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1  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Quickly toggle between Aero and non-Aero themes on Windows 7 on: Today at 03:05:13 PM
Another possibility is to make one theme with Aero, and save it as a custom theme. Then do the same thing with a non-Aero theme. Then you only have to click the custom themes to switch between them.

+1  Just do "save theme as.."  smiley
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to delete this empty file? on: Today at 02:08:10 PM
The command is probably under the RunOnce key in the Registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

3  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Volume Mixer instead of Master Volume Control on: Today at 12:22:28 PM
Updated to version 1.1.0.0.  I redesigned it to be a bit more automatic.  You should notice after opening the Volume Mixer using it, when you click someplace else, it closes the window more consistently.  Also I removed the test for the Volume Mixer Window after every Left Mouse Button release.  It uses polling at1/4 second intervals.  Much smoother.  Less chance of side effects.

Also it ignores commands while the About Box is open.  See Readme.txt file included in the zip for the gory details.  smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Robert A. Heinlein - atmospheric processor question on: May 21, 2015, 05:53:05 PM
I read somewhere that NASA is even more concerned about reverse-contamination from Mars to Earth, and has some kind of fancy word for it.

Blowback?  Nah.  Too few syllables.  smiley
'Back contamination'.
^You're right MilesAhead, we need a fancier acronym with more syllables. smiley

Hmm, I'm not sure if this has a good ring:

Neo Organic Mars Earth Recombinant Contagious Yuck
or NOMERCY for short.  smiley

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: May 21, 2015, 01:22:05 PM
We don't want to have suspicious minds now, do we?

Hmm, you going to change your avatar to a hound dog?  smiley
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox 38.01 AMD x64 smooth on: May 21, 2015, 09:43:03 AM
Not a scientific test, but I brought up Firefox 32 bit and opened 5 additional tabs.  After CPU usage spike calms down it settles to around 25%.

Same thing with Cyberfox x64 with the same sites loading, it settles to about 16% CPU. Until I see some negative behavior I'll keep it as default.

(Note the pages are still filling in when I say "settles." If left longer naturally the level would decrease.)
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Cyberfox 38.01 AMD x64 smooth on: May 21, 2015, 09:35:08 AM
Just in case anyone tried an older version and got fed up, Cyberfox AMD x64 38.01 seems to be running pretty smoothly.  I have Firefox 38.01 32 bit and it's tough to tell the difference.

http://cyberfox.8pecxstud...cyberfox-amd-version-x64/

I only have this one machine.  I have no idea how the Intel builds are behaving for 38.01.

8  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Best Windows Giveaway Sites on: May 21, 2015, 09:29:28 AM
Here are the ones I have so far:

http://sharewareonsale.com/shop

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/

http://www.windowsdeal.com/category/giveaways/

If anyone has another site they check often for 100% Free Software please follow up.   Thmbsup
9  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Process Lasso Pro for Free on: May 21, 2015, 09:23:48 AM
Looks like another site to visit daily for software bargains.  Thanks for the tip.

 Thmbsup

We should probably start a thread "Best Windows Giveaway Sites"

It is tough to search for a particular software.  Too many hits are for giveaways from past years.
10  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Process Lasso Pro for Free on: May 21, 2015, 08:30:48 AM
Process Lasso Pro for Free
http://sharewareonsale.com/shop

Make sure to get the license key as well as the program download.  You just have to put a name and email address.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 21, 2015, 05:41:30 AM
Build 10122 for PCs released to Fast Ring

http://blogs.windows.com/...view-build-10122-for-pcs/
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Robert A. Heinlein - atmospheric processor question on: May 21, 2015, 05:37:10 AM
I read somewhere that NASA is even more concerned about reverse-contamination from Mars to Earth, and has some kind of fancy word for it.

Blowback?  Nah.  Too few syllables.  smiley
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HDD primary partition not able to resize! on: May 20, 2015, 01:40:33 PM
Then created new partition and restored the old backup. All went fine.

Glad you got it configured.   Thmbsup
14  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 01:36:05 PM
I'm not sure if this is the same thing you are experiencing but I just reinstalled Windows 7 and have had problems with icons not showing in the tray when I start up. Some googling found that this is an "intended feature" of Windows. Basically, Microsoft never thought Windows would start up as fast as modern hardware has allowed it to, so they hardcoded in a length of time upon booting in which, if any programs open up, their icons will not show in the tray.

The suggested solutions I found are to slow your computer down. Or wait a full minute after the OS boots before loading your startup programs (sounds like a good use for App's Lacuna Launcher from NANY 2009!). Or rebuild the icon cache. Or edit some DLL file to make Windows not so stupid about this.

I didn't run W7 x64 for any length of time so I don't know if my issue with W8.0 x64 is the same.  What happened to me is just clicking the check box "show all icons and notifications" did not cause all the tray icons to show.  Every time I run a new program I seem to need to open the options, uncheck the show all check box, then individually set every icon to both thow icon and notification, then recheck the check box.

It may be easier to delete the icon cache using a batch file.  smiley
The other thing that bugs me is how they jump around during startup.  If you want to click a tray icon while stuff is still loading you end up clicking the wrong one as the target is moving.  smiley

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Robert A. Heinlein - atmospheric processor question on: May 20, 2015, 11:10:24 AM
It took me awhile to track down the name.  My memory can block on me.  It was Richard C. Hoagland  He claimed NASA had pictures of "giant bridges" on the Moon left by extraterrestrials.  He sounded pretty reasonable on the radio.  I got the book he published but it was pretty boring.  A whole bunch of stuff about measurements between this and that lump on the surface of Mars(the stuff about the face with the helmet.)

