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Living Room / Irma's Coming...
« on: September 08, 2017, 05:05 PM »
Has anyone heard from Miles Ahead lately?? Us Florida folk are about to get hammered like a - storm-of-the-century - tent peg.

goes_eusa_1070_100[2].jpg

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Living Room / GoDaddy Blocking Access to Website
« on: June 27, 2017, 03:42 PM »
Okay got a bit of a weird one here. We have a client that wanted some coding done to their website that is hosted on GoDaddy. I loaded the site in several browsers (IE/Edge/FF) to check its behavior ... And it loaded fine. Then I connected to the CP to get the FTP access information, connected via FTP, and downloaded the site (~160MB) to work on locally. After which the site will no longer load in a browser from within the building.

Now I say "From within the building" for a reason. None of the computers behind our companies IP address can access the client's website any longer...at all. I can get to the CP.. I can get to the FTP.. I can ping the domain name and get a response from the sites correct IP address... But it won't load in any web browser, on any machine, running any OS, from anywhere in the building ... However it will load just fine on my phone...if I get off of the companies wireless network. :huh:

So... WTF did I pissoff on GoDaddy's hosting system that caused it to (apparently...) blacklist the companies IP address??? There is an IP Blocklist option in the PC...but it doesn't list - us as blocked - anything useful.

So has anyone ever heard of or seen this kind of crazy assed shenanigans from a web host before?? I've got a gun-to-my-head deadline and really need to get past this..

Thanks in Advance,

Stoic Joker

3
Living Room / Non IT Project Website
« on: December 28, 2016, 04:11 PM »
So for the past year I've been working on an antique Harley custom/restoration project. So while I was on Christmas vacation I decided to slap together a website for the project that chronicles some of the (hopefully) more interesting parts of the project.

Granted I still haven't done anything with my main site ... But this has been way more fun.

Project Alice

In the garage I get to use a hammer!

 :D

4
General Software Discussion / Need software to resolve RFI issue
« on: November 08, 2016, 06:53 AM »
Greetings
   So it appears I have a bit of a weird issue going on in my neighborhood. Somebody is broadcasting some type of either very dirty or high output signal that is screwing with everything wireless in my world. My garage door opener, the wireless alarm fob for my bike, my wireless network, etc..

    Is there a best option (free...) application I can toss on a laptop (or Windows Phone) to try and track this signal menace down?

Thank you,

Stoic Joker

5
Site/Forum Features / Code Highlighting Tags Broken
« on: October 01, 2016, 08:25 AM »
IIRC there is a proper form to report board issues in...but damn if I can find it at the moment ... So I'll just drop this here.

I've been trying to send (PM) some C++ code to a guy since Friday, but every time I use the code highlighting tags (to preserve the formatting) the page blows up saying it can't be loaded.

Is it really just my day (/week...) in the barrel, or is the board glitching on the code tags?

6
Living Room / Trying to remember quote about design and beauty
« on: August 12, 2016, 07:08 AM »
There was a "famous" quote mentioned here once (years ago) that was something to the effect that a machine that was designed to work well/efficiently would therefore be beautiful. It was a much more eloquent way of stating - my favorite "rule" - Form Follows Function ... But I can't for the life of me remember what it was.

Any Ideas what it might be/have been??

TIA

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NANY 2016 Entry Information

Application Name Skully the Training Virus
Version 1.0
Short Description Friendly Virus for teaching purposes
Supported OSes Tested on 7, 8.x, & 10 - May also run on XP & Vista
Web Page You're on it
Download Link * The Skully Virus.exe (172.5 kB - downloaded 340 times.)
System Requirements
  • .NET4.0 - Yeah, I hate that part too
Version History
  • v1.0.0.3 - Added a few new options and penalties
  • v1.0.0.0 - Downloaded 8 times
Author Stoic Joker


Description
This is completely benign "Training Virus" that was written to be used during a "Human Firewall" Security Training program. Its primary purpose is to scare the shit out on the user - after they have engaged in some foolish behavior - and then it displays a series of text segments that give a rough outline of what they just did wrong.

