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51  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Ideas wanted for celebrating 10th Anniversary of DonationCoder.com on: September 09, 2014, 04:35:52 PM
100 days is too long to do anything.. exhausting just to think about it.
BUT, we could have a 30-day long celebration in March of 2015.

Just beware the ides of same.  smiley

The promotion thing is tough as it can trigger spam warnings.  About all I have been able to do on other forums is suggest Coding Snacks when someone is looking for a freeware likely not to exist.

As far as setting a celebratory mood how about temporarily changing the site logo to something splashy?  Maybe louder colors and funkier font?
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Delayed Write Failed" — on FIVE computers at a time? on: September 09, 2014, 04:26:14 PM
Czech Republic. Cursing someone is quite rare here nowadays. But one never knows.  Wink

It sure sounds like something is attacking the hardware.  If possible I would try an AV with a real time shield that you haven't tried as yet.  Since the machines are networked it stands to reason the virus has spread across the Lan.  Perhaps one of those Linux boot av scan discs will turn up something with a complete scan.
53  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Seemingly simple media player request on: September 09, 2014, 07:26:30 AM
While waiting for additional responses here I recommend you also post on this forum:
http://forum.videohelp.co...orums/13-Software-Playing

If there's a Windows software player that does it someone there may know the particulars.
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers vs. gray matter on: September 08, 2014, 05:39:12 PM
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The server has to know an IP to send information back to, and that information is available to scripts running on that server if you know what variables it is kept in.


I know how it works.  The point is forums should not allow diversion of this information to 3rd party servers willy nilly.  I think I remember a few members being kicked off forums since they refused to abandon such sig image tricks.

I compare it to the single pixel image trick in html emails.  Now the email sender knows the IP of your machine rather than that of your pop3 server.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers vs. gray matter on: September 08, 2014, 12:54:10 PM
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Banks, mortgage companies, tax records, shipments, money transfers ... These are all common hot topic items that are likely to cause someone to rush through resolving a seemingly really important "problem".

If you use a web based email account it can be useful to have an additional "dummy" account.  When you get some notice that some online account needs to be verified/updated it may hit a nerve.  But if you switch to the dummy account and check your mail it makes it more obvious it's a "fishing expedition" (as President Nixon used to bitch about frequently) since the dummy has no account at xyzcorp etc..
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers vs. gray matter on: September 08, 2014, 10:23:54 AM
Hmmm, the one that annoyed me was the old "Your IP Address is xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx" in a forum sig graphic.  Some forums when I complained they didn't even understand why I objected to the guy with the sig having my IP.  It's weird when you have to explain why they should not allow the graphical sig to be hosted on a 3rd party site that isn't one of the known image hosting ones.


Your reply reminds me of the early days of computer generated shopping receipts.  Listing your entire Credit Card number.

Not being a litterbug saved my bacon...   cheesy

Heh.  I worked at gas stations back in the day of the manual roller that printed the credit card number using carbon paper.  (Probably some readers looking in Wiki to find out what carbon paper is.  Maybe it has to do with archeology?)  smiley
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Way to hide a desktop icon temporarily? on: September 07, 2014, 05:52:59 PM
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I don't know if these would solve all your problems, but have you tried:

Thanks for that info.  smiley
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers vs. gray matter on: September 07, 2014, 01:33:32 PM
Hmmm, the one that annoyed me was the old "Your IP Address is xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx" in a forum sig graphic.  Some forums when I complained they didn't even understand why I objected to the guy with the sig having my IP.  It's weird when you have to explain why they should not allow the graphical sig to be hosted on a 3rd party site that isn't one of the known image hosting ones.
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Resumes on: September 07, 2014, 11:14:49 AM
Hmmm, instead of Unemployment Insurance, if we had a real Department of Labor, a person should be able to make a living by looking for a job.

As it is now one can: send in the resume; take the phone interview; set up a face to face and drive down to East of Eden somewhere for the interview, when the brother in law was selected before the job was even posted.  Being part of the "Nation-wide Search" to make it not look like nepotism is not fun.

