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576  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: November 27, 2013, 07:03:12 AM
Time to turn in my tech badge, too much over-thinking ...

Nope, that just the downside of trying to work something blind. We tend to assume too much about the environment in question, and sometimes miss the obvious...or something that would have been obvious - because we'd have reflexively checked it a long time ago - had we been sitting in front of the machine. Wink

As long as it's fixed...that's the important part.
577  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: November 26, 2013, 07:02:33 AM
I don't know that anybody hates Bonjour more than I do, but I can't see it doing this. So I'd stay focused on the video angle for now.

@4wd - Yes uptime.exe had developed a crashing problem awhile back (it is an NT4 utility...), but I was thinking it was only for network connections...not LM too (oops!). Also IIRC it reports in UTC so the disparity should match your time zone offset.
578  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your tax dollars at work: Now FDA proposes to ban a brand of cookie? on: November 25, 2013, 01:55:35 PM
I'm reminded of the old children's song about "I know an old woman who swallowed a fly". Every time we try to force a correction like this, we cause other problems down the road, so that we must continually keep swallowing spiders and birds and cats, just to maintain equilibrium.

Which is precisely what they're trying to do with the endless chain of ever more increasingly insane legislation. The need to just stick to keeping actual poisons out of the food, and making sure it gets to the stores without being rancid....and leave the rest along.

Comfort foods aren't supposed to be good for you...that's why you're not supposed to eat 9 boxes of them a day. Moderation ... It really is that bloody simple.
579  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: November 25, 2013, 06:47:54 AM
If you just want a quick list of shutdown events try uptime.exe with the /S switch.

It was originally for NT4, but still runs on Win7.

Oh yeah...this is a command line program, so there is no GUI.
580  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HTTPS and PRISM Confusion on: November 24, 2013, 03:13:15 PM
Correct. Encryption is currently an exorcise in futility because the madmen now have the keys to the kingdom.

Unfortunately, it is still required by law that certain type of correspondence be pretend-secured just so that the 400lb gorilla level "bad people" get first crack at it.
581  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your tax dollars at work: Now FDA proposes to ban a brand of cookie? on: November 24, 2013, 03:07:01 PM
Cookies don't kill people. People that smuggle illegal cookies across borders because some jackass outlawed them kill people.

If the government really wanted to put an end to organized crime, they'd stop outlawing dumb shit that people actually happen to like. But instead they continue to cause the problem...just so they can pretend to be fixing it.
582  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: November 24, 2013, 09:25:19 AM
I wouldn't have thought a buildup of dust, (and heat), is the problem as the system is in Sleep state when the original fault happens and thus using minimal power.  If anything, it would happen more often when the machine was in normal running mode.

Agreed, but I'm pondering fringe case options. If the user isn't much of a gamer (I'm not) then there really isn't much of a load on the card at runtime. But at start up (or wake) the machine will need to rapidly switch display modes several times...so if it's doing this for 3 monitors, it could make for just enough of a load spike to trip up the card.
583  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 24, 2013, 09:13:20 AM
Epicenter Server - Sync your Exchange GAL with BlackBerry,iPhone/iPad,Android (USD20/user)
http://www.connectedsw.com/Overview/57261

Wow! That looks really cool.
584  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: New program: FileSearchy Beta - Quick file search utility (freeware) on: November 23, 2013, 12:54:01 PM
Programs in Program Files folder can't even create files in their own folder without being run as Admin.  Really annoying.

Even if you reset the permissions on the program's directory? I've had to do that in the past with some legacy applications (in a pinch), and it always resolved the issue. But I haven't tried it on a Win8 machine yet ... So you're saying it still won't work without nagging you? ...That does suck.

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But scampering back closer to the assigned topic... cheesy ...I've been using Xteq's X-Find for years to do this kind of thing, but it hasn't been updated for years. So I've been toying with looking for an alternative application (hence my interest here), but it has to be something I can use in a quick-N-dirty fashion when dealing with client networks that may or may not have access to the fancy hat account for a variety of reasons.
585  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: November 23, 2013, 12:38:01 PM
Using a clean/new paint brush and your lungs is very safe for cleaning.

Um... Paint brush? Isn't that a bit of an ESD hazard? Granted I have used a tooth brush wet on a completely de-energized board ...(under controlled conditions)... But dry brushing sounds awfully risky. Now the lung method I have used in a pinch, but for a 30+ year smoker it's rather comical.
586  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: November 23, 2013, 08:04:11 AM
In the meantime I also got one of Windows' error reporting boxes popping up, saying it needs to dial home to check for solutions to 13 problems, 12 of which was a video hardware error, and the 13th was "Shut down unexpectedly." Connection failed, so I never found out if there were solutions to any of those.

