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Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: June 08, 2018, 09:31 PM »
Very good article:

Not really, all they've done is put a bigger battery in, nothing really contributing towards the better solution of power efficiency.

FWIW, of the 2017/18 phones listed:
11/14 use MTK SoC - Generally limited firmware upgrade.
03/14 use Snapdragon SoC of which only one uses the more power efficient 625, the other two use the 4xx series.
02/14 have NFC
10/14 have no TDD-LTE connectivity
02/14 only have 2G on 2nd SIM if the 1st is in use with 4G, (pretty useless where 2G is being shut down)
12/14 give no info on whether the Dual SIM is 4G/3G or 4G/2G

Most have limited connectivity regarding 3G/4G bands.

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:02 AM »
ZTE Nubia Z17 Lite - Lite version of the Z17s, very decent hardware specs for $200 - currently pre-order though. Not too bad if you can live with only 64GB of storage.

As a bonus POTUS has put his name behind the company ;)

The other side of the coin.

EDIT: DOH! Just noticed you mentioned it back here :-[

One for the tower defence fans.

Element TD


Element TD returns in this tower defense game based on elemental combinations. The elements you choose determine the towers that you can build. Countless combinations offer more strategies to discover.

You have no option to prevent WU from installing updates in the Home version.

That's indeed what I've found in practice.  I've been able to fight with it to delay for a while (sometimes a long while), but in the end, it always wins.  I could disable it, but that has never been tenable to me.

Yep, always been the case with W10Home, it's why I avoid it.

Seems to be a long thread about it here ion Windows 10 - doesn't seem to be a panacea: https://www.tenforum...update-minitool.html
-Carol Haynes (June 03, 2018, 01:12 PM)

All except the last page and a half pertain to previous versions that required another piece of software to run, (as mentioned by IainB back here), the last version (2016-12-20) is basically standalone.

It's too bad wsoffline won't let you pick and choose what updates to install since you could leave the update service permanently disabled then.

Re. OP problem with the drive, I have one computer here that uses a Seagate 2.5" 500GB HDD, it has to run with the HDDs set to not spin down because the Seagate will lock up the machine when it tries to spin up after sleep, hibernate, etc.  Works absolutely fine from power on and it's been like that since it was installed as a new HDD on Windows 8.1.
Very strange considering it's basically a laptop HDD and designed for that ... must be a BIOS thing but unfortunately it's an old board so no new updates.

Windows Update MiniTool still works, you can use it to choose, (un)hide, and install updates.

2018-06-03 13_53_43-Windows Update MiniTool.png

Install via Chocolatey or download from a software repo, eg. MajorGeeks

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Recent BBC Panorama episode:

Thought it was interesting using the TV to order stuff via Alexa and for those of you with IP cams, it may pay to check access to them.

For anyone who hasn't heard of BlackViper, outside of Microsoft he's probably the best source of what services do what in Windows and which ones can safely be set to manual, disabled, etc.

BlackViperScript by madbomb122 is a PowerShell script that displays a GUI and allows you to select various service configurations based on BlackViper's recommendations.

It allows you to perform a dry run to show what will be changed as well as perform a backup, (to .csv and/or .reg).

2018-05-23 22_04_16-Black Viper Service Configuration Script By_ MadBomb122.png

He also has another PowerShell script that allows you to tweak various aspects of Windows 10: Win10Script

2018-05-23 22_11_11-Windows 10 Settings_Tweaks Script By_ Madbomb122 (v.3.3.6 -May-22-2018 -Testing).png

Seems the script should be stored in some folder that 'my' Directory Opus does not have. I have no 'script' folder, nor Dopusdata, nor something that even looks like that.
hi dcwul62, I was hoping to try installing this and was wondering what version of dopus are you using? (I have 11 on this machine and 12 on my desktop -- I will try it anyways, but will probably only get to it later in the week.)

The shortcut /scripts also takes you to the relevant directory, type it in the lister path.

the script didn't work, at least not with me. Reason why I am posting here...
I had the toolbar button alright (meanwhile removed), but got a Windows error.

As was mentioned, it's a script addin, you need to install it: Preferences->Toolbars->Scripts and drop it on the interface.

Also please note that I am just an 'end-user' ...

As am I but I do know how to use the forum search and it's also in the manual.

