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General Software Discussion / Best Android Email App?
« on: September 22, 2022, 05:41 PM »

I am looking for an Android app that will save me from the Ymail frustrations:
- does not fully download emails when they arrive so I cannot open then when offline
- does not resize fonts to be visible no matter what the sender fonts were
- does not have the option not to mark as read automatically
- does not display well Teams invites (omits date/time)
- does not have any power/productivity features at all (e.g. favorite attachments, autocomplete, flexible custom gestures etc)

Any reliable recommendation? I cannot afford not to send/receive or lose emails/data nor to have inadequate privacy policy.

So far tried:
K-9 Mail

None seemed good enough or having the above features!


General Software Discussion / API creation
« on: September 15, 2022, 08:37 PM »

Can you briefly describe how to create an  API for any system?

Also how to create new bindings in an existing API?



SFTP and SMTP have very similar naming but are they the same in terms of security?

I need to SFTP a file to an email inbox but it seems there are several alternative ways they do that (e.g. via a web interface) which means that it is not that secure.

Any experience?



I am looking for a 13-14.5" laptop that has spill resistant keyboard/touchpad and it is not rugged/semi-rugged.

My laptop failures have been almost exclusively due to spilled coffee/water or dust, bread crumbs/bits.

I know some HP ones have that but they have bad reputation in terms of quality and would like to explore alternatives.

A new Dell I bought, I wet wiped its touchpad and it is now broken!

Any idea?


General Software Discussion / Multiple Android app instances
« on: August 14, 2022, 03:43 PM »

I have a sensor that connects to an Android mobile via bluetooth and I can operate the sensor using the Android mobile via an Android sensor app.

I need to be able to operate five of these sensors. Unfortunately each sensor can match to one instance of the app so one Android phone.

Is there a cheap way to operate these five sensors? I can buy 5 cheap Android phones and install the Sensor app on each but I hope there is a cheaper solution?


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?


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