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3076  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 18, 2011, 06:29:03 PM
@tomos - Thanks for the assist. smiley

I´d like to change a systray background colour under the date&time digits.

With the default (themes in XP and) transparency in Vista & 7 the clock background color feature really didn't work that well anymore, which is why it was pulled. I have had a few requests for it's return, but am honestly not sure if it can be done (properly). It is something I plan to explore at some point, but can't specify when as it is not a high priority.
3077  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 17, 2011, 11:55:50 AM
It is possible that something else is also hooking into the shell at the same point, but I would think that more of the clock would be lagging then ... Or is it?
No, nothing else lagging on my system. If another app hooked into the shell that would surely affect the native windows clock also

Not necessarily... Ever hear the expression two is company, three is a crowd? ...Shell hooking is/can be a lot like that (not everybody exits with CallNextHook(...)).

which brings me to

By more of the clock I meant other parts of T-Clock itself (Properties dialog, Stopwatch, Timers, etc.). - I was not implying a system level issue - Are all of T-Clock's responses a tad slow, or just the calendar's?

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If T-Clock is closed, does the default Win7 calendar pop up quickly?
Here's a comparison video of T-Clock vs. Windows clock. Since I couldn't visualize the moment of the mouse click I tried to show that with moving of the mouse cursor hectically smiley
http://screencast.com/t/hejixsGx

Hectic works (rather clever actually), but the speed of the calendar windows opening (viewed by itself) doesn't really strike me as that odd. However, compared to the default windows calendar it is perceivably slower. It could be a code optimization issue, perhaps...
3078  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 16, 2011, 07:11:45 PM
It takes about 2 seconds on my machine to make the calendar pop up after I click. Is there a way to decrease the delay the calendar is shown, by configuration or such?  Or is it just the time the calendar dates need to be calculated?

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It doesn't matter what config, it's present with all of them (and the delay was already there in build 90). I am running Win7x64 and my machine is a quite fast one (Core i7-860).

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I checked with Sysinternals ProcessMonitor for errors but the only item was a
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\CTF\KnownClasses"  --> "Name not found"
which doesn't sound like a real problem.

Quite faster than mine by a mile or so ... I'm running a (4 year old) 2.4Ghz E6600 (Same OS)

Maybe we pick at the missing class name a bit...

Note: I took the liberty of stitching some of xcopy's posts together to clarify what the issue is...So folks don't have to jump around trying to figure out what the hell we're talking about. Wink

Well, I took a peak at the calendar with ProcessMonitor on mine (also Win7 x64 - which pops open instantly), and I too have the same unknown KnownClasses reference. So I gotta guess that is probably a normal part of the control's backward compatibility stuff. There really is nothing to the Calendar; it's a standard Windows Common Control in a basic, plain window. So the lag is really quite confusing.

It is possible that something else is also hooking into the shell at the same point, but I would think that more of the clock would be lagging then ... Or is it?

If T-Clock is closed, does the default Win7 calendar pop up quickly?

If anyone else is also experiencing this Slow Calendar issue (on any OS), do please chime in.


Don't forget the calendar window close on lose focus issue...not as sexy as the timer thing, I know.

I'm getting there. It's on the list ... I'm just bouncing around a bit trying to make sure there aren't any tip-of-the-iceberg type issues. Wink
3079  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 16, 2011, 06:15:43 PM
Further please note that the keyboard shortcut: "Display Time Watch Hotkey" is not working. I pressed it a couple of times during the video (and other times during my testing) and it launches a new timer window (not the current running timer) completely blank, with only the window's title and the column names. This little window automatically disappears within one second, without displaying anything, eventhough a timer is actually running in the background. To properly display the timer I have to right click the clock, scroll up to the timers and choose the one running, except if I am doing something wrong.

Okay, now this part is (confirmably) broken. I'll see if I can figure out what happened tonight.

Correction ... After tracing through the code for an hour or so, I realized that I'd forgotten how to operate the damn thing (e.g. It's supposed to do that).

I Will Make a Proper Help File.
I Will Make a Proper Help File.
I Will Make a Proper Help File.
I Will Make a Proper Help File.
I Will Make a Proper Help File.
I Will Make a Proper Help File.
I Will Make a Proper Help File.


Ehm... smiley

So... The Watch Window is actually only for Timers that have been selected to be Watched. Say you have several timers running at once, if they are all automatically added to the list, then it'll get rather busy quick...So The Watched Timers list is populated manually. This way you can have 10 timers running, but keep only X number of the currently really important ones available for quick access. Like so:
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Even though there are 3 timers running, only 1 of them is on the (really "Important") Watch list.

