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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Program windows contained in a frame? on: Today at 05:45:00 AM
It's frustrating for me because it's usually proper names.  Like I'm trying to tell someone about an actress and I can remember her major movies, the costars and directors, but not her name.  Drives me nuts.  smiley
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Program windows contained in a frame? on: July 21, 2014, 05:01:54 PM
Sure will.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Program windows contained in a frame? on: July 21, 2014, 04:40:26 PM
Task Space is it.  Thank you.  Just one of those memory lapses that plague me intermittently.  smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Program windows contained in a frame? on: July 21, 2014, 03:53:12 PM
I'm pretty sure it was talked about on DC a few weeks ago.  A program that let you add other program windows to its frame.  You could move them all by dragging the frame etc..

I've tried every search term I can think of with no results.  Does anyone remember this Windows utility?
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: July 21, 2014, 01:52:12 PM
Quote
Stross! The man

I just finished GlassHouse.

From the perspective of the civilization wherein resides the main character, we are living in The Dark Ages(tm.)  I won't say more to avoid spoiling the surprises.  Although I must say if gender shifting or role reversal weirds you out don't bail on the novel.  It's handled in such a way that it doesn't feel creepy.

I have a feeling the next few Sci Fi novels I read will be by this author.  smiley
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lazyload on: July 20, 2014, 03:23:26 PM
Hmm, I think in the US Constitution they count each of us as 3/5 of a person.  Unless you use a Mac.  smiley
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The art of finding on: July 19, 2014, 07:17:49 AM
@4wd  Thank you.  smiley
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Not Recognized as an Internal or External Command Error on: July 18, 2014, 03:31:10 PM
Thank you for posting the link.  smiley
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Pro System Image Backup. on: July 18, 2014, 07:32:25 AM
I used EaseUS free on Windows 7.  It worked fine.  But with Windows 8 unless you have reset things to legacy mode, you need to be sure the imaging program and restore media supports GPT, secure boot, and UEFI.

Macrium does it by default.  Also the restore media supports secure boot.  You don't have to change any of the BIOS defaults.  I haven't looked into how EaseUS has kept up.  A regular poster on W8 forums told me Macrium just does it out of the box.

The only complaint I have with GPT and all the rest of it is the backup images are larger.  I used to be able to back up my C: on W7 for about 20 GB of image file.  Now it comes in at around 30 GB.  Also instead of 20 minutes it takes more like 40(part of that being this is a Laptop and the HD is slower.)

Edit: from looking on their features chart the Free EaseUS ToDo does support GPT etc..
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google, designing the font of the future on: July 17, 2014, 04:59:07 PM
Sometimes when posting I feel like I'm using the font of the future.  The typos don't show up until after I hit the Post Button.  

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Pro System Image Backup. on: July 17, 2014, 04:40:04 PM
I recommend Macrium Reflect Free.

It will create a bootable USB using WinPE that supports UEFI and secure boot.  Also it supports GPT.  When you start it the first time you'll want to create the rescue media(the bootable USB.)  Then for the actual backup just click on the top left where it says "create a backup image that can restore Windows."  This will select all the hidden GPT partitions you need as well as the C: system partition.  If you have a factory restore partition and don't care about backing that up, uncheck it(on my Laptop it's about 10 GB.)

If the target is the USB each file of the backup set will be max 4 GB.  If the target is an NTFS partition it will make one large image file.  It does it automatically.  Nothing to click.

Once you are done I recommend you boot the USB to make sure you can see the Windows partition and the backup image set on the USB or other drive.  If so you should be golden.  The advantage of WinPE is it can use the native Windows drivers.  The paid version automatically includes all needed drivers.  But if you can boot and see all media you should be fine.  If you need to add a Windows driver the Macrium forum likely has details how to load it into the WinPE image.

Edit: My Laptop has W 8.0 preloaded and the Macrium setup and backup was smooth.  Nothing to jury rig.

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The art of finding on: July 13, 2014, 01:31:09 PM
@4wd do you know which file Advanced URL Builder uses for entries?  I'd like to just copy from FF to FF portable without entering the search engines again.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: South Park moves behind Hulu paywall starting Sept 24, 2014 on: July 13, 2014, 12:59:39 PM
Heh.  The Southpark crew should do a show where Cartman bitches about it.  I'd love to see them skewer themselves(providing I don't have to pay to see it.)  smiley
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The art of finding on: July 12, 2014, 06:15:09 AM
@4wd that's similar to how chrome adds search engines. I don't remember if there's a way to cascade them in the context menu.  But I only use chromium now for diagnosing other browsers.  smiley
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The art of finding on: July 11, 2014, 05:16:44 PM
I will make script to launch from the clipboard selecting the engine : wiki, duck duck.....

