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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Antivirus: Quick Thoughts 2015 on: May 21, 2015, 03:15:35 AM
mouser was actually unhappy with ESET Nod32 and moved eventually - but I think the problem was the firewall in the full suite:
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dumb question but maybe somebody knows how. Probably a form of Sync. on: May 21, 2015, 03:04:26 AM
If you take a look at my other post about this you can see a pretty nifty script I came up with to look for and make a list of all zero length files on the entire hard-drive.  And surprise !  it works  smiley  and just one line too.  (or two lines in batch)

where's that (dont see it above)
128  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 02:46:55 PM
Or edit some DLL file to make Windows not so stupid about this.

the most recommended (and most recent) solution is a little higher up on that page:
 undecided I'm considering...

related comments
129  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: NordVPN: 2-Yr VPN Subscription - $39 regularly $120 on: May 20, 2015, 02:39:55 PM
There's another one there:
VPN Unlimited: Lifetime Subscription
also for 39$

Sounds more basic, and with 'lifetime', who knows?
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dumb question but maybe somebody knows how. Probably a form of Sync. on: May 20, 2015, 02:24:44 PM
Syncovery will move the data - so source drive should be empty at the end if your settings are correct -
re the greyed out options - the author is extremely helpful so should be able to clarify what's going on there. There is a forum I think too.
It's not the cheapest, but it is (1) able to do almost everything** (2) very dependable, and, (3) the support is first class.

** takes a bit of time to setup - requires going through all the settings for the job
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dumb question but maybe somebody knows how. Probably a form of Sync. on: May 20, 2015, 08:13:04 AM
Dopus doesnt do this.

Snycovery looks like it can do this - but for some reason it's greyed out here:


One problem with the larger file replacing smaller is if a more recent file is slightly smaller, it will get replaced by older version - but this may not be relevant to your situation.
Syncovery gets around that by only doing it for files that have the same datestamp.
132  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 07:41:17 AM
In recent weeks my system tray has started acting up. It would stop displaying a whole lot of icons for software that are otherwise running. This is occurring randomly, i.e. after some rebooting or waking up the system tray either works properly or it doesn't.

I had that problem over the last couple of months with 7 x64 - seems to have stabilised now though FWIW. I did install a bunch of non-critical windows updates lately. Maybe one of them helped, but I really dont know.

having this problem again more often (it never went completely).
Does not seem to be related to Explorer - Windows Explorer has not crashed - not that I noticed anyways, and it's running normally as I write, with one icon blank in the tray, and about six others not showing at all.

I dont want to hide all icons behind one icon, so PS Tray Factory sounds like (the only?) possible solution. But not having been updated in five years now and with dr_andus's report below, I think I'll pass on it and see if restarting explorer fixes...

I kind of like what PS Tray Factory does and wish I could use that instead but unfortunately it does not work 100% on my Win7, 64-bit machine. Certain icons would just persist in the tray, even when I select them off, or there would be duplicates of some, with no way to deselect them. Plus some other glitches, which make me reluctant to shell out money for it.
133 Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Volume Mixer instead of Master Volume Control on: May 20, 2015, 06:04:11 AM
Please help me . I want to have volume mixer instead of master volume but I didn't understood What I have to do . Coul you place help me ?

hi horroq,
download AutoHotKey (AHK) from this page:
(there's portable and installable versions there)

Now save the script below (click the copy or print link and save with a .ahk file-ending e.g. VolumeMixer.ahk

Please try this one

[copy or print]
#SingleInstance force
#NoEnv  ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
SendMode Input  ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed and reliability.
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir%  ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.

GotFocus := false

~LButton  Up::
Sleep 250
If  (WinActive("ahk_exe SndVol.exe") )
    GotFocus := true
    Settimer, CheckFocus

If  (WinActive("ahk_exe SndVol.exe") )
    WinClose, ahk_exe SndVol.exe

Open the script with AutoHotKey.
I havent used this script so not sure what it does.
It will show in the system tray - you can right-click the icon there for options
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: May 19, 2015, 08:29:18 AM
just came across this today:
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft "Hyperlapse" tech is finally available to play with on: May 19, 2015, 04:53:22 AM
^ I enjoyed that drive Thmbsup
was impressive to see how quickly the elevation changed (I know it speeded up, but still).
And very apt music :-)
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any difficulty in doing knots? on: May 18, 2015, 05:01:28 PM
Um... wat?

I'm having a hard time following this one:

ah yeah, that does sort of jump from zero to 100 Grin

That's a knot that's used for climbing with rope and harness/belt (also with a carabiner).
I had a brief spell attempting to climb walls with a friend - I did learn that knot, but dont know if I could reproduce it now.**
The video doesnt help any - I wonder is that knot described elsewhere and they forgot to let us know about it.

** It is very important that the two strands dont 'overlap' each other. I *think* that's what they're trying to say in the last image ["Wrong"]: "a kink in the standing end is an error" - but I couldnt be sure there (standing end? - I never did learn the 'knots' vocabulary...)
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cute jokes' thread on: May 18, 2015, 07:27:26 AM
^ smiley reminds me of a video a year or two ago, where the new technological idea of 'the book' gets introduced. Two monks, I think, one showing the other how it works. (I *think* it was another one from Scandanavia somewhere.) Anyone remember that one?

yes, "of course" ... but it was 8 years ago!


