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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: Today at 06:48:17 AM

One should bear in mind that History is written by the victuals.

huh History was written by food?? ...And I thought that the new math was bad...but this new education system has really got me baffled. Sad

I think we can count on drunks to have wine with their meals, don't you?  Wink
Besides, with puns one has autistic license.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: March 29, 2015, 06:43:45 PM

One should bear in mind that History is written by the victuals.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera now supports DuckDuckGo on: March 29, 2015, 06:38:02 PM
I keep Opera x64 12.14 around just for those instances when I want to figure out if it is the site or FF that's not working.  It is very snappy even on my Laptop.  But lack of AddOns keeps me from using it as my goto.  The chrome based 32 bit one, well, I did a couple years of chromium snapshots.  Kind of had my fill of multi-exe browsing for awhile.  Unless Opera breaks some new ground.
4  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: March 29, 2015, 06:29:22 PM
I tell everyone if you learn C++ not only will you be learning a programming language, but you will also learn valuable problem-solving skills you will be able to apply to your everyday life.

When C++ came on the scene I already used C.  So picking up C++ and C# was very natural.  For me the AHK recommendation was for macro stuff.  Some of the stuff trivial in AHK such as detecting mouse clicks didn't work at all using WinAPI calls when I tried them in VC++.  Probably why AHK uses a hook by default.

But I agree it never hurts to know a C based language.  Also a smattering of one assembler flavor can give some perspective.  It helps when debugging for sure.  smiley
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Don Cheadle making Miles Ahead film on: March 29, 2015, 06:12:54 PM
From the topic, I thought for a minute there that he was making a film about YOUGrin

David Lynch's Lost Highway had a segment about an auto mechanic that reminded me of me in some respects.  Discounting the violence that is.  smiley
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Notice on every shutdown? Norton WSC Integration may be culprit on: March 29, 2015, 11:23:02 AM
I'm not sure if it refers to Windows Script Component, a COM thing.  Or Windows Security Console. It could be Norton looks for something on shutdown.  Perhaps preventing some malware from loading itself as a driver?  I'm just speculating.  The only thing I've done with Norton av type stuff is try to get it all off my PCs when booting up new machines.

It was really annoying though. It caused me to be asked if I wanted to shut down even though something was still running.  I think the only thing running was this integration crap.  But it always quit before I could read the message.  It didn't seem worth the effort of combing the log files.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 29, 2015, 11:10:54 AM
The Anti-Climax Known as Windows 10  John C. Dvorak  PCMag.com

I've been waiting for years for someone to write The Anti-Climax Known as John C. Dvorak.

If you want a chuckle see if you can find his article on "The Chang Modification."  He was taken in by this guy who claimed to have beefed up a 286 chip to make it super fast.  Turns out all he did was stick something on the chip so it looked modified and kludged some benchmark programs to indicate markedly faster CPU performance.

I have to admit I get a kick out of JCD.  But I still refuse to try his keyboard.  Qwerty all the way for me!!  smiley
8  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: March 28, 2015, 11:26:04 AM
I agree with AHK for the macro stuff you mentioned.. clicking the mouse etc..

For a nice drag and drop form designer and being free C# Express is tough to beat.

If you wanted to try your hand at C++ I would recommend a dialog creation tool
so that you don't get bogged down in the Gui part of VC++.  The tool creates a
resource file that you can load into Visual Studio.  The code skeleton is done
by the tool.  You just add to the switch statement to process buttons or whatever.

But I would look at some source code in the languages you are considering.
I found some things turned me off.  I just didn't think I would like dealing with
certain languages.  One example is Lisp.  Just typing all those parens I think
I'd commit suicide after a couple of hours.  But as Mouser says, see what
grabs you.

One thing I find cool is making applications using more than one exe combining
AutoIt3 and AutoHotkey.  AHK has more powerful hotkeys.  Especially when it
comes to mouse handling.  AutoIt3 can do some things more easily and has
a straightforward syntax.  One example where AutoIt3 can do things simply
is adding icons to buttons in a Gui.  To add the icon from an exe to a button
is one function call.  Also adding tooltips is very easy.  To do the tooltip in
AHK you more or less need to code the event handler yourself.  Not the end
of the world but sometimes I find it cool to code the Gui in AutoIt3 and call
an AHK exe to handle the hotkeys and send the AutoIt3 window a message.
That type of thing.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Create Shortcut Icons for Keyboard Shortcuts on: March 28, 2015, 10:09:50 AM
Here's a download page with source and setup for Compile AHK II

http://ge.tt/8zMaRUW1/v/7
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Notice on every shutdown? Norton WSC Integration may be culprit on: March 28, 2015, 10:02:15 AM
I was getting that stupid screen about some process still running and do I want to kill it, on every shutdown.

