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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: December 04, 2013, 04:01:15 PM
Have you already tried to disconnect the 3rd monitor and the adapter, and then retrace all the steps you did when you "caught" the culprit?

If the problem still remains, there is something going on with your video card and/or it's drivers (although I still would not completely rule out your power supply, especially if it an older one that only barely delivers the required Watts). Of course, if the problem disappeared you can safely assume that the adapter for the 3rd monitor is responsible for your troubles.

The process of elimination is usually the best way to troubleshoot strange problems and identify bad parts. You normally start with the bare minimum of hardware to run and add each time one piece of hardware until you add the part that gives you the problem.

127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: November 27, 2013, 09:48:03 PM
If I really need to know if there is a platter problem with a drive, I have found a free tool that tells me the exact location of an error, which type of error and where future problems will arise. It will also point out to you which sections of the drive are faster than others as well.

The tool is called: MHDD  you have to (re-)boot your computer with the included iso, which enables (very) low level access to the drive.  The DOS-like interface will be a turn-off for people that are accustomed to a point-and-click interface, even for keyboard jockeys the interface can be daunting.

It has more tricks up it's sleeve, but I use it mainly to check for (possible) hard disk errors. While this software runs, there is still a rudimentary help system available. But beware, this software comes with a lot of power, so be ready for the responsibility it demands. If in doubt, don't use it as you can do a lot of really irreparable damage.

Depending on the size of the disk a hard disk check can take quite some time, mainly because of the missing speedup functionality of the BIOS and file system being used by the operating system on the hard disk that is being checked.

No link is provided on purpose, only a little bit of <insert preferred search engine here>-fu could get you into a lot of trouble, but that will not be on my head at least.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: November 23, 2013, 03:54:07 PM
Have been using one (actually just one) to clean 8 computers here for years and most of these systems have more than 6 years of continuous service under their belt.

It is a model of brush that a house painter would use to paint hard to reach spots, and its hairs do not come from an animal. But I must say that there is no carpet in this house, just stone tiles. Carpet is very uncommon here in this parts of the world.

Pressured air has given me more problems. On two different occasions the cap of a condensator flew off, effectively killing the motherboard.

129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: November 23, 2013, 11:34:58 AM
Cleaning your PC on a regular basis (like every 6 months or so) from accumulated dust and/or unnecessary software will work wonders. You will be amazed how much dust a PC collects when it isn't in a carefully controlled environment. And do not forget the power supply when cleaning out dust! Opening it up and remove dust from fans, cooling elements and electronics makes it last a lot longer.  

Two things to watch out for, though. First, don't short out any of the electronics inside. Using a clean/new paint brush and your lungs is very safe for cleaning. Second, always check if the fan(s) still rotate smoothly. If not, fan replacement always trumps lubrication (for ball bearing based fans). Know that a fan that is not running smoothly, draws a lot more current from a power supply. A fan that is stuck, draws way more current!

Power supplies do not last forever, though. I have here several that still output 12 volt but cannot do the required 5 volt anymore, or vice versa. Your PC will behave in very strange ways if there is something wrong with the output of the power supply. Spontaneous reboots could be one of them as there is a power peak when starting up a "sleepy" PC. Before I forget, after opening and cleaning your PC always check if all cable connectors are (re-)seated properly.

In one of my older computers (Windows 2003) a somewhat similar problem occurred. Sometimes after a restart it wouldn't start because of not being able to load one of the registry hives. Replacing this registry hive with a copy (made with ERUNT) would make the computer boot again. Windows wouldn't return any error when checking the registry files or filesystem, S.M.A.R.T. reports that all is OK as well. Still, the computer behaved as if there were bad (or insufficiently functioning) blocks of the hard disk.

My solution was simple. But first a bit of background. The hard disk is divided up into several partitions and I always set up my Windows systems in such a way that the C:\ partition holds the Windows installation, but not the temporary folders, page file(s), user related files/folders and extra installed software. This way the Windows installation doesn't fragment much, leaving files and folders in a stable position on the C:\ partition. As a bonus, the C:\ partition can be quite small.

