Random Tech Questions you want answered.

I type Google's url into the search bar a lot.

Inexplicably, in Firefox this always autocompletes to https://www.good.is until I get all the way to goog.

That seems idiotic. Good.is isn't something I've bookmarked. It's not even a site I remember visiting except when I jump the gun and hit enter at "goo".

Statistically I genuinely cannot imagine good.is comes up more when people start typing "goo" than, well, f*cking google.

Is there a way to disable this behavior? Chrome doesn't do this, and it's genuinely getting frustrating enough that I'm considering ditching Firefox. I don't have any Good.is in my bookmarks, and it's not in my history.

None of Firefox's advice works:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb...
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb...

Edit: it seems to be caused by the bookmarks autosuggestions, but I've searched my bookmarks for every variation of good.is it could possibly think of and nothing. I like autocomplete when it's sensical, but this is slapstick.

Maybe I bookmarked it a long time ago, and for some reason Firefox just won't remove it from whatever database it uses? I might just create a new profile entirely and delete all my bookmarks, completely.

Edit 2: Deleting all bookmarks worked. Seems overkill, but at least I won't ever have to visit that site again.

Anyone use Amazon Photo? If so how do you select all? Like I want to select every video for deletion but can only select one day at a time. Or if I can select them all at once can I select all in a year or month?

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Anyone use Amazon Photo? If so how do you select all? Like I want to select every video for deletion but can only select one day at a time. Or if I can select them all at once can I select all in a year or month?

On a phone? I'm on Android, and I can tap the slider icon next to the search field at the top to filter by content type. Once I do that, tap and hold on one video, then once it is selected (blue circle with a white checkmark in the upper right corner of the thumbnail), scroll through and select the rest. Unfortunately I don't see a way to select all, but you can definitely select videos from more than one day at a time. Then hit the 3 dots and move em to the trash.

Chairman_Mao wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:

Anyone use Amazon Photo? If so how do you select all? Like I want to select every video for deletion but can only select one day at a time. Or if I can select them all at once can I select all in a year or month?

On a phone? I'm on Android, and I can tap the slider icon next to the search field at the top to filter by content type. Once I do that, tap and hold on one video, then once it is selected (blue circle with a white checkmark in the upper right corner of the thumbnail), scroll through and select the rest. Unfortunately I don't see a way to select all, but you can definitely select videos from more than one day at a time. Then hit the 3 dots and move em to the trash.

Thanks, I got it worked out. For anyone else with the same problem you can use amazon drive to select everything with one click and delete it. I'm at a lost why the same thing isn't in photos.

So, I have a PC that I built out of parts of an old PC. I'm trying to put a linux OS on it. First I tried SteamOS, but for some reason, it would just boot up and go right into the UEFI BIOS. So, I figured there was some problem with SteamOS that I couldn't nail down.

I switched to Ubuntu. The installation goes through, no problem, but again, it only boots into the BIOS. I tried putting a different hard drive in, thinking that because the NVME drive I have connected is hooked up via PCIe, that it was causing some kind of unforeseen tech problem. No dice.

Is there some trick to using Linux on a UEFI system? Some BIOS option that I don't understand, or something? I'm at a loss.

I assume you made sure your uefi had the proper boot drive selected?

Can you see the drives when in the bios? If you can is the boot order correct in the bios?

Gaald wrote:

I assume you made sure your uefi had the proper boot drive selected?

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Can you see the drives when in the bios? If you can is the boot order correct in the bios?

Yes, to both. The BIOS on this board even has a feature that lets you force a boot from a specific drive. No luck. The screen goes blank for a few seconds and then pops back into the BIOS.

Since its made from old parts, did you try replacing the motherboard battery? I could see a situation where, if it is run down, the bios can’t retain settings, returns to default, and perhaps is unable to boot because of that?

Yeah, the battery is new as of a year or so ago, when Windows was having a hard time maintaining the date & time correctly. It wasn't the battery, though. Windows Update is what screwed that up. The time in the BIOS was right.

Ah, good way to check. Just putting ideas out there.

NSMike wrote:

So, I have a PC that I built out of parts of an old PC. I'm trying to put a linux OS on it. First I tried SteamOS, but for some reason, it would just boot up and go right into the UEFI BIOS. So, I figured there was some problem with SteamOS that I couldn't nail down.

I switched to Ubuntu. The installation goes through, no problem, but again, it only boots into the BIOS. I tried putting a different hard drive in, thinking that because the NVME drive I have connected is hooked up via PCIe, that it was causing some kind of unforeseen tech problem. No dice.

Is there some trick to using Linux on a UEFI system? Some BIOS option that I don't understand, or something? I'm at a loss.

Most UEFI motherboards will have a Boot section, listing hard drives and (sometimes) installed OSes on those drives.

You first have to configure which drives you want available for booting. Pop into the hard drive configuration area, and arrange your hard drives in the order you want them scanned. I normally list only the boot drive there, and disable everything else. Then, if you go back to the UEFI boot area, it should now show the drive or drives you chose. Move the Ubuntu install (if it shows) to the top of the list, or the hard drive if it doesn't. Save, exit, and reboot. Ubuntu *should* start.

UEFI will normally also boot the old way, with an MBR partition, so if you just can't get it going via UEFI, try telling Ubuntu to install as MBR. I don't install it very often, so I don't remember how that works. I can look it up if it's not obvious.

