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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: why MS Word breaks format on: May 29, 2015, 01:56:20 PM
Some programs allow you to use ctrl-shift-v to paste without the copied formatting.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi, the new Web browser for power users on: May 28, 2015, 11:31:50 PM
I remember when Chrome first came out, I wasn't very impressed by it. But after a while it showed significant improvement and I gradually made the shift from Firefox to Chrome as my primary browser.

Back when Google Chrome launched, I downloaded the beta, played with it for a few minutes and promptly uninstalled it. Dismissing it as pointless and redundant (not to mention not nearly as good as Firefox).

Recently I found out my brother uses Chrome and I asked him why and he mentioned a couple of things that got me interested in trying it again: It launches faster than Firefox and each tab runs in its own process so if one tab crashes it doesn't bring down the entire browser.

Maybe Vivaldi will follow a similar pattern.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 8GB I7 256GB SSD on: May 28, 2015, 11:25:23 PM
I stated in another thread that I recently got the Surface 2, which is an ARM device running Windows RT. And I'm almost in love with it. If only it ran full Windows, which the Surface 3 does, I'd absolutely love it!

I would definitely buy one, especially the one mentioned in this thread (Pro 3, 8GB RAM, i7, 256GB) if it wasn't so expensive. Kiss Kiss Kiss
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hola VPN sells users' bandwidth on: May 28, 2015, 01:32:26 PM
I installed Hola as a Chrome extension some time ago (within the past year) when I first heard about it from someone who is less technologically inclined than I am asking me if it was safe to use. (In fact, I still have it installed (disabled) as I write this--something I'll fix right away!) It seemed to do what it said, but I also didn't like the idea that all the traffic was being routed through who knows where.

I said that it looked like it was probably safe to use if you really needed to, but I recommended to always disable the extension when she didn't need the VPN features so that she could be sure it wasn't "spying" on her (gathering her information or using her services) in any way.

Looks like I was right to do that.

Thanks for sharing this.  Thmbsup
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 24, 2015, 03:18:23 AM
Warn all your friends about the dangers of the Selfie Stick with this PSA:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fmQs37YqXg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fmQs37YqXg</a>
6  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Contraption Maker is FREE this weekend! (23rd May 2015) on: May 23, 2015, 12:38:17 PM
Don't know if this is common practice these days, but the one who thought this up deserves to be taken out back...

It's not that uncommon for games that are frequently updated, such as MMOs. But I have to admit it's a bit puzzling as to why they chose to go this route.

I suppose it's a form of DRM. It won't download the game until you've verified with their servers (by logging in) that you legitimately own it.
7  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Contraption Maker is FREE this weekend! (23rd May 2015) on: May 23, 2015, 01:01:03 AM
Thanks! It worked.

But what does this even mean?

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They tell me 2 rules, tell me my password matches 2 of 3 rules, then tells me 4 rules must be met.

I found some other weirdness with Home, Page Up, and Page Down inserting characters (the letter "k") instead of navigating the caret in the text fields.

These minor quirks aside, this looks to be a fun game!
8  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Quickly toggle between Aero and non-Aero themes on Windows 7 on: May 22, 2015, 03:03:31 PM
Another possibility is to make one theme with Aero, and save it as a custom theme. Then do the same thing with a non-Aero theme. Then you only have to click the custom themes to switch between them.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 21, 2015, 11:33:51 PM
Build 10122 for PCs released to Fast Ring

http://blogs.windows.com/...view-build-10122-for-pcs/

That's the one with the AMD crash warning linked above.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 21, 2015, 02:05:08 PM

Ok... that's way beyond f'd up. I get the joke... but stuff like that should just be a joke and not reality. Just... wow.

This is very off-topic for this thread, but if you follow the source links, you'll see an interesting game of "Telephone" happening where the story gets further and further from the truth with each rewrite. By the time The Mary Sue got to it, it was already pretty distorted. (Also, what's with "news" outlets citing other "news" outlets as their only source?)

Here are some quotes from comments on various sites:

Quote from: pdragon57
The Daily Mail says she was just surfing the web, she didn’t have enough money for a motel so hung out in the internet café. Also she gave birth in the bathroom stall not near the computers. There are surveillance images of her coming out of the toilets.

