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3976  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea: A directory box on: April 26, 2007, 05:47:46 PM
smiley How about Microsoft Windows XP?

If you drag a folder from your desktop to one of the edges of the screen, it creates a dockable Explorer window. You can also detach it and have it floating freely.


oh yeah, duh...how could I forget that?  embarassed

btw: this isn't just XP...it works in older versions of Windows too....even 9x.

You can create toolbars on it and do everything you can, just like with the taskbar...only it won't have the buttons of open windows or the system tray.

You can make up to 3 additional bars on the screen edges that your taskbar isn't on. The folder doesn't have to be on your desktop...it can be anywhere. Just drag it from Explorer and smack it on the edge you want.
3977  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: little AHK tool to force Windows to do what it should on: April 26, 2007, 05:31:48 PM
3978  News and Reviews / Best Weather Monitor Tool / Re: some comments after using some of the programs on: April 26, 2007, 01:37:31 PM
Previously, I only knew about Weatherbug, and that isn't something I want to install.

I recently installed the Weather.com desktop and it was ok...but it started causing problems when shutting down Windows. So I am on the hunt for a replacement.

I think I am going to give Weather Watcher a try after reading what everyone had to say about it.

btw...if you are a Weatherbug user, you might want to know about Leopard...a simple programming language for beginners & children that uses the Weatherbug API.

The original Leopard version didn't rely on Weatherbug and was pretty cool. It let you create things like your own mp3 player or a browser. And yes...you could compile stand alone Windows applications with it.

The developer, Brandon Watts, began the Leopard project when he was just 14 years old. He is very dedicated to it and plans to continue it for many years to come.

It is currently used in many schools to introduce children to the wonderful world of programming, in a fun way.

Take a look at the catalog of user submitted programs.

He does have plans to bring back the ability to compile, in the new version, but he wants beginners to concentrate more on program creation than executable creation, for now.

If you are a Weatherbug user and ever wanted to learn programming but thought it was too hard, and you are afraid you aren't ready for something like AHK, give Leopard a try. It will be a good beginning. Then when you are ready, move on to something a lot more powerful, but still simple, like AHK.  smiley
3979  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RANT: High Software Prices! on: April 26, 2007, 11:37:04 AM
Wordpress, best bet. <-- super simple PHP

How many <?php include('whatever.php'); ?> do they need? That's the only php I know.  embarassed

XUL next best. <-- only markup in XML

Still trying to get a grasp on the finer points of XML for scripting a bot for my chatroom. (not doing too well on that) Here is a sample that someone gave me to learn from:
[attach=1]  huh

XAML <-- M$'s version of (Java+XML) for GUI
I don't know a lick of java and see above XML comment.
1. People with those skills are gonna be in demand when Redhat and sourceforge.net start their FOSS exchanges. Keep a watch.
Will do.  Wink
2. You should try your hand at Google and Yahoo! Answers
I currently have a 54% best answer rate on Yahoo Answers. And that site is too addictive...I am going to get in a lot of trouble with spending too much of my time there if I am not careful.  cheesy
(psst.... if you make good money, pass a few Donation Credits here as well Wink Wink )
Unfortunately I am broker than broke and might just have the worst income/expenses ratio on this forum.  Sad

Total household income, supporting a family of 3, is about $300/wk...rent $955/month for a 4 room apartment (and that is cheap where I live). I think after doing the math you will see the financial predicament I am in. (yet I do still manage to pass a few credits around when I can)

...and now you know why this rant about software prices really hits me close to home.
3980  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RANT: High Software Prices! on: April 26, 2007, 09:53:15 AM
Mouser wrote:
I do think however that there are some ramifications for this kind of pirating that are non-obvious but quite important to think about.  And one of them is the open source market.  For example, does piracy hurt the open source community?  If people couldn't pirate photoshop, would that make programs like the Gimp and Paint.net more and more important, more and more used, and perhaps more and more supported, funded, and developed?  If MS Windows and OSX were never pirated, would it funnel more energy into developing and developing for linux?  These are the issues that really make me think twice about pirating..

Now THAT is an interesting and astute insight! I had never thought of this issue from that perspective before.

I did and was going to say something similar to that in a previous post I made a few days ago,  but I edited it out on account of the way I worded it didn't sound quite right.

I was having a bad day and everything I seemed to say came out all wrong and I got on the bad side of many people.

If you like to code for the sake of coding, and you are already doing it for free by releasing freeware and never expecting to make a dime, and you have the skills necessary and can handle working on larger projects (with others), do the world a favor and help out on an existing open source project. You just might make a difference and it would be just as or maybe even more rewarding.

I wish I had the skills necessary to do it, and maybe some day I will. But for now it isn't a good idea for me to get involved in the actual coding. I am still on the hunt for a project that does have something I can do to help, though.

As it turns out, the only skill I seem to have, that I am really good at, is connecting people with the resources they need (be it info, tools, or experts), to help them find the answers they need to tackle whatever problem they have. Despite what some people that know me may think, I don't know everything...I just know where to find the answers.

