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Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: September 20, 2019, 01:53 PM »

"To Scale: The Solar System"

I came across this again today from another source and thought "this seems interesting." Then as I got a minute or so into it I thought "I should post about this in the Short Films thread on DC!" And then it started feeling very familiar and I'd realized I'd already seen it. Sure enough, this is where I'd seen it. :Thmbsup:

Well worth another watch, IMO.

This doesn't quite belong in this thread, as it's more of a "documentary" of a very niche subject. That is, it's about trying to find an Easter egg in a video game.

The Decade-Long Quest For Shadow of the Colossus' Last Secret

It was summarized pretty well in the comments: "When you leave a game unfinished and accidentally start a religion."

Re: ^ & ^^; Alright, this just hit me like a ton of bricks. In the "To Scale: The Solar System" vid, they left out Pluto (I speak collectively of Pluto's multiple worlds).
While reflecting on this, I watched "The Decade-Long Quest For Shadow of the Colossus' Last Secret" vid.
Then it dawned on me; in their attempt to eliminate Pluto and -what- be politically correct?; to be in step with the times?; they've changed little to nothing. I looked for Pluto but could not find it. Yet Pluto is still there. You just have to 'quest' for it.


Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: September 20, 2019, 12:33 PM »
TEAHUPOO - Biggest and Craziest
Like a super Hawaii's Banzai Pipeline, only in Tahiti; set to rock music.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: August 13, 2019, 09:31 AM »
Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strip- by Bill Watterson starting with November 18, 1985
You can page-scroll sideways to go to the next one/s and follow the entire series by Bill Watterson.

Big fleas poem:

The Siphonaptera, or Fleas
Big fleas have little fleas,
Apon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so, ad infinitum.

The Centipede's Dilemma: https://en.wikipedia...ipede's_Dilemma

    A centipede was happy – quite!
    Until a toad in fun
    Said, "Pray, which leg moves after which?"
    This raised her doubts to such a pitch,
    She fell exhausted in the ditch
    Not knowing how to run.

General Software Discussion / Re: no VLC bookmarks
« on: July 29, 2019, 05:10 PM »
Don't know if this is currently relevant, but FWIW, there is this note:

note: loading bookmarks is broken thru version 1.0.5. The last working version I know of was in the 0.8 series.



May be someone else is more familiar with the current status?
Thank you. Looks like, if I switch to the earlier version, then bookmarks may work, but that will give an older version with known but unpatched virus vulnerabilities. But at least now I know, and if I need it badly enough, I can always consider the earlier version.

edit: re your ^link, quote;
If you wish to save bookmarks this is how it can be done.
Set up the Bookmark list and then save a Playlist. From now on, anytime you open the playlist, VLC will load the bookmarks.
Open the playlist dialog with menu selection View-Playlist. The playlist window has a menu selection Manage that allows opening and saving playlists.
Opening a saved playlist will also load an associated bookmark list as long as the option "Enable parsing of EXTVLCOPT: options" is enabled. To check this setting choose "Settings -> Preferences -> Input / Codecs -> Demuxers -> Playlist".

For my up-to-date VLC version, the above file tree is slightly different; and when I finally found and clicked on 'Demuxers', there was a large drop-down menu, but the 'Playlist' option was not on it.
My only possible work-around -before shutting down VLC or the laptop- is to write it down.
Or come to think of it, do a screenshot.

General Software Discussion / no VLC bookmarks
« on: July 29, 2019, 04:46 PM »
I can't get bookmarks to work in VLC. I'm running Windows 10 on a laptop.

Hackers (2/13) Movie CLIP - Pool on the Roof (1995)
"You mean, I'm not in your class?" Jonny Lee Miller
"No, you're not in my class." Angelina Jolie

General Software Discussion / Re: youtube downloader?
« on: July 01, 2019, 08:30 PM »
4kdownloader is pretty good for downoading youtube videos
Yes, it self-updates and works very nicely. :)

Living Room / Re: Why do I need a router?
« on: June 24, 2019, 05:30 PM »
 It seemed appropriate somehow to include this political cartoon, as a token of my current state of mind.  :P

Okay, new subtopic; if I go to liveleak and click on any sublink, such as 'Must See', an image of a spider appears. I hate spiders. In TOR browser I can right-click and choose 'block element' and it vanishes. If I refresh, it reappears. If I can't make it stop appearing, it's going to give me a case of nerves, and I'll have to abandon liveleak. Suggestions anyone?

In TOR Brave, I see no way to access bookmarks. Or what settings to use to set up non-TOR Brave -which has bookmarks- with TOR.

How do I set up Brave to work with TOR; I tried to duplicate the LAN settings but it's not connecting.

Brave has Tor built-in.

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Nice. How do I get bookmarks to work in it?

