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General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted: Simple EML viewer
« on: June 22, 2018, 10:18 PM »
Mailstore Home is light nor heavy and looks likely too fancy when you start using it. However, it can import all your .eml messages (and attachments!), from which it creates a database that allows you to search quickly through messages and attachments. Once imported you can view the selected message as they are intended. Copy-paste info, attachments etc.

It is freeware and also available as a PortableApp (but you must have the correct .NET version installed in Windows), if that is your thing. Anyway, searches are fast with more search options than I have seen in any mail client, it can even act as a "mail client", but only for receiving messages from an account on a mail server. Myself, I use it for keeping a mail archive spanning over ten years. Most days I receive over more than 100 messages, often with one or more attachments. Searches still only take a few seconds.

Once you have set it up as you like it, you will quickly wonder how you ever managed without it. No other association than being a happy user.

You used the troubleshooter? From Windows? That feature has not helped me once in all the time I have been using Windows. Well, I must add that I don't even bother opening it anymore since Windows XP. It was dreadful then, and from the OP I gather that things haven't improved.

We clone an issue in Jira (Clone++) and change the task to 'sub-task' and add reproduction files/documentation to this sub-task (for auditing purposes). By doing this the time tracking is not affected, the intended dev and tester are notified (by mail) about any change and we can keep track of the changes in the code on a per-issue basis (because of the coupling with our Content Versioning System).

Granted, it may not be easy to change a workflow in Jira, but it isn't rocket science either and once you "grok" it, you can bend Jira very much to your will.

Jira does like to sell you their extra services, but still, there is more than enough free and commercially licensed information available that allows you to "grok" workflows in Jira. I can't help but think that you are in some way related to the product you recommend and it may be the best thing since sliced bread, but with a bit of study you can really do a lot(!) within Jira itself.

As far as I know you don't need a separate plugin anymore with current versions of IrfanView. Just hit the F12 key and the appropriate version of Irfanpaint will appear. Come to think of it, this is already the case for at least 3 years or something like that.

While I am not saying that your problem does not exist, it has been solved by updating your current version of IrfanView to the latest (whether you use the 'installed' or 'portable' version). The oldest version I could find on my own system was 4.20 and IrfanView/IrfanPaint were already intertwined back then.

Funny story.  I have a laptop from my company that they have for me to take home.  They've become more and more restrictive, to the point that to even use webmail you have to connect to to the vpn.

That might have to do with DNS registration and security (through obscurity). When you connect with VPN to your company's network, your system becomes part of that network and features such as webmail do not require to be completely/correctly/properly configured to become accessible for the computers in your company's network. Which makes for (much) less direct attack vectors that people outside your company's network can use to wreak havoc.

Such things suck for legit external use...but as you stated, security trumps productivity, right? 

On the AV topic:
For those that do not want or can use WinDefender, there is BitDefender, which has barely any interface to speak of, but also doesn't bother you much with advertorial pop-ups. Not sure about its consumption of resources, but the lack of nagging is in my book a blessing.   

Yeah, smoke really gets in the way of me playing 'air guitar'... 

On a completely different note: am I contributing to the registered pollution playing 'air guitar'?  :P

My security measures (for home) are practically similar to what wraith808 applies. The Windows Firewall is good and doesn't demand much resources. It's interface isn't that great, but there are solutions for that as well. Since Windows Vista/7 the Windows firewall has been so good that I never used another one again. Heck, even the one in Windows XP was already half decent.

Windows Defender might not be the best of the absolute best, but it is good and in combination with common sense and a good add-blocker, you are already very secure. Then add MalwareBytes and notice how much faster your computer is, while being protected against the lion's share of culprits on the internet. Keep all of these tools up-to-date and you will have the smoothest Windows experience your computer can provide.

Nowadays the anti-virus software itself is being targeted, because of the amount of low-level access and rights these suites claim and their ability to process every type of file (to see if a file has been infected) on your computer.   

On the TomsHardware site there is a similar thread created that describes the problem of OP almost verbatim. In one of the posts from that thread was a suggestion to leave it on and wait. That person mentioned that after 20 minutes of watching the boot screen, it suddenly continued and booted into Windows. 

In the Lenovo forum a post from 2017 describes all the steps the person took so his system would boot again after experiencing a very similar problem. Scroll to the middle of the page to see the steps. It involves recreating the boot section on the hard disk, which appears to be a good strategy for the solution to the problem of the OP.

More research revealed that it is likely LSE (Lenovo Service Engine) is the culprit. It is part of the boot procedure, has a security vulnerability and Microsoft patched this recently. There is a way to get rid of LSE, see this link.

After buying a memory expansion for my Amiga 500 back in the day, it came with a led, showing me when it was being used. I always enjoyed having such visual indicators. In the early days of Windows and computer cases there were still visual indicators (or 'blinkenlights') but those were already more generalized. Nowadays it seems to me that even these generic indicators are phased out.

Network related equipment still makes use of the 'blinkenlights' but that stuff is usually hidden away in server rooms and relegated to the back of computers. Thanks for bringing these glowing USB lights to my attention.  :)

The last request is easily answered: John's Background Switcher. That is a great wallpaper "swapper", but is not made by a DonationCoder. At least, I don't think the creator is a member here. What I am sure of is that it never was a N.A.N.Y. entry.

