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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: remote control of pc via android phone on: February 20, 2015, 01:46:09 AM
Have now discovered Fing, thanks 4wd   thumbs up

You're welcome ... but you could have had the benefit of it for almost 4 years  Wink
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / RapidShare closing down on: February 20, 2015, 12:22:21 AM
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103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: remote control of pc via android phone on: February 19, 2015, 06:37:13 PM
The equivalent to hotkeys in a touch interface, when there is one, is typically some sort of multitouch gesture, like when you pinch to zoom. On Android there's also the menu button, but, for various reasons, I can't imagine that being used (or useful) as an alternative to the keyboard shortcuts. I figured if there was something equivalent, it would involve a capability also available in Windows Phone, which brings me back to gestures.

Ah, I see - this link gives the basic gestures available: Getting Started with Remote Desktop Client on Android

And if the host is a Windows 8 computer you also have access to it's touch screen gestures, (as per the note near the bottom of that page).

Haven't found something for Alt-Tab yet which is rather annoying now that you've brought it up - might be worth putting an email to MS support asking about it, (haven't really needed that since it's easy to hit the Taskbar or SysTray for the stuff I use).
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: remote control of pc via android phone on: February 19, 2015, 05:51:03 PM
Re. the WoL app, I originally had Wake on LAN WAN installed and it seemed to work, then it stopped - don't know why.

Since I already had Fing installed for LAN survey, I tried it and it worked so I uninstalled the other since I no longer need to wake up the machine over the internet at this point in time.

So perhaps give Wake on LAN WAN a try also.

Just found another input method in the Microsoft RDP app, there's a target in the top banner, (oddly enough it doesn't appear on my tablet, 1440x900), you touch that and the screen zooms with a target in the middle.  Put your finger in the target and you can drag the screen around until what you want is under the target, then tap to open.  Works very well if your phone doesn't have a "standard" Windows resolution, (eg. phone is 800x480).

but isn't ES File Explorer's purpose already satisfied with Microsoft Remote Desktop ? I mean can't I open/transfer etc files via the latter?

Your first post is ambiguous:
is there a way to control my laptop via my android phone?

I basically want to wake it up from sleeping, browse it as usual, open files, transfer files, perform actions, run and kill programs, etc and then make it sleep again

Transfer files from/to where?

If it's from the computer to your phone, (or vv.), then a remote control app isn't necessary - just a file manager that can access your computer by whatever means, (ftp, etc).

Also, FWIW, while I can remote access the computer from my phone using RDP, (or something else), it is a hell of a lot easier to turn on it's WiFi HotSpot and use a tablet.  Considering you can pick up 7" Windows 8 tablets for under AU$100, and Android tablets for a lot less that's what I'd be doing rather than going cross-eyed using a phone.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: remote control of pc via android phone on: February 19, 2015, 04:03:34 PM
Do I understand it correctly that it only works with pro/ultimate and server versions of Windows?

The host side, yes.

Don't know if they've changed that (Still required) for Windows 8 or later though - the ability to run RDP Host is the one of (really) only two reasons I use Pro only now, (the other being able to use policy editors you don't get in the Home versions).

It would help if the OP mentioned a little more detail.

Re. the patch that SJ mentions above, I've used it when I had Win7HP on a computer, worked for me at the time.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: remote control of pc via android phone on: February 19, 2015, 03:30:16 PM
@SJ & Vurbal: YMMV naturally, I'd tried other forms of remote access apps but I'll stick with the Microsoft one until something else comes along that's better for my use.

Instead of having you immediately trying to move the mouse pointer or click a button by trying to get your finger in exactly the right spot, (how many of us can see where the pointer is through our finger), it defaults to moving the mouse pointer by moving your finger anywhere on screen - you don't need to stick your finger on the pointer.  You can position the mouse precisely and then tap anywhere on screen for an LMB click or two-finger tap for RMB.

You can zoom in/out as usual to expand a portion of the screen but I find I don't need to do that for pointer positioning, sometimes for reading something.

You can also switch to the normal method of the mouse being positioned under your finger if you have a bigger screen.

Microsoft RDP is also the only thing that's ever shown me exactly the same thing as I see on the computers monitor unlike various forms of VNC I've tried.

And I don't need any third party software/servers to use it.

Not quite sure what you mean Vurbal, gesture support?  Not AFAIK.  There's four or five versions of keyboard interface and what looks like handwriting input, (I think).

* EDIT: Seems like they changed the default, easy to change though - tap the middle of the banner at the top with the computers name in it, (or the Menu button if your phone still has that), then the icon to the right of Tab on the button bar that pops up.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: remote control of pc via android phone on: February 19, 2015, 05:39:54 AM
Fing - Scan network and send WoL (Wake on LAN) packets.
ES File Explorer - Copy/open files on network computers.
Microsoft Remote Desktop - Remote PC access (works better than any other Android remote app I've tried).

