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General Software Discussion / Re: Can I make a Live Win XP USB.
« on: January 19, 2018, 07:46 PM »
I've used BartPE and WinBuilder, both are good, WinBuilder (main site, tutorials) being a little easier, IMHO.

There's also AOMEI PE Builder which will create any PE from XP -> 10 whilst also adding their Backupper and Partition Assistant utilities.

There was also another but I forget the name, (started with R, IIRC), it was a wrapper for BartPE and made adding utilities easier.

Also, a utility was available that could capture installed programs, (or as they they were installed), and create a package suitable for adding to WinPE environments, worked for both BartPE or WinBuilder, IIRC.

Have to look through my file archives to find these again.

Used to spend hours working on creating WinPE environments, these days I don't bother, easier to boot a Linux CD to run recovery programs or such.

EDIT: The other PE creator was called REATOGO which doesn't appear to exist any more, the plugin builder was called H7PluginBuilder which also doesn't exist.

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: January 16, 2018, 05:33 AM »
Just started playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R. again after going to Pripyat last year, (one of the OST songs):

Firelake - Dirge for the Planet

DC Website Help and Extras / Re: Mobile access ... no way to log out
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:46 PM »
Thanks mouser  :D

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.

DC Website Help and Extras / Mobile access ... no way to log out
« on: January 13, 2018, 05:18 PM »
Subject pretty much says it all, there's no way to log out when browsing the DC site using a mobile.

There used to be ... but only if I rotated the screen to landscape aspect, now there's nothing.

FHD, same as my computer monitor, so plenty of pixels available.

An idea, instead of "Greetings ????", perhaps just the  user name followed by (Logout) ... that's pretty much what is there on most sites I visit.

I know the site is transitioning so more a question of why something that was there and is a rather fundamental item of most, if not all, websites has disappeared.

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.

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.

Extended until January 16, 2018 ... you got a few more days to get it for free.

Microsoft link

Living Room / Re: Laptop monitor screen to box pc via cables?
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:58 PM »
Probably cheaper to go to a computer recycler and get a 2nd hand LCD monitor, (or possibly just the local PC shop and ask if they have any used stuff), than spend the time/money trying to interface a laptop screen.

Or wait for hard rubbish collection when people are throwing them out because the old one doesn't match the new decor or something.

Found Deals and Discounts / ASUS WebStorage Xmas Special
« on: January 08, 2018, 09:43 PM »
ASUS have a special on cloud storage, cheap enough but has some limitations.

1TB @ $5.49 for a year, 200GB @ $3.99 for a year.

Unknown whether this is a recurring discount or applies to first year only.

For someone who wants to try some cheap cloud storage with (limited) versioning, can't hurt to try it at this price.

2018-01-09 14_38_26-Store - ASUS WebStorage.png

Disclaimer: I don't use it  :P

Living Room / Re: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« on: January 07, 2018, 05:49 AM »
As an alternative to WA, you could try Signal, it too has a web client, but I'm not sure if it supports their Video calls yet.

Neither the Signal Desktop client nor the web app do video or voice calls, the Android app does though, (and probably the iPhone app).

However, Viber can do video calls from the phone apps and the desktop app.

Living Room / Re: Extremely dissatisfied with Google Drive
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:41 PM »
... the three dots at the top right ...

The Action Bar is at the bottom after selecting files:



But I will download them, thanks, but maybe Android deletes them from there?

Android doesn't delete downloads, you delete downloads ... then again, you are using a Xiaomi device so who knows where they download to by default.

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: January 04, 2018, 07:35 PM »
Two security flaws found that affect almost all processors.

Meltdown affects Intel, Spectre affects Intel, AMD, and ARM.

Meltdown and Spectre

Living Room / Re: Extremely dissatisfied with Google Drive
« on: December 31, 2017, 08:44 PM »
Internal Storage->Download is the default download location, then just move them elsewhere.

Available Offline still appears under latest version of Drive, can get it by click-hold on a single file or select a few and use the 3dot menu on the Action bar.

Living Room / Re: Happy holidays, merry christmas, and all that junk
« on: December 25, 2017, 04:43 PM »
Oh yes, Winter:


2.  fSekrit: (@f0dder's own proprietary software using AES encryption)
LATEST VERSION: fSekrit 1.40 shrinkwrapped!

It is open source and available for review on GitHub for the last 22 months, (forum post).

I was visiting my parents house last week and noticed an icon for "Teamviewer" on my dad's desktop.

FWIW, since I'm the de facto computer repair technician for the family both my parents computers have CCleaner Cloud installed on them, I get emails about what software has been installed/updated and, if necessary, remotely uninstall some software, (depends on the software).

Of course, the downside is I also get to remotely fix things while I'm overseas  :-\

Living Room / Re: How can I blank out my laptop camera?
« on: December 10, 2017, 07:03 PM »
TBH, sounds more like a personal introduction on a dating site rather than an actual interview.

