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1 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Screenshot captor not saving preferences to my documents on: September 27, 2013, 08:18:47 AM
Thanks mouser. I checked this morning and my configdir.ini had everything remmed out. And of course this morning, it's working as designed. No changes were made by me that i'm aware of. Very strange.
Thanks for the help and the excellent program ;-)

2 Software / Screenshot Captor / Screenshot captor not saving preferences to my documents on: September 25, 2013, 07:20:08 AM
I had to blow away my profile after it got corrupt on my computer and I am using the portable screenshot captor (v4.7.2)
When I make changes to my settings and hit apply or accept, everything seems ok.
However when I exit screenshotcaptor, I get a notification window in the notification area at the bottom right of my screen that complains about not being able to write to somewhere on my profile. The problem is that the notification only stays up for about 1/2 second so I don't have time to read the whole message.
Error is "ERROR: settings could not be saved (Saving final, really trying) - to file \\servername\users$\my username\my documents\donationcoder\screenshotcaptor\;exception: Cannot create file "\\\\servername\users$\my username\my documents\dona" at which point the tag does not have enough space to capture the entire directory.

I'm not sure why the ini file is being written to this location if i'm running from the portable zip (although i did used to have screenshot captor installed as a full install. I have removed the installed version but still get this message).

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best USB/Bootable recovery and "utility" tools on: February 15, 2012, 06:39:43 AM
The Winternals ERD commander is still alive and well under Microsoft but you need to go through a couple more hoops to get it. It is now part of Microsofts Desktop Optimization Pack and is only available through a few methods. You need to have purchased Software Assurance AND the MDOP licence that gives you several benefits including the new ERD distro. Alternatively if you have technet or a MSDN subscription you can get the software for evaluation purposes too.
Search your Technet/MSDN downloads at for Desktop Optimization Pack and download.

For what it's worth, the tool is very good at recovering data in the case of a missing Boot loader or virus or something else mangling the system.

Another useful tool that you might have seen and that is partly related is the ZALMAN ZM VE200 SATA hard drive caddy. Add your hard drive with all the iso's installed, and then attach the drive to your machine, select the iso you want to boot from with the jog wheel and boot away.  Note that I don't actually have one yet but I have seen it in action.  A good review with some hints and tips for using it is at ($43 at newegg - ) (Note there is also a USB version at $55 but thats out of stock)

Hope this helps.
4 Software / DcUpdater / dcupdater.ini is not a dcupdater configuration file. on: May 03, 2011, 08:13:19 AM
Just downloaded dcupdater in an attempt to update screenshotcaptor. On installation and running the program i get the following error message "Error:\\server01\user$\andy helsby\mydocs\donationcoder\dcupdater\dcupdater.ini is not a dcupdater configuration file. Please delete it if this problem persists."
The dcupdater directory does not exist and I suspect this is because most people assume the username is only going to be one word not two so the original directory probably stopped at \\server01\user$\andy
I've seen this before with a couple of other apps (including my own batch scripts!)
Creating the dcupdater directory by hand fixes this particular issue.

However, it's not showing me as having screenshotcaptor installed - it just lists the dcupdater program.
I've "fixed" the issue by downloading the program through dcupdater (I was running 2.88)

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is your online life in your will? (Backups, passwords, etc.) on: April 21, 2009, 11:11:37 AM
Having had to decipher computer accounts for a widow friend of mine and also had an uncle die this month, the thought had crossed my mind. With the urge to have different passwords for different websites, with numbers of passwords increasing on a monthly basis, this would be impossible to keep up to date with an attorney.
I had thought about creating a webservice that would prompt users for specific information to be kept, with a dead mans switch to activate. However you'd probably want the dead mans switch to run after a month (so it wouldn't trigger if you went on holiday for two weeks) but would your spouse be able to wait a month for that information to be released to them in case of your death? Typically some of these things like bank accounts need to be activated NOW. Also I'm not sure that *I* would trust my data to my own web site or another third party....
6 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: idea: quickly enable/disable the "extend desktop to this screen" on: July 22, 2008, 06:01:56 AM
thankyou - i had done a search but obviously not got the right terms put in.
7 Software / Post New Requests Here / idea: quickly enable/disable the "extend desktop to this screen" on: July 21, 2008, 10:12:02 PM
I've looked all over for a utility that will quickly (and preferably invisibly) enable or disable my second monitor on my laptop (toggling the current setting).  Typically my vga out is used for extra display space or for giving presentations but if I then have to move my laptop to a meeting the windows open on the external display stay there and I can't see them without going into display, settings and unticking the extend display.
Any chance someone could please write a utility to do that (I was thinking of sendkeys and autoit but it takes time for the dialog box to pop up and get displayed, a windows function would be more efficient I would have thought?)
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