Companies may be less likely to abuse applicants in this fashion if they had to compensate the applicant.  For example, offset travel expenses, lunch, and a per diem.
This way if one could schedule an interview or two a day during the week one may be able to tread water staying current with rent/utilities etc. during the period of unemployment.

As it is now the HR guy and other management at the prospective employer are all getting paid while the sincere schmuck briefcase in hand, schleps out to the interview at his own expense.  There is zero incentive not to abuse people under this system

If it cost the employer a few hundred dollars to pretend to interview someone they may actually listen during the process.
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Delayed Write Failed" — on FIVE computers at a time? on: September 07, 2014, 05:50:18 AM
Jut for chuckles I would run some task every hour during the otherwise inactive time.  See if it prevents the glitch.  Also I would run chkdsk /f on all disks.  If they come up clean, if you can spare the downtime, run chkdsk /r on one to see what it shows.

Other than that the info is sparse afa OS etc..
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Delayed Write Failed" — on FIVE computers at a time? on: September 06, 2014, 05:35:34 PM
I see some similarities here such as smft, but nothing about network cards shutting off

http://www.tomshardware.c...dows-delayed-write-failed

Do you have ATI video and/or LargeSystemCache set to 1?

Edit:  the section of interest is the guy who made google tweaks.
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Process Closer on: September 06, 2014, 12:17:34 PM
I use Process Explorer for that. Process Closer won't be able to kill applications without a window.

Of course not.  That's not what it's for.  It's for conveniently killing applications that have a visible window using an easy mouse motion.  For killing by name there's always command line and other utilities.

Edit:  It also has a "has stopped responding" detector.  The emphasis seems to be on quickly getting rid of dead windows.
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Process Closer on: September 06, 2014, 08:28:08 AM
I just ran into this yesterday and tried it out. Process Closer is yet another process kill close utility for Windows. What sets it apart is the usage. It runs in the Tray. When you want to kill a program you left click the tray icon. This opens a tooltip type window that says Drag and Kill. Put your mouse on that, then right mouse drag to the window of the process you want to kill. A confirmation dialog pops up.

No need to type in process name or window title. Very intuitive freeware.

Note that the link is to the Snapfiles listing since going to the developer's site I could find no link for Process Closer. Just a corporate outsourcing page.
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Delayed Write Failed" — on FIVE computers at a time? on: September 06, 2014, 07:59:02 AM
Do the drives spin/power down after inactivity?

I'm just making a wild guess.  But if your disk monitor program cannot gather performance info and delayed writes are failing I wonder if it could be that the disks are asleep?

Check if all HD are in Performance Mode with sleep/spin down settings at Never.
Do not allow network cards to shut down to save energy. I've never been much of a fan of sleep energy saving settings.  To save energy I shut the system off overnight.  smiley  I realize in a corporate environment sometimes you gadda' do what you gadda' do though.

65  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Please help me find that utility - "Something" To TXT ? on: September 04, 2014, 03:45:09 PM
huh I read this post last night, and STILL can't see any use for this type of thing lol  Anybody wanna explain how this would be remotely helpful?  I mean...It shaves like 2 seconds or 2 clicks from doing it manually (By either creating a new text document then copypasta the name into it, or type the name manually...)

This sounds vaguely familiar.  Perhaps I had something similar back in Win9x.  But the benefit is easier to see if you select several or several hundred files.  If you have a need for such matching text files.
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Way to hide a desktop icon temporarily? on: September 04, 2014, 05:37:13 AM
The scheduling means you pretty much have to use a service that's easier to use than Task Scheduler, or one of those Task Scheduler Gui front ends.

Then as skwire says, move to some holding folder and move back.

I'd ask around on Gizmo's freeware forum.  There may be some esoteric thing already out there.
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Way to hide a desktop icon temporarily? on: September 03, 2014, 03:03:46 PM
If the "icon" is indeed a shortcut it will "disappear" if the Hidden attribute is set.  As an experiment I made a shortcut to cmd.exe and checked the Hidden attribute.  It winked out when I hit the Apply Button.  smiley

I actually did think of this earlier but, if you're like me, you have "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" option enabled so this method wouldn't work.

