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Anyone using Macrium Reflect Free 8 yet?  Impressions?

I have been using Reflect Free v.7 to back up my laptop thing.  It only has 32GB of storage so just saving the whole thing is no big deal.  But I am curious if the v.8 of Free has any new bells and whistles.  Also I wonder if it is stable already.   ;D

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Non-Windows Software / Android Spark email client user data creep
« on: March 09, 2021, 02:56 PM »
I have switched to Spark email client on my Android 8.0 phone.  I like it but for one issue.  The User Data shown keeps creeping up even though it is only supposed to cache emails, not permanently store them locally.  Pushing the Clear Data Android option in storage would force me to reenter the account info etc..  Not a great solution.

I have also sent this question to Spark support.  If I get a solution from them I will post it here.

One of the features I like about Spark is that by default I get a notification of the email with options to delete or archive it, etc. without having to open the client UI.  Kind of neat for a freebie.   8)

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General Software Discussion / Opera: opt out of sync?
« on: July 16, 2020, 09:12 AM »
Anyone know how to opt out of Sync in Opera browser?

Every time I sign in to Sync it erases all my speed dials.  It is a real time waster. 

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Living Room / Series included with Amazon Prime
« on: August 28, 2019, 06:01 PM »
I thought it might be fun to exchange some TV series that are "included with Prime."  I am too thrifty to rent or buy shows.  But some of the original shows included with the basic subscription are quite funny.  Here are a few of my favorites:

The Patriot

The Boys

The Tick

Goliath


if you are nostalgic for 1950s TV shows it seems like they are buying every show I watched as a kid.  I think even Retro TV passed on The Donna Reed Show.  Anyway I am  bummed that The Patriot will not see a third season.  I loved that show.  Outrageous humor done deadpan.   :Thmbsup:


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Non-Windows Software / Android 6.0 tablet recent windows close all?
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:23 AM »
My Android 6.0 phone has a button in the recent windows list to close them all with one tap.  What I want to know is why my Android 6.0 tablet cannot do the same?  All the apps I have tried do not work on the tablet.  It seems a tad strange that no utility can do it.  I am not talking about a kill running apps button.  Just one that closes all recent windows.  My tablet saves them between boots.  Sometimes I have to individually swipe 20 or 30 windows.  This has to have a fix somewhere.   >:(

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Non-Windows Software / open IMDB Android app with search anyone?
« on: November 17, 2018, 12:08 PM »
Anyone know how to open the IMDB Android App and search in one shot?

What I am doing now is typing
IMDB some search string

into a browser.  But that is losing out on the Android App altogether.  There must be some trick to open Android Apps with an argument.

I guess I miss the Windows "open with" type of deal.  All my devices are Android and I have not figured out how to avoid running an app and waiting for it to open so I can type in whatever I want it to do.  The newest Android I have is 6.0 so nougat and newer tricks will not work for me.  One of my tablets has Android 5 so if it worked from Lollipop up that would be ideal.

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Living Room / SmartPhone battery "hot swap" and charge info
« on: September 17, 2018, 02:26 PM »
I have a couple of smart phone battery questions.  A link to an explanation is fine in each case as my searches have not stumbled upon any concise explanations:


1) Smart phone "hot swap" - what exactly it gains you.  Do you have to shut the phone down to swap etc.?

2) Wireless charging.  Can you lay batteries on a charge plate or do they have to be inside a phone or other gizmo that provides a charging circuit?

I am getting by for the moment with a vanilla Alcatel smart phone but I may be tempted to buy something more advanced in the future.  I am curious about these features but web articles I find seem to assume the reader already knows the details.

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Living Room / W10 Laptop wish list
« on: May 08, 2018, 12:12 PM »
I am looking for a Windows 10 Laptop that comes close to the following wish list:

Priced in the $700 ballpark

Screen size 13.3 inches minimum, full HD

8 GB DDR4 Ram minimum

256 GB SSD minimum

Has both USB 3.0 AND 3.1 ports

CPU capable of supporting light to moderate programming environments

Light and compact


In addition to programming I would use it for entertainment(e.g. video streaming)


I would appreciate suggestions since my Laptop knowledge and experience is meager.  :)

The other consideration would be brick and mortar availability.  I don't want to have to return a lemon via UPS.