How do I set up Brave to work with TOR; I tried to duplicate the LAN settings but it's not connecting.

Living Room / Re: grabby mouse pad
« on: June 10, 2019, 08:35 PM »
You mean from the ones at your link?  Or just in general (just trying to relate the link to the question)
I guess I kind of really meant just in general, with no more than a $50 limit. I'm not really keen on Logitech though; way too much PUP over-programming, difficult to clean uninstall (especially if all I want is to reinstall clean), and so flimsy I actually killed a mouse by dropping it only one foot onto padded carpet.

Living Room / Re: grabby mouse pad
« on: June 10, 2019, 04:30 PM »
Which wireless headphone would you choose? It would need to have a USB connector for use with a laptop. Also to charge faster and have longer battery playback time.

Living Room / Re: Why do I need a router?
« on: June 08, 2019, 02:10 PM »
But you really should limit accessing the Internet without the router device
I think I've shut off Public & Private, but you say 'But you really should limit accessing the Internet without the router device...' I'm not sure if or how to do that, as I saw no option for it. Otherwise, it's smooth sailing so far.

Years ago I trialled a firewall - "BlackHawk" or something I think it was called - that was not only good at being a firewall, but also monitored and logged all the attack pings received and sent back a query to each one requesting further IP address information (I forget what exactly). In other words, it started probing the attackers.
I thought it was a novel idea, but ultimately unproductive, so I disabled that bit, though it did waste attackers' time/resources, which seemed fair.
It was surprising to see in real time how rapidly the attack pings started to roll in when one started up a connection. The logs could become huge. One of the downsides of computerised automation, I suppose.
Yes, it's a bit like the films Cujo or Old Yeller where the rabid dog is clawing at the shaking barrier and trying to get at you. My explanations to my wife seemed a bit dull, until I explained 'zero day viruses' and that some viruses are like mice or rats while others are like a Velociraptor or Tyrannosaurus Rex; although even a 'rat'' can spoil your whole day.
edit: Zer0Day (2016) and book; Countdown To Zero Day.

Living Room / Re: Why do I need a router?
« on: June 07, 2019, 06:14 PM »
I was asked if I wanted my laptop to be 'seen' by 'other PCs on this network' (my home), with a recommendation to choose 'Yes', so I did.
But I don't really have a 'network', just my laptop. Should I reset this 'local network' to 'no'? If so, how do I access it to do this?

Living Room / Re: Why do I need a router?
« on: June 07, 2019, 09:46 AM »
Wow, looks like I asked the right question; many thanks, and sorry about the 'duh' factor. I have an old -as in about 10 or 15 years- "Intellinet wireless LAN router with 4 port and 10/100 switch". I once had it hooked up but somehow over time it ended up back in its box neglected on a shelf. So I plugged in power, input, and output cables and plugged the output into my new laptop--and it works! No setup or anything, just pure plug & play. The ISP tech guy came and picked up the old leased dead router; he said my Intellinet router's 10/100 speed matches up with my ISP connection speed. I don't know about if it's 'connected directly' or otherwise, but I seem to remember the sales guy telling me when I originally bought it, all about the extra layer of protection which the router provided; it sounded similar to what you people are telling me now.

Living Room / Why do I need a router?
« on: June 06, 2019, 10:15 PM »
When I got my new laptop, I unthinkingly connected it to the Internet via my old router which my old PC needed.
Today my old router died, then revived, then died again.
I called our ISP Help Desk, and tomorrow their service rep is coming to bring a new router and $9.99/mo 2/yr service contract for me to sign.
But...I just unplugged my Internet cable from the dead router and plugged it directly into the new laptop.
I was asked if I wanted my laptop to be 'seen' by 'other PCs on this network' (my home), with a recommendation to choose 'Yes', so I did.
So now I'm getting on the Internet just fine.
So...why do I need a router?

Living Room / TWA Flight 800 Remastered Re-creation
« on: June 05, 2019, 07:52 AM »
TWA 800 Animations

TWA Flight 800 Remastered Re-creation
Combination of light-hearted student passengers and dreadful 'impending disaster' music.
(edit: This is a seriously disturbing video. In case you are not prepared, I'll post here a repeat of a few viewers' comments:
-Mostly just upsetting.  Recommend do not watch.  God rest their souls.
-This has to be the scariest way for anyone to die...
-That may be one of the most horrifying things i have ever watched....I think i need a tranquilizer.
-Horrible...absolutely horrible to go this way...Poor souls RIP ..
-I wished I wouldn't have watched this. My stomach has been in a knot ever since. My prayers to all affected by this tragic loss of life.
-No one deserves to die this way. It is so sad to see what they had to experience. May God bless them and those who suffer in the aftermath of this tragedy.
-I can’t believe they actually used Final Destination. I mean we all know the movie based it on the crash, but come on.
-This is about as bad as it gets.....what a horrific way to die.
end quote
Please note: the music and part of the TWA Flight 800 Remastered Re-creation vid is a rip (not by me) from Final Destination, but proper credit is given and it really fits.

