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LandzDown Lounge / Memorial Day 2020
« on: May 24, 2020, 01:35:04 PM »
For mitch, the Phantom Phixer, who kept the F4s flying ... for Ghost, we remember, always.  “Hit my smoke”.

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind."

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
“Letters from Pleiku”
1 January 1970
170th Assault Helicopter Company
Dak To, Vietnam
(Shot down 24 March 1970)

Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of the United States. Freedom is not free.  All gave some, some gave all.  Honor and remember those who paid the ultimate price, and be grateful for their sacrifice.

In 2020 it seems especially fitting to remember Medal of Honor recipient Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins, who in 1966 was a sergeant first class serving with detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces in the Republic of Vietnam ... and who died 17 April 2020 at the age of 86 after a 23-day last battle against the complications caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Adkins was awarded the Medal of Honor for acts of valor during the North Vietnamese attack on Camp A Shau (9-12 March 1966).  He and 16 other Green Berets were holed up in a small undermanned and unfortified reconnaissance camp next to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, 50 km SW of Huế and 2 km E of the Laos border.  The citation in part reads:  “During the thirty-eight hour battle and forty-eight hours of escape and evasion, fighting with mortars, machine guns, recoilless rifles, small arms, and hand grenades, it was estimated that Sergeant First Class Adkins killed between 135 and 175 of the enemy while sustaining eighteen different wounds to his body.”

Adkins was credited with running through exploding mortar rounds to drag several wounded comrades to safety, and later exposing himself to sniper fire to carry wounded comrades to a more secure position.  Within the communications bunker, he single-handedly killed numerous insurgents ... ultimately, the camp was overwhelmed and the order was given to evacuate.  Adkins and a small group of soldiers destroyed all signal equipment and classified documents, dug their way out of the rear of the bunker, and fought their way out of the camp.  He and his group were unable to reach the last evacuation helicopter because of his efforts to carry a wounded soldier to the extraction point (leave no one behind).  Adkins rallied the remaining survivors and led the group into the jungle, evading the enemy for 48 hours until they were rescued by helicopter on 12 March.

With many of his A Shau comrades in attendance at the White House ceremony, Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins received the Medal of Honor from President Obama on 15 September 2014. During the presentation, President Obama commented “I have to be honest, in a battle and daring escape that lasted four days, Bennie performed so many acts of bravery we actually don’t have time to talk about all of them.”

The Special Forces team suffered 5 KIA and 12 WIA (100% casualties).  Adkins told a news conference at Fort Benning that he couldn’t accept the honor alone.  "The medal doesn’t really belong to me. I’m just a keeper of it for those other 16 in the battle, especially the five who didn’t make it."

Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins became the 16th member of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to wear the Medal of Honor.

FireFox latest
Edge Latest
IE (turned off)
Chrome Latest
Opera Latest
Pale Moon latest

Don’t forget to remove Opera from your specs signature  ;D

Do you use all of those browsers on a regular basis?

So if I ditch the whole folder and want to reinstall Opera later, it will just create everything new? 

If Opera is reinstalled...what happens to the extra stuff that was left over like in application data and such?  Do they just overwrite it?

First question ... Yes, it will be like any other fresh install, Opera will put anything it needs wherever it needs it.

Second question ... a fresh install will leave all those other things alone. It won’t overwrite them since they are remnants from prior versions of the browser.

When Opera updates, it leaves the older version folder and the older launcher.exe behind. 

launcher.exe.xxxxxxxxxx.old ... If memory serves, the "xxxxxxxxxx" is a timestamp.

If you don’t use Opera (and I assume that is the case since you uninstalled it), it is safe to nuke the entire folder, not just the launcher executable.  Then again, there is nothing malicious involved in leaving the folder alone.  Your choice.  You can always reinstall Opera.


I formatted the sd micro card and that sysytem file wont go away?? oh well

It didn't go away, or it was newly re-created?  Did you re-format using your laptop?  Windows recreates this file every time you plug in, unless you have disabled the system restore on that flash drive.

Why not use the option to format the SD card in the drone app itself, once you connect to the MA?  It's in the DJI GO camera settings menu.


Windows 10, version 2004 is rumored to be released the last week of May, likely the 26th - 28th.

It wouldn’t do to release the May 2020 Update in June  8)

General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: Belarc Advisor
« on: May 07, 2020, 11:57:59 AM »
Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit
Version 9.5
Released 05 May 2020

Of note:  Added license keys and/or editions for: Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 and later, Adobe Premier Elements 2019 and later, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 and later, Microsoft Office 2019, Microsoft SQL Server 2019 and 2017, Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 and 2017 and 2015 and 2013, and 2012, Microsoft Windows Extended Security Updates [ESU], ESRI ArcGIS Pro, TechSmith SnagIt and Camtasia 18, MathWorks MATLAB its toolboxes and add-ons

Download: Link

Belarc Advisor automatically checks for, fetches, and installs Belarc Advisor Security Definition updates at each use, but you have to download and install the new program versions manually.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Winchester House
« on: April 30, 2020, 02:02:37 PM »
A bit of quirky and creepy Americana, full of many architectural oddities (like the front door not aligning with the roof peak above it).  Then there are the ghosts  8)

Under Device Manager, the Network Adapters button should list your LAN Network Adapter (allows Internet connection while plugged into the modem/router via ethernet cable), your Wireless Network Adapter (Ralink RT5390), and also the usb adapter driver (when plugged in) ... yes?

Right now the wifi usb adapter is unplugged and working fine

I presume you didn't mean the usb adapter was working fine while unplugged, but rather that you had wifi connection with it unplugged.


I have the USB WiFi adulator plugged in and have connection real good

No clue what an 'adulator' is ... but to confirm, you have wifi connection with the 'adulator' unplugged?  If so, you have the "new paper weight" you referred to back on page 3.  On the same page (and going forward) there were multiple suggestions to fix the problem without introducing a new variable.  Don't fully understand what you did and didn't do, so hard to say why your wifi card is working again.

It sounds to me like you restarted the computer without any effect, but now you’ve done a hard boot via the power switch, and that ran a POST (Power-On Self-Test), which allowed Windows to recognize and repair the issue.  A hard boot can resolve many issues.

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