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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TouchPad for PC w/Windows 7 vs. carpal tunnel ? on: Today at 10:22:21 AM
and copper is non-magnetic by the way @MilesAhead, so that pun went South.

I guess I fluxxed that one up. 
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: Today at 09:57:51 AM
It recurs to me this thread tells the same tail over  and over, with very little by way of return.  smiley
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pls recommend 32-bit software for old WinXP machine I'm giving an elderly woman on: August 01, 2015, 02:03:47 PM
I don't know what programs to pick.  But this may be a good resource of free programs that were popular enough to go commercial:

http://www.321download.co...eware/alphabetically.html

Most are likely old enough to run on XP
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TouchPad for PC w/Windows 7 vs. carpal tunnel ? on: August 01, 2015, 01:54:26 PM
Very well conducted!

I take it this is your current assessment?

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: August 01, 2015, 01:47:07 PM
I think you're right, Miles; eventually it will of course be their best operating system so far - which is why I for the first time ever was maneuvering to be first in line.

BUT the comparison in my head is the car company launching a new model, and when people ask why there are no passenger seats, or why this or that obviously is missing, the answer is something like "Oh, we will add them eventually". Setting a fixed  date for launching a new model is by itself foolish, or what the proper term may be, because it puts a date above fixing errors, and therefore also puts a date above both the customer and the company's trustworthiness / credibility / reliability / integration / honour / something ...

Well, I am the poor one, and they are the ga$illionaires, so who am I to speak.


I agree wih you that the new distribution model, having people hang online while the system updates, necessitates having beefed up servers to handle the deluge.  The coders cannot push back the deadline just because of a few orders of magnitude of bugs/unfinished features.  smiley  So they push ahead.

Also I am waiting for the "mandatory update" system to break thousands of computers at once.  It seems inevitable.

I am usually skeptical of new Windows releases.  I think this is fed by the insistence on hiding the settings every time they change the name of the Windows flavor.  But after I get done dragging my feet I usually like it.  I hope it is also true this time.  smiley
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How chimpanzees helped inspire the Windows start menu on: August 01, 2015, 01:37:39 PM
It does kind of crack me up all the emphasis on a cascading menu.  Some real research that spawned lots of useful and still used innovations:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Athena

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How chimpanzees helped inspire the Windows start menu on: August 01, 2015, 01:15:52 PM
Skinner always reminds of this guy, lol. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Skinner

Yeah, when I watched X-Files I thought that was a curious name.  btw I loved the episode where Pusher got the secretary to kick Skinner's ass.  Hilarious.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How chimpanzees helped inspire the Windows start menu on: August 01, 2015, 08:37:54 AM
So chimps dig Windows start menu.


Hmm, B.F. Skinner references never peter out completely.  There may just be a few years between them.  smiley

A friend of mine studied Skinner as his area of expertise.  The last time I saw him he showed me a hand written letter from Skinner accepting him as an intern.  My friend is probably retired by now.  Time whips by when I am not paying attention.


9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uninstall games in Windows 8 on: August 01, 2015, 08:25:50 AM
If that doesn't work, navigate to the game's install folder and look for an "uninstall.exe" (or similar).[/li]
[li]If that doesn't work, do a Google search for: "uninstalling <game name here>"

Also search <game name> (removal tool | cleanup tool)

in case it is something that tries to avoid being uninstalled.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TouchPad for PC w/Windows 7 vs. carpal tunnel ? on: August 01, 2015, 08:21:55 AM

you serious about the copper band?  I am a little shocked.

If this is a pun I got a charge out of it.  Don't let anyone give you any static for posting.  I am sure Mouser will insulate you from any negative reaction in spite of his native reluctance to do so in the ordinary case due to your magnetic personality.

11  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Caption jpg files on: August 01, 2015, 08:15:01 AM
I can understand that Irfanview may have just the right feature set for some people's needs, while XnView may be missing some key thing. I still don't entirely understand using both, but admittedly I do have more than one image viewer (Faststone and XnView) installed, so who am I kidding.

Heh heh.  For me trying new programs often prods me to learn how to use the ones I have.  It helps me to have more than one approach to the same task.  Plus it is tough to resist trying free software in glitzy packaging.  Uninstalling these can waste some time for sure. though.smiley
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 01, 2015, 07:50:25 AM
I high school friend of mine had this poster on his wall.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: August 01, 2015, 07:43:28 AM
@Curt keep in mind this is Windows 10.0 or the equivalent of "pre service pack" in previous Windows releases.  The release for free gets many people who would ordinarily wait for SP1 to be integrated to jump the gun.  I think it is going to get "interestinger" as it goes along.  smiley
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 31, 2015, 03:21:11 PM
I could use a nice lightweight (Windows) Laptop that doesn't cut my bank account to ribbons.

Depending on how literally you meant 'lightweight', Acer is coming out with the Cloudbook at USD169, to compete with the HP Stream series, which seem to be going for around USD230.

