correct contrast. Too high a level and it's the same as looking at the sun, too low a level and your eyes gets tired too quickly. the correct level will allow you to comfortabely view the monitor without much effort, the light output level matches more or less with the ambient light, and that's the key. Your 100% contrast might work ok if your monitor is out in the sun, but at night, it will kill your eyesight. The point is it needs to be adjusted to match the ambient light available so it doesn't put too much effort on your eyes. If you are used to the 100% setting, it may take you a few days to get use to the new setting. \_ I usually find more contrast feels more comfortable for me. I hate it when contrast is low especially when there is also reflection from the back. I turn my contrast all the way up. Also, I think high brightness is more like looking at the sun, not high contrast. \_ Nah. If you are really concerned about viewing/editing digital images, you should use Adobe Gamma in Photoshop to calibrate your monitor. Besides contrast and brightness, you also need to adjust the color temperature on the monitor as well as the RGB color curves on your video card. I use two settings. One is for coding and web surfing where I crank the contrast all the way up and the brightness very low to reduce the light. (And I use black background and black wallpaper too.) The other is for digital imaging where I use the settings that Adobe Gamma recommends in order to get correct colors.```
 2002/9/9 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/HW] UID:25812 Activity:moderate ```9/8 What are some professional (or at least very high-quality) video editing programs, for a PC? I've heard lots about Adobe Premiere...is that powerful? thanks. \_ professional? Avid. Otherwise, a lot of people prefer Vegas Video over Premiere. \_ I got a Pyro firewire/Premiere bundle a few months back. If it wasn't for the included CDROM video tutorial, I don't think I would've really figured out Premiere. It's not very intuitive if you haven't video editin before and the manual is suck.```
 2002/7/12-13 [Computer/SW/Languages, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:25344 Activity:very high ```7/12 Is there a acrobat read that will fit in a floppy disk? I have a PDF file that I want printed. I'd like to get acrobat with me so that I can print it on any computer. But acroread is like 2.8 megs. Is there a "lite" version or a self-extracting pdf file kind of a deal? Thanks. \_ Can you print your .pdf to a PostScript file and then carry the .ps around? -- yuen \_ ps files are much larger than their corresponding pdf files. \_ print to level3 postscript and then zip that file as self-extracting if you desire. \_ there doesn't seem to be a way to print a PS file to a network printer in windows. I can do "copy foo.ps lpt1:" but I haven't been able to get something to print over a network. \_ I did it by "copy foo.ps \\myserver\myprint". You can do "net view myserver" to see what share name it uses for printing. --- yuen "net view myserver" to see what share name it uses for the print queue. --- yuen \_ oh I didn't about this. Thanks man! \_ www.printme.com You don't even need a PC at the destination to print.```
 2002/4/14 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:24438 Activity:high ```4/13 Can somebody recommend a software title for managing address lists for printing out onto address labels? I know MS word has some label printing functionality, but I'm wondering if there are other ones that has better address management and label printing integration. Thanks. \_ avery \_ FileMaker \_ Woot! In 1992 I was an in-house tester for Labels Unlimited! You should go find the most recent version (if it still exists) so my time wasn't completely wasted. Thank you for supporting slave labor summer interns during a bad economy (the last one).```
 2002/2/14-15 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:23868 Activity:very high ```2/14 It was actually really funny this morning in one of my lectures the prof totally bagged on Ms_word as being the product from the devil in how it deals with images. if you have ever used it you know exactly what I mean He then proceeded to say USE TEX- for a 50yr old guy saying that I was fairly impressed- he them proceeded to say that unlike MS-word and others TEX will still be exactly the same 50yrs from now, and that it has been the same for the last 20yrs it was the standard back then is the standard now and will be the standard forever. - kinney \- dont you think it is more likely for a 50yrs old to be using TeX than a 20yrs old. Well, some TeX stuff does change like NFSS. --psb ["ok tnx" omitted due to smace considerations] \_ Doesn't this belong on /csua/tmp/motd.kinney? \_ well, it's actually short and concise this time... \_ dunno. is TeX the standard anymoe when more and more things are going to pdf? \_ You can't author in pdf. You author in TeX and rip to dvi then ps then pdf. It looks great. Many academic papers/ dissertations are done this way. \_ Uhm. See also: pdftex/pdflatex. No PS involved, and the DVI is PDF-tailored internally. \_ Why can't you author in PDF with Acrobat? \_ Acrobat isn't an authoring application. It's for putting together docs of all different kinds into a single format. Adobe would have you author in FrameMaker or PageMaker, Microsoft in Word, etc., but Acrobat isn't the app that does the authoring. \_ not to mention, try laying out an equation in anything but the TeX family -- no way! \_ How about the Equation Editor in M\$ Office? POS? \_ It's crap. Not even worth mentioning. TeX can be gnarly, but its equations writing capabilities are delectable. \_ when I was in Cal, it seemed most profs went from powerpoint to pdf and only added ps as an afterthought. These profs were from the 28 -> 40 age range \_ TeX! TeX! TeX is the STANDARD! -- not the ED guy```
 2002/2/3-4 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:23758 Activity:high ```2/2 Can somebody recommend software that will create forms to be printed out on paper (not web forms)? Thanks. \_ Adobe PageMaker. \_ A.K.A. "RageMaker" \_ QuarkXPress is awesome. \_ Microtheft Word can do this, at least for basic forms you can make tables and shade them if you wish, change borders, etc. \_ Adobe Acrobat can create PDF files which can be filled out by anyone with Acrobat Reader and then printed out. -tom \_ yeah i am lazy, i want to use acrobat```
 2001/12/20 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:23314 Activity:high ```12/19 A few days ago, someone posted that I should irc over to ugrad and join /hozerchat to get in touch with fellow MacOS X coders and users. Can anyone recommend a decent irc client on soda which I can use for this purpose. tia. \_ mirc, etc. and it was #hoserchat - with an "s" \_ irc \_ or you can ssh to ugrad.csua (screwdriver) and use bitchx \_ are the username/passwords on screwdriver the same as on soda?```
 2001/11/7 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:22965 Activity:high ```11/7 What's the difference between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe PhotoDeluxe? Which one is better for editing photographs? Thanks. \_ PhotoDeluxe is the neutered, given-away-free-with-stuff version of Photoshop. If all you want to do is a bit of cropping, you'll be fine with it. If you want full layers, layer effects, filters, etc, etc, you want Photoshop. --dbushong \_ several hundred dollars \_ I am Jude Law. I am nobody's bitch! \_ That line rather summed up the quality of the movie. \_ Photoshop is what professional photographers use; PhotoDeluxe is all about providing extreme novices with "guided activities" (so, it's what grandmothers who want to put the grandkids on their homemade Christmas cards use). You may want to check out Photoshop Elements; it's a new ~\$100 version that's got less functionality than the full ~\$600 PS, but has also had substantial engineering work done (plus some new features added) to make it more focused toward the casual/ consumer photographer/photo editor. -- kahogan \_ Photoshop Elements is excellent for digital photos, whether you want prints or Web images as your final product. -tom```
 2001/8/10-11 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/Graphics] UID:22073 Activity:moderate ```8/10 I have a ps file with a small bug (when I jump to page 1 from a later page, gs barfs). I used ps2ps and it fixed the problem. But ps2ps made all the text into ugly graphics. How do I make it keep text as text? (running ghostscript 5.50 under linux). \_ hand-edit the old file? diff the old and new file to try to find what was the fix? \_ how about converting it to pdf? speaking of which, is ps2pdf any good yet? last I checked, a lot of documents kept getting vector glyphs replaced with bitmaps. Acrobat Distiller, on the other hand, did a fine job with the same files...```
 2001/7/24 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:21922 Activity:kinda low ```7/23 http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200107/20010723dcma.html \_ they deleted it. It's archived at www.csua/~mikeh/dmca.html \_ are you sure? i went to the adobe url and hit super reload several times, it's still there. don't be too paranoid \_ That's not the same file -- read both. \_ what mikeh means to say is that the one he has archived was the page as of this morning, which has since been taken down and replaced with the new one that's still posted. Reading both is recommended, for greatest dramatic effect. -alexf \_ for best effects, open 2 netscape windows, and read them side by side using the power of vdiff. - paolo \_ How funny. In the original version they even explicitly mention that the offense (for lack of a better word) took place in Russia, and that since they could not prosecute there, it was justifiable to arrest Skylarov here for committing a US crime overseas. -John```
