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7051  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: have the urge to buy gadgets and stuff but dont have much money? on: October 23, 2005, 05:41:22 AM
Regarding stuff to buy: let me quote from the great Fight Club movie:
The things you own end up owning you.  It's only after you lose everything that you're free to do anything.

Sad as this may seem, that actually makes sense to me ...


Now for the bonfire ...
7052  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: have the urge to buy gadgets and stuff but dont have much money? on: October 23, 2005, 04:22:20 AM
some people prefer to climb mountains, i prefer this.

That's just plain kinky ...

7053  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Zaine at BetaNews? Open Office Comment on: October 22, 2005, 06:35:36 PM
I have to confess I got very confused on their website?

At one point I was found a comparison chart between different versions of the Office apps with varying functions depending on price. When I tried to find it again I couldn't ???

The only place I can find any reference to 'free for home use' is when you click on 'Download a Trial Version'. Under pricing its says from $39.95, but nothing about free to home users. There is 'special pricing' for educational and non-profit users.

My problem is that I purchased OfficeXP (and Office 2000 before that) which I use daily and it obviously does everything that I need (and a lot more). It seems a bit daft to download a free office suite (actually this is really just WP and Spreadsheet) when MS Office is already installed - even if it does load quicker  tellme

Actually I have the latest version of StarOffice 8 installed (they gave me a free copy so it felt churlish not to accept!), and it is very nice. But again when I swap documents with people it is always Office format, so it makes sense to use MS Office (even though Star Office prodcues compatible files). AS a result Start Office uses up some disc space and rarely gets used!

Oh well I'll stop rambling now ...
7054  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Instructions for making a PayPal link people can follow to donate money to y on: October 22, 2005, 06:09:51 PM
Great - seems to be working now ...
7055  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Instructions for making a PayPal link people can follow to donate money to y on: October 22, 2005, 04:51:49 PM
Don't know what you have done, but my PayPal link no longer works.

It seems that where ever there is an '&' in the URL, specified in my profile, it has been replaced by '&'
7056  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Shopping for a DVD player on: October 22, 2005, 11:48:17 AM
Quote
Plays PAL perfectly afterwards.

Only if your TV supports PAL

In Europe most TVs are dual format using PAL primarily, but supporting NTSC too.

Most US/Canada TVs only support NTSC. I presume the manufacturers assume that North America has the cheapest and best choice of DVDs and Videos so you don't need to buy European stuff ...

I know that's why I buy a lot of DVDs from the US !!
7057  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: 4U: "Mouser Step Clip" vol2 on: October 22, 2005, 11:00:44 AM
Sorry Stefan, I hadn't realise you had responded to Mouser's request ...

Step along nicely ...

Cheers
7058  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: 4U: "Mouser Step Clip" vol2 on: October 22, 2005, 10:17:35 AM
Do you actually need the word STEP at all in these images, just numbers would do the job effectively and be a cleaner look.
7059  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Instructions for making a PayPal link people can follow to donate money to y on: October 22, 2005, 10:15:08 AM
The encrypted PayPal link code is standard HTML format, you could handle the actual HTML tags (to avoid security issues) and just allow people to enter the encrypted part of the code, which is just an encryption of the email address etc.

Here is mine:

[copy or print]
<form action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post">
<input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_s-xclick">
<input type="image" src="https://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/x-click-butcc-donate.gif" border="0" name="submit" alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!">
<input type="hidden" name="encrypted" value="-----BEGIN PKCS7----- Lots of encryption junk -----END PKCS7-----
">
</form>

As far as I can tell the "Lots of encrypted junk" is just that, not executable code. It is decoded on the PayPal page referred to using the PKCS7 routines embedded in the PayPal page.

the first three lines are standard (you could supply them so that you know they are OK along with the <form> tags). The only user customisable bit is the image file used for the button. You could choose that as a site default (or even use a DC specific image for the button).

The only user specific info required is the 'Lots of encrypted junk' which could be cut and paste into a user profile field, and automatically used to generate the button script (a trivial PHP script could do that).

If invalid data is supplied PayPal would not be able to decrypt it and generate its own error (and anyway it would not be ina DC page - so no threat to DC). If some one used somebody elses code they would effectively send all their donations to them, but the same thing could happen now if someone copied another users URL from the 'donate' button on the forum pages!!!

Just a thought.
7060  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Instructions for making a PayPal link people can follow to donate money to y on: October 22, 2005, 09:19:29 AM
How about allowing user to put a PayPal encrypted button script on their profile page (like you have added the ad control stuff) and then point the icon to the profile for people who have set it up?
7061  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Program Closer/Starter on: October 22, 2005, 04:44:16 AM
That would be a really neat idea.

