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1  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Power Cord Falling Out on: October 29, 2014, 05:17:58 PM

Thanks @MilesAhead, that looks like it could be rather more useful than any laptop power system software that I have yet come across. I shall have to try it out now.

I'm glad yellowiscool asked for this.  Just today I was plugged into a very loose outlet at the library.  With the power boxes on the floor it's very easy to pull the plug out of a loose one without noticing.

Edit:  If you set the OSD to only show when on battery power then it's more obvious what's going on.  If the battery is showing I know I lost my A/C.


2  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Power Cord Falling Out on: October 29, 2014, 02:02:28 PM
This one looks like it.

BattCursor

One of the features is it can popup a tray notification when the power source changes.  I'm going to try it myself.

Edit:  there's a writeup on Addictive Tips

Edit:  I seem to have found one bug.  If you set cursor to never show the battery percentage charge, it shows even if you close the program.  Log off and log back in seems to fix it.  I like it.  After 5 minutes of messing around I got rid of the big battery display.  The power change notification is on by default.  It seems to work.

A freeware.  smiley

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 29, 2014, 11:24:09 AM
The girls had magically lost their cooties and gained some makeup.  What a nice change.

Is that what they call it now?  Losing their cootie?  Wink
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox windows and CPU slow-downs and restarts on: October 29, 2014, 10:26:24 AM
Just for grins I'm trying 33.02 installed Firefox 32 bit.  Hotmail seems snappier.  But moving the vertical scroll bar is still horrid.  It keeps snapping to the top if new content is added.  It's like I have to fight it.

I'll see how it goes.  smiley
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 29, 2014, 09:51:48 AM
I had forgotten uniforms.  Public school detention, suspension and expulsion are worse.  Of course by 9th most have matured?

In the old days, in the city, even the public schools had corporal punishment.  I remember one day I was walking by the public elementary school, since School Street went right across the top of my street.  I noticed something was up.  The whole schoolyard was filled.  But it wasn't recess.  It looked more like a graduation ceremony.  Each class was grouped as a rectangle.  Turns out it was a punishment ceremony.  The entire student body was turned out like on the deck of The Bounty to witness the wrong doer taking his lashes.  In front of the whole school the kid had to hold out his hand as the principal swatted it with a wooden rod.  Pretty medieval.

Afa maturity by 9th grade, the ones who didn't run for Congress, President etc..   smiley
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 29, 2014, 06:11:33 AM
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Do or did nuns actually smack with rulers?  That seems to be the Standard Catholic Nun behavior in tv comedies.

At my school they were sicker than that.  They made you smack yourself across the knuckles with the ruler.  As you are hitting yourself the nun tells you "Harder.  Harder.  More." etc..

I refused to do it.  It was just too pervy.  It was better to let them call my house and have my father kick my ass when he got home from work.  At least I wasn't beating myself up.  When I got to 8th grade the nun who was home room teacher just laughed when I clowned around.  She was cool.


Yes... to too pervy  Wink  Nuns all the way to 12th?

I don't think I've ever seen a live nun.   huh

Nope.  In highschool they had Brothers to smack you around.  I was informed by my older brother who attended a Catholic highschool that they were skilled at giving you a short punch in the ribs in the corridor while shielding it from view.  I was signed up to attend the same school.  Fortunately for me we moved to the burbs and I switched to regular public school.  No uniforms.  The desks weren't bolted down.  No corporal punishment.  Nirvana.  smiley
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: October 29, 2014, 06:02:44 AM
I'm not all that thrilled either with the idea of having to update by being hooked to MS on some network.  People keep forgetting about the index.dat files.  If they did sneaky spying that way just image how much time is spent "looking around" on your system while "updating" your software.

From what I've heard they've stopped making index.dat files on the new flavors since everyone is wise to them and knows how to delete them.  I'm not sure what the new method of browser tracking is but there must be a blog about it somewhere.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 29, 2014, 05:33:09 AM
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Do or did nuns actually smack with rulers?  That seems to be the Standard Catholic Nun behavior in tv comedies.

At my school they were sicker than that.  They made you smack yourself across the knuckles with the ruler.  As you are hitting yourself the nun tells you "Harder.  Harder.  More." etc..

