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Harm Reduction Notes for the COVID-19 Pandemic

OS drive issues

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- Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:46:17 EST fF6eQRLM No.121624
File: 1518795977720.jpg -(618518B / 604.02KB, 1908x1069) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. OS drive issues
Hey /tech/. I posted something similar to this once like 2 years ago when I had some phantom program eating up space on my windows drive, and someone recommended that I install WinDirStat to check it out. More recently space on my drive just keeps shrinking without me adding to it directly (fuckin windows), and I'm wondering if one of you tech gods can take a look at this breakdown and advise if anything stands out that I can just straight up delete.

I know I need to reformat this drive but I'm lazy and really don't feel like doing it right now. Hoping I can clear up some space and do it when I have a little more free time on my hands.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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SamuelMollertidging.sea - Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:01:35 EST i0PXx4gq No.121713 Reply
Oh, a point in favor if WinDirStat: WizTree can't scan your 10gigabit NAS.

The WizTree recommendation is great though. Didn't know about it.
CarolineHindleman.deb - Wed, 28 Mar 2018 07:32:27 EST aNa5lZli No.121714 Reply
yall here sound like my grandmother when she started using the computer
SamuelHingerletch.mpp - Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:10:34 EST ZIjF8/dM No.121749 Reply
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Really liking Wiztree, thanks man.

OP I didnt read your question, idk man, just format the drive.

Mirror samsung galaxy j3 display to standard hd tv

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- Tue, 03 Apr 2018 04:45:12 EST 3e6+35pB No.121732
File: 1522745112325.jpg -(860157B / 840.00KB, 1932x2576) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Mirror samsung galaxy j3 display to standard hd tv
Super short version: I want to broadcast what my smartphone is displaying onto my TV, like you would a laptop, for example. The phone is a Samsung j3 eclipse, and the TV is a standard Samsung HDTV, not a smart TV.

More detailed version: I want to watch shit from the WWE network. My only source of internet is my phone, which I have unlimited data on. However, I only have 15 GB per month of hotspot data, which I have already used this month.

I have a media player that plugs into my TV and shows videos off of a flash drive. I had planned on using video downloader apps to download video from the WWE network, based on advice from /wooo that you could watch their videos from a regular browser and not just their own app. That advice was wrong.

I want to watch wrestlemania this sunday, on the TV, not my phone's small-ass screen. Based on what I've looked into so far, it looks like my only option is to watch it with their app, on my phone, and mirror my phone's screen to the tv. I've never done this before, though, and don't know exactly how to do it. I've heard of several devices, but I know some of them require specific phones, and specific TVs, with specific sorts of inputs on them.

Does anyone here have any experience with this? How did you do it? If absolutely have to buy something, be it a cord or (hopefully) inexpensive device, so be it, but I would really like to get some advice from someone who actually does stuff like this, and can tell me from experience.
EbenezerCiffingford.prn - Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:22:28 EST JVi2i32g No.121733 Reply
If the phone and TV both support MHL, you can do this with USB to HDMI. If not, you'll have to screen cast to either the TV or the media player. They probably don't want you to do this, so you may need root.

AI Alarmism

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- Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:14:14 EST 7F/QA+Tm No.121628
File: 1518812054604.jpg -(47555B / 46.44KB, 777x437) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. AI Alarmism
Help me understand people who are oh-so-concerned about newly developed AI tools.

Alas, deep fakes, derp fakes, synthesizing Film or other convincing data like voice recordings, 3D models, etc...
Yeah it takes into question the suitability of recordings in curt. And what else?

Then there is this guy (also gives TED talks inventing scary tech related "scenarios")

What's wrong with people? Has decades of machine uprising scifi made everybody so afraid that they won't appreciate simple non-intelligent tools that make menial work unnecessary?
HeddaPandernot.dot - Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:25:25 EST J1pIaln5 No.121707 Reply
Stephen Hawking, a renowned AI expert, said it will end the human race.

