SVG Tarot Card Resource

I’ve prepared a full deck of tarot card faces which should be useful for programmers.  It includes card face files for the four suits (clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades) with 14 cards per suit.  The court cards include the Jack, Knight, Queen and King.  The 22 Major arcana trumps are also included.  All of the files are individual files per card in SVG format, so they are scalable without pixelation and can be edited in a vector drawing program.  The picture below shows examples of a few card faces.

Example Card Faces
Example Card Faces

The card face files are all included in this 7zip archive.

Get More Apps With 1Mobile Market on Your Kindle Fire HD

I finally tossed my old home printer and replaced it with a new wireless Canon printer.  Naturally, I thought it would be handy to set up my Kindle Fire HD to print wirelessly to the new printer. But a quick search of the Amazon App Store was disappointing.  I know that Canon makes an android printing app, but it’s not offered by Amazon. This wasn’t the first time that this has happened and I decided it was time to add another android store app – 1mobile market.  Here is all you need to do.

First, on your Kindle Fire HD go to Settings and Device and set “Allow Installation of Applications” to “YES”.

Next, start a browser on the Fire HD and navigate to http://www.1mobile.com

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Click on the picture of the phone & tablet.

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Choose the tablet version.  The file will be downloaded to your device.  Choose to install it.  And you are done.

I got my app for the Canon printer and was happy to have it.  I know that some general android apps will not work on the Kindle Fire HD (especially those that depend on interacting with Google), but there are many more that work fine, but are not offered by Amazon or are not the latest versions available.  Having the 1Mobile Market on your Kindle gives you more options.

Recommended Free Science Fiction Novels at ManyBooks.Net

You can download 29,000 free ebooks in 25 different formats for compatibility with your ereader (including some audiobooks) at ManyBooks.net. Here are some of their science fiction novels that I can recommend.

Cover image for A Princess of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912)

This is the first book in the ten-book Barsoom series written by the creator of Tarzan. All of the books in this series are also available as audiobooks.
John Carter, a Civil War soldier, falls asleep in a cave and wakes up on a war-torn Mars. He must learn the local cultures and languages and choose a side in the battle between native races to control Mars. (All ten books in the series are available).

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by Rudy Rucker (1982-2000)
Four novels: Software, Wetware, Freeware and Realware. The series of novels features: robots, artificial intelligence, viral intelligent fungi, bio-augmentation and super evolution. I know of nothing comparable to this series as far as way-out extrapolation is concerned.

The Mysterious Island

by Jules Verne (1874)
A sequel to Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Also available as an audiobook.
Soldiers escape a Civil War prison camp by stealing a balloon, which is carried by storm to a remote volcanic island. Surviving on the island is complicated by giant plants and animals as well as blood-thirsty pirates and a dangerous volcano.

Cover image for Star Maker

by Olaf Stapledon (1937)

The book describes the past and future of human life over a vast 2 billion year span and across the universe. Breaking away from contemporary thinking, it hosts many imaginative and philosophical ideas of the far future.

Cover image for The First Men in the Moon

by H.G. Wells (1901)

Two men, one an eccentric scientist, construct a space vessel and use it to travel to the Moon. Unlike popular Lunar fantasies, Wells gives his best scientific picture of the journey to and exploration of the Moon.
(The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds are also available)

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by Richard Kadrey (1988)
One of the few post-1930 selections available. A cyberpunk novel in a future Los Angeles plagued by hunger and disease.

U.S. Stock Market Index Skin for Rainmeter

This is a configuration file (skin) that I created for use in Rainmeter.  It shows stock market indices.  I chose the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the NASDAQ and Standard and Poors 500.

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The background is a 182 x 75 pixel blank image file.  You can substitute your own file if you don’t like mine.  There are three skin variants corresponding to three different backgrounds: paper (shown above), white and transparent.   Download the .zip file from here.

Updated version of GCard

GCard is a golf card database program that I wrote for personal use.  It’s now available to anyone as freeware.  You enter scores and putts for each hole and it provides many statistics and charts, in addition to serving as a lifetime archive for your golf cards.

The latest version is 1.1.  I’ve had to change how charts are done, so they now all have a smoother appearance.   Each of the forms was also slightly changed to improve readability.   Some charts now show trend lines and use “smart labeling” so labels don’t overwrite each other.  Also all of the dates in charts are specific  as opposed to using “earliest” and “latest” in the previous version.  Some new general statistics were added including: average putts on par 3’s, par 4’s and par 5’s, and number of eagles.  The current installation package includes one years’ worth of my data (58 rounds), which can be deleted on the “Options” page to start your own database.

The program runs with administrator privilege on Vista machines, so now a pop up appears every time you start the program in Vista.  I gave it elevated privileges because I want to make it easier to locate the data files (in the Program Files folder) for future updating.  Extended help, screen shots and advice for users can be found in the Users Manual PDF file placed in the application folder during installation.

Database Statistics (20) Charts (11)
  • % greens in regulation (%GiR)
  • scores & putts vs time
  • max. 200 players and courses
  • average putts & putts/GiR
  • adjusted & net scores vs time
  • max. 2000 golf cards w/ up to 4 scores/card
  • scrambling %
  • %(birdie, par, bogie) per hole for each course
  • search and print any card
  • ave score and ave putts on par 3,4,5
  • %GiR/hole & putts/hole for each course
  • comments for cards & courses
  • ave # birdies, pars, bogies, etc. per round
  • ave score and handicap index vs time
  • scores & putts
  • ave raw and adjusted scores
  • %GiR and putts/GiR vs time
  • tee boxes & course handicaps
  • lowest round, lowest # putts
  • # rounds/courses played
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CookieEater — Visual Basic Application

This is a simple cookie deletion tool, that handles the selective deletion of cookie files in one user-specified folder. The idea behind this is the use of keywords (specified by the user) to give some flexibility in choosing cookies to keep.  If a keyword does not appear anywhere in the cookie file name then that cookie will be marked for deletion.  So for example, if ‘forum’ is entered as a permitted keyword, then any cookies with ‘forum’ in their name would be saved. In the user interface (shown below) the cookies to be deleted have a check mark, which can be un-checked by the user.

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If the ‘Use Keyword list’ option is un-checked, then all cookies will be checked for deletion.  The buttons under the ‘Permitted Keyword List’ are used to Add, Remove or Reset the list items, respectively. To perform the deletion click the big ‘Eat up!’ button on the upper right.   Click the little ‘question mark’ button to display help.

To automatically run the program with your settings, add it as a task in Task Scheduler, using the /a command line argument ‘CookieEater.exe /a’.

The installation files can be found by following the download link.  Download, unzip and run setup.exe.