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General Software Discussion / Re: Can I make a Live Win XP USB.
« on: January 19, 2018, 05:54 PM »
BartPE...that used to be the tool to create a bootable Windows XP CD/DVD. Done that myself in a distant past.


Even a youtube video:

There was an alternative tool, WinBuilder, that was supposed to be able to do the same. Never tried it myself, so ymmv.


That should get you underway.

Living Room / Re: Looking for Data Recovery Service
« on: January 17, 2018, 06:33 PM »
Me neither. Maybe you think it to be silly, but did you try standard disk imaging software (to clone the disk bit by bit onto a new drive) with the portable hard disk in upside down position?

I have seen that silliness work on 2 different occasions, quite some years back now. Once in a company I worked at and once in a PIII computer I owned.

Take a look at website:

It shows you on how many different blacklists this domain is registered on. Use the links from their overview to request being removed from each blacklist (separately, I'm afraid). The free version verifies your domain against 30 or so blacklists. If you pay, that list becomes much longer.

Found that website to be very helpful when problems arose with my own mail server.

Weird. Now I'm not denying you experience the problems you experience, but it is the first time I heard of it and I have been using Windows 7, XP, 8.1 and Server 2012 machines to connect through VPN to RDP to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Server 2008 and Server 2012 machines for hours and hours on end, without any issues of any kind. And yes, that includes even sessions where I VPN/RDP to one system to another system in another network on a different location and then need to use Citrix to access yet another computer in another location. A mish-mash of connections that I sometimes have to go through, because of a legal minefield that do not allow me access directly.

But no crapping out of RDP through VPN in any combination.

Living Room / Re: Laptop monitor screen to box pc via cables?
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:27 AM »

That shows you in general what you need to do to turn a laptop LCD screen into a monitor that you can use with a desktop or other laptop. It isn't easy and not cheaper than buying a new one.

Living Room / Re: bicycling suddenly a British speciality?!
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:31 AM »
That video is old news. Several cyclists have cut their sporting career short when they applied this concept to their bike(s). And rightfully so. Still, the idea and execution is excellent, but not for sports. The consumer market would benefit greatly from this concept. And likely much more money to be made. As I am Dutch and grew up using bicycles a lot, I would even consider using such a bike here in Paraguay. Traffic can be very problematic here and a commute that lasts 20 minutes without traffic can easily take a1 to 1.5 hour with traffic.

With such a bike traffic wouldn't be any problem anymore, I would get (more) exercise than I do now and I won't be sweaty all over after using the bike. With the amount of sun hours here in this country, I think iit is possible to charge it using solar energy alone, during work hours. The model of bike that is used in the video above, I wouldn't use. A city bike would make much more sense, as you can easily pick up your daily groceries too. Without wasting time finding a spot for your vehicle and hoping no-one else dents your car. I see only advantages with this concept. Bicycles that have a way to assist their user have a few things in common. They are all very ugly to look at and it is easy to steal the parts providing the assistance. Hence you pay a lot for insurance of such a bike. All of that is gone with this concept.

I didn't peg him for being a hack, but you had to chisel away that layer of veneer...

just what is it you're implying?

That your actions not always appear above board?

that sure wood screw things up a bit, and if it wasn't for you we miter got away with it!
The jig's up! You're a bit of a hack but I'm sure you'll be coping… in some crummy joint.
-cranioscopical (January 02, 2018, 01:29 PM)

I didn't peg him for being a hack, but you had to chisell away that layer of veneer...

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:18 PM »
Does anyone here use Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)?

Not me. Currently I manage 8 (non-virtual) Linux servers, 1 FreeBSD server and 3 Windows servers (and at least 20 Windows workstations and a set of MacBook Pro machines). One of the Windows servers I use as daily driver and I use Putty and/or SmarTTY on Windows to manage the non-Windows machines.  If I have a task for a Linux machine, I'll use a Linux machine to do it with.

