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Living Room / Re: Android annoyances
« on: October 11, 2019, 07:16 AM »
2) How can I set the phone not to dim the screen when a specific app is running?

You could try the StayAlive App

Even without donating it has useful features.  It has a setting to only keep the screen alive when a certain app is running.  I am not sure if this feature is one of the donation enabled ones.  I use the program to reduce how often I hit the power button on my phone.  I may need to keep this model for a few years.   8)


Rumors of my death have only been slightly exaggerated.   Lollygagging here in Miami feels comatose at times.   :D

Living Room / Re: Android annoyances
« on: October 10, 2019, 09:30 AM »
2) How can I set the phone not to dim the screen when a specific app is running?

You could try the StayAlive App

Even without donating it has useful features.  It has a setting to only keep the screen alive when a certain app is running.  I am not sure if this feature is one of the donation enabled ones.  I use the program to reduce how often I hit the power button on my phone.  I may need to keep this model for a few years.   8)

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: September 26, 2019, 03:04 PM »
The scientific community downgraded Pluto from a planet a while ago.  No conspiracy- if it was a recent video, it would hopefully know that fact.

Imagine how you would feel if you were Supreme Ruler of an entire planet and they downgraded the planet's status on you.  I wonder if you could bring a law suit to get the status restored?   8)

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: September 26, 2019, 02:59 PM »
Uncanny is a cute Indie flick you can watch free on the IMDB site.  For those who can enjoy dialog based stories with virtually no special effects.   :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: September 11, 2019, 05:27 PM »
Dr. Bloodmoney  by Philip K. Dick

One easy thing to check is for an inordinate number of retries.  A drive diagnostic from the manufacturer should show that up.  Sounds can be misleading.  My Phenom I quad core made all kinds of fan noise whenever the CPU usage went over 1%.  I assumed it was the CPU fan.  But it turned out to be a fan on the GPU.  Replacing the GPU with one on a clearance sale for $19 quieted things down.  I just wish I did it sooner.  I put up with that noise for years until the GPU died.   :)

Living Room / Re: Series included with Amazon Prime
« on: August 29, 2019, 02:04 PM »
I thought The Man in the High Castle was good.  Also, I can recommend Jack Ryan.

Jack Ryan is pretty cool.  I like PKD and watched all the first season and most of the second of Castle.  The Multiverse thing blows my mind.  I recently read Recursion by Blake Crouch.  I found myself wondering why I wanted the "original" version of the protagonist to find happiness just because I met him first in the story.  I haven't come to terms with infinate variations of everything I guess.   ;D

Living Room / Re: Series included with Amazon Prime
« on: August 29, 2019, 01:57 PM »
Good Omens was pretty good.

I'll have to check it out.

Living Room / Series included with Amazon Prime
« on: August 28, 2019, 06:01 PM »
I thought it might be fun to exchange some TV series that are "included with Prime."  I am too thrifty to rent or buy shows.  But some of the original shows included with the basic subscription are quite funny.  Here are a few of my favorites:

The Patriot

The Boys

The Tick


if you are nostalgic for 1950s TV shows it seems like they are buying every show I watched as a kid.  I think even Retro TV passed on The Donna Reed Show.  Anyway I am  bummed that The Patriot will not see a third season.  I loved that show.  Outrageous humor done deadpan.   :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Altap Salamander now freeware
« on: August 10, 2019, 09:14 AM »
I haven't noticed anyone post that the Altap Salamander file manager is now freeware - did I just miss the post?

Altap Salamander download page

Download Altap Salamander 4.0 - Freeware
Altap Salamander (including all plugins) from version 4.0 becomes freeware for both commercial and non-commercial use. Users of older Salamander versions can upgrade to version 4.0 free of charge. Version 4.0 requires Windows 7 or newer. There are not other limitations compared to commercial version 3.08.

Cool.  I never heard of this file manager.  I was into FreeCommander until the 64 bit hurdle kind of messed up the evolution of it.   I will check it out though.  Thanks for the heads up.   :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: August 02, 2019, 09:30 AM »
@MilesAhead: Thanks for the post. I hadn't known of either book. They both look interesting. I shall have to read them now...(SF addiction).

Heh heh.  I've been a steady consumer of SciFi since the early 1960s.  I can only guess that I missed out on Clifford D. Simak's works because I must have looked at one of the stories with goblins and thought all his stuff was like that.  I am still chasing after Cosmic Engineers and a few others.  The ebooks make it a bit easier to get books I missed the first time around.   :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: August 01, 2019, 08:46 AM »
Recursion by Blake Crouch. 

An interesting take on time travel.  When someone goes into the past to change the future, when the time comes for the nullified event to happen, then people who originally experienced it remember it.  This can be unpleasant if the thing you remember is burning to death, drowning, being blown up, buried alive etc..

It is also a love story.