Actually something related I would like is a program starter which could start a group of programs in sequence. I would find this particularly helpful at startup as I have all sorts of stuff that starts up with Windows because I can't face starting it all up manually, but it does slow down system start and there is a distinct bottleneck of applications fighting to start at the same time.

What would be nice is the ability to set up program groups, but in sequences and allowing delays before attempting to start a particular app, or even with a default 'sequence delay' say 1 or 2 seconds before attampting to load the next in sequence.

The nice thing about program groups is that you could have effectively multiple startup configuartions which you can choose from a common interface.
7062  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: Help req automating some typing type stuff - autohotkey? skrommel? on: October 22, 2005, 04:18:07 AM
Here is a workaround for anyone else having problems with this script ...

Basically it uses the cliboard to paste the code into the text. If it doesn't work, then simply press control V to paste the clipboard contents:

[copy or print]
:^+!q*:.img::
InputBox, SearchWords, Forum - enter image, Enter the image URL:
SetKeyDelay 0
ClipBoard = [img]%SearchWords%[/img]
Send ^V
return

:^+!q*:.url::
InputBox, FullURL, Forum - enter full URL to link to, Enter the full URL (inc. http://, ftp:// etc):
InputBox, URLlabel, Forum - enter text display label, Enter text label to display on page: 
SetKeyDelay 0
ClipBoard = [b][url=%FullURL%]%URLlabel%[/url][/b]
Send ^V
return
7063  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: Help req automating some typing type stuff - autohotkey? skrommel? on: October 22, 2005, 04:03:23 AM
I have tried modifying it so there isn't an obvious clash, but it still doesn't work in Maxthon ???

[copy or print]
:^+!o*:.img::
InputBox, SearchWords, Forum - enter image, Enter the image URL:
SetKeyDelay 0
SendRaw [img]%SearchWords%[/img]
return

:^+!o*:.url::
InputBox, FullURL, Forum - enter full URL to link to, Enter the full URL (inc. http://,

ftp:// etc):
InputBox, URLlabel, Forum - enter text display label, Enter text label to display on page: 
SetKeyDelay 0
SendRaw [b][url=%FullURL%]%URLlabel%[/url][/b]
return

The hotkeys work, in that the boxes pop up ok but when it tries to past it doesn't produce any text ???


7064  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: Help req automating some typing type stuff - autohotkey? skrommel? on: October 22, 2005, 03:52:32 AM
Quote
Huh?   Works perfectly here... are you maybe using some other scripts that conflict?


Must be a Maxthon compat issue as it works in FireFox
7065  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Zaine at BetaNews? Open Office Comment on: October 22, 2005, 03:51:19 AM
Biggest problem to me is bloat - a lot of the features are never used by 99.99999% of users.

I'd settle for MS compatible files in an app that doesn't support all the bells and whistles but works efficiently. When I start up an MS Office app I sometimes think I may as well go and make a coffee!
7066  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: Help req automating some typing type stuff - autohotkey? skrommel? on: October 22, 2005, 03:36:06 AM
Neat - so now you could adapt that for urls too ...

[copy or print]
:o*:.img::
InputBox, SearchWords, Forum - enter image, Enter the image URL:
SetKeyDelay 0
SendRaw [img]%SearchWords%[/img]
return

:o*:.url::
InputBox, FullURL, Forum - enter full URL to link to, Enter the full URL (inc. http://, ftp:// etc):
InputBox, URLlabel, Forum - enter text display label, Enter text label to display on page: 
SetKeyDelay 0
SendRaw [b][url=%FullURL%]%URLlabel%[/url][/b]
return

Only problem I can see is that I can't get them to work here in the forum edit window (which precisely where you want them).

They work fine in other windows though like NotePad !!!
7067  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Shopping for a DVD player on: October 22, 2005, 03:01:24 AM
Sorry ignore - I misread your message and didn't realise you are in the US (I have deleted the message I typed)

I just looked at your TV spec - it doesn't mention PAL support at all ... If you haven't got a PAL compat TV you won't be able to watch European DVDs ...even with an MR DVD

MR still produces the original output it just removes region control.

Your right it isn't that easy to find multiregion stuff in the US market. Finding PAL support isn't always that easy, but I didn't realise HDTV would also cause a big issue (we haven't really discovered that in the UK yet - give us another 20 years!)

I would have say avoid the cheapest you can find and go for an established brand. I bought a cheap MR DVD from Logix ... who you might ask, but that's the point a lot of these companies don't exist for very long, and consequenly there is no support or firmware updates to deal with bugs. I have also found the video and sound quality are not too good in some of the cheap brands, and audio/video sync can be an issue. IMHO it is worth spending a few more $$$ to get something that works properly and has good video and sound quality.
7068  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: NOD32 - default settings solution on: October 21, 2005, 07:35:44 AM
That was quick ... email response within about 30 minutes ... (something really positive for ESET and NOD32 ... can you even email Symantec any more? Even when you could it took ages to get at best a limp response.)

