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Forum Games / Re: The "EVIL" Game IV - A New Topic
« Last post by xbolt on April 21, 2019, 07:42:23 PM »
Oh dear.
I'm back from my three week trip to Israel. :failware

And geez, this poor forum has been more dead than the Dead Sea.
General Discussion / Re: DeiMWolf Progress Thread
« Last post by Boingo the Clown on April 20, 2019, 07:12:42 PM »

Has it really been a year since my last post?!?

Ummm ...  I'm working on DeiMWolf.

I'll do a progress report when I've made enough progress to report on.
Off Topic Discussions / Re: How Fast can we count to a million?
« Last post by ChelonianEgghead on April 18, 2019, 01:31:33 PM »
What about 4443 lol? 4443, 4444, 4445...
Off Topic Discussions / Re: How Fast can we count to a million?
« Last post by DestroyedEDGE on April 17, 2019, 05:13:02 PM »
Since this thread now gets around 1 post a month, it will take us approximately 83333.3333333 years to count to a million from scratch.

I wonder who the lucky person will be who gets to post 4444.
I guess it was me
General Discussion / MOVED: The Bicycle Camping Trailer Thread
« Last post by Boingo the Clown on April 17, 2019, 04:50:18 PM »
Oops.  I meant to post it in Off Topic Discussions.

This topic has been moved to Off Topic Discussions.
General Discussion / Re: heh snow
« Last post by ChelonianEgghead on April 16, 2019, 10:17:00 PM »
Old news, but on Thursday we got more snow. Really warm today, though, so luckily there won't be any left for Easter. Still won't be very green out, more olive-colored because it's been so cold. It's been a really long and harsh winter, even by Minnesota standards, or so everyone says, and especially when you've just come from Texas last year lol. Oh well, happy Easter y'all!
Off Topic Discussions / The Bicycle Camping Trailer Thread
« Last post by Boingo the Clown on April 16, 2019, 07:14:13 PM »
Believe it or not, this is a serious thread.

A few months ago, I was talking to CWolf about camping trailers for bicycles, and while I had looked into the subject in the past, it has really been heavy on my brain since then.  I am considering building one. I have built a cargo trailer for my bike in the past, and it would be nice to take a trip on my bike, and if the trip takes more than one day, it wuld be nice to be able to pull off the road at a parking lot, park, campground, or farmer's field and have a nice comfortable place to sleep out of the weather.

The purpose of this thread is to discuss potential bicycle camping trailer designs.  It is also to discuss potential building techniques, and candidate materials for use in the project.  Give me whatever ideas you've got.

Important considerations:

  • Cost:  Expensive = bad.  Cheap = good.  'Nuff said.

  • Size when in shelter mode: When deployed as a shelter, the trailer should fold out into something decently large.  A lot of designs I have seen simply extend out to form 2 or 3 foot x 6 foot boxes. That's no good for me. I'm getting old.  I want to avoid spending time in a coffin as long as possible.  Also, I am not the svelt 150 pound guy I was when I was 25.  Something that small would be too cramped for me.

  • Size when in travel mode:  When folded down into travel mode, trailer needs to be fairly small, easy to manuvre, and narrow enough to not cause issues with traffic. Larger designs are much more difficult and hazardous around traffic.  My old cargo trailer I made was roughly 2 feet wide by 4 feet long.  That's a pretty good target size.

  • Weight: Lighter = better.  Remember that I have to pull it, so it must be as light as possible. It is not just a problem when trying to go up a hill.  It is also a problem when going downhill too.  Too much weight = extreme difficulty in stopping, and the possibility of jackknifing, which can be very dangerous in traffic.

  • Strength:  It can't be flimsy.  It has to be reasonably strong.  I hate to say it, but I am not the sleek long distance runner I used to be.  Over the last several years, I hate ballooned up to a scale crushing 250 pounds.  I need something that can hold all that extraneous flab and survive.  It is very hard to sleep when crunching sounds of your trailer collapsing under the strain of your mighty girth keeps waking you up.  The trailer also needs to be able to hold up to the rigors of the road, so let's make it strong.

  • Insulation:  I live in Canada.

  • Ventilation:  Suffocation = bad.  Dying of heat exhaustion = also bad.

  • Cargo capacity:  Food.  Water.  A change of underwear.  These are the kinds of things a person on a multi day bike trip thinks about.  Even when folded up, ther trailer needs to have room for the vital necessities one needs to bring along.  Also, something you can pack groceries in to when you go to the store is going to be a benefit.

  • Durability and weather resistance:  If it falls apart in the rain, I don't want it.  If it leaks, I don't want it.

I already have a few ideas of my own, but I want to see what you come up with first.

Feel free to post any ideas, including pictures and videos, and let's see what designs we can come up with.
Forum Games / Re: The Groaner Thread, New Edition
« Last post by ChelonianEgghead on April 10, 2019, 08:57:51 PM »
What do you call someone who does massages for a living? A massage-ynist.
Forum Games / Re: Whaleware Browser Naming Competition
« Last post by ChelonianEgghead on April 10, 2019, 08:56:08 PM »
If you mean "what will replace Thunderbird" then this fork will have both Firefox and Thunderbird (based on the UXP like Pale Moon and InterMail) built in to it, rather like SeaMonkey. Not only will switching to an in-house fork of Firefox restore full control to the users of our software, but it will also allow for far better integration with the system and lessen the need for hacks and workarounds.

Whaleware is not just another OS. It is professional multi-whale editing software, which you can get as a .WAD, .deb, .rpm, flatpak or built into Whaleware OS, which is based on the Linux kernel and various other software from the GNU project and the project. Whaleware itself is a modular all-in-one window manager, file manager, browser/email/chat client, and collection of editors for all kinds of files. These are all tightly integrated into a single user interface that completely redefines or simply does away with traditional concepts such as taskbars and double-clicking entirely. Instead, open windows and their tabs are contained in a single bar (which can have multiple rows and even the current program's tabs in one row with a more traditional taskbar in another depending on your configuration) the top bar contains both a launcher menu and an app button for supported programs,  traditional menus (File, Edit, View, etc) which are accessed by mousing over the top bar like in Ubuntu, the current program and tab's title when inactive, and a system tray. While a maximized window is integrated into the desktop's panels, multiple windows can be open at the same time thanks to our custom tiling window manager, which integrates seamlessly with the rest of the system.

It is this seamless yet powerful integration of all programs into a single UI without sacrificing functionality or modularity that makes Whaleware a true multi-whale editing software, because while the applications are still distinct processes, they are so seamless to the user that it really is one whole package unto itself, and the included apps are just the beginning. Check out our massive catalogue of extensions at the included app store, and the endless possibilities of modern web apps.  :whale
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