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Post removed, it turns out that it was a response by WindScribe to the "democratic" elections in Belarus ... and the subsequent internet restrictions.

Leave the code for the people, (Belarusians), that really need it ...

General Software Discussion / Re: desktop backup and restore
« on: July 26, 2020, 05:44 PM »
Could watch the Desktop folder and see what is happening using a file monitor, eg. Watch 4 Folder

From long experience I'm always kind of suspicious of reports of files "mysteriously" disappearing ... especially when it concerns anyone older than me  ;D

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: July 22, 2020, 07:32 AM »
Moto G 5G Plus is available for pre-order in the EU, specs look impressive for the price.

One of the new mid-range phones using the SD765 5G SoC.


Asking Apache is going to be the next step for sure. 
I need to know what software doesn't work with Apache's .htaccess password control as that is why the problem came up to start with.   

A couple of sites that we ran for this one client would not work for them becuase their systems blocked any sites we made that used .htaccess to ask for  a password.

You don't use .htaccess for login/password control, you use it to filter out domains that shouldn't have access to the site.

Domains filtered get redirected to an error 403 document.

Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Batch adjust shortcut targets
« on: July 20, 2020, 07:52 PM »
Thanks very much for this great tool!

Thanks, surprised anyone still uses it. ;D

How can I use a part of the file name in the new path in BSM?

You can't, filename and path are treated separately.

It's not apparent in your example whether the shortcut name is the same as the original filename, the new filename, or something different.  Can you clarify?

I've added the source code to my original post since I haven't touched AutoIt for years, (don't have it installed anymore - I prefer PowerShell these days since I don't have to install anything).
The version of AutoIt I was using, (, is about 10 releases behind what is currently available so I'd expect either some functions are now incorporated into AutoIt or possibly break because something they rely on has changed.

Post New Requests Here / Re: Show brief message on screen
« on: July 20, 2020, 05:41 PM »

General Software Discussion / Re: Repair MP4 video
« on: July 20, 2020, 05:28 PM »
Grab AVIDemux and create a 20 minute video by appending the 10 minute video to itself and saving.

Or you can use ffmpeg to concat the video:

Code: Text [Select]
  1. ffmpeg -i "concat:input1.mp4|input1.mp4" -c copy output.mp4

If you've got access to Linux, (or use WSL), then you can also try untrunc.

BTW, it mentions that if the 'good' sample video was from the same device/source as the 'bad' video, then you'll have a higher degree of success.

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: July 18, 2020, 03:02 AM »
See What You've Been BitTorrenting With This Site

Looks like the reincarnation of the old ScanEye site.

Isn't .htaccess the best way to ameliorate website crawling?

An example of how is on AskApache: https://www.askapach...apers-with-htaccess/

You could add Google to that list, (and any other search engine).

Post New Requests Here / Re: Show brief message on screen
« on: July 16, 2020, 04:35 AM »
2020-07-16 19_36_02-Screenshot.png

FYI and more.

notice.exe -extract:notice.ps1

Fear not!

NASA has kindly released another few million seats, launching in July 2026.

You also get Frequent Flyer points, (1.7 billion kms), but you better hurry, there's only 10,889,269 seats left as of this post.

Send Your Name to Mars!


If you've ever wanted to send that obnoxious relative somewhere far away now is your chance!

PS. That pic is the Perseverance rover, launching 30 July 2020, if you signed up back in 2019 you'll be on it ... pack your bags.

For those that watched the Chernobylw mini-series, (which was excellent):


And COVID related:

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Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: July 02, 2020, 07:57 PM »
There always seems to be a fly in the ointment with every electronic device I purchase.  It is very frustrating.  I tried 3 sets of bud-like blue tooth headphones thinking they would at least be easier to carry.  None lasted more than two weeks.  They all instantly transitioned from working fine to dead door nail.

My experience only with the G5+, it's audio output during phone calls is loud, very loud ... easily the loudest phone I've ever had.  It's like someone speaking directly into your ear at something a little louder than normal talking volume, I've never had a problem trying to hear what someone is saying no matter what environment I'm in.

Earphones, for wired I use MEE Audio M6P or the older MEE Audio M9P, (prefer the M6P's due to the memory wire retainer).

