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3976  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is it possible to search for rogue font types in a Word document? on: July 13, 2007, 08:52:54 AM
You could try using Skrommel's little tool, Used Fonts, which shows what fonts are in use by a Microsoft Word document.

- Run it to show a file selection dialog, or drag and drop a doc file on it.

3977  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: By the time you read this, Internet Radio will be dead on: July 13, 2007, 08:38:13 AM
Correction: By the time your read this American internet radio will be dead.

If this is over the Copyright Royalty Board increases, it will only serve to drive internet radio stations out of the US. The scope of this law only affects broadcasters within the US borders. They have no legal jurisdiction to pass laws affecting broadcasters in any other country.

This will drive many of the broadcasters to 'officially' set up shop in another country, such as Canada and Mexico, where this law applies to nobody.
3978  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flash game/fun: The Cadaver Calculator on: July 12, 2007, 01:16:42 PM
$6325  huh

3979  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: perform random URL queries (Random Submitter) on: July 12, 2007, 12:58:47 AM
But if these tools became a lot more widely used, it would cause what I would call a 'Halloween Effect"

If you were going on a 'witch hunt' for 'real witches' and assumed that all 'real witches' wore 'tall black hats and capes'...what would be the one day of the year that you wouldn't want to go hunting? Halloween.

You would end up rounding up so many innocent people in costume, that you'd be wasting your time.

The goal of these bogus searches for 'bomb making' stuff  is to make every day Halloween by dressing up everyone as a 'terrorist'. If it is done right and the government knows so many people do this then how reliable are they going to think any of the data is?
3980  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: perform random URL queries (Random Submitter) on: July 12, 2007, 12:37:57 AM
I was helping someone dig up some stuff for a school assignment, where he has to give a presentation about Google and privacy issues, and came across this thread.

If we all are tainting the database with bogus searches using all the red flagged bad keywords, then they wouldn't know who is really doing searches for this stuff and who isn't.

I think the purpose of it isn't really to hide your searches in the mess of bogus ones as to make the data unreliable to find people that really search for this stuff.

If Google ever complied with an order to turn over the IP's of everyone searching for anything bomb related and if half of everyone that uses Google was running something that submitted a search that matched, then half of all Google users would have their IP in that list...and it would be obvious that the data couldn't be trusted, and therefore tossed out as being useless.

I think that is the point of using bad keywords. The likelihood of the government wanting any result data would be more for those keywords first...and if they succeed with that, then they move on to other keywords...which has a higher privacy concern for ordinary people.

Screw up the data for the bad words and you send the message that the data can't be trusted ever...for any keywords.
3981  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Snailware: Newer Software for Older Slower PC's on: July 11, 2007, 06:18:41 PM
rjbull: my first 2 software articles were related to antivirus solutions that will work for 9x. Both background scanning and layering it with on demand/per file scanning, using 2 different scanners that are still supporting 9x...and are free.

Then topping that off with a more secure browser (one that will offer you security patches if they are needed, even if you are running 9x).

Firewalls were something I was going to get into, as well as antispyware solutions.

For now, I suggest getting Spybot and using the vaccination feature, then running a weekly scan with that (when you are not using the pc for something else). Don't use the background scanning on an old slow computer.

I also would suggest either the last free version of Sygate, Kerio, Tiny, or ZoneAlarm 4 (turn off the email scanning in it or it can clash with your antivirus' email scanning)

A real firewall doesn't need to download definitions from the company to do its job. That stuff is unrelated to the actual firewall, itself.

That stuff was added when they decided to make a combo product that does the job of a firewall...and anti-malware scanner.

If they are no longer going to give you anti-malware protection, you can use other products for that and use an older version that is a firewall only.

I don't really like most of the combo products available. Most of the time they take a good product that is good at one thing and add features that they are not so good at.

Would you rather have the best firewall and the best antivirus? or a great antivirus with a not so great firewall? or a great firewall with a not so great antivirus.

I would rather have the best of each...seperately.
3982  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: InstantBoss - For those of us which require motivation to work on: July 11, 2007, 05:07:12 PM
I'll be working on it again very soon and i'll see what I can do about all that. (and add some cool new features too  Thmbsup)
3983  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Create web2.0 style stripe textures online with this fun tool on: July 10, 2007, 04:54:46 PM
If you had no self-respect and really wanted to grow donation coder, all you'd have to do is overlay this website with that special, bubbled shiny "2.0" aesthetic, throw in some stripes, and sub-title this website.  "Donation Coder -- The Web 2.0 Software Distribution Model" and the hounds would come.

