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Could anyone here really believe that Trump could win the Nobel Peace Prize?

then again, did anyone really believe he'd win the presidency :o 

Living Room / Re: Why doesn't DC make its own browser?
« on: February 20, 2018, 02:13 AM »
I am of the feeling that there is some "harm" done every time we make a new section, in terms of fractionating the community.   So my preference is always to avoid creating new forum sections.

perfectly understandable.

Is there a compromise whereby all that info could be stored in a central place rather than scattered across multiple random threads?

Living Room / Re: Why doesn't DC make its own browser?
« on: February 19, 2018, 07:38 PM »
been following this thread and it sort of dovetails into something I've been thinking about for some time

Given the rather appalling offerings in the browser market I'm wondering if there is some value in creating a new(?) board, similar to the mini-review board but specifically for browsers (Browser Wars)?

I envisage that it would borrow a lot from the mini-review board in that posters would need to provide detailed info/feedback (ie no 'chrome is great' posts).

The idea is to provide a centralised area where users can find info on various browsers, their hereditary, feature sets, strengths, weaknesses, use cases etc.   

And most of the info should stay relevant (unlike the mini-reviews which can date quickly)

is this worth pursuing or investigating?

as long as it is actually an xlsx you wont have a problem - XLSX files can't hold macro's (they need to be in XLSM format)

as to how you confirm that I couldn't say, though excel is pretty good about highlighting files it thinks aren't in the expected format

Living Room / Re: Laptop monitor screen to box pc via cables?
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:48 PM »
actually its not that hard as driver boards are readily available for most displays

You'll need to crack the screen open (ie remove the shell around the display) so you can identify the display type/model, eg I have a display from an old Acer travelmate 3100 - the display is an LG.Phillips LP154W01.  A quick google turns up the relevant hardware (about $40 aust for the driver board, plus an appropriate power supply)

you misspelt banned....

You're going to tell us what the tenon saw?
-cranioscopical (January 04, 2018, 09:21 PM)

well, seeing as you axed so nicely.


just what is it you're implying?

That your actions not always appear above board?

Ah the old distraction technique… ever seen him pull a rabbet out of a hat?
-cranioscopical (January 03, 2018, 09:27 PM)

check that, I've mortise ay!

I didn't peg him for being a hack, but you had to chisell away that layer of veneer...

just what is it you're implying?

It seems to me there is a mind virus on this thread..

that sure wood screw things up a bit, and if it wasn't for you we miter got away with it!

Just scroll up to see the look on my face.

now he's got a scroll saw...

so you've succinctly summarised the same issue all big businesses/bureaucracies have, pressure to 'succeed'

FWIW I've been banging on about automation to anyone that will listen for years, and its only in the last 12 months that there has been any focus on it.  That said its more to do with the latest management fad of 'digitisation' (and oh man, do I hate that term) than anything I've ever said

But again, this is a business that doesn't recognise efficiency - the tools they built are only replacements for the workarounds we've had in place for years, and some still don't work properly (if at all).  Yet on the back of 'delivering' these boons to productivity they cut our staffing by half...

way to make a wheel squeak...

but we digress, AFAICS the chrome issue is nothing to do with my use case, but more to do with Google determining how I will use the browser.  I fail to see why I don't get to decide what I want to do with whatever is open in the browser (it is in fact its none of their business, or perhaps it is their business and they're failing to deliver). 

sadly I work for a big company, which is to say that inefficiency is the norm (no matter what management might say to the contrary)

There is zero chance that the data could be made available in any other format, or via any other means, and certainly not on the scale that we're talking about here (I'm only one of several thousand users, and I do this in order to make these reports usable to others)

@Target: Ah, you seem to have added some new factors there that were apparently not mentioned in your OP.

Could you tell us what you are wanting to do with the text a- e.g., how it is to be stored and later used?
That might help.

use case is irrelevant, though FWIW the resultant text files are processed by some VBA macro's for spreadsheeting/analysis

The files are standard reports out of a mainframe sent to a line printer daemon for download.  Presumably the archiving is an attempt to minimise storage requirements.

