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  1. I can't really put my finger on what got me thinking about this, but I remembered how much time I had spent on Astahost now more than 10 years ago, and wanted to see if it was still up Obviously, Internet trends have changed significantly since, and forums are not as populars as they used to be, but I'm glad to see that this is still up, and that I could actually log in with my old account I do also see a couple of familiar faces usernames (@OpaQue and @yordan to name a few that are still active, @miCRoSCoPiC^eaRthLinG who hasn't been around for a while but with whom I've had great chats on MSN, @MarkyMark who I think at one point shared a great indie song mix) who have persevered, so I thought I'd say hi, and actually recognize that the forum, free hosting, and the community played a significant role in me learning more about web dev and programming, to the point where I ended up studying Computer Science and making a career our of it – 10/10 would do it again.
  2. I would also suggest Lightbox (http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/), which is probably the most well-known script used for this. However, bear in mind that these scripts (usually) do not actually resize the images. Instead, you provide the script with both the small and the large image, and they display the large one when the small one is clicked. The following HTML code would usually be used: <a href="path_to_the_large_image" rel="lightbox" target="_blank"><img src="path_to_the_small_image" alt="Small image" /></a> Another good thing with these scripts is that they work in such a way that allows people without JavaScript enabled to open these images just like any other, in a new (or the same) browser window/tab. Of course, nowadays it is a bit unnecessary to talk about people with JavaScript disabled, isn't it?
  3. Just like rob86 said, it is more often than not a inexplicably difficult problem to setup Samba to work properly - I have dealt with it too many times myself - but I still believe it is worth giving it a shot, since it is the "preferred" way of setting up an Ubuntu-Windows file sharing network. Since Ubuntu 10.10 is the latest version, this might even prove to be a bit harder, as it usually takes some time for quality tutorials to emerge, but I am still going to provide some links which should give you the general idea of what you should do: http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/ http://www.unixmen.com/- http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/ If in the end you don't see you Ubuntu computer from Windows, try opening Run and entering the computer name (e.g. linux-desktop), it worked for me that way.
  4. Why not give Lord of the Rings Online a try? Take a look at the official web site and the Wikipedia page. While I did not try it, it sure looks like the next best thing after Guild Wars - okay, and World of Warcraft, too. However, it is not completely free, it just has a recently added "free to play" option. Of course, if you do like it, you always run the risk of having to pay afterwards, so it is really your choice whether to give it a shot or not. Or, you could just wait for Guild Wars 2 to come out and save some money until then
  5. Besides saving bandwidth, I do not think spaces/tabs/comments should be removed. Those who wants to steal your code most certainly have at least some experience with coding, and can easily find a program to auto-format your code again. However, neat code is much more important when writing applications or scripts, and not HTML. While you might be able to deal with your (poorly formatted) code, some other people might not. If somebody asks me to check their code because they have an error or a glitch, I simply refuse to do so if the code is ugly - put tabs, spaces, align brackets, and only then send me the files. Many IDEs make this quite easy to do with their automatic formatting options (e.g. Eclipse), but I would still go for writing indented code in the first place. And do not avoid comments. Or long variable names. Be as descriptive as possible, because you never know who will have to continue work on your code after you have left the company, and there is no reasong to make it difficult for him/her.
  6. It would also be a good idea to take a look at the topic from the other side - what if you are the one whose pictures are being used? And I am not talking only about the Internet. People's art is "stolen" way too frequently both online and offline, even by some major magazines. As I am an amateur photographer, I browse many photography forums, and people regularly have to deal with art thefts. Luckily, if you can prove something is really yours, the law is on your side, even if you had not written "© Blah Blah"; if you had made it, it is yours. Those that have their art stolen by influential companies usually get a fair amount of money without going to court, because they would have probably gotten even more had they decided to sue the mentioned company. This is why you should never, and I repeat, never publish the original file anywhere online - keep it only to yourself. If you shoot RAW, upload only JPG files. If you shoot JPG, crop them at least a bit, so that no one has the full picture. If you do vector art, rasterise it. And so on and so forth. While you might think "who would want to steal my art, even I do not like it", you never know what could happen. That is why you must always make sure that you can prove something is yours. Now that you know how bad things can get, it is fairly obvious that under no circumstances should you use anything without permission. And there are no exceptions.
  7. Really great photos Nikon D40 might be the cheapest dSLR out there, and therefore the worst one, but it easily beats all compact and prosumer cameras, especially in the hands of someone who knows how to use it. The same goes for 18-55 - a mediocre kit lens with nothing that would blow your mind, but it is all about how you use it. I also sport a Nikon D40 and 18-55, with a few more lenses, and it is definitely nice to see that someone is using everything that this camera has to offer. However, I will go on and say that the waterfall picture should be warmer, the white balance is wrong. Unless, of course, this is some weird place and those are the real colours
  8. Everything said here is true - if a picture is watermarked, it is a rather clear way of saying "This is ours, and we do not want you to use it. If you, however, do so, you better leave the watermark, so people would know who the rightful owner is". I would avoid using such pictures. With the Internet being this big, I am sure you can find something similar that would suit your needs. That being said, not all images have such restrictions. Just like 8ennett said, only use freely distributable images. If you are not sure whether something is free - it probably is not. However, some web sites, such as deviantART give their users the option to add a license to their work - a Creative Commons license. This license allows you to specify how your work may be used, and many people allow commercial usage free of charge, so this is something you should look into. Of course, this is the Internet, and there are no strict rules. You can always send an e-mail to the author and simply ask him whether you can use his picture, along with an explanation how you would use it. You'd be surprised what a few nice words could do
  9. But it seems to be true If you choose "Custom date period", and then "From ___ to ___", you'll see that you can't select a date before April - at least that's the case with my account - which is exactly six months. I started using it in February, I believe, but there is now way to view those earnings...Too bad.
  10. How about http://forums.xisto.com/topic/20547-paypal-safe-or-not-well-is-it/page-3#entry457520? Xisto uses mod_rewrite because of search engine optimisation, so the URLs end with ".html" - as far as I know, HTML pages and in-address parameters do not go together.
  11. &view=getlastpost will get you directly to the last post, which is, no surprise, on the last page
  12. I can't help but notice the similarity to Stanford Anyway: Non-cached load time: 17secCached load time: 3sec Country: Serbia Internet speed: 1536/128kbps OS and browser: Ubuntu 9.04, Firefox 3.0.13 The non-cached load time is a bit long, I'm sure you can make it shorter
  13. Facebook. Just as sofiaweb pointed out, unlike MySpace, Facebook is not cluttered with plethora of irrelevant information that you usually see in MySpace profiles. Add to that the fact that MySpace lets you personalise your page with custom CSS code, and you get profiles that have billions of different colours and are, of course, impossible to view.Facebook had a similar "problem" some time ago, when all the applications a user uses would be stored on his/her profile page. I almost never use applications, so don't know how that worked, but I know that these profiles load too slow on my computer - which, by the way, isn't slow at all. However, the new design solves that problem as well, giving Facebook a clear advantage over MySpace.And it has more users
  14. This is true... But that's the market, there has got to be something for everyone. I find my second generation iPod Shuffle to be a great mp3 player, because I am not picky when it comes to music. I only transfer those songs that I wish to listen, or fill it with music randomly if I want to explore my library, and that's it. Every now and then I do press "next" but most of the time I keep the shuffle option on without touching anything else. And now, with the new generation and the introduction of multiple playlists, Apple will surely gain more customers. Many will still only be using just one playlist (e.g. me - if I even buy the new one), and the rest will be happy because of the new option
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