You need your laptop set to wake when it receives WoL packets which is usually in the BIOS.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to use a pantograph for duplication? on: February 17, 2015, 05:58:24 PM
I've still got an original Sketch-a-Graph from 40+ years ago smiley

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG-0TK8tURo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG-0TK8tURo</a>

The above is the Mk. 2 version, the Mk 1 didn't have adjustable pivots, IIRC - I'll have to dig it out from wherever it's hiding.

Here's the Mk 1:

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Instructions:

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109  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FireFox = total crap? And Jobs was oh so right about Flash, anyway. NoScript? on: February 16, 2015, 03:57:06 PM
You're speaking of security considerations applying to browsing.

Or possibly because memory management is better under Windows 7/8.1.

Flash is not required for a lot of Youtube, set FF to use HTML5: http://www.youtube.com/html5
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cell Phone Questions on: February 16, 2015, 03:02:08 PM
Not being able to take or hold a charge, I'd say it's probably about a 95% chance of being the battery.  Nokia BL-5C and compatible are still plentiful and cheap ($5 or less) if you want to try a new one.

Only question is whether it can handle the frequency of the chosen network - I've forgotten its specs.

Plus it should happily work off a car charger as an emergency phone even with a flat battery.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: bandwidth manager on: February 15, 2015, 08:22:59 PM
@kalos: You also need to be competent enough to run Wireshark and obtain the DSL connection user/password from the Sky Hub if you are going to replace it.

You need the Administration user/password so you can access the settings and see if it has any form of QoS.

I've just found that the Sky Hub SR102 doesn't do bridge mode, (ie. modem only), so you need to find a modem/router, (either separate or combined), that will work with the Sky network.

From the Skyuser forums:
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Mer is applicable to the Modem only not the router, so if you have a seperate modem don't worry about it, however the problem with Sky is the authentication credentials are sent in dhcp option 61 so you need a router that allows you to pass options to it's DHCP client, most SoHo routers aren't flexible enough to allow this.

I suggest you have a good look through the Skyuser forums to find out exactly what you can do.

If it were me, I'd find another ISP - any that lock you into using their crappy equipment don't deserve their customers.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cell Phone Questions on: February 15, 2015, 08:01:59 PM
For pre-paid the cheapest is $15 for 365 days.

I couldn't believe that I didn't know about that plan (since one of my 'hobbies' is trying to get the cheapest phone service possible), but then I saw it was for Australia - what a let down.  Sad

I sent you a phone from Australia, remember Wink

BTW,what happened to it?  Send it to crabby3 if it still works.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 15, 2015, 04:55:57 AM
Create a blank text file, type "anything" in it, save it as anything.html, then open it and check the DOM again. You'll see that the DOM is there, even though you only typed "anything". Now, do a view source and you'll see "anything", but no head or body or html tags.

Isn't that just the browsers reinterpreting the source due to the extension?

For example, if you then change the extension to .txt you'll find that the DOM wraps it in <PRE> ... </PRE> tags as well as HTML/BODY.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 15, 2015, 03:35:01 AM
IE11 (Developer Tools):

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It ain't very exciting, certainly nothing to soil your pants over.

Pale Moon (Web Developer->Inspector):
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Comodo Dragon (Tools->Developer Tools):
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BTW, what does a minimal HTML page have to do with RFID?

And, like Deo said, this has been a known "feature" of RFID for the last decade.

From the RFID Journal in 2004 <- Google's reporting the date as Aug 1, 2004:
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UHF tags-the kind used on pallets and cases of goods in the supply chain-have a read range of 20 to 30 feet under ideal conditions. If the tags are attached to products with water or metal, the read range can be significantly less. If the size of the UHF antenna is reduced, that will also dramatically reduce the read range. Increasing the power output could increase the range, but most governments restrict the output of readers so that they don't interfere with other RF devices, such as cordless phones.

The HF tags you've mentioned in your OP should have a greater range due to longer wavelength.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cell Phone Questions on: February 14, 2015, 10:36:52 PM
3. there are plans targeted at people who rarely use their phones (like me), but the cheapest i found is something around $100 a year. tmobile has a pay-per-day-your-phone-is-on plan for $3/day, but they still force you to pay a minimum and it ends up being about $100 a year.

YOIKS!  I pay $1/month on a post paid phone, (month to month) - no included calls/SMS/data but since the rates are only 0.10/min call, 0.10 SMS, & 0.0275/MB it isn't going to break the bank (especially since it's an emergency phone for the wife and is turned off 364 days of the year).

My main mobile phone is $5/month, nothing included but then it's used mainly for incoming calls.

For pre-paid the cheapest is $15 for 365 days.

You guys are really getting screwed over there.

BTW, wouldn't the phone/plan for crabby3 depend on what mobile operators cover the area or are they pretty uniform these days in the USA?

