(Sunday 11/12/17 9:39 am)
Owen Rants ...
laboratory’s beloved Canon DSLR,
The Proud. ... And the incredible
of post-SLR cameras. And the precious ravishing obsolete
silly cameras, and obsolete
silly cameras II....
didn’t realize: it’s
to trigger the
silly iphone!!! I have to read
I’m supposed to think!
... Oh, the
degradation. ... Right
we all know how reliable these wireless thingeys are, just touch the
and bingo — NOTHING
... Oh do you have the latest firmware? Has your iphone got the
latest operating system, the one that always
turns-on the voice
matter what? ... Oh well maybe you need to get a fresh battery for the
gadget? ... And
I know why those idiots are always injuring themselves with their
selfies — they’re
trying to make the
totally reliable EZ-as-pie
bluetooth f***ing work. ... But there is one thing in my
with the ridiculously-expen$ive
Apple watch. For which Apple’ll update your phone software every 15
minutes whether it needs it or not, and after every update every other
blue tooth device and probably your wireless connection won’t work....
I deride paint
and my beloved PSPX
and all the beautiful endearing antique Paint
... And there are of course free
My dubious general-purpose
electrical musical tips.
And actual heartbreaking
And my fabulous studio
photo-essay tour! ... And my latter-day telecaster
files in c:\Windows\Temp\
disappeared on my Win7 system and probably everywhere, so I used the
stupid search tool to find the Usux™ util “Disk Cleanup” and
there were 3Gb
of temporary files. Of course the Usux™ Way takes forever and
appears to hang-up — they have special training for this at the great
programming schools of Usux™....
the electric heat in my beautiful duraflame DFI021ARU electric log
insert gadget, I held down the topmost “heater” button on
the remote — for 10 seconds,
and the imitation fire lights
flashed 4 or five times in acknowledgement, and afterwards using the
heater button on the unit or the remote’d just do the flashing and
turn on the heat. The instructions erroneously claim the procedure is
with the remote’s
button, which was probably the way it was with the first one of these
I got. ... And doing the same thing will enable
the heater again, which I don’t want to do because I just like the
silly fire display and don’t
want to burn my pitiful abode down....
the Wild XP? Or even DOS/Win3?
Word for Windows and Owen’s
Software Recipes. ... And Usux™ perfidy
when they stold my (win8.1) help & a
poignant essay on how that felt. And, in
Last Centuries of Delphi.
wisdom of Windows
oh yes, how to make the charming & wretched Adobe
— in Windows 10, of course, where I foolishly believed my beloved
wouldn’t go anymore,
but it’s useful sometimes elsewhere, for recent pathological PDF
Non-fizzy Publix Lifeway Kefir....
unite! It’s Not TEh SEnility, It’s
TEh Keyboard! ... And
now at no extra charge,
the owenlabs guaranteed money-back fumbling fingers keyboard solution.
IN A MILLION YEARS
And how I stopped
bad, HD good. ... And why not destroy your SD by randomizing
useful manuals; it’s not a scam or racket or underhanded trick. Really
quite astonishing. I mean, they do
try to sign you up, and maybe I should just in gratitude, but you go
through a rigamarole including a “captcha” thingey, and then
... I’ve done it several times!
- The astronomy
racket. ... And when your iPad “Star
Walk” time machine goes bonkers? The
dispargement of the Car
Compass and the
a windows 7 printer: the
agony, the ecstasy....
~2012 Asus laptop model K53E BIOS
etc.): Hit ESC
key repeatedly while it boots (after entering the
password, if any).
... Every other key — DEL, F10, F2 — leads to endless useless menus,
all of which wind-up trying to get you to LAUNCH
STARTUP REPAIR, a
procedure which lasts forever and is included by Microsoft entirely for
the purpose of mindless malicious torment. ... Unless of course Windows
actually won’t start, when I suppose you could launch away, as a sort
of preliminary obsequy to the landfill. I’ve had non-starting crates,
and I’ve run the “startup repair” — at least for 2 or three
anyway — but I’ve never had it fix anything. ... Could be a first
time. ... 7/11/17: And so there
At least my wretched hp
climbed up from the landfill
via kindly Usux™ ministrations. ... I figure STARTUP
REPAIR is a database of stupid Usux™ things
over the years — like for instance when they tried to scam everybody
using Windows Media Player, weakening/breaking numerous subsystems
along the way — and then the thing’ll undo whatever dastardly scheme
they implemented, if it seems to be the problem. ... Of course when the
machine is actually
has no effect....