Only after all segments have been read does it display the exit Hotkey: Ctrl + Alt + M.

The exit Hotkey - Ctrl + Alt + M - can be used at anytime to exit the program if need be.

Features
Skully has 2 different modes of operation:
   Normal Mode: Name the program anything you want and it will start the training about a minute after launch.
   Prank Mode: Give the program any name that starts with prnk (case is irrelevant) and it will launch with the
                      training segment disabled to just torment the user.

Note: Exit Code Ctrl + Alt + M is the same in both modes.

Planned Features
I may add some new penalties to keep things interesting.
I'd like to make the text segments user customizable.

Screenshots
Screenshots of the Application.
Skully.jpg

Usage
Installation
Pick a mode, pick a name, pick a target, drop it off and wait...

Using the Application
Please use responsibly.

Did I mention the Exit Hotkey was: Ctrl + Alt + M?

Uninstallation
Highlight, delete, done.

Tips
Any tips for using it?

Be nice.

Known Issues
Are there any issues that users should know about?

God I hope not this thing has beat me to death trying to make sure it was stable.

This does capture and control the entire desktop -(Ctrl + Alt + M to exit)- So I spent an extensive amount of time testing to be sure it could be unloaded cleanly without taking the shell/current user session with it.


Quote from: Read Me File
Greetings
  And thanks for downloading Stoic Joker's Skully "Virus" Desktop Prank.
  It doesn't actually destroy, harm, or change anything... But it should
  scare the shit out of a few people in the process of not actually
  destroying, harming, or changeing anything..

HOW THE HELL DO I STOP THIS ^*&%$ THING?!?!?!
  Press: Ctrl + Alt + M

Are there any other hotkeys?
  Ctrl + Alt + L   Initiates Harvest System Info Function
  Ctrl + Alt + N   Initiates "Tatical Mode", and pretends to delete all your stuff
  Ctrl + Alt + K   Initiates a "Derp Storm" of MessageBox's that jump around like fleas
  Ctrl + Alt + Space   Will end the Derp Storm immediately ... Or it will run forever.
               If user sucessfully manages to manually closes all 100 Derps, it
      (Not Yet Implimented)   will then offer to Delete Windows for them (and all answers are yes)
  Ctry + Alt + F   Run the Complete 1,000 Character Barf Cycle 9,000 Times Instead of Just the Normal 5
  Ctry + Alt + D   Hide Skully and ALL Output Panels - Will Now Display ALL Keystrokes More Randomly..
  Ctry + Alt + S   Show Skully and Basic Output Panels - Also Stops Character Barf Timer
  Ctry + Alt + A   Triggers Character Barf (includes D) - Kinda fun really, I'm thinking of making a Screensaver out of it.


Keystroke Penalties Are as Follows:
  10 - 14 = Identity Theft Spook Panel
  15 - 19 = Derp Storm of 210 little Windows
  20 & up = Random Character Screen Barf

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General Software Discussion / How to recover a MySQL Password?
« on: November 02, 2015, 09:22 AM »
Well I managed to goof, and somehow forgot to document the password for one of our MySQL servers. So I'm looking for password recovery options to try and minimize the impact of forcing my way back into the account. If it helps any ... The pw is stored in a copy MySQL workbench, so hopefully there are 2 possible angles of attack.

I do not want to just reset the password, because of the ripple chasing potential.

Any ideas?

9
Living Room / Trying to Create a New Logo
« on: September 14, 2015, 05:43 PM »
Okay... So my logo - which I lost the original for - was getting a bit tired, so I thought I'd try creating a new one. Below is what I managed to cobble together in Photoshop...Opinions/suggestions welcome.

Stoic Joker's Logo Small.png

I'm thinking about releasing (my first) an App for the Windows Phone ... So I thought it best to tidy up my image a bit before shooting myself in the foot. :D

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Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Basic Calculator
« on: September 05, 2015, 11:27 PM »
New computer, new OS, and a new IDE (Visual Studio 2013) ... And no idea what to do with'em. So I thought I'd toss together a small idiot project while I was getting used to the new trinity (eek!).

