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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas] on: Today at 05:06:13 PM
Laptop related:

looking for something to soften the sharp edge of a laptop - the edge your wrists might rest on.

I find when typing I dont lean on that edge, but when surfing I do - which causes wrist problems.

Roll up a bath towel and secure it into a roll with some hair elastics. Use the stretchy terry type that resemble sock loops, not rubber bands (rubber bands wear out and pop too easily). Then set it in front of your laptop and use it as a wrist rest.

I use one made from a kitchen towel as a wrist rest for my mouse, otherwise the edge of the table or desk cuts off the circulation to my hand.

Or perhaps a piece of this stuff, meant to cushion sharp table edges and protect small children, attached to the front edge of your laptop.

The only 2 problems with using that cushion stuff is that you'd probably not be able to close your laptop completely, and you wouldn't be able to clean it very well when it gets grimy. At least with the towel, you can undo it and toss it in the wash.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 06, 2015, 05:36:47 PM
[...][20 tips in one post][...]

 cheesy

I told you this just comes naturally. It's like breathing to me.

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PS do the 'soda bottles' have to be strong plastic in order to hold the expanding water/ice?

Thanks for reminding me about that. Forgot to mention what you need to do to prevent the bottles from splitting...

Fill them about 90% and give them a good squeeze to remove the air, as you tightly cap them, so they will be partially collapsed, looking more oblong than round. That way when they expand, they won't burst. This is more important to keep them from bursting when you have it on your lap than when it's in the freezer, since shortly after your body heat hits it, there is the potential for a very sudden, loud, visible, ice shattering expansion. It's similar to the sudden shattering that occurs when dropping an ice cube in a room temperature drink, but on a much larger scale.

Soda bottles also have a funny shaped bottom to keep them from exploding under pressure from the carbonated beverage they were designed for, which also helps when they are full of ice. But if that is the only direction it can expand, you will never be able to stand the bottle up again, and there is still the potential for the side of the bottle to split.

Oh, and I hope I don't have to say this, but don't rest the frozen bottle on bare skin unless you like pain & frostbite. Always keep a layer of cloth of at least t-shirt thickness between you and the bottle.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 06, 2015, 02:52:59 PM
I've been wanting to start a thread titled something like "Does this exist" - which could probably give you a few ideas. I have two requests along hackable lines at the moment, so will try and get that thread going later today.

I'll be sure to subscribe to it. smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 06, 2015, 02:07:16 PM
I was thinking I could lay one above the other, with something in-between so they stay separate - that way I'd be kept cool as well as the laptop. (It's been over 100°F / 38°C for the last few days now - and it's still not air-conditioning country...)

They do make ones that are meant to stack, too:

http://www.amazon.com/Bak...oling-Rack/dp/B00BDSHCPE/

I don't know how stable that would be on your lap, though, since it was designed to sit on a counter that stays still.

Also, if the exhaust fans on your laptop is blowing hot air out of the bottom, it will likely cause you to be even more uncomfortable, blowing the hot air right through the racks and directly onto your lap. At least the cutting board I suggested would shield you from that and therefore could make you feel cooler.

You could also place an icepack or 2 on your lap, under the cutting board, without any worries about the coldness of it causing a condensation issue that could damage your laptop. The cutting board would be thick enough to protect the laptop from that. And while you might end up with a wet lap if it is humid, you'll be sufficiently chilled enough to not care how hot the weather is. In fact, you might need to take a periodic break to warm up and prevent frostbite.  cheesy

One of these rolling pins, filled with water and frozen, then placed on my lap while I am working or doing whatever (seated in a chair) is one of my summer survival tools. I have also been known to fall asleep hugging it during especially hot weather. 