The Timer Watch window is also designed to automatically close when the last watched timer expires. This is why the HotKey activation of the Watch window caused it to flash, as there was nothing on the "Watch List". However, clicking on a Timer in the Running Timers menu automatically adds it to the Watched Timers list...Which is why the window would/will then stay open.

This behavior can be demonstrated by adding a Timer to the Watch List, closing the Watch window, and then pressing the HotKey.

So... (perhaps unfortunately) it was designed to do that. ...Mind you I am on-the-market for better ideas...So feel free to suggest anything. smiley
3080  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A LOUDER Internet on: March 16, 2011, 01:52:40 PM
I doubt this would satisfy everyone in the thread, but my personal preference would be an AJAX-type pop-up when I visit a page with audio asking me if I want to listen. It could auto-dismiss in e.g. 5 seconds with an automatic "no" answer. That way pages that depend on audio for a big part of their experience, e.g. band pages, could get the benefit of it, but without the annoying auto-play blast. I imagine many would be hesitant to have such a question thrown up for every visitor though. Maybe if it could be remembered for successive visits to the site...

Works for me. Especially the automatic no, because I frequently open batches of sites in new tabs when doing a search ... And really hate having to scramble to find out which one (of the dozen that are loading) is screaming at me for no particularly sane reason.
3081  Special User Sections / The Getting Organized Experiment of 2009 / Re: Looking for Suggestions for Name of New Blog that Will be Abandoned on: March 16, 2011, 11:54:57 AM
Planned abandonment, implies that it will be (intentionally) "Out-of-Date" for much longer than it will be current ... So go for a past tense name like:

What-I-Thought-in-2011.com
My-World-in-2011.com
HappeningsThen.com
3082  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A LOUDER Internet on: March 16, 2011, 11:46:10 AM
And people who do audio in advertisements should have their guts removed with rusty spoons.

Yeah, I'm a day late...But I'd still like to 2nd the sentiment. I tend to like things quiet, I really do not need some jarring cacophony derailing my train of thought because of some clowns interpretation of an immersive experience.

It is idiot simple to put a play button in a easy to access location ... which would of course be the exact opposit of where these idiots invariably hide the friggin stop button.

Hell, here's and idea that'll satisfy everybody ... pop open a question box on page load:

Would U like Background Noise?
 | yes | no |

U click yes it streams, U click no - Done.
3083  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB Madness With Cooked-Off Ports on: March 15, 2011, 08:00:57 PM
I turned it loose in shotgun mode (because it matched the mood I was in)....

How does that line up with:

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Warning:
So use it with care and only if you know what you are doing!

 Grin

I think the name explains it all.  Grin

Hell, now I'm confused...Which name? Stoic Joker? Or Shotgun Mode? Or if you mix them together, you get some Joker with a Shotgun... Which would be an apt description of the attitude I approached the project with. Much like the one fine spring day I decided to trim up the hedged, with a riding lawnmower... It was so much easier to maintain after that...  Roll Eyes
 cheesy



A) What is shotgun mode?

Also called the Scattergun Approach: Pertaining to fault finding it, basically, means that when you have no idea where the fault lies you do something that changes a lot of things, (multiple component/board replacement, multiple software removal, etc), in the hope that what you will do will fix it.

This is analogous to using shot cartridges, (not solids), in a shotgun where you hope that at least some of the shot will hit it's intended target.

Normally if this particular methodology fails you revert to S.O.P. #1, ie. hit it with a hammer.

ROFL ...I strongly suspect we may have both gone to the same diagnostics academy (BFHU).


On a side note: The printer decided to "celebrate" by taking a complete shit 20 minutes later...However it was printing a job when it died.
3084  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB Madness With Cooked-Off Ports on: March 15, 2011, 07:43:12 AM
You could try GhostBuster to show/remove the ghosted devices and then uninstall the USB driver so that Windows has to reinstall it on next boot.

Quick follow up:

Had another Cooked Port episode this morning (still haven't had time to get back to the other one) ... So I decided to give this one a shot.

I turned it loose in shotgun mode (because it matched the mood I was in), and let it kill any & everything identified as a "Ghost". It was quick & simple enough to use as to almost be boaring ... (There should be screaming)... *Sigh*

The printer works. and! It did not kill the machine (frequent downside of the "shotgun" method), or any of the other actually present devices. So I'm calling this one a keeper.

 smiley
3085  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 15, 2011, 06:30:37 AM
@Babis - About the Not Blinking. I have a theory I'm working on, but wanted you to try something for confirmation. Set you clock text color to something (Um...) jarring Red, Green, yellow *Shrug* something loud guarantees contrast. Then re-run the blink test and let me know what it does.

