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151  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: What hotkey(s) do *you* use to trigger FARR? on: June 22, 2010, 12:03:10 PM
Pause to show/hide FARR.

ctrl + Pause to open FARR and let it look up the (previously) selected text in a dictionary

I also have an autohotkey script to use Scroll Lock to clear the FARR inputbox and enter some FARR alias (which varies, currently it "alb" for the albumdisplayer plugin). You can hit that combo (pause and then scrollbreak) very quickly.
152  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Goes FARR... sorta on: June 22, 2010, 11:54:30 AM
I just read about googlecl on another site. My first thought was: hey, this would be cool to hook up to FARR! smiley
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How safe is it to run portable apps on public computers? on: June 22, 2010, 11:48:17 AM
now, this immediately suggests that an extremely useful feature for a vpn/remoteconnect tool would be the use of one-time pads, single-use passwords, hardware key ids.  anyone know of any vpn/remote desktop that supports this?
That would be really useful! But I don't know of one. I also think it is outright weird that big services like gmail doesn't offer something like that already. You could log in with your regular password and generate and print out 10 temporary passwords that each expire after one use (and to make new ones you'd need the regular pw again).

In response to the original post, I'd definitely try to avoid public computers when accessing work computers or mail servers remotely. Are you sure that a mobile phone with basic internet capacities (like mail) won't be enough? Or a phone tethered to a netbook. (Ok, the OP said he was travelling laptop-free but a tiny netbook add so little weight and bulk that I have a hard time figuring out when it wouldn't be possible to bring.)
154  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: FFBookmarkUnpacker on: June 12, 2010, 09:16:16 AM
Hm, then I'm afraid I don't know how to solve this. In Firefox 3 doing those steps should result in a bookmarks.html at the standard location. Here is the relevant mozillapage: http://kb.mozillazine.org....bookmarks.autoExportHTML
155  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: FFBookmarkUnpacker on: June 11, 2010, 01:12:20 PM
That's the path to a regular FF profile. The script only works on the special bookmarks.html file. Maybe you haven't done this:
- type "about:config" in firefox inputbar
- type "browser.bookmarks.autoExportHTML"
- set it to "true"
- close firefox
After that the bookmarks.html file should be generated, and updated, on each firefox restart. And then the FFBookmarkUnpacker should work.
156  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Second Wind - beautiful student animation on: June 11, 2010, 12:00:20 PM
Amazing! I enjoyed that a lot. The tone, coloring and content reminded me of the indie game Braid, http://www.braid-game.com/ .
157  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: FFBookmarkUnpacker on: June 11, 2010, 11:51:56 AM
Hi Frank,
there's no current ini setting for that. I didn't think it would be needed. To debug this can you tell me the path to the boomarks.html file on your system?

If you have autohotkey installed (or install it, it is free autohotkey.com) then you can easily change the path in FFBookmarkUnpacker.ahk and then run that file instead of the exe (or compile a exe from it). Just replace every instance of this string in the code (3 instances) with a full path to your bookmarks.html file:
[copy or print]
158  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: how can i disable the status bar in farr window? on: May 23, 2010, 10:43:26 AM
masu, if you like me wish to keep your FARR gui as minimalistic as possible then check the slender farr skin in this thread:
Also note the AHK script I posted there that hides all text from the statusbar (it grabs much less attention without text):
159  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: help convert short text manipulations code from perl to AHK on: May 17, 2010, 03:13:56 PM
Help received through PM, case closed. Thanks again ewemoa!  Thmbsup
160  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: zen and the art of file and folder organisation on: May 16, 2010, 03:44:00 PM
A lot of good advice in that post!

These are great:
Tip #3.  Choose the Root Folder of Your Structure Carefully ...
“My Documents” is the worst offender.  Every second piece of software you install, it seems, likes to create its own folder in the “My Documents” folder.  These folders usually don’t fit within your organizational structure, so don’t use them!  In fact, don’t even use the “My Documents” folder at all.  Allow it to fill up with junk, and then simply ignore it.

Tip #13.  Create an “Inbox” Folder
Tip #23.  Move Permanent Items on Your Desktop Away from the Top-Left Corner
My addition: keep at least the four leftmost desktop columns blank for temp inbox use.

