Your favourite software trick

AlienFTM

MIA
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Looks like a thread that could run without derailing the Dead Pool. Obviously frivolous, not necessarily serious software, etc.
Cut, copy & paste? Meh.

My hero is the inventor of, “Delete browsing history.”
Mine is "In private browsing" commonly known as porn mode in your browser
Mine is the inventor of VPN and secure delete.
I've just discovered browser text-to-speech.

Evenings I play Torn on the PC in a browser. You're all welcome, see link below. One of the numerous bolt-ons for Torn is DocTorN (Windows, Apple, Chrome, Firefox, Safari).

Torn doesn't need constant attention, so I'm simultaneously playing Civilization V, a turn-based game, so I can swap out when I get an event. DocTorN goes ping, Alt+Tab, read event, carry on. But if I'm honest, the only event that's really time critical is landing in the Cayman Islands, where big boys are hoping to catch people moving vast sums into their offshore account, and mugging them. It's good to be able to land, buy product, dump cash in bank and fly out.

So it means that, by having DocTorN set to text-to-speech, an event occurs and instead of me getting pinged in the middle of a city siege on Civ, DocTorN can read it out loud in my ear, thus:

"DocTorN says 'Slork bought 27 x African Violet from your bazaar for $1,835,973.'"

I only need to jump if "DocTorN says 'You have landed in Cayman Islands.'"
 
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Doing a CTRL ALT and arrow key to turn our lasses screen upside down is a winner for me but then I am easily entertained.
 

BratMedic

LE
Book Reviewer
My knowledge of technology is the ability to use KFS.
 
Most impreesive software trick?

Bill Gates convincing the world that MS Windows was the way ahead....
 
Most impreesive software trick?

Bill Gates convincing the world that MS Windows was the way ahead....
I thought it was selling Dos to IBM when at the time he didn't even own it
 
Using The Onion browser to access websites that are haram in Afghastlystan
 
The disk drive was a fair old leap ahead. Loading shit from tape was a royal PITA. The more RAM you had, the bigger the program you could run. And the longer it would take to load.

40 years later, I find myself setting up a bandwidth management system, involving port-mirroring WAN traffic to a Netflow generator, having the Netflow records ingested into a Virtual Machine running the ELK stack so I can see where my bandwidth is going. The VM has 8GB RAM and a 50GB SSD.

What’s interesting is a) the ZX81 of 40 years ago only had 1K RAM (or 16K if you were minted), where my VM has 8 million times as much. It’s also practically free. When I’m done tinkering with this, I can blow the VM away and do something else with it. b) Just like the ZX81 of 40 years ago, I can’t get the bastard working. Logstash is crapping out on me on startup. I don’t think it has enough RAM :)
 
The disk drive was a fair old leap ahead. Loading shit from tape was a royal PITA. The more RAM you had, the bigger the program you could run. And the longer it would take to load.

40 years later, I find myself setting up a bandwidth management system, involving port-mirroring WAN traffic to a Netflow generator, having the Netflow records ingested into a Virtual Machine running the ELK stack so I can see where my bandwidth is going. The VM has 8GB RAM and a 50GB SSD.

What’s interesting is a) the ZX81 of 40 years ago only had 1K RAM (or 16K if you were minted), where my VM has 8 million times as much. It’s also practically free. When I’m done tinkering with this, I can blow the VM away and do something else with it. b) Just like the ZX81 of 40 years ago, I can’t get the bastard working. Logstash is crapping out on me on startup. I don’t think it has enough RAM :)
Eh?
 
The disk drive was a fair old leap ahead. Loading shit from tape was a royal PITA. The more RAM you had, the bigger the program you could run. And the longer it would take to load.

40 years later, I find myself setting up a bandwidth management system, involving port-mirroring WAN traffic to a Netflow generator, having the Netflow records ingested into a Virtual Machine running the ELK stack so I can see where my bandwidth is going. The VM has 8GB RAM and a 50GB SSD.

What’s interesting is a) the ZX81 of 40 years ago only had 1K RAM (or 16K if you were minted), where my VM has 8 million times as much. It’s also practically free. When I’m done tinkering with this, I can blow the VM away and do something else with it. b) Just like the ZX81 of 40 years ago, I can’t get the bastard working. Logstash is crapping out on me on startup. I don’t think it has enough RAM :)
A mate had a ZX81 with a 128k of ram, which sounded cool until the dreaded ram pack wobble meant his coding was lost
 

Fake Sheikh

War Hero
Linux.
Open Office.
NordVPN
 
Quick bit of BASIC:

10 PRINT “Cunt”
20 GOTO 10

Press ENTER.

Run away consumed with childish laughter.
 
Quick bit of BASIC:

10 PRINT “****”
20 GOTO 10

Press ENTER.

Run away consumed with childish laughter.
I preferred to be selective. Also not so nasty, I didn't really use the C word until I was in the Army. And I would have been much younger than that to write this kind of thing :)

10 INPUT "WHAT IS YOUR NAME"=A$
20 IF A$<>"TEDSSON" GOTO 50
30 PRINT "YOU ARE A POOHEAD"
40 GOTO 30
50 PRINT "HELLO ", A$
60 GOTO 50
 
Tor Browser through a VPN such as CyberGhost, preferably on Linux.
 

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