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I'm glad to see NANY 2022, although this is the first time in years that I have not submitted anything.  Things got away from me.  I'm actually rather tired of computer stuff in general and preferring to spend my free time outside in the woods.  But I'm hoping maybe to do something for the next one.

Living Room / Android App Idea: 9-ball scorekeeper
« on: December 31, 2021, 09:40 AM »
Here's an idea for an Android app.

Setting, 5 fellows who want to play 9-ball - you know, where you hit the balls in using numerical order?  Well, with 5 people, you have to use all 15 balls.  When we do this together where I live, I use a little score-keeper app where I type in the numbers and it adds them up for each person.

It seems to me that it would be better if you could, for each player, click their name, then a little image of one of the balls rather than having to type in the value.  Touch-clicking a ball would automatically add its proper value to the score.

Then, aside from the players (that can be added, named and dragged into player order), there would always be one for "the pocket" which indicates any balls that were shot in erroneously (you know, their points don't count for some reason).

Anyway, I can envision the app, but don't have time to learn how to program android apps, so I'm just throwing this out there to see if anyone is interested in making it for themselves (and I could get a copy).

General Software Discussion / Re: Regarding O&O Shutup
« on: December 17, 2021, 10:40 AM »
Ah, so, it doesn't mean that the company actually has any ties nor allegiance to Microsoft?

General Software Discussion / Regarding O&O Shutup
« on: December 16, 2021, 11:01 PM »
Do any of you all use O&O Shutup to take care of Windows 10's "inclinations" ?

Check out this review:

Now, I posted a comment at the bottom in the Disqus comments, but the comment was refused - which is why it's not there.

I said something like,
"If O&O Shutup is a Microsoft Gold Partner, then why does Microsoft allow them to remove the spyware that it intended to be in their system."

Okay, I agree that it is a little forward in manner, but the question stands.  The article props up the O&O company as a valuable M$ associate, but the software is designed to actually undo potentially unwanted aspects of the system in ways that are not really available to Windows 10 users without modifying the registry and/or system files.

My intention was to get some insight as to why M$ would allow them to do that.  If M$ allows them, is O&O actually doing what it says?  Can one of you more techie sorts vouch for the Shutup program?  I use it, and it does appear to do the trick - it removes all the ads and nags like it's supposed to.  But how can they be a partner and still do this?

Living Room / Re: Is a Polycom HDX 8000 good for anything?
« on: November 30, 2021, 08:57 PM »
haha, never mind now!  I took them along with a carfull of ancient computers to the computer salvage.

Living Room / Is a Polycom HDX 8000 good for anything?
« on: November 30, 2021, 10:15 AM »
We recently acquired two Polycom HDX 8000 systems, complete with their cameras and microphones.  They are Polycom Video Conferencing Systems.

However, they don't really fit into our communications methods since we only really use MS Teams now.  The polycoms all use H.323 video protocol.

I don't know what to do with them.

Here is a link to what they actually are.

I am tempted take it apart to see inside of everything (and play with the camera lenses) and then throw it all away.

Any ideas?

Living Room / Re: Wordle: simple web word game
« on: November 18, 2021, 09:26 AM »
I got to the 5th try and decided to cheat and used my program called Ballistic to give me a list of words that would fit the spot....
hee hee

Living Room / Re: Practical Space
« on: July 20, 2021, 10:26 AM »
Wonderful! Another thing to keep in mind: we ARE perpetually living IN space, only within a "reality bubble" or "domain" that has gravity.

Just as a brainstorm: Neutralizing/balancing gravity locally may be the best way of preparing a certain local space for a "space gym" within Earth. Sort of leveraging the natural levity dynamic to our advantage (think "centrifugal/centripetal dance" in a very light fluid, first balancing then flipping the side that's winning).
-publicdomain (July 20, 2021, 09:55 AM)

Well, gravity is the problem that is the root cause of our neck and back aches.  It is a moot point that earth has gravity.
We still don't have any kind of real anti-gravity chamber comparable to one of our spaceships.  Nobody will pay to live in a centrifical force tank nor a water tank for weeks on end.  But people *would* pay for a fitness trip to space or near space.

Living Room / Practical Space
« on: July 20, 2021, 09:15 AM »
Today, I thought of a practical value for space - I mean outer space!

I was watching this video where an astrophysicist explains gravity and she mentioned that astronauts actually get taller in space because gravity is not always scrunching their spines.

We all have neck and back problems, right?

Well, what if you could pay someone to put you into anti-gravity for several weeks in order to release all the tension in your neck, back and muscles?  It would be a fitness routine in anti-gravity.  An anti-grav gym!  Think of it!  Go into a special fitness spaceship and get your exercise routines, health-diet, massage therapy and chiropractic for two or three weeks straight.

A fitness-space cruise!

Yeah it would be expensive, but after time things could calm down to a normal consumer level like other gyms.

This would make space to actually have practical value for practical people.  It would pave the way for colonizing the moon - think of the trails we could build on the moon - what kind of exercise would you get for your moon-mountain bike!  The commerce that would be caused in the fitness-space cruise would make it more sustainable for colonizing the moon.  Wouldn't a moon-based campus be more practical and spatious than being cooped up in a teeny modular spaceship?

