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3376  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Taskbar Gap 1.5.1.0 on: June 11, 2011, 07:42:10 PM
Taskbar Gap 1.0.0.0 Tray hotkey to toggle desktop work area.  PercentGap .ini file option to set the size of the Taskbar Gap.  Taskbar Gap stores the current work area on start up. On close it resets it to the saved value.

Sorry but I only have a single monitor setup. I can't support multiple monitors.

Hitting Alt-F7 hotkey or double clicking the Tray Icon toggles the work area setting.
The Tray Icon changes to indicate the current setting(gap or no gap.)

It is free for you to use at your own risk.
You can download from my hotkeys page:
http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

See About Taskbar Gap command in Tray Menu for particulars.
Also a Readme file is enclosed.

When the Taskbar Gap is in effect you should be able to maximize windows normally and have them respect the gap next to the Taskbar.

3377  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome "about:blank" hack for Windows on: June 11, 2011, 12:59:34 AM
I added a few things. Protection against "already running" error dialog.  Memory trimmed periodically while running in the tray.  Plus your basic crappy About MsgBox!!



[copy or print]
;  Chrome Blanker
;
;  For those who start a Chrome based browser
;  using about:blank to get a blank page.
;
;  This watches for "about:blank" in both the
;  window title and text(the address bar).
;
;  Removes about:blank from address bar.
;  This allows you to type in a url or
;  search string right away.
;
;  Author:  MilesAhead
;
#include <Constants.au3>
#include <Misc.au3>

Const $ERROR_ALREADY_EXISTS = 183
If _Singleton("{C8C284F1-5247-4187-8D48-FD476E473C61}", 1) = 0 Then
If @error = $ERROR_ALREADY_EXISTS Then Exit
EndIf
AutoItSetOption("TrayMenuMode", 3)
TraySetClick(8)
$aboutitem = TrayCreateItem("About Chrome Blanker")
TrayCreateItem("")
$exititem = TrayCreateItem("Quit")
TrayItemSetState($aboutitem, $TRAY_DEFAULT)
TraySetToolTip("Chrome Blanker")
TraySetState()

Const $LoopTrigger = 4096
Global $loopCount = 0
$title = "about:blank"
$text = "about:blank"

_EmptyWorkingSet()

While 1
$msg = TrayGetMsg()
Select
Case $msg = 0
If WinGetTitle($title, $text) Then
If WinActivate($title, $text) Then
Send("{F6}")
Send("{Del}")
_TrimMemory()
ContinueLoop
EndIf
EndIf
$loopCount += 1
If $loopCount > $LoopTrigger Then _TrimMemory()

Case $msg = $aboutitem
_About()

Case $msg = $exititem
_Quit()

EndSelect
WEnd

Func _TrimMemory()
_EmptyWorkingSet()
$loopCount = 0
EndFunc   ;==>_TrimMemory

Func _EmptyWorkingSet()
Local $ai_Return = DllCall("psapi.dll", 'int', 'EmptyWorkingSet', 'long', -1)
Return $ai_Return[0]
EndFunc   ;==>_EmptyWorkingSet

Func _About()
Local $mMsg = @CRLF & "Chrome Blanker is a Hack for Chrome based Browsers on Windows." & @CRLF & @CRLF
$mMsg &= "It erases about:blank from the Adress Bar on Startup" & @CRLF & @CRLF
$mMsg &= "          Author:  MilesAhead"
MsgBox(0x1040, "Chrome Blanker", $mMsg)
EndFunc   ;==>_About

Func _Quit()
Exit
EndFunc   ;==>_Quit
3378  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: NewsBin Pro $35.00 -> $10.00 *lifetime subscription* on: June 11, 2011, 12:05:41 AM
Newsbin 6 RC2 is available for download.

I've been using it all day.  Seems pretty solid.  Looks like a few tweaks needed such as W7 Taskbar Progress being related to actual download progress.  Seems to just light up and do stuff.  But you can disable it in NewsBinPro.nbi [settings]
3379  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Chrome "about:blank" hack for Windows on: June 10, 2011, 08:24:24 PM
If you use "about:blank" in settings to get a chrome based browser to start with a blank page you may notice it comes up with "about:blank" in the Address Bar and the caret at the beginning of the line.  It forces you to delete about:blank before you can type in a url or search string.

