Needing a really cool programming idea...

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    Needing a really cool programming idea...

    Does somebody want me to create a program that they've been wanting? I've been desiring for a long time a really big project for C programming, but I just don't know what! All I desire is that the program deals at least partly with sockets, because my mission right now is socket programming. I'm on Linux :]. I want to create the project from scratch.

    I have to take the EDPT test for becoming a computer programmer in the Air Force. I think if I programmed super hard on a program for awhile nonstop I think it would cover my bases as far logical thinking goes. Any cool ideas!? :] Something useful...I've been thinking hard lately but haven't come up with anything solid.

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    Sometimes when I feel I'm lazy on the computer, I feel a huge need to wipe everything out and then start over from scratch. I feel the urge to wipe out my hard drive and reinstall Debian. This happened a lot when I played Diablo II. I'd have a cool level 84 barbarian, and then I'd lose interest, give away all of my items, and start over at level 1. Does anyone else get these types of urges? Maybe I have too many websites, too many files, too much crap, I'm not too sure. My room is clean, maybe that's a sign that I'm going insane.
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    im the same way, i like to start over with everything but
    i can only start over once i think ive reached the highest
    goal possible.

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    You could program yourself a life .
    Woop?

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    Could you program me a girlfriend?

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    Mine was better!
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    Oh, it definitely was, but I already have a life. I don't need another one :P

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    Girlfriend...girlfriend...hmmm, have you guys ever heard of Gspot for Windows? I'm thinking about creating something like that, it wouldn't have anything to do with sockets though. Gspot is a program that spits out all of the information about a specific video, like:
    - Length of video
    - The codec it uses for the video
    - The codec it uses for the audio

    I got a good image:
    http://www.java-tutor.com/privat/tools/images/gspot.jpg

    I remember I was trying to find a program that would just tell me the length of this MPEG-4 video, but there was no way to do that without firing up a video app that would run the movie. So something that strictly displays information about the video would be awesome. I'll try to start this now, it is:
    Monday, July 25, 2005. 8:39 PM. So I'll see how fast I can whip out something.
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    8:52 PM: Well, I found out that you can just go like this:
    Code:
    |psycho@Shiva|: file 20050725.mpeg 
    20050725.mpeg: RIFF (little-endian) data, AVI, 640 x 480, 2.00 fps, video: DivX 4, audio: (mono, 22050 Hz)
    The only problem is that it doesn't give the length of the video :[.

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    9:57 PM: Well I found myself again, I think it's because I changed the resolution of my computer from 1280x1024 to 640x480, lol. I did that to record myself, but now things are better. No need for ideas anymore, I'm going to do what I do best, cycle learning. When I get bored I go to a different topic. I'm getting tired of sockets for now, so I'm going to stroll somewhere more interesting, like Python or awk and sed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by prog-bman
    You could program yourself a life .
    I was going to say he should program himself a personality, but it'd probably be broken, too.

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    He could program me a new avatar....

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    Am I the only one to find it disturbing that someone jumps from girlfriend to video to a program called g-spot in just two sentences ? Any more nerdy and you'd get a pocket protector +5 ( Giant Slaying ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvoigt
    Am I the only one to find it disturbing that someone jumps from girlfriend to video to a program called g-spot in just two sentences ? Any more nerdy and you'd get a pocket protector +5 ( Giant Slaying ).
    ahahaha, pocket protector +5....

    Anyway if your looking to do sockets maybe you should look at Stevens UNIX Network Programming. It'll get you to where you wanna go with sockets.
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    "Here's a nickel, kid. Get yourself a better computer."

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    How about a C++ project creator, perhaps even as a plugin to VC or whatever IDE you use. Just type in a class-name and it creates and adds to the project the neccessary files with a default layout. Maybe automatically adding the neccessary files it should include. I've thought of creating something like this a long time, just never had the time/energy to do it...
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    You want to balance the breadth of extravagant ideas with what you can actually finish. A quick read on this website, gamedev.net, or any other programming forums will suggest everyone wants to program something large and totally awesome but most just fall through the cracks.

    Try writing a program, using sockets, that just initializes the socket API for Unix, sets a certain number of ports to listen to, and just sends text back and forth between two clients across the internet. Make it a console window, and make it actually work.
    That's what I'd do. Just a suggestion, feel free to ignore.
    I'm not immature, I'm refined in the opposite direction.

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