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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Robert A. Heinlein - atmospheric processor question on: March 20, 2015, 05:40:31 PM
I read a SciFi novel maybe 6 months ago.  I don't recall the author or title, but it was all about diverting comets to Mars to get the water from the ice.  A byproduct would be a thicker atmosphere.

Naturally there are some shenanigans to do with using the comets as weapons for ransom etc..
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 10 will be free for "genuine and non-genuine" users on: March 20, 2015, 03:07:28 PM
I think once you upgraded and got a license key, you could then find an ISO online somewhere and install fresh, using your spiffy new license key. But I could be wrong about that.

On tenfoums.com when the second preview build was provided via update only some people put together tools to extract the iso image from the update.  I guess MS realized they weren't going to keep them under wraps that way.  On the next preview release they also provided the ISO files a bit later.  I managed to use the tools to extract the image but I could barely keep my VM functional.  I had to disable a bunch of services and defrag multiple times to get there.  I'm glad MS decided to save me all that aggravation in the next build release.  smiley
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 10 will be free for "genuine and non-genuine" users on: March 20, 2015, 05:44:58 AM
To add to the confusion.. talk about ISOs being available after all:

http://www.softpedia.com/...ws-7-and-8-1-476120.shtml
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Windows 10 Latest Build 10041 available on: March 19, 2015, 04:21:49 PM
https://www.tenforums.com...-10041-now-available.html

No ISO yet.  You have to do the update method:

https://www.tenforums.com...ew-windows-10-builds.html

55  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Create Shortcut Icons for Keyboard Shortcuts on: March 19, 2015, 03:36:04 PM
I used the official download link

http://ahkscript.org/download/ahk-install.exe


as the link you provided had dead link. Sad

The link you posted is the ahk installer.  The one I'm talking about is just a utility to put a Gui front end on the compiler for stuff like setting a custom icon etc..  The links for Compile_AHK II do give 404 errors.  I posted on the thread to find out if that is temporary or where they are hosting it now.. if anywhere.  It would be a shame to lose it as it is way convenient.

Here is the one I have until we can find out where to download


56  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Find/Replace different text strings in same text file on: March 19, 2015, 10:04:12 AM
sed ?

Optionally running a Windows compiled version of that, and (nudge) using my SedTester NANY 2015 entry ?

It sounds like it may be a good match for sed.  The other approach that comes to mind would be associative arrays.  Like if the Xxxxxx could be used as the key and the lines the OP wants pasted in after could be the data.  Once the array is filled then it should be a simple matter of reading an input file and writing the output substituting the data from the array when a key line finds an array element for that key.  With unique keys if the data is changed it could just be stuck at the end of the file and it would overwrite the previous element for that key when loading the assoc array.

Some programmers who use the Windows Scripting.Dictionary object tell me it can easilly hold a million elements or so on a machine with a few GB of ram.
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Linux Mint LMDE "Betsy" Mate and Cinnamon are out! on: March 19, 2015, 09:53:30 AM
@MilesAhead, didn't know Windows 10 could be installed on old PCs too.
If so, then that would be a first for sure!

The story I've been hearing is one build works on all from phones to desktop.  But I saw one mention of specific releases for various platforms.  They may be rethinking the one robe fits all strategy.  But the posters running the 9926 build tell me it runs  on their 10 year old machines.  I've only installed it on a VM on my laptop.  All I can tell so far is W7 x64 VM seems faster to me.  But it may feel a lot different when installed on the metal.
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Create Shortcut Icons for Keyboard Shortcuts on: March 19, 2015, 05:29:39 AM
I could not see the menu option "Compile with options" after right clicking the ahk script file. However, I managed to go to the program folder and run ahk2exe and select it there. Anyway, thanks a lot for your help on this...

It is a user written utility.  Did you download it from the "for those who compile" link I posted?  It's very convenient especially if you wish to embed stuff like version number etc..
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Linux Mint LMDE "Betsy" Mate and Cinnamon are out! on: March 18, 2015, 03:28:25 PM
^^ I'm hearing W10 runs well on old PCs.  Let's see if it holds true for the RTM.
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Linux Mint LMDE "Betsy" Mate and Cinnamon are out! on: March 18, 2015, 09:37:54 AM
Ya, and i was almost first to post on LM's blog too!
Have been patiently waiting for this version.
Always liked LinuxMint and Clem sure is doing an excellent job!  Thmbsup

Not sure if this is an issue but CPU has been hanging around 50C

Otherwise, this distro was a piece of cake to install and it is truly fast!!

Every now and then I try a mint or another with KDE to check out this "Plasma" I keep hearig about.  But so far I haven't found one that shows me anything impressive afa Glass goes.  Mint is ok.  The genius of Windows is you have to keep tweaking it constantly.  It gives us something to do.  smiley
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / FF 36.01 black lag on: March 18, 2015, 08:24:03 AM
I noticed after updating FF 32 bit desktop to 36.01 I get a "black lag."  It seems banners especially don't fill in.  I look at a black area of the Firefox window where the site banner should be, for almost a second.  Then it clicks in.  I reinstalled 36.0 and it seems to be gone(fingers crossed.)
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Linux Mint LMDE "Betsy" Mate and Cinnamon are out! on: March 18, 2015, 07:50:37 AM
Based directly on Debian (not on Ubuntu).
http://blog.linuxmint.com/

Did i beat 40hz to post about this?  Wink

Looks like you even beat DistroWatch
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: my problem with programming on: March 18, 2015, 05:30:32 AM
Quote from: TaoPhoenix
I'm gonna chime in here with a couple of caveats of Basic.


