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Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: November 20, 2018, 06:19 PM »
a running stitch is the most basic of all sewing stitches
I thought it was pain in the side one gets after sprinting  :o
-cranioscopical (November 20, 2018, 02:16 PM)
Well, that's appropriate as this discussion is becoming a bit of a pain and is a running thread.

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@Shades:
Many thanks for being so helpful.  :Thmbsup:

@TPReal:
Where you say:
Edit on 2018-11-20
The old download link was broken, but I'm just attaching the exe and the source code. I'm not sure what version of AHK it was compiled on, but hopefully it can still compile!

The old exe still works on Windows 10. (Unfortunately I didn't find anything similar, or an easy way to create a similar program, for linux, and now I need to work mostly on linux.)
 CCCCtrlC.ahk (5 kB - downloaded 2 times.)
 CCCCtrlC.exe (205.63 kB - downloaded 2 times.)
_________________________________

Thanks!
I actually was more interested in the AHK code as not only did I want to trial CCCCtrlC, but also I wanted to take a look at it to see if I could learn something.   :-[

(By the way, did CCCCtrlC slow you down any, on your way to getting an MSc?)

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Has this app been "lost"? Apparently, all the links to authoritative downloads are to DC Forum, but it seems to be not here (any more).
Does anyone know where it can be downloaded from? It doesn't see to be on Wayback (why is that?).

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Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: November 18, 2018, 04:27 PM »
I don't think of elastic threads as very strong.
It is a bit of a stretch.
-cranioscopical (November 18, 2018, 07:28 AM)
Reminds me of the musician who was given a rubber trumpet. He joined an elastic band.

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Well, I assiduously tried to register on that website and get the free download of that book, but I was defeated by the unbeatable combination of an execrable webpage design and a Google Captcha. The page consistently failed in both Slimjet and IE.
Waste of time.

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@4wd: Thanks for that link.    :Thmbsup:
Interesting writeup on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Windows-PowerShell-Scripting-administrative/dp/1787126307
Looks like it could be a pretty useful and educational reference book.

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@Arizona Hot:
...Would they still be Microsoft then?
Heh. Well, if you're suggesting that they'll not change, even in the longer term, then you could be right, I suppose. They did change more recently though - I mean, take the case of Windows 8. There was not an awful lot wrong with Windows 7, as far as I could see, so what the heck was Windows 8? A mistake, presumably. So, Windows 10 to the rescue. If they keep screwing the Win10 updates up though, they could well be risking losing their monopoly. Google chrome is eroding that market already. The MS corporate licensing must be a complete mess, and all this instability presents a potential business risk and isn't conducive to smooth workplace processes, most of which will tend to depend on IT nowadays, to a relatively large extent.

In How to upgrade to the version of Win10 Pro that YOU want, Woody discusses the issues here. Ends up saying that:
"Windows 8.1 remains the most stable version of Windows."
If that's actually the case (I wouldn't know), then MS would presumably have known it, so one has to wonder, why not leave well enough alone - why all this incessant unseemly haste to get users back onto the update treadmill with Beta-quality updates in Win10? I suppose it's probably all about money, but it's become a serious time bandit and an unproductive resource hog for an awful lot of the planet. From experience, the usual cause of big problems like this (poor quality) can often be traced back to simple mistake/incompetence and especially where the relevant software development processes and test staging processes are below CMM Level 3 (because such processes are poorly-defined and poorly-understood by the people who are obliged to participate in them). Ultimately, that's a management-created problem (Deming).

It certainly seems to be in an awfull mess, in any event. Woody makes a valid point in the post: Ever consider dropping back to the LTSB/LTSC version of Win10?, where he links to the Computerworld post: FAQ: Windows 10 LTSB explained.
if I was advising corporate IT, I'd recommend that serious consideration be given to Woody's suggestion. For corporates, it would ultimately be all about cost containment and risk mitigation in a situation where the risks are daily becoming more evident.
That's why I wrote:
"...I have taken full control over the update process and won't let it get beyond Version 1607 (OS Build 14393.2214) - or at least, not until the update path ahead is clear and becomes less risky."