Quote from: Nocturama
From what I get from the Chinese source, my read of the situation would be: she had a fight with her family that caused her to leave home to travel to another province, then her money got stolen. Internet cafes are open through the night, and the birth took place at four in the morning - I suspect she went there more for a cheap place to stay than to satisfy her gaming/internet addiction.

The details surrounding the birth (it took place in a toilet, she was shaking, she refused to wash the blood of her hands) sound pretty terrible, that's why I suspected she might have suffered from some kind of shock or breakdown, which might explain why she sat down in front of the computer again and appeared calm (admittedly, I'm no psychiatrist).

So there is probably some combination of factors that made her refrain from going to the hospital until it was too late - e.g. she had no money, she had a fight with her family, she was in a foreign town.

All in all, I feel bad for her and hope she and her child will be alright.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 21, 2015, 01:07:14 AM
In Edge [aka Project Spartan], the new tab page -- which appears whenever the user requests a new tab -- is much busier, filled not only with images of the most-frequently-visited websites, but also news and other content from MSN, as well as apps Microsoft happens to highlight.

Ew... mad
12  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 04:07:51 PM
undecided I'm considering...

related comments

It should be noted that that particular thread is for Windows XP. I'm not sure how/if it relates to Windows Vista/7/8/10, or if the patcher would work on anything newer than XP.

As for the patcher itself:

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http://virusscan.jotti.org/en/scanresult/f7e7c18a2b76370d0d225ac78d246660b7516c20
13  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 12:29:24 PM
I'm not sure if this is the same thing you are experiencing but I just reinstalled Windows 7 and have had problems with icons not showing in the tray when I start up. Some googling found that this is an "intended feature" of Windows. Basically, Microsoft never thought Windows would start up as fast as modern hardware has allowed it to, so they hardcoded in a length of time upon booting in which, if any programs open up, their icons will not show in the tray.

The suggested solutions I found are to slow your computer down. Or wait a full minute after the OS boots before loading your startup programs (sounds like a good use for App's Lacuna Launcher from NANY 2009!). Or rebuild the icon cache. Or edit some DLL file to make Windows not so stupid about this.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Bargain Watch software? on: May 18, 2015, 04:28:48 PM
Specifically for video games:

Is there any deal?
15  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Not-so-mini review of CrashPlan backup software on: May 18, 2015, 04:04:50 PM
Glacier sounds pretty cool if your backup storage needs are relatively small. Doing some rough calculations, Glacier would cost about $370/year for 3TB of data. iDrive is $375/year for up to 10TB of data (not counting the discount). Considering JavaJones' current usage and needs, plus the greatly discounted 2 years of service, I don't think Glacier would offer him any benefit over iDrive.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any difficulty in doing knots? on: May 18, 2015, 03:22:41 PM
Um... wat?

I'm having a hard time following this one:

Step 2:

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Step 3:

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17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Http vs Https Universally on: May 16, 2015, 01:14:25 AM
If you're serving it to yourself, SSH/SFTP/SCP into your server. Thmbsup
18  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Rusty's Real Deal Baseball: Most Effed Up Game Ever on: May 15, 2015, 01:24:33 PM
Here's another take on the game:

James Recommends: Rusty's Real Deal Baseball

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHauJJRMl74" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHauJJRMl74</a>
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 14, 2015, 10:14:58 PM
I believe that Chrome updates extensions similarly to how Android updates apps: If it doesn't require any new permissions, it silently updates. If the new version requires new permissions that you haven't previously granted it, it still updates it, but disables it until you explicitly give the OK.

In my (admittedly limited) experience with my Nook, it asks me, each and every time that an app wants to update.  They're on my notification screen, and I have to respond in order to get it to actually download and install the updates.

That may be a Nook-specific customization, or you may have at some point disabled auto-updates in the Play store, in which case it would just notify you that there are available updates.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 14, 2015, 01:46:31 PM
I believe that Chrome updates extensions similarly to how Android updates apps: If it doesn't require any new permissions, it silently updates. If the new version requires new permissions that you haven't previously granted it, it still updates it, but disables it until you explicitly give the OK.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a Sci-Fi short story about time travel on: May 11, 2015, 01:06:36 PM
Was the compilation mentioned here before? If so, perhaps it was in The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories mentioned in this thread.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Surface RT - I got one. on: May 09, 2015, 10:35:51 PM
Deozaan, the outlook is pretty bleak for you. Windows RT is officially dead as the word has come down from the mountaintop in Redmond.

