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26 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 from my page:

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

27 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
28  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

29  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.
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: May 19, 2015, 08:54:04 AM
just came across this today:

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
31 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / CHS featured in Softpedia tutorial on: May 19, 2015, 08:36:12 AM
Make the Windows Clipboard Hold More Entries
32  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.
33  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
34  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
35  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
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any difficulty in doing knots? on: May 18, 2015, 05:29:29 AM
Puns, what puns? This may come as noose to you but according to the panel you made a slip.

Well I'm no Boy Scout nor am I Richard Kimble.  Speaking of which a video of The One Armed Man(tm) tying knots might be interesting.  smiley
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HDD primary partition not able to resize! on: May 17, 2015, 04:34:04 PM
Did you run Acronis from Windows or from a boot disc?  I haven't used Acronis but I have used EaseUS ToDo Backup, Macrium Reflect and Paragon Backup.  In all cases when restoring the boot partition you either need a "backup capsule" hidden partition with the restore image, or you boot a disc/usb with the restore program and then restore the image to the boot partition. If you boot to Windows off the HD and run the restore you are trying to restore files that are in use.

I would try not to panic.  You may be able to get the restore image to go on.  I would post on Acronis forum.  Somebody there was likely in the same boat at some point and may know the easiest way to right the ship.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Bargain Watch software? on: May 17, 2015, 11:30:04 AM
Does anyone know of a "bargain watch" software?  I find myself searching every day for giveaways for particular software applications.  Naturally it occurs to me how cool it would be if one could just specify a list of software with minimum version numbers and get an email when something on the list is available for free.  Pperhaps even an email with a different subject line if it is only a discount for the item.  It would save a lot of looking around.  Not to mention avoiding expired giveaways.

39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any difficulty in doing knots? on: May 17, 2015, 11:23:28 AM
Until I saw the puns I feared this thread would be for naught.

40  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Delayed Cuts on: May 16, 2015, 08:25:38 AM
Delayed Cuts 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.

Note that the zip file now just includes a readme.txt and a program DelayedCutsSetup.exe.
Running DelayedCutsSetup will not overwrite files in the current folder.  So it is necessary
to either delete the exe files first or unzip to an empty folder as noted in the readme.

The reason for the setup program is to copy either a 32 bit or 64 bit version of DelayedLoad.exe
to your system.  Otherwise if a shortcut points to a 64 bit program in Program Files, Windows
will redirect it to Program Files (x86) and the program you are trying to run is not there.
41  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Dayu Disk Master Pro giveaway on: May 15, 2015, 11:04:13 AM
Speaking of giveaways, I got a copy of Power ISO from Windows Deal

It's not something I need.  At least I don't think so, since W8 can mount iso images.  But I'm curious if anyone likes it.  I don't mess around with video anymore.  I don't have much occasion to wish to get all the files I can off the damaged DVD etc..
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: May 15, 2015, 05:36:45 AM
Tokkan is a 10-episode situation comedy drama starring Inoue Mao.
I hope nobody gets annoyed with me posting Japanese multi-show dramas or films; nobody likes duds, and I am trying to be as careful as I can to post only what I think are really good ones.
One of the best ways to find them is to browse the host web filmographies of top stars, and Inoue Mao is another awesome film star in Japan who always delivers.
"Miki (Inoue Mao) is run ragged each day as ruthless tax investigator Kagami’s assistant to collect taxes from tax defaulters." (see attachment in previous post)Inoue Mao

The first show I saw her in was Hana Yori Dango

She was way cute.  Although the dancing boxing bit got old after awhile.  Still, it was kind of fun.  I have been on and for years.  Although I rarely post.  As for me please post series you enjoy.  Especially if they can be accessed online for free with English Subs.   Thmbsup
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Utility to allow keeping only the newest copy of several files on a drive on: May 14, 2015, 09:50:49 AM
Sounds like it would be easy on VMS.  A DEC guy wrote some Windows command line utilities to simulate some of the VMS file features like copy with version number stuck on.  For example the VMS command
purge /keep=1

would remove all files except the newest.

I don't know how useful it is but it's free so might be worth a look:
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 13, 2015, 03:23:36 PM

This is why discount stores still sell plenty of pairs of crappy $15 sneakers that fall apart in a month.

