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26  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Program Idea: Configurable application launcher on: December 12, 2014, 10:12:45 AM
I dunno'.  You can change the hotkey for Selector to a single key by backspacing to delete the modifier key when the Set Hotkey dialog comes up(Set Hotkey tray menu command.)  This would allow launch with one key such as Pause or Numpad * if not using those.  I guess I should have included mouse hotkeys but I wrote that program in AutoIt3 which has poor mouse support.  Later on I took to making  slave ahk programs to handle the mouse action when a mouse hotkey was needed.

I haven't seen much in the way of scraping a url from any window.  Probably because there are just too many window and dialog types to do it cleanly.

Selector may still be downloaded but I've stopped developing anything longer than a few lines until I get a desktop machine and a desk to put it on.  A Laptop even with a USB external keyboard is just too cumbersome when I can't count on being able to stay at it for anything longer than about a 1/2 hour.  It's just not feasible.

27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 12, 2014, 09:27:13 AM
@SJ - can't say my personal experience with Fords, Buicks, Toyotas, and Nissans over the years syncs with what you're saying. My GF's job puts at least 50k miles on a car each year, and we're both shocked if we don't get at least 250k miles out of whatever we buy before we decide to retire it. But I'm not a mechanic. So if you're correct in your analysis, I guess we've just been far luckier than most car owners.

And if so - Yay! Grin

That's totally within the normal if those are highway miles.  Stop and go around town is much tougher on everything than get on the highway and engage cruise control type driving.   I do have to admit my knowledge of the particulars is dated.  When I was working in the field it was transitioning from the vast majority of cars being rear wheel drive to the transversely mounted engine front wheel drive type.  My last job as a mechanic was in the 1980s sometime.  Once it became obvious I wasn't going to be a new car customer I lost interest in makes modes and features.  I determine the make of automobile by reading it on the car.  smiley

But some principles remain the same.

Edit:  As far as longevity the autos I encountered that lasted the longest were Checker Cabs.  Now and then we would get one in for new tires and a front end alignment.  I swear they must need to put notches on the steering wheel to keep track of the odometer wrap around on those things.  I think they were only retired by being totaled in a collision.

28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 12, 2014, 09:17:43 AM

For some, peer pressure is hard to overcome but I have to agree with the last line -
Quote
Apparently "loyal" is Norweigian for "stupid."

I suppose it could have been worse; Barbie doll or jump off a building.   Grin

In the Yakuza flicks it's typical for a gangster to have a tattoo on his back that takes up all the space from waist to shoulders.  Instead of a receipt though I'd like to see a recursive picture of the tattoo artist applying the tattoo of him/her-self applying the tattoo etc..  Like barbershop mirrors.  That would be a challenge.
29  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Program Idea: Configurable application launcher on: December 12, 2014, 05:44:35 AM
Personally, I use ObjectDock for quick-launching applications. Someone would have to compete with that, which wouldn't be a challenge if they could make it actually hide instead of just go into negative coords with auto-hide. Makes multi-monitor setups a real hassle  Angry. Plus, if it's on the side anyway, the mouse will float into the next screen before it un-hides it, so.. Maybe a key-board shortcut to hide it? Of course, AHK could do that with ObjectDock. Hmm..

In this case I think the OP is really interested in a browser picker more than anything.  I don't remember if I ever tried ObjectDock.  I used RocketDock for quite awhile.
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 11, 2014, 04:39:43 PM
Not to mention the fact that "lean burn" burns up your system by running at high temperatures instead of just tuning the fuel mixture.

If that's the case, why do modern engines perform more reliably and last longer on average than those classic engines? And with far less major repairs?  huh

Because they are not Chrysler lean burn engines is my conjecture.  I'm talking about lean burn back in the day.  It ran too hot just because that tended to reduce the escape of raw fuel.  Kill the dog to spite the fleas technology.  smiley
31  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Program Idea: Configurable application launcher on: December 11, 2014, 04:27:45 PM
btw once you run BrowserBunch to generate the .ini file you can just paste in the paths to the browsers you wish to use if that's easier han going through the button click initialization.  Also it has a /setup switch to go through the button setup all at once etc..
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 11, 2014, 04:11:14 PM
Whenever you have a system that needs time and/or money to maintain optimal performance, said maintenance doesn't get done.

I used to do semiannual auto inspections with emissions tests.  An electronic ignition was not required.  Just a clean exhaust.  Distributor maintenance could just as easily have been mandated.  The parts and labor are no more expensive than screwing around with the fuel mixture as was done then.  Usually in minor tune-ups the expensive parts are the plugs.  They didn't need to be changed on every tune-up.  But the shops made their money on them and it was quick work.  Every 2 years new plugs would be more than adequate.

The electronic systems added to cars was a hell of an expense just so the distributor could be ignored, other than setting the base timing, during tune-ups.  You could buy a lot of points, rotors, condensors and labor for one of those Chrysler air cleaner housing computers.  Not to mention the fact that "lean burn" burns up your system by running at high temperatures instead of just tuning the fuel mixture.  It's kind of like amputating the horse's legs to make sure he doesn't break one.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 11, 2014, 04:02:24 PM
@MilesAhead: No, I gather that Malathion doesn't really have a sweet enough taste to replace sugar, so sugar is still the favourite.