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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: November 17, 2018, 07:07 AM »
@Arizona Hot:
Too late, you can't unsee it. Maybe next time...
No, that is probably/not necessarily true. Though MS seemed to make it difficult - if not well nigh impossible - for users to revert to the prior OS version, there's nothing stopping the user from installing Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit) - and thus expunging Win10. I contemplated doing that myself, but the trouble was that MS had cunningly bound up some new features in MS Office 2016 updates that apparently would only activate under Win10, and I wanted those features.   >:(
My "revenge" at the moment is that I have taken full control over the update process and won't let it get beyond Version 1607 (OS Build 14393.2214) - or at least, not until the update path ahead is clear and becomes less risky. I feel that I have better (more useful) things to do with my cognitive surplus than let it be consumed by fixing incessant MS Win10 updates that are nearly always broken in some regard. Once or twice is OK, sure, but it's now gone beyond the pale.

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Living Room / Re: Has anybody stopped to think[...]
« on: November 17, 2018, 06:37 AM »
@KodeZwerg:
* You have joined
Topic: RIP KodeZwerg :(
Channel Topic set by: Deozaan!uio
Okay, i actually stopped.
I could be wrong, of course, but I suspect that indicating a virtual dead stop in a forum discussion thread doesn't, of itself, necessarily qualify as indicating that one has oneself actually stopped anything. However, if @KodeZwerg was a virtual person - e.g., an AI bot, as some forum "members" seem to be - then it could be considered as a stop of sorts, but not a dead stop, as virtual persons (e.g., AIs) can't be killed, by definition, since they are/were not actually alive in the first place.

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Living Room / Re: Has anybody stopped to think[...]
« on: November 16, 2018, 02:35 PM »
In the army, stopping to think might not be recommended when one has to be on the move, though thinking when one has already stopped could be another matter, of course.
Some people (not me, you understand) might say that for many people, thinking in general is not regarded as being good/best practice, but I couldn't possibly comment.

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Well, whilst this news might not be too surprising to some, to me it comes as a complete surprise:
Twitter, Facebook, and Google are Fighting Internet Privacy Laws
WRITTEN BY: JULIANNE SUBIA - NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Recently, the Information Technology Industry Council, which represents companies like Amazon, Visa, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Apple, released its “Framework to Advance Interoperable Rules (FAIR) on Privacy”. On the surface, it looks like tech companies are trying to protect user privacy. In reality, they want to make sure that they can continue to profit off of our data. Using simple privacy tools like DeleteMe and Blur will help you stay in control of your privacy.
(Read the rest at the link.)

Copied from: Twitter, Facebook, and Google are Fighting Internet Privacy Laws - <https://www.abine.com/blog/2018/twitter-facebook-google-fighting-privacy-laws/>

Oh noes! Looks like we're gonna have to pay money to third parties like abine.com to protect our personal privacy...Oh wait, how did that happen?
Who would'a thunk it, eh?    :tellme:

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Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: November 15, 2018, 11:49 AM »
@ayryq:
Thanks. Good tip about the velour-covered replacement headphone cushions.   :Thmbsup:
Where you write:
I actually found some that were an upgrade for my headphones. I had a Sony MDR 7506 and the vinyl eventually flaked off the cushions. The replacement pads, with a velour covering, were not only better than the originals, but outlasted the headphones, and actually fit the replacement headphones I bought (ATH-M50x).

https://smile.amazon...-Black/dp/B0016MF7W2
Searching amazon for "/brand/ ear pads" turns up loads of options.
Yes, that - "...the vinyl eventually flaked off the cushions" - has happened to 2 or 3 headsets that I have, though it wasn't the case with the Nokia Monsters I discuss here.

