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General Software Discussion / Re: More Ads in Windows 10
« on: July 05, 2018, 04:46 PM »
Not computer related but it makes me think of television promos that pimp the show you are currently watching.  Are they deliberately annoying or are these promos inserted by brain dead algorithms?  Somehow I suspect the former.    Grrrrr.

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Living Room / Re: RIP Harlan Ellison
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:13 PM »
That was a very interesting read -- read his wikipedia page also. Sounded like quite a character...

What a coincidence.  I just watched A Boy and His Dog movie with Don Johnson again.  It was based on an Ellison story.

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So my question is: How does FireFox render a Font while Delphi cant (or Browsers Opera/IE)
That would be because webpages can provide the font by hosting it somewhere and giving the path to download it from via .css : see https://www.w3school...r_font-face_rule.asp

Now there probably is a way to embed the font in your application too, as I remember there was a way to do it for graphic modes with Turbo Pascal back then.
-ConstanceJill (June 20, 2018, 06:31 AM)

I stopped coding with Delphi at version 5 Pro.  But I think it must still be possible to create a "resource only" DLL with fonts,bitmaps,strings etc. and load it when the program runs.  The OP may have to check with the font maker if it is OK to redistribute the fonts in a DLL with the program.

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: June 18, 2018, 03:37 PM »
Another fun novella by Mark Clifton:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/27595

If you have problems with authority figures I suspect you will enjoy his stories.  Written in early sixties but really applies in the post 9/11 USA.

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Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:25 AM »
As a bonus POTUS has put his name behind the company
That's a bonus? :o  ;D  ;D  ;D
-cranioscopical (June 05, 2018, 08:31 AM)

Learn something every day.  I thought POTUS was some soggy herbs stuck on a sore spot for pain relief.   :D

Thanak goodness you were able to weed out the confusion!

-cranioscopical (June 05, 2018, 04:38 PM)

Speaking of weed, I watched Up in Smoke again last week.  It is still funny after all these years.  :)


Why are you watching a current history of the US?


Ok, it may be only a current history but it is the only history we've got.  Or is that war?  I get confused.  :D

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Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:27 AM »
As a bonus POTUS has put his name behind the company
That's a bonus? :o  ;D  ;D  ;D
-cranioscopical (June 05, 2018, 08:31 AM)

Learn something every day.  I thought POTUS was some soggy herbs stuck on a sore spot for pain relief.   :D

Thanak goodness you were able to weed out the confusion!

-cranioscopical (June 05, 2018, 04:38 PM)

Speaking of weed, I watched Up in Smoke again last week.  It is still funny after all these years.  :)

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Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: June 05, 2018, 01:45 PM »
As a bonus POTUS has put his name behind the company
That's a bonus? :o  ;D  ;D  ;D
-cranioscopical (June 05, 2018, 08:31 AM)

Learn something every day.  I thought POTUS was some soggy herbs stuck on a sore spot for pain relief.   :D

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With so many very capable video players available for free, who would want this player? Most of these free players are skinnable, meaning thatif you don't like the look, you (or by using the skin from someone else) can alter that.

I'm not saying this is a bad player or anything, I just fail to see its value.

Speaking of free media players, I just tried the VLC for Android on my tablet.  Works fine for mp4 playback.  That is the only format I have tried on Android so far.  :)

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Living Room / Re: W10 Laptop wish list
« on: May 09, 2018, 07:53 AM »
Your "don'ts" notwithstanding, these might be worth a look. Discounted right now on the U.S. site:


https://www.microsof...-laptop/8qcb957fxlrd


https://www.microsof...in-1-pc/92vcb2bpwvm2
-cranioscopical (May 08, 2018, 01:57 PM)

Thanks.  :D

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Living Room / Re: W10 Laptop wish list
« on: May 09, 2018, 07:52 AM »
You need to clarify your USB ports, USB 3.1 has to do with signalling protocol.
USB 3.1 Gen 1 is the same as the old 3.0 (5Gbps).
USB 3.1 Gen 2 doubles it to 10Gbps.
Ports can look like the usual Type A except for the colour of plastic, (but only if the manufacturer follows the standard).

Then you have Type C which is a physical port type, the new reversible connector, (it's possible to  have USB 2.0 Type C ports).

So I think you might mean:
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (or 2) Type A (same as the USB 3.0)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (or 2) Type C

The Type C will most likely have the Power Delivery standard and be used for charging it.

Thanks for the clarification.  What I am hoping to do is continue using my USB 3.0 and 2.0 sticks while buying one of the faster 3.1 to try it out  I was looking at an Asus that had a 3.1 C connector with the higher speed.  The main downer was the 8GB was only DDR 3.

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Living Room / Re: W10 Laptop wish list
« on: May 09, 2018, 07:45 AM »
Your "don'ts" notwithstanding, these might be worth a look. Discounted right now on the U.S. site:


https://www.microsof...-laptop/8qcb957fxlrd


https://www.microsof...in-1-pc/92vcb2bpwvm2
-cranioscopical (May 08, 2018, 01:57 PM)

I've bought laptops from MS before, and the cool thing about them is they are the same as from the manufacturer, but a signature edition, meaning they're clean of all of the junk that the manufacturer's install.  They've been great in my experience.

