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3926  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tranparency in IE 6 on: October 11, 2007, 10:02:14 PM
You could give K-Meleon a try.

It uses the same engine as Firefox but it is much lighter on resources. When used with the symbiotic loader, it opens faster than IE. I wrote a review about it on my Snailware blog.

This would solve the problem of .png's with transparencies being displayed properly, without adding the problems you mentioned about using Firefox.
3927  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best way to start learning C++? on: October 11, 2007, 08:16:46 PM
Practice exercises aren't always interesting. If you have a pet project you will want to work on it and the learning will come naturally.

That is why I made this page: Stupid C Stuff
3928  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you archive/store your downloads (mainly install files)? on: October 11, 2007, 03:27:00 PM
If you lose one of your versions, you can see if its archived at

Similar site:

I save everything...I am a packrat.

Keep in mind 4 of the primary reasons for saving older setup files:

1. Newer doesn't mean better.
2. Sometimes freeware goes payware.
3. System requirements may increase in newer versions while the hardware on your PC may not.
4. A lot of great little known freeware has a tendency to disappear from the web and become lost forever.

I have setup files for applications, or versions of applications, that I will probably never use again, but that doesn't mean I will get rid of them.

I have recently found myself contributing to the collection, filling requests on their forum for stuff that is near impossible to find, and in some cases supplying English versions to applications where the older version that is most commonly found, is in a different language.

I also inherited a lot of setup files from my father. I think it could possibly be the entire Tucows Windows collection of 1999. I don't even know what half of it is.  Grin

My dad has this habit of hitting a download site and getting everything he can and including it on a special partition with any pc he gives as a gift. The collection grows larger with every pc. My first PC from him came with a collection of about 100 setup files. My second came with over 300! It is up to the receiver of the pc to find out what it all is. It's actually kind of fun.

One of the greatest discoveries I have come across in the collection is an ancient, free, mildly crippled, non-expiring demo of an application for ripping CD's (CD Stripper). As it turned out, it is the ONLY thing I can use on my old P1 that will work and not crash. I did buy the most recent version of it, but alas, just like the rest of the CD ripping software I tried, it crashes on the old PC. I would have loved to have been able to purchase & receive a full version setup of the ancient one instead. I only bought the newer one because I felt they deserved my was more or less a donation, since I will never use the newer one on any pc I own. (I already have much better tools that can do same job on newer pc's)

CD Stripper..

Also, as a favor for friends that own older 9x pc's, I give their old snails new life by reinstalling their OS for them, properly configuring it, and supplying older freeware that will run better on it than the newer versions they would probably end up with if I didn't supply the older ones. So there is actually a need for me to keep all that old junk, the way I see it. It saves me a lot of time & trouble hunting down those files online while I am at their house, not to mention the extra time needed to download it all over dialup (most of them are still dialup users).

As far as archiving them, I do this as I download them, kind of. Everything gets it's own folder...I will make a note of the version number either in the name of the subfolder in which I store it and all related documentation, or in the file name itself.

It initially goes into an 'Untried' folder if it is something I have never used. Once installed, the application's setup folder is moved to the 'Installed' folder. Once uninstalled, it gets moved to a 'Not Installed' folder. If I had a good reason for uninstalling it, there will be a text file added with the reason, to remind me just in case I should get the crazy notion to try it again. Call it a personal mini review, if you like.
3929  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Have any web-based applications replaced desktop apps for you? on: October 10, 2007, 11:11:37 PM
I have actually found myself replacing web-based stuff with some sort of desktop application when I can.

I have switched from using the web-based & wordpress editors to Windows Live Writer. (I absolutely LOVE it!)

Sometimes things are a bit of a combo of both, like using yahoo's notepad & calendar with the desktop widget notepad & todo list. I never really had a use for either till I got the widgets. It was too much bother to open the web pages and use it that way, but on my desktop I like it.

Same goes with I love it, but having the browser window open bugs me, so I use it with OpenPandora.