When I find a project that needs a 'human switchboard operator of info' I will have found the perfect one.

Oh wait...nevermind...I almost forgot that I am doing that now...here...in my chatroom...everywhere.  cheesy
3981  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea: A directory box on: April 26, 2007, 04:25:31 AM
I have used TaskbarEx to reduce clutter. You can drag the buttons right off your bar and put them where you want on your desktop.

This is especially useful when doing web design. I keep the whole project grouped in one corner of my desktop.

QT Tab Bar: I haven't tried this, but it looks nice.


You could probably combine both of them to end up with a really powerful option....maybe throw in FileBox Extender too. The menu for favorite folders that it puts on the titlebar in explorer is very handy. I use it all the time.

3982  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Maze Craze - Fun 2D game by Wreckedcarzz on: April 26, 2007, 01:20:32 AM
I ran into the same popup getting a file from FileFront a day or two after uploading the PC2 and realized that unless your going to be a FileFront member it will annoy you to death, so I will have to find a new location that DOESN'T bug people Grin
Sorry for the inconvenience everyone,

Talk to mouser. I am sure he would be willing to give you some space for a page for the game.

If not, I would be willing to, but I am sure he would, so ask him.
3983  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: source editor that prints indentation guides on: April 26, 2007, 01:07:33 AM
Notepad2 does...at least it does print the guide line on the right. I didn't test it with the indentation guides (ran out of ink).
3984  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your pet's favorite toy? on: April 25, 2007, 11:07:15 PM
This is my cat's other favorite toy:


Yeah, he's a strange one. He will do anything he can to get a Q-tip.  Grin
3985  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: little AHK tool to force Windows to do what it should on: April 25, 2007, 02:51:45 AM

is there any reason why you used this:
[copy or print]
Run,Explorer.exe /e`,%drive%:\

instead of this? (this is how it says to do it in the ahk help file)
[copy or print]
Run,explore %drive%:\

Also, I had to get rid of those TrayTips...they make my very large hidden taskbar fly out halfway across the screen.

I would rather there be no message to the user at all when it is successful...just do what it is supposed to do and open it...and give a message box if it fails instead of a traytip.

new version with changes:

[copy or print]

Loop,% Asc("Z")-Asc("A")+1
  Hotkey,RCtrl & %drive%,OPEN

IfNotExist, %drive%:\
  MsgBox You do not have an %drive% drive.
  Run,explore %drive%:\

Of course this compact version introduces one of the errors of English grammar that annoys me the most into the message box (a/an mis-usage).  embarassed
3986  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2007 / Re: DC Forum Post Notifier Lite (a.k.a. Pop-Up Cody) - v1.1.39 - January 30, 2007 on: April 25, 2007, 02:06:55 AM
I have had some time to enjoy this now, and I am loving it...but...

I am afraid I won't be able to run this any longer. It's causing my general cpu usage to run much higher than normal (50-75%) for some reason...and of course raising the cpu temp (to near 67C).

Closing it seems to drop things back down to normal. (under 10% and about 52C or less)

For some reason, Explorer is going nuts while this is running.

Just for statistical reference:

P4 Prescott 3.2 ghz
Windows XP Home
1G ram
IE 7

What a shame too, because I really liked it.  Sad

If you need more info, let me know.
3987  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Power Supply on my PC just exploded: i'll be mostly offline this week crying on: April 24, 2007, 07:03:53 AM

I am hoping for the best for you. Hopefully you can just replace the psu and everything will be fine.

I'll make an offering to the computer gods on your behalf. Maybe they will spare you from any further NEC*.

* NEC: Acronym for Negative Electrostatic Charisma. The curse of the computer gods which causes strange, unexpected, unexplainable, bad things to happen to electronic equipment, usually at the worst possible times.
3988  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: VersionOne Releases Free Community Edition of Agile Project Management Software on: April 24, 2007, 05:45:25 AM
It is rather odd though, I will agree with you there. It's not the usual practice for accessing info about a product on a website.

I found this in the latest issue of MSDN Flash. Would Microsoft really put a link to this in their newsletter if the company wasn't all that reputable?

If you have reservations about it, use a disposable email addy and a made up phone number.
3989  Other Software / Developer's Corner / VersionOne Releases Free Community Edition of Agile Project Management Software on: April 24, 2007, 03:58:27 AM
April 2nd, 2007 – VersionOne today announced the release of V1: Agile Community, a free 5-user download of its flagship Agile Lifecycle Management Application, V1: Agile Enterprise. This full-featured Community Edition offers the same features and functionality of VersionOne’s multi-award winning enterprise version. Available as a free downloadable application, V1: Agile Community helps small teams around the world gain the advantage of a lightweight web-based planning and management tool.

This edition does not include support or automatic upgrades.