 2001/7/19 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/OS/Linux] UID:21857 Activity:high ```7/19 here's more on the cryptographer who got arrested in vegas monday: http://zork.net/mailman/listinfo/free-sklyarov with a companion website: http://www.boycottadobe.com - the non-social new guy on soda. \_ PROTEST IN SAN JOSE ON MONDAY. Information at: http://zork.net/pipermail/free-sklyarov/2001-July/000183.html Transportation may be available from fremont and berkeley; contact alexf.```
 2001/4/28 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/Domains] UID:21129 Activity:nil ```4/27 I'm trying to get some warez off IRC. There are a lot of people advertising sites that require you to visit some other site and register and give them an email address. Anybody know if they're spammers? \_ probably, but if you're getting something for nothing, what do you care? just go register for a temporary hotmail account or something. \_ don't ever deal with that kind of crap. it's not worth the time or hassle. newsgroups and ftp pubs are the best. -1337 W@R3Z K1D \_ you need a good newsserver for newsgroups. even then it will like panning for gold. and pubs will be slow and few and far between.```
 2001/4/23-24 [Computer/SW/Apps, Finance/Investment] UID:21062 Activity:moderate ```4/22 I need something to keep track of my stock purchases, sales, gains, loss, splits, dividends, etc. Should I just use Excel? \_ Quicken would probably be better than Excel. \_ not to mention quicker \_ Not to mention you can then transfer your data to TurboTax. \_ not to mention excel is a general use tool not designed for this. \_ On a related note, anyone know of a service where you can track foreign currenies and various other non-US financial instruments? My Yahoo! lets you get quoted prices for most of the ones I'm interested in but it doesn't do anything more. There are no histories, graphs, news items, etc... \_ You want to go into arbitrage like the guy in 9 & 1/2 weeks? BTW, the original story didn't end with her 'empowerment'. That was the Hollywood PC feel-good-about-being-a-woman-all -men-suck version. \_ forget arbitrage. Do Options now. \_ agreed. Quicken is better. But I believe if you want to customize your own analysis of your portfolio, Excel may be more flexible. \_ ObLinux: has anyone used GnuCash? 1.5 series looking good? \_ BOOT TO THE HEAD!!! \_ And he RIDES BIKE! \_ For those of you using Quicken for stocks, do you use their transaction download (from broker) feature. I tried it with E*trade and it was full of mistakes. \_ You should be using Excel. \_ Is there somewhere where I can get a Excel worksheet already customized for stock tracking purposes? \_ http://www.google.com```
 2001/4/9 [Computer/SW/Languages, Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:20910 Activity:low ```4/8 Is a study that surveyed only 20 people statiscally significant: http://www.nngroup.com/reports/pr I don't remember much statistics but I do remember something about needing 33 subjects at a minimum for this kind of thing. \_ You have not enough clue. Mine more clue. \_ Usability testing is a far different realm than statistical sampling. Many usability tests have only 5 or 6 participants. Don't worry, the people in the Nielsen Norman group know far far more about usability testing & statistics than you could ever hope to - they've created many of the techniques and wrote the papers & books and designed the products to back them up. (Much of the modern GUI is based on work Tog did at Apple to refine the original Xerox designs and millions of websites are based on Jakob Nielson's design strategies.) \_ Not the point of the question. I was trying to get at why isn't statistical sampling typically used in usabliity studies? Just because usablility tests typically ask a small number of people, it doesn't make it right or statistically valid. Sure cost is an issue but that doesn't mean that you can just make conclusions up after sampling a (usually) small number of people. BTW, I know who Nielsen is. I used to sit across the hall from him at one point. I asked the question because it has always bugged me that he almost always uses sample sizes smaller than seems right. After being the subject once and seeing how my comments ended up in the final report, I feel the whole process that these experts have set up is questionable.```
