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but nobody has purchased a license

Well damn, I guess I should frame mine then..

I think it's the fact that it lost the competition a while ago to a lot of people's estimation.

I must have missed that (competition thing). But I'm old; take naps; might have slept through it...or forgot. I don't even remember why WinZip annoys(/ed) me.

Okay, I just gotta ask:


Why does everyone seem to rip on WinRAR?!?

I've been using it for years, and never had a problem with it.

General Software Discussion / Re: Earning More with Cryptocurrency
« on: March 05, 2021, 05:42 AM »
Celsius NetworkI've been using the Celsius Network to earn 10.51% APY on USDC. They make payments every Monday. I've earned over half as much in 3 weeks using Celsius as I earned from my bank in all of 2020, even though I had 2-3 times as much money in my savings account than what I've put into Celsius. It's nice! I'm not getting rich quick, but at least I'm earning something! And they have options for non-USA residents to earn even higher interest rates.If this interests you enough to sign up, you can also create an account using my referral link and we'll both gain $30 worth of BTC after you make your first transfer of $200 or more. after you've signed up, you can enter the promo code WEB40 in the app to get another $40 worth of BTC after making a transfer of $200 or more (in a single transaction) and keeping it in the app for 30 days. Or in other words, if you use my referral link, you can get $70 worth of (often abbreviated as CDC from "crypto dot com") has similar liquidity/interest features, though I find I prefer the rates on Celsius. But CDC also has a nifty pre-paid Visa card you can get which has some nice bonuses, such as earning 1-8% back as crypto, or even complete reimbursement (in crypto) for some purchases such as Spotify, Netflix, or even Amazon Prime subscriptions. If you use my referral code then we'll both get $25 worth of cryptocurrency once you've met certain criteria, which I believe is to deposit about $400 worth of crypto into your account and stake it, which is incidentally also how you qualify for the first non-free tier of the Visa card bonuses.I'm kind of a miser who doesn't like spending money (because money is usually tight) but I got the lowest non-free Visa card tier and have been kind of excited/happy when I spend money with it now, knowing that I'm earning a little back in a form (cryptocurrency) that may be worth much more in the future than it's worth now. But it's also such a small amount that if it goes down in value (even to nothing) then I'm not really any worse off than if I had just paid cash for things.

These two sound very doable as I've been thinking about this kind of thing for awhile now.

The wife says Musicolet is a win … Me stop there..  ;) :Thmbsup:

Me probably use on Harley for Bike Week.

Okay: follow up report from the old and slow.

Musicolet is freaking awesome!

Small, fast, Add free, local files only, and idiot simple! Absolutely perfect!

There are enough free software tools, already mentioned above, that don't need a Windows Pro license.

I think that she was just offering an alternative.  If they have a pro license already, then this is the path of least resistance.

Amen to that! I love RDP … And spend most of my days using it on remote systems.

But of course, parts may not be working as expected. As an example, I realized last night that AdGuard still had a part running. When I closed it, the speed immediately rose to 400MBps

Zoiks! O_o ...That would make for an instant summary execution in my world.

Have you ever done a tracert to see if the times drop off at a specific point? And/or check your router for any over zealous packet checking?

If the tracert starts high, and then holds fairly steady, your router - new or not - may be on the fritz...or just holding itself up by nitpicking the traffic..

We tend to avoid ever using the ISP's equipment where I'm at, because it's usually low powered spastic crap.

Try Musicolet.With this app, I set it to a folder and just push play and it will pick up where you leave off.  So, I just open it, and then push play and that's all.

From description: 2. As this app doesn't have internet permission, It can't have any feature that uses internet.

(Forced Honesty…) Now... that does sound promising.. :D

pulsar player looks like it could be a contender

Just been playing with it and it seems to tick a lot of your boxes

its tough cos everything these days is targeted at users who want all sorts of trivial functionality (not like when I was a boy...)

Yepper, that's what scares me. I'll checkout Pulsar when I get a chance.

Thanks Guys!

I'm looking for recommendations on an Android music player that is straight forward and simple to use for old people. Something that folks either have, will, or did give to their own grandmother. So no 20 questions during launch, tiny assed buttons, or anything much more complicated than a 1970's portable radio.

Desired "Features":
One click, and music comes out. Period. No updates, offers, survey questions, feature hints, or music trivia.
Shuffle entire library option that keeps going from session to session until turned off by force.
Some sort of extremely idiot simple search for and play X option - That then keeps going until - honestly I'm flexible on this one.

Thanks In Advance,

Stoic Joker

T-Clock / Re: T-Clock
« on: January 21, 2021, 01:55 PM »
My rutine is a little different:

Unzip to C:\T-Clock

Right-click Clock64.exe and create a shortcut. Cut the cut and move it to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Ultimately the folder can go anywhere, it's just traditional to put it in Program Files.

But regardless of where you put it, checking the start with Windows option on the About Tab simply creates a shortcut to the .exe's current location in C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

T-Clock / Re: T-Clock
« on: January 21, 2021, 05:44 AM »
Steps 5-7 are (personal preference) optional, but ^they're^ right.  :D


I might aughta play with some of this stuff one of these days - But the (lack of IoT security) paranoid in me makes it difficult

Because of that, there are some things I won't use IOT, but others... if someone turns my lights on and off, I don't really care. I just keep it behind a firewall on a different subnet.

LOL, yeah... Nice to know I'm not alone. :Thmbsup:

Yeah! ...I'm not crazy.

