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1501  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: May 27, 2011, 07:25:28 AM

With all that said, I’ve considered creating a Mercurial extension that adds git’s index functionality to Mercurial, because I think it would make the transition to Mercurial easier for git users. I’ve had enough experience with Mercurial’s internals to know that such a thing is possible, but I simply don’t have the time to do it all myself. If you’re interested in helping out please let me know!

...  So maybe this index isn't that useless after all. smiley
BTW, have you seen the same author's post on Mercurial Queues?

  A Git User’s Guide to Mercurial Queues

Stacked Git and guilt look interesting too.
1502  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Resources for learning git? on: May 25, 2011, 10:57:53 PM
I highly recommend the Pro Git book, but it may be a bit too deep as a first introduction.
Recently I came across a .epub version.  The online version seems a bit easier to read, but it's nice to be able to access the content offline.
1503  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Daily Autohotkey on: May 25, 2011, 01:08:37 AM
I thought it's good idea to see what autohotkey apps are most of us are using on daily basis. Or apps made in autohotkey that you can't live without ?
Recently I've used the following on more than a few occasions:

1504  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Alpha Search - In File Search Tool on: May 24, 2011, 10:51:07 PM
Thanks for posting smiley

I tried it out and initially wondered if I was going to use Notepad++ anyway, why not use its Search -> Find in Files... functionality.  Shortly after I realized that Alpha Search appears to display search results as it finds them and one can double-click on a result while the search is still in progress -- whereas with Notepad++ IIUC one must wait for the search to complete before seeing any results.
1505  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: Mouser - newest version of LBC installer was flagged as a trojan on: May 24, 2011, 09:49:17 PM
For reference, I tried uploading a zipped LBC folder with the NirCmd folder removed and got:


No VIPRE this time, and I didn't see any obvious mention of NirCmd (not surprisingly), but still 4 AV engines seemed to mention something...
1506  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: Mouser - newest version of LBC installer was flagged as a trojan on: May 24, 2011, 09:02:17 PM
FWIW, I tried uploading to virustotal and got:


In the case of Sophos, the result listed in red was "NirCmd" -- which I guess happens to be included in LBC's zip file.

The following is from a NirSoft FAQ list:

Q: The antivirus software on my computer reports that some of the your utilities are infected with a virus or trojan. What should I do ?

A: First of all, All the utilities in my Web site are clean, and they don't contain any virus or trojan. Unfortunately, Antivirus programs are not perfect, and in many times they detects innocent software as infected with trojan or virus. This problem is known as 'False Positive' or 'False Alert', and it's quite common in password-recovery tools. If your antivirus software reports that utilities you downloaded from this Web site are infected with a virus or trojan, I highly recommend you to contact your antivirus company and ask them to fix this 'False Positive' problem in the next update of your antivirus software. You can also contact NirSoft to report about 'False Positive' problems. Click here to view the latest 'False Positive' problems reported by users from around the world.

In the case of VIPRE, I saw:

VIPRE 9381 2011.05.25 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT

FWIW, the MD5 and SHA1 checksums of the file uploaded (requested a re-analysis) were:

MD5   : 9cb3a38088807f54e7f89ac30e09c030
SHA1  : d3578d56c6ec1c23179520a01309a79ccb38324b

1507  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: May 24, 2011, 08:30:05 PM
To confirm, do you mean something like the following?

1. Before "Stage" (HEAD vs. Working Tree) - focus is on right side (Working Tree)

2. After "Stage" (HEAD vs. Index) - focus is on left side (HEAD)

3. After "Unstage" (HEAD vs. Working Tree) - focus is on left side (HEAD) and cursor has moved up to the top-leftmost position.
On a separate note, does the right side content look "stale"?  Or may be the label of "HEAD vs. Working Tree" should be "HEAD vs. Index"?

4. After "Reload the previewed file contents" (HEAD vs. Working Tree) - focus is on left side and the cursor is at the beginning of the first difference in text(?)

FWIW, I got similar results with the cursor starting in an area of the content which didn't change.

