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1  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition *FREE* (again) for a limited time on: March 30, 2014, 07:09:25 PM
Just in case you missed it the first and second time, Curt  tongue

Yes, it's back again ... see OP.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 30, 2014, 06:31:04 PM
(You missed out an "o" in "Microsoft" there.)

The joys of Cut/Paste ...
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 30, 2014, 02:31:35 AM
Was there any log files written to folders under C:\Program Files\Micrsoft SQL Server\110\Setup Bootstrap\Log ?

Supposedly they're written at each attempted installation and contain a lot more information, an example of the logs are in this thread.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Repairing Windows 7 from the recovery console on: March 29, 2014, 09:25:58 PM
Vista for Vurbal, XP for me  Wink
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Repairing Windows 7 from the recovery console on: March 29, 2014, 05:51:21 PM
If you remove the ei.cfg file from the Win7 Upgrade media, you'll be able to use it to clean install without having to install Vista first.

The key can be entered and activated after it's installed - I've done this frequently with my Win7 Upgrade media because I don't want to have to install XP first.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 29, 2014, 07:25:23 AM
It looks like during a normal installation, the log files gets written here:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Setup Bootstrap\Log\<date>_<time>\??????????????.log

Any luck with that?
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 29, 2014, 04:25:20 AM
Huntsmanw - pretty harmless to people, I generally let them wander around the walls until they happen to stray to a spot within reach of take-away container and cardboard smiley

Then they get tossed outside to become Kookaburra food or eventually find their way back inside.

Heh you guys know you can make an entire Ludum Dare out of your comments here! This one has the makings of gaming app gold!

Cool

A spider game app?   huh  I don't get it.

Yeah Crabby, you have to keep tossing the spiders outside, and they keep crawling in, so like at level 5 they just take over your house and win.  : )

Don't forget, every time you complete a level you get a bonus kookaburra to help you eliminate huntsmans outside the house.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photos that spontaneously change on: March 29, 2014, 04:21:23 AM
Since all the tries are useless, I have decided to finish here this thread.
I feel I am boring you.

No offense but it appears to be the opposite, ie. you appear to become bored with this problem.  Given 18 months have elapsed and it still happens, you don't seem to be that bothered about finding the cause.

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1) Have you tried another monitor?

Yes, just today. I have seen the same situation of my system: good photos appear good and changed photo appear changed. Therefore my monitor doesn't mislead

This post of yours implies a hardware fault, as barney mentioned, it's taken ~18 months just to try another monitor.

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2) Does it only affect the images you have modified?

I don't know. I fine-tune all the photos I download

So then how can you compare one to an unmodified original?

Just to make it obvious, the fault you've described is currently subjective.  No one else can see anything wrong with the image you posted in this thread because you didn't provide the source for comparison.

Hence this question:

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4) Have you tried saving the modified image to a different name?

Yes. Same results

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If you answered YES to question (4): When the change occurred, did you then compare the original image with the modified image using a program, not your eyes, (eg. Beyond Compare, AntiDupl, XnView, etc)?

No. Spontaneous changes of photos are evident. No need to try other viewers

These are comparison programs, (XnView while mainly an image viewer can compare images for differences), they will provide an objective reference.

eg. The image on the right has had the red channel increased by a single increment.  While it might not be apparent to the eye, using Beyond Compare highlights exactly what has been changed - it becomes an objective observation.

[attachthumb=1]

But if the answer to (2) was correct, then there isn't any way to make that comparison.  If you do ever try doing this, save the original in a lossless format first, modify it, and then save it in the same lossless format to avoid compression artifacts influencing the comparison.

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5) Have you tried saving the modified image to another format, (eg. PNG, TIFF), as well as the original format?

Yes, BMP

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If you answered YES to question (5): When the change occurs, does the alternate format image exhibit the same change as the original modified format?

Yes, the same change

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6) Have you tried copying an image you have modified to a flash drive, (then remove it from the computer)?

Yes, just today

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6) If you answered YES to question (6): Did you then plug it into another computer and ensure that the image had been modified?

