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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: March 21, 2013, 05:23 PM »
If anyone wants easy, engaging reads that they CAN'T PUT DOWN I have a hearty recommendation here for:
Ernest Cline - Ready Player One.
"It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them." -

I've put half a dozen people onto this book and had rave replies from all. If you survived the eighties and are interested in tech and/or games you'll like it.

Jim Butcher - The Dresden Files
Harry Dresden – Wizard

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or
Other Entertainment.
" - The sign on Harry's office door

This series really grabs you. Harry Dresden's sense of humor and sarcastic wit as he thwarts the forces of evil have given me more than my fair share of chuckles. Highly recommended.

I know this isn't directly answering the question but Win+D will show the desktop immediately. Might save having to hit tab repeatedly  :).

RBTray at will handle minimize to tray (freeware). Pretty lightweight, portable and no UI to speak of.
Why is the portableapps wrapper needed?

RBTray is available at

32-bit/64-bit versions included in the ZIP package.

I'm a heavy portable application user so that is where I encountered it. As for why, the site said that there was some ambiguity in the original release as to whether the program was running or not and some user confusion about how to operate the program with no UI.  Not saying that anyone here would fall into that category. The launcher AFAIK, adds a splash screen on first run and a notification that the program is already running on subsequent tries. Seems like a bit of a crutch, aside from making it mesh with their platform. It works like a charm for my workflow though  :D.

General Software Discussion / Re: Problem with my Gmail account...
« on: March 15, 2013, 12:28 AM »
Two step verification (phone verification) for GMail requires you to set up a 'device key' for each system you use to connect to your gmail.
Things like local email clients will not work with your normal password.
To get them working follow the steps below:

Go to
sign in
go to your 'Account page'
click Security
click 'Settings' of 2 step verification.
Go to 'Application specific passwords' -> 'Manage Application Specific Passwords'.

Type in a name for your device/app (eg. Home Outlook)
click Generate password.
copy the key it provides.
use that key as the password for your outlook.
rinse and repeat the last four steps for mailwasher and any other device or app you want to use.


DC Gamer Club / Re: Rogue likes for PC
« on: March 14, 2013, 06:24 PM »
WOW! DoomRL is beautiful. Definitely going to check that one out! Only scary thing is the sprites they're using wouldn't be far off the original resolutions :P

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