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151  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Do copy acceleration utilities actually lower file transfer speeds?" on: August 18, 2012, 05:04:53 AM
Ok, but doing a SHA1 check on a 150 MB file takes about 0,3 seconds on my system. So a bit over 0,6 seconds for a hash comparison. That is not so bad, especially compared to how Explorer works now, requestion user attention and delaying the file transfer with a popup window with a lot of text.
152  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Do copy acceleration utilities actually lower file transfer speeds?" on: August 13, 2012, 03:50:05 PM
A smarter file manager would do a file hash comparison and skip copying that file if the hashes match, all in the background.
That would be pretty disastrous speed-wise - definitely not something you want for a general file-copying routine smiley
I think it could be designed to avoid speed-problems in many use cases. First, the hashing would only be done for identical file names in source and target folder. Second, the user could configure how large files to do the automatic hash check for, depending on system speed and user preference. For example if the operation only ran for same named files under 100 Megabytes in size then would there really be any problematic slowdown on computer with a newish CPU? If you are copying thousands of files with name conflicts then yes, delays will add up. But a smart file manager could also calculate the total number of such conflicts prior to operation and, if the number reaches some upper limit, skip auto hashing and display the regular interaction popups (including the checkbox labelled something like "do this action for all similar files"). So smartly designed it could avoid the possible slow-down cases and still save the user time and attention in all other cases.
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Do copy acceleration utilities actually lower file transfer speeds?" on: August 12, 2012, 04:44:17 AM
file copying in Explorer in Windows 7 is sometimes slowed down by having to deal with dialogs like this
It is sometimes useful but I dislike that it pops up even for files that are exact copies. A smarter file manager would do a file hash comparison and skip copying that file if the hashes match, all in the background.
154 Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / ScanTailor_multi_core on: July 25, 2012, 02:09:02 PM

Processes step 6 in ScanTailor  two or four times faster via multiple instances on a dual/quad core CPU system.

Made in Autohotkey by nod5 as free software (GPL3).

More details and download
155 Software / Find And Run Robot / Launch Everything from FARR as non-admin with UAC on but no prompt on: July 22, 2012, 12:07:52 PM
I've long used the following alias to quickly transfer a search phrase in FARR to an Everything window.
Regular expression pattern box:
Results box:
dolaunch C:\Program files\Everything\Everything.exe -search "$$1"

Very handy as you can first search with FARR and, if what you're looking for isn't found in a second or two, just tap space space.  It works when UAC is disabled in Win 7. But with UAC on you get into a dilemma:
If FARR runs as non-admin then UAC prompts you for admin privileges on every Everything launch.
If FARR runs as admin then there's no prompt but instead other problems. E.g. if FARR run as admin launches notepad++ then you can't drop a textfile from Explorer (non-admin) into the notepad++ window (admin).

Here is a workaround that lets you launch Everything with a search parameter from FARR as non-admin with UAC and still get no prompt from UAC. It requires Autohotkey and the Win 7 Task Scheduler.

1. make authotkey scripts
Save as ev.ahk
Run %A_ProgramFiles%\Everything\Everything.exe -search "%clipboard%"
Save as ev2.ahk
Run schtasks.exe /run /TN "ev",,hide
Right click each script and compile. You get ev.exe and ev2.exe .
Choose a folder to keep ev.exe and ev2.exe in. For example C:\test\

2. Create a Task
Task Scheduler > Create Task
Set Name: ev
Check this box: Run with highest privileges
Goto Actions tab > New > C:\test\ev.exe  
(Note: change path to where you put ev.exe and ev2.exe )
Click OK

3. make a new FARR alias
Alias text: whatever you want
Regular expression pattern:
dolaunch copyclip $$1 ;;; C:\test\ev2.exe
(Note: change path to where you put ev.exe and ev2.exe )

Done!  smiley When you now search FARR for "beatles" and add two spaces ("beatles  ") the Everything window will pop up and do a search for "beatles".

- Various posts discuss related issues - search for UAC in the FARR subform
- http://www.techrepublic.c...ithout-the-uac-prompt/730
156 Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Use AutoHotkey to add button to existing window? on: June 11, 2012, 02:11:11 PM
You could create a gui with buttons and then use timer commands to make it always float over the same part of the underlying application. For example, the button could always float to the right of the text "calculator" in the calc.exe titlebar. The button might lag behind a little if you drag the window though.

