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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: September 19, 2014, 09:27:00 AM
@Space Station 76

Jack Plotnick Director?  There's got to be some laughs in that flick.  smiley
27  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Rewriting work for hire after the fact... on: September 18, 2014, 04:13:14 PM
Didn't ZeniMax/Bethesda/id Software recently sue John Carmack, saying all the ideas he had about VR Goggles while he worked at id belong to id? He is now working for Oculus Rift/Facebook.

I read advice somewhere that after designing a program of a kind for the first time, make a small prototype to learn how the code would actually function.  Then once you have a grasp of it, throw the original design away since it was conceived before you knew what you were doing.  In these lawsuits I have to wonder how many times the developer got locked into the original crummy design because management wants to start getting a return.  So it's possible rather than theft the "stolen" code may be the new design developed on the programmer's own time.  That's why when he goes to a competitor the new design kicks ass.

I bet it happens frequently.  Then the original sour grapes company wants to cash in on the new improved version it refused to fund.

Just speculation of a fun kind.  smiley
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to repair zip files? on: September 18, 2014, 08:11:14 AM
If for some reason you would rather not use WinRar for a particular file set you can still build a file set with recovery info using QuickPar and PAR2 files.  For example if you wanted to include par2 files for a data dvd.

Although the most common use in my experience is with file sets posted to usenet.  In most cases the file set is rar files but it doesn't have to be.  smiley
29  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Rewriting work for hire after the fact... on: September 18, 2014, 05:39:09 AM
As far as I know they don't have a patent on your solution.  In the future it may be wise to have an attorney draw up some documents you can append to the contract with some provisos that "reusable code" or callable functions that have utility for similar problems are retained by you for future use.  The use of the functions in the particular code for hire doesn't impinge on your ownership.  Maybe throw in some stuff about programs written in C don't give away printf() etc.. to make the point clear.

If they won't sign the codicil then I would just assume that painting someone's office doesn't preclude ypu from paining other offices for money in the same town.  smiley

I think the only time you would worry is if you signed a non-disclosure because your code had the secret how the bank's time lock worked or something similar.  smiley
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: September 17, 2014, 07:52:34 AM
I had an early digital watch that required holding down a button to light the LEDs to see the time.  Try that on a motorcycle with no accelerator lock.

LOL Same problem as checking the time on an LCD watch at night now -(even with cruise control)- It does tend to be a real PITA. smiley

Yeah.  If they did the watch I think it may be a case where you are better off using something like Dragon.  "Watch!  Call work.  Use fake sick voice to tell them I have the flu.  Then have pizza and beer delivered."
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: September 16, 2014, 02:33:06 PM
I can see people driving with this thing now.  One arm across the steering wheel so they can touch/tap with the other hand while cornering.  Ay Yi Yi.

And this is different from them currently staring at their lap while sending an SMS in what way?

Both hands are locked up.  I had an early digital watch that required holding down a button to light the LEDs to see the time.  Try that on a motorcycle with no accelerator lock.  I had to pull over to see what time it was.
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: September 16, 2014, 12:51:36 PM

Problem solved  smiley


Android Watch Phone



I can see people driving with this thing now.  One arm across the steering wheel so they can touch/tap with the other hand while cornering.  Ay Yi Yi.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: September 16, 2014, 12:10:29 PM
Hmmm, some guy was talking into his watch on the train platform this morning.  Either he has Dick Tracy delusions or the thing is out already?
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stephens Weekly Tech/Science News Roundup on: September 15, 2014, 04:28:31 PM
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The result? Well, among other things, they found that the people actually glued to their phones didn't even notice the markings at all.

I was going to say, for the thing to be of any use it would have to send out a signal to a phone app with a big arrow on screen to get the phoners to correct their direction while walking.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Daphne looks interesting on: September 15, 2014, 01:30:41 PM
Hmm, the Portable version seems flaky.  Trying the 64 bit installer.
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Daphne looks interesting on: September 15, 2014, 01:08:08 PM
http://www.drk.com.ar/daphne.php

The only thing "weird" so far was due to running it at the end of the DaphnePortable "install."  I quit it from the tray.  After that every time I tried to run it I was told it was already running.  I logged off, then back on.  Ran it directly.. then it seemed to act normally.  I haven't tried out the functions yet.  What intrigued me is it also has some sort of mouse drag kill feature, along with other info and debug stuff that one would expect in a Task Manager.

Some of you have likely used it for years.  But a search only turned up a reference requesting a FARR Plugin.  So I thought it may be worth a mention.

Edit:  I just watched a tutorial video for it.  It also has a window size and position "trap" where windows matching the window title set in the trap will be moved and sized.  For simple stuff there may be no need to run WinSize2.
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: problem with win8 right click on: September 13, 2014, 01:27:29 PM
If it has been weird out of the box chances are something preloaded was corrupted or there's a bad disk sector.

You could try running this fix
http://www.eightforums.co...mand-run-windows-8-a.html

Edit:  Either that or the first time you connected to the internet it downloaded a zillion updates.  Any of which could be causing the side effect.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: problem with win8 right click on: September 13, 2014, 08:55:48 AM
What do you have for Taskbar Button setting in Properties?

I don't think I've seen any report of what you are experiencing.

Edit:  Have you tried moving the Taskbar to the top and sides, then back to the bottom?  If that has no effect all I can think is there is something in the Registry that has the wrong value.

