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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: September 17, 2014, 01:25:31 PM

I guess I'm not seeing the plusses of video on a watch. I tried to watch a couple movies on my phone and the only way I could enjoy them was to sprawl out on the floor with a pillow and the phone propped up. But I far prefer my 24" screen for movies and TV.

Meanwhile, re: the jogger and the watch, just make the watch unit removable from the band and then attach it to your collar or whatever the same way you'd do it with an ipod nano or whatever.

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: September 16, 2014, 04:22:56 PM
Detouring a little,

After all these weird and wonderful wearables, there's still not one that REALLY solves any real problem.

Back when I was still enraptured by the Matrix and Johnny Mnemonic, the coolest thing for me ever was watches that played mp3's.

The one I had was a Brookstone version that looked a lot like this:


Since then, since it's old tech, various styles have emerged. But you basically couldn't tell it was a player - it looked like a watch. (Remember, mp3 players are mini hard drives, so you can carry some work or whatever around with you too!)

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 30, 2014, 04:49:37 AM
@Mouser - I don't think anybody was being negative. Just a little critical of some people feeling the need to always have drama whenever they're asked to do something. Whatever happened to giving to a worthy cause just because giving was the right thing to do?

I'm gonna shift the thread a bit and focus on this. Does "Charity" need "Entertainment"?

40 years ago you used to just give to X orgs. Now we need a "payback"!?

I'll grant we pay more when we get an "undercover show", but is that really where charity went to!?

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 29, 2014, 05:42:27 PM

That's just one of my pet peeves.

@R - Out of curiosity....just how many of this pets do you have? It must be hundreds.  tongue Grin Wink

Find a way to crossbreed something never before done, then call it a Peeve!

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶c̶k̶e̶r nag tool that makes me take billable notes on: August 10, 2014, 06:08:45 AM

I know I tend to be a bit of a left foot around here, but here's a couple thoughts.

Depending on which side of "three digits" you mean, it starts to drift away from "donations" to bargaining on a full sale for custom software. Leaving the "who has what role" stuff for elsewhere, just being pragmatic, if you have most of the pieces of a custom tool you want, what about going to a "programmer for hire" site like oDesk and just commissioning it?

I have done that a few times, to generally decent results. They're best at what seems like this kind of "raw level" tool creating, and "three digits" could get you really close to what you want. I did something similar, which I then gave to NANY - a bunch of partial tool components when then you think about because I kept finding you keep wanting "one more feature".

I'm a Humanities fella, so this is a guess, but this feels like a pretty simple concept, just requiring a bit of work that I have begun calling "Coding Lunches", to differentiate from the "Coding Snacks" here. But the coding itself doesn't feel that hard, just that it has a lot of little wrinkles to look at. It's not some kind of (insert Star Trek technobabble here) "Multi-threaded real time visual space scanner and interpreter" or whatever.

If you want something that will tremendously improve your life, more than a quick thingie that just does something cute, sometimes the price jump to really get a/some dev partners compensated can really work.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶c̶k̶e̶r̶ nag tool that makes me write billable text on: August 09, 2014, 09:22:24 PM
I'm going a little off road here, but I think one of Anand's tools could be useful here. I think he's got one that tags notes to titlebars of some apps, so then you can jam other notes there, and use it in combo with all this stuff.

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dual Boot questions on: August 09, 2014, 08:32:25 PM
Wow, I "sorta" got what I wanted, I got a lot of comments, and confirmed that I need an expert on hand whenever I do this!

In some ways it feels a shade simpler than all this, so I'm not sure what I'm missing.

I have an entire second HD that except for a few misc backups, was purposely not used so there's your second "clean drive". Then you/we/techie just flips which is which and loads Win 9 when it comes out later this year.

I think I'm seeing technical drive letter problems, but does that stop everything from loading? Can't you just manually navigate to the old C/User/Desktop/Shortcuts and double click them and let them load? Or do they all break because of that drive letter problem?

