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Thanks!  Very useful!  I'm surprised that USPS doesn't socialize that more!

A few of reasons:

1. Not available in all locations, yet.
2. There's a lot of FUD related controversy and confusion surrounding it.
  A. Too many people think that anyone can sign up to get alerts about your mail, not just you, by simply scraping info about you off the internet.
  B. Too many people think the USPS is opening up your mail and emailing you scans of your mail before it's delivered, thereby reading it and turning over copies of the scans to NSA.
  C. Too many people think it's a bad idea to give the government (and the NSA) more personally identifying info about yourself, tying together a name, street address, phone number, and e-mail address, along with the contents of your mail, such as bank and credit card account info, etc. (see B)

It's crazy what the tinfoil hat people think is going on, when the USPS is simply trying to thwart mail theft, which is becoming a much bigger problem in the digital age, with all the online shopping that is going on, and so many packages being delivered getting stolen, because they can't fit in a typical mailbox.

In any case, if you have a tracking number for a package, you can always sign up for alerts related to that specific delivery, even if Informed Delivery is not available in your area, yet.

I wonder if it's a new(ish) policy to just drop off the package and leave.

I get notifications on my phone from UPS, USPS, and Amazon, whenever a package is delivered. Amazon even sends me a photo of the package sitting in my hallway.

How did you get that set up?

UPS MyChoice
USPS Informed Delivery

And Amazon has their own contractors that deliver in my area. I also have Amazon Prime, and their app installed on my phone. Not sure if there is anything else that one has to do to get alerts when one of their contractors drops off a package.

I wonder if it's a new(ish) policy to just drop off the package and leave.

I get notifications on my phone from UPS, USPS, and Amazon, whenever a package is delivered. Amazon even sends me a photo of the package sitting in my hallway.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:09 AM »
then sew a running stitch around the edge with a strong beading thread

That's where you lost me.  Not only is sewing a 'running stitch' something I'd probably do a terrible job at, I don't even know what a "beading thread" is.

This is beading thread:

And a running stitch is the most basic of all sewing stitches:


The whole process of stitching it up is exactly the same as making a "yoyo", which is explained in this video. All you have to do is stick it on your headphones as you pull it closed. Since t-shirts are a knitted fabric, they have stretch and will shape around your headphones better than a woven fabric.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: November 17, 2018, 01:23 PM »
It's not that difficult to make something like these from an old t-shirt, sweatshirt, or other stretchy material. You'd just cut a circle (or square), then sew a running stitch around the edge with a strong beading thread, to act as a drawstring. Then fit it onto your headphones, tighten the drawstring, tuck in the raw edges so it looks good, then knot the thread so it stays tight. When you want to remove it for washing or replacement, just cut the threads.

No, they wouldn't be good as a replacement for the ear pads, but they would prolong the life of an existing pair, even if they already are showing signs of wear, flaking, etc.

The purpose of the CoolSense application is to deliberately degrade system performance in such a way that it reduces the production of heat, while extending battery life. It also slows down your fans, to extend battery life.

Without the CoolSense application, your laptop will have the potential for full performance and fan speed.

It's a bit like Process Tamer, with very little in the way of user options (only on and off), with the added feature of slowing down your fans, again, with no ability for the user to adjust it.

So, if you prefer your laptop to be deliberately partially crippled, in the name of quietness and longer battery life, by all means use the CoolSense software.

But if you'd like your fans to cool more effectively, able to use full speed when necessary, and you'd like a bit more performance, shut off CoolSense.

The only real penalty for not running it is a bit more noise and a need to recharge more frequently. I can see where you might want to run CoolSense when you are running on battery power, to extend the time before you need to recharge, but if you are connected to AC, you probably should turn it off, since recharging the battery will generate additional heat that CoolSense wasn't designed to compensate for. Turning it off will allow your fans to get rid of that additional heat, thereby prolonging the lifespan of your laptop.

Living Room / Re: Help with VPN Recommendation
« on: November 11, 2018, 09:23 AM »
I use Private Internet Access (PIA) with Netflix all the time. Every once in awhile I get that blocked notice in Netflix, but not usually. When I do, I just switch locations in their app till I find one that works. (They have 14 US locations to choose from).

They are also P2P friendly, so if you are using torrents or Popcorn Time, you won't get into any trouble with them. And PIA has a no logging policy that will not track or monitor traffic logs, or communication logs, so if anyone knocks on their door with a court order to find out your identity, based on your IP and activities, PIA won't have anything to give them. And they pass all the customary leak tests.

They have a 2 year plan costing $69.95 USD. Or you can pick up a single month for $6.95 USD to test it out. They accept all major credit cards, Paypal, BTC, and most major gift cards (Target, Starbucks, Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, etc.). So, if you do stuff on the internet that earns rewards in the form of a gift card, you can use those gift cards to pay for your VPN service.