Look very carefully at the background of this page.
There are 2 different stripe patterns here.  tongue
3984  DonationCoder.com Software / Skrommel's Software / Re: [Idee] GroupStarter on: July 10, 2007, 06:38:39 AM
I had a discussion with Jah about something very similar to this.

He made a tool that works like this:

You create a text file with the path to each file or program you want to launch. One per line.

They are launched in order.

The application accepts 2 command line parameters: the first is how many seconds you want it to wait before it begins launching what is on your list and the second is how many seconds you want it to wait between items.

If you need to launch something with command line parameters, you can configure a shortcut file and add the path to the shortcut.lnk to the list rather than the path to the application itself.

It has no tray icon, no window, doesn't use the registry...just does what it does and exits. (seems to have high cpu usage for some reason, though)

I have a copy of it but I can't distribute it without his permission, and he isn't talking to me. If you would like to try it, you'll have to PM him and ask him to share it.
3985  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: OnScreen Display for Mute Status on: July 08, 2007, 07:24:22 AM
app103 & lanux128,
You can set some tray icons to always be shown (never autohidden). Right click Start > Taskbar tab > customize.. . Alternatively, Right click Start > Taskbar tab > untick Hide inactive icons for a more general solution.
But I agree with you that this neat script makes it much easier to see when mute is on.

I have all my icons showing...but I don't have my taskbar itself showing (that is what I have on autohide).
3986  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Snailware: Newer Software for Older Slower PC's on: July 08, 2007, 01:33:09 AM
nudone was kind enough to use his art talent to create a fantastic new Laggy logo for Snailware.  Kiss


Laggy looks great and he seems like he is actually happy to be a snail now.

I love it!  Kiss

Thanks nudone!
3987  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Snailware: Newer Software for Older Slower PC's on: July 07, 2007, 05:38:15 AM
Hey, I am just getting started. It's still pretty new and I have a lot of software to cover, in all categories, with plenty of tricks and tweaks to make some of the larger applications more snail friendly.

I had thought of covering everything in basically the order I would install stuff on a fresh install of my OS, beginning with security applications, tweaking tools, and moving on to my Basic Box of Necessities™. But that seems like it could be a bit boring and give the impression of less variety in the type of applications covered by my blog.

So I'll be mixing it up a bit, just to keep it interesting.

That old pc of mine has about 4 gigs of software on it...plenty to keep me busy writing for a long time. And I will be looking for newer tools to replace some of my old ones, as I write about them, which is what happened when I wrote about K-Meleon.(I was going to need a better browser on there in order to do the work I have to with this blog)

There will be plenty of variety and lots of fun stuff...don't you worry. ;-)
3988  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OWNING "hacker tools" illegal in Germany as of TODAY (jail & fines for everyone) on: July 07, 2007, 12:48:02 AM
I guess this outlaw's complete linux distros like nUbuntu.
3989  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Snailware: Newer Software for Older Slower PC's on: July 06, 2007, 12:08:38 AM
Snailware is software for snails. Snails are older slower PC's that can't run the latest and greatest because of hardware or operating system limitations.

I have started a blog targeted at the owners of older PC's, that for their own reasons choose to still run them. I will be presenting articles related to software that will run on these computers and some of the software issues that their owners may face.

Everything I write about will be tested on my own ancient Pentium I, Windows ME machine. I will try where possible to present the newest versions of everything I write about.

Even if you don't own an old snail, this may be of interest to you, as the software I write about should run blazingly fast on a newer computer.

I would like to eventually add more writers that own older machines. I think a team of writers with snails could really make this blog into something special that could be an asset to the world of computing, for both developers and PC owners.

If this blog has a future, we could be looking at writing about software that will run on P4's with XP, within the next few years. Today's latest & greatest is tomorrow's snail. Wink

3990  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: You Should Pay Me to Read This Post (It's worth it...) on: July 05, 2007, 05:20:10 PM
That seems to only happen if the browser window isn't maximized. (I just tested it in AOLex)
3991  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: OnScreen Display for Mute Status on: July 05, 2007, 01:55:08 PM
This can also be done without a script. Go to Sound and Audio Devices Properties > Volume > Device Volume: Place volume icon in the taskbar. The tray icon automatically changes when mute is on/off. For this to work the tray icon must be visible all the time so the script is more sophisticated.

I have the tray icon, but I keep my taskbar on autohide, so it's generally not visible. Even if it were visible, that icon is pretty small and the status easy to miss. This script makes it very obvious, like when you have your TV on mute.  smiley
3992  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: totally pathetic comparison about apple and microsoft on: July 05, 2007, 12:02:47 PM
apple can get away with minimal design on the packaging because EVERYONE on the planet already knows what the product is about without having to read the box. the box could be completely faceless and just have the word ipod and apple stamped on it on the underside where no one will see it and the product would still sell.

