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N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: N.A.N.Y 2022: Desktop Maid
« on: January 05, 2022, 02:08 AM »
If you say so. I never "tasted" an application before.  :huh:

You're missing out! You haven't lived until you've tasted an application. ;) :P
They make great appetizers.  8)

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: December 09, 2021, 04:33 AM »
And from one of my favourite places on the planet, The HU ft. Jacoby Shaddix:

I love The HU!  :-*

Really love this one:

I don't buy very many CDs these days, but I bought theirs.

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: December 03, 2021, 06:50 PM »
I am not really one for Christmas music, but this one is great:

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera Start Page Question
« on: November 04, 2021, 07:53 PM »
Okay, so how well does Pale Moon deal with the asshat sites that "require" Chrome? Pale Moon Site says it's Goanna based - never heard of it - so what's it Goanna do when it encounters the Chromium canvas control and friends?

Goanna is a fork of Mozilla's Gecko. It's not perfect, but no solution ever is. If you come across a site that doesn't work with it, report it to the developer. You'll find that Pale Moon supports much more than the last Gecko based version of Firefox does.

However, should you end up needing a working user agent switcher add-on, for sites that engage in browser bigotry for no good functional reason, contact me privately. I have an old Firefox one that has been edited to work with Pale Moon, that I can't share publicly. ;)

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera Start Page Question
« on: November 03, 2021, 04:06 PM »
Hay, while we're playing whose got the most browsers.

And now you know why I have so many browsers.  ;)

You can launch Pale Moon with the -P parameter to force it to show the Profile Manager, which would allow you to launch multiple instances of Pale Moon, each using a different profile. Each profile would have it's own everything...bookmarks, history, cookies, add-ons, etc. The Profile Manager also lets you quickly and easily create new profiles on the fly, as well as delete those that you no longer need. To force Pale Moon to always show the Profile Manager, just append the -P parameter to the shortcut target that you use to launch the browser.

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera Start Page Question
« on: November 02, 2021, 04:06 PM »
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.)

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera Start Page Question
« on: October 30, 2021, 02:37 PM »
Under Settings, scroll to the bottom and then click to show advanced settings. Then keep scrolling till you get to the Start Page settings, and turn this switch on:

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Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: September 22, 2021, 06:27 PM »
I’ve been listening to a lot of Symphonic Metal lately.

If you've never heard of a band called Shadow Gallery, you should check them out.

And something very special that's not on that playlist, just for Pink Floyd fans:

Living Room / Re: Let Inspirobot inspire you
« on: September 21, 2021, 10:01 AM »
I've been collecting these on and off for about 4 years. Here's just a small sample.

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Leaked footage of Microsoft hardware partners at the Windows 11 requirements design meeting.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: June 28, 2021, 02:08 AM »
Your CPU may not have TPM 2.0. My still-quite-capable quad-core (8 threads) Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz CPU certainly doesn't have TPM 2.0 since I bought it in 2011.

 Ordered at the very tail end of 2019, booted up for the first time, January 2020. That's 1.5 years of use before Microsoft decided that it's "obsolete". :(

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?)

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: June 27, 2021, 05:57 PM »
Comment from SlashDot looks to be spot on:

"Windows 11 is Microsoft's kiss and make up gift basket to manufacturers for Windows 10. They want the Google Chromebook "5 years and dead" Model and were pissed that MS gave Windows 10 away for free to anyone on 7 or 8 and kept the Minimum requirements so low. Everybody upgraded, no one bought new computers and cue the PC recession.

Now that MS basically killed any PC over 4 years old, Either PC sales will skyrocket now or once 2025 hits."

And having an older laptop with higher hardware specs than most of the brand new crap available on the current market won't save your ass from obsolescence, any more.

My 2.90GHz quad core CPU doesn't qualify, even though it meets the minimum requirements of 1 GHz and at least 2 cores, simply because it's not on their list, by name.

There's no more reason to spend more to buy the best spec laptop available, in the hopes of lengthening the time between laptop purchases. Microsoft can and will kick one of your hardware components off their list, even if it is physically more than capable of running their OS, just to force you to buy a new laptop.

