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3976  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: easy to locate current working folder(s)... and file(s) i suppose on: August 01, 2007, 08:53:56 AM
That's great news!

I was under the impression that they couldn't get it to work with Vista, and as a result they abandoned the project and turned it into freeware.
3977  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: easy to locate current working folder(s)... and file(s) i suppose on: August 01, 2007, 07:09:42 AM
Unless you are running Vista, FileBox Extender is pretty simple to use and will accomplish what you want to do.

It adds a little heart to the titlebar of the dialog, that when you click it, you get a menu.

All you have to is navigate to the folder once...then activate the menu and click the option at the bottom of the menu to add that folder, then select your file you wanted to open.

Next time you want to navigate to that folder, even in Explorer, you just click the heart and it will be in the list.


This is one application I don't think I could live without, just because of this feature, alone. But it has some other useful ones too.
3978  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Black Hat security presenter turned away at US border on: July 30, 2007, 08:01:20 PM
German security expert denied entry to the US for carrying training materials on analyzing software for security vulnerabilities

Thomas Dullien, who's also known by the nickname Halvar Flake, was denied entry into the U.S. because he was contracted to speak at Black Hat as a private individual and not as a representative of his company, according to a post on his blog. He was refused entry after customs officials found training materials he had packed in his luggage, it said.

Dullien, the CEO and head of research at Sabre Labs, was scheduled to conduct a two-day training course at Black Hat on analyzing software for security vulnerabilities. The session, set to start on Monday and limited to 18 attendees, was sold out.

3979  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / How not to do business on the internet on: July 30, 2007, 07:42:56 PM
The irony in this story is so thick I may need a spatula to complete it.

Here's a lesson in how not to do business on the Internet:

a) Start a company that guarantees your customers never have to worry about having their identity stolen;

b) Publish your own Social Security Number on your company's Web site, to show just how foolproof your service is;

c) Allow a mentally retarded person to steal your identity, using the SSN you've just broadcast to the world;

d) Send thugs to his home to wring a confession from him, making the crime impossible to prosecute.

3980  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Free computer help online (tune-ups, customization, etc) on: July 30, 2007, 11:56:34 AM
And except for defragging the OS drive, I maintain my XP machine the same way, as far as cleaning crap goes.

App, just to clarify smiley
- you are saying that defragging XP-drive/partition is helpful ?

Honestly, I don't know. I have only done it once in the 1.5 yrs I have owned this pc, and it didn't have any kind of slowness problem to begin with when I did it. And I didn't see any difference when it was done.

I did hold my breath the whole time, though, hoping it wouldn't kill XP like it did to ME.

It didn't.

So in conclusion, it didn't hurt. Can't say it helped either, though.
3981  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Free computer help online (tune-ups, customization, etc) on: July 30, 2007, 11:39:12 AM
I found a link to an article, in my collection of bookmarks, that may be of interest, concerning registry cleaners and how some performed, and why some of them may not be very good.

And the results of a test performed with 10 different cleaning tools.

Yes, this article is a bit older, but if you pay careful attention to the first page and what he had to say about some cleaners inflating the number of errors they found on repeated runs, it will give you something to think about in terms of what makes a good cleaner.

Seriously, if a cleaner is good, it should find all errors on the first run, right? And if you reboot and run it again, it shouldn't a bunch more. If it does, it is either bad at finding real errors, bad at fixing them, deliberately creating errors for it to find next time (something unethical), reporting errors that don't exist just to make it seem like it is doing something (also unethical).


Now...a bit from personal experience and 'crap cleaning' on pc's...

I have a 9x machine (WinME) that I installed Windows on over 5 years ago. It has not been formatted in that time. I have had to do one 'repair install' which involved reinstalling Windows over the existing copy without formatting first, which basically just refreshes & replaces system files. This was to fix a problem caused by a bad Windows update for IE 6 and the only way to fix it was to reinstall Windows to get back 5.5 and upgrade to 6 again.

I have never defragged the C drive. I have had some bad experiences in the past with WinME and defragging the OS drive and I'd rather not go through it again. (it was the cause of a few format/reinstall incidents on another WinME machine, where the OS wouldn't boot again after the defragging)

I have installed a lot of software, uninstalled plenty too.