A 1.5 liter soda bottle recycled for this purpose would work, too, and you could keep a couple in your freezer, so you can swap them out periodically. That way you always have a frozen one ready to use while the other is refreezing.  It could also adjust the angle of the cutting board to make typing more comfortable, by raising the front of the cutting board, rather than the rear of it. Wink

And you might want to keep those frozen bottles in your freezer year round, if you have the room for it. Filling up the empty space in your freezer with bottles of water will save you money on your electric bill by preventing the compressor from needlessly kicking on so so frequently, as it tries to keep all the empty space cold. And in the event of a power failure, the frozen bottles will help keep your freezer cold and your food from spoiling.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 05, 2015, 08:06:08 AM
Oh, and the other problem is that I haven't figured out how to lifehack myself a decent digital camera, yet, to take pics for a blog.  tongue
ebay? (we're not going to let you get away with it, we all want you to start that blog Grin Thmbsup)

I do have every intention to get myself a camera, hopefully before the end of the year, but if you want to see that blog, you guys are going to have to make sure you submit problems for me to solve, on a regular basis.  Wink
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 05, 2015, 01:28:02 AM
App needs to start a blog with all here crazy life hacks.

This!  +1

The problem with that is I don't even know what is or is not a life hack until someone has a problem that needs solving and I look at how I solved a similar problem or how I would solve it. It just comes so naturally to me that I don't really give it much of a thought. And apparently, it's something that runs in my family, and none of us consider it to be much of a special skill. We are all just natural problem solvers and will use whatever we have access to, to do it.

My cutting boards are a recent attempt to have "husband proof" placemats on my kitchen table, with enough weight to keep the table cloth from sliding. I would have used clear glass cutting boards or even a big round custom cut glass table topper, but that's not "husband proof", and therefore not worth spending the money on.

And my daughter's idea for the cookie cooling rack came from an immediate need to have something to elevate her laptop off the table to allow air circulation, that could replace her previous method of using 4 empty tuna cans. (her boyfriend, not knowing any better, tossed her tuna cans out with the recycling, so she went looking around his apartment for something else to use, and ended up borrowing one of the cooling racks she found in his kitchen.)

Oh, and the other problem is that I haven't figured out how to lifehack myself a decent digital camera, yet, to take pics for a blog.  tongue
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 04, 2015, 06:33:38 PM
If you have a flat, level tray of some sort, that is comfortable to your lap, you can just stick a cookie cooling rack on top to provide better ventilation for your laptop. My daughter and I use one on a table, with our laptops. (it was her idea, so I bought a 2-pack)

http://www.amazon.com/Bak...h-Nonstick/dp/B00091PNTI/

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(I am currently using mine with a large plastic cutting board. I suppose you could use this on your lap as well, setting either the front or back feet of the cooling rack into the groove on the cutting board, to keep it from sliding.)
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any ideas for an entry-level "how to use a mouse" tutorial? on: July 04, 2015, 05:27:33 PM
I have something I was working on, that is still unfinished, but may require a bit more in fine motor skills than she may currently have.

Similar to TaoPhoenix's idea of setting her loose with MS Paint, is my bead designer: http://arussoprojects.tk/2012/09/bead-designer/

You simply click a colored bead from the row at the bottom, then click any bead in the grid to change it to that color:

[attach=1] (actual size)

It is very unfinished, far from being ready for public release, but the part I just described is working quite well, if you want to try it with her (after giving her some time in MS Paint, of course). If you do want to try it, send me a PM and I'll share with you what I have done, so far.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 03, 2015, 06:51:03 PM
First there was the single player wilderness survival game, Don't Starve, then the multi-player version Don't Starve Together...

Now, introducing Don't Starve IRL, the version in which you can assume the identity of your favorite character, such as Willow the Firestarter, and play in a real wilderness:

California woman gets lost, gives birth, fights off bees, survives on apples and starts a wildfire.

