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Living Room / Re: Windows Club 27: Season's End.
« on: March 23, 2023, 05:10 PM »
I understand your point of view, but I have to disagree with it in part. Before I had a MacBook, I took a variety of different cheap laptops to conferences. None of them had the same operating system for more than half a year.

The three systems I endured the longest on the "mobile desktop" were OpenBSD, Void Linux and Gentoo Linux, with OpenBSD in particular standing out with great wifi. The ability to customise every aspect of the system down to the smallest detail certainly has a certain charm - but: if I have a computer with me on the road, I don't necessarily want to patch its kernel or spruce up my desktop. I want to work with it. And at least macOS does that pretty well: it doesn't get on my nerves. :-)

Ah, Microsoft. Never disappointing.

Living Room / Windows Club 27: Season's End.
« on: March 23, 2023, 12:17 PM »
I guess it all depends on where you started.

If you have invented (or at least started using) Multics and PL/I, you might use Debian Linux. I myself started my journey through computing with Windows 3.11, QBASIC and Turbo Pascal and almost always had at least one Windows installation ready. (There was a brief phase around 1998 when I had a Linux-only desktop. But that didn't last long). On 22 March this came to an end.

Sometime in the autumn of 1996, not-quite-as-old Tuxman decided to squander his savings, which were considerable by the standards of the time, by buying one of the PCs that were on the upswing at the time. It was a 133 MHz tower with a gigantic 1.2 GB hard drive. I had upgraded the RAM from 16 to 64 megabytes. That should last until the end of my days. I was so naive. At school, we - "we" were a voluntary working group, computers were not yet compulsory teaching material back then - used Windows 3.11, DOS and a strange hobbyist system called Linux, which was really awful to use back then. At least that hasn't changed since then. I already had the still new Windows 95 and was thus at least suddenly a less unpopular classmate. A school friend already had a keyboard, but he didn't have the money for the rest.

I was playing Rayman and Tomb Raider (1 and 2) and kept deleting system files because I wanted to see what would happen. Not a month went by without a repair, until at some point I got fed up with it and wanted to be able to get the system working again myself. In the meantime, I programmed mainly in Visual Basic and wrote batch scripts. Visual Basic 6.0 was to remain my last version, then I started learning C++. I found the Visual Basic syntax insufficient, and the still young .Net (which I was able to test in a beta version) presented me with too many questions, especially this one: What am I supposed to do with it? - I can't stand not knowing something. A few computer generations, programming languages learned, operating systems used and jobs held later, I earn my living essentially with Dart/Flutter and C#, I look back on it and wonder how it all could have happened.

My main machine was a dying ASUS gaming laptop, although I'm not a gamer. Gaming computers have the advantage that they can provide decent computing power for us developers to compile. It costs power and is noisy as hell, but you don't have to take a nap while a medium-sized Rust application runs through Cargo. "Was", because I retired the laptop yesterday.

As someone who prefers to use the latest software rather than the most stable, I also became a Windows Insider (that's what Microsoft calls its unpaid beta testers), so I had Windows 11 before the official release. Ha! - However, although I liked Windows Vista and Windows Me myself, I can hardly find anything positive to say about the development of Windows. From Windows 8 onwards (which I had consistently skipped at home until they had eliminated the worst problems with Windows 8.1), Microsoft seems to have little interest in satisfying us long-time "power users". The "Metro" Windows apps introduced with Windows 8, now called "UWP", are inconsistently distributed over the entire system, there are two apparently completely separate control panels, the performance improved with Windows 10 has again dropped noticeably - it is no longer fun to use Windows.

In my search for a replacement for my laptop, I quickly decided that I should use a desktop instead of a stationary laptop (for reasons of desk space) and that I also wanted to move away from Windows. That's enough. - The decision coincided with the announcement of the new Mac minis, which were supposed to be cheaper than the previous year's models, which was all too inviting for me, who have long since owned both an iPhone and a MacBook. A computer that is enormously inexpensive in terms of performance, with a unixoid system that has been officially supported for years, and which has an impressive performance with - especially in comparison to a gaming laptop - downright tiny energy consumption: I'll take it!

After almost 27 years, an era is coming to an end. I now only use Windows at work - my home is Apple-only now.

This will have little effect on my projects for DonationCoder, most of them run on several operating systems anyway. Only my Universal Formatting Toolbar - which makes intensive use of the Windows API - will probably never appear in a final version. (Did I already publish the alpha version somewhere? Do you want it?) On the other hand, I finally don't have to be annoyed by my oversized music player anymore.

I'm curious to see how this will turn out.


General Software Discussion / Re: Lastpass hacked proper
« on: March 23, 2023, 08:41 AM »
Good choice!


Unicode seems to work ;D - but the "Cancel" button is too small for non-English languages. It should be "Abbrechen" in German.

