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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts on: August 07, 2014, 12:26:31 AM
Saffron survived anesthesia and just got back home to begin some rest and recuperation  thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up

I'll drink to that smiley
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts on: August 06, 2014, 09:56:21 AM
You'll be just fine Saffron. Sleep a tad now, and you'll wake up with healthy teeth.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts on: July 30, 2014, 10:27:23 PM
Get well soon kitty. There are still many youtube videos you'll star in.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thinking of switching to WP8 from Android on: July 30, 2014, 01:49:23 AM
In one word: Don't.

In more: WP8's pros are not worth the jump. And there are significant cons too.

WP8 is not bad, and gets better by the time. For instance the new 8.1 update will bring a proper notification center. Previously you had to use live tiles (the rectangles, large and small squares on the home screen) to provide notifications. But they provided only limited notifications, and even then they were not accurate. For instance samsung's chat-on client did not reliably show the messages in the tiles until you opened up the app itself. It may be an error on part of the app, but I saw the same problem with numerous apps. Android's notification system looks much more issue-free in comparison.

WP8 is not that customizable. Sure, it's customizable in comparison to apple's banknote press, but in comparison to android, it fails bad. Just an example: you can't switch to another keyboard like swype. WP8 keyboard is not bad. Just what you expect out of a stock keyboard, but you may be looking for something more, and there is no option to get it. So switching to WP8 effectively limits your options.

The APIs WP8 offers are thoroughly locked down. You don't get a proper file manager, because many sections of the file system are off limits to third party apps. There are rudimentary file managers, but they are not of much use. In a similar vein, you can't record (as audio files) the calls you make. Android apps like callx are not possible in WP8. If you need that function (mom does not, but I do; speaking to tens of clients each day, I can't always take notes of what they order, so I record the calls) WP8 is not an option. You can't add apps like blacklist because there are no APIs for those functions. These are just a few examples. WP8 is much more locked down compared to android, that you can't do much with it.

If you like tinkering with your phone, have rooted or consider rooting the thingie, WP8 is not an option. No rooting whatsoever. End of story. But as I said, the customization options are limited even compared to non-rooted android.

Appstore is growing, but still is way, way behind android. Just out of my mind, there is no booking.com app for windows phone. And no, this isn't for windows phone. You have to do with the also-ran hotelz.com. And because the APIs are thoroughly locked down, the app store will never be as rich as that of android.

The settings are crowded and disorganized (or at least organized in a way incomprehensible to me). Some functions such as call forwarding are located in weird places.

Battery life is nothing to brag about. Nokia, I don't know why, uses very conservative batteries. For instance, my LG L4 II has a bigger battery compared to wifey's lumia 820, despite mine being a single core and small screen phone. I get 3-4 days use out of a full charge, wifey often does not get 1. There are exceptions to this rule, I hear. For instance lumia 720 is better in the battery life scale, but I don't hear praises about 1520 either.

WP8 does not really multitask. When you switch apps, the old app is not just pushed to the background. It is suspended in effect. There are exceptions to this, for instance the music player and voice guided navigation seems to work in the background, but as a general rule, the app you push to background stops. When you return to it, it just resumes from where you left. So you can't have apps like noom, because once in the background, they will not be able to continue counting your steps. sucks. really. hard.

On the bright side, the OS is more responsive, especially compared to landfill android. Yeah, I get better battery life, but my phone often makes me wait for a couple of seconds, especially when I am in a hurry. WP8 feels way faster in comparison. Not just high-end devices like 820, but lower end ones like 620 too.

Nokia's here maps and navigation suite is way way way better than what android offers, assuming you don't have (or don't like to use) data connection. Google maps and yandex maps are not bad, but they need constant data connection (which is not an option when you are roaming, or low on battery). Nokia's maps are offline and very good. You just download the map for the country you live in (or you will be visiting), and you're good to go. I know there are offline maps you can download on google play, but they all suck. really. hard. Openstreetmap based solutions are not an option if you need a reliable map. And they are not an option if you are in or will be visiting developing countries like Turkey, period. The maps is the single most important advantage Nokia's phones offer over android, and they may be important enough for you to justify the jump to WP8.

