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3926  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DC-IRLDD: DonationCoder.com Impromptu Real Life Dinner+Drinks, Sat 3/24 Illinois on: March 26, 2007, 08:14:41 AM
I have had 2 conversations going at the same time with my daughter...one out loud, and one in text on AIM...with her in the same room as me.   Grin
3927  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how tidy and complete is your music library? on: March 26, 2007, 02:13:21 AM
I went through the trouble to organize everything all nice & neat by creating a folder for every artist, trying to create a subfolder for every album, labeling the album folders with the release year so they are in chronological order...

Then realized that I was only doing it to be obsessive since it doesn't matter...

Winamp's library will find them no matter what way I organize them and in the end, that is how I find the songs I want to hear.

All of that organizing was a big waste of my time. But for some reason I still feel I have a need to keep doing it and refining it and making it better and more organized.

Maybe I am just bored and need a new hobby.  embarassed
3928  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Game: AxySnake (Game Giveaway of the Day) on: March 24, 2007, 02:45:03 AM
This is a great 3D snake game that I have enjoyed for a long time.

If you enjoyed the old classic, try it in 3D...You'll love it even more.  Kiss

Yours free, today only.

3929  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Restart IE on: March 21, 2007, 11:02:01 PM

Question for April / any-one:
Can one disable the Ctrl+RightClick preview feature in AOL Explorer?

I could never figure out how to get the previews back. They used to be automatic when you hovered over a link, but they took that away in later versions. Thanks for telling me how to get them to work again.  Kiss

No, I don't know how to disable that.  embarassed
3930  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Restart IE on: March 20, 2007, 02:28:51 PM
I use AOL Explorer and IEspell together. (you can access anything that is on IE's right click menu in just about any IE based browser)

It has tabbed browsing that is much more stable than IE7 and you don't have to install IE 7 to use it. (you can if you want, but it's not necessary)

It will also allow you to save all open tabs as a folder, and load the entire folder of bookmarks by just right clicking the folder and selecting the option to do that.

I am pretty sure that Maxthon has the same options, too.
3931  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Restart IE on: March 20, 2007, 06:22:59 AM
I don't think I can do this for IE 7.  Sad

I am sorry you didn't get the notification for the post about that program being free for a day, when I made it.

Maybe this is a coding snack someone else could do, though...just not me.
3932  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: not freeware !!! on: March 18, 2007, 07:27:05 AM
Maybe you should look at it from this perspective like I do:

Donationware is not freeware, but you can get it for free.

Donationware is similar to shareware, but you set the price you are willing to pay and think it is worth to you. That amount can be anything from $0 to $billions (I wish).

And not all donationware has nags reminding you that a human worked hard coding it and would be grateful if you supported it.

My stuff just has a link in the about box. And yes, there are graphics & text encouraging donating on all the pages of my website, too.

Part of the problem is that much of our stuff is being distributed on software download sites, and most people that download it from those sites will never see our site, never look in the about box, never know where it really came from, never know there is someone that would appreciate a donation.

The 'nags' are a way to call attention to the fact it is donationware.

I think the real problem is the download sites. They have only 2 choices of licensing when you submit something: shareware, or freeware.

We can't pick shareware, because it's not exactly true, since you can get it for free.  And picking freeware seems to make a few people angry because they don't like being told they can have it for free, but they have to do 'something' simple like get a free key.

I have seen some freeware that refused to work unless it was able to phone home and check for updates. The software would make you return to the site once a month to get a 'new version' that was no different than the previous one, except it has a new number in the about box. Each time you came back to the site you were smacked in the face with tons of ads and had to click and go through about 3-4 pages to get to the link to download the new version. 

So coming to this site 3 times for a key is a lot friendlier than making you come back for a new version every month for the rest of your life and hoping that you'll click an ad by mistake while you are here, just to make $0.02.

3933  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Choosing a keyboard and a mouse on: March 15, 2007, 11:52:35 PM
Because of my typing style, the choice of keyboard really isn't that important, as long as it's 'normal' (none of those crazy ergonomic ones for me)

My choice of mouse though...that is important. Most people will develop a bump on their wrist (right where the palm meets the wrist, in line with your pinkie) from mouse use, over time...and it won't bother them any. (it's like the bump you develop on your middle finger from writing) For me, though, it is painful and the skin is prone to friction damage. I had to throw away my mousepad with the gel wrist rest because it was rubbing me badly and causing my skin to crack.