Plus the fact I don't think QWBasic is to be had anywhere.  As far as I know the only Basic that may support the syntax is FreeBasic.

64  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: March 18, 2015, 05:24:51 AM
I don't want to run an unstable Nightly or a Developer Edition, nor do I want "special" builds just to run some extensions. If I'm going to go for special, unbranded builds, I might as well go for IceWeasel or Pale Moon or Project Spartan.

Plus what extension author will bother if the thing will only run on marginal builds?
I fear many will go the way of Andy Halford.
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Make Windows 8 login/lockscreen transparent? on: March 17, 2015, 01:32:40 PM
I know you can boot to desktop, but yes, I do want to keep the login. I also tend to lock my computer quite a bit.

I didn't realize Windows made such a big secret of the image file locations until I looked into it due to this thread.  Learn something new every day.  smiley
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Remove Embedded Watermarks in Videos on: March 17, 2015, 07:24:53 AM
Most of them but currently I am interested in wmv and I tried the steps earlier but it doesn't work with wmv. Thanks!

wmv can be tough since it is not a royalty free format.  You may need to either convert to another format first, or use AviSynth to produce a stream that can be edited.  This tutorial shows watermark removal using AviDemux.  Supposedly it has a built in filter.  I've used AviDemux in the past but that's a few years ago now.  The name implies for AVI only but that's not the case.

https://sites.google.com/...rmarks-efficiently-easily

also see http://www.videohelp.com
for free software that can convert from most anything to .mp4
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: March 17, 2015, 06:13:34 AM
Quote from: Deozaan
So, for my own good, you're not even going to allow me to override your decision and install whatever software/extensions I want on my own machine?

How does an open source group even come to a decision like that? How is that open?

I mainly stay away from IE variants because of BHOs and ActiveX.  But during the MaxThon 2.x days I used to enjoy that community.  Since then I would download MaxThon once or twice a year just for nostalgia.  See what the new version looked like etc..  Man those extension restrictions totally killed it.  The community is a shell of its former self.  It seems like the trend these days is hell bent on making surfing a chore to be endured rather than a fun way to pass the time.  Such a waste.

68  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: my problem with programming on: March 17, 2015, 06:00:42 AM
Get yourself a good book for beginners and let it hold your hand a bit and walk you through some manageable assignments without overwhelming you.

Along that line it may be a good idea to start with a language designed for children.  Usually the basic idea is brought home explicitly.  Elementary Basic I found in a bargain bin.  It made it clear why one would write a program, explained the solution to each problem in pseudo-code, then provided the source.  Unfortunately I guess it was never ported to anything other than GW Basic.  That came with most every Dos PC in those days.

But I would think a teaching language for children would be the way to go.  I have no idea which one though:
https://en.wikipedia.org/...amming_languages#Children
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need help cleaning virus inside HTML files on: March 17, 2015, 05:52:45 AM
This may be designed for it

http://htmlcleaner.sourceforge.net/parameters.php

You would want to check for terminating the file before the extraneous stuff at the end.  But it seems to have a flag to strip out entire tag sections such as Script etc..
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: March 16, 2015, 02:28:52 PM
Hmm, I hope it doesn't go the way of MaxThon with only the few writing extensions:

https://blog.mozilla.org/...signing-safer-experience/
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need help cleaning virus inside HTML files on: March 16, 2015, 01:52:38 PM
rsatrioadi can correct me if I'm wrong.  But I have the feeling these are for offline browsing?  Otherwise as Mouser says, why not just reset the machine to factory square one?
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Make Windows 8 login/lockscreen transparent? on: March 16, 2015, 01:46:02 PM
This may be some help:
https://onedrive.live.com...6f&id=EE0F5C6F873726F!1049&ithint=file,.ps1&authkey=!AK6GADb9ErqmeWQ


Appreciate that. If I was going to script this, that would be a big chunk of it, I'd have to think. Then we just need the login to call that and use it instead of a default color. But this isn't important enough just yet for me to take away from leisure time with the kids smiley

I tried this script but it would not let me run it due to some policy restriction.  I found an ahk script, but it failed to pick up the image file path.  Seems you can't get there from here.  smiley
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Make Windows 8 login/lockscreen transparent? on: March 16, 2015, 01:12:22 PM
This may be some help:
https://onedrive.live.com...6f&id=EE0F5C6F873726F!1049&ithint=file,.ps1&authkey=!AK6GADb9ErqmeWQ
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Make Windows 8 login/lockscreen transparent? on: March 16, 2015, 09:33:23 AM

Thanks. Now I know there are actually 2 lockscreens, and that what I'm looking for is how to put an image on the sign-in or login screen. Surfing around eightforums, it only ever mentions how to change the color of the login screen, no one seems to have figured out how to get an image there.

If anyone would know it would be in the Customization SubForum
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Make Windows 8 login/lockscreen transparent? on: March 16, 2015, 05:29:11 AM
See if these help

http://www.eightforums.co...e-change-windows-8-a.html


http://www.eightforums.co...ckground-color-image.html
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