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be useful to know just what you want to display.

If all you want is a simple list of what's installed/installing look up tooltip in the AHK helpfile

attached is an example of what this would look like

Living Room / Re: playstore downloads
« on: September 21, 2021, 11:22 PM »
The size reported in pending updates is the approx. download size, when it's downloading it shows the installation size as well as the amount that it's downloading, (which will be equivalent to the pre-update size reported), see below for an example:


I guess there could be a reason for that but I can't see it.  I suppose it's in keeping with the mindset that since everyone now has access to endless low cost hi-speed internet it doesn't matter cos no one needs to pay attention to those numbers...

Living Room / Re: playstore downloads
« on: September 21, 2021, 09:15 PM »
yep get all that, but I'm not altogether sure thats the issue here

when I go to the updates page on playstore, it lists all the apps that have updates pending AND a 'size' for each one (one I did last nite was 60Mb)

However, when you 'update' you get the usual download graphic with a progress bar, in this case it was n% of 190Mb

Now it's safe to say that its some time since I went to school and a lot of things have changed a lot, but I'm pretty sure that no matter how you cut it 60 will never equal 190

Could be they're reporting different things, but that would just be misleading and something I'm sure google can't be accused of...

Living Room / playstore downloads
« on: September 21, 2021, 05:43 PM »
anyone know what the go is with playstore download sizes?

I'm finding that the listed update sizes do not correspond to the actual download sizes (assuming I can believe those values are correct as well...)

Typically I'm finding that the actual download size is typically 2 or 3 times what's shown before you press the update button

Could be I'm just old and cranky, but I manage my data use pretty carefully (its expensive!) and this seems like a pretty gross misrepresentation

General Software Discussion / Re: Free MKV video repair files
« on: September 08, 2021, 04:25 AM »
I need a clever software able to minimize the errors and give the best vision.

FWIW I don't think you're going to find a magic pill to 'fix' the 'errors' (how would said app know what was an error without something to reference against, like the original files  :huh:)

My experience parallels what shades said, ie rip the disc to your HDD regardless of the format, then convert it using the software of choice (YMMV but I use DVD Smith Movie Backup to rip to HDD, then X Media Recode to transcode).  Sure it might take some time, but if the end goal is to have a local copy in a readable format then that;s the price you have to pay

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: July 19, 2021, 10:29 PM »
I've been looking at getting a Shadow for a while.

not sure I understand the model - seems like you need a computer in order to end with...well...a computer...

Never been a fan of outsourcing, and this seems like its taking it to an extreme...

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: June 24, 2021, 11:06 PM »
I also didn't like how it opened up with "[Windows 11's Start button] is cloud-powered."

wouldn't that make it vapour ware?

FWIW apparently MIT has a course on this stuff, links to the lectures from an Open culture page HERE...

WinRAR was a good product when I used it in the mid 90's, vastly superior to the generally available options of the time IIRC.  FWIW I've been using 7Z since and agree it's at least as good (I even advocated strongly for the business to use it instead of persisting with WinZip)

I don't even remember why WinZip annoys(/ed) me.
-Stoic Joker (May 05, 2021, 05:40 AM)

it was probably a long list (poor compression, no compatibility, very basic functionality, etc etc etc)  ;D ;D

IMHO WinRAR was a tool that was far ahead of the competition (great compression, multi format compatibility, great functionality, etc etc) though that gap has closed considerably (and it only took a couple of decades!)

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: April 19, 2021, 12:51 AM »
A little change to the plot line and you have: Shoot 'Em Up.

or any bruce lee movie, but with guns?

I don't think changing the download location could magically claim lost space in c:\

its not going to recover any space, but its going to stop taking up space, ie the top 9 video files are nearly 40Gb so downloading to a different drive (DISK!) would be an immediate saving.

you also appear to have a bunch of game stuff there, so moving that to another disk (if you can, they don't HAVE to be installed to C:) would help clear up a bit more space

Deleting stuff you don't need anymore is a good habit to maintain, eg video's you already seen, games you're not playing any more, etc.  YMMV but using one of those uninstaller apps (I use REVO, but there are several others) can be helpful when removing redundant apps or games cos they can clean up a lot of the cruft the regular uninstall routines can leave behind.