My broad goal is to treat the new drive like a semi-fresh primary drive just like a new computer with arguably mixed strong/weak hardware, and the OS will never know and never care. Then limping along a little, I manually can go back and look and say "Oh, I had that and that and that", without guessing or running two whole comps on my desk.

I really tried hard back in '06, to plan for the future, so there's say a 1 in 3 chance the hardware will run Win 9, then you just flip the drives, yay it's a (now slightly aging) Win 9 comp, and off we go.

Does that make sense to anyone?

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Dual Boot questions on: August 07, 2014, 02:48:07 PM
A "long time ago" (in the comp-sci world) I had a buddy build a decent grade project computer we nicknamed "twilight", (not the TV show!!), designed to outlast XP and get info on wherever the state of Microsoft is at a bunch of years ahead.

(Update: We saw what should have been "awesome Longhorn" descend into the desperate Vista, then Win 7 wasn't bad, then the Win8 and 8.1 messes... so here we are.)

The "end of its mission" (heh, watching too much Star Trek Enterprise lately!) will be when Win 9 comes out. If all of our careful planning and a little luck holds out, my box might actually be able to handle it. Not counting raw core min specs, and I might need one more ram chip, the system has dual Terabyte hard drives.

So I plan to stick Win 9 (which if my ailing memory serves, is coming up semi soon now) on the second drive and get a techie to make a dual boot.

Supposing I get lucky and it works, will all my old apps still load? Last I knew they were all tied to C/Program Files/whatever. To me it shouldn't matter that the new system is on D Drive and new apps end up in D/Program files/whatever. Then little by little when I am bored I can just update versions at the same time I switch them over, etc etc.

Are my instincts right?

I don't really wanna run two whole new comps side by side and begin comparing stuff, plus except that HD problem we were talking about in another thread (fresh new HD, remember?), it would just make 2014-me smile that 2006-me got it right!      : )

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikimedia refuses to remove animal selfie because monkey ‘owns’ the photo on: August 07, 2014, 02:24:53 PM
Getting back to the original topic, the photo was apparently "rotated and cropped" but basically came out great. I just saved a copy to my local (backup) computer, to remind myself to re-save it again later whe my main machine is back up.

But there's a fantastic op here: just train animals to take pics semi-well! A whole cadre of them! Buy them their own cameras! Get a few snickering lawyers to get the procedures right!

The inevitable judge who gets one of those cases on his docket is gonna roll over laughing!
"Murder one, petty theft, Australian Platypus taking pictures copyright dispute .... uh ... what?!!"

Then you can make forums/blogs of who can be the first to get X species taking pics... then they make a new branch of the SPCA (Society for Purchasing Cameras for Animals)  ... oh my word, I needed a good laugh!!

 Grin  cheesy

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Moore's Law Dead by 2022, Expert Says on: July 29, 2014, 04:32:40 AM
My current box is 4 years old (about), and still has LOTS of power. It was mid-range when I got it too.

Few people need what many computers can do now. They do email, Fac
My current box is 4 years old (about), and still has LOTS of power. It was mid-range when I got it too.

Few people need what many computers can do now. They do email, Facebook, and not much else.

I'll update this a hair but I basically agree with it.

My box was quasi-high-end on purpose when I had a buddy build it cold.

I'm not just a "Facebook-email Newb", but if ya think about it, posting on like seven more sites and running a few new progs, I nailed the sweet spot too, and don't need much more beyond silly "end of life for XP" concerns.

I don't do hardcore gaming, so there's very little else that I could even want to do that requires more than (the original) quad core engine and twin Terabyte drives really needs. Yeah, I have a couple of system maintenance things I've been putting off, but performance wise, I thought long and far ahead and did it right and basically don't need much more.

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Seagate starts shipping 8TB hard drives, with 10TB and HAMR on the horizon on: July 28, 2014, 01:51:54 PM
This is rapidly becoming more tech than most people need, and now it's becoming things like ugly "end of life" policies that are becoming the limiting factor.

