1. Monday, October 18, 2021

    1. browser - cancel opera 15 auto update - Super User
      • However you can disable updates using the trick: Go to the Opera install folder and rename opera_autoupdate.exe to something else (for example opera_autoupdate.exe.disabled).
      • Two solutions I found from this forum thread: You make a shortcut, right-click it, go in properties and add the --disable-update at the end of the the target field which would look like this: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe" --disable-update and You can also use an environment variable to make Opera auto-updates stop. Go to Windows's System / Advanced System Settings, in the Advanced tab click the button to manage the Environment Variables and add one called "OPERA_AUTOUPDATE_DISABLED". Done.
    2. Disabling auto updates, saving certificates, displaying full url and grouping tabs? | Opera forums
      • You can also use the --disable-update command line switch to stop Opera from checking for updates.
    3. Disabling auto updates, saving certificates, displaying full url and grouping tabs? | Opera forums
      • Just open Opera via a link. Target: "path/to/Opera.exe" --disable-update. opera:about will then tell you "Update checker is disabled"
    4. Disabling auto updates, saving certificates, displaying full url and grouping tabs? | Opera forums
      • The problem with the disable option from a shortcut is that this option only works when using the shortcut. If you open Opera from an email web link or link form another program (such as Keypass)then update will be active
      • "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe" --disable-update
    5. Disabling auto updates, saving certificates, displaying full url and grouping tabs? | Opera forums
      • You can also use an environment variable to make Opera auto-updates stop. Go to Windows's System / Advanced System Settings, in the Advanced tab click the button to manage the Environment Variables and add one called "OPERA_AUTOUPDATE_DISABLED". Done.
  2. Friday, April 9, 2021

    1. The mystical expatriates and the invention of Californian spirituality | The History of Emotions Blog
      • he tabernacle of Californian spirituality was erected by the British ‘mystical expatriates’. Which is quite unlikely, considering that all four were public school-educated English gents, emerging from the stiff remains of the British Empire. Perhaps that’s the point – they, like me, were interested in ecstasy as a means of escaping from the uptight inhibitions of polite English culture. Ecstasy was a flight from Englishness.
    2. Michael Murphy on Esalen and the mystical expats — Philosophy for Life
      • My inspiration to start Esalen arose in large part from the evolutionary thinking of Sri Aurobindo, much of which Heard shared in principle – I call it evolutionary panentheism.
      • Anyway, I met Dick Price at Stanford, and he told me about Huxley’s lectures, from which we took a language which helped  to frame our brochures for Esalen, the language of ‘human potentialities’.
      • Third, we were very much in the California culture which wasn’t as conflicted about sex
      • we had joint bathing. What’s the big deal? Alan was right in the middle of it. He embraced sex rather than asceticism.
      • Aldous Huxley. He was an influence on the early vision of Esalen through his lectures on human potentiality.
      • Brave New World
      • Doors of Perception
      • George Leonard
      • Thomas Huxley
      • Aldous had huge tolerance of ambiguity though. He was no snob when it came to sex or anything, it seemed.
      • he was used to politeness and good form
      • Fritz Perls developed his approach at Esalen
      • Stan Grof invented holotropic breathwork there.
      • At Big Sur it got wilder and wilder.
      • Free love was in the air.  There were experiments with drugs. With any drug there are limits. So the place had become a living laboratory. The media caught up with this – but they didn’t see a laboratory, they saw a sometimes wild place.
      • Osho
      • had syphilis and yet slept with seven or eight people.
      • saw a guy get his leg broken
      • we got caught up – as we did with Scientology – in saying no to these crazier movements.
      • We only accept about a quarter of the leaders who want to do programmes at Esalen.
      • It comes in large part from the Bengal Renaissance – out of Ramakrishna, Sri Aruobindo, and Vivekananda coming to the US in 1893 and establishing the Vedanta centres, such as the one in Los Angeles where Huxley, Heard and Isherwood practiced.
      • there was a massive turn from the asceticism of Vedanta to the more full-bodied spirituality of Tantra. Esalen was in the middle of it.
      • In terms of evolutionary spirituality, both Heard and Huxley – like Sri Aurobindo - thought homo sapiens could potentially evolve into a higher spiritual species, and places like Esalen could help catalyse it.
      • This is the problem with materialist reductionism – it ignores facts like telepathy.
      • Huxley and Heard had a lot of interest and faith in paranormal research, but it seems like it’s really faded from academic psychology.
      • how Murphy researched superhuman powers, or ‘sidhis’ in sport and advised the US government on mind control.
  3. Wednesday, January 20, 2021