Good to know.  One thing I totally hate is wasting time on crapware removal.  :)

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Living Room / W10 Laptop wish list
« on: May 08, 2018, 12:12 PM »
I am looking for a Windows 10 Laptop that comes close to the following wish list:

Priced in the $700 ballpark

Screen size 13.3 inches minimum, full HD

8 GB DDR4 Ram minimum

256 GB SSD minimum

Has both USB 3.0 AND 3.1 ports

CPU capable of supporting light to moderate programming environments

Light and compact


In addition to programming I would use it for entertainment(e.g. video streaming)


I would appreciate suggestions since my Laptop knowledge and experience is meager.  :)

The other consideration would be brick and mortar availability.  I don't want to have to return a lemon via UPS.


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Living Room / Re: Hello
« on: May 08, 2018, 07:18 AM »
Greetings!   

Enjoy the ambiance.   :D

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Living Room / Re: Public WiFi
« on: April 25, 2018, 10:40 AM »
My question is, is it possible and easy for them to monitor, not the webpages visited (that's easy), but the text typed and submitted in webpages like dating websites and/or mobile apps, like Whisper, Chat apps, Dating apps, etc?

Absolutely, it is possible.  Whether they do, or care, is another question.


I think if you are typing over an https connection via a browser you may have some protection.  It must be better than nothing since so many sites provide https nowadays.  It would be interesting to find out more but afaik stuff between your computer and the WiFi modem is "in the clear" unless what you are typing into encrypts it.

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Living Room / The Time Axis
« on: April 24, 2018, 04:37 PM »
The Time Axis

An entertaining short SciFi novel.  One nice thing about the way it is written is that rather than delving into microscopic techno detail the descriptions of future tech are sufficiently vague that the plot should not seem dated.  A hundred years from now it should still be a good read.


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btw I an bot worried about sharing the music files.  I just want to avoid filling in the same songs over and over.  Besides SongFlip is all royalty free or something like that.

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I am just looking to avoid making the same playlist manually over and over.  Some nice Ambient and other stuff on SongFlip but the App itself is like an Easter Egg Hunt.  Also I found if I have no WiFi it will download in the background using my phone data.  But if I have WiFi I know no way to force it to download.  Seems like it expects you to have a data unlimited plan on your phones.

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Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: December 30, 2017, 09:47 AM »
Man of Steel.
My favorite Superman movie so far.  In this case the cliche "action packed" actually applies.  :D

I loved it too, but it appears that the die hard fans don't like it.

Heh.  One thing that bugs me about Superman is how can he claim to be "Super Intelligent" when he flies around with a cape creating immense drag?  That thing should only be worn around the house like a smoking jacket.  :D


Perhaps he flies so fast that the drag is insignificant to him getting where he needs to go? :P

Could be he earns Sky Miles.  Or perhaps the S is really a corporate logo and he gets Promotional Consideration?

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Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: December 26, 2017, 04:09 PM »

Man of Steel.
My favorite Superman movie so far.  In this case the cliche "action packed" actually applies.  :D

I loved it too, but it appears that the die hard fans don't like it.

Heh.  One thing that bugs me about Superman is how can he claim to be "Super Intelligent" when he flies around with a cape creating immense drag?  That thing should only be worn around the house like a smoking jacket.  :D

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Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: December 22, 2017, 10:07 AM »
Man of Steel.
My favorite Superman movie so far.  In this case the cliche "action packed" actually applies.  :D

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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Explorer crashing
« on: December 14, 2017, 08:46 AM »
Will try that, thanks.

There are forums for Vista, W7, and W8 by the same people who do the Ten forums and the tutorial searches interlink.  The actual tutorial may be on one of the older forums since this is a long time Explorer quirk.  I tried to search but I am hamstrung without a Windows PC.  I like Android but some stuff I have not adapted to yet.  :D

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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Explorer crashing
« on: December 13, 2017, 04:26 PM »
One thing that can cause Explorer to crash is a corrupt context menu handler.  There is a way to disable them all.  Then if Explorer does not crash you know it is likely the issue.  It then becomes a process of elimination.  I forget how to disable them but I know there is a tutorial on www.tenforums.com that gives step by step how to proceed.

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Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:15 PM »
Kung Faux

I do not know where to watch them.  Amazon Prime has them listed but marked unavailable in my area.  If you have not seen them it is worth the time.  Especially if you like Shaw Brothers classic kung fu flicks.

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Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:12 AM »
Three Days of the Condor

Excellent flick.  I thought Max Von Sydow stole the show.  Also the book it is based on, Five Days of the Condor, is a good read.  They chopped off two days to make the film move along faster I suppose.   :P

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Living Room / Happpy Thanksgiving
« on: November 23, 2017, 08:16 AM »
Happpy Thanksgiving

It looks like a sunny nice day is what is on here in Miami for today.  Unfortunately when living outside the fewer things open the fewer resources available during hollidays and school rrecesses.  But no rain is always a cheer  up.

I should be able to Youtube segments of the NFL games later.  So something to do there.  I really mis having access to a good desktop PC.  Even forum participation is a chore on these little device.  Programming is not feasible so I busy myself watching sitcoms and movies on stream services cheap enough for me to afford.

The saving grace is public libraries are open this Saturday.  Enough of a boost to make it to Monday.

The Celtics win streak came to an end here last night.  Funny but have never seen an NBA game live that was not played in the old Boston Garden.  One of these days I will have to see about ending that streak.

Happy Holliday everyone,   :P

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