If you get something working please post it.  I'd be curious to see how you approach it.  FF context menu I can search using whatever engine is in the search box.  But it would be nicer to have a submenu with all the search engines or some other approach that's not cumbersome.  smiley
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which forums you use for PC troubleshooting? on: July 11, 2014, 05:41:14 AM
Another factor is the savvy of the poster with the issue.  On the sites I listed there's a form to fill in hardware specifics.  But there's no item for experience level or expertise.  Seems like whenever I go the extra yard to give step by step how to set a particular Windows option the person replies "I;ve been programming Windows for 20 years.  I know where Control Panel is."  It can be embarrassing.  smiley

Another stumbling block I run into when working an issue is that some posters feel that if they were thinking something when typing the problem description I should pick it up via clairvoyance.  Unless you are an exceptionally quick typist it can be easy to think you've entered more than is actually there.

And of course the classic case where the poster lists none of the remedies tried and when you suggest a fix or two you get "I already tried those. None of them worked."  Clairvoyance again being indispensable.  smiley

I find often a step by step remedy is in one of the tutorials.  I know I've seen it.  But the problem is hitting on the right search terms.  Sometimes it takes me 1/2 an hour to find a tutorial I know is there.  Of course by that time I return to the thread and someone else has already pasted the link.  smiley

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which forums you use for PC troubleshooting? on: July 10, 2014, 06:11:24 PM
It truly is amazing how you can search on a problem for days with no results, and then after rephrasing the question a bit...find hundreds of references to the correct answer.

So true.  Often I find the thorniest problems involve a term nearly impossible to search on without a deluge of irrelevant hits.  For example a problem that involves searching itself.  Also it would be cool if some AI algorithm could exclude stuff like doors, picture windows, and storm windows when searching on "Windows" issues.  smiley
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cheap LED keychain light? on: July 10, 2014, 04:20:23 PM
Pop me a PM with an address and I'll send you some. smiley

Thank you.  smiley
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Cheap LED keychain light? on: July 10, 2014, 02:48:03 PM
Meritline used to have these cheapie LED keychain lights like 4 for a buck.  Now they seem to want to get you over $5 for this plastic crap.  I've tried the local dollar stores.  No dice.

It doesn't have to be this exact model but I'm looking for a keychain LED light in this form factor cheap online.  Shipping should only consist of sticking it in an envelope and mailing.  So I'm looking to come in under $3 for one.

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 09, 2014, 05:35:20 AM
The other most popular Constitutional Misconception I think is that therein is stipulated something about The Two Party System(tm)  The totally contrived effect of the two currently dominant political parties haranguing.  In the subconscious Joe Sixpack must be converting a vague memory of a legislature with two bodies, House and Senate, into this channel of thinking.  Like the commercial that tells you it's two, two, two mints in one we get the crap that if there's a Democrat and a Republican this is all inclusive.  Reading it is more fun for seeing what's not there at times.  smiley
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 08, 2014, 05:04:57 PM
The thing that cracks me up is many people think the section that goes
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,...

is part of the Constitution.  They think the Constitution was written to guarantee individual rights rather than delineating the governmental setup.  I tell them if the purpose of the document was to proclaim individual rights the "Bill of Rights" would not be amendments.  They would be right near the start like in the Declaration. Unfortunately for us the Constitution is the document that binds, not the DOI.  Joe Sixpack has heard the "self evident" part so often he just thinks that's what keeps the cops in check.  smiley
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which forums you use for PC troubleshooting? on: July 08, 2014, 04:33:14 PM
Many of the regular posters on the Windows forums I listed are IT/Support professionals current or former. Many of the retired ones just enjoy working the problems and try to help.

I've been on them for several years.  They don't solve every problem.  But just the Tutorials section alone has a wealth of info.

In fact when I first got a Vista PC pre service pack I found the Vista forum to help me tweak it. I've been posting there ever since. The same group who runs the Vista forum runs the others.  There's already a Windows Nine waiting for the OS pre-releases.

I'll also look through HowtoGeek on occasion.  Some good nuggets there. Used to be you could find fixes to the really quirky issues on the annoyances forums.  I don't know if they are still active though.

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Not Recognized as an Internal or External Command Error on: July 08, 2014, 03:31:40 PM
Right click on Computer,
click Properties,
click either Advanced Tab or Advanced System Settings (varies with Windows version)
Environment Variables should have a button near the bottom.

If it is blank you should be able to find example path,comspec and extended path strings on google.  My system path includes:

%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static

I have a 64 bit system.  If yours is 32 bit you won't have C:\Program Files (x86)    it will just say C:\Program Files

Edit:  If you have W7 see this
http://www.sevenforums.co...associations-restore.html
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which forums you use for PC troubleshooting? on: July 08, 2014, 03:22:14 PM
If you are looking for Windows specific advice then I highly recommend these:

http://www.eightforums.com/
http://www.sevenforums.com/
http://www.vistax64.com/

I'm not sure what is highly rated for XP these days.

For video stuff on any OS a good resource is
http://forum.videohelp.com/

I'll leave it to others for Linux and other OS.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook plays with your mind on: July 07, 2014, 06:27:41 PM
More like it rots it AFAIC.

Hmm, perhaps they were the ones responsible for "rot13" ?   smiley
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