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General Software Discussion / Ranked list of all software ?
« on: March 20, 2016, 12:14 AM »
Shirley some people would be interested in being able to see sorted lists of all programs -
- Most downloaded
- Highest rated

Does this ability exist ?

LaunchBar Commander / Re: Dock should not 'land grab'
« on: July 08, 2013, 10:01 AM »
I have never had two monitors, but that would be a wee shock for those that do.

I am not a Dock fan, I just like simple Classic menus.
When the program first started, I copped a dock (in my face), and it took me a while to get it minimized to the Tray.
During that time, the 'Land Grabbing' was adding to my frustration.


LaunchBar Commander / Dock should not 'land grab'
« on: July 07, 2013, 01:31 AM »
Your Dock should not alter other applications normal displays.
By that I mean it should not 'land grab' forcing other displays (that are expecting to be full screen) to occupy say 90% of the screen.

I was an Analyst in IT for 20 years and have been programming(VB6) for the subsequent 15 years.
What you are doing is 'unclean'
Even if you held a gun to my head, I would not do that in my programs.


N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Ethervane Echo
« on: December 26, 2012, 06:31 AM »
One of the things that Win 7 annoys me with is the smoke and mirrors it does with folders, not to mention the severe limitations as to where you have access(es) to.

Have you tried using the Echo portable version ?
Ensuring that you place the folder in spot where you have write access.

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Ethervane Echo
« on: December 26, 2012, 12:25 AM »
Windows 7 is a PIA
Try right clicking the EXE, and choose Properties.
Then click the Compatibility Tab
First tick the checkbox that says something like 'do this for all users'.
That shows another identical dialog.
Up the top choose 'Run this program in compatibility mode' picking XP
Now go to the 5 checkboxes in the middle of the screen. Experiment with ticking some of those.
Possibly the top 3
What they do is tell Windows 7 to shove it's fancy aero, etc for this program.

You may have to do this for the EXE, and the shortcut that you use to launch the program.

The above is from memory, as I avoid using my Win 7 PC as much as possible.

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Ethervane Echo
« on: July 09, 2012, 12:37 PM »
What I meant was, what works for the Goose (VB6), should work for the Gander (Delphi)

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Ethervane Echo
« on: July 09, 2012, 11:39 AM »
People are using the VB6 IDE in Win 7 64 bit.
VB6 only comes in a 32 bit version.
You may have to play with the Compatibility settings, EG -
- For all users
- XP mode
- And perhaps say the bottom 3 checkboxes (there is a set of 5 in the middle of the dialog)

Finished Programs / Re: DONE: 1-action Unzip
« on: May 28, 2012, 11:13 AM »
@RobC:  I'm just curious why you don't like it when an app puts a new folder?  Do you mean at the same level (in the same parent folder) as the ZIP file?

It seems logical to me that it should work this way.  As far as I'm aware, a zip file is just a folder that's been zipped.  If I "unzip" it, then I'd expect it to be a folder again, and be in the same location.  Putting new folder essentially does this--right?

If someone zips a folder, then fair enough he probably intends the recipient to get a folder.
However if I zip two files, say a .txt and and .exe, then when someone unzips it, I expect those two files to appear in the same folder that the zip was placed in.
My understanding of this program is, if I happened to name the zip file - "" then the recipient is going to get a sub folder created called "UnzipTheseTwoFiles".
Windows has been doing that for years, and that is why I install 7Zip as my very first priority.
If you have 7Zip try right clicking a zip file, and choose extract here.
That is what I believe god intended. 

Finished Programs / Re: DONE: 1-action Unzip
« on: May 28, 2012, 10:45 AM »
Also, I tried to reply a comment on dottech, (the one from Swim) explaining that no registration is used/needed and can just be downloaded and use either here or my site, but it is not posting. Any idea why?
-c.gingerich (May 28, 2012, 08:57 AM)

Are you a member.
I just had a look, and I assume the sign up label is top right.
(That is where my Logout label appears)

In the meantime, I will post your paragraph to their page.

Finished Programs / Re: DONE: 1-action Unzip
« on: May 28, 2012, 01:56 AM »
It depends on how the ZIP file is made. If the ZIP file has a folder in it, that is how it is extracted. That is the way my app works (unless you tell it to extract to a sub folder). I use the command line verson of 7-zip for my app, so if it is making a sub folder if you are not asking it to do so, then there is a folder in the ZIP file.
-c.gingerich (May 27, 2012, 11:07 AM)
The DotTech page that was recommending your program said -
"FastUnzip Snack works by becoming your default ZIP/RAR/7z/TAR/CAB handler. When you open one of these files, it automatically extracts it to a folder of the same name, just like every other program does"

MS extract has been creating a sub folder out of thin air for years, and I have been avoiding using MS extract for that reason.
When the Dottech chap appeared to be singing the praises of sub folder creation, that triggered my rant on their page. Then someone mentioned it was from Donation Coders, so I had a mumble here too

Sorry if I misjudged it.

