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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: March 09, 2019, 08:02 AM »
I am still working through Clifford D. Simak.  Currently Earth for Inspiration, one of a series of collections of his short works.

I had a similarly frustrating issue with the Moto phone I just got rid of. No matter how many Apps were listed the close all button didn't show up until I got down to the last one.

Interesting, my Moto G5+ shows CLEAR ALL at the top of the list all the time, unfortunately because the most recent are always shown at the bottom you need to scroll to the top to see it.

@Miles: Old Tesco HUDL v1 with Android 4.2.2 can only clear one at a time here.

You can add a Clear All function but it'll require root and the Xposed framework.

i tried a few of the one click root without PC apps and none of them succeeded.  At this point I think I will just live with it.

Speaking of Moto phone my free service will crap out soon.  Supposedly Metro supplies the e 5 plus for free with the $50/month plan.  If that is true I may go for it.  With 3 GB of Ram it must run better than my current phone.

btw thank you both for replying.   :Thmbsup:

The frustrating bit for me is the thing saves the list across boots.

That's actually one thing that I love.  I don't lose an app unless I explicitly close it.

My tablets all have 1 GB or less of Ram.  I would not mind if it saved the list if it was optional or I could close them all with one shot.  The repetitive swiping is wicked lame.

On older Android versions I used to use Advanced Task Killer (by Rechild, couldn't find it in the Play Store anymore) to kill off unused programs, but I started it manually only, as I didn't want it to kill apps 'under my fingers'. I think I stopped using that around Android 5 or 6, but it should still work on those versions. AFAICS, killing an app is the only way to close it's (remaining) views.

To kill a bunch of background apps I use RamBooster.  But in this case I am just trying to get rid of the windows without developing some kind of chronic thumb injury.  8)

My tablet has android 6, but it is a Samsung Galaxy S2, so if what Ath says above is true, it could be jist because it's a Samsung device.

The frustrating bit for me is the thing saves the list across boots.  Often I have to manually swipe 20 or 30 windows away.  It's really lame to have to do that on a regular basis. It is such a time waster.

I think you may be right about the Samsung only aspect.

Even my Kyocera Brigadier phone with Android 5.1.1 has that 'close all' button. And when you press it, wait a few seconds to give apps time to close and then reopen that screen, not one of the apps has been terminated. Manually closing any of the apps in that screen results in the app reappearing in the screen in a random location. So it looks safe to say that this functionality may only work properly from Android 6.x.x or higher.

What happens on my Alcatel phone is the windows all close but if one is of an app still running it may squawk.

TMK that close-all feature first appeared on Samsung devices, and later also on other brands (nothing to compare with though), but only recently was added to stock Android.
Sometimes it requires to 'shift the list aside' to reveal the Close all feature, have you tried that?

I could not find any way to affect the windows as a group.  Is it a gesture?  I may have gestures disabled. 

What version of Android is on your tablet?  Mine has that function, and I don't even have the latest version on the tablet.

It is Android 6.0 on an RCA Viking 10.1" tablet.  My cell phone has Android 6.0 and a "close all" button.  It seems the apps that are supposed to do it only work on phones.  I tried a few and gave up.

Edit:  It is one of those with the tablet in a case with built in keyboard.  I wonder    if that makes a difference?

Non-Windows Software / Android 6.0 tablet recent windows close all?
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:23 AM »
My Android 6.0 phone has a button in the recent windows list to close them all with one tap.  What I want to know is why my Android 6.0 tablet cannot do the same?  All the apps I have tried do not work on the tablet.  It seems a tad strange that no utility can do it.  I am not talking about a kill running apps button.  Just one that closes all recent windows.  My tablet saves them between boots.  Sometimes I have to individually swipe 20 or 30 windows.  This has to have a fix somewhere.   >:(

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: January 08, 2019, 09:16 AM »
Continuing with Richard D. Simak, I just completed Time and Again.

I will start Time is the Simplest Thing today.

I have a thing for time travel stories.  :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: December 14, 2018, 08:04 AM »
1809 done today on one laptop, so far no issues, fingers crossed

Hahaha. :D    Made me LOL.
In my years of implementing conventional 3-tier client-server networks and thin client (Citrix) server farms (all Windows-based), it would have been verboten to suggest "fingers crossed" as being a passable/acceptable implementation risk management strategy!
Yet the reality would seem to be that that is exactly what Microsoft are implicitly/tacitly expecting users to do.    :o

Maybe we should create a statue of the W10 Logo and slaughter a calf?   

