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Living Room / Re: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2022
« on: December 20, 2021, 09:06 AM »
Merry Christmas to all!

I second the motion!   ;D ;D

re welcome
thanks you very for chiming in, then I will use it with taskbar visible and locked if I must, is it possible to see the code for your freeware?

I have no objection to you reading the code.  But I did it in AutoIt3 and there are many reusable routines scattered across a bunch of include files.  Since I am on a hiatus from programming I have the code in online storage with only links on my Laptop.  The Lappy has only 32 GB of storage so I eliminated local copies as a space saving measure.  But you could probably find example code online in forums dedicated to PowerShell.  The call to set the work area is not that complicated.  It is just that I forget which files load what others.  The upside of using include files is reusable code but the downside is including one file may actually chain in a bunch of others and it can be messy.

A stand alone example is probably your best bet.

Edit:  Now that I think of it I believe only the setting "auto hide the taskbar" causes the screen resolution to be given as the work area.  The "lock the taskbar" setting has no effect on the reported work area info.  It has been years since I wrote these utilities.   :o

I don't code in powershell but I have written small utilities to set the desktop work area.  I am chiming in just in case you may be unaware that it is a Windows quirk that if the Taskbar is not locked, the work area reported by the system will be the same as the current screen resolution, at least for single monitor systems.

In other words, if you like to run with a disappearing taskbar, setting the work area will have no effect.  I haven't heard anything about it being fixed in Windows 11 so I doubt it ever will be.   ;D

If you wish to try setting the work area to see the effect you are welcome to download my freeware SetWorkArea

Edit:  Also this article may be of interest:

Living Room / Re: Nuclear missile silo keyboard repurposed for usb
« on: December 01, 2021, 05:30 PM »
Highly watchable

Interesting stuff.  I am curious about one thing though.  Has anyone scanned this keyboard with a Geiger counter?   8)

General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi - add buttons to panel?
« on: November 29, 2021, 12:44 PM »
After re-installing Vivaldi many a times, can attest that it's sync feature is excellent at remembering passwords (not so with Firefox) and re-instating extensions and more.

I will have to check that out.  Nothing is more annoying than browser sync that does not provide an overwrite option.  You know, the merges just create a bunch of dupes.  Not my idea of convenience.

Also, with regards to computers, recall purchasing refurbished desktops (nowhere enormous as they used to be) with Win 7 and after about 7 years now, still working full speed. So much faster than Win 10! But buying any electronic stuff today is hard decision. Much like buying a new car. Even if you have the money, you're overwhelmed with so many options!!

I know.  We should try to pressure the manufacturers into providing a standard set of features at a minimum.  Stuff like backlit keyboards when applicable.  It is kind of lame to base your laptop choice on the fact that you occasionally need to type in the dark.   :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi - add buttons to panel?
« on: November 29, 2021, 12:36 PM »
@MilesAhead - just dawned on me.

If you open your Twitter page and another site to the right, you can tile vertically.
Thus have a larger view of what's going on Twitter as you surf to the right.

Just a thought.

Cool.  Thanks.   :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi - add buttons to panel?
« on: November 29, 2021, 12:36 PM »
^ I've started using Edge for video on an older laptop. Was using a lot less resources than others I tried (Firefox, Vivaldi, I can't remember what else)

Edge does seem to be quick.  I hate how stuff keeps changing.  I liked the chrome based Opera at the beginning because I could use most chrome extensions but it did not launch 20 instances when you were only running a couple of tabs like chrome did.  Now Opera seems to have abandoned any attempt to optimize resource usage.  I also notice Edge seems to be updated a couple of times a week.  I hope the programmers aren't doing lines to keep up with that schedule.   8)

General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi - add buttons to panel?
« on: November 24, 2021, 01:07 PM »
Firefox is a waste of space by now. Sad to see it detoriating for a decade.

I know.  It used to be cool.  The main reason I keep it on my system is because the browser that will stream video without stuttering on this cheesy Laptop seems to shift with every update.  I suppose I should get a W11 Laptop soon but there are so many options that vary so much I am not sure which way to go.  It seems to be way more treacherous than choosing a desktop.  Since I am unlikely to have free internet if I do land a subsidized apartment, a Lappy seems to be the only option.  With prices for everything going up I suspect the grocery bill will consume most of the remainder of my income, so paying for broadband will likely be out of the question.

My feeling at the moment is the Laptop should be Ryzen powered.  But I haven't done much reading on them.  Afa the trend in browsers they must have a developer requirement that only control freaks need apply.  I liked things better in the 90's when you could assume that most everything online other than your ISP was free.  Not only that but you could request features from extention authors.  Boy does that seem like a million years ago!

