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  1. Stephan55

    THE GET SMART THREAD

    A thread for people who wish to get smarter, or just learn some trivial facts to impress their friends. Enjoy!
  2. Stephan55

    Windows 10 For TCM?

    First I'd like to say that I am NOT promoting Windows 10. It was just the first thing that entered my head when trying to come up with a title for this thread. What I do want to discuss (to a limited degree) with those interested and/or concerned is the "New" Windows 10 Operating system. WHY, you may (or not) ask? Well, here is why... We all use some electronic internet device to communicate on these boards. For many of us it is a computer, and all computers use an operating system (OS) to function. If you are using a MAC or Linux OS then you can excuse yourself from this thread, as you are not likely effected at all by anything that will be said here. If you are using a recently purchased "newly manufactured" PC that came with Win 10 pre-installed, then you may want to read elsewhere, as you knew that you were purchasing a Win 10 system when you bought it, and your systems components were likely configured with the Win 10 OS system in mind, and are the least likely to have any compatibility issues. If you "had" either a Win 7 or 8 OS on your system and recently upgraded to Win 10, and have had NO compatibility issues, and are happy with your "Upgrade" then you may also want to read no further, as this thread will likely not discuss or address any issues of concern to you. If however, you are like many of us on these boards that are older, and may have or prefer using an older OS on a personal computer (PC) that you are reasonably happy or content with, then read on, as you may find the content of my post and this thread relevant. And when I say an "older" OS I mean Windows 7 and 8. (Here it is) if you have Win 7 or 8 as your OS and have had your life made miserable by Microsoft and their Windows 10 "promotion" campaign, then please read on, as you are the target audience whom are most likely to benefit with your time & patience spent here. Many of Us have been experiencing a barrage of ads and intrusions on our PCs asking us to "Upgrade" to Win 10. Many of us have been told that an Upgrade is forthcoming and imminent, and a few of us (within the last 3-6 months) have discovered large files (3-6 GB) automatically downloaded to our systems root OS hard drives, at the expense of gobbling up perhaps limited internet provider bandwith and/or hard drive space. And a few of us (since the beginning of this month), may have started their PCs and discovered that they now had Win 10 installed, and are really NOT very happy about it. Point is that those of us that fit into this category have been allowing Microsoft (either through automatic updates, or by uninformed selection) to examine the innards of our PCs (as well as our online habits), and provide that feedback to Microsoft. If MS has determined that our PCs and their current OS are "compatible" for an upgrade to Win 10, then they have been secretly installing "recommended" (and some even labeled as "important") System Updates to our PCs enabling them to spy further and eventually download and even install Windows 10 automatically on our machines WITHOUT ASKING or INFORMING US! Their response when queried about this is that "They believe" Win 10 to be the "stablest" and "best" OS Microsoft has ever come up with, so why wouldn't anyone want it on their PCs. However those of us who have been around have heard that same song with every OS that MS has ever made available, and we know that claim rings hollow with most of them.... They also say that Windows 10 is the "last" OS that MS will ever introduce. That statement may very well ring true as the advent of MS Office 365 introduced the annual "subscription fee" to that suite of programs. In return for that annual fee, for whatever version of Office 365 you may be "renting" (as with the varied antivirus subscriptions that many of us are already accustomed to automatically renewing) MS Office will perpetually be updated with whatever "revision" that MS deems appropriate for "us" automatically. MS offers Win 10 to us now as a "free" upgrade. but of course they reserve the right to change any of their provisions at anytime, without either informing nor asking users if they agree. By virtue of using their software "we" have already "agreed" to whatever condition MS deems appropriate, including a much more profitable annual fee Operating System "subscription," should MS see fit to implement it, as many believe they eventually will. Granted, there may be some good reasons for persons to "Upgrade" but perhaps not now, and certainly NOT if for whatever reason the user doesn't want to upgrade. But MS has and is displaying an unprecedented aggressive "marketing" campaign. Microsoft has demonstrated an attitude that They know what is best for us and, if we don't voluntarily Upgrade to their new OS, then They will do it For (or To) us automatically.... whether we desire it or not. Hence all these "discrete" (covertly misleadingly "recommended") system updates that allows them additional user "monitoring" as to what hardware and software we have installed, how we are using are systems, and with what apps, etc. Some of us, with an older OS and varied system configuration, can probably upgrade with no problem at all. For others such an upgrade is not only an unwanted disruption, but messes with their system functionality. For persons (such as myself), whom deliberately chose to install an older OS on their PC, such as Windows 7, even when we knew there are newer options available, consider it an affront (to say the least) that MS would, or attempt to deliberately change our OS against our wishes. My current laptop is fairly new, I purchased early last year. I ordered it built to my specifications, and I specified Win 7 Professional, because I knew that next to the no longer supported Win XP OS that it was a very stable and reasonably backward compatible Operating System, and I need that compatibility for several very expensive programs that I have no desire or need to upgrade. But because it is an expensive system with a lot of "horsepower" to last for several years, it is an ideal candidate for an unwanted "Upgrade" from MS. I first became annoyed with the incessant & intrusive MS "Upgrade" notices that began popping up on my system a few months ago. But when I recently found out that not only had MS installed additional spyware on my PC but were setting me up for an Upgrade that I specifically did NOT want, I got really P I S S E D, to put it mildly. I began searching for anyway to prevent this, and/or reverse what had already happened. I consider these unwanted Microsoft "updates" as insidious as PUPs, or Malware. 