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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: save & playback of Q&A session on: Today at 06:48:15 AM
I can download and conduct a learning Q&A session.
I can disconnect from the Internet, and conduct the entire session disconnected.

That tends to imply that the test is already saved locally in some fashion. Is this a completely browser based activity, or did you have to download and install anything to start using the tests? If you right click in the test area of the browser window, do you get a context menu that implies that the test may be flash?


But when I 'master' a 'section', although it allows me to return and repeat the mastered sections online, it 'rewards' me by giving me fewer questions, instead of the full original list of questions.

Assuming this could be cookie driven, if you use in private mode to access the test do the previously correctly answered questions come back?
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: everyday life revolution on: January 26, 2015, 11:51:05 AM
Um...there are some "business establishments" on the fringes of the 'hospitality' industry that will do just that for you. For a small fee of course. tongue

Hay man, let'em get the thing to market. Then we can make a killing selling software patch/add-ons that slowdown that 30 second "shower" massage so it takes -(Ya Know)- long enough.. cheesy


Behold ... The all new Kohler Happy-Ending 5!
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Authorities suspect a shark tried to eat Vietnam's Internet on: January 26, 2015, 06:46:26 AM
Perhaps it's a remotely controlled robotic shark ...(Scooby)... We should enhance the video and read the serial number off the tail to identify the country of origin.. cheesy



(Sorry, I just had to go there - I am so getting shot for this)
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 25, 2015, 03:04:50 PM
Quote from: The Article
Survey data from Australia indicated legislation was a poor approach as it discouraged cycling—e.g. child cycle use fell 44% by the second year of the helmet law in New South Wales, Australia

Yeah! - WAY TO SUCK ALL THE FUN OUT OF IT MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The article's conclusion invariable ends up the same place this always ends up...which is: Stop trying to make people on two wheels safe(r) to run over ... And start paying attention to where the hell you're driving!

They really need to just carve "Pay Fucking Attention to What You're Doing!" on a rock, name it the rock of knowledge, and share it with all the people of the world. So the next time some jackass in country X decides that it might be a grand idea to piss a few million dollars down the drain on a "Government Study" ... The can just smack them in the forehead with the 'Rock of Knowledge' and be done with it for free.

It's the exact same outcome...for a hell of a lot less money.


I've found that if I cycle well, i.e. keep a very straight line, some drivers will pass dangerously close to me. So I tend to weave slightly to try and keep them more aware, and wary, of me. Not ideal, but I'm still here :-/

1. Bicycle/Motorcycle makes no difference in this context.
2. I've been riding a motorcycle on the street since 1977 (and bicycles before that).
3. You're right ... doing what you can to draw a bit more attention to yourself, helps keep you in one piece.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 24, 2015, 11:01:51 AM
Here's a broken link that lead me to a very interesting and informative 404 page.
6  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Page Countster on: January 23, 2015, 05:50:12 PM
From the lack of activity here I am guessing this app is no longer being developed?

Actually - due to it originally being a company project - Official development on it ended in 2008. This is the only reason it could be released for the 2010 NANY.



Which is a shame, this is an amazing app and incredibly useful.

Thank you, I spent an insane amount of time writing it.


It would be even perfect if Ricoh MFDs followed the same standards other manufacturer's use so we could color page counts.

There are many of the manufacturers - actually most at this point - that chose not to follow the original standards. But then again there are currently so many variations on how pages are counted (e.g. weighted counts for billing purposes) it's a miracle anything works these days.


Page Countster has always been one of my favorite programs, and I've always been tempted to take another run at it to see if I can make it a bit faster by spreading the scan out over multiple threads. But so far the time has not been available.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 23, 2015, 11:26:41 AM
In reality, the only reason everybody hated it was the noise.