Yes, just today (see point 1)

If you did what was suggested in (7) then if such a large obvious change disappears from the image sometime later, it could only be one of two things: someone has replaced the modified image with the original, (that includes you); or software has replaced the image.  It rules out hardware being the problem.

But as it is, with the subtle changes you imply, it could still be anything and given your answers above and in the previous thread, I'm tending towards barney's suggestion of 18 months ago - power or GPU related.
Yes, I'm discounting the answer of question (1) because of the answer you gave to question (2) which implies you don't have the originals to make a comparison against.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Repairing Windows 7 from the recovery console on: March 29, 2014, 03:44:52 AM
After thinking about it some more I seem to recall certain components on the Southbridge, the hard drive (or maybe just the system volume?), and the amount of RAM are the most important factors for reactivating Windows. I'm guessing the video and network controller changing drastically at the same time will trigger it, but I'm guessing I won't have to call Microsoft.

From How-Windows-7-hardware-upgrades-affect-licensing:

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The actual algorithm that Microsoft uses is not disclosed, but we do know the weighting of components is as follows, from highest to lowest:

1. Motherboard (and CPU)
2. Hard drive
3. Network interface card (NIC)
4. Graphics card
5. RAM

A more in depth table is here: Managing Windows Licensing and Activation : Managing Volume License Activation (part 2) - Leveraging MAK activation, Comparing KMS and MAK activation

Referring to the table they have:
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If the total weight of changed components reaches 25, then the computer must be reactivated.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 29, 2014, 02:32:09 AM
Any chance the installer uses the normal Microsoft installer command line options?

Then maybe you can log the installation process:

eg. "SQLEXPR_x64_ENU - (Express DB only 64-bit).exe" /log c:\SQL.log

It may provide more information as to what it's failing on.
11  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Microsoft Office Modile for iOS or Android - FREE for *HOME* use. on: March 27, 2014, 05:42:06 PM
Via OzBargain here and here

NOTE: "Sign in with a free Microsoft account to create, edit and save documents for home use. A qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to create, edit and save documents for business use."

Android link
iOS link

Seems to be like the recent OneNote freebie, online docs only can be edited/created/saved, you can only read offline docs.

A few interesting comments on the OzBargain site, eg. limited tablet compatibility (Android) at the moment.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firewalls and LAN on: March 26, 2014, 07:34:43 PM
I know the Linksys E2000 can run Tomato but it might be that the original firmware has something similar:

Access Restrictions:

[attachthumb=1]

You just specify that the IP of the computer has no internet access All Day, Every day.

You could leave the computers firewall turned off if you like, (protected by both NAT and routers firewall).

EDIT: Just had a look, it can run the same version of Tomato as I run if you go that way.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 26, 2014, 06:07:19 AM
I've never really considered quality of power supply.

Does a normal consumer-grade UPS help with this kind of thing?

I've never had an UPS and I live in an area that suffers brown-outs and power failures, (lots of trees don't go well with overhead lines).

I do, however, have very good quality surge suppression/filtering power boards and I've never lost a piece of equipment that was plugged into them yet ... and I've had them for ~20 years.

It's line noise/ripple current that is a very good killer of the inferior quality capacitors used in some switchmode PSUs.  The ripple causes the capacitors to heat up, the electrolyte dries out, the ESRw rises, current across the capacitor rises, heat increases, etc, etc, then the PSU dies ... sometimes taking whatever it's attached to.

The better you can filter the incoming AC to eliminate any noise/ripple and surges, the better it's going to be for your PSU.

Most UPS include some form of surge suppression/filtering, the quality is usually commensurate with the cost.  Almost all consumer, (not business), grade UPS are of the Stand-by type.  They don't do anything until the power fails, until then they're just a power board with surge suppression/line filtering.

Be that and all, a crap PSU is still a crap PSU, a good filter will only make it last a little longer.

+1 with @40hz about a quality PSU but I'd also throw in a good quality line filter before it.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 25, 2014, 07:16:12 AM
What kind is it?   tellme  Maybe a Tarantula?

Huntsmanw - pretty harmless to people, I generally let them wander around the walls until they happen to stray to a spot within reach of take-away container and cardboard smiley

Then they get tossed outside to become Kookaburra food or eventually find their way back inside.

