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126
Find And Run Robot / One Request
« on: March 30, 2006, 05:39 PM »
I have a few things that i usually use that aren't on my farr's search directories. So, i create alias for them.
The problem with this, is that launched alias don't appear in the launch history. In some way, yes it doesn't make sense, since they're already stored in the alias list, no need to be reapeated in the launch history too.
BUT.. They also don't appear on the list available when we start farr.
I think this would be very usefull for some alias.

So, my request is that if there can be a checkbox in the alias creation dialog, that would make an alias be subjected to appear in the launch list or not, and if yes, with or without the last launch parameters.
If this isn't possible, a checkbox for all alias to appear there or not would surelly be enough!

127
Living Room / Bombay TV - make your own small clip
« on: March 27, 2006, 04:35 PM »
EhEh.. This is funny.
You've got a few clips to choose, all in a strange language. Then, you can add them your own custom-made subtitles, and send the created movie to your friends!
Bombay TV


128
Living Room / Make your own home server
« on: March 24, 2006, 05:35 AM »
I read about this on one portuguese magazine, and found the article very interesting.

The idea is you have an old computer at home that is only getting dustier by every day?
Well... You can now give some interesting use to it.
With NasLite+, you can make it be your own ftp/http home server.
You already could do this before, but a 486 with a 200mb disk is not that useful as an ftp server, is it? ;)

That's the advantage about naslite. NasLite doesn't depend on the computer's own bios, which allows you to use whatever disks you'd like, as long as they're ide! If you remove the optical drive, you can connect 4 250gb discs to it and get a 1tb ftp server! how good is that?

This sure looks like a great use to give to that old computer you've got stored in the deepness of your garage.

129
Clipboard Help+Spell / Copy to Favourites
« on: March 22, 2006, 06:18 PM »
As I couldn't find mouser at the irc channel, i thought i'd better post this idea before i forgot it.
I'm begining to think "how could i ever live without chs??".
But then. i thought it could do even more.

I use CHS to copy a few things in a row, and then pasting them very easily.

But then i thought: thy not have chs working as my notes app?

I already use it that way, when i want to store something, i just copy it, and then move it to "favourites" to prevent it from being deleted.
But this is a bit slow. Why not having a configurable hotkey that would be able to add a clip to favourites? Or maybe one that would copy the last clipboard entry to the favourites?

I don't think this is too hard to do, but could be a real life-saver. What do you think?

130
Living Room / Free landline calls?
« on: March 22, 2006, 05:09 PM »
A friend of mine just told me about internetcalls. It allegelly allows you to make phone calls in some countries for free!
And i saw my friend calling home, without paying anything.
I can't quite believe it, though. Does anyone know something about this? How is this possible?

131
General Software Discussion / A "cheap" FTP
« on: March 21, 2006, 01:16 PM »
Latelly, i've been starting to doubt on gmail's "stability".
After reading Allen's blog and afew more refences, i now believe that i could loose all my precious e-mail data.
So, not beeing appologist of having this kind of data stored locally, and because i don't like to constantlly save backups, i found an alternative way of doing it: forwarding copies of my e-mails to another e-mail server.
Then, a friend of mine presented me with a even better solution.

There is a portuguese reliable ftp (www.zmail.pt) that can give me 10gb of storage and e-mail accounts for 15€ per year.
Having an ftp account can be very useful, so i'm thinking about getting one myself.

The thing is: This is a portuguese server. Knowing my country as i do, i know that in informatic matters, it's always more expensive than US, for example.
So, i'm asking if anyone knows of an ftp server that has similiar atributes, but is even cheaper :D

132
If you've got a 6-buttons mouse and like to listen to music, i'm almost sure you'll like this!
This is a script that allows you to control any player that accepts the global keyboard media keys with your mouse's buttons.
I.E., you can control windows media player, winamp (if you enable the global hotkeys), zoom player, etc, by pressing your mouse's buttons.

