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451 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: [idea] Let FARR score plugin results on: January 20, 2009, 11:43:24 AM
Captain Elctrobrain says: good suggestion!  cheesy

452 Software / Finished Programs / Re: tv_out: a shortcut for quickly turning extended desktop on/off on: January 19, 2009, 12:09:09 PM
great suggestion lanux128!  Thmbsup

I've uploaded version 090119: ini option to make a ctrl+alt+__ hotkey

It must be a ctrl+alt+___ hotkey due to a limitation in the autohotkey FileCreateShortcut command. But ctrl+alt+D (D as in display) is a pretty good hotkey.
453 Software / Finished Programs / Re: tv_out: a shortcut for quickly turning extended desktop on/off on: January 18, 2009, 06:24:20 AM
techidave: tv_out is not made to be always running so the current script can't have built in hotkeys. I could add that as an option but it might also be confusing to build in such a "always running" mode. I'll think about it next time I update the script.

In the meantime, here are two quick, external ways to get a hotkey:

1. right click the tv_out icon on the desktop > properties: set up a hotkey. I think that should work, though there are some limitations in what hotkeys that can be used.

2. use a custom autohotkey helper script (save code as somename.ahk, compile (requires autohotkey installed), put in some folder, then add a link to it to your autostart folder) :
[copy or print]
Run, %A_Desktop%\TV_OUT
The example above uses win + 1 as hotkey. But any hotkey can be used by changing the row "#1::" above, see  for details on hotkeys to use.
454 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Everything plugin for FARR on: January 17, 2009, 06:23:44 PM
This sounds really promising! Everything is so darn fast. It will be really interesting to see in what ways FARR and Everything can be used together now. Up until now I've launched Everything searches via a FARR alias. I have used it mostly for when I know that I need something in a folder that I've excluded in FARR or a folder with so many files that it will take FARR longer than Everything to find the results. But if a plugin like this can be enhanced then maybe more and more of the basic FARR search capacities can be aided by Everything (the same goes for Locate32 and the FARR plugin for that).

Two extreme scenarios seem clear enough:
1. minimal scenario: use Everything only in rare cases, through a special alias (for example "ev"; "ev filename")
2. maximal scenario: use Everything for all FARR searches, without any special alias. (Though clear enough as a scenario there can of course be a lot of problems with implementing that and so reasons against going for something like that. This also ties in with previous FARR discussions concerning indexing.)

Here's a possible inbetween scenario that I can think of: as a step in a regular FARR search FARR uses Everything for searching some folders (as specified in FARR options) and does a regular FARR search in other folders and then combines and presents the results.
455 Software / Finished Programs / Re: tv_out: a shortcut for quickly turning extended desktop on/off on: January 17, 2009, 08:43:55 AM
I've uploaded version 090117: it removes the msgbox-bug that glove99 found. No other changes. The msgbox only showed up when using the alwaysturnon=1 .ini option so I missed it before.

456 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: AHK script for easy FARR win resize on: January 16, 2009, 10:45:22 AM
But why is that better?  tellme I'm at 1280x1024. If I moved to higher resolution I can't think of a reason to also want to increase the FARR window size.

Anyway, the relevant autohotkey variables are:
457  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Browser Hijack Virus on: January 15, 2009, 01:03:14 PM
@app: I didn't know that Foxit had JS activated by default. Deactivated now. Thanks!

Edvards first post states that a symptom of the problem is if sysaudio.sys or wdmaud.sys exists in C:\WINDOWS\system32\

It is then best to add that files with those names exist in the C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\ , at least on my (supposedly clean) Win Xp Pro system. The files with the MD5 values below passed the test at a minute ago:



I also have a registry entry very similar to the one Edvard talks about at HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\drivers32
But the difference is that my (again supposedly clean) computer has a "aux" key with the value: "wdmaud.drv" (NOT "wdmaud.sys")

I guess it is yet an example of the common practice for malware to have deceptively similar names and locations as legit Windows files. A good way to counter that is to post and check file hashes.
458 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Audio output device manager on: January 13, 2009, 02:36:27 PM
@calvindienern: Great that it works for you. I use the script daily myself.