OS: Windows XP SP3
SmartGit Version: 2.0.4
Build Date: 2011-04-05
Java Version: 1.6.0_24-b07
1508  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: Middle mouse button for showing LBC on: May 24, 2011, 09:39:53 AM
Attached is a quick hack to get pressing the middle mouse button to lead to a configurable key sequence being generated.

The attached settings.ini file makes the generated key sequence Control+Shift+B.

  • Place the settings.ini file and exe file in the same directory and launch the exe.
  • Configure LBC to show or come up as a pop up menu via Control+Shift+B.
  • Try invoking Control+Shift+B.

For more info on configuration of hotkeys see:

1509  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Freeware] FadeTop - a visual break reminder that fades the desktop on: May 23, 2011, 05:19:54 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.
1510  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Allowed Characters in Windows Environment Variable Names on: May 23, 2011, 03:34:39 AM
Thanks for the response.

I'm trying to write a small wrapper program to launch other programs and would like to be able to configure it via some simple settings file.  I'd like to be able to specify environment variable name and value pairs in the settings file and as a part of that I'd like to check the specific name, value pairs -- I'd prefer not to blindly take what's been specified and pass them on to a function to modify environment variables...

I tend to stick to alphanumeric plus underscore, but I notice via experimentation that other things seem to work.  Perhaps for initial versions I'll stay on the strict side.
1511  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Freeware] FadeTop - a visual break reminder that fades the desktop on: May 21, 2011, 07:22:41 AM
Alarm before "warning"? Why bother?
I'm not confident I explained very well so I'll make another attempt.

With a notification/warning [1] of some small number of minutes before fading occurs, I think I can prepare to pull away and have an easier time at halting work once fading begins.  If I'm in the midst of something that I'm concentrating on, not really aware of the time, and I suddenly have to stop, I find that can be difficult.  My guess is that this type of thing is not entirely uncommon, but perhaps not...

BTW, thanks for the "Block fader when a full-screen program is running" option  Thmbsup

[1] I'm not sure just sound would always work out here due to not having sound on all of the time...
1512  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Allowed Characters in Windows Environment Variable Names on: May 21, 2011, 05:56:22 AM
Does any one have any pointers to references regarding the allowed characters in Windows Environment Variable names?

I found the following for *nix:

  Allowed characters in linux environment variable names

MSDN has:

The name of an environment variable cannot include an equal sign (=).

Was hoping to find something that spelled things out a bit more...
1513  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: favourite hardware hacking resources on: May 21, 2011, 02:04:32 AM

1514  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Book: Learn Python the Hard Way on: May 20, 2011, 06:08:59 PM
Regarding Python 3 vs Python 2, I came across the following in the book:

A programmer may try to get you to install Python 3 and learn that. You should tell them, “When all of the python code on your computer is Python 3, then I’ll try to learn it.” That should keep them busy for about 10 years.

...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana shaped. Wink
1515  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Freeware] TimeClue - a simple time reminder that fades the desktop on: May 20, 2011, 04:37:00 PM
Ah, I think I finally get it.  A reference to saving, perhaps?

My request may have been inspired by memories of the "5 minute warning" we used to get in elementary school shortly before recess time was due to be up smiley
1516  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: May 20, 2011, 04:32:37 PM
To add my two cents to the following:

As you probably know, a lot of Windows applications (text editors, IDEs) use F3 and Shift/ctrl+F3 to move to next/previous occurrence (can't talk about Linux or Mac as I haven't really worked with those in the last couple years and I forgot...). I couldn't say for sure what the standard is, but F3 is what I'm used to... Hence the "awkward" feel.

When I think of search-as-you-type functionality, one of the first contexts to come to mind is in the "Find" functionality of web browsers.

The following table summarizes what I found for some relatively recent web browsers for invoking next / previous searches:

Chrome 11Firefox 4IE 8Opera 11
Enter / Shift+Enteroooo
Control+G / Control+Shift+Gooxo
F3 / Shift+F3ooxo
Alt+N / Alt+Pxoxx

"o" stands for appears to support.
"x" stands for doesn't appear to support.

