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3076  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: January 30, 2011, 10:05:38 PM
TO:  Stoic Joker

I'm the guy who did this...

http://www.greggdeselms.com/tclock.html

Yes, I do remember you. I sent you an Email about a year ago shortly after I'd gotten the T-Clock project back on the rails.

...and you and I have had brief (and pleasant) email chat about it in the past... though I'm having trouble remembering how it ended.  I think we both just got busy and never completed it... but, again, I can't remember.

That does sound about right, as work keeps me pinned down about 90-104% of the time.  cheesy

You've mentioned/complained in this thread, and back in our email chat, that your hosting is unreliable.  And it's true that I, for one, can't get at your site half the time, for whatever reason.

Back then I was having issues with a DDNS service which I shortly thereafter decided to quit using. I still am self hosting on a residential connection which has been known to go down about once every 6 months. But this is a necessary evil, as it is part of a lab I have here at home for testing purposes. This is also why my site points to here as the download location so it can be reliably linked to/found.

Interestingly, today, I tried to get at it and it failed; but succeeded when I used a proxy.  That's a new one.  Any light you can shed on that would be helpful.  It was only from deft Googling that I stumbled onto this thread today.

Now that is incredibly odd...Which error did you get, DNS or page request failure? I frequently check the page hit counters haven't noticed (uptime stats, server logs, page access, etc.) an outage in quite some time. With the exception of Windows update reboots, but that only takes a minute or two (last one was almost a month ago). If it is a DNS issue, then it may be my registrar (which handles DNS) that is dropping the ball.

I suppose it is possible my ISP (which has changed hands/names more times than I can count) is having TOS issues. But I think that would be a bit more (Total Black-out) permanent... I also frequently check for any blacklisting issues as a side effect of running a mail server.

It would be interesting to see if my IP was ping-able when the site was not (DNS vs. routing/server issue). Also would help if anyone else could comment regarding their level of success accessing my site. Maybe I could get a better handle on what is happening.

The reason I'm posting is to ask if you need more reliable hosting; and to make my official offer (and I think I offered it in our previous email chat, too) to let you have some hosting for free.  I mean, your gift of T-Clock to the world is really nice, and so the least I can do is offer you a free hosting account on one of my servers...

...which are located in the big Peak10 data center in Jacksonville...

I'm not sure I ever explained it all to you in past emails as I just have, here, so maybe that's why you didn't take me up on it.  Then again, maybe I hadn't gotten to the point in our emails that I had even offered it yet... I just can't remember.

I do recall you mentioning something to that effect (at length), but I think I just pondered it a bit too long and forgot.

But I'm tired of people writing to me, in their emails thanking me for hosting an alternative place from which to download T-Clock, that they just couldn't make your site work.  So, I'm offering, now, to help you with that, if you're interested.

Currently T-Clock is still in an active development stage so I'd like to keep things running through here so people can see (the history of...) what's happening. If you've read through much of the thread I'm sure you can see I've got a hell of a to-do list. smiley

The latest builds of T-Clock that I release here are perfectly safe for public consumption, and are considerable more stable than the previously released v1.01. After Vista x64 SP1 (and up through Win7) v1.01 started crashing the shell when certain property tabs were viewed.

According to my server logs, I've already been hosting tons of T-Clock downloads on the unofficial page linked-to at the beginning of this posting; so I'm sure it wouldn't be that much more bandwidth to just let you have a full-blown hosting account.

I truly do appreciate the offer, and may take you up on it at some time in the future. But I really need to ascertain exactly what issue (if any) I'd be resolving by making a change before I do (i.e. If my registrar's DNS is borked changing the target won't help). In the mean time feel free to send folks here so they can download the latest available version and yell at me in person... Wink

Thank you,
Stoic Joker
3077  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: January 30, 2011, 08:36:03 PM
T-Clock is awesome!  Thanks Stoic!  I may...er...have a list of very particular feature requests soon!  I used to use betaclock, but it's not being developed anymore and there were a few minor issues I had with it.

Thank you, ...But we have to finish your other project, before I can get back on this one Wink

Currently T-Clock (development) is scattered across 3 different projects as I try to get various things (requested features etc.) figured out.
3078  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [HELP] broke a (HP) Printer by pulling USB Plug -when it was trying to print (?) on: January 30, 2011, 03:18:31 PM
Did you bring a laptop to see if it would respond to/detect the printer? (HP did make a few self-bricking printers)
3079  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Confused on: January 30, 2011, 03:13:30 PM
Can we safely automatically drive cars if we're blind drunk?