Something like this perhaps?

Same thing as what I mentioned above- just a different brand :)

Ah! Okay … I was in a hurry, and just tossed it out on the run.

I might aughta play with some of this stuff one of these days - But the (lack of IoT security) paranoid in me makes it difficult

Yeah! ...I'm not crazy.

Something like this perhaps?

Granted I'm working from memory here... But I seem to recall that there was a line of IoT "Smart" lightbulbs that could be controlled wirelessly available in most hardware stores.

I could be completely off my nut - But I could swear that I ran across these once awhile back.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: January 08, 2021, 05:46 AM »
I set my new HP laptop with Win10 to 'no password',

Elaborate on what you did so far to accomplish that, so we know what not to suggest..  :D

Historically, that always been done using control userpasswords2 (from either run or command prompt)
I start with Desktop and go to Sign-in options.

Is a local account, or a Microsoft account?

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: January 07, 2021, 05:44 AM »
I set my new HP laptop with Win10 to 'no password',

Elaborate on what you did so far to accomplish that, so we know what not to suggest..  :D

Historically, that always been done using control userpasswords2 (from either run or command prompt)

Living Room / Re: Saying goodbye to the old year with a cheer!
« on: December 31, 2020, 07:47 AM »
Adios 2020


You miserable bastard  :D

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 27, 2020, 01:36 PM »
For me the phrase "Situational Awareness" come to mind. This is a software/programming forum, that also just so happens to get a lot of attention (NANY) this time of year. So (to me) any discussion - in a NANY thread - should solely and only be in regard to how well any given program fits - or accomplishes - its intended purpose ... Period!

Yes, at times there can be some 'grey areas' but in the interest of respecting someone's "house" (e.g. Mouser's), I think it is generally best - at times like this - to err-on-the-side-of-caution, and keep things as technical as possible to avoid running across something - potentially... - inflammatory during a time when the audience is highly mixed...

tl;dr Never ask a cop if he wants to get high during a traffic stop, when his body cam is running... Savvy?!?

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 23, 2020, 05:44 AM »
Okay, so it's definitely not my thing... But it is rather cute, and could stand to be a tad longer - Me thinks..

Maybe have a few - grayer area - questions like cheating, and kindness (good deeds subtract lightning).

There really is a lot involved in making - or breaking - one being a good person. I tried to be nice in traffic the other day and let a guy out of a side street...he got hit by a truck two lanes over. If I'd have cut him off, he'd have avoided the accident.

Shit gets tricky sometimes, ya know..?

Coworker who sees me looking at something in a browser: "Glad you're not busy; I need you to do this, this, this ..."

Coworker who sees me staring intently at a command prompt: Backs away, slowly ...

This really does work - I've used it more than a few times..

Living Room / Re: How do you get melted rubber out of carpeting???
« on: December 12, 2020, 07:35 AM »
FWIW flour is potentially explosive.

And here we're separating the wheat from the ground … Well now I suppose that could chaff a bit..

Living Room / Re: How do you get melted rubber out of carpeting???
« on: December 11, 2020, 05:43 AM »
...And so for the lazy but curious:


1.a small flake of soot or other dirt.

"all those black smuts from the engine"

synonyms: imperfection · fault · flaw · defect · deformity · discoloration · disfigurement

2.a fungal disease of grains in which parts of the ear change to black powder.

synonyms: mildew · fungus · must · moldiness · mustiness · blight · dry rot · wet rot

3.obscene or lascivious talk, writing, or pictures.

"porn, in this view, is far from being harmless smut"

synonyms: indecency · immorality · impropriety · salaciousness · smuttiness · lewdness ·


1.mark with flakes or soot or other dirt.

"the smutted sky"

2.infect (a plant) with smut.

"smutted wheat"

Now I still don't know how Wheat Fungus applies to a house on fire - But...I'll leave this here for other folks to figure out.


Living Room / Re: How do you get melted rubber out of carpeting???
« on: December 08, 2020, 05:41 AM »
Boy, this escalated quickly...

Damn Straight! ...'bout the only thing we're missing now is the Spider Protocol suggestion - Burn down the house!

 :D :huh: :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: How do you get melted rubber out of carpeting???
« on: December 07, 2020, 05:41 AM »
No one is saying the obvious answer.  You don't.  :o

Yeah, I kinda started there … Hence the "Bat Signal" post for help..  ;)

Re-carpet the whole room. If there is a budget for it, you can perhaps sell the re-carpetting as a "refreshing" surprise house improvement to your better half.

Or in case you have grand children, you can let them "strategically" play with messy stuff in that area en let the wife "discover". But I was reading you already have found the "volunteer" who is taking one for the team...  ;)

Or invest in a comfortable couch/guest bed and undergo her wrath.  :P

Not in the budget, not low enough to blame it on the kids (dog is a "gray area"...), and hell no.  :D

In Soviet Russia, carpet gets melted rubber out of you!

In context Siberia may be warmer than the reception getting busted would create.

For anything gooey I've always had good results with anything that contains eucalyptus oil, (wool wash, etc), plus it smells nice.

Now that is an interesting and potentially useful suggestion - especially in contrast to the rest of these clowns - are you lost or something? :)

But seriously, thanks to all for chiming in - I did get most of it out with the paint thinner so at least it isn't getting tracked all over the house anymore. Although I may take a run at the eucalyptus thing later..

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