WSL has no other real use than for a developer who wants to keep all his/her development on one single machine. Nothing wrong with that, but I like to use the PC's I have at my disposal to do stuff. Because one machine is doing one thing, another computer can be instructed to do other/different stuff. I like to think I am more effective that way.

Still, if WSL works for you, then great. To me it is a solution in search of a problem.

Virtual Desktops are also mentioned in the Quora question. VDs can be used effectively if you only have one screen at your disposal. But once I got a second monitor, I never looked back at VDs. Not even once. Swapping between VDs can and will break your concentration. And you will always encounter one tool missing in your currently open VD and if you need to swap between VDs because of that...meh, the second monitor made me much more productive. Again, that is something I like to think. Never actually measured this.

And the year is off to a plane start already...:P

And all together, they can form a band saw...

Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: (Wired) File Transfers from PC
« on: December 19, 2017, 09:07 AM »
Desktop computers are usually not equipped with a wireless networking card. BlueTooth is also not a given on a desktop. And both of these connections are very slow when compared with transfer speeds accomplished by a cable. A cable already being used to slow-charge the battery in your phone. While writing this down, I realized that the smartphone I currently have been using for 7 months or so, has never been charged with the original phone charger, but with the exact same cable that has been charging my Lumia (still came branded as a Nokia) for four years.

There is no doubt in my mind that Wireless transfer is deemed more popular with the general populace, but when people would take the time to measure transfer speeds between a cable and wireless, they would favor a cabled connection. Then there is the bonus of the battery being charged as well. It takes about 2 hours to get my phone from 20% charge to fully charged.

Since my desktop has 8 USB ports readily available, I don't mind sacrificing one to have my USB transfer/charging cable permanently attached. In about 2 seconds or less my Android  6.0 phone is connected by USB and in my case the phone is configured to act as a standard pen drive after being connected this way. It might take just as long to set up a wireless connection between devices through a wireless connection, but that will drain your battery and takes longer.

WiFi is just a (and definitively not THE) solution for people that don't want to see a cable.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Explorer crashing
« on: December 10, 2017, 06:17 PM »
Personally, I divide the storage space of my hard disks up in partitions. In my anecdotal experience, Windows doesn't do much adjusting of file/folder rights (also known as ACL) on partitions that are not the C:\ partition. I always yank user related data from the partition where Windows is installed and put those on a different partition. I also make partitions for generic data storage and even one dedicated to Temp/TMP files.

Never have I experienced ACL changes in these partitions after updates. Honesty demands that I never looked for such changes, but if everything remains working like it is configured, there has not been a real reason to do such research. Resetting my default software for specific file extensions, that does happen and is really not appreciated.

From your description I gather that things go bad after explorer.exe tries to access functionality encapsulated in file: ntdll.dll. Perhaps it might be a good idea to make a hash from a known good copy of the exact same version of that specific file and compare that hash with the hash from that file on the computer where you encounter this error.

If those do not match, that file has been compromised. Can be damage, can be that explorer.exe runs out of allotted waiting time for that specific functionality it needs from ntdll.dll, it can be lots of things. Even if they match, that file can be compromised by a bad/(too slow) block on the hard disk itself.

For that last scenario I even have an example of what happened to me not one week ago. While making backups from an Oracle database server (on Windows), I suddenly get a BSOD. After that, the database wouldn't start at all anymore. Reading out S.M.A.R.T. data from the hard disk causing the problem, no problem whatsoever. Looking at the Oracle logs, I see ORA-03113 errors appear (related to file I/O errors). Doing a complete CHKDSK (command-line version) on the offending hard disk, again no problem detected. Still, Oracle keeps complaining. It wouldn't even allow me to purge content from certain files, which is the common resolution for this problem.

