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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 27, 2015, 09:49:40 AM
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Only the file extensions changed!? So MouserRulez.txt becomes MouserRulez.zzx? Was the content still there, so if you as a test manually changed it back, it would reappear?


no no. the extension change is just a symptom, the actual file contents are strongly encrypted -- so there is no way to retrieve the contents without being told (by paying the culprit) the secure passphrase used.

For more information see http://www.2-viruses.com/...o-decrypt-encrypted-files
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Documentary film online: THOSE WHO ARE JESUS (2001) - 3 people with god delusion on: June 26, 2015, 07:42:45 PM
Very interesting watching:

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A documentary which presents four compelling individuals who have each had profoundly religious or revalatory experiences and have extraordinary stories to tell.

With a tolerant and inclusive approach, the film offers different positions of explanation of such experience by featuring such experts as Dr. Peter Fenwick (Institute of Psychiatry), The Very Reverend Colin Slee (Southwark Cathedral), Prof. Eileen Barker (Sociologist at LSE), Dr Trevor Turner (Homerton Hospital) and the Hearing Voices Network, alongside of the points of view of the subjects.

The result is an examination of conflicting and convergent discourses surrounding what psychiatrists term "delusions of grandeur".


Original page: http://www.pinkpink.demon.co.uk/paradogs.html


from http://mindhacks.com/2015...n-the-palms-of-your-hand/
128  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Alias - Display <string> in description? on: June 26, 2015, 07:22:07 PM
how strange.. i might have to look into this.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 26, 2015, 06:48:03 PM
I got a call a couple of days ago from a relative in a panic -- all of their documents, images, etc. suddenly had new random file extensions and could not be opened.  Did I know what had happened and how to fix it?

Unfortunately it was all too obvious what had happened and there was no easy fix.

They had fallen victim to a ransomware virus -- some variant of CBT, and the only real way to recover the files was to pay the criminals (they wanted ~ $600 USD) to provide a password to decrypt the files.

What made this attack particularly damaging is that this relative, who is pretty computer savvy and a heavy pc user, had a bunch of additional hard drives connected to the pc -- a few backup drives, some download archive drives, etc.

And the virus encrypted everything on all drives. Ouch.



And that's what brings me to this post.

Many of us who perform frequent backups may get lazy and leave our backup drives (with backup drive images, document backups, etc.) connect for prolonged periods.

This is a huge risk when it comes to things like viruses/trojans/ransomware.

While there are lots of things you can do to protect yourself from being attacked, one thing all of us who regularly make backups should do is keep external backup drives DISCONNECTED except when being used to update our backups.
130  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: [BUG] Pixelate sometimes fails on pixelating text on: June 26, 2015, 06:40:17 PM
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The window's position changes when the black border is displayed thus the "shadow" of the text.

getting back to this for a second -- do you know why this happens? Is it because the window is too close to an edge of the screen and SC is trying to move it?  Perhaps I need to add some code to delay after moving the window to give the window time to update..
131  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: [BUG] Pixelate sometimes fails on pixelating text on: June 26, 2015, 06:37:14 PM
aryq's clue was significant and your follow up explained the problem; here's what's happening:

SC is trying to determine which backround areas of the window are (semi) transparent.  Whatever this bug is that is causing the window to move during this, is making SC think there is some partial transparency over that entire area of the window, so that the text all appears as semi-transparent to SC (even though when you look at it you dont see the effect).

So when the pixelate effect occurs, its not "clearing" the transparency, and so the pixelatated regions have some partial transparency where the text was.

So here's what to do:

1. I'll consider that a bug and have pixelate always completely clear any transparency when pixelating.  I'll try to have an SC update in the next week.
2. In the meantime, either fix whatever weirdness is causing the window to move, or to disable this transparency detection (which by the way will speed up capture), from here:
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Let us know if that fixes it for new captures.

You could also do this for existing captures: Before applying pixelate or similar effects, choose 'Merge Background Transparency' from the objects menu.  That will remove any transparency from the image.
132  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Can't change alias of a plugin on: June 26, 2015, 10:19:48 AM
skajfes has it exactly right -- i will try to have a fix soon.
133  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: ShareX link in Options > Tools is defunct on: June 25, 2015, 09:50:40 PM
You can't add imgur to SC built-in tool yet, but i'll look into adding it.
But you should be able to use ImageShack if you just clear any values in the Service Options tab of the SC Uploader.
134  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: ShareX link in Options > Tools is defunct on: June 25, 2015, 09:20:36 PM
ImageShack should work fine with Screenshot Captor, right out of the box.  No need to register, put any username, password, or pay anything.
135  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: ShareX link in Options > Tools is defunct on: June 25, 2015, 08:57:50 PM
Thanks, I will fix.
It's useful to note however, that SC now has a very good built-in upload to a free image hosting service, so there is little reason to need to use ShareX with it anymore.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: June 24, 2015, 06:40:44 PM
Latest cabinet photos:
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Note 1: The cabinet has not yet been "finished" -- i just wanted to see what it would look like -- i have to remove everything and put many coats of polyeurethane on to give it some sheen and protect the wood.

