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Living Room / Re: Did you know DoCo has a Facebook Page? You do now!
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:03 PM »
I thought this seemed like it had been 'announced' before, but I  didn't care enough to look it up.

But that's it, the headless computer at home was running 8.1 for a couple of years after all other machines were upgraded to 10, (it only changed from 8.1 to 10 in the last couple of months}.

So for the last 2 years or so I've been RDP from 10 to 8.1.

Yeah, sorry, I should have said I've been RDP from 8.1 and 10 for the last couple of years.

Not sure.  But I deal with it every day, and have since I was given a Windows 8.1 machine  I think it also has to do with RDPing non-direct, i.e. from network to network over VPN.

Must be a YMMV thing, I never had any problem using RDP to my headless XP/8.1 machine either from the same LAN or from the UK, using laptops/computers running 8.1.

The problem is going from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1, and the Support guy showed me the MS advisement.

Even though I'm using Win 10 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro was better.

More efficient than 7 but with less aggravating "we want to know everything you do, it's really our machine" than 10.

I hated Windows 8, more for the interface features, and the little peculiarities.  And example... I connect via RDP to my work laptop from home.  I've stopped using  it and use my Windows 7 box instead, mostly because after RDPing for a bit (random amount of time) it flakes out.  And it's a known problem, and the only fix is to RDP from some other platform.

Find And Run Robot / Re: How to search only .exe files?
« on: January 12, 2018, 11:35 AM »
Under the "Mark Topic" button at the top and bottom of a thread you can bookmark the thread and do other things like this.
Thanks. Marked it. But it is not the same as I wished.
I want to mark  a specific message and not the full topic which may have many messages. Also same for bookmark, i.e. a specific message is bookmarked for later perusal.
Anyway, this will do, till we have what I require. One more suggestion is to show text as "Mark Topic .." so that we get the idea it has something more. Now it looks like a button for one job.



We'd talked about this before, and the same was suggested.  I think it would require more coding time when other things are more pressing was the response.

Living Room / Re: Star Wars Last Jedi movie discussion
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:02 PM »

Living Room / Re: Star Wars Last Jedi movie discussion
« on: January 10, 2018, 01:40 PM »
In this era of longer is better, I think the movie suffered from that (and TFA and Rogue One, truth be told).  Star Wars movies, if you look back, have been at that 2 hour mark.  But in most cases in the original trilogy, no matter how long, they earned that run time.  The prequels started this tendency to put things in for inexplicable reasons that could have been cut- or at least cut back.  This one continues that tendency.

As far as the Snoke reveal, we always knew that the true hero/villain of the story were Rey and Kylo Ren.  The Snoke bit was always a misdirection to me.  He had the feel of the Emperor.  The same Emperor that even in the prequels was never truly explained.  What I'm more interested in is the conflict between characters than some huge big bad.  They did a good job of cutting out the fat in that regard.  Though Phasma is the Boba Fett of this trilogy.  I wonder if they'll create a copy of her (clone, relative) to realize the potential of the character, like they did with Jango.

At the end, I found myself excited to see where they're going, and that's my indication of the fact that I'm in the "I like it" camp.  They just need to develop their secondary storylines more, and in a more realistic manner.  Poe, Finn, and Rose seemed shoehorned in to increase the runtime.  I like the characters, but those storylines really were not necessary.  Why wouldn't Holdo tell Poe what the plan is?  She knows he's a hothead, so the best way to disarm him?  Include him.  It seems obvious.  That's lazy writing.  Same thing with the Casino world, and meeting someone that didn't fit the description they'd been given, but can happen to hack the shields.  That's less lazy than bad writing.

I really want to like Finn.  His back story is unique.  But he feels like a Jar Jar to me (that starting bit with him awakening was jarring and unnecessary, and they never overcame that image, even when he was on his suicide run.  I really like Poe.  But he's less like Han Solo as the loose cannon than a real joke, which is sad considering his demonstrated skills.

The primary story... that's a good thing with a few nitpicks.  But the secondary stories... not so much.

Living Room / Re: Star Wars Last Jedi movie discussion
« on: January 10, 2018, 12:30 PM »
Perhaps instead of continuing to spoiler in a thread that is meant for Movies seen lately and putting it into a thread meant for that with spoiler warnings, we might have conversation on the subject?  This way seems a bit ... strange.