Not counting slight hardware age concerns, I completely nailed my forward-looking project machine from 2006, and haven't seen any real use need to upgrade except a couple of obscure one-day experiments.

My system has twin 1-TB drives and I barely have touched the second one.

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a seventies music title... on: July 26, 2014, 09:25:37 AM

That other link appears to have been taken down, but here is a YouTube link.


And it's in Danish.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What song are you addicted to at the moment? on: July 21, 2014, 05:55:16 AM

See my post in the other thread, that Italian cover of David Bowie's "Life on Mars" is really close.

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: July 21, 2014, 05:53:08 AM
Every night for the past three years, a junkyard dog in Brazil has made an eight-mile journey along dark and dangerous roads so she can retrieve a bag of food for her friends – another dog, a cat, and several chickens.  At first she left home to feed her puppies, but now she still makes the journey so she can feed her friends.

Read Full Story

This is almost the best post ever. Anyone can post vids/pics of cats being funny for 45 seconds. Here we have a dog going at least four and maybe eight miles each way just to feed four more animal friends. That ... just ... rules.

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 21, 2014, 05:21:45 AM
Opposite Genres here:

3-6-Mafia's song from Rocky 5
One of those songs I prefer no video but it's easier to get get YouTube copy, just minimize it.
from Rocky 5, what I call them "Hit them with the Left".

Giacomo Voli's almost better than the original:
Modded David Bowie's Life on Mars (really innovative choice!)
I think he has 20% more power than David Bowie. I know you stand on shoulders and all that, but darn clean take, he only missed like three notes.

"Anyone" can do the first third of the song ... but it's the last third that will really do you in if you can't hit that last four notes.

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Readability and Reading List on: July 17, 2014, 07:09:17 AM
I'm getting suspicious that you and Contro are trying to drive the old man bananas???
Before I go running off looking for Firefox please tell me that the links you posted above don't all go to the same place!
All three links take me to the original page........... no converted page in the whole lot!!!

Naw, I wouldn't try to drive you bananas! It's more the reason I was suggesting my other hints before, because a new issue popped up.

It's true the second link was repeated, but I was trying to use the whole link for rhetorical purposes. But you apparently just discovered (see my grumpiness note from above) that they apparently don't cache the "readable" page very long, so you're right that it's reverting back to Forbes, but that is *not* what it was doing for me yesterday!!

"Read Now is a great idea but it's too flakey to do me any good."
You were saying earlier they may have stopped development ... maybe they were finding that each site has its own nasty javascript doing weird things, and it was getting harder and harder to produce "readability profiles" for sites plus different implementations across the browsers.

Plus, the Readability email itself sends a clue - re: the three different byte counts, I wouldn't put it past them based on the other weird things their script does, is to try to auto-detect browsers and produce something customized. In my signup email it says "go get the add-on" and auto-detects the browser and feeds me different instruction pages, when I was testing for you. So your three different versions could have been browser specific!

Yeah, I agree with the conclusion, "good idea, but flaky"!       : (

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google “Project Zero” hopes to find zero-day vulnerabilities before the NSA on: July 16, 2014, 08:08:50 PM
Okay, picking my words a little and hoping I get my tone right...

I get that Google (and Facebook and all kinds of other gangs) are *selling info*. It's sleazy, but to me that's "grey hat". It's "we're psychologically manipulating you to make money, but you knew that but we made the services nice and fun/useful so you don't care". I've been reading a huge Star Trek DS9 Re-Watch overview, and that feels so like a Quark move - he's devious but eventually even he draws his lines.

Secret silent software bugs that only X number of governments even know exist is a whole other level of Black Hat. (Really, somewhere in the combo of Heartbleed and the True-Crypt mess I got grumpier than I have been in a while.)

So Google isn't some poor 12 man op with a lonely tech who was beaten by big guys - behind the sales guys there's a *lot* of tech crunching firepower there. So *maybe* the Agencies have a bit of a lead on them, but I'd bet not as big as those Agencies thought.