And while looking for ideas it occurred that the new calculator that comes with Windows 10 is just about the fugliest piece of software I've ever seen. The Metro flat UI is just flat-out cringe worthy, to the point that I don't even care what sort of fun/handy stuff it can do ... I just can't stand to look at ghastly the thing.

So I put together a very basic -(and probably equally hideous when I sober up)- calculator using C#/NET4, and every silly assed UI option I could find in VS13.

Calculator SS.jpg

Download should be below...assuming I got it attached properly.

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Living Room / New Computer
« on: August 19, 2015, 07:13 AM »
So it's time to put my now mildly arcane decade old flagship (Spunky-V) out to pasture. And to that end I got an HP Z440 Workstation (Base Package: L0P72UT#ABA) through the company. In years past I always built my own...but I just don't have time to do all the research necessary to effectively play the price point razor edge of leading/cutting edge hardware. So... since we're an HP ASP -(making a huge discount an option)- I decided to go - the lazy route - with a semi customized packaged box that had all the hardware matched for me.

Here be the Specs:
CPU: 6 core Xeon ES-1650 v3 (Turbos to 3.8GHz)
RAM: 16GB
Video: ATi W5100 (with 4 DisplayPort outputs)
OS Drive: 256GB SSD
Storage Drive: 1TB RAID5 array.

I'm a bit nervous about the SSD ... But time will tell - At least it comes with a 3 year warranty..

12
General Software Discussion / Windows 10 Automatic Update Reboots
« on: August 12, 2015, 10:55 AM »
There seems to be much discussion about the new and delightfully Draconian Windows update automatic reboot policy. Most of the solutions I've seen are of the comically idiotic variety...(like just disable the WU service)...that MS really should have seen coming before they dropped this turn in our laps. Others come closer to showing a bit of common sense & restraint, like method 2 in the article I found here.

However for my own purposes I decided to modify it just a bit by setting: No auto-restart with logged on user for scheduled automatic updater installations to enabled. This option is in the same place as the one suggested in the article, I just think it affords a better balance between getting the updates in a timely fashion...and don't dump all my shit. :D

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Developer's Corner / WordPress Login Fiasco
« on: April 11, 2015, 09:45 AM »
Greetings
   This is one of those nagging issues I've been contending with for a while, that has finally come to a head. From the research I've done it's a somewhat common issue that has no real concrete solution. When trying to login to the WordPress admin backend the login keeps looping back to the login screen (yes the password is correct). The reflexively regurgitated answer is to dump the browser cache...which - for whatever reason - has never worked. The issue affects all browsers I have tried (IE, FF, Chrome, and Safari (Yes, I actually got that desperate..)).

   The only thing that I have found that had a high rate (98%) of success, was to toggle IE's compatibility mode. Start normal, let it fail, flip on compatibility mode, and it succeeded (Usually..). After this, the site could be put back in normal mode...and the login would work fine. Once again...Usually.

   Now the behavior has changed so that the redirect maze which is the WP login just stops at a blank page that after a few (5-10 - sometimes forced) refreshes finally kicks me back to the login page. I suspect that it is something that is being cached on the server side. But this is the only site I deal with that I don't have direct access to the server on. They don't even have a control panel that I (have ever seen) am aware of. I do have FTP access to the site root so I can attempt to force the issue from there...but I'm not entirely sure what the best angle of attack would be.

   The site is for the local Humane Society which I donate the time to maintain for them. So the creatures and I would greatly appreciate any assistance we can get with this issue.

Thank you,

Stoic Joker

   

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General Software Discussion / Need SSL Certificate Recomendations
« on: March 03, 2015, 01:48 PM »
Greetings
   I've been using a Start.com/Start SSL for our Exchange server, but the renewal process is a nightmare. I really don't have time to waste gathering up and submitting a bunch of prove it's me/us documentation every time the cert expires. Is suffering through these types of shenanigans "normal" for SSL cert renewal?? Or is there some place that I can just pay a renewal fee and get the damn thing extended.

   Why does everything to do with SSL have to suck so ridiculously hard?? I swear they had to have been created by the DMV!

