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Title: Tech help
Post by: Dave on January 27, 2017, 10:33:19 PM
There often something goes awry that another, expert or otherwise, has met or knows about.

So, here it is, somewhere to ask those questions about all things technological or operative.

Or maybe post a fix for something you have cured yourself.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Firebird on January 27, 2017, 10:44:27 PM
Have you tried turning it off and on again?
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dragonia on January 28, 2017, 04:40:50 AM
Plug it in.
 8)
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on January 28, 2017, 05:55:12 AM
Yeah, yeah - and "Read the manual"

 :grin:
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: OldGit on January 28, 2017, 09:39:42 AM
Give it a damn good kick.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Firebird on January 29, 2017, 12:27:39 AM
Yeah, yeah - and "Read the manual"

 :grin:

You mean RTFM  :)
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Tom62 on January 29, 2017, 07:56:58 AM
Yeah, yeah - and "Read the manual"

 :grin:

You mean RTFM  :)

And GIYF
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Recusant on January 29, 2017, 08:26:20 AM
I finally got back to the task of removing the "This site may be hacked" warning from Google search results for the www.happyatheistforum.com/ page. The forum itself does not have a warning and is just fine, and in fact the actual page above is perfectly safe as well. Members of this site as well as visitors can continue to come here safely.

However, there is something going on (apparently there is a bot creating pages using the site name), and we'll see how long it takes to fix it.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: xSilverPhinx on January 29, 2017, 01:06:35 PM
Those pesky bots... ::)
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on January 29, 2017, 01:27:20 PM
Those pesky bots... ::)
I might use a somewhat stronger adjective for those who design those bots! Pity they can't use their evident skills for good purposes.

 >:(

Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Recusant on January 29, 2017, 07:19:32 PM
However, there is something going on (apparently there is a bot creating pages using the site name), and we'll see how long it takes to fix it.

The Grey Eminence Himself has got involved with this, and so at some point there is likely to be some downtime(s) for the forum as he expells the parasite(s). There will be a warning when that is in the works. Praise be to Asmo!
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on January 29, 2017, 07:45:59 PM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: xSilverPhinx on January 29, 2017, 09:05:35 PM
However, there is something going on (apparently there is a bot creating pages using the site name), and we'll see how long it takes to fix it.

The Grey Eminence Himself has got involved with this, and so at some point there is likely to be some downtime(s) for the forum as he expells the parasite(s). There will be a warning when that is in the works. Praise be to Asmo!

Praise be to the Gray One! :notworthy:
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on March 17, 2017, 07:16:13 AM
Well, looks like some photo sharing sites have a block on me! :(

Have been using the Photobucket Android app for a long time now. Fairly intuitive and it gave a link that showed the picture in the post. Then it all changed . . .
Suddenly my user name and password, saved in my Google account, are not recognised. Manual start up fsiled. Attempt to open a new account failed, even using different email, user name and password, "Sign in failed".

Got close once but, though there was no Captcha code offered, just an "I am not a robot" tick box, I still got it wrong somehow!

Tried Tinypic, despite it being crap, keep getting "Wrong code" message to every attempt.

Anyone else load up from Androud? If so which app do you use?

Oh, I tried Imgur, found it as intuitive as quantum mechanics! Might try that again though, getting desperate!

One for the forum techies - I seem to remember a page where we could set various things, like I set "Youtube" to only display the link only, not the start screen. Could this have any bearing and where is that page anyway?
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Arturo on March 17, 2017, 07:20:37 AM
Well, looks like some photo sharing sites have a block on me! :(

Have been using the Photobucket Android app for a long time now. Fairly intuitive and it gave a link that showed the picture in the post. Then it all changed . . .
Suddenly my user name and password, saved in my Google account, are not recognised. Manual start up fsiled. Attempt to open a new account failed, even using different email, user name and password, "Sign in failed".

Got close once but, though there was no Captcha code offered, just an "I am not a robot" tick box, I still got it wrong somehow!

Tried Tinypic, despite it being crap, keep getting "Wrong code" message to every attempt.

Anyone else load up from Androud? If so which app do you use?

Oh, I tried Imgur, found it as intuitive as quantum mechanics! Might try that again though, getting desperate!

One for the forum techies - I seem to remember a page where we could set various things, like I set "Youtube" to only display the link only, not the start screen. Could this have any bearing and where is that page anyway?

I use imgur and Google Photos. Imgur for when I want a file link and Google Photos for when I take my own photos.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on March 17, 2017, 07:47:11 AM
https://imgur.com/gallery/hO91f

Well, all I get is the link and not an actual picture!