Consider this: Malware writers figured out a long time ago that the best way to mine BTC was not to pay for the hardware or electricity, themselves, and that's why they made, and continue to make, the most profit.

N.A.N.Y. 2019 / Re: NANY 2019 Rewards
« on: November 04, 2018, 05:26 AM »
We have 4 prizes in total..

We have 3 lifetime memberships for SitePoint Premium to give away, which includes unlimited access to all e-books and video courses in our library.

And we have a 10 e-book bundle to give away, containing the following titles:

DC Gamer Club / Re: Game Giveaway
« on: October 25, 2018, 05:51 PM »

  • Humble Indie Bundle 14
Thank you app103!
From that Bundle i can offer single Steam Keys as gift.
    Pixel Piracy
    Super Splatters

If anyone is interested in any of these Keys, let me know which one and I'll PM you the Details to redeem it after i found out how. :-)

I don't think you can keep the downloadable games and gift the Steam versions. You have to tie your Humble Bundle account to a Steam account, and then click the links to add them to your Steam account. They don't give you individual links that you can give to others.

DC Gamer Club / Game Giveaway
« on: October 24, 2018, 10:02 PM »
I have unredeemed gift URLs for the following Humble Bundles. You can Google the bundle names to see the list of games they include. These are all at the $1 level, from late 2014/early 2015.

I originally purchased them for an internet friend, but I lost touch with them.

If anyone is interested in any of these bundles, let me know which one and I'll PM you the URL to redeem it.

  • Humble Weekly Bundle: Simulators 3
  • Humble Weekly Bundle: Brawlers
  • Humble Card Game Bundle
  • Star Wars Humble Bundle
  • Humble Weekly Bundle: For Lovers (of games)
  • Humble Square Enix Bundle 2
  • Humble Weekly Bundle: Co-op 2
  • Humble Weekly Bundle: Made in Japan
  • Humble Weekly Bundle: Roguelikes 2
  • Humble PC & Android Bundle 12
  • Humble Indie Bundle 14
  • Humble Weekly Bundle: Strategy 2
  • Humble Origin Bundle 2
  • Humble Weekly Bundle: Multiplayer Mayhem
  • Humble Weekly Bundle Presented by IGM
  • Humble Paradox Bundle
  • Humble Weekly Bundle: Surprise Attack
  • Humble Weekly Bundle: Adventures! 2

10 bundles left!

There's a part of me that hopes this obtuse clock is a real thing:

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"Kid Safe Rule 35".

If it "isn't" (as of this exact time of posting), then it CAN be very very quickly...

And cheap. You might have to compare a couple brands but those old classic wall clocks are really pretty ...uh... amenable to this. The limiting factor is only your desired level of quality! If nothing else, just make a paper face and insert it on top of the real clock face because the gap between mechanism and hands is pretty big!

Cafe Press and Zazzle both allow you to order clocks with custom faces of your own design. It was how I ended up with a DoCo clock (instead of a mug), for the 2007 GOE event. (mouser made one available, at my request)

N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Release: Trout (audio player)
« on: September 17, 2018, 05:40 AM »
I have a request.

In past versions of Windows, Microsoft allowed the user to have a lot of control over the colors of their desktop theme, if they used classic themes. In Windows 10, however, Microsoft has taken the approach that they know best, when it comes to the colors of a user's desktop, limiting the control over colors they can use, and what they can use them for. The end result is something that isn't always pleasing to the least not mine.

I would like to have control over the highlight colors used in Trout, in order to eliminate the blue that is shown here, and make it look more like it did in my previous desktop themes.

Is there any way you can allow us to choose the 2 colors used for the text & background of selected or highlighted lines?

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Living Room / Re: Warning: Do not download "Pip Cam" for Android
« on: September 16, 2018, 05:51 PM »
Have you clicked "Flag as inappropriate" yet? That app clearly violates Google's policies on monetization and ads:

"Ads associated with your app must not interfere with other apps, ads, or the operation of the device, including system or device buttons and ports. This includes overlays, companion functionality, and widgetized ad units. Ads must only be displayed within the app serving them. "

And don't forget to block this one, too:

They only bought it for one reason. To have access to all of that code whenever they please.

This is FUD and nothing else.

Yeah, they already have access to all that code whenever they please, and so does everyone else. It wouldn't make sense to buy it just for that.

If you saw a box with a sign that said "Free Candy", would you buy the box, just for the candy? Or would you just reach in and grab what you want, like everybody else? It's not like they can throw a lid on the box and keep it all for themselves, only. Open source is still open source, after all.

Think about this:

  • You can learn some software development skills on Lynda (owned by Microsoft)
  • You can use your skills to develop software in Visual Studio (owned by Microsoft)
  • You can offer that software to the public in the Windows App Store (owned by Microsoft)
  • You can make that software open source, hosted on Github (owned by Microsoft)
  • You can use all of that to land yourself a job through LinkedIn (owned by Microsoft)

Do you now see how this all fits together?