IMHO "the vinyl eventually flaking off the cushions" is just so much more built-in obsolescence, helpfully speeded-up by the chemical action of urea and sebaceous oil secreted in human sweat. I don't for a moment suppose that the manufacturers are actually surprised by this breakdown and "don't know" how to make an appropriate vinyl or other covering that is impervious to such secretions and doesn't break down over time.

I was aware that one could buy replacement cushions for some models of headphone from Amazon and elsewhere, but they tend to be grossly overpriced for what they are (I have some idea of the manufacturing costs involved) and would in some cases have been almost as expensive as buying a new pair of headphones - i.e., a rip-off. Also, Amazon postage & shipping costs to me in NZ are usually really excessive (another rip-off) - adding a sizeable percentage cost, sometimes as much as or more than the cost of the product itself (depending on what you are buying), so Amazon is not usually comparatively cost-effective and is even less so now that Amazon is obliged to collect 15% GST (Goods & Services Tax) for the NZ Inland Revenue, on all purchases bought online from NZ. Sheesh.   :o

For me, I shall probably find that buying a cheapish pair of industrial safety earmuffs will be the least-cost option. I can just use the ear-cushions and maybe the sound-absorbent inside foam, and discard the hard parts of the earmuffs, or re-purpose them to hold transplanted headphone speakers from good but broken headphones. The cushions on these earmuffs are resistant to sweat etc. - because they are designed for a hard life and to be comfortably worn for long periods by sweaty-headed users on building sites and in factories, etc. The rest of their componentry is also pretty durable and suitable-for-purpose, meeting fairly stringent health and safety standards, though, from experience in industrial engineering, their built-in obsolescence would seem to be reserved for deliberately weak links - e.g., (say) the band on top of the head, which, on some models, only takes a few hundred bends outwards before failing, right in the middle of the band. Like no-one would expect that to happen. Oh what a surprise (NOT).    :o

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Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: November 15, 2018, 02:28 AM »
cranioscopical:
In an emergency, apply strips of Dr. Scholl's moleskin using gel medium for the adhesive. Looks like hell but works a treat.
-cranioscopical (November 14, 2018, 01:34 PM)
Ahh, thanks. I had to search up on "Dr. Scholl's Moleskin" and "gel medium", as I'd neither seen nor heard of either of them before. Good idea for alternative use materials, and thankyou for the suggestion. I shall explore the potential use of both of them.
I guess the Moleskin would probably be a great fabric to go on the surface of the cushions, but that (softness of the fabric) isn't an issue in the case of the Nokia Monster headphones, where the problem is the rectangular foam cushion around the earpiece. That foam is manufactured with a soft outer plastic "leather look" skin wrapped tightly around it and that skin has a seam. It is that seam which appears to break down first, releasing the squashed-in foam contents inside and which latter is then free to expand and return to its normal cut shape. So it just sort of falls apart into two pieces - the outer plastic skin, and the (now expanded) foam cushion that had been compressed inside it. It's a mess and obstructs the sound waves emanating from the earphone speaker.

It was infeasible to attempt to restore the cushions to their original manufactured state. So, I removed the two pieces, cut down the now expanded foam to shape (so the speakers would not be obscured (and sound waves would be unobstructed) and trimmed and attached the now roughly flat skin on top with duct tape holding it to the hard plastic outer case of the earpiece. That held the foam in place and would have worked fine but for the tape adhesive breaking down into sticky goo, as described above. However, it was still an on-ear headphone, you see, which - for me - is ergonomically not ideal (QED).

I knew that I wanted to somehow convert them to over-the-ear headphones, and had been eyeing-up some industrial sound-muffling (safety) ear-muffs as potential candidates in which to transplant the ear-speakers from the Nokia headset, but this would have thrown away the main structural part of the headset, which would have been a waste, as it seemed to be very good at what it was designed to do. It was whilst I was looking at a selection of safety headsets that I saw the replacement Tactix cushions for sale. They looked like I might be able to to fit them to the Nokia Monster headset as a bit of a kludge, so I bought a pair to offer them up and see if they'd do, and to my pleasant surprise they were a dead simple and near-ideal solution - NFR (No Fixing Required) and thus not really a kludge.