'PUP or PUPs' is a term used to describe unwanted programs such as Trojans, spyware and adware, along with other malware which may compromise your privacy. 'Malware' is an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software, including computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, and other malicious programs. It can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software. There are perhaps many on these boards that have long been aware of this type of Microsoft activity and are tech savvy enough to have already protected themselves. Kudos for you if you are, and please share what you can with the rest of us. But many MS users are not so gifted (including myself), and perhaps others on these boards fall into that category. Those of us that have been the least aware and most vulnerable to this kind of insult. And though I have tried to be as careful as I can, It is now painfully evident that I have not been careful enough. At the risk of being censored here, I'll just say that I am extremely offended by this kind of activity by Microsoft. I have been unwittingly allowing the installation of all of their "important" and "recommended" updates believing that they would help protect me from malicious activity and unwanted spying, and NOW discovering that I NEED to protect myself from my "protector" is akin to Microsoft being the biggest fox in charge of guarding the hen house. If you consider yourself a victim (rather than a willing participant) of this kind of MS activity then you may benefit from what I will share. I have discovered the names of many (but not all) of these "malicious" update files and manually removed them. i.e. Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3035583), (KB2952664), (KB3021917), etc. (NOTE: There are many similar files specific for Windows 8.) check out the list at the bottom of the following: (EDIT: Updated Link 3/24/2016) https://voat.co/v/technology/comments/853510 To my dismay, and even after I hid them from further install, and changed my MS settings to NOT download or install any files without my permission, MS had other files, already installed that allowed them to simply be automatically reinstalled) This is an ongoing thing with MS and they are becoming ever more aggressive in their efforts to force their customers which resist this Upgrade into accepting it whether they want to or not. The questionable updates have gone from being labeled as just "Optional" (which I always used to check before downloading), to "Recommended," and recently some of these have even been labeled as "Important" However upon closer examination they reveal themselves to be merely a ploy to allow Microsoft to load Windows 10 They will sometimes read as the following: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Update type: Recommended Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3021917) Update to Windows 7 SP1 for performance improvements About this update This update performs diagnostics in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) in order to determine whether performance issues may be encountered when the latest Windows operating system is installed. Telemetry is sent back to Microsoft for those computers that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). This update will help Microsoft and its partners deliver better system performance for customers who are seeking to install the latest Windows operating system. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ An Important note is I have NEVER agreed to participate in any CEIP. Ah but MS isn't talking about me, just my computer. It seems that they have chosen my PC to be part of their CEIP without my permission! Also, I am NOT seeking to install MS's latest Operating System. That doesn't matter, They will load it on my machine anyway, just in case I change my mind and want it later, so I won't have to download it then... Come on, give me a break! There have already been several reported cases where it simply installed itself! I now realize that I MUST take the time to SEARCH EACH MS UPDATE BEFORE DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLING. The actual folder where MS secretly loads Win 10 lies in a "hidden" folder in the root (C:\ ) drive called GWX (Get Windows 10) there it will lie slumbering on your PC after gobbling up 3 plus GB of space. It awaits a trigger, or signal, from MS to then install itself on your unsuspecting PC.... I soon realized that I would need some expert help beyond my current time constraints and abilities to save me from Microsoft! I was referred to a few programs upon which I did considerable additional research before finally installing two of them on my PC. They were designed by people just as enraged about this as I am, but tech savvy enough to figure out how to do something productive about it, and also generous enough to offer their well designed solutions as "FreeWare". These programs knew where Microsoft's "hidden" files lived on my machine and so far appear to have successfully purged them. And equally important are keeping them purged! Because this is an ongoing struggle, and MS is determined to have as many PCs on Win 10 as they can within the shortest time possible no doubt for market share purposes, they are not above changing the various labels of their malicious files, or finding other ways to insert them into our machines. It requires ongoing vigilance on the part of consumers to retain our freedom of choice against these heavy handed marketing tactics. Fortunately we do have some tech savvy advocates who are fighting alongside us. Monitoring for any suspicious changes and letting us know about them. Does that mean we are totally out of the woods? Not exactly, but with a little diligence and luck we may be able to wait this "insanity" through, at least until MS officially stops supporting Win 7 in 2020. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle My goal is to be a Linux user by then (at least for on line purposes). Until then, and for now, I am using the two following programs. (Both are Freeware) I encourage any of you affected by this to do your own research and also check out the following: GWX Control Panel (version: 1.7.2.0) http://blog.ultimateoutsider.com/ http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/ Designed by UltimateOutsider This is a free tool that can remove and disable the 'Get Windows 10' notification area icon on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Recent versions can also disable 'Upgrade to Windows 10' behavior in the Windows Update control panel and do much more. See the user guide at the Ultimate Outsider blog. And in addition, to rid me of much of the MS telemetry "spying" software, I installed the following Win10WiWi (Windows 10, When I Want It) http://win10wiwi.blogspot.fr/2016/01/alert-upgrade-to-windows-10-is-back.html http://win10wiwi.com/ Designed by a Yves Gattegno at SysStreaming (a French company) It reclaims storage taken up with unwanted upgrade files, removes and hides the Windows Updates causing the actions to be triggered and ensures that no telemetry ("spying") data is being recorded, all with a few button clicks. Both of the above greatly help in taking back control of your PC. They are also both reversible, if at a later date of YOUR choosing, you decide you actually want to Upgrade to Windows 10. With just a few clicks you can be back to where you were before. Neither of the above are necessary, these processes can be done individually on your own. But if like me you neither know, nor have the time right now to learn all the essential steps, then they are an expedient and safer way to get the job done, than me muddling through on my own. IF MS has not just downloaded, but has already installed Win 10 on your PC, you supposedly have 30 days to reverse the process. Though I've read that some users have not had good luck doing that. Possible "Worst case scenario," so long as you have your original OS disks, or made a back-up of your OS, you can reinstall everything. I know that's a real pain. But hopefully it hasn't gone that far yet on your system. In the meantime check with the best you can find and trust. Microsoft generally Updates their "Important" Downloads on the first part of each month. So make a habit of checking at least monthly for "important updates", but be very, very careful. When it comes to downloading MS Updates, to avoid any further calamity, make sure you have your settings at: Check For Updates But Let Me Choose Whether To Download And Install Them. Then look and check out every Important Update BEFORE allowing your PC to download and Install them. Even then the Safest practice at present appears to be to ONLY INSTALL the SECURITY UPDATES from MS. i.e. Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KBxxxxxxx), and Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool x64, Though even the title of that one now scares me as MS may attempt to use that guise to remove my "protection" and reinsert their own "Malicious Malware." It's like living in an abusive household, where you seek your parents protection from the bully down the street, even though they are just as likely to start beating on you themselves at anytime. Here is a quote from Woody: http://www.askwoody.com/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ P.S. Yes, you read that right. I now recommend that you Win7 and 8.1 users only install Security Updates. For many months, almost all of the non-security updates Win7 and 8.1 customers have received are specifically designed to push them to Windows 10, or to increase Microsoft’s ability to snoop on Win7 and 8.1 machines. No thanks. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thankfully (and Sadly) we are far from alone in this. We can hope that MS will relent in this campaign against all who wish to choose for themselves, but, despite some of their "opt out" lip-speak, they only seem to be upping the ante with each passing month. They quite frankly can NO LONGER be trusted. Microsoft's actions have now lost me as a Future customer. Although most of my past and current software programs have been built to adhere to the Microsoft Compatibility Standard. From here on out I will earnestly seek all viable alternatives to MS anything. I apologize for the extreme length of this initial post. For those of you that read it through, I hope it proves to be a worthwhile effort. For ANY tech savvy members that can further enlighten us on this topic, please take the time to share. If anything, our collective vigilance will help see us through!
  3. MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP It has been suggested that I create a musical thread of "my" own. And so I have. Music, as movies, has had a profound influence upon me throughout my life, as I suspect it has for many others. So the "Me" in the title really refers to any one of "US" posting here. My intention for this thread is to provide numerous music links to a host of songs that "We" grew up with and fondly remember. And because we each have been exposed to many different kinds of music I imagine that there will eventually be quite an eclectic list of songs within this thread. And personal anecdotes, information or trivia, about any of the music posted here is both welcome and encouraged. Music like movies is influenced by many things, including social events, politics and war, so though I intend this thread to be relatively apolitical and personal, it may stray into the politicized arena every now and then if that is what the music is about. But please no political rants. As others have pointed out, Musical taste is highly subjective and one persons favorite may be "lousy" to someone else. And that's okay, so long as we respectfully agree to disagree and politely allow each of us an opportunity to share as much or little as they choose. I may not personally like some of the music that others will be posting here, but I welcome exposure to different things. And I enjoy being informed and enlightened by the experience of others. And I hope that you will likewise. The music posted will not be in any chronological order of life, but rather bounce around a bit. Allow the music to lead where it may, from one song and life experience to another. So it may jump from post to post, from a silly childhood tune, to songs that our parents used to frequently play when we were kids, to songs recalled from adolescence, and beyond. Songs that made us laugh, songs that made us cry, and songs that made us think about other possibilities. Songs that consoled us, and music that inspired us. Any song or music that we had (or still have) a personal connection to is welcome.
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    Watch TCM Films not loading