Now I took a look on that partition to see where the Windows files were located, which was around 5 GByte of the total 10GByte assigned and practically all of the files/folders were stored conveniently close together. Then I used a (freeware) partition tool to shrink the next partition to <original size> - 5 GByte and moved the whole C:\ partition (as a whole) discarding the first 5 GByte of the hard disk.

This 7+ years old computer is doing it's job again as a LAN search engine without any hiccup. No repairs necessary even after seven power failures (or otherwise induced restarts).

Lessons I learned over time:
- Don't be cheap when buying a PC power supply (meaning: get a good brand and if for example your system requires a 400 Watt power supply, get one of 500 Watts!)
- Do maintenance on a regular basis

130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cheap LED torches/flashlights - any good? on: November 23, 2013, 05:03:54 AM
I have one of those as well. Bought it almost 10 years ago in the Netherlands in one of the Do-it-Yourself chains there (Gamma).

These are not made for the hands of children, as they broke mine. The mechanical connection between the turning handle and the battery charger is the weak point of this lamp. Which is too bad because otherwise it is a quite rugged torch that is somewhat comfortable to hold.

Here in Paraguay they don't sell these at all, you can only buy either more shitty and cheaper torches or ones that have a connection to a 220 volt wall socket build in.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: curious win7 file issue... on: November 21, 2013, 06:39:08 PM
Does your user account have rights for that folder? Or if the search/index functionality uses a different account, does that account have rights to that folder? Windows 7 and up are a lot more strict this way. Do not have the impression that if your user is member of the administrators group you have access anywhere. Especially not on the C:\ partition. 
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 14 Year old Thiel Fellow creates his own nuclear fusion plant on: November 21, 2013, 04:44:00 PM
The video mentions that he did this at 14...but he is 19 now. It also mentions that he collects everything and anything that is radioactive, so I assume the video shows the prospecting as part of his...ehm "hobby"?

Seems like a smart kid, but the video wasn't that interesting to be honest.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Winamp to shut down December 20, 2013. Get the latest version if you want it. on: November 21, 2013, 04:33:59 PM
How can you not expect to get spit in the face by AOL about WinAmp? That is what llama's do...

134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: November 19, 2013, 09:12:49 PM
I admit I didn't take a look if the movie re was already mentioned somewhere else on the site.  embarassed

Recently found an independent DVD rental place here and tried this movie first. Just thought it was one movie title nice enough to share. But next time there will be more due diligence on my part, rest assured.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: November 19, 2013, 07:56:28 PM
The Man From Earth: Just a group of professors/friends that try to have of going-away party in a remote location, because one of their own is leaving. That is and stays the whole movie set. The story is where the action takes place...addressing a lot of philosophical issues and concepts in interesting ways. Very well written!
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: November 17, 2013, 07:18:28 PM
Bounty Killer: Over the top gun slingin' in the future. The main characters are head hunters for CEO's, literally! The babe in this kind of movie is very worthy of that name...and you can see that this crowd-funded movie was fun to make both on and off the set. Don't wear your thinking cap when watching, this is just a good old fashion fun ride.  Thmbsup

137  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do I control font size in PDF? on: November 16, 2013, 02:39:29 PM
There is a manual for script commands to maintain in my administration, which is over 300 pages big, heavily linked (mainly into itself, but there are a few external links) and reasonably formatted. Whenever I need this word document converted to PDF, I use my portable version of LibreOffice.

LibreOffice can save directly into PDF, there is no need to install a PDF printer driver at least. The resulting PDF remains formatted and all links are fully functional (as in: they show up in the bookmarks functionality of PDF's!).

