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Sun, May 24, 2020 1:37 pm

Saving a YouTube Video transcript to a text file

When watching YouTube video lectures, I often wish to save the dialog to a text file that I can search. You can obtain a text transcript of the audio for a YouTube video lecture by clicking on the three dots to the right of "Share", which will give you the option to "Open transcript." When you choose that option, you will then see a transcript displayed to the right of the video. But when you copy that text to a text editor, you may see the dialog on separate lines from the accompanying timestamps. You can put each line of dialog on the same line as its timestamp using the regular expression 1,$ s/\(:\d\d\)\n/\1 / within the vi or vim text editors.

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Sat, May 23, 2020 2:09 pm

Installing the PubPeer Plugin for Zotero

PubPeer is a website that allows users of the site to anonymously review scientific research. If you wish to install a plugin for Zotero, which is free and open-source software that you can use for reference management, take the following steps:
  1. Download the Zotero PubPeer .xpi file from GitHub at PubPeerFoundation / pubpeer_zotero_plugin.
  2. Within Zotero, click on Tools on the menu bar, then select Add-ons.
  3. Click on the gear icon on the Add-ons Manager window, and select "Install Add-on From File."

    Zotero install add-on

  4. Navigate to the location where you downloaded the .xpi file and click on it to select it, which will open a Software Installation window where you can click on the plugin to select it and then choose Install Now.

    Zotero software installation

  5. Next, click on "Restart now" to restart Zotero and complete the installation.

    Zotero - restart to complete add-on install

After the add-on is installed, when you select an item you've saved in Zotero, you will see a "PubPeer" tab next to the usual "Info," "Notes," "Tags," and "Replated" tabs.

Zotero PubPeer tab

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Mon, Apr 27, 2020 9:44 pm

Formatting endnotes in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style

If you are using Microsoft Word to write a paper adhering to the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) guidelines for citations that appear in the endnotes section of the paper, references to endnotes should be made in the paper using Arabic numerals at the end of sentences with the numbers put in superscript.


Ludwig considered it an honor that his books were among those burned by the Nazis in 1933.1


1. Emil Ludwig, Three Portraits: Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin (New York: Alliance Book Corporation: 1940), 49.

You can configure Microsoft Word for CMS style citations by clicking on the References tab and then selecting a Chicago option for the Style option. Microsoft Word 2010 lists "Chicago Fifteenth Edition" as the CMS option.

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Wed, Apr 22, 2020 4:44 pm

Disabling the execution of JavaScript in Foxit Reader

If you are concerned about malicious JavaScript being hidden inside a PDF file, you can upload the file to Google's VirusTotal site which will scan the file with many antimalware programs. The scan results will show if any of the dozens of antivirus programs the site uses in its scans have detected malware in the file. However, for additional security, you may want to know if the file contains code that will automatically be executed when you open the file in a PDF viewer or if it contains embedded JavaScript. The VirusTotal site will provide that information. For PDF files, you will see "pdf" displayed in a gray oval underneath the file that was scanned. If there is code within the PDF file that will automatically be executed when you open the file, next to that oval will be another one with "autoaction" in it. Embedded JavaScript is denoted by an oval with "js-embedded" within it. Just because you see "autoaction" or "js-embedded" doesn't mean the JavaScript is malicious, but if you want to ensure any malicious JavaScript isn't executed, if you are using the Foxit Reader program to view PDF files, you can disable its execution of JavaScript.

To disable the execution of JavaScript in Foxit Reader Version, take the following steps:

  1. From the menu at the top of the Foxit Reader window, click on Tools and select Preferences.
  2. Click on JavaScript on the left side of the Preferences window that will open and then uncheck the check box for "Enable JavaScript Actions."

    Foxit Reader - disabling JavaScript

Also click on Trust Manager from the Prferences menu and make sure that the "Enable Safe Reading Mode" check box is checked. In the description of that setting, you will see "Foxit recommends that you check this option for controlling unauthorized actions and data transmissions; including URL connections, launching external files and running JavaScript functions to efficiently avoid attacks from malicious documents."

