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Old 06-11-2009, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default New Way to Browse the Mane at Work

Who here reads the site at work? A fair number of you, I'd bet. Unfortunately, I generally have the problem of people expecting me to be working while at work. Having a browser open to what is obviously a message board witha bright orange background, even with images and avys turned off, is not an option. And since this summer job is incredibly boring, I've come up with a new solution.

If any of you are on a computer with python installed, you can use this little tool I made. For those that don't know, python is a programming language. For tips on how to install it, use google. Free of charge, of course.

The program I wrote is basically a text interface for reading the mane. It runs right from the shell, so to any outside observer you could very believably be doing something work related. Obviously, this would still show up if someone is monitoring your internet traffic. But if you're only worried about wandering eyes, this should work fine.

It's a text interface. From the shell (or on a pc with python installed, you should be able to just double click on the file), simply type "python" from whatever directory you downloaded it to, and you should, momentarily, see a list of the first 30 or so threads in Central Discussion. They're numbered, i.e. "12: Attention Whore Birthday Thread". So type 12, hit enter, and you'll be reading all about someone's birthday. Or a foodjacking. Whichever. This will display the default number of posts per page. Type 'q' and hit enter to close the program. Enter '>' or 'n' for the next page. '<' or 'p' for the previous page in the thread. Simply hit enter, or type any other combination of keys and hit enter to return to the central discussion listing. I have yet to delve into the whole cookie thing, so posting is currently not possible. Which, for many of you, makes this useless. But for reading news/discussions, its useful.

It's a super basic interface, and all that you can see in a thread is the name of the poster and what they wrote. Any images, imbedded videos, links, etc. just show up in the html tags. I don't know how many (if any) of you would find this useful, but it certainly helps the day pass quicker.

you can find it here:

For some reason there is a limit on the file extensions you can attach here. So you could also download this attachment and change the extension from .txt to .py

I make no claims that this is bug free. I'll try to add features as people suggest them, assuming that I know how to do what you're asking. Enjoy
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:29 PM   #2
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replace hillman

thats awesome...

even with avys,images,sigs off it still is obvious when i'm on...

problem is i can't download anything at work without admin rights...

oh well...
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:35 PM   #3
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:41 PM   #4
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while i'm at work i read on my cell.
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:52 PM   #5
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