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Post New Requests Here / Re: Remember removed programs
« on: February 08, 2009, 11:25 AM »
It sounds like what you want is a free database.  I wrote a utility to comment files I download.  You may be able to use it somewhat for this purpose until you find an exact match or somebody codes it for you.

Here's the description

edit: I googled and I think I'm going to give Treepad Lite a try.  From the description it looks to be totally portable.  Can carry on a key drive or whatever.

Post New Requests Here / Re: Maintaining Windows explorer Detail view
« on: February 06, 2009, 10:49 AM »
This registry fix might help


urlwolf - live with 64-bit Vista is just fine, in my experience. My two-bits is go with either Vista or with XP - who knows what Windows 7 will wind up looking like?

Yup.  And even little things you take for granted, like printing to a USB printer might not work.  I tried 32 bit W7 and it didn't like serving the driver of my USB printer over the Lan.  Plus when you see raves about W7 you have to remember the beta everyone is playing with is the Ultimate edition.

Whenever I decided I was going to install some Linux distro I always tried to find a hardware compatibility list to make life easier.  Same idea might be good with Windows OS.  Make sure you can get drivers for what you are likely to use.  Google around to see if there's widespread problems with that stuff even if there are drivers.

Older USB devices where they provide the driver on CD instead of hotplug seems to be the only real issue I've run into, other than cleaning off preinstalled crap.

This little 2 PC setup I have works out pretty well because stuff I can't use on the new PC I can keep running on the old machine until the software is updated or I find new freeware that does the same thing.

I've given up trying to give advice.  People have their habits and emotions locked in.  One guy asked me to take a look at his PC.  He started the thing up and windows and dialog boxes were jumping around all over the place.  I asked when was the last time he updated his anti-virus database. He replied, "it came with anti-virus, I don't have to do anything."  I think he had the machine for about 4 years at least. That was the end of that diagnostic session.

I work from home most of the time nowadays, and I have a similar service to this already which has proven to be extremely effective.

It's called "my wife"

Heh. I was going to suggest calling it MILB for Mother In Law Browser.  As soon as you try to go on a forbidden page, a video pops up with MIL giving the usual diatribe. :)

Darwin I get the same feel using this new PC.  It's quad core with 8 GB ram but as far as surfing the net with Firefox or opening programs it feels pretty much the same as my dual core with 32 bit Vista.  Where it shines is running a video encoder for each core.  It's fun to watch Core Temp show all 4 cores maxed out with no fan noise!! It's not sports car fast, but once you get the weight movin' it doesn't slow down. :)

I'm thinking more from the programmer's point of view.  Something so you could pop up a folder select box for the user.  The Shell Browse Folder thing is the worst.  The standard file open dialog has all the features but they deliberately hosed it so you can't just add an option to select folders rather than files.  Don't ask me why.

Probably the closest I've seen is JVCL folder picker but it's limited to starting with a disk drive.  There's no options for selecting anything between Desktop and Computer.  The top level is just a bunch of drive letters.

I don't know about you guys but I really hate those "browse for folder" dialogs in Windows.  I know they jinxed the standard FileOpen and FileSave Windows dialogs to make it tough to subclass/inherit the behavior but I'm wondering if there's a way to mod them right through the controls using AutoIt or some other mechanism?

That clicking on the plus signs until you get down to the folder at the bottom of the tree has to go!!
Plus if you could mod the FileOpen and FileSave then you could use the PlacesBar features for often selected folders(or the folder just above, where you keep a lot of working folders etc..)

I've only been on Vista64 a few days.  Like the 32 bit it runs the HD more than XP.  Takes awhile to tone down the services and scheduled tasks, indexing etc..

afa the 32 bit shell extensions, you can use a 32 bit file manager like Free Commander, or open 32 bit shell windows.  I have an AutoHotkey freebie that opens selected folders in 32 bit explorer windows to make using shell extensions more convenient:

Just select and hit Shift-Enter

So far it seems like I've run into a lot fewer compatibility problems with this than when I got Vista 32 bit in April 2007.  I think compatible stuff is going to flow because all the new PCs over $500 are going to come with 4 GB ram minimum.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Links to Review and Comments - Add yours!
« on: February 02, 2009, 04:02 PM »
I've used Slickrun for a long time but after trying FARR for a couple of days I can't stop myself from just hitting the Break key to reopen a folder or whatnot.

