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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)

General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: August 11, 2021, 04:49 PM »
For transferring files to/from my phone, I just use the Android version of Total Commander.

I remember when I needed to copy my Calibre Library folder onto my phone you told me about TC for Android.  This copy paste technique I expect to use for one-offs.  Speaking of ebooks I pick up quite a few kindle books from Amazon since many are only $.99.  Amazon lets you share the book across all your Android devices connected to the same google account.  But they are not so generous when it comes to reading them on my Windows Laptop.  I do not think there is a solution to this other than reading the book in the browser instead of the Windows Amazon Kindle App.  It would be way nicer to use the app.  Perhaps there is a technical reason they cannot control the kindle file once it gets on the PC.  Just a minor annoyance.   :'(

General Software Discussion / Clipt by OnePlus
« on: August 11, 2021, 10:36 AM »
Having purchased a OnePlus phone recently I started perusing their community site.  I noticed a free Android App called Clipt that looked like it might make moving files between PC and phone easier.

Turns out it does as well as network spanning text copy/paste.  I haven't messed with the text pasting yet.  But it only took a few minutes to get a file from my phone to PC for the first time.  Most android phone service providers include google cloud storage.  The app makes the assumption you have Google Drive on your phone and that is the heart of the transfer mechanism.  On the PC side you need a chromium derived browser to install the Clipt extension from the Chrome store.  I tried it in Edge browser.

If you send a file from your phone using Clipt and are signed into the Clipt extension on your browser, clicking the Clipt button on the toolbar gives an option to download the file to your PC.  The idea is to be a bit more convenient than mailing yourself a file as attachment.

Searching Clipt in the Play Store did not get a direct hit until I added OnePlus as a search term.  They say they are also working on an IOS client.  It could grow into a very useful utility.   :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Who here makes ice cream?
« on: August 06, 2021, 08:45 AM »
I've done snow cream before (snow, vanilla, sweet cream) but never started from scratch.


Don't worry.  It can't happen here.   8)

General Software Discussion / Opera comes with kitchen sink?
« on: August 05, 2021, 09:35 AM »
Anyone notice that Opera chromium based browser has exploded in size all of a sudden?  Unbidden they added a bunch of features that bloated the carcass too much for me.  I went bacjk to version 76.0.4017.94 and installed it importing bookmarks and extensions from the default browser(which was the new Opera  update.)  Then I renamed opera_autoupdate.exe to opera_autoupdate_NOT.exe and deleted the subfolders full of old updates.

If I was on a 1/2 TB SSD I probably would not care but I am using 32GB of estorage and stuff gets cramped quickly!   8)

Living Room / Re: Who here makes ice cream?
« on: August 05, 2021, 09:21 AM »
I never tried it myself.  I naively assumed one put in some amount of ice, cream and flavoring, then mixed it and froze it.  I never imagined adding eggs and whatnot.  If I saw someone churn butter it would likely also be more complicated than people assume.  Probably because of TV we are not aware how much goes into "simple" tasks.

Another thing I was curious about but never had the space to try myself was film development with the darkroom and the whole bit.

As far as consistency goes I always hated the Breyers ice cream.  It always seemed to have ice crystals mixed into it.  Not creamy at all.  Also any vanilla that did not look a bit yellow always seemed a bit unnatural to me.  Like the flavoring was out of a test tube.

General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: July 29, 2021, 09:21 AM »
That'll teach me to update apps at 00:20, didn't notice that K-9 Mail was in the list and now I've got it's new crappy interface.

Android play store update's scheme is not my favorite.  I use the last 2.x version of the Miami Metro Transit app.  Simple to use.  But if I do not want to spend my time hacking the version number then I have to let the 4.x update sit in the list forever.  I am sick of looking at it.  The focus of the app is all about paying for fares and passes rather than when the train is going to arrive.  I keep a copy of the 2.x apk in my download folder just in case I inadvertently update.   8)

As with many comments it can be genuine or sarcastic depending on the circumstances.  I was a full time worker in a gas station.  It was one of the classic ones with two hydraulic lifts and no convenience store.  There were two part time guys who served in the same army unit together.  They called most people "ace."  Like how is it going ace?  But I noticed they never called each other ace.  Neither did they call the gas station's boss ace.  It was obvious they used it as a term of derision.  I guess it was sort of an "our unit against the world" type of deal.  If you did not like it then do something about it was the attitude.

Anyway once the boss got wind of it he told them to knock it off if they wanted to keep working at his gas station.  They both quit as soon as they lined up other jobs.  It made coworkers unhappy to no purpose other than to make the part timers feel dominant.

That particular boss was a stickler for detail.  But I did learn some valuable lessons in auto mechanics during my time there.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: July 17, 2021, 09:58 AM »

Shades, wasn't Clippy the cause of the demise of Windows Phones?  I never owned one myself, but I heard Clippy had a habit of sticking his arm in the pinhole to pop out the sim tray just as users were about to make a call.   ;D

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: July 17, 2021, 09:45 AM »
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Microsoft unveils Windows 365, a Windows 10 PC in the cloud

Yeah, about that...