The issue here is that Chrome doesn't provide me with the capability to save the files as plain text (which is what I need).  Instead it assumes that I must only want certain formats

frankly i don't like chrome.  And I don't like IE.  I used to be a FF fanboy, but they've spoilt that too...  Sadly in this situation these are my only choices, and it feels like they're all colluding to produce a far less efficient and productive toolset...

Living Room / Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« on: December 19, 2017, 07:00 PM »
and today I see a 75% code keyboard on MassDrop that looks ideal - unfortunately I'm not in a position to capitalise (and I'm very wary of the potential shipping costs  :o)

nothings ever simple. 

The files in question are plain text BUT if they are above a certain size their packed into GZip files.  There is an option to open them in a new window, but they're packed without an extension so chrome doesn't recognise them as plain text...

And FWIW while I usually only need them a few at a time, it's not uncommon to need 50 or 100 files, which makes the copy/paste route unviable

General Software Discussion / save to text or print to file in chrome
« on: December 19, 2017, 12:46 AM »
does anyone know of an xtn that might allow me to either save a web page as text (it's actually plain txt, not HTML) or print it to a (txt) file?

I routinely have to download reports from our systems at work and it appears that chrome simply doesn't have this facility.  I have IE11 too, but when I save as text it introduces a whole bunch of artifacts that are throwing my processing tools off.  Then there's FF, which does do what I need, but I'm so over FF that this is the only thing I use it for and I'd like to consolidate if I could.

Living Room / Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« on: December 18, 2017, 06:03 PM »
thanks Wraith, nice write up (exactly the sort of thing I was hoping for) :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:

I'm primarily a gamer so I'd probably want to retain the function keys, but i like the look of those code keyboards

sadly I'm not in the US, so with conversion and shipping that would round out closer to double the price on their site

The cooler masters might be worth looking into, but again with shipping and conversion they're getting pricey (had a look and can't seem to find that particular model locally either, damnit)

Living Room / Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« on: December 17, 2017, 08:45 PM »
ok, thats a decent recommendation, but I think I need to go a bit more teckonogical like...

It seems the major design choice when considering one of these things is the switch, and there's like a gazillion of them.  Some are loud, some aren't, some offer more resistance, some less, some are 'clicky', some aren't

And then there's the bits and pieces that go along with them, silencers, dampeners, stabilisers, flange diddlers, and so on

without spending a shirtload of money to buy all these things to test, how does one go about making a choice (the right choice?)

Living Room / Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« on: December 17, 2017, 04:15 PM »
curious about recommendations for a mechanical keyboard nooby.

I'm interested in getting a tenkeyless board (nothing as extreme as 40%!) but all these switches and options mean nothing to me, and spending $140+ a time to test a keyboard isn't in my budget

Two scientists walk into a bar...

"I'll have H2O" says the first...

"I'll have H2O, too" says the second...

The bartender gives them both water because he is able to distinguish the boundary tones that dictate the grammatical function of homonyms in coda position, as well as pragmatic context...

Living Room / Re: How can I blank out my laptop camera?
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:00 PM »
Just put a piece of that lightly frosted scotch tape over the lens. It will still show as video, but appear badly out of focus ... Emulating an "equipment issue".  :D

then how will they appreciate those HUGE BREAST IMPLANTS?

Living Room / Re: How can I blank out my laptop camera?
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:22 PM »
gotta say reading through this thread it sounds an awful lot like we're pimping for Kalos  :o

Living Room / Re: How can I blank out my laptop camera?
« on: December 10, 2017, 07:08 PM »
What's the matter with all of you?

Never heard of glove puppets?
-cranioscopical (December 10, 2017, 05:16 PM)

and we're back to implants...

Living Room / Re: How can I blank out my laptop camera?
« on: December 10, 2017, 03:15 PM »
yeah, those HUGE BREAST IMPLANTS are sure to do the trick...

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