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General Software Discussion / Fast entry Android reminders
« on: August 01, 2022, 03:54 PM »

Do you use any Android app that has very fast reminder input?
E.g. type 11.30am 03/01 blah blah blah and it will ring you at 11:30 with a 'blah blah blah' note?

Voice instructions would be great but I have very poor experience with voice commands so far.


General Software Discussion / Windows ini and other questions
« on: July 17, 2022, 09:01 PM »

Few questions if anyone has any idea:
Is it possible to specify two finger gestures via AHK or other ways?
Is it possible to save my Windows and Office settings in an .ini file or something to migrate them easily across different machines?
Is it possible to feed a variable from a PowerBI visual into Power Query or a SQL query in Power BI? I know the 'Parameter' feature but not sure if it can be linked to a visual instead of popping a dialog box at start.
Is there an email client (free preferably) that supports full customization/automation with scripting?


General Software Discussion / Powerpoint xml
« on: July 03, 2022, 03:06 PM »

Is there any good xml guide for Office templates?


General Software Discussion / CMD SFTP from Windows syntax
« on: June 23, 2022, 12:42 PM »

I want to sftp a file to a server using a public key.
I have stored the key in my desktop but I get an error:

CreateProcessW failed error:2
posix_spawn: No such file or directory

Can anyone tell me please the right syntax to send a C:\file.txt to using C:\publickey.pkk ?

CMD sftp usage:
usage: sftp [-46aCfpqrv] [-B buffer_size] [-b batchfile] [-c cipher]
          [-D sftp_server_path] [-F ssh_config] [-i identity_file]
          [-J destination] [-l limit] [-o ssh_option] [-P port]
          [-R num_requests] [-S program] [-s subsystem | sftp_server]

PS: I cannot install anything on the machine



I operate on my desk several devices laptops, etc and I have to move them which result in the cables getting complexed.

Do you know any solution for this?



Can I get my data from a laptop that will not boot without dismantling it?

It has an SSD and due to water on the keyboard, it won't boot at all.

Any ideas?



I see an absolutely amazing text appearance here:

which is not present here:

When I say 'text appearance' I mean that the text looks like e-paper or something like that which is very very appealing. I am not sure if it is my laptop screen though.

Is there anything in the CSS that achieves that?



Couple of questions for anyone who has been through the same  ;D :

1) Is there a way to maximise all windows upon restart or ad-hoc in Win 11? I know the Win+Shift+M etc also the touchpad Gesture but they only restore to the semi-maximise state and they don't fully maximise!
(no third-party apps please, only native solutions including Powershell, CSCRIPT etc)

2) Which browser would be the best for:
  • huge amount of concurrent tabs/windows (with AMD if that makes a difference)
  • ability to search in tabs (titles, urls, content)
  • vertical tabs with filter per title/url
  • tab grouping per domain
  • easy attach files without having to navigate in File Explorer
  • full integration with Gmail for stores passwords, bookmark/tab sync etc
  • fully customised hotkeys with particular ability to customise LCTRL/RCTRL separately
  • ideally advanced touchpad gestures
  • ideally Youtube floater


General Software Discussion / Best Windows Info tool?
« on: May 14, 2022, 07:13 AM »

I have not been close to AHK for several years and wonder if it is still the best Win automation tool and also what would be the best Window Info tool, any idea?


General Software Discussion / Any good necklaces earbuds?
« on: May 14, 2022, 03:57 AM »

I am fed up with the wired earbuds and I am looking to go wireless.

I think the best format for me would be a neckband and not airpods because of clumsiness, I guess I will lose them.

Do you know any? Absolutely with noise cancellation.



I see on that AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS ranks almost 50% higher than Intel i7 1260P.

I am between those two options with the Intel clearly being preferred due to DDR5 support.

But is the Ryzen 5900HS really that superior? If yes, then I suppose its combination with LPDDR4X would be better than 1260P with DDR5?
(considering that DDR4X is 4200MHz and DDR5 would be 4800MHz or max 5200MHz)

Any opinions?



I am returning a faulty laptop purchase but in the meantime I have saved passwords etc, how can I purge it?

Asus Zenbook if it rings a bell (pity it could be a great laptop :D)



I have a java applet jnlp file that downloads some files. Is it possible to see the underlying download link when I download these files?
Ideally the whole HTTPS request?

I checked pktmon but it seems it does not do that out of the box.

Is there a free solution preferably native to Win?


Living Room / Remapping keys with CSCRIPT/VBS
« on: November 22, 2021, 04:54 PM »

Anyone knows how to remap keyboard keys via CSCRIPT/VBS?

Unfortunately I cannot use AHK/AutoIT.