General Software Discussion / Re: Earning More with Cryptocurrency
« on: March 14, 2021, 05:35 PM »
and what appears to be a series of podcasts (note that I haven't listened to any of these yet so I can't vouch for their quality)


well, its back again this morning, but I'll be watching with interest to see what happens...

the saga continues...

Chrome disabled the marvellous suspender this morning... <sigh>

rather than placing an arbitrary limit on the number of characters or words, why not use large(?) counters? 

IE you can count the number of words AND characters as you type, and displaying that in a couple of prominent text boxes should be pretty trivial.  This would get you around having to supply a nominal limit, and it would work for both minimum and maximum character limitations without the need to change anything.

And I'm not sure that replacing double spaces is a valid approach.  White spaces are still counted as valid characters so trimming them will skew your results, at least for character counts

I couldn't decide whether to put this here or in Devs Corner, but here goes (and don't be put off the description)

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

well, that explains this mornings unexpected/unexplained behaviour - Thanks brotherS!

pulsar player looks like it could be a contender

Just been playing with it and it seems to tick a lot of your boxes

its tough cos everything these days is targeted at users who want all sorts of trivial functionality (not like when I was a boy...)

General Software Discussion / Re: 32bit Linux distro recommendations
« on: January 08, 2021, 04:26 PM »
Solution found - after googling for some time I found a reference to Ubuntu's 'boot repair tool' which solved the problem. 

Strangely it isn't included in the distros despite the fact that this seems to be a common problem.  Most 'answers' point to a file system corruption of some sort, but clearly this isn't always the problem or the solution and nobody seemed to acknowledge that.

I've subsequently moved to a puppy install as I found some of the windows in Mint wouldn't resize to fit my screen...

General Software Discussion / Re: 32bit Linux distro recommendations
« on: December 20, 2020, 04:12 PM »
Gives me the impression that there is something going wrong with the boot partition on your drive. You better use a proper partition management tool to completely wipe all partitions from that SSD. On Windows my personal preference is MiniTool Partition Wizard. But Acronis is also OK. The partition manager built into Windows itself isn't that great, so I would not use that to wipe a drive clean. GParted on Linux is also OK to wipe all muck from a hard disk.

thats a pretty safe bet  ;D

FWIW the drives been wiped a few times now (its part of the mint setup) so a windows based solution is out of the question.

My guess is that the boot procedure is pointing to the wrong place, but I don't know how to diagnose that

General Software Discussion / Re: 32bit Linux distro recommendations
« on: December 19, 2020, 10:42 PM »
thanks for that, I'll have to work through it :Thmbsup:

Sounds like you ended up in the Grub shell environment.

actually it was busybox (and that was referenced on one of those links, thanks!)

Also, a boot partition on a hard disk needs to have a specific bit set. This is normally managed by the installation software.

this is what I would have expected, but I'm going to have to work through this slowly cos I have no familiarity with nix setups.

I'm actually wondering if the setup isn't selecting the USB as the boot drive.  I noticed in the manual partition setup that was the default, but i'll need to dig into it a bit further

All these installation issues make you see Linux from a not so flattering side.

it does kind of take the shine off all that 'easy to use' propaganda :)

But Windows 10 also comes with its own problems.

fair to say thats pretty standard for windows 'updates' so it probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone.

FWIW the SSD I used came out of my old win10 desktop.  The interesting bit is that the netbook booted into win10 straight away, no questions asked.  Impressed me no end considering whats under the hood

General Software Discussion / Re: 32bit Linux distro recommendations
« on: December 19, 2020, 02:39 AM »
and on it goes...

got Grub installed, and it boots to a menu listing Mint (woohoo...)

boot mint and splash screen comes up, but it resolves to a command prompt of some sort (with a 'type help for a list of commands' message)


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