Anyway, I posted my high opinion of your app on Softpedia.  Should show up in a day or 2.

Skrommel's Software / Re: Noise
« on: February 02, 2009, 03:48 PM »
@MilesAhead: Yep, I frequently use it to keep the monitor on ;)

Very cool.  Thank you.

Skrommel's Software / Re: Noise
« on: January 31, 2009, 07:33 PM »
Then it was supposed to work.
The thing is: noise only makes simulated keypresses. This is fine for windows' default screensaver, it won't be activated. But programs that look for real keypresses will still make the screensaver start, that's why i was asking.
Not sure what's happening to you, then.

Does it prevent power management from shutting off the monitor?  I seem to have a stubborn applet in control panel.  I use a KVMA switch and no matter how many times I set Performance Profile to all Nevers, often I get monitor kill when I jump to the other pc.  I go in and look at the settings and it's changed back to 20 minutes for monitor instead of never.  Really annoying!

Developer's Corner / Re: What's the Best Programming Language For...
« on: January 28, 2009, 07:12 PM »
For messing around with Windows controls AutoIt3 may be a good place to start. It's free and scripts can be compiled into an .exe file from the explorer context menu. Plus the syntax is straight forward.  You may want to try out a few different programming languages before you install a large IDE.  This site has lists of free compilers, interpreters and IDEs:
The Free Country

I won't give any advice on web programming.  If you look at my site you'll see that I learned just enough html and css to put text and images on blocks of color.  Really minimalist.  :)

I must be missing something really obvious but I docked to the top of the screen and all my windows maximize to the whole desktop just as before.  I have a single monitor setup.  Just seems like I get a taskbar icon and that's all??   (mystified) :)

edit: ok, on the second run I'm getting some action.  :)

I've been trying to find an Idle launcher that takes hard drive activity into account.  I haven't found one yet.  Esp. on Vista the stupid explorer or other background tasks can decide they want to scan the drive for 20 minutes so it's not the time to launch a defragger. :)

I've been trying to find stuff about idle detection but about all I've run across is some white paper about the disk driver interacting with power saver policy yadda yadda.  Seems like some of these defraggers that defrag in the background should be detecting it somehow.  Any clues where I could look if I wanted to take a shot at it?

Developer's Corner / Re: How to open topic from CHM by keyword?
« on: January 24, 2009, 11:10 AM »
You mind find this utility of interest.  I haven't tried it yet but it claims to open html help by a keyword as one of its enhancements over hh.exe:

Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR Error : Entry Point Not found.
« on: January 23, 2009, 10:46 PM »
I just ran into this.  I ran FARR on XP on another PC, on Vista on this PC and didn't get the error until I ran it on XP on this PC.  On XP on this PC I can see my Vista partition.  I put C:\ in search folders with 0 for subdirectory search and so far the error hasn't recurred.

Fingers crossed :)

Developer's Corner / Re: what is __restrict keyword in c?
« on: January 23, 2009, 05:09 PM »
I think you'll find when Microsoft adds its own wrinkle it precedes it with double underscores.  If you are using MS compilers it's always a good idea to check their documention.  A good example is try  exception handling in C++.  There's the C++ exception mechanism using try..catch, then there's MS home grown Structured Exception Handling that uses __try ..except instead of try.  They are not the same.

In this case it may just be using C 'restrict' keyword in C++ as __restrict but I wouldn't take anything for granted.