When I hit "Share" on Photobucket I was firdt offered various locations, as in Imgur, and hitting "clipboard" then gave me various link formats to copy/paste. Now I just seem to get the link type above.

Adding "img" tags just gives me a picture place holder on my screen.

(https://imgur.com/gallery/hO91f)


Hmm,  IIRC the original Photobucket link ended with a .jpg label.

Arturo, can you post a link from Imgur but edit it with asterixs for the brackets please, so that I can see the format.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on March 17, 2017, 08:51:58 AM
Yup, Photobucket seem to wiped out my account, no longer works on any device I have. Must recognise the router.

And no versions that I download seem to offer link formats for forums.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on March 17, 2017, 08:55:45 AM
(http://i67.tinypic.com/2whinfo.jpg)

Ok, worked out how Tinypic has changed. You gave to sit through an advert to get the "code".
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Arturo on March 17, 2017, 04:48:23 PM
https://imgur.com/gallery/hO91f

Well, all I get is the link and not an actual picture!

When I hit "Share" on Photobucket I was firdt offered various locations, as in Imgur, and hitting "clipboard" then gave me various link formats to copy/paste. Now I just seem to get the link type above.

Adding "img" tags just gives me a picture place holder on my screen.

(https://imgur.com/gallery/hO91f)


Hmm,  IIRC the original Photobucket link ended with a .jpg label.

Arturo, can you post a link from Imgur but edit it with asterixs for the brackets please, so that I can see the format.

Yeah I can do that but it would be easier if I told you how to get the link.

What you do is go to your picture
Long press your finger over it until a menu pops up
Press open in new tab
Copy the web address
Now you have a usable link *https://i.imgur.com/hzBiTPV_d.webp?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=high*
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on March 17, 2017, 05:01:27 PM
https://imgur.com/gallery/hO91f

Well, all I get is the link and not an actual picture!

When I hit "Share" on Photobucket I was firdt offered various locations, as in Imgur, and hitting "clipboard" then gave me various link formats to copy/paste. Now I just seem to get the link type above.

Adding "img" tags just gives me a picture place holder on my screen.

(https://imgur.com/gallery/hO91f)


Hmm,  IIRC the original Photobucket link ended with a .jpg label.

Arturo, can you post a link from Imgur but edit it with asterixs for the brackets please, so that I can see the format.

Yeah I can do that but it would be easier if I told you how to get the link.

What you do is go to your picture
Long press your finger over it until a menu pops up
Press open in new tab
Copy the web address
Now you have a usable link *https://i.imgur.com/hzBiTPV_d.webp?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=high*

OK, but that is not exactly intuitive to me! Too used yo just tapping a picture, a box with a tick appears and I upload. Similar pricess selects the pic to share.

Not vastly different but a short tap rather than a "touch and wait" :)

Took me a while to learn how to upload.

Enough to fool this bear with a simple brain.

Taken Imgur out now, can't remember what name and p-word I used . . .  Photobucket seemed so simple and relatively intuitive, there were always clues on the screen on how to do the next step. I do love intuitive designs for this sort of stuff, lead me by the hand and spoon feed me in this sort of thing. But so many designers want to show how clever they (think they) are.

I like the "work the logic out for yourself" in puzzle games etc, not in tools, the simplest, most efficient tool is the best one.

/rant

Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Arturo on March 17, 2017, 05:53:43 PM
https://imgur.com/gallery/hO91f

Well, all I get is the link and not an actual picture!

When I hit "Share" on Photobucket I was firdt offered various locations, as in Imgur, and hitting "clipboard" then gave me various link formats to copy/paste. Now I just seem to get the link type above.

Adding "img" tags just gives me a picture place holder on my screen.

(https://imgur.com/gallery/hO91f)


Hmm,  IIRC the original Photobucket link ended with a .jpg label.

Arturo, can you post a link from Imgur but edit it with asterixs for the brackets please, so that I can see the format.

Yeah I can do that but it would be easier if I told you how to get the link.

What you do is go to your picture
Long press your finger over it until a menu pops up
Press open in new tab
Copy the web address
Now you have a usable link *https://i.imgur.com/hzBiTPV_d.webp?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=high*

OK, but that is not exactly intuitive to me! Too used yo just tapping a picture, a box with a tick appears and I upload. Similar pricess selects the pic to share.

Not vastly different but a short tap rather than a "touch and wait" :)

Took me a while to learn how to upload.

Enough to fool this bear with a simple brain.

Taken Imgur out now, can't remember what name and p-word I used . . .  Photobucket seemed so simple and relatively intuitive, there were always clues on the screen on how to do the next step. I do love intuitive designs for this sort of stuff, lead me by the hand and spoon feed me in this sort of thing. But so many designers want to show how clever they (think they) are.

