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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: November 18, 2014, 05:32:54 AM
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27  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox windows and CPU slow-downs and restarts on: November 18, 2014, 05:30:59 AM
I noticed on the 33.1.1 release notes it has stuff about selection delay and focus problems still unresolved.  33.1.1 seemed flakier than 33.1 so I went back to 33.02 since I had the installer already.  Hotmail reacts better than using 33.1.1.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 17, 2014, 04:32:24 PM
It had a familiar ring to it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...ork,_neither_shall_he_eat

And for taking jobs away I've heard in the US there are a lot of "customer service" phone banks being run out of private prisons.  Tough to compete with a prisoner who has room and meals provided by the taxpayer but is only getting a paltry hourly stipend.

I'd be surprised if there wasn't a 60 Minutes story on it.  People talking to a "customer service representative" are likely unaware the person was incarcerated.  I'd wager con men make the best reps.  smiley
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MBAM: how is it starting automatically with windows?? on: November 17, 2014, 12:22:16 PM

MBAM told me she did it on purpose because I was flirting with SAS.

It's okay to flirt with SAS.  just don't flirt with disaster.  smiley
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MBAM: how is it starting automatically with windows?? on: November 17, 2014, 12:20:47 PM
You could use AutoRuns or WinPatrol to find where it's being launched during startup.


AutoRuns is more comprehensive.  WinPatrol is easier and catches most of the startup stuff, but not all.

31  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: November 17, 2014, 12:16:59 PM
Someone on TenForums posted they had no problem doing a clean install with the 9879 Enterprise ISO.  So I don't understand the stuff about not being able to save changes.  Maybe it's just there to discourage those out of the loop or something.   huh
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Speed record by a rocket-bicycle on: November 17, 2014, 12:10:32 PM
Wile E. Coyote would be proud.

 Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup

He was my first thought! Grin



Hmm, if it says Acme on the bike I suspect a hoax.  smiley
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: November 17, 2014, 11:23:55 AM
void ReadTomorrowsNews()
{
    Sleep(24*60*60*1000);
    ShellExecute("http://www.nyt.com");
}
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: November 17, 2014, 11:19:17 AM
This is my favorite bit of prank code.  On non-microchannel machines running OS/2 you could hang the machine using debug in a Dos window to create this program.

cli
jmp $

I think they finally virtualized the Dos interrupt flags in OS/2 2.1 which eliminated the hang.  On microchannel a non maskable interrupt would fire after so many milliseconds if the interrupt flag was not reset.



I know it's old and retro, but I think I remember from one summer camp (maybe?? heh!   ) That you wreck the hardware of a BBC Micro with some bunch of commands that could even start a fire!



That's taking it a bit far.  Also it would put the lie to the adage "you can't hurt hardware with software."  But there's exceptions that prove the rule I guess.  smiley

I seem to remember another one that put jagged lines on the screen in full screen mode with sound effects that made you feel the monitor glass was shattering.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: November 17, 2014, 05:45:03 AM
This is my favorite bit of prank code.  On non-microchannel machines running OS/2 you could hang the machine using debug in a Dos window to create this program.

cli
jmp $

I think they finally virtualized the Dos interrupt flags in OS/2 2.1 which eliminated the hang.  On microchannel a non maskable interrupt would fire after so many milliseconds if the interrupt flag was not reset.

36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where do you buy your printer ink? on: November 16, 2014, 03:17:57 PM
Amazon of course smiley

You can get burned on Amazon just as easily as anywhere else.  Sad

I hate how they've gone all "eBay" (aka marketplace) without making it more clear that you're not always buying from Amazon. )c:

It would be nice if someone came up with a "bid filter" for searches.  Like anything where you have to bid rather than make a straight buy doesn't show up at all.  I'd bid $1 for that AddOn.  smiley


Bid? I have never had to bid on anything on Amazon. Never seen anything like that.

What I was referring to, and think Deozaan was too, is the 3rd party merchants, some of which are quite scammy. You know, the ones selling cheap stuff with outrageous shipping costs, things not quite as described, and sometimes even counterfeit goods (be very careful buying a copy of Windows on Amazon, avoid all 3rd party merchants).

