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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

I use tabs like I should use bookmarks.
Welcome to the club  :-[
Probably worth getting some kind of session saver then. I not often using chrome, but liked this one:

Thanks. I'll look into that. :Thmbsup:
Unlike tomos I don't like the Tabs Outliner UI.  8)

For Chrome I can recommend Session Buddy: https://chrome.googl...immfgnblocblbcdcpbko

I recall HOW MUCH it sucked when I lost ALL tabs...  :o Now I save them once or twice a week.

You're welcome! :) It's one of those extensions I recommend to everyone who's using more than a few Chrome tabs/windows at the same time.

I saw that others here use the The Great Suspender Chrome extension too, but I felt it deserves its own thread. :)

I've been using it for a long time, but only somewhat recently I decided to change its settings again: I now allow it to suspend everything after only 15 minutes (it's smart enough to not do so when you are still actively using a tab, like writing a forum post) - even the active tabs of all the currently open Chrome windows, which I excluded before. I only put very few URLs on the exclusion list, the sites I use most often.

The result? Chrome feels faster than before, CPU load went down even more! :)

The setting "automatically unsuspend when tab gains focus" is fast enough for me (using a SSD), only Gmail is a bit slow to load.

General Software Discussion / Re: Virtual desktop tools?
« on: October 25, 2020, 05:36 AM »
Yeah, I've considered going multi-monitor in the past, but couldn't justify it (yet?): hardware cost, desk space, energy usage...

This comes built-in to Windows 10. Just press Win+Tab or click on the Task Views icon (if you have it enabled) near the start bar. Then click the New Desktop button at the top left.
I should have mentioned that I already discovered that. Yes, having that is helpful, but I was looking for more. :)

If you are a AutoHotkey user: if you google around a bit you can find quite a few scripts to help manage the Windows 10 desktops, just found this for example so you can use hotkeys to switch desktops - - (haven't tried it so it may no longer work correctly if something has changed).
Thanks, that sounds promising! :)

So, unless you absolutely must have only one monitor on your desk, spend money on a new or second hand monitor. You'll get for the price of software license a second hand monitor. Doesn't have to be the same size or resolution either.
There is an alternative way of seeing/testing if a second monitor is for you or not. This does require a separate computer or laptop on the same LAN network next to each other. Or at least in eye-shot.
Software like: Barrier  an open source alternative for the nowadays way too expensive Synergy  can be used to share keyboard/mouse/clipboard controls between computers that use these software.

Your main computer acts as the server, the others as clients. When the software is enabled, you can use one and the same keyboard/mouse to control all the connected computers.
That sounds VERY interesting, I should try this! :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Virtual desktop tools?
« on: October 24, 2020, 03:23 PM »
I used AltDesk when I wanted to do it-

Hasn't been updated since 2010, but it still works.
I'll skip this one, the UI doesn't look appealing to me.  8)

Sounds like you are using it for personal use, so Dexpot, as suggested in the link you provided, sounds like a very good candidate.
I thought so too, at first, but then I read that they acknowledged Windows 10 issues in 2016, promising an update... but the last available version is from 2014.  :down:

The last update for mDesktop was in 2018, and the support department hasn't been around/active since 2014, it seems :-\, so I'd not even have tried it, would I've been in your shoes...
Yeah, sometimes I'm adventurous/stupid like that...  8)

Thanks, Lintalist, I just tried VirtuaWin (the installer didn't mention Windows 10 and the UI looks like it hasn't received updates in years), but that resulted in a similarly negative experience as with mDesktop. Everything was suddenly hidden! At least I managed to unhide everything (but to only one desktop... weird!), but the UI isn't really self-explanatory. :(

So far this has been quite a frustrating experience. Did everyone more or less give up working on software in this category when Windows 10 came around?  :o

General Software Discussion / Re: Virtual desktop tools?
« on: October 24, 2020, 01:27 PM »
Thanks, the mDesktop description sounded good... I installed it - followed by near-instant regret: after trying a hotkey it minimized EVERYTHING (on all desktops) in a way that it looked like everything had crashed. But everything was minimized in a way that I couldn't access most programs anymore.  >:(

Had to reboot, then I uninstalled mDesktop.

I don't even know yet if Windows restores Chrome tabs to different desktops after a reboot, but I'm willing to find out.  8)
I just learned that Windows doesn't.