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: December 04, 2018, 12:17 PM »
Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10
my small experience of Edge is that it was/is actually a great browser -- never used it much though as not much in the line of addons. (I'm still avoiding Chrome myself, fwiw)

You may want to try the chrome based Opera.  There is an Opera AddOn that enables it to use most chrome extensions.  Also it runs multiple exe instances but does not go crazy like chrome.  With default settings it uses fewer instances while still being fast.  A good compromise.  The start page quick launch thing may be kind of quirky but you can beat it into submission with patience.  :)

Non-Windows Software / Re: open IMDB Android app with search anyone?
« on: November 21, 2018, 11:46 AM »
I found a little "Voice Search" App that is smoother than using the microphone icon.  I put a shortcut where I could access it from all screens:
It is a freebie by Prometheus Interactive.  For simple stuff like IMDB lookups voice works well.  Only thing is you need to wait for the
tone before speaking to get all of the string typed in.

I forgot I had it.   :D

Non-Windows Software / Re: open IMDB Android app with search anyone?
« on: November 21, 2018, 10:08 AM »
You know you've just made it more confusing, they're shutting Google+ down and the only mention I could find of a Cmd key in Android was a thread you started here asking what it was used for in reference to one particular device ;D

I think it is a Mac thing. My RCA Viking has it on the keyboard but not my RCA Voyager.
The Voyager is stuck at Lollipop.  Walmart is still unloading them with Android 5.  I think
the online update was taken down years ago..

Also now in my notifications I have an option to go to Youtube, Facebook etc..  Where this
stuff is coming from I am not sure.  All my devices do pretty much what they want rather
than what I want anyway.  Sometimes it takes me 1/2 hour to update 2 apps.  Sheesh.

Non-Windows Software / Re: open IMDB Android app with search anyone?
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:39 AM »
Thanks for the replies.  It seems to be a Google+ feature.  If I select text
and press the Cmd Key I get a Menu and one of the choices is IMDB. Clicking
that works as expected.   :Thmbsup:

Non-Windows Software / open IMDB Android app with search anyone?
« on: November 17, 2018, 12:08 PM »
Anyone know how to open the IMDB Android App and search in one shot?

What I am doing now is typing
IMDB some search string

into a browser.  But that is losing out on the Android App altogether.  There must be some trick to open Android Apps with an argument.

I guess I miss the Windows "open with" type of deal.  All my devices are Android and I have not figured out how to avoid running an app and waiting for it to open so I can type in whatever I want it to do.  The newest Android I have is 6.0 so nougat and newer tricks will not work for me.  One of my tablets has Android 5 so if it worked from Lollipop up that would be ideal.

Living Room / Re: Has anybody stopped to think[...]
« on: November 17, 2018, 09:30 AM »
Has anybody stopped to think maybe...just, maybe?

I might be willing to Think Maybe if there was something in it for me.  However, I cannot think what that might be without thinking for nothing, thereby defeating the purpose.   :D

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: October 25, 2018, 12:35 PM »
Continuing with the works of Cliffor D. Simak today I started on
The Werewolf Principle

Living Room / Re: SmartPhone battery "hot swap" and charge info
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:15 AM »
Thanks for the reply Shades.  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / SmartPhone battery "hot swap" and charge info
« on: September 17, 2018, 02:26 PM »
I have a couple of smart phone battery questions.  A link to an explanation is fine in each case as my searches have not stumbled upon any concise explanations:

1) Smart phone "hot swap" - what exactly it gains you.  Do you have to shut the phone down to swap etc.?

2) Wireless charging.  Can you lay batteries on a charge plate or do they have to be inside a phone or other gizmo that provides a charging circuit?

I am getting by for the moment with a vanilla Alcatel smart phone but I may be tempted to buy something more advanced in the future.  I am curious about these features but web articles I find seem to assume the reader already knows the details.

Living Room / Re: Strange !!
« on: September 12, 2018, 12:56 PM »
@anandcoral: Maybe you forgot to turn on the brilliant LED flashing white and red lights that all husbands are obliged to wear on the tops of their heads (white light over the forehead, red on the back of the head).
For convenience, I have my lights affixed to my bicycle helmet, which I wear whenever I go out, day or night. I also have a GPS in the helmet, but my wife prefers to rely on the lights as they are less technical, and she finds it easier to look out the window of our 7th-floor apartment to see if I am travelling down the road.
Unfortunately, I absentmindedly had my helmet on back-to-front the other night. My wife couldn't tell whether I was coming or going.

Sounds like the perfect companion to Outrage Express which bccs all your incoming and outgoing email to your better half.   ;)

There is a convoluted work around to enable the hidden admin account - you can then login as admin and reset local passwords on other users. I have used this method to help clients but don't want to publish the details here - though a quick google search will help ;-)

Not sure there is a solution if you use an MS account to login other than their password reset tools online.

This link to a tutorial may be helpful:

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: August 17, 2018, 12:30 PM »
Speaking of old times, remember those scifi paperbacks with two novels and a book cover on each side?

No!  I'm in the UK, and that may be why.  :(  Cover art was a problem for me in itself.  I never bought, say, Analog as a teenager, worried I think about the flak I might get others seeing the lurid covers...  I must have missed out on a lot of good stuff.

Here is one of the double paperbacks I had:

I remembered the title "Envoy to the Dog Star."

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