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3151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / USB Madness With Cooked-Off Ports on: January 21, 2011, 09:54:02 AM
Okay, so USB is this "brilliant" technology that allows folks to turn their computers into a veritable pin cushion of devices plugged into huge spiderwebs of daisy-chained madness. Right up until something decides not to work ... which is quite common in my experience...

Eventually (and inevitably), you end up with one device that decides (for whatever reason) to Cook-Off its port. No by that I mean it effects a state where upon it will no-longer properly (and sometimes period) identify said device ever again, because the system is holding to some piece of corrupt data that is refuses to let go of so the damn thing can once again be identified properly. The port will stay eternally borked refusing to detect the device regardless of anything (I've come across so far...) tried.

However, if a spare USB port is available, the device can be (confirmed as working) plugged into it and will spring to life like a startled puppy. And that's just dandy if you have a spare USB port, which it almost never the case, as it's usually only after there are a dozen or so devices connected via USB before this little party starts.

Now I'm not specifying any of the hardware involved intentionally, as the details are irrelevant. I've seen this delightfully little phenomenon occur across all machines, from all manufacturers, and triggered by all manner of peripheral devices. The only point of commonality is USB ... Which I've come to call the Ubiquitously Stupid Buss for this exact behavior/reason.

My question being, does anyone know of a (light/fast/portable) utility that can view the existing (maze of virtual pathing) configuration, and either allow manual editing, diagnose and repair, or just purge (preferably purge...) the information that a given USB port is clinging onto?
3152  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Unlocker punishes you for not installing toolbar. on: January 21, 2011, 08:47:45 AM
So a 45 seconds delay at every startup is more reasonable than a 30 seconds delay once at install time? tellme

It does sound awfully bad when you put it that way doesn't it ... Unless of course you're being forced to watch a 30 sec tampon commercial ... Then it's a perfectly reasonable time to breakout the flamethrower.
3153  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Snap DB on: January 21, 2011, 08:36:34 AM
Is there any chance of adding an option to the import function to allow the (header row) first line of the file to be used as the column names? Similar to the radio button dialog the Excel sort function uses to keep the column names on top of a spread sheet.

This would interfere with the ability to drop multiple files onto the list so I was thinking of adding an entry to the context menu that would read somthing like "Convert record data to header names."  Follow me?
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Ouch! Yes, can't be breaking things.

The "Convert record data to header names." sounds great (and much smoother), but it might be better to add it to the Edit menu where it can be found & used, and leave the context menu free for the other stuff that people are more apt to do frequently (Keep the menu less busy so they don't have to hunt for stuff).
3154  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Snap DB on: January 21, 2011, 07:17:47 AM
One other confusing behavior, was the programs reaction to drag-n-droping a .csv file in the client window. While it appeared to (be trying to) process the file, the result was a blank ListView. Could a .csv/.tsv file drop be made to trigger an import?

Fixed and added in the above build.   cheesy  Lots of improvements to the CSV/TSV/TXT import routines.  Please let me know if the functionality is what you had in mind.

(Sorry it took me awhile to make it back here) Yes, perfect ... The dynamic column creation is also quite nice. Thank you.

Is there any chance of adding an option to the import function to allow the (header row) first line of the file to be used as the column names? Similar to the radio button dialog the Excel sort function uses to keep the column names on top of a spread sheet.
3155  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft's dropped feature is Linux's gain on: January 21, 2011, 06:53:56 AM
Just out of curiosity, which feature from MS desktop was dropped that was picked by linux recently ?
It wasn't dropped from the desktop, it was dropped from WHS (Windows Home Server) - It being the Drive Extender functionality that allowed dis-contiguous space to be dynamically pooled and used.
3156  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Miss America Hates Wikileaks, Might Be An Idiot =D on: January 20, 2011, 07:56:00 PM
My dad overheard a woman from the southern US on a trip to the Caribbean as she looked at some souvenir calendars, "Oh... Is it January here too?" Yep... Stereo-typical and trite cliche.

Just for the record, I'm from the southern US, and I've been here for well over 40 years. So while that comment did surprise me ... it didn't shock me... Wink

However you do make a good point about the down-side of putting people under a microscope.

I'm quite sure there are many governments with major abuse.

I thought "government" and "abuse" were synonyms~! tongue

*Shrug* ...They are in my book.
3157  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Fake GSM base station tricks target iPhones on: January 20, 2011, 06:19:28 PM
There were people at a hacking conference stupid enough to be carrying an iPhone?!? I thought they banned those things a long time ago because of their pathetic security...

I wonder if the attack was really targeting something iPhone-specific. iPhones use an Infineon GSM chipset - I'd guess it (or a closely-related attack) would be effective against many Infineon-based phones.  Then again, I'm assuming that Infineon isn't exclusive to iPhone.
Ya know, I found that detail rather troubling also. But the article was very specific in singling out the iPhone.