General Software Discussion / Virtual desktop tools?
« on: October 24, 2020, 11:40 AM »

I've decided to use virtual desktops in Windows 10, kinda like a trial period to see how much I like it. I don't even know yet if Windows restores Chrome tabs to different desktops after a reboot, but I'm willing to find out.  8)

Are there any tools you can recommend? I've found this "5 best virtual desktop software for Windows 10" article but would like feedback here before I randomly start installing stuff, and I don't plan to spend money right away. To be able to use Win+Ctrl+Left/Right to move between desktops is a great start. :)

General Software Discussion / Re: NanoAdblocker is now malware
« on: October 17, 2020, 05:43 AM »
Yes, something like the approach (report+quote) is really useful, not only because links sometimes end up being broken.

And yes, selling your extension to malware guys sucks. :( I wonder what could prevent that... Chrome auto-disabling an extension once the owner changes, so that the user has to enable it again manually? But then some bad guys could try to just 'lease' the extension from the owner, abusing it without a change in ownership. But that would probably be limited to countries like Russia, where it's not likely to suffer the consequences if you distribute malware to people outside of Russia. (Yes, I read in this case it's probably Turkey, not Russia.)

From :

Additionally, Smith agrees to abandon his protective claims for a refund totaling approximately $182 million that were filed with the IRS. The protective refund claims consisted, in part, of claims filed with the IRS for charitable contribution deductions on Sept. 21, 2018, and Oct. 11, 2019. As a result of the agreement, Smith shall take no further direct or indirect tax benefit from such claims.
Not too familiar with the tax code, but this could mean that he already paid off the student loans and the IRS just won't let use those payments to reduce his own taxes.

We may find out some day. :)

Am I the only one wanting more details on the proprietary encrypted email system? :)

Knowing how the the media operates, they probably already told you everything about it in the part you quoted. :P

The sadder part of this is that the person that ratted on him was the one that at the Morehouse commencement said that he was going to pay off a lot of students' debts.  It's unknown as that was charitable donations if it is going to be able to be honored.
Yeah, I thought that was a nice gesture when I read about it back then. A bit weird (like a surprise lottery), but nice. But it looks like Smith is still a billionaire, so if he hasn't already paid off their debts, he will hopefully still do so. :)


Houston technology executive Robert Brockman has been charged in the biggest tax evasion case in U.S. history after fellow billionaire Robert Smith turned against him to avoid prosecution himself, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

Brockman, the 79-year-old chief executive of Ohio-based Reynolds and Reynolds Co, hid $2 billion in income from the Internal Revenue Service over two decades, using a web of off-shore companies in Bermuda and St. Kitts and Nevis, according to an indictment unsealed on Thursday.

Reynolds and Reynolds provides software used by auto dealerships to help manage their business.

The indictment alleges Brockman appointed nominees to manage the off-shore entities for him as a means of hiding his involvement, saying he even went so far as to establish a proprietary encrypted email system and use code words such as “Permit,” “Red fish” and “Snapper” to communicate.


Another link:

Fascinating! :o Am I the only one wanting more details on the proprietary encrypted email system? :) Gonna be interesting to see what the resulting fines/prison time will be, if any.

Just wanted to share this with all other Scud users: I found it helpful to use several copies of the Scud folder, each loading a different path. Sure, you can adjust the path every time you start Scud, pick one of your favorite path names stored in the settings, but this way it's even easier and just that little bit quicker to launch Scud to enjoy a random song from folder X, a random image from folder Y, or a video from folder Z. :)

I've created a set of folder copies for the specific 5 ways I use Scud most often.

Ah, good to know. :)

I know the issue is already resolved, but here's another potential suggestion for anyone else who may come across this thread in the future. When problems like this crop up on my PC, I just boot into a Linux Live USB (usually Linux Mint) and delete the files from there. :Thmbsup:
That would take (me) more time though. 8) And is Linux able to handle NTFS?

In these situations, and especially with the "filename too long" problems, another thing I always try is to use the 7-Zip GUI interface to see if I can get to the folder and delete it from within 7-Zip.  Sounds strange, but it works quite often.
Wow, that's weird! But cool. :)

"How to delete a folder that Windows can't find?" -- sounds like a zen koan
Yeah, it's a special sentence for sure.  ;D

Make sure you verify it's existence and name in the detail panel as opposed to the tree
Does it happen that there's a difference between the two? I checked and it's really gone. :)

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