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Try resizing the Chrome window to you preferred size, then hold down CTRL while closing the browser (using the mouse to hit "X"). This should save your current window dimensions, 'though it doesn't always work

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: October 12, 2018, 08:30 AM »
Just finished the latest entry in the fantastic "Murderbot Diaries" by Martha Wells. Exit Strategy is the 4th and final novella in the series (a full length novel is planned sometime in the future), and every one of them have been a great read. "Murderbot" is quite possibly the best main character I've ever spent time with in a SF book.

Full series over at GoodReads

Yes, when it makes sense. It rarely does though, so for the most part I've only purchased games which I can't get anywhere else (Forza Horizon 3, Forza 7, Gears 4 etc.).

I also much prefer installing certain apps such as Spotify from the store, as opposed to getting it from the developer directly. This way it's completely contained, so that when you're uninstalling it wipes every trace of it from the system. This and easy updates is more or less the only thing I really like about using the store.

I'd say duolingo is one of the better ones available for free.

General Software Discussion / Re: malware or ? #1454789523
« on: February 15, 2016, 12:06 PM »
I'm thinking this might explain what you're experiencing:

[...]Speed Launcher is adding a HKCU RunOnce entry over and over again and assigning a random number to it.  This is then of course alerting WinPatrol who is monitoring new startup programs[...]

You could take a look at writing your page in Markdown, using one of the several free online editors available (such as or Just write away almost as you would in any other text document, and export/save it as html. You'll end up with a clean, simple web page that you can upload to a server somewhere. How the final page ends up looking like depends entirely on the editor you're using, but seeing as Markdown is just plain text you can just copy/paste your document to/from any of them :)

Here's a quick example:

General Software Discussion / Re: NAS software and limitations
« on: July 21, 2015, 08:48 PM »
I don't understand.
By example :
For windows ...
Not android, not ubuntu i use too.
Can I access to the NAS to write data in an open database in that storage ?

Can I even write data is the database is conrolled by an android program ?

Best Regards

P.D. all my doubts come for consider the information aboutr FreeNAS and limitations about writing and reading data

I don't see why you wouldn't be able to. Personally, I'm using an Asustor AS-608T with 6x4TB HDD's in RAID 5 (formatted as NTFS). I have MySQL running 24/7, and have been doing so for about a year now without any issues, nor do I expect any that I wouldn't run into with any other server at some point or another. I access the NAS with a variety of devices, ranging from iPhones/iPads, Android phones and tablets, PC's running Linux, Windows and my MacBook. Heck, I even have my Nexus Player (Android TV) access the device. It doesn't matter to the devices what file system the NAS itself is running.

General Software Discussion / Re: NAS software and limitations
« on: July 21, 2015, 06:41 PM »
Think of a NAS as a *nix (or Windows) machine without a monitor, keyboard and mouse connected. That's pretty much what most of them are. Of course, the models aimed at the consumer market usually don't have the latest and greatest CPU and such, but they can do pretty much anything you can do on any other type of server (depending on what OS and hardware your chosen NAS have).

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: July 03, 2015, 11:52 AM »
Microsoft have made ISO's of the 10162 build available for download today. Grab the files here: http://windows.micro.../windows/preview-iso

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: July 02, 2015, 02:30 PM »
Yet another updated version was pushed out to the "fast ring" today, build 10162:

Hi everyone,

We have one more surprise for you this week – Build 10162, releasing to the Fast ring.

We’re at the point in the development of Windows 10 where nearly every build is getting out to our internal rings, and passing the criteria for release to Windows Insiders. We’re focused at this point on bug fixing and final polish, so it’s much easier for each build to get all the way through than earlier in the cycle when we’re adding big new features. So now we find ourselves in a great situation, with an abundance of build candidates. We’re deciding how long to let each build stay with Windows Insiders so you can really exercise them and send feedback on any problems that you’re hitting. I know many of you have said you’d love daily builds, but it is actually important sometimes to get a few days on a build so that all of the code that does deferred work (like OneDrive sync, search indexing, background updating, etc.) can run and we can get feedback and error reports.

