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Living Room / Any school psychologists out there?
« on: January 22, 2017, 01:10 PM »
Just curious. I've put together some coolish Autohotkey tools.   Thought about sharing for NANY, but they are so specific to my job, that I doubt they'd be useful for anyone else. 

General Software Discussion / VBA for MS Office Web apps?
« on: January 22, 2017, 01:07 PM »
Is anyone here familiar with scripting/automating Office 365 (i.e. the online versions)?   I'd like to automate the creation of Outlook calendar items.  With the installed version of Office, you can actually do it with Command Line options such as C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\OUTLOOK.EXE /c ipm.appointment then navigate the GUI via Outlook's built in hotkeys.  I Googled, and it does appear that there is an "Object Model" for the Office Web apps...  So presumably this is possible. 

General Software Discussion / What website has the fewest files?
« on: June 01, 2016, 01:14 PM »
Hi Folks,
I'm somewhat techy, but website building is something I know very little about...  Years ago, I got a lifetime membership to  It includes a free (though small) place for hosting a website.  Over the years I've used several different ones.  Remember Geocities?  LOL.  There was also a nice freebie from Microsoft, but they discontinued the service.  Google has one, but whenever I get involved with a Google thing, they bloody discontinue it.  Anyway, NoNags is still going strong.  In the past I used WebsiteX5 (shows up free on the interwebs every now and then).  Now though, it appears that NoNags does not support FTP uploading, which is what WebsiteX5 uses.  I can upload the individual files to NoNags, but for even the smallest site (3 different pages) there are 71 different files and folders that need to be individually uploaded!  That's not really feasible. 

So the question:  What free tool can I use that will generate the fewest resource files?  I don't mind having a one-page site, if that makes things smaller...

Living Room / Is Excel the most dangerous software in the world?
« on: November 11, 2015, 06:13 PM »
I'm a major Excel nut, (and someone who lost a load of equity in his home since 2008) so I found this interesting. 
An excerpt from the book: Dashboards for Excel (Jordan Goldmeier & Purnachandra Duggirala)

No, really, it’s possible that Microsoft’s Excel is the most dangerous software on the planet.
      —Tim Worstall in Forbes Magazine
Worstall is referring to JPMorgan’s use of Microsoft Excel and its potential contribution to the global recession that began in 2008. The story is a familiar one. JPMorgan, one of the big banks, required a new way for their chief investment officer to model the risk associated with their portfolio of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) . CDOs, as you might recall, are those complex financial instruments that are comprised of a bundle of mortgages used to speculate and manage the risk for default. In the end, many homeowners eventually defaulted on their mortgages. Yet, JPMorgan’s model had not captured this at all. According to an internal report by JPMorgan, their model contained an error that “likely had the effect of muting volatility by a factor of two and of lowering the VaR [value at risk].” What had happened? How could one of the biggest banks employ a model that was so absent from reality? According to the report, their model was “operated through a series of Excel spreadsheets, which had to be completed manually, by a process of copying and pasting data from one spreadsheet to another.” The error was generated when “After subtracting the old rate from the new rate, the spreadsheet divided by their sum instead of their average, as the modeler had intended.” Worstall, like many others, blames Excel. It’s too insecure, and there’s no audit trail, he contends. Its flexibility is its greatest strength and Achilles heel. His argument isn’t a new one, of course. Without proper internal governance and procedures regarding archiving, getting lost in a nightmare of error-ridden spreadsheets and mixed-up versions is a real possibility. But is that really what happened in the case of JPMorgan? Are more audit controls needed? I’m not so sure.

General Software Discussion / Request: Deepdream frontend.
« on: July 10, 2015, 12:31 PM »
A couple weeks ago, I posted about the new trippy artform from Google

Now Google has opensourced the project.  All of the needed components are listed on the blogpost here:
And it's all open stuff.

Unfortunately it's still pretty far beyond the technical abilities of most of us non-programmer types...

A couple people have tried to make web-based front-ends for the technology:
But as you might guess, the ques are impossibly long...

Is it possible for one of you gurus to make a desktop version on this?  Or maybe it's not even possible because of the need to be online with Google Images...  IDK.

Thots?   :-*

Hi All,
I'm wanting to teach my 3-year-old daughter to use a computer.  She is able to use the touchscreen on my Kindle Fire HD just fine.  And she has seen me use the mouse on our Vista PC.  She is a bit intimidated by it though.    I need a game or a learning app that is really really simple and has some kind of "learn to use your mouse" tutorial...  Any ideas of free or really inexpensive ones?