    Yeah me too, I'd seen it a few times before, but just had a hankering to rewatch. But that was the last WATCH TCM ON DEMAND movie that I have been able to see that I have wanted to see since Thursday night. TCM went kaplop (for me & Win 7 Pro & Firefox) last Tues-Wed., then everything worked again for Thurs (Valentines Day), and Friday practically eveything refused to load again (just like in your OP). All except 16 movies which I had already seen numerous times, and half of those (that haven't yet expired) have also stopped loading now. Nothing "new" added since last Friday on will load, and so No WATCH TCM (except live streams) since last Friday. I am paying for nothing. And TCM doesn't give a rats Azz. So I am afraid I am cutting TCM out of the cable tier that I pay for (since I'm not getting it anyway) and going down to basic by next TVSP bill day. It has to be a Win 7/Firefox glitch at the TCM end, since no one else except those of us that haven't gone over to Win 10, are being screwed by this. And since there are still a diminishing handful of "playable movies left, and the Live stream still works, I know that it isn't an adobe Flash conflict, or really even a total Win 7 conflict. I've changed nothing before or since this happened at my end, so it's just TCM behaving very badly again. But this time I have really reached my limit and the only power i have is to stop paying to be an unserviced TCM subscriber. Anyway, good for you, for now. But beware as the past "norm" had been for TCM to mostly screw the various app and alternate device users, now it appears to just be us old-timers still using a PC with something older than Win 10. So adios amigo. And don't take any wooden nickels.
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Great remembrance story Swithin. And the narration and vintage photos reminded me of something right out of a PBS documentary. That song is a classic and I've never heard it sung just like this before. Very sweet, almost like an homage to a bygone era. Thank you, and please share again.
  6. Thanks again Mike, I'm all for Open Source Everything (Down with DRM, Up with Open Source). Yes, even good ole Firefox uses some of the "good" stuff from Google... I'll take the good stuff, I just don't want to be strapped by their lousy telemetry spyware anymore than Microsoft's. Firefox and Linux has stripped that crap out. I think I told you about back when I still occasionally used Google Chrome for troubleshooting. What happened is Googles persistent spyware wouldn't stay contained in the Google browser, it escaped and infected every other browser on my PC. It was a real hassle finally getting rid of it. Same'O when MS covertly started loading their Win 10 OS on my machine. I read up that they were were doing it to others and after I learned where the "hidden" MS files were located I was shocked to find that they were doing the same damn thing to me. Another pain getting all that crap outa my machine and blocking all of the so called "security" updates that allowed them to do it again. And that was just the tip of the ice berg. After that No more trust in either Google or Microsoft. I remember back in the day when "Just Google it" was synonymous to doing a web search. I stopped saying that a few years ago, Now I say "Just DuckDuckGo it."
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Andy Williams and Roger Miller - (In The Summertime) You Don't Want My Love (1960) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRuzBp7eIP8 Thanks Princess, I remember the song, but not much about the history around it, so I just checked it out. In 1960 the song, written & performed by Roger Miller, was also recorded by Andy Williams, and The Chordettes, Skeeter Davis, and Teresa Brewer in 1961. But the lasting impact was not held by either Miller, nor any of the female artists, but as you said it was good old Andy ("Moon River") Williams. BTW, I fell in love with "Moon River" off the radio, long before I ever saw Breakfast at Tiffany's. It was another song that I liked so much that I memorized. Moon River - Andy Williams Audrey Hepburn - Moon River (Best Version)
  8. My daughter recently turned me on to this character who goes by the name of Randy Rainbow. Yes, he is evidently quite "gay" (in both the literal and metaphoric sense), but don't let that stop you from watching and listening any further (unless you happen to be a die-hard "trumpie" with absolutely no sense of humor), as this guy is also extremely talented, creative, musical and very entertaining. And he has chosen one of our "favorite" subjects to parody. I found these little "shorts" addictively funny and much too good to not share here. And so, without further adieu, I present the original, the one (and perhaps the only).... Randy Rainbow! Trump's Favorite Things! - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody
  9. THE GAMBLER - Parody | Don Caron
  10. Who Is Steve Bannon? – Former White House Chief Strategist Narrated by Rob Corddry | NowThis
  11. Okay, just so things don't get too stale, I'll mix them up a bit. YES! WE HAVE NO STEVE BANNON! ?????? - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Ha ha, I remember that one, thank you so much. A year or so later these songs came out and for some reason I kinda have them all jumbled together with the Rooftop Singers (in an appealing way). They were so catchy that I even memorized the lyrics to King of the Road and Flowers On the Wall. Roger Miller - King of the Road - With Lyrics! (1965) Roger Miller "Dang Me" (1964) Roger Miller - England Swings (1965) The Statler Brothers - Flowers On The Wall 1966 (Country Music Greats) Daddy Sang Bass By The Statler Brothers
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Too funny Nipper, These Perry Como songs were often on the radio when I was a kid. (I ended up memorizing the lyrics of the last two). Perry Como - Catch a Falling Star (Audio) Perry Como - And I Love You So (Lyrics) Perry Como "It's Impossible"
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Great string of nostalgia there CJ. I fondly remember each as if it were yesterday, thanks Imagine, almost sixty years ago, two little kids, one on the west coast, and 2,500 miles away, another over on the east coast, and they may have been listening to the exact same music at the same time. Probably both humming, whistling or singing the same tunes, with their little transister radios held up to their ears. I do believe that music can create a bond of "sameness" that transcends all distances and boundaries.
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    Missed one I just edited in (at the top of my last post above) enjoy
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    MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED "ME" GROWING-UP

