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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cut Backs At Hospital on: Today at 11:11:06 AM
When I read the subject line I expected a surgical alternative to the Chiropractic.

btw the woman wearing the kerchief was only a teenager when she began the wait in the Emergency Room.


2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hey Mouser... you still drowning in student loan debt? on: Today at 10:56:10 AM
I overheard a guy talking in the library a couple weeks back.  Evidently he ran into an old friend he hadn't seen in awhile and was bringing him up to speed.  The gist of it is he got an Associates Degree, then went on to get his Bachelor's(I don't remember the discipline.)  He found he couldn't get a job and is carrying $30,000 in debt.

If I ever do manage entry into college I plan to do the minimum to maintain 1/2 student status and get some grants/aid etc..  I started applying in January and still am not at the point of registering for classes.  At this rate I'll be dead before I make it out of Freshman Year.   Unless life expectancy skyrockets soon.  smiley
3  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Windows desktop productivity tool on: Today at 10:45:24 AM

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Hmm yeap, i think something like thi one solves the problem of the unexpected moving icons.. & in combination with the upcoming Skwire's tool i'll be sooooo cool
Unfortunately i'm on a x64 PC , but i think there are many similar tools out there.. 

Yeah.  Most adapted Jeffrey Richter's code same as I did.  I would look for one that computes the positions as percentages of the resolution.  That way you are not forced to do a save for each screen resolution.  At least that technique should work going from low to high res as long as the aspect is roughly the same.

I got so fed up with desktop icons I reduced them to 3.  A folder that acts as a Toolbar.  Recycle Bin, and one for the volume mixer.  All the rest are in the toolbar/folder.  It saves a lot of grief.  I could replace the Volume Mixer shortcut with a hotkey.  But I write so many hotkey utilities I have trouble remembering all the key combinations.  smiley
4  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Windows desktop productivity tool on: Today at 09:45:13 AM
Skwire has the switching under control.  If your Windows is 32 bit this old Icon Position Save/Restore I did years ago may still work.  Simce it's a shell extension for 32 bit it won't work on x64.  Also it's not tested on multimonitor.


5  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Windows desktop productivity tool on: April 17, 2014, 03:16:20 PM
If that guide works then it shouldn't be difficult to have a bunch of existing folders.  The program would let you select a folder and change the Registry value to point to it.  Then it would kill all copies of Explorer. In fact I have a program that pops up a list of folders near the mouse.  When you click a folder it just opens it.  I may be able to adapt it so the chosen folder is made the desktop folder.

I'll try out the concept tomorrow.
6  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Windows desktop productivity tool on: April 17, 2014, 10:40:41 AM
This claims to allow desktop folder change in Windows Seven.

I didn't find the registry key in Windows Eight. I don't have W7 anymore to see if it is there as noted in the article.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Aero (transparent window borders, etc.) is dead.. Good riddance on: April 13, 2014, 03:53:38 PM
Late to the party.  I finally got a usable Aero look on W8.  The window borders aren't as pretty as Vista and W7 but it's still better than W8 drab.  Now I can turn the colors back on my hotkey tray utilities without them looking totally lame.

Edit: If you set it too transparent then caption bar will be totally clear.  It's just too weird to get the mouse on it then.  Other programs like Pale Moon, the caption bar is more transparent than what is shown here.  Edit: tweaked it with a bit more transparency and a bit less blur.

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8  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Split file when some binary patterns are found ? on: April 13, 2014, 07:19:34 AM
I think I'll leave this to others as the utility in question is Win9x based.

(  Edit:  Actually I'm in error. It's Dos based. Even C based languages are vastly different now.  )
9  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Split file when some binary patterns are found ? on: April 12, 2014, 06:17:38 PM
That particular file is homegenous indeed, but it may not always be the case.
And well, I don't exactly know why it's so fast (took a quick look at the source code, but I don't really know much about C), but since it is, I guess that means that no, looking for several patterns isn't such a big deal after all.

I don't see how you draw the conclusion concerning the heterogeneous case from the homogenous benchmark.  In any case I suspect there's a reason the utility has lain dormant.
10  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Split file when some binary patterns are found ? on: April 12, 2014, 05:11:18 PM
I wasn't talking about byte by byte file i/o.  I was talking about the pattern match.  To search for the patterns, since multiple are allowed, you would naturally compare each byte to a table of the first characters from all the patterns.  On match then continue the comparison, etc..

From what you say it sounds more like the resource file is homogenous.  In that case once you found the first match you would limit the search to that pattern.  Otherwise I don't see how it could be done without big iron.
11  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Split file when some binary patterns are found ? on: April 12, 2014, 01:56:57 PM
Deconcat looks like it heralds back to Win98.

If I understand the desired requirements the splitter would have to handle files gretaer than 4 GB, scan for multiple binary signatures, then on finding one it has to write out the binary stream until it finds another of the multiple signatures.

It seems like a recipe for combinatorial explosion.
Unless I am misunderstnading and the resource file uses a marker for end of blob or whatever.  If the program has to be able to find x number of arbitrary sequences then the optimization of searching for the first byte of any sequence would still have to compare each byte of the file to a table of initial tag bytes.