Tip #37.  Use the Quick Launch Bar as a Application and File Launcher
My tip: I try to limit the number applications I have installed (discounting AHK scripts and the like) to as many icons fit into one column in the quick launch bar popup menu. When the column is full and I install something new then I try to prune an old one. Very often there's one there that I don't use anymore.

These I disagree with:

Tip #25.  Hide Files You Never Need to See
My objection: hiding files is not worth the time. They may also take longer to find when you do need them.

“Only ever have one copy of a file – never have two copies of the same file.  Use a shortcut instead”
For files you work on/manipulate it can make sense with many copies. You have a fallback if you accidentally delete or mess up the file. Make a habit of adding dates to the filename to quickly keep them apart.

Some additional tips:

a) keep in mind from the start that you will change and improve your sorting system over time. Do NOT stick to a system that does not fit your needs. If you get a new job or a new hobby that permanently involves new types of (sets of) files or new computer use patterns then your sorting system likely needs to evolve.

b) schedule cleanups/checkup for your file system.

c) write notes to yourself (in plain textfiles). For example, if you do manual backups for some part of the file system, write a txt file with your actionable backup plan and place it somewhere obvious. If you make a habit of such notes you will come to trust them and no longer feel the need to keep the actual details in memory (just don't forget the note! cheesy)

d) design the system both in a well planned Hierarchy AND optimized for search.

For good search, first add tags to filenames. Try to tag consistently (consider using an application) but know that your tagset will evolve over time. Second, use good search tools. I recommend the combination of Find And Run Robot (very customizeable, lots of plugins) and Everything (blazing speed).

e) like in real life, throw away a lot of more stuff! Hoarding temptations can be strong on the computer too. Large files are especially useful prune as they take up space and slows down backups. For example, I kept old linux iso files from different versions of different distros, well over 30GB of data. I didn't use them, I just kept them. Then it struck me: they are forever archived online already, just clicks away. I deleted them and kept only a txt list of distros I've tried. It is 30kB in size.
161  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: help convert short text manipulations code from perl to AHK on: May 16, 2010, 10:11:48 AM
txt examples attached (based on source image from http://www.pgdp.net/d/walkthrough/04_Proof.htm )

there's also a python version of the same text manipulation actions in the zip in this post http://www.diybookscanner...&p=3300%23p3300#p3302  (between the ##### in the code)
162  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: FFBookmarkUnpacker on: May 16, 2010, 03:41:37 AM
ewemoa: yeah getting hits on folder keywords is possible with this. I was aiming especially for that because I use Firefox's internal bookmarks only to "bookmark all" on sets of open pages on some topic and put tags in the folder title.

For single bookmarks I use Tourl ( http://nod5.dcmembers.com/tourl.html ) to make a tagged .url in one whopping big folder. No need for sorting when FARR/Everything sorts things out  Cool

edit: BTW, the Multicolumn Bookmarks add-on is useful for anyone with many bookmarks folders in Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.or...n-US/firefox/addon/74381/
163  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARRFox plugin problem with Opera and Firefox Bookmarks on: May 15, 2010, 12:03:42 PM
FARRFox works fine. FFBookmarkUnpacker is an alternative that unpacks the bookmarks. Then Everything and other search tools can find them in addition to FARR.
164  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / DONE: FFBookmarkUnpacker on: May 15, 2010, 12:00:05 PM
;-- v100515 by nod5 ( nod5.dcmembers.com )
;-- unpacks Firefox 3 bookmarks.html bookmarks as .url files and subfolders
;-- set unpack root folder in ini
;-- tip: put link to FFBookmarkUnpacker.exe in Windows autorun to unpack on each boot

Intended for use on a ramdisk that clears on each boot.
For non-ramdisk use, avoid duplicates by deleting the old unpack root folder before running.

note: to use this script you must have set Firefox to automatically generate and update a bookmarks.html file on each Firefox restart. For setup of that, do this:
- type "about:config" in firefox inputbar
- type "browser.bookmarks.autoExportHTML"
- set it to "true"
- restart firefox

100515: (first version)

This is an easy way to have FF3 bookmarks show up in FARR and Everything.