In the end I cloned the hard disk bit for bit onto a brand new hard disk, then Oracle did allow me to purge these files and the database runs fine again. Further investigation on the offending hard disk (which was deemed in excellent health by S.M.A.R.T. and Windows itself) revealed that the blocks where these files actually reside on the hard disk had an access time greater than 500 milliseconds. While in essence nothing was wrong according to Windows and S.M.A.R.T., I still ended up with an useless database (located on a 3 year old hard disk).

Something similar might be happening on your system too. If your Windows installation even allows it, you could try to make a copy of the ntdll.dll file in the same folder where you find it. You might be able to rename the original 'ntdll.dll' to '' and rename the copied file back to 'ntdll.dll'. That way the file has relocated to a different and hopefully good functioning part of your hard disk. If you can now go through your reproduction steps without a problem, you have (temporarily) fixed your problem. I still would consider buying a new hard disk ASAP, clone your old disk onto the new disk and re-purpose the old disk for keeping non-essential data. 

Living Room / Re: How can I blank out my laptop camera?
« on: December 10, 2017, 04:56 PM »
Not every country operates under the same rules, regulations or even considerations. Now I can imagine that a video interview is done to see how the person to be interviewed presents him- or herself to the outer world. But also to have a look at the demeanor of that person when in conversation and being questioned. Without knowing the function of this interview it is kinda hard to say whether a video interview is necessary or even desirable.

Some of the advice from "melanie" isn't bad. Investing in your outside appearance can certainly be a good thing for a function where such a thing is appreciated. Mainly because when you have done so, it will bring more confidence to the table. In my (limited) experience with person-to-person interviews it really is a good thing if you can present a workable solution, which you are confident in completing, to a question on how you would solve a problem the interviewer throws at you. When you can do so, you don't need to be the best looking person, but you must be presentable and show effort if you are in contact with customers.

"Big headlights", even for someone like me in a family where females have a (natural) cup size that starts with G, I don't get why it remains very hard not to look. Problems with practicality, health (back pains) and paying huge sums for proper support, that is what I remember from childhood. While not based on first hand experience, my head knows that such "headlights" are no blessing at all. So the suggestion to get "plastic" versions of those...yeah, that doesn't resonate at all with me.

** Edit ** added last paragraph.

Screenshot Captor / Re: Access Violation at address 00480893
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:03 PM »
Very often that error is related to software not being able (or allowed) to write to its default/configured folder. In case of ScreenshotCaptor, is the user account you use allowed to write in the Screenshot folder or the folder where you configure the output of ScreenshotCaptor to be stored?

That is the first thing I would check.

Living Room / Re: War Dogs – This brought tears to my eyes.
« on: December 03, 2017, 08:01 AM »
Is it also not the case that dogs are being trained using an uncommonly spoken language for the areas where they are stationed and most likely to be deployed? That way the dog won't misinterpret any verbal instruction given to it by it's handler or in earshot of the dog. Coherent thinking is often needed when you are not speaking your native language and not everyone is capable of that in a (panic) situation when a dog is behaving badly (or alpha, as illustrated by Iainb).

At the office, there are always 3 dogs roaming the terrain, usually 1 male and 2 females. Dogs consider me as a friend as I start petting them and I have a somewhat similar experience as Iainb, as a kid helping out with my uncle, who owned and operated a dog kennel and had loads of other animals too. Unfortunately, I have seen then, how badly dogs can be treated by other people and that the police had to call my uncle to help them out getting rid of the dog in an unsafe situation. It always impressed me that all animals, vicious or not, considered my uncle to be the alpha at first glance. Also, that kennel also had the facilities to terminate and dispose animals (to government standards), which were legally declared to be unsafe for society and that part of the business my uncle taught me too.

Back to the office: a year or 2 ago, the male was well liked (my absolute friend absolutely) but also getting older. So a new young male was introduced. For some reason, that young male and I do not hit it off. Of course the battle for dominance ended up badly for the older male, the young male started to rip open his throat. We we're still able to separate them and the old dog lived on for 3 months more, succumbing to that injury.

