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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Solved: Visual Studio Toolbox Blues on: April 11, 2015, 07:30:36 AM
I haven't had much chance to look around.  I got an old project that does a tiny Ini Editor, that I originally did on VS8 in C#, to build and run on it so far.  Just judging from the install it seems to have both 32 and 64 bit compilers.  Hopefully I can do 64 bit C++ stuff without kludging on the SDK as I did in the past.

My first goal is to redo my MD5Hash program in C#.  I did it as a dialog Win32 msg loop type program in C++ but I lost the source code.  In any case I learned that the time consumption was the disk i/o rather than the MD5Sum calculations.  If I can optimize the disk reads of large files I'll try the built in hash algorithms in C#(I assume it has them in the framework) and see how it compares to the C++ implementation.

I haven't even looked through the Toolbox yet to see what's neat.  This Laptop seems to have a complex about doing updates.  It must have sat on the updates required for install for 45 minutes.  Even using a Restore Point hangs on this thing.  It's the only Laptop I ever used so I can't say if that is strange but I have a feeling it's uncommon.  smiley

52  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Solved: Visual Studio Toolbox Blues on: April 10, 2015, 02:45:20 PM
I can never remember how to get Visual Studio to show the Toolbox, Form Design, Solution Explorer and Properties windows at the same time.  No autohiding or Toolbox overlapping the Form Design view.  I just installed VS 2013 and I'm in that "about to waste 4 hours doing this for the tenth time" twilight zone.  Anyone know the trick?  It's some little setting I can never find.  Man it drives me nuts.

It's the type of thing that makes me want to stay with C# standard v. 1.06 except it wouldn't emit any useful code.  smiley

Edit:  I got it.  I figured out how to use that window position template thing when you drag a window with the mouse.  I think venting helped though.  smiley  I just hope everything hangs together.

53  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 10, 2015, 05:51:42 AM
For trying utilities without risking messing up your system both virtualization and Sandboxie will work.  Another quick and dirty free way to accomplish this is to use ToolWiz TimeFreeze.  It protects the system partition by using shadow service to fake programs out.  The program saves files, changes Registry etc. but this is all redirected to a cache file by the shadow service.  When you reboot the installed program and all its settings are gone.  This is good for a one off trial.  If you want to use the program for some length of time the other options are more suitable.

I have used Snadboxie for years.  It is especially effective on a 32 bit Windows since it can patch the kernel in memory. On x64 Windows it does other things but they aren't as elegant a solution as the patch.  Win64 has PatchGuard so the Sandboxie simple method to protect the system is stymied.  But it uses other stuff like Drop My Rights etc..


Edit:  right now the link seems to take awhile to load.  But it did load.  If not you can get it from SnapFiles:
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/twtimefreeze.html


54  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea: An on the fly mouse speed changer, or pre-set for different programs on: April 09, 2015, 03:56:43 PM
I found this one that can use 3 preset speeds.  But it is $15.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav? on: April 09, 2015, 05:37:40 AM
PDFXchange Editor is free for private use.  I don't know if it is light or fast exactly.  I don't get into PDF much.  But I saw this free and you don't see a full PDF Editor for free often so I installed it.  Also it has a plugin for FF to display PDF inside the browser.
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 08, 2015, 04:20:52 PM
Some of y'all are talking about images - that's not the tool I wanted. I mentioned earlier about "modular" - if I install five things and later want to remove #2, images aren't going to help me - what I want is a tool that captured the full changes caused by prog install #2, that then correctly reverses it, registry and all. More like a super-uninstaller, since I am getting quite tired of "Windows uninstalled X, some things have to be deleted manually". That's where all of this junk ended up from to begin with.


The trouble with uninstall utilities that take a snapshot during install to get rid of everything during uninstall is if you install other stuff between those 2 events.  The uninstall can munge what got installed in the middle.  It's ok for a test where you install using the snapshot utility, run it and test it, then remove it, without installing anything else.  At least I haven't heard of one that works perfectly.
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 08, 2015, 06:05:18 AM

It seems like the "one size fits all" OS is going to have big platform dependent modules after all.  Wink
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 08, 2015, 05:56:16 AM
It is good to have Registry backup short of Restore Points, although I use those too.  I have used ERUNT for years.  Read the readme as it has dense information packed in.  A bit wordy.  But this utility has worked for me in every NT based OS.