    1. How to Disable Windows 10 Update in Every Way - EaseUS
      • The Group Policy feature is not available in the Home edition. So, only when you run Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, or Education, you can use the Group Policy Editor to change the settings to prevent Windows 10 from automatically updating.
      • Solution 1. Disable Windows Update Service
      • Windows logo key + R
      • services.msc
      • Windows Update
      • double-click
      • Disabled
      • not available in the Home edition
      • Windows logo key + R
      • "Computer Configuration" > "Administrative Templates" > "Windows Components" > "Windows Update"
      • "Configure Automatic Updates"
      • Disabled
  4. Tuesday, January 19, 2021

    1. 3 Best Ways to Disable Automatic Update on Windows 10
      • Users of Windows 10 Home edition are out of luck regarding this way of disabling Windows 10 updates.
    2. How Do I Disable Windows Updates in Windows 10 Home? - Ask Leo!
      • Unfortunately, while Windows 10 Professional has some control over when updates are installed, Windows 10 Home has no such option.
      • hat means that while the service is disabled, you will get no Microsoft-related updates: none for Windows, none for Windows Defender, none for Windows Defender’s database of known malware, and none for any Microsoft products you may have installed.
      • sc.exe config wuauserv start= disabled
      • sc.exe stop wuauserv
      • sc.exe config wuauserv start= auto
      • sc.exe start wuauserv
      • I have heard, but have not been able to verify, that a disabled Windows Update service can magically become re-enabled after some period of time. It’s unclear if this is days, weeks, or longer.
      • February 2, 2018
    3. How to stop automatic updates on Windows 10 | Windows Central
      • How to disable automatic updates using Group Policy
      • On Windows 10 Pro
      • On Windows 10 Pro, you can also disable automatic updates using the Registry in at least two different ways.
      • On Windows 10 Pro
  5. Saturday, January 16, 2021

    1. [Solved]Can't import passwords | Opera forums
      • go to opera:flags#PasswordImport and enable it, press "Relaunch" button, Go to opera:settings/passwords, click the 3-horizontal-dots symbol on the right of "Saved Passwords", and select "Import", then select your .csv file
  6. Saturday, January 9, 2021

    1. Not So Fast | AACC.org
      • The most common laboratory method estimates LDL-C according to the Friedewald formula: LDL-C = [Total Cholesterol] – [HDL-C] – [Triglycerides/5]. Although it was derived from a small number of subjects and intended for research purposes, the Friedewald formula made possible the rapid and ubiquitous adoption of LDL-C measures as standard clinical care.
  7. Friday, November 6, 2020

    1. 3 Reasons a Roth IRA is a Perfect Supplement to Social Security
      • Roth IRA withdrawals don't count toward your combined income.
      • It's not subject to required minimum distributions
  8. Sunday, November 1, 2020

    1. Saver's Tax Credit: A Retirement Savings Incentive
      • The saver's credit is available to eligible taxpayers who contribute to an employer-sponsored retirement plan or a traditional and/or Roth IRA.
    2. The 20% Pass-Through Tax Deduction for Business Owners | Nolo
      • You Must Have Taxable Income
  9. Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    1. The Probate Process In Virginia — VAELA
      • Virginia now also allows an owner to transfer real property at the time of his or her death directly to a beneficiary without the real property passing through probate with a Transfer of Death Deed. A Transfer on Death Deed must be recorded before the death of the Grantor and may be revoked by recording a revocation or new deed. Real property, which is not held jointly or left to a beneficiary through a Transfer on Death Deed, passes directly to the beneficiaries named in the will or to the legal heirs, and is not part of the probate estate in Virginia unless the will authorizes the executor to sell it.
  10. Sunday, October 4, 2020

