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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Windows product key and key recovery on: July 24, 2014, 11:58:34 PM
For anyone working with Windows and it's inevitable updates I would recommend that you keep a copy of Nir Soft's  "Produkey"
at hand. It saved me from buying a new copy of Win8.0 when the Windows Store update to Win8.1 trashed my install of Win8.0 because of a mix-up of product keys, replacement keys and semantics about "original" keys.
Produkey searched the trashed, unbootable, O\S when I slaved it to a Win7 install and returned with the actual keys that were used to activate the system. With those numbers I was able to reinstall Win8.0, including the Windows Media Center, download the upgrade ISO for Win8.1 and get up and running, without incident.
Produkey is included in Windows System Control Center, WSCC, which is a frontend for Nirsoft Utils, Sysinternal Utils, and Windows Utils.
Total of almost 300 essential utilities.
It's freeware!
It was discussed here months ago but I think it come up in the world since that discussion. For one thing it now supports 64 bit systems.
Just search DC for wscc or Google will find it for you with just those four letters. It updates often. With so many utilities something is always being updated so punch the buttons for All Items and keep it current. It will get you out of trouble!
If not today, soon!

It will recover passwords too and password recovery utilities usually return as a virus in your AV program. You may have to whitelist them so they will be ignored on a virus scan.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Pro on: July 24, 2014, 11:11:33 PM
You're welcome.
Follow those instructions closely and you should be up and running with Win8.1 in no time.
Let us know how you make out.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Printer's Ink on: July 24, 2014, 09:42:53 PM
Are you Sir, ..................... insinuating???
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Printer's Ink on: July 24, 2014, 09:13:17 PM
As I recall, those old DMPs had open reel ribbons. This battery powered typewriter uses a cartridge, sealed cartridge, but a wide X-Acto razor saw works nicely to split that plastic cartridge. It will reseal with regular PVC cement. Some specs on ribbon width are in order and I might get lucky and get that old typewriter working. Then I could send it to the Museum of Natural History with that last ribbon! Thmbsup
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Printer's Ink on: July 24, 2014, 07:04:36 PM

I'm beginning to think this is a bad idea. I've been playing with Google, trying to get a URL for the internet, but you get nothing useful. entrance to the internet doesn't come up with anything you can work with either. There's just no specific place to start printing!

And then, after you get it all printed, how do you file it? Dewey Decimal System? It's been years since I've heard that even mentioned. How much will it accommodate ?

Too many questions that I can't answer. I think I'll leave it alone awhile until I have more answers.



6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Printer's Ink on: July 24, 2014, 03:54:57 PM
I may have to settle for black and white!

I'm having second thoughts, anyway. Think of the file structure alone to house the entire internet. Look at DC, and the Library of Congress, and Google!!! Wow, a directory tree to handle everything would make the Win8 registry look like a pimple,
I gotta find another hobby!
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Printer's Ink on: July 24, 2014, 12:13:51 PM
If you're really printing a *lot*, you could set up one of those IV style systems where you have the ink in bottles piped directly to the cartridges.

Try http://www.printerknowled...ntinuous-flow-systems.10/ for more info
I read a piece by Vic Laurie recently that printer's ink is about $3000 a gallon. May be better to pipe in crude oil?
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Printer's Ink on: July 24, 2014, 11:36:39 AM
If you have a DMP, you're probably using a ribbon? I used to just rewind the ribbon years ago, and that worked well enough.
I don't want to change the subject here but "rewinding"..............
Surely you didn't rewind those ribbons by hand, manually, twist, twist, twist, turn, turn, turn...huh???

I ask because I acquired a Canon Typestar 10 battery powered typewriter and the ribbon on that is completely see-thru at this point. I've checked it out thoroughly, it runs on D cells or a wart, but research indicates that the only possibility of finding a new ribbon for it lies in a visit to the Museum of Natural History and they don't sell items on display?

There are a zillion types of printer and typewriter ribbons around with a good possibility of finding one the same width as the one for that typewriter. With a suitable jury-rig maybe I could rewind a new ribbon into the old cartridge? what's your secret???
(my nephew brought that typewriter in..... he works for a moving and storage company and somebody they were moving dumped it. He thought he had found a laptop??)

Now back to our main program......
mouser has posted a link that I must check out.