Of course it wouldn't make any sense to just have mouse buttons bound to those actions.
That's why the buttons are only bound if you're in "Multimedia Mouse Mode".
This means that when you press "back button"+"right-click button" at the same time, you toggle this mode on or off.
When it's off, the mouse acts as normal. When it's on, the following keys are available:

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  • Back button will send "previous media track"
  • Forward button will send "next media track"
  • Middle mouse button will send "pause/play media"
  • Mouse Wheel Up will raise the volume
  • Mouse Wheel down will lower the volume

I kept right mouse button and left mouse button operational even with multimedia mouse moed enabled because sometimes you just want to raise the volume or something while surfing at the same time.

There are also other keys defined for those who don't have a many-buttons mouse:
  • Middle-Click + Right-Click activate multimedia mouse mode
  • Middle-Button + MouseWheel Down sends "previous media track"
  • Middle-Button + MouseWheel Up sends "next media track"

I hope someone will find this as useful as I do ;)

Download HERE for the ahk script.
Download HERE for the executable script.

133
Living Room / Unprotected Wireless Lans?
« on: March 19, 2006, 06:54 PM »
After having seen this matter being discussed lots of times in the IRC channel, i decided to make a poll about it.
Unprotected Wireless Lans is a common "problem" among less-informed people, and it can represent a real issue if you have a low bandwidth limit. (I call it a "problem" because it can be really good for some people - the ones that don't actually own the router :P)

134
Finished Programs / DONE: Farr's go away
« on: March 16, 2006, 03:10 PM »
Since farr still doesn't have internal commands, i made this small script for myself, and decided to post it here.

Using ctrl+space to bring up farr can be a problem, for example, the selection in emacs won't work, since it's bound to that same key, and also, you can't select various items in explorer, by pressing ctrl+space.

I configure it like this: Add it to farr's directory of scripts.
Then, when i want to use ctrl+space, i press ctrl+space to bring up farr, and i type exit[enter], to execute this script.
The script closes farr, and keeps itself in the tray.
It creates a hotkey, so that when i press [windows key]+F, it runs farr, and exits.

It's just an easy way of being able to use ctrl+space, and still be able to call farr up real fast again, since farr is all about speed and productivity ;)

(.ahk file attached, .rar contains .ahk and .exe)

135
Living Room / World's Smallest Website!!!!
« on: March 16, 2006, 11:04 AM »
How Crazy is this???

Ok, that is really original. But be careful, if you don't have a browser capable of zooming, you might end up with a big headache ;)

136
Find And Run Robot / Focus Problem
« on: March 05, 2006, 05:51 AM »
I think this has already been reported, and I already talked with mouser about this. But i thought it was only happening to me.
Recently, someone in the irc channel told me he as having the same problem, so i thought the best way was to post it and see if someone else also has it.

The problem is: sometimes, when i press alt+space to open farr, farr comes up but doesn't have the focus. And also, the alt+space seems to get sent to the active window.

Anyone having the same problem?

137
Finished Programs / DONE: Eject!
« on: March 04, 2006, 03:23 PM »
I created this script because it has happened to me lots of times forgetting a cd (dvd) inside the computer after shuting it down.
It's really anoying to have to be always turning the computer on again to get that cd.

But fear not, Eject! comes in salvation of those who suffer from the same bad as I do.
This script opens the cd tray right before shutdown if there is any cd inside!

I didn't make it open all cd trays because some people might have virtual drives, and that might have strange behaviours.
But on it's first run, it creates a ini file that can be edited to contain all the drives you want.
The attached compressed file has the executable, the ahk source and the example ini file.
Hope you like it.

(note: this script can easily be added to other ahk scripts you have running.)

.exe version: http://jgpaiva.dcmem...m/CS/Eject/Eject.exe
.ahk version: http://jgpaiva.dcmem...m/CS/eject/Eject.exe

138
Living Room / Microsoft Origami
« on: March 04, 2006, 06:53 AM »
No, it has nothing to do with folding paper ;)
But still, looks like a good idea.
Anyone knows something about it?
I found this video, and this article (found on digg.com).
It's some sort of mini laptop, with proising features.
I think it was already released (or should be), but i couldn't find anything on microsoft.com .
The really important thing here is the price (i.e. if it's really realy cheaper than a laptop) and the functionality (if it's not a brick-like thing with a bunch of built-in functionalities and no chances of expanding).
 :feedback:

139
Living Room / Well that's a landing!! (How to park a dirt bike)
« on: March 03, 2006, 07:24 PM »
http://video.google....152535043&q=bike

This guy sure does know how to ride a bike. ;)

140
Clipboard Help+Spell / Startup problem?
« on: March 03, 2006, 07:01 PM »
First of all, I love this program, I don't know how I've survived without it for so many computer-using years.
Now.. The bad news.
I got tired of starting CHS by hand, so, I set CHS to start with windows by adding a shortcut to it in the startup folder.
But ever since i did it, it gave me problems on windows startup.
Some screenshots (courtesy of our good friend screenshot captor ;) )might explain it better:
Screenshot - 06_03_03 , 18_13_46.jpg
Screenshot - 06_03_03 , 18_13_31.jpg
Screenshot - 06_03_03 , 18_13_02.jpg

141
Living Room / When you are feeling down
« on: March 02, 2006, 03:03 PM »
If you're having one of those days when you just want to go to bed and cry alone...
Here is a ego-booster for you:
http://YOURNAMEHERE.youaremighty.com/
(replace "YOURNAMEHERE" with your name ;))

142
Mini-Reviews by Members / RK Launcher
« on: March 01, 2006, 09:09 AM »
A friend of mine recently advised me to try this launch bar.
He's a big fan of it, and I'm going to try it out now, so, I figured I could show you what I'll discover while testing it.

OK, first of all, download.
There is no install, only decompress. That's a plus.
I have executed it, looks nice, but it's at the bottom of the screen, I'll right-click it and move it to the top from the right-click menu.
Screenshot - 06_03_01 , 12_54_52.png
It looks good!
Screenshot - 06_03_01 , 12_54_53.jpg
As my friend had told me, my minimized apps went to the bar![EDIT]And in the form of a screenshot of the active window! :D [/EDIT]
Screenshot - 06_03_01 , 12_56_19.jpg
OK, it doesn't like SC, I had to close it. But it's a beta, and my friend loves it, so i guess I'll give it another chance.
It looks like all those buttons come pre-configured with the windows equivalent for the mac app that is presented by the icon (for example, the second icon represents mac's safari web-browser, and when i click it, it opens internet explorer), but the tooltip of the icon is the name of the mac app, not the name of the windows app (a bit weird), and with the browser icon, it opens IE, not the predefined browser.
Now, i open the options menu.
It's quite filled with tabs, and it looks very customizable:
Screenshot - 06_03_01 , 13_15_09.png
(i now disabled the minimize to bar option, since it has issues with minimized to tray windows, like Farr and screenshot captor)
So, the settings menu.
On the first tab, there all options are self-explaing. Indicators are small triangles like you can see over the first icon on the second screenshot of this review, which inform you that program is running at the moment.
The button on the right corner of the "appearance" dialog informs us that there is the possibly of importing the backgrounds from another bar, yz dock.

Next Dialog is the normal position dialog. (also has options for multi monitor support, but at the moment i can't test it)

Next is the "Behaviour" dialog.
Here is where most of the intresting options of RK launcher reside:
Screenshot - 06_03_01 , 14_05_17.png
"automatically hide", "always on top", "never take focus", "start with windows" are self explanatory.
That leaves:

"Locked add/delete/drag" makes the items on the launcher locked, which means that i can't change their order, add new items nor delete existing items when that option is checked.

As this is a beta release, there is no help file, and i couldn't figure out what "use margin hotspot" is for.

Those three options with "save" are related to when should the bar configuration options be saved (notice there is no Apply button, everything changes in the bar as soon as i change the options in the settings dialog)

"Minimize to RK Launcher" turns on or off the feature i mentioned earlier (when one app is minimized to RK, it's taskbar button disappears)

"Show new applications" has an interesting effect. It makes all running processes appear on the bar:
Screenshot - 06_03_01 , 14_23_21.png
This includes applications running in the taskbar as well as running in the tray.
It can be used in a very similar way to the taskbar, though it can't minimize the windows as the right-click on a taskbar button can.

