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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Don Cheadle making Miles Ahead film on: Today at 04:45:40 PM
I wasn't aware of this flick.  I just stumbled upon it now.  It looks like it's Don Cheadle's baby.  He is playing Miles Davis as well as writing and directing Miles Ahead 

Cool.   



2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer on: Today at 04:34:47 PM
^ Chrome also does funky things. If a close a tab, then later switch a tab or open a new one, I'll often see the closed tab content flash for a moment.

I think it might have smoothed it out.  I kept Super Start as Home Page.  I disabled it in new tabs.  Then I set about:config browser.newtab.url to about:blank instead of about:newtab.  The config should prevent the built in FF SpeedDial from trying to load in the new tab before the link I clicked has a chance to fill it in.  At least I hope that does it.  smiley

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Dreams thread... on: Today at 03:22:52 PM
I know I had some weird dreams when I read The Silmarillion for the third time.  Luckily I don't remember them.  smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Program to override usual window close button with superfast TerminateProcess? on: Today at 02:16:42 PM
I'm finding ProcessCloser very useful.  It sits in Tray.  Left click the Tray Icon to pop up a window.  Drag from that window to the window of the program you want to close.  You can set it to Close or Kill.  Also I find it good to disable the confirmation dialog since it can pop up behind the dead window.

It is smart enough not to try to close the Desktop.  smiley

It has optional "program not responding" detection too.  A nice bit of freeware.

For programs with a top level visible window it is very quick.  No need to type in the process name or scroll through a list of running processes.

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Delayed Cuts 1.3.2.1 on: Today at 11:21:39 AM
Delayed Cuts 1.3.2.1 Updated Donate to new homepage.  Updated DelayedLoad to enable
skipping load of an application by clicking the close 'x' in the corner.

Updated link in first post.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: Today at 05:39:06 AM
Thanks. That disc image is half a GB smaller than the 9926 one I downloaded two months ago!

I may just wait until the next one.  Watching stuff happen in a Laptop VM is worse than paint dampness monitor duty.  smiley
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Dreams thread... on: March 25, 2015, 12:54:54 PM
Except mouser (who has been known to code with pen & paper, just for fun

Yeah, my first PC, the trusty Leading Edge Model D 8088 I used to write routines on scraps of paper while at the diner or wherever, away from the machine.  That was in the old days when you used a dot matrix printer to look over your source code at your leisure.  Of course every edit without a good compile you ended up printing out more hard copy.  Waste of trees.  smiley
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 25, 2015, 12:50:28 PM
Here's the link to the 10041 build ISO downloads:
http://windows.microsoft....s/preview-iso-update-1503
9  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Is there any way of 'saving' file associations? on: March 25, 2015, 12:22:14 PM
I see one potential problem so far. If the app itself associates itself with the registry the DISM app doesn't add the location of the application to the "ProgID".  When I export and import again on a fresh install one would reasonably assume it would know to open INI with Notepad++ but wouldn't know where N++ is.

You could try ERUNT

But I would make a registry save of your new install before copying a saved ERUNT reg save over it.
It comes with a readme with lots of info.  There may be a way to limit the save to HKCR or a way to save HKCR by itself.  I haven't read up on file associations in a long time.  Back when I wrote an Explorer Shell Extension they didn't have both global and user association sets.  They changed it since in the old days often uninstalling a program left a "hole" in the file type associations.


Edit: also see this:
http://www.sevenforums.co...ed-file-associations.html

Edit2: I see what you mean about the  value just being the exe filename with no path.

10  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: pretty-software.com does the same as Find and Run Robot and it is really free ;D on: March 25, 2015, 07:45:38 AM
This thread got me to try it out of curiosity.  Turns out it was one of a bunch a launchers I tried a few months ago and removed.  I have a ton of tiny exes under a single folder.  Adding the folder with "search subfolders" enabled did not bring them up in spiffy fashion, which would be the only reason for me to use the utility.