None of the (free) PDF printers I tried was able to manage this. Mind you, I don't use LibreOffice to edit this document, the only thing happening is loading the word document and saving it to PDF. In my (anecdotal) experience, the PDF generator from LibreOffice stands heads and shoulders above the rest.
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 16, 2013, 05:55:04 AM
Not that long ago, there was a freebie on the BitsDuJour site called: FlowHeater

That software uses the concept of adapters that can make applications "talk" to applications/files that normally are not able to do this. This concept sounds to me like an answer. I downloaded the FlowHeater freebie, as I have played with a trial of Microsoft's BizzTalk (2006) before and liked it. Couldn't afford it though, not for my use case anyway.

The FlowHeater software is also available in a (limited) freeware version, so you could try to see if this concept could work for you or not.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: November 10, 2013, 07:34:09 PM
Blackfish - A documentary that does make you think about cruelty to animals and how that results in profit and corporate lies where the loss of lives is just the costs of doing business. The last slide in the movie drives that message home. Not once did I lose sympathy for the orca that did the killing.

"The facts aren't what drive this film, the emotions behind them do." - taken from a user review at IMDB which sums up the whole experience perfectly.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking For Realtime Graphical Folder Size Monitor w/ User-Configurable Updates on: November 10, 2013, 02:42:45 PM
Generally speaking:
Real-time means that the software is continuously busy updating whatever info it generates, without (a need for) user interaction. Windows services are a good example of real-time software.

Software that uses user specified intervals is by definition not real-time.

There is software that uses a mix-and-match of these concepts (of course), but explaining that is out of the scope from the question.   tongue

Crap, I forgot to mention the software I use to find out where all the space on my hard disks goes. SpaceSniffer gives a nice graphical overview and uses  (some) windows explorer functionality to clean up disks. I like the graphical concept it uses. It doesn't support user intervals per se, but together with the Windows Task scheduler there should be options.

Try it and see for yourself, it's a 1.5MByte download and freeware.
141  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Silent Hunter 5 & Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on: November 07, 2013, 07:18:10 PM
Never worked for me on this end of the world. That's a shame because it's an offer on a German website and there is still some kind of a German "colony" here in Paraguay, with German street names and what not. To my knowledge the sister of Friedrich Nietzsche was heavily involved with this...and Wikipedia confirms this (and I'll stop there, before involuntary invoking Godwin's law).

You would think that German website could make an exemption... tongue
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Instagram ads arrive RIGHT when Instagram becomes available for Windows Phone 8 on: November 05, 2013, 04:48:07 PM
^you are right about the stated reasons. The point I wanted to make was that supporting a new (phone) OS always carries "unwanted baggage" with it that costs, either in money, headache or both. Just trying to be the devil's advocate, but I should leave that to the professionals (you, for instance  tongue).

Then again, I'm a person who (proudly) says that he hasn't even once visited the "social" websites such as twitter, instagram. pinterest etc. (excluding Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook). So I wouldn't know how they make their money of their members backs, I can only assume that the shown (personalized) ads floats their boat. And I don't have any trouble imagining that MS wants a cut of that income, as they want to have store, similar to the setup of the Apple store. I cannot blame them for that as it makes perfect sense business-wise.

You get what you give, and MS does not give too much to any market outside the US. When that turns around, customers will come, because the Lumia phone is not a bad phone. But for some reason they forget to copy that from the likes of Google and Apple.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Instagram ads arrive RIGHT when Instagram becomes available for Windows Phone 8 on: November 03, 2013, 05:36:54 PM
Don't know if and how much one has to pay for the development software, what extra license costs are needed to meet the requirements of the development software, the version control software, buying the necessary hardware, taking programmer(s) from other in-house projects and/or hiring new programmer(s), re-arranging/more office space, extra HR administrative tasks, making a test environment, setting up test procedures, fulfilling all requirements to be in the Microsoft store.

I have no clue what these companies make, how stretched their employees already are etc., etc.