Another alternative: If the application has controls that AHK can operate on then you can likely also relabel and reuse buttons from the GUI. Start calc.exe and then run this test code. It hides the "sinh" button, relabels "cosh" to ":-)" and takes control over what action to do when you click ":-)", for example show the text "hello world" in a tooltip. edit: though this disables click+drag within the calc window. A better alternative might be to use middle mouse button ( Mbutton ) since click + drag is less commonly used. Then you can keep the native left click functionality of the button.
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Control, Hide,,Button37, ahk_class CalcFrame
ControlSetText, Button38,:-), ahk_class CalcFrame

#IfWinActive, ahk_class CalcFrame
WinGet, x, ID, ahk_class CalcFrame
MouseGetPos,,, xwin, xcontrol
if ( x == xwin AND xcontrol = "Button38")
ToolTip, hello world
157 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.107.04 beta - Sep 23, 2012 on: April 18, 2012, 03:43:47 PM
Thanks for control+enter to launch and stay open. Very useful. Thmbsup

When randomly testing it out I ran into a problem launching only one of the test files. Turned out the issue was caused by the file name ending with a space i.e. this bug http://www.donationcoder....index.php?topic=24037.msg . Not sure if that issue has hung around or reappeared but it is here now.
158 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Happy B-Day FARR on: March 19, 2012, 05:23:07 PM
Cheers for FARR!  smiley
159 Software / Find And Run Robot / dolaunch, dosearch and search folder combination alias trouble on: December 16, 2011, 01:33:50 PM
Minor issue. I often use FARR to pass searches to Everything through an alias like this:
Everything Search: $$1 | dolaunch C:\Program Files\Everything\Everything.exe -search "$$1"
That most often works great. But sometimes I start a FARR search using another alias with a search folders parameter, like so:
^(?:te|tes|test) (.*)
test $$1 | dosearch +test_modifier $$1

When I first type "test NNNNN" the second alias runs. If I then double tab space ("test NNNNN  ") the first alias runs. But FARR doesn't pass "test NNNNN" to Everything. It passes "+test_modifier NNNNN". Can I tweak the aliases to in such a case pass the exact phrase in the inputbox?
160  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win7 -- to x64 or not to x64, that is the question on: December 16, 2011, 02:21:02 AM
A HP laserjet 1000, connected to a single computer. I've searched but found no Win7 x64 driver only workarounds using a 2nd networked computer. Anyway, no-thrills laser printers are very inexpensive nowadays so I'll get a new one when the toner runs dry.
161  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win7 -- to x64 or not to x64, that is the question on: December 15, 2011, 02:28:10 PM
Thanks all, I ran the suggested windows upgrade adviser tool and things are looking much better than expected. Most detected devices are reported compatible one way or the other. A laser printer is the biggest problem device so far. But the toner is running low so I might just get a new one. My transition fears are dwindling thanks to the feedback and  "never look back, never look back" chants here. cheesy
162 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: suggestion/Wish minimal gui on: December 15, 2011, 12:58:16 PM
For further minimalism check out the slenderFARR skin and this autohotkey script: http://www.donationcoder....=7949.msg172845#msg172845
163  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win7 -- to x64 or not to x64, that is the question on: December 14, 2011, 06:21:35 PM
rgdot: Good point. Though I don't notice much slowdowns at present on XP when using multiple programs. Hard to say though when I have so little Win7 experience.

cranioscopical: Thanks. I'm only wavering on x64 vs x86 versions of Win7. Shift to Win7 I will either way. Getting a SSD is part of the explanation here. I've read some who advice against moving/mirroring an existing XP install from a regular HDD to a SSD (the claimed problems were related to TRIM ). So if I need to do a clear install, and also will upgrade some hardware, I might as well make the move now.

f0dder:  smiley Concise advice!

hpearce: The internal PC components (the ones I'm not replacing) will be ok I think. But some peripheral hardware devices will be trickier.

edit: my plan was to get an OEM copy of Win7 which are either 32bit or 64bit. But when reading up I now see that the retail versions don't only allow reinstalling/moving the license between computers. They also allow switching from 32bit to 64bit (and back if you want) and both versions are on the DVD.
So, I might get that, test 64bit and still have a fallback if too much hardware won't work.
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Win7 -- to x64 or not to x64, that is the question on: December 14, 2011, 03:07:30 PM
I will finally move from XP to Windows 7. But I have some pretty old hardware devices e.g. external soundcard, tv card, remote control hardware and other stuff. I've read that finding Win7 x64 (64bit) drivers for old hardware may be tricky or in some cases impossible.

So why should I go for x64 Win7 and not just stick to Win7 32bit?  tellme

I feel that x64 is a better choice, clinging to x86 feels kind of backwards. But I'd like some solid arguments to back that up.

