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My laptop will need to dynamically use the two wifi connections for each thread.
Can you please elaborate on that? I'm trying to understand what you want to achieve.

I am curious also.  If accessing servers programmatically you may be able to use sockets linked to each thread rather than requiring separate hotspots etc..

General Software Discussion / Re: 32bit Linux distro recommendations
« on: December 16, 2020, 09:03 AM »
I found this article with 8 small distros that may work.  First on the list is Puppy Linux.  I did play around with Puppy booting from a USB on an HP Laptop.  It is small and easy to configure.  The WiFi was easy to enable.  I think the HP only had a Celeron CPU so Puppy may be a good one to try first.

General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: November 23, 2020, 03:05 PM »
I have been using 1 Tap Cache Cleaner Pro for a few months now.  The main function is similar to CCleaner's Deep Clean.  I could not get CCleaner to do the deep clean on my phone.  Through trial and error and reading reviews I found this one.  It is worth spending the few bucks for the Pro because Turbo Mode cache cleaning is about 5 times faster than the one used in the free version.

Plus it comes with a cool widget that shows the current total cache in use.  Tapping the widget brings up the main UI so you can refresh and choose how thorough a clean to perform.  It has some other functions I have not tried so I cannot speak to how well they work.

The Turbo Mode seems to use the same technique as CCleaner but it hides the details of bringing up each app in the cache by showing its own screen on top.  You only see a slight flicker.  It appears to be reliable and it is kind of fun to use through the widget.

I think Turbo Mode requires at least Android 8.0 but if it has been improved to accommodate older Android versions that info may be found in the Pro features description.

Less people around ... but unfortunately the good times are coming to an end as we get closer to exiting Stage 4 lockdown.

My worry is as soon as they stop paying mortgages for people it will create a surge of new and clueless homeless on the streets.  I envisage them crawling over each other like ants.   :down:

When I told people I got food stamps they asked how much I got a month.  When I said $16 they laughed.  But with the pandemic they boosted everyone to the max allotment.  From March to September that was $194 for single head of household.  This month it was bumped up to $204.

This has allowed me to enjoy some desserts and other goodies on occasion without breaking the bank.  Also the stimulus check helped a bit.  Additionally trains and buses in Miami are free during the emergency.  On the downside water fountains are disabled everywhere.  If I am thirsty I shell out for Evian low sodium.  Good thing I have the temporary food stamp increase.   :Thmbsup:

The big bummer for me is not being able to buy a hot meal and sit down to eat it.  Everything is to go.  No fun finding someplace to eat in the rain.  Some of the Starbucks have a couple of seats inside.  But for the most part the seating consists of tiny square tables under umbrellas outside.

I noticed on my last two phones that the automatic system updates pushed on me really slowed booting and also made the phone act flakier than it was out of the box.  Now that it is almost too late to do any good I found the slider in Developer Settings to disable automatic system updates.  When I get a new phone I need to remember to look for that setting and disable it before they have a chance to foist the update on me.  :)

I just thought I would pass it on since getting a new phone has many distractions and it is very easy to forget pitfall avoidance settings of this nature.   8)

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: October 07, 2020, 01:12 PM »
I am taking a break from Science Fiction.  I am reading the Jack Reacher
novels by Lee Child.  The closer to the start of the serirs the longer the wait to get them from the library.  It does not seem to take anything away by reading them out of order.  Currently I am reading Bad Luck and Trouble.

Unlike the Tom Cruise movies Reacher does not beat up a half dozen guys every other day.  The suspense builds to a showdown.  Pretty entertaining stuff.

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: September 15, 2020, 09:01 AM »
Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle
an Eric Rohmer film.  I have not seen it yet.  It is supposed to be undergoing a restoration treatment.  I liked Rohmer's Pauline at the Beach so I will check out Four Adventures if I get the chance.

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera: opt out of sync?
« on: September 01, 2020, 09:37 AM »
That seems pretty straight forward.

I believe I did that some months ago.  However going there now I see no button to erase an account.  I did find out that when I signed into sync it was creating another speed dial folder with the exact same name as the one currently is use.  Why nobody else reports this bug is strange.  I guess it is best just never to log into sync as some on the Opera forum suggested.  It would be nice if I could export my dials to a file and import them to fix a scrambled set of dials but Opera says just export your bookmarks then import to fix dials.  Of course this does not work.  Thanks for the reply.   :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Opera: opt out of sync?
« on: July 16, 2020, 09:12 AM »
Anyone know how to opt out of Sync in Opera browser?

Every time I sign in to Sync it erases all my speed dials.  It is a real time waster. 

