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6826  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: singing text web page on: November 27, 2005, 04:23:56 AM
What a totally mad thing to do  Thmbsup

Had me laughing - but you couldn't listen too long without becoming hysterical ...
6827  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unknown service (can't find relevant info on the web) on: November 27, 2005, 04:16:52 AM
Well, here's the first result I found...


Yes I saw the TKBOT worm when I did a websearch but according to Symmantec etc. there are a number of characteristsics (in terms of other files/registry entries) and none of those seemed to be present.
6828 Software / Finished Programs / Re: Windows sticky note program on: November 26, 2005, 04:03:35 AM
Note-It by Veign (another member here) would probably meet your needs and doesn't use a tray icon.

You can add any filetype based operation to the standard Explorer Context Menu.

It is explained here so if you want to use a program like Note-It you can simply set up a context menu entry to edit .not files and a hotkey (in the programs shortcut in the Programs menu) to create new post-its. In fact it already has a "Show Note" context menu or you can simply click on Note files to open them.
6829  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Belated Happy Thanksgiving to all our US friends on: November 25, 2005, 06:56:47 AM
Yes I know I am a day late but my pumpkin pie happened a few weeks back now ...

Strange how US ideas are seeping into UK culture - but thankfully Hallmark haven't started to try and get us all to 'do thanksgiving' yet (not that the Brits have anyone to thank for anything  embarassed)

On the subject of commercial holidays this blog amused me (its only short). The movie (You better believe it) is worth downloading (although it is nearly 5Mb long). I have two house that compete on a similar scale in my village - you can literally see them from miles away - aided by no streetlighting out in the sticks.
6830 Software / FlipSuite and Flipbook Printer / Re: 30 frame movie imports as 1001 frames on: November 25, 2005, 03:33:28 AM
Be a hell of a flip book thoug at  16.5 minutes duration Wink
6831  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unknown service (can't find relevant info on the web) on: November 25, 2005, 03:11:07 AM
have you searched for the actual k.exe file - finding that and looking at it might shed some light.

Unfortunately I had deleted K.EXE by the time I found it so can't send it off for analysis.

Trouble is there are threats on the internet that contain a K.EXE file but none of the other symptoms exist on my system (I have been checking associated files and registry entries but none seem to exist). I could try finding a copy of K.EXE on the web but there is no way of knowing if it is the same file ???
6832  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Unknown service (can't find relevant info on the web) on: November 24, 2005, 06:07:19 PM
I discovered an unknown service present on my system (not good) and can't find any relevant info on the web.

The service is simply called 'K' and referrs to the file Local Settings\Temp\K.EXE

Unfortunately I had deleted K.EXE by the time I found it so can't send it off for analysis.

I have done websearches on K.EXE but haven't found any references that seem to refer to the same thing (there are some finds but the other parts of their descriptions aren't found on my system).

K.EXE had three associated registry entries (Control Set\Service entries) similar to this:

[copy or print]




Anyone else experienced this or can shed light on it.

I have written to ESET (NOD32) support to ask for advice but without the K.EXE file I doubt they can help much.
6833  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Odd problem ... Windows Task Scheduler hangs and crashes Explorer on: November 24, 2005, 05:50:25 PM
Discovered that if I leave it alone long enough NOD32 service allows the scheduler to start up.

I will write to ESET to ask for advice ...

Also found that the latest Virus update for NOD32 deletes IzyMail - which is a pain (if anyone doesn't know IzyMail is a really good POP client interface to Hotmail - I've been using it for years).
6834  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Odd problem ... Windows Task Scheduler hangs and crashes Explorer on: November 24, 2005, 01:59:10 PM
Disabled NOD and it still doesn't work ...
6835  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Odd problem ... Windows Task Scheduler hangs and crashes Explorer on: November 24, 2005, 12:02:24 PM
I have been scouring the web for a solution but nothing has popped up ...

Windows XP SP2

Control Panel > Scheduled Tasks > Add New Task

when I click Next to strt through the scheduler wizard the wizard hangs, eventually has "not responding"  in the Task Manager and remains that way for as long as you leave it.

Clicking close crashes Windows Explorer.

Can't figure out how to get this working properly again

Anyone any ideas what might be going on?
6836 Software / Finished Programs / Re: Fun games from Mikes Software Co on: November 24, 2005, 11:58:32 AM
Actually when I used to teach 7 & 8 year olds 'Shut the Box' was one of those games the kids enjoyed playing and it was great for reinforcing arithmetic in a fun way.
6837 Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Window shutdowner on: November 24, 2005, 06:24:59 AM
It's already in Windows (well certainly WindowsXP). Look in the Control Panel for Scheduled Tasks.

If you want to be able to shutdown at a specific time you can use the "shutdown" command.

