David Millington
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Latest Windows 10 Skype Is Horrible!

I use Skype for work calls on a weekly basis.  Recently it nagged me into upgrading to the latest Windows 10 version that has been "rebuilt from the ground up".  Straight away after installing and running it I realised they meant they had demolished it and let a cowboy builder do the reconstruction.  What a pile of shit!  Took 3 attempts to get it to load past the loading screen.  When it finally did connect I saw what a mess they made of a simple thing like the contacts list.  Instead of having a list of my actual contacts I now have a list of everybody that's ever tried to contact me on Skype ordered by last activity.  So all those Chinese ladies that want to be my friend, all the Nigerian princes that need a load etc.  You have to click a contact button to get a popup and then another button on there to see who is online from my actual contacts list.  I can handle the extra clicks to do basic tasks but the two three big killers are (1) the interface looks horrible, both color variations of it (2) it keeps getting stuck on the loading screen and (3) it keeps being entirely unresponsive so I can see the contacts and messages but clicking on them does nothing.  They visually respond to the mouse event but don't trigger the actual action.

Anyway, I gave it a week and now I'm done.  Downgrading is super easy.  Head to the Skype download page here.  Click the down arrow on the blue button labelled "Download Skype for Windows" and choose "Get Classic Skype".  Download and run the installer.  It will replace the latest Windows 10 version and boom, you're back in business.  I'll keep an eye on reviews for new Skype versions but there will have to be some huge improvements before I upgrade it again.

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Restore Previous FireFox Tab

I recently upgraded my browser to FireFox Quantum and found most of my addons no longer worked as the devs haven't updated them yet.  One thing I forgot I missed until I needed it was the Restore Closed Tab toolbar button I had with the Session Manager addon. The way this worked was that when I accidentally closed a tab I could press the toolbar button and the tab would re-open along with it's back/forwards history.  Turns out there is a built in FireFox way to do this.  Just press CTRL-Shift-T and the tab will open again.

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Fix ManyCam Not Saving Login Subscription

My sister was having problems using ManyCam with Windows 7.  She could enter her login details to connect and setup her subscription but when she closed the program all the details were lost.  This caused her an additional problem where she could not use the same details again next time as it threw a subscription error at her.  She runs Windows 7 using an admin account so the solution was pretty simple:

  1. Right click the ManyCam desktop icon
  2. Choose the "Compatibility" tab
  3. At the bottom tick "Run this program as an administrator"
  4. Click OK
  5. The next time you run ManyCam it will now correctly save your settings file at the end when you close the program
  6. Note that if you are not running as an administrator then you may have to provide their login details when you use the shortcut

I think this ManyCam problem is because the program is trying to save the config file in its main program directory which it can't do when run as a standard user.  Running as an admin means it can save the file.  This is not the ideal solution as it means granting admin access to the ManyCam program but at least it will get you going until they provide a proper fix.

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Prevent Firefox Adverts Opening SteamVR

I have a HTC Vive and lately when browsing various sites including engadget & Tom's Hardware I notice SteamVR keeps opening.  Turns out some dickhead advertisers are trying to force VR ads on me.  The problem is I work with lots of Firefox tabs open across 3 screens and when you try to close SteamVR it also wants to close Firefox.  The solution is pretty simple, just disable VR in Firefox:

  1. Type about:config in the address bar
  2. Type VR into the search box at the top of the config page
  3. Double click both "dom.vr.enabled" and "dom.vr.openvr.enabled" so the right side value column says "false"

Done.  It's a bit of a pain if you do any browser based VR work but you can always re-enable it while working and turn it off again afterwards.

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Noctua Fan Resistor Ohms

Working on a hardware problem and I had to find the ohms (Ω) for the various Noctua Fan Resistors.  Found everything I needed but didn't see a single source for them all so thought it might help others if I compiled it all into one place:

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