You can see in the photo below that - on the LHS - one cushion has been fitted/mounted. I used blue-tack to hold that one cushion in place for the photo, but in practice there is nothing holding the cushions in place except for the horizontal spring-loaded tension from the headset and the close fit of the rectangular plastic loudspeaker housing into the moulding on the cushion's backplate and with the ears providing location. There's no weight bearing on the ears, because the neoprene cushioned band on top of the head is transferring the load to the top of the skull. It's "light as a feather", adjustable and very comfortable, with no uncomfortable pressure-points (unlike the original on-ear cushions).

In the photo, the other cushion is face down, exposing its rigid plastic backplate, which has a moulding that neatly accommodates the rectangular shape of the plastic loudspeaker housing - which latter you can see on the RHS (no cushion fitted).

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Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: November 14, 2018, 10:24 AM »
Nokia Purity HD Wired WH-930 by Monster On-Ear Headphones.
I found these (used/discarded) headphones last Sunday. They are rather good!
Usually, I donate found stuff to local charity op-shops, but I think I shall keep these, as I coincidentally needed another pair of headphones.
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I mentioned that the foam ear-pads (cushions) on these headphones tend to deteriorate/disintegrate and that this looked to me like a deliberate design flaw (built-in product obsolescence) as the ear-pads seem to be non-replaceable (no replacement spares available, anyway). My Heath-Robinson fix to the headphones using duct tape to hold the ear-pad cover in place worked for a while, but long exposure of the tape to body heat and skin oils seemed to consistently cause the tape adhesive to alter and the fix to become a sticky mess, requiring white spirit to clean it up before re-affixing the ear-pads with fresh duct tape. This was repeatable, so the headphones fell into disuse. Ah well. But I didn't throw them away.

Fast forward to today... (text in spoiler below image)
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Spoiler
Tactix replacement over-the-ear headphone cushions for Nokia Purity HD Wired WH-930 by Monster On-Ear Headphones
I bought a set of 2 replacement ear muff cushion pads (cost NZ$5.98 - discounted from $17.95) for the Tactix Bluetooth safety wear headset (see image below). The cushions worked as a nifty fit to replace the badly deteriorated/disintegrated rectangular Nokia Monster headphone on-ear cushions, turning the headphone into an over-the-ear headphone at the same time!
This was a lucky find. Though these Nokia Monster headphones are very good, they are ergonomically not the best - wearing any on-ear headset cushions for long periods can tend to make one's ears (cartilage) hurt.
Replacement cushions are not available anyway, so I just had my rather Heath-Robinson fix-up cushions. This simple Tactix replacement over-the-ear conversion feels perfect for me.
No glue or fixing required. The replacement cushions have a rigid plastic backing plate. To use, just put the cushions in place with the backing plate towards the headset speakers. The plate has a ridged moulding that coincidentally holds the speakers in just the right position. Holding the assembly in place, simply put the assembly on one's head. There's nothing tricky about it. Once on the head, the new cushions are held in place by one's ears and the spring-loaded tension of the headset band. It thus becomes a very comfortable, over-the-ear headset. Removing the headset, the new cushions just fall away for neat stowage.
Yay! I've got my "favourite" headphones back - and they're even better (more comfortable) than before.


TACTIX®
2 PCE EAR MUFF CUSHIONS

TACTIX®
Replacement cushions for Fineline 5810828 & 5810685
Meridian International Co., Ltd
www.meridianintl.com
Made in China


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N.A.N.Y. 2019 / Re: NANY 2019 Promo Video
« on: November 13, 2018, 09:15 AM »
@Stephen66515:
That short video is rather good!    :Thmbsup:
Your voice-over is great, by the way - very clear - but the voice volume seemed a tad too loud/crisp (I was wearing  headphones and had to reduce the volume when your voice kicked in). What is the accent? It sounded very familiar, but I couldn't place it - I thought it had Yorks/Lancs overtones, but was unsure whether it was Brum, or some other North/Midlands accent. It sounded a bit like a friend of mine who hailed from Manchester.

