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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: February 20, 2020, 04:37 PM »
But I think that they're trying to get people to use search more, as when I do use the start menu, I just start typing the name of the item that I want, and it works.

That's great ... when you know the name of the program you want, (I usually do but there are some I only use once in a blue moon).

If, for example, you install a program and you file it under a menu item that says 'Video' for video editors/codecs/etc (pre-8.0), it's a lot easier to just pick Video out of the menu list and see what you want out of a list of 10 or so, rather than everything installed on the computer.

I don't want every URL/read me/EULA/the name of every software manufacturer/the postman's dog/etc that program writers seem to think I want cluttering up the menu.

Generally I use a DOpus toolbar stuck on the Desktop, FARR, or Everything, rather than the thing they currently call a Start Menu.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: February 20, 2020, 04:00 AM »
The Windows 10 Start Menu still has a hierarchical layout like it did in Windows 7 and earlier, and AFAIK you're able to organize it however you want.

I can't delete any entries nor can I drag'n'drop to rearrange them - everything just gets lumped under an alphabetical order.

There appears to be no way to 'declutter' the start menu of the rubbish I don't require, (eg. Xbox Game Bar, Your phone, etc).

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Alarms & Clock
« on: February 16, 2020, 10:00 PM »
2020-02-17 14_58_41-Alarms & Clock.png

FYI: Google -> Microsoft

Post New Requests Here / Re: Windows Launcher by Only One Key
« on: February 16, 2020, 09:52 PM »
Website has returned, wasn't alive earlier: The Bond Interface

... less a very important function for me: visual customization, or at least as far as I could see.

Send him an email, maybe he can help ... the program can be trialled for 90 days, maybe it will grow on you ;)

Post New Requests Here / Re: Windows Launcher by Only One Key
« on: February 16, 2020, 04:01 PM »
Possibly something like Program Picker from Bond Interface Design?

Unfortunately the website seems to be defunct but maybe you can find a contact somewhere.

Internet Archive

Been using a CoolerMaster Sentinel Advance mouse, (the original version), for about 10 years, the mechanics are still working fine but the cosmetics, (rubber-like coating, etc), are a little worse for wear which was a common problem.

I see they're up to the 3rd incarnation of it now.

General Software Discussion / Re: Paint Shop Pro 7
« on: February 11, 2020, 04:16 AM »
Maybe Windows 10 or 7-Zip, whichever is adding the option to mount the disc images, isn't quite as useful as DaemonTools, which 4wd says worked with it perfectly.

Windows 10 adds a Mount context menu item, ImDisk Toolkit couldn't mount it either, yet works fine with DaemonTools (Ultra in my case).

Mounted it with DaemonTools again and created an ISO, (which mounted fine using Windows or ImDisk), per image, downloaded on the left, created on the right ... ~42MB difference in size.


General Software Discussion / Re: Paint Shop Pro 7
« on: February 08, 2020, 03:52 AM »
As an aside, if anyone can recommend a good/trustworthy MDF -> ISO converter, it would be nice to get some of those older disc images I have into a more ubiquitous format.

MDF to ISO - worked for me, might depend on what info was included into the MDF to start with.

No need to install it, the installer can be extracted, (use UniExtract), and the executable directly run.

Otherwise there's the ad-supported free version of DaemonTools Lite.

General Software Discussion / Re: Paint Shop Pro 7
« on: February 07, 2020, 09:11 PM »  has an ISO for it. But I think it might be corrupted.  :(

PSP 7 ISO downloaded, mounted (DaemonTools), and installed fine on Win10 x64 Pro.

General Software Discussion / Re: Good Freeware Video Editor?
« on: February 02, 2020, 11:53 PM »
In MPC-BE Media Player Classic, is there any option to mirror-flop left and right sides? Not Windows 10, just within MPC-BE? Or VLC?

MPC-BE (assign a hotkey):
2020-02-03 16_50_58-Options.png

2020-02-03 16_52_51-Adjustments and Effects.png

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Audio Question
« on: January 30, 2020, 07:58 PM »
Same as Deo gets, only hardwired audio connection is HDMI to the monitor, an Amazon Echo Dot is my usual output device (over BT) but whenever I connect any of my BT headphones/earphones they then become the default output device.

Only when there is no BT device available will my system revert to HDMI.

So in order of output from lowest: HDMI->Echo (BT)->SoundPEATS TWS (L, R, or stereo) (BT)->MeeAudio Touch (BT)

Living Room / Re: Connector SAS
« on: January 29, 2020, 05:07 PM »
If both the connector and drive support PCIe mode, (and correct key), then there shouldn't be a problem, I have a Crucial P1 500GB in my machine.

Be aware of the limited Write Endurance if you plan on shifting large amounts of data:
1TB drive: 200TB Total Bytes Written (TBW), approximately 109GB per day for 5 years

It's also Quad-Level Cell which means it's slower than TLC, (especially for large writes), and may wear out a bit faster, (hence the low TBW value), but is reasonably cheap.

Living Room / Re: Connector SAS
« on: January 29, 2020, 02:28 AM »
On the other hand, SATA drives can be connected to SAS controllers with a cheap cable adaptor.

But anyway that motherboard doesn't have a SAS controller or ports.

So just get boring old SATA drives to keep it simple.

For those with a Western Digital set top box or something similar it may still be very useful.

Common problem with a WDTV Live was it couldn't handle MKV's that had compressed headers, (I still have and use one), remuxing to use uncompressed headers made the files playable, format translation wasn't necessary.

I mentioned it back here but you didn't reference it specifically.

