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 I like  lanux128's idea, here's another thought

PDF Creator has a command line option to convert a file to PDF
/IF<input-filename> /OF<output-filename>
Convert a postscript file to a PDF or bitmap. The /OF parameter must be used in conjunction with the /IF parameter. To set the output file format, include the file extension in the output file name. There is NO space between the parameters and the file names.
pdfcreator.exe /IF"C:\" /OF"C:\description.pdf"
pdfcreator.exe /IF"C:\" /OF"C:\description.tif"

It doesn't accept a URL, though. I did see a command line url to mht converter out there if you want to be a guinea pig. (I haven't tried it). Then you might be able to do that in two lines of a batch file, the first line converting the url to mht, the second one converting the mht to pdf. There may be a better intermediary than MHT, I was just thinking of it because it preserves images.

General Software Discussion / Re: Advice on keyboard shortcuts.
« on: April 24, 2010, 10:31 PM »
If you're looking for something quite powerful, light on resources, but without any eye candy, then HotkeyP is the solution.

I've been looking for something that could remap multimedia keys, glad you mentioned it.

TapTap / I use TapTap to launch Launchy
« on: April 23, 2010, 01:57 PM »
I am another happy TapTap user.

I use it to launch Launchy with Ctrl Ctrl. Seems to make some logical sense because it is next to the Win key, which in Vista/Windows 7 does kind of a weak version of a Launchy/FARR thing with the Start menu if you press the Win key.

I have it send an Alt-F13 (a key I can't press accidentally and which is unlikely to be a conflicting hotkey with any application, UNLIKE Alt-Space which is the Launchy default), and I have Launchy hotkey configured Alt-F13.

Although I don't really call myself a programmer, I do tend to have pretty strong opinions on programmery things. :o

1. I share f0dder's skepticism that batch is a gateway language to C++ and also his statement that "you have to work around instead of with the language to get things done." However, I think it is still worth learning batch in itself, it is becoming kind of a lost art and there is still value in it as a Windows user. No comment on Java.

2. I have a few links related to creating advanced batch files.

<a href="http://www.macaleste...nes/batch_tricks.htm">Timo Salmi's Assorted Batch Tricks</a>
<a href="">Ritchie Lawrence's Batch Function Library</a>
<a href="">HFSlip - a complete slipstreaming tool for Windows 2000/XP written as a 30+ page batch file</a>

3. I agree with MilesAhead's recommendation of AutoIt3 for a nice scripting, get-things-done type language, especially in conjunction with Scite4Autoit3 and the Koda Form Designer. Autoit3 is much like Autohotkey, with a little more humane syntax, I think. The help file is very good too, every function has a nice short example.

Living Room / Re: Should I swtich from w7 32 bit to w7 64 bit?
« on: April 13, 2010, 11:35 AM »
I always forget about chipset drivers too, I had forgotten this, but when I bought my motherboard, I did actually seek out one that the manufacturer claimed was compatible with Windows 7 64-bit.

I also assume that if off-the-shelf computers actually work with an operating system it didn't ship with, it's merely coincidental. I don't picture HP saying "Oh, no, the user can't upgrade the computer, he'll have to buy one of our newer computers!" And if you're shipping a computer with 32 bit Windows, there actually is not much point in making it upgradable beyond 4 GB of memory. I see some off the shelf computers are shipping with 64 bit these days, I haven't checked their memory upgradability.

If you don't want to see more than 3GB of memory in the OS, I see very little point in going 64 bit. But I am repeating myself.

Living Room / Re: Should I swtich from w7 32 bit to w7 64 bit?
« on: April 09, 2010, 10:11 AM »
Odd, I have a PCI wireless card working just fine in one of my Win7 x64 systems...

- Oshyan

Which one?

Living Room / Re: Should I swtich from w7 32 bit to w7 64 bit?
« on: April 07, 2010, 06:17 PM »
Well, do us a favor and tell us the brands of your old wireless card with the crummy driver & the new card that you couldn't get to work well so we'll all know to avoid those like the plague.

I guess you'll be avoiding PCI wireless cards in Windows 7 64 bit altogether then (which is actually a good idea, see below). Linksys and Netgear don't seem to be in the 64-bit driver business as far as I can tell. The one that worked in Windows 7 64-bit was this one by Encore.

It worked well for a while, but keep in mind my computer and my wireless router are in diagonally opposite corners of a two story house and it was blocked by both the kids computer as well as walls and ceilings. This had been an occasional issue in the 32 bit world as well. Most of the time it worked well enough, then it stopped. Maybe one more neighbor added a wi-fi router and the interference pushed me over the edge.

Instead of wireless PCI cards, what I recommend for desktop or stationary computers and am using today is powerline networking. I got a refurbished Linksys powerline adapter kit model PLK300-RM, which I paid about  $92 shipped. The technology has gotten very reliable and inexpensive these days, and it appears as ethernet to the computer so you don't have to worry about drivers. Netgear makes them too.