 2001/3/12-13 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:20759 Activity:high ```3/11 can somebody please repost the command to join csua irc? \_ The IRC server is currently broken; we'll post another announcement when it's working agian. \_ ~brg/bin/hoserchat \_ % must be this tall to enter \_ icb -s icb.cp.net \_ icb -s http://icb.soda.net irc \$USER localhost once you're on, everyone's piling into channel "#csua", so just: /join #csua \_ don't forget: touch ~/.openident \_ we have wall, why do we want irc? \_ because paolo is a twink.```
 2001/2/6 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:20519 Activity:moderate ```2/6 i had acrobat reader 3.x and it allowed me to search through an entire doc. Not just the page being viewed. I installed reader 4.x in a diff directory and IT does NOT have the functionality AND it seems that my version 3 has lost it as well! What the fuck? So now i've uninstalled them both, but i can't seem to find an old version of 3. What should i do? (other than use a real OS) \_ There used to be a searching and a non-searching version of AR. Make sure you grabbed the right one. \_ dont know what your computer's smoking, my acrobat 4 can search entire pdf's (100+ pages long) fine. \_ you are a gay whiner. \_ you have to click on the right button first \_ Think it depends on how the PDF is encoded. If they saved it out wrong there's nothing to index, thus nothing to search, thus the app. takes the feature out of the menu. \_ what kind of search are you doing? just a regular Find? A Search Query?```
 2001/1/15-16 [Consumer/Camera, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:20331 Activity:nil 58%like:20323 ```01/15 Can someone recommend a reference/introduction to photo negative retouching? (_not_ digital, ie !photoshop)```
 2000/11/1-2 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/OS/Windows] UID:19631 Activity:very high ```11/1 MS Word (on NT/Win98) crashed while modifying a document. Now, I can only open that file in read only mode. How do I get rid of the lock? I can't delete the file because its says I have a sharing violation. Would a reboot help? \_ Been in a similar situation. I did a control-A (copy all) and pasted the entire document into another file. I lost some special formatting but better that than lose the whole thing. Good luck. \_ why didn't you just copy the file? \_ Ya, this guy is dumb. A "Save as" would also have worked. \_ Nice of the two of you who *weren't there* to tell me to try things that *didn't work* and then tell me I was dumb for moving on and doing what *did work*. Next time I need help with something, I'll be sure to come to you for the *obvious but _wrong_ answers*. \_ don't group the two together please. The first may not have been malicious (the second may just lack tact). Of course, motd posters are not always good models of tact. \_ Why didn't those two suggestions work? As for lacking tact, you're asking an MS Word question on the motd... You deserve to be insulted once or twice before getting a solution, if you get one at all. If the answers were obvious but wrong, you should have mentioned, "I tried x and y but they didn't work." Otherwise, people should assume that you're either dumb or didn't think of the easy solutions (because you're dumb). \_ He is not asking a Word question. He answered one. Giving useful information. Unlike you. --Galen [who is not any of the above]```
 2000/10/25-26 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/Languages/Functional] UID:19564 Activity:high ```10/25 Here is an interesting article about s/w. It goes against the typical silicon valley s/w mentality, and even some of the anti-female sentiment often shown on this motd: http://www.fastcompany.com/online/06/writestuff.html \_ "Yet everyone complains how bad software is, with all the defects." Everyone? I personally think that software quality has increased in the past 20 years. Look at the accomplishment we've made with OS, application, database, network, etc. \_ Okay: M\$ Win*, M\$ Excel/Word/PowerPoint, M\$ Access/FoxPro, M\$ TCP/IP & IE, etc. Things have become much worse. \_ "something wrong with the way its being written" If only writers had some process of their own. \_ You don't want to know how much this software probably costs. When there's no profit on the line then things are typically done well/right. Most software companies aren't about good software but about (duh) making a profit. --dim \_ And most software companies also have competitors, both for customers and for funding. \_ Yes, we're all familiar with slashdot, thanks. \_ I worked at NASA