The young male was only showing enthusiasm to see me/being petted by me when the two females were around me begging/playing for my attention. But separately the male did not show any enthusiasm. It showed the same behavior with the owners family and at some point in time they got rid of him. I offered to put him up in my rented property, to see if things would improve. It would be alone for most of the day and  in the evenings I would play with him. The dog appeared to be happy the first 2 days of this arrangement, but everything was back to same ol', same ol' after that period. Even showed off the dog to a dog trainer who mainly works with Rottweilers. There the dog lasted only one day, that guy brought him to the vet for a lethal injection.

Some dogs really cannot be helped or trusted, no matter how much love and effort you put into them. Maybe adoption could have been an option, only if the service period from both the dog and their handler would end at the same time and the handler had enough space/time/love for that dog. How sad it may be, the harsh reality is that these dogs earned "to be put out to pasture", but that they are really not equipped for that. The pack is everything and the pack requires an alpha. And a dog with a scrambled brain/psyche, becomes a wild dog and people like my uncle have to step in to properly dispose of them. Not the nicest way to spent the last weeks in your life as a dog.

Then it is seems more humane to me terminating their service in a more loving environment. And in case there is off-spring, love them by giving that litter all the opportunity they can handle. 


General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome on Windows Phone
« on: December 01, 2017, 09:41 AM »
Found two links intended for developers that enable the use of AppCache (HTML5) on Windows 10 mobile. Maybe these can help getting that to work Win 10 mobile and Edge/IE version for those devices,
According to this link AppCache is deprecated from HTML5 standards:  (it also states what you should be using for similar functionality, not that that is of any help with getting your thing done on Windows phones)

General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome on Windows Phone
« on: November 30, 2017, 05:34 PM »
Never found a different browser for Windows Phone...but surfing on a mobile was never a high priority for me. Then again, I used a Lumia 520 at the time with Windows Phone 8.x.

I don't think there are many people on the forum that still have a Windows Phone or Windows 10 mobile device, so let me add my perhaps unwelcome findings:
- Maxxthon
- UC Browser
- Surfy
- Nokia Xpress
- shiye-browser

- Sleipnir not sure if this will work on MS phones, but at least it is webkit based.

Here is another link with a top 10 browser list for MS phone devices. This list shows Opera as an alternative. That might be your best bet for a Chrome-ish browser.

Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: (Wired) File Transfers from PC
« on: November 27, 2017, 08:08 AM »
Weird, I have used this method on my phone, which is a Huawei P8 with Android 6 (EMIU 4.0.3) and barely anything else installed, and this method works perfectly for me...I use my phone in the same way as I use an USB drive, when it is connected by WiFi or USB cable.

Works almost as easy and fast as on my previous Nokia Lumia phone (which was from an era when Microsoft still put the Nokia name on their Lumia devices).

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: November 24, 2017, 07:53 PM »
Brawl in Cell Block 99. That was not a movie I would expect Vince Vaughn to star in. But I found it worked well with him as lead. Not your run-of-the-mill action flick, that is for sure.

Developer's Corner / Re: Tomato Custom Router Firmware question
« on: November 21, 2017, 06:17 PM »
These links may help you in your quest (or should I say, avoid pitfalls and mousetraps):

Those links should give you already an idea what to expect when you start to build your own router.

Developer's Corner / Re: Tomato Custom Router Firmware question
« on: November 20, 2017, 10:09 PM »
Know the hardware you are using for your router, really, really well...before undertaking such a thing. With the provided instructions it won't be too big of a deal to do the compiling. But that is only half the battle. Getting the compiled result to properly talk to the hardware in your router...that is where most fail.

So be sure you know the hardware really well.

Perhaps it is smarter to have a look at a working setup of the Tomato router setup and how it is linked to that particular hardware. That can give you a lot of insight, before embarking on your custom build.