Everytime I try to run Escape from monkey Island for my son Filmora pastes a big add over the screen asking if I want to learn how to make a boomerang video.
Is it something to do with the resolution shifting down when the game loads? Anyone know how to stop this short of uninstalling Filmora?

strangederby wrote:

for my son Filmora

Anyone know how to stop this short of uninstalling Filmora?

Damn dude, lay off of Filmora, he's just a kid.

Damn the Discord app is annoying. Recently I can't hear people speak but all other sounds work fine. Mic check shows it listening but I'm not hearing anything back. Nothing is muted and using discord via website works fine. For the app it doesn't matter what playback device I select. I reset audio settings now the "Let's Check" your mic button won't even press. Also it's not muted or lowered in the windows settings and other sounds work fine in the app.

I uninstalled and deleted roaming and local folders then re-installed and it auto logged me back in so they are hiding login data somewhere else. Also they make you go into the settings to logout?? Feels kind of creepy.

It's probably storing your login information with your browser, considering that Discord invites are links. I wouldn't exactly call it "hiding" considering Discord can be run entirely browser-based.

When I uninstall and delete both of the local storage locations, that they specified on their website, and reinstall and start up it logs in with my user info. This is without clicking on any links or asking permission to check my browser history / cookies. I don't like that.

Edit: I'm testing with revo uninstaller.

Edit 2: No luck with revo. Clearing browser history didn't fix it either.

The login info could be stored in either the registry or somewhere under AppData. There are three subdirs in there, Local, LocalLow, and Roaming, and I can never tell which will be used by any given program. If you do a search for 'discord' in AppData, that will probably find any relevant entries. Delete them, and it should forget your login info.

Note that AppData is normally hidden; you have to turn on "show hidden files" in Explorer settings to see it from the desktop. You can see it freely from the command prompt.

If that doesn't get rid of it, it's probably stored in the registry. Uninstall the app, search the registry for 'discord', and (probably) ruthlessly delete anything you find.

EvilDead wrote:

When I uninstall and delete both of the local storage locations, that they specified on their website, and reinstall and start up it logs in with my user info. This is without clicking on any links or asking permission to check my browser history / cookies. I don't like that.

Edit: I'm testing with revo uninstaller.

Edit 2: No luck with revo. Clearing browser history didn't fix it either.

might it be linked to your Xbox live account? Maybe Xbox live is somehow storing the credentials

Revo Uninstaller did go after the registry so I think it's one of the other things you guys mentioned. Another folder, another browser, or possibly tied to xbox.

Anyways the auto sign in wasn't my primary concern. I just wanted to get the voice audio to work. Since the website and phone app works fine I'm going to chalk it down to a bug.

I’m working from home for the first time. I am using my Sennheiser 4.40bt headphones for calls but sometimes the built in microphone does not do a good job when I am speaking with a client. Is there something I can use to make it better/clearer or do I need to get another headphone?

Honestly, the best experience I've had with phone headsets/mics has been with the previous gen Apple earbuds. Very clear, and no one has asked me to change back to the phone mic. I use a Samsung Galaxy 10.

I've tried a number of different types and brands of headsets, but nothing beats the wireless earbuds.

The wired Earpods have a surprisingly good mic. The first-gen AirPods sound more processed by comparison. Both the AirPods Pro and PowerBeats Pro are noticeably cleaner with less background noise than the first-gen AirPods, but the wired ones sound the best of this admittedly small group.

For me, the physical cables are a real annoyance. That outweighs clarity, since sound difference is (to me) small. I hate routing the wires via clothing, and have had them ripped out by dog paws and bushes/trees at inconvenient times, so I give the balance to wireless for that reason.

Robear wrote:

For me, the physical cables are a real annoyance. That outweighs clarity, since sound difference is (to me) small. I hate routing the wires via clothing, and have had them ripped out by dog paws and bushes/trees at inconvenient times, so I give the balance to wireless for that reason. :-)

My wife has two sets of earbuds that she currently uses. The first is a wires set of in-ear monitors that she paid over $100 for. The second is the cheapest pair of bluetooth earbuds she could find that were decently reviewed. One is for enjoying music, one is for listening to audiobooks while she exercises.

That said, I use the set of expensive ear buds that she bought for me when I mow the lawn, as they're basically a set of earplugs that have speakers in them. The cord is long enough that I can run it up my back so it won't get caught on things too much.

If I'm going for a walk I usually go wired because I have to in order to use my portable DAC/AMP. If I'm not using the dac/amp I just go wireless with the earbuds or the behind the head headphones. I only wear the ear buds if I wearing something that goes over my ears because they are always falling out .

I’m using the wire on my headphones, according to several people I have called, there is a distinct improvement in Clark when wired. Still not where I want to be, but better. I will try to see if I have old school wired apple earbuds, just will have to dig them out

Does anyone know if there is a way to lock an input device like a controller to a specific app so that only that app gets the inputs and it even gets them if it is in the background?

Is there a way to fake how my CPU is ID'd by other apps? Specifically Zoom won't let me run a virtual background without a green screen unless it thinks I have a 4790K or 6th gen or later i5. I have a 4690K that I'm overclocking so I'm curious to see if it could handle it.

My wife's a teacher (2nd grade) and with the lockdown extending after the Easter break she's looking at new ways to shoot her video's.

Until now she just recorded herself through the webcam and holding up a piece of paper with exercises etc.

She would like to show her materials onscreen and her own face all while shooting the video ideally. A bit like YouTube streamers I guess?

Would anyone have any advice on how to best go about this, taking into account that my wife is not really tech savvy?