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1  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Utility to handle files/folders with illegal characters on: May 11, 2015, 11:52:00 AM
Try running chkdsk.exe /f on the volume, it can sometimes fix these problems by removing the (illegally named) file.

If the file gets deleted, it might be reincarnated (with a new name) by looking at any filecheck.* that was created.
I tried this, alas the drive (partition) is truecrypted, and chkdsk refuses working on it as another process (probably TrueCrypt) is accessing it, thus it insists on releasing the partition and subsequently chkdsk-ing it (who knows what that will do that to the partition?). Which is all the more surprising considering that according to the TrueCrypt documentation, using chkdsk should be possible on TrueCrypt volumes...

See if this answer is any help
http://stackoverflow.com/...and-windows-filename-java

Edit:

The filename looks like it is created from a URL.  Somewhere on AHK forum I got this function

[copy or print]
PathCreateFromURL( URL )
{
  if (! URL)
  return ""
 VarSetCapacity( fPath, Sz := 2084, 0 )
 DllCall( "shlwapi\PathCreateFromUrl" ( A_IsUnicode ? "W" : "A" )
     , Str,URL, Str,fPath, UIntP,Sz, UInt,0 )
 return fPath
}

If you pass in a string with the filename it should spit out an acceptable Windows filename or an empty string on error.

Edit: for example

[copy or print]
URL := "file://c|MyFolder/yaddyadda.txt"
fname := PathCreateFromURL(URL)
MsgBox % fname

Well, these might help in the future. Interestingly, NTFS-3G (this Linux thingy that writes files to NTFS drives) also seems to have an option windows_names that should be default anyway, IMHO. Which it currently isn't, at least not in the Linux distro that I tried.

You could go at it from the other direction.  Copy all files with Windows legal names you want to keep from the thumb drive to some other storage.  Format the thumb drive erasing all data.
Yea, that's clearly possible.
However, I think I have more files and drives with similar problems. Maybe the easiest would be to reinstall Linux...!  Grin

Anyway, thanks for your efforts.  smiley
2  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Utility to handle files/folders with illegal characters on: May 08, 2015, 07:44:33 AM
I would try ls using a pattern so that only the file(s) you wish to delete match.  Then use the same pattern with rm.  For example
ls -l How*

[copy or print]
$ ls -l
ls: cannot access How can I fix_repair a corrupted PDF file? - Super User-Dateien: No such file or directory
ls: cannot access How can I fix_repair a corrupted PDF file? - Super User.html: No such file or directory
total 19940148
----rwx---+ 1 def None    2304492 Dec 24  2007 9783827241993bsp.pdf
(several other files...)
-?????????? ? ?   ?             ?            ? How can I fix_repair a corrupted PDF file? - Super User.html
d?????????? ? ?   ?             ?            ? How can I fix_repair a corrupted PDF file? - Super User-Dateien
(several other files...)

$ ls -l How*
ls: cannot access How can I fix_repair a corrupted PDF file? - Super User.html: No such file or directory
ls: cannot access How can I fix_repair a corrupted PDF file? - Super User-Dateien: No such file or directory

$ rm -r How*
rm: cannot remove ‘How can I fix_repair a corrupted PDF file? - Super User.html’: No such file or directory
rm: cannot remove ‘How can I fix_repair a corrupted PDF file? - Super User-Dateien’: No such file or directory

Somehow even Cygwin chokes on this file name...
3  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Utility to handle files/folders with illegal characters on: May 08, 2015, 07:13:04 AM
There are Linux win32 utilities that have bash shell with ls and rm commands.  I haven't used it in some time.  I'm not sure which is the latest or most friendly to Windows newer than XP.  Once the bash shell is running just use rm command to remove files and/or folders

http://www.cyberciti.biz/...rm-a-folder-and-contents/
I downloaded Cygwin but it couldn't delete the file in question:

[copy or print]
How can I fix_repair a corrupted PDF file? - Super User.html                      
How can I fix_repair a corrupted PDF file? - Super User-Dateien

$ rm "How can I fix_repair a corrupted PDF file? - Super User.html"
rm: cannot remove ‘How can I fix_repair a corrupted PDF file? - Super User.html’: No such file or directory
4  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Utility to handle files/folders with illegal characters on: May 07, 2015, 03:08:44 PM
Have you tried Unlocker
Just tried it. Doesn't work ("no locking handle found").