Finally, the updates: Microsoft seems to offer updates to the whole WP8 line, regardless of how old or how underpowered your phone may be. The platform as a whole gets new updates. So every WP8 phone will move to 8.1 in the near future. But your guess is as good as mine about what will happen when WP9 comes out.

edit: typo fix.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: diagnostic tool on: July 29, 2014, 06:03:50 AM

I play an online game and I get extreme lag. I know for sure that there isn't a network problem or my hardware being weak or something. So I assume there is a software conflict, like some software (antivirus? backup? anything else?) access the files of the game and causes this problem.

How can I find it, instead of by trial and error, ie. disabling software and testing?

Is there a tool that will list all the processes that access particular files or a particular folder?

any other idea?


Yeah, that happens when I download too much porn while playing online games. smiley
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Moore's Law Dead by 2022, Expert Says on: July 29, 2014, 12:48:19 AM
Considering that my 3.4GHz Pentium 4 HT from 2005 is still able to reliably perform all of the basic computing tasks- internet, email, media playing, and storing personal data, I believe technology has reached a plateau where simply increasing the performance is no longer enough to bring about another radial change in how people use this type of equipment.

Now its just a game of making it cheaper and more energy efficient, while the market is saturating because there is far less of an incentive to upgrade all the time than there used to be.

Assuming you had replaced your 90 watt prescott p4 with a 45 watt core 2 sometime in 2009, and assuming you use the computer on an average of 4 hours a day, you'd have recouped the cost of the new processor by now through the electricity bill (here we pay something like .2 dollars per kW/h). You really need to replace that intel branded space heater smiley

Right now I have 13 processes taking up more than 100 MB of RAM. This is just crazy.

That would be nice...
 (see attachment in previous post)


It's called 'closing tabs'. Try it sometime! Grin

And experiment with outsourcing the gmail tab to a dedicated browser such as ie. My firefox would grow and grow to 1.5 GB ram use, at which point it would be unusable. Now I use ie for gmail, and firefox for all the rest. Neither one will grow to unmanageable sizes. Gmail is one of the worst offenders in ram use.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Moore's Law Dead by 2022, Expert Says on: July 24, 2014, 10:57:39 AM
Yeah, they said the same thing about 28 nm, and then 20 nm.

Moore's second law: Once every two years an "expert" will predict the demise of Moore's Law.

p.s.: Moore's law is long dead from average joe's perspective anyway. My six years old core 2 e7200 has comparable single thread performance to today's i3 somethings (which are curiously sold at the same price level my e7200 sold for in the day). Intel and AMD continue to add new cores but I no longer see real-world performance gains doubling once every two years. Well, at least they had a good run from mid-nineties to late-oughties anyway.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes self-start problem on: July 10, 2014, 07:00:48 AM
It's a common problem that occurs when you do not have enough antivirus and antimalware.
Try adding a couple more, and you should have a completely unusable computer, instead of a partially messed up one.

Sorry for the sarcasm but couldn't help.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Forget about resume if Pale Moon crashes on: June 01, 2014, 01:07:30 PM
Well, there's probably a less wise-ass way to say this, but anyway... there's a thick line between download managers and browsers.

Sorry for the prick response tongue Condolences otherwise.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CPU/Motherboard/Memory Combo I am thinking to buy on: May 31, 2014, 11:35:54 PM
The new bulldozer-series architecture used by AMD is not very good. You would not feel that much of an upgrade despite a 1 GHz increase. If you play games though, the new GPU integrated into the CPU is much better than your previous one. If you don't play games, no difference would be felt again.

Check this out for a comparison.

As much as I'd like to see AMD have some glory (and more competition in the cpu market), nowadays I'd go for an Intel I guess. Try to get Intel Pentium G3240, or if  the budget is really really really tight, Pentium G2030. The only thing AMD has over Intel is the better GPU, and you'd need it if you play games. If not, go for Intel.

Ram speed has some limited impact on performance, but it is very sensitive to economies of scale. So DDR3-2400 does not provide a 50% boost over DDR3-1600.

Check this out, and decide what is the sweet spot for you.

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Capslock on: May 28, 2014, 03:16:50 PM
Yeah, it comes in handy when you use computer as an alarm clock and forget the sound at a low level.