Heh.  First time I read this I saw speakers and thought about how my crappy $15 speakers lasted a few years.  smiley  I agree on the shoes.  Rockport Walking Shoes were the best I ever owned.  I wore them all day every day and used no other shoes/slippers.  Got 10 years out of 'em.  smiley

The worst is when I see people on the street who have had their shoes stolen.  You can tell because they are wearing socks with $1.95 flip flops.   thumb down
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ON/OFF TaskBar button for Automatic log-on and connect to Internet. on: May 13, 2015, 07:56:38 AM
Another way to skin the cat using ipconfig:

basically using release to give up your IP address and renew to get it back(for broadband at least.)

46  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Hawk Host Shared Hosting bargain on: May 13, 2015, 07:20:25 AM
If in need of shared hosting I would take a look here:

Hawk Host has 25% off coupons for shared hosting here:

When I signed up 3 months ago they honored a coupon for 25% discount.  So I assume it is legit.

If you sign up and wish to cite me as a referral that's cool. But it's no big deal since the initial plan I had was quite economical.  Also I must say any query I made to support was resolved quickly and competently.

I've been there just about 3 months.  I haven't noticed any downtime or other problems that I could not easily resolve by contacting support.  Also just yesterday they emailed me to notify me I could increase my total storage from the current 3 GB to 6 GB at no charge.  I can't complain about that.  smiley

47  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 13, 2015, 05:40:09 AM
The other thing to consider is with W8 and later you take the plunge with GPT and UEFI.  Better technologies for the future sure.  But the transition is no fun. I've been trying to boot VHD OSs with W8.0 and so far only Windows 2012 Server R2 has worked.  At that I would have to install all the drivers for my Laptop.

From what I am told Windows 7 flavors that support VHD booting. it just works.  Also the only "modern" app I use is Weather.  I have a web browser that does the same thing.  I am carrying around all that Start Screen and App layer of crap just because MS wants it there.  I don't even own a smart phone.

One of these days I'll put W7 Pro on this thing if I find I can do the VHD bit with it.

Thirdly I don't know how many PCs are broken in the forums by auto updates.  I think the percentages say that if I leave Windows Update on automatic it will break my system much sooner and more surely than some virus coming down the information highway.

They should have stopped at lucky 7. For a few more years anyway. smiley
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: May 11, 2015, 02:18:22 PM
I learned to avoid draining more than one thing at a time, so as to minimise the potential for making any really careless mistakes - for example, such as (say) in refilling the drained engine oil with transmission oil or brake fluid.

The funniest one I saw when it came to putting the fluids in the wrong place was at a gas station.  We had a novice kid pumping gas.  Some lady came in with a foreign car with a rear engine.  The kid couldn't find the gas fill.  She told him to open the back and he would see the pipe sticking out.  That's it.  He proceeded to open the engine compartment and stuck the gas nozzle in the air cleaner horn.  He managed to somehow get the nozzle clip to stay in place while he went about wiping the windshield.  After a bit the gas started to stream across the lot.

The guy who owned the station was a real stickler for detail.  You had to do everything exactly as taught.  But it was so ridiculous he just broke out laughing.  He blew out the lady's air cleaner with compressed air and filled her tank for free.  No harm done.  smiley

49 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Utility to handle files/folders with illegal characters on: May 11, 2015, 01:57:23 PM
However, I think I have more files and drives with similar problems. Maybe the easiest would be to reinstall Linux...

Or use a Linux Live that has NTFS support.  You can mount the drive with the files that need to be renamed, as part of the live directory tree.  I would also search for a "one liner" in case someone has run into this before and posted the solution.  Some file pattern that would detect these types of filenames as input etc..

With all the machine dual booting Windows and Linux over the years there must be something canned out there somewhere.

Edit:  Looks like someone has attempted to use find Linux command to fix it up.  I don't know how successful it would be:
50 Software / Finished Programs / Re: Frameless.exe: program usage syntax on: May 10, 2015, 01:30:52 PM
I believe if you want to use a program via SendTo or OpenWith that opens a file from the command line you need to put the filename param as the last one.  Windows will stick "%1" after a space at the end of the shortcut target line and replace it with the file path right clicked.  That is if you want to fill in an unknown number of switches in the shortcut target line.
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