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Code Browser is a folding text editor, designed to hierarchically structure any kind of text file and especially source code. It makes navigation through source code faster and easier: https://tibleiz.net/code-browser/

That looks like an extremely useful tool, one I will download and try out.  Thanks for pointing it out.

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I have a couple of Logitech G602 mice and love them.  I find the longer size to fit my hand well.  The longer right button makes perfect sense, as human hands have middle fingers that are longer than the index fingers.  The longer right button fits so well, and makes so much sense, one is left wondering why this feature is missing from almost all computer mice. 

I thought I would love all the extra buttons, but in practice I find I use them very little.  But I do like being able to reprogram the buttons, and have found that programming the two index finger side buttons for PgUp and PgDn is extremely useful.  And, the programming stays with the mouse, so if I move it from one machine to another my custom functionality travels with it.

My only wish for the G602 would be for Bluetooth connectivity to eliminate the little USB dongle.  Old-style USB ports are few on most laptops nowadays.  However, after wrestling with the quirks of a Bluetooth mouse, I do like the reliability of the USB wireless dongle.  It works, always, unlike the Bluetooth mouse I have tried.  (In all fairness, the mouse or this particular laptop might be at fault.)

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Well, since I have not yet posted in this thread, this is as good a time as any.

I am Keith, from southeast Michigan, though I am fortunate enough to be able spend winter seasons in southwest Florida.

For a living I have been a database software developer for over 15 years, specializing in the Progress OpenEdge development environment.  I have been fortunate enough to be able to work remotely on a contract basis for a number of years.  However, with the current COVD-19 panic and likely recession to follow, I have no idea where my career path will lead next.  I should take this downtime as a chance to diversify.  Python, for one, is intriguing and seems to be high in demand.

I enjoy programming, and got my college degree in Computer Science.  I am old enough to have done a good bit of Pascal programming as part of my degree program, and I have to admit I miss Pascal.

Interests include sports car racing (watching, not driving), especially IMSA and Formula 1; photography; and computers in general.

So, that's me in a nutshell.

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: May 29, 2019, 08:53 PM »
I am working through two books right now.

The first is a technical book about programming, likely the best I have ever read on the topic:
The Pragmatic Programmer, 20th Anniversary Edition, by David Thomas and Andrew Hunt
I read the first edition not long after it was released, and every time I go through it I glean something that I need to implement in my work.

The second is my "just for fun" book:
Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America, by Bruce Weber
I quite enjoy reading accounts of bike touring, especially those across the USA, and this is yet another.  Though this one has more biographical content than is usually the case, I am enjoying it.

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Living Room / Re: The future of Ghacks (2018)
« on: March 23, 2018, 01:27 PM »
Agreed, that's a great site.  It's one of my favorites in my stack of RSS feeds.

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Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: October 04, 2017, 03:24 PM »
  The removable battery was one of the key features for me.
Do you keep a replacement battery in store? Or is there another argument for having a removable battery?
Having a few spare, charged batteries available when I travel is a real plus.  I can go longer without having the phone tethered to a wall socket.  I recently went on a week-long camping trip, and with four spare batteries on hand (that combined still weighed less than an external phone-charging battery) I never needed to worry about trying to find some place to charge my phone overnight.

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Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: October 04, 2017, 11:19 AM »
I recently picked up a refurbished LG V20 for cheap ($280 USD) and am really pleased with it.  The removable battery was one of the key features for me.  I also like that LG allows one to alter the "soft buttons" at the bottom of the screen, selecting which buttons and in what order they appear.  It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

One downside is the circular power button on the back of the phone, in that without a case it is hard to find without looking.  But a case will solve that annoyance. 

One thing to know is that the top and bottom of the screen are slightly curved, meaning that a glass screen protector cannot cover the entire screen surface.  That has not been an issue for me, however.

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a lot more addons were ruined by the last Firefox update. I have removed it and moved to "ESR" (Firefox Extended Support Release ESR):
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/52.3.0/releasenotes/

This way one can keep all the extensions and still have a browser accepted/made by Mozilla.


The developer(s) behind Waterfox intend to keep support for "legacy" extensions in its releases of the Firefox-based browser.  Of course, that is just one part of the equation.  If the extension developers keep giving up on their projects, then browser support is moot.

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I just ran across another diff tool that you might want to try:

True Human Design - Diffinity Official Homepage
http://truehumandesign.se/s_diffinity.php


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General Software Discussion / Re: lastpass and firefox
« on: May 11, 2017, 07:10 AM »
I would look at the "e10" setting.  I know in the past having that turned on broke LastPass's functionality, and I believe Firefox was going to start enabling "e10" (separate processes per window) by default for a subset of users.

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I just tried this out and every time it runs it shows the error message:
"Sorry, Bub, the colour file list does not exist."

It seems to run just fine after I dismiss the error box.

This is running on Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.

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Living Room / Re: Some photos from our last walk
« on: September 19, 2015, 09:39 AM »
Looks like fun.  Thanks for posting this.

As an aside, this is the first Google Photos slideshow I've viewed, and I'm very impressed.  I'm looking into a photo hosting site, and will need to look seriously at that one.

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I also ran across gitless, which seems to be an easier-to-grok command line replacement for the usual git commands.  No Windows build, though.

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Just to muddy the waters here a bit, it looks like a new desktop version of git is coming, promising "the same, native experience on OS X and Windows operating systems":
desktop.github.com

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