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26  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How are these AutoHotkey script protected? on: December 03, 2013, 07:58:08 AM
Can you tell me more about this?  I'll give it a try.
Compile_AHK II
Latest version at the end of the thread, explanation at the start.
27  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How are these AutoHotkey script protected? on: December 03, 2013, 05:35:16 AM
Interesting question!
 AutoHotkey scripts are interpret on runtime, the AHK runtime is  bundled inside the .exe file and then interprets the script after 'unpacking' it from the .exe. Because of this any binary protection solution I've tried doesn't process AHK .exe files because it 'breaks out' the files and then evaluates. (my layman's understanding).

So I was under the impression that it wasn't possible, unless there is a AHK compiler that actually compiles AHK to exe files that do not require interpretation..

EDIT: perhaps it's using IronAHK:

When scripts are compiled the source code is not attached to the binary file so it cannot be decompiled. This is unlike AutoHotkey which stores a full copy of the script with the compiled .exe which can be extracted and decrypted or read from process memory when it is executed.
28  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: GameMaker Studio Standard Free Upgrade on: November 28, 2013, 07:24:44 AM
As in the article, it doesn't apply to the steam version, only standalone (which can autoupdate as well).
Btw, I'd appreciate good resources on this smiley
29 Software / Finished Programs / [Powershell] Update DNS for your chosen network adapter on: November 28, 2013, 05:45:35 AM
I've got a bunch of pcs needing their DNS updated to Open DNS so here's a powershell script that will let you choose a network adapter and then set the DNS servers.
OpenDNS servers are provided. The script will make sure to run itself as admin.

[copy or print]
# 1.001
$servers = "", ""

# Functions
function IsAdmin() {
$wid     = [System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()
$prp     = new-object System.Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal($wid)
$adm     = [System.Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole]::Administrator
$IsAdmin = $prp.IsInRole($adm)


function SetDNSForNIC($s, $n) {
$dns = $n.DNSServerSearchOrder | Foreach {"$($_)"}
$description = $NIC.Description
Write-Host "OLD DNS settings for $description = $dns"

$NIC.SetDNSServerSearchOrder($s) | out-null

Write-Host "NEW DNS settings for $description = $s"

# Init
if (IsAdmin)
$NICs = Get-WMIObject Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration -computername . | where{$_.IPEnabled -eq $true}

$i = 1
$message = $choices = $nic_descriptions = @()
Foreach ($NIC in $NICs) {
$d = $NIC.Description
$nic_descriptions += $d
$message += "$i - $d`n"
$choices += New-Object System.Management.Automation.Host.ChoiceDescription "&$i", "Select $d."
$i = $i + 1
$options = [System.Management.Automation.Host.ChoiceDescription[]]($choices)

$title = "Select Adapter to Update DNS Settings for:"
$result = $host.ui.PromptForChoice($title, $message, $options, 0)

# exit

Foreach ($NIC in $NICs) {
If ($NIC.Description  -eq $nic_descriptions[$result] ) {
SetDNSForNIC $servers $NIC
Write-Host "Press any key to continue ..."
$x = $host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("NoEcho,IncludeKeyDown")

Else {
$this_script = $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Path
Start-Process "$psHome\powershell.exe" -Verb Runas -ArgumentList "-command `"$this_script`""

Network adapters are listed by Description, this is listed in the Network Connection Details.
I would have used the NetConnectionID but not everyone will have named their network connection.
30  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 - New Apps for the New Year - Welcome Thread on: November 25, 2013, 03:35:30 AM
10 Must enter NANY
15 Hibernate for 300 days
20 GOTO 10
31  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / NANY 2014 Pledge: Productivity utility [withdrawn] on: November 25, 2013, 03:34:38 AM
I haven't been happy with any solution to manage my 'current workload'. (more to come)
32  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: The NANY Retrospective Thread on: November 11, 2013, 07:39:42 AM
Great thread. Last year's wordpress-basetheme has been a failure, not in functionality as it worked well for me in a few personal and work based projects. However it didn't gain traction with the DC community (or many others) so it wasn't the success of previous projects.

I thought there was some overlap between wordpress users and NANY users but apparently not, therefore I would recommend people to create software only.

Another thing I learned from previous years projects is: Do you want to support the project after the NANY is over? If so, how are you going to do that? Some of my other projects have been used very well but I haven't been motivated enough to pick up the support while there is momentum.

Hope that helps.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Prim Does Your Laundry. Pickup, Wash, Fold, Delivery, Awesome ( on: July 26, 2013, 07:04:21 AM
Either way, laundry is a chore, and new Y Combinator startup Prim wants to do it for you. You can schedule Prim online to come to your place, pick up your laundry, have it washed and folded at a top-notch laundromat, and deliver it back to you. $25 for a bag. It’s that easy.