Of course I use Restore Points and image backups also.  Many who say never clean the registry probably only have Windows clean installed off the CD/DVD and don't suffer the crapware leftover crud we who buy at Best Buy getting preloaded OS have to suffer.  I've had this Laptop since October 2014 and just last week I found Norton still had a task in Task Scheduler even though I uninstalled it, ran the removal tool many times, and cleaned it out of the Registry.

As I mentioned, I got complacent after running CCleaner Registry Clean across dozens of minor version updates with no issues.  I had one bad minor version update where it caused a problem.  I restored the Registry using a Restore Point.  The next CCleaner update the bug was fixed.  So now I always make the .reg file backup before cleaning as well as having current ERUNT saves etc..

Especially file associations will leave a bunch of crap in the context menu.  Again, for those who run servers with a stable assortment of software it's not the same as for those of us who try every new freeware that pops up on Softpedia.  Likewise I cannot do an image save of a clean fresh install and just lay it back on every few months to freshen up the Windows install.  I'd lose a lot of tweaks and tinkering.  I have to make an image every couple of weeks or so as well as backing up files.  It's different than running a stable system setup.

However I do agree that when I see ads to speed up your system by cleaning the registry and other tweaks I move on.  Cleaning the Registry should only be donewhen fixing it by hand would likely cause more errors than fixed.  Sometimes uninstall programs just leve the settings assuming eventually you will install a newer version of their wonderful software.


59  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 07, 2015, 03:12:16 PM
I just uninstalled by hand

I find CCleaner Registry Cleaner very useful after having to remove programs manually.  It does a good job of getting rid of no longer supported file type associations, missing handlers etc..

I always save the .reg backup file it makes.  I only got burned on one version of CCleaner messing up my Registry.  But you never know when that bug may pop up.

I forgot about the FF ads.  I hope that means they're gone.  Out of sight out of mind.  smiley
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 07, 2015, 01:57:52 PM
I envy those who have a stable setup.  They install their programs, configure them, then make an image before the system gets loaded with bloat.  Every so often they restore from the image(having their data on an external drive most likely.)

I wish I could do that.  But I'm always trying freeware I see and tweaking settings, changing browsers and AddOns etc..  Plus writing small utilities.  I don't have a stock setup that I can save as backup.  Just make another image every so often.

I know you have your work ahead of you.    Thmbsup
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Microsoft Silently Fired More Employees This Week on: April 06, 2015, 02:57:23 PM
Microsoft Silently Fired More Employees This Week

I can visualize it.  The manager waves to get the employee's attention.  Then he curls his finger to get the employee to come over.  They go into the manager's office and close the door.  The manager points at the employee, then makes the slit throat signal.  The manager opens the door.  They leave the office.  Repeat until employees equals zero.
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Busy Body Browsers on: April 06, 2015, 05:36:49 AM
Your problem is solved; ask nicely and he can give you a house! He'll feel better and you'll have done him a favour.

I'm afraid he'll insist I learn to flip it.  Anything larger than a one bedroom condo I'd probably throw my back out.  smiley

It's a tricky move; you have to know when to re-lease it.
 


I hear you have to be hip to Judo to throw one of those two bedroom two bath suckers.
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 05, 2015, 03:17:38 PM
Happy Easter one and all. smiley

+1  smiley
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows goes Open Source?!! on: April 05, 2015, 03:11:48 PM
People said the same thing about .NET.

One difference.  .NET was documented.  To program Windows using the API without being left behind you had to get "undocumented Windows" programming books.  Some guy had to sit there for months debugging the OS to see what MS did when they wrote their own programs that they didn't tell us.

It's hard to believe a company that didn't want to document the Programmer's API calls would open up the source to the whole enchilada.  But if I see it I'll believe it.  But if they are really going open source do they have to do these trial balloons?  Like if people react with "so what?" they won't but if people say "oh wow!" they will?  Strange business.
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows goes Open Source?!! on: April 05, 2015, 10:42:55 AM
I'll believe it when I see it.  For one thing people could look at the code for the File Explorer.  I bet there are modules going back to Win95.  It would be rather embarrassing.  I think the press releases with "would could should might may" wording are picked up because W10 is on the horizon.  Otherwise the tech reporter would say "Great.  Call me when it is open source.  Don't call to tell me what you think you might do until you change your mind."
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 05, 2015, 08:47:21 AM
Knowing the future could come in handy in clutch situations.  I know it would shift my perspective.

Happy Easter!

So all the little baby chickens around is a ... clutch situation!

 cheesy  Thmbsup

It don't make no differential to me man.  I go where angels fear to tread.  smiley
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Busy Body Browsers on: April 05, 2015, 08:44:09 AM
The entrepreneur explains "I made millions in Real Estate.  Now I want to help people." 