But even better would be to get something like pulseaudio working so that we can change audio output on the fly, with no application restarts needed (see my failed attempt to get that up and running in this thread: http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=14100.0 )
459  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: make family tree in Visio - manually or automated via db? on: January 13, 2009, 02:15:57 PM
This is great! smiley Informed answers just keep coming in this thread. Thmbsup

@raybeere: ok, I hear you. I WILL move to some sort of database software. I guess it is my general hesitance towards becoming locked into this or that format that has stopped me so far (and the fact that there seems to be a lot not so good genealogy programs around too). But given at least partial interoperability through GEDCOM then that shouldn't be such a big worry. I have cleaned up my large .txt file by now so that some of it will probably also be possible to autoimport (I'ts only a matter of getting some thorny regexp stuff just right). I don't have time to do it now but I'll make an attempt later this spring.

I have been very careful with sources. Here in Sweden the church records for almost every part of the country are available through online subscription services that have high resolution color photos of every page, usually dating back to somewhere around the year 1700. It is amazingly convenient. Maybe something similar is available in other countries? Anyway, I've written down exact references and have also screenshots of the actual church book pages. One thing I've learned the hard way is the importance of taking notes of what you DON'T find i.e. what texts you have searched and found no matches in.

@4WD: the screenshots from Personal Ancestral File looks impressive! Great with many output formats. That said, the Pedigree chart has the same drawback that most examples of such chart/tree outputs from tools like these that I've seen: it is too spaced. I want to cram as much as possible of the tree onto one sheet of paper. In my manual, Visio made tree I could squeeze in 11 generations on one sheet of paper (I've trimmed away a lot of people on the "sides" to make that fit).

So, in the end I will probably BOTH keep that manual tree manually updated AND migrate the data into some real genealogy software database. The manual "main tree" won't have so many details anyway and so it will not need updating so often. Just name and date of birth/death/marriage and lines to mark relations. Please keep the discussion on pros and cons of various software solutions flowing!
460 Software / Find And Run Robot / AHK script for easy FARR win resize on: January 09, 2009, 04:04:00 PM
Here's a small AHK script for easy toggling the FARR win width between two sizes. Very convenient if you like me prefer a small FARR win as default but still often need to increase the width to see long file names.

[copy or print]
; AHK (Autohotkey) script for easy FARR win resize, by nod5
WinGetPos, , ,w,H,A     
WinGet, active_p, ProcessName, A
if active_p = FindAndRunRobot.exe
  if (W != 258)
   WinMove, A, , , , 258,
   WinMove, A, , , , 450,

Things you can tweak: The widths 258 and 450. The hotkey (but control + capslock is pretty handy!)
461  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: make family tree in Visio - manually or automated via db? on: January 07, 2009, 04:34:13 PM
I was very late with my reply to the above... And to make things worse, I posted it in the wrong thread! http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=14100.0 And to make things worst, I didn't notice the mistake until just now. cheesy Here it is, in the right place, at last:

Thanks for the replies. Though I already picked the manual path (   ) and completed a tree the day before christmas. It took a fair amount of time to say the least so I'm still very interested in more programmatic ways to do this in the future.

@Deozaan: I've testdriven Geni and it seems excellent for collaborative work. But last time I looked at it I couldn't find any easy way to print the tree in a compact way (i.e. cram as much of the information as possible into one or a few sheets of paper). Has there been improvements in that regard? Or are there any third party apps to export to and then print from? I'm asking since my older relatives will want to see my tree and they are not keen on (to say the least) to access it through a computer.

@sword: thanks! Lots of things for me to look into in those links. The second one seems dated though (some of the comments on that page claim that the advice does not work in Visio 2003 so I suspect it will not work in Visio 2007 either).
462 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Audio output device manager on: January 07, 2009, 10:10:42 AM
zYx, did you try my AHK script above? I don't have Vista and so can't check if it works there (please post feedback here if you try it!)

