Thursday, June 22, 2017

Under Whose Eye?

[I don't want to bother with formatting this much right now.  I might fix it later. Also the links worked at the time of writing, but they might break later as the statewide bill might not have become law yet. -- IC 6/22/2017]

There was an anti-discrimination ordinance in St. Louis-- passed Feb 2017-- that deemed it discriminatory:
` ` For an employer to fail or refuse to hire, to discharge or otherwise to discriminate against any individuals with respect to compensation or the terms, conditions or privileges of employment, because of their reproductive health decisions or pregnancy status (including childbirth or a related medical condition).  However, nothing in this ordinance shall require a religious institution, corporation, association, or society to provide reproductive health benefits of any kind ' ' -- bottom of page 3 and top of page 4

The new statewide MO bill, that I'm not entirely clear if it's law or not yet, seeks to overrule that ordinance as an extra added bonus.  The state wide MO bill's main focus is to make it extra difficult for women to get abortions.

It took me about an hour to find the section in the statewide bill.  The key phrase is "a political subdivision of this state":

` ` 5. A political subdivision of this state is preempted from enacting, adopting, maintaining, or enforcing any order, ordinance, rule, regulation, policy, or other similar measure requiring a real estate broker, real estate salesperson, real estate broker-salesperson, appraisal firm, appraiser, as such terms are defined in chapter 339, a property owner, or any other person to buy, sell, exchange, purchase, rent, lease, advertise for, or otherwise conduct real estate transactions for, to, or with an abortion facility or for, to or with a person for the purpose of performing or inducing an abortion not necessary to save the life of the mother, if such requirement is contrary to the religious beliefs or moral convictions of such real estate broker, real estate salesperson, real estate broker-salesperson, appraisal firm, appraiser, property owner, or other person. ' '
-- pg 8 and 9

Friday, February 17, 2017

On Windows 10, get LibreOffice to show up in search box

(another pastebin type entry)

This is to get "LibreOffice" to appear in the search results for "Office" on Windows 10:
1. (After LibreOffice is installed (watch out for the spam)) Go to 
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
2. Find the LibreOffice... folder (maybe rename it so it doesn't have the version number on it)

3. In the folder, rename all the files from "LibreOffice*" to "OfficeLibre*"  You can actually use the console command "ren" for that if you use an admin console.

Rebuild search indexes
4. Open Control Panel, search for "indexing"
5. "Change how Windows searches..."
6. Click "Start Menu", Advanced... Rebuild.
7. Wait a minute, then test.

In future versions of windows, it's likely the tool for rebuilding search indexes will be moved.

Also, next time it would be nice to experiment with creating symlinks with all those alternate names--or maybe just copying them.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Unix has a useful command named 'uptime'.  Of course, it tells you how long your computer has been running. 

Windows doesn't have that command per se though it does have various ways to get the same info.  But I don't want to use those, I just want 'uptime'.  I used to have a binary .exe that did that, but no more.

This workaround gets you pretty much there:
  1. download PsTools.
  2. from the zip, you could just run psinfo.  It gives you several pieces of information including the uptime.
  3. or if you really want to be pedantic about it, create a one-line script with this command very carefully typed: 
echo @psinfo ^| find "Uptime:" > uptime.cmd

That should get you a one-line script that runs "psinfo", but only displays the uptime line.

Furry cows moo and decompress.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Joo Janta 200 Mode

You know it's a bad deal with darkness is actually comforting.
The fear of the Dark stems from the uncertainty of not knowing what monsters might be lurking there.
The comfort of the dark comes into it when you, in fact, already know full well you're surrounded by monsters, and you'd just as soon have a few moments peace where you can forget about it before they eat you.

The Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses have been designed to help people develop a relaxed attitude to danger. They follow the principle "what you don't know can't hurt you" and turn completely dark and opaque at the first sign of danger. This prevents you from seeing anything that might alarm you. This does, however, mean that you see absolutely nothing, including where you're going.-- Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy

The ignorant and corrupt Congress's attempts to repeal the ACA could screw up my child's Medicare in time.  Meanwhile, Betsy DeVos's ignorance of what the IDEA act even is could eventually crystallize into a weakening or repeal of that law which would mean I'd have to depend on good ol' Missouri law makers to make sure my deaf, blind, autistic son receives an education.
Hello, Darkness, my old friend.  My good ol' cancerous, ever-growing Darkness friend.

Protip:  bottles of alcohol might make a good barter currency post-apocalypse.

Furry cows moo and decompress.