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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.

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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.

Idle offtopic wish: That the at-sign did actually signal you in some way on this forum...  it would definitely be a help to bring people into a conversation or signal the person.

It's become somewhat of a habit for me to do that, due to using a Discourse forum at work. (but I still hate Discourse and prefer SMF)

Maybe mouser can add a plugin for mentions?

Thanks @Deozaan

Had to follow this, but I got it working! (required a 3rd phone to test it)  8)

So, now I have a mobile phone and a fake landline.

I'll hold off on Twilio for now, since this works.

CSIPSimple from the Play Store and a number from a VoIP provider, I use Twilio.

Can you tell me a little more about the Twilio side of things? Exactly what do I need to sign up for or buy, and roughly how much would it all cost (monthly, yearly?)

This article on How-to-geek, might prove to be useful as well.

From the first line of the article:

If you’re on a carrier that supports it,

Which means your phone has to have existing service, and a number, which this phone doesn't have.

Basically, any of those apps will let you make calls over Wi-Fi, but they won’t use your actual phone number, nor will they call out to a traditional phone in most cases. Instead, you’ll actually place calls from account to account; for example, if you use Facebook Messenger, you actually just “call” the person on their Facebook account instead of putting in a phone number. The same goes for free Skype accounts, though you can pay money to call normal phone numbers.

That's not what I need. I want to make & receive real phone calls, with a real phone number. I don't want instant messaging. And Skype makes you prepay for minute credits, which is required for making/receiving normal calls. If you run out in the middle of a call, you get cut off.

Google Hangouts and Voice are other exceptions—they essentially work together to make calls. You’ll need a Google Voice number, as well as the Hangouts Dialer to make calls, in which case you should be able to call out to any traditional phone number. The problem will come when you want to receive calls using these tools—you’ll have to do quite a bit of extra setup for that.

But they don't explain the setup process or link to any instructions. :(

@Deozaan, how do you receive normal phone calls without a number for Google Voice to forward your calls to? And how do you make normal phone calls without cell service that it can use its minutes for? How do you call a business? Or how do you receive calls from your doctor?

From the Google Voice app page:

Keep in mind:
• Google Voice is currently only available in the US
• All calls made using Google Voice for Android use the standard minutes from your cell phone plan
• Calls are placed through a US-based Google Voice access number, which may incur costs (e.g. when traveling internationally)

I purchased a new mobile phone and moved my sim card to it, so that I can use the T-Mobile service I am paying for, with the new phone.

But I still have my old mobile phone (Moto G3), now without any sort of carrier, service, or phone number that would allow me to make or receive calls on it.

What I am looking for is an Android app/service that would give that phone a new life, with a new number and allow making/receiving real phone calls over wifi only, without the need for the phone to be attached to a traditional non-wifi carrier. It would be used for US calls, only, no international usage.

What I don't want is a service that will require me to pay per minute or buy an allotment of minutes in advance, or require me to view ads or complete offers to earn credits that can be spent to make/receive calls. (I don't have time for that nonsense). I also am not looking for texting, video calls, text chatting, or any other frills (if the service comes with it, fine, but I don't need it and won't use it). I just need voice calling. I also don't want something that would require others to have and use the same app, in order to "call" me. (there's no shortage of apps that can do that, including Facebook, Skype, and a bunch of others) I also do not want ads on my lock screen or unexpected ad popups.

I don't mind paying a cheap fee, around $20 to $30 per year, but am against paying anything much more than that, as I don't expect to use it very much.

Basically, I am looking to turn the old phone into something that has a phone number that only works at home or if I am somewhere where I can connect to some sort of wifi, including free wifi.

Google Voice is out, since your phone has to have an existing phone number to set it up on your phone, and all incoming calls would get forwarded to that number, rather than to my currently numberless phone, and all outgoing calls would require an existing carrier to provide the voice minutes that would be used. Since this phone is no longer connected to a traditional carrier, I can't do that.

It may depend heavily on how committed you are to supporting your app.

Do you plan on maintaining the hosting and availability of your web app for 10+ years? If not, perhaps a desktop app would be better in terms of availability, since it wouldn't depend on you to continue to host it. Once in the hands of the end user, they could keep and use it indefinitely, long after you have lost interest in the project.

I suppose the best of both would be to distribute the JS, so that it could be run locally, bearing in mind that the end user may not wish to use the browser of your choice, which could present its own problems, in terms of support. But that could be solved by embedding it into the browser of your choice, forcing the user to comply, and thereby eliminating most support complaints.

Example: The reason why Fried Babelfish was released as a desktop app was to force the end user to use Krishean's script from round 2 of our little game, locally, in Internet Explorer, otherwise the script wouldn't work. And no matter how you tell the user to only use it in IE, there would always be those that would try in another browser and complain that it didn't work or would just contact you with an IE bashing rant. This solved the first 2 problems and cut down on the amount of IE bashing we had to put up with. (the version released for NANY 2009 was a much later round of the game, using Google's translation API, rather than the original Babelfish scraper script that Krishean initially wrote)

Developer's Corner / Re: Guide To GIT (Git Magic)
« on: April 24, 2018, 09:57 PM »
Amazon says it has a publication date of April 5, 2010.

Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder 2018 Fundraiser
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:25 PM »

I think I only have 2 apps from there, one of which is a freeware video downloader for Netflix, the other is the Fitbit app for Windows.