Whether archeologists use such measurements as he claimed I have no idea.

It can be weird when people get involved in searching for strange stuff.  I worked with a scientist at a small research company.  He was definitely not crazy.  But you could think so once he starts displaying photographs take by dolphins strapped up with cameras and strobe lights, of the Loch Ness creature.  His specialty was high resolution films.  Being an expert in that field for decades I guess it was natural for him to take a stab at getting Nessie on film.  He showed me some pics of dolphins standing up on their tail fin in the water with cylinders about the size of flashlights strapped to them.  One cylinder had the strobe light, the other the camera.  They uses dome sonar gadget to fire the camera automatically when the dolphin came close to something with sufficient mass.  Unfortunately they didn't get any really good pics.  But the pics of the dolphins themselves were interesting.  smiley
16  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Volume Mixer instead of Master Volume Control on: May 20, 2015, 08:47:12 AM
Here is the script with a few enhancements and a custom icon, compiled to exe.
The source and icon are included.  I added a global hotkey, control shift v
to open the volume mixer.  Also single clicking on the SoundMixer.exe tray icon
will do it.

See about command in tray menu and/or Readme.txt file included in the .zip

You may download SoundMixer.zip from my page:
http://milesaheadsoftware.org

Edit: seems the upload is corrupt.  The connection died in the middle.  I'll add another edit when I get the file to the page and check the MD5 to make sure it's OK.

Edit2:  Been trying since 8:47 AM to upload a 365 kb zip file.  Goes all the way until I click Upload Button.  T"hen it's time for the spinning circle.  I'll let you know if it ever gets there.  smiley

Edit3:  I finally got through.  I downloaded and the MD5Sum is a match.  I'm running the program from the download now.  It should be OK.   Thmbsup

Edit4: I am back in the same boat.  I tried to upload a revised zip file and it connects just long enough to corrupt the file on the server.  As soon as I try to upload then I cannot upload or download anything.  All I get is the dreaded spinning circle.  If I get the file on I'll post Edit #5.  smiley


Edit5:  OK. Uploaded new zip.  Download it and checked MD5Sum.  Seems we are good now.  smiley

17  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Volume Mixer instead of Master Volume Control on: May 20, 2015, 07:14:37 AM
Quote from: tomos
I havent used this script so not sure what it does.

I forgot what it did myself.  After trying it I remembered.  If it is running and you click the mouse on the speaker in the task tray, as soon as the volume control comes up it sends alt x to make the mixer come up.  Then if you click somewhere else, like on the desktop, it closes the mixer window.  Hmmm, I think I should add that to my general purpose hotkey file and use it myself.  smiley


Edit: I see where I didn't use the variable GotFocus for anything.  I guess I should check it before bothering to close SndVol.exe.  I'll edit the script.  smiley
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Robert A. Heinlein - atmospheric processor question on: May 20, 2015, 05:41:52 AM
I read a SciFi novel maybe 6 months ago.  I don't recall the author or title, but it was all about diverting comets to Mars to get the water from the ice.  

The physicists at the Thunderbolt Project have illustrated that comets have no ice. Just a fun fact. It's interesting how they explain things.

Here is the SciFi Novel in question:  Mining the Oort by Frederik Pohl

Speaking of Mars I heard an old radio interview with some dude about the "face with the helmut" on Mars.  I forget the dude's name.  I think he has one book published.  Anyway according to this dude NASA has known all along intelligent extraterrestrials exist.  If this should be true I have to wonder if the "rock with the cellular life fossils" was NASA checking the public's reaction to the possibility of other life in the Solar System.

With the luck mankind has if there is life on Mars they are probably big cockroaches.  smiley


19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Panda Free Antivirus 2015 anyone using? on: May 19, 2015, 09:45:20 AM
Panda Free Antivirus 2015 anyone using?

It got a favorable review from PCMag

Just wondering if anyone has experience with it. Generally I don't like real time shield av.  But if it has a good scanner I may try it out.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: May 19, 2015, 08:54:04 AM
just came across this today:



http://xkcd.com/1420/

If I have to wear a watch I want one like the Predator.  Setting it to overload is way more fun than a mere alarm.  smiley
21  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / CHS featured in Softpedia tutorial on: May 19, 2015, 08:36:12 AM
Make the Windows Clipboard Hold More Entries
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any difficulty in doing knots? on: May 19, 2015, 05:58:48 AM
a video of The One Armed Man(tm) tying knots might be interesting
It seems armless enough to me.
 


I guess you could say the villain single-handedly kept the audience tied to their TV sets.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Bargain Watch software? on: May 18, 2015, 04:34:12 PM
Specifically for video games:

Is there any deal?

Thanks.  smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any difficulty in doing knots? on: May 18, 2015, 04:00:08 PM
It's probably a compound knot.  That just looks like a double-line hitch.  It would be nice if they told you "hey- tie a double line hitch right here- see here for instructions." or something similar.

Yeah, those pics are kind of like step by step instructions for painting the Mona Lisa.  Step 1 blank canvas.  Step 2 portrait complete paint dry.  smiley
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Bargain Watch software? on: May 18, 2015, 05:31:53 AM
Thanks for the suggestions.  smiley
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