Been there done that.  smiley

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 128GB USB 3.0 Flash price/performance/durability recommendations? on: March 25, 2015, 06:05:18 AM
I got my Adata s102 128GB stick.  After formatting it to NTFS I did a single sequential read/write test using Crystal Diskmark.  This is freshly formatted no files on the stick.  I got 111 MBs read and 65 MBs write.  Not too bad.  I did a Macrium backup to the stick.  A 33 GB image file.  I copied that to another partition on the HD from the stick.  Transfer was 50 MBs according to the info shown by TeraCopy during the transfer.  So for the Laptop I have to figure if the stick proves as durable as the other s102s I purchased, that I got a pretty good balance for my circumstances.  At roughly $60 it is just over $.51 per gig.  After formatting the stick had 114 GB capacity.

A possible explanation for the slow transfer is that I sliced off about 130 GB at the end of the drive to park stuff like ISO downloads and a backup image.  Sata II that's probably not the fastest part of the platter(s).  smiley


12  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Macrium Reflect 6 News on: March 25, 2015, 05:54:37 AM
I just tried Macrium Standard Server Edition with the latest updates, using the maximum compression setting instead of the usual recommended Medium setting.  From this experience unless you absolutely have to squeeze every byte, I;d go with the recommended setting.  My 65 GB or so used on C: compresses to about 33 GB as an image file, in around 26 minutes.  Just to compare results I did another image using full compression.  The processing time rose to 38 minutes while only shaving a GB off the image file.

As it is I got a new 128GB USB3 stick.  With medium compression I should be able to fit 3 backup images(I haven't explored incremental methods etc. yet) and have room left over for regular file storage.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Dreams thread... on: March 25, 2015, 05:30:08 AM
I had a dream the other night, that I and the regular #donationcoder IRC denizens were trying to survive in a time that was right on the edge of falling into a 'Post-Apocalyptic' scenario ('Mid-Apocalyptic?').  All we had was a raft of canned goods and some rag-tag assemblies of various floating devices (pool toys, rubber rafts, a half-sunk plastic kayak, etc.) in which we tried to escape the chaos by floating down a river with our stuff.  I remember us yelling at each other a lot, usually to call attention to some floating thing that had a leak.   
huh

I can see it now.. the people on the raft.. we have water, but it's only tap water.. ok, we can get by.. we have food but it's only dog biscuits.. ok, we can get by.  Now the bad news.. No WiFi!!  Everyone jumps overboard.  smiley
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MoveIt 1.3.3.0 on: March 24, 2015, 01:21:25 PM
Edit:  I read the review.  One minor typo in the version number you have 1.2.3.0 instead of 1.3.2.0.

I think you covered the utility's functionality nicely.  I am very glad you enjoy using it

Thanks! Review updated for 1.3.3.0 and reworked a bit to be more comprehensive -
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=31763.0

 Thmbsup  I really appreciate the succinct presentation.  Reading it myself I found out some of the hotkey functions I forgot.  smiley

Thank you.  smiley
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Army camouflage training on: March 24, 2015, 01:03:40 PM
Army camouflage training:
 (see attachment in previous post)

Heh.  That reminds me of the old "Wanna' see a fast draw?  Wanna' see it again?"  smiley
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MoveIt 1.3.3.0 on: March 24, 2015, 08:31:04 AM
MoveIt 1.3.3.0  Added Stagger pattern for 6 Explorer Windows.  Two rows of three.  smiley
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 24, 2015, 05:43:13 AM
In my first post of the thread I've added links to 3 books that i would recommend to anyone interested in doing their own car maintenance.
I would *HIGHLY* recommend those as gifts if you have a friend or relative who might be curious about their car.
You really should get proper axle stands—propping up your car on books makes the covers dirty!
 


Not to mention, you could find yourself in a real bind.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Dreams thread... on: March 24, 2015, 05:40:32 AM
All of my flying dreams were nightmares of being chased and then escaping by unintentionally flying away, out of control, followed by falling, with me waking up at the moment of impact. This often alternated with the driving dreams that were quite similar, with an out of control car traveling at high speed and no brakes, that was difficult to steer and ended up going off the side of a bridge into water, with me trapped inside and unable to get out.


