Codepress would have been a great tool, especially now when browsers are getting faster. Codepress is no longer under active development and therefore the links below may or may not work.
That said, you should totally checkout CodeMirror. CodeMirror powers jsfiddle, so it’s obviously powerful and likely what you’re looking for.
It offers a good number of options which include language support and line numbers to the wonderful benefit of syntax highlighting.
Codepress CSS Highlighting Demo
- Line numbers supported.
- Shift from codepress fancy editor to regular textarea with ease.
- Instead of textarea, pre tags will work too.
- Auto-complete features (untested).
- Read only option.
- Easy install?
If you go to Codepress.org, you get nothing. I found this by typing codepress into google and getting someone’s extracted version! The zip file is still up on SourceForage though. I hate when these kind of projects go under though. It had merit. Ajaxian even posted about it in 2007, but nobody since said it has died.
For the last four months I’ve been running IdleBackup on two of my computers. One of them is my server and the other is my primary computer. My server doesn’t see much action anymore, but a few months ago, I was making changes every few minutes and needed comprehensive backup. IdleBackup was there. My primary computer for doing school work and programming has constantly needed backups. IdleBackup has been there.
IdleBackup offers things that will make most people happy.
- Simple Interface – Select Folders or Files or both. Then pick what drive you want then backup on and to finish, hit start and it’ll automatically backup from there.
- Idle Only – IdleBack only runs when you’ve been idle for 60 seconds. You can set it to wait for any amount of minutes (below 999). If you move the mouse while a backup is in progress, it’ll stop the process and wait again until you’ve been idle for 60 seconds. I backup everything every 360 minutes (4 hours).
- Normal Files Option – While it’s not always great to have your files be uncompressed on your backup drive, it’s certainly great to be able to view, open and copy files without having to extract them from a zip or other wise annoying archive.
- Small memory foot print – It doesn’t take much memory even though it’s always running. Consistantly, my IdleBackup runs at about seven megabytes.
IdleBackup is excellent in most respects. It does a great job at backuping just regular files. I’ve noticed errors come up when dealing with deeply nested folders and system files.
I backup my entire usersÃ‚Â folder on my C: drive. (like, C:\Users\Ryan\). You’d think it’d backup that without any problem, but it doesn’t. It will often return to me saying that files are either lockedÃ‚Â or the filepath may be too long. I understand the locking of files, but seriously, if a filepath is too long to copy somewhere else, how did it even come to exist?Ã‚Â So in short, if you mustÃ‚Â backup files that are 25 directories deep, this may notÃ‚Â be for you.
IdleBackup version 1.15b (download here)Ã‚Â is out right now but it seems at this time, version 1.16 is going to come out soon. I couldn’t find what features or fixes are planned for 1.16, but I’m sure they’ll be good.
Graph paper is handy to have when drawing things and also makes mathematical equations look pretty. Of course, who has graph paper near by? I have plenty of printer paper though, so this free online graph paper site comes in handy.
Simple Graph Paper
There are at least forty different types of graph paper to choose from. You have the common grid paper, hexagonal, asymmetric to the interesting circular grid paper. They even have those Cornell Notes papers.
All of this is taken a step further by the PDF generators. You can specify inches or centimeters, document size, borders, grid weight, spacing and of course grid color. I generated one, with all the default settings except with gray lines.
Check out the Free Online Graph Paper PDFs from incompetech.
My father often burns Live CDs of different versions of linux. He bought a new laptop the other day and he wanted to throw KUbuntu on it. We have an old copy of Nero 6 and a trial of Nero 9, but neither would work with Windows Vista. I set out to find a different solution and I found one, ISO Burner from the oddest place, ntfs.com
It will only burn you an ISO but it does it with no price and it works really well. Here are just some of the things I noticed.
- The interface is so simple and so uncluttered. And there is single settings dialogue with no additional tabs.
- The program is excellent at burning ISOs, so far, there has not been a single failure. When I’ve burned with Nero, I’ve had a good share of those failures.
- The second highest burn speed is used rather than the fastest. It’s a wise choice and pretty clever too.
- It can also be run from the command line which could be useful in some cases.
Anyway, my opinion isn’t important since I hardly burn anything, let alone ISOs. Here is what my father has to say about ISO Burner.
- It’s very small.
- The program will link to all ISO file types to it, so there is no searching for files.
He likes it and that’s what counts.
The Acer Aspire from CNet
My father recently purchessed an Acer Aspire 5735-4624 from Best Buy for $399. It’s a wonderful laptop in my opinion. This is my initial review (after four days of having it). Here are the specs.