Someone wonderful person gave me a great gift of an ergonomic mouse that keeps that area of my wrist off the desk, and I LOVE it!

It took a little bit to get used to it, but I can't use a regular mouse now...they are much too uncomfortable, in so many ways.

I would say that if you type like a normal person (I don't), that getting a keyboard that you hold your hands in a normal natural position is important...and holding your hand in a normal natural position with your mouse is important too.

I type with 1 hand, and just turning the normal keyboard at an angle works for me.

I like to keep my pet mouse & keyboard on a leash (cord)...keeps them where they belong.  cheesy
3934  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: program/trick in file manager to count number of files in a folder (recursive) on: March 14, 2007, 07:16:40 PM
You mean something like right clicking the folder in Explorer, selecting properties?

It lists how many files...and how many subfolders...and how much space it is taking up.  Wink
3935  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Good VNC viewer / alternative? on: March 13, 2007, 11:21:43 AM
Have you tried TightVNC?
3936  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Amazing Conversation on your site on: March 12, 2007, 05:16:07 AM
Hi all,
googling his user name

Are you all sure that clicking on google search results cannot take you to spam sites?

Phishing is all about getting you to visit a site in one window when the other window has some financial transaction going on. This looks like it.

The word donation probably made the bot come here as the spammer might have filled up a list of words to check for and then sign up and make this post.

AFAIK, If your Google safe-search is OFF, it's possible that you get rogue sites.
And in this window, you have a *donation*coder site open.
Possible phishing.

Don't google for the username. Enough people have googled, luckily without trouble.
Instead this thread has enough information for the curious.
There should be some simple way of reporting this (and such) to places that list spam bots.


I seriously doubt the forums he is posting on are spam sites. The only thing you find when you do a google search for his username is every forum on the web, including this one.

I do know what his game is though. Some of his posts have changed. The bot posts the first message, like it did here on our forum...then goes back later and edits that post to add the viagra spam content like it has done here:  

http://forum.vertex4.com/viewtopic.php?p=1632 (this is a game developer's site)

and here:

http://www.bollywoodheave...ums/showthread.php?t=6059  (this is in a religion section on a movie related site)

Just be on the watch for the edited post because it won't count as a new post and show up in the unread posts list, therefore slipping past moderators for awhile without being noticed. (the 2nd link I gave didn't notice the change of content in the post)

Google safe-search is only related to adult content. With it turned on, you are less likely to get adult related sites in your results. It has nothing to do with any real safety. It's supposed to keep your searching 'family safe' and/or 'work safe' ...not 'security safe'.

I don't think the word 'donation' brought the bot here...more likely it was the word 'forum'.
3937  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Daylight-Saving Time Bug on: March 11, 2007, 01:53:30 PM
If any 9x/2k user that knows of a time utility that can be installed and works as an alternative to registry hacking, for those that might be uncomfortable with that, it would be nice to hear about it.

My favorite one doesn't, but I am sure there is one out there that does.

It is a bit difficult to walk some people through the process of doing this without them screwing something up, and I would rather just recommend a tool to those people, rather than attempt a guided tour of their registry with them.
3938  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Daylight-Saving Time Bug on: March 11, 2007, 06:52:15 AM
In 2005 a new law was passed that changed the start of Daylight Savings Time from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March, in the US. This is 3 weeks earlier than it used to be. Canada will be following the US and will also be changing the date as well.

Software created before this law was passed has the potential for screwing up. And computers aren't the only devices that can be affected by this...your old VCR or wrist watch has the potential of having problems too. Any device that contains a clock that adjusts for Daylight Savings Time can be affected.

Some older operating systems that are affected are not longer supported and there is no patch available to correct it. (Windows 95, 98, ME, 2K) For these operating systems, you will have to turn off the automatic time adjustment and fix it manually when the change is supposed to occur.

For those running XP, there was a patch available that was sent out as an automatic update on Tuesday. You will need to have Service Pack 2 in order to receive this update.

Vista users are immune, as that operating system was created after 2005 and doesn't have this bug.

