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Living Room / Data connection through audio jack
« on: May 01, 2018, 04:24 PM »

I bought a watch with MP3 player. It came with a cable that in its one side it has a male usb plug and in its other side it has a male 3.5mm audio jack.

Are you supposed to use this cable to connect it to your laptop and 'download' the audio files of the watch to your laptop?

I have never done something like this and I wonder if it is possible with such cable.

There is no other port on the watch.

Any idea?


EDIT: to prevent questions, obviously I tried and nothing is recognised from my Win8.1, should I expect a 'new usb drive found' balloon? or anything else?


I like but they found out at work that I use it and they blocked it.
However, we are allowed to use AutoIT!

Is there a chance to use AutoIt to close taskbar buttons with right click, show desktop with single click on empty taskbar and open Task Manager with double click on empty taskbar?

Last time I tried to make it work, it didn't.


Living Room / Public WiFi
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:56 AM »

At work the company offers public wifi after registration with your email. My question is, is it possible and easy for them to monitor, not the webpages visited (that's easy), but the text typed and submitted in webpages like dating websites and/or mobile apps, like Whisper, Chat apps, Dating apps, etc?


Living Room / Wrist watch voice recorder
« on: April 21, 2018, 01:14 PM »

Do you know any quality wrist watch with voice recording capability?
I want to switch recording on with a button or switch and to record without any indication.

I bought some cheap chinese stuff but their quality is horrendous!


Living Room / How to check xlsx files for malicious macros or virus
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:48 AM »

I got today a response from a job ad I applied and they sent me an xlsx file to test my Excel skills.

This sounds a bit dodgy to be honest and I am reluctant to open it. However, I scanned it with and no virus was found from all engines.

However, are these virus engines able to detect malicious stuff in a xlsx file, such as macros etc?

They also told me not to distribute the file because it's a 'test' so I cannot really upload it here.

Any advice?

Living Room / Normal.dotm problem
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:50 PM »

When I open more than one Word documents, after I try to close one, it displays this:

Can I fix that? It's so annoying! I have to go through several dialogs to stop it.

Living Room / Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« on: January 05, 2018, 01:38 PM »

I installed desktop Whatsapp (fed up with horrible Skype) but I cannot figure out how to make calls/videocalls?

Any idea?


Living Room / Extremely dissatisfied with Google Drive
« on: December 31, 2017, 06:19 PM »

I have Google Drive on my Android phone. I had selected some files and chose to make them available offline. However, now after few months, they disappeared. Additionally, the option to make them available offline disappeared.

How can I make them available locally on my phone? I only see the option to download them, but it doesn't allow me to choose location!

Is there any other solution?


Living Room / Convert scanned column text to normal
« on: December 31, 2017, 01:49 PM »

I scan text from scientific articles where the text is in columns and then I have to manually convert it into regular text (ie. newline occurs only in new paragraphs).

Is there an automated way to do this?


Living Room / How can I blank out my laptop camera?
« on: December 09, 2017, 12:42 PM »

I have a video interview where I have to record myself via my laptop camera. (I can use my mobile phone camera too)

However I don't want to be seen during the recording. I cannot put something on the camera to block the light, because it will be obvious. Instead, I need to blank out my camera (with grey colour as when there is no signal) or something.

Any idea how to do that?


Living Room / How to expand laptop storage?
« on: November 12, 2017, 12:54 PM »

My laptop only has a 128GB SSD which barely meets my requirements. Which solution would be best in terms of maximizing storage capacity without bulkiness?

I got a low profile USB but it is only 128GB :(


Living Room / Is this laptop a good option?
« on: October 29, 2017, 12:03 PM »

Is this a good option?

It has all the characteristics I want, but I am worried about the quality...

Any idea?

Living Room / How to replace rich text?
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:06 PM »

I want to replace NOx with NO(x in subscript) in a word report.
The instances are too many, is there a way to do it quickly?


Living Room / Printer printing fuzzy
« on: September 10, 2017, 08:12 AM »

I have a problem with my printer, it prints fuzzy. I was thinking that it's because it rests in an unstable surface, but even if I stabilize it, it stills print like that (doublis letters).

The printer is Canon MG6450 and I did both deep cleaning and realigning of the heads.

Any hint?


Living Room / How blood sugar monitors work?
« on: September 04, 2017, 02:46 PM »

Does anyone know how blood sugar monitors work? I have read some online articles but couldn't understand completely.

How do they absorb glucose from blood?
How does glucose convert into electronic signal?
How does the meter know the amount of blood to calculate the mg/dl?


Living Room / Weather notifications
« on: September 01, 2017, 02:24 PM »

I am struggling to find an androip app that will notify me early in the morning if it is going to rain in my area during the day or not.

I have tried several but none is suitable.

Any idea?


Living Room / Any native english speakers?
« on: August 30, 2017, 04:56 PM »

Can you tell me please what do you think the answer to the questions below is?

This one says "a" doctor "would" report. Is this talking about a random doctor or all doctors?


Living Room / Which call app consumes the least data?
« on: August 17, 2017, 12:31 PM »

I want to know which free call app (over internet) consumes the least MB, but I find inconsistent data:


Any hint?


Living Room / Skype conversation window position
« on: July 19, 2017, 01:25 PM »

I struggle to find how to display conversations at the right of the camera view in Skype.
Mine is at the right, but my friend's is at the bottom! And I cannot seem to be able to find how to change it.

Any hint?


Living Room / Android virus
« on: July 10, 2017, 02:30 PM »

I have an android phone that probably has a virus. The symptom is that although I disable screen overlay for all apps (one by one), I still get messages that 'there is a screen overlay'.

Moreover, I tried to install via Google Play the AVG antivirus. The name of the app is not the same as it is in my other android phone, which made me suspicious. Then, I installed and run the AVG antivirus and it resulted that I have 4 viruses and when offered me to click to go to the website, and after clicking I got flooded with  messages that my SIM has been damaged etc.

Then I installed Kaspersky and it cannot run because of the screen overlay issue.

Is there a way to complete clean this phone?



Is there a PDF viewer that reopens the files that were opened before crash?
I do that with webpages, with text files, but not with the rest.

Maybe there is a universal solution?


General Software Discussion / Automatic back up to the cloud
« on: June 09, 2017, 09:59 AM »

Last time I checked, I couldn't find a reliable service that will monitor specific files and folders and automatically back them up to a reliable cloud when these change (preferably with some versioning).

Is there anything new and ideally free?


Living Room / How can I change file type icon in Win8.1?
« on: May 29, 2017, 02:41 PM »

How can I change file type icon in Win8.1? I can't find something online!


Living Room / How can I identify a flashing DOS window?
« on: May 27, 2017, 02:33 PM »

I get randomly a flashing DOS window that I can barely see. Is there a way to identify which process does that?

I did scan my laptop with MalwareBytes and it found nothing, but I am worried.


Can Notepad++ send text to the cloud and read it on my android phone?
Or maybe another good text editor?
Or any other solution?
I have Google Keep, but unfortunately it doesn't work, text on my phone is not available online and vice versa.

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