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Living Room / Re: Thread on 3d Printing Cody Model
« on: February 16, 2020, 09:56 PM »
Mine came a couple days ago.

Gold 3D Printed Cody.png

Thanks mouser!  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: February 15, 2020, 03:38 PM »
UK police deny responsibility for poster urging parents to report kids for using Kali Linux

Even worse is that Discord is on there. Discord is very popular amongst the gaming community for chat, voice chat, and similar gaming related activities.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: February 15, 2020, 03:34 PM »
I use Windows 10.

How about this?  This was posted today:

I just checked into it and the promo code isn't working for me.

How come it's so trendy to hate on PHP so much? Is there a succinct explanation on what's wrong with PHP? Seems like a walk in the park next to something like the nightmare working in JavaScript has become.

I followed some of the links down the rabbit hole and it seems everything I find from people saying it is bad is just tautology. Something in the form of "I know PHP is bad because everyone knows PHP is bad."

EDIT: I finally found an article that goes into actual details about the problems with PHP:

I just was reminded of this programming wat video.

"Let's talk about JavaScript ... wat!"

Living Room / Do good mice still exist? Looking for recommendations.
« on: February 13, 2020, 05:57 PM »
Hello all,

Sorry that this turned into a bit of a rant, but I felt I needed to explain my many years of frustrations with trying to find a reliable mouse for my computer.

I used to be a big fan of an older, wired, Logitech Trackman mouse. It lasted me somewhere between 5-10 years before it was stolen along with my computer. When I looked for a replacement, they didn't offer it anymore, and the closest I could find was the wireless Logitech M570 ($50-$60). It was basically the same design, but wireless, so I figured it was good enough. And I liked it well enough until a couple years later I started having issues which indicate that the microswitch is failing in the mouse button(s).

1. Sometimes a click doesn't register at all.
2. Sometimes a single click registers as a double click.
3. Sometimes a click & drag registers as a single click & release.

When it started happening, it was so rare that I'd think it was just user error. But as time went on the problem grew worse and worse until every few clicks would result in one of the above symptoms happening.

So I bought a new mouse of the same model. Over the course of the next couple of years, the same issue would arise. So I bought a new mouse of the same model and repeated the process again. The primary reason for buying the same model again and again was because I wanted the trackball controlled with my thumb, and it was the only model I could find that was designed like that. I was annoyed that the microswitch kept failing so quickly, but to me the thumb trackball was a must-have feature. But eventually I started feeling pain in my thumb/wrist from my use of the trackball, so I decided to go for a more traditional style of a mouse to give my thumb a rest.

So then I got another Logitech mouse which I think was similar to the Logitech M705 ($50). And within a couple of years I experienced the same issues as previous mice.

By this time I was tired of "throwing away" $50+ every couple of years on new mice when the mice I'd had in the past had lasted me longer than the computers I was using them on. So I decided I'd just go buy a crappy cheapo mouse and if it crapped out on me within 1-2 years then that wouldn't be any worse than the big brand mice I'd been using, and it would save me money along the way.

Somewhere in the middle of all this I started buying replacement microswitches and dipping my toes into the soldering required to replace them in my own mice, but of course the microswitches I bought off of places like aliexpress or Deal Extreme were cheap ones that began failing within about a year and the time and effort of doing the soldering myself made me look for the cheapest (and least time-consuming) way I could get a functional mouse again.

So I started buying the AmazonBasics 3-button wired mouse for $6-$7 and was not disappointed. They're a little small, but they're functional, don't need batteries, and they usually last about a year or so before the clicking issue becomes unbearable. Really the only complaint (aside from the expected short lifespan) is that the small size can lead to some relatively minor hand cramping.

After going through several of those over the course of several years, I decided I'd try my luck with a more expensive mouse that might be a bit higher quality and last a little longer, so I bought the AmazonBasics Gaming Mouse (~$25) advertised as having "gaming-optimized Omron mouse switches—durable up to 50 million clicks."From my perspective, this mouse was 3-4 times as expensive as the $6-$7 mouse, so it should last 3-4 times as long to be cost effective.

Within 9 months the clicking issues were already annoying me so much I wrote a negative review on Amazon about it. Then, just before the 1-year warranty was up, I got a free replacement in the hopes that the first one was just a fluke. Again, about 7-9 months after receiving the replacement, the clicking issues started becoming obnoxious again. It seems crazy to me that this "gaming quality" mouse has a shorter lifespan than the cheapest piece of junk mouse they sell!

So, desperate to find anything worthwhile, and willing to try just about anything, I decided to try the Nulaxy Vertical mouse ($12-$15). I should have known not to trust an unheard of brand like Nulaxy, but I figured if it lasted a year or so then it might be worth it for the extra comfort that would come from the more ergonomic vertical design.