and yes there are people that write good code there but there is little innovation. The reason that it is reliable is because each change or improvement or idea has to get approved by ~ 50 people (and most ideas don't make it through the process). The atmosphere does appeal to a lot of mothers (mine included, AI research @ Ames 13 yrs) though. They like the slow non-aggressive work enviroment. Also efficiency isn't a top priority, many programs make the worst possible use of resources in order to ensure max. reliability. And this doesn't change even when you point out that the same thing can be done faster with equal reliability, because it would be "dangerous" to change it (the reality is that it would mean that some people would have to do work, which is avoided at all costs). \_ 1) resources aren't important. In a situation like this correctness is everything. Resources are pretty damn cheap. \_ You are wrong. Resources on the shuttle are exteremely expensive. You can't just launch the latest 2GHz PV Q3A/UT FRK proc into orbit. The computer systems on the shuttle are quite slow and every cycle on them is precious. If you can do something faster then it worth doing, esp. if it is provable safe. Improvements in operational efficiency translate to longer cheaper missions. Ultimately someone has to pay for this and that is the US tax payer, if this thing gets too damn expensive it will stop flying, regardless of all that science is great and wonderful and should be done regarless of the cost bs that you see on Star Trek. 2) if it works and is BugFree(tm) them changing it IS dangerous. It means you have to go make sure there are no problems with the code and change it in the painstaking process you described before (which yes may be painful for someone used to coding in a more freeform style, but let's face it, it does work for what they want). \_ The problem is not that it is dangerous to change and test it, the problem is that beuracrats don't like change because that means they have to do work and they hate doing work. Nasa is run by inertia, a body at rest remains at rest unless otherwise compelled by an external force. And that external force needs to be pretty damn strong. The reason that there are so many women there is that they like the fact that most of the time there is nothing to do and when asked to do something they can just say that it would take too long. \_ It's all about risk versus gain. Change for the sake of change is not wise in such an environment. Further, even the smallest change can be *very* expensive considering all the testing and validation that must be redone. When there's sometimes code that's been around for 30 years and consists of millions of lines you can see why people are loathe \_ It's a four-year old article. to change it unless there are requirements to do so. It's not sloth. --dim \_ @ Ames its sloth. I routinely got, yeah we could change it or we could fix it, but I don't feel like it, I just want to surf the web and go home. We could maybe do it next month. \_ change it != fix it != optimize it \_ In the context of the code I was dealing with change|fix == optimize, basically most of the stuff ran slow and no one wanted to even clean it up, because that would get in the way of putting in a solid 7 hrs (they always take min 1 hr lunch) of playing solitare or bz or web surfing. The people described in this article probably also write in ADA. \_ until recently (not sure how the advent of RTOS's affect this) all FAA certified software for ATC was exclusively hand coded and verfied assembly code. \_ At Nasa, the shuttle guys were ADA, the aeronautics guys were FORTRAN and the AI guys were Lisp. \_its amazing the thing ever got off the ground. \_ well it was only 10 yrs late and over budget. \_ It's a four-year-old article.```
 2000/5/8 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/OS/Windows] UID:18202 Activity:nil `05/08 http://www.google.com/search?q=%22suck+ass%22&meta=lr%3D%26hl%3Den&btnG=Google+Search`
 2000/5/2-3 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:18155 Activity:high ```4/31 I'm writing a research paper. What vector drawing programs do people use to incorporate into the body? \_ xfig \_ I've found xfig to be cool until you start trying to add the pics into a document. There's no interchange format between xfig and wordperfect (hpgl works but the drawing gets fucked up) or MS word (again, cgm format fucks up the drawing). \_ are you the same moron who didn't understand that you can convert an xfig drawing into ANY FORMAT YOU WANT? -tom \_ If you're so damn smart (which you're not) which FORMAT do you suggest? fig2dev only supports a limited set of formats so why don't you recommend a converter