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Living Room / Re: I'm getting married, wish me luck!
« on: January 05, 2019, 08:56 AM »
I'm wishing you both love and happiness because marriage based on luck doesn't work. :-)
Luck... ah, yes!

Living Room / Re: I'm getting married, wish me luck!
« on: January 01, 2019, 01:10 PM »
@rgdot: yes! :)

So you're saying I have his looks but not his money or fame.. Seems I did not get a good deal here..
On the contrary! You can still make a lot of money (if you want), but you can't buy the looks! :) (If in doubt, image search 'plastic surgery fails')

And fame... I don't know... not being able to burp* in public without it ending up on YouTube or Twitter (etc.) isn't so cool...  8)

*or whatever

Living Room / Re: I'm getting married, wish me luck!
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:50 AM »
Damn, I somehow totally missed this thread! Congratulations!  :)

Some photos from the marriage/wedding:
You look like a long-lost twin of Jeff Bezos  8)

General Software Discussion / Looking for an image viewer that...
« on: December 13, 2017, 06:21 AM »

I'm looking for an image viewer that, when an image is clicked, ...
a) will start in full-screen mode (or at least gives the image most of the screen)
b) will auto-resize the image to fit the screen
c) has no performance problem with a huge image folder
[d) an option to rename the currently displayed image would be a plus]

Normally, I'm quite happy with Faststone image viewer, but that only takes care of a) and b) [and d)] - it's a bit slow when it comes to images in a huge folder.

that's one hotkey to disable if possible !!

Good idea, I'll use AutoHotkey to do that! :)

Massive thanks to you and Webcrawler, that was it! :D

You can find it by hitting the Win key and typing "grey", and the related hotkey is Win+Ctrl+C.

Yeah, I checked that already but couldn't find anything related to black and white.

General Software Discussion / Windows 10 suddenly black and white :-(
« on: October 27, 2017, 12:03 PM »

suddenly my Windows desktop - along with all programs - turned black and white. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del still brings up the *blue* screen (lock, change password, start task manager, ...), and after rebooting, Windows' log-in screen is as colorful than ever, so I'm really puzzled... I can't say for sure that I didn't accidentally hit some mysterious keyboard shortcut, but I wouldn't know which one.

I *really* hope someone has an idea regarding how to fix this. The only solution I could find with Google was to update the gfx card driver (Intel HD Graphics 520). It didn't make sense to me but I tried it anyway. Since I already had the latest version I downloaded and installed an older one, but that didn't help.


Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: September 16, 2017, 06:46 AM »
Thanks to 40hz for "The Best Offer" and "The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" and to 4wd for "Anti Matter". Adding them to my list!

I recommend:

The Handmaiden
(Crime, Drama, Mystery)

It has a 8.1 IMDb rating and director is Chan-wook Park (who brought us Oldboy, another recommendation. With a 8.4 rating, it's IMDb's Top Rated Movie #66!)

Nothing I could say would be able to properly describe it... just watch it.  8)



I just read https://www.fastcomp...s-this-is-whywe-quit and wanted to share the article.

Because conversations in Slack happen on a one-way conveyor belt, our team began feeling like they had to stay constantly connected to keep up. This style of communication was especially problematic for a remote-first company like ours. How do you stay in the loop when earlier topics have already been discussed and are buried by the time you even wake up?

On https://twist.zendes...rticles/115003654569 they add:

It's not just Slack. Any synchronous, real-time chat app will drain your time—that's the nature of chat.

I like the thinking behind their (it's from the Todoist team): to have "calmer, more organized, and more productive communication". I'll try it some day. They have a promo video that shows how it works.


hamradio and antekgla, you are right! Thank you! "Always On Top" was enabled in the "View" menu! I never (consciously) saw that menu entry, and I hardly ever use the menus. I also never deliberately used the Ctrl+Shift+A hotkey, but now I'll add it to my AHK script to prevent it from being pressed accidentally in the future.

It also doesn't explain how the problem disappeared (see my 2nd post in this thread) and then reappeared soon after, but I'm happy with the current situation. Fingers crossed!

Thanks to everyone who chipped in!  :-*

Aaaaand the problem has returned.  :(

I don't see that you've uninstalled and reinstalled the application?  Or tried it in a different directory?

I haven't. Since win32pad doesn't have an option to export its settings and since I don't want to lose them, that's kind of a 'last resort' thing to do. And the problem coming and going without my input seems to point in some other direction, no?

@MilesAhead: I don't have a multi-monitor setup.

Aaaaand the problem has returned.  :(

Is it only for Win32Pad?


It sounds like you may have picked up some prankware.  Have you done any scans such as Malwarebytes anti-malware?  I am not familiar with that editor but if it uses an .ini file to save settings it is possible the value could have changed somehow.