Laptop buying help

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- Mon, 26 Feb 2018 21:10:27 EST Rf3PXqAk No.121662
File: 1519697427835.jpg -(311410B / 304.11KB, 2048x2048) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Laptop buying help
So both my old laptops are broke.One of them makes an extremely loud noise and the keyboard is fucked from spilling tea onto it years ago.
The other one has the screen hanging on by its threads and also makes a big loud nose and doesn't load up for more than 5 seconds.

>What I need it for.
>Browsing the web-I'm sick of only using my iPhone.
>Strewing films onto my tv and playing music when o don't want to use Spotify on my phone.
>secure dark market use so I'll probably want to use tails OS on it
>I would like to start playing about with music making programs for fun
>I'd like to relearn photoshop so I could make cool photos for a business I have planned.

Ive seen you can get some refurbished laptops for about £200

A quick look and these are two laptops that I think would work

Any suggestions ?

>should I strip my old laptops
I have an
Aspire 5742 and a HP compaq 6720

Could I just take the ram and what ever out of them and put them into a new or are the brand specific ?
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HamiltonBimblewack.dun - Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:40:37 EST 8UMzqt6I No.121688 Reply
I think you're confusing us with someone else. Also I bought a refurbished HP Elitebook. Good purchase.
GrahamGerrycocke.sea - Sat, 10 Mar 2018 13:07:31 EST 0rPM4vKf No.121689 Reply
/tech/ has always been driveby support tickets for users who barely know what's going on. I like this place, but I get the feeling you'd might like lain/arisuchan better. They have the sort of vibe you're describing.
PhyllisNickleville.com - Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:43:56 EST MBIV0V9j No.121704 Reply
A lot of us grow out of that phase. Not everyone in 420chan is a jerk ass.

room mates tv not working

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- Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:30:42 EST kRCVkc1/ No.121697
File: 1521250242892.jpg -(89560B / 87.46KB, 799x571) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. room mates tv not working
Long story short, I set up my router to control the bandwidth on my room mates tv. He was using a cheap tv with built in Amazon, Netflix Hulu, youtube, spotify streaming apps. So he stopped watching netflix because the video was coming out in a horribly low resolution. A few days later and his tv won't turn on anymore. Did I do something to cause this?
HughPockbanks.tar - Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:01:52 EST vpfE8QdL No.121698 Reply
No, you cant damage anything by limiting the bandwidth.
Hardware failure

Packet error 11 while spied on?

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- Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:30:53 EST sch/V7/c No.121679
File: 1520015453316.png -(493307B / 481.75KB, 750x1334) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Packet error 11 while spied on?
Took a photo of the packet since log is huge!!
IsabellaBemmlefuck.bmp - Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:44:31 EST mLsbpqlD No.121680 Reply
That's not a packet and you're schizophrenic, but since you're being spied on I guess it's still pretty serious. Tell Apple.


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- Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:52:32 EST YFG8HiNl No.121622
File: 1518785552525.png -(159258B / 155.53KB, 949x719) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43072266
Google has launched an ad-blocker for its Chrome web browser that is designed to prevent "annoying" and "intrusive" ads being shown to users.
Google announced the move to curtail full-page and auto-playing video ads, among others, last year.
The choice of which ads to block will be determined by the Coalition for Better Ads (CBA) - made up of companies including Google and Facebook.
Sites will have 30 days to remove disruptive ads before blocking begins.
A survey of 40,000 US and European web users found that the most intrusive ads were full-page ads that hide the content of a web page and flashing animated ads, according to a blog by Chris Bentzel at Google.

"Chrome will automatically block ads on sites that fail the Better Ads Standards," wrote Bentzel.
"When at least one network request has been blocked, Chrome will show the user a message indicating that ad blocking has occurred as well as an option to disable this setting....."
The ad industry was generally accepting of the move, said Emily Tan, an editor at Campaign magazine.
"At first, people were worried that it would be implementing ad-blocking across the board," she told the BBC.
"Now everyone has a clearer picture of what it does."