About the only thing I really have switched to a web-based app is gmail. But just like Josh, I wish there was a way to download it easily to keep a local copy, just as I have it, with all the labels intact for each email. I don't want to have a folder based system for my email any more. It would be great to be able to have some sort of desktop email client specifically made for archiving gmail locally.
3930 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: (10+2)*5 Timer on: October 10, 2007, 09:56:16 PM
You are more than welcome.  smiley
3931  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Error messages everyone can understand on: October 10, 2007, 09:27:44 PM
That's not an animation. That is a live feed from the webcam in her bathroom.

 redface The state inspector said it was a new electrical outlet they were installing...not a web cam!
3932  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Install multiple versions of IE on your PC on: October 10, 2007, 08:59:00 PM
Ever wanted to test your website in various versions of Internet Explorer?

It is possible to run Internet Explorer in standalone mode without having to over-write previous versions thanks to Joe Maddalone who came up with a way of achieving that in November 2003. Basically, Internet Explorer is run by exploiting a known workaround to DLL hell - which was introduced in Windows 2000 and later versions - called DLL redirection.

There is an installer available that will install IE3 IE4.01 IE5 IE5.5 and IE6 and allow you to run them on the same machine at the same time.

3933  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Total Text Container (PIM) on: October 10, 2007, 02:57:48 PM
Its a freeware application. Thats all there is to it Thmbsup

Sourceforge is for open source projects...meaning you have to have an open source license and provide the sourcecode for the application. It is part of the agreement all developers have with Sourceforge that allows them to have their projects to be hosted there for free.
3934  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Error messages everyone can understand on: October 10, 2007, 12:37:38 PM
This was sent to me by hollowlife1987:


I have suggested mouser add this one to Dr Windows.

then hamradio found the page with it and even more:

3935  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Code Snippet Storage/Library/Catalog/Organizer/GinzuSwissArmyKnife on: October 10, 2007, 12:52:09 AM
My huge quest for such a tool was how I found DC. I ended up following a link from Google to the famous note taking discussion.

I never did find exactly what I wanted, but Developer's Tips & Tricks is about as close as I have come.

I believe it is portable and can be run from a usb thumbdrive. He has both an installer version and a .zip version available.

What I like about DTT is that it doesn't store the snippets in an actual database, and it creates files within its folders with the same directory structure as in the application, with the proper file extension for the particular language of each snippet.

This makes it easy to manage your collection either manually or through the application's GUI, and I can even share the files with others quite easily from my web server. I also don't have to worry about a corrupted database destroying my entire collection. And I can copy a code file easily and drop it into a project's folder for use.

It is donationware, the author is FSL, he is a DC member, and donating does have its perks. He gives you access to the privileged users area of his site where you can download versions of any of his applications with some extra features added. (his way of thanking you) You also get to beta test new stuff before he releases it to the rest of the world.

The big bonuses you get with DTT when you become a privileged user is the ability to search, code folding for some of the languages it supports, some export options (like HTML, rtf), and an extra hotkey to restore the application from the tray.

This application has evolved quite a bit in the last year and keeps getting better & better. I have a feeling I may never find exactly what I am looking for (whatever that is) but if I wait a little longer FSL may surprise me and turn DTT into it and I can finally stop looking.
3936  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Replace Windows XP's Icons on: October 09, 2007, 08:35:55 PM
I have always used Microangelo to change mine. It comes with a nice set of icon libraries and you can use just about any icon library or .ico file with it. (or make your own with it)

Microangelo Toolset 6 comes with Microangelo On Display, for free.
3937  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Ponder This on: October 09, 2007, 07:42:13 PM
You are cordially invited to match wits with some of the best minds in IBM Research.

Seems some of us can't see a problem without wanting to take a crack at solving it. Does that sound like you? Good. Forge ahead and ponder this month's problem. We'll post a new one every month, and allow two to three weeks for you to submit solutions (we may even publish submitted answers, especially if they're correct). We won't reply individually to submitted solutions but every few days we will update a list of people who answered correctly. Towards the end of the month, we'll post the answer.

October 2007 Challenge:
There are 5 platonic solids, the tetrahedron (4 vertices, 4 triangular faces, 6 edges), the cube (8 vertices, 6 square faces, 12 edges), the octahedron (6 vertices, 8 triangular faces, 12 edges), the dodecahedron (20 vertices, 12 pentagonal faces, 30 edges) and the icosahedron (12 vertices, 20 triangular faces, 30 edges). Consider open models of these solids with wire edges connecting the vertices. Suppose each wire has unit resistance. For each case find the total resistance between a pair of adjacent vertices. Express each answer as a rational number.