I'm just wondering how the files get created with illegal names in the first place.  It seems strange.
In my case it's a file and a folder on a USB drive, from a time when I experimented with Linux. At this time I only use Windows, thus I recognize how tedious such a file can be...
5  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / IDEA: Utility to handle files/folders with illegal characters on: May 07, 2015, 01:57:27 PM
A Windows utility to rename and/or delete files/folders with illegal characters in their names (e.g. question marks etc.). On the internet, I've mostly found clumsy workarounds such as setting up a Linux VM, trying chkdsk /f, or even trying 8.3 names (if they are not disabled).

The only dedicated tool I have found in a quick web search is DelinvFile (have not tried it myself) which costs $31.95 (USD) and which seemingly offers to at least delete such files/folders (not sure about renaming).

Interesting challenge?
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The impossible thing software on: January 26, 2015, 04:15:21 PM
A software that automatically orders presents from eBay, gift-wraps and sends them to my friends and relatives, along with a personalized greeting card... I think that would be AI at its best. And pretty scaring indeed.  Cry  Grin
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware of download sites on: January 14, 2015, 09:58:17 AM
It doesn't matter what download site you use. The people that make the freeware are the ones bundling things.
Yes, some download sites make it worse by bundling on top of the bundling.
(Lowell Heddings, January 11, 2015)

That still doesn't clear it up.  Especially with the highlighted part.  That's saying the exact opposite, i.e. that the developers are the ones doing the bundling.

Precisely. Had Lowell Heddings not pointed that out in the comments, I wouldn't have realized it, since in the article itself it's not obvious if the crapware comes from the freeware programmers or from the download sites' installers.

Lowell Heddings claims (again, in the comments):

Quote
Forums are full of recommendations for software that is doing bundling.

That is exactly why we are trying to bring the problem to the attention of geeks so they will stop recommending freeware to people without doing serious research and linking to a completely safe source.... although that source might not even stay safe.

I mean SourceForge is bundling now. You can't even trust them.

Don't worry though, we will continue to illustrate the problem, which is much deeper than you want to admit.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware of download sites on: January 13, 2015, 11:45:09 AM
The title of this post is exactly what freeware authors fear -- that our software will get a bad reputation because of some bad sites.

The lesson is not to beware freeware -- it's to beware these third party download sites.

This is not what the linked article is about. The author clears that up in the comments section:

It doesn't matter what download site you use. The people that make the freeware are the ones bundling things.
Yes, some download sites make it worse by bundling on top of the bundling.
(Lowell Heddings, January 11, 2015)
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Searching for 'Love' on YouTube on: August 30, 2014, 04:06:38 AM
Recently I was following an interesting discussion on a German-language internet forum about YouTube search facilities which can really be lacking once in a while. The thread starter is searching for a video which is simply called 'Love' - well, just 'Love' and nothing else, and that seems to be a problem.

Google/YouTube and every mainstream search engine will not only include titles that exactly match the search term itself, but also every title that contains the search term - which is a shedload for a run-of-the-mill word like 'love' (the aforementioned thread starter gives 'Love hurts' and 'Pain in der Arsch, pocket full of cash - a grand love theme' as examples) - and there is simply no way around it. If you google around for the problem you will learn that Google's idea of 'exact match' in a title is that the search term exactly matches the title or part of the title. No filter is available that limits results to really exact title matches.

I am truly baffled how in this day and age such a glaring omission in search abilities can persist. Anyone here knows a solution?