The only cleaning that has been done on that system is the cleaning of the Windows temp folder, the automatic clearing of the IE cache when the browser is closed, the clearing of the AOL .art db when IE refuses to allow me to save images as anything other than .bmp, and clearing out System Restore (if you don't do it about once a year, it can take up about 2 gigs, which is half of the C drive on that pc), and manually deleting some stuff laying around that I know I didn't need.

And I only did this when I remembered to do it, which wasn't very often.

Despite the very conservative cleaning, and supposed 'neglect' of normal maintenance, it is a quite stable machine that rarely ever gives me any troubles. And it is no slower today than it was 5 years ago when I first installed Windows (as a matter of fact, I believe it is faster now.)

Now you would think that there would be tons of crap in the registry that needed cleaning after all that time of running (and it was a heavily used pc)

So I ran what was the best, safest free registry cleaner at the time...EasyCleaner (after making a full backup, just in case). It found 174 errors on the first run...nothing on a second run.

I thought this was pretty good considering how long I 'neglected' it. I let it fix all the errors it considered 'safe' to fix.

Big mistake.

I ended up with a slower machine that took longer to boot up and was quite unstable, and some serious probs with a number of applications.

So I restored the registry from the backup I had made before cleaning and the machine was stable once again. (not trusting the backup made by the application that caused the damage)

I will never clean the 'crap' out of a machine again, other than what I had been doing in the first place.

On another note: that machine once ran Win98, set up by my dad, with MS RegClean running as an automated scheduled task about once a week. I truly believe it was a contributing factor to how unstable it used to be, before I wiped it and started fresh with WinME.

The only crap cleaning I do is not for increasing speed or stability of Windows. I do it to free up wasted hard drive space.

And except for defragging the OS drive, I maintain my XP machine the same way, as far as cleaning crap goes.

I was told if you dont do any cleaning (of houses) for 5 yrs things get no worse, a worthwhile research project i think, wonder if this holds for computers?  Grin

Do the dishes, wipe the tables & counters, keep the fridge clean, keep the bathroom sparkling, mop the floors, vacuum the rugs, do the laundry, dust every once in awhile, take out the trash, and put things away where they belong...that is all that is really needed.

It doesn't matter if you don't move the furniture and clean the dust bunnies from behind the couch or under the bed. They won't attack you or your house guests if you leave them alone. But if you bother them, you could tear holes in your carpet and vinyl flooring when moving things, or you and your guests could end up with a bad rash, coughing, sneezing, and wheezing if you are allergic and stir them up into the air you breathe.
3982  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is this the holy grail to solving windows-out-of-resources bugs? on: July 29, 2007, 10:40:20 PM
I have a total of eight years of intensive work with NT4 and XP, and I've never seen the problem.   Like others have said, it was easy to cause on 98.

Who can figure computers?

Maybe only people that always have 90+ processes running and multiple browser windows with lots of tabs open in each, have this problem. (that would be me)

Or maybe only people with NEC (Negative Electrostatic Charisma).  tongue
3983  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: compose hotkeys on: July 29, 2007, 06:45:47 PM
I see what you are saying, but wouldn't the application hotkeys over-ride that and open that window any way?
3984  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: compose hotkeys on: July 29, 2007, 05:45:05 PM
Ctrl+B would conflict with my browser's hotkeys...that would open the window to manage my bookmarks.

None of the others conflict with mine, but they could conflict on some other browser.

3985  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone actually use windows system restore if so,does it work. on: July 29, 2007, 04:08:07 AM
I haven't used it in XP yet, but it has saved my butt quite a few times in WinME.

If you have the restore points to work with, it can work well...but if you don't, you are out of luck.

It won't leave your machine sluggish when it's done...at least not any more than it was when the restore point was made.

But any software you installed after the restore point was made, you may have to reinstall. And any settings changes you have made in some programs may be lost, if they were done after the restore point.

What this does is replace the registry and system files with a copy of what was made as a backup when the restore point was made.

It can take quite a while to do, sometimes. So be prepared to have to wait.
3986  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: My Windows Cursors on: July 28, 2007, 09:59:47 PM
Grin Grin Grin

I wonder why would anyone want an icon of an empty/full toilet. Recycle bin?

my defaults:

and you hear a flushing sound when you empty it.  tongue
3987  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite ZIP/RAR application? on: July 28, 2007, 10:23:02 AM
Speaking of zip applications, you might want to take a look at this post: SourceForge unveils winners of 'open-source Oscars'.