Here is the shutdown command syntax:

Usage: shutdown [-i | -l | -s | -r | -a] [-f] [-m \\computername] [-t xx] [-c "comment"] [-d up:xx:yy]

        No args            Display this message (same as -?)
        -i                      Display GUI interface, must be the first option
        -l                      Log off (cannot be used with -m option)
        -s                      Shutdown the computer
        -r                      Shutdown and restart the computer
        -a                      Abort a system shutdown
        -m \\computername       Remote computer to shutdown/restart/abort
        -t xx                   Set timeout for shutdown to xx seconds
        -c "comment"            Shutdown comment (maximum of 127 characters)
        -f                      Forces running applications to close without warning
        -d [p]:xx:yy         The reason code for the shutdown
                                u is the user code
                                p is a planned shutdown code
                                xx is the major reason code (positive integer less than 256)
                                yy is the minor reason code (positive integer less than 65536)
6838  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to wet my beak with Linux,need suggestions on distro. on: November 23, 2005, 04:34:58 AM
If you just want to experiment with Linux there are a number of distros that will run from CD (just to give a feel) and don't need any installing (or hard disc space). Not sure how they work, but presumably they create some sort of virtual disc to act as a Swap File and Temporary storage area.

This is slightly out of date now but here is a quote from Fred Langa's newsletter (the tinyurl link still works by the way):

Wow! Tons And Tons Of Free Small/No-Footprint Linux CDs!
Many other readers also are interested in zero-footprint or small-footprint Linux distributions. For example:

Hi Fred, about CD-Bootable Linux--- you may be interested to check this (or )  See, DMOZ / Google directory has a whole section about CD-Bootable Linux Distros ! Cheers, MLL

Anybody mention U/WIN?  I use it daily under Win2KPro and have found it to be stable and relatively complete, I've had one shell window open continuously for nearly 2 months, running a Perl server monitor script with NO problems. Oh - Not running ANY "Winders" apps - just the U/WIN shell and Perl script. Bill Powell

Fred, In the item "A Way To Install Linux Inside Windows" in your latest Langalist, you stated that PhatLinux might be the easiest way to try Linux without partitioning, etc. I have used an easier solution on and off for years. "Linux4Win," a feature of Mandrake Linux ( ), allows a user to run Linux on their Windows system without creating any sort of partition at all. In fact, when installed, there is a "Run Linux4Win" icon on the user's desktop that allows them to "boot" into Linux straight from their Windows environment. Thought you might be interested! More info available online (i.e. Google).--- John Anderson

To add to your latest article on Linux Distro's... Suse'  ( ) also has "Run from CD" Versions of it's latest versions of linux available from their web site... Ran Flawless on an older AMD 300Mhz Aptiva with 256MB memory, and a ThinkPad A20 Cel 600... Thanks and enjoy, Eric

For those readers who are curious and would like to give Linux a try, but are maybe hesitant or just don't quite yet want to worry about partitioning yet, they can try Peanut Linux. It installs as a 'directory' in a windows OS, and all one has to do, is boot their system like normal, and then just click on it in the menu to run it. No partitioning is involved at all, the download is about 340MB IIRR (which might take a while with dial-up, but it's worth it IMHO. Or if they have a friend with Cable or DSL, it can be burned onto a CD), and when installed uses less than 1GB (800MB is more correct, but you'll want to think about any apps or games or what-have-you as  later downloads to try, etc). It's actually what I did about 4 years ago, because I was 'curious' and was looking for an alternative to Windows because I was tiring of the 'troubles' Windows was always giving (and other reasons), and it was what made me switch over completely to Linux. Anyway, all the info about it and the download can be found here , just navigate to the 'how-to' section for instructions on installation.--- John Berger

Hi fred, 2 things I wanted to let you know... 1) Read your piece about knoppix. Yep, knoppix is great stuff. But there is another (not so known) distro alot like it and it is also great. HPA's SuperRescue 2.1.x:  Created by H. Peter Anvin, you know, the same guy that created the great syslinux and isolinux bootstrap loaders. It is based on redhad 7.x (initrd based on RedHat 6.x). Looks a lot like knoppix. The main difference is that it does not use bios "floppy emulation" so the kernel size is not limited to the maximum emulated floppy size (2.88mb). This is what makes isolinux great Check the readme file for more information.  --Bart Lagerweij

Thanks to all who wrote in! It's going to be fun to try these out!

BTW, the "SuperRescue" disk that Bart mentions shows a nice sense of geeky humor. The author calls his creation, "The most overfeatured rescue disk ever created--- Bloatware at its finest!" <g>

6839  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Protect Email Addresses on Web Sites on: November 22, 2005, 06:17:37 PM
Excellent - well done that man  Thmbsup
6840  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Made me chuckle ... how's the upgrade Mouser ... on: November 22, 2005, 05:19:55 AM
You have to be a cat lover for this one ...
6841  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Warning: WinRAR bug ??? on: November 22, 2005, 05:10:09 AM
Out of curiosity I rebuilt the archives planning to test the unpacked integrity using Beyond Compare. Here are the stats:

Original Folder size: 802,014,370 bytes (1101 files, 137 folders)

WinRAR 3.50 archive size: 737,140,770 bytes
Time take to build: 39 minutes
TestResult (WinRAR): Frustratingly Good (Sod's law at work)

WinZIP 9.0 SR1 archive size: 753,862,116 bytes
Time taken to build: 5 minutes
TestResult (WinRAR): Good

I don't know why it worked this time ... I did exactly the same thing the other day 3 times and every time the RAR file had bad CRC results. Trouble is it then won't let you extract beyond the bad file (it just says the RAR file is damaged).