Thanks for the tip.  I'll take a look.  smiley


I thought to take a look at that HP Stream for my wife and daughter to share.  And quickly looked away.  In use, it's very laggy, even doing basic things.  That was with windows 8, but it was *bad*.  It was masked because of the SSD, but it was still nothing that I'd put up with.  So unless performance is not a consideration *at all*, I'd recommend a steer clear of the HP Stream.

Thanks for the heads up.   thumbs up
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 31, 2015, 02:18:05 PM
I could use a nice lightweight (Windows) Laptop that doesn't cut my bank account to ribbons.

Depending on how literally you meant 'lightweight', Acer is coming out with the Cloudbook at USD169, to compete with the HP Stream series, which seem to be going for around USD230.

Thanks for the tip.  I'll take a look.  smiley
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uninstall games in Windows 8 on: July 31, 2015, 12:08:08 PM
I used revo uninstaller and didn't pick up the games!

Google of "Windows App Uninstaller" gets this

http://lifehacker.com/582...p-uninstaller-for-windows
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 31, 2015, 11:13:40 AM
Dell Inspiron 7000

Ok, thank you.  The bad news for me is the lighter the more expensive.
18  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Caption jpg files on: July 31, 2015, 09:36:36 AM
Irfanview is very fast and can edit images just as MS Paint can, besides having a very similar feature-set when compared with XnView. It is also portable...you can copy the irfanview folder you installed in one computer to another computer and IrfanView will work without problems.

With so much similar features between these two viewers/editors, it doesn't matter that much what you prefer. For me, IrfanView is the "devil I know" as I have been using it for over 15 years.

I have used Irfanview for a long time also.  But I see no need to delete it just because I added XnView.  If I was squeezing everything into an SSD that may be another matter.  But even they are supposed to explode with big time storage at commodity prices very soon.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uninstall games in Windows 8 on: July 31, 2015, 09:11:19 AM
I installed some games under the tablet mode in win8
I now want to uninstall them, but I can't find them in Add/Remove Programs!!!

IIRC you can right-click on a tile in Metro-mode and uninstall then
(I'm on Windows 7 atm)

I always forget about that App/Tile stuff.  smiley  The only one I use is Weather.  smiley
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uninstall games in Windows 8 on: July 31, 2015, 08:31:29 AM
You could try Revo Uninstaller Free
http://www.revouninstalle...taller_free_download.html

It has a search mode where you drag the program's window onto it or something like that.  I used Revo a  couple of times and it seemed to work well.

Before doing anything that cleans the Registry you may want to go to tweaking.com and get the Regbackup tool.  It is free and works very well.  It may take a minute or so to save the Registry Hives.  But it makes a system snapshot to get them all.. not just the ones not is use.

http://www.tweaking.com/c...page/registry_backup.html

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 31, 2015, 08:26:04 AM
I'm not bleeding yet, so I think I'm ok.  Of course, that's on my laptop, not on my primary computer...

Perhaps you can point me in the right direction. I could use a nice lightweight (Windows) Laptop that doesn't cut my bank account to ribbons.  Then I could use the Toshiba as a guinea pig machine.  I'm taking a computer repair class and eventually I will succumb to the temptation of upgrading ram or some other excuse to pry the box open and screw things in, or up, or something.  smiley
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 31, 2015, 06:50:20 AM
Posting from Edge in Windows 10.  No problems upgrading from the upgrade wizard.  Thmbsup

I hope posting from the edge is more fun than living on the edge.


That depends entirely on what you're living on the edge of.. Wink

A sharp observer may say a slice of life could be either the pith or the rind.  In a very short time the rind gets to be a grind, I find.  smiley
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 31, 2015, 05:48:08 AM
Posting from Edge in Windows 10.  No problems upgrading from the upgrade wizard.  Thmbsup

I hope posting from the edge is more fun than living on the edge.



24  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Caption jpg files on: July 31, 2015, 05:45:36 AM
At first I was annoyed that I could not paste an image in XnView.  That is what I use Irfanview for most often.  Then I found it is Import from Clipboard instead.  Works fine.

As I learn to use Paint.NET more I think I will depend on Irfanview much less.  Plus once you have to mess with Layers you might as well go with a bull blown paint type application.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TouchPad for PC w/Windows 7 vs. carpal tunnel ? on: July 30, 2015, 12:33:40 PM
Once I started buying HP tower Media Center PCs I had a surplus of the mice with the rubber ball.  My mouse had the paint removed from the left button from me clicking it over the years.  I could see inside since it was clear plastic under the paint.  But anyway, when I got a laptop and had no desktop machines I bought a mini-usb keyboard and a usb optical mouse.  To my surprise I got a pretty good one from Walmart online for $5 or $6.  I have to carry everything around so that lets out wireless mice.  Batteries are heavy.  But this standard usb wheel optical mouse is easy to use.

I got a cheapie mousepad, less than $2.  Unlike the ones for the old mechanical mice this has very little friction on the surface.  The mouse glides around easily.  For less than $10 you could try them out.  If there is a Walmart nearby you could order online and pick up in the store for free.  There tends to be more stuff to choose from online than if you just go to the brick and mortar Walmart.
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