Then there is the question, why custom? From (bad) memory, Tomato is not that actively developed anymore. OpenWRT is. After cleaning up a "junkyard" of computer gear I found several old and broken TP-Link WiFi routers (TL-WR741ND). Yet I managed to get one to work again and there was a specific ROM from OpenWRT for that particular device. I tried and it worked beautifully.

However, that might give you the idea that creating such a ROM is easy. But the amount of warnings you get on that website about how easy it is to brick your device... Really, know the hardware in your router very, very well.

The router, is it just for yourself or are other people also depending on the internet connection you plan to use this custom router with? when it is the latter case, you will get a lot of crap from those people the second they think something is wrong with the connection.

On the OpenWRT site I also read the sage advise: If you think you can build something better and cheaper than the devices they build their ROMs for, you are mistaken. First, those devices contain hardware that is proven to work well (enough) together with a decent (enough) degree of reliability and for a price that you will have a very hard time trying to match.

Your custom selection of hardware must prove itself still and might be cheaper if you take a look at the component price alone. Personally, I can't be arsed to go out and try to "beat" a 15 US dollar device that is very easy to replace. and after I found out which model of device I had, the version of the factory ROM and the that it was build for the Brazilian market (yes, that can make a difference), I found the correct OpenWRT ROM, uploaded it to the device, went through the reset procedure as described on the website and now I have a fully functional Linux-based little router.

If you plan to use PC hardware to build your router, I strongly recommend to use OPNSense or pfSense instead. Much more powerful, runs of FreeBSD and you can extend its core functionalities with lots of extras that is readily available or you can create what you need yourself. Believe me, you lust for tinkering will be more than satisfied with either, especially when you like to create intricate network setups.

Don't underestimate the effect custom hardware with insufficient resources can have on your network. OPNSense and pfSense require only very little hardware resources, if you don't deviate that much from their default setup. Still, if you plan to use such a router with a lot of people, you better add more RAM and CPU quickly. A custom router that works fine for your one-person network, is very likely to fail when lots of people start using it. Another thing that people love to overlook.

Idiosynchro-nasties come into play when you build your own custom router, both in software but also with hardware and not all of them are properly documented.

Now, if you still like to play with hardware that is trusted to work and pretty good documented, you might better go for MikroTik hardware. Allows you build your own device (in a similar fashion as building with Lego blocks) and you are allowed to define a lot of your own stuff regarding networking in your equipment with their software. Best of customization with dependable hardware, which can scale up/down to your (professional) needs.

Companies here in Paraguay do use a lot of Mikrotik networking hardware. And for consumer networking gear, TP-Link is very popular (because it is dependable enough, while cheap). You don't know how many miles I had to make between computer shops throughout the whole of Asuncion (capital of Paraguay) and it suburbs, just to find 1(!) store that still had a new, but older model of an 8 port 1GBit/sec LinkSys switch.

General Software Discussion / Re: New faster Firefox browser released
« on: November 18, 2017, 06:20 PM »
I tried the portable version (the zipped version) from Basilisk in combination with the portable version of Firefox on my system. Both worked fine and independently from each other, because each uses a different user profile folder.

The installed versions of these browsers were more than likely trying to control the same user profile folder.

The installed versions of these browsers have the advantage that these can create a separate user profile folder for each Windows user account on your computer. The portable versions can only use the user profile folder inside their own folder, regardless of the Windows user account you start these versions up in.

According to this Mozilla page you can use the parameter: -P <fill in a profile name>   to start FireFox (or Basilisk) with a different user profile. That way you can still use both browsers without them getting into a fight over who is allowed to access the standard user profile folder (for the current Windows account you have logged into).

More challenging than a dice tray, but still less than the cabinet:  a dice tower :P   Well, as a bonus, a dice tower can be used for both show and play.

General Software Discussion / Re: New faster Firefox browser released
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:47 AM »

With the links above you have an overview from the state of the most popular FF add-ons and a place where you might find an alternative for use in FF 57.

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