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3076  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Freemake Software: Help With A Service on: July 25, 2011, 11:43:54 AM
So how would I go about debugging the service to see what it is doing/transmitting and where?  If I am wrong, I will eat crow and apologize up and down.  However, their actions are suspicious and I want proof.

Quick-N-Dirty:

1. Open a command prompt and keep it handy.

2. Stop and then restart the service (this assumes it will try some type of connection on start up).

3. At command prompt run:
    netstat -bnep TCP
and if it doesn't showup there (it should), try
    netstat -bnep UDP

You should get a listing showing the name of the binary (service you're looking for), its target IP, and port.

Then use that info to filter what WireShark captures to better track what the little bugger is doing.
3077  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are we allowed to avoid the "My Docs" mess in Win7? on: July 25, 2011, 07:04:01 AM
If the application in question doesn't have a configurable method of getting rid of it's pesky folder I just make it a hidden folder and leave it there. Then it can be there and completely ignorable at the same time.
3078  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any Software that would record the Activity in a PC ! on: July 25, 2011, 06:50:20 AM
+1 to 40hz idea as it's always best to avoid disaster(s).

Lately my PC is being used by friends and, during that time: BSOD occcured at least 5 times a day, although i re-inserted the RAM and IDE snug at its place and that event hasn't taken place, but sometimes a small  bip.... can be heard and the PC stalls : at this time the running program stops responding, then i have to go for a hard reset.

Why not cut to the chase and rule out a hardware issue. Is there anything regarding the BSOD in the logs? If not, that tends to be power. Also there aren't a lot of things in a computer that can make (a bip - or any other) noise. That too brings power into question.

If it's 6mo old, the warranty isn't long for this world. Get the manufacturer on the phone and see if they'll send you some nice new test parts.
3079  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I alone in not using or wanting to use the "Cloud" ... on: July 25, 2011, 06:41:21 AM
It seems you guys don't consider email to be a cloud service?

True, as it's a way to get things to you. Kinda like the Post Office vs. a filing cabinet. Once you get it from the post office it's "yours". And you can then decide if/where to store it.

Being that most (or at least they used to be) mail services are POP/SMTP, by default nothing was stored online after delivery. MAPI clients did/do that but I don't think they've entirely taken over just yet. So (for the most part) your mail storage is up to you (e.g. non-Cloud).

Did I mention that I run my own mail server.
3080  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 24, 2011, 11:15:20 AM
Something I'd like to see (although it might need a reworking of your current logic stuffs...) is quicker start times. Or to be more precise, faster discovery. Maybe it is just odd on my computer and nobody elses, but starting the application takes 5 seconds before the window appears. Refreshing the view locks the application up for 5 seconds. I suspect the reason is two-fold: I have a lot of devices, and you test them all one by one. My guess is that if you did each drives discovery in a separate thread, it would take less than a second. (Of course, once you get 26 drives in your machine, it might seem a bit taxing in the threads department for a second, but given that it is pretty much all I/O blocking there ought to be no problems with a mere 26 threads.)

5 seconds? Wow! (that sucks) But I think I might know why (and it's something I'm already working). Initially I just listed all the drives as a starting point because it makes it easier to find out if any of them have any bad habits. Like the Floppy drives (of which you have 2), that have several ... Which are unavoidable.

The floppy on my machine at the office grunts every 3 seconds (when it's empty), for about a second, which effectively makes the refresh cycle 4 seconds. Even when it isn't empty there seems to be a bit of a lag while it's being addressed before the rest can get their turn (most of which are quite fast). The optical drives while lightning fast compared to the floppys, really aren't part of the space we need to keep track of. That and I'm pretty sure that tagging it every X seconds would screwup a burn.

So I'm making the drives that are displayed and totaled selectable, and optical & floppy drives will be deselected by default. Also optical, floppy, and network drives will be removed from the local machine drive space totals by default. Which should make the load times much faster without adversely effecting the over all functionality (i think).

Mind you I'm not adverse to the multi-thread option, I just want to try this first.


The reason why I'd like this is because I think this app really has a lot of potential. I have a habit of running out of diskspace on some drive or another, and the explorer Computer window is annoying with all of its disks that don't matter to me in that situation.

I think that fits well with the above plan, yes?

Additionally, assuming you don't have plans already, I'd suggest double-click opening the drive in question and the rightclick on an item translating to a rightclick in Explorer. (The right-click stuff I can help you with; I've got experience with those APIs from my Cautomaton entry last year.) Oh, and how about a volume names column? cheesy

Volume Names? I thought we were trying to make this faster?? (hehe - jk) I've actually been thinking about this, but was more aimed toward making it part of a more in-depth drive properties/details dialog when a drive was double clicked.