Your problem is solved; ask nicely and he can give you a house! He'll feel better and you'll have done him a favour.
 


I'm afraid he'll insist I learn to flip it.  Anything larger than a one bedroom condo I'd probably throw my back out.  smiley


68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 05, 2015, 06:58:58 AM
Then there's the one about the car which used an extra set of front gears for self-starting and could foretell the future by precognition.

Knowing the future could come in handy in clutch situations.  I know it would shift my perspective.

69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Busy Body Browsers on: April 05, 2015, 06:55:04 AM
IT CAN'T BE ANY GOOD IF HIS NET WORTH IS LESS THAN A BILLION DOLLARS."

Heh heh.  That reminds me of this radio ad playing now.  Yet another "system" for making big bucks with other people's money in Real Estate.  The book is free the class is free so the announcer asks why that is.  The entrepreneur explains "I made millions in Real Estate.  Now I want to help people."  Right.  And the used car salesman just volunteered to nurse those suffering from Ebola.  Never give a sucker an even break.  Wink
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 04, 2015, 03:04:42 PM
^^ chromium had a command line switch to limit the number of exe instances.  It was something about max render whatever.  I searched for a similar switch in google chrome.  I couldn't find it.  Like right now I have 5 tabs open and there are 11 exe instances running.  It is fast though.  smiley

Has to be fast so it can be quick enough to send all your browser activity back to the mothership in real-time. smiley

Sorry...couldn't resist. Wink

That's why I try to use chromium.  It's open source.  But now they have it so flash won't work with it.  At least I couldn't get it to go.

As far as the mother ship goes, I come from a Paternalistic Planet.  What you Earthlings call the "Mother Ship" we call, roughly translated, the "Father Barge."  It's quite massive.  It moves slowly in space.  An Earthling on a bicycle could beat it 0 - 40 MPH easily.  But it moves quite quickly through time.  That's why you must forgive us if we seem annoyed.  It's just that we have witnessed all this planet's mistakes many times over.  The first 100 or so times it's like a movie where you can watch it again every now and now(for time travelers it is always the present) because you forget the one-liners.  But like M*A*S*H there comes a time when you know when Hawkeye is gonna' do his Groucho impression yet again.

Still, it manages to amuse sufficiently to earn benign neglect. No one has proposed obliteration in a long time now.
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Busy Body Browsers on: April 04, 2015, 11:17:32 AM
I think there is an Avira browser and maybe an AddOn for Firefox or two that allows scan on the backbone before downloading to your machine.  But how reliable is that anyway?  It seems like the most accurate detection is for tracking cookies and perhaps a few very specific rootkits.

Another annoying thing if I try to scan one of my zip files with VirusTotal and it has already been scanned(who knows how long a history they use) instead of scanning the file it says "this has already been scanned" and offers to show the results.  Gee that's really helpful.  The old version showed 2 bad reports out of 57 scanners so we will never look at a file with this name again.  Just tell you it was "bad" once upon a time in the west.
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Busy Body Browsers on: April 04, 2015, 08:34:07 AM
It is a double-edged sword but their edge is the sharper.  That stuff is annoying!   Angry



I prefer the definition of "swordsman" that has more to do with loving than fighting.  Wink
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Busy Body Browsers on: April 04, 2015, 08:31:49 AM
Miles, I had the same reaction -- it's not quite as bad as saying "We refuse to download this software because it will probably give you cancer", but you can see where we are going -- scaring people away from downloading stuff made outside of their channels.
The intentions in this case may be good -- to keep people from installing malware -- but independent developers are going to suffer.


You may have a more benign estimation of humanity than I.  I have the tin foil hat patent.  I don't charge licensing fees in order to encourage widespread usage.  smiley
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Busy Body Browsers on: April 04, 2015, 05:31:43 AM
Now I see that every time I download one of my utilities from my page using chrome browser, after the download is complete I get a reg circle with a minus sign in the middle and this message "yadda yadda is not commonly downloaded and could be dangerous"  A Discard Button is displayed.  The Keep Button is only accessible after hitting a drop down arrow.

I can see how this is going.  If not made by one of the big boys all software will have a scare blurb attached.  They don't even virus scan it now..  Just slam it as "not one of ours."
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 03, 2015, 09:56:13 AM
^^ chromium had a command line switch to limit the number of exe instances.  It was something about max render whatever.  I searched for a similar switch in google chrome.  I couldn't find it.  Like right now I have 5 tabs open and there are 11 exe instances running.  It is fast though.  smiley
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