It intercepts traffic, finds supported resources locally, and injects them into the environment.
Isn't that what your browser cache is supposed to do? :huh:

Speaking of cache and chrome extensions, is there a good alternative to WayBack for downloading those no longer published?  When I try to disable auto refresh in Chrome all the articles specify installing Auto Refresh Blocker.  Especially Chrome on my Android phone jumps around frenetically when I try to read the news feed.  I am curious if ARB would still work.

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: July 06, 2020, 09:05 AM »
When looking to purchase something, I generally start by reading the Amazon one star reviews. That can get depressing though, cause there doesnt seem to be anything out there that doesnt come with problems -- maybe a lot of that is to do with the minimal quality control these days.

I know what you mean about the very negative reviews.  I try to read somme positive ones to start.  But I keep an eye out for minor disappointments about a feature that may be more important to me than the general user.  Then I check out a couple of the "do not buy this piece of crap" reviews just in case there is a major problem that does not show up on all units.   ;D

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: July 06, 2020, 09:00 AM »
NOTE: The above links aren't necessarily where I bought the item from.

Thanks for the info.  The earphone jack thing is kind of insidious.  When buying a phone you are likely to worry if other stuff will work rather than the jack.  For example I might want to make sure the fingerprint scanner works and just assume the earphone jack will since they have had so many decades to perfect it.   ;D

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: July 02, 2020, 09:25 AM »
The main thing I find disappointing is that the new Moto phones do not seem to want to improve on 720P resolution.  Such a big heavy phone should have 1080P FHD.


Another less than stellar "feature" of my e5 is that any photos I take look like total crap.  Streaming video isn't too bad if the WiFi has good bandwidth, but anything less than 1080P is unacceptable these days.

Well, it is their budget phone series, most manufacturers have a line that is 720p, ordinary camera, 2-3GB RAM, 16-32GB eMMC Flash, MTK or SD4xx SoC, etc, (eg. Samsung Galaxy A01) ... you'd need to move to their G series for better specs ... which is what they hope you do.

I just checked out the Moto G8 Power specs.  At $250 USD it does provide 1080P screen res, 4GB ram, 64GB storage.  What I find inexplicable with the Moto series is the inability of the unlucky few like myself, to use the earphone jack.  As incredible as it sounds if you look through the Motorola forums you will see a small percentage of reports that describe how no standard stereo set of earbuds will work.  How can such old technology not work?  It is totally bizarre.  I have to use a blue tooth headset.  Granted the sound is much better but I would like to be able to keep a set of buds in my pocket for stuff like listening to phone messages without digging out a headset.  Needless to say with the volume maxed I still cannot hear my messages through the speakers.

I am sure some will think I am crazy but it seems these complaints span several years.  There always seems to be a fly in the ointment with every electronic device I purchase.  It is very frustrating.  I tried 3 sets of bud-like blue tooth headphones thinking they would at least be easier to carry.  None lasted more than two weeks.  They all instantly transitioned from working fine to dead door nail.

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: July 01, 2020, 09:44 AM »
New phone after 2.5 years: Oppo A52, probably one of the best bang-for-buck phones currently available.

My Moto e5 plus is 1.5 years old.  3 GB ram, 32 GB storage, 5000 mah battery for about $150 from Metro by TMobile.  The main thing I find disappointing is that the new Moto phones do not seem to want to improve on 720P resolution.  Such a big heavy phone should have 1080P FHD.  Also I have short fingers so I have to work the touch screen using both hands.

Another less than stellar "feature" of my e5 is that any photos I take look like total crap.  Streaming video isn't too bad if the WiFi has good bandwidth, but anything less than 1080P is unacceptable these days.  My $100 W10 Laptop is 1920x1080 FHD for that matter.   8)

Edit:  I should also note the phone came with Android 8.0 Oreo with no upgrade path I know of.  Just the occasional security update that nags incessantly until you install it.

I don't ever trust Windows to set the page file size properly. Too many times I work on a server that is wonked out and I see it is set to "let Windows manage my page file size" and it the size is like 1200mb even when the "windows recommended size" is like 6144. Put it on a separate partition if you can, but manually set the low and high limits to be identical, if you have space to make it the same as your memory size then do that. If you tweak it try to measure your performance gains, otherwise go for stability.