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Developer's Corner / Issue with MySQL db Function and rand()
« on: February 10, 2015, 03:40 PM »
Greetings
    I've been fighting with this for a day or so and it giving me fits. I'm trying to get a MySQL db function to automatically generate a 7 character ID string during an insert command in the format of ABC1234. At this point triggering the function during insert is working fine, however the string generated is randomly - generated to short - between 4 and 7 characters in length.

So my question is how to I force this code to always give my a 7 character long string?
Code: Text [Select]
  1. CREATE DEFINER=`Stoic Joker`@`%` FUNCTION `MakeUniID`() RETURNS char(7) CHARSET utf8
  2. BEGIN
  3. declare Result CHAR(7);
  4. SET Result = '';
  5.  
  6. SET Result=CONCAT(
  7.         substring('ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ', rand(@seed:=round(rand(@seed)*4294967296))*26+1, 1),
  8.         substring('ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ', rand(@seed:=round(rand(@seed)*4294967296))*26+1, 1),
  9.         substring('ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ', rand(@seed:=round(rand(@seed)*4294967296))*26+1, 1),
  10.         substring('0123456789', rand(@seed:=round(rand(@seed)*4294967296))*10+1, 1),
  11.         substring('0123456789', rand(@seed:=round(rand(@seed)*4294967296))*10+1, 1),
  12.         substring('0123456789', rand(@seed:=round(rand(@seed)*4294967296))*10+1, 1),
  13.         substring('ABCDEFGHIJ', rand(@seed)*10+1, 1)
  14.         );
  15.  
  16. RETURN Result;
  17. END


It seemed to be a guaranteed no brainer when I swiped it from somewhere - and then modified it for my own purposes... But the damn thing just won't cooperate.

Thanks in Advance,

Stoic Joker

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General Software Discussion / Looking for Windows Email Server Options
« on: November 29, 2014, 01:10 PM »
As Windows Server 2003 is quickly approaching EOL, I'm faced with the prospect of having to migrate my Email server to something else...and I do not have the (hardware) resources to run a full blown Exchange server here in the home office lab. So...

I'm looking for suggestions on a lightweight free - preferably Windows - Email server, that will need to support no more than a dozen mailboxes. Straight POP/SMTP is fine, although IMAP might be nice if the resource usage can be kept tightly reigned in (it will be running in Hyper-V).

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Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware


One of the sites effected is apparently CNet, as one of our customers got nailed by this while trying to download the latest copy of Avast AV (which is hosted on CNet). The customer in question is a hyper vigilant old schooler who doesn't like, trust, or use the internet for anything unless absolutely necessary. So they most likely got burnt by the idiotic marketing practice of having multiple unidentified huge green download buttons that infest CNet.

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General Software Discussion / How Safari, Chrome, and IE handle SSL
« on: August 27, 2014, 06:57 PM »
So I was working with a client today, trying to get their Gmail account forwarded to Exchange Online. They were using their preferred Google Chrome browser to access their Gmail account to perform this seemingly simple action ... But it kept failing..

The error message was completely uninformative, and seemed to imply that the address to be forwarded to was not valid for some reason. However the address was indeed quite valid.

So I had them open IE in in-private mode to ensure a clean browsing environment. In the hopes of at least gleaning something in the way of an at least somewhat informative error message. IE handily obliged, and informed us that the certificate being provided by the next popup window was not valid. So Google's browser was rejecting the certificate that Google's own mail server was trying to use ... Impressive? ...Not!

Now here's the really sad part. Knowing that the client had an iPad, I told them to try and perform the same action using the Apple Safari browser ... Because it's security was such total crap that it would most likely accept anything ... And horrifyingly I was right. It sailed straight on through like it didn't even bother to look at the cert let alone ponder it's validity.

FireFox was not readily available for this test...(so wasn't included)...but I did find it rather darkly comical watching Safari fail a security check in such a spectacular fashion.

 :D

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Living Room / IT Resumes
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:23 PM »
    So it's occurred to me as we're looking for a new body here in IT, that apparently they don't teach people how to do a resume properly in schools these days. And it seems that most people are going with the best friends interpretation of marketing tactics advice of doing as much embellishing as possible ... Which more often than not backfires horribly during the interview when the applicant goes blank after getting hit with a probing question regarding listed skillset 'X'.