This little AutoIt3 hack sits in the tray and watches for a window title starting with "about:blank" and window text that's also "about:blank"(the text in the Address Bar.)

If it gets a match it sends keys to remove about:blank allowing you to type stuff in right away.  The hack is an AutoIt3 script meaning it runs on Windows XP or later. You can get the AutoIt tools to run and/or compile the script here:
http://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit/downloads/

This is just a hack until the Chromium guys get around to fixing it.


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;  Chrome Blanker for Windows XP or later
;
;  For those who start a Chrome based browser
;  using about:blank to get a blank page.
;
;  This watches for "about:blank" in both the
;  window title and text(the address bar).
;
;  Removes about:blank from address bar.
;  This allows you to type in a url or
;  search string right away.
;
;  Author:  MilesAhead
;
$title = "about:blank"
$text = "about:blank"

_EmptyWorkingSet()

While 1
If WinGetTitle($title, $text) Then
If WinActivate($title, $text) Then
Send("{F6}")
Send("{Del}")
_EmptyWorkingSet()
ContinueLoop
EndIf
EndIf
Sleep(250)
WEnd

Func _EmptyWorkingSet()
Local $ai_Return = DllCall("psapi.dll", 'int', 'EmptyWorkingSet', 'long', -1)
Return $ai_Return[0]
EndFunc   ;==>_EmptyWorkingSet

3380  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shift Kicker 1.1.1.2 on: June 08, 2011, 06:58:16 PM
Shift Kicker 1.1.1.2 Fixed bug in taskbar gap calculation. Merged all ahk source into one file. Source and custom icon included in download.

3381  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: -1 for BrowserChooser on: June 08, 2011, 06:05:25 PM
If you use this kind of functionality very frequently something like Pick Browser may be the way to go.  I was looking for a way to come up with my own "default browser intercept" mechanism.  I didn't like the Registry mess involved so I took a different approach.

It's not strictly for browsers but a launcher that passes selected text to an application during launch.  You can add browsers just by dragging the shortcut to the Popup Window.

Say for example you an in Chromium but you see that page would work better in Firefox.  Highlight the address and hit the hotkey.  Double click Firefox in the listbox.  Firefox opens to the page.

Or if you are using a text editor that does not have link launch feature the way EditPad does.  Select the url text in the editor. Hit the hotkey, select the browser from the list.

You can add any shortcut, not just browsers.

Here's a screen shot:



It's also an alternative to SendTo since you can select a file in Explorer and hit the hotkey to pass that filename to any program in the list.

Edit: another cool thing you can do with it(that I often forget to use myself and just remembered) is select 2 folders in Explorer, hit the hotkey, launch FreeCommander or another file manager that accepts folders on the command line, it will open with a folder in each pane.

Edit2: afa using with FreeCommander it's ok if neither folder has a space in the path. It's really designed to pass one command line arg.  Has a go with "" to double quote the arg in case of spaces.  To pick off folders from Explorer to use with FreeCommander or Q-Dir HalfShell is better. It passes up to 4 folders to an alternate file manager, wrapping those with spaces with double quotes. Once set up all you need to do is hit Shift-Enter hotkey.

Selector is better for picking stuff out of text or a browser's address bar as noted earlier.


3382  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shift Kicker 1.1.1.0 on: June 08, 2011, 03:59:37 PM
I don't know how those artist guys do it with small images that look like something.  Usually I take the easy way out and put white letters on a teal background.  Even with the shifter if you look you'll see it's really IOU. It's way too frustrating trying to draw stuff with a mouse with the rubber ball inside.

The icon designers must use a joystick or something with more control.

Also I try to keep the KB low since it does sit in the tray and use memory.

If one of those free Vista icons seems appropriate I'll use it.  Like a big green Plus Sign for Skwire's "Harvest Time" (I use it as a stack Icon to help me pick it out of the jumble.)
3383  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shift Kicker 1.1.1.0 on: June 07, 2011, 07:34:24 PM
Shift Kicker 1.1.1.0 Changed custom icon. An artist I'm not.  But at least it's royalty free. smiley

[attach]
3384  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 15+ useful Chrome Extensions you might not have heard of on: June 07, 2011, 05:03:13 PM
Quote
Bookmark Sentry
A bookmark scanner that checks for duplicate and bad links.
https://chrome.google.com...bmgnimogcmcdenggkpdmihlga

Last time I looked at it dupes weren't handled.  I'm getting dupes on bookmark sync so I'm gonna' give it another try.


