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1  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 15, 2014, 06:35:33 PM
Lord willin' and the creek don't rise  tongue
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 15, 2014, 06:33:42 PM
Cool Winter Hats   smiley

OK, where's that first one from?? I have two greyhounds who desperately need that hat... Grin
3  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 15, 2014, 05:20:30 AM
Thanks for the hints folks, I'll start playing around with it this week lwatcdr.
4  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 14, 2014, 02:41:54 PM
I'd like to branch out from my current language of choice (Rexx, which I've been using for the last 25 years). Coincidentally I have a need for a small routine written in Lua. Should I just hit lua.org and go through the live demo? I know I ought to buy the book and support the project, but I just wanted something fairly basic to play with at the beginning. Does anyone have some suggestions on the various online resources? Some tutorials can be better than others...
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: antivirus and web defense on: December 10, 2014, 09:18:47 PM
I'm always interested so I looked at the Outpost link. Is it not concerning that the free version is three and a half years old so far?

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6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Decibels, loudness, amplifiers, formulas...complete confusion! on: December 09, 2014, 08:50:12 PM
Eventually, I'm going to go after the whole tube vs solid state thing, too.  I'm both looking and NOT looking forward to that one.

In the end it ain't what any numbers say, it's what your ears tell you. I had a friend who went through large sums testing every variety of tube, solid state, and discreet amps, tuners, D/A converters, and so many speaker systems it made my head spin. He took his reference material around with him to listen to equipment, and when he built his most recent house had his listening room configured to the most appropriate dimensions. He kept saying you don't need huge watts if you have good clean watts.

I have to say his system sounded very nice. However, my first rock concerts, at an early age, included Strawberry Alarm Clock and Black Sabbath, so I couldn't tell the difference. (Strawberry Alarm Clock was so loud, it rivaled the Saturn 5 static tests I used to hear when we lived in Huntsville, AL, during the Apollo years!) My old Denon system with the Philips speakers has worked plenty fine for me for about 25 years now.  tongue
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 02, 2014, 08:40:30 PM

No point organising the fridge, cupboard, suitcase, or any form of storage here - as soon as the wife gets into it any form of organisation goes out the window.

You shouldn't let your wife get into the fridge. That's very dangerous.  Grin
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Resources for learning Windows PowerShell on: November 29, 2014, 07:35:17 PM
One of our larger clients has core CALs for their 1500 or so workstations, and since that includes the necessary pieces, they've mandated using SCCM/SCEP for A/V and patching. In 15 geographically dispersed (including international) locations. With a single SCCM server. And me, in my spare time, to manage it. Regardless of the fact that SCEP is crap. And that they have to use something else to handle the servers.   wallbash wallbash wallbash wallbash

It's just so ungodly ungainly to do ANYTHING with it. Rube Goldberg would be proud.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Resources for learning Windows PowerShell on: November 29, 2014, 06:42:19 PM
And certainly less complex or expensive than going with MS Systems Center.

I'd rather deploy software manually on 5.25" floppies after swimming through leech-infested piranha tanks than use System Center.

Well, almost.  tongue
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Windows Email Server Options on: November 29, 2014, 06:38:15 PM
I've used small implementations of hMailServer several times for specific purposes. It ain't Exchange, but it works reliably and has a good bit of flexibility.
11  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Visualization of Algorithms on: November 28, 2014, 09:13:02 PM
Very neat!  thumbs up
12  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Folderwatch (a MAC application) for PC's on: November 26, 2014, 08:27:21 PM
I'm pretty sure that doesnt do monitoring

For awhile now the FreeFileSync releases have included RealtimeSync. This appears to watch the source and then kick off a batch process when changes are detected. Presumably that batch process would be a FreeFileSync, but it could be anything - you just supply a command line.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text editor with filtering of lines on: November 02, 2014, 11:37:08 AM
Thanks Shades!

However, when those lines get hidden using TextFX Viz, I don't get the little markers in the margin if I want to see one portion of what was hidden. If I hide the lines manually, the markers show up and work as expected.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text editor with filtering of lines on: November 01, 2014, 08:42:00 PM
Please let me know if you have any questions or any feature requests for future versions.

Very nice work!

For a feature request, when using the filter bar, maybe it would be nice to be able to see some number of lines of context around each of the found items.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text editor with filtering of lines on: November 01, 2014, 06:37:36 PM
As info, SPFlite does this easily (and at no cost).

The caveat is that this is a line-based text editor (it's a clone of the IBM ISPF Edit facility, for any other old mainframers). As such it doesn't behave quite like what you're used to. But for certain things, SPFLite can satisfy like nothing else. I have a copy that I fire up when I need to do things that match its strengths.

As a line-based editor, you have line numbers on the left of the display and a command line at the top. Global types of commands (Find, for example) are entered at the top, and directives for one or more lines are entered in the line number area.

Per the original request, once a file is open, at the top you could type in "x all" (to exclude all lines, hide them from sight) and then "f mailbox all" which would locate every line that contains the word "mailbox" and make it visible:


Any old ISPF Edit user can tell you that it can do things that are impossible in other editors. While that's probably not quite true, it makes a lot of things trivial that would take a lot of work in another editor. And there is definitely a withdrawal when you leave that environment... that's where SPFLite comes in. It is not a perfect clone, but it brings 95% of ISPF Edit and has been extended with additional features (and scripting in Basic, instead of Rexx, which I would prefer).

The free version has an innocuous nag screen that just tells you you're using the free version, and it only shows up more or less every 5th time you use the program, as you're exiting. If you donate (which I have) you get a small utility that fixes it not to display that screen.