What I mean is a filter that blocks any merchandise for bid in results.  I've wasted lots of time on bargain or best price sites only to come out after 2 links to something for bid.  The bidder shill game is old news.  But they rely on a sucker being born every minute.
37  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: This is an old one so the solution is probably here somewhere on: November 16, 2014, 09:59:48 AM
@questorfla could you check the total number of files in the tree?

One way is just to right click the root folder and click Properties.  If it is 4096 or less, MD5Hash can do it.  Just drag and drop the folder on a running MD5Hash or use the ancillary program to install the shell extensions. Once that is done, right click the root folder and click MD5Hash.


When done you can cut the results to clipboard and paste it into any editor such as EditPad Lite 7 which does line sorting.  The results are shown as the MD%Sum string followed by white space, then the full file path.  One file per line.

Edit:  This assumes all the files are in a tree with a single root folder.  Hidden and system files are ignored.

Edit2:  During testing I calculated MD5 for folders with some video files over 6 GB thrown in.  It completed with correct results.





38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where do you buy your printer ink? on: November 16, 2014, 09:47:21 AM
Amazon of course smiley

You can get burned on Amazon just as easily as anywhere else.  Sad

I hate how they've gone all "eBay" (aka marketplace) without making it more clear that you're not always buying from Amazon. )c:

It would be nice if someone came up with a "bid filter" for searches.  Like anything where you have to bid rather than make a straight buy doesn't show up at all.  I'd bid $1 for that AddOn.  smiley
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Instead of Debian based I tried Debian 7 in VM on: November 15, 2014, 03:37:22 PM
I have a few VMs I run in VMWare Player with Windows 8.0 x64 as Host OS.  After installing several flavors of Linux, mostly Debian based, that were not in the dropdown list I figured why not just install Debian itself?

I used the small CD AMD64 iso to install  It comes with IceWeasel FF derived browser.  For browsing it's actually quite usable in a VM.  The only real glitch was some report about gnome 3.x not coming up, but it has a desktop with menus.  It's kind of sparse to figure out what it is.  Of course the strange feeling is how much command line savvy I've lost since I last did Linux for real.

I don't know the state of UEFI and GPT support in Debian.  I'm just getting my feet wet.  smiley

https://www.debian.org/distrib/

40  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: November 15, 2014, 02:40:39 PM
It occurs to me that the means of distribution of the Windows Ten Technical Preview has the effect of culling those participants who cannot get it to run well enough to do the in place update.

The only ISO made available after the 9841 build is the Enterprise evaluation in which you cannot save any changes.  Hmmmm.


Edit:  Since I have VMWare Player to play with I decided instead of installing Debian based flavors of Linux I'd just try straight Debian.  But that should be in another thread.  smiley

41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Speed record by a rocket-bicycle on: November 15, 2014, 02:17:42 PM
Are there any stills that show details of the machine?  The rear facing video view gives the impression he fired the rockets from a standing start.  I find that hard to believe unless he was running some hefty gyroscope.  Unless the video is edited.  Otherwise I'd expect the thing to fish tail and skitter across the raceway.
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where do you buy your printer ink? on: November 15, 2014, 09:39:51 AM
For my Epson inkjet printers I had very good luck with 123 InkJets

I used the clone cartridges.  Maybe one of every twenty I'd get a dry cartridge.  But at the price it was more economical to eat it than return it.

At least on the Epson the only thing I had to watch out for was bad directions on the wrapper.  Sometimes it would say to shake the cartridge then peel the seal off before inserting.  I found it always safer to insert the cartridge in the carriage before peeling off the seal.  Wink

I could get a whole set, magenta, blue, yellow and black plus shipping, for less than the cost of one branded cartridge in Best Buy.


Edit:  The odds held pretty steady for me.  The way I avoided getting stuck with no cheap replacement cartridge was to order more when I was down to only two of a color.  Of two cartridges I never found both to be bad.  It's anecdotal but one bad out of twenty seemed to be about right.  I adjusted the "net price per cartridge" I was paying to include the shrinkage and shipping and it was still a bargain.

