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3376  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Welcome, come back in a year on: May 04, 2010, 06:58:39 PM
it's probably also worth mentioning in this thread that there are ways to get a non-expiring license key immediately without donating.. i send non-expiring permanent license keys to anyone who emails and let's me know that they are: doing volunteer work, are involved in freeware coding, would rather donate to a local charity, or just have given it some thought but decided that they can't or won't donate.  we're not trying to punish anyone for not donating -- we're just trying to get people to pause for a few seconds and at least seriously consider the idea of making a donation to support the site.

I propose another category be appended for those who can withstand the bad puns.
They deserve to be rewarded too.


3377  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Discussion: How can we Improve DonationCoder? on: May 04, 2010, 06:52:59 PM
so from my standpoint i think maybe the best bang for the buck in terms of improving site organization is to leave the forum as it is -- and just focus on making the rest of the non-forum website pages on DonationCoder.com better in terms of exposing the rest of the content on the site, and making it easier to maintain those pages.
 
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- Oshyan

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3378  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: KVM switch woes -- any recommendations? on: May 04, 2010, 06:48:30 PM
Thanks to all for all the suggestions and insight. Now I have to decide.

The only kvma switch I ever bought is the one I'm using now.  It's a Belkin for 2 PCs. It's been very reliable.  The thing is I stay with PS/2 keyboard and mouse and VGA connector for video.  I know, the thing's ancient.. but it's been working for me all this time. I have my speakers plugged into it too. Only real drawback other than hotkeying back and forth is I can't use my PC as a jukebox since the sound will switch when I switch machines. Eventually they'll probably stop making PCs with VGA connectors.  That's one reason I got this HP quad core.  The video card has 3 outputs, one of which is VGA. I'm still using a Gateway VX900 CRT.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it.  smiley

I think I paid $6.95 at Best Buy for this switch.  Got my moneys worth.  The one thing though it did take me awhile to catch on that the "right hand side" was like the master side. If I install a new PC on the left hand side, I have to boot the PC on the right to initialize it first, or the startup won't recognize the keyboard.

3379  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: reopen recently opened explorer windows, history, MRU on: May 04, 2010, 06:37:14 PM
btw you may want to try ReOpen instead.  I find sometimes I type a substring in the input filter and I don't get a result in the folder list, but sometimes a recent program that lives in that folder is still in the program list.  Then I can highlight it, press Alt Left Click to paste it into the input line.  Once there I can backspace out the program part to get the folder.

I also cheat by using Everything Search.  If I type in a folder name and come up dry, then I hit ^c to kick off the hotkey search, which I have set to open Everything Search... then the contents of the input filter edit line are sent as a macro.
3380  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: reopen recently opened explorer windows, history, MRU on: May 04, 2010, 06:29:12 PM
He he, MilesAhead, I confess I have been a FolderCache user for a bit Thmbsup


Oh, so you're the other guy!!  I knew of one person using it.  Nice to know a few people find it useful.



3381  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XML editor on: May 04, 2010, 12:24:56 PM
@ewemoa

If you are looking for a portable xml editor then have a look at Firstobject XML Editor

This looks good for my light usage. smiley
3382  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XML editor on: May 04, 2010, 12:11:50 PM
Thanks for posting this, MilesAhead.

Some initial notes:

  Source appears available.
  A bit on the large side, but Universal Extractor seems to handle this one ok too.
  Some registry-writing for this one, but that may be because it is using Qt.
  Mmm, Python (console) and plugins smiley
  Seems fairly speedy, though the help seems a bit heavy.

Seems like fun for hackers  Thmbsup

Sounds good. I'll try it out.

edit: whoa, for 225 MB installed it's a bit more than I need.

edit2: At this point I'm just looking for a means to change program options
without having the use text editor search and F3 over and over.  I don't need
to create xml docs at the present time.

3383  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XML editor on: May 04, 2010, 01:08:14 AM
I downloaded this one today, since I saw this thread and decided to search:

http://www.syntext.com/products/serna-free/

I haven't tried it yet though.  Just looked handy to have.
3384  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Toggle2 v. 1.7 on: May 04, 2010, 01:05:05 AM
is Toggle2 an update from plain Toggle or is it a separate program?

They're 2 different programs.
Toggle is still available for download but I've focused on Toggle2 since it's more versatile.