Just wondering if, (for emergency use), this would be suitable:

H2O Pay-as-you-go

$10 gets you 3 months of access with a calling rate of 0.05/min - so $40 covers you for the year.  GSM network only but it's the most pervasive and when are they switching it off in the USA, (Telstra is switching off 2G in about a year here)?
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: RAM contact spray? on: February 14, 2015, 10:17:36 PM
^Now that's a new one ... I usually just use one of those large rubber pencil erasers.

Back when we were having an argument ... discussion of alternative methods of contact cleaning  smiley
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 12, 2015, 07:44:23 PM

Ha ha - funny people, HERE has just gone from being useful to useless.

Can't install it on my tablet from the Play store because the tablet doesn't have a "data carrier" even though HERE Beta is installed on it and works fine.

What's the %#&@%& point of being able to use it offline when you can't even install it when you're online or is it that they want to be able to track you even though you might be using it 'offline'.

Have to try sideloading it I guess.

EDIT: They've released an update that fixes tablet download problems.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: bandwidth manager on: February 12, 2015, 07:27:29 PM
it doesn't do what I want

As skwire said, you need to do it in the router, whether this is a real router or a computer acting as a router.  Until then, pretty much your only option is to run network limiting software on each device, (or every device except the one that needs the most).

So, put the Sky Hub into bridge mode and buy a real router.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 11, 2015, 11:49:22 PM
Probably the reincarnation of Locus Design Group, (whose Cynosure V2 USB cable was a measly US$3500.00 and was only 3 foot long).
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Britain gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads on: February 11, 2015, 11:33:31 PM
Unless the driverless car can tailgate the car in front by no more than 10 meters at speeds of 0-160km/h+, (less if it's a driverless white van), and not use indicators then they'll never be useful to the UK public.

 tongue
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: February 11, 2015, 10:59:05 PM
I always liked The Evil Touchw presented by Anthony Quayle - too bad it only had one season  Sad

Episode 1 "The Lake":

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5lFDyB86no" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5lFDyB86no</a>
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: bandwidth manager on: February 11, 2015, 10:48:43 PM
There's different versions of the Sky Hub, the admin password isn't provided to the end user but can be retrieved using WireShark (<- Google search).

When I was in England last year there was an unused one sitting in its box in our house so I took it out and had a play with it, (technically ours since it's our house - finders keepers and all that smiley ).

Alternative firmware is non-existent from what I could find on the net at the time and by all reports, the version I had was pretty dismal performance-wise anyway, (SR101).

You be much better off retrieving the user/password as above and then buying a decent modem/router to replace it which would also give you the facilities you want, an example, (Note, I'm not recommending D-Link that is just an example).
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matchstick - A streaming stick using Firefox OS [Kickstarter] on: February 08, 2015, 07:05:52 PM
I'm not getting warm fuzzies...but in the absence of anything concrete, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. For now. huh

Since atm I don't actually have anything I could plug it into, (apart from my 1680x1050 monitor, which is rather pointless), I can wait awhile since the time at which I'll get a TV that can use it will be about the time my Sony Trinitron dies ... damn stupid reliable piece of technology Grin

I was thinking more for traveling when I could use it at hotels, relatives, etc.

But some people aren't happy: How do I get a refund?
Not to mention some of the comments on Kickstarter.

Naturally, this kind of makes me believe it's the start of a downward spiral - less happy people, less funds, slower implementation, less happy people, less funds, ...

I really wish they'd push out what was specified a couple of months ago ... then think about better hardware.

Still, I've wasted money on other more expensive techno-gadgets that I thought were a good idea at the time and have since consigned to the dung heap, so it's not going to break the bank ... it's just a little irritating.  I really hope they can pull it off and win back at least some of the good will they've lost.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc. on: February 08, 2015, 06:54:23 AM
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A garden in Punta Arenasw
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matchstick - A streaming stick using Firefox OS [Kickstarter] on: February 07, 2015, 08:39:51 PM
Just musing:

Rhetorical question: Do they really have a problem?

With the drop in prices of components, (eg. RasPi 2 still same price as RasPi 1), maybe they decided they could get better specs for a little more outlay.

With the presumed take up of their Flint technology by Philips/TCL it might be that other TV manufacturers will incorporate the technology, (since it's OS, why not?).
If that happens, apart from old AV equipment (some of which could probably implement it through a firmware update), the need for a standalone device starts to diminish except for those use cases of having something mobile "just in case", (eg. hotels, etc).

The problem with the delay as I see it is: What if in 6 months they find they can do more with a newer reduced price octa-core SOC, RAM, etc?

Will it turn into another Duke Nukem Forever?

Mind you, if they can put things like h.265 into silicon and ship it in 6 months I'll be happy to wait a little longer ... I guess.
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