It was (very) Norwegian.

thanks Curt, I enjoyed that, again
(is that typical Norwegian humour then?)
138  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Windows Defender (also Microsoft Security Essentials MSE) - Mini-Review on: May 17, 2015, 10:43:51 AM
If you want a free alternative to paid solutions, give BitDefender Free a look. It has excellent detection rates & doesn't beat you over the head with advertisements to purchase the pro version.

odd, they dont seem to give any reason to buy the full version (or did I miss it?)
I mean why bother paying 60$ if the free version is so good?
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any difficulty in doing knots? on: May 17, 2015, 04:11:50 AM
Wasnt sure from the homepage why you posted that - but when you get to the actual knot pages it is very impressive:
they arent gifs, but it cycles through the steps of the knot -
you can vary the speed, you can invert, mirror, or rotate the whole set of images. Very well done thumbs up

(the overhand knot)

Essential knots
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: May 16, 2015, 02:05:47 PM
Girl Hated For Being Too Pretty To Play Volleyball – Sabina Altynbekova

that's more like news isnt it?
The idea (my idea anyways) of 'good videos [short films]' was creative videos/films.
But I dont own it Wink

(enjoying the Led Zeppelin video as I write thumbs up)
141  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Judy's TenKey (10Key) award-winning calculator on: May 16, 2015, 01:59:19 PM
just btw:

He suggests that an easy alternative to using the "+" (shift + "=") symbol is to simply press the "#" key - not sure what keyboard layout makes that easier.

on the qwertz keyboard (German language), the '#' key is easily accessible without qualifier keys
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 13, 2015, 02:52:36 AM
ublock origin was closing tabs and such after opening them with no indication half the time, and no way to turn off the functionality other than to opt out for the entire domain.  That's what started this whole thread.  ublock doesn't have that behavior.  they also seem to work the same on the sites that I visit.

ublock for me.

that's my answer smiley
thanks very much wraith thumbs up
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 12, 2015, 05:27:54 PM
^ yeah, I didnt mean to ignore the, eh, 'non-technical' aspects ewemoa.
But after having followed a few of the other links above, it didnt seem to me that anyone is particularly at fault - my impression is that the original main guy was struggling with it's overwhelming popularity; then it was taken over by a young guy who seems to have done a reasonable job in spite of his mistakes (initially claiming authorship seems to have been his only major mistake).

Hence my focus on the technical aspects.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 12, 2015, 04:27:01 PM
I've been using uBlock for my ad blocker in Chrome for a while.  The memory footprint and cpu usage is a lot less than adblock plus, and it works well.  But recently, they added something where they block urls in requested popups by killing the tab.  It opens up the tab, then kills it.  And it's very hard to disable if you actually *want* to go to the link without disabling it for that entire domain.  So you end up not being able to click in e-mails to go to the location, even if you don't care- without potentially disabling it for those ones that directly use that domain.

Does anyone know how to disable the killing of tabs with uBlock?  I haven't been able to find it...

so, do you (or anyone else?) think that ublock is preferable to ublock origin?
(I mean preferable in terms of how it works.)
145  Other Software / Html and CSS School / Re: HTML editor for beginners on: May 12, 2015, 08:18:01 AM
One of the things that confuses me is special characters - some software show quite a range, some show very few, some (e.g. Sublime Text, PsPad,) dont seem to cater to special characters at all (or am I missing something there?).

am I even using the correct term here: 'special characters' ?
I know that e.g. quote marks need to be replaced; en dash; etc, etc (I forget what else atm but can check that out)
still wondering how e.g. Sublime Text caters to 'special characters' (which makes me think I'm using the wrong term - a search didnt help there).
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you know a free HTML editor with real time preview in adjacent pane? on: May 12, 2015, 07:40:38 AM
I'm also still learning, and I must say that Firebug is an amazing tool. Only problem is that you can only play around and not save your changes.

belated thanks David - I'm struggling along with the (very) basics but will check that out Thmbsup
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: May 12, 2015, 04:51:27 AM
Somewhere along the line we also seem to have lost touch with beloved member 40hz, last seen in february  Sad
that's been a notable absence. Hopefully he's doing okay (and just taking a break as Edvard says he was talking about).

Remember his turtle avatar was slowly fading?  That was a hint.
I hadnt noticed that -
I see it's gone completely now - and his signature is gone too! - Wish him the best and tell him come visit sometime.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Laptop suggestions on: May 12, 2015, 04:42:28 AM
If you have an idea, it's always worth checking out reviews - and amazon (or whoever) reviews, especially those that arent so positive, so as you can get an idea of the weak points. is a site I like they do fairly in-depth reviews (they are translated but generally that's well done):
Asus N550JK-CN109H

System Noise

The noise development of the dual-fan system (see screenshots in the right column) remains within limits even during high load. The fan only spins quietly when the user enables Optimus, and the GTX card is disabled. However, we measured the hard drive's consistent base noise of 33.8 dB(A). Thus, although the fans were always active they were restrained. They spun agreeably consistently without extreme fluctuations between speeds. Games produced a noise level of 42 dB(A); the stress test was only marginally louder.
they always compare with a couple of other with similar specs which can be helpful.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 11, 2015, 07:31:37 AM
When not in use remove the ink cartridges and put them in ziplock bags that have a folded wet paper towel in them.    This will keep them from drying out when left to sit for long periods of time.   Re-insert when you need to print.

if there is a separate printhead in the printer, as in e.g. most canon printers, surely that will dry out (?)
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multiple Catastrophic Failure Logic... on: May 10, 2015, 01:11:47 PM
Best of luck in the preparation and on the journey Ren
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