It seems like it would take a very long time to scan even without writing out the slices.
12  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Split file when some binary patterns are found ? on: April 12, 2014, 07:18:44 AM
Do you have any experience with ripper5?  If it does the job you might see if it will work in DosBox.  It's a free 16 bit Dos emulator.

It may be limited as to file size though.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Child board set up for discounts and deals found on the web on: April 11, 2014, 07:24:05 PM
seem ok, as long as it isn't against terms of license.

Cool.  smiley
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Internet Explorer Front End on: April 10, 2014, 01:49:19 PM
I guess it would depend on why the policy is blocking it.  It may be that the old MaxThon and the new IE use different ActiveX Controls?  I don't know.  I'm just guessing.

Here's Registry Settings for many of the Group Policy options:

http://gpsearch.azurewebs...es.net/default.aspx?ref=1
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Internet Explorer Front End on: April 10, 2014, 01:12:42 PM
I'm not sure about Windows Seven but in older flavors if I changed the system font to larger than 9 it messed up the dialogs on Property Pages.  To test, right click on a program shortcut, click Properties and try all the tabs.  If everything seems OK then you should be golden.  smiley

btw Windows 8 is missing many customization settings, including this one.  ( Either it's gone or they hid the setting someplace. )
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Internet Explorer Front End on: April 10, 2014, 10:24:49 AM
Take a look at MyStyle Plugin on this page:
http://addonsmx.maxthon.cn/en/post/607

Edit: It may only work on MaxThon 2.  I gather from browsing MaxThon skin forum the new MaxThon doesn't allow user-written skins anymore.  More "Cloud" bs.  Sad
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Internet Explorer Front End on: April 10, 2014, 07:31:06 AM
If you can find a MaxThon Extension that does this then I suggest Maxhon.  It uses the IE engine and had mutliple tab interface years before IE.  I used it several years ago and found the user-written extensions to be the source of most of the fun.  Since then I have not kept up with MaxThon but I think it is worth a look if IE compatibility is a requirement.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 09, 2014, 07:10:26 PM
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MS pulled that one out of the fire rather nicely. I don't know what they were thinking when they did Win 8 and squandered all the goodwill and credibility W7 earned them.

I had the same feeling.  My cynical side says it's simply churning.  If they put out a new OS then PC makers who preload have to make it available.  Apparently in computing "old" is a much worse description than "broken."
19  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Inverse filter for white windows on: April 09, 2014, 04:39:37 PM
Ok, the registry key I posted was incorrect.  The correct key is
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors\Window

I changed it and logged off, then back on.  It didn't seem to have the desired effect in chromium though.  But notepad and EditPad Lite use it.  For what it's worth.  smiley
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch) on: April 08, 2014, 04:32:23 PM
Hi phitsc,

Funny video. (c:

I believe you have the ability to remove it yourself. If not, you could at least update your post to link to the thread it was already posted in. (c:

I strongly suggest the link be Red and perpendicular(to everything of course.)   smiley
21  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snack Guidelines / Re: IDEA: Program to list possible Windows keys based on partial information on: April 08, 2014, 12:50:16 PM
I'm guessing Windows uses only upper case characters and digits 0 - 9 for each character in the key.  Someone may correct my math but since there are 5 groups of 5 characters that should be equal to 36 to the 25th power, if you had to generate all permutations.

For a partial it would be 36 to the power of each missing character.  So if there were 4 unreadable characters that would be 36 to the 4th power, or 1679616 permutations.  I think MS server would flag you long before you got through 'em all.  smiley
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dead Hot Chicks Boost Weather Ratings? on: April 07, 2014, 04:34:02 PM
they are trying to scare me with talk about killer blizzards
That's just a snow job!

Coming up with a blizzard is tough sledding in Miami.  smiley
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dead Hot Chicks Boost Weather Ratings? on: April 07, 2014, 03:33:52 PM
I guess it does posses a kind of "what a waste" pathos when a hot chick dies.  Since even chicks are hot for hot chicks.  Wink

But it is strange when I click on the radar to get the current temp here in Miami and they are trying to scare me with talk about killer blizzards.  Somehow I don't feel threatened.  smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Dead Hot Chicks Boost Weather Ratings? on: April 06, 2014, 06:38:42 PM
Dead Hot Chicks Boost Weather Ratings?  It would seem like it.  I go to weather radar on Weather.com several times a day as Miami area if quite volatile.  Seems like more often than not there's some news feed about a college age girl dead due to something weather related.  Don't men die in bad weather?

Just seems to be in poor taste somehow.

Edit:  Of course there's a pic of the deceased woman with the story.  I haven't seen a Plain Jane yet.
25  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Remember where I got the Download on: April 06, 2014, 05:46:18 PM
In the same vein I wrote a TreePadGen program with the idea of making a node for every file in a download folder.  In the right pane you can enter description. It works well with the free TreePadLite.

See included Readme.txt for details.
y download page:
http://milesaheadsoftware.tk

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