But really, the space-fitness stuff could be carried out still in close orbit and wouldn't require the resources of a full-fledged spaceship, for now.  All we need for that is an good-sized anti-gravity chamber.

Maybe delete that account and create for them a new one. 

I think the idea of some service trying to log in is most likely.  Maybe they set up a backup program using their AD login and later changed their password, causing the service to fail its login perpetually.

Anyone know how to disable the ad that shows at the bottom of Ron's CSV Editor?  I have the paid version.

Ah, never mind.  I had to re-add the license after I updated it.  Now it's gone.

Jesse, I also appreciate watching you.  You are a joyful person and you can see it in your eyes and face.  I appreciate the videos most for this.  You make me wish I could play games with you (thinking of Gloomhaven).

Actually, I use CentOS with FreePBX for our office phone system (runs on a VM, too!), so I have some small experience with Linux.  But part of my job is admin for M$ stuff, so I can only really dream about going to linux. 

Haha - I would love to switch to Linux, but I can't for a slew of reasons.  Oh well.  Life, eh?

At least I have Autohotkey to keep me company!

Ewwww - I think Windows 10 is headed for the everything-hosted-or-approved-by-Windows thing, as well as OS subscriptions.

Wow, Shades, I never would have thunk that you were in Paraguay! 

I use WAU Manager to disable Windows Updates completely, and only run updates I think I want.  I know M$ wants to "keep your system up to date and secure" but that comes at the price of change in workflow and the hassle of things changing out from under you - AND - it always gives them more power and control over your system.  Also, as you have shown, updates are not always good and quite often (I have read about lots of this stuff) updates may cause the machine to stop working.  So I try to avoid them unless I have to.

My idea is to avoid any Windows Update until there is no way to continue without it - or to use an update to try and fix something that you know isn't working.  If it's not broken, you don't update.

With Windows 7, you could get along fine by picking and choosing the updates you installed.  You can do that a little bit with Windows 10, but admittedly, you don't get the same control.  Hence WAU Manager.

Hi, all my techie Friends,

I am worried about upgrading my Windows OS.  When Win7 came out, I waited until it completely expired before upgrading to Windows 10 - and I only did it because I had to in order to accomodate my motherboard + processor combination.  (long story; I made it work, but apparently, there should have been very little chance it should have worked - I'll spare you that story, though).

Anyway, I am always afraid of upgrading my Windows OS because I don't want things to change without my approval.

I am running Windows 10 N Pro x64 version 1909, build 10.0.18363.

Now, I am willing to install updates that make improvements that I like.

So, this thread is about which Windows Updates a person should not install.

For example, version 20H2 from last October completely removes the old Win7 style control panel.  I don't want to get rid of that panel because I prefer it to the metro panels, so I don't want to install the update.

Can anyone add their knowledge here?

General Software Discussion / Re: What's the future of OneNote?
« on: June 03, 2021, 10:23 PM »
I have the Office365 version - the latest, really (comes with everything else).  I've tinkered with it a bit, but never could bring myself to use it.  I could never get past it's wanting to create a textbox every I placed the cursor in empty space.  That, plus a bunch of usability features are lacking (IMHO) and it uses that awful ribbon invention.  I avoid using Microsoft Office if I can help it.

Living Room / Re: swf to gif (or other usable format)
« on: June 02, 2021, 01:22 PM »
Yeah, well, that program is about 20 years old, already, anyway.  I'm doubting it will even work on Windows 10.

Living Room / Re: swf to gif (or other usable format)
« on: June 02, 2021, 10:45 AM »
I can provide a link, but I just read on his site:
Update: Download removed. (I should have removed it years ago, because as noted above, Swifty Batch Projector Creator has an embedded link to The site was a major Flash resource at the time. Unfortunately, now, it's kind of a porn site -Burak).

Swifty Batch Projector Creator can,
    Batch create projectors from a list of SWF files using the Player you select. Creating the SWF list easy with Drag & Drop operation.

SBPC, uses standalone Flash players to create projectors. You can copy many projectors in a folder named 'Players'. This is designed as such because SBPC needs to know which files are standalone Flash players. You can have version 3, 4, 5, MX players, EXE compressed versions of them and also maybe some edited players. This way, you can rename the player EXEs anyway you like.

Living Room / Re: swf to gif (or other usable format)
« on: June 02, 2021, 08:56 AM »
Another thing you could do, is if you had any kind of swf player, you could record your screen as it played.

Living Room / Re: swf to gif (or other usable format)
« on: June 02, 2021, 08:48 AM »
I have a copy of a very old utility called "Swifty Batch Projector Creator" which converts swf files to exe files.

It's freeware, and the page is still up.

Post New Requests Here / Re: [IDEA] hotkey/shortcut tracker
« on: May 28, 2021, 05:06 PM »
Ah, I had an old version.  The new one, indeed, has the win keys, too.
Thanks, Skwire!

Post New Requests Here / Re: [IDEA] hotkey/shortcut tracker
« on: May 27, 2021, 09:08 PM »
Nir's Hotkeylist doesn't do win keys, though.

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge & Release: Image Grid
« on: April 08, 2021, 10:45 AM »
Not to hijack this thread, but here is a similar tool I just found: https://www.rlvision...m/snap2img/about.php

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