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If you can NOT play remote audio, locally, via RDP, using Firefox

I connect to many different computers, using Microsoft’s “Remote Desktop”, using “RDP” (Remote Desktop Protocol). It is not common for me to need to play, locally, the audio from the remote computer, but sometimes I do.
Today, I successfully played, locally, remote audio using the Chrome web browser. Unfortunately, when I tried to do the same using Firefox, I only got silence.

The solution:

  1. In Firefox’s address bat, enter “about:config”
  2. Accept that you understand the “risks” of configuring Firefox
  3. Change the value of the security.sandbox.content.level setting to 2 (in my case it was set to 5
  4. Restart Firefox

My favorite MP3TAG scripts

I use the free (as in “libre”) “mp3tag” software for tagging my music.
I was having a hard time with the file names of certain tracks with many artists and/or with too long album names, so I had to figure the internal scripting mechanisms of the software, for adequate file naming, from the music-embedded tags.

Fortunately, this open source tool provides good and succinct documentation for the task, available @ http://help.mp3tag.de/main_scripting.html

What follows, are my favorite naming strings. You enter them from the “Convert” menu, “Tag – Filename” option.

If you want to make sure that an album’s name is never longer than 32 characters, use this code for the album’s name part:

$if($geql($len(%album%),32),$left(%album%,32),%album%)

If you want to make sure that an artist’s name is never longer than 24 characters, use this code for the artist’s name part:
$if($geql($len(%artist%),24),$left(%artist%,24),%artist%)

In case of multiple artists for a single track, if you want to take only the first artist name, assuming the tags separate the names with commas, use:

$if($eql($strchr(%artist%,’,’),0),%artist%,$left(%artist%, $sub($strchr(%artist%,’,’),1))))

For the track numbering, if you want to force a specific number of digits, say 2, use this:

$num(%track%,2)

Now, combining all the above, here are the full scripts I actually use.
For the format “first artist name – album name no longer than 32 chars – track number with 3 digits”:

$if($eql($strchr(%artist%,','),0),%artist%,$left(%artist%, $sub($strchr(%artist%,','),1))) - $if($geql($len(%album%),32),$left(%album%,32),%album%) - $num(%track%,3)

For the format “artist name up to 24 chars – album name no longer than 32 chars – track number with 3 digits”:

$if($geql($len(%artist%),24),$left(%artist%,24),%artist%) - $if($geql($len(%album%),32),$left(%album%,32),%album%) - $num(%track%,3)

For the format “album name up to 32 chars – first artist name – track number with 3 digits”:

$if($geql($len(%album%),32),$left(%album%,32),%album%) - $if($eql($strchr(%artist%,','),0),%artist%,$left(%artist%, $sub($strchr(%artist%,','),1)))) - $num(%track%,3)

It may be helpful.

URLs "p1" 20190801 – 69 VHQ resources

I am an avid WWW surfer, with hundreds of websites visited each month, sometimes daily. I bookmark them all, at least for logging purposes. These posts having the "urls" category, capture what was on my browser on a specific date. I hope you enjoy some of these shared resources.


Bye Janetter, Hello TweetDuck!

For years and years, Janetter (https://twitter.com/Janetter_jp) was my window to Twitter. Instead of using Twitter via a Web browser, or via apps for mobile devices, I used Twitter via Janetter, for Windows 7 desktop PCs. It worked great: it presented me a continuous stream of tweets, as tweeted by those I am following, without issues, without ads, without distracting discussion threads, allowing its user to consume what was being produced, without interferences.

At some stage in history, there was a good collection of clients for Twitter, for Windows 7 desktop PCs (Janetter alternatives); I used all of the following:

  • MetroTwit
  • Seesmic/
  • TweetDeck
  • DestroyTwitter
  • SharedMinds Desktop

Janetter remained my favorite, for different reasons. These days none of the alternatives mentioned exist, with the exception of TweetDeck, which is more of a subscription service to manage your social presence, and not exactly a plain Twitter consumer, so it does not count.
I remember that TweetDeck (in its early days, when it was mostly a Twitter client), Seesmic, MetroTwit and DestroyTwitter, were not as efficient in managing screen space, wasting panes and pixels in “good looks”, that could not present as many and as readable tweets, as Janetter did. SharedMinds got close to Janetter, but still did not win my preference.

Roughly, two years ago, Twitter made significant changes in the way other software can access Twitter users’ data, and interact with the social network via its official API. Those changes were a death sentence for nearly all the existing Windows desktop Twitter clients. Users, who had already authorized apps, could keep using them – I kept using Janetter -, but new users were not possible.

Since Janetter satisfied me, I never felt the true impact of that Twitter change: my client kept working fine.