Here's a simple explanation more succinct than on MS page I think:

(for some reason we all want to put the 'ed' on the end of restrict to get restricted.  I just did it too) :)

Developer's Corner / Re: what is __restrict keyword in c?
« on: January 23, 2009, 01:36 PM »
Looks like it's an MS specific modifier.  I just read the entry on MS site for it here:

and I'm still not sure what it does.  :)

Developer's Corner / Re: Seeking Programming Language To Learn
« on: January 23, 2009, 12:24 AM »
Have fun with it.  I have some utilities that I've been working on over years but one of my favorite programs is a little gizmo that I coded in AutoIt3 in a very short time.  It's just a little dialog box with 2 radio buttons for selecting the optical drive, and buttons to open and close the tray.  Really simple, but I like using it. :)

I have a freeware that fits the category. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles desired but it's a simple 10 Folder MRU list.  The download also comes with a sort of Dialog launcher for launching multiple programs, but you can choose to only install the XMon explorer monitor.  Here's the link:

(The previous design tended to flush out the MRU queue with similar entries as you clicked down into the folder chain.  I modified it to use a weighting scheme to remedy the effect.  Now folders are only reported if they are active for some time.)

Developer's Corner / Re: Seeking Programming Language To Learn
« on: January 22, 2009, 07:42 PM »
@raybeere if you really want to create a large project like a Writer's Workshop you might want to check out programming tools that make it easy to use 3rd party components.  Writing just a plain text editor is very involved.  But if you start with an open source editor component you may find you just need to add the tweaks you want.

I've messed around with a lot of different interpreters and compilers.  One that has served me well for general purpose GUI type programming on Windows is Delphi 5 Professional.  For making Windows Shell extensions, like if you right click on something in Explorer and launch it from that menu, those type of programs, it's tough to beat Visual C++ 6.  For small utilities on Windows AutoIt3 and AutoHotKey are good.

The natural language feel of Pascal is a good point.  If you read books on algorithms it seems like the ones with examples in Pascal are easiest to grasp.

If you look around you can find free basic, assembler, pascal and scripting languages for Windows.  For maximum portability and getting close to the metal it's hard to beat the old standard C.  But I think it's best to grasp programming conceptually first.  That's why I think it wiser to start with something like Pascal rather than something like Perl.

Once you mess around with a few programming languages you see they are all either interpreters or compilers under the covers and do similar things.  Object Oriented and other abstractions have power but I think it's a good idea to do at least one language that's close to the machine.  The code actually has to run on something and you won't appreciate the limitations if everything is a virtual machine.  I started with GWBasic with the line numbers and the whole bit.  But it was easy to learn.  After that it was Turbo Pascal, assember and C.

You may want to check out the library for "Algorithms" by Robert Sedgewick. I'd recommend the one with Pascal implementations.

Also "Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs" by Niklaus Wirth
who invented Pascal.  It was written before Object Oriented Programming, but back then the rage was "Structured Programming" which is like the precursor to OOP.  Still a very valuable book.

I didn't take Computer Science classes so I used the "Spider Web" approach.  If I read an article that was very good and the author mentioned a programming text, I'd check it out.  That's how I heard of authors that are standard in computer science classes like Knuth and Sedgewick.

Follow what you enjoy.  I never used Perl or Smalltalk much because the syntax put me off, but I'm glad I read books about them and messed around with them a little because it increased my understanding of programming languages that I like to use. :)

I'm hip to PadGen and have my own site.  After looking around here I see a place for quick hacks, which I love(my first AutoHotKey script is for Vista and just waits for Control-Enter hotkey to open Explorer selections in another window like XP.) I'm curious how I could contribute some little hacks of my own.  I toyed with my own licensing code when I first opened my page but after awhile it was just a pain so I enabled all my software for free download.  So I guess anything that's already out of the bag doesn't fit the license key paradigm? Or where do I find out more details?

I'm a newbie and took a quick look around but maybe I missed something right in front of me.  Happens a lot. :)

Hi.  Newbie here.  I also just found AutoHotKey and mess around with coding a few utilities.  What I noticed right away when I got my Vista PC was(and it's still true in W7 beta) that defrag is in the task scheduler to run at idle.  What I also found out was, it didn't care if a 3rd party defragger was already running. It just kicked right in because CPU % usage was low and I wasn't typing at the keyboard.

So I'm looking for a programmable launch utility(or clues how to code it myself) that would not kick off the target program unless disk access was below some adjustable parameter for some set amount of time.  I'm not looking for a way to tame the disk usage once the app starts since I know that's not a good place to try to mess around.  I just don't want a defragger or some disk intensive app to launch while I'm defragging or doing a video conversion or muxing etc..

I'd appreciate any pointers.

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