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If there are any AutoHotkey users out there, this snippet will remap the two little side buttons on some mouses.

Code: Autohotkey [Select]
  1. XButton1:: Send {Volume_Down}
  2. return
  3. XButton2:: Send {Volume_Up}
  4. return
Nooooo, those are great for browsing and to navigate in Windows Explorer and other programs.  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: April 19, 2021, 01:23 PM »
A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord arms manufacturer.

Highly recommended if you like lots of violence ...

A little change to the plot line and you have: Shoot 'Em Up.
:D Right! That one was fun too, had totally forgotten about it... here's the Shoot ' Em Up 2007 Red Band Trailer: in case anyone wants to watch it. :)

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: April 18, 2021, 12:14 PM »
Nobody (2021)

A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.

Highly recommended if you like lots of violence (and want to find out where the kitty cat bracelet ends up). :D

In addition to Bob Odenkirk, the cast includes Connie Nielsen, RZA, Aleksei Serebryakov, and Christopher Lloyd.

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: March 20, 2021, 03:12 PM »
Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)

I rated it 8/10. The whole "OMG, this alien bad boy has already conquered/destroyed 1000000000000 worlds, now we must defend our planet!!!!1111" theme didn't fully resonate with me. There were a few goofs, the car/flirt scene was so obviously flawed IMHO that I really can't understand how they shot that scene in this (totally illogical) way. Still, those 4 long hours had some really good scenes!

And I agree with 'everyone' that this Snyder Cut is better than the original

Justice League (2017)

which I had rated 7/10.


well, its back again this morning, but I'll be watching with interest to see what happens...
What's weird about that is that I wasn't able to find ANY info about The Marvellous Suspender being temporarily blocked or removed from the Chrome Web Store...

And while I was looking for that info, I found out that The Great Suspender has returned here: https://chrome.googl...joafgfjoefkpeg?hl=en

I'll stay with The Marvellous Suspender for now though, it works as it should.

the saga continues...

Chrome disabled the marvellous suspender this morning... <sigh>
I wanted to shout some curse words in Chrome's general direction, but then I found that my Chrome hasn't disabled it and the extension page (https://chrome.googl...imajpfpamcfhoaifemoa) is still up. Was it just a glitch in the Matrix? Can you check if it's working again for you?

I just saw that there is no thread about this little tool that I don't want to live without anymore! :D :-*

I love to be able to change screen (f.lux) brightness with the mouse wheel thanks to AutoHotkey, and Volume2 allows me to easily change the system volume with the mouse wheel (in user-defined areas along the screen's edge).

Volume2 has TONS of options, you can choose from many different tray icon options, there's a customizable OSD, Volume2 can reduce the volume to zero when you lock Windows, etc. etc.

Screenshot (slightly older version):

Interesting... I hadn't noticed anything strange here, but I'm happy to have The Marvellous Suspender as a clean alternative now. :)

It sucks that extensions can be sold to shady folks without the user noticing, but so far I haven't read any perfect ideas to prevent that from happening.

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: February 12, 2021, 10:40 AM »
The Eight Hundred (2020)

:o :o

From the acclaimed filmmaker behind Mr. Six comes a riveting war epic. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely surrounded by the Japanese army.
It's like... Band of Brothers meets Dunkirk... in China! Okay, okay... it's not quite as good, but really good if you can overlook that it was clearly (mostly) made for a Chinese audience.


Guan Hu had been preparing for the film for 10 years. The Eight Hundred is the first Chinese and Asian film shot entirely on IMAX cameras. The production team had built a real scene of 68 buildings with an area of 133,333-square-metre (1,435,180 sq ft) in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu province.
That's impressive, and I bet https://en.wikipedia...i/Chinese_numerology had something to do with that square meter number.  8)

This sums it up:

Maggie Lee of Variety describes the film as "monumental, if sometimes unwieldy" and comparing The Eight Hundred to Dunkirk, "the saga does share similar sentiments of survival, grit and triumph in defeat" to Dunkirk (2017) and "it too plunges audiences into both the intimacy and magnitude of brutal war spectacle while immersing them in a stunningly mounted period canvas."

Cath Clarke of The Guardian praised the film, characterizing it as an “Ear-rattling, breathtaking battle for [the] Chinese Alamo” and stating that “Guan goes hammer and tongs with the special effects, delivering stupendously, joint-rattlingly-loud battle scenes and combat sequences edited to the lightning pace of a superhero movie.” and “with so much intense focus lavished on the action, there’s none to spare for the characters’ emotional lives, and it’s hard to care much about who lives or dies.”

Michael Ordoña of the Los Angeles Times criticized the film’s character development, stating, “Unfortunately, “Eight Hundred” skips over the whole character-development part, along with the logic of many choices and scenes. “ and “Yet somehow, we don’t get to know any of these folks. The sort-of protagonists are a collection of deserters and draft-dodgers forced to aid with the defense.”

Bad news: this wonderful extension has changed owner and now has been classified as malware by Google.

Good news: someone added a replacement for The Great Suspender... The Marvellous Suspender: https://chrome.googl...imajpfpamcfhoaifemoa . It's the last version of the old extension before crap was added to it.

Background info and stuff: (scroll to the end)

A while ago YouTube turned off their email notifications (apparently because hardly anyone actually opened those emails). If you, like me, have a channel you follow closely (or more than one), I recommend Notifications for YouTube (Chrome extension) as an alternative.