Just ran it.  Seems to do a pretty good job on bookmark dupes, but not folder dupes.  Still, it saves a lot of time.  Now if it just fetched favicons!! smiley
3385  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 15+ useful Chrome Extensions you might not have heard of on: June 07, 2011, 04:47:10 PM
Quote
Bookmark Sentry
A bookmark scanner that checks for duplicate and bad links.
https://chrome.google.com...bmgnimogcmcdenggkpdmihlga

Last time I looked at it dupes weren't handled.  I'm getting dupes on bookmark sync so I'm gonna' give it another try.
3386  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shift Kicker 1.1.0.0 on: June 07, 2011, 04:44:32 PM
Oh, and making that into an icon isn't that hard

Thanks for the links.  Actually I tried a few.  Usually doesn't look so great in the task tray though.  Too small for detail.
3387  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: KeyDrive 2.2.0.0 on: June 07, 2011, 03:26:12 PM
KeyDrive 2.2.0.0 Gap now adjustable via PercentGap .ini file option.
3388  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 15+ useful Chrome Extensions you might not have heard of on: June 07, 2011, 02:19:01 PM
Are you aware that your Adblock extension is not from the same folks who made the wonderful Adblock Plus for Firefox?

For that one you need to go here: Adblock Plus for Google Chrome (Beta)
Thanks didn't know smiley

By the way technically you don't need flash block anymore, if you go to Options > Under the hood > Privacy Content Settings > Plugins Block All. Then you can enable instances by clicking on them or whitelist plugins/sites.

Nice tip. smiley
3389  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shift Kicker 1.1.0.0 on: June 07, 2011, 02:14:09 PM
Good name  Grin

I tried to find an icon for a muddy boot but no luck. smiley
3390  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shift Kicker 1.1.0.0 on: June 07, 2011, 03:55:05 AM
Shift Kicker 1.1.0.0 Minor changes in dialogs and menus.  Mainly "ShiftKicker" displayed as 2 words.  Just easier to read.
3391  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 15+ useful Chrome Extensions you night not have heard of on: June 07, 2011, 03:37:36 AM
Will these extensions work with Chromium or Srware Iron ?
Or they are only for Google Chrome ?

Thanks
SKA

All the Chrome extensions I've tried have worked in Chromium.  Iron I've had some that wouldn't work because the folders are not what the extensions expect.  I think Chromium you have better compatibility than Iron.  But I haven't tried Iron in 6 months or so.

I've been using Chromium nightly builds. Currently I'm using 14.0.786.0.  The only problem I'm running into is bookmark sync dupes.
3392  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Shift Kicker 1.1.1.7 on: June 07, 2011, 12:58:15 AM
You may download this utility from my Hotkey Page

  ShiftKicker is a Tray Hotkey

  Install:  None.  Unzip to an empty folder.

  Uninstall:  Delete folder made above.

  Usage:  Hotkey sits in the task tray.  Hold down shift key
  while clicking the mouse on a Window's Maximize Button
  to "maximize" with a TaskBar Gap.

  Creates ShiftKicker.ini file in same folder as ShiftKicker.exe.
  The size of the gap next to the TaskBar can be set using
  the PercentGap ini file option.  This is the percentage of
  screen width or height depending on the location of
  the TaskBar.

  Note that this is a "hack" as it just resizes the maximized
  window.  Clicking again normally restores the window
  to its original position and size.

  For this to work with Explorer windows the Folder View
  option "show full path in address bar" should be enabled.
  TaskBar AutoHide option should be disabled.
3393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 15+ useful Chrome Extensions you night not have heard of on: June 07, 2011, 12:55:56 AM
I use FlashBlock and am generally happy with it. The one feature I wish it had (which it may and I haven't found it yet) is to load *all* Flash objects on a page *one time only*/on-demand. Often times I find myself going to a site that has 5 or 10 *separate* Flash elements on it and having to click each one to enable is annoying, yet I may not want to white list the whole site permanently either. Maybe even a "temporarily white list this site" would be nice, so I could continue browsing the site that session even. Otherwise it's great though, no sudden Flash surprises! hehe.

