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376  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: Update: WARNING!!! Circle Dock Portable Maker has a SEVERE program Flaw!!!! on: February 03, 2010, 10:00:35 PM
Here is the safest work around that I could find until this flaw is fixed.

1.) Create a new file anywhere.
2.) You may label this file in any way you feel appropriate.
3.) when creating a a zip, you may check the create zip or both options
4.) ensure that the folder is path'ed to the folder you just created
5.) Click finish

This will still want to delete any files that are in the file, but since it is a new file, and should be empty, the build becomes non-volatile.

The packaged Circle Dock, works as expected, once unzipped and instituted.
377  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: circledock DELETED ALL MY FILES! help! on: February 03, 2010, 09:42:50 PM
Not having any confirmations before deleting files is bad Cry Cry Cry - why does the app even have such a feature in the first place? huh

I am awaiting to hear from Markham on this issue.
I can not say that this is even the intended effect.
If it is the intended effect then this was most likely simply over looked.
Or it could been something missed that was left behind by VIP.....
Who knows exactly.
Trust me when I tell you that the enormity and complexity of Circle Dock has expanded several fold, and to say an item or two got over looked....well this might just be an understatement.

Worrying about how's and why's and to whom to point a finger is pointless now!
The need now is to fix the issue.
So if you have a suggestions, then I am most certainly listening.
As I told The warden at the county jail; "Don't tel me what my problems are when I know what they are! Give me solutions."
Being constructive in order to correct the issue is the support required here

All I can say is I know where the problem stems from and how to avoid it...I have already made suggestions to correct it.
I have done what I can...warned as I am best able, now that I know there is an issue.
Now we wait

Damn it...time for another cigarette and another cup of hot tea  embarassed  mad
378  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: circledock DELETED ALL MY FILES! help! on: February 03, 2010, 08:44:03 PM
I know it  embarassed

Just one more speed bump on my way to a dream
379  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: circledock DELETED ALL MY FILES! help! on: February 03, 2010, 08:18:04 PM
You are exactly right and this matches my findings.

any folder you direct to, and have both options clicked, that will will be wiped clean in favor of Circle Dock Zip.

Create a new folder, name it whatever, and then direct the portable creation to that new folder.
This is the best option
380  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / You are not going to like this!!! on: February 03, 2010, 06:16:01 PM
I have found been able to replicate the issue.
I will tell you I am feeling ill  embarassed

Apparently if you go to the Settings > Portable Applications, and select both options, and select a drive letter and not a folder.
The very first process is to wipe all contents.
So if you point this application, with both options checked to a drive letter (say: I:/) It will promptly go ahead and wipe the entire drive of all data!

No check, no "are you sure" warning...it just follows through

Run either one option individually, and there does not appear to be an issue.
Send it to a folder of choice, and there is no apparent issue; though with both selected it will wipe that folder, and only that folder

I also ran basic recovery to my test drive, and it returns that nothing was found...I am doing a more intensive recovery now, but the result will be hours away.

At this time the most I can do is offer my sincerest apologies

I am so Sorry
381  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: circledock DELETED ALL MY FILES! help! on: February 03, 2010, 05:34:14 PM
I had a similar crash not too long ago.

I used Easeus Data Recovery pro under a Trial license, and it worked like a champ...albeit it took for ever to read a 750G hard drive, but I recovered more than 98% of my programs and data.

i am unaware of they are still doing a fully working trial basis (trying to get that information now), but here is the link to their site.
http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/

Since you are in the middle of recovery now...what ever you do not stop it...let the process finish!

I'd be willing to make a donation towards a decent recovery programme (for thegipper) if it could help...

I am right there with you
382  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: circledock DELETED ALL MY FILES! help! on: February 03, 2010, 04:58:14 PM
Thanks for the additional information.
Every little bit helps.

I am running some simulations now to see if I can replicate what happened.
We are also awaiting Markham to get his thoughts (Though he may be asleep at this time).