Living Room / Re: Star Wars Last Jedi movie discussion
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:34 AM »
Kevin Smith's Review of the Last Jedi

Yeah... spoilers.  And much language was had.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2018 Announcement
« on: January 09, 2018, 07:29 AM »
Looks like they made a similar mistake last year:


They posted about the apps submitted for NANY 2017, but called it NANY 2016 (as you can see in the URL, the article itself has since been updated to refer to it as NANY 2017).

There's something strange going on with those links... I can't even find the one for NANY 2018 as the link provided goes to their NANY 2017 from last year.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: SubAHK
« on: January 09, 2018, 07:27 AM »
I almost replied earlier, but thought my reply would be kind of pointless, so I decided not to.

I used to use Subsonic, and even purchased a license. I really liked it and it served me well. And I would certainly recommend it to others who are looking for something like it. But somewhere along the lines (probably a couple years ago by now) it didn't get reinstalled after I formatted my computer, and it seems I haven't missed it enough to reinstall it since then.

So this looks cool, and I'm happy it exists for Subsonic users. :Thmbsup: But at the moment I'm not one such user. :-[

I thought about it, but no way to install it on my NAS (linux box) and I got rid of my secondary Windows machine.  Looks interesting, and this looks an interesting addition to it.

Developer's Corner / Re: CodePlex is shutting down.
« on: January 08, 2018, 02:57 PM »
I feel like I read this news here on DC before, but I can't find it in a search of the site.

But maybe I just read the blog you linked to. :huh:

I didn't really consider it important news- more of an inevitable solution, so it's likely I just read it and shrugged.

Living Room / Re: Mechanical Keyboards
« on: January 05, 2018, 05:03 PM »
My largest problem with that is the price.  It doesn't seem commensurate with the features and construction -  the full price they're expecting is $315 USD.  That's the price for a Korean Custom.

Living Room / Re: Star Wars Last Jedi movie discussion
« on: January 05, 2018, 03:45 PM »
I don't get the appeal of the furry penguin bird things. They played a minor, minor, minor part in the movie (which is a good thing, IMO). They were stupid-annoying like minions from the Despicable Me movies, but without fun(ny) bits that almost redeems minions. That said, I found them less annoying than minions, but ultimately pointless and forgettable.

I think that they were the attempt at merchandising, and making the link to the money something that won't detract from the larger franchise, i.e. have something cute and appealing that the story doesn't hinge on.  Their other attempts have had too much influence on the story, IMO.  And it seems that they hit the right balance with the Porgs.


N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: PlainTasks
« on: January 04, 2018, 05:08 PM »
Veering off-topic:
1. was the thinkshui + logo inspired by the hamburger menu symbol?
2. when I click on the info button, it says copyright 2012 - or is that for the thinkshui brand?

Actually it's more indicative of balance- I got it from a public domain site years ago, and have since forgotten where it was from.  It's the Yin/Yang Symbol surrounded by ideograms; if I remember correctly, the ideograms represent the mandate of heaven, i.e. the balance of the cycle of dynasties.

I created a library years ago, as I became tired of making an about box for each application, so I created a method in a shared library.

Code: C# [Select]
  1. ThinkShui.Libraries.Base.ShowDialog.About(this.View, "PlainTasks", "");

I didn't think about the year in that signature, nor about just blindly updating to the current year.  It's not really an enforceable thing, nor would I want to spend the money even if it were, so I have my doubts if I even will at this point.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: PlainTasks
« on: January 04, 2018, 04:09 PM »
hi wraith,
liking this :up:

there isn't an inbuilt always-on-top option?
or would that be problematic i.e. steal focus?

EDIT// I assigned is a hotkey using skwire's WHAT

Veering off-topic:
1. was the thinkshui + logo inspired by the hamburger menu symbol?
2. when I click on the info button, it says copyright 2012 - or is that for the thinkshui brand?

I don't have always on top... I can add that easily enough.

I'll answer the other when I'm in front of my computer, don't understand how people do this on a phone for longer missives

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: PlainTasks
« on: January 04, 2018, 04:06 PM »
It doesnt remember tasks on restart here -- should it? or is that planned?
That is planned. It is meant to enforce the idea of tasks per day. That's usually where I have problems- when tasks have multiple days.

