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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas] on: July 07, 2015, 07:23:26 AM
Laptop related:

looking for a keyboard light that does not use USB -
*or*
a light that does use USB - but without having a projecting connection. Something like many power cables which have an 'L' shape connector would probably be good.

Logic:
anything that projects out from a laptop I'm using gets knocked around on a regular basis - and will break (including probably breaking the USB socket).

(Note: it appears from amazon reviews that most lights are far too bright.)
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas] on: July 07, 2015, 07:20:49 AM
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.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas] on: July 07, 2015, 07:20:03 AM
Thread for queries like:

I'm looking for a product that works like [xyz] - does it exist?
*OR*
Can it be made/modified/hacked using something else?


I suggest one query per post - but it's a free world ;-)
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Partitioning or Not w. single HDD? on: July 07, 2015, 04:43:46 AM
^ Lots to think about here ^
(thanks all)

I would normally move the 'My' folders to a separate partition. On my desktop, I have temp and data on a separate drive, but dont have that option here.
Am encouraged that you have these in separate partitions on the same drive Shades (and dont seem to be having any negatives).

I see that appdata on my desktop (also Win.7x64) is at ~ 7GB (!) That would have to be backed up anyways, so I will have a look for options for moving it (this seems a bit complicated and requires a -- presumably non-oem -- windows install disc, which I dont have).
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 07, 2015, 03:38:02 AM
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.
well,
I'm glad I asked about that Wink
 thumbs up
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 06, 2015, 04:07:11 PM
[...][20 tips in one post][...]

 cheesy

PS do the 'soda bottles' have to be strong plastic in order to hold the expanding water/ice?
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any ideas for an entry-level "how to use a mouse" tutorial? on: July 06, 2015, 01:36:27 PM
after App301 posted his [her] bead designer

FTFY smiley
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Partitioning or Not w. single HDD? on: July 06, 2015, 10:45:46 AM
Are we talking Spinner or SSD?

forgot to state that - it's a spinner smiley
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Micro-review: Scapple on: July 06, 2015, 10:43:47 AM
Also, you can drag and drop any other file link into VUE, and a link gets created with the name of the file.

Guess I better try VUE out...

Unfortunately VUE's shortcuts are unusable with a qwertz keyboard. (I tried changing the VUE language to German in the hopes that the shortcuts might change - but no luck.)
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Partitioning or Not w. single HDD? on: July 06, 2015, 09:39:57 AM
Wondering about pros and cons of partitioning a single HDD  [*not* SSD] machine (laptop as it happens, Win.7 x64).

1) If you partition, you can back up data and system/OS much more efficiently.
1a) But maybe there's a way to create an image of your system excluding the data/images/etc.? (I will have to check this one out myself too - I installed Aomei Backupper Free on the machine.)

2) I believe that if you dont partition (OS / Data) the harddrive will be read much more efficiently and less stressfully?

Are there any other factors? - or thoughts smiley
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Micro-review: Scapple on: July 06, 2015, 08:36:37 AM
Having played a bit more with VUE recently, one area where it might have an edge over Scapple is the way it handles images and file links. You can just drag and drop an image file into the body of VUE and use CTRL+SHIFT+close/open bracket to increase or decrease the size of the image incrementally. in Scapple I wasn't able to change the image size, which becomes a problem if the image contains text that needs to be legible.

I'm trialling Scapple and resizing images works fine here (and it's still version 1.0 which was released in Oct. 2013).

It's polished; very keyboard friendly, but the lack of linking to files might be a dealbreaker for me (as it doesnt look as if they have any plans to update it).

Also, you can drag and drop any other file link into VUE, and a link gets created with the name of the file.

Guess I better try VUE out...
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 06, 2015, 07:24:35 AM
Cousin Joe Twoshacks - Lucy Skidmore
video worth watching too thumbs up

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLbBFRJyR-w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLbBFRJyR-w</a>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLbBFRJyR-w

indirectly via Joe Cartoon & 40hz:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4G1YyVITsI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4G1YyVITsI</a>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4G1YyVITsI
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Managing Flash in your browser on: July 06, 2015, 07:13:43 AM
will try those later -
thanks eleman
Thmbsup
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Managing Flash in your browser on: July 06, 2015, 06:37:27 AM
Your best option is still Firefox (I use 32 bit ESR, not the latest shiniest coolest one) + flashblock

I installed Firefox ESR on laptop last night.
I had to disable Flashblock [FB] with it, in order to play YT videos - they showed with FB on, and thought about starting - but would not play properly.
Will check it again tonight, to see if that was just startup hiccups.