If there are no malwares found a reinstall(if it is the installer version) may clear it up.
Also if you are running any kind of window management utility such as WinSize2 or similar a change could have occurred there somehow.

I've used Windows' built-in thingy to do a full scan yesterday, but it only found something ugly in a completely unrelated installer that I downloaded many, many years ago and never executed (yay!).

The weird thing is: when I ran win32pad again just now, the problem was gone! After being there for days... just gone! How weird is that?!? :huh: (I've literally done nothing at/ with my PC since my post above, just switched off the monitor.)

I'll keep you posted if it comes back.

Edit:  by the way, what version of Windows are you running?  Windows 8.x and later has the Desktop as sort of a child window(anything that has that new fangled Start Screen the Desktop has quirks.)  Sometimes running the program As Administrator can get around it.  No idea why the sudden change though unless you picked up some prankware.

Windows 10.

I like to use win32pad ( It's fast, lightweight, has all the basic features I need (and hasn't been updated in 10 years... Sad!)

Since a few days ago, *all* win32pad windows are suddenly set to "always on top" when I open them! Even after rebooting Windows. I have no idea how that happened. How can I fix that? Currently, I'm using AutoHotkey (WinSet) to manually (temporarily) fix it, but that is quite annoying.

WTF! Thanks for posting! This is an attack vector I never had on my radar. I rarely download subtitles (just once in the last x months), and since I still have the file on my PC I checked it out: Just plain text, everything ok.

To allow the developers more time to address the vulnerabilities, we’ve decided not to publish any further technical details at this point.

I'm curious how exactly the attack works... I had assumed players just load text files for subtitles and display what's in there (not looking for code there), but then I only ever saw .srt files and a similar format. According to them "there are over 25 subtitle formats in use", so I imagine that more exotic subtitle formats can better be used for attacks.

Living Room / Re: quick poll, please vote! (2 questions only)
« on: March 20, 2017, 03:07 AM »
Hello Carl Stone, good one! It sounds like you made more than you paid for your trip there - a great start!

If you haven't already, you might want to read this book: Michael Talbot - The Holographic Universe

but since it requires Java I'm now looking for an alternative
Hmm, so you've been scared by the FUD-campaign?

Which FUD campaign exactly?

No, I just stopped liking Java. 8)


I've used FreeMind (http://freemind.sour.../index.php/Main_Page) in the past, and it was good enough for what I needed, but since it requires Java I'm now looking for an alternative. Preferably freeware for Windows (and maybe Android), but maybe a free web solution will do.

Any recommendations? I found these with good reviews: is a (free when you only need up to 3 maps) web solution. Android version too ( is another online tool, 1 map is free (but not with all advanced features available). Sign-In with Google and a good auto-save feature, I like it. Check out the screenshot there and those on - beautiful! :-* online tool, very easy to use, you can try it without having to register (free when you only need up to 3 maps) site is 'down' (maintenance)

Living Room / Re: quick poll, please vote! (2 questions only)
« on: March 17, 2017, 06:02 AM »
Are you going to allow us change the future :D

Maybe 8)  (Thanks for voting!)

A few more votes please!

Living Room / Re: quick poll, please vote! (2 questions only)
« on: March 10, 2017, 03:57 AM »
More votes please!  :)

@MilesAhead: I'm holding back from replying until more votes come in.  8)

Why on earth would anybody in their right mind join a thing like this?

I can see the appeal for some people: lists a few venture capitalists, some of which get approached by more than a 1000 startups a year. So, if you're after venture capital and want to approach one of them, and can do so (more or less) uniquely by paying a few bucks, maybe it helps to stand out more.

Yeah, interesting topic! I found this fascinating:

The amount of computations required to carry out the attack is staggering: nine quintillion (9,223,372,036,854,775,808) SHA1 computations in total which took 6,500 years of CPU computation to complete the attack first phase and 110 years of GPU computation to complete the second phase.

Living Room / quick poll, please vote! (2 questions only)
« on: February 25, 2017, 07:04 AM »

research around the question "what if you could see into the future?" was mentioned on the radio the other day (I forgot which university it was), and I'd like to find out what my fellow forum users think about the topic. :)

It's about events* in your life that personally/ directly affect you; please vote in both polls:

*by event I mean something extraordinary like meeting the love of your life or crashing your car, not Adele releasing a song you dislike. 8)

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: February 12, 2017, 09:12 AM »
Arrival (Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi). Loved it! :-*

"When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors."

For whatever reason some people don't seem to understand the movie, but it still made it (currently as #209) into IMDb's Top Rated Movies. Will watch it again some day for sure!

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