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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Pro System Image Backup. on: July 17, 2014, 04:40:04 PM
I recommend Macrium Reflect Free.

It will create a bootable USB using WinPE that supports UEFI and secure boot.  Also it supports GPT.  When you start it the first time you'll want to create the rescue media(the bootable USB.)  Then for the actual backup just click on the top left where it says "create a backup image that can restore Windows."  This will select all the hidden GPT partitions you need as well as the C: system partition.  If you have a factory restore partition and don't care about backing that up, uncheck it(on my Laptop it's about 10 GB.)

If the target is the USB each file of the backup set will be max 4 GB.  If the target is an NTFS partition it will make one large image file.  It does it automatically.  Nothing to click.

Once you are done I recommend you boot the USB to make sure you can see the Windows partition and the backup image set on the USB or other drive.  If so you should be golden.  The advantage of WinPE is it can use the native Windows drivers.  The paid version automatically includes all needed drivers.  But if you can boot and see all media you should be fine.  If you need to add a Windows driver the Macrium forum likely has details how to load it into the WinPE image.

Edit: My Laptop has W 8.0 preloaded and the Macrium setup and backup was smooth.  Nothing to jury rig.

27  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The art of finding on: July 13, 2014, 01:31:09 PM
@4wd do you know which file Advanced URL Builder uses for entries?  I'd like to just copy from FF to FF portable without entering the search engines again.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: South Park moves behind Hulu paywall starting Sept 24, 2014 on: July 13, 2014, 12:59:39 PM
Heh.  The Southpark crew should do a show where Cartman bitches about it.  I'd love to see them skewer themselves(providing I don't have to pay to see it.)  smiley
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The art of finding on: July 12, 2014, 06:15:09 AM
@4wd that's similar to how chrome adds search engines. I don't remember if there's a way to cascade them in the context menu.  But I only use chromium now for diagnosing other browsers.  smiley
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The art of finding on: July 11, 2014, 05:16:44 PM
I will make script to launch from the clipboard selecting the engine : wiki, duck duck.....

If you get something working please post it.  I'd be curious to see how you approach it.  FF context menu I can search using whatever engine is in the search box.  But it would be nicer to have a submenu with all the search engines or some other approach that's not cumbersome.  smiley
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which forums you use for PC troubleshooting? on: July 11, 2014, 05:41:14 AM
Another factor is the savvy of the poster with the issue.  On the sites I listed there's a form to fill in hardware specifics.  But there's no item for experience level or expertise.  Seems like whenever I go the extra yard to give step by step how to set a particular Windows option the person replies "I;ve been programming Windows for 20 years.  I know where Control Panel is."  It can be embarrassing.  smiley

Another stumbling block I run into when working an issue is that some posters feel that if they were thinking something when typing the problem description I should pick it up via clairvoyance.  Unless you are an exceptionally quick typist it can be easy to think you've entered more than is actually there.

And of course the classic case where the poster lists none of the remedies tried and when you suggest a fix or two you get "I already tried those. None of them worked."  Clairvoyance again being indispensable.  smiley

I find often a step by step remedy is in one of the tutorials.  I know I've seen it.  But the problem is hitting on the right search terms.  Sometimes it takes me 1/2 an hour to find a tutorial I know is there.  Of course by that time I return to the thread and someone else has already pasted the link.  smiley

32  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which forums you use for PC troubleshooting? on: July 10, 2014, 06:11:24 PM
It truly is amazing how you can search on a problem for days with no results, and then after rephrasing the question a bit...find hundreds of references to the correct answer.

So true.  Often I find the thorniest problems involve a term nearly impossible to search on without a deluge of irrelevant hits.  For example a problem that involves searching itself.  Also it would be cool if some AI algorithm could exclude stuff like doors, picture windows, and storm windows when searching on "Windows" issues.  smiley
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cheap LED keychain light? on: July 10, 2014, 04:20:23 PM
Pop me a PM with an address and I'll send you some. smiley

Thank you.  smiley
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Cheap LED keychain light? on: July 10, 2014, 02:48:03 PM
Meritline used to have these cheapie LED keychain lights like 4 for a buck.  Now they seem to want to get you over $5 for this plastic crap.  I've tried the local dollar stores.  No dice.

It doesn't have to be this exact model but I'm looking for a keychain LED light in this form factor cheap online.  Shipping should only consist of sticking it in an envelope and mailing.  So I'm looking to come in under $3 for one.

35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 09, 2014, 05:35:20 AM
The other most popular Constitutional Misconception I think is that therein is stipulated something about The Two Party System(tm)  The totally contrived effect of the two currently dominant political parties haranguing.  In the subconscious Joe Sixpack must be converting a vague memory of a legislature with two bodies, House and Senate, into this channel of thinking.  Like the commercial that tells you it's two, two, two mints in one we get the crap that if there's a Democrat and a Republican this is all inclusive.  Reading it is more fun for seeing what's not there at times.  smiley
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 08, 2014, 05:04:57 PM
The thing that cracks me up is many people think the section that goes
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,...

is part of the Constitution.  They think the Constitution was written to guarantee individual rights rather than delineating the governmental setup.  I tell them if the purpose of the document was to proclaim individual rights the "Bill of Rights" would not be amendments.  They would be right near the start like in the Declaration. Unfortunately for us the Constitution is the document that binds, not the DOI.  Joe Sixpack has heard the "self evident" part so often he just thinks that's what keeps the cops in check.  smiley
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which forums you use for PC troubleshooting? on: July 08, 2014, 04:33:14 PM
Many of the regular posters on the Windows forums I listed are IT/Support professionals current or former. Many of the retired ones just enjoy working the problems and try to help.