I happened to look in Task Scheduler for another reason and noticed this Norton WSC Integration task triggered to run on shutdown.  Bingo!  I deleted it and the shutdown screen is no more.

I saw some others posting that even if you uninstall Norton and use the Removal Tool, this vestige hangs on.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: March 28, 2015, 06:31:34 AM
The book on the history of the Amiga was very nice.

Now, I just started Becoming Steve Jobs.



Heh.  That photo makes him look like the greatest ATP Tennis Champion ever.  smiley
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 27, 2015, 02:53:34 PM
I finally downloaded the ISO.  Maybe I'll VM it tomorrow.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TopmostToggle 2.0.0.0 on: March 27, 2015, 10:04:21 AM
TopmostToggle 2.0.0.0  Since there seems to be a demand for quick and dirty window kill, I added the function to TopmostToggle 2.  Control Shift Right Click on Active Window kills it with no confirmation dialog.  Only the Desktop, Tray, and Start Menu windows are excluded.

Also since the Check For Updates function was hard coded to FavesSoft it has been removed. Just browse to the home page using Visit Hotkey Page command and look at the version number.  I'll be updating the number rather than posting the file size for updated zip files.

Link in first post updated.

Note: I haven't had a hung window to try the kill on yet.  If it does nothing to a non responsive window please let me know.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Program to override usual window close button with superfast TerminateProcess? on: March 27, 2015, 07:30:56 AM
You can try SuperF4 (free), http://superf4.googlecode.com/.

It is must have app for me. Since I develop programs, many a times they go into infinite loop. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+F4 instantly closes them, even faster that opening task manager and searching and killing it.

Now that does look handy! Another (unrelated) item I noticed on the authors website is Elevated Startup. I seem to recall there being several threads discussing a need for what it does...or at least appears to do.

I've downloaded and will try it in a bit.  It will be great if it works.  For example if you run WizMouse and set both Run As Administrator and Start with Windows, WizMouse creates a scheduled task to start itself on logon.  It works fine.  But I could sure use an easy hack for launching my stuff on W8.  Later on I'll have to look into how to handle auto start of programs on W8 and later as they seem to require RunAs.

Edit:  Your mileage may vary.  I have the slider on UAC all the way down to "do not notify me" of anything.  The first time I logged on using Elevated Startup I got the UAC.  I unchecked the "always notify" box.  The next boot it came up and started my run as programs.  Cool.  Now I can stop using the mouse double click macro thingy! smiley

Edit2: Anyone else get a weird crash after running Elevated Startup?  I just unzipped a new copy of CCleaner Portable into the CCleaner folder and immediately got a "problem .. we're collecting data" crash.  Never got that before.  Strange.  I disabled it for now.

Edit3:  Before downloading Elevated Startup out of curiosity(since some of my programs would gain from auto start As Admin on W8 and likely W10) I took a look at the source.  It works by launching another instance of itself which then launches the other programs.  Somewhere in there it requests Debug privilege.  I'm thinking that is why I got the request to send info during the crash.  I don't like to run programs with Debug privilege as it just allows too much leeway to do stuff.  Not anything malicious in this utility.  But if you get an error it can be a lot bigger in Debug mode.  I have lots of mouse click stuff I wrote in the tray along with WizMouse so I'm not all that surprised I got a weird drag/drop operation.

I think I will check into how WizMouse does it, if possible. I hate to use scheduled tasks though.  smiley




15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Program to override usual window close button with superfast TerminateProcess? on: March 27, 2015, 05:34:43 AM
Thanks, looks pretty good - I might start using that. I'd like to get rid of the *other* confirmation box when it detects a program has crashed though.

But even better than this would be to allow a hotkey to force close the active/crashed window.

You can't set the detection level less than 15 seconds either which seems a bit arbitrary.

