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General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: July 17, 2018, 08:43 AM »
Any tips for SatNav for Android? (in case relevant: for use in Europe)
I'm coming from a Windows phone so dont have a clue where to begin.

See this mention from 2015 -
OSMAnd+ Maps & Navigation
I have found openstreetmap better than google maps on occasion.

Play the game: See if you can find #24 and my roomate.
Roommate: left middle? lazing on a cushion (the life!)
#24: in the mirror

No idea what it's about but I love the 'La Chien... [cant read the end there] c'est Lui' picture

DC Website Help and Extras / Re: DC on the smallish screen
« on: July 12, 2018, 03:24 AM »
I will post a link here to see if that is 'shortened', and if the problem is just links in quoted text:
The link is shortened, but is still wider than the screen.
and is quoted shortened, but again, still wider than the screen.

DC Website Help and Extras / DC on the smallish screen
« on: July 12, 2018, 03:20 AM »
DC looks good in portrait mode on a smartphone screen:
In landscape mode though, the advantage of the wider screen is negated by the amount of space taken to display the user info:
On my older lower res phone, the user avatar didn't show in landscape mode, so I presume the threshold could be adjusted to cater to higher res small screens?

Second point:
you can see in the first shot that the quoted text is wider than the screen. This is because of a url.
=> Wondering could a line be allowed to break at a "/"
If so, would allow longer urls to wrap. Or that the url be shortened to page width by just showing dots in the mid...dle of the url?

I will post a link here to see if that is 'shortened', and if the problem is just links in quoted text:

[to remove the compattelrunner problem I]
also uninstalled KB2952664 "Compatibility update for keeping Windows up-to-date in Windows 7"
Went to windows update shortly afterwards and guess what's on offer:
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2952664)
Download size: 6.4 MB
Update type: Important
Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.
More information:
now hidden FWIW

Windows 7 machine:
I accidentally applied all windows updates around the end of May. Since then having troubles sometime after startup -- a total sieze-up of the system -- unable to do anything for a while -- maybe ten minutes, maybe twenty :-/
When the system recovers, anything you attempted to do in the 'freeze-time' gets done, and fast: at this stage today, the taskmanager (Process Explorer actually) got opened and I saw a flash of compattelrunner highlighted in red before it disappeared.

Did the following:
To disable Windows Compatibility Telemetry, kindly follow these steps:

    On the search box, type services and press Enter to open the Services desktop app.
    Stop the Diagnostics Tracking Service and change the Startup Type to Disabled.
also uninstalled KB2952664 "Compatibility update for keeping Windows up-to-date in Windows 7" as suggested in Superuser:

System is fine on reboot: will report if there's any other problems.

This all happened in the wake of replacing a harddrive which was also causing the system to sieze up (I'm even wondering now was the HDD really on the way out: but I think so). All of which made me suspect the new HDD rather than look for other possibilities...

Good news. Thanks for the heads up :up:

Done. I've gotten a lot of good tips there over the years...

Their donate button was hidden by my adblocker :-[

Living Room / Re: Privacy (collected references)
« on: July 01, 2018, 11:11 AM »
You're on a roll Iain :up:

California post especially interesting.
Will have to catch up with earlier posts.

Living Room / Re: RIP Harlan Ellison
« on: June 30, 2018, 09:05 AM »
That was a very interesting read -- read his wikipedia page also. Sounded like quite a character...

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:00 PM »
25 Phrases Americans Say That Other Countries Don't Understand

I wonder if all of these originated in the States:
unfortunately they often dont give info about the origins of the phrases.

Growing up in Ireland in the 70s and 80s, I would have known (or gotten to know at least by the 90s) the following ones:
  • ‘Quitting Cold Turkey’
  • ‘Take a Raincheck’ -- think I only got to know this one in the later 80s
  • ‘Spill the Beans’
  • ‘Riding Shotgun’ -- the origin of this unfortunately not properly explained: I know the term well, not sure when it reached .ie
  • ‘Piece of Cake’
  • ‘More Bang for Your Buck’
  • ‘Let’s Go Dutch’
  • ‘Jump on the Bandwagon’
  • ‘Jonesing’ (1990's for me)
  • ‘For the Birds’
  • ‘Flake’ (late 80s to 90s for me)

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: June 28, 2018, 03:20 PM »
I don't know about the G6 but there is also another way to fast start the camera app, Settings->Display->Press power button twice for camera - unfortunately no good if you've got it locked with a PIN or Pattern, it'll ask you for it.
unfortunately that's not shown as an option for me here:
was wondering if options would change if I removed the PIN, but it then says it will delete my saved fingerprints. Odd. (Not looking for help there: will mess around with that when I have a bit of time).

I like the G6 a lot. Haven't yet used it much, and am still in that phase of: I've been using a different OS for 2.5 years and only notice the things that are worse in this one.
But I have decided to keep the phone and am happy about the decision. I know that Android has the advantage (over Windows phones) that there are a lot of options in terms of apps and possibilities.

Here a shot I was happy with:


I see it's HDR -- been messing around with settings so not sure what's on or off...

N.A.N.Y. 2016 / Re: ScreenshotCaptor (Link) in autostart
« on: June 28, 2018, 02:01 AM »
Let me take a look at the startup code and see if I can see anything.
@HelmutWe, (mouser is the software author) he's saying he will check out the Screenshot Captor code just in case the startup problem is its fault

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ashampoo Bundle
« on: June 27, 2018, 01:53 PM »
^ thanks @disenchanted for that info :up:

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:30 PM »
[Moto G6]
A double twist of the wrist opens the camera app, even if the phone is locked, very quick, the app is running by the time I hold it up for a photo.
I had figured that out -- but not this:
Doing it while the camera is running will also swap between the front/rear camera.
it's not ideal for my wrist (have problems with both after years of drawing with a mouse), but doable for those occasional important moments.