You can still be affected by this bug even if your operating system is patched, corrected, immune....other people may not have fixed theirs. Be very careful about trusting times for meetings and appointments from March 11 to April 1...confirm them and make sure everyone's clocks are synchronized, otherwise there could be problems with people showing up at the wrong time.

Also, avoid any type of transactions where the date is important within an hour of midnight, unless you know the system that will be recording the transaction is corrected. This means that your transactions could be recorded with the wrong date if you are not careful. Don't put off paying your car insurance till the last moment or you could find yourself with a lapsed policy.

Also be aware that any software that you use to update the time on your PC automatically, will need to be patched. Please check with the company that released that software for a patch or newer version. Most of these programs check with an official time server that gives the time in GMT and the software just subtracts time based on the date. If the date used in the software is wrong, your clock will be wrong.

3939  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea: Desktop launcher on: March 08, 2007, 11:26:26 PM
I use Direct Access  >  http://www.nagarsoft.com/DirectAccess.aspx
It is not free but it is one of the best programs I have ever used.
To launch ny e-mail client it type    tb on my desktop then F2 ( you could change that )
Firefox is ff.  Excel is   xl and so on.  I made the abreviations so they are easy to remember.
Want to go to a website /  I type   dc and bingo I'm at Donation Coder.
It  will do text also.    br  =  Best Regards

I love it. Wouldn't be without it.


Hmmm...that sounds something like mouser's Find & Run Robot.
3940  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Free Subscription to Embedded Systems Design magazine on: March 08, 2007, 01:07:32 PM
Another free magazine subscription offer from CMP:

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Free to qualified subscribers within the U.S.

3941  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Strange behaviour with Delphi and Vista on: March 08, 2007, 10:33:21 AM
About the only help I can offer for Delphi/Vista issues is these 2 pages :

Creating Windows Vista Ready Applications with Delphi:

Part 1

Part 2
3942  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Free subscription to Dr. Dobbs Journal on: March 07, 2007, 09:41:40 AM
I have been receiving Dr. Dobbs Journal, for free, for a number of years. (I don't know how it started or why)

It's a great magazine that any developer would definitely enjoy.

They sent me a link today and told me to invite all my programmer friends to sign up for a free 1 year subscription. ($50 value)

Since all you guys are my friends, here is the invite.

They are limiting the number of free subscriptions. (I don't know how many will be given out)

Offer is only good for those that live in the US or Canada. (sorry, everybody else)

Deadline for offer is March 30, 2007.

Complete the survey and if you qualify, it's yours:


Enjoy!  cheesy
3943  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Desktop chaos please help on: March 06, 2007, 06:01:38 PM
is that your mouse - the magicians hand -  Grin

Yes, it is...and the tip blinks.  cheesy

This is a really old page (lots of dead links) but you can see what it really looks like if you visit with Internet Explorer (old chat group profile of mine):

I'm wondering, if thats your taskbar on the right, are all those icons in the top half quicklaunch shortcuts?
if so (or also if no  smiley ) how do you get the spacers between them?

Only the first row on the right side is the Quicklaunch.

Everyone in my house has their own set of toolbars.

We keep all the different folders in one collection on the G drive:


All you have to do is right click your taskbar and go to Toolbars -> New Toolbar and select the folder you want to display. It will open at the bottom of the taskbar but you can grab the bar and move the whole thing by dragging it higher than the other ones you already have.


Like Carol said, I turned off the text and made the icons smaller.

Quote from: app103
I do not keep my taskbar at the bottom of my screen...I keep it on the right side...and a large toolbar on the left with more shortcuts. I also keep my desktop shortcuts turned off so I do not see them (I rarely ever see the desktop any way, so keeping them turned on is pointless)

Both the taskbar and the left side toolbar are organized quite well with each category of shortcut having its own section.

is the "large toolbar on the left" created by dragging folder to edge of screen ? or did I misunderstand, it seems too complicated for that..

Yes, I did drag one of them from my collection to the left side of my screen rather than opening it as a new toolbar on the one I have on the right. New toolbars can be added to the one on the left in the same manner as you would to your taskbar, after that first one.

the project for your husband & other bits & pieces on top - they were the ones created by dragging folder to edge of screen ??

No, those are open windows that I dragged the buttons off my taskbar and put them on my desktop. You have to install a little utility called TaskbarEx to do that.  Wink

I don't know of any sites in English (developer is Japanese) where you can get it any more.  Sad

3944  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Extended Character Aascii Art questions on: March 06, 2007, 11:30:17 AM
Am I missing something here or am I the only one to think of the obvious...

