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Interesting open source project led by the University of Warwick. Its aim is to help users keep track of where information about them is stored online so that they can actually -- personally -- benefit from it. An important issue; whether this is a viable solution or not is another one...   :)

[...] a marketing professor at the University of Warwick who led RUMPEL's development, said: "It's time for people to claim their data from the internet."

"The aim of RUMPEL is to empower users and enable them to be served by the ocean of data about them that's stored in all kinds of places online, so that it benefits them and not just the businesses and organisations that harvest it," she added.

"The strapline 'Your Data, Your Way' reflects our determination to let people lead smarter lives by bringing their digital lives back under their own control."

TechRadar article : New web browser lets you take back control of your personal data

And the GitHub RUMPEL project.

Mini-Reviews by Members / BrowserSelect - mini mini review.
« on: July 25, 2016, 12:47 PM »
Since I haven't been around a lot lately, I'll use the reviewing form mostly for fun...  The app is so simple, I could just point you towards the snapfiles review and the GitHub link! :)

Basic Info

App NameBrowserSelect
App Version Reviewedv1.3.1
Test System SpecsWindows 8.1
Supported OSeswindows 7, windows 8.1 and windows 10
Support Methodsmessages through
Pricing SchemeFree and open-source (GPL v2)

Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product No relationship whatsoever


Was just looking for a way to be able to quickly choose the most appropriate browser to open specific links, depending on the need, without having to : 1-run it/them first, 2-copy and paste the link in it/them, etc. Could be for programming/test purposes, split connections  (some VPNs offers the possibility to split your connection and you might then want to use different browsers for different connections), job vs home usage, etc.

BrowserSelect is the only app I found simply fitting the bill (and a bit more). It basically becomes your "default browser", intercepts and redirects the calls to the best browser for the task at hand.

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Who is this app designed for:

Anybody who works with several browsers and who wants to be able to choose in which one different links should open.

The coder's explanations are straightforward:

"Browser Select is a utility to dynamically select the browser you want instead of just having one default for all links. similar to the prompt in android to choose a browser when a link in a non-browser app is clicked/touched. it may not be useful for everyone but it really helps when you use multiple browsers for different things (e.g. one with proxy and one without) and open many links from other applications (e.g. Messengers).

instead of having to copy the link , open desired (non-default) browser than pasting , all you need to do is to click on the link and this prompt will open allowing you to choose the browser you want. it automatically detects installed browsers , and has no need for administrative rights it can be installed and works in a restricted user.

you may click on the desired browser or press one of the shortcuts (its index or first letter of its name) , for example for chrome you can press 2 , g or c. you may also press Esc (or click the X) to not open the url."

The programmer doesn't describe that the newer versions allow the user to easily create rules to automatically open specific links in specific browsers. You can either create them on the fly by clicking on the "Always" button when the interface shows up (see screenshot), or you can create/type them yourself, using domain names and more sophisticated wildcard pattern matching (see 2nd screenshot).

The Good

Works as advertised. Easy to select what browser to use to open a link (... after clicking on such a link or after typing one in Find and Run Robot, for example, etc.) : use your mouse, or use keyboard shortcuts.

I also like the fact that it allows you to create rules to open specific links in specific browsers.

The needs improvement section

Everything's fine. It does what I need, and more.

*If using URLs files, users might have 1- to remove other browsers associations with URLs in "default programs" (control panel) 2-and right click on a URL to be able to enter the properties dialog and select "Opens with" (BrowserSelect, of course).

Why I think you should use this product

Because, like me, you don't rely on just one browser and you want to have the freedom to super easily open links in the one you prefer, depending on the task. Useful if you're testing web pages, using a proxy, a VPN, etc.

How does it compare to similar apps and Conclusion

Tried another similar app and it didn't work well at all. Tried BrowserSelect and it worked almost** instantly.

** Had a small issue with URLs stubbornly opening in one browser, but the fix was easy. See above.

Links to other reviews of this application


Find And Run Robot / Black tray menu
« on: October 14, 2015, 11:59 AM »
Hi mouser,

The tray menu here has been black for a long time. Years, probably. It seems like I'm the only one (?), but I wonder why. Driver issues, maybe, but on my computer, FARR is the only application with a problematic tray menu.

Screenshot - 2015-10-14 , 12_53_37.png

When I hover over the menu, the various entries appear/disappear.
The menu is still usable.

Hi mouser,
this is something I so frequently have to do (re-establish clipboard chain) that a shortcut key would be extremely useful.
Thanks for considering adding this to the UI!
Take care

Living Room / Google Is Not What It Seems
« on: October 29, 2014, 06:26 PM »
Haven't seen this here, yet. Interesting article, even for the non-paranoid critical eye and potential Assange disliker.

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

Hello there.

It's been bugging me for a while, but once every X use, farr freezes and I noticed that my external hard drive starts spinning. If I unplug the hard drive, the problem obviously disappears.

