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Text from your computer
If you enabled SMS sync in our Android app, you can text from your computer via Pushbullet.
Texting from your computer is easy, here's how:
    Click SMS in the left bar.

And there was no "SMS" in the left bar.

Maybe it works better with Android.

Pushbullet does more than that.  I have an extension, and I can do exactly what you're doing.


This is what I see in Chrome (Brave) with the extension.  The People tab is all of my pushbullet native contacts (you can communicate just using it), the Devices tab (the current tab) shows what device I have linked, and you can see a couple of the links that I've sent to my phone.  The SMS is all of my SMS from my phone, and I can send SMS with it and receive it.  The notifications tab has all of the notifications that I see on my phone (I can't react with them, i.e. when it gives me choices in the notification, I can't select one- that's a paid feature).

One of the top reviews from the iOS store:

Been using Pushbullet for years. Essential for desktop to iOS
I love this app! Whether it's to save things for later,send it to the Pushbullet app so I can text it to some of my friends as sometimes I'm on my custom built PC and I can't airdrop like I would on my MacBook. The features are there and they're so many more functions besides what iOS can do alone like remote files, multiple device management, sending it to people within Pushbullet. It's great, It's wonderful, It's been working for years and I totally recommend it.

Something I want: Can we get an iMessage app so I don't have to tab to the Pushbullet app copy a link or hit the share button go back to the Messages app and vice versa. Being able to just grab right from Pushbullet in a small little iMessage feed and paste it right into a conversation that's already open would be amazing and super fast.

So apparently the same works with iOS.

I think the point was- we aren't wasting things with new threads.  If there is a tangent, unless you can clearly draw a parallel (and I'm with Deo on this... I didn't see it.  And many others are also judging by the thread), just make a new thread.

I have a love/hate relationship with TurboTax.  I mean, they're more convenient than a CPA, and cheaper.  But they also are the heavy in the industry, and they know it.  I thought about switching, but then realized, there are no good guys here.

Thanks Wraith808 - would have never known about that.  :up:

Had posted on their forum but it's lost in the wind.

It seems that they pay more attention to issues on the git repo than the community.  I've had that experience also. 

Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 18, 2019, 09:42 AM »
Seems like everything has to be stored in the cloud - I'm hosting this locally available on a VPN.

One important thing to specify: Is your goal a system where your family members (who I assume are not all programmers!) themselves edit information about books through a locally hosted web app of some sort? Or is the goal that only you update the information and then your family reads it through locally hosted webpages?

Thanks for your reply, the second is the way I'm going, although slowly. :)

Do you want the pages to be able to be hosted anywhere?  Or just serve them from the app?  Or does it matter?

Have un-installed Brave all-together (on Android too).

Bookmark+Password import was ineffective.

Even Vivaldi (who aren't as well funded) do a better job at both!   :-*

I've never really noticed that because I don't use browser bookmarks heavily.  What problem did you have?  Mine appear to be imported fine from what little I use them.  You can report it at the git repo if you're so inclined.  But whatever works!

You may want to consider starting a new, dedicated thread to facilitate discussion for that project.

 :Thmbsup: - Done

From Bleeping Computer:

Attackers have created an elaborate scheme to distribute a cryptocurrency trading program that installs a backdoor on a victim's Mac or Windows PC.

Security researcher MalwareHunterTeam discovered a scheme where an attacker has created a fake company that is offering a free cryptocurrency trading platform called JMT Trader. When this program is installed, it will also infect a victim with a backdoor Trojan.

More at link.

A quick note about Brave: They have apparently made an update where shields down doesn't mean shields down.  I went to a site that I have been using with Brave, and it just stopped working.  Annoying, but I still have Chrome installed, so just started to use that for the one site.  Then there was another.  And another.  The last straw was when I couldn't log into the Playstation store.  I cleared cookies and history and reset site data.  Nothing.  Finally, I searched on the Brave support site for "can't login playstation", and immediately found this thread

The solution that they gave him to a similar problem was to turn shields back on and allow all cookies. I did it, and it worked for all four sites.  They never said it happened in an update- but facts remain, it was working a bit ago with shields down.  But stopped after an update.  I'd think that Shields Down means that they don't block anything... but apparently from this, that's not true.


Living Room / Re: Questionable URL and Netgear Armor
« on: October 11, 2019, 10:08 AM »
Thanks!  I've submitted it as a FP.   :Thmbsup:

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Re: NANY 2020 Pledge - Android App - DiscussionList
« on: October 11, 2019, 08:29 AM »
Couple goal with open mind allowing other to speak

I didn't understand this comment. Can you clarify?

I took it to mean that you need to couple or supplement goals with an open mind that invites an expression of your partner's concerns.

Living Room / Questionable URL and Netgear Armor
« on: October 11, 2019, 08:23 AM »
I recently signed up for a trial of the netgear armor service through my router.  I figured that you can't have too much protection, and I like a lot of the analytics in it, so was thinking of actually continuing after my trial.  I received my first alert today- several times, two of my machines tried to hit  As I know that is legit, I was thinking it was a false positive- maybe some reference to skydrive still in onedrive or something.  But to be safe, I tried it on, and this was the first time that site didn't work to retrieve a URL, so now I'm a bit concerned about it.  I checked it on virustotal and it came up OK, but the inability to retrieve it still has me concerned.

Does anyone know anything about that url?

DC Gamer Club / Humble Bundle for Card Game Designers
« on: October 10, 2019, 02:33 PM »

I know that some people are interested in analog game design, so thought that this might be of interest.

I'm always leery of lifetime deals.  Who knows how long they'll be in business or get bought-out and change the terms of existing user contracts.
-Midnight Rambler (October 08, 2019, 10:23 AM)

Especially with a hosted service.  Their infrastructure costs money over time, and the lifetime doesn't cover that.