Yes, but only if the dog says it's ok.
3080  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to create a shortcut for the "wireless network connection" in Windows XP? on: January 30, 2011, 03:10:58 PM
Works here on my netbook but lists every interface, even ones no longer plugged in.
I'd been wondering if that would be an issue, but wasn't sure how common the disabled adapters problem would be.

In AutoIt someone created a UDF for WiFi functions, to get available adapters there's a function that calls wlanapi.dll to enumerate the interfaces.

Could that method be used for just the currently active WiFi adapter list?

Given my (I'm beginning to suspect insane) habit of working in straight Win32 API C++, no. But I might be able to do something like that to eliminate the disabled adapters.


Below is the current build with working save to .ini, or registry options. The default action is to save nothing anywhere in the interest of portability.

[attach=1]
3081  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to create a shortcut for the "wireless network connection" in Windows XP? on: January 30, 2011, 11:44:59 AM
Thanks!

I was thinking, if "we" bolt this thing down with a SysTray icon and Registry stored info. It could be (configurably) HotKeyed ... That's about the fastest access route I can think of ... Sound good to anybody?
3082  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [HELP] broke a (HP) Printer by pulling USB Plug -when it was trying to print (?) on: January 30, 2011, 11:40:53 AM
Okay, so you only had the driver installed, and not the other CrapWare (good man).

There is a Basic Print & Scan driver v22.50.231 showing on the DL page ... Give that one a shot.

Don't plug in the USB until (Simon Says...) prompted by the installer.
3083  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to create a shortcut for the "wireless network connection" in Windows XP? on: January 30, 2011, 11:13:33 AM
Okay, got it working (finally). There are currently no (.ini/reg) save functions as of yet. So it is on a perennial first run basis at the moment. But a general feel of the app can be had so I thought I'd toss it up for comment.

When the dialog opens, caret focus is on the adapter list, so just arrow down to the adapter wanted and hit enter.

Let me know if I'm on the right track here SB.

[attach=1]
3084  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [HELP] broke a (HP) Printer by pulling USB Plug -when it was trying to print (?) on: January 30, 2011, 10:52:04 AM
I did a quick check, HP calls it a Scrubber (most of the time).

If you go to the HP Drivers & Software page for the OfficeJet 8500 it will be listed under utilities as a "Removal Tool".

Hopefully these links will work from where you're at:

HP Officejet Pro Software and Driver Removal Utility
http://h10025.www1.hp.com...duct=3752462&sw_lang=

HP Officejet Basic Driver Removal Utility - IT Professional Use Only (Corporate Scrubber)
http://h10025.www1.hp.com...duct=3752462&sw_lang=
3085  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Choosing a CMS on: January 29, 2011, 09:46:13 AM
Is it possible to setup Active Directory on a single server?

Possible? sure. Wise? Not really... But if you look at the budget of most SMBs, you're damn lucky to get the first server in there (Part of why I'm such a fan of RAID5). Availability, redundancy, ($$$) How much more?!? It's too hard to sell (or really justify) for most small shops.

Hell the only reason our company has the balanced 3 server configuration we're using is they didn't have to shell out 90+ an hour to have it designed, setup, and configured. I did most of it (remotely) on my own time! Basically just because I like doing that kind of stuff ... And I felt being able to showcase the right way of setting up a network would help to dramatize what we can and will do for our clients..
3086  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [HELP] broke a (HP) Printer by pulling USB Plug -when it was trying to print (?) on: January 29, 2011, 09:24:57 AM
Good point about the cleanup utility. I keep forgetting about that option because I don't deal with the home users/inkjets much. It's mainly business/network/lasers I get involved in. But the tip does apply to the smaller SOHO lasers as well.

Also, when installing the driver resist the urge to zip through the (next, next, next) install. Because the option to install only the driver and not the rest of the HP CrapWare is frequently hidden or easy to miss.

Anything that (is not just the basic driver) qualifies as Hand Holding software, and is garbage that should be avoided like a plague.
3087  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Choosing a CMS on: January 28, 2011, 10:39:48 PM
*Shrug* Don't know that I ever met one I couldn't talk off a ledge... How screwed-up is which part?

It's a multi-proc machine and has tons of power. I should have installed VMware then installed Windows and Linux. It's the last time I'll make that mistake. Basically, to fix the problem I'd have to wipe it then reinstall everything. That's time consuming, especially as it's already working and I've have to move everything off to another server.

