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101  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.
102  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.
103  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).
104  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
105  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>
106  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).
107  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.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc. on: February 08, 2015, 06:54:23 AM
[attachthumb=1]

A garden in Punta Arenasw
109  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.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matchstick - A streaming stick using Firefox OS [Kickstarter] on: February 06, 2015, 11:18:55 PM
Matchstick has been delayed while they look at upgrading hardware/software, now possible August 2015 shipping date

I was hoping to get to play with it soon ... oh well.  undecided

111  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox won't play videos unless I keep moving the mouse! Ugh! on: February 06, 2015, 08:06:22 PM
Just as a matter of interest, does the same happen with HTML5 content?

https://www.youtube.com/html5

This is IceDragon, (Comodo's version of Firefox):

[attach=1]

Click the button to have Youtube try and serve videos in HTML5 rather than Flash.

I'd also uninstall the Flash Player while testing, (just to make sure).
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: February 06, 2015, 05:32:52 AM
Not a movie but a TV series:

"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to – The Outer Limits."

Working my way through the original 1963 series:

[attach=1]

Ah, the good old days smiley
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wierd mouse click problem on: February 05, 2015, 04:58:44 AM
I also have had problems with Logitech mice, MX518 was great for 3 years or so then the scroll wheel died.  Logitech BT mouse now doesn't want to connect to anything and the LMB has become very flakey, (also about 3 years old).

Been using a Coolermaster Storm Sentinel Advance mouse and a Microsoft BT mouse the last two years or so with no problems, (apart from the matt non-slip paint on the Sentinel starting to peel).

Logitech keyboards are better than their mice, (G15 still works well).
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how do I disable FF Synch or whatever it is? on: February 04, 2015, 09:33:46 PM
Tnx. Any particular add-ons you would recommend?  smiley

I have the following installed in Pale Moon x64 (non-portable):

Quote
- Advanced URL Builder 1.6.29
   Append selected text to the URL of your favourite site.
- Bluhell Firewall 2.5.0
   Lightweight Ad-Blocker and Tracking/Privacy Protector.
- Download Statusbar 0.9.10
   View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar
- DownloadHelper 4.9.24
   Download videos and images from many sites
- DownThemAll! 2.0.18
   The mass downloader for Firefox.
- Extension List Dumper 1.15.2
   Dumps a list of the installed extensions.
- Form History Control 1.4.0.2
   Manage Form History (view, edit, delete, clean-up, export/import)
- Ghostery 5.4.1
- Google search link fix 1.4.9
   Prevents Google, Yahoo and Yandex search pages from modifying search result links when you click them. This is useful when copying links but it also helps privacy by preventing the search engines from recording your clicks.
- Greasemonkey 1.15
   A User Script Manager for Firefox
- Lightbeam 1.0.10.2
   Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that allows you to see the third parties that are collecting information about your browsing activity, with and without your consent. Using interactive visualizations, Lightbeam shows you the relationships between these third parties and the sites you visit.
- Master Password+ 1.21.3
   Various enhancements for built-in "Master Password" feature
- Open RegEdit Key 0.2.0
   Open selected registry in the registry editor from context menu.
- RefControl 0.8.17
   Control what gets sent as the HTTP Referer on a per-site basis.
- RequestPolicy 1.0.beta8.2
   Control which cross-site requests are allowed. Improve the privacy of your browsing. Secure yourself from Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) and other attacks.
- Self-Destructing Cookies 0.4.6
   Fix the web. Gets rid of a site's cookies and LocalStorage as soon as you close its tabs. Protects against trackers and zombie-cookies. Trustworthy services can be whitelisted.
- Speed Dial [FVD] - New Tab Page, Sync... 6.7.2
   FVD Speed Dial - Speed dial button, Online Synchronization, New Tab Start Page, Organize bookmarks, Custom backgrounds, custom dials, organized groups, most visited dials.
- Stylish 2.0.1
   Restyle the web with Stylish, a user styles manager.
- Suspend Tab 0.2.2014050201
   Suspends background old tabs automatically to save memory usage.
- Tab Mix Plus 0.4.1.6
   Tab browsing with an added boost.
- TinEye Reverse Image Search 1.1
   Adds TinEye search context menu item for images.
- TrashMail.com 2.7.1
   Create disposable email addresses.
- Vacuum Places Improved 1.2
   Defragment your places.sqlite database to speed-up Firefox

I could probably get rid of a couple since they seemed like a good idea at the time but I never use them.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how do I disable FF Synch or whatever it is? on: February 04, 2015, 08:15:48 PM
I suggest Mozilla rename their FF 'portable' version 'Firefox Unportable' (which also makes it all but 'unsupportable'). smiley

AFAIK, Mozilla itself doesn't make a portable version of Firefox, that's done by others who package it up in a wrapper, (PortableApps), or who recompile/install it to be so, (Pale Moon, IceDragon).

