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3101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Phone scam - pretending to be Microsoft Engineer on: May 24, 2011, 06:20:32 PM
It's times like that where you kind of wish you had a nice sized bot army. Oh, what was that link? <tappity tappity click /> Oh... The site seems to be down now... tongue

[Evil Laughter] He He He He [/Evil Laughter]  Thmbsup
3102  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Word Spell Checker - Selective Failure on: May 24, 2011, 05:03:31 PM
Solution: Review -> Set Language -> Detect language automatically -> OFF

Hm... Ya know, I do recall doing that now that you mention it. Not sure if I did it the first time, but I do recall doing it the 2nd time. So I believe you're correct in that allowing Word to guess the language is bad.
3103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Word Spell Checker - Selective Failure on: May 24, 2011, 04:08:47 PM
I'm not sure if setting the language for the whole document will override a setting that's in a style applied to a paragraph or selection.

When I tried it again (with Office 2007) at the clients location it worked fine the first time. I've got Office 2010 at the office but may have missed something the first time (Not sure). But yes the Ctrl + A (whole document at once) language correction does (or rather did) work.
3104  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Word Spell Checker - Selective Failure on: May 24, 2011, 04:04:08 PM
Is the language set correctly for the text? Have you tried Ctrl+A then set language (on the Review tab)?

Yes, language is correct for the document. I also tried resetting it just to be sure. It had no effect.

Correction, It didn't have any effect, until I did it a 2nd time. So either it needed to be pounded into the documents little head... *Shrug* ...Or I did it wrong the first time (not sure).

But it is at this point resolved. Thank you.
3105  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Word Spell Checker - Selective Failure on: May 24, 2011, 04:00:20 PM
Where did you copy it from? Another Word document, or plain text?

Yes, it's from another Word document that was originally exibiting to odd behavior.

Could you reset the attributes to the default (select + Ctrl-Space) that usually works if I have issues like these, or paste it as plain text (using Notepad++ as an intermediate, but there are several tools discussed here, that I don't want to install on my work-PC, that can do that for you).

There's a lot of work in this perticular 20 page document, so stripping the formatting was the option the client was trying to avoid.

I'll have to play with and remember that hot key...Sounds interesting.
3106  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Word Spell Checker - Selective Failure on: May 24, 2011, 02:49:36 PM
Is the language set correctly for the text? Have you tried Ctrl+A then set language (on the Review tab)?

Yes, language is correct for the document. I also tried resetting it just to be sure. It had no effect.

The word in question, hurricane, is the main topic of the 20 page document...And is therefore used repeatedly. If I go up or down one paragraph from this block of text, spell check will again recognize the missspelling (much like the screen shot). But on this one line it just don't matter what you put in there ... Spell Check completely ignores it.
3107  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / MS Word Spell Checker - Selective Failure on: May 24, 2011, 02:27:31 PM
Okay, so a client sends me a Word document (.docx) that has some spelling errors in it that Spell Check isn't finding. The errors are reasonably obvious and don't result in the creation of another different/shorter word. They are indeed, wrong. But completely undetected.

To eliminate anything application instance or document related I copied just the one word to a new Word document...And Spell Check ignored that one too. Here's a screen-shot to save time and typing:
[attach=1]

Pressing F7 (force full check) still misses the same bad word. Ignore word X only lasts - or is only supposed to last - until the line it's on changes...But that is not the case here. So I added a bit more garbage text to better dramatize the issue:
[attach=2]

...So, does anybody have any idea how the hell that happened?
3108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a home server. Please help, DC! on: May 24, 2011, 12:41:37 PM
Servers need to be rock stable, and that requires well matched components. They don't need to be constantly tweaked to maintain lightning speed...They ain't for that.

DIY desktop can be fun...DIY server = bad idea. The factory takes great care to make sure all components are matched and play well together. And they're also very well documented and easy to get parts for.

Googling an error message for a mainstream server will get you tons of spot-on info.

Googling an error message for a DIY server, will get you tons of cryptic guessing games.
3109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange phone problem - can anyone help? on: May 24, 2011, 12:24:51 PM
I replaced the cable - which makes things a lot better but not perfect. I should have thought of this before - the socket is in a really difficult place to get at so the only common feature of all 3 phone sets was the cable. It still isn't 100% but it is more like 90% working now.

It seems there's a lesson in this for all of us. As none of us suggested anything that basic, because we all collectively assumed you'd already tried it. - oops! - I guess it really doesn't hurt to ask...

Glad you got it working.
3110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Phone scam - pretending to be Microsoft Engineer on: May 24, 2011, 06:33:09 AM
Thanks for the heads up I hadn't heard about this angle yet. Be interesting to see if I get any client calls about it here in the US.

OTOH I certainly sounds like it could make for a fun afternoon if I get called ... Maybe turn them loose in a sandboxed VM to see what they do. I love playing dumb... Wink
3111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Virus Walks into a Bar... on: May 23, 2011, 06:32:47 PM
Glad I finally got around to watching this haha Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup
+1 Good stuff!
3112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange phone problem - can anyone help? on: May 23, 2011, 06:27:00 PM
Maybe a silly question, but when you push the 3, can you hear the tone on the line? Does it sound any different/odd?
3113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a home server. Please help, DC! on: May 23, 2011, 06:15:16 PM
Stoic, I just spoke to Geoff from Stallard.  He's a great person to talk to, thanks for that recommendation.  Very knowledgeable and easy to understand.