Hi Stoic Joker, this is working. I tried it with various colors and all are working except the white. I hope in the future you will make a custom blink color   Cool

I thought I did...(oops)...Guess I'll be needing to make it adjustable now. Thanks for helping me nail it down.
3086  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I tame Microsoft Speech Recognition? on: March 14, 2011, 06:30:13 PM
Just wanted to say I hope you have better luck with it than I did - Lacking a good mic at the time - I ended up scrapping the idea after 20 minutes of (um...) "enthusiasticly" swearing at it because it wouldn't respond at all, unless I yelled directly into the mic.

[Bad Stoic Moment...]
3087  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Trackpad Blocker - Stop accidental trackpad "touches" on: March 14, 2011, 06:23:00 PM
I'm the kind of person who keeps their hand on the touch pad most times, using a combination of key presses and touch pad movement and buttons to accomplish most tasks, so I'm often using both at the same time. Systems like this just slow down my work (by a noticeable amount).

Don't use a laptop for that sort of thing frequently, but I can easily see (your point) where it could be frustrating. Creating dialogs in MSVS resource editor frequently requires this type of key/mouse combination. Holding Alt key while moving control to keep it from snapping to the border being one I use a lot.
3088  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 14, 2011, 06:01:14 PM
@Babis - About the Not Blinking. I have a theory I'm working on, but wanted you to try something for confirmation. Set you clock text color to something (Um...) jarring Red, Green, yellow *Shrug* something loud guarantees contrast. Then re-run the blink test and let me know what it does.

Here's why. The clock should blink to white ... and I suspect it's trying to "blink" to the same white you have your text set too.

*Crossing Fingers* smiley
3089  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 14, 2011, 12:04:20 PM
I am running Win7x64 and my machine is a quite fast one (Core i7-860).

Quite faster than mine by a mile or so ... I'm running a (4 year old) 2.4Ghz E6600 (Same OS)

Maybe we pick at the missing class name a bit...
3090  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 14, 2011, 11:53:55 AM
Dang, typed one and it is not here...must not have hit save.

Set to show 1-mo calendar on left click and keep it on top and close on lose focus
open cal
click in open app
cal closes (correct)
open cal
click in open app
app gains focus, cal stays open behind (oops)
close cal with x corner
open cal
click in open app
cal closes (correct)

It just alternates between closing right and just losing focus.

Hm... Okay [SJ Fiddles with calendar for 10min] that's interesting. Actually it isn't failing to close on loose focus, it isn't actually gaining focus it to start with. Even if you click on the caption bar (to give it focus) it doesn't go/show as active (red exit button etc.). You actually have to click back and forth between calendar and desktop (or other app) to get the thing to go/show as active (red exit button etc.).  Damn peculiar behavior I must say.
3091  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite ZIP/RAR application? on: March 14, 2011, 11:09:30 AM
Clear enough!

Yahoo! ...And thanks for getting that clarified.
3092  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 14, 2011, 07:24:37 AM
Unfortunately even with the new build, I cannot make it to blink.
- I launch the new time through the keyboard shortcut
- I check the blink check-box
- When the timer ends there is only sound and not blink
I recorded all the above at a video, only 30 seconds long, which I hope you will take the time to watch.

Can you send me/post a copy of your registry settings I can use to try and reproduce this behavior?

Further please note that the keyboard shortcut: "Display Time Watch Hotkey" is not working. I pressed it a couple of times during the video (and other times during my testing) and it launches a new timer window (not the current running timer) completely blank, with only the window's title and the column names. This little window automatically disappears within one second, without displaying anything, eventhough a timer is actually running in the background. To properly display the timer I have to right click the clock, scroll up to the timers and choose the one running, except if I am doing something wrong.

Okay, now this part is (confirmably) broken. I'll see if I can figure out what happened tonight.
3093  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 14, 2011, 07:08:53 AM
Here is a real non critical one that just hit me...think about being able to open the help file from either the rt click menu or from inside properties (a Help tab or a link inside About?)  or it could be a link to the file as a page on your site.

Good one - With the number of features the clock now has, I'm starting to loose track of what all it does (and how). So I do believe it time to make a proper help file/system a priority.


It takes about 2 seconds on my machine to make the calendar pop up after I click. Is there a way to decrease the delay the calendar is shown, by configuration or such?  Or is it just the time the calendar dates need to be calculated?