Edit2:  I would also ask here:
http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/

I searched but could not find a similar problem.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone tried USB Image Tool? on: September 12, 2014, 03:05:26 PM
Thank you.  I'll use it with confidence then.  smiley
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Anyone tried USB Image Tool? on: September 12, 2014, 09:21:29 AM
USB Image Tool looks interesting.  It creates an image to back up your USB drive.  I assume it also puts the image back on when needed.  I'm curious if anyone has tried it.  I never heard of it until I just checked out the new downloads on snapfiles.
41  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Ideas wanted for celebrating 10th Anniversary of DonationCoder.com on: September 12, 2014, 05:43:00 AM
How about releasing 3652 helium balloons all with little pieces of paper attached with DonationCoder promo material printed on it?  Grin

I just hope the fine for littering has a group rate.  smiley
42  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: force Common File Dialog instead of Common Item Dialog? on: September 12, 2014, 05:38:00 AM
And here I wish I had a way to do the reverse, when using older software. I really like the newer Common Item Dialog.

The only one that really frosts my butt is the BrowseForFolder.  It's even worse if the programmer doesn't set the bit that adds the edit box. It would be so easy to subclass the FileOpen Dialog if they didn't seal it.   Talk about a clunky dialog.  Yuck!
43  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Ideas wanted for celebrating 10th Anniversary of DonationCoder.com on: September 11, 2014, 05:08:24 PM
In the spirit of 3 Stooges.. how about some animation where you can donate x amount of DC Dollars and in return some Troll with your avatar in place of its head, pastes Mouser with a cream pie?   cheesy

Coding such a thing is beyond my experience.  I would think some kind of gif animation?
44  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: force Common File Dialog instead of Common Item Dialog? on: September 11, 2014, 03:06:56 PM
So if I understand right, it's not possible to have an app that monitors when other programs call that huh... I'll call it "function"... from the system and somehow "redirect" their call to the other function ? :/

I don't see how you could do it without creating hacked system DLLs.  Such DLLs would likely be flagged as malware.  If anyone would know it's probably programmers on CodeProject

In their wisdom Microsoft created file open and save dialogs as closed code.  Meaning you cannot subclass them to get the default behavior for free and just add the new stuff you want.  That's why custom functions sold to programmers aren't found in free code libraries.  They usually cost a few hundred bucks.

No quick fix that I know of.

45  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: force Common File Dialog instead of Common Item Dialog? on: September 11, 2014, 08:58:12 AM
The only way I know would be to use older versions of software written for XP.  They would not know about the new functions.

Other than that all I can see is ask the developer for a setting telling which dialog you would rather use.  But I think the demand for the extra coding would be very small.  It's risking introducing errors to nearly zero benefit.

Perhaps if the application is open source you could try to get someone to code a variation.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What type of development do you do? on: September 10, 2014, 05:16:48 PM
Once every couple of years I write something small in C++ just to keep my hand in.  But for the most part I write simple small Windows utilities in ahk or C# for my own use.

I never wrote anything large.  My theory being by the time I finished it the software would be obsolete.  smiley
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: comment on my business plan on: September 10, 2014, 08:09:05 AM
If they really just power up and play with zero maintenance then for $50 you could probably use Portable CCleaner to clear off old temp files, then one of the free defraggers that doesn't take 10 hours to run, such as Auslogics Free Defrag.

Messing with the OS seems like too much work.  Also they would probably get this weird urge to play solitaire for the first time and it wouldn't be there, thus generating a service call.  smiley

Only you know your friends.  But when I was an auto mechanic I noticed any time I touched some friend's car they wanted to make me responsible for it for life.  My older brother was also a mechanic before he became a software developer.  I got this tip from him.  If a friend asked for help fixing his car I told him I would stand there and offer advice.  But the decision to do it and the doing of it is up to him.  If he decided to take the advice and attempt the repair, it's on him.  Worked very well.  Of course I didn;t make any money.  But I didn't lose any friends either.  smiley

I guess the moral is with well known software it's less risky to tune up a system than to open the box.  Unless of course you are a hardware technician and are confident you can unbreak anything that gets "broken" while the box is open.  smiley
48  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: TouchPad Acer Coding Snack on: September 10, 2014, 07:48:38 AM
another similar tool: touchfreeze (Utility for Windows to disable touchpad automatically while you are typing text).

https://code.google.com/p/touchfreeze/

I wasn't aware of this program.  Some Laptops have a setting built in.  But it's kind of like a dog lifting his leg.  You have to learn about it from someone with that model who knows the key or setting.  In the case of my Toshiba a press of F9 key does it. (Or Fn F9 if you don't have Fn key set to normal function key mode.)
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A warning to anybody who is looking to purchase a VPS. on: September 10, 2014, 05:28:52 AM
Some kind of terms disclosure law would be nice.  I wasted a couple of hours on a "free" web account.  The ftp upload did not work.  Finally I find the web based file uploader.  After playing around with it for 1/2 hour I notice tiny print that the total size of all files uploaded cannot exceed 1 MB.  Yeah.  That's MB with an 'M'.  It seems to be designed to waste people's time rather than rip off their money.

Sorry but I don't recall the name of it.  I found it in one of those "best free web account" lists.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: September 09, 2014, 05:33:51 PM
I really enjoyed Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
with Robert De Niro.  Talk about breaking the mold!  Instead of a monster who can only moan an guzzle beer we get the confrontation where the "monster" argues philosophy with his creator.  A must see.
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