Block party
Sites that have already altered the ads they show after being warned by Google include the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune.
However, users who simply want to block as many ads as possible may seek other solutions.
Rival firm Adblock Plus has analysed how effective a CBA ad-detection tool can be, in terms of its ability to block ads described in a CBA white paper published last year.
The analysis found that the CBA blocker failed to prevent ads that re-positioned article text on a web page while users were reading it, for example to make way for auto-playing video ads.
"In total, the new CBA-endorsed ad skimmer will only block 16.4 percent of the ad types listed in its white paper " said a spokeswoman for Adblock Plus.
She added that Adblock Plus blocks 92.7% of ads by comparison.
The Chrome browser is in use on approximately 60% of computers and mobile devices, according to statistics from Stat Counter, W3Counter and Net Applications.
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zedki.luzici - Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:09:47 EST wmCnCRWE No.121636 Reply
I have been using this link added to my hosts file to block most ads: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.txt I have also added; JavaScript Popup Blocker, No AutoPlay & Stop Autoplay for Youtube to my chrome type browsers. Seems to take out about 90% of the ads.
ErnestFabberfield.raw - Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:31:49 EST 0rPM4vKf No.121660 Reply
Largest advertiser on the internet blocks competitor's ads natively?

I agree with >>121623 about what the strategy is here, but google keeps throwing around their weight like this... I wonder if it's going to get them into antitrust trouble eventually.
AlbertMezzlenod.css - Mon, 26 Feb 2018 17:48:37 EST UAHcqrSJ No.121661 Reply

Consider Google is US based. The (mostly right) policans and unwitting, haha 'followers,' made it possible so peoples information can be sold to this highest biddder. So basically no privacy. I doubt google has ever scraped peoples emails.

Heck, don't even have to wait for things to land on a server, ingoingg outgoing information is open to the trump fuks, and basically underminining our whole
internet infracrature. Trying to bring outher nations down along with the whole show deal.

Device manager > Graphics card uninstall

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- Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:12:17 EST SDMyHh4P No.121641
File: 1519085537009.png -(40872B / 39.91KB, 762x543) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Device manager > Graphics card uninstall
If i uninstall my graphics card from the Device Manager....

Then restart my computer, will it install back on relaunch?

(The HDMI output isn't running correctly and thought this might fix it)
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PhineasSirrywell.pcl - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:48:08 EST oD76BDaE No.121647 Reply
I assume this is a plugin card.

If it is a plugin card, do msconfig under start/run, see what is under start.
May be some worthless stuff related to the card or monitor.

Some disagree, especially tech from companies and say get drivers from the cards website. I think windows update does just fine with graphics cards and monitors. Could be a monitor driver as well.

But my point is updates from websites often install stuff you may never need. Nor want performance wise.
CharlotteHinnerbudge.art - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:27:17 EST v8LzmCtL No.121648 Reply
It'd probably be safer to uninstall from add/remove first, reboot the computer
sometimes it'll get redetected. then uninstall from device manager and reboot again to make sure it's completely gone (should default to generic VGA). at that point you can reinstall the driver from scratch.

because otherwise the driver files are still there and it'll autodetect upon reboot.

unless that IS your goal. then do as you mentioned originally.
this behavior hasn't been standardized (despite Microsoft guidelines) and your results may vary depending on device and manufacturer...

Discord Chat

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- Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:41:54 EST CIR3MSyV No.121634
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Check out /g/ - a Discord server about technology and programming with almost no censorship.
Talk freely about all the exciting stuff and feel free to check out our extensive NSFW channels.

Pic unrelated.