I don't think I've ever actually seen it come up with a solution, but it is a great place to get a synopsis of what's up on system land. So good for 4wd for thinking of it, as going to the logs is such a habit for me I always forget about it. It's still unclear if the shutdowns coincided with or were caused by the video errors but it's worth exploring.

Occasionally the converter does fail, when the PC wakes up from sleep, in which case I unplug it and replug it, and that usually sorts it out. However, that has been recurring for some time, while this rebooting problem has only started happening more frequently the last couple of days.

That sort of detail is important...and fits with the above.


If that's the case, I think I'd be unplugging the adapter for the next few days and see how the system goes without it.

EDIT: It could be that a recent update has interacted badly with the adapter drivers, so it might pay to uninstall them also or look to see if there is a driver update.

I don't believe that type if adapter has/needs a driver. However it and its accompanying hardware will have an impact on the graphics card's workload. I'd go with 4wd on the run without the 3rd monitor for a few days experiment ... And also ask if the dust has been blown out of the machine recently?
587  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 22, 2013, 03:35:20 PM
O_O Now THAT is a bad Font choice ... Holy shit!
588  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: November 22, 2013, 11:54:17 AM
Right now my PC is set to go to sleep after 15 min. and it's also put to sleep every night. I've been doing this for years with this PC and I haven't had any problems.

So for clarity:
Is the machine rebooting when you try to wake it up, or are you noticing that it has rebooted - presumable sometime in the night - after you wake it up, get to the desktop, and see that the thing that were left running aren't anymore?

Both has happened in the past 24 hrs.

Hm... That feels like hardware to me. Do a memory test first, then check the hard drive with the manufacturers diagnostic CD.


589  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: November 22, 2013, 11:24:28 AM
So for clarity:
Is the machine rebooting when you try to wake it up, or are you noticing that it has rebooted - presumable sometime in the night - after you wake it up, get to the desktop, and see that the thing that were left running aren't anymore?


Either way I'd start with the event logs to avoid making things worse if it's a memory or disk issue. Look for any critical events that may be listed (just before and/or after the reboot), and let us know what you find.

How is the power in your area, and are you running a battery backup (if yes, how old is it)?
590  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: New program: FileSearchy Beta - Quick file search utility (freeware) on: November 22, 2013, 08:26:37 AM
I hope that most Windows users do have admin rights.

That unfortunately does not align with industry trends/best practices which have been gaining momentum over the last decade. Even Administrators for the past several years are urged to avoid engaging day-to-day activities with administrative rights because of the massive amount of risk involved in one small slipup taking down a corporate network.

As for non-admin users, technically it is possible to bypass UAC, for example, by installing a service (permissions are needed only on install in this case).
But it will not take into account file permissions and will search through all files.

Speaking as an Admin...if one of the users came to me with that as a request ... I would probably set them on fire. smiley


Is there a possibility of mode switching the application so that it could be started in a lower performance but still user (level) account accessible state? IIRC this can be don't with an at launch runtime prompt so it wouldn't (/shouldn't) require requiring the user to deal with hotkeys or command line switches. Perhaps a quick rights test and then a dialog prompt appears if/as necessary.

It would go a long way towards making the application business network friendly.
591  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: New program: FileSearchy Beta - Quick file search utility (freeware) on: November 22, 2013, 07:37:03 AM
It needs an access to MFT and NTFS change journal in order to read and maintain list of all files.

Hm... Well I imagine that could be a dicey hair to split, but the requirement does rather hamper the programs usage in user land on business networks where most people don't have access to an admin account.
592  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: New program: FileSearchy Beta - Quick file search utility (freeware) on: November 22, 2013, 07:10:03 AM
Sounds perfect, and doesn't require any runtime crap, but... Why is it triggering a UAC prompt? That strikes me as rather bad form for something that shouldn't need admin rights.
593  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 21, 2013, 05:56:59 PM
Years ago, I used to do it like you.  I imported everything manually into a standalone addressbook (I probably have several threads about it here) and then would periodically update it and export it to my phones and Outlook.

For me the manual bit is a singular event, I'm not going to signup to do shit periodically...that's the computer's job. smiley

But this is where I'm getting a bit confused. It sounds like you configured connectors to live pull all of the contact info into the Exchange system. So that if you add/update a contact in FaceBook/Linked in/Gmail after the fact it will still (via the connector) share the new/updated info with all devices connected to Exchange's contact list. That would be fraught with turmoil as you say the Business Battle rages on.

My typical deployment is to centralize data scattered everywhere onto a single system, import all of the info into that system, and then to use it exclusively going forward. This way any and every thing that connects to it can/will get the same information set.