General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi - add buttons to panel?
« on: November 23, 2021, 04:33 PM »
@MilesAhead - glad you got it!  :Thmbsup:

Although i still have a penchant for Firefox, Vivaldi is always nearby.
Brave is good too.
If video issues popup, usually one of these three will resolve the problem.

Speaking of Firefox, I just wasted 90 minutes because they remotely disabled my speed dial.  I swear browsers waste more time just making decisions for you than anything other than Windows.  It drives me nuts.  If only there was a standardized dial so we could select all in one browser and paste into another it would be so cool.  But it has the advantage of keeping me from doing something productive I suppose.   8)

General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi - add buttons to panel?
« on: November 22, 2021, 02:01 PM »
Btw, added Twitter and its button/icon came through in a few seconds.

Thanks.  I will check it out.   :Thmbsup:

Edit:  I got it.   8)

General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi - add buttons to panel?
« on: November 05, 2021, 11:40 AM »
I did not figure out how to add buttons to the panel but it does seem to install and run fine off a 128 GB micro sdcard.  Even streaming video.  Many new installs run snappy at first.  Time will tell.  I like it much better than the last time I tried it though.   :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Vivaldi - add buttons to panel?
« on: November 04, 2021, 10:59 AM »
Just starting with Vivaldi again after a couple of years ignoring it.   ;D

It does not seem to want to let me add an Extensions Button to the default panel to make it like Opera.  Is there a trick to it?

So far video streaming seems to look and act well.  I don't know why browsers start and stop buffering/freezing when the version gets updated.  I have to keep switching browsers to watch video.  The main reason I have so many browsers on this Celeron Nightmare from Hell.  (Just an aside.)    8)

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera Start Page Question
« on: November 04, 2021, 10:48 AM »
Hay, while we're playing whose got the most browsers.

Heh heh.  I wrote a kludgy browser utility BingThing that has 8 buttons for browsers.  That is enough for me these days.  I don't program anymore.  Maybe I'll get my feet wet again if I have someplace to park Desktop PCs(tm) along with broadband/WiFi access.   :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera Start Page Question
« on: November 03, 2021, 09:46 AM »
You can populate the start page with a bunch of dials at once by selecting multiple bookmarks and pasting them into the Fast Dial favorites folder.

It supports folders, too. ;)

I use Opera for work, and Vivaldi for everything else. (I love Vivaldi's multi-level tab stacking, a feature that Opera unfortunately does not have.)

I tried Vivaldi a few times.  It did not feel ready for prime time.  But that was around 9 years ago.  I should try out the portable version just to give it another go.    :Thmbsup:

Edit:  since Vivaldi was released in 2016 trying it 9 years ago was not possible.  I guess it just seems like that long.   ;D  I must have tried it on the Toshiba Laptop I had in those days.  Sorry for being a cup short of a coffee.   8)

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera Start Page Question
« on: November 01, 2021, 09:56 AM »
I used the first completely free version of Opera (v. 8.02) and stuck with it for many years.  Small and fast!

Since you are new to Opera I thought I would put in $.02 that may make it easier to get a few things off the ground quickly.  If the Opera extensions store does not have an extension to do something you want you may wish to install the "Install Chrome Extensions" extension.  Since Opera is chrome based many, but not all, chrome extensions will work with it.  You just hav to try them and see.  The other thing a bit unique to Opera, it has its own Fast Dial mechanism without having to install an extension.  The dials are ordinary bookmarks.  You can populate the start page with a bunch of dials at once by selecting multiple bookmarks and pasting them into the Fast Dial favorites folder.

I have a low powered laptop so I find that video streaming often forces me to use Edge.  But for doing my email and checking out forums etc..  I always use the Opera Fast Dials.

Welcome to the big O!    :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor
« on: October 12, 2021, 09:47 AM »

Heh heh.   :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Question, suspicion of a keylogger
« on: September 03, 2021, 01:04 PM »
This smells like spam to me.

Hmmm, spam about a key logger.  Are they talking about that key you need to get the spam out of the can, or ...   8)

General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol appears dead
« on: August 31, 2021, 09:16 AM »
I wasn't trying to be prophetic since WinPatrol was a valuable utility for me for years, but it is officially gone, website and all. Users report that it still works, but the learn function no longer does, which means it no longer "learns" whether a startup is allowed or not. I haven't found a suitable alternative :(
no alternative?!  so crazy.

Looking for alternatives I found this article

There seems to be some inaccuracies in it though.  I used WinPatrol on my desktop PCs for quite awhile.  I remember the original author spent a lot of time vetting people who were willing to take it over and selected one.  This was before 2013.  I don't remember exactly but I know for sure the original author did retire and sold the program and web site.  The main feature I liked was blocking apps autostarting.  It seemed like every program wanted to load into the tray so that startup seemed instant.  The more things change...  a recent Edge browser update pulled the same gimmick in Windows 10.  It started loading itself in the background on startup by default.