Anyway:

Quote
thanks for the update. I'm sure I've done this before and it did reset all the settings but, if not, then unfortunately I think you'll have to uninstall and reinstall as per your first email.  If it's any consolation NOD is extremely quick to install or remove, it usually only takes a matter of seconds , compared to Norton which I have sat watching uninstall for nearly ten minutes before!


I also asked a question about stopping false positive with some NirSoft installers when doing a manual scan. They are password recovery tools which NOD32 doesn't seem to like, and if I run a manual scan there doesn't seem to be a way to exclude them ... response:
 
Quote
Regarding exclusions, if you've got these set up in AMON, then the files/folders are only excluded from on-access scanning, not on-demand scanning.
 
If you run the on-demand scanner, by default it'll still scan your whole C: drive. However, you can untick the C drive and instead add specific folders or files to be scanned, by using the 'add' button.
 
Also, the files you mention may be detected by Advanced Heuristics, in which case it may be better to usually scan with AH disabled, and just run periodic scans with AH enabled. (This is recommended anyway, as scanning takes much longer with AH enabled).
 
If any files are detected heuristically and you believe they are legitimate, you can also zip them and send them to samples@eset.com for analysis. They usually cannot reply to individual emails as there are simply too many, but if a legitimate file is being wrongly detected then they will update the virus signatures to stop this.
7069  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Instructions for making a PayPal link people can follow to donate money to you on: October 21, 2005, 05:57:24 AM
Thanks I wondered how you did that (and was too lazy to dig around the PayPal site) ...

I don't know if it is a UK PayPal thing but if you specify an amount (where you say suggested amount) then the PayPal donation page created has that as a fixed amount. On the site it says leave blank if you want people to enter an amount.

Of course it does have the unforunate side effect of making your paypal email address visible on every post you make, and available to spam bots ...

Is there any way to add the encrypted button HTML to signatures? (I'd guess not)
7070  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: NOD32 - default settings solution on: October 21, 2005, 05:42:49 AM
Hmmm .... shame it doesn't actually work (just tried it and it left all settings as I had changed them)

I'll reply to ESET and see if they have a solution.

In the meantime, a lot of the Setup dialogues have a default button (but not all), and for those the default settings appear to be shown in the help file windows.
7071  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / NOD32 - default settings solution on: October 21, 2005, 05:03:33 AM
I asked about this the other day in another thread.

If you are like me you fiddle and tweak stuff. Trouble is you end up sometimes with settings that aren't ideal and can't remember what you started with!

I emailed ESET yesterday and got this reply - which seems quite useful to me ...

Quote
There isn't a 'reset' button as such, to restore default settings. However, you can quickly reinstall NOD over the top of itself and choose the option not to keep existing settings. This is much quicker than doing a full uninstall and reinstall, and can be done by running the setup.exe file in C:\Program Files\Eset\Install
7072  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: easily 'remote-start Google-search from Sidebar on: October 21, 2005, 04:55:53 AM
I decided to give GDS a try but your script didn't work for me immeditaely. I have modified two things:

  • If the bar is in autohide mode it moves the mouse to the left of the screen and waits for it to open
  • I have put in different coordinates to suit my screen size (1280x1024)

Quote
;Google Sidebar search with Ctrl+g
;http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=1252.0
^g::
if WinExist("ahk_class _GD_Sidebar")
{
    WinActivate
    MouseMove, 0,950   
    Sleep, 600
    MouseClick, left, 50, 950
    return
}
;Google Sidebar search with Ctrl+g

I wanted to find a better way of opening that hidden window but unfortunately the window doesn't have any title text to identify it by and all the commands I tried needed title text to unhide the window??? Anyone got a neater solution? 600ms is a bit long but it was the shortest period that seems to work consistently - the window opening speed depends on what else your system is doing at the time.
7073  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: PhoA - free photo album and image cataloguing software on: October 21, 2005, 03:56:31 AM
That looks really nice and neat. The one real drawback I can see is that it doesn't support any of the Camera RAW formats.
7074  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: Help req automating some typing type stuff - autohotkey? skrommel? on: October 21, 2005, 03:41:14 AM
Crawling back from under my stone, I think I have now twigged ...

I think he wants a script to enter a URL and generate/insert the BBcode to produce a link like this that will work in all bulletin boards.

So preumably: a hotkey to bring up a dialogue, you enter URL and name and the appropriate BBcode is inserted at the cursor? Is that correct?


.... or shall I crawl back under my rock ...
7075  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / NEW: Neat idea from VMWare on: October 21, 2005, 03:36:28 AM
Saw this today - REALLY neat idea - now it's almost worth buying VMWare for me ...

http://www.vmware.com/products/player/
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