I knew it was not a Tarantula but that was the only big *spidey* I could think of.  I presume they enter through open-air windows or vents?

Any way they can, the wife threw out one earlier today then spotted another one sitting above a door.  By the time she went to get the huntsman removal apparatus it had already disappeared somewhere - honestly, these things move very fast when they want to.

They also like to hide in your car ... you should hear the screams and curses when that happens  Grin
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 24, 2014, 07:28:43 PM
What kind is it?   tellme  Maybe a Tarantula?

Huntsmanw - pretty harmless to people, I generally let them wander around the walls until they happen to stray to a spot within reach of take-away container and cardboard smiley

Then they get tossed outside to become Kookaburra food or eventually find their way back inside.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 24, 2014, 07:39:54 AM
Spiders are very creative when it comes to catching food but they belong in the wild.  Not in your home.   Grin

Not in Australia:

[attach=1]

A regular visitor inside homes here, I think the largest we've had is ~5 inches across.
17  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQ: HTPC Util - Hide Desktop for x seconds while program is being executed. on: March 23, 2014, 10:54:15 PM
V0.0.1.x is up there.

This is version 0.0.2.x:
Added:    At great expense I had a custom icon designed just for this program ... I'm not sure the graphic artist entered into the spirit of the request  undecided
             (Then again, since it's a CLI only program did I waste my money?)
Added:    Can set optional text to display, limited to 30 characters.
Added:    Can set background colour.
Changed: It now takes one command line argument which is a config file.


Usage: Main difference with this version is it just takes a config file as the argument, eg. BlankIt.exe test.ini

This means, for example, you no longer need a number of long lines in a batch file.  You can have any number of config files and just call the one you want.

If you run the program without any arguments, a example config file called BlankIt.ini will be created - you can then edit it, rename it, or use it as is if you want Notepad.exe to open, (BlankIt.exe BlankIt.ini).

Here's the contents of the example:
Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. [Settings]
  2. Program="C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe"
  3. Timeout=10
  4. Colour=000000
  5. Text=Wait for it!

Program is the program to run, full path required unless it's in the same directory as BlankIt.exe.

Timeout is the maximum time in seconds the blank screen will be displayed if the Process.WaitForIdleInput fails or the program has no GUI.  Maximum value is 180 seconds, if it's more than that or the equivalent of 0 then the default will be 15.

Colour is a RGB hex value, here's a list.  If it's input incorrectly, (ie. not a valid hex value), then it will default to black, (000000).  The text colour will be white for all values 7FFFFF and below, and black for all values 800000 and above.

Text can be left empty, ie. no text will be displayed.  The limit is 30 characters which fits in the width of a 1680 pixel screen, and honestly if you need to display more than 30 characters, chances are there might not be enough time to read them all.