I like the "work the logic out for yourself" in puzzle games etc, not in tools, the simplest, most efficient tool is the best one.

/rant
I'm not really a fan of imgur on mobile devices, there is too many steps. However I do like the computer version.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Arturo on March 17, 2017, 09:40:56 PM
Is there someone here who can make a picture bigger? I want some art for my YouTube channel and I already have the picture I want, it's just too small. I need it to be 2048 x 1152 please. Also, if you can some how give it a plane white background I'd love you forever.

This is the picture. Rather large for a forum but not for YouTube I guess.

Spoiler: show
(http://fontmeme.com/permalink/170317/bd6240cfbc94fe691e8b1194425ca8b4.png)
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Arturo on March 18, 2017, 04:17:31 AM
Another thing, I want to move all my videos from their current channel to my original one. Is there anyway I can download them to my tablet?
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Davin on March 20, 2017, 02:07:45 PM
What is the font that is used? Without that, it's still possible, but it will be more difficult.

I don't know about downloading videos on a tablet, but I've done it on my PC.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Arturo on March 20, 2017, 06:20:49 PM
What is the font that is used? Without that, it's still possible, but it will be more difficult.

I don't know about downloading videos on a tablet, but I've done it on my PC.

I've got the videos and reuploaded them to my new channel.

Not sure of the font used, will have to get back to you on that. But anything that looks close will be fine.

Edit: Font is Cloister Black
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Davin on March 20, 2017, 07:11:43 PM
So here are the steps:

1. Download the font (I assume you already have it though)
2. Download and install GIMP
3. Open GIMP
4. Create new image: File->New then make the dimensions 2048x1152
5. Add in alpha channel: Layer->Transparency->Add Alpha Channel
6. Delete the background: [Ctrl]+[A], [Delete]
7. Select the font tool and then select the font (Cloister Black)
8. Click inside the image then type out what you want (Arturo)
9. Resize the font and move it about until you get it the way you want it
10. Save the image: File->Export As

(http://i.imgur.com/zefFru5.png)
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Arturo on March 20, 2017, 07:32:07 PM
So here are the steps:

1. Download the font (I assume you already have it though)
2. Download and install GIMP
3. Open GIMP
4. Create new image: File->New then make the dimensions 2048x1152
5. Add in alpha channel: Layer->Transparency->Add Alpha Channel
6. Delete the background: [Ctrl]+[A], [Delete]
7. Select the font tool and then select the font (Cloister Black)
8. Click inside the image then type out what you want (Arturo)
9. Resize the font and move it about until you get it the way you want it
10. Save the image: File->Export As

(http://i.imgur.com/zefFru5.png)

Thanks
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Father Bruno on March 23, 2017, 03:01:15 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/2aIwb1V.jpg)
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on March 23, 2017, 03:44:10 PM
^   :picard facepalm:

But also
Spoiler: show
 :lol:
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Father Bruno on March 29, 2017, 06:52:56 PM
There's a woman who works here in our office who's semi-retired. Comes in about once a week.

She alway's has computer problems which either my boss or I help her with when she's here.

When she was still full time it got to where I was almost spending as much time in her office as mine, especially when we moved her from a Windows PC to a Mac. (Oh Vey :-X) This was after we did away with our IT Department.

Besides her lack of computer skills the one thing that is difficult to deal with is the condition she keeps her computer in. I mean it's so totally disgusting, keyboard and touch pad on her laptop are practically encrusted and the screen looks like it was peppered with the spray from a million fucking sneezes.

Anyway, my boss was just in her office helping her get reconnected to our server, and as she walk past my office door she was holding her hands out in front of her as she headed to the restroom to wash her hands, she glanced in my office and made a face like she had just cleaned up after someone with the plague.

I've mentioned the lack of hygiene to her before, and have even wiped of the keyboard and touchpad on occasion, but now that we only see her once a week it's seems to have gotten much worse.

I'm thinking of asking my boss, to say something to her boss about having her keep it clean, I mean it is company property after-all and the fact that others have to touch the fucking thing.

Anyone else deal with this before? (My wife's iPad screen is fairly nasty, when she ask's me to look at it I sometimes make a face, but at home I just end of cleaning it for her cuz' that's what dudes do!)
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on March 29, 2017, 06:58:41 PM
How's about you pay your next visit to old sneezy wearing a surgical mask and gloves, FB?

 :devil2:
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Icarus on April 17, 2017, 01:29:36 AM
Today when I accessed the HAF forum, the first thing I got was a full screen popup that is a survey or opinion poll about HAF. It offered me a chance to win $50.  I closed that screen and later shut off the computer. Now that I have later restarted the computer, dialed HAF, the same polling screen popped up.