I guess if you use the term Revenue Enhancement it is not a tax increase. Likewise if you have a Personal Computer that can only function when connected to The Cloud(tm) it is not a dumb terminal.  Forget having a President of the USA.  Instead let us just elect a SysOp and make that person(or AI entity) omnipotent.  Hey!  As long as we vote the SysOp into poweer it is still Democracy(tm) right?

But just let me have my UHD TV and GB/s network, steel-belted performance radials on cool looking rims and 4 wheel disk breaks and I won't say a thing. (To update the movie Network.)   8)

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: July 08, 2021, 02:42 PM »
At the same time, Linux has become notably shittier when the majority of distributions introduced systemd, a svchost.exe clone with a bizarre understanding of how Linux was supposed to work.

They even killed text log files.

The control freaks never tire.  The extension signing in browsers.  Android apps can no longer be .apk files on Play Store etc..  The pressure to get everyone into lockstep is disconcerting.   :(

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: July 07, 2021, 09:51 AM »
I'm so happy that I've migrated to Fedora back in 2017. Haven't looked back.

I messed around with Redhat 6.0 back in the day.  At least back then it seemed like not everyone who created an rpm package used the same assumptions or something.  I moved to Mandrake 9.1 that was similar but used the Debian Advanced Package Tool.  Nearly all the installs seemed to work out of the box.  They changed the name to Mandriva and there may still be single CD setups available for download.  But I don't think the support offerings are still there.  So many distros now and so little time.  :) 

As much as anything I believe Linux got simpler to install successfully on the first attempt simply because PCI won the bus wars..   8)

Very nice -- "Vic" then.  Though "HarmoniousVic" has a nice ring to it! 

It does sound kind of "chordial" now that you mention it.   :D

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: July 03, 2021, 09:26 AM »
Why Windows 11 won't run on your new $5,000 Surface PC, but a Mac from 2013 can run the next-gen macOS from zdnet

What that article says (or insinuates) is that Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows when they thought there would be higher adoption of UWP and the Microsoft Store, so they could rake in ~30% of all sales taking place on their store and not have to concern themselves with earning money from selling new versions of Windows. Now that they've seen relatively little adoption of their storefront, they've decided to re-theme Windows 10 and force people to pay them for it by requiring them to buy a new computer (and therefore require a new Windows license for the new hardware since Windows 10 licenses are tied to the hardware) to run it.

It is kind of weird that Bill Gates was ousted supposedly to shift the focus from desktop hobbyists and office software to a device centric market.  Then they abandon Windows phones altogether.  I remember when I got the Gateway machine it was billed as a server and came with network switches and ethernet card.  It claimed to be capable of running W2K server.  It did, until I tried to create a domain.  I took the domain stuff off but it still crashed on boot every two weeks with the boot error "Illegal opcode in the kernel."  I never saw that error before or since.  It did run NT Server 4.0 fine though.  But if I bought a bunch of them thinking to set my business up on W2K server I'd be pissed.  ;D

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: June 29, 2021, 01:35 PM »
These Walmart laptops only have 2 cores. That is a very weak offering nowadays

Thanks for the heads up.  I guess I have to read up a lot more on Ryzen stuff before I buy anything

Gateway used to be an excellent brand. I still have 15+ year old keyboards from them in active use today. Rock-solid, even though they are not mechanical.

The only Gateway I owned was a Pentium III based desktop I got in 2002.  It came with a VX900 19" CRT.  When I was evicted on Feb. 8 2013 that monitor was still connected to two HP towers via KVMA switch.  It weighed a ton but it would probably still be usable now if it wasn't sent to a land fill.  There was a slight distortion at the perimeter of the screen.  But I had a program to position windows n pixels inside the edge so that the window frames did not appear sliced off at the edge.  A minor quibble.

Besides, that CRT was so heavy I did not want to lift it off the desk once I got it up there.   A very dependable monitor.   :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: June 29, 2021, 09:34 AM »
That's ok though, because I now think Windows in general has come to its end of life, for me, even if it could be installed on this laptop. My next laptop will come with some sort of Linux pre-installed, not Windows. (How's ReactOS coming along, btw?)

I have been looking through the midrange Laptops for a while now.  It seems now I have to wait until I can get one with W11 pre-installed.  The two Laptops I have purchased so far have had non-functional(we are not allowed to use the word "broken" now apparently) Windows Update mechanisms.  The "free update" to the next Windows version never happens.  So I just assume it will be three in a row if I go with Windows.

The chromebook side of things seems not much better.  There seems to be no logic to the variety of features in a price range.  The exception being that touchscreen is a given.

Walmart just made available a bunch of Gateway Windows Laptops.  The customer reviews seem to indicate kick ass performance in a flimsy housing for cheap.  For example a Ryzen 5 machine with 16GB ram and 256GB SSD for $499. Again though, the W10 with free version update song and dance.  I think I liked things better when they released service packs!   8)

I'm not sure what the deal is but Softpedia seems to think there will be a W11 aanouncement on June 24:

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