Is this helpful in answering your first request?

Did the same as a test on an Asus ZenPad (the 10 inch version) they handed to me so I could repair it. On that tablet VLC for Android had no problem to play avi, mp4, mkv files with 1080p content that uses HVEC (x265) encoding. Now I am not a fan of the tablet as a concept and I found the repair job more interesting than the device itself. But if I had to get a tablet, that model I would seriously consider.

With so many very capable video players available for free, who would want this player? Most of these free players are skinnable, meaning thatif you don't like the look, you (or by using the skin from someone else) can alter that.

I'm not saying this is a bad player or anything, I just fail to see its value.

Don't know how the situation in the US is, but here in PY I got a prepay sim card and I am using that for more than 10 years now and the last time I "charged" it with call minutes is almost 2 years ago. My phone receives voice calls normally and I can make/receive voice calls through WiFi (WhatsApp).

The reason I don't charge my phone with money anymore is that I hardly make voice calls and on the moments I needed to It was always without "saldo" (as they call it here), because telco's here charge you for commercial messages they send to you. After deciding that such a game isn't worth playing at all, I just stopped charging my phone with "saldo" and see where I end up. I receive much less commercial messages and till now no message that the sim card will be taken out of service if I don't put "saldo" on the phone.

Sim-only pre-paid numbers are not available to you? It might worth a try to find that out, because that would seem to me the simplest way to keep using your old phone well within budget and with luck even free.

This article on How-to-geek, might prove to be useful as well.

Living Room / Re: Canadian adventures
« on: May 18, 2018, 06:10 PM »
In that sense I have been blessed growing up in a country where it doesn't take too much effort to put cables in the ground by people who know very well how to do just that. Sure, it is more expensive and cumbersome when repairs are needed, but the thing is that the amount of times a repair is needed, drops to near zero. Especially in geologically stable places.

Another advantage is that in a lot of situations you can plan to do maintenance on telecom cables or gas/water pipes when for example the electricity company opens the street/sidewalk to do an upgrade. If more than one type of company does work this way, they can divide the costs of opening and closing the street/sidewalk back up. That is enough of a cost saver for any company to actively search for such partnering deals where they can.

In the end, companies have more ROI putting cables into the ground, customers enjoy a much more stable services provided over these cables and, in most cases, do not have to worry long about circumventing dangerous situations that can be introduced when streets/sidewalks are opened up.

Distribution of services through cables going through the air? Last resort for people living or working in locations directly above bedrock, but for a lot of places (in 1st world countries as well) it sounds like lazyness to me. Most consider the Netherlands to be a first world country and in all my time living there (spread over different cities in the southern part and 33 years) is that you will have power, gas, water, cable and telephone services available, as long as you pay your monthly bills and do not pull any main switch yourself in your residence. Snow, ice, storms, heat...all of that doesn't affect availability.

Here in Paraguay all cables go through the air and reliability just isn't there. Transformers on poles that blow out seemingly at random, car/truck accidents, trees storms so strong that power cables (with separators in between them!) still manage to touch each other, heavy is almost like companies "providing" their services through the 'cable in air' method settle for saying "at least we tried" to their customers. A sign of weakness anywhere in the world, if you would ask me (and I know you didn't).

Internet here in the capital of PY, in a highly commercial part where electricity and connectivity is paramount for most businesses/shops, is spotty at best when it rains. Which it is doing right now. So in that sense, we (rgdot and Shades) are kindred spirits.

By taking the software from someone else for the purpose of de-compiling and manipulation of that code, you will enter very "murky waters" at best, depending on the license the software is published under.

A simple workaround for those that need this functionality in their mail client: disable the (automatic) opening of mail messages with HTML content.

For those able to read the source of mail messages: copy-paste the content of the encrypted message to another piece of software that is not your mail client, but which is (rudimentary) able to process the encrypted content anyway.

Automatic opening/viewing of mail messages should be prohibited in practically every imaginable use case scenario anyway. Efail is just the latest example of this.

General Software Discussion / Re: desktop sharing tool
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:43 AM »
AnyDesk is quite similar to TeamViewer, because a lot of the original developers left TeamViewer to work on that instead. AnyDesk doesn't bother you with on-screen messages/mails to upgrade to the newest version. TeamViewer does not do backwards-compatibility so well. And that is by design as they almost force you to upgrade to their newest commercially licensed (expensive) products and it could happen that you cannot take over the computer you need/want, because of too different versions between your own computer and the one you try to take over.

Can you still spend quite some time having the person on the other end of the line download the latest TeamViewer and install it and possibly open up ports on their firewall, etc. I have been using the free version of Anydesk for almost 2 years now and while the software gets regular updates, there is hardly any "pushing" to newer versions going on. A much more relaxed stance, which I can appreciate. Likely also the reason why those devs left TeamViewer in the first place.   

Maybe we can get together a group that likes to play at a leisurely pace to play some of these.

If such a group would happen here, count me in.