Bluetooth, (where to start):
Bluedio N2 (these were absolute rubbish, uncomfortable and low audio)
Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Headset
QCY Q26 (both these QCY sets and the SoundPEATS are a little too "square" to be really comfortable but the audio is good from all of them)
Tronsmart Spunky Beat
Tronsmart Onyx Free
OPPO ENCO Free (haven't tried these yet)

Plus two BT headphones:
MEE Audio Wave
MEE Audio Air-Fi Touch

All the earphones/headphones still work fine, all except the Bluedio N2, (which I threw out after using once), have been used for months both on the phone, tablets, and computer.

The two Tronsmart sets are my current daily use earphones, one set for the tablet/phones, the other for the computer.  The M6P's are used when I have to wear ear protectors so I can listen to music while I'm brush-cutting, etc.

NOTE: The above links aren't necessarily where I bought the item from.

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: July 02, 2020, 07:55 AM »
I see the one 4wd got is available here (.de) for under 200€ but couldnt find it on uk amazon...

I got it for AU$297, (~€183), from Amazon AU but it had a Oppo Promo and they included their ET102 ENCO Free earphones, (normally AU$149 apparently).

@4wd, maybe you could let us know how the screen and camera/s fare (just generally -- I'll have a look at an in depth review at some stage).

Screen is great compared to the G5+, (comes with a screen protector already fitted plus a TPU case), bright enough for me to use it inside/outside and very sharp.

Camera uses Omnivision sensors and the default camera app is apparently a little underwhelming, (it does have Electronic Image Stabilisation), but there is a GCam port [direct apk link] available that you can sideload that improves photos a lot.

I presume you'll be ripping out the OS, or have you done it already? :-)

Atm, I'm leaving it stock, (first Android phone I haven't rooted pretty much immediately but probably will in a couple of months when I start getting annoyed at the limitations of a non-rooted phone).
What's really annoying is some messaging apps don't provide any means of a complete chat backup, (Viber for instance, compared to Signal/WhatsApp which backup everything), which I could restore fully if I had root.

Most I'll do currently is disable some of the stock apps via ADB, (eg. GMail, some Oppo apps), otherwise their version of Android 10, ColorOs 7, is reasonably stock ... I'm probably going to miss some of the Moto Actions and I'll miss the Moto Clock because of the easy to read battery level.

Some nice things I didn't know:
  • You can do gestures when the screen is off to start things, V = torch, O = camera, || = play/pause track, < = previous track, > = next track, plus you can set others, (^, W, M, etc), to run apps.
  • A system wide Dark Mode
  • You can have the nav buttons autohide, (like Windows taskbar), or forego them altogether and use swipes up from the bottom, left-side = back, middle = home, swipe and hold = recent, (good for me because I always used Moto's single button nav which used the FPR for navigation).
  • Besides VoLTE it can also do VoWiFi, (if your provider lets you - which mine does).

A local review.

... and it doesn't crash when this image is used as the backdrop ;D

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: July 01, 2020, 07:44 PM »
The main thing I find disappointing is that the new Moto phones do not seem to want to improve on 720P resolution.  Such a big heavy phone should have 1080P FHD.


Another less than stellar "feature" of my e5 is that any photos I take look like total crap.  Streaming video isn't too bad if the WiFi has good bandwidth, but anything less than 1080P is unacceptable these days.

Well, it is their budget phone series, most manufacturers have a line that is 720p, ordinary camera, 2-3GB RAM, 16-32GB eMMC Flash, MTK or SD4xx SoC, etc, (eg. Samsung Galaxy A01) ... you'd need to move to their G series for better specs ... which is what they hope you do.

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: July 01, 2020, 07:57 AM »
New phone after 2.5 years: Oppo A52, probably one of the best bang-for-buck phones currently available.


SnapDragon 665
Adreno 610
Android 10
1080x2400 LTPS IPS display
Dual 4G SIM + uSD (not hybrid tray)
Quad camera
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi
5000mAh battery with QC3.0
Fingerprint reader on the power button

Included a pair of Oppo ENCO Free earphones free.


MiniTool was the other program I was trying to think of, really good software.

Since it was a clone of the old drive, if it was an MBR drive then the cloned drive would be also, should have mentioned it but most of my drives are GPT to start with so it's rare I have to convert them.

  • Connect the drive,
  • clone the old drive to it using EASUS, AOMEI, etc partitioning software,
  • remove the old drive, install the new one,
  • boot the computer, if the new drive has the wrong or no drive letter, change it using Windows Drive Manager,
  • fire up the partitioning software again and resize the partition and create the second one,
  • reboot

Job done ... I've done this more times than I can remember, including 6 times within the last 2 months upgrading my own and friends drives.

