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^you will of course need to first create/have an account, but at least you will still not pay the full price...

Living Room / Re: EU to Stop Summer (or is it Winter) Time
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:18 AM »
(...) It would be better if no-one switched,

-yes, I agree, if you mean "It would be better if no-one switched from their local time". My words should not have sounded as an defence to Summer Time; I will not support any artificial time like Internet Time, or DST, or Summer Time, or ....

Living Room / Re: EU to Stop Summer (or is it Winter) Time
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:05 PM »
Please remember the basics. Time zones are as old as civilization itself: You go to another place, east or west, and adjust your clock accordingly - weather it is your inner clock or an actual clock. It was always like that. Only, now there is a name and a organized system.

Also, in this system there is no winter time, because that is normal time.

Forgive me for sounding like an old man past his bedtime.

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: September 15, 2018, 04:13 PM »
^but this one here is from the real world:

Flowers delivered by Horse during rainy weather, to Her Majesty The Queen Of Denmark


General Software Discussion / Re: Humble Bundle for Xara tools
« on: September 13, 2018, 02:41 PM »
Our own Carol Haynes has recommended Xara Designer Pro several times.



General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav?
« on: September 11, 2018, 05:07 PM »
Sumatra feels archaic and I can't think of a reason why I'd want to use it.

Yes, Sumatra is ugly and outdated and clumsy and stupid

Q: eh... how would you know, Curt, are you not using Tracker anymore?
A: No, now I am using Sumatra as my pdf reader.

How does one make the software author listen (and obey)? The Sumatra tabs having the same colour but not displaying the full document title, is STUPID! I am comparing document versions, but how am I supposed to be certain which version is which? It annoys me several times a week.

So why am I using Sumatra, then? It is very fast and very stable and has so far displayed all my pdf files without any problem. But it really cannot do anything, other than read, so now I am also using several other programs to handle my pdf files:

Nitro Pro, FlexiPdf 2017, PDF24, Debenu PDF Tools 2, Pdf Link Editor, Pdf Shaper Premium, Pdf To X, Weeny Free PDF Extractor, PDF picture Extractor, and various e-book managers and e-book readers are complementing Sumatra. Also, a very important PDF "CREATOR" to me is
I don't understand Debenu PDF Tools' asking price for version 3. It could maybe be $50, absolutely not the current $500. Upgrade pricing from my version 2 begins at $42, but with almost no update period. I guess one has to actually read the "please note"...

Installed November 1'st 2017:

Codebyte is a member user in the forum . seems nowadays another web for cars.
Where is Carl Danley ? .
Seems dissapeared in the web. I only observ old posts or entries.
long time members 10th anniversary  http://www.donationc....msg376968#msg376968

I am confused by all this, Contro. You have clearly been searching the Internet. But how?
Are you actually telling us that you perfectly well know how to search the Internet yourself?

General Software Discussion / Re: Et Tu, CCleaner!
« on: September 10, 2018, 04:48 PM »
August 2015 Hillary Clinton was asked, "Did you wipe your email server?" and she evasively replied, "Like with a cloth or something?" A year later we found out that "cloth" was BleachBit, a software application that deletes information "so even God can't read it," as Congressman Trey Gowdy announced August 2016.

Donations encourage future development and support of BleachBit.

osiva is offline, mirror:

nice  :up:

-but also weird!  :o

One should really take the time to first read the f*©#'n manual:

How to use Osiva
Osiva is an image display and compositing tool. Use it to compare and organize digital photos, create a slide show, animate a JPEG list, or composite collage and dissolve effects without windows and controls getting in the way. Images are treated as independent, tangible objects. Osiva can also display image transparency directly on the desktop.

How do you use it?

Drag and drop images into Osiva. You can drop images onto any image window or the icon bar.You can also make Osiva the default viewer for JPG  and GIF images.

An image is initially shown at it's actual pixel size. Click on the image and it turns into a thumbnail. Click again and it toggles back to actual size. Move the image by grabbing it with the left mouse button. Resize the image by grabbing the lower left corner. Rotate the image by grabbing the top and pulling. Drag & Drop the image out of Osiva by grabbing it with the right mouse button.

The initial Osiva logo or "splash" image is an image like any other. Close it or drop an image on top of it to replace it.

How do you save your work?

There are three ways to save your work. You can save a file containing the current layout of images. When you reopen the layout file the images are opened and returned to their saved positions. You can "consolidate" the current set of images into a new folder. Consolidation will copy the images and create a matching layout file. Or you can just press the Windows "Print Screen" key and copy the entire screen image into the clip board. This is useful for making quick composites and panoramas that fit on the screen. 