So I'll mention it again, AFAIAA iTunes, (not Apple Music - the streaming service), allows you to purchase albums/individual tracks that you can download and are DRM free - downside being you have to use ITunes software (or whatever they call it now) on your PC to purchase/download like Amazon.

Some internet search results, some you may already know about but doesn't hurt to mention them.
Jamendo - Independent artists - Generally free streaming, free download (MP3), purchase a licence for commercial use (HQ audio file).
Bleep - Independent artists - Physical and digital music for purchase (320kbps MP3 | 16bit LL WAV/FLAC).
CDBaby - Independent artists - Digital music for purchase (all 320kbps MP3).

Other sources that are DRM free:
Games (Steam, GOG, etc) - I have a few games that included OST albums as part of the game or DLCs, (eg. S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl).
Bundle sites (Humble Bundle, Groupees, etc) - I've purchased bundles of a variety of different music genres whether they were something I was interested in or part of a humanitarian type deal, (eg. 2017 Mexican earthquake, Cryo Chamber bundle). - Music (mixed bag, browse the categories), Concerts.
FreeMusicArchive - Free and Royalty Free music, recently acquired by Tribe of Noise.
FreeGal - Offered by some library services, (here in Australia at least), allows MP3 downloads and transfer to other devices, also streaming apps for your phone, (Android, iOS). Essentially free as long as you have library membership.

NOTE: The only ones I've used are Steam, GOG, Groupees, and - no personal endorsement of any of them ... but I have just noticed a couple more bundles on Groupees that look interesting ... oh well, down goes the PayPal balance ...

As usual, you were not only very helpful, but also correct. :)

I'm 100% sure my wife would dispute that. ;D

The obvious question:
Why not install the manufacturer's driver/software?

Because it's just on-board audio for a PC I built in 2011. This means (1) it's highly unlikely that the driver software has been updated to be compatible with Windows 10, and (2) it has been so long I don't even know the make and model of the motherboard or audio chipset and I'm too lazy to take my computer apart to check. :D

Might be surprised, I just retired my ageing AsRock AM3+ board, (circa 2011), and I was still able to get RealTek drivers/software for it - updated driver from RealTek, software from AsRock.

As for being too lazy to take it apart, CPU-Z might identify it for the cost of a download.

Equalizer APO - Make sure to have a good read of the tutorial first.

2020-01-18 10_41_57-Equalizer APO 1.2.1 Configuration Editor.png

The obvious question:
Why not install the manufacturer's driver/software?

See if the equaliser has improved.

General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: January 16, 2020, 12:58 AM »
I put this app on my Galaxy and on two iphones that don't have service.  I was able to get the pro version on the iphone 6s, but the version for the 4s didn't work out - I only got the free version for that - no way to get the pro on that one.

Try the method in this comment in the thread:
Works for ios as well 😁. Buy on android and use code and then register for a profile. Now download the ios free app and login and you have pro after your profile is logged in.

ie. Register an account in the app on the Galaxy or iOS 6s Pro version, then install on the iPhone 4s and login to your profile.

Under the menu, choose to Login and you can create an account.


Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window
« on: January 14, 2020, 09:05 PM »
50km east of Melbourne looking out over the northern and eastern suburbs:


Smoke from all the bushfires, had about 5-7 clear days out of the last month and a half.

The Australian Mine Safety Journal interactive bushfire map:
2020-01-15 14_01_28-Australian Bushfire Map _ Australasian Mine Safety Journal - Slimjet.png

BTW, I don't know if this is still valid, (it's four days old and I've already upgraded so I can't check), but both the standard free Android and iOS version of City Maps 2Go can be upgraded to the Pro or Premium version for free via an upgrade code. [HotDealsUK]

Android: CityMaps2Go Plan Trips Travel Guide Offline Maps
iOS: CityMaps2Go Offline Map

Codes: PROSUPP or PREMSUPP for Pro or Premium upgrade, respectively.

How to redeem the codes

A bit of blurb:
About the app:
▶ IN-DEPTH CONTENT: Unlike other offline map apps, CityMaps2Go features photos as well as tips and comprehensive in-depth info for millions of places.
▶ WORLDWIDE COVERAGE: CityMaps2Go covers the whole world. More than 150 countries, 60000 destinations, and 50 million places!!
▶ WORKS OFFLINE: CityMaps2Go works online and offline. Saving you from data roaming charges in foreign cities or connectivity problems in national parks.
▶ PLAN TRIPS: Remember and save all the places you would like to visit. Create lists and have your travel ideas ready when you need them.
▶ DETAILED MAPS: Explore your saves on a detailed worldwide map. Navigate streets, footpaths, and bikeways wherever you are.

There are 3 versions of CityMaps2Go, namely:
BASIC: The Basic version is free, however severely restricted and has annoying pop-up adverts.
PRO: All the basic features in addition to more functionality including unlimited offline maps & articles plus no adverts!
PREMIUM: Same features as PRO plus ability to customise maps & lists + premium support

General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: January 13, 2020, 05:34 PM »
List My Apps isn't in Google Play though, right?

Or, if you prefer F-Droid:

If you purchased Sagelight under the Lifetime Licence deal he had, it will be respected for future versions.

Regarding the apparent discrepancy between $5 and $10 mentioned by @hamradio:

No experience of it and I doubt whether it's any better on Android but I thought iTunes, (or whatever it's called now), allowed you to purchase individual tracks for download?
The only problem being their software you have to use to get at it in the first place.

Other than that the only ones I know of are localised and as such have relatively small catalogues, eg.

Which is the Australia site of 7digital, eg. (you need to shop your local site).

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