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 03, 2015, 03:52:11 PM
How about a blog about shoplifting?

http://call-me-stickyfingers.tumblr.com/

Here's one post:

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Animal tip
*disclaimer* this MAY sound crazy, but believe me, it works.
Step 1: obtain an animal that scurries fast. Go to petco and purchase either 10 rats/10 white mice/3 ferrets OR obtain a farm pot bellies pig/hen/or boar. My aunt higgith once obtained a keckle of geese that she personally lifted from a nearby town farm.
Step 2: store animals in an inconspicuous container. Make sure it has air holes for breathing so your animals don’t die.
Step 3: drive to a store you’d like to shoplift from
Step 4: enter the store carrying your hidden animals of choice
Step 5: when no one is around, release your furry friends into the isle and watch them scurry and scamper everywhere
Step 6: immediately run to the nearest SA and tell them you saw a rodent/animal
Step 7: the SA will typically call in a special code in their walkie talkie or will have to alert their supervisors that a live animal is on the loose. Remember: the more animals scurrying free the better!
Step 8: steal all the shit you want! At this point the entire store will be trying to locate the pest and will probably not be paying attention to any cameras. Innocent shoppers may get frantic and scared of a wild boar making its way through the store and soon chaos may take over the store, inciting frenzied crowd syndrome
Step 9: while the store is chaotic, steal steal steal! Shove shit down your pants, eat a bag of chips while you’re at it, and empty the registers! Take a shit right inside the toy isle! LP won’t be paying attention
Step 10: leave! Run! Remember to only attempt this crazy tip once every five years or so. My aunt Higgith once released a bucket of rats and 3 guinea pigs into Target and she was able to get away with $4k worth of shit while the entire store was under terror

It gets crazier...

Many years ago, while I was working at a large discount store in a high crime area, we had an incompetent clerk that worked the pet department that on more than one occasion, let all the parakeets loose. They were flying all over the store, dive bombing customers, while she chased after the birds with a net.

While this was going on, one time, someone got the bright idea of shoplifting some stuff from the electronics department (my department). Little did they know that there was a guy whose sole job was to watch that department on camera, and no matter what was going on elsewhere in the store, that was still his only job.

They made it out of the electronics department with whatever they were trying to steal (I received a phone call from the camera watcher to not say anything and just let him go), only to be stopped at one of the exits by a couple of rather large off duty police officers (that were hired to work security for us) standing in his way. As soon as the guy watching the cameras saw the dude stuff merchandise down his pants, he made the radio call to our security guys, with a full description of what he looked like, then tracking him through the store on camera, while talking to the officers. The officers knew just which door he was headed for and met him there.

The moral of the story is this: Animal control is not the job of security people. Never assume that it is.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 03, 2015, 02:31:25 PM
Something's bothering me, if they're only a month away, I'd hope it was rock solid! But it all still sounds like there are fundamental basic bugs going on!

As a former AOL user and all the experiences I had with upgrading to their new releases, I would recommend waiting at least 4 months after public release, before upgrading to Win10. By then you'll have enough reports of issues to know what you'll be getting yourself into, enough official info on what to do about common issues, and Microsoft will have had a chance to fix the big, potentially fatal ones.

I have no plans on being among the first to upgrade, later this month. I have no plans on installing Win10, till maybe after Christmas, since I do need my computer for work and I'd hate to leave my employer high & dry during the height of the Christmas shopping season, while I sort out Win10 upgrading issues.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 02, 2015, 07:40:08 PM
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13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: July 02, 2015, 05:24:26 PM
Relevant to this topic (trust me on this)

A Quick Puzzle to Test Your Problem Solving Skills

http://nyti.ms/1JzqUrx
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 02, 2015, 01:37:32 PM
Just a silly thought...

The "save" button in most software shows a floppy disk icon.

When was the last time you used a floppy disk?

It would have been 2006, to install drivers for a controller card, but I couldn't get a floppy drive to work in that machine, and ended up trading controller cards with my father, who had one that had drivers that could be installed from within Windows.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent your mom tips on: June 30, 2015, 01:29:36 PM
I don't get it. What's a mom stick? huh

A parody of those stupid, useless but expensive products that companies try to convince first time moms that they need to buy, otherwise their kid will end up all screwed up.

Kind of like this one. That's a "Mom Stick", right there.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychic_driving

All those "learn while you sleep" deals use the gimjmick above.