The thread 'Hide identical file names' - that one is new to me. Thanks.
However, actually the issue is that the file names are not identical, the hashes are identical.

You need to reread what I wrote:

A modified script from here hides selected files, ...

It's got nothing to do with hiding identical file names other than only keeping the parts of the script that were necessary to hide selected files.

Can you tell me a little more about the Twilio side of things? Exactly what do I need to sign up for or buy, and roughly how much would it all cost (monthly, yearly?)

I've got it mostly for a presence in the USA for verification but the simple costs are shown here Pay-as-you-go Phone Number pricing

Local Number: $1/month
Call costs are based on the terminating/orignating number location, there's two CSV files at that link that pretty comprehensively list all locations, (including overseas), by phone prefix.

Originating (outgoing):  Generally USA Zone 1 seems to be $0.007/min
Terminating (incoming): $0.0085/min Voice, $0.0075/SMS, $0.01/MMS

By default the numbers are enabled for Voice, Fax, SMS, MMS, and outgoing calls to USA numbers only.

I just created an account and deposited $20 which gives me a phone number for 20 months, (less if I use it for calls/SMS naturally, since costs will be deducted from that $20).

SMS logs are kept in your account so you can view any received/replies, for example:

2018-05-21 17_14_46-Microsoft Edge.png

Note: Haven't had it long, I'm still playing around with it to see what I can do.  Used to have an Australian VoIP but they were a little expensive in comparison.  Short version, it was cheap enough so that I'd have 20 months to work out what I wanted it for ;D

They have free trial accounts if you want to have a play: Try Twilio

There's also comprehensive API docs available if you want to create your own application.

CSIPSimple from the Play Store and a number from a VoIP provider, I use Twilio.

The tool should therefore 'hide' identical files.

They gave you the answer on the DOpus forum.

The first seven files on the right are renamed copies of the last seven on the left plus an extra file thrown in on the right to show it wasn't in the left side.

2018-05-20 16_29_09-K__dir1.png

Files that have identical MD5 hashes are selected on both sides.

2018-05-20 16_29_56-K__dir1.png

A modified script from here hides selected files, (simple search of the forum), leaving the files that aren't identical to any on the other side.

2018-05-20 16_30_08-K__dir1.png

2018-05-20 16_33_47-K__dir1.png

Hide button:
Code: Javascript [Select]
  1. function OnClick(clickData)
  2. {
  3.         var cmdSource = clickData.func.command;
  4. //      cmdSource.ClearFiles();
  6.         var cmdDest = DOpus.create.command;
  7.         cmdDest.SetSourceTab(clickData.func.desttab);
  9. //      cmdSource.RunCommand("Select DESELECTNOMATCH SOURCETODEST=in");
  10. //      cmdDest.RunCommand("Select DESELECTNOMATCH SOURCETODEST=in");
  11.         cmdSource.RunCommand("Select NOPATTERN HIDESEL");
  12.         cmdDest.RunCommand("Select NOPATTERN HIDESEL");
  13. }

UnHide function is identical to the one on the forum that Leo posted.

Living Room / Re: The quest for a completely silent PC
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:59 AM »
Possibly for the gaming crowd they needed a higher cooling capacity than just straight passive.

Plus it has more "bling"  ;D

Living Room / Re: The quest for a completely silent PC
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:22 AM »
Took him a lot longer than necessary, Zalman had a silent computer case years ago, so long ago it's been discontinued (about 12 years): TNN 500AF


General Software Discussion / Re: desktop sharing tool
« on: May 13, 2018, 11:17 PM »
If both ends have Microsoft accounts there's Quick Assist (Windows 10) or Remote Assistance (pre-10 which didn't require a Microsoft account IIRC).


Haven't tried Quick Assist but have previously used Remote Assistance and it worked fine for what I was doing.

By doing that, you can repurpose the disk again (for non-essential stuff) for years to come.

This is still spinning it's wheels after an additional 6 years, when it first occurred I just told it to initiate what passes for a Low Level Format these days to map out the bad blocks.