After a few 100,000 pages the (plastic) drive gears tend to get a bit (worn) noisy, but the gear kit and labor aren't that bad IIRC (I never had to pay for one, but I did several). Otherwise they're a very quiet printer. Mine sits right next to the phone:

I had a LaserJet 4100 and loved it - It had 1.2 Million Pages on it..
It got replaced by a LaserJet 4015, and I hated the noisy thing - Couldn't hear on phone.
Now I have LaserJet 4050 - with good gears - and I can once again hear on the phone just fine.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: chrome browser is so nasty on: January 23, 2015, 06:58:49 AM
Runs fine here at the office on Win8.1 Pro x64 *Shrug* ...I'm thinking it's a .NET thing (I don't have 4 at home).
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: chrome browser is so nasty on: January 22, 2015, 07:26:18 PM
Hm... I'm not using SecureDNS either. Miles?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: chrome browser is so nasty on: January 22, 2015, 05:45:17 PM
Edit3:  So far not so good. I installed in Portable Mode.  Even after a reboot I get "Ice Dragon is already running but not responding." It doesn't show in Task Manager.  Something is busted.

At least you got an error message ... Mine won't even do that. Sad

I also went portable on Win7 x64 Pro. Moved portable folder to location w/o permissions issues, and still no dice.

Maybe TD meant he played with it fast, because it wouldn't start.. cheesy
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 22, 2015, 03:58:44 PM
My experience with HP is to stick to the real business class products and you'll be fine. T'was a time when that was all they sold, so it was a no-brainer going with HP. The old Laserjets (II/3/4/5/81xx/85xx, etc.) were built like tanks and un-killable.

I've currently got an HP LaserJet 4050dn here in IT, and a standing threat to shoot anybody that tries to wander off with it.


And they were repairable (often even field repairable) if anything did go wrong.

We have a crew of 5 service techs that do HP (and other brands) field repairs, all day, every day. So they are still possible. Wink


Then HP (of necessity) got into home/consumer-grade products...and the results are what we live with today.


I get where you're coming from here ... And yes, many of the really low end devices are ship to factory for disposal repair only. But I think that's only in the InkJet stuff...I honestly don't recall it ever happening with any of the LaserJets.


But I don't completely blame HP's engineers...

While I frequently spend much time swearing at them because of some of the designs...or the fact that they keep moving things. Over all I really like their products. Especially from the networking side where scan to Email/Folder/etc. services have to be tied into customer networks. I've dealt with the UI's from all of the major brands, and many of the fringe/copier brands. HP definitely has the best Embedded Web Server for administrative access going. Yes they tend to be slow as hell (since they went SSL). But they are laid out so that everything needed for a given task is in the section for that task.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 22, 2015, 12:17:25 PM
I was a little leery of dropping about $250 on this type of device.

Once the marketing types got ahold of the idea that MFP == Green, we were stuck with them.

Multi Function Printers were a hard sell initially because people were worried that everything would be gone if the one device broke. But their service life has proven much better that initially direly predicted ... mainly because you can actually break parts of it and the rest will keep going.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 22, 2015, 12:04:38 PM
Well...it's certainly more convenient than finding a crossover cable.

While true, it's amazing how many things are auto crossing these days.



My experience with low end Samsung printers is very discouraging, whereas I have had nothing but good results with Brother.

In the interest of clarity I'll mention that I'm the Network/Systems Admin for an HP Authorized Service Provider. However we do handle other brands, and service most any of them. One of the exceptions, is Samsung, which we jettisoned after less than a year. Brother we service, but do so infrequently as they are IMO designed to be disposable, and tend to be rather expensive to repair. On the plus side most do last a good while and will take a fair amount of beating.

Some of the business class HP's actually do have a complete wireless router built into them for handling NFC print jobs from mobile devices ... But I believe they tend to run north of $6,000.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Urgent request for informatioon regarding time stamp in Windows 8 on: January 22, 2015, 11:32:20 AM
I think your answer lies here:

Add a little extra to the Mix.
If i upload a document created on the 20th, it shows that it has a date of the 22nd already.  If i DOWNLOAD that same document back to the web-server, it shows the 21st which is correct.  The only time it LOOKS wrong is when it is viewed through a browser on the website.  

What is the time offset where you're at?? It's possible that Apache is using either straight UTC, or is running off its own time offset for the directory browsing dates.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 22, 2015, 06:56:59 AM
Also ad hoc networking is a topology. Ad hoc networking can be done in a number of ways. It's not dependent on specific hardware per se. And it doesn't need a wireless capability to make it work. You could do an ad hoc network with a crossover cable and two NICs. Or with multiple PCs, cables, and a dumb network hub or switch - no router required. That's how it used to be done before wifi came out.

which was the point I was trying to make Thmbsup

The catch is that with wireless Ad-Hoc networks you're stuck with a crossover cable style point to point connection, because there is no way to effect the switch/hub part of the equation. So three devices become the equivalent of trying to splice a third connector into the crossover cable, because nothing is available to handle the task of handling which packet goes where when.