and a format instead of writing the same bullshit you always do. \_ converter: "convert" (ImageMagick) or xv or gimp. format: any format you need. -tom \_ <--- I'm with tom \_ Can I convert xfig to ascii art? \_ yes, actually. -tom \_ Sometimes commercial software does the job best. Adobe Illustrator is REALLY nice for this sort of work. I usually just output it as .eps and include the postscript. Depending on the program, it won't display on screen in that form but will print. If I need screen display, I have it export as some random bitmap format. -nweaver \_ I tried to do some of the figures for my book using xfig and other OSS software products. I eventually gave up and used Illustrator. The export to EPS was extremely handy when interacting with the production dept. at my publisher. Sometimes closed source is better cause they are more focused and better managed. \_ My version of xfig can export to EPS format. I'm using "Xfig 3.2 patchlevel 2 (Protocol 3.2)". Maybe you should upgrade. Xfig rocks. \_ ACK! OPEN SOURCE! LINUX! BIKE! TRAITOR!```
 1999/11/5-12 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:16833 Activity:high ```11/11 **Adobe Systems Infosession, TODAY**: happening from 5-6 PM in the Lewis/Latimer Room of the Faculty Club. We'll be offering the usual stuff: refreshments/free food, a raffle for the Adobe product of your choice, and details on available jobs for graduating seniors who are interested in working on exciting products. Show up & bring your resume. Any questions, E-mail me. -- kahogan (khogan@Adobe.COM) \_ how many positions are for development vs. testing? \_ I don't know what the exact ratio is (because the list I have of each group's needs/wants doesn't exactly correspond to currently open positions) -- but almost every major group within the company looking for NCGs is hiring for both, with the balance slanting towards development. If you're interested in dev positions and sound like a good person, that's what I'll recommend you for -- I don't try to shoehorn people into QA who don't want to go there. -- kahogan \_ CSUA is a sys adm farm. It's a wrong place to recruit dude \_ Unless you want a syadm. \_ work you technopeasant! \_ run you infoslave! \_ Don't work for Adobe. Work for Scientoligy...I mean Microsoft. There you'll learn the art of brainwashing, extortion, deception, and satanism. \_ Still don't like how your company name sounds when spoken out loud. \_ ^Faculty^Fight \_ Still don't like the way Adobe sounds out loud. \_ Get over it. \_ I'm in therapy now. Sending you the bills.```
 1999/9/28 [Computer/SW/Unix, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:16609 Activity:nil ```9/27 Is there any sort of "acroread" that will display a pdf file on a tty terminal? \_ ghostscript can read PDF's - maybe it has a crude pdf2ascii like the ps2ascii \_ why not just pipe it through a pdf2ps | ps2ascii```
 1999/9/10 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:16499 Activity:very high ```9/9 Hi -- is there a tool for rendering excel spreadsheets into text kinda like "catdoc" does for word? I get excel attachments sometimes, and I want to add a simple thing to my mailcap to handle excel files. \_ excel \_ Would that be excel for dos, excel for windows, excel 95, excel 97, or excel 2000? And what about star office? Help! \_ Yes. \_ perl \_ handle? what does handle mean? you want to see the content from your mail reader or just save it to a file as a regular excel file? saving is easy, use procmail or slocal.```
 1999/9/10-13 [Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Motd, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:16498 Activity:moderate ```9/10 Dear Motd, please squish tom. Thank you. \_ Don't squish tom. As the Chief Fanatic and Know Nothing, Tom's loss would be mourned by all clear thinking people with the healthy sense of humor required to enjoy Tom's little rants and to see Tom for what he is. -not tom but amused by him \_ T0M RUL3Z D00DZ! H3 15 3L33T & W1LL 5QU15H U! \_ Ye who underestimates the power of the MOTD will suffer its wrath!! -motd.deamon \_ the motd does not have the authority to squish tom \_ handle? what does handle mean? you want to see the content from your mail reader or just save it to a file as a regular excel file? saving is easy, use procmail or slocal. \_ umm, the former which I thought was obvious -- hence the catdoc hint. But you are so smart I guess you missed that. Do you know the answer? \_ I don't take hints for help on the motd. It is your responsibility to explain exactly what you need and mean. Yes, I know how to do what you're asking for excel files that are a single sheet. I don't know how to do multi sheet files which reference each other's cells.```