The maximum sound level is 100 btw. You can change the numbers 50 with a higher one up to 100 to make it more audible if you need so.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Capslock on: May 28, 2014, 09:54:23 AM
Attached is a little program I created with some help from the thread Tomos referred to, and Nod5's response there.

The code is below if you need. The exe file in the rar would do the task if you put it in the start-up folder.

[copy or print]
; announces capslock and numlock state when pressed.

SoundGet, MasterBeforeMaximize, Master  ; set volume to an audible level, in case it was too low
SoundGet, WaveBeforeMaximize, Wave  ; Don't be rude and get the original volume levels before changing them
SoundSet, 50, Master
SoundSet, 50, Wave
If GetKeyState("CapsLock", "T") = 1
  ComObjCreate("SAPI.SpVoice").Speak("caps on")
  ComObjCreate("SAPI.SpVoice").Speak("caps off")
SoundSet, %MasterBeforeMaximize%, Master  ; Restore original volume levels
SoundSet, %WaveBeforeMaximize%, Wave

SoundGet, MasterBeforeMaximize, Master  ; set volume to an audible level, in case it was too low
SoundGet, WaveBeforeMaximize, Wave  ; Don't be rude and get the original volume levels before changing them
SoundSet, 50, Master
SoundSet, 50, Wave
If GetKeyState("NumLock", "T") = 1
 ComObjCreate("SAPI.SpVoice").Speak("num on")
  ComObjCreate("SAPI.SpVoice").Speak("num off")
SoundSet, %MasterBeforeMaximize%, Master  ; Restore original volume levels
SoundSet, %WaveBeforeMaximize%, Wave
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 01, 2014, 12:09:59 PM
I use an Apple keyboard with my PC.

On the plus side:
1. Compact design. It covers a minimal desk space.
2. Slim and easy to press keys are very nice.
3. Home-end-pgup-pgdn are not at eccentric locations.
4. There are 7 extra F keys you can use to assign functions.

1. F keys are not in groups of four. I didn't realize this would be an issue, but apparently muscle memory gets some help from the small space left between F4 and F5 to discern the key when pressing Alt-F4.
2. Price is higher than it needs to be. I figure it's Apple tax. To boot, I don't get the opportunity to show-off at a chic bar to impress ladies.
3. No scroll lock key. Ergo no scroll lock led. You probably don't need it, but I do for some reason.
4. No num-lock led.
5. No windows key and the context menu key. Instead you get useless cmd keys. (There's a marvelous utility called sharpkeys to remap keys for good though. Use it. Use it. Really.)
6. No printscreen key (see sharpkeys).
7. No insert key (sharpkeys again).
8. There is a freaking "=" key on the numpad, claiming the space where "/" should be. Do I look like an idiot? Who the hell needs an "=" key on the numpad? The idiot key replaces "/" and subsequently causes a chain reaction with "*" as well. And the "+" key is a single row key, not a two-row one. (thankfully, there's sharpkeys).

Well, to sum it up, you get quiet and slim keys, and some issues most of which you can eliminate with sharpkeys. I do recommend it.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 29 - soooooo similar to Chrome on: April 30, 2014, 02:52:05 AM
Fortunately, there is this add-on.

If I wanted a browser that looked like chrome, I would either use chrome, or one of the clones such as yandex (which probably does the reporting to KGB, instead of CIA). Would I use firefox? doubt it.

Anyway, the ESR (Extended support release) channel is still based on 24, so I'll be fine for half a year or so.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: web hosts on: April 21, 2014, 11:17:37 AM
I'd recommend hostso. Mostly due to price. You can't beat $8 per month for unlimited web sites.

I use them for 5 years now.

They sometimes have downtime. My uptime estimate for their services would be around 99%. Well yes, I know 99% and 99.5% are really worlds apart when you have an angry client. And 99.95% is entirely something else. But see the price.

Sometimes (once a month or once every two months maybe) the site is slower than it needs to be.

Their responses to tickets are quick (within 24 hours), and they solve the problems in the first response. I never had to have protracted exchanges with a clueless support staff in India. Every problem I had, from billing to password resets, to vulnerable php scripts, were solved immediately.

And again, you can't beat the price.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 16, 2014, 08:19:52 AM
IP address cannot be used to identify users. Sometimes hundreds share a single IP.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 14, 2014, 01:56:19 PM
The solution I found: move to outlook.com and f.ck with gmail.

