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General Software Discussion / Fast entry Android reminders
« on: August 01, 2022, 03:54 PM »

Do you use any Android app that has very fast reminder input?
E.g. type 11.30am 03/01 blah blah blah and it will ring you at 11:30 with a 'blah blah blah' note?

Voice instructions would be great but I have very poor experience with voice commands so far.


General Software Discussion / Windows ini and other questions
« on: July 17, 2022, 09:01 PM »

Few questions if anyone has any idea:
Is it possible to specify two finger gestures via AHK or other ways?
Is it possible to save my Windows and Office settings in an .ini file or something to migrate them easily across different machines?
Is it possible to feed a variable from a PowerBI visual into Power Query or a SQL query in Power BI? I know the 'Parameter' feature but not sure if it can be linked to a visual instead of popping a dialog box at start.
Is there an email client (free preferably) that supports full customization/automation with scripting?


General Software Discussion / Powerpoint xml
« on: July 03, 2022, 03:06 PM »

Is there any good xml guide for Office templates?


General Software Discussion / CMD SFTP from Windows syntax
« on: June 23, 2022, 12:42 PM »

I want to sftp a file to a server using a public key.
I have stored the key in my desktop but I get an error:

CreateProcessW failed error:2
posix_spawn: No such file or directory

Can anyone tell me please the right syntax to send a C:\file.txt to using C:\publickey.pkk ?

CMD sftp usage:
usage: sftp [-46aCfpqrv] [-B buffer_size] [-b batchfile] [-c cipher]
          [-D sftp_server_path] [-F ssh_config] [-i identity_file]
          [-J destination] [-l limit] [-o ssh_option] [-P port]
          [-R num_requests] [-S program] [-s subsystem | sftp_server]

PS: I cannot install anything on the machine


Thanks RDP is a good option but not adequately mature (I am experiencing issues/inefficiencies).

Is it possible to enable my personal laptop receive/send signals (video, sound, keyboard, touchpad) from e.g. four other laptops?

The KVM switches I have been able to find, only accept a keyboard or screen to output the source signals which is something I do not want. I need to consolidate all the laptops into one device but this device has to be laptop or at least a screen and a keyboard/touchpad that can form a laptop-like device (similar to MS Surface convertibles etc).

Thanks, so I have very limited space in terms of buying new desk and my current desk is small. I put one laptop at my left, one at the back and one (the main) at the front where I am working at. There is no other space or option for furniture so I have to rotate the laptops.

I explored the KVM route but in 99.99% I need a standalone screen/keyboard/tower which I don't really want as I am used on working on a laptop-like device.
I checked these laptops that kind of have only screen and keyboard and nothing else (don't remember how they call them exactly) but I kind of abandoned it (not sure why but also security may prevent such connections).

Hence, the cheapest would be a cable solution. Rotating the laptops makes their cables twist among them. Maybe a kind of rotating multi-plug would help so that the cables don't get tangled. I suppose it would also need adapters as each laptop has their own plug :(

Thanks, basically I have to move laptops around to check each and this makes the cables getting tangled :/


I operate on my desk several devices laptops, etc and I have to move them which result in the cables getting complexed.

Do you know any solution for this?



Can I get my data from a laptop that will not boot without dismantling it?

It has an SSD and due to water on the keyboard, it won't boot at all.

Any ideas?



I see an absolutely amazing text appearance here:

which is not present here:

When I say 'text appearance' I mean that the text looks like e-paper or something like that which is very very appealing. I am not sure if it is my laptop screen though.

Is there anything in the CSS that achieves that?



Couple of questions for anyone who has been through the same  ;D :

1) Is there a way to maximise all windows upon restart or ad-hoc in Win 11? I know the Win+Shift+M etc also the touchpad Gesture but they only restore to the semi-maximise state and they don't fully maximise!
(no third-party apps please, only native solutions including Powershell, CSCRIPT etc)

2) Which browser would be the best for:
  • huge amount of concurrent tabs/windows (with AMD if that makes a difference)
  • ability to search in tabs (titles, urls, content)
  • vertical tabs with filter per title/url
  • tab grouping per domain
  • easy attach files without having to navigate in File Explorer
  • full integration with Gmail for stores passwords, bookmark/tab sync etc
  • fully customised hotkeys with particular ability to customise LCTRL/RCTRL separately
  • ideally advanced touchpad gestures
  • ideally Youtube floater


General Software Discussion / Re: Best Windows Info tool?
« on: May 17, 2022, 04:26 PM »
Thanks! I remember I had a challenging time to setup hotkeys for Chrome only where the cursor is not inside a webpage text box. Is this still the case? The only way to distinguish that was if the cursor was IBeam but unfortunately it did not work well.

If you have written something like that and you can paste quickly here, it would be amazing!

General Software Discussion / Best Windows Info tool?
« on: May 14, 2022, 07:13 AM »

I have not been close to AHK for several years and wonder if it is still the best Win automation tool and also what would be the best Window Info tool, any idea?