But when I couldn’t get to the BIOS on a 2014 Windows 8 Asus the
way, the web said “press ESC, F2, Insert one after another repeatedly
booting” and that worked....
Or at 10/8/17 on an asus ux31a “ZenBook”
Windows 7 laptop:
repeated F2s gets into the bios.
BUT instead, doing repeated F11s
got into the windows something menu, whereupon an F8
got me to a screen of choices, one of which was SAFE MODE. ... Sadly,
the thing itself went bonkers shortly afterwards, and while F2 and
F11 still coax it into various states of psychotic revery, it will
most likely window no more forever....
- Why your web email
sorts newest first.....
- To see the filename
playing in the wonderful free VLC
MP3 etc. player (at least my treasured version 2.0.6): control+I seems
to do it. The resulting window updates
for new pieces. And there are other Secret
of Power. ... Although VLC video
is feeling poorly....
- How to “share”
drive C: on your incredibly efficient and
usux network — aka the ever-popular “Access denied” & the evil
- The Monstrous
of Doom. ... And the “Contributing
Artists” column in Win7 Explorer...
type or second
with Firefox? ... The “hardware acceleration” is eager
to help. ... Makes scrolling
Whitens teeth! ... And the perennial disappearing download
dates on your fat32 SD card an hour off? Do you care? ... Then perhaps
you’d enjoy my fixdst
of the resurrected HP15C,
and the folly of the latter day Hewlett Packard. ... And now, the hp35s.
... And the beloved HP16c. ... And astonishingly-cute
Swiss hp calculator clones....
- An EZ
server, for test ’n’ play.
Windows Sound controls. Or
at least the ones I can never remember....
- My subtle appreciation of
my precious logical
grep, at last, + other harmless utilities & antique
’n’ tricks. And
The Greatest Bug of All? + fixing
the end of magazines, computers, and everything beautiful and sweet.
The usual Microsoft-bashing — it’s so easy — but now
extra charge, vitriolic political spite on the The
New Yorker & the iPad; and the President’s
iPad. ... Microsoft
versus Apple: It’s
the Code, Stupid! ... Finalize
the beloved monopolistic operating system and its lovable ways. ... And
now, apparently the final
days of outlook.com
aka the beloved “hotmail”....
Owen and the
iMini. Or the dark deviousness of a 2014 Macbook
Pro. And how it would pretend
to the wireless, complain about “no internet”, and refuse to
let me enter the password....
Win32 C++. ... + JG32:
talk to your obsolete
RS232 gadgets with Delphi source....
- The amazing ease and simplicity of DIY
thoughts about CD
ripping. And home
ethernet. And the wondrous Tplink
- And what might Linux Docker
- The ancient
Madness Chicago Edition
game + Windows 7 — it flickered!
Compatibility modes GPFed. So I used the
“Midtown Safe Mode.lnk” in the program directory and that was
although not as sleek. And modifying a copy of the safe mode link to
remove the “-config” made it start without
checking graphics. And setting all the graphics options to max except
“interlaced” made it good enough. ... After all, how much resolution
do I need to run-down lamp posts?
last: Owenhelp! ...
Windows help for the
oscilloscope with Delphi source!
space is being used on your ridiculous enormous hard drive(s) by means
colorful lozenge-shaped things as shown in the beautiful informative
computing is all about! — it
really is useful and
weird! ... And completely free free free!...
STOP YOUR PRINTER:
I.e., when an idiot Windows print job has run amuck, go to the printer
and pull-out the paper tray if that’s possible (laser printers?),
remove all paper from the built-in tray(s) (ink jets?). ... Then
you can try and persuade the hysterical operating system to stop
I do that, I usually power-cycle the printer — because otherwise
try to “catch up” when I put the paper back. ... Don’t
i.e. instead of removing the paper — that’ll just jam the thing....
my precious faltering OwenShow.