    1. How is Social Security taxed?
      • For purposes of determining how the Internal Revenue Service treats your Social Security payments, “income” means your adjusted gross income plus nontaxable interest income plus half of your Social Security benefits.
  11. Monday, July 27, 2020

    1. Microsoft stops activating Windows XP
      • get a copy that doesn't require online activation
      • Or use one of the activation killer apps. Your choice.
      • This. They're not hard to come by if you *cough* know where to look *cough*.
      • The OEM XP Home install CDs didn't need activation I think.
    2. Microsoft stops activating Windows XP - Page 2
      • But like others have said there are ways around it
      • This is my choice. With an activation killer, your Windows XP is good forever.
    3. Microsoft stops activating Windows XP - Page 3
      • You can use RemoveWGA it will remove the services and components related to windows activation.
      • I just installed XP SP3 on my Panasonic CF-53 mk 3, used a no-activation required version.
      • I also have a (legit) XP32 Enterprise that doesn't need activation.
      • There are several of those killers to choose from. I use WGAKill
    4. Microsoft stops activating Windows XP - Page 4
      • So thanks to "a friend", I have "acquired" a copy of XP Pro 64-bit SP2 Corporate/Enterprise, and can confirm it doesn't need to activate.
      • I thought that everyone knew about that pirated release for more than ten years.
      • XP is the greatest OS ever made, hands down. My personal top favorite! It's too bad they had to pin this activation thing to it though.
  12. Sunday, June 21, 2020

    1. § 55.1-1915. (Effective October 1, 2019) Compliance with condominium instruments
      • the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney fees, costs expended in the matter, and interest on the judgment as provided in § 8.01-382. This section does not preclude an action against the unit owners' association and authorizes the recovery, by the prevailing party in any such action, of reasonable attorney fees, costs expended in the matter, and interest on the judgment as provided in § 8.01-382 in such actions.
      • by one or more aggrieved unit owners on their own behalf or as a class action.
      • Any lack of such compliance shall be grounds for an action to recover sums due, for damages or injunctive relief, or for any other remedy available at law or in equity, maintainable
  13. Saturday, June 20, 2020

    1. Virginia Condominium Act
      • the condominium instruments shall be amended only by agreement of unit owners of units to which two-thirds of the votes in the unit owners' association appertain
      • The right of access to all books and records kept by or on behalf of the unit owners' association according to and subject to the provisions of § 55.1-1945, including records of all financial transactions;
  14. Monday, April 6, 2020

    1. Virtual Recreation | Rec Sports
      • Vinyasa Yoga with Nora | 5:30 to 6:30pm
      • Vinyasa Yoga with Jen | Noon to 1:00pm
      • Total Body Training with Haley | 6:45 to 7:30pm
      • Zumba® with Kendra | Noon to 12:45pm
  15. Monday, January 13, 2020

    1. Prices of Common Procedures & Services | UVA Health
      • Blood test, lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides)  LIPID PANEL $239
      • LIPID PANEL $239
  16. Sunday, January 12, 2020