We just released Build 10159 with our new wallpaper and logon UI on Tuesday, but this is a holiday weekend in the US and we thought that some of you might want to get an even fresher build on your PCs to play with over the long weekend. Build 10162 is another great one. In fact, our testing and internal telemetry metrics show it has better reliability, performance, battery life, and compatibility than any Windows 10 Insider Preview build so far.

We haven’t forgotten about Windows Insiders in the Slow ring either – we’re looking at Build 10162 as a candidate and unless we see any issues emerge in the Fast ring we’ll look to publish it to Slow (with ISOs) early next week.

We’re getting close now! We hope you’re as excited as we are about how Windows 10 is shaping up.

-Microsoft's Gabe Aul, on the Windows blog

Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window
« on: March 15, 2015, 06:25 PM »
Went outside this evening and made my first attempt at shooting the night sky. The photos were taken a few hundred meters from my home. Guess there's some advantages to living in a rural area, you don't have to walk very far to find somewhere completely dark :)




Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window
« on: March 14, 2015, 06:33 PM »
Here's a couple of photos I took more or less just outside my home this evening. It's so nice to have the sun finally rising above the horizon again :)



General Software Discussion / Re: HTML table formatting
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:26 PM »
and a whole lot easier than it used to be.

...unless you are trying to make the site responsive. That's still a lot of work if you are not relying on some sort of CSS framework, which I would not use on a single page site of static content.

It's can be a lot of work certainly, but if you have the possibility of supporting only mostly modern browsers then it's not nearly as much work as it used to be. There are a lot of great tools available that helps a lot. As you said though, a framework or something like that isn't needed for something such as this.

General Software Discussion / Re: HTML table formatting
« on: January 19, 2015, 11:57 AM »
Wow - awesome!!! Much easier to read!  :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:

Back in the day it was just whip up something by hand... all that newfangled CSS stuff came about after I had quit doing that kind of work. Back when I had a copy of Netscape ready to install, saved on a floppy.  :P

Happy to help! :) When I first started making the occasional website, CSS had been introduced, but most websites still had the styling mixed in with the HTML so that's what I did as well. Over time I started playing around with it, and today with CSS 3 (and tools such as Sass) and standards-compliant browsers it's actually quite a bit of fun, very flexible and a whole lot easier than it used to be.

General Software Discussion / Re: HTML table formatting
« on: January 18, 2015, 07:52 PM »
Besides cleaning up the HTML a bit, what you need is to add some CSS. Here's something I whipped up to get you started...

Fixed (and formatted) HTML:
Code: HTML [Select]
  1. <!DOCTYPE html>
  2.         <meta charset="utf-8" />
  3.         <title>RemoteApp Sessions for 2015/01/18 12:52</title>
  4.         <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">
  5. </head>
  7. <h1>RemoteApp Sessions for 2015/01/18 12:52</h1>
  8. <p><a href="desk.html">Remote Desktop Sessions page</a></p>
  9. <table class="sortable">
  10.         <caption>click column header to sort by that column - updated every 2 minutes</caption>
  11.         <thead>
  12.                 <tr>
  13.                         <th>FirstSeen</th>
  14.                         <th>Server</th>
  15.                         <th>Session</th>
  16.                         <th>PID</th>
  17.                         <th>User</th>
  18.                         <th>Application</th>
  19.                         <th>Program</th>
  20.                         <th>Parameters</th>
  21.                         <th>IP Address</th>
  22.                         <th>Computer</th>
  23.                         <th>Session ID</th>
  24.                 </tr>
  25.         </thead>
  26.         <tbody>
  27.             <tr>
  28.                         <td>2015/01/18 11:53</td>
  29.                         <td>cotsa4</td>
  30.                         <td>RDP-Tcp#0</td>
  31.                         <td>5668</td>
  32.                         <td>aycockb</td>
  33.                         <td>"BJS Client"</td>
  34.                         <td>"BJSUSER.EXE"</td>
  35.                         <td>''</td>
  36.                         <td></td>
  37.                         <td>CODESK3</td>
  38.                         <td>3</td>
  39.                 </tr>
  40.                 <tr>
  41.                         <td>2015/01/18 11:53</td>
  42.                         <td>cotsa5</td>
  43.                         <td>RDP-Tcp#0</td>
  44.                         <td>5720</td>
  45.                         <td>aycockb</td>
  46.                         <td>"Paint"</td>
  47.                         <td>"mspaint.exe"</td>
  48.                         <td>''</td>
  49.                         <td>(unknown)</td>
  50.                         <td>CODESK7</td>
  51.                         <td>2</td>
  52.                 </tr>
  53.                 <tr>
  54.                         <td>2015/01/18 11:53</td>
  55.                         <td>cotsa5</td>
  56.                         <td>RDP-Tcp#0</td>
  57.                         <td>5720</td>
  58.                         <td>smithr</td>
  59.                         <td>"IE"</td>
  60.                         <td>"iexplore.exe"</td>
  61.                         <td>''</td>
  62.                         <td></td>
  63.                         <td>CODESK7</td>
  64.                         <td>2</td>
  65.                 </tr>
  66.         </tbody>
  68. <script src="sorttable.js" async></script>
  69. </body>
  70. </html>