For your own entertainment and if you happen to speak German, you can read the discussion thread that inspired this topic yourself at Winfuture-Forum.de: Youtube - Exakter Name als Filter oder so.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Discussion about special ways to protect a PDF on: September 07, 2013, 11:39:10 AM
Javelin seems to be a DRM files reader, not an utility to produce super protected pdf files.
 embarassed

Drumlin seems also a reader. Are a method to read pdf files when you have the code, but are not the program to protect the pdf o create the pdf protected.

 embarassed

Drumlin ist exactly the software that you need: "The secure versions of PDF files are created using our Drumlinsoftware, which is also free." (cited from http://www.drumlinsecurity.com/)

Download here: http://www.drumlinsecurity.com/downloads.html

See also here: http://www.drumlinsecurity.com/drm.html (how this DRM stuff works)
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Discussion about special ways to protect a PDF on: September 07, 2013, 10:21:30 AM
I mean "Digital Rights Management" (DRM), i.e. copy protection. Many e-book vendors use it to protect books (although the term DRM is not restricted to e-books). There are several (incompatible) DRM schemes. Essentially, the PDF is encrypted and can only be viewed if the PDF creator allows it. To open a DRM protected PDF one needs a special PDF reader application (usually provided free of charge by the vendor that sells the DRM solution).

2 PDF DRM solutions (both prevent screenshots of a protected PDF):

Drumlin Security (free of charge, at least the last time I looked)
LockLizard (very expensive)

No idea if this is what you're looking for.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Discussion about special ways to protect a PDF on: September 07, 2013, 06:38:24 AM
If you want to protect a PDF, you can try a DRM solution. DRM makes copying and/or editing a PDF somewhat harder, and some DRM implementations are even intended to prevent screenshots (so no OCR possible unless someone cracks/removes the DRM).

But I'm not sure from this thread if protecting a PDF is actually your goal.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Do copy acceleration utilities actually lower file transfer speeds?" on: August 18, 2012, 11:43:03 AM
How can one write an article about copy accelaration utilities and then forget to mention the exact Windows version used?

"Windows version: Windows Home 64 bit."

Very meaningful indeed...
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: July 25, 2011, 05:49:07 PM
One thing that I think hasn't been mentioned so far in this thread is that sometimes the e-books are put together in a thoughtless way. While e.g. the printed equivalent of a programming book might come with a CD-ROM that contains addional chapters (that just didn't fit in the book) one can be pretty sure that these chapters are not available in the e-book (have seen it myself in an actual programming e-book).
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: General Poll: What should there be more of on DonationCoder? on: May 31, 2011, 10:57:10 AM
Personally, I find the comprehensive software reviews the most useful thing here on DonationCoder. Alas, most software reviews naturally become obsolete after just a few years, which happened to some reviews on DonationCoder as well. Certainly it would take serious effort to update them, so I don't see that happening any time soon.
16  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: (another) Linkman Review on: April 10, 2011, 11:16:10 AM
jaden, thank you so much for this comment.  i almost felt like no one was reading these.  I am a little embarrassed to admit how much effort I put into these reviews.
Just to make sure you won't stop writing reviews (cheesy), let me chime in and say that just because of your review I'm going to give Linkman (light) a try. Thanks for pointing it out.  Thmbsup
17  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How to program for all 3 platforms at once on: December 16, 2010, 02:14:37 PM
I've heard Adobe AIR mentioned a lot lately.  What code does it use?  Java?

As far as I can tell, AIR supports different technologies, so the developer can use the one that he is most familar with:

  • Flash Player (the developer can use Flash Builder, formerly known as Flex)
  • HTML/CSS/JavaScript (rendered using the WebKit engine)
  • PDF. However, I heard the PDF support in AIR is weak.
18  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How to program for all 3 platforms at once on: December 07, 2010, 01:50:09 PM
The most interesting RealBasic/Real Studio feature is IMHO that one can compile standalone executables without having access to the other platforms (especially the Mac since I don't have one).