All being said, if you want a portable version of Firefox I probably would have used Pale Moon or IceDragon since they don't use a wrapper to write things to the system and then clean up afterwards.
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: server 2008r2 x64 VPN to Windows 8.1 Home Premium x64 for remote access on: February 03, 2015, 09:08:03 PM
Good grief! What exactly does this business you work for do, if you can say? tellme

Specialists in finding the cheapest way to avoid investing money with no thought as to long term effects or benefits  Grin
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: program to create a printout from a directory of PDF files on: February 03, 2015, 06:41:31 AM
If I'm understanding this correctly, you want every PDF in a folder tree concatenated with a header page between each folder of PDFs stating the folder the following group of PDFs appear in.

If that's the case then here's something from the "I thought DOS was dead department":

StrangePDFThing.cmd
Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. @if (@CodeSection == @Batch) @then
  2.    rem StrangePDFThing.cmd
  3.    @echo off
  4.    color 1a
  5.    setlocal EnableExtensions
  6.    setlocal DisableDelayedExpansion
  7.  
  8.    echo Select SOURCE folder
  9.    for /F "delims=" %%S in ('CScript //nologo //E:JScript "%~F0"') do (
  10.        set srce=%%S
  11.    )
  12.    if "%srce%"=="" goto :End
  13.    echo Selected folder: "%srce%"
  14.  
  15.    set spath=%srce%
  16.    set wdir=%cd%
  17.    echo.%srce% > %TEMP%\header.txt
  18.    %wdir%\txttopdf.exe -pfn101 -pfs20 -pot %TEMP%\header.txt %TEMP%\header.pdf
  19.    pushd %srce%
  20.    echo.Processing: "%srce%"
  21.    %wdir%\pdftk.exe %TEMP%\header.pdf *.pdf cat output %TEMP%\out.pdf
  22.    popd
  23.    del %TEMP%\header.pdf
  24.    ren %TEMP%\out.pdf temp.pdf
  25.  
  26.    dir /b /s /ad "%spath%" | sort >%TEMP%\sPDFt.txt
  27.    for /f "tokens=*" %%a in (%TEMP%\sPDFt.txt) do call :DoSomething "%%~a"
  28.  
  29.    goto :End
  30.  
  31.    :DoSomething
  32.    echo.Processing: "%~1"
  33.    pushd "%~1"
  34.    if not exist "*.pdf" goto :SkipIt
  35.    echo.%~1 > %TEMP%\header.txt
  36.    %wdir%\txttopdf.exe -pfn101 -pfs20 -pot %TEMP%\header.txt %TEMP%\header.pdf
  37.    %wdir%\pdftk.exe %TEMP%\temp.pdf %TEMP%\header.pdf *.pdf cat output %TEMP%\out.pdf
  38.    popd
  39.    del %TEMP%\header.pdf
  40.    del %TEMP%\temp.pdf
  41.    ren %TEMP%\out.pdf temp.pdf
  42.    :SkipIt
  43.    goto :EOF
  44.    endlocal
  45.  
  46.    :End
  47.    del %TEMP%\sPDFt.txt
  48.    del %TEMP%\header.txt
  49.    ren %TEMP%\temp.pdf Combined.pdf
  50.    move %TEMP%\Combined.pdf %wdir%
  51.    exit
  52.  
  53.    End of Batch section
  54.  
  55.  
  56. // JScript section
  57.  
  58. // Creates a dialog box that enables the user to select a folder and display it.
  59. var title = "Select a folder", rootFolder = 0x11;
  60. var shl = new ActiveXObject("Shell.Application");
  61. var folder = shl.BrowseForFolder(0, title, 0, rootFolder);
  62. WScript.Stdout.WriteLine(folder ? folder.self.path : "");

Requirements:
TxtToPDF - from Adult PDF  (to generate the header sheets)
PDFtk - from PDF Labs  (to concatenate all the PDFs)

These are both free and they don't need to be installed to use, just run each installer through UniExtract and grab the files from the {app} folder.  Put them in the same folder as the command file so that you have the following:

help.html
libiconv2.dll
main.jpg
pdftk.exe
PdftkXp.exe
setting.jpg
sPDFt.cmd
TxtToPDF.exe

To run, just double-click the sPDFt.cmd file.