But nope! In the first week of use I already experienced the clicking issues, as well as other problems that make it unacceptable as my regular, every day mouse. I'm returning it.

Where are all the good mice? How come nothing I've bought in the past decade (or longer) has lasted me at least 2 years?

Right now I'm back to the tried and true, cheapo $7 wired AmazonBasics 3-button mouse and pretty much given up hope of finding any decent mouse that will last a good 5-10 years. Is there anything that lasts even 2-5 years anymore? I can get about 18 months of life out of this simple mouse before I feel it needs a replacement. I'm willing to spend more money on a mouse, but I expect it to last me long enough for the cost to be justified. If I buy a $70 mouse it better last me close to 10 years (or maybe only 5 if it's extremely comfortable and/or has convenient features).

I'm starting to get wild ideas of just buying the $6-$7 AmazonBasics 3-button mouse, taking it apart, and putting the internals into a custom made, 3D-printed shell that is more comfortable to hold. Maybe I'll design my own vertical-style mouse shell and finally have a comfortable mouse that will last me a good 1.5 years or more before needing an inexpensive repair/replacement.

And my experience with short keyboard lifespans has been similar, though not quite as drastic. I really loved the Logitech K800, but didn't like paying $100 every 3 years when the keys started failing just after the warranty expired.

General Software Discussion / Re: Paint Shop Pro 7
« on: February 12, 2020, 04:51 PM »
Which part of that is the clone brush? :huh:
The top two pix, #1 & #2, were all that I could find on youtube; both had unwanted writings, but in different places.

To get the initial pictures, in Windows 10, I grabbed my screen shots by pressing [logos + shift + s] in playback mode to hide youtube progress bar. Then I saved the two images in .jpg format for maximum compatibility.

I see. Thanks for explaining that.

You probably could have saved yourself a bit of work by taking a single screenshot and then searching for the original on TinEye. Here are the results I got from submitting the URL to your first image to TinEye:

General Software Discussion / Re: Paint Shop Pro 7
« on: February 12, 2020, 11:11 AM »
Which part of that is the clone brush? :huh:

You can also disable that.

In fact, you can remove everything on the New Tab page:

Brave New Tab Customization.png

Make sure you also disable "Show Sponsored Images" or that purple bar will show up when there's a sponsored image to tell you that you could be getting paid to see that image by enabling Rewards.

I'm getting annoying Brave browser 'brave rewards' pop-ups. How can I shut that off? I don't care about their 'rewards', I just want the pop-ups to stop.

You did this to yourself.

Brave Rewards are opt-in by default. This means they were off and you went into the settings and enabled them.

Click the triangle to the right of the address bar, click Rewards Settings, and then turn off what you don't want.

General Software Discussion / Re: Paint Shop Pro 7
« on: February 10, 2020, 03:05 PM »
I still have the free PSPX installer from this offer, if anyone needs it.  Read the whole thread before deciding if the fuss & bother is worth it, though.

Even when PSPX was new, I preferred the older, non-Corel versions of PSP. I think I'll stick with the Jasc version(s) of PSP.

General Software Discussion / Re: Paint Shop Pro 7
« on: February 09, 2020, 11:31 PM »
I see. After asking about it here, I tried downloading the PSP 7 ISO and I also get the error that it is corrupted. Maybe Windows 10 or 7-Zip, whichever is adding the option to mount the disc images, isn't quite as useful as DaemonTools, which 4wd says worked with it perfectly.

I also loaded up my Win 10 VM and tried installing all 4 versions, PSP 7, 8, 9, and X. Trying to mount the PSP 7 ISO from VirtualBox also gave me an error. And it seems the CD I have for PSP X requires the serial key when installing it, and the serial I have is an upgrade key that requires a previous version of PSP to be installed. But I pointed it to my PSP 8 installation and then tried to launch PSP X and it said something about the PSP X being corrupt or illegal and it won't launch. I'm guessing that has to do with the activation servers being dead.

So just for the reference of anyone who may have been interested in my PSPX installer, it seems what I have is pretty much useless since it doesn't appear to work. But it was fun to see PSP 8's interface again after so many years. It's hard to believe how foreign it was to me when I used to be fairly comfortable with it. Definitely more complicated than riding a bike. ;)

I also briefly ran PSP 9, which looked almost exactly the same as PSP 8, but the UI looked a little more modern and sleek. And by modern I don't mean the recent trend of making everything flat again like it was during the Windows 95 era. :Thmbsup:

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. :)

Funny comic. :P

But it's gotten me curious: How come it's so trendy to hate on PHP so much? Is there a succinct explanation on what's wrong with PHP? Seems like a walk in the park next to something like the nightmare working in JavaScript has become.