- Processor – Intel Pentium dual-core T3200 mobile 2.00GHz
- Mobile Intel Graphics – Shared Memory
- Memory – 2GB (expandable though)
- 160GB hard drive
- B, G and NÃ‚Â wireless
- DVD burner
- OS – Windows Vista Home Premium
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
For $399, you get an excellent laptop that supports Vsita (the laptop gets a 3.5 score). It’s very light at 5.9 pounds. It does not get very hot and it is very comfortable on my lap. It has a full keyboard (qwerty) with a numpad section to boot. It has Wireless N and even with our G home network, we’re still getting speeds in excess of 700kb/s instead of our normal G speed at 200kb/s. The hard drive is split into two partitions. Most modern laptops do this for a separate way to recover/reinstall the OS+Branded System however this laptop doesn’t force you to. The three USB 2.0 ports are all on the left side of the laptop spaced out very well.
However, there are some minor draw backs. The first is the Acer software that comes preloaded. Nothing scares me more than being forced to use software I don’t want to use. All of those trials and bloat-y-ware programs are annoying. Further, there is also this Acer Empowering Technology program that manages a lot about the laptop, primararily backup and other maintenance things. The other program is the number of processes that are running. Right now, excluding the programs that are visibly running on the desktop (chrome and firefox) there about over 85 processes running the background. Honestly, the laptop is still snappy fast but having that many processes is scary.
processes for the acer aspire
Overall, this laptop is great. I can’t imagine something better for a lower price. If memory is cheap enough, we’ll get some extra kick in there just for fun. I give the Aver Aspire, for my initial review (the only review until it has trouble) 4.5 out 5.
Now that my father has one, I almost want one!
I read on Lifehacker, Obscure Google Tricks, which taught me the search query, better than [thing here]. Since then, I’ve used it many times. Today I needed to get some help on an IRC channel for CakePHP. I used to use mIRC but of course, isn’t free and I only had it for a few days at which point I’d force myself to use mozillia’s irc client.
Enter TurboIRC from Turboirc. A free and useful alternative to mIRC. I have to admit, at first, it isn’t nearly as pretty, but you get used to it very quickly. Since I’m actually doing some learning for once, I can’t take a lot of time and think about what features I like best plus I’ve only used it for about a day, but nevertheless, you can use this fancy feature list from their website. They also offer tons of other software, which, I believe is free too. A lot of good stuff there.
- Available in x86 and in x64.
- Complete rewrite in C++. More flexible code.
- Encoding UTF-8 , ANSI , or custom per channel.
- Rewritten and new MDI interface.
- Per user data configuration.
- XML configuration.
- AES/SSL encryption.
- External file transfers with Turbo Transfer.
- CTCP AWAKE.
- New system of toolbars/menus – less menu confusion.
- Both Installed-Based and Portable Version – Installer stores data in Windows folders, portable version stores data in the folder you unrar.
- XML – based tree configuration box.
- Aliases, Events, Special events and alarms are mixed to one category.
- 64-bit file transfer with Turbo Transfer DCC.
- Scripts also support external PHP.
- UTF-8 logging.
- ActiveX support is enhanced.
- Protected logging with AES.
- Auto updates are enhanced with the Turbo Update library.
- New chat enhancements: Insert unicode characters and tables.
- More efficient Indirect File Transfers.
- User information now contains custom levels and it has an unlimited size
- Scrolling row bar to get notifications.
- Script enhancements
- Static variables are now unlimited
- Custom definitions are now unlimited
- Script size is now unlimited
- Script supports scalar variables
- Variable name and value is unlimited
- Auto updates
- Installer / Uninstaller
- Most IRC effects (bold,italic,colors,sizes,fonts,symbols,windings, beeps,emoticons,flash,ActiveX,Voice,Clipboard).
- SSL support in both servers and DCC chats
- User lists (Notify,Talk notify,Ignore,Black list,Auto Op,Auto voice)
- Custom nick prefixes
- IPv6 (both tunneled and native IPv6 supported)
- Inline midi
- DCC / TDCC chats and file transfers
- Inverse Transfers
- UPnP support
- Flash and multimedia messages
- IRC tables
- ActiveX controls
I found it on CNet/Download.com, but their copy was of poor TurboIRC 6! Don’t let anyone fool you, always get the latest version of free software.
Get TurboIRC 7.
After having used it for a couple of months, I can easily say it’s a very solid IRC Client for casual users. 9.8/10. My only minor gripe about it is that on Vista (which I have), it requires Admin privilages in order to make it have some features. I could blame it on Vista but I’ve learned that it’s not always Vista’s fault.