Edit: a limitation: the script only unpacks one level of bookmark folders. It doesn't unpack recursively.
edit: clarified the about:config part
165  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / [Solved] help convert short text manipulations code from perl to AHK on: May 15, 2010, 11:26:21 AM
Anyone good at both perl and AHK? If so, care to help translate the format.pl code in the zip here http://nod5.dcmembers.com/tiffdjvuocr.html ? I'm not getting it right.
166  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Plugin: AlbumDisplayer (BETA) on: May 15, 2010, 10:59:38 AM
v100515  by nod5 ( nod5.dcmembers.com )
http://nod5.dcmembers.com...nloads/AlbumDisplayer.zip (md5  ff1dba199cceed79c851bb54e4ef86dd )

a plugin for FARR, Find and Run Robot

AlbumDisplayer indexes folder.jpg files in album folders
and display them as thumbnails for easy browsing/searching

made in AHK (www.autohotkey.com)
using FARR javascript SDK by ecaradec
using tooltip html/javascript code by dynamicdrive.com
option: use ramdisk as cache for much faster image display
(requires ramdisk and 7za.exe; 7zip command line)

1. unzip files to a folder named AlbumDisplayer in the FARR plugins directory
2. enter paths in ini file
3. run AlbumDisplayerIndexer.exe to index
4. type "rplugins" in FARR
(optional: 5. get and unzip 7za.exe to AlbumDisplayer folder)

Type "alb searchphrase". Example: "alb beatles yellow"
Type "alb *" to display first 100 albums (+50 on each bottom scroll)
album image actions:
click = send album to audioplayer
ctrl+click = open album folder

run AlbumDisplayerIndexer.exe to re-index

put AlbumDisplayerIndexer.exe link in Windows autorun to re-index on boot
put AlbumDisplayerIndexer_CacheToRamdisk.exe link in Windows autorun to unzip cache to ramdisk on boot (see ini file for details)

- all settings now in ini
- various code trims/cleanups
- ramdisk cache option

- trims % in input to prevent FARR crash
- "alb *" now displays first 100 albums (+ 50 for each bottom scroll)
- ctrl+click opens album folder
- folders with ' in path works

http://nod5.dcmembers.com/albumdisplayerbeta.htm (ignore end part with old settings)
167  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RAMdisk on XP 32bit - brainstorming! on: May 15, 2010, 07:07:40 AM
Here's an updated roundup of ramdisk software. Update based on searching/website reading, I haven't had time to try new versions. I use Gavotte but plan to switch. Ramdisks are amazingly useful! Some uses: scratchdisk for image/video editing, download location for torrents, unrar location for video files before viewing, temp disk when you're doing a lot of file manipulations/conversions, proxy location for image thumbnails, use it to run disk intensive games, ...

SuperSpeed -- http://www.superspeed.com/ramdisk.php
1. Ramdisk Plus 11.0.1 ($60)
2. RamDisk 11.0.1 ($40)

RamDisk Plus: "can use "unmanaged" Windows' memory e.g. above 4GB. It can also use the stubbornly inaccessable memory between 3.2GB and 4GB."

- not free, expensive (only free trial)
+ actively developed
+ uses memory above 3.x GB in XP 32bit (only for Plus version!)
+ clear webpage, support, microsoft certified partner

DataRam RamDisk (formerly Cenatek) -- http://memory.dataram.com...services/software/ramdisk
v 3.5.130RC13a (released 2008/2009?)
free for <4GB disks, >4GB after free registration

+ free
+ (new) uses unused memory over 4GB in xp 32bit: "...allow you to enable a feature of RAMDisk that will allow you to use memory above the 4GB limit for 32-bit versions of Windows."
(I have not tried it yet)

Gavotte Ramdisk -- https://bbs.et8.net/bbs/showthread.php?t=906641
ramdisk5.7z (free) -- released 2008-11-17

+ free
- unclear developer, no official page
+ uses memory above 3.x GB in XP 32bit

Romex -- http://www.romexsoftware.com/main/products/
1. VSuite Ramdisk Free
2. VSuite Ramdisk Standard ($30)
3. VSuite Ramdisk Professional ($50)

"... provides solution for the well-known "4GB RAM in 32-bit Windows" issue, thereby allowing all of its installed RAM to be fully utilised."

+ free (one version)
+ uses memory above 3.x GB in XP 32bit (as far as I can tell this goes for all three versions...)

Qsoft RAMDisk
RAMDisk Enterprise ($ ??) -- 2010-05-10

- not free
- can't use memory above 3.x GB in XP 32bit
- website problems: download not working, most of (fortunecity) homepage down, no contact info to author.
Really weird, given that the product seems to be continuously updated!