Translating the Explorer rightclicks & opening drive file views is a little outside the intended scope of the project. That is more in the loader/launcher territory. But I haven't even started on that part of the code yet so nothing is carved in stone at this pont.
3081  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 22, 2011, 09:03:39 PM
Maybe the '% Free' column could have a visual indication of the amount of free space? Like fill that percentage of the background of the cell with a different color, a bit like in TreeSize.

Sorry man, wasn't ignoring you...Just got caught up in the goings on. I'll have to dig around a bit and see if I can figure out how to do that. But if it's reasonably lightweight, a dash of color might be good.
3082  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 22, 2011, 08:57:15 PM
Okay, thank you to cranioscopical for supplying the info I needed to confirm that this was a indeed FAT related issue.

The SUBSTitute FAT Bugg, is now dead.

Initially I had used the file attributes to look for something that reported itself as only a directory:
Formatted for C++ with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1.  dwAttrib = GetFileAttributes(szDrive); // SUBSTitute Drive Bugg
  2.  if(dwAttrib == FILE_ATTRIBUTE_DIRECTORY) { //-{found by}-+> Ath
  3.  StringCbPrintf(szType, TNY_BUFF, TEXT("SUBST"));
  4.  bCountSpace = FALSE;
  5.  }else{
  6.  StringCbPrintf(szType, TNY_BUFF, TEXT("Local"));
  7.  bCountSpace = TRUE;
  8.  }

Which is fine for NTFS, but FAT calls (damn near) everything a directory ... So pop went the weasel.

So I did some digging. And some more. and some more...

And finally found this little jewel:
Formatted for C++ with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1.   //--+++--> Fix for SUBSTitute Drive Bugg Found by: Ath
  2.  // Solution to the SUBSTitute FAT Bugg -> Found by: worstje
  3.  GetVolumePathName(pszDrive, szType, TNY_BUFF);
  4.  if(_tcscmp(pszDrive, szType)) { //-+> (requested by) worstje
  5.  StringCbCopy(szType, TNY_BUFF, TEXT("SUBST"));
  6.  StringCbCopy(szTotal, TNY_BUFF, TEXT("-"));
  7.  StringCbCopy(szUsed,  TNY_BUFF, TEXT("-"));
  8.  StringCbCopy(szFree,  TNY_BUFF, TEXT("-"));
  9.  StringCbCopy(szOdds,  TNY_BUFF, TEXT("N/A"));
  10.  bCountSpace = FALSE;
  11.  }else{
  12.  Get_DriveType(pszDrive, szType);
  13.  }
  14.  if(bCountSpace) {
  15.  GetDriveSpace(pszDrive, szTotal, szUsed, szFree, szOdds);
  16.  }

SUBSTitute Drives, do not have a Volume Path Name ... But everything else does. Yahoo!

Another handy side effect, is that in moving the check to a higher level in the code it allows SUBST'ed drives to be handled in a more acurate & efficient manner. So if someone decides to SUBST a target on a floppy, CD, network drive, or anything else. It can be quickly identified and accordingly skipped.

3083  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PHP... is the name self-realizing? on: July 22, 2011, 06:11:16 PM
PHP, which stands for "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor"

I have gone forth, googled, and seen thus as you say ... But it is just by far and wide to absurd to accept. I shall therefore, take it upon myself to makeup an entirely new word. So I may henceforth insist that that is indeed its true meaning.

PHP: Pugnullfific Hypertext Preprocessor.


While pugnullfific has no specific meaning it is incredibly fun to say...Yes, I have been drinking.
3084  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Are Hackers Becoming So Angry? on: July 22, 2011, 05:26:40 PM
I've been told the only differences between a traitor, a rebel, and a revolutionary are:

  • who you asked
  • whether or not they were successful
  • and the amount of popular support they received regardless of the outcome

I think there are a couple more factors not enumerated, i.e. the timing of the asking, and who is doing the asking.

Nope, that part is completely irrelevant. It is all a matter of observation and people talking among themselves (no power plays or players in sight).

You mentioned Egypt. When the people there revolted and took to the streets, the world at large said Hay, good for you.

Conversely, when the tali-ban decided to make a point it was much less well received.

Tis really quite that simple.
3085  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 22, 2011, 05:08:44 PM
Yes, they both turned up as local, not SUBST.

Hm... Okay. I guess I'll be needing a large FAT drive to test with then. I got a funny feeling that may make a difference.

Thanks guys.
3086  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 22, 2011, 04:04:06 PM
If the Lacie is an external USB drive, why is it getting classified as a Local Disk??

I just turned on an external WD USB (NTFS) drive, listed in properties as a USB device, which turned up in GS as local. Same thing with a WD MyBook (NTFS).