- Oshyan

Thanks for the info.  Mostly I just want to screen out sudden noise as I mentioned. I don't watch online video very often.  Maybe Leo Laporte on Twit TV now and then. smiley

I'll give it a try.
3394  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 15+ useful Chrome Extensions you night not have heard of on: June 06, 2011, 08:53:30 PM
Quote
Topic: 15+ useful Chrome Extensions you night not have heard of



Guess it applies to people who are only deaf in the dark.  smiley

Damn spell check!! Almost all my typos are a word in the dictionary!! smiley




3395  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 15+ useful Chrome Extensions you night not have heard of on: June 06, 2011, 08:35:02 PM
Anyone using FlashBlock? The most annoying thing to me is sudden loud audio.  Not that the animations are great, but the loud audio sure is a pita!!

Just wondering if users are generally satisfied.
3396  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 7 Freeware Windows Explorer Alternatives / File Managers compared on: June 06, 2011, 05:59:09 PM
I can't remember where it was. But I know there was a forum where I mentioned that problem and the author claimed he was working on improving the threading.  But that was probably 6 months ago or more when I first tried it. Sorry I can't remember anything more specific.

I know I did play around with starting like 4 GB file copies and then doing other tasks. It would start the other jobs, but it tended to lock up or give a Not Responding dialog.  Wasn't completely frozen though. I like the 4 panes. But so far I'm having pretty good luck with QTTabBar and just placing the Explorer windows evenly using launchers.  Now and then it forgets some tabs, usually on system start up.  Once they're working they seem to keep working. (I have all my drives set at a Group with Startup attribute.)

3397  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 7 Freeware Windows Explorer Alternatives / File Managers compared on: June 06, 2011, 05:08:42 PM
I like the idea of Q-Dir with 4 panes.  But seems every time I try to copy a multi-GB file and try to do something else in the meantime, it gets flaky.

It's supposed to be multi-thread but I just get the feeling it's tested with small files. I haven't tried it in awhile though.  Maybe the threading is improved.

3398  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fold 1.9.0.0 on: June 06, 2011, 04:37:52 PM
Fold 1.9.0.0  Now supports listing folders to open on command line.  Also if a non existent file or empty file is specified as the first file on the command line, it is opened for editing using Notepad. (Why not use Notepad directly? For command prompt freaks it may be convenient for using the Up Arrow command history. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

Any paths with spaces should be wrapped in double quotes.
For example

fold c:\ "C:\Program Files"  should open those folders side by side with a TaskBar Gap as specified in Fold.ini.

=======================================================
Note that for folders listed on command line, they must all exist or the launch is aborted.
With a folder set file on the other hand, each folder name is checked and those not found are removed from the list.  If any valid folders remain, they are launched.
=======================================================

Note that I've changed the behavior above.  The command line params are scanned for folders.  If any valid are found, they are added to an array and launched.  No further processing is done.  Other than that, if a file that is a list of folders is specified, it is processed.  If the filename on the command line does not exist or has 0 length, then it is passed to Notepad for edit.

For example if you use this command line:
Fold c: d:\ e:

all the drives are converted to upper case and a slash is appended if needed.  Then those are launched as folders.

If you have this command line
Fold c: c:\temp crap l:

then assuming there's no folder named "crap" the other 3 folders will be opened etc..

An example with notepad:

Fold FolderSet.txt

If FolderSet.txt does not exist or is blank, it's passed to notepad.
3399  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FolderCache 5.8.2.0 on: June 05, 2011, 07:40:50 PM
FolderCache 5.8.2.0 Fixed .ini file save glitch introduced in last version.
3400  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FolderCache 5.8.1.0 on: June 05, 2011, 04:43:25 PM
FolderCache 5.8.1.0 Added .ini file option PercentMargin to set TaskBar Gap size.  Run the new FolderCache and then quit it if you wish to change the margin from the default 5%. The new .ini file will have comments for valid range and defaults for PercentMargin.
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