You can download both here:
http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

3385  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Toggle2 v. 1.7 on: May 03, 2010, 04:25:25 PM
Toggle2 v. 1.7

Fixed a few Tray Menu and "single instance" control glitches.
Recompiled without compression to avoid av false positives.

No new features.  Just doesn't put check marks on menu items
that aren't supposed to have them. Tray Menu only opens on
Right Click so that double-clicking the icon doesn't give off
"tray menu flash" from the menu popping up for a fraction
of a second.

Latest version is now on the Hotkeys page.
3386  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BootRacer-Check Your Boot Speed on: May 02, 2010, 11:56:16 AM
Hi

I contacted  BootRacer sotmaker and replied as fiollow

Timeout for choosing operational system is hard to evaluate.
You can change the timeout to 0 by editing "boot.ini".

Hope this info will help

What I do is sit and watch.  When the boot menu comes up I hit Enter to avoid the wait. Or you can just subtract the setting you have.  I use an 8 second delay. If Bootspeed says 78 seconds then I know it's 70. smiley

3387  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: reopen recently opened explorer windows, history, MRU on: May 02, 2010, 11:52:48 AM
Since my posts on this thread I've authored 2 Hotkey type apps for this purpose.

1 just monitors folders(FolderCache), the other folders and programs(ReOpen.)

Yes they monitor the active window, but the monitoring is very cheap.
Usually task manager shows them below 1% CPU usage.

In fact I've just made improvements to both that haven't showed up on
Softpedia yet since it's the weekend.  You can download the latest of
both from my hotkeys page:

http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

I just added F1 help to both while the Popup Window is showing.  By default F1 displays
the Readme file, but if you have TreePad Lite 3 or higher installed, it shows a
TreePad help file.  The TreePad file is much easier to navigate and better organized.

Here's a screen shot of the TreePad Help for ReOpen:

[attach]

3388  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReOpen 4.2 on: May 01, 2010, 08:28:53 PM
ReOpen v. 4.2

F1 Help is now available while the Popup Window is open.
TreePad Lite 3 or higher is required.  If the TreePad format
help file is not found or TreePad is not installed, it reverts
to displaying the Readme.

http://www.treepad.com/treepadfreeware/

edit: I've updated the Readme so that it is analogous to the
TreePad help.  Same info in both.  The Readme also has
revision history at the bottom.

edit2: btw there's also a TreePad Reader program that's free and it's
allowed to distribute it with TreePad files.  But since TreePad Lite
is not made to handle graphics it snaps open much faster. it's also
free and generally useful to have other than reading my utility
help files.

For instance I started this little Tips tree file but I keep forgetting
to add tips.

[attach]
3389  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BootRacer-Check Your Boot Speed on: May 01, 2010, 07:55:01 PM
I realize that.  But the VB script is good for those who don't want to install an application just to time their boots.  Plus by definition you have the source code. smiley

It's just an alternative. I don't say don't use the first utility if you like it. smiley

3390  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FolderCache 4.2 on: May 01, 2010, 02:46:21 PM
FolderCache 4.2

Added F1 Help while Popup Window is displayed.
(requires TreePad Lite 3 or higher)

edit: If the TreePad format help file is not found or TreePad is not installed,
F1 falls back to trying to display the Readme file(file version 4.2.0.2)

edit2: I've updated the Readme so that it is analogous to the
TreePad help.  Same info in both.  The Readme also has
revision history at the bottom.
3391  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReOpen 4.1 on: April 30, 2010, 09:37:55 PM
ReOpen v. 4.1

In addition to using the "visit hotkey page" command in the Tray Menu, now
in ReOpen all you have to do is put the pipe character('|') by itself in
the Edit Line and hit Enter. Default browser will be opened to FavesSoft
hotkey page. If anything follows the pipe on the line, it will be assumed to
be a URL and an attempt will be made to open default browser to that page
(e.g. entering: |www.donationcoder.com should browse to this site)
3392  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BootRacer-Check Your Boot Speed on: April 30, 2010, 09:27:41 PM
Hmmmmm, I don't know if it's coincidence or the fact that BootSpeed puts that run-once entry in the Registry, but it seems like every time I go to time my warm boot using it, shutdown takes twice as long as normal(subjectively seems that way anyway.)