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espionage /"[email protected];Z, -IdZ/
· n. the practice of spying or of using spies.
– ORIGIN C18: from Fr. espionnage, from espionner ‘to spy’, from espion ‘a spy’.
Concise Oxford Dictionary (10th Ed.)

I have Scott Adams' Dilbert.com Blog in my Bazqux feed-reader. I used to read it fully, as it nearly always seemed to be good content and good thinking, and I could skip over the (for me) dreary US politics. Some time ago, he stopped writing the blog, replacing it with a podcast. I tried listening to the podcasts, but abandoned that as I find them tediously sloppy, drawn-out affairs, not helped by the fact that he seems to be (sounds like he is) mentally slow in his speech/thinking - which may be because he smokes pot "for medicinal reasons". Anyway, I am too impatient to listen to the ruddy podcasts, so I don't (it's my loss). However, what he does is usefully provide a list of topics he wants to cover in each podcast.
For the Episode 296 post/podcast, his list was:
Episode 296 Scott Adams: Wildfires, The Tucker Test, Forgotten Black Voters, SNL, The Abortion Ad, Broward
Topics:
* “Bad forest management”, President Trump vs. Alyssa Milano
   - Should it be illegal to report how segments of the population vote?
   - Reporting creates an “us vs. them” frame
   - Reporting sides, causes people to take sides
* Boxes of votes keep getting “found”
   - CNN correctly reports no proof of voter fraud, true, but…
   - Fox and conservatives say look at all the suspicious stuff
   - Suspicious stuff isn’t proof of crime, just like Russian collusion
   - Why do all the found votes always favor Democrats?
* Are Democrat run things less competent than Republicans run things?
   - Republicans are more system process oriented, follow rules
   - Democrats are more goal oriented, less rules oriented
* SNL had Crenshaw on for “free punch-backs” at Pete Davidson
   - Dan Crenshaw brought respect for veterans in his appearance
* Pro-Choice commercial, my view…it’s fake IMO, from a mole or hoax
* “The Tucker Carlson Test”
   - IF an article doesn’t include reasons, just links to the reasons
   - THEN the reasons don’t exist or are a misinterpretation
* Mueller’s “dozens of sealed indictments”
   - What would he do if he possesses info that could cause a civil war?
* Alexa, who is Scott Adams?
   - Some funny person changed Alexa’s response to be Scott Dale Adams
* Macron statement about need for France to protect themselves from America
   - Fake news ignores that statement refers to cyber defenses

Most of that stuff (above) seems to be about US national/local politics and in which I have little interest. (Quite frankly, I find it depressing and hard to understand/believe that the US population really is dumb enough to be suckered into having/sustaining a kind of tribal political antithetical dichotomy which results in one large portion of the population literally hating another large part of the population, due to their beliefs, or something.) However, the last (emboldened) items in the above list are obvious and of international interest:
  • Of course France and other not-5-Eyes nations would have been well-aware (since the advent of SnowdenGate, at least!) that USA and the other 5-Eyes nations are brazenly committing espionage against them.
  • Of course France and other not-5-Eyes nations would have been already taking serious counter-espionage steps against the USA and the other 5-Eyes nations.

Thus, to seemingly suggest that this counter-espionage idea is actually somehow a "new" idea for a cyber defence initiative would be preposterous and, if true, it would surely be a mark of gross incompetence on the part of the not-5-Eyes nations' secret services - i.e., they would already have adequate and well-established cyber defence practices/processes in place.
Obviously, the US would never present a military threat to the not-5-Eyes nations, but supposing the media narrative were to help/encourage France and the not-5-Eyes nations to justify bolstering their military defences...surely that could present a potential surge in demand and a golden opportunity for the US military equipment production machine...hmm. No flagging sales there.    :o

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When politicians bloviate about a “higher purpose,” it’s time to watch your wallets, hide the kids and lock your doors (front, back and refrigerator).
- I had to smile at this. It was written by a Filipina who is a US citizen and journalist.
(The Filipino people suffered enormously at the hands of successive political "leaders" and BS operators, over the years and during US economic colonisation, and they know whereof they speak.)