Yeah he's a hell of a good (real people kinda) guy. And he does know what he's doing.

So why the R710? Are you planning a rack system?

You're not going to have 500 users, so you really don't need QuadCores. So why not go back one more generation to a 2900 (tower) or 2950 (rack). You can still get ( 8 hot-swapable) 3TB drives on a 6I controller in the box with redundant power supplies.

I just picked up one of the 2900's around the first of the year. I got it with 4GB RAM, and 2 Xeon (5060) 3.2GHz CPUs. Serving the accounting db to 20 users at the office is super fast. The old HP NetServer LH3 used to take 30 - 45 minutes to do a from the application local backup. The 2900 doesn't even take a full minute to do the same thing.

Could be a lot more bang for your buck, if you don't need that close to the cutting edge.
3114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange phone problem - can anyone help? on: May 23, 2011, 03:17:27 PM
Defective 3 is way too specific for an interference issue.

The wired phone working eliminates a line issue.

Signal bleed would cause calls to drop, low call volume, or line noise. I'm with Nudone on the you need a tie-breaker type diagnostic. But it sounds like a bad batch of phones.
3115  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Keep some folders out of my "Recent places" on: May 23, 2011, 03:05:54 PM
Would I have to do this each time a new folder is used via Windows Explorer?

Yes and no. Obviously the "Safe" stuff doesn't need fiddled with. But the folders that you want to hide would all need to be given the above treatment.

Assuming the stuff isn't scattered everywhere... cheesy ...There shouldn't be that many targets to hide.

Might I also suggest using slightly more discreet folder names... Wink

[Nuns Gone Wild Donkey Porn] - Bad Idea.

[Private Vid Files] - Good Idea.

Ya know.
3116  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Freeware] FadeTop - a visual break reminder that fades the desktop on: May 23, 2011, 11:33:39 AM
Try this:

First set a low Max opacity value (say 40) via Options dialog, then click the program icon to invoke the fader. Now do anything as if the fader is not there.
Thanks for the suggestion.

I have been trying with mixed results.  I find that I often don't stop -- will keep trying though.

Now I haven't actually tried the program, so bear with my if I'm off base...

 But it occurs to me that you're asking for a feature that will allow you to continue the very behavior that the program is designed to break you of.
3117  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Hang while "searching history" on: May 23, 2011, 11:21:47 AM
Hmmmm - I wonder what Alt-Space does when FARR isn't there to look for it and jump into action....

Alt + Space by default is the system menu for the active window. Same as left clicking the icon (back when there was one) in the upper lefthand corner of the window.
3118  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Keep some folders out of my "Recent places" on: May 23, 2011, 07:25:26 AM
Add the folders you want to hide to the recent places list.
Go to the folder you specified earlier.
Apply the Deny Read NTFS permission to the shortcut files that you don't want to have displayed.

Now the shell can't display them in the list because you're not allowed to (read) see them.
3119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: favourite hardware hacking resources on: May 22, 2011, 06:23:02 PM
The trick is Duct Tape and WD 40
If it moves, but shouldn't = Duct tape
If it doesn't move and should = WD 40

No other problems exist
He's got a point there...  Grin

what about electrical/electronic 'projects'?  

one squirt of wd and you'll need either a fire extinguisher (if you got this far I suspect you probably keep one handy at all times) or a defribrillator (though you could use that coat hanger in the wall socket)

Actually, WD40 does work quite well for displacing moisture from wet (or mildly corroded) wiring. It was frequently used back in my junkyard days on wiring harnesses that had been pulled from a parts bike. Squirt a little in each of the multi-pin plugs before assembly and all works well.

It's flammable yes, but completely non-conductive (paraffin based).
3120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So Apple really is a religious thing... on: May 22, 2011, 06:03:50 PM
Would this be a bad time to point out that my grandmother was killed by a Mexican lemon truck?
3121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So Apple really is a religious thing... on: May 22, 2011, 07:46:04 AM
It's really just history repeating itself. We're right back to 1975 as DRM has become the digital equivalent of the grenade prone 8-Track tapes.
3122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: favourite hardware hacking resources on: May 22, 2011, 07:38:52 AM
The trick is Duct Tape and WD 40
If it moves, but shouldn't = Duct tape
If it doesn't move and should = WD 40

No other problems exist

He's got a point there...  Grin
3123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 21, 2011, 09:09:45 PM
If you still have the archive server to go back to, can't you Dif the registry?  Alternatively, can you make a copy and transfer it to the new server to make it work?  I get the feeling I missed something and these have already been done, but I just have to ask.

By archive server I mean long term storage of old files. As it's really just a file server...At a client location. Much unlike the domain controller at our office. So comparing/merging the registries is not an option.
3124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Man vs. Mississippi on: May 21, 2011, 02:27:48 PM
But
And that guy is a pussy in comparison to the guy who built the levee there!

I wonder if he drove a Chevy to it...?

If he did, it was dry when he got there.

But surrounded like that, all you could do is drink whiskey and rye.

I take it this is the day that you die?

Only if the raptor gets him.

So... Chearleader = American Pie? O_o (That's not what the song said...)
3125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 21, 2011, 02:06:10 PM
If you are still concerned someone forgets a USB hard drive, you can specify the right one volume label as criteria.

; "Big Backup" drive on X
[DriveLetters10]
VolumeLabel=Big Backup
Letters=X

Hm... Okay, I'm weakening...But I gotta mull this over a bit. I'm still hoping I can figure out what I did last time.

Thanks
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