Code: CSS [Select]
  1. /*** This makes styling of elements consistent between most browsers.
  2.      I'd recommend adding the content of the @import'ed file to the
  3.      top of this CSS file, to avoid hitting the github servers every
  4.      time you load the page! **/
  5. @import "";
  7. /*** Styling for your tables follows: ***/
  8. body {
  9.   text-align: center;
  10. }
  12. h1 {
  13.   font-size: 1.5em;
  14. }
  16. table {
  17.   max-width: 80%;
  18.   margin: 0 auto;
  19.   line-height: 2em;
  20.   text-align: left;
  21. }
  23. th:before {
  24.   content: "\21c5";
  25.   color: #ccc;
  26.   margin-right: .2em;
  27. }
  29. table, th {
  30.   border: 0;
  31. }
  33. tr, td {
  34.   border: 1px solid #eee;
  35. }
  37. th, td {
  38.   padding: 0 0.5em;
  39. }
  41. th {
  42.   background-color: #545c61;
  43.   color: #fff;
  44. }
  46. td {
  47.   background-color: #fff;
  48. }
  50. td:nth-child(odd) {
  51.   background-color: #d3e6f2;
  52. }
  54. caption {
  55.   color: #444;
  56. }

This will give you something like this:

General Software Discussion / Re: Mailbird
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:01 PM »
I've used it (alongside eM Client) since March this year (bought a lifetime license), and as a mail client I really like it. It's simple, fast, looks good and keeps getting updated. It's simplicity is a strength, but also a weakness depending on your needs. If all you need is a mail client it does the job, and does it very well. If you need more advanced features, or stuff such as a fully integrated calendar then you should probably look elsewhere. The same applies if you're using it with a lot of different mail accounts. It handles them well enough, but the lack of a unified inbox (for now, it is coming at some point) is somewhat annoying.

Living Room / Re: which phone?
« on: December 12, 2014, 07:31 PM »
I own/have owned several Windows Phones (920, 930, 1520), and overall I really, really like the OS and hardware. The problem is as mentioned a lack of apps and reduced/missing features in apps compared to other platforms. You'll also miss out on several features (such as Cortana) if you're living in the "wrong" country. Due to this I'm currently using a combo of the iPhone 6+ and the HTC One m8 (flashed to a Google Edition, now on Android 5.0) as my daily drivers, but the instant WP starts getting treated as a first-class citizen I'm switching back.

iOS has the apps, but the OS itself doesn't really do it for me. Android has almost the same selection of apps (and some that isn't on iOS), and you can customize pretty much everything. I like that, but the OS doesn't feel as "smooth" as WP, and the camera no matter what Android phone I've used leaves something to be desired.

Edit: I should probably add that despite the lack of apps, WP has some gems in the store. Tweetium is probably my favorite Twitter client on any mobile platform, Nextgen Reader is a great rss reader, Poki is a lovely Pocket client, Readit is a beautiful reddit client, Nokia's Here suite of apps are amazing (offline navigation and maps, for "free"!) and the same can mostly be said for many of Microsoft's previously Bing-prefixed apps, and the Lumia camera app is a joy to use when you want to do more advanced shots.