Does the OP have that option enabled?  Let's ask.  smiley
Personally I hate seeing desktop.ini files in "empty" folders so I never enable it.
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Way to hide a desktop icon temporarily? on: September 03, 2014, 02:52:13 PM
If the "icon" is indeed a shortcut it will "disappear" if the Hidden attribute is set.  As an experiment I made a shortcut to cmd.exe and checked the Hidden attribute.  It winked out when I hit the Apply Button.  smiley

The only thing is I'm no fan of using the Task Scheduler to do much of anything.  Has anyone found an easy to use replacement Daemon that doesn't have all the baggage and instabilities/quirks of Task Scheduler?
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: September 03, 2014, 05:19:53 AM
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Fox Splitter was a fine add-on. Too bad it has not been upgraded.

Have you tried hacking the MaxVersion number?  I think that's all they did for the SyncPlaces group of AddOns to "update" them.  Although the CheckPlaces favicon fetch doesn't seem to work anymore.  I use FavIconReloader.

Editing an add-on to change its compatibility


70  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snack Guidelines / Re: Finding the path of a file on your computer on: September 02, 2014, 05:36:31 AM
If the file was loaded on program start via command line using the appropriate 32 bit or 64 bit version of ReRun may show the command line.

http://milesaheadsoftware.tk/

I don't know if that helps.
71  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snack Guidelines / Re: Finding the path of a file on your computer on: September 01, 2014, 09:47:15 AM
It sounds like it would require a shell hook.  Last time I looked into hooking ShellExecute it didn't seem like it was much fun.  Perhaps if there was an already written library routine out there it could take the sting out of it.  But I don't know of any.
72  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snack Guidelines / Re: Finding the path of a file on your computer on: September 01, 2014, 05:20:07 AM
Use File SaveAs.  It should open the dialog to the same folder.  If you want the entire path in the clipboard select the file then press Shift-richt click and click Copy As Path.  It wraps the entire path in double quotes even if it doesn't contain any spaces though.

At least I think that would work.  I don't use office software.  I just tried it in EditPad Lite7 text editor and it worked as described.
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kournikova is long gone. But Eugenie Bouchard has both looks and game! on: August 31, 2014, 06:49:17 PM
The matches have started again.  If you haven't checked out the streaming you should.  It's not bad.  You can actually see the tennis ball in Full Screen Mode.  smiley
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Kournikova is long gone. But Eugenie Bouchard has both looks and game! on: August 31, 2014, 04:23:53 PM
  US Open Tennis

  Kournikova is long gone.  But Eugenie Bouchard has both looks and game!

http://wpmedia.o.canada.c...310550_33873025.jpg?w=680

http://wpmedia.o.canada.c...310548_33873029.jpg?w=680

http://wpmedia.o.canada.c...311938_33873739.jpg?w=620

Unfortunately play is suspended due to weather at the moment.  But I was very pleased to
find out that usopen.org has free live match streaming in HD.


75  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Rollback RX or Acronis ? on: August 29, 2014, 07:09:51 PM
ToolWiz Time Machine sounds like Rollback RX but is free.  I didn't try it.  I did try ToolWiz Time Freeze.  It's on the idea of Returnil.  It's free.  It worked.  But I felt I could detect a slight performance hit.  I do think it's good to have in the toolbox even if not used all the time.

There is plenty of info on imaging utilities as Tomos noted.  I would just add that if you are running a machine with UEFI and GPT for the first time you may want to read up on the basic differences.  Stuff that worked on MBR systems may hose your system if run on GPT disks.

On my particular Windows 8.0 Laptop Macrium Reflect Free works with no contortions necessary.  But I am stuck with much larger backup images due to all the baggage that comes with GPT.

But sizes always increase so I can't really complain.
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