Interestingly the windows disk scanning/checking functions didn't seem to see anything wrong.. But a handful of files were unreadable due to hardware read failure on the hard disk.  During my recovery attempts sometimes the drive just disconnected itself from the system and disapeared.

In the end I was able to get 99.99% of everything back..   Most of the disk was still working and the files that were corrupt I had backups of -- all but one which had some mail from one account that I had to do some manual work to recover.

All in all, it was pretty painless, but I was reminded of how much worse it could have been.  The experience exposed a couple of holes in my backup plans, and reminded me how important having full drive images are to making recovery from a crash a painless process.  Because of that, I am going to increase the frequency of my full drive backups from once a month to once a week.

CHKDSK moves files around whenever it encounters a file that is stored in a location on the hard disk that has been marked as bad. That is like fixing the symptom, and then forgetting to apply the cure. If you have a spare computer that can boot from pen drive or CD, use the MHDD tool to really find out what is really wrong with your hard disk, possibly even adjust the capacity if the error(s) are located near to the beginning or end of the hard disk. By doing that, you can repurpose the disk again (for non-essential stuff) for years to come.

You have to boot from the MHDD disk and tests can take a long time (hours!), depending on the storage capacity of the disk and the speed of the onboard hard disk controller from the computer you use to run MHDD on. However, afterwards you will have a very good idea what is really wrong in a way that no Windows based tool and/or S.M.A.R.T. technology can ever compare with.

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: May 06, 2018, 11:40 AM »
Done something strange. I was pointed to the Kyocera Brigadier, which is an older model phone (the one I have runs Android 5.1.1), for a total of 80 USD (bying, shipping, flashing to make it work in PY and extra cover. It feels solid, rather heavy in your hand (which I find a plus), lasts 3 days on a battery charge (longer when disabling location, wifi etc.).

Although an older phone it does support NFC and wireless charging. I'm happy to use it as replacement for my current daily driver, a Huawei P8 Lite. The camera is not great on both phones, but that is not a consideration in my mind or use cases.

Anyway, dismissing older model phones immediately would be unwise, especially for the price. There is also it's newer brother, the Kyocera Torque G03, which improves significantly on all hardware specs of the Brigadier model, Android version etc....except for NFC. which is dropped. The website I link to in this post allows you to have specs of several phones next to each other for easier comparison. Also allows to compare prices with several online webstores too. That should make Kalos life (and ours :P) easier.

Living Room / Re: Data connection through audio jack
« on: May 01, 2018, 07:56 PM »
I think that the cable allows you to connect the watch to an audio device so it can play the music from the watch.

It is more likely that you need a decent USB phone charger cable (which also allows for data transfer) to transfer music to the watch. As most people already have multiple cables of that sort in their possession, it is overkill to supply such a cable with the watch. Makes it a lot cheaper as well.

General Software Discussion / Re: What's going on with Java?
« on: April 28, 2018, 10:39 PM »
To be more specific: copied the complete 'jre' folder (without any adjustments) into the root folder of the Java software. Most of the Java applications I have been trying were database clients.

[rant time]
And that is mainly because of the company DataStax who used to make a GUI application for their Cassandra database product (NoSQL). Cassandra is a welcome addition, because it can store big amounts of data very fast on even (relatively) low-end hardware. Faster than Oracle and SQL Server can manage. Differences between retrieval of data between Oracle, SQL Server and Cassandra are very small on the same hardware.

Anyway, Windows support for their GUI to create/execute queries on modern versions of the Cassandra database software has been dropped without warning. Just for those that are in need of a solution to this crappy treatment of Datastax, The Visual Studio Code editor has a pretty good extension for connecting and creating/executing queries on Cassandra databases. Both can be obtained and used freely. Unfortunately, I had to wade through a lot of solutions that wouldn't work with the latest Cassandra, weren't maintained anymore or actively block access before forking over between 200 USD to 500 USD per license, before I found out that VSCode was able to do this as well.

Not even Oracle is that stingy with their Oracle database client software. And as a company you should really be ashamed about that, because the sales-pitch from Oracle consists of the term "or else....." and the gesture of slitting your throat!).
[/rant time]

General Software Discussion / Re: What's going on with Java?
« on: April 28, 2018, 02:04 PM »
Most Java-based applications I have encountered the last year or so, work fine with a copy of the 'jre' folder I pulled from a computer with Java installed. They do function as advertised on my system where no Java has ever been installed.

Java applications usually work just fine when they can access the Java executables for which they are designed. Updating Java itself can seriously mess things up.

Including the (appropriate) jre folder is not necessarily a bad thing, from the application's user standpoint at least. Security/maintenance-wise, this move is or will be an issue. Still, in a crude manner, (Docker) containers and this move with Java are quite alike and share therefore the same positives and flaws. 

"If a law of physics is broken, does it make a sound?"

That question leads to much more important questions, such as: if you happen to break a law of physics, how much jail time do you face? What kind of jail you can expect to be put into? And is there in such a jail also an unwritten rule about dropping the soap?  :D

If a law of physics is broken, does it make a sound?
Yes, but it travels at the speed of light, so your ears can't hear it...

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