Here are the various folders farr is searching :

Screenshot - 2014-07-28 , 18_25_25.png

Doesn't seem to look in (e.g.) Q:\, which is a backup hard drive. No favorites folder or whatever on these backup drives.

Any ideas why farr would want to access external hard drives ?


I'm sure I'm not the only one to find the Taskbar annoying (see below). So I thought I'd share that silly little trick.

Windows XP allowed me to NOT have my taskbar always on top. That way it would just disappear behind other windows. To see/access it, I just had to press the Windows key.
Windows 8/8.1 doesn't offer that mode so I'm stuck with autohide (+ always on top, of course) to gain real estate on a small screen.

The problem with autohide is that hitting the screen border inadvertently with the mouse will trigger the taskbar. And it'll impolitely get in the way.

Tried many software to either 1- completely hide the taskbar and control it with a key or simply, 2- or constrain the mouse out of screen borders (so that the taskbar won't pop up when it's on autohide). Most of them won't work properly, 100% of the time; i.e. there are always times where the taskbar will show up or not show up at all, etc.

Anyway: for me, the simple DDMM finally solved the problem. Found it thanks to that topic : Looking for a Mouse/Cursor restriction tool ... ?.
With it you can define a limit through which the mouse can't travel. It's been flawlessly working for the last 3 days.

Taksbar is now behaving properly. To access it, I just move the mouse through the defined screen limit by keeping the ctrl key pressed, or by pressing Windows+Z.

(One little bug, maybe -- not enough to be a showstopper : Using Ctrl+Alt+some other key will sometimes make the Ctrl key "stick", allowing the mouse to move freely through the imposed limits. Pressing Ctrl again solves the problem.)

Living Room / Backing up data without any users logged on
« on: November 29, 2013, 01:21 PM »
Hello All

I'd like to be able to schedule a backup to run as soon as the computer is on and/or at scheduled times.

The idea here is to have it happen whether some specific users are logged on or not.

- It's a simple client/desktop.
- The OS is windows Vista.
- The account where this happens (if there needs to be one) should be password protected

Is this possible ? If it is, what's the best way to do it?

Thanks a lot.

Hi everyone. I searched the Web a bit but can't find any real discussion and solution to this problem... And not too many people seems to complain about it.

Since I bought a new laptop with windows 8 pre-installed, I've had to put up with a super slow Task Manager. After hitting ctrl+shift+esc, Task Manager takes between 10s and 60s to appear. Anything else is quicker than that! Again : note that the laptop is new and fairly powerful.

Anybody else has this kind of experience ? Any potential cure ? it's really annoying.

(Reinstalling Windows is out of the question here -- too long.)

Find And Run Robot / Ctrl+Alt+Enter and Firefox
« on: November 21, 2012, 01:28 PM »
Hello all.
For some time Ctrl+Alt+Enter will launch multiple searches (for example) one... tab... at... a... time...
Firefox will wait until one search finishes loading, and then... will load the next one. It's excruciatingly slow and I have to wait since the new tab will steal the focus, preventing me to read anything.
Am I the only one suffering from this ? Is it a "new" farr feature ? a firefox change ?
Thanks for helping me with this one.

Find And Run Robot / Farr freezes / delays : solved but...
« on: January 29, 2012, 07:00 PM »
For a while I got intermittent (and extremely annoying) farr freeze / delays. Didn't do anything about it as I didn't have the time to debug.

Recently decided to solve the problem: Turned out that it was the same problem described in this thread

But the problem is now with Microsoft Security Essentials (I changed antivirus since last time). Excluding ini files in MSE's "Settings" didn't seem to be enough and so I decided to exclude farr's process entirely from MSE's scans. That did it. No more freezes.

Now... I'm wondering how bad does this affect farr's user experience in general : so many people use MSE, I'm certainly not the only one experiencing long farr freezes (I'm on a 3y old laptop, 2.2ghz core2duo). In my case, the freezes were long enough to make me think of installing something else, even after years of use and enthusiasm. If I was new to farr I might have just dumped it right away for something that felt speedier.

Maybe something in the installation process, or somewhere VERY obvious should warn the user? Dunno...

Farr doesn't deserve to look bad because of some ill-mannered AV.

Developer's Corner / Is Clojure the next C ?
« on: December 13, 2011, 07:56 AM »
Interesting article on software vs hardware and... language "evolution".
The Barbarians are at the Gates

Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died.

(Two great programmers in the same month...)

I'm looking at the various options for cross-platform mobile apps development, reading forums and various articles (Mobile application development).

The C#/.Net way with MonoTouch/MonoDroid is attractive... but then Marmalade looks nice too. There are also other interesting options like Rhodes.

There are of course several parameters to consider (familiarity of language, price, development speed, etc.). But I don't want to clog the discussion right away...  :-[

Any opinion/"hands on" experience on the matter ?