Living Room / Re: The future of Ghacks (2018)
« on: October 07, 2019, 02:56 PM »
So I wonder if I cancel my patreon sub...?

From the patreon (I just don't keep up as much as I should)

Ghacks has a new owner, and that is a good for everyone

TLDR; Softonic acquired the site I remain editor of the site and all writers remain on board. We have full editorial control over the content and articles will be published just like before. Ghacks remains Ghacks.

When I started back in 2005 I never thought about the possibility that it could become a highly respected well visited technology news website. I wanted to share my findings and information, and it happened almost by accident that the site came to some popularity weeks after I set it up.

I quit my day job to start working on the site full-time in late 2006 and never looked back. Almost 15 years is a very long time for a site on the Internet, and especially once that is run by an individual without the backing of an organization or team.

I worked on the site seven days a week, even when I was on holiday, and stayed awake plenty of nights trying to figure out display errors and other site issues.

Fiddling around with technology was always my passion and writing about things that interested me came naturally. In the past couple of years, I noticed that administrative tasks would consume more and more of my time, sometimes more than writing and researching did. 

There were new regulations, e.g. the EU cookie law and GDPR that caused sleepless nights. The changing advertising landscape did not help either, and the desire grew to go back to the roots and focus my efforts on the researching and writing part again.

Softonic contacted me about a potential partnership and talks evolved quickly to a potential sale of the site with me and the other writers staying on as staff.  We came to terms quickly as Softonic met all my requirements for a sale of the site.

I remain editor on Ghacks and publish articles just like before. Ashwin and Mike continue to write articles for the site as well and everything in that regard stays just like before. We have full editorial control over the articles and you can expect the same level of quality, if not better..

Softonic takes over many of the administrative tasks including managing the domain and hosting, advertisement, and communication with partners.

It was not an easy decision but in the end, it was the right one. I can focus on what I want to do – write and fiddle around with tech – and Ghacks’ future is secured.

About Patreon

I would like to thank you for your support in the past years. It has not been easy to start asking for donations and your support ensured that I could pay the server using donation money.

Donations are not necessary anymore and the requests to donate are removed from the site as a consequence. I’m also going to close the Patreon account .

Again, I cannot thank you enough for your support over the years and I’m looking forward to supply you with great tech articles in the years to come on Ghacks.

You can send me an email any time at [email protected] and I try my best to get back to you as soon as possible. Your help was fundamental in keeping the site up on the Internet when other sites in the tech niche vanished or were not updated anymore.

Someone suggested keeping the patreon up for other things in relation to ghacks and he stated "[closing] it is part of the deal!".  He assured the person that asked that it wasn't anything nefarious, but I still have to wonder...

Try tables and text on images, especially when the clarity is not there and the contrast is not great.  More complicated scenarios are where it started to fail for me.
Might need a preprocessing step with binarize and other transforms on image in such cases. Yes more complicated.

We don't have to do all of that with Abbyy.  It just picks them up.  And for the number of documents that we use yearly, that time saved processing and the simplification of the infrastructure is well worth it.  I've found that if you want the best in class, you have to pay for it.

Try tables and text on images, especially when the clarity is not there and the contrast is not great.  More complicated scenarios are where it started to fail for me.

Unless Tesseract has become a lot better since the last time I evaluated it against Abbyy, I wouldn't suggest it.

Easy Screencast Recorder / Re: Audio
« on: October 03, 2019, 06:10 PM »
I use GoldWave for this, and it works without a loopback cable.

General Software Discussion / Re: What's the future of OneNote?
« on: October 02, 2019, 10:50 PM »
OneNote 2016 is not being sunsetted, and is the recommended path if you want to keep your local notebooks, and is available for download if you have O365.  It's just a strongly worded suggestion at this point.

Living Room / Re: CafePress security incident 2019-02-19
« on: October 02, 2019, 09:29 AM »
2. Keep separate the email address you use for important personal conversation and the email address you use to sign up to random unimportant websites.

A call out again for a feature in gmail that I make extensive use of- +addressing.  email+<meaningfulsuffix>  I use those for signups everywhere, and I've been able to blacklist a few sites from my interest/attention by the e-mail addresses in spam.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: October 01, 2019, 08:56 PM »
I wonder if they'll ever have any GoG Connect offerings again...

Sorry, but I don't know where to find the unequivocal statements of purpose coming from MS, regarding OneNote, that might validate, or invalidate your concerns. MS sometimes seem to make statements that obfuscate their plans, or leave things unclear or ambiguous. I suspect that may be because they are waiting for feedback from their users (which they are getting, I gather).

See links and quote at http://www.donationc....msg432778#msg432778

General Software Discussion / Re: What's the future of OneNote?
« on: October 01, 2019, 08:35 PM »

My notebooks are in the cloud, so I see them in the one note app (even though I'm still using 2016) and can sync between them.

And a big FU on the FAQ page


How do I access my local notebooks in OneNote for Windows 10?

In the latest versions of OneNote, your notebooks are stored in the cloud so you can access them from anywhere.

If you have any local notebooks, you can move them to OneDrive or SharePoint Online, so you can access your notes from anywhere. On-Premises SharePoint is also supported. To get started, simply open OneNote for Windows 10 and follow these instructions to move your notebooks to OneDrive. OneNote always keeps a copy of your notes cached on your device, so you can access them even if you’re offline.

We understand and respect that some people might not want any data stored in the cloud. For the vast majority of OneNote customers, however, having access to their notes on all their devices is a core part of the value of OneNote. We know that this means some of you might look for other solutions, and we understand. We have an open file format that other note-taking apps and developers can use to export notes from OneNote.

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