Living Room / Re: Help with laptop
« on: May 11, 2018, 07:20 PM »
Being an Intel graphics adapter there's usually hotkeys associated with screen rotation, traditionally it was Control + Alt + (cursor key)

Ctrl + Alt + Left = Rotate 90° counter-clockwise
Ctrl + Alt + Right = Rotate 90° clockwise
Ctrl + Alt + Down = Rotate 180°
Ctrl + Alt + Up = Normal orientation

And one more: MultiHasher

Not a password program but it will show text hashes using multiple algorithms at once which you try:

2018-05-11 12_48_04-Hash Text String.png

Coding Snacks / Re: Rename folder and files before deleting
« on: May 10, 2018, 12:54 AM »
I did a CCleaner Wipe Drive on my SSD yesterday, results are as per attachment.

That is going to take a fair bit more time than just doing specific files and clearing the MFT plus it puts unneeded write cycles on the SSD.

ie. If a block is wiped on the first running of CCleaner and there has been no change to it, (no data written to that block), when you next run CCleaner it will wipe an already wiped block.

It's not designed to keep track of block writes and only wipe those that have been used between runs, you're needlessly shortening the life of your SSD, (considering it will do 1 -> 3 writes on each and every block that is marked as free).

... too much focused on on the thought that using file shredders on SSD should be avoided.

Unnecessary writes to the SSD should be avoided, it's why all my temp files go to a RAM drive.

And how do you get the list of files it skipped?

Well, tbh, haven't looked at the logging of it since I'd just use Beyond Compare to do a directory comparison.

The verbose switch does show skipped files plus you can output to a log file, (console, log file, or both).

Code: Text [Select]
  1. :
  2. :: Logging Options :
  3. ::
  4.                  /L :: List only - don't copy, timestamp or delete any files.
  5.                  /X :: report all eXtra files, not just those selected.
  6.                  /V :: produce Verbose output, showing skipped files.
  7.                 /TS :: include source file Time Stamps in the output.
  8.                 /FP :: include Full Pathname of files in the output.
  9.              /BYTES :: Print sizes as bytes.
  11.                 /NS :: No Size - don't log file sizes.
  12.                 /NC :: No Class - don't log file classes.
  13.                /NFL :: No File List - don't log file names.
  14.                /NDL :: No Directory List - don't log directory names.
  16.                 /NP :: No Progress - don't display percentage copied.
  17.                /ETA :: show Estimated Time of Arrival of copied files.
  19.           /LOG:file :: output status to LOG file (overwrite existing log).
  20.          /LOG+:file :: output status to LOG file (append to existing log).
  22.        /UNILOG:file :: output status to LOG file as UNICODE (overwrite existing log).
  23.       /UNILOG+:file :: output status to LOG file as UNICODE (append to existing log).
  25.                /TEE :: output to console window, as well as the log file.
  27.                /NJH :: No Job Header.
  28.                /NJS :: No Job Summary.
  30.            /UNICODE :: output status as UNICODE.

Main reason I guess for using robocopy is that it can copy pretty much everything to do with a file, NTFS ACLS, Owner, auditing, and probably the ADS.

Could also multi-thread it, (/MT:x), but probably not the thing to do on a suspect HDD.

As an alternative there's always the included Windows robocopy:

Code: Text [Select]
  1. robocopy <srce> <dest> /MIR /R:0 /W:0

Mirror copy, no read retries, zero wait time.

Code: Text [Select]
  1. /MIR :: MIRror a directory tree (equivalent to /E plus /PURGE).
  2. /R:n :: number of Retries on failed copies: default 1 million.
  3. /W:n :: Wait time between retries: default is 30 seconds.

Living Room / Re: W10 Laptop wish list
« on: May 08, 2018, 04:28 PM »
You need to clarify your USB ports, USB 3.1 has to do with signalling protocol.
USB 3.1 Gen 1 is the same as the old 3.0 (5Gbps).
USB 3.1 Gen 2 doubles it to 10Gbps.
Ports can look like the usual Type A except for the colour of plastic, (but only if the manufacturer follows the standard).

Then you have Type C which is a physical port type, the new reversible connector, (it's possible to  have USB 2.0 Type C ports).

So I think you might mean:
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (or 2) Type A (same as the USB 3.0)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (or 2) Type C

The Type C will most likely have the Power Delivery standard and be used for charging it.

@skwire: Thanks for the nomination but anything anyone feels I should receive can go to mouser to apportion as he sees fit or to help with hosting costs.

Although, given my recent posts to some ... errrr ... frustrating(?) members of the community I am sorely in need of a replacement.

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