I've been on them for several years.  They don't solve every problem.  But just the Tutorials section alone has a wealth of info.

In fact when I first got a Vista PC pre service pack I found the Vista forum to help me tweak it. I've been posting there ever since. The same group who runs the Vista forum runs the others.  There's already a Windows Nine waiting for the OS pre-releases.

I'll also look through HowtoGeek on occasion.  Some good nuggets there. Used to be you could find fixes to the really quirky issues on the annoyances forums.  I don't know if they are still active though.

38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Not Recognized as an Internal or External Command Error on: July 08, 2014, 03:31:40 PM
Right click on Computer,
click Properties,
click either Advanced Tab or Advanced System Settings (varies with Windows version)
Environment Variables should have a button near the bottom.

If it is blank you should be able to find example path,comspec and extended path strings on google.  My system path includes:

%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static

I have a 64 bit system.  If yours is 32 bit you won't have C:\Program Files (x86)    it will just say C:\Program Files

Edit:  If you have W7 see this
http://www.sevenforums.co...associations-restore.html
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which forums you use for PC troubleshooting? on: July 08, 2014, 03:22:14 PM
If you are looking for Windows specific advice then I highly recommend these:

http://www.eightforums.com/
http://www.sevenforums.com/
http://www.vistax64.com/

I'm not sure what is highly rated for XP these days.

For video stuff on any OS a good resource is
http://forum.videohelp.com/

I'll leave it to others for Linux and other OS.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook plays with your mind on: July 07, 2014, 06:27:41 PM
More like it rots it AFAIC.

Hmm, perhaps they were the ones responsible for "rot13" ?   smiley
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Manipulate a webpage to include a watermark on: July 04, 2014, 09:28:39 PM
www.w3schools.com/css/css_background.asp

by using css you may not even need to change the page source provided the browser prints what you see.
42  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: July 04, 2014, 09:13:02 PM
Nice software.  Just what I was looking for.   Thmbsup
43  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Volume Mixer instead of Master Volume Control on: July 04, 2014, 03:22:41 PM
Nice work, MilesAhead.  I'll move this to the finished section.

44  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Volume Mixer instead of Master Volume Control on: July 04, 2014, 03:21:40 PM
Outstanding, works magnificently. Thank you!

The wonderful people over here at DonationCoder never cease to surprise me. Any suggestion for getting a borderless/undecorated/no title bar appearance?

Glad you like it.  You could play around with WinGet and WinSet changing the window style and exstyle attributes.  TopMost Toggle does it for Topmost style.  It has source and you can download here:
milesaheadsoftware.tk

The ahk help has a chart with the styles.  What you describe sounds like Toolbar but I'm not sure.

45  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Volume Mixer instead of Master Volume Control on: July 04, 2014, 10:36:45 AM
Please try this one

[copy or print]
#SingleInstance force
#NoEnv  ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
SendMode Input  ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed and reliability.
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir%  ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.

GotFocus := false

~LButton  Up::
Sleep 250
If  (WinActive("ahk_exe SndVol.exe") )
{
    Send,!x
    GotFocus := true
    Settimer, CheckFocus
}
return

CheckFocus:
If  (WinActive("ahk_exe SndVol.exe") )
    return
    SetTimer,,Off
    WinClose, ahk_exe SndVol.exe
return
46  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Volume Mixer instead of Master Volume Control on: July 04, 2014, 09:21:40 AM
Thanks Miles, the script works fine, but it didn't quite achieve what I was going for.

I already have a hotkey to open the mixer, I was just looking for something that changed the behavior of the mixer window slightly so that it would auto close when it lost focus.

OK.  Let me see if I can add that.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remember Alice's restaurant? on: July 03, 2014, 05:21:38 PM
"Work" sounds suspiciously like it may be manned by denizens of The Group W Bench

48  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Volume Mixer instead of Master Volume Control on: July 03, 2014, 04:15:42 PM
See if this works as expected.

[copy or print]
~LButton  Up::
Sleep 250
If  (WinActive("ahk_exe SndVol.exe") )
    Send,!x
return

The 250 is a quarter second delay to allow the window to open.  I've found 250 ms to be a good value for this purpose generally.

If you notice any delay or strange behavior in left button mouse click then it may need to be modified.  But the tilde prefix on the hotkey should allow the system to process mouse clicks normally... I hope.   smiley

Edit:  I put a shortcut on my desktop because it can be difficult to click on a tray icon when the system is loading.  I forget where I got the Target line from.  But it opens the mixer:

%windir%\System32\SndVol.exe -T 49490633

49  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Closed Program Bin / Reopen accidentily closed software on: June 29, 2014, 03:37:20 PM
I have 2 freewares that work on a similar premise.  There is no time-out.  Instead there are a limited number of spaces for recently close programs.  One utility is ReRun.  It works especially well on 32 bit Windows.  On 64 bit it's a mixed bag.  In a few weeks or months I may try to rework it so it works equally well on both 32 and 64 bit.  ReRun pops up a bar with up to 32 buttons.  The icon on the button is from the recently closed program.

The other one is ReOpen and it uses a ListBox with the paths of recently run programs.

To be more precise, a program doesn't have to be closed to be added to the list.  It just needs to have gotten focus.  In other words these monitor the active window.

They may both be downloaded from my site here:
http://milesaheadsoftware.tk
50  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: A tool that zips a folder list with zero-byte filenames on: June 29, 2014, 01:17:34 PM
There's a similar utility I ran into called Snap2html
that creates an html snapshot of a folder tree rather than a zip.  It's a freeware.
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