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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 05, 2015, 08:06:08 AM
Oh, and the other problem is that I haven't figured out how to lifehack myself a decent digital camera, yet, to take pics for a blog.  tongue
ebay? (we're not going to let you get away with it, we all want you to start that blog Grin Thmbsup)

I do have every intention to get myself a camera, hopefully before the end of the year, but if you want to see that blog, you guys are going to have to make sure you submit problems for me to solve, on a regular basis.  Wink
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 05, 2015, 01:28:02 AM
App needs to start a blog with all here crazy life hacks.

This!  +1

The problem with that is I don't even know what is or is not a life hack until someone has a problem that needs solving and I look at how I solved a similar problem or how I would solve it. It just comes so naturally to me that I don't really give it much of a thought. And apparently, it's something that runs in my family, and none of us consider it to be much of a special skill. We are all just natural problem solvers and will use whatever we have access to, to do it.

My cutting boards are a recent attempt to have "husband proof" placemats on my kitchen table, with enough weight to keep the table cloth from sliding. I would have used clear glass cutting boards or even a big round custom cut glass table topper, but that's not "husband proof", and therefore not worth spending the money on.

And my daughter's idea for the cookie cooling rack came from an immediate need to have something to elevate her laptop off the table to allow air circulation, that could replace her previous method of using 4 empty tuna cans. (her boyfriend, not knowing any better, tossed her tuna cans out with the recycling, so she went looking around his apartment for something else to use, and ended up borrowing one of the cooling racks she found in his kitchen.)

Oh, and the other problem is that I haven't figured out how to lifehack myself a decent digital camera, yet, to take pics for a blog.  tongue
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 04, 2015, 06:33:38 PM
If you have a flat, level tray of some sort, that is comfortable to your lap, you can just stick a cookie cooling rack on top to provide better ventilation for your laptop. My daughter and I use one on a table, with our laptops. (it was her idea, so I bought a 2-pack)

http://www.amazon.com/Bak...h-Nonstick/dp/B00091PNTI/

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(I am currently using mine with a large plastic cutting board. I suppose you could use this on your lap as well, setting either the front or back feet of the cooling rack into the groove on the cutting board, to keep it from sliding.)
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any ideas for an entry-level "how to use a mouse" tutorial? on: July 04, 2015, 05:27:33 PM
I have something I was working on, that is still unfinished, but may require a bit more in fine motor skills than she may currently have.

Similar to TaoPhoenix's idea of setting her loose with MS Paint, is my bead designer: http://arussoprojects.tk/2012/09/bead-designer/

You simply click a colored bead from the row at the bottom, then click any bead in the grid to change it to that color:

[attach=1] (actual size)

It is very unfinished, far from being ready for public release, but the part I just described is working quite well, if you want to try it with her (after giving her some time in MS Paint, of course). If you do want to try it, send me a PM and I'll share with you what I have done, so far.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 03, 2015, 06:51:03 PM
First there was the single player wilderness survival game, Don't Starve, then the multi-player version Don't Starve Together...

Now, introducing Don't Starve IRL, the version in which you can assume the identity of your favorite character, such as Willow the Firestarter, and play in a real wilderness:

California woman gets lost, gives birth, fights off bees, survives on apples and starts a wildfire.

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 03, 2015, 03:52:11 PM
How about a blog about shoplifting?

http://call-me-stickyfingers.tumblr.com/

Here's one post:

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Animal tip
*disclaimer* this MAY sound crazy, but believe me, it works.
Step 1: obtain an animal that scurries fast. Go to petco and purchase either 10 rats/10 white mice/3 ferrets OR obtain a farm pot bellies pig/hen/or boar. My aunt higgith once obtained a keckle of geese that she personally lifted from a nearby town farm.
Step 2: store animals in an inconspicuous container. Make sure it has air holes for breathing so your animals don’t die.
Step 3: drive to a store you’d like to shoplift from
Step 4: enter the store carrying your hidden animals of choice
Step 5: when no one is around, release your furry friends into the isle and watch them scurry and scamper everywhere
Step 6: immediately run to the nearest SA and tell them you saw a rodent/animal
Step 7: the SA will typically call in a special code in their walkie talkie or will have to alert their supervisors that a live animal is on the loose. Remember: the more animals scurrying free the better!
Step 8: steal all the shit you want! At this point the entire store will be trying to locate the pest and will probably not be paying attention to any cameras. Innocent shoppers may get frantic and scared of a wild boar making its way through the store and soon chaos may take over the store, inciting frenzied crowd syndrome
Step 9: while the store is chaotic, steal steal steal! Shove shit down your pants, eat a bag of chips while you’re at it, and empty the registers! Take a shit right inside the toy isle! LP won’t be paying attention
Step 10: leave! Run! Remember to only attempt this crazy tip once every five years or so. My aunt Higgith once released a bucket of rats and 3 guinea pigs into Target and she was able to get away with $4k worth of shit while the entire store was under terror

It gets crazier...