AR Soft -- http://www.arsoft-online.com/
AR RAM Disk (free) 1.20 -- released 2009-04-23

"The AR RAM Disk is no longer supported by AR Soft. You may continue to use the RAM Disk, but we will not provide any help or additional information. Since the development of this product has been stopped there will no more versions of the software."

+ free
- end of life
- can't use unused memory over 4GB in xp 32bit

ImDisk -- http://www.ltr-data.se/opencode.html#ImDisk
1. ImDisk (freeware) 1.1.4 -- 2009-04-21

+ free
+ actively developed ; author active in forum
+ can also mount image files (e.g. DVD .iso )
- can't use memory above 3.x GB in XP 32bit (but maybe later)

http://www.ltr-data.se/opencode.html#ImDisk (official page)
http://www.boot-land.net/...hp?act=SF&s=&f=59 (official forum)
(post from november 2009 where the dev says that support for memory above 3.x GB in XP 32bit is likely in the future)

FarStone -- http://www.farstone.com/s...ware/virtualdrive-pro.php
VirtualDrive Pro 12($47)
- not free
- can't use memory above 3.x GB in XP 32bit (as far as I can tell...)

100515 added Romex, reordered list, small updates
090511 added ImDisk, Farstone
168  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Monkey Dash mini review on: April 13, 2010, 04:22:44 AM
Ampa: I haven't really played the banana version much so far. Tried it a few times early on but then stuck to the basic version, only because I wanted to learn that mode well first. I'm gonna give it a go again next time!  Cool
169  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Monkey Dash mini review on: April 05, 2010, 06:07:20 AM
Monkey Dash mini review

App NameMonkey Dash (boardgame)
App URLhttp://monkeydash.co.uk/
Test System Specsthe brain of a moderate level board game player
Supported OSeshuman brains 8 yrs and up
Pricing Scheme20£ + shipping
Reviewer Donation LinkDonate to nod5, the Author
Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product I won the game in a DC prize draw I entered after seeing the awesome Monkey Dash video

MonkeyDash is a 2 player strategy board game. A match takes about 15 minutes. It is made by DC member Ampa, who also play tested the game here on DC: http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=12523.0

I won't follow the minireview template and will only post my own impressions and scattered thoughts from playing the game. For game overview and game details, check out the video and these two resources:

Great video tutorial from the game site: http://monkeydash.co.uk/tutorial.html
Information and other reviews: http://www.boardgamegeek....ardgame/33605/monkey-dash

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QXQgKproaA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QXQgKproaA</a>

My impressions
(I've just posted the below text as a boardgamegeek review, pending approval)

I've so far played Monkey Dash around 30 times since last fall. I really enjoyed it from the get go and still do! smiley Here are some of my impressions from the "phases of playing" I've gone through.

PHASE 1 -- beginner
For the first one or two matches I had a hard time grasping a working strategy. But so had my co-player - we fumbled around to equal degree. Still, I liked the game experience from the start. Simple moves and rules yet hard to calculate a multi turn strategy. Your opponent often comes up with surprising counters. After later playing against some people who are new to the game I think my experience here generalizes. You really need a few games to get to grips with the game. Good thing that the matches are short then!

PHASE 2 -- grasping strategies
Then I got a better feel for some effective strategies. I think the outcome of a match to a large degree hangs on doing the right things on the way to the monkey. Very often the one who first gets there and starts moving the monkey home will also win (but not always). Realizing this, our matches have gotten a bit longer from preventive manouvering in the middle to (with much joy!) mess up the opponents strategy. But the games have almost never come to a standstill in the middle, which I had thought they would. Pretty soon one player gets an opening, gets through to the monkey and the game focus shifts to the race back. The action cards very often break the tie here.

On maybe two occassions we've decided to implement a chess clock style "think time limit" of 10 seconds, just to loosen up a standstill-ish situation. That worked fine and was great fun in itself. I've also played two entire matches in such "turbo mode" - intense fun!

PHASE 3 -- thoughts on improvements
The rule book suggest that when playing with children (or new players) you can balance the game by different distribution of action cards. An alternative that also works is to give the child one more action point per turn. In fact, for small children it might be better to first leave out the action cards completely and focus on the basic gameplay.