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021: yaydl
« on: February 27, 2023, 08:43 AM »
0.12.0 potentially  :D supports using the environment proxies. (Tbd: test...)

Living Room / Re: ChatGPT Adventures
« on: February 09, 2023, 07:04 AM »
Finally, it is even easier to receive misinformation from Google.

DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: GroffStudio under Windows 10?
« on: February 05, 2023, 08:49 PM »
If everything else fails, I might try to build a new version from the current sources and attach it here. Not before tomorrow though.

DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: GroffStudio under Windows 10?
« on: February 05, 2023, 08:37 PM »
Ugh. My icon skills...  ;D

Anyway, I still suspect some "security" software to chime in. Is there anything suspicious in Avast's logs?
Other than that ... which .exe did you download (e.g. where and when)?

(Off for the night - Germany here - time zones - will reply later!)

DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: GroffStudio under Windows 10?
« on: February 05, 2023, 08:19 PM »
This is a pretty good question, especially as groffstudio does not have a "quick start".  :huh:
"Works for me" is probably not a good answer.

Have you restarted your PC recently? Surprisingly, that fixes a lot of things sometimes... if that does not work, we'll have to dig deeper, I'm afraid.

DC Member Programs and Projects / Pin Window on Top
« on: February 05, 2023, 03:30 PM »
My first AutoHotKey v2 script.

Press Ctrl+Space, the current window will be placed on top (and remain there).

#SingleInstance Force
^SPACE::WinSetAlwaysontop(, "A")

DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: GroffStudio under Windows 10?
« on: February 05, 2023, 03:19 PM »
Uh... hi.  ;D Sorry, I missed this thread completely!
It "won't open"? Do you have an anti-virus software that blocks it, maybe?

General Software Discussion / Re: Twitter harakiri‘d. All was gone.
« on: January 23, 2023, 03:23 AM »
Twitter is centralized, made for easy access (get an account and post stuff). ActivityPub, including Mastodon, is more complicated, both during signup and during actual usage, especially since you can find everyone on Twitter, but not all ActivityPub instances talk to each other.

I registered on Mastodon when still virtually nobody except a few IT nerds was there. It’s quite good for IT rants. Sadly, the wave of Twitter users tries to turn it into just another political network. Ugh.

General Software Discussion / Re: Twitter harakiri‘d. All was gone.
« on: January 22, 2023, 06:48 PM »
... and a better form because there is no character limit (except the database server hard disk limit, of course).

General Software Discussion / Re: Twitter harakiri‘d. All was gone.
« on: January 22, 2023, 05:10 PM »
Mastodon has an entirely different target audience (and technology) than Twitter. Just because it looks similar, it isn't similar. Too many people think otherwise.
Twitter has a special place in my heart. After all, my Twitter handle is (as my artist name) a part of my passport... :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Twitter harakiri‘d. All was gone.
« on: January 22, 2023, 04:21 AM »
I had never even heard of Mokum before - thank you. :)

General Software Discussion / Twitter harakiri‘d. All was gone.
« on: January 20, 2023, 09:26 PM »


I mean, I gave Elon Musk the benefit of the doubt when he bought Twitter and everyone started screaming.

Time to start screaming myself.

I wish it would only be a software and not an important part of who I have become.

Living Room / Re: Everyone is 2022 this year!
« on: January 01, 2023, 08:14 PM »
Seems adding your year of birth + age = 2022 for everyone this year.

Unless you're Jewish, Muslim or Chinese.

General Software Discussion / Re: Lastpass hacked proper
« on: January 01, 2023, 08:07 PM »
Unsurprisingly, storing your passwords on other people's computers is an idea of relatively low sophistication.

N.A.N.Y. 2023 / Re: What is NANY plus Mug Alternate Image
« on: December 21, 2022, 01:59 PM »
I don't...  :D

General Software Discussion / Re: Listary 6 released
« on: December 21, 2022, 11:08 AM »
Everything does not add a history to the File Open/File Save box.

N.A.N.Y. 2023 / Re: What is NANY plus Mug Alternate Image
« on: December 20, 2022, 05:43 PM »
I'm unhappy with my NANY performance this year - there are at least three unfinished projects which I'm just too lazy to complete just yet. Maybe next time...

General Software Discussion / Re: The End of the Atom Editor
« on: December 14, 2022, 09:30 PM »
Someone had to fork Atom…

Required for building:
C++, Python and Node.js.

The 21st century terrifies me.

Living Room / Re: ChatGPT Adventures
« on: December 14, 2022, 06:45 PM »
I'm surprised no one seems to have mentioned ChatGPT here yet.

ChatGPT requires an OpenAI account which, in turn, requires my phone number for no good reason at all. Pass.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WordPerfect Office 2021: 60% off
« on: November 29, 2022, 11:09 AM »
It does, and Corel slowly starts to care about it again, or at least they actively ask for feedback now. :)

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