I know your anguish friend....Know that you are not alone

What recovery software program are you using?
383  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Update: WARNING!!! Circle Dock Portable Maker has a SEVERE program Flaw!!!! on: February 03, 2010, 04:41:42 PM
WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!
Utilize the Portability Making feature cautiously

UPDATE:

Apparently if you go to the Settings > Portable Applications, and select both options, and select a drive letter and not a folder.
The very first process is to wipe all contents.
So if you point this application, with both options checked to a drive letter (say: I:/) It will promptly go ahead and wipe the entire drive of all data!

No check, no "are you sure" warning...it just follows through

Run either one option individually, and there does not appear to be an issue.
Send it to a folder of choice, and there is no apparent issue; though with both selected it will wipe that folder, and only that folder

Know that we are hot on it folks, and we will update you on all progress in this matter

WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!  WARNING!!! WARNING!!!
384  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: circledock DELETED ALL MY FILES! help! on: February 03, 2010, 04:27:39 PM
Greetings thegipper

Oof.....I am unaware that Cd could do such a thing.

I will have Markham look into this A.S.A.P.

As I am writing this I am also working up an emergency e-mail.

There are a few things I need to know:
What is your Operating system and version?
Did you cover the information in the Help file?
Can you see your hard drive, and/or access the hard drive in question?

And any other details you can give us would be greatly appreciate.
A step by step of the procedure you utilized; If there is further details than you have already documented(???)

As Mouser has suggested, do nothing at this time, until you hear from Markham, or myself again, and one of us may possibly be able determine happened.

Take a breath friend...many of us have been where you are, and we will make every attempt to help

The Sarge
385  DonationCoder.com Software / CircleDock Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials / Re: Adding "Power Options" for Windows OS (Tips & Tricks) on: February 03, 2010, 02:53:22 PM
very nice walkthrough!

by the way in addition to normal, minimized, maximized, there is also a "Hidden" execution mode that may not be added to the program yet.  might want to add that so it doesn't even flash on toolbar.

Oooh...we have to have that option

Thanks Mouser  Kiss
386  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: CircleDock Featured on LifeHacker Today on: February 03, 2010, 01:12:51 PM
Reort from teh main wikidot site, via Google Analytics is aas follows
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Note:
This has only been measuring for a few short days!









This is less than a weeks worth of data, since I started monitoring.
as teh last image shows, most of these folks are downloading and running  Wink

Let me know what more data you require, and I will see if i can get it.
387  DonationCoder.com Software / CircleDock Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials / Adding "Power Options" for Windows OS (Tips & Tricks) on: February 03, 2010, 12:58:40 PM
Greetings folks

For this tip, I am going to expand on the power options that Markham has built-in to Circle Dock as a choice in the "Special" Menu.

NOTE:
Subsequent tutorials may be based on concepts discussed here, utilizing 3rd party applications.
So this will be, at the very least, a great tutorial to review



I feel like an idiot, as Markham kindly provided for us, what many of us already know, and for those that don't; you soon will.

Circle Dock has some great essentials, in the "Special" Selection:


But what if we want the other options, and are there other things we can do?
Simply: Yes.

We just need to know the codes, or in this case the "Command Lines".

The first give away to me was opening the Off Button's item settings and seeing the arguments:


I almost fell off my seat. I had forgotten about Command Line a Long time ago.
As we move forward in windows we become more GUI'ed and forget what we would have known utilizing windows XP or earlier.
Command Line arguments were essential in the days of Windows 3.x, Windows 95,  and to a lesser extent Windows 98.

Those Commands are still there, some changes from different distributions of Windows, but there nonetheless.

Markham has reminded me of the power of the command line and the infinite capabilities that are trapped there.
I actually had to blow the dust off an old Windows 95 manual to re-read and remember how to find these Command Line for the arguments.
I will not do this to you...I will just tell you how.

Each version of Windows is a little different on some power options, so you will need to find your options based on what version of windows you are using.

So how do you do find the options available for your OS?
1.) Bring up a command prompt (cmd or cmd.exe)
2.) Simply type in "shutdown"
3.) Hit "Enter" or "Return"
Immediately below you will be given a list of all available options for you OS.
Read these carefully and be familiar with what you can do.
The following screen shot is of my Windows 7 OS and what options are available to me.


Look at all the options available to us, there is so much that we can do, now that we know what the Commands are.

Now how do we assemble the Command Line in our arguments so that we can have more power options?
How do we assemble these in Circle Dock?