General Software Discussion / Re: Text editor with filtering of lines
« on: November 06, 2014, 02:32 PM »
If you're a Sublime Text user, you can do what you're asking for with the Filter Lines plugin. You can filter or fold using strings or a RegEx. Use the fold function if you want to show the lines containing your search term in the currently open document.

Screenshots of this plugin in action:

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: October 08, 2014, 03:32 PM »
Highasakite - Leaving no traces:
- A great song, about a heavy subject. Live version.

Mew - Symmetry:
- After all these years, this song is still as mesmerizing as when I first heard it (YouTube is being a d**k, so you'll have to watch this one on

Eels - Things the Grandchildren Should Know
- Very few artists write songs that have the same impact as a good Eels song do. Live version.

Noisettes - Never forget you
- It's a few years old by now, but it's still insanely catchy. This is an acoustic version.

Having just purchased by very first drawing pad (Wacom Intuos Pro M), I've been playing around with different software to use with it. It's been years since I've done any drawing, but I missed it (I also needed something to let me do photo editing without the constraints of a mouse) so I figured I'd see how it works in digital. So far I've tested Painter, Sketchpad Pro & Photoshop but after reading your post I gave Clip Studio a try. Turns out this is actually really great, so I purchased a license for the Pro version. Missed out on the sale, but 50$ still is a good price. Need to use it some more to see if it's for me, but the posing tools really sold me on it. I'd love to get my hands on at least the posing doll, but having hunted around ebay for quite some time it would appear to be impossible to find :(

General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for calendar software
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:50 PM »
IIRC rainlendar has (or used to have) a pretty active community - plenty of skins available already so maybe something suitable already exists

But I have no reason to waste time looking for (or making) the perfect skin, when eM Client is exactly what I wanted, out of the box.  :)
OT: I've been using em client for a couple weeks now.  It's nice, very nice.  It can definitely give the Bat a run for its money.

I've been using it for about a year or two now, and I really only have one complaint. It's that it does not use native Windows notifications. In most situations this isn't an issue, but when running XBMC or playing a full-screen game it sometimes steal focus, making the application/game minimize. If they at some point manage to fix this, it will be pretty much perfect at what it does.

General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for calendar software
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:40 AM »
Got a reply from eM's support: https://forum.emclie...only?#reply_14723076

Hi April, after installing eM client, just skip the initial account setup and do not setup any account.
When the application loads go to Tools > Settings > General, and check the option to "Show local folders".

This should display a Local folder item on the list in the left sidebar. Switch to the calendar view and right click this item, or select one of the calendars to start using your local calendar.

If you want to use the application for calendars only you can also hide all the other tabs from the sidebar by right clicking them and unchecking the option to show the selected.

Hope this helps, let me know if you need more help with the setup.


So, I am all set!  Thanks! :Thmbsup:

Great to hear it worked out for you :Thmbsup: It's always a challenge finding software (or products in general really) that does more or less exactly what you need, no matter the usage case you got in your head. Occasionally in the same situation myself, and it's frustrating when the features you need are very specific. Sure Google etc. can be helpful, but often there are just to many products out there, and it takes time (which can be rare commodity) testing them until you find the one that got that "special something".

General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for calendar software
« on: September 02, 2014, 01:21 PM »
eM Client have more or less exactly what you're asking for in the calendar part of it (it's an excellent Outlook alternative). I'm using the pro version, but it should also be available in the free one. AFAIK the only difference between them is that the free one limits you to adding 2 email accounts max.

General Software Discussion / Re: Rollback RX or Acronis ?
« on: August 29, 2014, 03:07 PM »
I'd stay far away from Rollback RX. It seems like such a good idea, on paper, but it usually breaks down sooner rather than later. I purchased a copy way back when, and it eventually forced me to format and reinstall Windows again. Other people have similar experiences. Their support is also horrid (meaning: more or less non-existing, though perhaps they've improved since I last tried it?). Personally I'm using Macrium Reflect, and couldn't be happier. As for Acronis products, I've had mixed experiences with them. Back in the XP days, their system driver was causing me some trouble (BSOD's and performance-related), so I haven't tried their products since. Many people seem happy with them though.

So sorry for your loss. It's terrible losing a loved one :(

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