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176  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop Battery Record! on: August 12, 2014, 04:13:53 PM
Odd, cause lithium camera batteries run down a lot quicker in the cold.
But, in fairness, that is different from actually freezing the things...

And regular batteries will last a little longer if you warm them.
177  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: August 12, 2014, 09:50:46 AM
And, knowing how to properly open a super-mega-fizzy bottle is a learned skill. I tried a few ways, and have now settled on a solid method that works for explosively wild fizziness. cheesy
you want to be careful you dont have exploding bottles ohmy


One last thing... Using a fermenter is way better than just doing it in bottles.

no understand -
you mean instead of 'bottle-conditioned'? does a 'fermenter' make it like in a barrel?

Ren's Draught Ginger Ale smiley
178  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: SharewareOnSale newsletter on: August 10, 2014, 03:17:55 AM
Stop promoting your crap site. Giveaway rogue site all user beware.

you having a bad day coolng?
If you want to say the site is crap, fair enough, but there's no need to insult the poster.
179  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶c̶k̶e̶r nag tool that makes me take billable notes on: August 10, 2014, 03:15:26 AM
THat would be Stick A Note from Anandcoral.
Haven't used it myself.
180  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: August 09, 2014, 06:11:31 PM
^enjoyed, especially the first one Kiss

You may have heard this one too, NSFW I guess (no video so I just give the link) Gin and Juice - The Gourds (cover Snoop Dogg)
181  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶c̶k̶e̶r̶ nag tool that makes me write billable text on: August 09, 2014, 03:30:49 PM
Brett's Title Log (Link to most recent version) was also make in AHK ...
182  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: August 09, 2014, 01:57:43 PM
Hah, you got in ahead of me Ren -
I wanted to post yesterday about my latest aquisition but the connection went:
it's a similar adjustable safety razor from Gillette. They were made from 1959 up to '86. Not sure how old my one is - I got to say I was amazed by the shave - clean, easy, very smooth; I'd have to try hard to cut myself with the thing (I used use an older similar style no/unknown-brand non-adjustable razor, if you didnt 100% focus while shaving, you'd take a chunk out of yourself...)

(Took a nice pic of it but it's on main machine, will post tomorrow or sometime.)

183  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶c̶k̶e̶r̶ nag tool that makes me write billable text on: August 09, 2014, 01:41:58 PM
yes, you weren't looking for something like Anuran when I was suggesting it smiley

So I suppose this is the solution for the time being -- or is anyone aware of a tool that combines the features of Anuran ("nag me for descriptive text regularly") and a Titlebar tracker ("record the time spent in your projects' files") into ONE application?

this would be very nice - wonder would Skwire be interested...
184  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶c̶k̶e̶r̶ nag tool that makes me write billable text on: August 09, 2014, 01:03:49 PM
YESS! Anuran most probably is THE tool I am after. Thank you wraith!

as I suggested twice already tongue
185  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords on: August 08, 2014, 01:13:25 PM
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In total, more than 420,000 web and FTP sites were robbed.

Robbed? huh

We really have to come up with a better word to describe digital "theft" that leaves the original unharmed and intact. If someone stole my refrigerator by making an exact copy of it and leaving me with my own copy... would I really care? Would I consider it theft?

I get your point, but,
in this case, it could depend on whether they could empty your copy of the fridge, or not undecided
186  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a time tracking tool that makes me write billable descriptive text on: August 08, 2014, 09:43:13 AM
And to add a tool that's been mentioned here before (and I've had it installed for eons, but hardly ever actually, actively, use) Manic Time
IMHO it has the features you ask for, though I've not investigated much.

I've not used Manic Time, but looking at a feature summary, it, and TitleLog - that I mentioned above - both prompt you to 'explain' what you were doing if away from the computer.

Like David.P, I'd like to keep better track of what exactly I'm doing, also within individual projects. I like the idea of being prompted when leaving a window - what exactly was I doing there?
When I think about it, in my case I could be working on any number of aspects of a job within the same file/window, so maybe something like Anuran that pops up every X minutes would be the thing for me...
187  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a time tracking tool that makes me write billable descriptive text on: August 08, 2014, 08:28:51 AM
Here's an old thread - I suspect you wont find exactly what you want but there may be something of interest there:
Best way to track the time you spend on each project. Some people on second page there combining two apps - Anuran from Skwire, and an app - like your one I think that keeps track of window titles and time spent - FWIW there's two of those on dc, old, but may still work:
WorkCoach
Title Log
188  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New "censorship" technique on Youtube on: August 08, 2014, 08:01:19 AM
The Youtube message:

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This video previously contained a copyrighted audio track. Due to a claim by a copyright holder, the audio track has been muted.

I've not seen that before, and assume it's relatively new.

They used do that a few years back - but maybe that was just here in Germany. I've also seen videos where the music was replaced by YT with copyright free music.


oh yeah,
Miles! you've been hanging around with too many skinny models !! tongue
189  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes self-start problem on: August 08, 2014, 01:24:15 AM
Seems like these BSODs started sometime about when I began running MalwareBytes, or when I switched to a slightly newer video card....

video card seems the more likely culprit -
but it is easier to replace mwb and see how it goes.
190  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 07, 2014, 05:34:41 AM
Snowden's lawyer announces a three year extension granted to asylum.
Just heard it on the radio  - dont see any reports online yet, hang on here's one:
http://www.wsbt.com/news/...snowdenextension/27349448
191  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 07, 2014, 02:04:46 AM
...It's a powerful image, the tall grey man...
Yes, perhaps it could be a powerful image - if you allowed it that - but it is still just a simple metaphor (a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable - a thing regarded as symbolic of something else), and thus it would seem irrational to enlarge the import of an imagined and intangible thing so far as to use it as a putative explanation for something somehow shaping mankind's perceptions throughout the course of our modern history.