I'd like a mode or version for more players. I can imagine a 4 player version using two copies of the game like this: place the two maps next to each other, monkey nest edge touching. Position crates from both games. Monkeys start in loading bays, supervisors in nests. The goal is then to move your monkey to the diagonal loading bay on the other map. (A worry is that 4 player games would be too unpredictable thereby lack the strategy element. But still I think it could be worth a try.)

I like the game box, it really stands out and fits the theme of the game well. That said, it is a bit bulky so when I bring the game somewhere I leave the box at home and use a plastic bag.

The theme of the game is great and adds to the joy of playing! That's important when there are so many good games out there that compete for our time and have some similar game architecture. A quirky detail: partly influenced by the enthusiastic video tutorial on the game site we've found ourselves starting to shout "MONKEY DAAAAASH!" with the same great gusto whenever making that move! Everyone enjoys that. cheesy

Congrats on making a great game Ampa!
170  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: output audio to two devices in Win XP? (PulseAudio?) on: March 27, 2010, 10:15:35 AM
I just gave VLC a shot. I get streaming/receiving to work but on pause/new track things get desynced from buffering or stops playback altogether  Sad. I've tried enabling/disabling/changing cache values (between 0 and 300) on both the stream and the receiver side but still have these problems. Any ideas on any settings that might solve these problems?

Using 3 VLC instances:

no 1 (server):
- media > Streaming...
- add... (some mp3 file)
- show more options
- stream
- next

- new destination: UDP
- display locally CHECK
- add
 - adress: your local ip
 - port: 1234
 - profile: audio - mp3

- click "plus tab"

- new destination: UDP
- display locally CHECK
- add
 - adress: your local ip
 - port: 1235

- next
- stream

no 2 (receiver, outputs to soundcard 2)
- media > open network stream...
- protocol: UDP
- adress: @
- port: 1234

no 3 (receiver, outputs to soundcard 1)
- media > open network stream...
- protocol: UDP
- adress: @
- port: 1235
171  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lifehacker's Guide to Ripping and Converting Flash Videos on: March 23, 2010, 05:32:42 PM
For outputting a youtube video to mp3 audio dirpy.com is great! Quoting myself from another thread:
If the videos are on youtube then there are also several good webapps. Dirpy (http://www.dirpy.com/ ) is the best one I've found. Very quick and no-nonsense site. Enter the youtube video URL, tweak some settings if you want to (choose a subsection of the video, change id3 information, set bitrate...) and download the mp3.
172  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: Newsletter for March 8th, 2010 - "March Madness" on: March 09, 2010, 02:34:19 PM
Thank you! Thmbsup
173  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.107.04 beta - Sep 23, 2012 on: February 28, 2010, 03:30:45 AM
hi thefatdude and welcome to DC  Thmbsup
The CZB plugin pack for FARR includes JSCalc: "powerful calculator for farr with history tape, variables, conversion functions, and best of all a super easy way to add your own custom functions." Get it here: http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=17153.0
174  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Everything plugin for FARR on: February 27, 2010, 04:25:15 AM
McX: check out the other Everything plugin, it is more recently updated: http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=18724.0
175  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.107.04 beta - Sep 23, 2012 on: February 27, 2010, 04:18:56 AM
"[Feature] - You can now hit PgDn from search box to tell FARR to find *ALL* results, not just the few that normally fit in the window; You can continue to hit PgDn and PgUp to page through results after that.  When more results available the statusbar now hints about PgDn."
Nice!  smiley Confirmed working. Two small tweak thoughts:
1. if I search "pdf" FARR gets 2000+ hits. Hit PgDn and FARR starts working at listing them. If I then PgDn again before FARR has filled the entire list then I get a scroll down in the list followed by a quick reset of that scroll as FARR keeps filling the list. For a search with many matches FARR takes several seconds to fill so that can get annoying. Two alternatives: Stop filling the list once the user presses PgDn. Or keep filling the list but remember how many PgDn the user has pressed and move there after the list is complete.
2. On second PgDn FARR scrolls the long list but the cursor is in the input box. That makes triggering something in the list by keyboard tricky. Better alternative: let the second PgDn do the same as arrow down + PgDn.

(Unrelated: hotkey config: wasn't there a special variable that represents the main input box contents in the "Text for search edit box" inputfield? I want a hotkey to prepend current inputbox text, i.e. "newtext $$1" but $$1 doesn't work. I've probably just forgotten what it is but can't find it through searches/helpfile now so...)
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