    1. What is the truth about statins in lowering the risk of heart disease? - Quora
      • How do statins work?
      • heart disease is an inflammatory disease
      • Statins are very safe
      • They have been proven over and over again for people having the rare Familiar Hypercholesterolemia, who before statins treatment died of a heart attack in their thirties, and in people having had a heart attack, secondary prevention.
      • In people having extremely high serum lipids like seen in Familiar Hypercholesterolemia, where people start dying of heart atack in their thirties, statins are a blessing, putting a stop to this terrible outlook they face when still a child or an adolescent when diagnosed.
      • In those having had a heart attack is has long been proven to be very effective to lower the risk or a recurrence and lowers their risk of death, this is from the first trial, the 1994 Scandinavian Simvastatin Survival Study (4S)
      • Not so in those having had a stroke, there lowering blood pressure is a lot more effective than lowering serum lipids by taking statins.
      • Primary prevention, that is lowering cholesterol levels (excluding those extreme high levels in familiar hypercholesterolemia) is a bone of contention
      • Subsequently further research showed that other factors like inflammation of the blood vessels, the metabolic syndrome associated with obesity and lack of exercise were also to blame for causing heart attacks and strokes.
      • too much sugar, too much trans fats, too much salt and eating too much over processed convenience food
      • It is the lack of nitric oxide in the lining of the arteries, which combined with inflammatory substances from visceral fat are responsible for hardening of the arteries as the ultimate consequence of faulty nutrition and lack of exercise. We also know that oxidized LDL, particularly the very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL), will release free radicals and damage the arterial walls. CoQ-10 is a supplement, which is known to counteract this.
      • inhibit an enzyme, called the hydroxymethylglutaryl–Coenzyme A (HMG-CoA), which leads to a lowering of cholesterol, specifically a fraction known as the LDL cholesterol.
      • other mechanisms by which statins helped, namely they were found to decrease the inflammatory reaction, which can be measured by lowering of the C-reactive protein.
      • statins in competitive athletes where myopathies can occur in as many as 75% of athletes treated with statins
      • statins have prevented heart attacks and deaths from heart attacks and strokes in about 25% to 35% of patients treated with them as many clinical trials have shown (Ref.1), but simple supplements that have no side effects can do the same or do even better (see below).
      • The lack of cholesterol synthesis by the body’s cells when statins are given, leads to an expression of more LDL receptors on the cell surfaces. LDL binds to these receptors and enters the cells, which removes the circulating high risk LDL fraction of cholesterol from the blood thus causing a drop in LDL cholesterol. All of the side effects of statins (pull down to side effects in this link) can be explained as a result of the slow-down of organ functions (brain, muscles, gut, adrenal glands, etc.) as cholesterol synthesis is reduced.
      • The astounding results were that higher cognitive functioning as documented in multiple cognitive tests in these three groups showed the best performance in the group with the highest cholesterol and the worst cognitive test outcomes in the lowest cholesterol group, quite opposite of what was expected.
      • Ref. 4 cited literature evidence that statins cause a 48% increased risk in postmenopausal women who take statins to develop diabetes. It also cites compelling evidence that diabetes patients are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease within 15 years and are 1.75 times more likely to develop any kind of dementia in the same time period.
      • Dr. Seneff from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT explains in great detail that statins effectively reduce cholesterol synthesis in the liver, which in turn starves the brain of one of its main nutrients explaining why patient develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as a result of statin treatment.
      • So, the lessons to be learnt from these clinical trials are that you want to offer your brain enough cholesterol and healthy fat to have a normal metabolism. Fortunately, what’s good for your heart is also good for your brain. Conversely avoid statins, if you can and try alternatives first. Ref. 4 explains that for years the experts had the wrong theory that low fat/high carb was what would be good for your heart and brain, but the opposite is true: what is good for your heart and brain is a high healthy fats/low refined carb diet.
      • Make sure that with your blood tests that fasting insulin is low (no insulin resistance), that the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol is less than 3.4 (low risk for heart attacks or strokes) and that the hemoglobin A1C level is low (4.8 to 5.6%, ideally less than 4.5%), which means you are not diabetic.
      • High-risk patients with established heart disease (narrowing of coronary arteries) require a drop of 30 to 60% of LDL cholesterol; this high-risk patient group may need an addition of a statin.
      • Healthy fats according to Ref. 4 are extra-virgin olive oil, organic butter, almond milk, avocados, olives, nuts, nut butters and cheese
      • Other healthy fats are sesame oil, coconut oil, and the oils found in seeds like flaxseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds.
      • Note that trans-fats (such as in margarine and baked goods) are a “no-no” as it causes free radicals in your body, which would accelerate the hardening of your arteries
      • You may want to consider the use of plant sterols (2 grams per day) to enhance LDL cholesterol lowering.