Delay? There's not supposed to be one...  huh ...Which calendar config are you using (1, 3, or 12 month), all should be fairly instant. Let me know how you're configured (and on what OS etc.) and I'll see if I can reproduce the behavior.


If anyone else is also experiencing this behavior, do please chime in.
3094  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 13, 2011, 02:43:11 PM
Okay build 95 is now available. Explination for the new (.pcb) files is in the help file, but I thought I add it here also:
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How to Use the PC Beep (.pcb) Sound Files - For Those Without Sound Cards

   For those that do not have sound T-Clock 2010 includes the option to use .pcb files to play a series of tones through the PC’s system speaker. The .pcb files are in a plain text format, and have a straight forward (duration, frequency) simple syntax. So they can be created or edited with any plain text editor (like Notepad).

   There is one demo.pcb file included in the Waves directory. Set “Files of type” to “All (*.*)” to select it. Content of the file with line by line explanation is below:

100, 400   Creates 100ms long 400Hz tone.
100, -1      100ms Pause between tones.
100, 500    Creates 100ms long 500Hz tone.
100, -1      100ms Pause between tones.
100, 600    Creates 100ms long 600Hz tone.
100, -1      100ms Pause between tones.
100, 500    Creates 100ms long 500Hz tone.
100, -1      100ms Pause between tones.
100, 400    Creates 100ms long 400Hz tone.
500, -1      500ms Pause at end of file for smoother looping.

   The first number (duration) is in milliseconds. It controls how long the tone or pause will be.

   The second number (frequency) is in hertz, and controls the pitch of the tone being played. Valid values are from 37 to 32767.
3095  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Which cartoon character do you most relate to (and why)? on: March 13, 2011, 02:21:30 PM
Bugs Bunny

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3096  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite ZIP/RAR application? on: March 12, 2011, 08:43:53 AM
Mine upgraded fine...license still shows as valid for v4.x

Same here, old license still shows as valid.
3097  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The March 2011 6th Anniversary Fundraiser Has Begun! Cheer for Victory Thread on: March 12, 2011, 08:33:13 AM
18 bucks and we'll be OVER NINETHOUSAND!!!111

for those that remember this meme Wink

I've been trying to figure that one out for awhile now. Any chance of a thumbnail sketch?
3098  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Safe use of USB drives? Is there anything like a USB sandbox application? on: March 11, 2011, 11:07:48 PM
WRT AutoRun, one of the latest Windows updates, (KB971029), disables it completely for USB with XP onwards.

Yes! That's what I was thinking of earlier, but I didn't have time to look it up ... Thank you.

Conversely, can Security/Group Policy be used to set USB drives to write-only so there's no chance of reading anything off of them?

I don't think so, about the only thing they could leverage there is the NTFS permissions, and that would (not work on FAT drives) tend to make a mess.
3099  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 11, 2011, 09:40:20 PM
199mph is the record *for a hydrogen powered vehicle*. I'm not sure what your point is as the record for gasoline vehicles is over 400mph and even non-specialized road-legal cars can go over 200mph (e.g. McLaren F1, Bugatti EB110, etc, etc.). So I think the point that hydrogen is a less efficient fuel holds pretty darn strong.

Indeed, but the point is it will work in an internal combustion engine...And frankly I doubt in could be much worse than the ethanol contaminated shit they're selling at the pumps now.

Really though, the hydrogen refit for current cars/engines would only be a stop-gap solution to ease the transition. Very high performance pure electric cars are a real possibility (Tesla Motors). Only draw back? Damn batteries are too heavy. Lighter high output battery == hydrogen fuel cell. Now you got a race car that only emits water as a byproduct. Not to mention that hydrogen fuel cells don't "die" due to outlasting their shelf-life. It's a process that can be turned on and off at will ... Guess maybe that's why they are so handy for spacecraft.

You are worried about a 30% production disparity. But what about the 80% mechanical loss between combustion pressure and the rear wheels, inherent in the design of even the current generation of gas powered vehicles? 4 wheels, driven by 4 electric motors = 0% mechanical loss. So hell even the "down-side" is a 50% gain. Only hold ups?

1. the (current) damn batteries are too weak, heavy, and die.
2. (Don't tell me you didn't see this coming) Greed! smiley
3100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 11, 2011, 09:21:36 PM
Jaguar is a famous British brand who made a nice looking "green" car, which uses concepts that would please Stoic Joker's mindset...I think.

Oh baby Oh baby...Now that's what I'm talking about!!  Kiss

Green is fine, but only if you don't castrate the vehicle in the process!

Mind you I'm already damn near def in my right ear from years racing with open pipes... (it's a fair trade (hehe))
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