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Living Room / Re: I'm getting married, wish me luck!
« on: October 05, 2018, 08:44 PM »
Fantastic news for both of you, congrats!!

Don't fret about the almost 50 years part, that's a good age to start things... you probably have a pretty good idea of who you have become by now.  :D

I have some rexx code that uses tslistusers.exe (from here) and some wmic.exe commands to produce a nice web page showing who's logged into the rds farm desktops and what remoteapps they're running. I do a good bit of scripting and use a lot of little utilities (eg, unxutils) and grab and parse output if I need it.

Well, then I'd guess the stress test was just a marketing example for a potential customer.

Traveling up the NC Outer Banks on my way home last month, just south of Nags Head, had to stop for this:

Never known as speedy in his wizardly duels, Woody is again a second too late and pays the price.


License term lasts for one year (although once you have created a product you can still distribute it). Also your max income is limited to $5000, I would have to reread the license to see the parameters on that. As far as I'm concerned, I'd like to play with it but I would need a specific task I want to accomplish, and allocated time to work on it, before I even download it.

General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: July 17, 2018, 07:59 PM »
I've used Here WeGo (in the US, but it has global maps). You can download the maps for offline use, I installed this on my wife's iphone for use at the women's march in Washington in case there were too many other people to get a cell signal (which there were). Also used it in the back woods of North Carolina when Siri couldn't get a signal (which made me smile). It has worked well for me when I needed it.

Link for the en_US page is here.

Weird. I am sure you have looked at a hundred of the posts with "solutions". This computer is not in a domain, is it? Did you try creating a new administrator account and using that account to start the process?

You could try an in place upgrade to the same o/s, might be easier than a fresh Windows reinstall and all it takes is time.

I've used wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage before with great success.

What is it?
wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage are open source (LGPLv3) command line tools to render HTML into PDF and various image formats using the Qt WebKit rendering engine. These run entirely "headless" and do not require a display or display service.

There is also a C library, if you're into that kind of thing.

How do I use it?
Download a precompiled binary or build from source
Create your HTML document that you want to turn into a PDF (or image)
Run your HTML document through the tool.
For example, if I really like the treatment Google has done to their logo today and want to capture it forever as a PDF:

wkhtmltopdf google.pdf

General Software Discussion / Re: desktop sharing tool
« on: May 23, 2018, 05:44 AM »
"AnyDesk is free for evaluation and private use. Try today!"
I have switched to this vs TeamViewer (or rather I am in the process). And for private use there is no charge.

I just wish they had a one-time fee for private use to help support them. I would pay a chunk to show my appreciation, but I can't justify a significant yearly fee for what I do with it. Maybe I will complain to them, buy one year, and then cancel after that.

Post New Requests Here / Re: Programming Language Question
« on: April 18, 2018, 05:31 AM »
Does one really have to learn to do it oneself?

Depends on how much fun you want to have!  ;D

Post New Requests Here / Re: Programming Language Question
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:04 AM »
Those are excellent questions Mouser! Anyone want to take a stab at a chart with those as column headers, and A-F (or 1-5) rankings for languages with which they are familiar?

Only thing I have used it for was to get the Sonicwall Mobile app (free). On Win 10, if the classic Netextender doesn't work, then the Store version might. (FWIW didn't work for me, however the classic version did, but we have other users in the company where they needed the Store app.)

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: March 03, 2018, 08:51 AM »

Living Room / Re: Malware Forum
« on: February 25, 2018, 01:31 PM »
There are a lot of sites that are set up to share malware.

Oh wait - for testing purposes.  :P

Leave a VM connected to the Internet with no a/v on it for awhile and you can probably get a good sample of what is currently in the wild. I remember years ago, I had just finished connecting my Dad's PC through a 14.4 modem, and within minutes Zonealarm had already reported numerous blocks. That was like 25 years ago and I don't think the environment is any nicer these days.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: January 03, 2018, 05:39 AM »
Yep, scans the wallet, shows me the transactions and balance. It asks for the passphrase when I try to send coin though, and doesn't like what I type.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: January 02, 2018, 03:48 PM »
So I got my backed-up wallet file copied into place and rescanned successfully, and it has .17btc in it. What a shame it doesn't let me use the password I had written down for it.   I'm reinstalling the old wallet software hoping it will let me decrypt the wallet or something.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: December 13, 2017, 07:05 PM »
Wow, am I out of the loop. I have an old Bitcoin wallet with about a bitnickel in it (is that a term? .05 bitcoin?), but it's from early 2014. And I have the 0.8.6 software. It occurs to me that I should start figuring out how the heck to get anything out of it...  and the dogecoin, and the litecoin, and the HBC (was that hobbitcoin?)...

Found Deals and Discounts / Humble book bundle
« on: December 11, 2017, 05:40 AM »
Humble book bundle has a pretty good list of insanely cheap DRM free digital books. Granted the Windows ones are 2012 R2 and not 2016, but you can't beat the price. Good for reference, review, and entertainment.