Hint: The answers can be found by brute force but there is a way to use symmetry.

I can't even begin to understand the problems, nevermind solve them. huh
3938  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Question: Quickest way to receive spam? on: October 09, 2007, 03:27:00 PM
Go to this 2 message boards/guestbooks and post a request for sites in English where you can buy the band's (Aria) albums, and make sure you put your email address in the body of the post so it is easily seen:

You will start getting tons of Russian spam that will never stop.  Grin
3939 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: (10+2)*5 Timer on: October 09, 2007, 10:58:38 AM
About the extra 23 minutes...

Is that on every run that it is adding an extra 23 minutes each time? or did it just start on the first run with 23 minutes on it already?

If you could, please pass on the link to my contact page and tell them to get in touch with me directly so I can get all info needed about these problems:
3940 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: (10+2)*5 Timer on: October 08, 2007, 12:50:24 PM
Wouldn't that be somehow related to vista? It's not the first time i've seen trouble with settings not being saved/loaded with vista, IIRC.

I don't know...the user didn't specify what version of Windows, and as far as I know, that Vista problem only occurs when the settings are saved to a file in the application's folder, which my program doesn't do. All settings are saved to the registry, under current user.

If it is a Vista issue, I don't think I can fix it. I wouldn't begin to know how, and I couldn't test it because I don't have vista.

This is why I don't officially support Vista in anything I write...I can't.

This is the first report of a problem like this since I released it over a year ago.

About the only thing I can suggest is to uncheck the box on the prompt that says "Always ask before opening this file" before clicking the 'run' button.

I don't know if that will make a difference or not.
3941  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to stop worrying on: October 05, 2007, 10:39:49 PM
The only way I am going to stop worrying (or worry less) is if other people do it for me...or should I say, do their own fair share of worrying that they are supposed to be doing, so I don't have to do it for them.
3942  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: October 05, 2007, 09:08:25 PM
How do you remember what all those icons are?

I might not remember what something is called, or maybe even what the icon looks like, but if I can remember what it does I can easily find it.

Each row you see is for a specific type of software. Frequently used ones are on the line that shows, with the ones I use the most usually on the ends to make it easier to find them.

So, on my text tools row, since notepad2 is the one I use most, it's first....and Windows Live Writer is last, since I use that a lot too. The ones I don't use that often are on the second row which you don't see unless I either pull it down to expand it or click the little bar to see the rest on a menu.

And the top bar on the right side has ALWAYS been devoted to drive shortcuts, with the icons hinting at what is stored on them.

I get confused enough with the ones in my system tray (currently 31 - yes I know I should get rid of about 25 of them)!

I actually have a txt file with a list of all the tray icons that are supposed to be there (45), in order, just so I can tell if any are missing.  embarassed
3943  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: registration benefits on: October 05, 2007, 08:41:13 PM
I used to have a Storm Imagewave scanner. The company that made it went out of business.

The prob I had with the scanner was that it forced registration on you when you installed the drivers for the scanner...every single time...and you had to have a dialup modem to do it because it would want to dial out to some 800 number....and there was no way to opt out. (and the phone number didn't exist any more) 

The only other time I have bothered to register something was some software of my daughter's for doing makeovers. Even though you bought and paid for the software on CD (at a price of almost $100 to cover cost of software + crappy digital camera), they made you register it to get a code to unlock all the features. They were also kind enough to install some spyware on your pc along with the software.

Thankfully, neither of these products are available any more.
3944  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC Unofficial Meeting #5 Took Place - Veign and Mouser meet on: October 05, 2007, 01:48:50 PM
i just grew mine to impress chris - i plan on shaving it off today now that he is gone  Wink

You should grow it till spring, at least. It will keep you warm all winter and you'll save money on razors.  cheesy
3945  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: October 04, 2007, 07:01:37 AM
nice desktop all right App smiley
maybe you should autohide your todo list as well though !!
(for peace of mind of course)

do those widgets come looking that good or is that a theme -
couldnt be your win theme cause youre using windows classic  undecided

so where does one get such nice clocks & temperature readings etc  smiley
I mean i know they're yahoo but there's thousands of them out there....
(i searched for cpu clock but couldnt see those ones)

That are naturally that good looking. (although I may have tweaked color, size, transparency a bit)

On the left, from top to bottom:

iStat CPU
iStat Memory
(they have other similar style widgets too, and some for Vista sidebar)

SpeedFan Widget needs SpeedFan installed (I have the older v5, I like the look much better than v6)
Yahoo Notepad

On the right:
Yahoo Calendar
Werewolf Monitor
Yahoo Day Planner

WAH - they are SERIOUSLY SCARY toolbars - no wonder you hide them!