I wasn't aware sugar kills mosquitoes.  No wonder Fidel has lived so long.
34  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Program Idea: Configurable application launcher on: December 11, 2014, 03:46:56 PM
The bridge that would be required would be something that detects a url in an editor or whatever and calls BrowserBunch with the url as argument.

I think you are making it a little more complicated than it needs to be.

You just need an executable that can be set as the default browser, whose sole purpose is to pop up a panel of options and then pass the URL to the browser chosen by the user.

Set as the default browser, it would pick up anything that isn't a link clicked within an actual browser. It wouldn't even need to be running in the background at all times, as the system would launch it as it passes it the URL as a command line parameter, as needed.

I know.  That's how Browser Chooser worked.  I looked into it and setting the defaults for all the various html related stuff is more complicated than all the rest of it.  I only say use a bridge to call my program because it is already debugged.  I suppose I could add using selected text but then you would either have to select the entire url or I would have to add the logic to my program.  It would be simpler to do a hotkey to get the url and call my program.  Also there's no risk of breaking my code that way.

For some reason Windows users hate it if everything is not in one exe whereas in Linux type OS tools are strung togethr all the time.  I can understand some paranoia like not wanting to install 4 different frameworks or something.  But I would venture a guess there's already a tray program out there somewhere that gets the entire url if you click on any part of it in the active window.

Edit: for example this snippet highlights the word to the left of the caret then sends it to the free dictionary when control-F9 is pressed.  It could be changed to launch BrowserBunch and the URL pretty easily.

[copy or print]
^F9::
  Clipboard =
  Send,^{LEFT}^+{RIGHT}
  Sleep,10
  Send,^c
  ClipWait,0
  Selected := Clipboard
  Send,{Right}
  Run,http://www.thefreedictionary.com/%Selected%
return

Edit2:  The above would have to be enhanced to save and restore clipboard contents as well as load a pretty icon in the tray and perhaps an About function.  I'm a very slow coder.  That's a major reason I often suggest directions.  Most have a working prototype by the time I get the editor fired up.  smiley

Edir3:  The code above was for looking up words in the dictionary from an edit form in a browser, such as I'm using right now, or some kind of text editor.  If you cannot count on the keys being there to select text via macro then you are back to selecting the entire url with the mouse etc..  Making something that can pull from every type of window gets sticky.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 11, 2014, 12:29:31 PM
So what are we using now?  I always thought it was Malathion.  But I don't know where I got that information.

I remember Silent Spring being pushed by teachers in all 4 years of high school.  A big deal was made about automobile emissions which eventually led to computerized ignition systems in cars(as environmental concerns became more general.)  I still don't think the expense was justified.  Of course once the computers are a given you can add on safety features.  But there's no reason a points plugs and condenser ignition can't operate a clean running car.
36  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Program Idea: Configurable application launcher on: December 11, 2014, 11:54:33 AM
I have modified BrowserBunch.exe so that if it is run with the first argument on the command line not ending in ".txt" it will assume it is a url, rather than a text file list of urls,  and will open the BrowserBunch Gui.

The Gui can handle up to 6 Browsers using Buttons.  Clicking on a blank button opens a file open dialog to browse to the executable.  The Browser Button will load the icon from the exe and save the info to an .ini file.

The bridge that would be required would be something that detects a url in an editor or whatever and calls BrowserBunch with the url as argument.

Here's a screen shot of the BrowserBunch Gui with 4 Buttons initialized.

Edit:  I've added a zip with just BrowserBunch.exe that has been modified in case you wish to experiment with it.  It should be run from an empty folder since it will create a file BrowserBunch.ini there and needs to find that file or it may quit with an error.


[attach]

After a Button is clicked the corresponding browser is run with the url as argument.


I know it seems a bit involuted but I have this mechanism for choosing from several browsers pretty well debugged.  If it seems an acceptable Gui then it may be worth considering using a hotkey for the url detection etc..


Edit2:  Note that the first time the BrowserBunch Gui comes up if it detects no initialized buttons it will offer to load the leftmost button with the default browser.  Just so you expect it.  smiley

Edit3:  The BrowserBunch Gui only shows translucent as in the screen shot, on Windows 7 with Glass enabled.


37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 10, 2014, 11:36:52 AM
This may be here already... but i think it's worth a repost   Grin

The Greatest Christmas Decoration Ever!
 (see attachment in previous post)

The shirt's the right color but the pants should be green.  smiley
38  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Quick method to do simple task -must be a one click fix for those who need it :) on: December 10, 2014, 05:41:53 AM

Is that a pledge to polish off his problem?  I'm sure he was just paranoid his query wood gather dust.  I mean he doesn't seem like the type to go against the grain.  Wink

I saw what you did there, stud.
Were you board [sic] when you wrote that?

I admit I felt I had to gratuitously stick in that comment.  smiley
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 10, 2014, 05:38:14 AM
It's a NO-FLAKE!