Finished Programs / Re: DONE: 1-action Unzip
« on: May 27, 2012, 08:40 AM »
Windows when extracting creates a sub folder, and places the extracted files into there.
It appears that your program (and perhaps many others) do the same.
7Zip appears to be the only sane one out there.
If you right click a zip file, and choose extract here - It does as commanded.
No flippin sub folder, that I have to go into, to move the files back where I intended (the same folder that I carefully placed the zip into).
And I don't then need to delete the sub folder, that was created out of thin air, without my permission.

Any chance that you will join the sane programs ?

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Ethervane Echo
« on: May 16, 2012, 09:14 AM »
Thanks for prompt response.
I am using XP Pro SP3
The only way that I am invoking your program is by clicking the SysTray(Notification Area) icon.
In some of your reply you mention 'invoke your application' often meaning Hot Key etc, but not via a SysTray  click.
Whereas the only way that I am invoking your program is by clicking your SysTray icon.
Doing that, your program is quite happily doing the following -
- Pasting into FF URL textbox
- Pasting into Notepad, EditPadLite
- Pasting into Wordpad, Jarte

So it appears to me that you have solved, what I have not solved.
Could you list the steps that you are taking, between a user leaving their active application, to double clicking a clip.

PS Any chance of the single click option ?

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Ethervane Echo
« on: May 16, 2012, 05:01 AM »
I notice that your program, has the ability to paste directly into the Active application.
That takes a bit of doing, as the clicking of the systray, steals the focus (Active'ness), and Windows does not place the focus (Active'ness) back to the previously Active Window, when the clicked systray program hides itself.
No doubt some API's are involved, to accomplish that feat.
Could you list those for me.

I have a similar need for a VB6 program (not clipboard related)


PS When pasting from a program (such as yours), I like a single click.
I notice that one can also highlight any clip, with a right click (a left click not needed for highlighting), so could you provide an option for a single left click to paste a clip.
I appreciate that mode may not be everyone's cup of tea, so the default could remain the same as you have it now. And those like me would go to Options to tick a checkbox, and would naturally understand the implications.

General Software Discussion / Re: Is WinZip still worth updating?
« on: February 15, 2012, 08:26 AM »
I had Winzip 8 (paid for), but was using 7z instead.
I accepted their offer to upgrade to 15.5, mainly to get the self extracting exe creator.
Then I discovered that it is incapable of presenting the recipient of my exe, with a nice simple extract here dialog.
I am so annoyed, that I will never upgrade again.
And I still am using 7z

Living Room / Re: KVM switch woes -- any recommendations?
« on: May 08, 2010, 02:55 AM »
I have a cheapie KVM($20 Aust) that uses PS2 connectores.
Here is what I have learned to do (and it now works fine) -
- Plug in a DC supply (so it is not fumbling around getting power up the connectors)
- Do not be touching the mouse or keyboard, when your PCs are booting

Post New Requests Here / Re: DONE: Single Application Instance
« on: December 03, 2009, 11:02 AM »
Thanks for that.
Could you advise what program to use to 'compile' it, and how to do it ?
Or, attach a compiled version.


Post New Requests Here / Re: DONE: Single Application Instance
« on: December 03, 2009, 07:05 AM »
I am trying to prevent multiple instances of FireFox.
I tried with SingleInstance, but cannot get it to work (with FF).
Is there a trick as to what I should list in your Options Dialog ?
EG any of these ? 
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe


Skrommel's Software / Re: Single Instance Problem with Firefox
« on: December 03, 2009, 06:55 AM »
I too would like to prevent multiple Firefox instances.
Did you have any luck solving this with SingleInstance ?
Or perhaps, did you find another solution ?

Please set your Font (DPI) size back to Normal, as many programs (programmers) do not expect users to be using that.

I would do one of the following, instead -
Buy larger monitor
Reduce your Resolution
Use a handy magnifier

Before you gag on the last suggestion, you should try Magnifying Glass Pro 1.7
I have mine set to magnify the whole window.
I just press Ctrl & Windows key, and my screen is double the size.
I just move my mouse, and I am navigating over my 'larger screen'.
To cancel, I just press the same key combination.
They have a free version as well, but I am not sure if You can configure it the way I have done with the Pro version.

MS should have built that ability into Windows, instead of offering that flippin change the DPI option (agh!)

Any chance that you worked in Broadmeadows Victoria in the 90's  ?


Living Room / Re: To wide-screen or not to wide-screen
« on: November 05, 2007, 10:14 PM »
If anyone is not convinced, imagine if theatres are built to show a new format called Super Wide, which is twice as wide as we have now.

When they built LCD monitors and laptops to cater for those, will they be allowed to call them 42" Super Wide  ?
When their height might be 5"

Living Room / Re: To wide-screen or not to wide-screen
« on: November 05, 2007, 09:53 PM »
This touches on something that has severely annoyed me.
I believe a law should be passed (or the equivalent to enforce this in the manufacturing and retailing of LCD Monitors)
They are confusing/fooling a lot of people, by being allowed to call a model say a 21" wide screen, when in reality it probably is the equivalent height of a 18" (4/3) model (I don't have one to measure, but you get the idea)

They should be forced to call that model an 18" wide screen

Imagine the number of people who have been fooled when purchasing laptops.

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