Sure, I'm wearing my schadenfreude hat, but (to be honest) this very well could be an iceberg tip.
3158  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: If somebody offers you swapping your PC for a mac cold turkey: would you do it? on: January 20, 2011, 04:54:24 PM
No. What for?

I'm with Ath. Maybe a couple of years back I would have considered it, but I have a rock-solid, secure and pretty nice PC setup by now. Ok it took some effort, and it's very specific to my needs, but I think there's too much stuff I would miss moving to Mac.

Like your sanity, free will, and any semblance of self respect...  cheesy
3159  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: ForumPad Basic [Release] on: January 20, 2011, 04:47:18 PM
Window Resizing is still causing a few problems

What sort of problems?

Does anybody want any specific features adding?
OK, you asked for it.  This is never good to offer to someone like me...

Here's a cool option:  have a side panel that shows examples of usage for each of the bbs codes.  There's a link to a long wiki-something page (someone posted it yesterday) that lists all the codes with explanations and an example of it's use.  If you could take all of that, and have a side panel that shows it, that would be pretty neat.  How do you go about selecting the function to see in the panel?  I don't know...maybe hovering over one of the buttons, or having a dropdown list of functions...I'm not sure.  What do others think?

To keep it clean, you could have the text pop-up in a alt/balloon ToolTip Text window (could not think of that a minute ago) on button hover. Or do the (old school) statusbar text on hover.
3160  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Fake GSM base station tricks target iPhones on: January 20, 2011, 03:55:29 PM
(see attachment in previous post)
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While his Black Hat DC Conference demonstration was not flawless, a University of Luxembourg student on Wednesday did show that it's possible to trick iPhone users into joining a fake GSM network.

Ralf-Philipp Weinmann showed how to cobble together a laptop using open-source software OpenBTS and other low-cost gear to create a fake GSM transmitter base station to locate iPhones in order to send their owners a message. A number of iPhone users in the room expressed surprise that they had gotten a message asking them to join the network.

Weinmann, who is researching vulnerabilities in cellular networks, said that with the right equipment, the range for the rogue GSM station he built can be 35 kilometers.

More at source...

There were people at a hacking conference stupid enough to be carrying an iPhone?!? I thought they banned those things a long time ago because of their pathetic security...
3161  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: ForumPad Basic [Release] on: January 20, 2011, 11:57:57 AM
nice!
Hasn't someone else here done a similar program also?  Great to have several options.

BBCeditor
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=17623.0
That's the one!  Good ol, fenix.  I think we need a shootout!

Even half done I like this one better, as the UI has a more MessageBoard like feel to it. That "feel" makes it more intuitive to use. It's really quite clever.
3162  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: ForumPad Basic [Release] on: January 20, 2011, 11:52:22 AM
Cool, this could be quite handy.

But a there are two things I find troubling:
If I highlight some text and hit a format button, the tags go to the end of the line instead of around the highlighted text.
I can't resize the App Window.

I do like the icon.
3163  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Rock physics math-thing [PHP] on: January 20, 2011, 07:28:34 AM
Oh yeah, that...

Crap  embarassed I shoulda remembered  that one.

Thank you,
3164  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: C# GDI+ Problem with byte[] and Bitmap - Memory Issues on: January 20, 2011, 07:22:41 AM
Mind you common sense is telling me to shutup ... But I just gotta ask...

In lines 37 - 43, why is hwi.CompareExactImageData being evaluated (basically) twice?

I'm reading it as:
if(condition = false) do bla
else if(same condition is not false) do bla

Wouldn't that tend to spike the work load?

Also being that there is no trailing else, then if condition is neither true or false (which granted should be impossible) Just ignore it. < I'm guessing that part was cut out for clarity)
3165  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Rock physics math-thing [PHP] on: January 20, 2011, 06:49:36 AM
Okay, thanks

It's been (quit) a while since I've done anything with formulas, and can't for the life of me recall what ^ does/means/is telling it to do.
3166  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Rock physics math-thing [PHP] on: January 19, 2011, 06:17:32 PM
I could be missing something... But I see nothing that would cause the rocks travel to apex and return. So line 4's while loop is (er...) infinite...because its always counting up away from its 0 cut off point.
3167  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 7 Breaks Week Numbering on: January 19, 2011, 05:36:04 AM
@f0dder:
Being not too proud to admit I could be wrong in my assumptions or logic, I will agree with you. Let's also stop pulling the thread off-topic.
Aw shit, I was rather enjoying that discussion too...

@Stoic Joker:
Indeed, it is/was my frustration speaking. Sorry about that.
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*Shrug* That's cool ... hell it was my frustration that started the thread ... but I'm done now (i think). So carry on with f0dder I was actually following that bit with great interest. smiley
3168  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dual Booting Win XP and Win 7 on: January 18, 2011, 06:59:12 PM
Might help a bit if you expanded on why you want to stick with XP as a primary OS. Which would indeed be a substantial performance hit trying to VM 7.