General Software Discussion / Any good necklaces earbuds?
« on: May 14, 2022, 03:57 AM »

I am fed up with the wired earbuds and I am looking to go wireless.

I think the best format for me would be a neckband and not airpods because of clumsiness, I guess I will lose them.

Do you know any? Absolutely with noise cancellation.


Great input Shades thanks!
Another thing is AMD's not supporting Thunderbolt :(


I see on that AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS ranks almost 50% higher than Intel i7 1260P.

I am between those two options with the Intel clearly being preferred due to DDR5 support.

But is the Ryzen 5900HS really that superior? If yes, then I suppose its combination with LPDDR4X would be better than 1260P with DDR5?
(considering that DDR4X is 4200MHz and DDR5 would be 4800MHz or max 5200MHz)

Any opinions?


Mmm, basically the window of the app is a SunAwtFrame and it has a button that when I click it, a file is generated/extracted and downloaded. I want to know the url of that file. Unfortunately, Excel does not seem to store it and AutoIt Info tool does not provide any hint.

Thanks but that I am quite limited on what I can install so I cannot really use anything so invasive as a driver (I remember installing WinpCap more than 15 years ago and it was like a proper driver).

A workaround would be great  :-\

UPDATE: digged this looks promising but how can it really work without messing with the network adapter? it seems like a proxy which sounds very interesting!


I am returning a faulty laptop purchase but in the meantime I have saved passwords etc, how can I purge it?

Asus Zenbook if it rings a bell (pity it could be a great laptop :D)



I have a java applet jnlp file that downloads some files. Is it possible to see the underlying download link when I download these files?
Ideally the whole HTTPS request?

I checked pktmon but it seems it does not do that out of the box.

Is there a free solution preferably native to Win?


Living Room / Remapping keys with CSCRIPT/VBS
« on: November 22, 2021, 04:54 PM »

Anyone knows how to remap keyboard keys via CSCRIPT/VBS?

Unfortunately I cannot use AHK/AutoIT.


Living Room / Re: Grabbing files from authenticated website
« on: September 23, 2021, 03:02 PM »

Unfortunately it's a proprietary site and I cannot tell it.

It is a form authentication website which has an additional step of authentication so it is really really hard to automate it.

Instead, I am just looking to download specific urls every 30 min through the IE/Edge so that the session does not expire.

What would be the best way to do that? I tried Powershell, Windows Task Scheduler, Excel Data Connections but non really worked due to downloading either nothing or the login page.

General Software Discussion / Powershell Invoke-WebRequest
« on: September 23, 2021, 11:32 AM »

I am not very familiar with the http terminology, what certificate, authentication, method, session, etc are.

I think in many cases, when you login to a website via a form, it creates a cookie based on which you keep your access to the site.

Which of the below (or other?) parameters should I need to specify to make PowerShell Invoke-WebRequest to behave like IE/Edge, i.e. to check and use whatever cookies and authentication has already taken place via the browser?

      [-WebSession <WebRequestSession>]
      [-SessionVariable <String>]
      [-Authentication <WebAuthenticationType>]
      [-Credential <PSCredential>]
      [-CertificateThumbprint <String>]
      [-Certificate <X509Certificate>]
      [-SslProtocol <WebSslProtocol>]
      [-Token <SecureString>]
      [-Method <WebRequestMethod>]


Living Room / Grabbing files from authenticated website
« on: September 23, 2021, 05:18 AM »

I want to grab xls files via specific links through a website that has a form authentication. Because it has an additional sms authentication step, it will not be possible to fully automate a live connection.

The session is set at 60 minutes so I am thinking if I ping/query the website every 30min, the cookie will renew/refresh.

However, this pinging will need to come from a 24/7 server and not my laptop as I cannot have it on all the time.

Is there any free solution for this?

I was thinking to create a Sharepoint Flow where it will download the xls every 30 min refreshing the cookie/auth/sessionID each time. I was hoping that I can somehow login manually for the first time via Sharepoint and then since the flow will be scheduled every 30, it will run forever refreshing the session.

Or do you have any other idea?
I was checking some of the free Azure services if they are suitable but no luck.


Living Room / Wireless earphones switchable across devices
« on: September 15, 2021, 06:33 AM »

I would like some wireless earphones which can allow me to switch devices and make calls/meetings with my work laptop, my personal laptop, my phone etc without having to plug/unplug them to each device.

I would like them to have:
1) longest battery (ideally at least a week before having to recharge)
2) earpieces (no over-ear) but also not those who are inserted into the canal
3) easy way to switch between devices safely (I would not want my workplace to hear my personal calls)
4) long range so that I can go to the kitchen while my laptop/phone is in the bedroom

Of course I do not expect anyone to conduct a search for me, just wondering if anyone has already done some market research and can share some insight?


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