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Journal: Beta testers wanted!

Journal by Sklivvz

I maintain a coding library for .NET/Mono called SixPack. It's a general purpose class library based on good architectural principles, and is currently being used in a number of websites. We think that code quality is pretty good, and we strive to improve every day.
Most of the code base comes from my last 7 years of work as a web developer in a web agency, and this means that the test bed of the library has always been windows and .NET. On the other hand I have started using GNU/Linux a couple of years ago for development and apparently the library has good support for Mono.

Main features:

  • Logging
  • Caching (with or without prefetching)
  • Store Procedures handling
  • Image Sizing
  • Code Generation
  • Validation
  • XML Rpc support
  • Web services support
  • Text Manipulation

What we really need is extensive testing in many different scenarios.
Is anyone willing to try it out for us?
The library is LGPL code and you can download it (along with documentation) here: http://code.google.com/p/sixpack-library/

We would be extremely grateful for any feedback!

User Journal

Journal: Free Music

Journal by Sklivvz

Sorry for the shameless plug, but I have posted 2 unreleased songs and a video of my band, Power Symphony here.
I am using a Creative Commons license, by the way.

Power Symphony's sound can be described as a mixture between European Power Metal and American Modern Metal. Meaning: if you like Metal, give us a try!

By the way, this is material from our third yet unreleased album. You can find the other two at amazon, for example.

So, I would welcome any comments!

Anime

Journal: Comics Collector part 2

Journal by Sklivvz

I repost the entry since people cannot reply anymore:

A friend of mine is a passionate comics collector. He is moving from his current home to a new one, and he wants to have an in-depth database of the comics he collected over the years.

What he needs is something more than a simple list of the titles, he wants the full credits and as much info as possible. He started doing it by hand but quickly figured out that having a 30 boxes of comics is maybe a bit too much. I suggested he uses a barcode scanner for the comics that have a barcode.

So here's the question: does anyone know of solutions that let you catalogue your comics using a barcode scanner, and get all the available info from that (authors, artists...), maybe using Amazon Webservices or a provided reference DB?

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New info:

Brady Jarvis suggested taking a look to: GNOME Comics Organizer which is very complete but lacks support for a barcode scanner.

CE informed me that comic book databases online do exist but do not support ISBN (i.e. the number returned by the barcode scanner) since only bookstore comics have one (as opposed to newsstand comics). It would still be good to have since about 50% of my friends comics have a barcode.

Anime

Journal: Comics collector

Journal by Sklivvz

A friend of mine is a passionate comics collector. He is moving from his current home to a new one, and he wants to have an in-depth database of the comics he collected over the years.

What he needs is something more than a simple list of the titles, he wants the full credits and as much info as possible. He started doing it by hand but quickly figured out that having a 30 boxes of comics is maybe a bit too much. I suggested he uses a barcode scanner for the comics that have a barcode.

So here's the question: does anyone know of solutions that let you catalogue your comics using a barcode scanner, and get all the available info from that (authors, artists...), maybe using Amazon Webservices or a provided reference DB?

Could also someone post a comment? I just want to know if it works, someone told me it was impossible to post...

Upgrades

Journal: Buying a new computer 2

Journal by Sklivvz

Ok, so I'm gonna buy a new computer in a few weeks. I would like to spend around 1750 on it. This is what I want:
- I am gonna use it for games/internet/linux/win/programming
- It's gotta last 3 years at least
- No Windows bundled (I already have 2 originals!)
- It's gotta have a 17 inch, LCD display.

I am totally at a loss regarding the components. I would think a fast Intel would be better than AMD (that's because most music hardware has problems with AMD), and an Intel chipset on the MB is best for the same reason.
Regarding the video card, I've been advised to buy an ATI Radeon 9500.
What do you think? Do you have any suggestions?

Slashdot.org

Journal: First Post

Journal by Sklivvz

Ok, so this is my first post: I am still wondering if ANYONE will ever look at it - that's besides me of course.
Well, at least I will have /something/ on my journal page, :-P

Marco out.

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