There is a desktop bar that contains all the widgets in your collection, which is what is showing in your screenshot. You need to open the widgets from there, to display it on the desktop like I have them. Then you can close that toolbar so that it stays in the tray as just an icon. The open widgets will remain on the desktop, unless you close the whole widgets application or the individual widgets.

Attached to this post you will find my fixed weather widget. Keep a backup of the zip file, after extracting it, in case you should need it in the future. Then just click the extracted widget to open it.

Unless you have changed the widget engine's default settings, it will ask if you want to move it to your collection. The answer is yes, move it, overwrite the original existing widget, whatever it wants. Once the non-working widget has been replaced with this one, you should be good to go.

One note about this. I only replaced an old dead URL in the original widget code with one from that works. The weather widget will occasionally crash if/when it receives bad feed data from, which is something I have not fixed (and do not plan to).

I am not sure which clock you are referring to, since there are 2 on my screen.

The analog clock is the Carmino Vector clock, a stand alone application (not a Yahoo widget) from here:

The digital clock is my own DClock project (also not a Yahoo Widget), which you can find here:

As far as RAM is concerned, I can't really say. It couldn't be all that much for just the weather widget, though, since I have used the whole collection you see in my screenshot, plus a ton more stuff, on an older Pentium 4 PC with 1GB of RAM. (the Yahoo Widgets engine and all widgets were written for XP era computers, which were typically single core and usually 2GB of RAM, or less)

Use a disposable Google account and upload it there, to open in Google Sheets. You can view it there, without any sort of Excel specific macros causing potential problems to your system.  And even if it does cause a problem, it would likely be limited to that specific Google account (not your machine), which would be a throw away account, just for that very reason.

For CPU temperature, I don't have a good desktop widget for that. I am using Speedfan, which does have a tray icon.

For weather, CPU load, memory, wifi, battery, calendar, and trash bin, I am using the old Yahoo Widgets. Whereas you may be able to find an installer for the base engine application, the actual widgets to use with it may be difficult to find, and some, like the weather widget, near impossible to find one that actually still works.

If you like anything you see in this screenshot, let me know and I'll see what I can do to give you more info, or a source to acquire them, if necessary.

For the weather widget, I may be the only source for the one shown on my desktop, that actually works, since I had to decompile it and fix it myself.

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Weather widget in compact view:

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Living Room / Re: Peculiar windows problem
« on: February 21, 2018, 12:14 AM »
Tip of the Day: Never use Facebook as an indicator of the health of your PC or browser.

Facebook has been known to experiment with stuff, and for it to go horribly wrong, disabling functionality of various parts of their site.

They roll out changes, both good and bad, to a limited audience, so the changes may affect some accounts and not others, or some accounts under certain conditions, browsers, OS's, or combinations of things.

If you want to know if something is wrong with your PC or your browser, use other sites (more than one, in more than one browser) that actually care enough about user experience to not test crap on their live production servers, because if you let yourself become a victim of Facebook's code experiments, you will be driven completely mad, for no good reason.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Explorer crashing
« on: December 12, 2017, 07:13 PM »
You wouldn't happen to be using Classic Shell under Windows 10, by any chance?

If so, try disabling it and rebooting, to see if that solves your problem.

After a recent Windows update (which may have also occurred to your system automatically, without you noticing), I started experiencing the same sort of Explorer problems.

The culprit turned out to be Classic Shell. Once I disabled it and rebooted, problem was solved.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2017
« on: December 04, 2017, 07:30 AM »
SitePoint has 50% off for the next ~4 hours (link)

Well, it's for more than 4 hours. Most likely till Christmas, at least (perhaps till the end of the month, but I am not completely sure on that).

And 50% off means 2 years of membership for $99 USD.

The exact offer page is here: https://www.sitepoin...mium/l/black-friday/

There are also some bundle offers going out to our mailing lists, that don't include a membership (because not everyone likes memberships):

- Ultimate Full Stack JavaScript Bundle for $39 USD (updated with new content): https://www.sitepoin...k-javascript-updated

(I'll update this list as I see more mailings going out with other bundles)

Disclosure: I work for SitePoint but they have not compensated me in any way for making this post nor encouraged me to do so.

Living Room / Re: GoDaddy Blocking Access to Website
« on: September 22, 2017, 11:31 PM »
So... Let's just say you fixed it and move on.. :D

Living Room / Re: GoDaddy Blocking Access to Website
« on: September 20, 2017, 06:47 PM »
I once had a site hosted by some cheap-ass company that had an automatic temporary block that would be activated by any IP address that made "too many" requests to their server within too short of a period of time. And it didn't discriminate between viewing pages in a browser and downloading a copy of the site via FTP. So, making a backup of the site would result in my not being able to access it again till the following day. And even worse, I also ended up temporarily blocked from even accessing the web host's support forum, so it was awhile before I could figure out what the problem was. I was eventually told that uploading the site wouldn't trip the block, but downloading the whole thing again could, if it were more than 20 files.

But if something stupid like that were in place at Go Daddy, wouldn't their support people know about it?

General Software Discussion / Re: Modern forum software: Discourse
« on: September 20, 2017, 06:24 PM »
I thought there was not a single human in the universe that thought that the 'old guard forums' were better than Discourse. But @tuxman proved me wrong.

We use self-hosted Discourse where I work (SitePoint), and I can't stand it, on the whole, but there are maybe a few features I do like, such as @mentions. So, I am another one that likes SMF better....but not just any SMF, Dc's SMF. (I do miss the old Zillarank search mod, though)

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