General Software Discussion / Powershell Invoke-WebRequest
« on: September 23, 2021, 11:32 AM »

I am not very familiar with the http terminology, what certificate, authentication, method, session, etc are.

I think in many cases, when you login to a website via a form, it creates a cookie based on which you keep your access to the site.

Which of the below (or other?) parameters should I need to specify to make PowerShell Invoke-WebRequest to behave like IE/Edge, i.e. to check and use whatever cookies and authentication has already taken place via the browser?

      [-WebSession <WebRequestSession>]
      [-SessionVariable <String>]
      [-Authentication <WebAuthenticationType>]
      [-Credential <PSCredential>]
      [-CertificateThumbprint <String>]
      [-Certificate <X509Certificate>]
      [-SslProtocol <WebSslProtocol>]
      [-Token <SecureString>]
      [-Method <WebRequestMethod>]


Living Room / Grabbing files from authenticated website
« on: September 23, 2021, 05:18 AM »

I want to grab xls files via specific links through a website that has a form authentication. Because it has an additional sms authentication step, it will not be possible to fully automate a live connection.

The session is set at 60 minutes so I am thinking if I ping/query the website every 30min, the cookie will renew/refresh.

However, this pinging will need to come from a 24/7 server and not my laptop as I cannot have it on all the time.

Is there any free solution for this?

I was thinking to create a Sharepoint Flow where it will download the xls every 30 min refreshing the cookie/auth/sessionID each time. I was hoping that I can somehow login manually for the first time via Sharepoint and then since the flow will be scheduled every 30, it will run forever refreshing the session.

Or do you have any other idea?
I was checking some of the free Azure services if they are suitable but no luck.


Living Room / Wireless earphones switchable across devices
« on: September 15, 2021, 06:33 AM »

I would like some wireless earphones which can allow me to switch devices and make calls/meetings with my work laptop, my personal laptop, my phone etc without having to plug/unplug them to each device.

I would like them to have:
1) longest battery (ideally at least a week before having to recharge)
2) earpieces (no over-ear) but also not those who are inserted into the canal
3) easy way to switch between devices safely (I would not want my workplace to hear my personal calls)
4) long range so that I can go to the kitchen while my laptop/phone is in the bedroom

Of course I do not expect anyone to conduct a search for me, just wondering if anyone has already done some market research and can share some insight?


Living Room / Problem with Win Remote Connection
« on: August 30, 2021, 04:40 PM »

I want to remote connect to a Windows PC but it's language is not English and I am struggling to enable Remote Connection on it and find its connection address/name.

Is there a cmd command that can enable Remote Connection and another that can show me which is the address/name to connect to?

If not, I will have to go ask the physical user to navigate through the Control Panel but I am struggling because it's not in English.


Living Room / "Open in app" in Teams
« on: March 26, 2021, 04:21 PM »

If two different people open an excel file in Teams via the 'open in app' button, and edit it, will the changes be merged and saved in the Teams file?

What if the changes are contradicting? Or what if one makes changes and saves them and the other has the file still opened and makes other changes and then saves them? Will everything be merged into the saved document?



I have two laptops which I want to fully operate from one screen and this screen needs to be the screen of one of these laptops.

Is that possible?



Does the right software and hardware exist to use two wifi connections simultaneously?

My laptop will need to dynamically use the two wifi connections for each thread.


Living Room / Is is possible to save media from multiple tabs?
« on: December 22, 2020, 06:43 AM »

I want to save media/videos/streams from several webpages.

Is there a solution that can do that with one click? Instead of having to go through each tab and click to download/extract the media file?

Or can you suggest a workaround? E.g. I was thinking to mass download the page source of all these opened tabs and append them and then run the extension in the resulting mass webpage source or something.


Living Room / How can I extract all the links from all tabs?
« on: December 22, 2020, 06:33 AM »

How can I extract all the links from all tabs?

I can use Chrome or Firefox or other browser but I need the solution to be robust and extract all the links accurately from all opened tabs.

Any idea?


Living Room / Accessing my laptop from anywhere
« on: December 09, 2020, 05:59 AM »

I have several business laptops and I want to be able to access my private laptop from them so that I don't have to carry many laptops.

I am looking for a way to login to a website and be able to access all my files and perform any actions there (e.g. editing and saving files, bookmarking websites, running programs) which will then reflect locally on my personal laptop.

Is this possible? I do not mind having my laptop permanently on but it would be great if it can awake when needed.


Living Room / Reliable notifier with web interface
« on: November 13, 2020, 07:41 AM »

Do you know any reliable notifier with web interface?

I am looking to set notifications of events in a website and these will translate into alarms in my android phone.

Is that possible?


PS: Google Calendar is not very good, for some reason I do not hear any alarms

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