Any screen capture program that is capable of scrolling window captures should be able to get the whole thing just as you see it on your screen...then save the image and print that scaled to fit your page.

Wouldn't that work? Then you could use the application that makes the nicest looking display of the ascii art and not having to worry about whether it prints it or not.
3945  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Favorville: People Helping People on: March 04, 2007, 06:15:45 PM
Welcome to Favorville!
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Be a part of a social experiment in good will.
Request help from people in your neighborhood.
Help others in your community.

Favorville.com is a social networking tool which provides members with the opportunity to help and be helped by others. With Favorville, members can post help requests, offer help and help grow the community. Favorville makes it easy to get in touch and build lasting connections with helpful neighbors, both in your locale or across the global village.

How does it work?
Ask yourself this. If someone you didn’t know asked for your help, would you help? Maybe… How about if that person requesting helped lived in your neighborhood – would you help? Probably.

Here at Favorville we feel strongly that most people, given the opportunity, will indeed help others. In a nutshell, that’s why we created this site – to facilitate the exchange of helpful acts. Whether it’s giving a neighbor a lift into the city, lending someone a ladder or offering someone advice, help is help and the world needs more of it.

3946  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Desktop chaos please help on: March 04, 2007, 03:40:35 PM
You can put the shortcuts that you want on one monitor into a folder somewhere on your hard drive...then drag the folder from explorer and smack it against the side of the screen on the monitor you want it on.

That will make a taskbar-like menu. You can adjust the size and keep it always on top and on autohide. When you move your mouse to the edge of your screen, it will pop out so you can access what is on it.

I don't use it with 2 monitors, but I do it on a single monitor. I do not keep my taskbar at the bottom of my screen...I keep it on the right side...and a large toolbar on the left with more shortcuts. I also keep my desktop shortcuts turned off so I do not see them (I rarely ever see the desktop any way, so keeping them turned on is pointless)

Both the taskbar and the left side toolbar are organized quite well with each category of shortcut having its own section.

Some people seem to think my desktop is pretty scary...you judge for yourself:

This is with the right side showing in top image, and everything minimized in bottom half.


This is a newer image with both bars showing in full:

3947  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: nostalgia hour: old software you loved on: March 03, 2007, 05:26:14 AM
First program I ever paid for: McAfee Virus Scan 5 (they wouldn't tell me how to update v4's dats and made me buy v5 to get the info)

Oldest program I no longer use but wish I could: Nuts & Bolts Defragger (from McAfee Office 2000, which came with that Virus Scan v4)

Oldest program I still use...

I thought it was Dupeless 1.2 (1998) but then I remembered this little gem I like to play:


Keep in mind I didn't get my first PC till 1999.  embarassed
3948  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Alpha release: Argus v0.0.1.4 - Serious testers wanted on: March 02, 2007, 09:18:46 AM
Phonetic: Will match all terms that are phonetically identical. Optionally, you can use Phonetic Near to match any term that is phonetically similar to the search term.

Is that for when you don't know how to spell what you are searching for? or would it work with words you can spell but might be mis-spelled in the document?
3949  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Seeking your insightful advice...Where to start? on: February 25, 2007, 04:04:42 PM
App103 maintains a page she can point you too soon I'm sure.

I have been collecting links to legal freely available ebooks in many different programming languages for about 2 years. I currently have over 300 books listed on my site.

They are for all different skill levels. Many are advanced, but there are some beginner books as well.

3950  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / DesktopTwo: Free Online Anywhere Desktop on: February 25, 2007, 03:30:08 PM
Desktoptwo is a free web-based desktop or webtop (some call it a WebOS, although we feel that's a bit premature... for now) that mimics the look, feel and functionality of a local computer, all contained within one browser window and fully accessible from any Internet-connected device.

Think of Desktoptwo as your free mobile home on the Internet with all of your personal information, programs and applications in one easy-to-use, feature-rich location and, because all you need is a web browser to access your account, even the simplest web device (whether yours or someone else's) can become your personal space.

What's more... no local installation means that Desktoptwo leaves no trace behind, which is why we say that "wherever you go, whatever you do, you can bring your desktop too."

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