There was a time, not that long ago, when plain packaging like this was considered 'cheap, no frills, generic'.

It wasn't what you thought of when you thought of the word 'quality'.

Just told you what was inside.

It was often of lesser quality and price than even the basic store brand.


A plain white box with the word 'ipod' wouldn't be much different, except for the price.  tongue

3993  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: OnScreen Display for Mute Status on: July 04, 2007, 10:54:58 PM
app, what is that fancy program you are using for your windows background -- are you sure it doesnt have the ability to show mute status?

Those are Yahoo widgets. I haven't found one that will do what I want.

lanux: This is great! Just what I wanted.  smiley
Thank you so much! (credits are on the way)
3994  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / IDEA: OnScreen Display for Mute Status on: July 04, 2007, 06:27:16 PM
Too many times I am interrupted and have to hit my mute button. Then I forget it's muted and wonder a little while later where my music went, or why I am not hearing alerts for incoming messages.

When I hit the mute button on my keyboard, there is an onscreen display, but it only lasts a second or 2:


What I would like is a utility that will show when the pc's volume is muted, only while it is muted, until it is not.

Whatever image or text is used, should show up well on both light & dark backgrounds.
3995  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Need help to find Windows XP Services that run FARR on: July 03, 2007, 04:33:03 PM
If you are running XP and you didn't turn off System Restore, you may be able to roll back to a restore point from before you made the changes...like maybe yesterday. (just remember it will undo everything you did to your system since then, such as installing programs)
3996  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Folders with "expiration date" on: July 03, 2007, 11:40:12 AM
Or a program that would allow you to drag & drop folders to it and set an expiration date for that folder, and when that date hit, it would move them to a 'smart bin', adding the delete date to the folder name, rather than moving them to the recycle bin or complete removal. (it would just be a special folder somewhere for this purpose)

After the size of that folder hits a certain mark, the application would warn you and show you a list of what was deleted & when, and you could choose which to permanently delete. This list and 'smart bin' would also allow you to restore stuff if you needed it.

3997  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New iPod ad says it all ... on: July 02, 2007, 10:07:53 AM
Wait a minute...you can now get an iPod AND an iBox? Together? Sweeeet!  Grin
3998  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: DonationCoder forum search plugin on: June 30, 2007, 06:20:41 AM
Unfortunately, the code used to install the AOL version only works with AOL Explorer 1.5 and higher. I kind of lifted the installing code off of AOL's website.

They don't have many official search plugins available for AOL Explorer and absolutely no 3rd party ones and I wanted to change that, so I started snooping around and found out how they worked.

It turns out they are slightly modified versions of Firefox plugins that more or less follow the Sherlock standard, so I didn't have to change much to make it work with AOL Explorer. The biggest difference is the code used to install them.

Unfortunately, it was never intended for Maxthon or any other Internet Explorer based browser and I don't know anything about making Maxthon search plugins...yet.

If you can wait a bit, I will start snooping around for some Maxthon info some time next week and see if I can make one that will work.
3999  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Online Tool Alphabetizes HTML links on: June 30, 2007, 03:14:34 AM
While working on a new project (which will be revealed soon  Wink) I realized I was going to need a way to alphabetize links by their text description. Since I was going to have to do this frequently, I figured I would go hunt for a tool to do it.

I found this little gem.

Just paste in the html list of links, select the option you want, and click the button. Like magic, they will be alphabetized and formatted just the way you want with either bullets, numbers, in a table, etc.

Nice & easy.  smiley

4000  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Request: Force NUMLOCK always on on: June 29, 2007, 02:44:21 AM
I was just taking a look at that Klocks thing (didn't try it though).

Is that just some sort of switch that turns it on & off that needs to be run each time you want it done?

He said that some application keeps switching it off and he doesn't know which one it could be. If he were to run that Klocks thing to turn it back on, exactly how could he do it and it be in any way effective and automated? On a timer, as a scheduled task? If so, how often?

I have been thinking about this little problem and how to solve it. I think what needs to be done is some sort of application that can run in the background that has a global keyboard hook that on every keypress will check to see if the numlock is on, and if not then turn it on. Then if some application turns it off, the next key that is pressed would turn it back on automatically. It would be turning every key on the keyboard into a 'numlock on' key, in addition to the normal key functionality.

Then at the very worst it would just be one keypress that would be affected if he were to use the numpad without it being on. (which is a bit unlikely to happen if he is a keyboard freak that switches windows with alt+tab or uses something like FARR to run applications)
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