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Printer's Ink on: July 24, 2014, 10:25:50 AM
I've been thinking about printing out the internet. I hate buying refills for my printer and I'm wondering if anyone has had any success in refilling their cartridges using one of those kits that are being advertised?
I'd be interested in hearing how it worked, where you got it, and if even stupid, little (huh??), old, me could do it without ruining something??
I've got an old dot-matrix printer that would probably be cheaper to use but if I'm going to print out the internet I'd like all the pretty pictures included.

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes self-start problem on: July 23, 2014, 08:29:30 PM
Your timing for a drive failure is better than mine!
Newegg.com newsletter today lists a Seagate 1 TB for $50??
I bought one a couple of months ago for much more.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Windows Registry on: July 23, 2014, 05:20:53 PM
Anyone bored? Looking for something to do?
Follow Gizmo?
ReMah at Gizmo is working on a registry article that I think is way overdue.
It's a work in progress at the moment but I'd save the page and take a look.
I commented there about an idea I had over 20 years ago using an audible countdown for the boot process.
I still think it would be a handy tool but don't know if it's even viable??
With the size of a registry any more it may not even fit on the barn door if you were to diagram it. An app to give you an audible countdown may be bigger than Windows itself?
I dunno. Stuff like that is above my pay grade! and I've got to stop dreaming up stuff for other people to do!
bad habits are hard to break....
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: scrolling down to save web page content on: July 23, 2014, 04:38:52 PM
the link didn't copy

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: scrolling down to save web page content on: July 23, 2014, 04:33:42 PM
I've got a suggestion for a procedure that has server me well for over 20 years.
I'm a download junkie!
Lost everything on download.
Go to C:\............ New folder
open new folder named All Downloads
When I find a download I save it to All Downloads.... Always!
Mostly I save web pages.. go to Save Page.... Save As.......save as an html file.
Saving as html you get the "webpage.htm" and it opens a folder to contain "the includes" with the same name as the htm file...
The includes are all the files necessary to render the page with all the images, etc.
SO..... you now have all the images, CSS pages etc.
The images may be in any of several formats. Wrong format?
I use IrFanView to convert, view, rotate , or anything else you can do with an image.....
It also does screen captures.....
Freeware... I wouldn't be without it.
irfanview download

Save everything to All Downloads and web pages in html so you can edit the page if you want and you have a folder containing all the images, etc.
Why All Downloads?
The folder stays near the top of list because of the A in All
All Downloads for every download....... every time!
exe files, pdfs you can move to where you want them OR copy them to where you want them and leave the original in All Downloads so you can go back and get them again when you goof... and again when you goof???
I've used this idea in every O/S from Win3.1 to Win8.1.1. I'm not very smart but I know where to find everything I download.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hardware source on: July 23, 2014, 10:27:36 AM
^You can also go there via www.deepsurplus.com  smiley

True enough, the only difference being, that the link you used takes you to their web site.
The Mickey Mouse'd link I posted links to their weekly sales bulletin where they post their sale prices.
I don't know if their sale prices are reflected on their home page where you could take advantage of them?
That site goes on for a week or so and I think it would be a good idea to require an IT to identify each piece of hardware shown on that site.
and I don't mean a multiple choice test Wink...........
write down the name, one by one cheesy

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 22, 2014, 07:02:33 PM
..." I remember him once talking about how coldness masks low quality in beer. It's true - try drinking Bud warm... it's like drinking warm piss. Oh... got a story about that, but, maybe later."

I got to go skiing in the alps and stayed in various hotels in Switzerland back in the early 60's (military assignment in southern Italy) In the hotel dining rooms there always seemed to be several older guys drinking beer and their steins always had a container that looked much like a Cuban cigar case, made of aluminum, with a little clip on the side. The waitress was continually dumping that little tube of water and refilling it with hot water from her teakettle.
I was a big beer drinker in those days and the thought of putting an aluminum container full of hot water in a glass of beer was positively revolting. A look around convinced me that they were permanent residents of the hotel and were perhaps demented or alzheimers  patients. At the time I had no idea that warm beer was quite common in Europe............. yeakk! thumb down

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 22, 2014, 04:12:36 PM

There's a couple of posts about beer at wonderhowto written by a "girl"!
Do girls know anything about beer???
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hardware source on: July 22, 2014, 10:59:22 AM
Here's a link to a hardware source that I have used in the past.
Most of it would be of interest to ITs rather than a home user. Equipment racks, cables, etc.
Some items would be of interest to home users........ I bought some six foot patch cables for 25 cents apiece a while back.
They put out a weekly newsletter and you have to watch that and plan ahead to really save!
I've used Monoprice.com for many years but it wouldn't hurt to compare the two before spending big bucks. (In a World-Wide Consortium "bucks" may not be appropriate so maybe money is the word?)
Take a look....... I'm sure they will beat Best Buy's $50 Monster Cable.