Ah... I've had projects like that. In a year from now you'll end up hating yourself if you just let it go undone. Best to bite the bullet and get it over-with before the 7 eyed monster grows a second head.

I had to do that with our company's main server a few years back because the whole shebang was on a single partition. Single domain controller, with Exchange, the inventory & accounting software, and all the user's files (etc...), (it was not my design) that had to be online 24/7.

Needless to say I had to preserve all of the various configurations, AD, and the company mail. It was a total bitch (I worked 48 hours straight that weekend), but I had it back up and running Monday morning.

And I had it setup right (finally), so all the silly assed problem that had been plaguing me, vanished!
3088  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to create a shortcut for the "wireless network connection" in Windows XP? on: January 28, 2011, 10:22:30 PM
^ What are you having a problem with?

In a nut shell: CB_SETITEMDATA & CB_GETITEMDATA Which are supposedly injected into/stored in the ComboBox control's Item list entries as a retrievable value (/structure pointer). However, I keep either getting garbage characters or empty values.

I'm trying to avoid resorting to tossing the GUIDs over within a global array ... But I'm starting to weaken... smiley
3089  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Darwinism + geneticism + two-wheeled vehicles = ... awesomeness. on: January 28, 2011, 07:23:09 PM
I like the new version. I'm running it non-stop with the 8-wheels-max setting - it is hilarious.

Oh yeah, that's insane!  cheesy
3090  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to create a shortcut for the "wireless network connection" in Windows XP? on: January 28, 2011, 06:43:48 PM
Just in case anyone is wondering, I've spent the last few days getting my ass kicked by the ComboBox control for the NIC picking GUI. Getting the NIC list from the registry was a breeze ... How to get it displayed to the user however is proving trickier than I'd anticipated.

Poo...

Maybe the strange antics of the little cubic motorcycle creatures will calm me as I continue this quest.
3091  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Darwinism + geneticism + two-wheeled vehicles = ... awesomeness. on: January 28, 2011, 06:27:54 PM
I've been watching for a while now and it appears to me as though the number in parentheses is twice the previous generation's highest score.

I'm with you on the "goal" theory. It seems that the expectations for the current generation are based on the achievements (/aspirations) of the previous generation.

It's also interesting to watch how the mutations follow a pattern as they try to "learn" their surroundings.

A backward flip over (early gens) results in either wheels on top or a forward weight bias.

Forward flips result in more centered weight distribution.

High centering gets a shorter wheel base.

etc, etc.

3092  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [HELP] broke a (HP) Printer by pulling USB Plug -when it was trying to print (?) on: January 28, 2011, 05:44:21 PM
Printers are by far the buggiest most crappy appliances known to man, save perhaps those old-fashioned modems. Some are dumb machines that rely completely on the computer to do its every twitch, others only want the computer to tell them what the page looks like, and inbetween those things all printers have totally insane and messed up software packages that are supposed to make things 'easier' but rarely ever do.

You've worked with these before I see...  cheesy
3093  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [HELP] broke a (HP) Printer by pulling USB Plug -when it was trying to print (?) on: January 28, 2011, 05:43:22 PM
This is one of those situation where I'm not 100% sure what happened but I think it was this (note: the OS messages are translated so may be off a bit):

I think I pulled the printer's usb plug (from the computer) while the printer was receiving info from the computer about a print job

USB is by design Hot Swap-able, so the chances of you breaking anything that way are zero.

Printer: HP OfficeJet Pro 8500
OS: Windows 7 (64 bit)

Next time I tried to print, it didnt work (absolutely no response from printer)
  • I tried different USB ports,
  • tried restarting printer and pc (a couple of times)

I tried the OS trouble shooter and it said that there was something in the printer queue - nothing was showing there - but I suspect a print job got half sent to the printer and screwed things up, but it doesnt show in the printer queue.

That would be my first guess also. Here's what you do next:

Stop the (Print) spooler service - This may release the file by itself, but just to be sure...

Go to: C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS (Yes even on a x64 machine)

Any files left in that folder are your stuck print jobs. Delete everything in the "PRINTERS" folder. (I'm not yelling, MS capitalized the folder name).

Restart the Spooler service.

Under printers, there was an option in this printers context menu - something like "delete the printer queue". I chose this, and it said it was going to delete the printer - which was not the next logical step from just deleting the queued documents - but I thought WTF and did it - I thought when I connected the printer again the OS would simply install it again, but this didnt work. Absolutely no response from the OS when the printer was reconnected.