As you may not want the icon to appear on the bar, you can right-click it and you'll have access to the context menu on the executable, and some options relative to that icon's behaviour in RK Launcher (the last 2 sections).
Screenshot - 06_03_01 , 14_33_06.png

Back to the settings dialog, on the label tab, i can customize the colour, size, font, gradation, shadow colour, etc. of the tooltip that appears under the hovered icon.

The exclusions tab holds the settings for which apps should not appear in the bar (notice the last screenshot, and how rundll32.exe was there. if I'd clicked never show in dock, it wouldn't appear anymore and would be on this tab's list)

The performance tab has sliders to control the quality of the magnification of the icons, which directly affects the resource use of the bar.

In the right click menu on the bar, there are also two other interesting dialogs:
If i right-click a icon, and choose "Dock item properties", i get a dialog similar to this:
Screenshot - 06_03_01 , 14_43_18.png
Which contains various interesting options on how to display the icon and how to run the program associated with it.

The other mentioned dialog is the "Add Docklet" dialog, which allows me to add docklets (small widget-like icons) to the bar, either made for the StarDock's Object Dock or for yz dock:
Screenshot - 06_03_01 , 14_55_13.png

Final conclusions:
My opinion is that this bar has some potential, possibly to be one of the best among this kind of launch bars.
Still, it's beta, and there seem to be a lot of issues to solve (the erratic minimizing behaviour being the most important one).
For those passionate about mac looks, i think this is a must-have, but you'll have a hard time if you really really want that minimize feature.
As for the performance, it's quite fast, doesn't break when maximizing (yz dock sometimes does), but performance has it's draw-backs, and it uses more resources then yz (RK uses about 17mb of ram).
Although it is very interesting, and is a good eye-candy, it really has no features that make me personally "love it", so, I'll have to say to my friend that i won't use it. ;)

143
Screenshot Captor / How to use the file naming function
« on: March 01, 2006, 06:35 AM »
I am now using sc for one month, and found out that the new screenshots don't get at the end of the explorer listings.
This happens because of the way sc is supposed to make new filenames.
I'd like to set the file names to %year%-%month%-%day%, so as they get properlly organized in explorer.
The problem was that when i went to edit-preferences-templates, everything looked like it was already set to save the way I wanted it so save, but still it didn't.
Am I doing something wrong?

[edit]Ok, i found the problem, it has to do with the %customdate% variable. sorry, you can now delete this thread ;) [/edit]

144
Screenshot Captor / Screenshot Captor Bookmarking Feature
« on: March 01, 2006, 05:50 AM »
This is not a feature, it's rather a possible use, i found yesterday.
While reading the manual of a software, i found that the windows help files don't have bookmarkings.
That's very anoying, if you close the help file and later want to continue reading it in the same page, you have to search through the whole tree for the place you stoped reading (if you can find it ;) ).
So, I found I could just take a fast screenshot and later see where I was reading. :D

145
General Software Discussion / Opera 8.52
« on: February 23, 2006, 05:38 PM »
Just FYI, new opera 8.52 is out, now with support for gmail, no problems, looks like ie ;)

146
Developer's Corner / Lisp IDE
« on: February 23, 2006, 04:35 PM »
I'm going to start learning Lisp this week in university, but i found this problem.
As I'm not much informed, I'd like some information about Lisp and specially on Lisp IDEs.
I know the basics of EMACS (only a few keybindings and basic concepts), and I'm mostly convinced to use it.
But I've been told to use allegro, and also CLisp.
Can anybody give me some information so as I can get more informed?
Thanks!

