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Thanks for the compliments!  I'll check out the chalk program - looks neat.
Yeah, Calculor does have one issue I never figured out how to solve - when you divide a certain way, it displays the trailing zeroes.  I've done all sorts of things to fix that but never hit on the right solution.  And I haven't looked at the code in forever, so I don't know if I'll ever see the time to fix it.  Life's like that.  One moment's interests are not the same years later.

General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Volume Booster
« on: June 22, 2022, 08:49 PM »
The Loudness Equalization looks interesting, but I'd have to mess with realtek drivers, and I'm sort of afraid of changing from the realtek drivers that are installed just to get that extra effects tab.

This seems to work and is free: https://www.fxsound....m/dfx-audio-enhancer

You could always double-sticky-tape an external usb drive reader to the side of the case.  :-[

What about something like Synergy?  It's one of those programs you install on multiple computers to be able to use a single mouse and keyboard with them.  That could solve part of the problem, maybe.

General Software Discussion / Re: The End of the Atom Editor
« on: June 09, 2022, 11:25 AM »
For me, it's Notepad++ for projects and Notepad3 for one-off views.
I've always loved trying out text editors.  I liked PSpad and ProgrammersNotepad2. 
I have a copy of Visual Studio 2019, so I don't much need VSCode, although I have both installed.  The only time I use Visual Studio is if I have to compile anything.  If it's just scripts (powershell, or editing html) I use Notepad++.

I've never used Atom.

General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Volume Booster
« on: June 08, 2022, 08:15 PM »
Shades, I beg to differ, please about the volume booster not doing what I expect.

I did try out one of them on its 14 day trial, and it really did amplify the sound a LOT - we were quite pleased.  That aside, the volume would dip periodically to its normal top volume and then gradually (thankfully) return - and that I do attribute to the volume booster program.

I understand what you mean though (I think) about the Atmos audio setup and how it could conflict with the output when its not actually present.

I was just thinking maybe some program could amplify the sound my computer puts out, regardless of what systems are used to understand the streaming input.  I mean, if you can use a small app to capture the sound sent the speakers, then surely you could programmatically amplify the sound being sent to them.

Living Room / Re: How to fix a keyboard with catchy keys
« on: June 08, 2022, 09:14 AM »
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Shades! 

I decided to order something new, this time and got this:

It's actually quite a nice keyboard and I like it.  That square in the middle of the rest could fit a touchpad - and there is, indeed, another model with the touchpad installed, but I didn't think I would need it. 

The keys on this keyboard are easy to push, not too noisy, and pretty snappy-feeling.  The backslash key is the proper size, too.  I just wish it had a giant delete key like the Microsoft keyboard did.  The only thing I don't like about it is that the media keys are funny to push - you have to push them *all* the way in or they might not work (think about the volume buttons here). 

General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Volume Booster
« on: June 08, 2022, 09:09 AM »
[posted in the wrong thread;  removed]

General Software Discussion / Looking for Volume Booster
« on: June 08, 2022, 09:03 AM »
When I stream audio, it seems to lose part of its volume and we can't always hear what is being said, even if the computer speakers are turned all the way up (system sounds at that volume level will hurt the ears, though).

So, I've been toying with a volume booster app, but I've only found ones that are for trial to shareware.

Anyone have a volume booster program for free that they actually like?

Living Room / Re: How to fix a keyboard with catchy keys
« on: June 03, 2022, 11:55 AM »
Thanks, Shades. Well, I'd describe it as semi-mechanical.  It has the keycaps and the shafts that press down through the base onto the membrane. 
In my original post, I linked to a photo of when the keycap is removed.
I am able to pop the keys off with no problem.

graphite, eh?  I thought about that, but didn't pursue the thought. 

I think what the problem is is that the key shafts stick inside their holes, because it happens also with the smaller keys that don't have stabilizers.  It's just worse with the larger keys.

Living Room / How to fix a keyboard with catchy keys
« on: June 03, 2022, 09:53 AM »
How do you fix a keyboard where the keys catch?

Please don't advise me to clean my keyboard or buy another one.  I want to fix *this* particular keyboard because I like the look and feel of it.

Okay, so, I'm not talking about a keyboard that needs cleaned.  I'm talking about keys, where, when you push on the corners of them they get caught on the way down.  It's an engineering error, but I want to fix this instead of getting another keyboard.

I have a Microsoft Natural Multimedia Keyboard 1.0A  (has a PS2 connector!)

When I type, if I don't push directly in the center of the key then it catches or jams against itself riser underneath the key cap.  This happens especially on the larger keys like the shift and return keys, and mostly with keys hit by my pinky fingers. In fact, on my right shift key, if I try and push it with any finger but I don't hit it in the center, it gets stuck and I have to push it really hard.