I believe I'm entitled to employ profane words. Lots of them... Lots and lots...

Microsoft cans free custom domain support in Outlook
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 11, 2014, 07:21:47 PM
Google and its evil policy of integrating everything to a single account makes deleting cookies a pain. I have to have gmail open at all times. If I delete the cookie for google.com, gmail logs me out.

The solution I found: move to outlook.com and f.ck with gmail.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 11, 2014, 12:10:53 AM
On a slightly related note;

I'm thoroughly fed up with Google's attempts to enroll me in google+ and to track anything and everything I search/watch.

Aside from the privacy issues, this reduces the quality of suggestions. I already watched 23 collegehumor videos, show me something else so I can discover new things. But no, Google thinks that I love only collegehumor videos, so only they show up in suggestions.

Blocking cookies is not a perfect solution, for you can't disable safe search when the cookies are blocked. Suffice it to say, I am no longer 8 years old. If I search for Stoya, I really want to see her naked.

Ergo... I move more and more of my searches to duckduckgo (which is unfortunately still sub-par on the results front), and next week I'll move to outlook.com as my e-mail provider. I have my own domain, so there should be no problems caused by e-mail address changes.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 10, 2014, 10:56:18 AM
block cookies for *youtube.com and *google.com
cookies are evil. Google is devil incarnate.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: unattended large file copies that will not prompt for msg on: March 03, 2014, 05:26:36 AM
Supercopier can be configured to have defaults as you need.
So should be Teracopy, but I didn't try the second one.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My pop/imap Android experience on: February 25, 2014, 12:19:43 PM
gmail's imap thingie is a pain in the soft tissue.

I access my GMail via IMAP using K9, Thunderbird installed on my desktop, and occasionally a PortableApps version of Thunderbird from a thumb drive. I've never had problems getting it to work with any of them.

In the same vein, my .ss works without significant problems, but it sometimes gives me pain. Particularly after eating lots of beans.

Imap@gmail has too much room for improvement in ease of use and configuration on various devices. Good luck making it work on your dad's windows phone, by giving him directions over the phone.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My pop/imap Android experience on: February 25, 2014, 10:30:52 AM
gmail's imap thingie is a pain in the soft tissue. I use pop3 instead, but use the "recent" trick to make it work with multiple devices.

enter your user name as follows:

This is handy.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Project Christine - Modular PC from Razer on: February 11, 2014, 02:21:43 AM
uhh... PC as we know it is already a modular architecture.

This one's defining characteristic is sexiness, not modularity smiley
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: January 24, 2014, 07:22:37 AM
Well, I'd also raise the same argument against the dollar, or peso, or lira, or euro, whatever, if it did needlessly contribute to global warming. Sure they do (dead trees), but not at the scale applicable to bitcoin mining I reckon.

But they do.  Maybe not as directly... but they do.  It's *all* digital these days, truth be told.  The paper money that we hold is just a representation of digital systems in place, especially in this day and age of fractional reserve banking, quantitative easing, and creative accounting.

But they don't require otherwise useless consumption of cpu cycles, do they? They consume only what is necessary for the transactions. Sending 1000 bytes there, saving 300 bytes here. No otherwise useless effort is involved, just to make them artificially precious.

You keep harping on how gold has intrinsic value based on the shine, i.e. from your last post:

I wouldn't discount the shine as a source of value. Value is defined as the likelihood to get something else in return. I could imagine shiny rocks buying services to some caveman in a cave bordello. In other words you could use it in barter, even before the invention of money. I can't imagine that for random strings of numbers.

But now you've gotten yourself in a logical hole.  Just because you can't imagine cryptographic strings being worth much- apparently many others can.  And as such, by your definition, doesn't that give it 'intrinsic value'?  After all, people want it, right?

You're deliberately missing the point. I claim that gold has a value regardless of the assumption of it being a medium of exchange. Bitcoin hashes do not have that VALUE REGARDLESS OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THEM BEING A MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE. See the phrase "in and of itself".

Anyway, this is slowly evolving into a flame war, and I don't want to be a jerk (I feel I will be in my next post, if I'm not already). So I won't reply anymore.
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