    for Princess, Yardbirds - For Your Love (1965) The Yardbirds- Over, Under, Sideways, Down Rod Stewart (with Jeff Beck) 1984 Infatuation - LIVE! Rod Stewart - All Right Now (Vinyl) Brian Wilson with Jeff Beck - Our Prayer / Child Is Father To The Man / Surfs Up
  17. Stephan55

    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Kuleshov Effect Lesson The Kuleshov Effect & Cinematography in Game of Thrones (40.05 min) Feelin' Smarter yet???
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    THE GET SMART THREAD

    The Kuleshov Experiment The Kuleshov Effect Tested The Kuleshov Experiment - "The Kuleshov Effect"
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    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Hitchcock's Pure Cinema- "The Kuleshov Effect" Rear Window Kuleshov Effect Kuleshov effect - psycho KULESHOV EFFECT
  20. Stephan55

    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Great, Thank you Sarge for introducing an interesting and very relevant subject (esp. for an "off-topic" movie website) And after reading the Wikipedia write up on the subject (since it is, after all, about video image juxtapositions) I present a series of non-textual illustrative adjuncts. The Kuleshov Effect Kuleshov Effect / Effetto Kuleshov The Kuleshov Effect - Everything You Need To Know The Kuleshov Effect- A Silent Experiment
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    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Great aerial views of classic "Star" forts. The design offers an adequately manned fort to present overlapping fields of fire on each side. For their day and age, they were as close to impregnable as the word implies. Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sébastien_Le_Prestre_de_Vauban
  22. Stephan55

    THE GET SMART THREAD

    What a bleak future for humanity this portends. Let us hope that this thread, tiny and videocentric as it is, may offer one small candle to enlighten the darkness upon which we tread.
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    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Plate Tectonics
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    THE GET SMART THREAD

    Continental Drift
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    THE GET SMART THREAD

    A Brief History of Geologic Time

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