Note 2: It's significantly darker than I planned/wanted -- I tested dozens of stain formulas but in the end i got carried away.  I think lighter would have been more interesting but perhaps this will turn out to be ok.

Note 3: You'll notice on the top view two black lines -- that was a last minute improvisation to fix what were white-unstained lines caused by wood putty between the face frame and carcass, and white glue connecting to strips of veneer on the plywood.

Note 4: If you look at photo 2 you can see gray dots where nail holes are -- I made a big mistake by filling nail holes and gaps with "stainable" (hah!) wood putty before staining.  Bad mistake.  I've since learned the proper way to do it is to sink the nails, then stain, THEN fill with colored crayon, etc.  I did what i have done when painting when the putty can be sanded down and covered -- not appropriate for staining.
137  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Path to ScreenshotCaptor settings can't be modified on: June 24, 2015, 05:07:09 PM
What is your Screenshot path?  Can you change that to someplace in your documents?
(choose the first item in the GoTo menu to change it).
138  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Path to ScreenshotCaptor settings can't be modified on: June 23, 2015, 11:03:33 AM
It does sound like you may have installed the portable version on your deskop -- or for some other reason it's having trouble saving files where it wants to.
The easiest solution might be to install the normal version of Screenshot Captor -- you can even tell it at the time of installation to erase any previous settings to start from scratch.
You can also just delete the ConfigDir.ini file in the Program Files x86\Screenshot Captor directory to use default.

To summarize, if you install Screenshot Captor and do not mess with the ConfigDir.ini file, it will store all settings and those subdirectories under your Documents directory.

You can also email if you still get stuck (mouser@donationcoder.com)
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: June 22, 2015, 03:57:45 PM
I read through the "game rules" -- very interesting!! I didn't quite follow all of the resolution rules stuff, but I loved the idea of an AI being at the center of it.. So I take it this is kind of a role-playing game where the AI player makes up scenarios and guides play and decides subjectively how to tell and interesting story full of conflict?  I think the subject matter of colonizatio and survival is a fascinating one for an RPG.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: June 21, 2015, 10:32:20 AM
Dog plays on kids waterslide:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdeGX7HfeR4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdeGX7HfeR4</a>
141  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: (Beginner) Where is "Blend mode "Multiple"?? on: June 19, 2015, 09:06:04 PM
Where do you see the 'TIP: Use blend mode "multiple"'?
142  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: (Beginner) Where is "Blend mode "Multiple"?? on: June 19, 2015, 09:04:42 PM
Hi plehuntl.

It sounds like maybe some of the text is being cut off on the screen..

After you select the highlighter box you should see a combo box on the right hand panel that says "Blend Mode" and one of those options should be "Multiply":

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143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: June 19, 2015, 05:33:19 PM
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There's a guy in my church who built his own kitchen cabinets and finished them all with rattle-cans of spray lacquer. They look great.
i bought some spray cans of lacquer but read that they are not good on very large pieces because the "seams" can be seen when the piece is that large.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: June 19, 2015, 04:18:52 PM
after reading everything on the internet about finishing and testing every kind of finish, im now oscilating between spraying lacquer and trying a wipe-on poly.  testing some wipe-on poly now..
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: June 19, 2015, 12:12:26 PM
the only thing left for me to decide is if i'm going to try to brush on a finish or buy a sprayer..
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Rock Paper Shotgun: 25 Best Co-Op (video) Games Ever Made on: June 19, 2015, 10:45:33 AM
I'm always interested in reading about co-op games, here's a nice recent list from one of my favorite gaming blogs, Rock Paper Shotgun.  For me, the game of choice is Sniper Elite 2.

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Sometimes you need a hand to hold, so we’ve compiled a list of the 25 best co-op games to play on PC with a headset-wearing friend or a muted stranger.

Whether solving puzzles, sneaking, shooting zombies or stabbing mythical creatures in the face, the existence of another player adds an element of unpredictability. The reality of your co-op partner constantly alerting the guards is drowned out by the experience in your head – the synchronised stealth takedowns, the perfectly executed plan – but both success and failure are more compelling when you can take credit for the former and blame someone else for the latter.

147  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Request: Modify Format/Case, order of rules, etc. on: June 18, 2015, 05:32:11 PM
.pl is perl smiley
148  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Request: Modify Format/Case, order of rules, etc. on: June 18, 2015, 02:35:29 PM
it's an issue i have considered...

an interface to do such things would be pretty clear, it would involve creating a LIST of transformations, where the user can add, re-arrange, delete, transformation items.  such processes can be seen in some file renamers and probably some other text manipulators.

it's something i considered.. the problem is that while such an approach is much more flexible and comprehensive, and indeed extensible, there is a real price to be paid in terms of ease of use for quick things.  so in the end i chose this approach, and left more complicated manipulations to external scripts that can be triggered.
149  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: [Request] Line-wrap in editor on: June 18, 2015, 07:36:15 AM
you're right, i'll add it.
150  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1 on: June 17, 2015, 06:20:59 PM
Mentioned on ghacks today: http://www.ghacks.net/201...with-wildgem-for-windows/
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