Formatted for AutoIt with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. #Region ;**** Directives created by AutoIt3Wrapper_GUI ****
  2. #AutoIt3Wrapper_Icon=BlankIt.ico
  3. #AutoIt3Wrapper_Outfile=BlankIt.exe
  4. #AutoIt3Wrapper_Change2CUI=y
  5. #AutoIt3Wrapper_Res_Fileversion=0.0.2.30
  6. #AutoIt3Wrapper_Res_Fileversion_AutoIncrement=y
  7. #EndRegion ;**** Directives created by AutoIt3Wrapper_GUI ****
  8. #cs ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  9.  
  10. AutoIt Version: 3.3.10.2
  11. Name:           BlankIt.au3
  12. Author:         4wd
  13.  
  14. Script Function:
  15. Blanks screen until called programs GUI opens and is ready for input.
  16.  
  17. Requires:
  18. Ascend4nt's Process Function UDF: http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/115352-process-thread-dll-functions-udfs/
  19. Yashied's WinAPIEx UDF:           http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/98712-winapiex-udf/
  20.  
  21. #ce ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  22.  
  23. #include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
  24. #include <StaticConstants.au3>
  25. #include <WinAPIEx.au3>
  26. #include <WindowsConstants.au3>
  27. #include "[includes]\_ProcessFunctions.au3"
  28.  
  29. Opt('MustDeclareVars', 1)
  30.  
  31. Const $iAccess = 0x00001000
  32.  
  33. If $CmdLine[0] = 0 Then _Usage()
  34.  
  35. Local $sIniFile = $CmdLine[1]
  36. If Not FileExists($sIniFile) Then
  37. _Usage()
  38. _GetINI($sIniFile)
  39.  
  40. #Region ### START Koda GUI section ### Form=
  41. GUICreate("Blank", @DesktopWidth, @DesktopHeight, 0, 0, $WS_POPUP, $WS_EX_TOPMOST)
  42. #forcedef $iTextCol, $iColour, $sText
  43. GUISetFont(48, 600)
  44. GUICtrlCreateLabel($sText, 10, Int(@DesktopHeight/2 - 34), @DesktopWidth - 20, 68, BitOR($SS_CENTER, $SS_CENTERIMAGE))
  45. GUISetBkColor($iColour)
  46. #EndRegion ### END Koda GUI section ###
  47.  
  48. _Main()
  49. _Exit()
  50.  
  51. Func _GetINI($sFile)
  52. Global $sProgram, $sPath, $iTimeout, $iColour, $sText, $iTextCol
  53. $sProgram = IniRead($sFile, "Settings", "Program", "")
  54. If Not FileExists($sProgram) Then
  55. ConsoleWrite("Error: Executable does not exist!" & @CRLF & "       Check configuration file" & @CRLF)
  56. _Exit()
  57. If StringInStr($sProgram, "\") > 0 Then
  58. $sPath = StringLeft($sProgram, StringInStr($sProgram, "\", 0, -1))
  59. $sPath = @ScriptDir & "\"
  60. $sProgram = $sPath & $sProgram
  61. $iTimeout = IniRead($sFile, "Settings", "Timeout", "15")
  62. If $iTimeout < 1 Or $iTimeout > 180 Then $iTimeout = 15
  63. $iTimeout *= 1000
  64. $iColour = "0x" & IniRead($sFile, "Settings", "Colour", "000000")
  65. If IsNumber(Dec($iColour)) Then
  66. If Dec($iColour) >= 0 And Dec($iColour) <= 0xFFFFFF Then
  67. $iColour = "0x" & Hex($iColour, 6)
  68. $iColour = "0x000000"
  69. If $iColour > 0x7FFFFF Then
  70. $iTextCol = 0x000000
  71. $iTextCol = 0xFFFFFF
  72. $sText = StringLeft(IniRead($sFile, "Settings", "Text", ""), 30)
  73. EndFunc   ;==>_GetINI
  74.  
  75. Func _Main()
  76. Local $iPID = Run($sProgram, $sPath)
  77. If $iPID <> 0 Then
  78. Local $hProcess = _ProcessOpen($iPID, $iAccess)
  79. If $hProcess <> 0 Then
  80. _ProcessWaitForInputIdle($hProcess, $iTimeout)
  81. _ProcessCloseHandle($hProcess)
  82. Sleep($iTimeout)
  83. Sleep(150)
  84. Local $Data = _WinAPI_EnumProcessWindows($iPID)
  85. If IsArray($Data) Then
  86. If $Data[0][0] > 0 Then
  87. _WinAPI_SetFocus($Data[1][0])
  88. EndFunc   ;==>_Main
  89.  
  90. Func _Usage()
  91. Local $aDemo[4][2] = [["Program", '"C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe"'],["Timeout", 10],["Colour", "000000"],["Text", "Wait for it!"]]
  92. ConsoleWrite("Usage: BlankIt.exe <config file>" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
  93. ConsoleWrite("Where: <config file> = .ini containing command parameters" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
  94. ConsoleWrite("       An example config file called BlankIt.ini has been" & @CRLF)
  95. ConsoleWrite("       generated." & @CRLF)
  96. IniWriteSection("BlankIt.ini", "Settings", $aDemo, 0)
  97. _Exit()
  98. EndFunc   ;==>_Usage
  99.  
  100. Func _Exit()
  101. EndFunc   ;==>_Exit

And that's pretty much it until someone says something.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 23, 2014, 06:32:01 PM
I'm thinking that with the huge amounts of memory in machines these days are making the PageFile an almost moot point, so anything active in memory will most likely stay there.