As I said, this is not my main text editor, but it is extremely useful to have as a tool. I wish they had a "demo" script written, in the sense that you could follow the script with a sample file and see the unique things it can do.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher 5 will be free on: October 28, 2014, 07:28:51 PM
I have to admit that I never tried Ad Muncher before, because of the price and because I was afraid that I might like it. — True. I do.

So far I'm amazed with the amount of garbage this app is capable to block. Also, I've never realized before how much the AdBlock plugin slows down the browser.

True dat to both.  Too bad Ad Muncher isn't working with Internet Explorer properly - which I didn't realize until I tested it on some other machines (not mine).
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Remote Desktop for Kindle on: October 26, 2014, 08:13:34 PM
Can anyone recommend a standard RDP app that is available in the Kindle store?  I'm trying to find a good one for my wife to access her work PC from her new Kindle.

I say a standard app, meaning not one that uses an intermediary server like LogMeIn, GoToMyPC, etc.  I don't think the IT staff wants her installing anything on her PC so that precludes a whole class of remote access apps.  I've installed the Sonicwall app on her Kindle so she has access to the corporate network, and she gets in from home using RDP so she's used to that.

I installed the 2X app and the AccessToGo app to try out. Both work, but both seem a little more awkward than they should.  I have the Microsoft RD client on my Nexus 7, and I think it works pretty well, but that does not appear to be available from the Kindle store.

I also bought the Xtralogic client a few years ago, so I tried that from my Nexus and found it terribly unintuitive. The price is up to $15us now too, so I won't be putting that on.

Any thoughts? I'm not opposed to spending a little on a good app that works as it should, although one with a free trial would be nice. So far AccessToGo wins, but I hope that's because I haven't tried whatever you will recommend...

PS- I have a bluetooth keyboard on order for her too, I think the on screen keyboard would push her over the brink on a 7" tablet!  tongue
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: looking for scientific calculator like this on: October 26, 2014, 07:53:37 PM
Kalos, what are the relevant features that you are really looking for? And do you have a need for any less mainstream features like RPN entry for example?
19  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: This is an old one so the solution is probably here somewhere on: October 26, 2014, 10:09:28 AM
If you have everything in one location, it might be easier to use fsum to build a list of the MD5s of the files, then you can sort the result and see what is duplicated. Names and file extensions can be misleading.  Wink

Navigate to the top level and use "fsum -r *.* > checksums.txt"  and you'll get a nice report. Then you could "cat checksums.txt | sort | uniq -D -w 33 > dups.txt" to get a good list of just the duplicates. (You'd need unxutils for cat and uniq - and other useful stuff too.)

Both reports are attached here for a sample folder.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware on: October 24, 2014, 06:57:55 PM
-Not sure if Derik's will do same to any thumb drives, but it's worth considering.

Yes, I once did an Autonuke after booting from the thumb drive and proved that it wipes everything.  Grin

The latest Cryptowall variants are mean. They encrypt a random number of files from most, but not all, folders they have access to, then they reset the file date stamp back so you can't tell as easily what has been hosed. I think our company has handled 6 instances for our customers in the last two weeks, 3 from the same client (different locations), one of which entailed an all-nighter since I was the 3rd level on call. In most cases we can't identify the person who was actually hit - whoever it was never spoke up, we ended up finding out when a file wouldn't open, and find the DECRYPT_INSTRUCTION.txt files.

On the plus side it's a good way to verify that your backup system is working.  tongue

Given what I've seen, I'm writing something to at least detect this early, kick out a ticket, and try to grab enough info to see who is causing it. The all-nighter instance was due to a process that ran for almost 24 hours, would have been a lot easier if we saw it sooner. That's my weekend project. That won't get finished over the weekend <sigh>.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comprehensive List of Where to Report Anti-virus Company False Positives on: October 24, 2014, 06:42:47 PM
Heh - I take the list at face value, none of the A/V companies are interested in false positives, it might compromise their ranking scores!  Those first three probably just send reports to the bit bucket anyway  tongue

Also, fwiw, you don't mention VMware vCenter Protect (which used to be Shavlik until they were bought out... and a sorry story that was). They license the Vipre engine, or at least used to, for the product.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 23, 2014, 05:39:25 AM
I want to build a website providing info on how to maintain focus and avoid distractions, targeted at those with ADHD, and use this for the background.

My 7-year-old just told me that makes him dizzy...  cheesy
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloning SERVER 2008 R2 SYSTEM TO A BACKUP 2TB DRIVE-Which app is best? on: October 22, 2014, 06:56:26 PM
This system has been on the sheet to be upgraded/(REPLACED) now for over 6 months.  I guess now someone will finally OK it.

Heh... we're making plans to put in a replacement for the file server at one of our plants, a Dell 2500 that has been humming along for probably 13-14 years or so. Just started acting persnickety on reboots.  It's not the only 2500 left in the field, either. That was a pretty good model for its day.  tongue

[off topic] Of course, in recent months parts of it and its brethren have been Cryptowalled several times.  Russian mafia coders, may Níðhöggr devour your spleens.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Folder / Files Copier on: October 16, 2014, 08:11:42 AM
Wizard_not, could you just create a sample of the new file structure somewhere and then make a zip file that contains that sample, then when you need it somewhere you can copy that zip file to your target folder and do an "unzip here"? That's not quite a one-click operation, but it might be just two or three.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite cartoons of yesterday and today? on: October 07, 2014, 05:45:25 AM
Looney Tunes definitely. Written on two levels, nothing like today's abysmal stuff. Animaniacs were good too, although they were a little young for me at the time. :-)
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