To be fair on the poor compression results the folder set consisted of lots of files, many of which were already compressed with ZIP, RAR, CAP, GIF or JPEG. There were also a lot of PhotoShop files, PDF files, .EXE files as well as a lot of text/HTML etc. Given the number of precompressed files the compression rate is to be expected.

It is interesting though to look at compression times for these files !!!

It is also interesting that the ZIP file tested a lot quicker too.

6842  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote 12 (coming in 2006) beta1 is out now... on: November 21, 2005, 05:49:26 PM
Trouble is there isn't any really good OCR software out there. I used OmniPage for a while - but it never lives up to expectation.

The big problem is that even a small number of errors (say 2% which is better than most acheive) still leaves a lot of close editing work to do.

Speach input is even worse.

Handwriting recognition seems to be getting better but OneNote 2003 only seems to accept handwritten data from a Windows Tablet computer. My copy won't read/interpret stuff I write on a Wacom Tablet. It is an annoyance since the rest of Office XP will do it - why can't they simply import the code ???
6843  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Warning: WinRAR bug ??? on: November 21, 2005, 05:00:46 PM
Strange behaviour.

I have a repeatable problem with WinRAR ...

There is a fairly large collection of PhotoShop tutorials in a series of nested folders on my hard disc. I have checked the disk thoroughly and there are no errors. When I use the Wondows Explorer context menu extension to compress the entire folder structure into a RAR file it all seems to go well (except it takes a long time). However, when I test the RAR file it comes up with a number of CRC errors.

I have repeated this a number of times and it happens every time.

It does not happen if I use WinZIP to produce a ZIP file and then use WinRAR to test it.

Odd, I know, but there must be something odd happening with this particular data set.

All I can say is if you rely on WinRAR (which I have for a long time) run a Test to confirm archive integrity after creation. It may be an odd problem that doesn't appear often, but you can guarantee it will be the one archive you need that is affected!!!
6844  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HELP >.... Some sort of IRQ conflict (I think) ... anyone andy ideas? on: November 21, 2005, 04:46:17 PM

We are not alone ...

Actually I have a large box on my desk too (part of the sound card setup) with an extra Firewire  port and optical connections/headphones etc.

Plus multiple USB hubs / multi-card reader / Printer / VCR / Scanner / various remote controls / 7.1 surround sound speaker set.

Add to that a full stereo system and a Polarising Microscope and there ain't much room to move ...

Oh and I forgot to mention the two cats who are always after some attention (usually by walking on the keyboard).
6845  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Needed ... MD5 checksum utility on: November 21, 2005, 09:50:24 AM
True - but I wanted to verify that the partition copy was valid. I did find a handful of files that seemed to have copy problems - at least I could correct them.

The other thing is I want to keep a load of stuff offline for security, but online for quick access - a quick utility to check integrity means any disk faults can be fixed easily.

I do find Windows FS (FAT and NTFS) handling totally crap at integrity. If you get a bad block on your hard disk the first thing you know about it is when you run CHKDSK - it doesn't even seem to flag errors when you try and load a damaged file!!

Anyway I have settled on two tools: BeyonDCompare 2 and FastSum.

Beyond compare is great for comparing folders of files, whereas FastSum stores hidden MD5 files (either one per file or one per folder) so that you can just hit "Check MD5 data" in the Explorer Context menu. It will flag any files/folders that don't match their MD5 value (so quick to track down problems) and automatically update the MD5 files for any additions since the last MD5 build. Neat little tool and cheap.
6846  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Name and Catchphrase for New DC Logo Mascot - PART 2 on: November 21, 2005, 09:44:02 AM
I'm not responding well to "something new," though.  Whatever goes there, I think it should tell the reader something, not just a generality.  "Great software" at least lets the reader know the general idea.  Maybe there is something more specific that would be more perfect  - like "unique software" or "software that works," or "software that hops," or "shines" or "flies."

How about "A Coding Revolution" or "Community Coding" or "More bang for your buck" ... oops getting carried away now ...
6847  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Name and Catchphrase for New DC Logo Mascot - PART 2 on: November 21, 2005, 07:12:09 AM
Like this?
6848  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Name and Catchphrase for New DC Logo Mascot - PART 2 on: November 21, 2005, 06:45:25 AM
Here you go - Coy in the circle (and simplified text)
6849  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: Find & Run Robot Licence Key? on: November 21, 2005, 04:13:36 AM
6850  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Podcast client?? (warning, musical OVERKILL, don't click if you have work to do) on: November 21, 2005, 03:26:34 AM

Actually the database idea is a good one.

Maybe a local SQL DB would be good - you could actually store all your music and downloaded applications and even you documents in it and have instant access.

I have a huge amount of downloaded software (bought and freeware) and could really do with a better way of stroing it that in a huge folder tree.

Not sure I am up to producing it though!
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