But Curt, if you use BootSpeed that's all it times is a warm boot. It sticks the entry in run once and stores the timer tick, then subtracts the timer tick from the current one when it opens on reboot. I haven't really looked at the code to see if it accounts for passing midnight or any of that. But the time is measured from the moment you click it until it comes up after the warm boot.


3393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FolderCache 4.1 on: April 30, 2010, 09:23:01 PM

FolderCache 4.1

In addition to using the "visit hotkey page" command in the Tray Menu, now
in FolderCache all you have to do is put the pipe character('|') by itself in
the Edit Line and hit Enter. Default browser will be opened to FavesSoft
hotkey page. If anything follows the pipe on the line, it will be assumed to
be a URL and an attempt will be made to open default browser to that page
(e.g. entering: |www.donationcoder.com should browse to this site)

3394  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BootRacer-Check Your Boot Speed on: April 30, 2010, 04:35:25 PM
You can get a VB script that shows the reboot time from this tutorial:

http://www.vistax64.com/t.../151819-boot-up-time.html

It doesn't have options like the software that must be installed. Just uses
the Run Once key and checks the timer tick.

If you have very high reboot times and trimming down the autostart stuff doesn't help you can also turn on boot logging.  Sometimes the computer times out waiting to load a driver that's no longer on the system.  That can add 10 or 20 seconds onto your boot time whereas a crowded startup folder only adds a few seconds on a fast machine with a fast HD.

When I first got my quad core I used PC decrapifier to clean off the unwanted-ware.  Unfortunately the uninstall doesn't always clean out Registry settings that try to load drivers that, after the uninstall, no longer exist. I had
to download "cleanup tools" to get rid of all the remnants.

3395  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReOpen 4.0 on: April 30, 2010, 03:29:04 PM
ReOpen v. 4.0

Now you may type more than one item into the edit
box separated by a semicolon(e.g. c:\temp;c:\windows;c:\MyProg.exe)
and hit Enter to open them simultaneously.  You can still select items
from the lists and push onto stack before using the Edit control, and
all items will be popped off the stack, checked to exist, and opened.

For multiple items in Edit control to work, the Edit control must have
the keyboard focus when you press Enter.

3396  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FolderCache 4.0 on: April 30, 2010, 02:59:29 PM
FolderCache v. 4.0

Now you can enter more than one folder in the Edit Line, separated by
a semicolon(';') to simply type in multiple folders and open them all by
hitting Enter.

For example if I want to open 3 folders without picking them out of the list I can type: c:\Windows;c:\work;d:\SomeOtherFolder and hit the Enter key.

The folders are checked to exist and pushed on the stack, so that you can still
select folders from the listbox and push onto the stack, prior to hitting Enter
in the Edit Line. When you hit Enter all the folders in the stack will be popped,
checked to exist, and then opened. The folder won't be added to the stack if it's already in.

For multiple entry in the Edit Line to work, Enter must be pressed while the input focus is in the Edit Line.
3397  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: New MakeMKV beta on: April 30, 2010, 01:21:09 PM
A new beta release today,

http://www.makemkv.com/fo...wtopic.php?f=5&t=1054

along with reg key good until June,

http://www.makemkv.com/fo...wtopic.php?f=5&t=1053

3398  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application on: April 30, 2010, 12:54:28 PM
Glad it fits the bill. smiley
3399  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: C# Books (Recomendations) on: April 29, 2010, 10:03:55 PM
Ummm... he said C# smiley


My eyes must have crossed or something. It sure looked like ++ to me.
Anyway it wouldn't hurt. It's basically C++ with garbage collection and a bunch of other stuff swiped from Java and Smalltalk.

edit: other than books this is an excellent resource:
http://www.codeproject.com/

I don't go in much for buying books anymore.. just hunt down the docs on the web.  The only C# book I have on hand is 8 years old.  Chris Sells Windows Forms Programming in C# probably only available in the bargain bin or the public library. smiley  It was good in its time to get the basics for form/dialog programming though.
3400  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application on: April 29, 2010, 07:36:13 PM
Download HomeFolder from my page:

http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

edit: btw it's only been tested on SDI type applications.  Programs that run in a main window.  I don't much use MDI type apps.  May work but I don't guarantee it.
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