Okay, so it was identified as local and not SUBST then yes?

I'm trying to gauge the scope of the issue.
3087  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 22, 2011, 12:14:35 PM
o_O That's weird... If the Lacie is an external USB drive, why is it getting classified as a Local Disk??

[Have possible sketchy idea]

What is the model number on the Lacie? And is there anything special about its configuration?
3088  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 22, 2011, 11:52:44 AM
Here's a SS of my ThumbDrive's properties dialog overlayed with GotSpace. The ThumbDrive is subjected to the same code level tests that the Lacie is so they should be getting treated the same.

[attachimg=1]

Can you send me something like that of the Lacie?

Thank you.
3089  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Are Hackers Becoming So Angry? on: July 22, 2011, 11:33:56 AM
Whenever people come to the realization that they are being denied due process and equal protection under the same laws they are ordered to obey, their only recourse is to either reform the system they live under - or rebel against it.

Bingo!

It is, in reality, the people that are angry. As in "We the people". And in abiding by the law of averages...Many of those people accidentally just so happen to be really good with a computer (hehe). And seeing as none of us are really inclined to "take it" lying down given the nature of the beast which is mankind. Something is gonna have to give. Hence, being that the self elected target is a class that makes most mules appear quite accomodating...Slightly more extreme measures are required to get their attention. Necessity being a mother and all that.
3090  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 22, 2011, 07:20:08 AM
If you want screenshots of My Computer or other windows that might be relevant for you in testing this, let me know.

Yes, please do. I need to workout how to replicate this. Is the partition on the Lacie FAT, or NTFS?
3091  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win 7, XP mode, & other first install queries on: July 22, 2011, 06:59:16 AM
I would wipe the drive and start from scratch.

Me 2.
3092  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 22, 2011, 06:45:42 AM
Ok, so I tried out the latest version. Looks good, but eh...

Why is it saying that my external Lacie USB hard drive from a few years ago is substed? Good sir, I am afraid you've got a bug somewhere. smiley

That is weird. considering it would have to be reporting its attributes as a directory. I'll have to pick at that one for a bit ( and figure out how to test it).

Also, the OK button in your settings dialog is broken, meaning that I can't try any of the other views.

Yes (actually none of it works), that part of the it ain't done yet function. Wink
3093  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 22, 2011, 06:38:16 AM
Thanks guys. I gotta work on the (partially roughed in) settings dialog now. I'm thinking of making it an option to store the settings in either an ini or the registry for portability (with the ini taking precedence), sound good?
3094  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 21, 2011, 09:39:33 PM
I have to say that this is an exceptional program

Thank you!

I just uploaded a new build that should eliminate those pesky error messages for ya.
3095  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 21, 2011, 07:40:25 PM
Getting exceptions due to empty drives.
So, refresh creates a loop that has to be forcibly terminated.

FYI Some virtual drives (HIJ), legacy floppy support is on (A), card reader (N), SATA opticals (UV)

 Okay, just to make sure we're on the same page:

Are the only drives that are throwing errors the two removable drives A: & N:??

The optical drives (HIJU & V) both SATA & Virtual should all be fine. Yes?

I don't have a card reader to test with but the floppy seems to be alone in its intent to creating mayham.
3096  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 21, 2011, 07:27:13 PM
Then again, a substed drive is little more than a small mirage, so I'd be in favor of just noting '-' as the Capacity just to get rid of any confusion regarding the matter.

Good point, future builds will incorporate this distinction - I just added the code for it to the project - So it'll be there for the next update.
3097  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 21, 2011, 07:14:52 PM
Feature request:
I have a subdirectory of my D: drive, SUBSTed to drive F:. This shows them both of type Local, with all the same figures. Could the type show 'Subst' or 'Mapped', and optionally where it is mapped to?
Done. See updated SS (and download) above. SUBST drives now show as type SUBST, and are not added to the total system drive space numbers.
3098  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FBI Arrests 12 in 'anonymous' raids on: July 21, 2011, 04:53:03 PM
Okay ^^That's^^ frightening.

eek!
3099  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet Another Help-Me-Build-a-New-Computer Thread on: July 21, 2011, 04:48:31 PM
I've never been into overclocking, and I'm not up on the latest hardware. But I have had really good luck with the Mushkin Silverline memory kits. Memory can make a big difference in how a machine feels.

I just put 2 sets of these in my box at the office (for a total of 4GB) and the difference is quite noticeable when multitasking heavily.
3100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FBI Arrests 12 in 'anonymous' raids on: July 21, 2011, 03:59:12 PM
High heels?

40, I'm ashamed of you ... they go with the FBI jacket (founder of the FBI was a rumored cross dresser...)
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