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  1. I was just wondering what others think about different workflows... I've worked on a bunch of projects so far where I had to take a .psd or illustrator file from an artist then convert it into a webpage. In my opinion this workflow utterly sucks. I have nothing against layers but to me this approach feels kinda backwards and I need at least two times longer compared to just properly coding the site with css and html, adding graphics only where necessarry. I'd rather have the artist give me individual png files (like logo, header, navigation) and use that as a base. I'm a free software guy so I mostly use inkscape, gimp and a bunch of scripts to splice, crop and generally deal with all the crap the artists send me. Maybe it's just the wrong tools for the job?
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    jamming with a bad drummer

    Do you mean a classic metronome device that we both can look at? I do have a metronome on my guitar effect board but so far didn't make use of it at all. It has a LED that we could set up in the middle of the room to look at. I'll also slow down a riff when I feel that the drummer gets out of sync. problem with me as a band member is that I'm overambitious, just like in every thing I do (eg programming). different personality types really show when playing music together
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    jamming with a bad drummer

    Quote:Original post by Chokki Hm. Are you sure you're playing loud enough? I'm playing with a cheap 30W amp but he can hear me just fine (I tested it myself)
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    jamming with a bad drummer

    I just came back from playing with an old drummer friend of mine (me on guitar).. I can't play guitar very well (just the usual metallica riffs etc) but I would say he performed even worse. what could I do to motivate him and to make sure this goes into the right direction this time? because we already stopped playing 15 years ago. this time it's different though because we are now well in our thirties and we are a lot better at drinking beer than actually playing our instruments.
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    Linux over Windows

    Quote:Original post by Mithrandir Try Visual Studio. Best IDE I've ever used. Use the express version if you have an aversion to paying for software. I'd like to do that but I can't because Visual Studio doesn't run on Linux or Mac OS X.
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    Looking forward to FireFox 3?

    I would say for Mac OS X users it is definitely an revolutionary version. Compared to Safari, Firefox 2 was just incredibly ugly and slow. Now it has a native skin and performs much better and I rarely ever use Safari these days. Mozilla has stolen some features from Safari, too, for example you can select a section of text or an image and you just drag it to some folder or to the desktop. Some of my favorite extensions still don't work, eg. FireFTP. I'm using FF3 on Ubuntu for a few months now (since Ubuntu 8.04 alpha is available) and I experienced almost no compatibility problems since beta 1. The awesome bar is great but as a web developer I often have to clear my cache and personal settings and as a result all my search terms and typed in urls are gone as well. You need to get used to it but typing "/." to get to slashdot is pretty handy. I don't use the traditional bookmarks anymore anyway, I hope that the traditional bookmark feature will eventually disappear completely someday.
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    Linux over Windows

    Users having problems with using a CLI is really a more fundamental issue in computing. This is not about Windows vs Linux, it is about smart users vs stupid/uneducated users. Back in the 90's when I started to use computers I used DOS and I used Norton Commander for some tasks. Commands like dir and cd were easy to learn and as intuitive as typing "look around" in Kings Quest. The unix counterparts of these DOS commands are far superior but I didn't know unix at that time so all in all things were fine back then. 15 years forward I have to fix other peoples problems because they don't know the difference between a file and a folder even though they already use computers for several years. I have clients sending me emails with 200 raw pictures attached because they are too stupid to compress them into a zip file or convert pictures from bmp to png. Who is to blame? Solely blaming Windows would be unfair, I think it is simply how things have turned out unfortunately. When it comes to computers, many people deliberately act like idiots. If there's a problem, it's either "the computer" or some software manufacturers' fault. It's never the users own ignorance. Unfortunately though, there are some features in default installations of Windows which don't exactly help remedy this problem. Having an animated dog graphics for your search is great (well, it's not) but I'd rather see a more useful built-in search engine in WindowsXP. And what exactly is wrong with a per-user home directory where you put all your files? Virtual folders like Documents and Settings or My Pictures, and the whole DOS-based filesystem in general, are a total hack and should have been rwritten from scratch 10 years ago. Power users that already know that these things are fundamentally broken are now switching to Vista and they can adapt to the new filesystem design easily but I fear that other users are getting even more confused. I'm using the gnome desktop full-time for a good year and I've used several linux distros and some BSD systems before. I am a developer but I honestly can't remember that I had to touch the shell once for getting Ubuntu up and running or for doing some standard tasks like installing, configuring or launching software, playing videos or music etc. I'm actually using the Terminal on my Mac much more often than I use bash on Linux. Why? Because like Windows, Mac OS X only includes functionality for the average user. When you actually need to do some real work, you either have to download third-party software from more or less dubious websites or you have to find your own ways around Explorer or the Finder app. In gnome or KDE, there is a reasonable set of default tools and a good balance between power users and average users. Soon this will improve even more. I somewhat dislike Windows for political reasons, but besides some incompatibility issues it is still a great system for many tasks. Unfortunately, it has several fundamental design issues that make me not want to go back again for at least the next 5 years or the next version after Vista.
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    List of free libraries

    Quinta is a lightweight but powerful application framework released under the BSD license. Quinta is written in C and is built on top of SDL and similar platform-independent open-source libraries. It features a custom scripting language and transparent OpenGL GUI's. This framework is currently under heavy development but it is already tested on Linux, Mac OSX, Windows and Nokia handheld devices.
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    Creating a knowledgebase

    There's a Geshi plugin for mediawiki, to do syntax highlighting etc. In a project of mine I just post the smaller syntax-highlighted code snippets on the wiki and then link to doxygen for full source code. This works when your framework is relatively stable. I wouldn't recommend this for a new project though as that would require updating hyperlinks all the time.
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    Can anyone recommend a simple bug tracker?

    Mantisis a very good bugtracker. We're using it at work and I'm also using it for several private projects. In my opinion it is easier to use than bugzilla, and it is way easier to install. The only downside I can think of is that the default theme and choice of colors is a bit ugly. They also have a demo here EDIT: Oops, I just noticed you want something non web-based. I have free space on my server though, send me a PM if you want me to host it for you.
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    austrian cell case

    All our shoddy austrian newspapers will be full of this for the next 6 months. Even the Kampusch case is still in all the news here. Quote:Original post by Toolmaker Austrians appear to have a thing with cellars [grin] </lame joke> I hope this isn't a reference to my screen name here :)
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    Linux Distribution

    Fluxbox + Ubuntu is fun. I have it running on a P3 450MHz currently. Not sure if fluxbox's menu system will suit you though. One word of warning the installer is text based and takes extremely long to finish, but other than that it is great.
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    Win XP SP3

    Quote:Original post by Instigator I may be able to help. Press F8 upon booting the Virtual Box (just as if you were trying to select safe mode). Then cancel the automatic reboot when you get the blue screen. What error message are you getting? it's missing a GdiGetBitmapBitsSize() in GDI32.dll :) Too lazy to fix this right now but if I find a solution I will post it. By the way, VirtualBox works like a charm.
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    Win XP SP3

    Same problem here, endless reboot, safe mode doesn't work. Not impressed. Maybe I should mention I installed in under VirtualBox (which itself runs on my Ubuntu comp) I originally downloaded the Service pack from here:
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    Autofocusing windows

    Yeah I tend to lose snippets of text or code because of this frequently (not only on Windows mind you, most of the time a browser window is somewhere in my way and I end up typing code into the address bar). It is just one of the weak areas of GUIs, a DVD burning process really shouldn't have a UI in the first place.
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