I saw a post about this on reddit.   Pretty cool.
Apparently the people at Google took the Google Image search picture recognition technology and pointed it at itself in some kind of feedback loop or some kind of thing...  I don't really understand it, but the results distinctively remind me of when I tried dropping acid back in the 1980s.  (Not recommended kids).  Anyway, the gallery is here:
An extra trippy thing I noticed is that parts of the edges of some of the images "overlap" as in a repeating tilable pattern.  Here are a couple of screenshots as examples of the partial overlapping.

This is one of my faves:

Hi Mouser,  I've been using the Modify Format/Case features of CHS quite a bit lately.   
I'm not sure if it is something you are working on lately; but here are some feature ideas for your list   :D

I've found that it would be nice if I could dictate which rules get applied first.  For example in one of my presets I might like to "Add Stuff" to the beginning and ending of each line before I "Find and Replace" content; but other times I might want to do it after.  I've been trying to think about what the GUI for this would look like....   
[will do an "edit" to this post later]

Screenshot Captor / Please try these masks...
« on: March 25, 2015, 12:23 PM »
Can someone else please try this...
I've zipped two mask/frame combos.
They are ones I made a long time ago http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=29947.0 and they did work back then.
After not even messing with the feature for 3 years, I'm wanting to make myself some "torn edge" effects.

I think I'm doing everything correctly, but I'm getting an error message.  Oddly, the mask/frame of one hand holding a round screenshot is working perfectly, but the one with two hands holding a rectangle is causing the following error message:

Access violation at address 00728C6C in module 'ScreenshotCaptor.exe'. Read of address 00000000.

The 'frame' part actually is getting applied, but the mask (handholding2.png.mask) is not, so I assume that it is the mask causing the crash....  
Any ideas?   Thanks All   :)

EDIT:  My bad...  I posted about this same problem in 2013 and had completely forgoten....   :-[
The secret is for the mask to be named "name.png.maskpng"

FYI for Mouser: the help file still lists the old rules. 

Hi Mouser,
I hope all is well with you.  I haven't had a chance to tinker with advanced CHS stuff in a while.  (Though CHS and SSC both get used A LOT on my work puter).

Anyhow, Am tinkering now...  I'm not sure if this is even feasible, but I'd love if, from the "Modify Case/Tools" and/or the Main Window text edit area, I could select a rectangular portion of text (i.e. the same columns across multiple congruent rows...)

Here's a screenshot from Word...  It you hold down <Alt> and click-n-drag with the mouse, you get the following:

My overall goal is to get from "before" to "after" as in the image below:

If I copy the column of numbers, CHS will "Prefix" and "Suffix" the parts perfectly, but unfortunately MS Word won't let you paste into a rectangular selection...  If CHS were to handle this, I could copy the whole table from Word, do my thing, then paste it back in...   


Nobody at home or work will appreciate this thing I did.  
I'll just leave it here.   :D

Excel file attached...
EDIT:  There's not macros...  And guaranteed no maljunk. :)

Hi Mouser,  I hope all is well.  Sorry I haven't been on the forums much lately...  "Life" has been keeping me pretty busy.

Here are a couple feature request / ideas for Screenshot Captor.  (or maybe these are already possible?)

1.  Set default style for Arrows / Callouts:  I don't really care for the bulky red.  I'd rather If mine defaulted to a slim gray or black with smaller font in the textbox...

2. Repeating:  It would be nice if "Arrow Mode" was sticky.   i.e. So I can do multiple arrows or callouts without having to click the Arrow Icon on the Toolbar each time.  (Maybe SSC could stay in Arrow Mode until I either choose another tool, or press Esc?)

3. Quick Typing:  It would be nice if I could click-n-drag to create the arrow, then immediately start typing text to add a callout window to the arrow.  (i.e. So I don't have to click in the "Edit Arrow Text" text box each time...  The box should automatically become active after creating an arrow.)

So the work flow for creating three callouts would be:
   Press Arrow Tool Icon...
   Type the text...
   Type the text...
   Type the text...
   Press Esc.

Thanks for considering these :) 

Google Boomerang / Any chance for a Translator Boomerang update?
« on: December 16, 2013, 04:14 PM »
Hi Mouser,

I hope all is well.  I was hoping there might be a chance for a feature request RE Translator Boomerang...
In addition to the humor-factor involved with boomeranging translations, this tool also helps me create phrases that are likely to translate correctly.  (i.e. if the bommeranged phrase still makes sense, then the translated version of it is more likely to make sense.  I get the translated version from the "Debug Info" tab.  As shown in the image below, some of the Spanish characters are not correct.  Can this be fixed?  Or maybe I can fix it via my computer font settings??  IDK.