 1999/8/28 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:16418 Activity:nil ```8/26 HOw do I save my contact list in ICQ? Just got a new home machine and don't want to request authorization from all these folks on my list. \_ copy your DB (or NewDB, depending on version of icq you're using from your old machine to your new machine. \_ What I do is first on new machine set up ICQ account with your ICQ number. Shut down ICQ. Copy DB/NewDB over. Run the database converter if necessary (newer version of ICQ, etc), and restart ICQ```
 1999/8/24-26 [Computer/SW/Graphics, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:16388 Activity:kinda low ```8/24 Boss in my 4 person company wants to pay someone to do our web page. He doesn't want to deal with fancy Photoshop graphics, icons, layout, etc. How much do web pages cost? We want a 5 page static web page, and maybe some electronic scheduler dynamic web page. \_ if you sign your name i can forward a few freelancer names to you. --caliban \_\$700-\$1000 \_It depends. Did you already pay the \$70 for two years InterNIC fee for the domain name registration? Do you guys already have a web hosting service? If you pay them extra, they'll do the pages for you, and each host charges differently.```
 1999/8/22 [Computer/SW/Apps, Transportation/Motorcycle] UID:16369 Activity:nil ```8/21 Anyone have a hard copy of A. Illustrator and want to lend it to me? [suzuki]```
 1999/8/17-18 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:16332 Activity:high ```8/17 Does anyone know of any security holes with the latest version of ICQ? I've found references to holes in ICQ, but they all refer to the older versions. \_ The biggest security hole is that you have to run windows to run it, which is intself the biggest security hole you could have. \_ USE WINDOSE. WINDOSE REWLZ. WINDOSE CAN DO ANYTHING. RIDE CADILLAC \_ Wrong! "licq" has been out for FreeBSD for awhile now. Look in the ports directories. \_ There's dozens of ICQ clones, covering just about every OS imaginable. Search freshmeat for a sample. \_ in a bout a week, all you freakos who installed nt sp 5 are going to wish you didn't. \_ Just out of curiosity, what happens in a week? --dim \_ he must be a |
 1999/2/6-9 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:15369 Activity:high ```02/08 Adobe Systems Infosession _TODAY_, Feb. 8: happening from 7-8 PM in the Lewis/Latimer Room of the Faculty Club. We'll have pizza and refreshments, we'll have a raffle for the Adobe product of your choice -- but most of all, we have jobs for graduating seniors who are interested in working on exciting products. Show up and bring your resume. -- kahogan (khogan@Adobe.COM) \_ Exciting? you gotta be kidding me.. what's sexy about a drawing program. --shieh \_ depends what you're drawing \_ Pardon me -- I guess I _should've_ said "exciting, if you happen to be into the kind of things we do". And Adobe is a big company, with more going on than "a drawing program" -- my path hasn't come anywhere near Illustrator (or Photoshop, or PostScript) in the year and a half I've worked here. -- kahogan \_ prepare to be flamed by the GIMP zealots -muchandr```
 1998/11/11 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/OS/Windows] UID:14943 Activity:high ```11/10 I have a large .txt file with data in it that I want to open in excel. In order to do that, I need to delete all the carriage returns from the file. Whats the fastest way to do this? \_ If you have Word, you can search for returns ("^n", I think) and replace them with nothing, or a space. Most word-processors should do this, but I assume that if you have Excel than you also have Word. - mikeym \_ eh? you want to remove CRLF (PC returns) or just CR? Last I remember Excel imports fine with CRLFs. \_ as common an operation as this is, you'd think they'd put in a quick point'n'click operation to switch betwen unix and dos end-of-line format. Oh wait, this is a microsoft product -- there are no valid non-dos formats. -ERic \_ echo `cat infile.txt` > outfile.txt -- yuen```
 1998/11/2-3 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:14878 Activity:moderate ```11/2 What is better, Adobe Illustrator 8.0 or Freehand 8.0? \_ GIMP 1.0```
 1998/10/29-31 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/OS/Windows] UID:14851 Activity:low ```10/28 For those who already have Photoshop 5, what are some of the key features you like? Is it really worth upgrading from 4 to 5? Thanks. \_ multiple undos = GOOD THING. also smarter selection tools. much better text manipulation. but is this and more worth the upgrade? judgement call here... imho, no. \_ and for about \$0 you can get a lot of the same high quality image manip tools as Photoshop. http://www.gimp.org \_ And it works with my Wacom Artz II =) --dbushong \_ what is that?..some kind of pen input device? The last time i used one of those i found it to be more annoying than helpful \_ The text manipulation is only good for non-web graphics (ie print graphics)... There's a kerning bug in PS5 which prevents it from rendering decent web type. -- chucky \_ chucky needs to be sodomized \_ seano needs to be sodomized \_ I like Dr. Watson.```