Osiva Reference

LEFT CLICK   - zoom the image

LEFT CLICK drag   - move the image

RIGHT CLICK drag   - drag the image out
        of osiva

[Ctrl] LEFT CLICK   - make the image edges
        transparent using the color
        under the pointer

[Shift] LEFT CLICK   - sink the image to
        the bottom (of the
        Z order)

LEFT CLICK   - (bottom right corner)
        resize the image

[Shift] LEFT CLICK   - (bottom right corner)
         freely resize the image

LEFT CLICK   -(top middle of image)
       rotate the image

Drop an image on a full size osiva window and the image will be replaced.

Drop an image on a reduced osiva window and a new window will open.



[Space Bar]    - Apply force based layout;
        make the images repel
        each other

[Backspace]   - Make the images attract
        each other

[Page Up]    - Spread the images at the
        top-right of the screen

[Page Down]   - Spread the images across
        the screen

[Home]      - Stack the images in the
        center of the screen

[End]      - Snug the images at the
        top-right of the screen

      - Sink the image
        (like [Shift] LEFT CLICK)

[t]      - Make the image trans-
        parent (like [Ctrl] LEFT

[1]      - Show all images full size

[2] thru [9]   - Change the default zoom
        factor for the thumbnail
        zoom view; show all
        images at the new size

To get the idea, select a bunch of images and drop them onto the osiva window. Then hit the [Page Up] key, the [5] key, and hold the spacebar down. For fun, try moving an image around while you hold the spacebar down.


More Keys

[Enter] or
[Tab]      - Cycle through the images
        [Shift][Tab] goes the
        other way

[Esc]      - Close the top image
        ( you can hold it down)

[f]      - Toggle slide show on and off

[z]      - Zoom the image
        same as LEFT CLICK

  •       - Size all the images

        exactly like the top one

Arrows      - Nudge the image 1 pixel
        [Shift] & [Ctrl] for faster

[Ctrl]P      - List the file paths



[Save Layout...]

"Save Layout" invokes a "Save As" dialog to get a destination file path. Choose where you want the layout file written. Osiva will then write a text file listing each image currently being displayed, along with all the display information. When you drop the text file back into osiva, that set of images will be reloaded.

[Slide Show]

Toggles the slide show on or off. This emulates pressing the [Tab] key. The [Tab] key and [Shift] key are still active so you can go faster or backwards.

[Slide Show...]

Opens a dialog to set the display time for each image. You can also set up an image to image dissolve. Dissolve works best with Windows 2000, and with a fast computer. The two bars at the bottom left of the dialog are mouse over triggers. The one on the left flips backwards, and the one on the right forwards.


Imagine an O (oh) with a dot inside it. The background is white, the O and the dot are black. Nesting 0 (zero) makes the outside of the O transparent. Nesting 1 gives you a fully transparent O with no dot. Only one transition inside the main mask is allowed.  Nesting 2 gives you back the dot. Whatever that means, that's what "nesting" means.

Set nesting to 0 for all those Jpeg images that have the background color enclosed in the region you want to keep visible.

Sometimes calculating the transparency this way (edge scanning) seems too hard. In those cases osiva gives up and shows you how far it got. You will see a strange pink and green image (the mask) with cyan lines showing the edge tracing. Brush over the image with another image to restore it.

[Suppress Zoom]

Single click zooming will get in the way if you use osiva to do accurate compositing. A small image movement will be interpreted as a zoom click. Turn single click zooming off by selecting this item.

[Stay Open]

Osiva's default behavior is to exit if no images are being shown. Select this item to have osiva stay open as a more subdued icon bar, with no tooltips.


"Tile" will shrink all the images to squares and tile them within the boundaries of the topmost image (the one most recently selected.) To put the tiles where you want them, move the topmost image and resize it while holding the shift key down. Then select the "Tile" menu item.

[Fit Inside]

Select "Fit Inside" to scale and move all the images to fit over the topmost image (the one most recently selected). "Fit - Inside" locks the aspect ratio of the images.

[Fit Exactly]

Select "Fit Exactly" to scale and move all the images to fit exactly over the topmost image (the one most recently selected). "Fit - Exactly" changes the aspect ratio of the images to match that of the topmost image. You can choose this with the
  • key.
[Match Area]

Select "Match Area" to scale all the images to the same area as the topmost image. The images are not moved. The images maintain their native aspect ratio. This is the most natural way to make images the "same size".