In this ( http://www.donationcoder....=3165.msg144877#msg144877 ) sibling thread an autoit script was posted that explicitly works in Vista so another alternative is to try that.

463  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: boardgamegeek - all things boardgame site on: January 07, 2009, 09:46:21 AM
Good sites, both.

A very simple yet strangely addictive card game is SET. Highly recommended! Children can play it at suprisingly young ages. If the complexity is too high for some child then just remove one or more layers of pattern for the time being.
464  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: output audio to two devices in Win XP? (PulseAudio?) on: January 01, 2009, 05:53:31 AM
(posted in wrong thread)
465  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gift-giving season cometh. What computer hardware/peripheral would you like? on: December 26, 2008, 04:34:32 PM
Thomas, maybe an iphone or other mobile phone together some software could work as well as a standalone scanner?  Look here for an example of 1D barcode scanning on the iphone:
So maybe you even have a device capable of doing what you wish for already!
466  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Outpost 2009 – A lifetime license for 3 PCs for the price of a 1-year! on: December 26, 2008, 12:59:28 PM
This sounds like a good deal! I was leaning towards going for Best Firewall ( ). They have a 15$ discount until 31 december (40$ - 15$ = 25$). But now I'm unsure. Anyone here who have experience from using both and can make a recommendation?
467  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gift-giving season cometh. What computer hardware/peripheral would you like? on: December 22, 2008, 04:28:01 AM
I wish for a new, perfect keyboard. I just can't find the right one. The new Microsoft X6 keyboard comes close to what I want but looks just wrong and doesn't feed quite right (I've fiddled with it in a store)  Maybe I'll just have to wait until those OLED keyboards where each key is a screen becomes cheap enough.

I also want a simple foot pedal for the computer that can easily be used as a hotkey (modifier) in autohotkey scripts. Used in the right way it could provide ergonomic relief from being stuck in the one-hand-on-keyboard-one-hand-of-mouse position all the time.
468  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommendations for small, 4-port USB hub? on: December 22, 2008, 04:11:26 AM
Dealextreme has a boatload of hubs (each crazier shaped than the other). I can't vouch for the quality of them but my experience is that almost any cheapo USB hub works just fine. So I'd recommend whatever hub in the lowest price range that you think looks best. (with USB 2.0 of course! Some of the really cheap ones have only USB 1 so look out for that)

these look ok, are small yet still have both top and side ports. Around 6$ each:
469  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Last second home-made gift ideas: HELP!!! on: December 22, 2008, 04:03:08 AM
1. Bake some cookies that you can easily customize the shape of (like thin gingerbread cookies). Make a custom cookie for each person in the shape of some object that reminds you of that person. So if one of them is a pro bowler, make a round cookie and add three dots of icing (to depict the holes). And so on for the other persons.

2. Write a fun quiz to play when you all get together. There are many ready-to-use quiz questions to be found on the web already. Mix in some questions that relates to the people that will be present or other persons you all know. This can be very entertaining if you can think of some funny (but not awkward) details that perhaps not everyone will right away know or remember ("what animal was uncle Edward bitten by in the summer of 1978? A: snake, B: donkey, C: shark"). This can generate many laughs and stories. After you've run through the quiz, hand out a small, symbolic price to the winner.
470  News and Reviews / Older Newsletters / Re: --> Newsletter for December 21st, 2008 - Codename "Tree Ornaments" on: December 22, 2008, 02:48:06 AM
great work mouser and darwin!  smiley
471  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VLC making improvements on: December 15, 2008, 04:57:00 PM
I like many of the changes to VLC this fall.

But 0.9.8a has a new bug: the fullscreen view now forces itself onto the primary monitor. It should (as in previous versions) display the fullscreen video on the screen that the minimized VLC window resides in.

Another "bug" or at least annoyance: VLC doesn't remember what installation options the user checked/unchecked during last reinstall. For example, it always defaults to making itself default player for all video file types. It should instead remember whatever choices the user made on last install. 