From the above options.
I will work with the following Option:
[copy or print]
/g       Shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is reboot-ed, restart any registered applications.


To added this to Circle Dock, we must create the "Shortcut", so go to your Circle Dock:
1.) Right click on a ring or icon
2.) go to Add > File,Folder or Special Item


3.) Click on "File,Folder or Special Item"
This will give us a blank Item Setting to work with.


Now for top down instruction:

Name:
I will label mine "Restart with Programs"


Description (Optional)
I tend to leave this alone, but you are welcome to make any entry you feel proper to aid in keeping your Circle Dock organized to your personal liking


Target
In the target area:
Type "shutdown.exe" (without quotes)
This is case-sensitive, so be sure that you type shutdown in lower case.


Arguments
This is where you will use the code(s) given from the Command Prompt window.
again I will be using the following option:
[copy or print]
/g       Shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is rebooted, restart any registered applications.

So; in the "Argumenet" I want to enter"
Again: this is case sensitive. So make sure that you are using lower case lettering.


Now we could just hit Finished, but I am going to suggest against this.
Here is why:

We are creating a Command Line. By doing this we will experience a CMD Window when we hit this button.
This window flash is annoying, unprofessional, and unpolished.


Thanks to the Circle Dock programmers foresight, we have a simple solution.
Minimize!!!

Run (in window type)
In the drop down window select Minimized


This will make the command prompt open, and then close, in the Menu Bar; instead of the screen!!!

Now Click the Finish Button.

All you have to do is find and select a great Icon image to drop on this new power Button.  Thmbsup

But Wait:
You say you saw more options in the Command window  ohmy
Well you are correct!


There are options you can tag on. So I will show you what to do to add these options.
I am going to add a timer to my restart.


Warning here:

Make sure you are aware of what the options will do, so it does not come back to haunt you.
The timer will create a "Forced Shutdown" situation. This means that anything that is not save is lost!!!


Read the description carefully:
[copy or print]
/t xxx            set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds. The valid time-out range is between 0-315360000 <10 years>, with the default of 30. If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f parameter is implied.

So we are warned that the "/f Parameter is implied"
So what os the "/f" Parameter.
Let us refer back to the command window and the Shutdown options:

[copy or print]
/f   Force running applications to close without forewarning users. the/f parameter is implied when a value grater than 0 is soecified for the /t parameter.

We find that "/f" is a command for a "Forced" shutdown. This means that any open and unsaved applications will be shutdown without warning.
So make sure and read the full description and know what the additional parameter is going to do!!!

That being said, let us move forward:

In order to add the timer...I must add:
where is "xxx" is the time variable.

I want to stall for 15 seconds.
so; xxx=015

My code will be:

I will enter this to the "Arguments" line in the "Item Settings"
But how to enter it???

There is a simple rule of thumb:
"Unless other wise stated by directions, Always add a space!"

So we will need to add a space after "/g", then add "/t 015"
So my Command Line Code in the Argument will look like:
[copy or print]
/g /t 015


Now Click Finish, and add a nice Icon for your new Power Button  Thmbsup
remember if you use the example above, and you have not saved your work: YOU WILL LOSE IT!!!
As defined by the shutdown parameters.


In Closing:
The Command Line Arguments and Parameters are incredibly powerful, but can be dangerous as well.
Read well the descriptions, and know what is going to happen.
Mind the lettering case, as this has messed up more than one person.

I will be doing a lot more tutorials, utilizing 3rd party addons, and quite a few of these will need Command Line Arguments.
So I started this tutorial with what is to come in mind.
I will be showing you how to control Winamp, Hide your Desktop Icons, Foobar200 control (as soon as I get it all ironed out), and so much more.
These will all have command line arguments targeting their individual programs.

Over twenty years of computing has brought me to this point, and has opened me up to what Circle Dock can do.
I will pass this knowledge on to you, as I can.

It was fun doing this tutorial.
If you have a Tips n& Tricks tutorial you want to share, please do not hesitate, share with us all.
I am not a know-it-all.........Yet!