I see now too that Opera based on chromium, which used to be stingy on resources is now loading 14 exe instances on startup when the only tab is the speed dial.  So tedious.   :down:

Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor
« on: August 26, 2021, 09:10 AM »
There are two hard problems in programming: Naming things, caching things, and off-by-one errors.

Heh heh.  I take your pointer.  But it seems like with programming the deeper you drill down the more you discover whole arrays of unresolved issues.  At least that was my initialized impression.   ;D

Sites like AfterDawn have a lot of guides on how to comvert video files, rip DVDs, etc. Consult those first. Some of those are quite old, but are still valid.

It has been years since I did video conversion but I remember VideoHelp as one of the better sites.  Of course my knowledge may be dated.  Some of the software I used is no longer developed.  :)

Another cool thing about video help, it has a list of "remote hacks."  Many region one dvd players will revert to region free if you follow the instructions posted by users of the particular dvd player.  I had 2 models of Philips DVD player and an Oppo.  They all became region free after entering the remote control sequences listed on dvd help.

The Mysterons

What did you think of the reworked Captain Scarlet episodes?  I preferred it when it was obvious they were puppets.  I don't really get the point of the video "upgrades."

I've never seen the remade version, haven't seen the original since about the time it came out, (along with Joe 90 and the other Century 21 marionette series).
Still manage to catch one of the original Thunderbird episodes once every few years though, they seem to get repeated quite often.

I think the first of that type I watched was Supercar.  I was 10 years old when the show debuted.  Tough to believe that was 60 years ago.   :huh:

Edit:  I guess the computer regenerated version of Captain Scarlet is called New Captain Scarlet

The Mysterons

What did you think of the reworked Captain Scarlet episodes?  I preferred it when it was obvious they were puppets.  I don't really get the point of the video "upgrades."

I could not say.  I was too scared to watch the entire video.  Those colored circles just kept getting bigger and closer!  OMG!!

The same kind of thing happened to people who were kidnapped by aliens in a flying saucer.  Don't fall into holes in the ground, even if a rabbit jumps into it. You will end up in Wonderland, probably with long hair and wearing a dress. There is a version for women also, but they usually are the ones that find themselves in a flying saucer.

Speaking of extraterrestrials, you notice how the government is sneaking up on admitting there is alien life?  First they find some microscopic one celled Martians dead for thousands of years.  Next thing you know one of those land rovers on Mars will discover a subterranean highway system.  The down side is the system will be littered with toll booths.  Tourists from other planets will likely be hit with a hefty surcharge.  ;D

What's up with that?

I could not say.  I was too scared to watch the entire video.  Those colored circles just kept getting bigger and closer!  OMG!!

General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: August 12, 2021, 09:34 AM »
I'm sure there is software that is able to strip DRM from books, so a tool like Calibre can convert it to a different format that make it easy to read in your favorite reading software on your computer. Whatever this may be.

My understanding is that Amazon uses its own encryption on top of the DRM.  It seems the only way to strip the file of all the crap involves using the Amazon physical kindle reader device.  If I want to read an Amazon kindle book on the Windows Amazon Kindle app I have to buy it from my Windows laptop.  The alternative is to send the book to the Web Reader thing at Amazon to read it with any web browser.

The Android sharing thing would be okay but I have not been able to find one of those Android tablets with attached keyboards for small money.  At least not one I can pick up at Walmart.  Those Samsung tablets get into the $800 plus range very quickly.  I may as well buy a Laptop if I am going to spend that kind of money.

I am reading a SciFi novel on my phone.  I guess I will acclimate in time.  I used to have a little RCA 7" tablet with keyboard that was fine for reading eBooks.  But they are very slow booting, as in 5 minutes plus, and tend to have old versions of Android along with small storage and less than a gig of ram.  So I was hoping to find something similar but a bit more capable.

Using the phone is likely the easiest way out though.   ;D

Edit:  It turns out there is an updated version of the RCA Voyager Pro 7" tablet with keyboard.  The price is 65 bucks plus shipping.  No more in store pickup.  It has 2 GB ram but still only 16 GB storage(which is likely closer to 12 usable) so booting is likely to still be an exercise in patience.  I already have a Windows laptop with 11.6" screen, plus I hate to have computer stuff shipped to the shelter.  If I get a subsidized apartment then it will depend on the mailbox situation if stuff like that would be cool to ship etc..  No telling how long before a permanent address pans out.  I feel like life is hovering over the back burner.  I just got a state ID after nearly 10 years without one.  Movement seems to be glacial.  I guess they figure if they wait long enough you'll die making your problems moot.   8)

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