I'm still undecided about the phone -- it is a lovely phone. Will have more time Friday to test it. Football is very distracting at the moment ;)

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ashampoo Bundle
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:01 PM »
For screen shots of just browser windows, like Chrome,  the NIMBUS screenshot does an excellent job of capturing those web-pages, where parts of the page are missing, WHEN you try and do a simple windows "Print-Screen". It also does an excellent job of also being able to capture an entire webpage, when a webpage is several pages long
-disenchanted (June 26, 2018, 09:32 AM)
# how do you mean "where parts of the page are missing" ? Do you mean they off-screen i.e. need scrolling?
# have you tried Screenshot Captor (SC) for scrolling capture? Can you compare?

The site shows a promotional video which actually has very little to do with Autodesk:
it's a very inspirational video, featuring Jay Shuster (imdb link), a designer who worked on Star Wars: Episodes I & II, Cars 2 & 3 etc etc. Also a fascinating story of a boy's introverted obsessions with mechanics and design -- and 'kit bashing' (making models from multiple kits), and how these evolve into a rewarding career.
Screenshot - 2018-06-25 , 19_50_52.png
Screenshot - 2018-06-25 , 19_50_23.png

Jay Shuster - On Inspiration

Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!!
« on: June 25, 2018, 10:32 AM »
I've always liked cars, but I've never loved one, till now...

Peugot 309 (SX)
25 years old in October
Only 45,000 miles driven
Looks like new inside and in very good nick outside

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I was hoping this would make 'old timer' status which is 30 years old here (you get some benefits: less tax mainly I think). Unfortunately it didnt make it: the motor was still good, but there were too many other problems that couldnt be fixed. Last resting place (destined to be, eh, taken apart, and sold as parts).


in happier days:
making friends in the Supermarkt Parkplatz:

WP_20180517_12_49_30_Pro (2)_ver001.jpg


Malware yes just bought it, so not sure of the future of it.
from the homepage:
We at Malwarebytes are big fans too. That’s why we’ve asked Binisoft founder Alexandru Dicu to join our team. Moving forward, we will be integrating the Binisoft Windows Firewall Control technology into our cybersecurity products. This key integration will enable Malwarebytes to deliver more flexible and robust cybersecurity to you or your business. And not to worry—we will maintain, support, and [we will] keep Binisoft products free for everyone in the short term. Learn more about the acquisition here.
my emphasis

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: June 24, 2018, 12:52 PM »
Moto G series are not known for good cameras. Where did you read that the G series are good camera? Would be very cool if G6 has changed that but I have owned a few (G5 and older) and camera is probably the biggest weakness, if anything.

dont know anything about the series, but the G6 camera seems to get good reviews,
I actually based my decision on a German language review:

One has to remember that 'good' here will always be relative i.e. good for the price...

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: June 24, 2018, 06:02 AM »
Finally got the Moto g6.
Set it up with my google account (android takes a bit of getting used to after a few years with windows phone).
Camera much better than my Nokia 730, but cant cope with macro / very close-up shots - something the Nokia did beautifully. Also camera not quickly accessible, something I really should have considered in advance. (Good camera is main reason I chose the Moto.) Haven't spent much time with it yet, and most of that just setting it up.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Allow display of file size
« on: June 23, 2018, 04:42 PM »
This is a long shot, but you could get a copy of Directory Opus, configure it so that it takes over the function of Windows Explorer and make files show their exact byte size that way.
FWIW reading filesizes is slow though, so I dont have it set up by default in Dopus (I use a hotkey for it).

I like the red-brown FWIW. Piece looks great :up:
But yeah, maybe a similar colour to the darker squares in the floor would be nice too.

Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR vs LISTARY
« on: June 22, 2018, 06:14 AM »
I use both FARR and Listary -- but both in a very basic manner so was slow to post here. (Listary had problems in the past interfacing with Dopus, so I disabled a lot of features / shortcuts. I know it got updated but I never did get to getting-to-know it better after that. FARR I had first.)

FWIW will describe:

FARR I use to
  • launch exe's
  • search most recent files (with a plugin)
  • as a calculator (again a plugin -- it saves all calculations when return is pressed)
You can bump an entry towards the top of the list -- or remove an entry from list.
It can save recently ran exe's towards the top of the list.
I can easily add keyword for an app e.g. FF for Firefox etc.

Listary I use mainly in open/save dialogues
favourite folders / most recent folders / but also if I focus in the file manager and AltTab to open/save dialogue, the dialogue will show the location shown in file manager (not sure if that's what you're describing above with Ctrl+Q).

I've learned a bit about Listary from your posts. Re FARR, I would recommend looking at the FARR forum board to get an idea of how it can be used. Seems to me it can be used to do almost anything :-) but does have a different approach & focus to Listary.

Mouser have you FARR videos?
Re videos: I was looking for videos for SC or CHS lately and couldnt find them either -- could you add links to the relevant software pages?

I was aware that the registration was probably attached to the Machine ID but not that it was attached to the HDD ID also. That could be a good reason for NOT using AOMEI Backupper Pro.
I'm presuming this is only the case for the free version :-\ unfortunately Aomei hasn't clarified this (unless they did since my last post).
I see Aomei did comment (only once but on the topic of lifetime licenses) and didn't clarify, so i guess one would have to work on the presumption that tied-to-machine is also true for the paid version.
Tied-to-HDD seems extreme :-/ I wonder where they got that info.

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