That's a scary looking URL but it takes you there...... I checked in IE, Chrome and FF
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Email notification when a reply to my post is posted on: July 21, 2014, 06:33:10 PM
ahh, the email addy is from a different machine and a long time ago  embarassed

It's nice to know that even in a World Wide Conglomerate information flows from the bottom to the top, and vice versa, in almost real time. I corrected the addy so now maybe I can find my way back to a post on the same day.
It's a pleasure to do business with you Sir!
Thanks for the help.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Email notification when a reply to my post is posted on: July 21, 2014, 05:24:28 PM
I was informed yesterday that this is a World-Wide Consortium, and I'm assuming, operating on an international basis. As such, I imagine that there is probably a Vice-President-In-Charge of the check boxes where you indicate whether or not you would like to be notified if someone replies to your post. I always check the box indicating that I would indeed like to be notified.
To date, I have never received any such notice. Is there something I should do other than check the box to be notified?
Maybe talk to the VPIC???
Any help here would be appreciated as I'm quite new here and have no idea where to go from here.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Pro on: July 21, 2014, 04:47:44 PM
OK, guess I got back before you did but here's a link on how to get a copy of the ISO to upgrade Win8.0 to Win8.1 without using Windows Store. Burn it to DVD or a flash drive and you have a hard copy that you can use as often as you like.

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Pro on: July 21, 2014, 03:31:16 PM
Dear Cuffy, I welcome your help.

OK, I'll see what I can dig up.
In the words of Dr. Verner von Braun, the rocket scientist, "before we can get where where we ain't, we gotta know where we IS!

I downloaded the media and burned an ISO to install the original offering of Win8.0.
Recapping from memory here, that offering for $40 bucks was an upgrade version. I had a copy of Win7Pro 64 on the machine that I wanted to install Win8.0Pro 64 onto and I didn't want to lose that copy of Win7.
I pulled the drive, installed a spare, installed a copy of WinXP 64 on that  and downloaded the Win8 ISO media, along with the free key to install Windows Media Center.
With the new ISO I upgraded WinXP to Win8.0 and activated it.
I then installed Windows Media Center through the Windows Features thingy and using my free WMC key I activated that.
The WMC key changed the Win8.0 key and that DE-activated my Win8.0 install.
The deactivation problem was wide spread and a big fiasco. In the process of trying to get all the keys straightened out the update to Win8.1 was offered at the Windows Store and installing that trashed my install of Win8.0 /WMC.
Eventually Nirsoft's Produkey plucked my keys out of that trashed install so I again had valid keys to work with.
Now the ISOs to start over came into the picture so let me start there and see if I can determine where I got the media and we can go from there if we are still on the same page.
What media do you have and are you prepared to download what you need (if I can find the source that I used)?
talk to me while I look through my miscellaneous file of a TB or so....