General Software Discussion / Re: Paint Shop Pro 7
« on: February 09, 2020, 06:15 PM »
MDF to ISO - worked for me, might depend on what info was included into the MDF to start with.

No need to install it, the installer can be extracted, (use UniExtract), and the executable directly run.

For some reason it took me 3 tries to get UniExtract to extract the executable properly. But it eventually worked. Thanks for the suggestion. :Thmbsup:  has an ISO for it. But I think it might be corrupted.  :(

What makes you think it is corrupted while 4wd says it works?

The reason I ask is because I used MDF to ISO to convert my PSP8 MDF to an ISO and when I try to mount the ISO it says it is corrupt and can't be mounted. So I decided to bite the bullet and burn the MDF to a CD with ImgBurn and then rip that CD back into an ISO, and I can mount that one without issue.

I'm not sure what I'm using to try to mount it with. It's a context menu that shows up when I right-click an ISO file. It's been there so long I just assume it came with Windows 10. But maybe it comes with ImgBurn or some similar software I have installed.

But anyway, if anyone wants or needs the PSP8 or PSPX installation ISOs, I suppose I can provide them now.

I used to really like PaintShop Pro back in the day. But I didn't really like PSPX. These days I mostly use Paint.NET for most of my image manipulations.

Skwire Empire / Re: SigcheckGUI
« on: February 08, 2020, 03:13 AM »
Probably the real question being asked here is whether or not SigCheckGUI works with the 64-bit version of SigCheck. :P

General Software Discussion / Re: Paint Shop Pro 7
« on: February 08, 2020, 03:12 AM »
I have disc images of PSP 8 and PSP X from when I owned and used it years ago. But I ripped them into MDF format because I was using Alcohol 120% as my disc ripper/burner back in those days.

If anyone would find those disc images useful, I can provide them, though I suspect they won't be of much use to anyone else without valid serial keys to go with them.

As an aside, if anyone can recommend a good/trustworthy MDF -> ISO converter, it would be nice to get some of those older disc images I have into a more ubiquitous format.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: February 05, 2020, 11:53 AM »
Are there any people here who have Win 10 and don't use Classic Shell or something like it?


DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: February 03, 2020, 02:06 PM »
However, that list also includes free DLCs and demos which take up about 75% of the list.

There's an option in the side-panel to hide DLCs, but I don't see a way to hide the free demos.

General Software Discussion / Re: Good Freeware Video Editor?
« on: February 02, 2020, 08:38 PM »
Another alternative to consider is OpenShot, which as its name implies is free and open source.

It may not be the best tool for the original request, but I figured it ought to be mentioned in this thread which has had many other video editing software suggestions. :Thmbsup:

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Epic Games Store Giveaway
« on: January 31, 2020, 12:35 AM »
[Please no "Game Store Wars"]

Too late.

A long time ago, in a thread far, far away... :P

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Audio Question
« on: January 30, 2020, 07:23 PM »
I don't know how it will work with more than two devices, but in my experience, if I connect a wireless device and set it as my default speaker/output device, Windows will automatically swap audio to use that device when it is reconnected, and automatically go back to using the speakers when it is disconnected.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: January 28, 2020, 07:21 PM »
Microsoft unveils Windows Terminal, a new command line app for Windows
-Arizona Hot (May 07, 2019, 08:01 AM)

For now it is just the source code, not the executable. For those already wanting this type of functionality (and then some): ExtraTerm (open source, works on Windows, Linux and Mac, supports cmd, PowerShell, WSL, tabs and 'terminal multiplexing').

Microsoft's new Windows Terminal is now available in the Store

Was cute that it was tabbed and one could choose from cmd.exe vs powershell flavors.  Definitely had rough edges though.  Not ready for general use IMHO.

Somehow I missed it both times it was mentioned in this thread, and I was just made aware of it through this video someone linked to on Twitter:

I just downloaded Windows Terminal on the Microsoft Store, where it's still in preview.

I'm not an expert on cmd.exe or PowerShell. As far as I can tell it works just like the old Command Prompt or the current PowerShell, but with the benefit of a tabbed interface. I think I'd like to continue using it, but I may forget it exists and just launch PowerShell the usual way (ctrl-shift right-click in Windows Explorer -> Open PowerShell window here).

Living Room / Re: Roller Coaster planet of horrors
« on: January 28, 2020, 02:25 PM »
Well, I have to say I found that amusement park pretty amusing. So I guess it was a success! :Thmbsup:

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