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General Software Discussion / Re: Internet Timer
« on: December 15, 2022, 11:32 AM »
Ah, I actually got the user to promise.  That's the best solution, anyway!  People will surprise you sometimes - just gotta keep hoping for them.

General Software Discussion / Re: Internet Timer
« on: November 05, 2022, 04:22 PM »
Thanks, Shades for answering.  I was trying to get around buying anything.  I realize I could stick a switch or router between that computer and the network, but that was my last resort.  I was hoping more for some super-admin program I could install on the machine.

My query was more for known free software.

General Software Discussion / Re: Internet Timer
« on: November 03, 2022, 07:58 PM »
Not the wifi -the LAN ethernet connection just for particular computers.  I want to set a schedule for the internet so it turns on in the morning at a certain time and turns off in the evening at a certain time.

General Software Discussion / Re: Internet Timer
« on: October 31, 2022, 04:15 PM »
Here's a simple solution:

It's not quite what I had in mind.  This one is meant for the person who wants to disable their own internet - not for the person who wants to disable someone else's, such as a family internet or parental control.  All it does is disable the network adapter.


General Software Discussion / Internet Timer
« on: October 31, 2022, 11:31 AM »
I have a particular Windows computer that I want to put on a schedule for its internet access.  I want it to turn off every day at a particular time and turn on every day at a particular time.

Can anyone recommend me a free program for this that I can install on that machine?

Parental Controls sound like an option, but I don't want to sign up for anything, and I only use domain/local accounts - no microsoft accounts for computer logins.

Maybe there's some setting on my linux CentOS dhcp server that I could add for that particular mac address?

Wow, I just re-read my latest post and realized that probably, nobody understands what I was talking about.  haha

Uh, I've been using Notion now for about a month.  I know it's been mentioned in this thread, and the thread is really about zettsle-something and today, I actually saw a template for Notion that was called zettle-something. 

Then, I realized I didn't know how to spell pertanintcy. 
Now, I've brought Dormouse's thread length one post longer.  :)

Just because I found in my daily pursuit of knowledge, the word zettelkasten , which I first heard of by watching this thread, here is the link of pertainenancieeeaaay:


I don't know if *Notion* has yet died from this thread, but I'm giving it a good try.  Is this a good thread to talk about how well I like Notion, or should we start a new one?  I mean, @dormouse is only up to page 47 so far.

The tool I pointed to was just a GUI for OpenSSL.  If you install OpenSSL, it offers the option to add it to the PATH, I think.  You use it in the console, normally.  If not in the PATH, then you'd have to either use the full path to the exe or you have to change the console's DIR to the folder where the exe is.

The exe is here for me:
C:\Program Files\OpenSSL\bin\openssl.exe

Just wanted to throw in here about certificates - I found this nifty thing called OpenSSL Wizard which uses, obviously, OpenSSL.  But the gui is presented in a way that I found really helpful for the guy who has to get or make a certificate file of some sort but only needs it very rarely and so only wants to learn just enough to get past the job and on to other things.

Thanks for the compliments!  I'll check out the chalk program - looks neat.
Yeah, Calculor does have one issue I never figured out how to solve - when you divide a certain way, it displays the trailing zeroes.  I've done all sorts of things to fix that but never hit on the right solution.  And I haven't looked at the code in forever, so I don't know if I'll ever see the time to fix it.  Life's like that.  One moment's interests are not the same years later.

General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Volume Booster
« on: June 22, 2022, 08:49 PM »
The Loudness Equalization looks interesting, but I'd have to mess with realtek drivers, and I'm sort of afraid of changing from the realtek drivers that are installed just to get that extra effects tab.

This seems to work and is free: https://www.fxsound....m/dfx-audio-enhancer

In fact, it works pretty well and I'm pretty pleased.  I have the volume for the computer set to about 10%, and it is as if it were normally at 40%. 

You could always double-sticky-tape an external usb drive reader to the side of the case.  :-[

What about something like Synergy?  It's one of those programs you install on multiple computers to be able to use a single mouse and keyboard with them.  That could solve part of the problem, maybe.

General Software Discussion / Re: The End of the Atom Editor
« on: June 09, 2022, 11:25 AM »
For me, it's Notepad++ for projects and Notepad3 for one-off views.
I've always loved trying out text editors.  I liked PSpad and ProgrammersNotepad2. 
I have a copy of Visual Studio 2019, so I don't much need VSCode, although I have both installed.  The only time I use Visual Studio is if I have to compile anything.  If it's just scripts (powershell, or editing html) I use Notepad++.

I've never used Atom.

General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Volume Booster
« on: June 08, 2022, 08:15 PM »
Shades, I beg to differ, please about the volume booster not doing what I expect.