7-Zip won top award for overall best project and picked up the award for best technical design, too.
3988  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is this the holy grail to solving windows-out-of-resources bugs? on: July 28, 2007, 10:10:47 AM
Regarding Win 9x: I sometimes still use Win 98 SE on an old machine and while it's generally okay, I keep running into the "low resources" problem (running out of user/GDI resources because the resource heaps were too limited by design). I've seen enough descriptions of this problem, but nobody seems to ever have patched it. A similar simple fix for 9x would have been great.

Even though you can't really fix the problem on 9x, you at least get a nice resource meter with the operating system, that you can keep in your tray to let you know how things stand. (green is good)

Unlike XP, which you have no idea how close to the limit you are and when things will start screwing up on you. (you only get a CPU meter to keep in your tray, if you minimize the task manager) The only warning I have in XP, is when context menus start missing entries. Then I know bigger trouble is on its way.

Funny, I've never bumped into this problem with win2k or XP... And I've run lots of apps, very resource-hungry apps, and have had uptimes of 14+ days.

I always bump into this problem about every 5-7 days. Yeah, sure, if you close some things and wait, it does get better, but you hit that limit faster and faster till you reboot. It's the reason my uptime isn't what it should be with XP. I have better uptime with my 9x machine. And the problem became worse when I upgraded to IE 7, for some reason. (and I don't use IE 7, directly)

The problem doesn't happen with a few resource intensive apps running...more like when I have a lot of things running (regardless of how resource intensive they are), or many browser windows open, with each having a lot of tabs.

My daughter ran into this problem all the time on her ex-boyfriend's pc while doing photo-work in Paintshop Pro, and didn't really know what it was at the time. It seemed to limit the amount of images she could open at one time, to about 20. After that, new images would refuse to open and the application would start acting weird with the menus.

This is not a setting in the program, as far as I know. It has no limits you can set for the number of images you can have open, and I don't have any limits on this machine with the same version of Paintshop Pro. I can open 100+ at one time (not that I normally would).

alxwz: I'm not sure there's a simple fix for win9x, parts of the operating system still runs 16bit code from the win3.x days... there's some hard limits there. Basically, don't try to run 3d studio max or other GDI-intensive stuff on win9x.

Hardware limitations prevent me from running things like that on my 9x machine, but you can still run some rather GDI-intensive things...just make sure that is all you are running (close anything you really don't need), make sure you have freshly rebooted the machine first, and be prepared to reboot again when you are done.

It's how I run things like Delphi 6 and Dreamweaver 4 on a machine that doesn't meet the min specs for running those applications. I still have problems with TightVNC when there is an active connection, though, no matter what I do.

mouser, when you finish tell us how the thing went smiley

I have tried this fix on my XP machine and I will let everyone know how it worked out for me (in about a week or so).
3989  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / P2P users expose US government secrets on: July 28, 2007, 07:34:58 AM
Contractors and U.S. government employees are sharing hundreds of secret documents on peer-to-peer networks, in many cases overriding the default security settings on their P-to-P software to do so, according to a company that monitors the networks.

Among the files shared: Physical threat assessments for multiple cities, including Philadelphia and Miami; a physical security attack assessment for a U.S. Air Force base; a detailed report from a government contractor on how to connect two secure Department of Defense (DOD) networks; a document titled, "NSA (National Security Agency) Security Handbook."

3990  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / SourceForge unveils winners of 'open-source Oscars' on: July 28, 2007, 07:27:07 AM
Popular open-source software development site SourceForge.net hosted the equivalent of the open-source Oscars on Thursday evening, billing the event as a big party, not a painfully long and formal awards ceremony.

3991  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: My Windows Cursors on: July 27, 2007, 06:08:32 PM
I have been using this one for the last 8 years:

(magic wand)

I use it on both of my PC's. (there is no shadow on XP, even if you have that setting enabled)

Shows up well on both light & dark backgrounds and the animated blinking tip (looks like little yellow sparks) lets me know if my old 9x PC is frozen or just being extremely slow.