... And its trusty Windows companion, the command-history
package JX. ...
Or the doddering
crazy uncle in the attic, the
- Give up and use Microsoft
or Corrupt ... Ntfs.sys”?
- Where Have
All the Shortcuts
LaserJet 6 fix?
really wreck your system. But you should use taskkill instead probably
if Usux™’ll let you. ... Incidentally,
rid of that stupid “upgrade to Windows
icon on the taskbar — I call it in my startup batch file; you of course
one of those don’t you?!?!?. ... And then again for some reason some
may need extra-strong measures as per anonymous web rumors like
Registry Editor Version 5.00
latest thing: Owen whines
- What was
up with NET/C++
Visual Studio? And where
Has All the Net
Gone? ... How about a sensitive essay on
the lovely and gracious Visual
Studio 2010. Or the new exciting Apps-disdaining (gasp!) Visual
Studio 2013 or something?
files for C++?
Favorite C++ Features. + How
to sort: in
C++! With STL strings!
Without case sensitivity!
and the Circle of Scripts.
- Goodbye Dr.
Dobbs. And my very
Dobbs Letter Page on CLR
... and, as it turned-out, the exciting new CLR
Can I See What
Pages and Junk are Saying to Each Other? (Wireshark née
how do I find broken HTML
links? ... And
now — the JGWRAP
- A NET
uses EMACS! ... Do they?
- The Owen Intergalactic
68HC11, 80C166, 8048
assembler / linker package w/source.
my little Sidekick Redux ASCII
EXE files and the
Delphi database. ... And MySQL
+ Postgres, SQLite
- Delphi database components: Scam
— or Mistake? ... And
What Was All That Stuff
About Software Components?
and Large Fonts and
Guru Score: EZ
- The Kulture
a noisy Tivoli
Model One radio.
- Why your HDMI
screen is ugly: Aspect ratio & format
- A Polaroid
- How I heroically fixed
my Eico 379 signal generators.
- The Stereopticon:
Leaves the Toy Biz long ago....
amazing Sharpie Metallic
Dokorder 7140 (reel-to-reel tape recorder) triumph.
- The “Tab Activate” extension might make
Chrome open new tabs in a rational way, at least it did once.
Linux of my Dreams and
- The beloved water
in my shower head....
- The world gasps in wonder: Javscript
- My beautiful soundfly
- The free Neechsoft’s pdf
Stapler pdf file concatenator seemed to work once when I
- Camelot dump
- My beloved Windows
searches and finds
stuff in PDFs ... maybe. Or maybe not, certainly since Amazon started
rendering its “checkout” pages in graphics,
which was what I
DocFetcher for, mostly....
... and scurrilous whines
Apple’s poverty & phishing.
When it takes forever to “see” a directory
in Windows 7 File Explorer — right-click on the folder (in
explorer of course),
“properties”, “Customize” tab, change “Optimize
this folder for” from
cute kittens or whatever ridiculous stupid tripe it was set for by the
kindly insane winders to “Documents”, and that seemed to do it!
... And actually I seem to have discovered this, and forgotten, before....
apple gave-up on the mac pro! The newest baddest mac’ll be the upcoming
“iMac Pro”, but of course the suck-uppery only covers the marvel
mystery & magnificence. But I guess nobody really wanted a
desktop that looked like a plastic trash basket. Which was worse than
its predecessor in expandability. The iMac’ll be even less expandable
most likely, but then Apple gets all the upgrade$!
... Funny thing, scamming
making money. ... Well cancel all that; the pro’s still gonna get
refurbished ... any year now....
department: Those robot vacuum cleaners?
— the catch is, you
have to clean
them. Frequently, or they just stop vacuuming. ... I mean, your cat
does better than that!!! ... What’s the point of a robot that won’t
Admire the intricate beauty as windows 10 slowly carefully
everything we love and hold dear. And how to fix its exhilarating “I’ve
frozen my windows and can’t get up” aka Frozen Focus Bug:
ESC seemed to
do it once or twice.....