I did try out one of them on its 14 day trial, and it really did amplify the sound a LOT - we were quite pleased.  That aside, the volume would dip periodically to its normal top volume and then gradually (thankfully) return - and that I do attribute to the volume booster program.

I understand what you mean though (I think) about the Atmos audio setup and how it could conflict with the output when its not actually present.

I was just thinking maybe some program could amplify the sound my computer puts out, regardless of what systems are used to understand the streaming input.  I mean, if you can use a small app to capture the sound sent the speakers, then surely you could programmatically amplify the sound being sent to them.

Living Room / Re: How to fix a keyboard with catchy keys
« on: June 08, 2022, 09:14 AM »
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Shades! 

I decided to order something new, this time and got this:

It's actually quite a nice keyboard and I like it.  That square in the middle of the rest could fit a touchpad - and there is, indeed, another model with the touchpad installed, but I didn't think I would need it. 

The keys on this keyboard are easy to push, not too noisy, and pretty snappy-feeling.  The backslash key is the proper size, too.  I just wish it had a giant delete key like the Microsoft keyboard did.  The only thing I don't like about it is that the media keys are funny to push - you have to push them *all* the way in or they might not work (think about the volume buttons here). 

General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Volume Booster
« on: June 08, 2022, 09:09 AM »
[posted in the wrong thread;  removed]

General Software Discussion / Looking for Volume Booster
« on: June 08, 2022, 09:03 AM »
When I stream audio, it seems to lose part of its volume and we can't always hear what is being said, even if the computer speakers are turned all the way up (system sounds at that volume level will hurt the ears, though).

So, I've been toying with a volume booster app, but I've only found ones that are for trial to shareware.

Anyone have a volume booster program for free that they actually like?

Living Room / Re: How to fix a keyboard with catchy keys
« on: June 03, 2022, 11:55 AM »
Thanks, Shades. Well, I'd describe it as semi-mechanical.  It has the keycaps and the shafts that press down through the base onto the membrane. 
In my original post, I linked to a photo of when the keycap is removed.
I am able to pop the keys off with no problem.

graphite, eh?  I thought about that, but didn't pursue the thought. 

I think what the problem is is that the key shafts stick inside their holes, because it happens also with the smaller keys that don't have stabilizers.  It's just worse with the larger keys.

Living Room / How to fix a keyboard with catchy keys
« on: June 03, 2022, 09:53 AM »
How do you fix a keyboard where the keys catch?

Please don't advise me to clean my keyboard or buy another one.  I want to fix *this* particular keyboard because I like the look and feel of it.

Okay, so, I'm not talking about a keyboard that needs cleaned.  I'm talking about keys, where, when you push on the corners of them they get caught on the way down.  It's an engineering error, but I want to fix this instead of getting another keyboard.

I have a Microsoft Natural Multimedia Keyboard 1.0A  (has a PS2 connector!)

When I type, if I don't push directly in the center of the key then it catches or jams against itself riser underneath the key cap.  This happens especially on the larger keys like the shift and return keys, and mostly with keys hit by my pinky fingers. In fact, on my right shift key, if I try and push it with any finger but I don't hit it in the center, it gets stuck and I have to push it really hard.

Now, when I remove the key cap, I see there is the keycap shaft, the metal stabilizer wire, and then there is a thin vertical piece with a straight slot in it - (you can see it in this picture, but mine is totally clean).  This vertical piece has a slot to receive a flange in the bottom of the keycap so as to keep the key straight when it is depressed.

I've tried putting some mineral oil and then some salve on the keycap shaft to make it slide better, but that didn't help.  I can still push on the corner of the key and if I push it right, it just won't go down.

I think it is this flange that is where the key gets stuck, but I'm not completely sure.
I am posting here to query whether anyone has experience fixing this.  I'd have to fix at least a half dozen keys. 

It's not difficult to pull the SSD and plug it into another computer using an external drive adapter.  I'm not sure if that's what you mean by dismantling it.  Another option is to boot the computer with a flash drive running free linux or something and then trying to copy the data off it onto a second flash drive.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Space Awesome!
« on: May 28, 2022, 07:04 PM »
Haha!  I made it, too.  Somehow I cloned my weapons guy and after that I was able to win every battle I came across.  I was running out of fuel most of the time, and my cook and mechanic both died.  I scored 150,000 in 24 events; 3 died; 2 outposts visited.

General Software Discussion / Re: Best Windows Info tool?
« on: May 14, 2022, 06:43 PM »
It's my choice.  I stopped looking for anything else years ago.

Contro's right!  I always dislike those answers, too, when I get them, but this problem needs to start with Googling before it gets to a forum.

Screenshot Captor / Re: Y2K problem in SC (not April Fool's)
« on: April 02, 2022, 08:18 AM »
I never doubted you, in fact!

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