Yes I'm still using XP.  :)

I thought this annoyance had been discussed in the past, but i can't find it. Anyway, here are some solutions I found:

XP Automatic Update Nagging

Of both solutions proposed in the article, the second one allows more control over the dialog.

If you're on XP pro, you can just do as described in the article. If you're on XP Home, you won't be able to use the "Group policy settings" editor/dialog (what you could then do is try to hack XP by following these guidelines : Windows XP Home Edition: gpedit.msc (group policy) editing via registry . It's probably not legal though.)

What you can also use WhyReboot? to check out whether you should reboot or not.

And there's this little app that become handy : DontSleep
I don't think it's ever been reviewed here.

Anyhow. :)

I'm not into fast boot time craziness -- I almost always hibernate or go into sleep mode.
However, this is fast.
The statistics and explanations are interesting too.

Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8

And here's the direct link to the little demo

Developer's Corner / An experiment about static and dynamic type systems
« on: September 09, 2011, 11:38 AM »
Moderately interesting study. Still worth sharing.
This blog article has good comments at the bottom. [Disclaimer : I haven't read the actual study]

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Living Room / Undervolting -- my hands are thanking me
« on: August 20, 2011, 10:37 PM »
Nothing special here. Don't laugh. But I need to share my joy.
For some reasons the last time I tried undervolting my laptop's CPU, it didn't work. I must have done something wrong (didn't have any guide). I'm really glad I tried again.

I tried to "undervolt" my laptop's CPU 2 days ago and... Success ! My CPU "idle" (well, semi-idle...) temp went from 60-65C to 40-45C. A whopping 20C. It's super stable (tested it with Orthos, prime95 and just did a lot video rendering) and I don't feel like I'm slowly cooking my hands anymore...

Not only that, but I also gained some extra "battery life" and a barely audible fan:)

I followed these 2 forum posts, mainly (plus a few other more technical articles). My first setup took me 1h30 total (reading the articles, setting the apps up, testing for 45 min.):


The apps you're going to need :
RM Clock Utility

VoilĂ .

Find And Run Robot / Some shortcut keys don't work anymore.
« on: June 25, 2011, 05:07 PM »
It might be something in my setup -- as nobody complained -- but :

- Ctrl+Left or Alt+Left, Ctrl+Right or Alt+Right, to either delete last word/subdir OR  autocomplete, doesn't work anymore
- Also, Ctrl+Shift+Left Ctrl+Shift+Right, for word selection don't work either.

... They used to work and noticed they didn't a few days go. My cursor just moves from left to right or the reverse.

Any ideas ?


I wasn't interested in the C# vs other languages aspect, but more the fact that...
the JIT compiler can do "lookahead optimization", and may mark any object for collection after what it considers it's "last use", ignoring scope
Maybe some of you will find that interesting too... :)

Living Room / Easiest laptop (brand) to take apart ?
« on: April 23, 2011, 11:10 AM »
I've owned only 3 laptop, and they all made it pretty hard to get to the CPU. However, I found that being able to easily get to the CPU (and its fan/heat sink) is very convenient for good cleanup. For my next laptop, this is going to be one the buying factors : extremely easy to take apart and get to the CPU.

Any knowledgeable people on the subject here ? Thanks.  :)

Dropbox sacrifices user privacy for cost savings ?

That's what this article is trying to demonstrate.
Interesting read and, while I'm no security expert, it seems to me that the implications go beyond this :

As Ashkan Soltani was able to test in just a few minutes, it is possible to determine if any given file is already stored by one or more Dropbox users, simply by observing the amount of data transferred between your own computer and Dropbox's servers. If the file isn't already stored by Dropbox, the entire file will be uploaded. If Dropbox has the file already, just a few kb of communication will occur.

DVCS : what system to you use... And why ? I'm also generally curious about the context in which you use it (e.g. : working alone or in a team ? purely for code  ?)...


Some background info ?

There's been several discussions about version control systems here, but only a few about DVCS and its open systems (Git, Mercurial...). I admit I installed Tortoise SVN a while ago and never used it. Instead I rely on a few different tools like AutoVer, time stamped backups, notes, etc.

I'm currently working on a coding project (my first "real" one in fact), and am wondering if I should be more rigorous about version control etc. But since I have perfectionist tendencies and tend to loose time on details and unnecessary stuff, I want to avoid getting into something that might be very interesting (no doubt...) BUT that will slow me down for months without giving me any concrete benefits. So... if you have any advice concerning that matter... Thanks. :)

Just thought it was both funny and quite "accurate" (BTW, the "Why you are not getting laid" subtitle has nothing to do with the essence of the article). Interestingly enough, I had a conversation on exactly the same subject with a friend a couple days ago.

Your mileage may vary... Well... actually...

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Living Room / Never Defragment an SSD ?
« on: February 16, 2011, 08:58 PM »
I found that article interesting. The author, Jan Goyvaerts, is the developer behind "Just Great Software" (RegexBuddy, EditPad, etc.) -- he also wrote several great books.

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