In this thread it was used as a symbol of what can/did happen to the individual during the growing-up process. In the 'did' case at least, it is not symbolic of anything 'imaginary' - but yes, I agree: it's not an "explanation for something somehow shaping mankind's perceptions throughout the course of our modern history".

The writer of the article definitely has an "external locus of control", he doesnt seem to realise that his problems (of being depressed/jaded with life) can only be solved within himself. Otherwise I think his article is a fairly brilliant rant against the dark sides of our society, and a good description/example of disillusionment with ideals. He comes across to me as completely genuine btw.

Re the history bit in your post Iain - and the in-depth sermon on religion:
  • 1) if I know the history, should I then not be personally affected by war and everything it involves?
  • 2) let's see, this will involve a few sub-items:
    • a) off-topic in this depth for this thread
    • b) off-topic for dc (religion and politics - even worse: the two combined)
    • c) are you trying to persuade us, or yourself, about Israel's can-do-no-wrong reputation? (the author doesnt even seem to be picking on Israel, so I'm not really sure why you're posting all this stuff)

(For the record, I am no fan of Hamas.)

See now what I mean about your man's article being brilliant: he even has aspects of my post covered:
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And, maybe most poisonous, maybe most soul-crushing: somebody said something I don’t like that makes me feel frightened and threatened! It’s time to put on my superhero costume and forward unto battle!

Except it doesn’t matter. Because you’re not really changing anybody’s mind. How often does that little skirmish end with anybody changing their mind at all, even a little bit?
- See more at: http://zenarchery.com/201...ted/#sthash.y4fzgYlF.dpuf
192  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: August 06, 2014, 05:54:03 PM
Saffron survived anesthesia and just got back home to begin some rest and recuperation  thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up

I'm happy Kiss Kiss
193  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR's launch history cleared on full shutdown (win8.1) on: August 06, 2014, 01:22:53 AM
Using /t 0 implies the /f (force) switch for shutdown, that may probably be why it doesn't send the pre-shutdown event to all active applications?

I dropped the /t 0 part and FARR was okay after reboot - it remembered the launch history thumbs up thumbs up
194  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes self-start problem on: August 05, 2014, 02:58:01 PM
I didnt get a chance to read any of those^ links yet, but I remember when 2TB drives came out, reading an article saying that if you made a smallish partition, say 150GB, that the speed of that partition would be a lot faster - the claim was along the lines of: the bigger the drive, the faster that partition would be. But I dont know how multiple platters fit into that.

I have two internal  drives on my desktop - the OS on the first drive has about a 150GB partition, the remainder is used for backup of data from the second drive - which means it gets used very seldom. I'm happy with the setup, but I've never compared it to any other setup in the same machine.

Will look for that article - I may have saved it on that machine.
195  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 05, 2014, 02:49:12 PM
Not sure whether to post or not, but...

I'm glad you did.

me too thumbs up


As adults, we're prepared to deal with these things much better (and continue skipping). We can reject that tall man. As kids, it's not so easy - he frames your reality in ways that you cannot understand or reject.

I think he/it** still frame most peoples' realities when they are grown up - without them even being conscious of it.

** whatever those experiences were.

It's a powerful image, the tall grey man...
196  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My first 408... on: August 05, 2014, 02:32:27 PM

 cheesy from that:

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418 I'm a teapot (RFC 2324)
197  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / FARR's launch history cleared on full shutdown (win8.1) on: August 05, 2014, 11:13:17 AM
FARR's launch history cleared on full shutdown Windows 8.1 / x64

I've noticed that FARR's launch history gets cleared when I do a full shutdown** (had to do a couple today) - a 'normal' shutdown doesnt seem to have any effect on it.

** Full shutdown done via desktop shortcut:
C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0

I dont think I've changed any history options - let me know if you want any details (I couldnt find any that would do this but may well have missed something).
198  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 04, 2014, 10:18:17 AM
I think the cause of the malaise is much simpler.  Think back to when you were a kid skipping down the street.  You were happy for no particular reason.  In fact it was your default state of mind.  Adults smiled to see you skipping along so care free.

Then one day as you skipped along you encountered a tall man in a gray suit with gray felt hat.  He gave you such a disgusted look.  You slow down in reaction.  Then the gray man says "You are tool old to be skipping" all mean and nasty.

[...]

The only way to turn back the clock on the downfall [...] is to go back in time and skip down the street no matter what anyone thinks or says about it!

sounds good to me thumbs up
199  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Big savings PayPal Germany Customers-Hard Goods on: August 02, 2014, 12:40:39 PM
^ thanks for the recommendations thumbs up

smiley
200  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Big savings PayPal Germany Customers-Hard Goods on: August 02, 2014, 12:17:58 PM
Thanks cmpm,
FWIW I'd be slow to buy anything from that site for various reasons -

  • too far away (Hong Kong)  in case there is a problem
  • outside EU, customs & excise may get involved with the delivery
  • most [many] of their products are no-brand
  • I looked at routers - one on offer had a review saying first they couldnt find the firmware, when they did, it was only in Chinese
  • ...
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