Once you've set it up, the extension's icon will notify you about new uploads. Very unobtrusive, I like it. :)

In its "Find" window (Ctrl-f) it does not seem to be possible to permanently disable "Search subdirectories", but other than that it's love at first sight. :-*
But at least one can use the Filter (Ctrl-F12) to only show matching files in a given folder.  :Thmbsup:

Just wanted to share that in case someone else is looking for that too. :)

In trying to remember the *Commander options, I ran across one that I think I'll try.  The price tag is a bit extreme (up there with DOpus), but it is a perpetual license, unlike DOpus.
I used to use DOpus many years ago (loved it!), but there came a time where I couldn't justify the cost anymore, for what I used it for.

There's also Multi Commander (free, donationware), favourably mentioned by Shades in Re: Batch file to move files (less than total size) from A to B, along with a link to 26 third-party file managers.

But, from the OP, is a FM really what you want?  The task sounds rather like backup/directory synchronization, e.g. by something like Karen's Replicator (free, donationware)
Thanks for the link.

And yes, I want/need a file manager.  8)

Thanks guys, Altap Salamander does look promising! It does have a transfer speed limit option, yay. :) And it's search-as-you-type feature is pretty cool.

In its "Find" window (Ctrl-f) it does not seem to be possible to permanently disable "Search subdirectories", but other than that it's love at first sight. :-*

I might check out the other suggested alternatives another day.


I'm looking for a two-panel file manager to locally move files from folder X to Y every now and then. It should reload the previously opened folders when started. A transfer speed limit option (like the FileZilla FTP client has) would be lovely but is not required.

The ability to filter folder contents (only show files that match "abc") also would be nice to have - this is also something FileZilla has.

Any recommendations? I've googled around and after reading several reviews I tried Q-Dir but didn't really like it.

It should be freeware if possible, or donationware.

Thanks. I've tried that twice, sadly that didn't work either. :(


when I open a new Chrome window by clicking its icon the window opens maximized as it should, but when I use AutoHotkey to open a link in Chrome, Chrome's window opens in a weird size for a few weeks now, way too small. It used to be a bigger size, I don't know what happened.

I've searched Google for the answer, but what was recommended there either doesn't work or I couldn't understand it. Any pointers?

fSekrit / Re: fSekrit 1.40 quarantined by Windows 10
« on: November 14, 2020, 01:49 PM »
brotherS: it would be nice if you could check if Windows Defender moans about a fresh 1.40 download from the dcmembers site, as well as SJ's uncompressed build :)
I just downloaded and ran both, no objections from Windows so far...

fSekrit / Re: fSekrit 1.40 quarantined by Windows 10
« on: November 12, 2020, 11:51 AM »
Caution: Theory Ahead

Maybe it's just that the encrypted contents of the file now match the file pattern of Trojan:Win32/Wacatac.C!ml and rearranging the order of the information would 'fix' the problem?
I've already excluded the fSekrit folder from AV checks ... 8) but ...

Seems like anything packed with UPX makes AV go squirrel shit.

fSekrit uses PECompact and not UPX, but same same :)

I did ponder a bit whether to continue using executable compression – one of the points of fSekrit is to be tiny, but the savings might not be worth it compared to hassle from shitty AV software... And the 1.40 exe would still be < 100kb without compression.
...maybe a 1.41 release would help, where the only change would be "now without compression, with greetings to AV software"?  :D

fSekrit / Re: fSekrit 1.40 quarantined by Windows 10
« on: November 10, 2020, 02:15 PM »
Report it, I guess?
Since the file contains personal information I'd rather not send it to Microsoft.  8)

my own local copy of fSekrit isn't flagged (Win10 19041.572, and recent Defender definitions, (I hope))
Interesting... Win10 19041.572 here too. Maybe it somehow depends on the file size if Windows detects it as a trojan? Weird...

For a GUI, try Helge Klein SetACL Studio. It will delete anything. Product page here, no cost (used to be commercial).

Last year I had one folder it couldn't delete, couldn't do anything with it.
Can't remember what happened in the end, think I gave up and reinstalled Windows or formatted the drive.
Most obstinate file/folder I've had in 40+ years of playing with computers 🤣
Yeah... I also remember applying the just give up 'solution' in the past. I just ignored it, deep in its directory path. :D

fSekrit / fSekrit 1.40 quarantined by Windows 10
« on: November 10, 2020, 06:05 AM »
fSekrit 1.40 was just quarantined by Windows, as Trojan:Win32/Wacatac.C!ml.

This probably is a false positive, this happened before, but is there anything left to do (other than to unquarantine it manually)?

For a GUI, try Helge Klein SetACL Studio. It will delete anything. Product page here, no cost (used to be commercial).
I found two more folders that couldn't be deleted, but this time on external drives, not C: - this time, rmdir failed twice, but SetACL Studio got the job done. NICE! :)

do you guys hoard a lot of stuff as well  :tellme: ;D :P
Nah... after taking care of my 93 Rolls-Royces became too arduous, I now only hoard digital stuff.  8)

On my lazy days I close the browser in my computers using Windows Task Manager or the infinitely better Process Explorer. This leaves the tabs intact and as browsers do a thing called 'lazy loading' of content in tabs, closing and re-opening browsers is hardly an issue. 'Lazy loading' means loading content when the tab is actually selected and not before.
Yes, Process Explorer is great to kill Chrome in a way that it will re-open all tabs 99% of the time. I use it for every reboot. :)

My most extreme session (according to Tabs Aside): 343 tabs    :-[
396 here! :-[

BUT my new goal is to keep it below 100... 89 open right now (and about to close 2 tabs 8) ). It's been almost a month now, I still have high hopes I'll succeed! :D

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