PhineasWavinggold.dxf - Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:10:29 EST CjPQYWBu No.121635 Reply
Thanks. I exclusively use discords that are spammed at me.
HughGattingspear.bak - Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:23:35 EST Z/6I9fva No.121639 Reply
if you're concerned about censorship, you should probably be using matrix
CharlotteHiggledadge.wri - Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:25:12 EST Vo9Ylb6B No.121640 Reply
Oh no he doesn't care about censorship. What happened is he was asked to leave another Discord where he was considered an undesirable element and he's saying that won't happen on his Discord. So go be a giant faggot there all you like.

Career options

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- Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:24:52 EST tOh/RtMs No.121619
File: 1518657892865.jpg -(25009B / 24.42KB, 500x281) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Career options
Guys i need some advice. i am 28 year old male, livin in Eastern europe, at the moment im working in warehouse and all of my life worked physical jobs but im also attending college(Multimedia technologies degree)
Im very uncertain of which career path to choose. im very introverted, have terrible anxiety but still i want to move on in life, one of my main character quality is that i have very rich imagination and good sense of humour(dunno how that helps lol)
So i must choose between few different career options:
  1. Sound engineer and producing(i like it alot, but huge downside that there are practicaly no jobs in my country for that branch)
  2. Graphic designer,like Photoshop master and etc.(its ok but i kinda suck at drawing,in a sense i never trained myself how to draw)
  3. Programming games or software (alot of job offers for this, but sometimes i think its too hard for me, since i cant into logic and ima brainlet for maths)
  4. Web developer (lots of jobs, but kinda meh for me)
  5. 3D artist,animator ( looks fun)
  6. Sysadmin or helpdesk, like IT route (well, maybe its boring but i think requires least brain usage)
So what do you think guys, what would be the best and most lucrative career path for an old fart like me?
Maybe some of you already working in one of my listed fields, and could share expierences? ive tried so many of these things, but if i want to make something out of myself i need to focus on one specific thing i guess ;/
Thank you for your time
EmmaFirringfield.xcf - Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:21:07 EST vpfE8QdL No.121620 Reply
sound engineer designer and 3d artist is meme degrees

Mouse pads

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- Tue, 09 Jan 2018 02:43:23 EST sZjf2qNL No.121515
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Sup /tech/

I'm not sure if this is a subject better suited for you or /vg/ but hopefully some of you can share some experiences.

So basically I have used the Razer Goliathus Speed mouse pad for about 2 years. Although it's a great pad, I was really having issues with friction under my mouse (yes I would periodically clean the mat but it never seemed as smooth as it once was) so at the suggestion of my friend, I decided to try out a hard mouse mat.

I ended up getting the Corsair MM600 and for the most part, I like it. My problems with friction are obviously gone and I feel like flick shots are a lot easier. Pixel accuracy is still a bit difficult but I've had the pad for almost a week and am hoping I just adjust to it.

I do have one issue though, I tend to sometimes spin out (point at the sky) or the tracking will stop short on big swipes. I've read that sometimes the sensor can't keep up with fast movements, however this is a Logitech G Pro mouse I'm using. I also have used the surface tuning in the software (the hard pad preset seems the best).

I would like to know if anyone here has had similar experiences and if the problems went away after awhile (maybe breaking the pad in or something). I really don't want to stop using the pad but it is fucking me over a bit in FPS games like Siege or Overwatch.

Thank you.
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A_SpawnProjectile - Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:32:59 EST TFFFglOw No.121532 Reply
I have logitech g400 and I notice the sensor ducks out (misses input) in the same way you describe. Using the onboard settings cause this, for some reason. It can solved by using on-disk settings only and also you should firewall laclient.exe/Logitech Analytics Client
BarnabyGimmleshit.vbx - Fri, 02 Feb 2018 01:48:36 EST 2AqX6NCU No.121575 Reply
I also had this problem. I ended up just throwing it away and getting a new one
EugeneHoneygold.bz2 - Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:58:59 EST EwiLwHz4 No.121618 Reply
It should be in msconfig under startup, or be removed in add/remove programs.
Annoyance programs the make things difficult and serve little purpose for the end user.