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This thing would be so amazing if I could just run my usual Windows programs. . .

Why, yes it would and...yes, those things are amazing when running Windows programs. Unfortunately, you have to pay a lot more money to get one of the Surfaces with the 'pro' moniker behind its name in order to do it.

I've never used an RT device and I'm not too familiar with them, but I believe Microsoft's entire philosophy with the RT platform was that anything that an RT device could run would be offered through the Microsoft app store. I don't believe there's any way to 'side-load' apps on those things. I'd love to be told I'm wrong, but I don't believe I am.

[EDIT]wraith808 posted while I was typing up my response (I took a long time and got distracted in the middle of writing this). We both essentially said the same things.[/EDIT]

I've looked more into it and it seems that all editions of the Surface 3 run full Windows, even the non-Pro version. That's pretty cool.

You can side-load programs on here. Sort of. I got the Surface so I could test my Unity game projects on it. After a bunch of mucking about trying to figure out stuff, I finally got a demo project installed on the thing. Honestly, I'm still not sure how to package it all up into an "installer" (or executable) without using Visual Studio to deploy the program onto the device.

But it's now considered installed on the device and I can launch it from the same place as the rest of the applications.

As part of the process, I did also have to download Visual Studio Debugger program for the Surface, which I did straight through Microsoft's website, using an installer. Not the Windows Store. So, yes, I'm pretty sure you can install whatever you want on the device without needing to use the Windows Store. But the hard part is finding something that has been compiled to run on Windows RT (ARM). And that has to be the biggest flaw of the device. It's hard to find programs compiled for ARM and the Windows Store seems fairly sparse to me.

I realize I'm talking in circles now, but... The hardware is really amazing! There's a lot to like about the Surface. Even Windows 8.1/Metro stuff works decently enough on the touch interface. But the ARM architecture is its ultimate downfall. So I'm glad to see they've rectified that issue with all editions of the Surface 3. I'm just a little bummed that I happen to be stuck with the lame-duck Surface 2.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Surface RT - I got one. on: May 08, 2015, 10:42:48 PM
Necro-thread, ARISE!!

So I've got a Surface 2. I like it a lot! Only one big problem... it runs Windows RT!

I don't know what to do with the device because everything I'm used to using on Windows is made for the x86/64 architecture, but this is an ARM device. I can't do my usual Windows things. There's no Chrome, no Firefox. And most of the mobile apps I'm used to (on Android) aren't on the Windows Store. Not even a YouTube app!

Anyone here still have and enjoy their Surface? Can anyone recommend some good apps? Anything to restore some functionality? IDEs? Instant messaging? Gmail? A browser other than IE?

This thing would be so amazing if I could just run my usual Windows programs. . .
24  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: Frameless.exe: program usage syntax on: May 07, 2015, 04:06:35 PM
And please let us know which program you're talking about.

EDIT: I think he's talking about Frameless.

Website here: http://skwire.dcmembers.c...es/software/frameless.php

Maybe this will help:

The command needs to be all on the same line:

[copy or print]
"C:\Documents and Settings\Pilgrim\My Documents\Received Files\Frameless\Frameless.exe" "C:\Documents and Settings\Pilgrim\My Documents\Received Files\001_screenshot_1.jpg" 100 100
25  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: AdGuard Premium Lifetime on sale at StackSocial.com on: May 05, 2015, 04:05:23 PM
I try to sign up to take advantage of this offer, but when I click the big green "Sign Up" button, it just flashes  "processing..." for a split second and then goes back to saying "Sign Up."
-the page is most likely waiting for the popup offer ("5% OFF your first purchase when you subscribe to receive email updates") to execute, and your settings are probably preventing popups? Nothing dangerous will happen, so you might as well turn off the filter, and take the discount.

I don't think that was it. I had already filled out the popup offer and/or closed it before trying to create my account.

Either way, I got the account created. Thanks!
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