It's a fascinating twist - Govt can beat up "little guys" a few at a time in a Divide and Conquer strategy, but what if this story catches on, and then Microsoft and Facebook and Apple and Samsung and your choice of others jump in?

(I put Samsung in there because software bugs know no boundaries, so it's specifically a test of geographic negotiations beyond the US level.)

Short Selling jokes aside, can the US even manage to indict the CEO's of all of US tech? Their dealmaking might just be on the verge of coming to bite them. (There was a TV series about all that, corps, totally owning govt openly and outright.)

When we're not busy snarking in the Basement or the Living Room, having a gaping security flaw in software isn't good for any of these companies. So maybe (making up a name) Gennady Li Chandarovskiyij-Maharujshi is the greatest programmer alive at one of the Agencies, but can he really stand up to a world wide team that's now pissed off??

Going all story fiction for a moment, imagine it:
All these companies, led by the big dogs with little guys lending a spare hour;
CEO's around the world getting royally pissed and saying "our products are dominant enough and we have time to put away our micro-jockeying. Let's spend an entire year and 700 billion dollars/whatever to clean this mess up. Grab anyone who has any legit idea whatsoever about software security and let them do whatever they want (jokes aside), no questions asked including extra perks like the 90's like croissant sandwiches in the break room."

US Govt is slowly winning the PR war against "Anonymous", but what if the Big Tech companies with tips from millions of freelancers all unite and say "Thanks for all the fish, yummy, now watch what you made! We have a worldwide "team" of over a *thousand* software people (and four space aliens, only three of which you know about.) Do you *really* wanna keep doing this? Or can we just get back to selling people's info for money?"

At least in my imagination I wanna believe we're on the verge of Tech calling Govt's bluff that they've been going "Divide and Subdue" too long, and the beautiful part is all the bribery is (mostly) illegal - how can they even pretend to shout about 770 companies and 12,345,845 freelancers all spending an entire year on software security?

So that's my message of daydream hope!

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Oh god...It's him! on: July 16, 2014, 07:49:00 PM
I have been focusing a lot on real life...

DC isn't real life!?
tellme   Cool
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Readability and Reading List on: July 16, 2014, 09:15:54 AM
As a test I went for a Forbes Magazine article, remembering that they are among the "noisier" sites, but not quite as "tricky" of a test case as Chessbase.

I grabbed a random article from a topic I recalled from last month, Congress mulling suing the President.

My version of the converted article is at:

1. It seems to matter if you are logged in to your Readability account. So even if the buttons are there, take a look to see if you are logged in. (I'm frowning a little at their processing model, that takes whatever article you are reading from wherever, and then stores the copy on their server. But that's another thread's topic!) So in my tests, when I was logged in, your final goal of saving the page was easier. Before I logged in, copying and pasting the readability version URL was redirecting me back to the original page, which is close to the problem you were having.

Trying to guess ahead of Cranky-IE8 vs your IE11, try saving in something approaching the following ways:
- "Webpage Complete .html"
- "Webpage single file .mht"
- Fiddle with whatever you have as "Compatability Mode"

On my cranky IE8 I couldn't get the first to work at all, and the second came through with "hidden" script text from Readability, in the form of an ugly "how did we (Readability) translating this page?" survey.

2. On my PaleMoon copy of Firefox, I got your full goal of the saved page instantly with a simple as "Save as complete page html". So a new workaround could be, if you really like and must use IE11, install a copy of Firefox anyway, log it in to Readability, and then when you're reading on IE11, once you get the converted page URL like

then just flip over to Firefox, paste the URL, hopefully the converted copy comes up, and then just save-as-html like you want to. Two more clicks, but at least not the 12 you were doing!

So I hope those notes are at least closer to what you are trying to do! Do they help?



20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Readability and Reading List on: July 16, 2014, 09:03:20 AM
...when I save the converted page I get a copy of the original page and not the stripped down page (I'm smelling java!)

Okay, since I saw this thread pop up again, I decided to just go ahead and sign up as much for my own benefit as anything!