I refused to do it.  It was just too pervy.  It was better to let them call my house and have my father kick my ass when he got home from work.  At least I wasn't beating myself up.  When I got to 8th grade the nun who was home room teacher just laughed when I clowned around.  She was cool.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 02:22:30 PM
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@Miles - Those were the bad old days weren't they? Remember when the two civil defense radio frequencies were marked with a CD logo right on the AM dial of every radio sold in the USA?

I totally forgot about that until you mentioned it.  I remember the siren tests though.  In the Catholic elementary school I attended "duck and cover" was no easy task since the desks and chairs were bolted to the floor.  Those nuns didn't take any chances on us getting out of line.  smiley
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 01:05:08 PM
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This is not a drill.

You sure know how to hammer your point home.  I'd say you nailed it nicely.  smiley
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 01:03:32 PM
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This is not a test
 Most answers seem logical to me.  smiley

If I ever wrote a multiple choice test A would always be None of the Above.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 12:54:53 PM

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 09:18:53 AM
You can't have an EMS on something like the Internet as the Internet doesn't guarantee transmission.

Radio waves are more reliable. Blah. Stuff like that.

How would radio waves inform anyone if they are staring at a computer screen or cell phone?

The internet is already clogged with useless crap... why not a little more?

I can see it now.. Alert!  This is not a test!  This is not a drill!  Emergency information vital to your survival is available now.  But first please update to the most recent version of your browser.  smiley
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: October 27, 2014, 06:05:14 AM
My thoughts on W10

As I moved from XP to Vista, W7, W8 and now I've tried both builds of W10 in VMs the thing that gripes me most, other than having "Apps" forced on me even though I have no use for them, it that each OS seems to add yet another Layer where your user account supposedly in the Administrators Group, has fewer privileges to do mundane things.  OK I don't mind if it asks me if I really want to run an exe the first time around if I just downloaded it.  That makes sense.  But having to do stuff like take ownership of the Program Files tree just to avoid running every little program that updates an .ini file in its own folder, as administrator, is silly.  Each release it's more of these distractions even when I put UAC to the minimum.

Also I notice my small ahk Tray programs that do simple things like watch the active window for Folders and add them to an MRU list, or that just moves windows around, have to be run as Administrator.  For this reason they may not start with Windows simply by adding a shortcut to the user's StartUp Folder.  I suspect the Start Screen business adds another layer in the way of the desktop.  But I'm not sure of the nature of it.


The other thing that annoys me is they jettisoned Glass.  It takes a lot of User Draw code just to write text on Glass.  It's very annoying to program.  But it looks cool.  Having gone to the effort of using a bit of it here and there to make program Guis look better it frosts my ass(pun unintentional) when they just chuck my work away.  Stuff that looks good in Vista and W7 often just looks stupid in W8 and later.

They don't get the whole concept that made the PC.  The idea that I have my own computer so I don't have to ask permission from the IT Guy to do something.  They want to put an IT Guy in the cloud now to boss us all around.  When it gets unbearable maybe then people will bite the bullet and do Linux or a similar open source OS instead.

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 26, 2014, 04:47:18 PM

The thing I could never wrap my head around was the concept of The Doctor as the last of a race of Time Lords.  I mean, if these guys are always scampering around in the centuries how are there not any of them left around even if they got killed in the future?

I guess it's a suspend your disbelief thing.  smiley
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 26, 2014, 08:21:24 AM
I occasionally have the unrealistic fantasy that groups like this one can put together a project that would provide incomes for the members who participate.  Sort of like using our talents/passions/skills to free us from perhaps our normal methods of making a living, which may be less than satisfying.  But these kinds of ideas never seem to really take off, and instead turn into soon to be abandoned open source projects.

I would be very interested if any such project was able to generate additional income for participants in a good way.

That concept seems attractive.  I've never participated in anything like that where the "workers" for want of a better term, started the "company."  Therefore I have no idea how it would be funded.  Who would want to invest and why etc..