You go online and select from their upcoming 9am-11am or 8pm-10pm pickup and drop-off windows. You throw your clothes in a garbage bag and wait for Prim’s text that it’ll be there in 15 minutes. The driver calls when they arrive. You can hand them the bag, leave it with your doorman, or if you’re comfortable, give them a copy of your key or send a photo of it and they’ll make a copy so they can just come into your place and grab the bag.

Wait, what?
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why the NSA Doesn’t Want You to Have a BlackBerry on: July 25, 2013, 08:00:08 AM
Nobody wants you to have a Blackberry!
35 Software / MEWLO Web Framework / Re: Yumps reboots as Mewlo - I'm Looking for Teammates on: July 19, 2013, 10:12:07 AM
 Thmbsup I feel this is going to be really interesting!!
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Own your identity on: July 19, 2013, 06:44:45 AM
Yesterday I finally took my own advice and moved my primary email from to my own domain. This will make it a lot easier to move to another mail service in the future.

If you wait until you're forced to migrate, chances are friends will send email to the old address for some time.
37 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: C++ program problem on: July 17, 2013, 04:20:44 AM
ClickOff might already be doing what you want.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Domain Name Registrars on: July 17, 2013, 04:19:00 AM
If you are still looking I can second Hover. As a nice bonus when you transfer domains to them they will add a year to your current expiry date, rather than from the point of transfer.
39  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Microsoft gives app developers 180 days to fix bugs on: July 17, 2013, 04:17:14 AM
This can only be good for consumers. Half a year seems a very long time for exploits to be developed? I understand it might take longer than a month, but maybe the only way to push this policy through Microsoft and their partners was to be generous with the time limit, with the hope that it might be changed in the future.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SimCity - EA shows us all how to ruin a landmark game with DRM. on: April 03, 2013, 09:50:37 AM
Controversially, I like the game smiley I'm aware of the limitations of the simulation but that's how I treat all games regardless, so the problems are just challenges to me. So far have not found anything that I can't build around.
41  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Rogue likes for PC on: February 19, 2013, 03:16:01 AM
I seem to have become a fan of the genre of "rogue like" games. I've heard this originated with Gauntlet, but I am only familiar with IOS games like "Sword of Fargoal", "Dungelot" and "Dungeon Raid". All of these are excellent. I really like the character progression, randomized dungeons etc.
Could anyone point me to good rogue likes for PC?
42  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013: wordpress-basetheme on: February 12, 2013, 06:11:29 AM
Found another one called Starkers (
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Convert PDF to DOC in a special way... on: December 04, 2012, 04:04:12 AM
What Renegade says. You will end up with a blurry form with sharp overlays, especially when printed.
44  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Ratemyava - Second Life avatar rating game on: December 04, 2012, 03:47:05 AM
It didn't work out. Time for something else.
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Separating features into Basic and Advanced on: November 29, 2012, 01:01:36 PM
I really dislike options, both as a developer and a user. Of course im in the minority here. However, if you measure option usage somehow you could hide / remove those where nearly all users agree, and keep the focus on divisive options where many people disagree.

Worth thinking about. All the options are probably not needed and make it harder to understand the character of the program, introduce more bugs, and add a learning curve.

Also I would hide all divisive options you want to keep in a combo box and away from the interface.
46  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013: wordpress-basetheme on: November 29, 2012, 05:56:40 AM
1.1 now available
Download | View on GitHub

* updated styling and version
* previous next buttons on singles
* ie style targeting (unused), remove admin bar until supported, top nav
* archives added and accessibility improvement
* date permalinks
* consistent titling
* edit link in footer, no home
* moved comments into its own template file
* padding issue
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Keyboard shortcut of the day on: November 27, 2012, 03:30:21 AM
Great contributions everyone smiley
48  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013: wordpress-basetheme on: November 23, 2012, 08:35:39 AM
Compared to starting from scratch: This is faster than that plus gives you a better base than piecing together snippets from the wordpress documentation, I have some of the work.
It's also (or will become with your help tongue) a more reusable base to build off of than other themes and base themes I have seen around because I have left out functionality that is custom to your theme while sensibly implementing shared functionality.
49  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / NANY 2013: wordpress-basetheme on: November 23, 2012, 07:54:05 AM
I’ve released a first look at “WordPress Base Theme“, a bare bones base for your own themes:

* DRY (don't repeat yourself)
* KISS (keep it simple stupid)
* easily customisable WordPress base theme.
* uses post formats (standard and link have been implemented)

You can build on this to speed up your own theme development. It's so minimal that I wouldn't recommend it as your final site theme. Instead it makes it trivial to apply your design to a wordpress blog, or to build out from this starting point.

There must be some wordpress users on DC, so feedback is welcome smiley Pull requests are also.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Keyboard shortcut of the day on: November 21, 2012, 03:33:52 AM
I want to nominate ctrl-backspace for keyboard shortcut of the day. I have been using pcs for close to 20 years now and never realised that you could remove the previous word using ctrl-backspace!

Any unusual shortcuts you think we should know about?
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