Basic use is to just drop a bunch of images onto an osiva window, then click on them. Click once to reduce the image to stamp size; click again to view it full size. Move the small images to the side of the screen to get them out of the way.

[Alt] LEFT CLICK or RIGHT CLICK to drag an image out of osiva. You can copy and move images if you drag them from osiva into a Windows File Manager window. The osiva window should close if you move the image, otherwise it will stay open. RIGHT CLICK to drag an image into your image editor.

[Page Up], [Page Down], and [Home] randomize the Z order of the images. You can use osiva to play cards. Hit [Page Up] a few times to shuffle, then pull the cards together with the [Backspace] key. These three keys make the images visible if they are buried under a lot of windows.

Holding an image with the mouse excludes it from a group operation triggered by the keyboard. You can click on an image and hit the [Page Up] key; all the other images will stack at the top right. This also works for [1]-[9], [Page Down], and [End.] You have to click again for each operation, though.

You can get another instance of osiva if you start it from the command line with a +, like: "osiva +", or "osiva + myimage.jpg". Each icon-bar will control its own images.

This program is sensitive to the keyboard repeat rate and the mouse double-click speed. Increasing the keyboard repeat rate makes the space bar work faster. Decreasing the mouse double-click time allows you to zoom in and out rapidly.


Make Osiva the Default Viewer

Right click on a JPEG or GIF and select "Open With", "Choose Program", "Other" and find osiva.exe using the dialog box. Make sure to click the "Always use..." check box. Do this for the ".osiva" layout file also.


Current Support

  - GIF and JPEG images
  - [Ctrl] LEFT CLICK transparency
    uses the color under the mouse
    cursor as the transparent color.
    The tolerance is applied to JPEG
    images only.
  - Osiva is designed for true color

Osiva is free as in "free beer". If you want one free as in "free speech" send me an email.

Osiva is a fairly complicated program that has not been rigorously tested -- it has undiscovered errors. It is possible that an Osiva error may contribute to system malfunction or data loss. By using Osiva you agree to assume that risk; the poor coder cannot be held liable.
Copyright Kent Stork, 2002-2006
[email protected]
If you use Osiva send me an email.

Osiva, the "overly simple image viewing application"
Version 1.2.17

It works well on my 64-bits Win 10, but please remember that Osiva hasn't been updated since year 2006.

Your request is puzzling me; I didn't even know you can have games in Google Search! How did you get it in the first place? Yes, I can search for "Solitaire" and read that it has been included by Google since 2016. But I have never seen it, and I don't know where or how to get it. Maybe you need to adjust your Google Settings? Or install a simple advert blocker? They come free by the dozens, so I cannot think you would need any one here to write it for you.

Living Room / Re: DC on Discord :O
« on: September 03, 2018, 03:01 AM »
From the Discord Terms of Service:
... As an example, you agree  not to use the Service in order to:
  • post, upload, transmit or otherwise disseminate information that is obscene, indecent, vulgar, pornographic, sexual or otherwise objectionable as outlined in our Community Guidelines;
  • defame, libel, ridicule, mock, stalk, threaten, harass, intimidate or abuse anyone;
  • upload or transmit (or attempt to upload or transmit) files that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files or data, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of the Service or other users' computers;
  • violate the contractual, personal, intellectual property or other rights of any party including using, uploading, transmitting, distributing, or otherwise making available any information made available through the Service in any manner that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other right of any party (including rights of privacy or publicity);
  • attempt to obtain passwords or other private information from other members;
  • improperly use support channels or complaint buttons to make false reports to us;
  • develop, distribute, or publicly inform other members of "auto" software programs, "macro" software programs or other "cheat utility" software program or applications in violation of the applicable license agreements;
  • exploit, distribute or publicly inform other members of any game error, miscue or bug which gives an unintended advantage; or violate any applicable laws or regulations, or promote or encourage any illegal activity including, but not limited to, hacking, cracking or distribution of counterfeit software, or cheats or hacks for the Service.
Copied from: Discord - Terms of Service - <>
-Discordapp terms (September 01, 2018, 07:11 PM)

-what a fine set of rules! :up: Huh. Joyful.

My 1'st link on Google for "store android phone call history as text file": [Definitive Guide] How to Transfer Call Logs from Android to PC/Mac?

