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by bthylafh
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 38
Views: 2323

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

DancinJack wrote:
Meh, if you guys wanna use old stuff that's fine by me. Just don't complain when stuff doesn't work right.


More recruits for the botnet army.
by bthylafh
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 38
Views: 2323

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Firefox ESR is a thing.
by bthylafh
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 38
Views: 2323

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

On the other hand, if you don't keep your browser updated you're begging for an outside attacker to own your computer. I sympathize with the idea that sites should degrade gracefully and occasionally use ELinks in an xterm, but that battle was lost over a decade ago.
by bthylafh
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help with a Brother Printer (MFC-9340CDW)
Replies: 8
Views: 439

Re: Help with a Brother Printer (MFC-9340CDW)

Have you tried emailing Brother's support? They're pretty good about supporting randos in my experience, and they might even have a knowledge base article they can point you at.
by bthylafh
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't
Replies: 21
Views: 878

Re: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't

Sounds like you may have a broken default association for the option that chooses the default behavior when clicking on a CD, and it is defaulting to either "do nothing" or else trying to open AUTORUN.INF and then failing silently. If you just want to see the contents, what happens if you...
by bthylafh
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 641

Re: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement

Organic molecules on the surface. Their origin is uncertain.
by bthylafh
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: VLC becomes one of first ( (non UWP?) ARM64 Windows apps
Replies: 14
Views: 618

Re: VLC becomes one of first ( (non UWP?) ARM64 Windows apps

just brew it! wrote:
End User is channeling whm1974


++
by bthylafh
Thu May 31, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3835
Views: 555577

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

"Ray Leon" by the Vogts Sisters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5thXXI6c1M
by bthylafh
Tue May 29, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Is there a software recovering deleted documents and/ or photos?
Replies: 13
Views: 506

Re: Is there a software recovering deleted documents and/ or photos?

I've had good luck with Zero Assumption Recovery and have a license, which I've successfully used in anger: https://www.z-a-recovery.com/

The image-recovery portion is free.
by bthylafh
Tue May 29, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: remote desktoping
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: remote desktoping

This is an off-label use, but Parsec would also be able to do this. It's intended for playing games on remote computers (works surprisingly well, generally) and also supports Remote Desktop-type stuff.
by bthylafh
Fri May 25, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3991
Views: 653776

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Boulevard Brewing Company's "Zon" witbier:

https://www.boulevard.com/beerinfo/zon- ... e-witbier/

It's really quite good and refreshing.
by bthylafh
Thu May 24, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 1147

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

Anyone who has dealt with another party's insurance company knows that it's almost always a nightmare. They will jerk you around at every turn, try to send you to shoddy repair shops who do lousy work, and string everything out for as long as possible. It's not worth the time or aggravation. If she...
by bthylafh
Sat May 19, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How To Edit File Type Context "Open With" List?
Replies: 9
Views: 401

Re: How To Edit File Type Context "Open With" List?

Yeah, I should have tried that before I posted. :/ Maybe this is something Microsoft "broke" with a newer build of Windows 10? For example, my entries for .avi are: a vlc.exe b a MRUList ab but actually right-clicking an AVI file shows the following entries in the "open with" men...
by bthylafh
Thu May 17, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Toilet repair
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: Toilet repair

Sounds like the landlord at the previous house we lived in. We complained of a foul smell from the bathtub, it turned out the drain pipe had rotted through, and instead of replacing it he just put some sealant and a patch on it. It improved matters, but how expensive and difficult could it have been...
by bthylafh
Wed May 16, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Toilet repair
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: Toilet repair

Wilco. If it comes to that, I've been thinking about a fancy throne with a bidet anyway. 8)
by bthylafh
Wed May 16, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Toilet repair
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: Toilet repair

It is stuck between the tank and the bowl, yes. I have not tried to use a plunger inside the tank, but I'm dubious that a plunger will successfully push the thing out through those little holes in the bowl's rim. Draining and unmounting the tank sounds like a good thing to try. It's about time to re...
by bthylafh
Wed May 16, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Toilet repair
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Toilet repair

I've got a standard American toilet with a tank above & behind the spot you sit on. Some time ago I replaced the flapper valve because its predecessor (made in two pieces) managed to drop the inner soft-rubber part into the drain hole. Ever since then, the toilet doesn't flush terribly well beca...
by bthylafh
Tue May 15, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1631

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

While you're overhauling your security setup, you should try hard to sell your wife on using a password manager. Benefits: * You only have to remember one or two passwords - one for the manager, and optionally one for your main email account in case you screw up the manager. * Every account gets a u...
by bthylafh
Mon May 14, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1631

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

"Unmentioned Hammer" is the name of my next band.
by bthylafh
Mon May 14, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1631

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

I'd be looking into sabotage were I you. "Sorry, honey, the computer got a nasty infection and it's totally unable to boot now! I'm ordering you a newer one as a late Mother's Day present".
by bthylafh
Sat May 12, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1631

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

Any suggestions, please? Force the issue. XP is toxic sludge at this point. Yep. Whether or not your wife likes it, it's time to forcibly retire Windows XP; it's got 4 years of unpatched exploits and that will only increase. You can install something like Classic Shell on a newer Windows to ease th...
by bthylafh
Wed May 02, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1513

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

Those old USRobotics Couriers had a well-deserved good reputation.
by bthylafh
Tue May 01, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1513

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

How much is your time worth? I briefly looked at eBay yesterday and IIRC someone had a PCI ex-Dell Intel 537 modem for $10.
by bthylafh
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1513

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

You'll probably have the easiest time getting an external modem working, if you've got a serial port to connect it to. Something like the good old USR Sportster or Courier modems, or their internal equivalents that are not Winmodems. The best Winmodem (softmodem) I'm aware of were based on the Intel...
by bthylafh
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: True 10-bit vs 8-bit + FRC?
Replies: 23
Views: 4029

Re: True 10-bit vs 8-bit + FRC?

If you're not doing graphic design work, why do you think you need a 10-bit panel?
by bthylafh
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Where did the Compatibility tab go?
Replies: 5
Views: 2594

Re: Where did the Compatibility tab go?

I have it on my copy of 1709. This missing on all EXEs?
by bthylafh
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New washing machine
Replies: 16
Views: 1946

Re: New washing machine

If you do go for a front loader get one with a post-wash heater or drying cycle. This will dry the seals and help keep down the moldy smell and also dry small loads. We just leave the front hatch open on ours (a Samsung) and it does mostly okay. Sometimes I have to run a bleach cloth around the por...
by bthylafh
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 714
Views: 98551

Re: What are you playing right now?

I got Metal Gear Solid V for $5 last week and it's been hugely enjoyable, at least once I got past the looooong intro. I *adore* open-world stealth games with plenty of side quests.
by bthylafh
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New washing machine
Replies: 16
Views: 1946

Re: New washing machine

One hears good things about Speed Queen, if you want reliability and repairability more than anything else. I will probably have to replace my washer in a year or two (bad bearing) but I don't think Speed Queen has a front-loader, which we prefer. Last time he was over, I asked our repair guy what b...