147
General Software Discussion / Is this a good way to fight spam?
« on: February 23, 2006, 06:10 AM »
I just found this site.
There are a few sites like this, that work as decoy for spam bots.
Is this really a good way to stop spam, or just another way of losing time? ;)

148
Finished Programs / Scrolling windows other than the active one
« on: February 23, 2006, 04:44 AM »
When i got myself another monitor, the feature that i looked for the most was the ability to code in one monitor and see the "what to do" list on the other monitor.
But the problem was that i had to scroll the window with the "to do list" and for that, I'd have to use my mouse, or alt-tab into it.
So, i created a ahk script to do what the ctrl+meta+v key does in emacs: scroll the other window.
This script has the ability of storing 9 windows and scroll each of them, restoring the focus to the original window after it scrolls the others.
In early times, it used MW_VSCROLL message, but that message doesn't work with adobe acrobat, so, i changed it to the "send" keys, so now it activates the window, sends specified keys to scroll the window, and reactivates the last window.
I hope you like it:

#SingleInstance, Force

;Pressing win+alt+numpad# stores the current window under #.
;For scrolling up the # window, press win+#
;For scrolling down the #window, press ctrl+win+#
KeyUp={Up} ;the Up arrow will be sent to scroll up
KeyDown={Down} ;the down arrow will be sent to scroll the window down.
;To use the page up and down to scroll the windows, replace 'up' and
;'down' by PgUp and PgDn
loop 9
{
  MMWindow%A_Index%=
  MMWinCtrl%A_Index%=
  Hotkey,!#Numpad%A_Index%, Save
  Hotkey,#NumPad%A_Index%, ScrollDown
  Hotkey,^#NumPad%A_Index%, ScrollUp
}
return

Save:
  StringRight, MMKeyID, A_ThisHotkey, 1
  MMWindow%MMKeyID% :=WinActive("a")
  MouseGetPos, , , , MMWinCtrl%MMKeyID%,
  Return
 
ScrollDown:
  LastWindow :=WinActive("a")
  StringRight, MMKeyID, A_ThisHotkey, 1
  MMWinID :=(MMWindow%MMKeyID%)
  MMWinCtrlID := (MMWinCtrl%MMKeyID%)
  WinActivate, ahk_id %MMWinID%
  loop
  {
    Send,{Down}
    GetKeyState, state, Numpad%MMKeyID%, P
    If state = u
      break
  }
  WinActivate, ahk_id %LastWindow%
  return

ScrollUp:
  LastWindow :=WinActive("a")
  StringRight, MMKeyID, A_ThisHotkey, 1
  MMWinID :=(MMWindow%MMKeyID%)
  MMWinCtrlID := (MMWinCtrl%MMKeyID%)
  WinActivate, ahk_id %MMWinID%
  loop
  {
    Send,%KeyUp%
    GetKeyState, state, Numpad%MMKeyID%, P
    If state = u
      break
  }
  WinActivate, ahk_id %LastWindow%
  return

149
This guy has no problems with running out of space in his desktop:
http://www.realtimes...n=false&mon=desc
Neither does this guy:
http://www.realtimes...n=false&mon=desc

150
What's the Best? / AddressBook Utility
« on: February 20, 2006, 04:16 PM »
This thread is a help for those of you looking for that perfect Address Book Utility.
Bellow, you'll find links for the various apps for the job, mentioned in this forum, a brief description of them, and some relevant DC links.
If you know of other interesting apps similar to those mentioned, please feel free to post a brief description of them below, and it will be added to this post.

Relevant posts on DC's forum about this matter:

  A-book: a very good, sync-able, alternative addressbook
  IDEA: Addressbook software (simple, yet powerful)
  Addressbook Software Mini-Shootout

On these posts, the following apps have been mentioned:

  Handy Addressbook
     (24$ full version, trial available)

  Phonedeck
     (freeware, development stopped)

  essentialPIM
     (29,95$ full version, trial available)

  Pimex
     (34.90$ full version, trial available)

  The three apps that seem to be the favourite in this matter are:

  A-book
     (29.95$ full version, trial available)
     Mini-Reviews Available: http://www.donationc...index.php?topic=2292 (by superboyac)
                                        http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=1155.0 (by m_s)

  CardScan
     (only available with the hardware card scanner, for at least 149.99$)
     Mini-Review Available http://www.donationc...index.php?topic=2292 (by superboyac)

  azzcardfile
     (19$ full version, trial available)
     Discussion here: http://www.donationc...92.msg15745#msg15745

I think this area is highly incomplete (i can't believe there are only these references in the whole forum), so, please help me complete it ;)
 

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