[bit of a rant]
Lots of headache for minimal return, if MS doesn't gain much market share quickly. And if you live in the U.S. you have a skewed view of the Microsoft corporation. They cater the U.S. market and hardly give a sh.t about the rest of the world. Here in Paraguay it is hard to get a Lumia and they are more expensive than equivalent Android phones. And these you can get easily over here. A lumia 720 for example costs here almost 500 USD.

Their attitude and lack of marketing in the not-US markets make damn sure that their WP8 phones will remain a small player. And they dare to ask why nobody wants their phones, fueling the whole chicken-egg situation. I would understand if WP8 apps require adds to make these apps profitable, however I don't know if MS wants a cut of this or not allowing it in the first place. Cannot be bothered to look it up, to be honest.

Believe it or not, even a Blackberry is a better deal than a WP8 phone over here in Paraguay. Something MS should be ashamed of.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Instagram ads arrive RIGHT when Instagram becomes available for Windows Phone 8 on: November 03, 2013, 09:53:47 AM
Low market share of WP8 phones, maybe with restrictions that the app makers don't like, i.e MS wants too big of a cut from the already meager amount of money they would make from supporting this type of phone.

Don't get me wrong, the WP8 phone I have played around with (Lumia 720) looked decent enough and did what it did in a rather enjoyable way. Then again, my hands-on time cannot be more than 30 minutes in total, so what do I know.

145  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Final Release: SubDiv on: November 03, 2013, 08:27:55 AM
The version I have  (executable only, version 1.0.48) is sent to the mail address I found on the web page your profile links to. The mail address is hidden on your profile.

A "strange" way of cloud back up  tongue
146  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: DupScout Pro – Duplicate Files Finder – 24-Hours Giveaway on: October 27, 2013, 10:21:43 AM
Now I had more time to look into the features of DupScout and I found the switch option between oldest/newest duplicates, so that is already not a real problem anymore.

Thank you for responding so quickly, which improves the (already positive) impression one gets after running this software.  Thmbsup
147  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: DupScout Pro – Duplicate Files Finder – 24-Hours Giveaway on: October 27, 2013, 09:22:06 AM
The interface and speed of this piece of software are parts that I like a lot.

My main problem with this (default settings) is that it found some doubles and that you cannot select which one you want to keep. The software locks one of the files and and you can select if you want the other file to be moved, hard-linked, deleted, etc.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: notepad2-mod: custom code folding for txt files? on: October 27, 2013, 09:06:11 AM
No, I didn't set that option, although I don't like to use tabs for indentations. But that is a discussion for another thread (which very likely ends up in the Basement after the tenth post... tongue).
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: notepad2-mod: custom code folding for txt files? on: October 27, 2013, 08:05:40 AM
Now this is weird:

The first result from using YAML scheme went (very) wrong:

Using a shortened version of my test file went ok:
[attach] (spaces)
[attach] (tabs)

And then I reloaded the original test file and all folding went ok in there as well. Odd.

This occurred in this version of NotePad2-mod
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: notepad2-mod: custom code folding for txt files? on: October 26, 2013, 11:21:04 AM
With the example file I used (a batch script with a lot of sections) I saw that when I selected the Py scheme as the syntax scheme for this file, code folding options appeared.

With its basic structure, only the YAML, Visual Basic, VB Script, Cmake Script and AutoIt3 syntax schemes showed somewhat similar code folding options, so you likely could use any one of these.

Then I manually indented (4 spaces for each indentation) the content of this file...same set of syntax schemes do code folding.
Replaced all spaced indentations with tabbed indentations and again only the same set of syntax schemes do code folding.

I think it is safe to say that the code folding functionality doesn't respond to the use of tabs or spaces. None of the code folding in the other schemes matches the code folding from the Python syntax scheme, though.

To me it means that there are 3 main solutions to your question.
1. Do the cloning solution you mentioned in your last post in this thread.
2. Adjust the rules of the code folding functionality that is there.
3. Use different software.

For this small test I used Notepad2-mod (64-bit zip).
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