The big practical advantage I've read about is that x64 permits more than 4GB of RAM. But three things seem to diminish that advantage.
1. On Win XP 32bit the RAM above 3.25 GB can be utilized as a ramdisk. That likely works on Win7 32bit too (right?). So extra RAM can be used as diskspace and isn't just wasted.
2. I don't use any applications with extreme RAM-needs. At least I don't think so. What applications would benefit noticeably from 4+ GB of RAM?
3. With less system RAM the OS might use the pagefile more often. Pagefile access on a regular HDD can slow things down. But I'll use a SSD for the new install. That makes pagefile access a non-issue (or?).

Feedback on 1-3 is very welcome. I'd also like to hear other good reasons for choosing 64bit that I've likely omitted.
165 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR and Indexing Option - Feedback Requested on: December 07, 2011, 11:51:26 AM
YvonZh: Have you tried the Everything plugin for FARR? See here:

I myself very often use this alias to quickly pass a search from FARR to Everything

You might also like: AHK script for replacing the current folder search in Explorer (CTRL+F) with Everything

166 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Display FARR Near Pointer on: December 07, 2011, 11:28:03 AM
nice  thumbs up

Tip: Autohotkey's variable A_ProgramFiles makes the default script compatible with different localized paths for the program files folder.
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FarrFullPath = %A_ProgramFiles%\FindAndRunRobot\FindAndRunRobot.exe
edit: I made a mistake in the code above (had both qoutes and %'s), fixed now.
167  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extension "Download Statusbar" Now Adware - Maybe Malware on: October 31, 2011, 01:21:35 PM
I'm very late to this thread. I've used Download Statusbar for years and haven't noticed anything unusual lately. No update information about it going adware, no nothing. I have version 0.9.10 right now. I also have a stylish script that makes downloadstatusbar more minimal. See screenshot. Maybe that blocks the problem? (Seems unlikely though.) I can't find any information about adware/sponsorship stuff in  "about" or "options" for the add-on. Maybe the bad version was removed and the original coder gained control back?
168  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: cloud processing for end users - when? already? on: October 13, 2011, 02:23:51 AM
40hz: I hadn't read about the Mirror Worlds book before. Putting it on my to read list.

Renegade: The number of consumers might be small. But it is not as if a completely new service is needed. Services that already caters to business could aim for end users too with some modification. The one I found above, , actually seems open to individual customers even though they're clearly geared towards companies (see the list of customer cases on their site). They have have a pay-as-you-go option: $0.05 per minute of output video which would mean $3 for a one hour video. AFAICT all needed is to set up a FTP on the home computer for input/output and use Curl or something similar to create an encoding job. They even have a free test account (you get a few seconds of video back only) so I'll test it out when I have more time. The AWS alternative is also open to individuals I think.
169  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: cloud processing for end users - when? already? on: October 10, 2011, 04:51:33 PM
I'm not so sure about those legal worries given that we live in a world where ISPs, commercial proxies, AWS and P2P projects like TOR and a lot of file sharing software persists despite the fact that some of their users do unlawful things through those services. I'm not sure why a "processing service provider" in the cloud should be on shakier ground than an ISP is.

Anyway, let's put legalities aside. I was more intrigued by the basic tech idea and why we don't have it built into applications and operating systems already (it would make sense in Linux desktop OSes I'd think, sharing CPU cycles with the community).

To focus on a perhaps better example imagine a thousand people all with highspeed bandwidth. Each of them now and then dabble in CPU intensive 3D rendering. When they do rendering their CPU is maxed out but it still takes many hours. Then their CPU and bandwidth idles a lot until weeks later when they need the CPU for rendering again. Here it would make sense for them to band together in a P2P processing system. Each user donates spare CPU cycles and in return can use a lot of CPU power for short bursts of time.
170  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: cloud processing for end users - when? already? on: October 10, 2011, 02:49:29 PM
Ok, now for the third post I actually did some googling. I found these:  
"Mitch Garnaat boosts his massively scalable Monster Muck video conversion service" using Amazon AWS to transcode video already in 2008.
which mentions among other things this service

All of the above look to be aimed at corporations rather than end users.
171  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: cloud processing for end users - when? already? on: October 10, 2011, 02:18:02 PM
That's what computing originally was. Then we got personal computers.

I like that way of mainframing things!  smiley

Renegade: Video transcoding was only one example. I can see many other uses: image manipulation, 3D rendering tasks, complex OCR tasks for a lot of documents, and so on. Basically, any task where
 (upload time + download time + cloud processing time) < local processing time

Bandwidth might be an issue but shouldn't be exaggerated, even for the case of video transcoding. A fairly large number of people have had 100Mbit connections at home for some time. Very far from all of course. But many enough for this kind of service to take off I'd think.