While other people like things like FARR and Launchy, I prefer doing it this way.

I have had a giant hidden taskbar on the right side of my screen for as long as I have used Windows. I inherited my first pc set up that way and would go insane if it were any other way. It is the first change I make when installing a fresh copy of Windows on a PC.

I don't have a pic of the old P1 with the way it looked with Win98. This is the oldest I have, from about 2002 on my P3 with WinME:

This is from a series of screenshots I made with various toolbars expanded, so in case I had to reinstall the OS I could restore the exact position of every icon. (yup, I am a digital packrat that saves everything, including backups from a dead pc I don't even have any more)
3946  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: October 04, 2007, 12:38:19 AM
Updated desktop (there have been some major changes)

I now have 2 giant autohiding toolbars:


and with them hidden, you get to see the wallpaper my talented photographer daughter created....and my yahoo widgets (and the 'todo list of doom' with things that never get done)

3947  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Online Privacy Policy Generator on: October 02, 2007, 03:55:05 PM
I just looked around and did find this EULA generator:

Just enter a company name and product name and click the button to download a text file with them inserted into the proper places.

Quick & easy, but I am not sure if the EULA is all that great or if you would like using it without editing it a lot to suit your needs.

3948  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Online Privacy Policy Generator on: October 02, 2007, 03:16:02 PM
Anyone know of an online EULA generator?

You might like to keep your eyes on the "Fair" End User License Agreement (FEULA). It's in beta right now, and they are still working the kinks out of it, but it looks pretty promising. (more info here)

Any new updated versions will appear here along with links to any other EULA related posts from that blog.
3949  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Software Copy Protection Questions on: October 02, 2007, 08:48:33 AM
Like I said originally, how much time & energy do you want to devote to making a free puzzle game for crackers.

Tinjaw's question was a 2 part one:

1. How to protect his app from crackers that will try to beat the licensing of his game.
2. How to protect the images in the game.

To both of them, it's futile. You can do all kinds of things and waste a lot of time, money, and energy..and still it won't be enough.

So far most of the responses to tinjaw's post have been related to #1 and not really addressing the issue of #2. My answer was for #2 and not really addressing #1.

Honest people don't use cracks, they pay for games.

And those that use cracks will not buy your game any way, so no money is lost there.

And those that crack the games do it for fun. You provide them with a free puzzle game no matter what you do. And they will be going after beating the licensing...not likely trying to extract the images.

And my comment about detecting tools was referring to tools ordinary users would use to make screen captures of the game in order to get the images...not to crackers cracking the game itself to bypass licensing. I am sorry if I didn't make that clear enough.

Why detect if the game is running in vmware? Well the screen capture tools might not be installed on the virtual machine, but still exist and are running outside the vm.

But you know what? You still can't stop the screen shots even if you do that. What about a user simply using the print screen key and pasting into paint? Are you going to disable that key while the game is running? What about if a user remaps the key to another? Are you going to disable all keys on the keyboard to prevent that too?

What you need to do is keep the comic book company happy with the amount of protection you use and not annoy honest people while preventing them from doing stupid things.

Forget about crackers...they aren't the real issue. They will crack your game no matter what and you can't stop them.

If shutting down the game when a screen capture utility is detected to keep ordinary users from getting the images is going too far, then you don't do that.

But remember what I said when the comic book company starts screaming about their images all over the web. You would do better to go with some reasonable protection and spend the extra time preparing a speech to give the comic book company when they get upset that the protection of their images has failed.
3950  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Programming 101 Lesson: Don't Purge User Data on: October 02, 2007, 01:28:29 AM
Purging old data...and banks...

You can almost count on it that if he had defaulted on his account and it wasn't in good standing, that his info wouldn't have been lost. They would never have purged the data related to THAT kind of closed/inactive account. They would keep that forever.
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