General Software Discussion / Re: Help Recovering Windows 7 password
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:27 AM »
I normally use Paragon Rescue Kit since I purchased it at one point, but Hirens should also work. Unless it's a Microsoft account password (the non-local variety), no guarantee there - haven't had to test that scenario.

Edit - I should clarify, the software doesn't recover the password, it blanks it out.

You know those web sites where they hit you with a Flash animation or two on every page? There's a word for that:


General Software Discussion / Re: Cannot start Microsoft Outlook
« on: November 19, 2017, 08:23 AM »
Perhaps you'll find a product that will fix all your problems, and you can post back here about it.

In the meantime, without having any of the details, this page from Ablebits has a nice step by step procedure that walks you through many of the things you can do to get Outlook working.

Living Room / Re: Alt codes for Maths Symbols
« on: September 29, 2017, 05:31 AM »
Run charmap.exe, load up Arial Unicode MS, and scroll down to find what you need. It reports that to get the Asymptotically Equal To symbol you would press U+2243.

I am still trying to figure out how to find the U key (as opposed to Alt), several sources say use the Alt but it hasn't worked for me yet.  :(

That said, from charmap you can always copy and paste:  ≃

Screenshot - 9_29_2017 , 6_32_36 AM.png

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 - 6 Command line Database utilities
« on: September 21, 2017, 05:45 AM »
I took the liberty to download the file and submit it to Jotti's malware scanner. 1 AV returned a result, which is likely a false-positive.

Scanners like to mark any exe that has been compressed (like with UPX) as potential malware. The scanners are probably ticked off that they would have to go through an unpacking process to scan the payload properly, so being the lazy curs that they are, they opt to just mark it as bad stuff without really checking.

That said, I am curious why people still pack their exe's these days. Disk space isn't nearly the problem it was years ago, when storage topped out in the low gbs, and bandwidth savings can't possibly be a real concern unless you're going to get millions of downloads.

Living Room / Re: Jerry Pournelle - R.I.P.
« on: September 09, 2017, 08:28 PM »
How sad. What an imaginative and intelligent person!

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: August 06, 2017, 10:35 AM »
A Tale of Three Clocks


I have had this Braun travel alarm (#1 in the photo - Type 4 768 AB30sl) for 30 years, and it has always worked great. The back falls off and battery rolls out if it falls - which it has done many times - but it hasn't broken yet, and I started putting a rubber band around it to keep the back on better. It has a quiet tick-per-second movement like most of the electric analog clocks of its era. There's snooze bar/light at the top front and the alarm on/off bar across the top back. Alarm starts out on the quiet side and gets louder ("crescendo alarm") which is what I need because I always wake up at the first cheep and don't want it to screech at me. Not too big, not too small. Classic design, works great, and the only time it failed me was when it went missing for a few months (thanks, daughter who shall not be named). During the Dark Time when it was missing, I went on a search for its replacement.

The first thing I found is that this clock is no longer being manufactured. Braun has a number of clocks listed on Amazon, but none of them have the same feature set. And after reading far too many reviews, it sure seems like the current crop of Brauns don't have the same build quality as the old ones. Bummer.

So I kept looking and determined that I likely couldn't get a perfect match for the Braun, but I could get a clock that would satisfy my needs. First candidate that I bought was the Marathon CL030053BK (center clock in the pic). This is an awesome clock and I really like it a lot! Smooth movement that is completely quiet, not too bright light that comes on when the sensor says it is dark enough. It also has enough mass that it feels extremely sturdy and won't move around due to non slip bars on the bottom. It doesn't have a crescendo alarm, but the volume is fine - not too loud. (Might not work well for heavy sleepers, but then nothing does.) It has the perfect time/alarm set mechanism - a recessed area in back with one stem, normally it changes the alarm time but you can pull it out to reset the time. The only problem with this clock is its size - it's just a bit too big to be really portable. (I am keeping it because it's a great clock - in fact I bought one for my daughter to replace the clock I took back.  :P)

I tested a few other clocks on my journey as well, none memorable or satisfactory, but I eventually ended up settling on the silver clock - the LaCrosse 60.1013.54. It is much closer to the Braun's size and weight, it's easy to turn on the light when desired and easy to turn the alarm on or off or visibly see or feel its current state. The movement is smooth and silent. Again, not a crescendo alarm, but it's still ok. Its one down side would the alarm and time set mechanism - this clock uses small dials on the back of the clock, not an unusual arrangement, but the dials actually stick out past the flat back of the clock, so if I pop it in my pocket or suitcase, I can't guarantee that action won't reset the time! I tested taping the dials, but that prevents the time from keeping up.  :( If they had just recessed the dials a little...

Anyway, still looking for the perfect replacement. I would really like to see Marathon put out a 2/3 size replica of their clock, that would be awesome!

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