3990  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / What's your pet's favorite toy? on: April 24, 2007, 02:38:21 AM
My cat has a basket full of toys he won't play with. I have spent a fortune on them over the years, till I figured out what he loves most. My cat has all 3 of these (click to read the description...it's great):


(Sorry, but these are not sold any more...they discontinued the series)

Unfortunately they discontinued this one too, or it would be my cat's next toy:


3991  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: i need an icon for my apacer sd card! on: April 24, 2007, 01:51:29 AM
thanks again, app! how did you do it? smiley

You're welcome.

How did I do it? magic  Wink

No, seriously...

  • I opened the image you supplied in Paintshop Pro
  • replaced the white background with neon pink
  • cropped it as small as I could
  • resized to 99 pixels in height
  • reduced colors to 256
  • saved as a .bmp
  • imported it into Microangelo at custom size of 99x99
  • replaced neon pink with transparent
  • added a few more sizes
  • saved as .ico

All very simple & fast to do. The image didn't have complicated edges.
3992  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: i need an icon for my apacer sd card! on: April 23, 2007, 11:33:37 PM
Here ya go  smiley

3993  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: i need an icon for my apacer sd card! on: April 23, 2007, 11:14:28 PM
I'll have it for you in a few  Wink
3994  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: April 23, 2007, 11:55:43 AM
Welcome to the site catloversun.

Hi! I guess you could call me a "newbie",  undecided but I hope you won't because I hate that word! smiley lol  tongue

'Newbie' is a much better word than 'n00b'.  tongue

Besides...everyone is a newbie in the beginning. Nothing wrong with it.
3995  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Setup program for apps created with Visual C# Express on: April 23, 2007, 11:45:36 AM
While reading about this topic, I continue to get the impression that as time progresses, it will become less and less likely that a setup will need to install the Framework on a target machine.  Vista ships with the framework installed, and I imagine future versions of Windows will as well.

Not true. Doesn't Vista ship with 2.0 framework? What about when you start developing things that need 3.0 framework?

This may continue to be a need otherwise you will end up with the same horrors many VB developers had with missing runtime files.
3996  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / DONE: DriveKeysAtoZ on: April 23, 2007, 09:32:54 AM
I seem to have filled my own request...with my first ahk script:



Key combo of Right Ctrl + <letter from A to Z> will open Explorer to the root of that drive.

If you don't have a drive of that letter or if it is an empty removable media drive, it will tell you that you don't have a drive of that letter.

The combination of Right Ctrl and any other key will not work on 9x (sorry).
I am willing to change it if someone can come up with a better key to use instead of the Right Ctrl key. I only chose that one because it's least likely to conflict with any of my existing application hotkeys or my typing style.

Thank you jgpaiva and skrommel for your help.
3997  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Windows Activation - When installing from an image on: April 23, 2007, 06:02:14 AM
One final thought - if you are shipping out server + lots of computers isn't this exactly what MS set up the corporate license scheme for? As I understand it with a corporate license each machine is not activated individually. It should be cheaper than individual XP licenses too.

Actually, that wouldn't be legal because a corporate license isn't for outside your own company. If the pc's were staying within the company in which joto works for, that would be fine. But shipping all pc's with the same corporate license issued to the compant joto works for isn't.

Another option that would work with corporate licenses and be legal, would be if you had an individual corporate license for each company you are selling pc's to. I don't know how easy it is to buy a corporate license on behalf of another company, though.

Joto: what your company is doing in essence makes it an OEM. There should be some type of support from Microsoft to OEM's for answering questions like this. Have you called Bill yet?
3998  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Windows Activation - When installing from an image on: April 23, 2007, 05:43:12 AM
I am sure there has to be a simple, legal solution to this. I don't think big OEM's like HP or Dell have to deal with the "4 activation restriction with one image" problem.

What if you activate the master pc before making the image? Then on the pc's you roll out, you could use a key changer tool to change the serial to the one that is supposed to be for that machine.

I believe this would be a legal use for a tool that was originally made for illegal purposes. The illegal way to use a tool like that would be to use a key generator to come up with an illegal key you use with the key changer...which you wouldn't be doing in this case. You would be using legal keys instead.

I would suggest if you do decide to try this, that you find out how to make your own key changer...to eliminate the risk of introducing any malware to the pc's during the process.
3999  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: little AHK tool to force Windows to do what it should on: April 23, 2007, 05:05:55 AM
ok...figured out how to get it to open in My Computer:

[copy or print]
#e::Run ::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}  ; Opens the "My Computer" folder.

smiley Try adding /e,<path>.

[copy or print]
#c:Run,Explorer.exe /e,C:\
#d:Run,Explorer.exe /e,D:\
#e:Run,Explorer.exe /e,E:\


There has to be something better than 25 lines to handle this...no?

And what happens if I add a drive that doesn't exist and someone hits that key combo?
4000  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: little AHK tool to force Windows to do what it should on: April 23, 2007, 04:27:33 AM
[copy or print]

It works (yay!), but it always opens to the My Documents folder instead of My Computer, which is what I would rather have. Any way of being able to specify that?  tellme
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