For laptops, I have no idea.

Living Room / Re: Should I swtich from w7 32 bit to w7 64 bit?
« on: April 05, 2010, 11:57 AM »
As a happy 64 bit Windows 7 user, I would say that compatibility issues with 64 bit are microscopic compared to compatibility issues going to Vista / Windows 7.

I did have to buy a new wireless card, though because although my previous did have a Vista 64 bit driver, it was an unsigned kernel mode driver, which is a no-no in Windows 7 64 bit with no workaround to my knowledge (apparently it would have been allowed in Vista). I never did get the new one to work as good as the old one had in 32 bit and eventually decided to go the powerline networking route.

In some cases, you are better off running the 32 bit version of the app for plugin compatibility. The most famous example being any browser plus Flash plugin (there is no Adobe Flash 64 bit).

For me, the reason for going 64 bit was that I didn't want to be limited to 3GB of memory. Vista convinced me I needed more than that, even though they say Windows 7 manages memory a lot better. Most motherboards intended for 32 bit will max out at 4GB, so I think most people may as well get a new motherboard and memory if upgrading to 64 bit, otherwise what's the point of gaining access of only an additional 1GB of memory?

FWIW, I like to buy cheap but not noname memory. I am not convinced that paying twice for the same amount of memory is going to get me better performance than just buying twice as much cheap memory. I'm actually currently using 8GB of OCZ brand memory (it was recommended to me by colleagues and the price was right).

I have a little AutoIt3 script I am about to release after a little more testing and rewriting. It's not much and it is only about 250 lines of code. It will be freeware. I am happy to make the source code available. But for some reason I am thinking it should not be open source, even though I am releasing the source code. I'm not sure why--more of a sense of ownership, maybe?

Do you think there's any benefit to that approach, or would be best to keep it simple and make it open source?

Of the specs you currently have, 1GB stands out as the one thing I couldn't live with. I hated running Vista in 1GB so I when I upgraded (motherboard+cpu+memory) I made sure I would be able to install at least 8GB memory, which I have. (Which required the 64 bit version of Windows 7, by the way). A memory upgrade to me has the most bang for the buck of any upgrade.

By the way 4GB in 32 bit Windows shows up as 3GB, but 8GB in 64 bit Windows shows up as the full 8GB. "Google it."

Next thing would be graphics card, just to make the Vista/Windows 7 visual effects run nicer. (Don't know if you are one of those who plan on running Windows XP for the next decade or not  ;) I actually ran Windows 2000 on my home system for 7 years. :o ) You also didn't mention if you are a hardcore gamer (sounds like not), in which case you're probably spending more on graphics and sound than I spend on my whole system.

If you go with some kind of motherboard+cpu+memory combo, really do your homework to make sure the pieces will work together. As you probably know, you can buy preconfigured combos sold as a set, but sometimes you can get better deals buying each piece from a different company.

Good luck!

Living Room / Re: Return of the Commodore computer name?
« on: March 17, 2010, 05:22 PM »
Considering that a phone nowadays has more computer power than personal computers did back in the day, can a multitouch GEOS phone be far behind?

Living Room / Re: Return of the Commodore computer name?
« on: March 17, 2010, 05:18 PM »
I wonder what kind of software it's supposed to run. Is it actually supposed to run old Commodore software, or did they just want rights to the name so they have a keyboard PC that runs Windows 7? Or is there going to be new Commodore software?

While I was looking for a shell extension so that I could right click on any file and or directory and be able to copy path and or file to my clip board

Did you settle on one of those? My favorite of those is SendToA3X although I haven't really used it since I was using Windows XP honestly. It actually is a little different, it uses the SendTo menu instead of the direct right-click menu. It can also be used to add command line parameters on the fly and it also has a lot of functions geared toward unattended installs and AutoIt3 scripting. I haven't messed with unattended installs lately, which is what I mainly used it for, so I haven't bothered to install it on my current setup, but I thought it was pretty slick when I was using it.

Ha! I can't believe it! Microsoft restored the original functionality in Windows 7!

 :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:  :D :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:

I can't believe it! I followed the link f0dder gave to the Microsoft blog, and it seemed impossible even for a third party utility.

You are a genius!

This is my first post, and it doesn't really seem right for my first post to be asking for something!  :P I may have a candidate for a coding snack, though.

Here is my idea. In every version of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows XP, I found that I could drag a file from Windows Explorer into a cmd window and Windows would put the path to the file on the command line. This worked with both executables and data filenames. I think this was extremely handy if you use any command line tools at all, especially with the length of directory paths these days. Vista broke this functionality just to be mean*, maybe someone knows an easy way to make something that would restore this functionality in Vista.

(And yes, I know you can work around it by holding down Shift and right clicking on the file and choosing Copy as Path, so if this coding snack never gets...munched on? I will live.)

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