Living Room / Star Wars Last Jedi movie discussion
« on: January 04, 2018, 02:07 PM »

The Last Jedi

There's quite the controversy over this, but I think it's a backlash over the extended universe to a large extent, mixed with reasonable complaints.

I enjoyed it for the most part, while acknowledging the failures in writing and trimming of unnecessary plot points.  It's also conflated with different political movements, IMO.

The Finn/Rose detour to the Gambling planet, while cool, was unnecessary narratively. You cut it out, and nothing in the movie changes.  That's bad writing, IMO.  You have to be ready to kill your darlings, and that definitely applies to that whole subplot.

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: January 04, 2018, 02:01 PM »

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Much better than I thought it would be... especially for a remake.  It's a lot more coherent than the original, with some great turns for the actors, adapted to a new age.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Mug/T-Shirt Design Competition
« on: January 04, 2018, 01:58 PM »
Perhaps even New Apps, New Year.  But my issues with it die with just the addition of the bullets.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Mug/T-Shirt Design Competition
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:27 AM »
I did take a moment to process it given the wording is different, but I can see getting all of the text to fit is an issue, and having it just say "NEW APPS NEW YEAR" does not bother me personally.

You could make the font on the 'for the' smaller.  Just bothers me from a grammatical perspective lol

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Mug/T-Shirt Design Competition
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:19 AM »
New Apps New Year looks strange to me.  Seems like it should still be New Apps for the New Year in some manner.

Site/Forum Features / Problem with Sizing of Font
« on: January 01, 2018, 09:47 AM »
A while ago, there was a guy that made his font bigger, and also red.  I'd always assumed that it was just him, but wanted to make the font in a post bigger.

[ size=12pt ][ color=red ]Default when clicking the size button[ /color ][ /size ]

Is there a reason it defaults to red when you click the font size button?

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Pledge: PlainTasks
« on: December 31, 2017, 05:44 PM »
This pledge has been released.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / NANY 2018 Release: PlainTasks
« on: December 31, 2017, 09:22 AM »
NANY 2018 Entry Information

Application Name PlainTasks
Version 1.0
Short Description Displays 3 tasks for the day, one at a time.
Supported OSes Windows 7 and above (Any Windows OS that supports .NET 4.5.2)
Web Page
Download Link

PlainTasks is a very simple task manager. I start out with the best of intentions, but have a problem maintaining a task list over time and making use of it.

This application is quite simple- a transparent window with the ability to load 3 tasks. At any time, only the highest priority will show. When you mark that task done, it will show the second in priority, and ask you for a new bottom priority task. That has been working well for me as an analog idea, and I just wanted to bring it to the digital realm.

Currently, it doesn't save the tasks- to force the idea that these are tasks to be done immediately, and not to be forwarded or put off. I might add features later, but as the analog version of this only has these features, I figured I should start there.

If you wish an analog version, or just want to see where the inspiration came from, check out The OnTask.

As I put a lot into software normally, but most of the features are not used, I made this one on the principle of YAGNI.  So, if you use it, and have a feature request, let me know.  Otherwise, I'll assume that this is a good feature set, as it works for me.

PlainTasks requires .NET 4.5.2.  If you have Windows 10, you probably already have it.  If not, you can get it from Microsoft.

After you download PlainTasks, unzip it where ever you want to run it from, and run PlainTasks.exe.

To uninstall, just delete the folder where you unzipped the archive.

As PlainTasks is intended to be rather simplistic, there's not much to using it.  Anytime you run it, it will show a dialog that has three spaces for three tasks.  Enter those, and click OK, and the first Task will be shown.



From right to left, the toolbar at the top has the following functions:

  • About this Application
  • Initialize Tasks (If you want to start from scratch with 3 new tasks, this is where you start)
  • Complete Task (Completes the current task, shows the next task in the list, and asks for a new task)
  • Add Task (If you have less than 3 tasks, you can enter another one from here)
  • Exit the application

License Terms

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to use the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use and copy the software package, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do the same. Distribution and publication shall be allowed also without direct cost to the user, other than reasonable costs of such distributions, such as for the media on which the software is published is also allowed with permission and terms of such payment submitted to  for approval. In all cases shall the distribution of the software be subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software, and a link to the original site for the software ( shall be included in prominent view on any site where a download is hosted.


Note that if you paid money for this software, ask for it back!

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