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I thought we already had developed this fuel - no?
I think it's called "crude oil".
But I recall that its storage period is a bit longer than 18 years or so.

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@mouser:
insanity
Is that a relatively new realisation or had you previously (a year or so back, say) not already arrived at that conclusion?

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Living Room / Re: Working on a DCTCG and found this resource
« on: November 04, 2018, 10:39 PM »
Oh, you never know. I mean, for all we know, "abudction" might be a word in Esperanto or Klingon (say) that meant "to have gone back in time", or something, and it might have been spelled correctly, though whether it would be the correct word to use in that sentence would be quite another matter.    :o

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@KodeZwerg:
...i would go would be, get AutoRuns from SysInternals (Microsoft) and run it. ...
Yes, thanks. I already use AutoRuns - have done for years. I think you may have missed the point that I did not know why the laptop fan was running fast, and the penny only dropped as to the cause when I saw that the CoolSense icon (which was a start-up app.) was missing - i.e., it had not started on start-up, and then I discovered that that was because the executable had been mysteriously deleted (this was after a "minor" Windows update).
Hope that makes better sense. Sorry if I was confuzzling things in my earlier post.   :-[

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Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: autocopy function?
« on: November 02, 2018, 09:02 PM »
@Lintalist: Interesting. That AHK "Word-like" text selection simulator - seems like it could be a potential improvement. Thanks.
Personally, I hadn't been needing anything like that previously, but when it comes to repetitive manual tasks I am always on the lookout for ergonomically sound timesavers and this particular AHK idea might be more intuitive - and a potential timesaver to boot - than what I had trained myself to do using the default text-selection-and-copy approach that is effectively dictated by the prevailing system design.

Oh dear, I shall have to try it out now...(sigh).    :D
EDIT: 2018-11-03 1844hrs:
It (the Word-like select+copy) seems to work rather well!    :Thmbsup:
I have now enabled it for continuous use:
; EXPERIMENTAL 08 - Word-like text selection + copy. (Works OK) (Keep this for everyday use) (Enabled)
;                            - from https://autohotkey.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=53867
~LButton::
Sleep 200
If GetKeyState("LButton", "P")
{
  Click, Down
  While GetKeyState("LButton") {
   }
  send ^c
  Return
}
Else
Return

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I was rummaging through the rather interesting blog and website of the excellent http://www.analogx.com/    :Thmbsup:   looking for updates to the audio/music files that can be found there, when I became diverted by the headline for the K-LOC Calculator application - which I did not recall having seen before:
K-LOC Calculator, version 1.01
    Over the years, the software development community at large has gotten a whole host of valuable information about project management from good old Big Blue (IBM)... I should clarify that - valuable information on how NOT to manage a project. For fun, I decided to resurrect one of their worst ideas ever, K-LOC (or more appropriately, paying programmers based on K-LOC).
    The AnalogX K-LOC Calculator is the exact opposite of PCalc, my programmer's calculator - this has almost no real world application, but it is fun for the number crunchers out there who want some sort of metric about the project. Sure, the metric is completely arbitrary, but hey, you can feed it into a spreadsheet! heheh... Actually, I would say that K-LOC does have its uses (a simple way to measure project complexity, perhaps), but there aren't too many.
    AnalogX K-LOC Calculator can scan any number of files, any wildcard extension, and even recursively check subdirectories. It returns not only the total project K-LOC rating, but the average file K-LOC rating and total file size of the project as well!

K-LOC Calculator works on all versions of Windows, from Window 95 to Windows 7 and everything inbetween (including XP, Vista, Win2k, etc). If you have a general question related to any of the programs on the site, or would like some additional info related to the downloads in general, then check out the downloads FAQ.