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 21, 2014, 12:57:20 PM
Since war stories seem to be in order and you're going back to the "old" days there are caveats you should be aware of.
Back in the old, old days, during WWII, I was a teenage high school student. Money was hard to come by and a case of 24 bottles of beer was $3.00, as I recall. Bootleggers and home brewers were trying to quench the thirst of a gang of "deprived" teenagers and the usual indulgers in the area.
It came New Years Eve........ of course we had a party planned!
My girlfriend was the barbers daughter, the barber made beer and wine. His oldest son was also a barber and he made beer.
The son lived, and worked, in a town about 20 miles away. This was up on the Canadian border and it was New Years Eve! The snow was butt deep to a tall Indian and with the Northern Lights and all, it was a beautiful night for a party.
Us teenagers pooled our money, headed for the country market where the guy would sell alcohol to minors, spent what we had pooled on "long necks" of Ballantines and pressed on to the son's home some 20 miles away.
Long story short.......... we finished what we had purchased long before New Years arrived leaving us the only alternative of sampling the almost 15 gallons of home brew that my girlfriend's brother had brewing. He informed us that it wasn't quite ready but we were welcome to try it!
Coffee cups were produced and we started dipping into the five gallon crocks he used for brewing vessels.
He was right...... the beer wasn't quite ready but it was drinkable, we had nothing else, and it was New Years Eve.
Several hours later and following the consumption of all the home brew we could drink, the party broke up.
As we stepped outside someone noted the fact that it had snowed several inches while we enjoyed drinking Hermie's beer.
Inches of new powder on top of several feet of old snow. Everything covered with fresh snow..... cars, trees, bushes, driveway.
A beautiful night!
As we chatted away, heading across the snow covered porch, Hermie's wife, standing in the open doorway, flicked on the porch light to light our way to the car. Hermie hadn't given it a second  thought when he installed one of those yellow "bug lights" in the porch light. When the light came on it seemed to light up a half acre......... of MUSTARD!
All that snow was the color of French's finest mustard........... tons of it! As we looked around someone exclaimed "MUSTARD" and it was like somebody just uncorked that home brew.......
Home brew goes a long ways when spread over fresh snow, especially when mixed with chips, peanuts, various dips and chunks of cheese. The landscape changed in an instant................ and I'll never forget it!
So beware my friends, and never drink "not done" home brew. It may result in memories that you "can't" forget.

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Pro on: July 20, 2014, 06:27:18 PM
I bought Win8 Pro 64 at the initial offering of $39.99. Win Media Center was thrown in free with that offer.
Win Media Center has its own product key and when you install it it changes the Win8 Pro key to reflect the add'n and the machine becomes Windows 8 Pro w/Media Center with a new key.
The update from Windows Store trashed my install of Win8 /WMC because of that different key. There was a lot of chatter and some bad advice floating around on the web but there was some good advice too.
When I got finished I had Win8.1 Pro w/WMC installed and working with a legal activation. The spring update also installed without incident.
Long story short, I'm running an up to date system with Win Media Center and my out of pocket expense is solely the $39.99.

I usually save the web page, rather than a shortcut, and the necessary ISOs are easy to find.
A clean install from an ISO is the only way to go. Stay away from the Windows Store for the update!
If you haven't resolved the problem and have a valid, retail, Win8 Pro 64 product key you can start fresh, get a clean install, and activation will be no problem.

If you want to go that route left me know and I'll round up the info I've ratholed so you get the right instructions and links to the ISOs.

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lazyload on: July 20, 2014, 05:26:08 PM
I didn't mean to cause all this trouble, and was about to report some of the info about the sites being down. In addition, the scripts that I downloaded, copied, etc. won't install....... appear to be corrupt??
Does anyone have any of those Lazyload scripts installed and working? I've been slow dancing with this little project all day and have confirmed that javascript "ain't no damned good", all these pages and pages of info about scripts and their value to mankind is propaganda put out by the government and none of it ever did work!
How-to-Geek should be blacklisted for using it, and I would except I don't know how.
Big problems in the Ukraine and the Middle East and How-to-Geek is using lazyload to distract me from working on those issues.
I'm about to quit and you fellows can take the rest of the day off in appreciation for your efforts up to this moment!
If anyone is running the script Disable Lazy load please advise. I've got IE11, Chrome and Firefox 30.0 but will gladly load another browser if that's what it takes.
Thanks again..........

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lazyload on: July 20, 2014, 12:20:46 PM
You guys working nights on a weekend yet just to solve my petty little problems!
I really appreciate the help and from the looks of things I may need more of it?
Greasemonkey has 818 PAGES of add-ins and I'll install them all if necessary to defeat Lazyload.
I've only run across Lazyload with How-to-Geek, and then only with a couple of their authors. Hopefully they'll see the error of their ways and find another hobby.

It was pointed out that nolazyload add-in may not be available for IE11 but I'll check. I use IE because I can edit the source code of a web page. I've never used Firefox before and just installed it a few days ago at the suggestion of TaoPhoenix.
There's a learning curve here but I may be able to simplify my life by moving my simple little project to Firefox. It's something new to play with at least.
Thanks again guys..... I'm off to break something!

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