Many years ago, while I was working at a large discount store in a high crime area, we had an incompetent clerk that worked the pet department that on more than one occasion, let all the parakeets loose. They were flying all over the store, dive bombing customers, while she chased after the birds with a net.

While this was going on, one time, someone got the bright idea of shoplifting some stuff from the electronics department (my department). Little did they know that there was a guy whose sole job was to watch that department on camera, and no matter what was going on elsewhere in the store, that was still his only job.

They made it out of the electronics department with whatever they were trying to steal (I received a phone call from the camera watcher to not say anything and just let him go), only to be stopped at one of the exits by a couple of rather large off duty police officers (that were hired to work security for us) standing in his way. As soon as the guy watching the cameras saw the dude stuff merchandise down his pants, he made the radio call to our security guys, with a full description of what he looked like, then tracking him through the store on camera, while talking to the officers. The officers knew just which door he was headed for and met him there.

The moral of the story is this: Animal control is not the job of security people. Never assume that it is.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 03, 2015, 02:31:25 PM
Something's bothering me, if they're only a month away, I'd hope it was rock solid! But it all still sounds like there are fundamental basic bugs going on!

As a former AOL user and all the experiences I had with upgrading to their new releases, I would recommend waiting at least 4 months after public release, before upgrading to Win10. By then you'll have enough reports of issues to know what you'll be getting yourself into, enough official info on what to do about common issues, and Microsoft will have had a chance to fix the big, potentially fatal ones.

I have no plans on being among the first to upgrade, later this month. I have no plans on installing Win10, till maybe after Christmas, since I do need my computer for work and I'd hate to leave my employer high & dry during the height of the Christmas shopping season, while I sort out Win10 upgrading issues.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 02, 2015, 07:40:08 PM
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9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: July 02, 2015, 05:24:26 PM
Relevant to this topic (trust me on this)

A Quick Puzzle to Test Your Problem Solving Skills

http://nyti.ms/1JzqUrx
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 02, 2015, 01:37:32 PM
Just a silly thought...

The "save" button in most software shows a floppy disk icon.

When was the last time you used a floppy disk?

It would have been 2006, to install drivers for a controller card, but I couldn't get a floppy drive to work in that machine, and ended up trading controller cards with my father, who had one that had drivers that could be installed from within Windows.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent your mom tips on: June 30, 2015, 01:29:36 PM
I don't get it. What's a mom stick? huh

A parody of those stupid, useless but expensive products that companies try to convince first time moms that they need to buy, otherwise their kid will end up all screwed up.

Kind of like this one. That's a "Mom Stick", right there.

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

All those "learn while you sleep" deals use the gimjmick above.


Other Mom Sticks include:

  • life insurance for infants, purchased after being convinced by a sales agent that it's an investment, and their kid will probably never be able to go to college unless they purchase a policy now, that they can borrow against later.
  • Encyclopedia sets, purchased for newborns that can't even read yet, that end up outdated before the kid hits middle school. (not so much these days, but historically speaking, before the internet age and Wikipedia, new parents were Encyclopedia Britannica's biggest customers, worth over $2000 in purchases, each)
  • "Miracle" blankets that cost $40+ each and don't do anything a $10 3-pack of receiving blankets can't do.
  • Baby wipe warmers (your child will not be psychologically scarred for life if you clean their bottom with a room temperature wipe)
  • Cheap piece of polyurethane foam for $45
  • Infant swimming classes (your infant can still drown in a few inches of water, even if you sign them up for all the infant swimming classes in the world)
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 30, 2015, 12:28:57 PM
Oh FFS! ...The icon for their "All New" MS Edge browser, is a $^%#& Blue 'E'!!?! Seriously??!!??

You have to understand what decades of a blue E has done to the minds of the simple users, the ones that the rest of us wonder how they ever managed to turn a computer on. To them, the blue E means the internet. That's all they know and understand. They won't be able to handle a change to another symbol. They would get lost and never be able to figure out where the internet is. They will flood ISP tech support hotlines asking where the internet went and how to get it back. As long as there is a blue E in sight, they will understand and click it, and life for them will transition to Win10 much easier.