Do you actually need live sharing interactively between (FaceBook/Gmail/Linked in/Etc.) systems on an ongoing basis? Or do you just want/need a singular clean merger of all the contact info into a single contiguous block once so you can at all points work from there going forward?

594  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Amazing Video for Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" on: November 21, 2013, 05:32:13 PM
Damn, that was cool. But it kept locking up when I tried to go full screen. Full screen - for those who go hunting for it - is the tiny bottom left button that is about half the size of a flea's asshole.


...And the wife is bummed because it wasn't Positively 4th Street.
595  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The most disturbing news story I've read all year on: November 21, 2013, 05:05:22 PM
And while those in power can easily tailor their own historical "truth" as needed, the people beneath them are stringently held hostage by emaculate records of their every waking hour to be sure that at all points they both can and will be held accountable for the merest of miss-steps.
What, "every waking hour" from from birth to death?
Would that include things such as, for example (say) birth certificates, citizenship records, religio-political affiliations and scholastic records?
Just wondering.    tellme

Between the NSA, FaceBook, Google Glass, the new HIPAA laws, and the DMV ... I'm going to go with yes on that.

You left out pecker measurement. They got that too I'm sure. Grin

That got covered (/measured) in the LG thread ... Damn panda had a camera in it too...
596  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 21, 2013, 03:32:58 PM
So... you're looking for an ongoing interactive relationship between all of the players that will continuously sync contacts regardless of which system they are created in? Zoiks! ...That will be a bit tricky. I've worked with manually integrating/importing the contacts/calendars/mail from other systems into Exchange so that it will be used exclusively going forward. But the live action stuff I've never tried (or even thought to). I'm generally brought in to collapse discontiguous system into one fully integrated single (Exchange...) package.

It is interesting that OWA 2013 will merge it properly...yet still not convey said compilation to a local copy of Outlook ... Is the local copy 2013 also?
597  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: November 21, 2013, 12:06:11 PM
Stoic Joker knows lclock very well, so i'm sad to see that the calendar part wasn't straigt up copy pasted from that! The look and functionality were so to the point, it was amazing. You left click the clock, the nice calendar comes up, double click any date and you get to set an alarm!

While I have heard of Lclock, I was never involved with the project...or its development.

I closed down the T-Clock project (an entirely different branch of which there were several off the original project) about a year ago, as windows seems to be moving away from the taskbar style UI - making a Taskbar Clock rather pointless - and because I just don't have the time to continue with it. I did however release the source code for T-Clock when I announced the project's closure in the hopes that someone would have the time to continue the project.

One of the other members here (LonelyPixel I believe) is responsible for the T-Clock GitHub repository. The code is there for all to use as they see fit. My only request is if someone creates a build containing features/fixes/tweaks/etc. that they remove my name from the program's name as it is no longer Stoic Joker's T-Clock ... It's [Your Name Here] T-Clock...and it should be labeled accordingly.
598  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 21, 2013, 11:34:59 AM
As you can see from the screenshot above, there are 3 subfolders...

Screenshots?


The only one that gets synced is the subfolder "Contacts".  From Microsoft's FAQ:
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Can I synchronize multiple calendar or contacts folders?
You can only synchronize your default calendar folder, contact folder, and tasks folder.

The problem is that those other folder like facebook and linkedin have additional information that is merged with contacts in the "Contacts" folder.  on the website, everything works beautifully, pictures,merged stuff, etc.  but on the phone, only the info from contacts shows up.  So this is not working any better than any other solution.

You can only sync one folder but there can be multiple items (calendars/contacts/etc.) in that folder ... But I'm not sure what you're looking at. If it worked on the Windows phone, and I know at least calendars work fine in the iStuff, it stands to reason it should work on the android as well. But that may depend on the IMAP client software. I'm assuming that with the Windows phone you were using Outlook ... And there should be an option with the 365 demo to get whatever variant on Outlook they have available for Android to see what if any impact it may have on the behavior.

There is also the option of calling MS for support to see if there is a configuration option to pull those together.
599  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: LG SmartTV monitors your every move - including files on attached USB drives on: November 20, 2013, 07:54:46 PM
I'm going to go watch my LG TV in the nude in the hopes that it scars one of their staff for life. mad

...And for the late night shift I can do something lascivious with a stuffed panda. cheesy
600  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We've got roughly six weeks left, folks! on: November 20, 2013, 05:02:54 PM
C'mon peeps! You know you want to make something for NANY! Do it for the mugs, if for no other reason! Kiss

Damn ... I never did pick up last years mug!  wallbash
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