It's actually impossible to delete a printer if it has a job stuck in its queue.

I tried the HP software which sent me into a weird loop of attach printer -> install manually (I think, it was quite vague) -> back to beginning.
So that was no help.

Congratulations! You completed the "wizard" correctly ... And achieved the expected result.

This is not my computer/printer - I'm going to go back there (possibly on Sunday) with a different laptop and see if the printer gets installed on that one (in which case I would presume the problem with the OS - but I suspect it's with the printer.)
I'm thinking driver/OS ... But I'll come back to that in a minute.

But I thought I'd ask here if anyone had any tips - the printer is brand new so under guarantee (although I'd be embarrassed either way: to admit, or to not admit, what happenend)

Okay, write this down (seriously): Never, ever, ever, (ever...) tell one of HP's "Tech Support" drones, the "truth". They quite frankly aren't bright enough to process information on that level. Make up an at least half way plausible story that makes it as close to totally bricked as possible. Then there will be absolutely no reason to try to "Trouble Shoot" the device on the phone.

Side Track: The sales manager once bet me that we were not about to waste 2+ hours by calling HP's tech support. - He lost - We wasted 3.

Did try a google search but no success (but possibly using the wrong terms)
One of those days...

Okay seriously:

Make sure the USB cable is disconnected.

Go to Programs & Features, and uninstall the print driver from there. Also uninstall any other HP crapware that may be installed on the machine.

Reboot the machine.

Go to HP's website and download the latest driver for the machine.
Note: It's not that I actually think they might have fixed anything. We just want to have a known clean driver with a newer version than the one installed so Windows doesn't reflexively grab the old and possibly corrupt one again. (Think dog after a bone).

When the installer says plug-it-in do so, but not a moment before.

Hopefully it'll find it.
3094  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The 419ers have outdone themselves... on: January 28, 2011, 01:45:31 PM
Why, she comes from the place where math is not a universal language obviously... Wink
3095  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Darwinism + geneticism + two-wheeled vehicles = ... awesomeness. on: January 28, 2011, 01:43:15 PM
^^^ I'll 2nd That! ^^^

Mutating Motorcycle Mayhem? ...I have got to play with this when I get home - There goes Friday night...

 cheesy
3096  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Choosing a CMS on: January 28, 2011, 08:56:38 AM
*Shrug* Don't know that I ever met one I couldn't talk off a ledge... How screwed-up is which part?
3097  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sony v. Hotz: Sony Sends a Dangerous Message to Researchers -- and Its Customers on: January 28, 2011, 07:04:27 AM
Strange for the judge to have such a change of heart... I wish I knew that story.

Chances are it involves a cash payment and/or photographs...
3098  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Choosing a CMS on: January 28, 2011, 06:58:41 AM
cmsms is good for adding any number of "content" blocks wherever you want on the page. these can be blocks of text, blocks of html, blocks of php, blocks of smarty code, even blocks of other blocks (they probably don't refer to them as blocks). blocks can be static, blocks can be editable.

While it's only on the "my list of things to experiment with" list, at this stage. I'd also recommend CMS made simple based on what I've seen so far...it is indeed simple (to use). Straight forward WYSIWYG style content creation, with all the fancy stuff tucked away (but readily accessible) so as not to intimidate the user. And it's free as I understand.

I think I'll look into seeing if I can run WAMP along with WIMP though.

Hm... (How should I put this) ...I'd rather be burned alive than have to contend with patch levels on two entirely different routes to the same end in a production environment. Apache & IIS together, I suspect would leave one wanting to tear off their own head. Or it could be just me ... But I've never had any trouble doing anything I wanted to with IIS (which I've been at for a decade).

I am however a hugh fan of MySQL (with PHPMyAdmin) which works brilliantly with/on IIS.
3099  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Database .NET 3.8.3969 - A MultiDatabase Manager on: January 28, 2011, 06:25:05 AM
Now this could be a new favorite toy.

smiley
3100  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: New tweaks to forum - Jan 27, 2011 (apc caching, server load info) on: January 27, 2011, 07:39:46 PM
I also tried to put back the selective quoting feature on the forum where you can select some text and then hit the quote button to quote only that text; still seems a bit flakey but hopefully that's just old js in the cache which will work itself out.

Most cool! ...I've been missing that feature. Also, I can confirm the old js in cache theory. First 3 time I tried to do it here, it failed. So.. I leaned on Ctrl+F5 (for a 3 count), and then it started working just fine.
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