[Yesscript sounds good thumbs up]

Meanwhile Iron browser is okay with YT (I guess cause it's HTML5), but if a video is embedded in a page, it cannot even show the page :-/
I did change some settings (allowing disallowing various plugins) - will try and see if there's a default settings button...

90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 06, 2015, 05:44:10 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.

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.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 06, 2015, 05:39:02 AM
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/

I'll have to find out what these things are called in German so I can order here :-)
(Not being a baker of things, I wouldnt even have known what to call them in English.)

Cause I like the idea -
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...)
Also the angle would be better: if I work even for a short while with my hands bent at the wrist, my wrists start complaining (and they're [I'm] having to work extra hard at the moment being on crutches).
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 04, 2015, 04:46:29 PM
Snarky Puppy, I'd assume... name of the band?

I'm a bit on the slow side at times - thanks wraith smiley
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Software with this feature on: July 04, 2015, 04:41:52 PM
Dopus also does a reasonably advanced sync - and could be used as IainB suggests with xplorer2
but I dont know if sync or backup is what is required @ednja ?
_________________________

First off, I have suggested that the redundancy in Filter #1 be addressed/eliminated.
Second, whether what is required is "sync" or "backup" would probably depend on the definition of those terms.
In any event, I was not advocating either "sync" or "backup" per se at all, it was merely that the image I posted showed xplorer²'s two-pane Sync Wizard's options (filter) being used (used with other settable filters, it's a very powerful tool for comparing/amalgamating files in separate directories/media).

yes, points taken.

I was also at the time thinking that I had been recommending sync software (very flexible sync software, but still), and was hoping @ednja would chime in with some more info (and general feedback on suggestions made).
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 04, 2015, 04:23:57 PM

enjoyed thumbs up

btw what does 'SP' mean?
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 03, 2015, 01:44:45 PM
Didgeridoo often doesnt do much for me - but I enjoyed this one

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXBGZoBYaLY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXBGZoBYaLY</a>
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 03, 2015, 12:07:12 PM
I use this one with my 14" laptop: Fellowes Portable Laptop Riser GoRiser Notebook stand.

It's plastic, so it's OK to use in the summer, and it folds, which makes it portable.

okay,
been using this a couple of days now:

# it works fine with my 15.6" laptop - the weight of the laptop pushes it down at the back - which makes it approach my 'level' surface ideal
# is stable here, and has good grip at the back - I mean where it rests on your legs
# it is nice and cool for me - I think it's okay for the laptop too: the vents dont match those on the machine but it seems to be alright

so, five stars smiley
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: reverse smilie (: on: July 03, 2015, 10:13:33 AM
I think it also makes great counter-culture. (:
[...]
A search for (: at both DuckDuckGo and Google turns up 'no results'.
This means I've learned how to 'drop out' with a smile. (:

I've noticed deozaan has been doing that for a while, let's see ...

(c:

his one is an extra happy drop out  cheesy
98  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Request: Power alt-tab on: July 03, 2015, 08:59:17 AM
^ many thanks for those tips lanux thumbs up

item #1: that has something to do with SC itself. i have highlighted this to mouser
that could well be the case,
but the main Screenshot Captor window does show in the regular Alt-Tab (and does not show in the AHK script version of AltTab).

I do remember there being some problem alright with SC though undecided
was it that it disappeared from Alt-Tab when a dialogue (e.g. preferences) was open?
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Software with this feature on: July 03, 2015, 05:15:53 AM
Dopus also does a reasonably advanced sync - and could be used as IainB suggests with xplorer2
but I dont know if sync or backup is what is required @ednja ?
100  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Request: Power alt-tab on: July 03, 2015, 05:07:58 AM
Sorry for the flurry of edits to previous post:

attached below is the file AltTab.AHK - as shown in screenshot above, but a more recent version.

[attachimg=#]

Note:
# it misses my open Screenshot Captor window.
# I cannot figure out how to access the settings tab
# it is not showing in the tray here (AHK scripts normally do)

I havent explored the context menu (as shown in previous post - you can access and modify hotkeys from there.

(Win 7 x64)
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