This went on, until this Monday, 2019-07-29, when Janetter suddenly died with the sentence: “cannot connect to Twitter”. I tweeted about it:
https://twitter.com/my_dot_com/status/1155921178097332226

In a matter of hours, it became clear that Janetter, at least for PC, was gone. Something either on Janetter’s network or on its interface to Twitter had been plugged-off. It was time to find an alternative.

I was very pessimistic: I assumed there would be nothing working the way I like. My first searches for alternatives intensified that suspicion: pointers and pointers to software that no longer works, that is no longer supported, and/or that is not available for Windows 7 desktop.
With the same ease that I feared the worse (which would be to use Twitter via a Web browser), I found the wonderful “TweetDuck”!

TweetDuck is a perfect Janetter alternative, with the advantage of handling embedded media better; it is also superior in communicating expanded URLs to the browser.

Therefore, a new era begins for my Twitter consumption, now using TweetDuck!

One final note: Google fails miserably in searching for “download TweetDuck”, guiding you to aggregator sites.

Here is the URL of the official site for TweetDuck:
https://tweetduck.chylex.com/

This is open source software, with source at GitHub:
https://github.com/chylex/TweetDuck

How to create shortcuts to CLSIDs in Windows

If you want to access certain windows features, for example the “Tablet PC Settings” more directly and even if/when you are not using a Tablet PC, calling the correspondent Shell CLSID will do the job:

shell:::{80F3F1D5-FECA-45F3-BC32-752C152E456E}

But what if you want a desktop shortcut for it? The shortcut creator will not recognize such literal addresses.

The solution is to prefix with the Windows Explorer executable:

explorer shell:::{80F3F1D5-FECA-45F3-BC32-752C152E456E}

Here are some shortcuts which might come handy:

Action Center     {BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}
Add Features     {BE122A0E-4503-11DA-8BDE-F66BAD1E3F3A}
Add Network Location     {D4480A50-BA28-11d1-8E75-00C04FA31A86}
Administrative Tools     {D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
Advanced User Accounts (netplwiz)     {7A9D77BD-5403-11d2-8785-2E0420524153}
Applications     {4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}
AutoPlay     {9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}
Biometric Devices (Windows 8 only)     {0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
BitLocker Drive Encryption     {D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}
Bluetooth Devices     {28803F59-3A75-4058-995F-4EE5503B023C}
Briefcase     {85BBD920-42AO-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}
Color Management     {B2C761C6-29BC-4f19-9251-E6195265BAF1}
Command Folder     {437ff9c0-a07f-4fa0-af80-84b6c6440a16}
Common Places FS Folder     {d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}
Computer (This PC)     {20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}
Connect To     {38A98528-6CBF-4CA9-8DC0-B1E1D10F7B1B}
Control Panel     {5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}
Control Panel (All Settings)     {F90C627B-7280-45DB-BC26-CCE7BDD620A4}
Control Panel (All Tasks)     {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Control Panel (Category view)     {26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}
Control Panel (Icons view)     {21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
Credential Manager     {1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
Date and Time     {E2E7934B-DCE5-43C4-9576-7FE4F75E7480}
Default Programs     {17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966} or
{E44E5D18-0652-4508-A4E2-8A090067BCB0}
delegate folder that appears in Computer     {b155bdf8-02f0-451e-9a26-ae317cfd7779}
Desktop folder     {B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}
Device Manager     {74246bfc-4c96-11d0-abef-0020af6b0b7a}
Devices and Printers     {A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}
Display     {C555438B-3C23-4769-A71F-B6D3D9B6053A}
Documents folder     {A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0}
Downloads folder     {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}::{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}
Ease of Access Center     {D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}
E-mail (default program)     {2559a1f5-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Family Safety     {96AE8D84-A250-4520-95A5-A47A7E3C548B}
Favorites     {323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}
File History     {F6B6E965-E9B2-444B-9286-10C9152EDBC5}
Folder Options     {6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF}
Font Settings     {93412589-74D4-4E4E-AD0E-E0CB621440FD}
Fonts     {BD84B380-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948534}
Games Explorer     {ED228FDF-9EA8-4870-83b1-96b02CFE0D52}
Get Programs     {15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
Help and Support     {2559a1f1-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
HomeGroup     {6785BFAC-9D2D-4be5-B7E2-59937E8FB80A} or
{67CA7650-96E6-4FDD-BB43-A8E774F73A57} or
{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}
Hyper-V Remote File Browsing     {0907616E-F5E6-48D8-9D61-A91C3D28106D}
Indexing Options     {87D66A43-7B11-4A28-9811-C86EE395ACF7}
Infared     {A0275511-0E86-4ECA-97C2-ECD8F1221D08}
Installed Updates     {d450a8a1-9568-45c7-9c0e-b4f9fb4537bd}
Internet Explorer (default browser)     {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
Internet Options     {A3DD4F92-658A-410F-84FD-6FBBBEF2FFFE}
Keyboard Properties     {725BE8F7-668E-4C7B-8F90-46BDB0936430}
Language Settings     {BF782CC9-5A52-4A17-806C-2A894FFEEAC5}
Libraries     {031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}
Location Sensors     {E9950154-C418-419e-A90A-20C5287AE24B}
Media Servers     {289AF617-1CC3-42A6-926C-E6A863F0E3BA}
Mobility Center     {5ea4f148-308c-46d7-98a9-49041b1dd468}
Mouse Properties     {6C8EEC18-8D75-41B2-A177-8831D59D2D50}
Music folder     {1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE}
Network     {F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}
Network and Sharing Center     8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CA0E70D03D}
Network Connections     {7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E} or
{992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD010CCC48}
Networks Flyout (Connect To)     {38A98528-6CBF-4CA9-8DC0-B1E1D10F7B1B}
Network (WorkGroup)     {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Notification Area Icons     {05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
NVIDIA Control Panel (if installed)     {0bbca823-e77d-419e-9a44-5adec2c8eeb0}
Offline Files Folder     {AFDB1F70-2A4C-11d2-9039-00C04F8EEB3E}
Pen and Touch     {F82DF8F7-8B9F-442E-A48C-818EA735FF9B}
Performance Information and Tools (WEI)     {78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
Personalization     {ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
Phone & Modem “Location Information”     {40419485-C444-4567-851A-2DD7BFA1684D}
Pictures folder     {3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-BBD7-DFA0ABB5ACCA}
Portable Devices     {35786D3C-B075-49b9-88DD-029876E11C01}
Power Options     {025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Previous Versions Results Folder     {f8c2ab3b-17bc-41da-9758-339d7dbf2d88}
printhood delegate folder     {ed50fc29-b964-48a9-afb3-15ebb9b97f36}
Printers     {2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D} or
{863aa9fd-42df-457b-8e4d-0de1b8015c60}
Programs and Features     {7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}
Programs Folder     {7be9d83c-a729-4d97-b5a7-1b7313c39e0a}
Programs Folder and Fast Items     {865e5e76-ad83-4dca-a109-50dc2113ce9a}
Public Folder     {4336a54d-038b-4685-ab02-99bb52d3fb8b}
Recent Places     {22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99}
Recovery     {9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}
Recycle Bin     {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
Region and Language     {62d8ed13-c9d0-4ce8-a914-47dd628fb1b0}
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections     {241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
Removable Storage Devices     {a6482830-08eb-41e2-84c1-73920c2badb9}
Results Folder     {2965e715-eb66-4719-b53f-1672673bbefa}
Run     {2559a1f3-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Search Apps     {2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Search Files     {2559a1f0-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Search Results     {9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}
Set Program Access and Defaults     {2559a1f7-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Show Desktop     {3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
SkyDrive folder (Windows 8.1)     {8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}
Sound     {F2DDFC82-8F12-4CDD-B7DC-D4FE1425AA4D}
Speech Recognition     {58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}
Storage Spaces     {F942C606-0914-47AB-BE56-1321B8035096}
Switch Between Windows     {3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
Sync Center     {9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}
Sync Setup Folder     {2E9E59C0-B437-4981-A647-9C34B9B90891}
System     {BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}
System Icons     {05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9} SystemIcons
Tablet PC Settings     {80F3F1D5-FECA-45F3-BC32-752C152E456E}
Taskbar Properties     {0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}
Text to Speech     {D17D1D6D-CC3F-4815-8FE3-607E7D5D10B3}
This PC (Computer)     {20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}
Troubleshooting     {C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}
User Accounts     {60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}
User Folder     {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}
User Pinned     {1f3427c8-5c10-4210-aa03-2ee45287d668}
Videos folder     {A0953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C}
Window Switcher (Flip-2D)     {3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
Windows Defender     {D8559EB9-20C0-410E-BEDA-7ED416AECC2A}
Windows Features     {67718415-c450-4f3c-bf8a-b487642dc39b}
Windows 7 File Recovery     {B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}
Windows Firewall     {4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Windows Mobility Center     {5ea4f148-308c-46d7-98a9-49041b1dd468}
Windows SideShow (Windows 8 only)     {E95A4861-D57A-4be1-AD0F-35267E261739}
Windows To Go     {8E0C279D-0BD1-43C3-9EBD-31C3DC5B8A77}
Windows Update     {36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}
Work Folders (Windows 8.1)     {ECDB0924-4208-451E-8EE0-373C0956DE16}