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I am just looking to avoid making the same playlist manually over and over.  Some nice Ambient and other stuff on SongFlip but the App itself is like an Easter Egg Hunt.  Also I found if I have no WiFi it will download in the background using my phone data.  But if I have WiFi I know no way to force it to download.  Seems like it expects you to have a data unlimited plan on your phones.

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Non-Windows Software / Google Play Store Android updates not new
« on: October 17, 2017, 01:48 PM »
I keep running into this where I go to Google Play Store and it shows Updates available under My Apps and Games.  But often I check the version and it is the same as the one already installed.  I have two Android tablets and a phone and the issue happens across all the devices.  Kind of weird.

Has anyone run into this?  It is kind of a time sink to check the version number before installs.  I do not use Auto Update because I like to pick what to update depending on the What Is New info.

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Living Room / irma-geadon
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:49 PM »
Third day after Irma.  I am mostly worn out from humidity but otherwise OK.  I hope all DCers  made it through alright.  I will post again when the college opens.  Most likely that will be next Monday.

Until then ...

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Non-Windows Software / Android 6 tablet Cmd keys?
« on: May 03, 2017, 08:47 AM »
Anyone know what  Cmd keys on either side of the spacebar are for?  I get no reaction from them.  This is keyboard built into the tablet case.  Not onscreen.

Search gets me nothing.

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Non-Windows Software / Android Raindrop.io or alternative
« on: April 28, 2017, 06:56 AM »
Since it is a bit of a pain to use regular bookmarks in chrome on Android I thought I would try out Raindrop.io.  I installed it as an Opera(chrome based) extension in Windows, then installed the App on Android.  It works, but when launching from the bookmark in the Android App it seems like the browser becomes embedded in the App somehow.  The expected controls such as back and forward arrows disappear and all I have is the device Back Button.

Not really smooth.  If someone knows of a similar bookmark sharing mechanism that is better to use I would appreciate a heads up.   :Thmbsup:


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Opera 45.0.2552.453 Beta fixes video play memory leak.

I have found in the past that just playing an hour of video I could easily end up with 1/4 GB of cache.  If this is the memory leak they are referring to I am not certain.  But I have installed the beta to find out.  :)

Edit:  Note that after pressing the Download Button you are given several download options.  Supposedly the beta downloads, either 32 or 64 bit, have the video play memory leak fix.





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General Software Discussion / Firefox 53.0 is released
« on: April 19, 2017, 02:29 PM »
Firefox 53.0 stable is released.

Release Notes

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At least until I get a desktop PC I am considering going Android all the way.  The Ten Ton Toshiba(tm) is just too heavy to drag around.  The only thing binding me to it is Windows Programming.  I just purchased an RCA Viking 10.1" Tablet.  It has a keyboard, mouse pad and touch screen.  In effect it is a neat little Laptop for $100.  The fly in the ointment is going without coding.  But I am not coming out with anything new anyway   Perhaps the next thing will be to do some Android Apps..

With Windows 10 I feel the Windows Desktop days are numbered anyway.
The other thing a bit annoying is the  tendency of Tablets to only support USB 2.0.  But my USB 3.0 thumb drives should run a bit faster then a USB 2.0 would.  Plus it is more likely I will back up via WiFi in any case.  It is hard to imagine no Dos/Windows but I cannot push this weight around anymore.  It is doing bad things to my body straining against the load all the time.  It may be time to bite the bullet and go Linux/Android all the way.

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General Software Discussion / imgur bbcode?
« on: April 12, 2017, 09:02 AM »
imgur used to have a button to copy the bbcode for pasting in foums.  I tried wrapping the image address in image tags.  No good.  Anyone know the secret and why they did away with the convenient button?