Granted they are trying to create a working 3-way with the new Wireless Direct technology, but that's one of those things that's cool as hell when it works...but frequently doesn't - Because your particular stuff isn't compatible for reasons nobody can quite clearly define ... Because they're not quite done making up the %&^^$ spec just yet.



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Using a wifi connection just makes it much more convenient.

except it apparently doesn't huh

See, now you're starting to catch on.. Wink cheesy Thmbsup
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 22, 2015, 06:32:07 AM
I predict that the next cause for movie zombies will be malware. I think that a lot of people then will get a new antivirus system because of their fear of developing a hunger for brains.

Fear based targeted adver-tainment - Now That^ is a truly -(brilliant)- Horrifyingly real possibility.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 21, 2015, 11:18:25 AM
^ cheesy Thmbsup
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 21, 2015, 06:55:10 AM
Makes for an Interesting wrinkle, once a 2nd (inactive) gateway gets introduced (IT hits the fan). Because it will either need a gateway-less static IP scheme, or a really low priority for the wireless adapters gateway to be sure they can get out to the web. Both of which either of us could probably do blindfolded...but neither is a great time for a novice. Not to mention if it ever required them to do any troubleshooting ... Zoiks!

actually not that hard as the tether doesn't need to be shared - we obviously only connect when we need it and the connection is direct to the PC in question, so not part of 'a network' at all

The issue isn't with either configuration independently. The issue is with the combination of the two quickly becoming about as much fun as trying to juggle cats.

Here's the fun part: In networking the default gateway is also known as "the path of last resort", and this by nature must be a singular item. However with the tethered + wireless network combo, you invariably end up with two paths of last resort...and this gets confusing as hell immediately. Because the first time the machine tries to get to an external (e.g. internet) address, it is going to have to digitally flip a coin, pick a gateway, and encounter a 50/50 chance if getting slammed into a wall (of oblivion) if it happens to pick the wrong/dead gateway.

Now while there are ways of dealing with the above, they are all (statically oriented) a royal PITA to deal with, especially on a portable device which is dependent on the availability of dynamic addressing.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 20, 2015, 06:04:36 PM
Plus it irritates me to have to buy another wireless device

This I can understand - Complexity sucks. smiley


All the heavy lifting and dithering in the background that's needed to make your network stable and pleasant to work with is handled by the router.

Agreed absolutely, But the answer to how they connect to the internet:

by tethering our mobiles

Makes for an Interesting wrinkle, once a 2nd (inactive) gateway gets introduced (IT hits the fan). Because it will either need a gateway-less static IP scheme, or a really low priority for the wireless adapters gateway to be sure they can get out to the web. Both of which either of us could probably do blindfolded...but neither is a great time for a novice. Not to mention if it ever required them to do any troubleshooting ... Zoiks!

I think a safer way out would be to get one of the cellular broadband routers that will furnish its own centralized connection and built in wireless router that will share data with their existing plan ... Assuming their provider offers this option (many do these days). That way the objective can be achieved with less complexity than the existing system. Because then you're really just moving the modem to a central location instead of dangling it off the end of a cable.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 20, 2015, 12:02:19 PM
but there's a counterpoint to that in that we don't actually need a network, we only need to be able to connect to the printer.

Using wireless to achieve IP connectivity...is a network. Size isn't the issue here, neither is the number or volume of services offered, it is the assigning of IPs and networking - by way of creating connections - of the devices that makes it a network. The Ad-Hoc nature of trying to make/keep it point to point (to point) really just complicate things.

That said I have been wondering about buying a wireless router so there would at least be some form of network

...

I need to get it to connect in the first place before this should be a factor mad

A (getting router - to handle addressing etc.) will solve B (getting connections to work/behave) for you.



I have to ask, how are the computers currently accessing the internet??
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 19, 2015, 11:56:10 AM
I think you probably meant "...I can't really...".

Correct, and the extended discussion while it could be interesting...simply doesn't belong in this thread.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 19, 2015, 11:51:35 AM
Let me state up front that I don't have a home network - we don't have access to landline based broadband, and there's no other reason to network the 2 PC's in our house.