Are there other compilers or IDE's with such a feature?
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How many times do I have to update my mutherf---ing Flash?? on: November 01, 2010, 01:40:32 AM
Maybe you already know this, but just in case: Adobe's web page Flash Player Version Check is a quick way to identify both the currently installed version and the newest available one.

Other ways of finding out the installed version of Flash Player are cumbersome IMHO.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Which archive software are we using in 2010 (and why)? on: September 18, 2010, 01:06:25 PM
I notice that nobody uses WinRK. What do you think? I heard the stability should have improved a lot compared to previous versions. Anyone tried the demo of the current version yet? On the other hand, I'm not sure WinRK is still actively developed - the newest version ist two years old now...

I currently use StuffIt on WinXP currently, but only because I found the StuffIt CD before I downloaded 7-Zip. I guess if I encounter a 7z archive I will replace StuffIt with 7-Zip - always liked the lean 7-Zip better than this bloated file manager, backup scheduler, e-mail, FTP... and *cough* compression package called StuffIt...
21  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: PPMd ZIP packer/extractor (i.e. WinZip 10 compatible) on: October 29, 2006, 02:24:39 PM
Addendum:
PKware seems to follow the WinZip path:
PKWARE's APPNOTE.TXT Version: 6.3.0 covers now LZMA and PPMd support

As a consequence, both will probably be implemented in 7-Zip since Igor Pavlov uses PKware's Zip specification. See also:

http://sourceforge.net/fo...587697&forum_id=45797

Greetings,
Def
22  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: PPMd ZIP packer/extractor (i.e. WinZip 10 compatible) on: October 07, 2006, 03:29:24 PM
No, the first post actually doesn't answer "why pander to silly Winzip users?". It says there are people out there who still use it - and of course there are - but doesn't answer why not just tell them to get a decent, standard-supporting (and free!) archiver. There are lots of great options - Tugzip, IZArc, ZipGenius, etc, etc. Or if they must pay, get WinRAR, which is far more capable and whose proprietary format actually doesn't suck. cheesy

All I'm saying is don't put up with their crap - tell them it's crap and get them to switch. It's your duty as a lover of good software. Wink

Sorry, you are right, I didn't say it as clearly as I thought. Given that most WinZip 10 users are somewhat new to computers they are really happy as soon as they manage to get along with WinZip that they are not likely to switch. Also, once they have already paid for WinZip, there's no point in arguing "try XYZ, it's even free!"
In general, I feel my job is not to convert people to other tools. I just accept the world as it is.  undecided
Anyway, I believe that we both don't like WinZip and we both prefer other tools, so we don't have to act as if we were arguing.  cheesy
23  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: PPMd ZIP packer/extractor (i.e. WinZip 10 compatible) on: October 07, 2006, 11:53:16 AM
Ah, but why pander to silly Winzip users? Tell them to get a free archiver that supports .7z and they'll probably have better compression *and* not have to pay for the crappy Winzip. cheesy

- Oshyan

The reasons for that are stated in my original post.  cheesy
Seriously though, it seems that PPMd ZIP support will eventually get added to 7-Zip because PKWare decided to include it into their ZIP specification (along with LZMA within ZIP although it seems no archiver supports it yet  huh) See http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?thread_id=1580258&forum_id=45797 for details (Igor's comment near the end of that page).

Def
24  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: PPMd ZIP packer/extractor (i.e. WinZip 10 compatible) on: September 30, 2006, 08:49:00 AM
So what's special about this new PPMd format?

That it is the format with the best compression that can be extracted by WinZip 10 without any addional software.  Wink
Erm... That's all I can say about it...

Def
25  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: PPMd ZIP packer/extractor (i.e. WinZip 10 compatible) on: September 25, 2006, 01:08:06 PM
Okay, okay, you convinced me.  Wink
I hereby withdraw my wish.  smiley

Greetings,
Def
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