I found it curious that when I let Windows manage my virtual memory in XP Home the starting pagefile size was insanely small.  After the machine was a couple of years old the OS was hosed by malware.  A good excuse to reformat the drive and install XP Pro.  Boy was I surprised when after the install was completed accepting the default suggestions, the pagefile initial size as installed by MS was the size of ram with the max size set to twice the size of ram.  Why should I take MS advice when they ignore it themselves?   8)

I will be glad when I can get a desktop where the only traditional HD storage is stuff rarely accessed like old movies or whatnot.  But we may all be running OS/3 by then.   :)


... the Windows folder settings must have "Display full path in Title Bar" enabled.  ...
-MilesAhead (March 04, 2020, 03:58 PM)
I'm probably missing something here, but why not get the Explorer window paths via ComObj?

I did an explorer folder watcher utility(FolderCache) and looping through all windows for a match bogged things.  If in response to a hotkey press it should be fine though.  It is informative watching how you approach the features.  I may end up using yours rather than my own at some point.   :Thmbsup:

There are several scripts, such as this one but it's not working that reliability in my experience.

There are also scripts that allow to select a currently opened folder from a list, which is more convenient than nothing, but it's still not as efficient.

Some time ago I was trying to create a similar AHK Tray program to paste the last active Explorer Window path into the active window, such as a save or open dialog.  It works after a fashion using the file folder caption to get the folder path.  It does not work with shell objects or library locations such as This PC or Documents because searching through all the open windows is very slow.  As a speed trade off I used the stipulation that the Windows folder settings must have "Display full path in Title Bar" enabled.

It would be great if we could figure out a way to have it work for all folders.  I have attached a Zip with source I will upload to my site soon.  If anyone finds any errors or has suggestions to make it work without relying on the window caption I would welcome them.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: February 29, 2020, 10:34 AM »
I finally got to read Cosmic Engineers by Clifford D. Simak at

Simply search on the title and either borrow the book or add yourself to the wait list.  Creating an account is free.  You can read Ebooks right in your browser.  The site is great for finding stuff that does not come up in Libby online library app.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: February 20, 2020, 11:58 AM »
Yes, you can customize the pinned tiles, but the actual menu, you can only remove sub-sections.  If I actually ever used the start menu, it would be a bit lackluster.  But I think that they're trying to get people to use search more, as when I do use the start menu, I just start typing the name of the item that I want, and it works.

Also sometimes when I am looking for a program shortcut in a crowded folder of them on my desktop I remember that typing the shortcut name will seek it out.  I suspect many Windows users do not realize they can do that even though there is no search box .   :Thmbsup:

For those with a Western Digital set top box or something similar it may still be very useful.

Common problem with a WDTV Live was it couldn't handle MKV's that had compressed headers, (I still have and use one), remuxing to use uncompressed headers made the files playable, format translation wasn't necessary.

I just use MakeMKV and have had no problems with my WDTV Hub nor Live playing them.

Nice program.  I have a registered copy.  Unfortunately I no longer have the desktop PC with BDROM, TV, set top box etc..   :(

For those with a Western Digital set top box or something similar it may still be very useful.

Common problem with a WDTV Live was it couldn't handle MKV's that had compressed headers, (I still have and use one), remuxing to use uncompressed headers made the files playable, format translation wasn't necessary.

One thing cool about the WD box, it would play HD resolution avi files.  My upconverting Philips DVD players would not.  It was insane to reduce avi files to ntsc only to upconvert them.  The WD saved me all that hassle.  Granted I did not come by 1080P avis every day, but still...   :)

Here is a program I used to make MP4 files compliant so that my set top box would play them.  MkvToMp4  The last rev was in 2013.

It worked especially well in batch due to the multi-threaded implementation.  The function was to make an output file that was MP4 compliant by demuxing, fixing the audio to meet the standard, then remuxing.  The program is portable.  I had an external SSD in a docking station.  The program along with input, intermediate and output files should all be on the SSD.  Due to the lightning fast random access characteristics of the SSD I would watch the progress bar zip through the files.  The video was not reencoded.  Only the audio track was modified.

For those with a Western Digital set top box or something similar it may still be very useful.

General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: January 15, 2020, 07:37 AM »
I get around Miami on the MetroRail.  More than anything I use the MDT Tracker.  The latest update totally destroyed the App.  Instead of an easy to use interface they want you to create an account and set up the ability to buy tickets/passes using the app.  As soon as I found the old v. 1.5 apk I put 1.5 back on.  Adding insult to injury the thing would open and hang!!

Is it just me or are computer programs being deliberately made slower and harder to use?  Stuff that used to be one screen is stretched across three just to slow you down.  In Walgreens to buy something with my EBT Card I have to hit a dozen buttons plus enter the PIN.

In any case the web version of the train tracker seems to still be available in the old format:  MDT Tracker and the 1.5 apk can be downloaded from PureApk here

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