Foxit Reader - disabling JavaScript

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Mon, Apr 20, 2020 10:45 pm

Removing an email address from a SparkPost suppression list

I use SparkPost to distribute a newsletter by email for an organization I support. A member of the organization reported to me that she has not been receiving email copies of the organization's newsletter, so I logged into the SparkPost account after this month's newsletter was sent and clicked on Events on the Dashboard, selected "Last 7 Days" in the Events Search date range selection field and then put the member's email address in the "Filter by recipient email address" field and hit Enter. I saw an "Injection" and a "Bounce" event whereas I would see an "Injection" and a "Delivery" event for email successfully sent to a recipient. When I clicked on the View Details button, I found that the email sent to the member bounced with SparkPost listing the reason as "554 5.7.1 [internal] recipient address was suppressed due to customer policy." At the SparkPost page on the problem, 554 5.7.1 — Recipient address was suppressed due to customer policy, I saw the possible reasons for that bounce message appear listed as those below:

  1. The address was invalid (address does not exist)
  2. The user clicked the list-unsubscribe header
  3. The user clicked one of your emails and flagged it as SPAM. This FBL (FeedBack Loop) event should add that email address to your Suppression List.

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Wed, Apr 15, 2020 3:07 pm

Unable to type in Microsoft Edge address field

I couldn't type anything in the Microsoft Edge address bar where URLs are entered nor could I type in the "Find on page" field in Edge on a Microsoft Windows 10 system. But in tabs opened to pages where I might type some input, such as a tab in which I was viewing a Wikipedia article, I cold type and see what I had typed appear. E.g., in the Wikipedia tab, I could search for other Wikipedia articles. And in the tab that was also open, I could compose email messages. I could also type input into the Microsoft Windows "Type here to search" field at the bottom of the screen. When I searched online for a possible resolution to the problem, I found a couple of pages where people linked it to McAfee antivirus software on the system, but that isn't installed on the system. I also saw a couple of pages where people stated that running the built-in Windows ctfmon.exe program might resolve the problem. I opened a command prompt and issued the tasklist command to see if it was already running. It was and when I ran it again anyway, there was no change to the problem.

C:\>tasklist | find /i "ctfmon"
ctfmon.exe                   25000 Console                    3     22,444 K



Closing and reopening Microsoft Edge resolved the problem.

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Wed, Apr 15, 2020 2:04 pm

Gvim stuck in insert mode

While editing a file with the gVim text editor on a Microsoft Windows 10 system, I found I was stuck in insert mode. Hitting the Esc key would no longer take me out of insert mode and when I closed and reopened the editor I would be put in insert mode as soon as the editor opened. I switched to another user account on the system and opened gVim from that account. I could use the escape key on that account to exit insert mode, which proved that there wasn't a problem with the escape key on the keyboard. I was able to resolve the problem by clicking on Edit, selecting Global Settings, and then Toogle Insert Mode.

gVim toggle insert mode

After I selected Toogle Insert Mode, the editor was taken out of insert mode and I was then able to enter editor commands. I could re-enter insert mode by hitting the i key as usual. Though I could now move in and out of insert mode with the Esc and i keys as usual, when I closed and reopened gVim, I found it was not exiting insert mode when I hit the Esc key, so I had to select the Toggle Insert Mode option again from the menu. I'll have to check the gVim Startup Settings later to see why it is not responding to the Esc key on the one account, though there may be an issue outside of gVim as I found that I can no longer type URLs in the address field of Microsoft Edge tabs, though I could type in the search field of an already open Wikipedia tab in the browser.

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Sat, Mar 28, 2020 10:53 pm

Counting the number of rows in a table in Microsoft Word

If you wish to determine the number of rows present in a table in Microsoft Word 2010 on a Microsoft Windows system, highlight all of the rows in the table by putting the mouse pointer in the top or bottom row and then dragging it downwards or upwards until all of the rows are highlighted. Then right-click and select Table Properties. Under the Row tab you should see the number of rows listed.

Table Properties - Rows

If you don't see the row count, click on the Table or Column tab and then go back to the Row information by selecting the Row tab again. You should then see the row count displayed.

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Thu, Feb 20, 2020 9:52 pm

Memory for an HP G70-460US laptop

An HP laptop running the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system that I was using was performing poorly and when I checked the system's performance with the Windows Task Manager, I could see that the memory utilization was consistently high. So I decided to check on whether I could increase the memory in the system. A sticker on the underside of the laptop showed the model number to be G70-460US. I wondered whether I could also get the model number from a Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) command if the sticker was no longer present or was illegible, so I opened a command prompt window and checked to see what information I could get using the wmic csproduct get command.

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Wed, Feb 19, 2020 9:44 pm

Windows Defender detected TrojanClicker:JS/Chroject.A

I recently removed Trojan:Win32/Nymaim, which was detected by Windows Defender on a Microsoft Windows 10 system. When Windows Defender detected that malware, it prevented the weekly backup program on the system, which was the Windows 7 backup and restore utility, from completing successfully. After removing that malware, I ran the backup program again, but I found that again the backup program did not complete successfully due to Windows detecting a trojan during the backup operation. This time it was TrojanClicker:JS/Chroject.A.

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