Have fun

The Sarge
388  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: CircleDock Featured on LifeHacker Today on: February 03, 2010, 09:30:04 AM
Ack  Grin

LifeHacker Japan just did an article in the last 16 hours, and we are getting hits  tongue
http://www.lifehacker.jp/2010/02/100202circle_dock.html

Damn you got to love this stuff.  Thmbsup
389  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: Circle Dock unstable on my PC (error report included) on: February 02, 2010, 09:41:53 AM
Greetings lvbaal
Welcome to DonationCoder.com and Circle Dock's Little Corner  Cool

I will have to let Markham ring in here as this appears to be a new error I have not seen before.
Although Immediately it looks like a whole bunch of stuff is not communicating correctly (I  am probably wrong)

Have you tried Running Circle Dock with Administrative Privileges?

Let us know  tellme
390  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: One Circle Dock download for every second so far! on: February 01, 2010, 12:34:41 PM
Nice  Grin
391  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: One Circle Dock download for every second so far! on: February 01, 2010, 11:47:47 AM
This may be something outside of CD's control, or a want to program in....I can only Image  huh

I use a Logitech 7 button mouse, and have keys programed as per program...

Now this raises a question:
Is there a software similar to the Logitech available for free that will handle the issues similarly????
I am immediately unaware of any, but I will do some home work when I get a chance
392  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: One Circle Dock download for every second so far! on: February 01, 2010, 06:35:48 AM
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smiley no individual application setting tho. I use the middle mouse via a keyboard command and give the middlemouse button functions back to apps like firefox, kmplayer, gfx stuff etc.

Suggestions, or a clearer understanding.
We are always open for suggestions.

How can we expand or improve on this list?:

393  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: One Circle Dock download for every second so far! on: January 31, 2010, 10:57:50 PM
Yes  Thmbsup
394  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: One Circle Dock download for every second so far! on: January 31, 2010, 04:15:12 AM
Here's some goodies for you from the last 24 hours:


395  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: One Circle Dock download for every second so far! on: January 31, 2010, 03:01:19 AM
Codesite web pages now redirect to here:
http://circledock.wikidot.com/start

Check it out and tell me what you think???  Thmbsup
396  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: One Circle Dock download for every second so far! on: January 30, 2010, 01:47:44 PM
Here you go  tongue :
http://customize.org/rainmeter/skins/43592

Have fun
397  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: One Circle Dock download for every second so far! on: January 30, 2010, 12:50:20 PM
nice one guys. Glad it's been resurrected smiley It's by far the best method of opening shortcuts ever invented.
It's always the 1st software i install on my machines (with xmousebuttoncontrol) and i really wouldn't want to be in front of my pc 24/7 without it.
The funny thing is, rainmeter is right up there with circledock so i'm seeing Sgtevmckay's name everywhere i look smiley

Thanks again for all your work. I'm not surprised how much support it has gained, you should all be really proud smiley

Everywhere I need to be  Cool

I am glad to hear that you are working with both Circle Dock and Rainmeter...It is a thrill and an honor  Grin

On that note: I think you will like my latest Combination Wink

398  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Now Accepting DONATIONS via PayPal (for Non-DC Members) on: January 29, 2010, 07:40:08 PM
Greetings folks

We are aware that there are many folks that are non-members that follow these posts closely.
So for non-members we have added a PayPal donation Button to the Circle Dock forum.

Donations may be made to directly support Circle Dock development by clicking the "Donation" button below.

As a special Bonus:
Quote
All donations made to Circle Dock will also grant donors full membership at DonationCoder and lifetime license key for all DonationCoder.com software
Mouser
This is great  Thmbsup
Thanks Mouser

Thanks in advance:
The Sarge and Markham



399  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: One Circle Dock download for every second so far! on: January 29, 2010, 03:06:55 PM
I do not know much about the page, but you are right, but Markham has put work there to be sure, as I have been working on the Wikidot page.

Videos are coming, via Youtube and Vimeo (I finally got their permission to proceed..Yea!!!)

Screen shots will not be an issue in the near future.
I am working on a whole slew of them when time presents itself  Thmbsup
400  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: One Circle Dock download for every second so far! on: January 29, 2010, 12:49:06 AM
Um....Ooops

http://download.cnet.com/Circle-Dock/3000-2344_4-10915490.html?tag=mncol  tongue

Let me contact these folks
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