As incentives go, this is a pretty good one ... Because printer controlled wireless networks as a rule tend to be roughly half as stable as a acrophobic on an electrified tightrope.


Npte: Many times when a printer goes into power save mode it will drop its wifi connectivity. Without a network, if your PC can't provide the requisite wake-up call, the printer won't come out of power save.

While you are 100% correct in theory...in practice the printer is probably just not capable of responding to the wakeup call because of a conflict in its feature set. ergo:

People want "Green" print devices.
People want wireless print devices.
People don't realize that these two options are currently mutually exclusive.

I don't give a damn what the brochure says, I'm talking about what actually happens. Like for instance the $7,000+ Toshiba business copiers that go into Eco-Riffic "Super Sleep" by default in 1 minute...which renders the device inert on the wire until somebody walks over to it and physically presses the device's wake button. And this sort of shenanigan is quite prevalent in the industry. It also gets much worse the closer you get to consumer level devices.

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So... Start by disabling any and all sleep functions first. Then if it starts behaving you can look into how best to allow the thing to take a light nap.

One of the main questions that should also be asked, is does the printer itself really need to be wireless? More often than not the answer to this is no. Because the printer is almost always a stationary target that simply needs to be accessible from any moving location. So it really just needs to be accessible by wireless devices. Until they come up with a battery powered printer it's going to be tethered to a wall anyhow so you might as well take the advantage and wire in the network too. It's amazing how many people waste money getting upsold on this rather critical - but often misunderstood - detail.

According to the specs the device has an RJ45 Ethernet port, so get a cheap wireless router, wire the thing to it, and you should be ok. The router will handle the IP scheme, and you won't be left twisting in the wind hoping that some flakey "Cutting Edge" technology will decide to be kind enough to actually work on any given day.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congratulations Terrorists, You are getting what you want! on: January 18, 2015, 05:59:17 AM
It's just the minute when it gets complicated that things begin to get hazy.
^Amen to that!
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I no longer read WIRED - and why I'm glad I stopped reading it years ago on: January 17, 2015, 10:09:26 PM
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What follows is both a funny and sad story about what has to be one of the most bleak-looking workplaces imaginable. One that looks more like a floor in some dystopian secret police headquarters than it does the offices of a jouralistic enterprise.

Doesn't seem dystopian to me, but I'm picturing it in its final state, being populated by hipsters wearing their horn-rimmed glasses with the non-prescription lenses, artificially distressed leather messenger bags, and their "It's not dystopian...we designed it this way ironically. If you don't get it, you'll never get it" attitudes.

And yet another description that furthers my resolve to have as little to do with large swaths of society as possible.

Tempting as it was to agree, two things struck me about this exchange:
1. They are no more or less annoying than we were at that age to our elders. Because it's fun to piss people off when you're convinced you already know everything.

2. Every time we chose to embed ourselves deeper into our holes...they win. Because it's so much easier to jerk people around when there isn't some asshole yanking on the curtain..
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 17, 2015, 01:09:23 PM
Yes, perception and political correctness. I think you could try to define these things as being "patterns of behaviour", but I'm not sure that psychologists would necessarily be able to agree with that without at least some better definition. The problem is that, in usage, such terms often seem to be merely clichéd ad hominem attacks - simplistic and pejorative labels which appear to be intended to force other people to maintain the labeller's paradigm or cognitive bias - i.e., it becomes mandatory that the thing being labelled be perceived in that light. If one does not perceive the thing in the "correct" light, then one is punished by the pejorative label being applied to oneself, either directly or by implication - e.g., "If you can't see that that is a racist thing to do/say, then you must be a racist also" (which is a non-sequitur). This would seem to be irrational.

The psychologists are right to object to things as vague as "patterns of behavior". That's a slightly aggressively creepy way for putting a negative slant on anything that isn't "crazier than a nutcase loon playing a chaotic random D&D character in real life"!

tellme

I'll try to add a new angle: political correctness especially pays overt attention to the differences between denotation and connotation, and also creates "excluded middle" fallacies. So you don't have to see things in the PC label's context, but it then forces you to then use it as the "anti" opposite.

Crap, I can really respond to this properly without going radically outside the intent on the thread. Perhaps it would be better (easier/safer/more appropriate) if this tangent was moved to the basement.
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