The above smudge is what happens when using the image file url inside image tags.  :(


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Living Room / LoveHKFilm calls it quits after 15 years
« on: April 10, 2017, 08:53 AM »
Another site bites the dust.  LoveHKFilm is throwing in the towel after 15 years of reviews.  This site hipped me to the works of many of the most intriguing HK actors, actresses, and directors.  It also warned me to avoid productions by the sinister Wong Jing.  :)

I am sorry to see it go.  But the heyday oh Hong Kong films is long past I suppose.

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Revo Uninstaller Free has released a bugfix update.  Version 2.0.3.  The last release was nearly four months ago so it may be a good idea to download the new one.  Here is the version history

It says "minor bugs" fixed.  But still, it doesn't cost anything to update.  :)

Edit: Btw, I was looking around to see if the Pro version was on giveaway anywhere.  I had the free version 2.0.2 installed and noticed the update.


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Found Deals and Discounts / Wise Care 365 Pro [softpedia giveaway]
« on: March 27, 2017, 06:59 AM »
Wise Care 365 Pro is available for download as a Softpedia Giveaway

There is no time limit on the license but there are no free upgrades either.

The main feature I use is the Registry Cleaner.  To be honest I am not sure which features are in the Pro that are not in the Free version.  Free is likely fine for most people.  But it can be kind of fun to get the Pro of any software if it is on giveaway.  :)


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Found Deals and Discounts / CPUBalance Pro [free GOTD]
« on: March 14, 2017, 02:39 PM »
As of post time there is still 12 hours and 20 something minutes to get CPUBalance Pro for free.  I have been running it for about an hour.  So far I like it.  What it aims to do is avoid the bogging of the process that has the focus by limiting CPU hogging programs running in the backgroud.

The main pleasant result I have seen so far is running SuperAntiSpyware scan in the background while surfing the web with Firefox in the foreground.  Ordinarily Firefox is a bit jittery when SAS is scanning in the background.  This time with the CPUBalance Pro running, FF ran smoothly at the cost that the background scan took a bit longer.

The only glitch I have seen is when run it pops up an error message that it cannot save a scheduled task and therefore it cannot be started at login with elevated privileges.  I don't care about that since I prefer to start it manually.  I just wish I could eliminate the error message. But I suppose I will have to bite the bullet and hit Enter after running it.  (My Laptop is a bit quirky.  You may not get this error.)

It comes with one year of updates.  There is some stuff in the readme about registration but afaict there is no way to register it.  Just install it and you are good to go.  In any case I did go to the web site and enter some info because I was not aware I did not need to.  Here is the link:

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com


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Along with the Cyberfox 52.0 release was text of the direction of Cyberfox.  To sum it up they have switched to ESR mode for 12 months.  After that, nada.  All gone.

A shame because through all the Firefox 64 bit working/not working seesaw, the Cyberfox 64 bit version trod along with no problems for the most part.

The other thing a bit weird, the new updater apparently uses .NET.  Since I am on Windows 8.0 and do not have .NET 4.6.1 installed, after a download that took 20 minutes, validating hash etc. it comes up and tells me it cannot run because the minimum .NET is 4.6.1.  Duh. How about checking the required .NET version at the beginning?

But anyway, sorry to see it go.

https://8pecxstudios...viewtopic.php?t=1756


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General Software Discussion / Macrium Reflect v7 release on Feb. 27th
« on: February 21, 2017, 09:19 AM »
I didn't notice this until I got an email from Macrium.  Evidently v7 release is due Feb. 27, 2017:

http://www.macrium.c...pages/version-7.aspx

I was under the impression that the rapid restore was only in the server editions.  But consulting the feature comparison chart it seems to be available in all but the free version.  The term they use is Rapid Data Restore.  Here is an editions comparison chart:

http://www.macrium.c...ges/comparisons.aspx


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Found Deals and Discounts / Windows Deal dead in the water?
« on: February 09, 2017, 06:54 AM »
The page still works.  But for weeks now it seems there is the same single give-away.  Windows Deal seems to be dead in the water.  Anyone have an alternative?

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Firefox 51.0 Stable is out.  Adds FLAC support.  See Changelog Button near the bottom of the page.

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