I figure I have about zero chance of a hire in the IT industry if I am to believe all that about an IT guy over 30 being over the hill.  But I have to wonder how something could be set in motion on a paid basis.  IOW people performing tasks at some salary and perhaps some incentive if there is a "profit" involved at some point.  Otherwise if it is along the lines of "let's start making something and hope we can sell it" then I think it will end up being unpaid effort shortly abandoned.  The Super Group Blind Faith at least produced one album before they expired.  smiley
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: October 26, 2014, 07:50:11 AM
The new build, 9860 is out there to play with.  No iso direct from MS though.  They want you to do the update process.  But on tenforums you can find tutorials how to extract an iso once you have the update download files.

From what I've seen it's a step backwards afa stability.  When you close a window it uses the animation API that's been there at least since Vista to shrink disappear the window.

If you try the update the fastest way is to turn off everything Update such as "automatically update drivers and apps" unless you are into apps.  Otherwise there's like 5 count ups to 100% during the install and config instead of 1 or 2.  I tried to update and it hung on Almost Ready.  My VM would boot and it said 9860 evaluation in the corner of the desktop, but I couldn't run anything to clean it up and defrag.  So I made an iso and did a clean install.  To me it looks like W8 with a bit different Start Menu.

Edit:  Even with a clean install to get stuff to work a bit better you may have to delete that $Winxxxsomething hidden folder directly under C: and defrag.  For some reason the iso extraction still has that hidden folder taking up about 340 MB.


18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malware blocked at DC !?! on: October 26, 2014, 07:02:11 AM
I did this by doing the following:


[ attach=1 ]

I was looking for something like this.  Just pasting the image would be cool.  But this is close.  smiley

Huh?  huh

Some sites allow you to paste images directly into the form editor thing.  I asked Mouser if he could add that.  But this is close enough.  Albeit tangential.  smiley

Edit:  At first I did a simple quote of the post I followed but that pasted in the graphic again.  That's why I only put the "attach=1" line for reference.

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malware blocked at DC !?! on: October 25, 2014, 05:53:48 PM
I did this by doing the following:


[ attach=1 ]

I was looking for something like this.  Just pasting the image would be cool.  But this is close.  smiley
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: auto wifi on: October 25, 2014, 10:16:00 AM
The job sounds suited for an auto form filler like LastPass.  On the other hand, if you're not connected to anything yet you may need a form filler that uses a local store. (I haven't used LastPass in awhile.  It may have that as an option.)

Here's Gizmo's list:
http://www.techsupportale...htm#Quick_Selection_Guide
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox windows and CPU slow-downs and restarts on: October 24, 2014, 05:37:07 AM
I'm running Cyberfox x64 on Windows 8.0 x64.  If I had a lot of email to handle it would be unusable.  As it is it's mostly receipts for purchases or notices from forums.  Even so it's click and wait to the max.  I've been using hotmail since before MS bought it.  So I don't think I'll abandon it.  Just for grins I'll have to try with Opera x64 andd see how it responds.
 

Edit:  Opera is snappy.  For some reason though every time I click a mail it shows the context menu, then opens it.  There's no lag though.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox windows and CPU slow-downs and restarts on: October 23, 2014, 01:30:36 PM
I thought it was just me.  smiley  Usually I have no more than 8 or 9 tabs running.  But I notice stuff like hotmail is glacial.  I click an entry in my inbox and twiddle my thumbs waiting for it to show as selected.  Scrolling is often weird too.  Herky jerky delays.

This is all with no animation or videos playing.  Not even audio.

Latest Cyberfox x64 but FF Portable does the same.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chip Wars: AMD vs Intel .... GO! on: October 23, 2014, 09:26:24 AM
That thing surged so it sounded like a tropical storm was outside.

Seeing as you're in Florida, it probably was  tongue

Too often true.  Seems like every big breeze the cable went out for 2 weeks.  No internet, no TV. Usually we got power back in 2 to 4 days.

Ironically Katrina passed right through but it was only up to 80 MPH.  I didn't lose cable or power.  It picked up all the ferocity over the gulf.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 23, 2014, 09:21:05 AM

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I don't know if one can actually win a thread...but this is definitely a contender..

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chip Wars: AMD vs Intel .... GO! on: October 23, 2014, 05:35:24 AM
All the other listed CPUs were very noisy.

Do CPUs actually make noise? huh

Well, they can play Madonna.  smiley

It turns out on the Phenom it was actually the GPU fan kept kicking in.  That thing surged so it sounded like a tropical storm was outside.


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