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: July 24, 2018, 09:24 PM »
Battery life of the G6 doesn't seem as good as the G4, though, even though they are both 3000 mAh.

Apparently not available in the USA but the G6+ should be better with battery life, they use the more efficient Snapdragon 6 series SoC instead of the 4 series used in the G6 and G6 Play.

When I mentioned this to my father, he started going on about some 10K mAh phone he found listed somewhere (Oukitel K10000). When I went & looked it up, found out it takes 20 hrs to charge and doesn't work with any US carriers.  (No thanks, Dad!) ;D

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: July 24, 2018, 05:24 PM »
I just bought a Moto G6, and I like it much better than the G3 or G4.

It's a bit more narrow than the G4, but doesn't seem to suffer from the most reported issue of the G4, namely the "ghost taps" which are annoying enough that I'll be shipping my G4 back for service, while it's still under warranty.

Not sure how well you can see it, but here's the G6 (left) and G4 (right), side by side, for size comparison, with almost identical protective cases. In the 3rd image, the G6 is on top of the G4, and you can see some of the G4 sticking out. It's not a huge size difference, like it was going from the G3 to G4, but if you are hoping for an even bigger screen than older models, it's not going to happen. As I stated before, the screen is actually smaller. You might perceive this as either a good thing or bad thing, depending on the size of your hands or pockets, or other factors. (one of my favorite games is ad free on the G3 and G6, because of screen size, crediting me with bonuses for viewing video ads, without actually showing the ads. You get stuck with video ads on the G4's larger screen, because the game treats it same as a tablet.)

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Battery life of the G6 doesn't seem as good as the G4, though, even though they are both 3000 mAh. And you'll need extra USB-C chargers, as all your existing micro-USB will be useless with it.

Sim & SD cards are inserted from the outside, into a little slide out tray on the top edge of the phone, rather than having to take the back off the phone to install them. And despite what is advertised, it does support SD cards over 128G (I have a 256G in mine). The cards seem to be located away from the battery, unlike previous models. Perhaps this will help ensure that the heat from battery, during charging, won't knock them out, which is something else I experienced frequently with the G4 and only occasionally with the G3.

It works well with thicker protective cases, and you'll probably want one of those rather than a thinner case, because the glass on the back that covers the camera sticks out far enough that if the case is too thin or you use it without a case, that glass will hit the table when you set the phone down.

I got the Amazon Prime version, so double clicking the power button activates Alexa, rather than turning the camera on. But like previous Moto G models, making a chopping motion still turns on the flash light, and twisting turns on the camera.

Would I recommend this phone? Absolutely! I still feel it's the best phone available in this price range, and affordable enough to get one, unlocked.

General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted: Simple EML viewer
« on: June 20, 2018, 06:23 PM »
Advantage of using TC/DC is that you can install a variety of plugins to view a lot of different files quickly without the need to open another program.

Two disadvantages for me would be

1. You probably can't copy text from the previews, and I would need to be able to do that.
2. I really don't like any of the 3rd party file managers I have tried, which includes Total Commander, Directory Opus, XYplorer, and a few others.

It is not a common problem that I would come across files I can't open and need to go find an app that can do it. In fact, it's quite rare, actually. I think my biggest problem these days is when I am sent an attachment that I have to actually go through the trouble of downloading and viewing externally, because I can't use the quickviewer in Zendesk or open it in a browser tab. (most of my work is done in a browser, these days)

General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted: Simple EML viewer
« on: June 20, 2018, 01:47 PM »
here's another one, just in case...


That one is nice & simple. I'll hold on to it. Thanks!  :)

The company behind Ghostery, a privacy-focused browser and an ad-blocking browser extension,  has apologized for a technical error that occurred last Friday when its staff was sending out GDPR-themed notification emails.

According to numerous user reports, Ghostery sent out emails that exposed the addresses of other users.

The emails were sent to batches of 500 users at the same time, and every user in each batch was able to see the email addresses of the other users.

Also, if you are going to keep running XP, you should probably make yourself very familiar with this section of the MSFN forum:

Have you tried doing any of the following?

Go here:

Click on Manual Install in the sidebar.

Make the settings in the search panel match these and download the file shown.

Screenshot - 5_30_2018 , 1_18_39 PM.png

Install it.

Then head here to download and install "Update for WES09 and POSReady 2009 (KB4019276) "

Once you have done all this, it should reduce the number of security errors you see when visiting websites. Oh, and don't use IE, because the version of IE you have in XP was never updated to support TLS 1.1 & 1.2, so even with this patch, IE probably still won't work very well. But this should help Chrome/Chromium-based browsers.

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