Given he's already mentioned he wants W7 for games:

Right. I was trying to diplomatically give HB some room to elaborate on why they wanted XP to be the primary OS (what is the reason driving that requirement) ... Given the number of folks jumping on the poor sole... smiley
3169  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dual Booting Win XP and Win 7 on: January 18, 2011, 06:49:59 PM
Does hardware acceleration even work (properly) if you run Win7 in a VM?

No (for VPC), the only video card under VPC is the S3 Trio which according to dxdiag has both Direct3D and AGP Texture Acceleration disabled. VMware may do better, but I doubt it could stably lob enough resources to 7 through XP.

Edit: I just tried the DirectDraw test on my XP VPC, it was a bit choppy ... (froze twice).
3170  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dual Booting Win XP and Win 7 on: January 18, 2011, 05:45:23 PM
XP for me is the first and needed OS of choice

Might help a bit if you expanded on why you want to stick with XP as a primary OS. Which would indeed be a substantial performance hit trying to VM 7.
3171  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 7 Breaks Week Numbering on: January 18, 2011, 11:48:12 AM
This sounds the same as a bug in VB5 I submitted to Microsoft, a couple of eons back. The problem isn't with the OS, but with the library.
Interesting, but this is a pure C project, using the Windows Common Controls - so there is no additional runtime library to speak of - Not to mention the behavioral change between OS's ... But I'm with you in spirit. smiley

In some years, the end of the last week of the old year extends into Jan 1, Jan 2, etc. If you ask about the week # with respect to the old year, you get the right answer (that it's wk 53 or whatever). But if you ask that same question with respect to the new year (i.e., "what's the week number for Jan1, 2011"), then it assumes that it's part of the new year, without considering that it might be the old year's dying days.
One of the first things I discovered when I started down the add week numbers to the project path ... Was that the only thing that week numbering did consistently, according to the ISO standard, was change... Sure for the most part they have it down to the three most likely suspects. But they don't always fit into the regional(ization) borders because of the multitude of who likes what where combinations. There are actually 3 areas (globally speaking/I forget the country names), that require that you basically wing-it week number wise.

Microsoft said that this was the intended behavior, and declined to fix it.  huh

I got a funny feeling that the (apparently little known) registry entry that wr975 came up with was the MS "fix" for said issue. I say this because it was only after following wr975's links that I found the week number wing-it in 3 countries rest-of-the-story...detail. Which is what compelled me into an Ah-Ha moment corner, and lead to my decision to leverage that setting as the only sane option ... Because (according to MS) that's exactly what it's for.
3172  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 7 Breaks Week Numbering on: January 18, 2011, 06:04:47 AM
The question at this point, is if I add an option to adjust wr975's iFirstWeekOfYear registry entry ... Will that create a potential problem for other applications running on the user's machine?? (e.g. Sure it's easy as hell to do, but should it be done?)
*Shrug* ...7 is broken?

Probably not, because if an (European) user wants the ISO week number, then it should be set to "2" anyway. (I've googled a bit)
I was in the process of arriving at that conclusion also ... As I too was Googling ... But decided I'd googled enough, when I realized that I'd been steadily (but unconsciously) swearing in Bavarian for over half an hour. huh

...Let's call it a feature! Wink

iFirstWeekOfYear = "Specifies which week of the year is considered first.
0 - Week containing January 1 is the first week of the year.
1 - First full week following January 1 is the first week of the year.
2 - First week containing at least four days is the first week of the year."

On Win XP this registry setting seems to be ignored. So... is XP broken ?  Grin

Hm... So if XP is the broken one, then 7 can go back to being perfect ... I like it! And, it fits perfectly with my warped version of reality...
    
3173  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 7 Breaks Week Numbering on: January 17, 2011, 10:37:35 PM
Just had to get that off your chest, did Ya?

 cheesy

I haven't tried anything with Oracle, but I've had really good luck with other databases (MySQL, Pervasive SQL, Advantage Database Server, and yes MSSQL) on Server 2k8.
3174  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dual Booting Win XP and Win 7 on: January 17, 2011, 06:43:30 PM
Much like Carol I support clients with a variety of OS's. But I single boot to Windows 7 only, and have everything (from DOS 622/Windows 1.01 to Server 2008) virtualized and network-able so I can access anything at any time without having to stop and pack-up what I'm doing to reboot.
3175  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Miss America Hates Wikileaks, Might Be An Idiot =D on: January 17, 2011, 06:32:29 PM
Apologies in advance to my American friends  Wink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJuNgBkloFE

Though of course we have no way of knowing how many smart people they had to edit out  smiley

What state is KFC from? Um... wallbash ...You gotta be kidding me!

I knew most of the correct answers ... But I've also met some of these (rather frightening) people.
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