Cloud transcoding might pose some legal (copyright) problems. But I'm not too sure about that. Couldn't a generic cloud processing service claim to be a mere infrastructure? Recording digital TV broadcast with a TV card is legal where I live and so is transcoding those recordings on my PC for personal use. And a system could perhaps be built so that the local computer only uploads obfuscated calculation tasks to the cloud. Then the cloud processing service can sincerely say that they can't know or control what the processing is for.

Anyway, if legal risk explain why no company tries it then a P2P version of the same idea could still be possible.

We already have P2P file sharing and P2P proxies (TOR). I've also seen attempts at P2P cloud storage (though I can't mention a specific example). So why not P2P processing?

We actually already have a large P2P processing system at work in folding@home . But there users only donate their CPU cycles for science.

We also already have many examples of limited cloud processing for end users already. Webapps that let us upload a file for malware check, sites that convert pdfs to other formats, and so on. But those are limited in doing only very specific tasks that the user can't modify much.
172  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / cloud processing for end users - when? already? on: October 09, 2011, 02:30:48 PM
Background: Most of the time I have low CPU needs. But sometimes I need more CPU power. For example when I record TV programs with my DVB-T card converting the recorded .mpeg to a smaller .mkv with handbrake takes a lot of time (several hours). I could buy better hardware. I bet many others are in a similar situation: they normally have low CPU needs but occasionally need more. We could all buy better hardware. But I also bet that many of us often have a lot of spare bandwidth.

Idea: here cloud processing would make a lot of sense! Programs like Handbrake could have an option to upload segments of the input file to a cloud of powerful CPUs who process it quickly and send data back. That could make economic sense. Instead of each of us buying an expensive new CPU that is seldom fully used we'd pay a small metered amount for cloud processing only when we need it. That would also save time as the user can rent a lot of CPU power for short periods of time.

All this leads me to some questions:
1. don't you all want this too?  smiley
2. are there already any programs for end users that have cloud processing like sketched above built in?
3. are there already any fairly easy and fairly inexpensive manual ways for users to temporarily set up something like cloud processing? For example, to at a low cost rent a box with ubuntu and popular CPU intensive programs like Handbrake installed and with a lot of CPU power? I'd use VPN to upload a file, quickly process it on the cloud box, then download the output and then terminate the cloud box.
4. if there's nothing like that for end users today are there any such projects on the horizon? I think some generic cloud processing service would be most useful. A standardized module of some sort that different applications could implement. The user would then only need one single cloud processing account and would only need to log in to it and allow the specific application to use up some of the "cloud processing credits" the user has previously payed for.
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fairware: an interesting experiment in getting paid for Open Source on: September 11, 2011, 10:31:57 AM
Very interesting discussion this!  thumbs up

Regarding donations and laziness, are there any cases of software that accept donations via SMS payments? That is very quick and could bring donations from user groups that don't have access to credit cards. A big problem would be how to collect donations internationally. I've only seen national SMS donation services that you can sign up for (they take a cut out of the donations). Does anyone know if there is such a service that is global?

The contribution level is not great yet, and maybe it never will because I suspect that not that many people need to do what PdfMasher does.
I think PdfMasher could find a very large userbase in the academic world. Reading of journal article pdf's on screen is very, very common. PdfMasher is the first application to offer a somewhat feasible way to convert articles for reading on Kindle, Nook and other small screen readers and tablets. For example, Calibre's built in coversion tools are not at all useful in comparison. PdfMasher still takes more manual and more complex steps than most academic users are able/willing to go through I suspect. But if it would have some smart automatic detections of headers and footnotes then I suspect a lot of users would come rushing. Anyway, I don't want to off-topic this thread into very PdfMasher specific topics so I'll stop here.
174 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Some shortcut keys don't work anymore. on: July 01, 2011, 03:55:48 PM
Consider adding this old request to the list:
Ctrl+Enter - launch selected (or first result if inputbox has focus) and stay open.
175 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR and Indexing Option - Feedback Requested on: June 22, 2011, 06:47:46 PM
I see the integration point. The setup I have is not so new user friendly. It is more a use I've gradually morphed into while under the influence of the power of FARR  tongue

Maybe a relevant question here then is: to what degree can such integration be combined with the type of separability that I try to describe as an advantage. Could FARR add ways to easily toggle between two such very distinct modes of search, and still make the experience more integrated than popping up an external window?
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