<offtopic rant> I guess that's a problem for installers in general. I bet most programs have, for any new version of the program, more people doing re-installs/upgrades than fresh installs. Still, the installations dialogs often assume that the user installs for the first time. Firefox is even worse in this regard due to add-on upgrade notifications. I go through a 10 second, 3-5 click process on the first firefox startup almost every day. I would love some way to just silently autoinstall all noscript updates for instance...</offtopic rant>
472  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / make family tree in Visio - manually or automated via db? on: December 15, 2008, 04:42:33 PM
I have mapped some of my family's history. So far I have it all in a plain textfile, well ordered for a human reader (I use FM FMF FMFF and so on, and some common abbreviations). But there are some irregularities and the data is not yet in a "machine readable" database format.

I want to go from there to a nice family tree image in Microsoft Visio.

Each person should have his/her own box with some recurring details (name, year born/deceased, age, a miniphoto if available, and some other details). The boxes should be linked by lines that mark parent/child relations. The most recent generation should be at the bottom and each preceding generation should be "stacked" on top so to say. In general, I want the standard family tree looks and contents.

I have two alternative ways to reach that goal:

1. Make the tree manually in Visio: make some basic, standard shapes for the boxes, copy a lot of them onto the drawing board and then copy and paste in data from my notes to each shape and draw relation lines.

2. Convert the data into some database (simple like an excel or calc sheet or perhaps some complex application). And then, somehow, autogenerate the visio family tree from it. The manual work in Visio would only/mostly consist in polishing the looks (more around boxes to make the tree fit better and look better, add some special, one of a kind relations, add colors, and so on)

The tree will all in all include 50-100 individuals. Maybe less if needed to make it more manageable and printable.

My question: does anyone think I should go for alternative 2? If so, do you already have positive experience from working through that automation process (for a family tree or something sufficiently similar) with Visio? Or do you have advice on how to go about doing it? What database format is best to use? I would prefer to just use an excel/calc sheet as database, if that is possible in this case. But is it?

Ok, lot's of sub-questions. But feel to also just let me know your hunch on the main question (do 1 or 2?) without going into details. Any feedback is appreciated  Thmbsup

My hunch at the moment is that 1 would take less objective time. But I resent doing this type of thing manually if I have a feeling that it could've been automated so I'm still undecided which is the best alternative all things considered. I have not yet done much searching on Visio guides but will do so later on. But there are so many choices, and possible complications, whenever it comes to databases so I'm thinking that it might be a good thing to throw out some questions early on.
473 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Cusor Wormhole for multi-monitor setup on: December 15, 2008, 03:27:19 AM
[copy or print]
Leaving this out was the problem with my script I think. For that I should receive the Noobel Price.  cheesy
I'm glad that majorspacecase in the end got a version working as envisioned.  Thmbsup
474 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Cusor Wormhole for multi-monitor setup on: December 14, 2008, 09:37:53 AM
Hi, this autohotkey script works fine on my two screen setup:
[copy or print]
SysGet, MonitorCount, MonitorCount
if MonitorCount = 2
BlockInput, MouseMove
MouseGetPos, x
SysGet, Mon2, Monitor, 2
if x > %A_ScreenWidth%
 MouseMove, (A_ScreenWidth / 2), (A_ScreenHeight / 2), 0
 MouseMove, A_ScreenWidth + ( (Mon2Right - Mon2Left) / 2 ), ( Mon2Bottom / 2 ), 0
BlockInput, MouseMoveOff
475  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: output audio to two devices in Win XP? (PulseAudio?) on: December 13, 2008, 07:36:05 PM
I'm reviving this thread since I'm planning a christmas party and would really like to be able to play the same music in multiple rooms.

My emergency backup solution is to buy splitter adapters for the audio cables and the run all audio through one soundcard only. But the dual card solution would be much slicker and more flexible (I could turn off the music in just one room via the computer). So, has anyone at DC gotten PulseAudio or anything similar to work in Win XP by now? Aren't you hosting any parties? tellme With music? smiley In places with multiple rooms? cheesy
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