The ViewSonic VA2446M-LED 24’’ 1080p
LED Monitor was inferior
to the ViewSonic monitors I already had, from the old days. The way it
went in those halcyon times was I’d buy the cheapest viewsonic in the desired
size — but the VA2446 was too
cheap! Small gray type, which I got a lot on my screens, looked
“broken”; it also appeared to be extra-susceptible to “astigmatic”
feature shadowing, which I could
induce in the better/older ViewSonics with crummy cables. ... So I
it with the next-more expensive ViewSonic. And, to be sure, eventually
set it up on my advanced new win10 Lenovo system, where it doesn’t
kids are doin’ it: the shipping
scam! ... SkyNews,
reputable Canadian astronomy magazine (the stars are brighter up
in their latest resub attempt. ... National
me for their “free tote bag” S&H — until I wrote a nice letter
to the attorney general copied to NG
re “speculative invoicing” which is the general heading for sending-out
ridiculous scammy invoices. ... Ah well it must be the wonderful
progressive era sunsetting away as all the cute progressive kids get
old & bitter....
The perfidious bluray....
printer malware ink window....
I had a clockworks.
... And decorative solar lights....
8/10 + Filezilla, Thunderbird:
No email, FTP. ... And a fix....
My bricking Mazda
Eagle schematic capture end-of-life scammery &
I’d forgotten the free Atmel Studio installs some huge
Studio — long ago, they used to boast about it, but no
secret until you discover the ghastly truth. Or read it here. ... So
that restore point....
Residence Inn Gershtunk?
... And the inspiring
fraud of Homewood Suites™....
Vuezone is dead!
... and D-link....
it was the “Internet of Things” (IOT),
a helpful flag of
useless mediocrity for the busy geezer. ... But now the scam
meme has predictably progressed to the “scare” phase: “Beware
Ticking Internet of Things Security Time Bomb” (slashdot 5/12/15).
Next up: the admitted
scam-scare phase: “IOT Scams to Beware”, which I expect to see before
if not next week....
how about that Windows
8 malware ? — DO
WINDOWS 8! ...
as all the world knows, is already here, so Win8 is definitely
version. ... No no; stand
DANGER!!! ... For that matter,
I’d stay away from the free free FREE
10 upgrade as long as the kindly
behemoth lets us. ... But in the maelstrom I discovered
ISO info. ... And winhlp32 for
10. ... And how to install my precious beloved Coreldraw
X4 in Windows 10, kind-of. ... And make firefox stop
opening copies of itself pathologically...
And usux™’s ingenious conspiracy in restraint of trade
program to destroy
7. ... And the ever-elusive updating fix-it KB3172605?
Actually, maybe we should just not do
these dubious free OS upgrades
no more forever? Why do you suppose they’re free?
- Digital Magazines Suck.
- I fume
Sam’s club and the broken
- Hewlett Packard, Malware Vendor.
- Apple jumps the
shark, kills contacts
syncing.... And at last what we’ve all been waiting for:
Apple Sux. ...
And how ’bout that
is a racket; spends half an hour doing the uninstall (or something) —
Visual Studio — and then
says “can’t complete uninstall until you register” and
for a key.
... I.e. extortion. Of course, it’s free — to waste
for half an hour — and
by other low-lifes on the web, who are presumably paid-off with a
- ... Another charmer is Falco
it’s just broken software but sort-of looks like it might work, with
screens, menus, help; probably some project what got lost long ago. It
doesn’t actually do
but carries a payload of scamware, from which the insects involved must
make at least a kind of living, judging by their obviously paid-for
when I googled
“GIF animation software”. ... It uninstalls, but leaves
advertising debris and who knows what else which isn’t that easy to
delete; it repeatedly attempts to contact the internet, and actually
warns about how it’ll do that for “its partner” or something, and it
install some other debris which you can
reject; the former’s supposed to create a false sense of security
I suppose. ... It’s like
all-purpose incompetently-contrived scamware. At least so I hope.
And in our up-to-date times, Adobe
has taken up the challenge of
scammy malware copy-extortion pretend-graphix software
is totally broken. Probably Fontforge
too. ... Despite the serene convictions of endless wastes of web
burbling, I have never
successfully edited a font with either program....