Android Call Logs Transfer
- Transfer Call History from Android Phones to Computer

Users may want to transfer call history from Android to computer. For example, you might want to print some important call logs as an evidence; Or you choose to export the call logs to PC so that you can manage them more easily; Or you want to store the records on computer as a backup. Then one problem comes- how to perform and complete the transferring process more efforetlessly and effectively? This article will show you the easiest way to achieve the goal.

    Part 1. How to Transfer Android Call History to Computer?
    Part 2. View/Check the Transferred Call Logs on PC
    Part 3. What If I Want to Import Call Logs from Computer to Android Phone?
    Part 4. How to Do If I Wrongly Delete the Wanted Call History?


Screenshot Captor / Re: Ragged Edge
« on: August 28, 2018, 07:23 AM »
Maybe this thread should be moved to Screenshot Captor -


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I use Blackbird and I am pleased with it. I am however aware that because I dislike Microsoft Store and any thing of the sorts, I am not sure weather my pleasing settings are due to Blackbird or another of my many similar programs, or if I merely was lucky when first doing Windows' settings. But within my preferences, I have nothing bad to say about Blackbird. +There is a recover settings command prompt as well.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: August 17, 2018, 05:11 PM »
Another fun novella by Mark Clifton:
couldn't get the book (Error 403: Forbidden) but still made for an interesting read:
ironic that Project Gutenberg gets blocked in Germany...

Your quote might have been a little too short, tomos:

Q: Who are the authors? Why are they copyrighted in Germany, but not in the US?

    Heinrich Mann, who died in 1950.
    Thomas Mann, who died in 1955.
    Alfred Döblin, who died in 1957.

In Germany, they are copyrighted based on "life +70 years" of copyright protection (so, copyright will expire after 2020, 2025 and 2027, respectively). In the US, copyright protection for works published prior to 1978 is based on the number of years since publication.
Any way: epub: * 27595. (133.76 kB - downloaded 12 times.)

... delete the offending picture (the entire IrfanView folder).


It takes a long time to do the IrfanView settings AGAIN. So deleting the entire folder was a stupid idea.  :(

It turns out I originally created the wallpaper using IrfanView,
so now C:\Users\Curt\AppData\Roaming\IrfanView\  was the place to delete the offending picture (the entire IrfanView folder).

-thank you, KodeZwerg!  :up:

yeah, but no.
Yeah, that is where (the cache of) the wallpaper of the moment is.  :up:
But No, that is not from Private Settings > Background > Background > Picture ~ Choose Your Picture

3 of the other available 5 pictures to choose from, are from Microsoft Windows itself. On a new setup, they would of course all 5 be from Microsoft.


Former title: Where is Win 10 hiding wallpapers?

I wanted to test a wallpaper-changing program on my PC, x64 Windows 10 Home, so I went to desktop right-click > Private Settings > Background > Background > Picture (not Slideshow or Color, but Image / Photo / Picture), and was chocked to see a picture of my ex!! Understand that I know for sure that I deleted this picture long ago, and I am not aware of any copy anywhere on my PC! Nevertheless, Explorer presented me with the option to have her be my wallpaper again, so somewhere there obviously is a copy! The picture is only available via Settings..., it is not saved in the normal Pictures folder, or in any public folder. I have searched for several hours, but I haven't found any option to navigate to this particular picture, or to delete it.

In the old days (incl. Win 7), any wallpaper would be wallpaper.bmp, but nowadays I am unable to find where Windows is hiding the (backgrounds and) wallpapers. Of course the official address for me is C:\Users\Curt\Pictures , but as I said, I have long time ago deleted the original of that particular picture, so it isn't there, now!

Do you have any idea where Windows might be hiding this picture? :tellme:

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Text Dragon
« on: August 07, 2018, 03:24 PM »
There is no longer a homepage. Will Text Dragon continue to need a license key, then?

I've written about that problem several times,

Luckily you can write about it once more.

Found Deals and Discounts / at last: Softmaker Office PORTABLE
« on: July 23, 2018, 08:32 AM »
Giveaway of the day today, Monday 23 July 2018

To my understanding it is the first portable suite from SoftMaker:

The office suite can be installed to a USB flash drive so that it can be used on any PC without installation.

It is free today, but in the long run this "abo" subscription concept is more expensive.

SoftMaker Office NX Home for Windows (6-months subscription)

SoftMaker Office for Windows as an inexpensive subscription for 6 months. Always current: All updates and upgrades included for free during your subscription.

Flexible license: Licensed for one household with up to 5 computers, or for 1 commercial user with up to 5 computers.

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