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: May 30, 2019, 11:21 PM »
Unbroken (2014)
Opens with very realistic B-24 WWII bombing run, and fairly decent treatment, nicely lacking in the usual Hollywood war flick absurdities.
Directed by Angelina Jolie.

Marnie (1964) with a cameo appearance at the beginning by Alfred Hitchcock, who Produced it.
An awesome psychological thriller starring Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery.

Ghost Recon Alpha - Official HD Film
Intense 23:57 of live action game play or game intro (like continuous cutscenes w/o actual hands-on game play).

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: May 26, 2019, 08:43 PM »
Thunderhead by Keith Laumer

To navigate the page; scroll 'up' to upper right corner gives Back, Next, and Table of Contents; scroll 'down' to lower right corner gives Back, Next, and Framed (which I got lost clicking on and had to click on browser 'back' to get back where I knew where I was). The story consists of 35 one-page 'chapters'. 

Living Room / Re: grabby mouse pad
« on: May 26, 2019, 05:37 PM »
Good wireless mouses can become expensive quickly. Logitech has a very good new model, which reacts excellently (practically as good as a wired decent gaming mouse) and has excellent battery-life. But at more than 150 USD it sure has to be.

If (cheaper) wireless mouses are just as good as their keyboard counterparts, you will be hating them more quickly than you would think.

Perhaps a small explanation is in order: It is hard to get off-the-shelf English layout keyboards here in Paraguay. So imagine my happiness when I did find one, a wireless one with 84-key layout. It was almost 50 USD, the keys feel good to the touch, the device as a whole feels solid and it doesn't consume much battery. But I also needed to add bluetooth functionality to my desktop, so I had to spend almost 45 USD on a bluetooth dongle as well. Sounds all reasonably ok, right?

I hate that wireless keyboard! For some reason it turns itself into battery save mode or something like that. It just gets unresponsive at random intervals. Even bought another, even more expensive, bluetooth dongle to see if that made a difference, but alas. This whole wireless keyboard thingie set me back close to 150 USD and I still need to continue working with a Logitech (wired) keyboard that has a Spanish layout. And I seriously dislike any keyboard that does not have a US layout.

The cheap bluetooth devices are mostly promise, but more often than not fail to deliver and then you'll regret the purchase quickly. Bluetooth is in my experience a very poor substitute for anything wired, be it keyboards, mouses or audio. The slowness in pairing bluetooth devices is just adding insult to injury, in my opinion.
I see what you mean. I've had bad experiences with Logitech; too flimsy, and way too much unnecessary PUP type programming that is near impossible to clean uninstall. I've had one go permanently bonkers after dropping it a mere handspan onto thick carpeting. Never tried bluetooth; prices scared me off, so thanks for the headsup.  :Thmbsup:

I think if I added an extra-short USB cable to the mouse cable, between the laptop port and mouse cable, it could pop apart at any angle more easily and help prevent damage. Here is a one foot (one-third meter) cable; shorter would be even better if anyone can send a link.

Living Room / wireless self-charging mouse?
« on: May 26, 2019, 03:08 PM »
I have tripped over my wired mouse cable - again. My foot-propelled laptop almost became airborne. No harm done this time, but I need a good wireless mouse with a new-type self-charging base. I have Windows 10 with an HP laptop that rests on the coffee table in front of me, but I like to lean back on the couch, and run the mouse back and forth on the couch cushion beside me where I sit. Do I have to always use a charging pad? Any suggestions up to about $35 would be most greatly appreciated.

General Software Discussion / Re: youtube downloader?
« on: May 26, 2019, 02:24 PM »
I've recently discovered 4K Video Downloader, which isn't a browser add-on, but it seems a decent and simple downloader app:
I've used it for a while but got annoyed by the ads trying to get me to buy the full version.

Then I discovered Free Download Manager which has no ads and mostly does the job (though it seems to be limited to 1080p even when a 1440p version of the video is available).

It also allows you to change the bandwidth it uses for downloading on the fly, which may be useful if you have somewhat slow Internet access and decide you'd want to watch some streaming while you've already started a download.

Now since then I got fibre optics internet access at home, and don't need to limit my bandwidth usage any more, I've mostly switched to Youtube-DLG (a minimalistic GUI for youtube-dl), which doesn't seem to allow changing the bandwidth on the fly, but does download 1440p videos when available.
-ConstanceJill (March 18, 2019, 07:23 AM)
Free Download Manager works with youtube, but I do not know how to use it with other.

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