43  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Possible to make application point to a directory within the drive it is on? on: November 14, 2014, 05:31:14 PM
I don't have a fix but perhaps a more convenient work-around. I have 2 free utilities on
Miles Ahead Software

They are both hotkey program that sit in the tray.  The first is Home Folder.  It detects the home folder for the active window.  As example if Firefox is the active window and I hit the Home Folder hotkey, if Firefox.exe is in C:\MyPortables\FirefoxPortable that Explorer window should open.

The other hotkey is PastePath.  When you hit the hotkey it pastes the path of the last Explorer Folder window that was active.

Using them in combination may be like, you are going to save a download file so first hit HomeFolder hotkey.  The Explorer window opens.  Now do the save download in the program.  Put the caret in the input line for the dialog and hit the PastePath hotkey.  The last Explorer folder window active will be pasted.

A kludge but if you paste directly in front of the save file name you get the complete path so just hit OK.

Please see the Readme.txt files in the downloads as Explorer must have certain folder view settings for these hotkeys to work.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: November 14, 2014, 05:55:17 AM
@Edvard that is weird.  What happens to me that's similar is I try to answer someone's question that is video related.  I haven't done any video conversions in several years and have forgotten most of what I knew.  After a search I click on the most closely related hit.  Then in the thread I find my own post from back when I knew some of the stuff.  Deja Vu all over again.  smiley
45  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 14, 2014, 05:28:48 AM
I'm a bit surprised most of the discussion is about the legal implications, instead of the technical implications of this announcement, here on donation lawy.. ähm coders.

Is anyone involved with Mono?  I wonder what the implications are for its future.
46  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 06:26:12 AM
Embrace. Extend. Extinguish. Once again.  undecided

Beware of geeks bearing gifts.
* Stephen66515 offers 40hz a gift

 Grin

No thanks.  Grin Grin

What would I do with a big wooden horse anyway? Wink

I always thought collecting large wooden horses was a bit of a strange hobby.  smiley
47  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 05:56:37 AM
Embrace. Extend. Extinguish. Once again.  undecided

Beware of geeks bearing gifts.

Is it just Cloud for the foreseeable future?  It mentioned something about core components becoming open source.  Sounds like we have to write them doesn't it?
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 32bit vs 64bit question on: November 12, 2014, 03:13:14 PM
I agree with Shades it will take awhile to catch up.  One thing we may see is a return to multiprocessing rather than multithreading.  When resources were relatively scarce it was a good idea to spawn another lightweight thread rather than another process.  But with 64 bit one could let the OS handle more of the address space integrity chores and just fork another process rather than doing all the semaphore/mutex stuff by hand.

Also with huge data space one could do things like map an entire 16 GB or larger DB file into ram instead of relying of the caching algorithms.  The difference from 32 bit to 64 bit is vast compared to say 24 bit address space of 286 type systems to 32 bit.  So it stands to reason it may take a bit longer(is there any plausible deniability if I say no pun intended?) to utilize all the resources.

As for the holding back by executive decision that may be a factor also.  I don't have the experience to make an educated guess how much of one though.

49  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: eBay AddOn via FF Update? on: November 12, 2014, 10:02:41 AM
Thanks for the info.  I don't know why these update developers feel it's their God given right to just do whatever while they are at it.  I could just imagine the same thing for surgeons.  "Yeah, I was performing the hysterectomy and thought it would be a great idea to add an ice maker while I was in there."   smiley
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox begins its mass rollout of ads on new tab tiles on: November 12, 2014, 09:26:42 AM
MajorGeeks gives us laugh at this novelty.

You may want to consider ViewMarks addon to change that page.
(Just wished it synced with browser clean history option)

Mozilla, where are you going?!

Is there a secret handshake to download these AddOns? They all seem to be circular links.

Edit:  never mind.  I googled.  smiley

Edit2:  I have to say FlexBar is kind of lame.  I clicked the Menu Bar, it goes away, no way to get it back except restart.  Of course I forget the hotkey to restart(if there is one) so I have to kill then open, since there's no Menu Bar.  Strange AddOn.  Sad

(Hovering the mouse per the docs did not work )

I'll try the ViewMarks though.  Currently I'm using FVD SpeedDial.  Ok but none of these dials seem to have everything just right.


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