Copied from: K-LOC[/b] Calculator, version 1.01 - <http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/Programming/kloc/Freeware.htm>
_____________________________

So what the heck is a KLOC?    :tellme:
Etymology:
K (thousand) + LOC (lines of code)
KLOC (plural KLOCs)

1. Noun: (computing, programming) thousand lines of code
  • In IBM there's a religion in software that says you have to count KLOCs, and a KLOC is a thousand line of code. – Steve Ballmer in Triumph of the Nerds II: Riding the Bear (Robert X. Cringely, Paul Sen, 1996), about 38 minutes in, relating events around 1989.

  • It concludes that defects are found 2 to 4 times faster with inspection than with testing, that defects are typically found at the rate of one defect per man hour invested in inspection, and that inspection finds about 37 defects per kloc if it is done properly.
    – Terry Shepard in Proceedings of the National Workshop on Software Engineering Education (IBM Canada, 1993)

  • The formula is based on thousands of lines of source code (kLOC) and incorporates Fagan's recommendations for inspection pace, meeting duration, and frequency:
       - elapsed time (in days) = 3 × n kLOC
    Here n is an estimate of how many thousands of lines of code will be inspected.
    – Glen W. Russell, Experience with Inspection in Ultralarge-Scale Developments (Bell-Northern Research, 1991)

Copied from: KLOC - Wiktionary - <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/KLOC>
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Ah. OK, so it's a Thneed* variant.    :o
This is eerily redolent of a Thneed* called FPA (Function Point Analysis), another utterly useless (from experience) piece of computing's store of religio-political ideologies and which was often found cohabiting with yet another Thneed* called IEM (Information Engineering Methodology)   :(   [my emphasis]
Function Point Analysis has been proven [Yeah, right] as a reliable method for measuring the size of computer software. In addition to measuring output, Function Point Analysis is extremely useful in estimating projects, managing change of scope, measuring productivity, and communicating functional requirements.[Amazing, eh? It also cures cognitive blindness.]

There have been many misconceptions [Translation: by people who who are misunderstanders of, or are not true believers] regarding the appropriateness of Function Point Analysis in evaluating emerging environments such as real time embedded code and Object Oriented programming. Since function points express the resulting work-product in terms of functionality as seen from the user's perspective, the tools and technologies used to deliver it are independent. [Translation: it can also be used to mean whatever you might want it to mean.]

Copied from: Function Point Analysis - <http://www.qpmg.com/fp-intro.htm>
_____________________________

Note: * Thneed:
"I'm being quite useful.  This thing is a Thneed.
A Thneed's a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need!
It's a shirt.  It's a sock.  It's a glove.  It's a hat.
But it has OTHER uses.  Yes, far beyond that.
You can use it for carpets.  For pillows!  For sheets!
Or curtains!  Or covers for bicycle seats!"


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-Words and illustration from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
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Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Polywick Story Server
« on: November 01, 2018, 04:35 AM »
Impressive.
Some design objectives, but apparently not a user requirement in sight?
Hmm. I feel that I may be missing something here.

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@mat2016:
Anand,
As a challenge to myself and in order to add the ability to move and size Note windows in addition to coloring and text size, I decided to write my own program. Similar to yours, only one note is displayed at a time related to the active window. I call it Relevant Notes and it stores all data into one INI file in the same directory. I know you are busy with real work so this was an opportunity for me to be creative.
The blog page for the program is Relevant Notes
Mike
Just thought I should mention that your Relevant Notes.exe app. file is registering as a virus:
  • Trojan:Win32/Bitrep.A - SEVERE |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus
Neither Malwarebytes nor WinDefender see it as a threat when they scan the .ZIP file though. WinDefender found it in just the app folder.

However, when the .zip file is sent to https://www.virustotal.com/ , it is detected as a virus (of differing types) by 12 engines - including "Microsoft"!?    :o

(I posted this here as it seemed to be the applicable discussion thread.)

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