How 'bout just a Santa with the old red circle and slash?  I don't get to see much TV but one benefit is the lack of Santa Tracking Updates by the weather person.  Wink
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 10, 2014, 05:35:47 AM
I used to wonder about this myself...

That LOTR Trilogy was by far the best treatment.  But I thought Thorondor got short shrift.  I thi k the eagles got about 13 seconds out of a 13 hour(at least it seemed that long) movie trilogy.

But I guess stuff like that happens if you go having adventures.
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 08, 2014, 02:11:30 PM
Hmm, I'm not using https and it still shows blank space where people are obviously referring to something that should be where the blank line(s) are.

The next obvious question is then: What addons are you using that could cause it?

Have you tried Firefox Safe Mode, (hold down Shift while executing)?

The only thing different is 360 total security.  I turned it off and restarted the browser.  No change.

Edit:  KMeleon and Opera both show the clips.  So it must be a Firefox thing.

Edit2:  Looks like it was FlashBlock.  Even though I added DC to the white list it would not even show a placeholder for the content.  Maybe it's because it's a Nightly.

Sorry for the distraction.  smiley


42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 08, 2014, 01:50:53 PM
But the most flavorful brains are human brains. All the best flavor comes from knowledge and experience, which humans have more of than monkeys.

If they can sneak up on monkeys and kill them with that tiny bow then humans should be a piece of cake.   Thmbsup
43  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Quick method to do simple task -must be a one click fix for those who need it :) on: December 08, 2014, 05:39:37 AM
I like the proggy and probably will get the paid version from the site
Their policy is very much DC-like: You can use the software for free and donate if, when and what you want, and can afford Thmbsup

It may be on the Inno third party listing someplace..  I remember there was a free program that let you embed themes in your installer.  Pretty easy to do.  It builds a small DLL into the install exe and you call functions in it to show your installer wizard themed.  In fact the setup program for my optical Tray program still has a themed install.


[attach]


44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 08, 2014, 05:31:23 AM
Don't use HTTPS to view DonationCoder not don't use it in links

Hmm, I'm not using https and it still shows blank space where people are obviously referring to something that should be where the blank line(s) are.
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 08, 2014, 05:28:14 AM
What they need are a few rain forest zombies skilled in hunting monkeys with those little silent bows and arrows.  Also they could teach their contemporaries the culinary skills required to serve the brains in skull(there must be a term for it like a la carte but I'm not schooled in Haute cuisine.)   smiley

That would prolly be a skullet - assuming fried or baked brains, of course  undecided.  Otherwise, consult Indiana Jones (Temple of Doom) for chilled monkey brains as a dessert guide.

I heard chilled brains is good with Reddi-Wip.  That's assuming the Reddi-Wip itself is chilled.   Thmbsup
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 07, 2014, 05:09:27 PM

Is it just me or are posts missing links lately?

Can't say I've noticed that. huh

Anybody else?
[/quote]

To put it another way, was there a link in your post about Riks?
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 07, 2014, 04:43:35 PM
This is a fun one from Stevie Riks.

A respectful - yet refreshingly light-hearted version of one of the most popular (to say nothing of self-righteous and somewhat condescending) Christmas standards of them all. Hey...Bob Geldof had a hand in writing the song. What can I say?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B8k1kyPJVQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B8k1kyPJVQ</a>

How many pop stars can you identify? Thmbsup

Is it just me or are posts missing links lately?  (Not talking Darwin but web links.)  smiley
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 07, 2014, 09:59:32 AM
(see attachment in previous post)
(Sigh). Easy on the eye, but hard on the grammar. So much for crowd-sourcing of knowledge...
At least the spelling is OK.

Oh, and that's a grammar error that gives me the same physical reaction as nails on a blackboard!  ohmy

.. so you must cringe a lot when you're here?   Grin

I cringe a lot, in general. I don't keep track of where, any more.

.. oddly enough... this doesn't bother me at all...  huh (see attachment in previous post)

Hmm, if it were 9 one inch nails I wonder if music would be produced?
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox update download trap on: December 07, 2014, 09:57:58 AM
[I thought "sneak snack snuk" was better but online reference says I should write "sneaked."]
You could also write or say 'snook'

Ah, it's been too long since I brushed up on English Grammar.  smiley

Edit:  btw if anyone is trying the Firefox x64 Nightly, I'm not sure exactly what happened, but it seemed like when I tried Session Manager AddOn other extensions stopped working and I had problems I could fix with restore points or reinstall.  Fortunately my Cyberfox seems unaffected.  For the time being I'm back to using that.

Also I don't trust Sync, since it doesn't have a manual overwrite mode.  But my Bookmarks seem OK.  My guess is some interaction with Nightly and that AddOn.  Even my 32 bit FF got hosed.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox update download trap on: December 07, 2014, 09:57:00 AM
I would suggest switching to Firefox Portable

smiley

I have the same nightly in portable version.  Trouble with that is if I check for updates it totally breaks it since the update is attempted even though it never succeeds in the PortableApps version.  Also setting it as default involves a hack.  Now that the browser install has stopped refusing to copy an older version over the newer it's really easier to just install over it.

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