      • Statins suppress CoQ10 synthesis, so patients on statins need to take CoQ10 supplements daily to counteract this. However, anybody who is healthy now should take CoQ10 as a daily supplement for prevention. I take 400 mg per day.
      • the one that is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Simply ask staff at your health food store for a vitamin E supplement with gamma tocopherol in it. Take 400 IU per day (of the mix).
      • Flavonoids are the largest group among the polyphenols contained in such common foods as vegetables, fruits, tea, coffee, chocolate and wine.
      • However, resveratrol, the powerful red wine polyphenol warrants a separate daily supplementation as it prevents LDL oxidation in humans (Ref.2). Take about 250 mg of it daily.
      • I was one of those doctors in the mid 1980’s when the drug industry targeted practicing physicians. I prescribed 100’s of statins. But I am retired since 2010 and can think on my own. I realize that what you say is correct: physicians still overprescribe statins. But with education of the consumer hopefully the pendulum will swing back to a more common sense, more balanced approach.
      • Dr. Nadir Ali notes how he will see patients with lots of coronary plaque and low LDL levels as well as people with massively high levels of LDL yet an angiogram shows very clear arteries. It turns out that all that conventional wisdom about LDL being “bad” cholesterol may not have a very firm scientific foundation.
      • This brings us to another confusing point about statins, it may be anti-inflammatory properties rather than lowering cholesterol that is the benefit of statins.
      • The problem with statins lies in their action in metabolic pathways in the body. The same cholesterol lowering effects also interferes with things like CoQ10 in the body.
      • Medical professionals are expected to weigh the balance of these, discuss this with you using plain language and empower you to make an informed decision.
      • In the case of statins, I believe the benefits usually outweigh the risks. This opinion comes from both the evidence and from my own experience. The the most important consideration is by how much?
      • These are examples of the two main indications for statins - primary and secondary prevention. The evidence is quite clear that the individual in scenario 2, having already suffered a stroke is more likely to benefit from statin therapy than scenario 1.
      • Primary prevention - Statins given for 5 Years for Heart Disease Prevention (Without Known Heart Disease) - scenario 1. None were helped (life saved) 1 in 104 were helped (preventing heart attack) 1 in 154 were helped (preventing stroke) 1 in 50 people will develop a significant side effect 1 in 10 will get muscle pain as a mild-moderate side effect, but not causing any long term or serious harm - at worst causing them to stop the medicine If you have no history of heart disease, just risk factors such as family history, high cholesterol or blood pressure, then the numbers needed to treat are quite high, no lives are saved and the decision is much more grey.
      • Secondary prevention - Statins given for 5 Years for Heart Disease Prevention (With Known Heart Disease) Secondary prevention 83 people to prevent one death (in 5 years!) 39 people to prevent one non-fatal heart attack 125 people to prevent one stroke 1 in 50 people will develop a significant side, most common at the start of treatment. 1 in 10 will get muscle pain as a mild-moderate side effect, but not causing any long term or serious harm - at worst causing them to stop the medicine
      • Clearly the evidence is stronger for secondary prevention.
      • for every person that benefits, there are a small number that are harmed and a huge number, for which taking the statin makes no real difference one way or the other!
      • Statins are effective for reducing risk of further events in people who have had a heart attack or angina, but only in those people who are insulin resistant, usually shown by a high ratio of fasting triglycerides-to-HDL, a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and so on. They don’t seem to be effective for people with higher HDL (who are already at significantly lower risk of a second event). The effectiveness of a statin in secondary prevention relates more to the pre-treatment HDL level of the person taking it than it does to the lowering of LDL it produces.
      • There is less evidence that they are effective in preventing death from heart disease in the general population, especially in elderly people (two large studies with zero effect), and little evidence that they are effective in women. There is an increased risk of diabetes, and a common side effect is muscle pain, with crippling effects that don’t reverse on stopping in rare cases.
      • The best way to prevent heart disease for the average healthy person is, don’t smoke, don’t eat (or especially drink) sugar, eat nutritious whole foods in whatever way keeps you eating the right amount, fast occasionally, get sunlight on your skin and exercise, value sleep, and don’t worry about your cholesterol levels, but if you must, pay especial attention to the fasting TG/HDL ratio..
  17. Thursday, January 9, 2020

    1. The latest on cholesterol testing - Harvard Health
      • Before the test, don't eat or drink anything (except water) for 12 hours. That's because the concentration of triglycerides stays elevated in the bloodstream for several hours after a meal. An accurate triglyceride test result is important because this number is used to calculate your LDL value.
    2. Summit Medical Group
      • Avoid eating fatty foods the evening before your test.
      • Your healthcare provider will tell you when to stop eating and drinking before the test. Food and drink before the test may affect the results.
      • If you have a low risk of heart disease, the recommended level of LDL is less than 160 mg/dL
      • Sometimes a test needs to be repeated to check the first result