 1998/8/25 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/OS/Windows] UID:14501 Activity:nil ```8/24 Los Angeles School District accused of software piracy (to the tune of \$5 million) See: http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/98/08/cyber/education/12education.html \_ They only paid \$300K in fines, right? More \$ -> Bill!```
 1998/5/28 [Computer/SW/Apps, Computer/SW/Graphics] UID:14147 Activity:low ```5/27 Is there a program that can generate jpeg images from text files? \_ make text into a jpg, or a jpeg into text? - danh \_ text into jpeg (or some graphics format) \_ Try to get it into postscript first. --dim \_ if you're desperate, read a flat file into excel, SelectAll, then Edit->Copy Picture (Bitmap Format), and you'll have a bmp. Then find some way to convert bmp to jpg.```
 1998/4/7 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:13912 Activity:nil `4/7 Hose yer local ICQ user! http://www.wpi.edu/~smm/icq`
 1998/3/31-4/1 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:13880 Activity:moderate ```3/31 Soda's irc client generates a random login causing lots of servers to reject. Is there anyway to force it to generate valid login(no stupid "[" character), or do I have to compile my own client?! - irc d00de \_ Maybe its soda's identd that is doing that. Its there to protect everyone here's identity, don't whine about it. Compiling your own irc, while a worthwhile project, won't solve this particular problem. If youwant to irc from your home mahcine though you can put whatever ident server on it you want. -ERic \_ Maybe its soda's identd that is doing that. Its there to protect the identity of everyone here, while still maintaining some accountability, so don't whine about it. Compiling your own irc, while no doubt a worthwhile educational exercise, won't solve your particular problem. If you want to irc from your home machine via a ISP dialup or HIP account, however, you can put whatever ident server on it you want. -ERic \_ It is soda's identd, read the manpage. If you really want to, there exists a way to let you shoot yourself in the foot and let other easily forge identd tokens. again, read the man page. Jon \_ oh no someone might be able to pretend they were me on IRC! the horror! \_ Well, uh, then, gee, they could uh, ruin your IRC rep! Yeah!```
 1998/2/16-19 [Computer/SW/Apps] UID:13679 Activity:low ```02/18 ADOBE SYSTEMS INFOSESSION _TODAY_: happening from 4-6 PM in the Wozniak lounge. We have pizza and refreshments. We have a raffle for copies of Illustrator and Photoshop. Most of all, we have jobs for graduating seniors who are interested in working on exciting products. (If you're interested in internships, show up too; bring a resume.) Any questions, please ask me -- kahogan (khogan@Adobe.COM)```
 1993/5/13 [Computer/SW/Apps, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA] UID:31318 Activity:nil ```5/12 Announcing the first CSUA Bike Ride Against IRC! It is tentatively planned for June 5th starting at 10:00 AM. There will be 3 routes ranging from an easy 15 miles to a challenging 35. If you are interested, or just want more information, mail tom. \_ Pardon my h0zerness, what's IRC? \_ It stands for Internet Relay Chat. It acutally is good, for what it is, but there is a faction that wants to turn soda into an IRC server, which would be, in the opinion of many soda stalwarts, a Bad Thing. \_ Who the hell wants to run an IRC Server on Soda!!?? \_ IRC Server?!? C'mon... slow down other computers... not ours... --nevman This event was inspired by, and planned over, /bin/wall. Don't let them turn soda into Just Another Unix Machine. \_ Them should be HIM (Adam Glass). The rest are just sheep who follow their fascist leader. \_ Is this against IRC itself, or just the idea of running a server on soda? - norby \_ It's against the idea of changing wall to IRC. \_ It's not going to change to IRC... don't be hysterical. --marco \_ Oh, excuse me, it's going to change to something that looks and works like IRC. \_ You mean another decision was made at the Politburo meeting concerning wallall besides reversing the syntax of the 'S' bit? Why is the elitist Politburo hiding this information?```
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