It creates a file called Combined.pdf in the same folder as the command file.  It worked here, limited testing done.

NOTE: It will completely die if any of the PDFs are protected, (ie. the protected PDF is unable to be appended which will screw up the whole procedure).

Source code included for you to self-modify  Wink
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how do I disable FF Synch or whatever it is? on: February 02, 2015, 08:35:59 PM
I see 'Mozilla Firefox 35.0.1 (x86-en-US)' and 'Mozilla Maintenance Service' in my Control Panel\Programs\Uninstall or Change a Program window, and I wonder if it's doing this.

You have Firefox installed also?
Sounds like you might have Automatically install updates set in one of the portables - not a good idea.

If you don't use it, uninstall it.

At a guess, all your portable versions are picking up the profile folder for the installed version - therefore, changes in one appear to be propagated to all.  Whereas, they're all just pointing to the same profile folder.

BTW, your computer is a mess  tongue
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how do I disable FF Synch or whatever it is? on: February 02, 2015, 07:27:35 PM
Maybe I need to rename the backup copies something harder for Sync to find.

You just said Sync isn't set up, that means that Firefox Sync isn't your problem.

Simple test:
1) Run one of your Firefox Portable iterations, change something, then exit.
2) Disconnect your internet connection.
3) Start one of your other Firefox Portable iterations - did the change appear there also?

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This is not good; Mozilla itself admits that it could jeopardize passwords in a lost cellphone; I've also found a comment that Sync is no longer removable in newer versions of FF.

IIRC, it never was removable, (it's part of the Firefox codebase), you could either use it, (enable it), or not use it, (don't enable it).

I no longer use it, (even though I have my own Sync server), and never had a problem with things randomly changing across whatever versions of Pale Moon, Firefox, etc, across all my computers.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi 2 Model B on sale now. Lots more for the same $35 on: February 02, 2015, 06:56:36 PM
Now if they could have added h.265w decoding in silicon ...
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how do I disable FF Synch or whatever it is? on: February 02, 2015, 06:52:25 PM
Unless you run Firefox from your backup copy location, (rather than restore it), Sync will have no effect on them.

Otherwise:

Menu->Options->Sync

If it looks like:

[attachthumb=1]

it's not set up.

Otherwise hit the Unlink this device link if it's there.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: server 2008r2 x64 VPN to Windows 8.1 Home Premium x64 for remote access on: February 01, 2015, 06:35:08 PM
If you only want to use Windows native VPN to allow access from remote places, an SSTP based VPN is possibly the way to go for maximum availability since it uses port 443, (HTTPS), which almost all internet access points are going to allow.

Third party: OpenVPN you can set for port 80 or 443 to also bypass overly restrictive internet access.  I'm currently using SoftEther VPN on all my VPSs since it is simple to setup, multi-protocol (PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, OpenVPN, SoftEther), can remote manage the VPNs, provide configs for the clients, even bypass some Captive Portal setups via VPN over DNS/Ping requests.

BTW, what about your router hardware - a lot of them these days usually have some form of VPN server - it would save screwing around with the Windows server.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc. on: January 28, 2015, 10:40:01 PM
An old slate mine from my recent weekend away:

~3.96MB
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124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Quick list of 7 FOSS Cloud Storage Products for Self-hosting on: January 26, 2015, 09:45:45 PM
Ooooo! This looks pretty good. Looking through, the ownCloud software looks like what I'd want to run. I'll need to check it out when I get home.

If you want to try it in Windows without installing anything, see my post here.  (Recommend it's extracted to a fast HDD/SSD rather than a flash drive.)
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 23, 2015, 03:34:22 AM
Shame I don't have any black ones left. Both printers did take the same #45 Black.

AU$13 for a pair of #45s from China, (including postage), isn't going to break the bank.

A store has just advertised new HP MFPs for $18.  I could buy one to use and another dozen for spare cartridges, the whole printer is cheaper than a single compatible cartridge smiley

Happy to help you out with this (reducing clutter is clearly one of your new years revolutions)

More like, maximising space available for the acquiring of more worthy "junque".

BTW, don't expect a reply to a PM before Tuesday - I'm going bush.  Grin
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