Other Mom Sticks include:

  • life insurance for infants, purchased after being convinced by a sales agent that it's an investment, and their kid will probably never be able to go to college unless they purchase a policy now, that they can borrow against later.
  • Encyclopedia sets, purchased for newborns that can't even read yet, that end up outdated before the kid hits middle school. (not so much these days, but historically speaking, before the internet age and Wikipedia, new parents were Encyclopedia Britannica's biggest customers, worth over $2000 in purchases, each)
  • "Miracle" blankets that cost $40+ each and don't do anything a $10 3-pack of receiving blankets can't do.
  • Baby wipe warmers (your child will not be psychologically scarred for life if you clean their bottom with a room temperature wipe)
  • Cheap piece of polyurethane foam for $45
  • Infant swimming classes (your infant can still drown in a few inches of water, even if you sign them up for all the infant swimming classes in the world)
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 30, 2015, 12:28:57 PM
Oh FFS! ...The icon for their "All New" MS Edge browser, is a $^%#& Blue 'E'!!?! Seriously??!!??

You have to understand what decades of a blue E has done to the minds of the simple users, the ones that the rest of us wonder how they ever managed to turn a computer on. To them, the blue E means the internet. That's all they know and understand. They won't be able to handle a change to another symbol. They would get lost and never be able to figure out where the internet is. They will flood ISP tech support hotlines asking where the internet went and how to get it back. As long as there is a blue E in sight, they will understand and click it, and life for them will transition to Win10 much easier.

Unless of course you would like to personally handle all their "missing internet" complaints?  tellme
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent your mom tips on: June 30, 2015, 12:36:30 AM
I don't get it. What's a mom stick? huh

A parody of those stupid, useless but expensive products that companies try to convince first time moms that they need to buy, otherwise their kid will end up all screwed up.

Kind of like this one. That's a "Mom Stick", right there.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent your mom tips on: June 29, 2015, 04:22:59 PM
Here's another good one, from the same series:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqDLcYkQ54U" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqDLcYkQ54U</a>
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 28, 2015, 03:51:57 PM
I was going to ask why so may seem to be in panic mode, when we have an entire year to upgrade, and the clock hasn't even started ticking, yet. But then I think you answered it:

I am an IT security professional with a degree, dang it! I will not be out-smarted by a software upgrade offer!!! Wink

Yup, I get it...can't let the machines win, even if you aren't an IT security professional with a degree.

It's been awhile since I had that human vs. machine control freak part of me really kick in, so I kind of forgot about that whole battle that causes some of us to stop eating, lose sleep, and completely lose our minds, until we win.  cheesy

Thanks for reminding me.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows’ account to peddle adware on: June 22, 2015, 05:06:10 PM
And now someone comes forward with this useful info site: http://helb.github.io/goodbye-sourceforge/

Which, among other things, includes this advice:

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How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 21, 2015, 05:22:23 AM
Leaked E-mail Between Jeb Bush and his Graphic Designer

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After teasing us for months, Jeb Bush finally blew his load and announced that he’s running for president in 2016. Along with this campaign announcement came a brand-new logo reveal:

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Whaaao.

We had an intern hack Jeb’s Android and found the e-mail correspondence between him and the logo’s graphic designer:
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 20, 2015, 04:41:46 PM
Given the personality of your average cat, staunch Libertarian  undecided

http://www.theguardian.co...ity-is-acceptable-to-them
 (see attachment in previous post)

Everyone knows cats are royal dictators.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 20, 2015, 07:02:03 AM
I posted a recent spam support ticket I received: http://www.donationcoder....35756.msg382045#msg382045



ha ha Grin
I could probably mange a few of those - but (as a beginner) it would be hard to exactly predict the ensuing medical condition cheesy
(Were you able to make a few suggestions?)

I sent him a whole list, at the top of which were blink, marquee, frameset, frame, and font. Wink
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 20, 2015, 06:55:22 AM

Has he chosen Mayor Stubbs as his running mate?
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows’ account to peddle adware on: June 16, 2015, 10:39:45 PM
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At this time, we present third party offers only with a few
projects where it is explicitly approved by the project developer, or
if the project is already bundling third party offers.

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