Q: is that something the HAF is doing or is it some kind of scam that preys on poor old slobs like me?  I suspect the latter.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Arturo on April 17, 2017, 03:48:51 AM
Today when I accessed the HAF forum, the first thing I got was a full screen popup that is a survey or opinion poll about HAF. It offered me a chance to win $50.  I closed that screen and later shut off the computer. Now that I have later restarted the computer, dialed HAF, the same polling screen popped up.

Q: is that something the HAF is doing or is it some kind of scam that preys on poor old slobs like me?  I suspect the latter.

It hasn't done it for me so I suspect scam
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Tank on April 17, 2017, 08:14:04 AM
Today when I accessed the HAF forum, the first thing I got was a full screen popup that is a survey or opinion poll about HAF. It offered me a chance to win $50.  I closed that screen and later shut off the computer. Now that I have later restarted the computer, dialed HAF, the same polling screen popped up.

Q: is that something the HAF is doing or is it some kind of scam that preys on poor old slobs like me?  I suspect the latter.
Scam. Nothing to do with HAF. If HAF organised something like this we'd tell people it is happening before we did it.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Icarus on April 17, 2017, 06:46:30 PM
Than you. I suspected some scheme that would try to sell me a bible, a penis enlarging scheme. or stock in a wildcat oil drilling venture.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on April 17, 2017, 06:49:33 PM
Than you. I suspected some scheme that would try to sell me a bible, a penis enlarging scheme. or stock in a wildcat oil drilling venture.

Whereabouts do they drill for wild cats then!  :notsure:
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: OldGit on April 18, 2017, 08:05:27 PM
No, Glos - they drill things using wildcat oil as a lubricant.  It is said to work well.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on April 18, 2017, 08:07:33 PM
No, Glos - they drill things using wildcat oil as a lubricant.  It is said to work well.

Ah, they drill the oil out of the wildcats?
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Icarus on August 20, 2017, 12:22:21 AM
Tech guys...Help!!!
 At some time in the past my windows 8 system was seized by the evil Microsoft villains. They installed Widows 10 on my PC without my permission, blessing, or method of stopping the uninvited invasion.

In fact I got along well enough with 10. It has some features that are useful or at least useful if I knew how to use them.  Never mind that part. ....It comes to pass that a standard Win 8 built in  program could and did transfer photos from the cameras HDSC card to the PC. That facility has been corrupted by the change from 8 to 10. An unintended flaw in the 10 system.When I explore that malady I find that it is a common flaw.

I have looked all over the place to find a program (app) that I could install to fix the transfer problem. All the apps that I find, promise to transfer I-phone photos to the PC but not from the camera or the card to the PC. I used to use Picasa but that is now considered obsolete and no longer supported by Google or whoever the proprietor is/was.

Is there any hope for my poor ignorant self?  Must I buy a new PC, abandon my former ability to transfer photos and subsequently post them, or take to heavier drinking?
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on August 20, 2017, 05:27:41 AM
This is a weird one, Icarus, but the sort of thing that increases my hatred of Microshit.

I seem to remember that my new laptop would not recognise SD cards for a while but cannot remember the fix unfortunately.

However, related to this. Later I found it was not recognising a new archive drive either. In fact it would not recognise the old drive that had worked perfectly with the old W10 laptop. After a bit if investigation I found that my Avira security software was blocking them. It was generating a dialogue box - but it was hidden behind any open windows, including "File manager"! Once I found that I ticked the "always connect" type box and it worked OK thereafter.

Check in you security level settings to see if W10 has set them at max as a default. Check for "hidden" dialogue boxes from your security software as well if you can.

Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: hermes2015 on August 20, 2017, 05:42:44 AM
Icarus, I would like to help, but I have no experience with the iphone. I have come across this site: https://www.imore.com/how-transfer-your-iphone-and-ipad-photos-windows-10

It may help.

I would also check the security settings.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: hermes2015 on August 20, 2017, 05:54:21 AM
Also this one https://airmore.com/iphone-photos-to-windows-10.html
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Icarus on August 20, 2017, 10:35:52 PM
Thank you gentlemen. 

I am suspicious of the anti virus app that I am using. AVAST has been particularly picky about what it would allow to enter the PC. I will work on the process of persuading Avast to allow photo loading.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on September 26, 2017, 09:15:18 AM
Anybody having problems posting Imgur links? I can get a link OK but the image does not appear in preview or on posting.

No error messages.
Title: Re: Tech help
Post by: Dave on September 26, 2017, 09:21:18 AM
(https://imgur.com/8wO0nJp.jpg)

Ah! Think I have found the problem, for some reason the file extendion .jpg is not being attached to the link.