Unless of course you would like to personally handle all their "missing internet" complaints?  tellme
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent your mom tips on: June 30, 2015, 12:36:30 AM
I don't get it. What's a mom stick? huh

A parody of those stupid, useless but expensive products that companies try to convince first time moms that they need to buy, otherwise their kid will end up all screwed up.

Kind of like this one. That's a "Mom Stick", right there.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent your mom tips on: June 29, 2015, 04:22:59 PM
Here's another good one, from the same series:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqDLcYkQ54U" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqDLcYkQ54U</a>
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 28, 2015, 03:51:57 PM
I was going to ask why so may seem to be in panic mode, when we have an entire year to upgrade, and the clock hasn't even started ticking, yet. But then I think you answered it:

I am an IT security professional with a degree, dang it! I will not be out-smarted by a software upgrade offer!!! Wink

Yup, I get it...can't let the machines win, even if you aren't an IT security professional with a degree.

It's been awhile since I had that human vs. machine control freak part of me really kick in, so I kind of forgot about that whole battle that causes some of us to stop eating, lose sleep, and completely lose our minds, until we win.  cheesy

Thanks for reminding me.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows’ account to peddle adware on: June 22, 2015, 05:06:10 PM
And now someone comes forward with this useful info site: http://helb.github.io/goodbye-sourceforge/

Which, among other things, includes this advice:

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How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 21, 2015, 05:22:23 AM
Leaked E-mail Between Jeb Bush and his Graphic Designer

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After teasing us for months, Jeb Bush finally blew his load and announced that he’s running for president in 2016. Along with this campaign announcement came a brand-new logo reveal:

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Whaaao.

We had an intern hack Jeb’s Android and found the e-mail correspondence between him and the logo’s graphic designer:
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 20, 2015, 04:41:46 PM
Given the personality of your average cat, staunch Libertarian  undecided

http://www.theguardian.co...ity-is-acceptable-to-them
 (see attachment in previous post)

Everyone knows cats are royal dictators.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 20, 2015, 07:02:03 AM
I posted a recent spam support ticket I received: http://www.donationcoder....35756.msg382045#msg382045



ha ha Grin
I could probably mange a few of those - but (as a beginner) it would be hard to exactly predict the ensuing medical condition cheesy
(Were you able to make a few suggestions?)

I sent him a whole list, at the top of which were blink, marquee, frameset, frame, and font. Wink
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 20, 2015, 06:55:22 AM

Has he chosen Mayor Stubbs as his running mate?
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows’ account to peddle adware on: June 16, 2015, 10:39:45 PM
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At this time, we present third party offers only with a few
projects where it is explicitly approved by the project developer, or
if the project is already bundling third party offers.

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22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass alternatives? (including premium LP) on: June 16, 2015, 03:13:10 PM
Am I the only person in the world who just remembers all of his passwords, instead of trusting any service (be it online or offline) to store it?


If you had nearly 400 different passwords, most of which look like they were randomly generated, not all of which belong to you, do you think you could remember them all, along with other important information, like which email address was used? What about important (and often confidential) client info necessary to do your job(s)?

If all I had was a handful of simple passwords of my own to remember, it might be possible, but since I don't, I need somewhere to store them.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass alternatives? (including premium LP) on: June 16, 2015, 01:39:22 PM
You could try KeePass, and require both a password AND a keyfile to access your database. You would store your keyfile on a small capacity USB flash drive, so that it could work similar to a Yubikey.

This could also allow you to more safely store a backup of your database on a cloud storage service, such as dropbox, as long as you don't also store a copy of your keyfile there.

Backing up your keyfile would be best done by using multiple flash drives, storing your backups locked away some place safe. (good use for some of those cheap small capacity flash drives that are not useful for much else, often given away as promotional items)

As long as a copy of the keyfile is not stored on the same system as the application or the database, you should be ok.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Android like Typing Assistant for Windows PC? on: June 08, 2015, 09:10:52 PM
Another is eType http://www.etype.com/ but I am unable to download it even with a proxy.

I tried seeing if I could download the installer from one of the many download sites, and Softonic showed me this lovely warning when I attempted to download it from them:

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But if you really want to try it, you can download it from here: http://etypewecompleteyou.en.softonic.com/download
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Android like Typing Assistant for Windows PC? on: June 08, 2015, 11:07:42 AM
One of the problems a predictive text app could pose for writing a thesis, is that if it is choosing the words and phrases from existing papers in your possession, it could inadvertently cause your thesis to trigger a positive result on a plagiarism checker. If you do use an app, you are going to have to be very careful and make sure you test the results, thoroughly.  undecided
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