Now, when I remove the key cap, I see there is the keycap shaft, the metal stabilizer wire, and then there is a thin vertical piece with a straight slot in it - (you can see it in this picture, but mine is totally clean).  This vertical piece has a slot to receive a flange in the bottom of the keycap so as to keep the key straight when it is depressed.

I've tried putting some mineral oil and then some salve on the keycap shaft to make it slide better, but that didn't help.  I can still push on the corner of the key and if I push it right, it just won't go down.

I think it is this flange that is where the key gets stuck, but I'm not completely sure.
I am posting here to query whether anyone has experience fixing this.  I'd have to fix at least a half dozen keys. 

It's not difficult to pull the SSD and plug it into another computer using an external drive adapter.  I'm not sure if that's what you mean by dismantling it.  Another option is to boot the computer with a flash drive running free linux or something and then trying to copy the data off it onto a second flash drive.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Space Awesome!
« on: May 28, 2022, 07:04 PM »
Haha!  I made it, too.  Somehow I cloned my weapons guy and after that I was able to win every battle I came across.  I was running out of fuel most of the time, and my cook and mechanic both died.  I scored 150,000 in 24 events; 3 died; 2 outposts visited.

General Software Discussion / Re: Best Windows Info tool?
« on: May 14, 2022, 06:43 PM »
It's my choice.  I stopped looking for anything else years ago.

Contro's right!  I always dislike those answers, too, when I get them, but this problem needs to start with Googling before it gets to a forum.

Screenshot Captor / Re: Y2K problem in SC (not April Fool's)
« on: April 02, 2022, 08:18 AM »
I never doubted you, in fact!

Screenshot Captor / Y2K problem in SC (not April Fool's)
« on: April 01, 2022, 09:29 AM »
haha!  I bet nobody ever knew this!  And this is not an April Fool's thing.  Seriously.  It isn't.
Screenshot Captor has the Y2K problem!  It cannot number screenshots past 999!

Really!  So, I set my SC to name screenshots like this:   Screenshot_1.png   Screenshot_2.png
but once it gets to Screenshot_999.png, it can't create Screenshot_1000.png and just keeps overwriting Screenshot_999.png.

Here is the setting at  Settings > File Naming> New Screenshot File Template > Default New File Name
%quickfield% Screenshot%_num%

And, I have checked the box in the same settings section for "Auto sequence new file names to avoid overwriting old files"
Auto-incrementing Number is set to "1"

For myself, I've modified the naming scheme to: %quickfield% Screenshot2022%_num% to get it to start the numbering over at 1.

Screenshot Captor / Re: I have a new problem“memory is out”
« on: March 30, 2022, 11:52 AM »
Ah, well, I'm just guessing.  You'll have to wait for Mouser to jump in here, since it's his program.  :)

Screenshot Captor / Re: I have a new problem“memory is out”
« on: March 30, 2022, 08:45 AM »
Maybe it has to do internally with the amount of memory allocated for a possible screenshot to inhabit?  I dunno - just guessing here, seeing how it's likely coded in C++ and the designer must allocate a certain amount of memory before the program can place data into it.  Maybe you've found, via your ultra resolution, the limit.  I bet the program wasn't written to know how to handle that kind of data immensity.

Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor
« on: March 13, 2022, 10:02 AM »
Wow.  That's uncannily accurate.

Maybe try this?  I've used this a lot on a laptop where I constantly had to change network settings.

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Living Room / Re: Tips for failing eyesight? PC use
« on: March 02, 2022, 03:37 PM »
You could try "reading mode" which many browsers have.  That would help out the contrast and background colours, and you don't have to mess with addons.

Well, what if you just copied the file and changed the extension to ".bak" or something?  Then, when you want it back, just change the extension back from bak.

Or, you could log what files you open. 

What is a case scenario where you would want to only temporarily name something and keep ahold of the old name?

Wow, Dormouse, thanks for the analysis. 
So far, I have not been pleased enough with any of the markdown editors I've tried so far.  Whilst I really appreciate everything saved in text and therefore fetchable from other programs, I don't like switching between editing directly and in markdown.  I just don't care about markdown, I guess.  I'm pretty happy with TreeDBNotes, although it needs some improvements and needs some promise for the future, but it's still working well for me.  I'll keep an eye out for anything new and interesting, though.

I've seen some addons for chrome and firefox before that allows you an extensive macro system that you can use on web pages.  I never had a real use for these systems, but if you wanted to automate web-page processing, that seems like a good start.

iMacro is one of these.  I think it's the one I played around with, except it was for firefox - but that was all pre web-extension era.

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