Never had a problem with programs that have been cloned to the new drive, worst that has happened has been the drive letter is different, changing it to the correct one and rebooting has always fixed it.
Can always boot into Safe Mode at 4 to fix drive letters and repartition.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: June 18, 2020, 06:49 PM »
A month or so ago I thought I'd re-enable the Insider update, (had it enabled a year or two ago), and almost immediately ran into the same problem I had previously on different hardware and after having reinstalled Win 10 a couple of times.

Micro-freezes, every few seconds the system, (or maybe just the mouse/keyboard input), would freeze for less than a second.

Oddly enough during regular use I hadn't really noticed it, as soon as I started playing a FPS game it became blindingly obvious.
Tried different things, eg. completely disable firewall just in case it's MS trying to phone home, unplug non-essential peripherals, kill any of my usual background programs, etc, etc - couldn't work it out.

In the end I just reverted to the release stream and the problem disappeared.

Second time it's happened, basically a completely new computer and still no idea what caused it.

Anyone had anything similar?

dnGrep -

dnGrep allows you to search across files with easy-to-read results. Search through text files, Word and Excel documents, PDFs, and archives using text, regular expression, XPath, and phonetic queries. dnGrep includes search-and-replace, whole-file preview, right-click search in File Explorer, and much more.

  • Search across text files, Word and Excel documents, and PDFs
  • Search for files in archives - zip, 7z, rar, jar, and many more
  • Search using text, regular expressions (regex), XPath, and phonetics
  • Many search filter options
  • Search-and-replace, including undo
  • Whole-file preview
  • Right-click to search in File Explorer
  • Move/copy/delete result files
  • Open line results in a custom editor, like Notepad++
  • Bookmark search patterns for later use
  • Try out complex searches in the Test window
  • Save search results
  • Light and Dark themes
  • Much more!

Just a note: The plugins for Word, Excel, and PDF are search only, no text replacement.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: June 10, 2020, 08:54 PM »
Does anybody have any recommendations for other "emergency kit" type things (minus fire extinguishers/med-kit/snow stuff)?
-Stephen66515 (June 10, 2020, 02:57 PM)

For the UK?

Decent walking shoes, a decent pocket knife/multitool, a couple of litres of water, and a basic understanding of which way is South.

Then walk East or West, the coast is less than 70 miles away no matter where you are and long before you've walked even 15 miles you'll be falling over a made road, fence, houses, MacDonald's, fish and chip shop, off-licence, etc.
 ;) :P

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: June 10, 2020, 12:52 AM »
The Un-Smartphone, open source rotary dial cell phone, (kits are available for the 3G version):


  • Real, removable antenna with an SMA connector. Receptions is excellent, and if I really want to I could always attach a directional antenna.
  • When I want a phone I don't have to navigate through menus to get to the phone "application". That's bullshit.
  • If I want to call my husband, I can do so by pressing a single dedicated physical key which is dedicated to him. No menus. The point isn't to use the rotary dial every single time I want
    to make a call, which would get tiresome for daily use. The people I call most often are stored, and if I have to dial a new number or do something like set the volume, then I can use
    the fun and satisfying-to-use rotary dial.
  • Nearly instantaneous, high resolution display of signal strength and battery level. No signal metering lag, and my LED bargraph gives 10 increments of resolution instead of just 4.
  • The ePaper display is bistatic, meaning it doesn't take any energy to display a fixed message.
  • When I want to change something about the phone's behavior, I just do it.
  • The power switch is an actual slide switch. No holding down a stupid button to make it turn off and not being sure it really is turning off or what.

The perfect gift for that crotchety old relative who either can't get to grips with technology or who complains that their smartphone does things that they didn't want without having touched it, (I mean you, dad :-\ ).

Designer's project page.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: June 09, 2020, 05:47 PM »
I picked it up when they had their range discounted on Amazon AU, (the 1200A, 1500A, and 2000A were $80, $90, and $100 respectively).

Set up an alert on 🐫^³

... I was sure that it wouldn't be enough in any case.

How can you say that?

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: June 08, 2020, 12:09 AM »
Picked up a portable car jump starter, (1500A peak), recently ... now I have to wait for the battery to die to test it.  In the meantime it can act as a portable battery pack with QC3.0.

Be interested to try this on my Landcruiser, only a 3.4l diesel but of the old indirect injection glow-plug variety, (20:1 compression ratio), not the more modern common rail direct injection versions ... unfortunately the battery doesn't want to die :-\


Amazon [AU]

Also a set of Tronsmart Spunky Beat TWS earbuds


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