There are bound to be hundreds(or at least a bunch anyway) of kill utilities on the freewae sites.  What struck me about this one was the mouse drag angle.  I could write a hotkey to kill the process that has the active window in a few lines.  But it wouldn't have much in the way of features.

I would give a try to sending the author an email or try contacting through the home page if there is a mechanism.  Many authors like to see that someone is actually using their utilities and may add a tweak.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Don Cheadle making Miles Ahead film on: March 27, 2015, 05:27:02 AM
I'm a huge Don Cheadle fan. I would almost pay to watch him sit and read the phone book. I can't think of anyone else I would rather see playing Miles.

I loved the film The Guard.  He and Brendan Gleeson  were great together.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Don Cheadle making Miles Ahead film on: March 26, 2015, 04:45:40 PM
I wasn't aware of this flick.  I just stumbled upon it now.  It looks like it's Don Cheadle's baby.  He is playing Miles Davis as well as writing and directing Miles Ahead 

Cool.   



18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer on: March 26, 2015, 04:34:47 PM
^ Chrome also does funky things. If a close a tab, then later switch a tab or open a new one, I'll often see the closed tab content flash for a moment.

I think it might have smoothed it out.  I kept Super Start as Home Page.  I disabled it in new tabs.  Then I set about:config browser.newtab.url to about:blank instead of about:newtab.  The config should prevent the built in FF SpeedDial from trying to load in the new tab before the link I clicked has a chance to fill it in.  At least I hope that does it.  smiley

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Dreams thread... on: March 26, 2015, 03:22:52 PM
I know I had some weird dreams when I read The Silmarillion for the third time.  Luckily I don't remember them.  smiley
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Program to override usual window close button with superfast TerminateProcess? on: March 26, 2015, 02:16:42 PM
I'm finding ProcessCloser very useful.  It sits in Tray.  Left click the Tray Icon to pop up a window.  Drag from that window to the window of the program you want to close.  You can set it to Close or Kill.  Also I find it good to disable the confirmation dialog since it can pop up behind the dead window.

It is smart enough not to try to close the Desktop.  smiley

It has optional "program not responding" detection too.  A nice bit of freeware.

For programs with a top level visible window it is very quick.  No need to type in the process name or scroll through a list of running processes.

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Delayed Cuts 1.3.2.1 on: March 26, 2015, 11:21:39 AM
Delayed Cuts 1.3.2.1 Updated Donate to new homepage.  Updated DelayedLoad to enable
skipping load of an application by clicking the close 'x' in the corner.

Updated link in first post.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 26, 2015, 05:39:06 AM
Thanks. That disc image is half a GB smaller than the 9926 one I downloaded two months ago!

I may just wait until the next one.  Watching stuff happen in a Laptop VM is worse than paint dampness monitor duty.  smiley
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Dreams thread... on: March 25, 2015, 12:54:54 PM
Except mouser (who has been known to code with pen & paper, just for fun

Yeah, my first PC, the trusty Leading Edge Model D 8088 I used to write routines on scraps of paper while at the diner or wherever, away from the machine.  That was in the old days when you used a dot matrix printer to look over your source code at your leisure.  Of course every edit without a good compile you ended up printing out more hard copy.  Waste of trees.  smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 25, 2015, 12:50:28 PM
Here's the link to the 10041 build ISO downloads:
http://windows.microsoft....s/preview-iso-update-1503
25  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Is there any way of 'saving' file associations? on: March 25, 2015, 12:22:14 PM
I see one potential problem so far. If the app itself associates itself with the registry the DISM app doesn't add the location of the application to the "ProgID".  When I export and import again on a fresh install one would reasonably assume it would know to open INI with Notepad++ but wouldn't know where N++ is.

You could try ERUNT

But I would make a registry save of your new install before copying a saved ERUNT reg save over it.
It comes with a readme with lots of info.  There may be a way to limit the save to HKCR or a way to save HKCR by itself.  I haven't read up on file associations in a long time.  Back when I wrote an Explorer Shell Extension they didn't have both global and user association sets.  They changed it since in the old days often uninstalling a program left a "hole" in the file type associations.


Edit: also see this:
http://www.sevenforums.co...ed-file-associations.html

Edit2: I see what you mean about the  value just being the exe filename with no path.

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