Given huge amounts of memory, besides disabling the pagfile, wouldn't you also move the TEMP stuff to a RAM drive and thereby not lose any speed writing to physical media at all?

In my desktop with 12GB, I have a 2GB RAM drive and no pagefile and there's apparently 6GB+ left available for other programs.  About the only time I've run out of memory is when some program has a memory leak.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 23, 2014, 06:06:17 PM

I was thinking the last image there is a trapdoor cat, closely related to these fun creatures:

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20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Pale Moon 4 Linux on: March 23, 2014, 05:54:15 PM
If you want a little easier granular control over some of the settings in it, (and Firefox), give the Pale Moon Commander add-on a try.

Scratch that, it's not compatible with the Linux version according to the forum thread here.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Pale Moon 4 Linux on: March 23, 2014, 07:11:17 AM
For anyone that's interested, Pale Moon is now being compiled for Linux in both x86 and x64 builds.

PM4Linux

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Description

Pale Moon is an open source, web browser based on Firefox focusing on efficiency by leaving out unnecessary features and making optimizations, while maintaining compatibility with Firefox extensions and themes.

Pale Moon provides a familiar set of controls and visual feedback similar to previous versions of Firefox, including grouped navigation buttons, a bookmarks toolbar that is enabled by default, tabs next to page content by default, and a functional status bar.

This is a third party build; the original project is at www.palemoon.org. For support, check out the wiki at http://pm4linux.sf.net/wiki and the forum at http://forum.palemoon.org.
22  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQ: HTPC Util - Hide Desktop for x seconds while program is being executed. on: March 23, 2014, 01:01:52 AM
It's vacant these days: http://goo.gl/maps/G4rth
23  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQ: HTPC Util - Hide Desktop for x seconds while program is being executed. on: March 22, 2014, 08:45:31 PM
v0.0.1.32 <- Link
  • Change: Reverts to timeout value if a handle to the process can't be obtained.
  • Added:  Set focus to program window, (if it has one), before exiting.
  • Added:  Simple usage directions, (run it without any arguments).
  • Change: Compiled as a CLI program, it produces no GUI, all errors go to the CLI.
  • Change: Slightly better args parsing, (not much better but it is an improvement).
  • Added:  Checks for executable existence, (full path not required if executable is in same folder as BlankIt).

[Pre-update silly remarks below]

Nice.

Thanks, although I expect a much more polished version from you Wink

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Will the new window get focus, or might that be a feature to add?

Feature? ... to add?

I'll look at bringing the program window to the front before exit, although usually it'd get focus anyway wouldn't it?

That's how Windows usually works, run a program and it forces itself in front of everything else unless told otherwise.

I'll also change it so that if it can't get a handle to the process it'll drop back to timeout instead of throwing up a requester.

Just a note, I'm on a slow convict ship back to the UK in just over a week - I'll be incommunicado for 6 weeks ... yes, I know, much cause for celebration on the forum  tongue
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Office 365 and Outlook on: March 22, 2014, 08:12:21 PM
Just a couple of scripts I knocked up for @questorfla to see if it makes Outlook any easier.

Both only work with Outlook 2007+ but I don't bother checking to see if you have the right version - part of my minimal error checking approach to life smiley

Outlook needs to be running first.  Run one or the other, not both - although that scenario hasn't been tested.

AutoOutSync - Forces a Send/Receive action in Outlook every 15->180 seconds.  Has a countdown timer and you can enable/disable the Outlook progress window.
TrigOutSync - Forces a Send/Receive action 5 seconds after a Send Event is reported by Outlook.  Outlook progress window can be disabled/enabled via tray icon menu.

I've tested both with Outlook 2013 on a Windows 8.1 Pro x86 VM and they seemed to work OK.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: couple of one-click requests on: March 22, 2014, 07:53:16 PM
I am trying to Dl your latest scripts right now but the net must be slow to Aussie-land.

Jacksonville, Florida, actually - Aussie-land is closer than you think Wink

I'll attach them to the other thread so that others can be experimented on ... errr ... with them.

See this post.

Just cleaning up my downloads for the last 4 years and found another hosts file editor: Host Mechanic

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