    With that thought in mind - given the large cross section of talent we have here - I thought it might be nice to get a discussion started about what to and not to do when creating a resume for an IT position. I'll start by listing some of the don't I've encountered in the past few weeks:

Don't put things you are interested in learning in a list of existing skills.
Don't put certifications you are planning to get under existing skills.
Don't leave large unexplained - multi year... - gaps in you work history.
Don't get wordy trying to make limited experience sound like more than it is (Especially for an entry level position - which this is).


And on the other/do side:
Do keep in mind that the first person to see your resume is unlikely to be the guy that is in charge of IT, so lighten up on the technical jargon and just be friendly, concise, and professional (especially in the cover letter). If you come across as cocky, aloof, or arrogant...the rest of your resume won't matter.

Do research the company to find out what they do so your resume can be tailored to their needs.

Do list other skills (in short) that you have in your background that could be relevant to what the company does. Any idiot can clamp an end on an Ethernet cable, but if you have a background in construction...there's a good chance you can also handle the hard part which is to get the cable across a building and then down through a wall ... Without damaging the building. If the company systems control machinery, an mechanical background might be nice to mention (assuming you actually have one).

Anyhow, I'm running out of time. But I wanted to see what other folks thought about what makes a good IT resume.

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Okay so I'm in the middle of a nightmare project (cleaning up a kludge while virtualizing and updating the servers for a school) and was hoping someone could give me a hand with this part.

The file server (is a mess) has a group of user folders for the students under D:\Students\Users (so far so good). Now in that Users folder there are folders for each year, that contain folders for each student. The problem is that I need to get all of the files, in all of the student folders, for all of the years, moved into a subdirectory (called Documents) of the student's folder ... So that it will synchronize properly with the newly created Domain DFS Root's User Home folders.

So what I'm looking at is this:

Users\
   2012\
      Student 1
          (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          (All Their Files)

      Student 200
          (All Their Files)
   2013\
      Student 1
          (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          (All Their Files)
      Student 200
          (All Their Files)
   ...
   2024\
      Student 1
          (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          (All Their Files)
      Student 200
          (All Their Files)
   2025\
      Student 1
          (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          (All Their Files)
      Student 200
          (All Their Files)


And what I need the script to make happen is this:

Users\
   2012\
      Student 1
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)

      Student 200
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
   2013\
      Student 1
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 200
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
   ...
   2024\
      Student 1
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 200
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
   2025\
      Student 1
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 200
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)


Now if I have to run the script once from inside each of the Year folders that's fine...especially if it makes the script easier to create... :D ...I just don't want to get stuck manually moving all the files for 3,000+ Student folders.

Thank you,

Stoic Joker

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Okay, granted it has been a rather long week, but this does look to be a legit Email, and I am subscribed to a list for security update notifications.

Email-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Hash: SHA256

********************************************************************
Title: Microsoft Security Notifications
Issued: June 27, 2014
********************************************************************

Notice to IT professionals:

As of July 1, 2014, due to changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging, Microsoft is suspending the use of email notifications that announce the following:

* Security bulletin advance notifications
* Security bulletin summaries
* New security advisories and bulletins
* Major and minor revisions to security advisories and bulletins

In lieu of email notifications, you can subscribe to one or more of the RSS feeds described on the Security TechCenter website.

For more information, or to sign up for an RSS feed, visit the Microsoft Technical Security Notifications webpage at http://technet.micro...om/security/dd252948.
Unimportant rest of Email removed-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


"due to changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging" ... WTF?!?

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Okay maybe it's just me, but if anyone else likes to se how engines work these might be cool.

Harley Davidson TwinCam & Evo Engine ScreenSavers (free)

http://www.animatedp...ston.com/TwinCam.htm
http://www.animatedpiston.com/Evo.htm

Note: the solid red background was a really bad choice, but the animation is great.