I have tried some others, but I keep coming back to this one.

but I see that switching to a left facing cursor, might throw you for a loop.  Did I get you dizzy? cheesy

Those are actually perfect for left handed people. They make more sense when you are using your mouse on the left side of your keyboard, with your left hand.
3992  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: reCaptcha: Stopping spam while digitizing books on: July 27, 2007, 05:12:16 PM
Here's an idea: instead of giving out two captcha string challenges with indeterminate open sesames, it displays the first string with definite answer, followed by the second one with some uncertainty at the verification end -- whose purpose is to help to digitize books.

That is exactly what it is supposed to be doing.

In one case (among others) i was given the image that should read: relations ascrib, and when I intentionally entered: relati0n5 a5crib (by substituting o, s with 0, 5), it still passed.

Could be that it thought that was a very 'human' error and let you slide. It could be a really '1337' captcha.  Grin

What would happen if you typed something totally messed up instead? Would it still pass?

Try it using some non-obvious substitutions, like instead of 0 for o and 5 for s, try 3 for o and 7 for s.

3993  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What do you think of this? on: July 27, 2007, 01:09:48 PM
You have a great collection of flash games there, but you also have a lot of broken thumbnail images.
3994  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Top Ten Sci-Fi Sites on: July 27, 2007, 08:58:17 AM
Some of the sites on his list are more science than fiction.

It’s sometimes difficult these days to differentiate between science fiction and fact, because the two worlds often borrow ideas from each other. If you've ever read Alfred Bester's classic 1956 sci-fi thriller "The Stars My Destination", or Ray Bradbury's space novels from the same era, you can't help but think that scientists in years to come were influenced when designing real-life computers and space vehicles. Check out my Top Ten Sci-Fi Sites list, and don’t be surprised if many of them contain concepts that exist in our age of quickly advancing technology...

from Internet Tourbus newsletter
3995  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Top 10 Weird Science Sites on: July 27, 2007, 08:46:23 AM
I love science, especially offbeat and weird science. During my Internet travels I've come across some amazing resources-- some informative, some strange, but all of them fascinating. Here then, are my top picks in the Weird Science category...

from Internet Tourbus newsletter
3996  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is this the holy grail to solving windows-out-of-resources bugs? on: July 27, 2007, 08:36:24 AM
app this is only for winnt/2k/xp, wont work on win9x.

I have 4 pc's in my house and 2 of them are running XP (my main pc and my daughter's laptop).
3997  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Does my web page suck? on: July 27, 2007, 08:33:39 AM
This post begs the question:  Does DC pass the test? smiley

nope  embarassed
3998  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 10 Sites for Kids on: July 27, 2007, 06:14:23 AM
I would like to add one to the list: neopets.com

They go to great lengths to protect kids and won't let anyone under the age of 13 engage in any of the social parts of the site (message boards, Neomail, guilds, games with chat, etc) without verifiable parental consent.
3999  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Top 10 Sites for Kids on: July 27, 2007, 06:13:42 AM
"My eleven year old wants a Myspace account, but I think she's a bit young for that. Are there some other sites I can encourage her to visit, with games and activities that are appropriate for pre-teen kids?"

from Internet Tourbus newsletter
4000  Other Software / Developer's Corner / San Francisco power outage: A lesson in backup power on: July 27, 2007, 05:44:46 AM
If you haven't really thought about it before, now might be a good time to find out what kind of plans your hosting company has for dealing with situations like this. Some of the better companies go to great lengths to make sure they stay up & running, in case of disaster.

The Web hosting company The Planet.com Internet Services tests its backup generators monthly and some employees ask if that's really necessary, said manager Urvish Vashi. The blackout in San Francisco Tuesday explains why.

Among the 40,000 customers affected by a nearly two-hour electrical blackout in San Francisco was 365 Main, a Web hosting company whose clients include Sun.com, Yelp.com, and Craigslist.com. Their Web sites were among several that were unavailable Tuesday when the local electric utility, Pacific Gas & Electric  (PG&E) suffered an outage that cut power to the southern part of the city, including the South of Market area, or SOMA, which is home to several technology companies.

The outage served as a reminder of the importance of backup power systems to keep Web sites, and the businesses behind them, running.

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