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1526  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Automated Snapshots with VirtualBox on: June 04, 2011, 01:59:25 AM
Those hard to reproduce bugs...sometimes we reproduce them, but then subsequently don't seem to be able to...

Perhaps we'd have a better chance if we could start from a snapshot of a virtual machine which was taken shortly before a successful reproduction -- may be also having frequent screenshots of the system.

So with disk space being on the cheaper side these days, may be automatically taking snapshots of one's system every X minutes would be practical (can delete stuff that older than some time for keeping the amount of used space manageable).

May be this wouldn't work so well for certain situations -- e.g. some involving a network.  But FWIW, it looks somewhat doable using VirtualBox's vboxmanage (host) and vboxcontrol (guest via guest additions) command line tools.

One way to do this would be to leverage the guestproperty (get, set, wait) and snapshot subcommands.

Has anyone seen anything that does this sort of thing already?
1527  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: SWF 2 EXE "open source" release help, please on: June 01, 2011, 10:15:25 PM
Don't know how much use it may be, but FWIW, I came across this article which brings up some potential pitfalls (in the opinion of the author of the article smiley ) for writing one's own license:

1528  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: June 01, 2011, 07:37:35 AM
Found Git and Mercurial: Compare and Contrast from the comments of:

And there's this great blog article (also fairly recent -- recommended) :  Mercurial and Git: a technical comparison.

Understanding some of the nuts and bolts has really helped me in following (perhaps not completely) documentation and discussions -- for both Git and Mercurial.
1529  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: SWF 2 EXE "open source" release help, please on: June 01, 2011, 04:18:18 AM
May be take a look at some of the BSD licenses for inspiration and reference?
1530 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: [Feature request/Plugin idea] add search in on: May 31, 2011, 07:05:00 AM
Did you try dosearchontrigger?

   dosearchontrigger STRING TO SEARCH FOR - doesn't change the editbox but causes FARR to display results as if user had typed the string.  very useful in conjunction with regular expression patterns.  like dosearch but only happens when user hits Enter.
1531  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: May 31, 2011, 05:34:48 AM
Perhaps so smiley

...and give the gource developer more practice with OpenGL may be...
1532  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: May 31, 2011, 04:28:42 AM
Came across gource -- "a software version control visualization tool" -- anyone tried it out?

Sample videos and screenshots smiley
1533  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: May 31, 2011, 12:56:39 AM
Thanks for the additional links smiley

To diverge a bit, I'm taking a look at etckeeper -- a tool to manage a *nix (hmm, not sure about the *BSDs) system's configuration info via a DVCS.  Looks like it's supposed to work with Git, Bazaar, Mercurial, and Darcs.  Perhaps for folks who are looking after certain types of systems, this kind of thing might be an entry point into learning to use one of the DVCS systems.
1534  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.
1535  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.
1536  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:

1537  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.
1538 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...
1539 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

1540  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
1541 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:
1542  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.
1543  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.
1544  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...
1545  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...
1546  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: favourite hardware hacking resources on: May 21, 2011, 02:04:32 AM

1547  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
1548  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
1549  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
1550  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Web Browser Quiz on: May 20, 2011, 07:19:25 AM
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