Your reply to my notes added some new info - that we're talking about IE11 apparently, so that narrows down the browser.

Now we get a slightly different problem in that I am on XP, so I only have IE8 (and it's getting cranky on me!) and my various copies of Firefox.

So that gets me closer to your original question, and hopefully you can modify one of these further hints and get to where you want to go. PS it's a nice concept for an addon!

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 14, 2014, 04:45:26 PM

Nah. I'm a Panda Bear. : )

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Readability and Reading List on: July 14, 2014, 04:42:33 PM

Hmm. I'll trade you being a 4 fingered typist who somehow managed to get to 30 wpm, vs *never* having written a .bat file ever! So I'll go sideways in my attempt to work on your concept and problem.

I just glanced at Readability, but I'm not up for signing up for a service just for this post. My specialty is more user-level tweaking offline tricks to do stuff.

Some ideas:

1. Make a folder on your desktop called articles. Make a bunch of empty text files just by copying one and hitting Control-V until you get "copy of copy of copy of copy of newfile.txt" or whatever. Point is, you use Readability to strip the page down, then select the article, and paste it to one of the empty text shells, and rename it as you like. Bonus of this is you add your own name to what the article means, vs the site default page name. Downside is sometimes pages use pictures for part of the article.

2. I discovered a while back, a fast and dirty hack addon called "QuickJS" (Javascript) which toggles Javascript on and off in one click. (When you said Java, I think you mean Javascript, a different thing and a whole other thread.) So sometimes you just toggle that off, load the page, and it stops five of the seven other dumb things from loading. Then you "Save as html only", and while it looks a bit ugly, it tends to be pretty small all told.

3. "Links Files". If you're really cruising, and this time keying on the "memory problem", I have used text files with 2 line entries. (I get lazy and call the files like "July 13 links" but name them whatever.) So then you just copy the link and smash it into the text file, with a 7 word description of what it is. This is when having 20 separate items could overwhelm you in a folder, but 20 items in a text file isn't so bad if you have them in two week batches.

4. This last one is a bit different. Let's say there's an article (or a TV show!) that has just one incredible part and the rest is blah. Then you can do things like use Mouser's SC Capture to capture the exact part, then dump it into Tom Revell's Stickies. (If this sounds remotely interesting there is one more advanced trick for later.) Point is, you didn't want that entire 3000 word article, you wanted 2 sentences that changed your life for a week.

So there's some stuff!

23  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Firefox add-on - MAFIAAFire now adds "PirateBay Danciing" - quick review on: July 14, 2014, 09:22:49 AM
Now, I don't know how long the website  has been blocked by MBAM, but to me this looks suspiciously like stealthy censorship

I wouldn't be surprised. I've noticed Chrome giving me errors/warnings when I go to some sites. It doesn't happen very often, but... Those sites aren't exactly mainstream, and I can see why someone would want to censor them.

To me this spills over into a bigger issue, merging "copyright concerns" with "security warnings". I expect a legit "security warning" to be ... about security.

But when the IP gang pressures a browser to report a site as "unsafe" really bugs me, because it tries to play the gen public's honest attempt to be safe, for a few loose ends.

My best example is Primewire.ag showing up in Firefox/related's lists as "an attack site".

Now I'll listen to one of my betters here, but it generally seems like cheap tactics.

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: South Park moves behind Hulu paywall starting Sept 24, 2014 on: July 13, 2014, 07:34:00 PM
Oh my god! They killed South Park Fan respect!

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Rant Thread! on: July 13, 2014, 12:04:57 AM

Heh well first I got my first BlueScreen in months/years! But I assume that's just a fluke caused by other things.

But more to the point, not only is the image still there, but now the color scheme is inverted! (In Chrome).


So who knows. It's not a big deal, just kinda interesting.

But I will leave Ghostery on in PaleMoon and/or Firefox, because this is another time it seems to pick up a few things that AbBlock isn't. (I think one of those other ones was the whole "ping.chartbeat.net" thread.)

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