P.S. Thanks for stopping by and also for SmartGit smiley
1517  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Web Browser Quiz on: May 20, 2011, 07:19:25 AM
1518  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Book: Learn Python the Hard Way on: May 20, 2011, 07:09:23 AM
Yes, but with recent technology Wink

From Exercise 1:

Finally, it prints out a “SyntaxError” and tells us something about what might be the error. Usually these are very cryptic, but if you copy that text into a search engine, you will find someone else who’s had that error and you can probably figure out how to fix it.
1519  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Book: Learn Python the Hard Way on: May 20, 2011, 06:14:07 AM
Has any one here read "Learn Python the Hard Way"?

Some quotes from the site:

The book is a very beginner book for people who want to learn to code. If you can already code then the book will probably drive you insane. It's intended for people who have no coding chops to build up their skills before starting a more detailed book.

The book is also free for people to read because I love programming and want more people to love programming:

    Learn Python The Hard Way (pdf)

The book is free to read and give to anyone so long as you do not charge for it and you give them the entire book.

The book is very simple:

    52 exercises in all.
    26 cover just input/output, variables, and functions.
    26 cover logic (boolean algebra, if-statements, while-loops, etc.)

Each exercise is one or two pages and follows the exact same format. You type each one in (no copy-paste!), make it run, do the extra credit, and then move on. If you get stuck, at least type it in and skip the extra credit for later.
1520  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Web Browser Quiz on: May 20, 2011, 04:15:54 AM
What does the following table represent?

Enter / Shift+Enteroooo
Control+G / Control+Shift+Gooxo
Alt+N / Alt+Pxoxx

1521  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Freeware] TimeClue - a simple time reminder that fades the desktop on: May 19, 2011, 09:42:21 PM
Any chance of a x mins before fade warning (e.g. play a custom sound or some other notification) feature?
1522  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Don't hit the switch - interesting toy on: May 19, 2011, 04:38:00 AM
Here are some expressions:
Feeling a bit uncertain as to some of the respective meanings, I looked for a Rosetta Stone of sorts...
1523  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Hex Editor Neo Query on: May 19, 2011, 04:08:19 AM
I heard from an acquaintance recently that Hex Editor Neo is quite nice.  Any one have any experience and/or comments about it?

There appear to be a number of different versions (including a free one).
1524  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: May 18, 2011, 10:35:03 PM
My log file is in not in the .setting directory but in \Application Data\syntevo\SmartGit\2.
Ah, my bad...Perhaps it's in .settings for me because I'm using the portable version.

Anyway... considering all that, SmartGit is probably what I'll try to use more in the next week.
Looking forward to any observations smiley

BTW, I wanted to search the history of a project via the log window and was stumped initially.  I learned that "search as you type" (they call this speed-search apparently) seems to work.  Was this obvious to you?  I didn't find this in the docs...it was again via a posting to that support list.

Then I spent a while trying to figure out how to search for subsequent occurrences -- finally after trying a variety of combinations, I hit on using the down (for next) and up (for previous) arrow keys...feels odd but at least something works.

On a related note, I've started to investigate gitk and am noticing that it seems to produce more search results than SmartGit for the same search terms in some cases.  It appears that SmartGit doesn't load all commits [1] by default and the searching only seems to take place over what's loaded -- once sufficiently more commits are loaded, additional search results seem to come up...

[1] Found a "Load all commits" menu item via the Query menu.
1525  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: May 18, 2011, 06:32:13 AM
Another SmartGit bit (no, I have no relationship with the product or company smiley )...

1- some kind of optional “console like” textual feedback, some commands log view, like the one Git extensions provides (see #4). That would be good (maybe is that a secretly available option but… I didn’t find it).
Not quite what you may have been looking for, but if you look in the .settings directory, there is a file named "log.txt" which contains various details.  Perhaps better than nothing...

From the online docs there was this general info:

log.txt contains debug log information. It's configured via log4j.properties.

From a SmartGit support list: GIT commands sent by SmartGit:

Is it possible or configurable to view the Git commands executed by SmartGit somewhere? It would be awesome if they were displayed in the status bar or a console popup.

You can find the executed Git commands (and the output of the Git command) in SmartGit's log.txt.
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