In which case huge breast implants could be beneficial.

@cranio: Good idea, that way you can have both interviewer and interviewee on cam at once.

Living Room / Re: How can I blank out my laptop camera?
« on: December 10, 2017, 05:48 AM »
According to basic logic:

However I don't want to be seen during the recording.

Cannot co-exist with this:

I have a video interview where I have to record myself via my laptop camera.

Either do a video interview of yourself or don't ... simple.

General Software Discussion / Re: Help Recovering Windows 7 password
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:15 AM »

Hiren's BootCD, it has the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor on it.

If it's a 32bit version of Windows 7 you can also use Kon-Boot free version to log on and change it.

Living Room / Re: Can you hear this silent GIF?
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:05 AM »

A more important question is: Can you hear it if you're deaf?

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 05, 2017, 10:09 PM »
Got a Xiaomi Dafang IP camera recently (under AU$20 delivered):


XIAOMI DAFANG IP Camera Highlights:

  • Microphone – Can pick sounds up to 10M
  • Photos – Can take photographs in 360 degrees or 93 degrees
  • Remotely controlled – using Xiaomi “Mi Home” App ( Apple Store / Google Play )
  • Support OS – Android 4.0 and above, iOS 7.0 and above system devices
  • Night vision – built in 6 pieces of 940nm infrared complimentary light, which
  • IR-cut (Night vision) – support day and night auto switching can restore night vision scene in 18 order grayscale.
  • Intercom – Two-way audio, you can talk to your family when you are not at home
  • Storage – Support Micro-SD Card up to 64GB  & USB Dongle ( not included )
  • Resolution – 1080P FHD 15fps with F 2.3 aperture lens providing a clear image
  • Rotation – 110-degrees rotation, and 98 degrees vertical using the gimbal
  • Lens – 110 degree super wide angle FOV
  • Intelligent detection (AI) – The gimbal will automatically track, watch and monitor home while marking objects in a Green frame mark.
  • Motion and sound detection – Can detect the smoke and CO alarm, send a notification when an alarm is triggered.
  • PIP Mode – narrowing the monitoring scene to floating window, such as chatting and monitoring together.

It's quite good the only real complaint I have against it is the requirement of a Mi account before you can use it.  There's no RTSP output so you can use off-the-shelf programs to monitor it however on GitHub there is a project aiming to implement it.

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: November 20, 2017, 08:36 PM »
Continued quick charging is probably not the best idea since it will kill your battery over a long time. Use a simple charger when you can.

On the subject of charging: Battery Charge Limit [Requires root]

Which is based upon: How to Prolong Lithium-based Batteries

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:48 PM »

That's a link for the Oneplus 5, here's the Oneplus 5T.

Proprietary fast charging technology is a bit of a downer, would have been better if they just licensed Qualcomm's Quick Charge since the SoC supports it, (you can get QC compatible chargers cheap).

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:13 AM »
I'm also looking for a new android phone. Is there any suggestion, I will use for working only, but it needs to run fast, quality camera, call for long hours. My budget is 300 dollar  ;D

It would help if you gave a country, not all mobile networks are the same, ie. the bands available in one country might not be available in another thus limiting what model to buy and where from.

Quality camera in a phone less than $300 isn't going to be easy unless you buy a previous (older) flagship model.

Dual SIM
External Storage (Hybrid slot or dedicated in the case of Dual SIM)
Sensors (eg. Gyroscope, eCompass, etc)

From my earlier post:

Work out what you want to do with the phone, then work out what functions the phone has to have to fulfil them.
  • If you're going to take 360⁰ photo spheres with the camera, then it has to have gyroscope.
  • If you want photo metadata that shows which direction you were facing when you took the photo, then it requires a compass.
  • If you want to play games that require tilting/moving the phone, then it has to have an accelerometer.
  • If you want to navigate, it has to have a GPS receiver.
  • If you just like playing with gadgets, get everything.
  • etc

I currently use a Moto G5 Plus (AU version link, other countries have different specs), battery lasts two days (probably three if I didn't play games on it), Quick Charge 2.0 for fast charging, Dual SIM + dedicated uSD slot (4G/3G on the SIMs), pretty close to stock Android which makes it fast, can use the fingerprint scanner as single button navigation (no need for Back, Home, Recent buttons), camera is decent (same sensor as the Samsung S7), 4K video, NFC (great for Android Pay), network unlocked, and it cost less than AU$300 (~US$230).

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:41 AM »
Worlds Smallest Smartphone! - Posh Micro X

Worlds Smallest useful Smartphone: Unihertz Jelly Pro

[Useful because it's not stuck on a network that is being decommissioned in quite a few countries, ie. GSM.]

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