Also I am nearly finished with another Blake Crouch novel Dark Matter.  Rather than time travel the protagonist searches through parallel worlds trying to get back to the one he was expelled from.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: April 25, 2019, 03:23 PM »
I am still devouring the novels of Clifford D. Simak.  It seems with the digital books they are playing the "region game" they play with DVDs.  Novels like Cosmic Engineers can be purchased in Australia but not in the USA.  Really annoying.  This is forcing me prematurely into the short stories.  Bummer!

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: March 09, 2019, 08:02 AM »
I am still working through Clifford D. Simak.  Currently Earth for Inspiration, one of a series of collections of his short works.

I had a similarly frustrating issue with the Moto phone I just got rid of. No matter how many Apps were listed the close all button didn't show up until I got down to the last one.

Interesting, my Moto G5+ shows CLEAR ALL at the top of the list all the time, unfortunately because the most recent are always shown at the bottom you need to scroll to the top to see it.

@Miles: Old Tesco HUDL v1 with Android 4.2.2 can only clear one at a time here.

You can add a Clear All function but it'll require root and the Xposed framework.

i tried a few of the one click root without PC apps and none of them succeeded.  At this point I think I will just live with it.

Speaking of Moto phone my free service will crap out soon.  Supposedly Metro supplies the e 5 plus for free with the $50/month plan.  If that is true I may go for it.  With 3 GB of Ram it must run better than my current phone.

btw thank you both for replying.   :Thmbsup:

The frustrating bit for me is the thing saves the list across boots.

That's actually one thing that I love.  I don't lose an app unless I explicitly close it.

My tablets all have 1 GB or less of Ram.  I would not mind if it saved the list if it was optional or I could close them all with one shot.  The repetitive swiping is wicked lame.

On older Android versions I used to use Advanced Task Killer (by Rechild, couldn't find it in the Play Store anymore) to kill off unused programs, but I started it manually only, as I didn't want it to kill apps 'under my fingers'. I think I stopped using that around Android 5 or 6, but it should still work on those versions. AFAICS, killing an app is the only way to close it's (remaining) views.

To kill a bunch of background apps I use RamBooster.  But in this case I am just trying to get rid of the windows without developing some kind of chronic thumb injury.  8)

My tablet has android 6, but it is a Samsung Galaxy S2, so if what Ath says above is true, it could be jist because it's a Samsung device.

The frustrating bit for me is the thing saves the list across boots.  Often I have to manually swipe 20 or 30 windows away.  It's really lame to have to do that on a regular basis. It is such a time waster.

I think you may be right about the Samsung only aspect.

Even my Kyocera Brigadier phone with Android 5.1.1 has that 'close all' button. And when you press it, wait a few seconds to give apps time to close and then reopen that screen, not one of the apps has been terminated. Manually closing any of the apps in that screen results in the app reappearing in the screen in a random location. So it looks safe to say that this functionality may only work properly from Android 6.x.x or higher.

What happens on my Alcatel phone is the windows all close but if one is of an app still running it may squawk.

TMK that close-all feature first appeared on Samsung devices, and later also on other brands (nothing to compare with though), but only recently was added to stock Android.
Sometimes it requires to 'shift the list aside' to reveal the Close all feature, have you tried that?

I could not find any way to affect the windows as a group.  Is it a gesture?  I may have gestures disabled. 

What version of Android is on your tablet?  Mine has that function, and I don't even have the latest version on the tablet.

It is Android 6.0 on an RCA Viking 10.1" tablet.  My cell phone has Android 6.0 and a "close all" button.  It seems the apps that are supposed to do it only work on phones.  I tried a few and gave up.

Edit:  It is one of those with the tablet in a case with built in keyboard.  I wonder    if that makes a difference?

Non-Windows Software / Android 6.0 tablet recent windows close all?
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:23 AM »
My Android 6.0 phone has a button in the recent windows list to close them all with one tap.  What I want to know is why my Android 6.0 tablet cannot do the same?  All the apps I have tried do not work on the tablet.  It seems a tad strange that no utility can do it.  I am not talking about a kill running apps button.  Just one that closes all recent windows.  My tablet saves them between boots.  Sometimes I have to individually swipe 20 or 30 windows.  This has to have a fix somewhere.   >:(

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: January 08, 2019, 09:16 AM »
Continuing with Richard D. Simak, I just completed Time and Again.

I will start Time is the Simplest Thing today.

I have a thing for time travel stories.  :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: December 14, 2018, 08:04 AM »
1809 done today on one laptop, so far no issues, fingers crossed

Hahaha. :D    Made me LOL.
In my years of implementing conventional 3-tier client-server networks and thin client (Citrix) server farms (all Windows-based), it would have been verboten to suggest "fingers crossed" as being a passable/acceptable implementation risk management strategy!
Yet the reality would seem to be that that is exactly what Microsoft are implicitly/tacitly expecting users to do.    :o

Maybe we should create a statue of the W10 Logo and slaughter a calf?   

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