Old windows 7 installation merging to new one

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- Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:57:22 EST notOZan7 No.121449
File: 1511755042203.gif -(1533721B / 1.46MB, 250x250) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Old windows 7 installation merging to new one
Hey /tech/, I have a rather perplexing problem on my hands, and I'd figured i'd ask you guys here since you've rarely let me down; Is there a way to merge all my programs, settings, registry settings, files, and basically everything from an old windows installation to a new one that was installed on the same disk that the old installation is on?

I have a folder on my new OS install called "Windows.Old, which is basically my old setup but I have a feeling that if I try to move that folder to my new one it will not have the same effect as a full migration.

So what I'm asking here is this: Is there ANY software that will allow me to perform this kind of operation or am I just stuck with a fragmented set of my shit from both installations? Has anyone had this problem before, and if you have, what have you heard about it?
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LydiaGandlewug.gid - Sat, 30 Dec 2017 13:00:15 EST AOc2VGw2 No.121501 Reply
The windows.old folder is a backup folder for windows 10 upgrades that allows you to roll back the installation in case you recieved a major update or you have upgraded to Windows 10.
The folder is basically a backup of that earlier Windows build or installation.

If you have Win7, and want to reinstall Win7, you can export any registry changes via regedit > File > Export...
This wil generate a .reg file with the selected registry folders, keys and values that can be installed on the new install.
You cannot select multiple items in regedit, so make a.reg from each of the HKEY folders if you want a full backup

Files can always be backed up to another drive or USB stick.

If you have Win10 and want to reinstall Win7, you can and should only move the files.

For some programs (eg. Steam games), you can copy the files and folders to another drive or partition, and then re-add the given folder in the program. After some verification, the games will usually work again

Copying settings varies from program to program

If the installation is on the same PC, you will need a USB drive or external HDD.

Easy Transfer is pre-installed on win7, and works with both x86 and x64 versions (however, you cannot transfer an x64 OS to an x86 installation)... it also works between win7 machines/installations.

There are a few limitations of the easy transfer, in that it may not pick up all programs or settings, but it should work for the most part, especially any M$-related programs
BarnabyGimmleshit.vbx - Fri, 02 Feb 2018 02:04:12 EST 2AqX6NCU No.121576 Reply
you're best bet is to just reinstall everything. Just install gentoo
EugeneHoneygold.bz2 - Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:51:47 EST EwiLwHz4 No.121617 Reply
There are a few limitations of the easy transfer,

Actually more than a few. It is designed merely for transferring, an install to another hard drive, or another computer. It cannot be upgraded from, say win 7 premium to ultimate. The .old file will not work this way.

My guess is person installed windows within windows. no mention of what the old windows was.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/recover-personal-files-from-windows-old-in-windows-8/ Same principal I assume.

win.old is created when there is an existing windows already installed. Or like 7 8 to 10, upgrade, where again, there was already a windows version already installed.

Not enough information.

How the fuck does data work?

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- Wed, 31 Jan 2018 23:54:54 EST 2cWAM2MD No.121569
File: 1517460894207.jpg -(9784B / 9.55KB, 225x225) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. How the fuck does data work?
So you visit a web page and what happens? An html page is rendered from the software environment of your OS which is generated by the hardware on your computer (this is where it gets foggy for me) the processor does something with the hard drive (ok what’s a motherboard it has to be doing something right?) yadda yadda logical circuits and bill gates’ your uncle and it all happens. Anyone board enough to explain this to me? Maybe shame me and point me towards some free educational material? In b4 Google it fgt.
HughDarringnut.mov - Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:14:49 EST PgeFZ6XI No.121613 Reply
Modern web browsers are essentially live interfaces which can be modified on-the-fly, even as you are reading a page.

The human mind is a reality rectification machine which will rationalise inconsistencies in its input if they appear in a blind spot, such as changes being made to a web page during a saccade: the constant instances of rapid eye movement during which you are effectively blind.

Webcams are omnipresent are perfectly suited for retinal tracking.

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