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General Software Discussion / Can a VM OVA be converted to a VHD?
« on: March 18, 2014, 12:05 PM »
Greetings
    Much as this sounds like a simple question...it apparently isn't. I'm trying to demo a "Virtual Appliance" (made by major manufacturer that won't be named) that is delivered - exclusively... - as an Open Virtualization Format Archive (OVA) file. Now MS has a utility that will happily convert a VMDK file to a VHD, but it won't touch an OVA file ... And best I can tell neither will anything else that I've found so far.

    The OVA file is an archive that contains an Open Virtualization Format (OVF) file that is a native export of (I think it was) the Citrix XenServer. However the free Citrix converter wont touch this thing, and nor will the free VMware converter.

    Now while just asking the major manufacturer's sales guy what I'm supposed to do with this thing normally makes sense...said sales guy hasn't yet responded to any of my requests - which started Friday - for said interaction. Did I mention that "The Brass" at both ends happen to really like said manufacturer...so switching to someone with better phone skills ain't an option.

   So... Here I am hoping someone here has had occasion to run into this predicament and recalls a solution to either convert directly from OVA to VHD/VHDX, or at the very least just extract the OVF from the OVA so I can (bank shot) convert that a few times into something that might actually boot when I load this thing and click start in the Hyper-V Manager.

Thank you,

Stoic Joker

   


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N.A.N.Y. 2014 / NANY 2014 Release - Engine Displacement Calculator
« on: December 27, 2013, 10:53 AM »


Stoic Joker's Last Minute NANY 2014 Entry Information

Application NameStoic Joker's Engine Displacement Calculator
Version 1.0.0.0
Short Description Calculates the Size of an Engine.
Supported OSes Windows XP and up
Web Page You're on it.
Download Link * Engine Calc.exe (26.5 kB - downloaded 231 times.)
System Requirements
  • Windows XP or Newer OS
  • .NET 2.0
Version History
  • Version 1.0.0.0 Released
Author Stoic Joker


Description
Stoic Joker's EDC was written to allow the user to calculate the displacement (size) of an engine using the bore diameter, stroke length and number of cylinders. It will also calculate the compression ratio if the combustion chamber and piston dome/dish measurements (use negative number for dish) are entered. Also for the compression ratio calculations the volumes - which are correctly done as a wet measurement - can be ballpark calculated using dry measurements, but this should only to be used for very rough (ballpark) estimate as it assumes a symmetry that almost never actually exists.

Features
Various engine configurations can be stored in list view (per session only) for comparison to dial in a desired target displacement/CR.

Planned Features
None currently

Screenshots
EDC Main.jpg
Main window

EDC Show CR.jpg
With Show CR (compression Ratio) checked

EDC Dry Guess.jpg
Enter Dry Guess measurements showing

Usage
Installation
No installation required - Just run it.

Using the Application
Application is designed to be self explanatory ... Assuming you understand how an internal combustion engine works.

Uninstallation
Just delete it.

Tips
Calculations are designed to give best accuracy at 0.000 decimal precision.

Known Issues
None currently?


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Developer's Corner / ATL/WTL Ribbon Can't get CheckBox state
« on: November 09, 2013, 07:38 PM »
Greetings
   I'm trying to get a project off the ground but seem to have run into a wall out of the gate. Using MSVS2008 I created an ATL/WTL project using the Application Wizard add-on that someone here suggested I try experimenting with. In the App Wizard I added a Ribbon control (because I'm an idiot...), to which I add a group, and in that group I added a CheckBox. So far...so good.

   So the fun started when I created a function for the above mentioned Ribbon Control's CheckBox. The function is supposed to test for the state of the CheckBox...and respond accordingly. Simple enough...so I thought. Except no matter what I try I cannot get the control to divulge its own state.

   I have spent the entire day on this, and would dare say I have tried everything except the right answer! I have confirmed that the correct ID for the control in question is indeed being passed to the function ... I just can't seem to do a damn thing with it. The program either crashes, or just ignores me.

   So if anyone familiar with ATL/WTL Ribbon Controls might happen to have a clue what I'm missing they'd be willing to share it would be greatly appreciated. Program is currently being compiled for Unicode...assuming that makes a difference.

Thank you,

Stoic Joker

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