I was going to say when I read as far as the word "impact" I often had dreams driving out of control on a narrow winding road with no guard rail.  But I would wake up before careening over the edge.  That bit about trapped in the car underwater I think I only got one time.  Very scary.  Those trapped underwater ones are when I "learn to breathe water" real fast.  smiley
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Dreams thread... on: March 23, 2015, 02:57:49 PM
Randall Munroe nails it. (Like always.)
 (see attachment in previous post)

I used to have the flying dream often when I was a kid in the old neighborhood.  Mostly when I was around 10 I think.  Not exactly flying so much as "swimming in air."  I would perform this swimming motion like when you swim underwater.  I would slowly get a little higher as I moved along.  Seems like always though I would slow down and come back down to earth.
Later I would have similar dreams about trying to stuff a basketball.  No matter how hard I reached up or how long I hung in the air, I would slowly go lower and lower until my feet touched back down.

 I guess it indicates I felt something was always holding me down.

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer on: March 23, 2015, 02:28:55 PM
MS should buy out Mozilla  tongue

I notice as FF incorporates more HTML5 stuff I see weird flaky things.  Stuff like sections of pages show black for a second before filling it.  It only started happening with 36.x that I noticed.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol going subscription on: March 23, 2015, 02:23:23 PM
Doesn't seem unfair at all to me.

Depending on the fee, not in and of itself. It just seems indicative of the direction.  Everything going to tighter control.  Browser extensions signed, getting away from Pay Once and use it Until a major version change, for software.  Now if you are flush one month and broke the next everything you click on your PC might come up "Not Implemented."

The movie Repo Men might not be many years away from reality.  I must be getting old and nostalgic for the good ole' days.  smiley
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol going subscription on: March 23, 2015, 10:40:03 AM
Bill P recently sold WinPatrol.  There was a big deal made on the transition about picking someone who would continue the same traditions yadda yadda.  I'm not really bashing the new developer trying to make a few $$.  It's just that everything seems to be trending to having a meter attached.  People with longer names will change them to short ones because when they sign something online they will be charged per keystroke.  Pay toilets won't have a coin box on the door but on the toilet paper dispenser.  Pull on the roll and watch your bankroll dwindle.

It's like the bean counters are going to nickel and dime us all to death.  Every gimmick and angle will be exploited.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol going subscription on: March 23, 2015, 10:22:51 AM
I wonder what will happen to the Free functionality?  WP was one of those I didn't really need the paid version. But when it was on a discount I bought a license just because I used it for so long.  Seems we are headed towards a "pay as you click" system.  Every time you hit the refresh button on a browser a .wav file will play "KaChing!" sound and bill your PayPal.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MxNitro Browser on: March 23, 2015, 05:34:15 AM
I use Kmeleon at times like doing an image backup with Macrium.  I don't think I want to be hogging the processor with a dozen instances just to browse a few pages.  Strange what they spend their time on.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / MxNitro Browser on: March 22, 2015, 07:19:38 PM
http://thenextweb.com/app...s-pages-30-faster-chrome/

I guess I don't keep up.  I just noticed MxNitro.  For grins I got the Version:   1.0.1.600 portable and tried it.  Just sitting at the home page is has 4 processes running.  The scheme is to have a bare bones browser that is lightning fast.  As I posted on the Maxthon Community forum, I can see being stripped down for speed, but I think it takes it to an extreme when you cannot even mount your favorites toolbar as a toolbar.  At least I couldn't figure it out.

I have nearly all folders on my bookmarks toolbar.  The browser pulled them into the menu.  But to use them I have to click the favorites button, then favorites toolbar, then the folder, then the favorite.  It defeats the purpose entirely.  I urged them to allow a bit more in the way of configuration.  But I fear any suggestions will be smothered by in-group out-group intolerance.

So far it loads fast and goes fast.  But can you do anything once you get there?  Read text and look at the pictures seems to be about it.
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