Found Deals and Discounts / Realworld Icon Editor upcomming at BDJ
« on: April 11, 2013, 08:56 AM »
Good app.  Highly recommended. 


Found Deals and Discounts / Artensoft Collage tool 70% off today BDJ
« on: December 16, 2012, 03:21 PM »
The only time I seen it on sale!

My thought here is that CHS would automatically monitor clipboard contents, and if the contents meet certain criteria, apply a template.
For example, if I'm pasting the (wildcard) string "*.png"  then CHS would enclose the URL in the appropriate form syntax.
bracket "img" <clip> bracket "/img"

Obviously this is related to my sImgur request for Skwire :)

Screenshot Captor / Best Imgur uploader?
« on: November 24, 2012, 10:26 PM »
Does anyone know of an uploader for sending from SSC to Imgur, that is non-intrusive?
I'd like it to send the screenshot, put the url on the clipboard, then unload itself. 

Just noticed that RWIE is a Bits Du Jour up comming deal
Highly recommended for folks that like to do their own custom icons or icon sets.

In case anyone doesn't know the connection--the developer, Vlastimil, is also a long-time DC Member  :P   :up:

General Software Discussion / How can I batch decompile icon files?
« on: October 14, 2012, 12:45 PM »
It seems I've become obsessed with collecting Windows Icons (and icon sets).  I guess it's a hobby. 
There are some pretty cool free sets out there on the web...  This weekend I realized that the motherload of icons is right inside my own Windows operating system...

I use Total Commander (not free)to filter out all the DLLs in my C: Drive, then one of the user-created TC plugins (free) lets me filter out the DLLs that have icons in them. 
I use Nirsoft IconsExtract (free) to extract the icons.  There were nearly 8000 of them, and many are quite nice! 
I then use another TC plugin to group the icons by whether or not they have hi-rez components (1167 do, lots of duplicates, though).

What I'd like to do now is make them so that they all have the same components:  32 bit, 256x256, down to 16x16, and get rid of the ugly low-bit ones. 
I'm finding that Windows has a hard time displaying them in a consistent way....  If I open a window in large thumbnail view, some of the icons will appear large, but others are small.  I can only assume that Windose is preferring a smaller 32 bit over a larger 8 or 4 bit (?).  Anyway, I found that IcoFX (free old version) will let me bulk convert images to ICOs.  AND... It will let me "convert" from ICO to ICO.  Since it lets you decide your own bit depth and sizes, I'm able to make my set uniform.  UNFORTUNATELY IcoFX seems to do this by taking the largest embedded PNG and re-sizing it to the different dimensions. 

Note how the top (pre-conversion) one is sharper than the bottom.  This is especially noticeable on the 16px one, were the original actually has a separate, low-detail version of the artwork, but the bottom one is an anti aliased smear of the larger image.

So the question:  How do I get all of those ugly 4 and 8 bit sub-cons out of there?

OR... Is there any software (think "free") that will actually convert like IcoFX does, but use the original size for the conversion?  (e.g. use the original 16x16 if there is one, otherwise, shrink the larger one).
Does that make sense?

General Software Discussion / Screen Calipers is currently free
« on: July 23, 2012, 02:24 PM »
Just noticed this.
Pretty useful little program    8)

I've been a long time fan of Mike Lin's excellent Cross Hair app
I find that about 80% of the time, I'm using it as a reading guide on a webpage or on a CHM help file for an app.  When this is the case, I want it to be present only on the given window, not the entire screen.
In the image I'm reading item #2 in this help file.  I'd like the reading guide (which I've drawn as a gray rectangle) to be associated with this window so that it is only visible over the given window.  If I click away from the window (see bottom of image) to work on another window, I want the reading guide to stay in place with the assigned (now inactive) window.  It would be like a placeholder for my reading, but also would stay out of my way.

Does that make sense and/or seem like a good idea?   

Find And Run Robot / Happy B-Day FARR
« on: March 19, 2012, 09:39 AM »
Happy late birthday! (For some reason I have in my calendar that FARR turned 10 yesterday.  In terms of software, that's pretty old!)   :Thmbsup:

Found Deals and Discounts / DrawPlusX5 50% on BDJ
« on: March 08, 2012, 08:54 AM »
Just saw this.  I've never seen it on sale for 50% before.  Good app.

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