Save your money, buy mediocre...or make sure your kick-ass hardware is 100% Linux compatible.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: June 27, 2021, 04:04 PM »
YAY!  ;D

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And for anyone else that is wondering exactly what those system requirements are, and if there are some very simple changes you can make to put yourself in the "not qualified" category, Have a look at this:

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Not that I actually did anything to deliberately cause the incompatibility. Microsoft just doesn't like my i7-4910MQ CPU @ 2.90GHz for some reason. And that's ok with me, at least for now.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: June 26, 2021, 06:36 PM »
Well, this is an absolute deal breaker for me.

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Notezilla has an advantage you may not have considered, and that is a custom desktop wallpaper designed to suit your own personal organization, workflow, or brainstorming needs.

This is an example of what I am currently using (sticky notes hidden for privacy reasons):

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No, it doesn't come with this wallpaper, but it is easy enough to design one in any graphics program. Then just set it as your desktop wallpaper, and you'll be able to drag & drop notes to any column or box that you need to.

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: Free Movies (website)
« on: April 16, 2021, 07:46 PM »
Impressive work!    :Thmbsup:

Thank you! :)

Do you have a link to that app, app?

You should first start here, to see if these instructions can solve your problem. If not, then keep reading.

My issue turned out to be a driver issue. Intel no longer supports the Bluetooth that's in my laptop, and won't issue updated drivers for it. The current drivers don't seem to work well with the latest Win10, and the power management settings seem to get ignored.

Before you go looking for another solution, though, try seeing if there is a driver update available for your existing Bluetooth hardware, first. If you are lucky, there will be one, and it will make your life much easier.

The app I was using was a very old freeware app that I found quite a few years ago on one of the Rutgers University subsites, but is no longer available there. I have attached it to this post.

For me, it was OK as a temporary work around, but not as a good long term solution, since I could actually hear the sound it generated, unless I went into Windows sound settings and turned the volume almost to mute, for just this app. It still created a bit of distortion, but not so bad that I couldn't live with it, temporarily.

As a long term solution to my Bluetooth issues, that works perfectly, I ended up buying this Bluetooth 5 dongle. (There's currently a coupon available, worth 30% off. Be sure to check the page for it)

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: Free Movies (website)
« on: April 06, 2021, 03:21 AM »
Just added my 500th movie! :D

Also now including movies available on Kanopy and Hoopla, 2 services that will allow you to see movies for free, with your library card number. You'll have to check with your local library to see if they subscribe to one of these 2 services. (many do subscribe to one or the other)

I've been watching a lot of LockPickingLawyer's videos on picking various locks. But today's video was a doozy!


Since you like lock picking videos...

Once upon a time, way back before Learnable focused solely on web development (and later became SitePoint Premium), and allowed anyone that had a video course on just about any topic to offer it for sale on their platform, there was a competitive lock picker that uploaded a course on basic lock picking. A copy of this course is still on SitePoint's servers, and occasionally gets shared to our slack channel, so that we never forget this guy. We often wish that web developers could make their video courses with the same level of enthusiasm as him.

He eventually uploaded the full course to Youtube, so the whole world is now able to enjoy it, for free.

Probably more reliable than the actual USPS. It's a crowd sourced subscription based service. You have to put a can of cat food outside your door every day, even if you aren't expecting a delivery.


General Software Discussion / Re: Any taskbar hiding applications?
« on: March 09, 2021, 07:54 PM »
You could try Skrommel's PushToShow:

It should hide your Taskbar unless you press the Windows key.

There is also CloseFence:

That one keeps an autohiding Taskbar from accidentally appearing if you hover a bit too close to it.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: February 22, 2021, 01:17 PM »
I finally fixed the Bluetooth issues on my laptop, once and for all, with this:

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It's not just a solution, it's also a nice, inexpensive upgrade to BT 5.0. :)

It seems to have a slightly shorter range than my built-in Bluetooth, though, so my headphones start cutting out on the far side of my kitchen. I can't listen to music while cleaning my bathroom or making a sandwich. But it will do for now, since it lets me use my Bluetooth mouse without any problems.

Living Room / Re: Share Your 2020 Top Ten List(s)!
« on: February 07, 2021, 10:58 AM »
My top 10 most used keys of 2020.

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N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: Free Movies (website)
« on: January 08, 2021, 10:14 PM »
Just hit the 400 movie mark!

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