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576  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How many of you use encryption? on: February 09, 2008, 07:53:13 AM
After doing a disk repair through the SeaTools for DOS boot-CD ( http://www.seagate.com/ww...upport/downloads/seatools ) I've now gotten truecrypt 5.0 system encryption to work.  Thmbsup

I've experience no performance hit and have no other major drawbacks to report either. But I haven't yet tried any CPU-heavy activities like gaming.

The system encryption supports passwords only, not keyfiles. I hope they add some smart support for that in the next version so that the bootloader at startup autosearches for a file with a certain name on any connection usb device and then tries to use that as a keyfile.
577  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How many of you use encryption? on: February 06, 2008, 05:23:33 PM
Great that it is released!

Has anyone gotten the new system encryption (WDE) to work yet?

I tried twice to do it on a test system with and without secure overwriting but got a CRC-error half way through each time. I did a chkdsk inbetween these two attempts and that showed no errors. Maybe something else installed on that machine is interfering with TrueCrypt.  huh Tomorrow I'll put an image of a clean XP install on the same testmachine and see if I succeed with system encryption on that.

Some interface issues for the new features definitely needs to be improved. For example, it would be very useful if TrueCrypt could give you an estimate of how long time the encryption will take BEFORE you start the actual encryption. That way, the choice of what level of overwriting you want would be easier to make. TrueCrypt currently only gives a scary fixed estimate saying that opting for overwriting (3, 5 or 35 times I think) may mean that encryption can take a week to complete, or something like that. Not very helpful.
578  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Batch read nfo files in RAR archives on: February 05, 2008, 04:22:19 PM
I think the command line tool UnRAR , http://www.rarlab.com/rar_add.htm , can do what you want, at least in combination with some scripting language like autohotkey.

this command line phrase would extract only .nfo files from the archive:
[copy or print]
unrar e -n*.nfo ARCHIVE_NAME.rar
I don't have time to put together a working script at the moment. embarassed But hopefully you or someone else can do it.
579  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Simple audio DB app. to launch default player on: February 05, 2008, 04:05:30 PM
hi parpfish,
I would also love to find the kind of db application that you request here!  Thmbsup
I searched for something similar (as far as the separation of music catalog and music player goes at least) in this old thread http://www.donationcoder....ic=9125.msg68731#msg68731 . But I did not find what I was looking for. I hope some good suggestions crops up in this new thread!
580  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How do you repair screw holes in computer case after too much use? on: February 04, 2008, 10:13:24 AM
When some screws for a computer case of mine went missing I successfully replaced them with small zip ties. Pull one zip tie through the hole until the "head" of the zip tie stop it. Then tighten it on the other side by using a second zip tie. Then trim the non-needed "tails" of the two zip ties. I hope you understand what I'm saying with "head", "tail" and so on here.
581  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: [bug report] 'Switch from Large to Small Icons on Dirlist' display problem on: January 31, 2008, 02:00:32 PM
I have a problem similar to this so I'm posting in this thread...

The screencaps speak for themselves. This is a how a normal search with two or more matches matches looks like:
One match:
Zero matches (the search phrase was "xzyzx" or something like that):

The last case is especially problematic because whenever I mistype in FARR I run the risk of not seeing the editbox (since there are no matches). I then don't see what I mistyped and have tap backspace until the phrase is short enough to find some matches.

Can I somehow force FARR to always show the editbox, even when there are no matches?

Here are my current settings:
582  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How many of you use encryption? on: January 31, 2008, 01:18:46 PM
The truecrypt homepage now states:
"Next release 5.0 scheduled for:  February 4, 2008  "
So four days left until we have open-source WDE for windows!  Thmbsup
583  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows? on: January 30, 2008, 04:02:02 AM
I've used Outpost Pro Firewall (non-free) in the past. What I like about it is the level of detail in the information it provides me and in the range of actions I can choose from. But despite being better at such things compared to other software FW I tried it was still somewhat limited. It often asked me for decisions based on scarce information and few choices.

Example 1: some component had changed but there was no easy way for me to get more details about it (its path, its "track  record" of changing, related components and I couldn't just copy its name to the clipboard for web searches)

Example 2: some process wants net access but I can only choose between "create rule" (subcategories always allow/always block/custom), "allow once" and "block once". (I don't remember the names Outpost uses exactly, but something like that). I would often have preferred "allow the next ___ minutes" where a dropdown would let me set the time.

So, can anyone here point me to an in other regards decent free firewall that provide VERY much information and have VERY many alternative actions?
584  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Idea: File note on: January 28, 2008, 11:31:11 AM
Hi Cuffy and others,
I haven't checked this thread for a while so I've missed some discussions. To reply to the most recent issue, filenoter.exe is written in the Autohotkey (AHK) language and compiled with the tool ahk2exe that come bundled with AHK. It is a well known issue that such compiled scripts from time to time get flagged by various AV and other security software as some form of malware despite not being anything of that kind.

See this thread in the AHK forum for some examples: http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/topic27562.html

Since is is possible to write malware with AHK (or any other language) it is a good to be careful if an AHK application gives these kinds of AV-warnings. But in many cases the AHK application is distributed together with the source code and then the matter can easily be settled by glancing through the source to assure no harmful code is included and then compile it yourself. If the resulting .exe still gives AV-warnings then it can be treated as a false positive and added to the exclusions in the AV-program.

The source for filenoter.exe is included in the .zip posted previously in this thread so feel free to check it out.
585  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows? on: January 24, 2008, 03:43:19 PM
Does anyone here have experience from using an old computer, two or more network cards and running some linux firewall distribution ( http://en.wikipedia.org/w...ing/firewall_distribution )? If so, then I'd love to hear what you think the pros and cons of that compared to a regular software firewall are, since I'm thinking of putting such a "home made hardware firewall" together from various old computer parts.
586  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: IM & online file host combination? on: January 24, 2008, 11:33:10 AM
jazper: thanks for confirming that.
nite_monkey: Yes, that would work for all IM systems that support offline messaging. ICQ also supports that. But I'd prefer some automatic solution.

Thinking some more about this, an automatic solution need at least these features:
1. IM system with support for offline messaging
2. IM system with support for plugins that can react to drag and drop of files
3. file host that supports "private drop spots" (password required to edit and download, but not to upload)
4. file host that support access to (uploading and downloading) private dropspots through external scripts or programs.

and as a bonus feature:
5. PGP encryption tool for encrypting/decrypting files before/after upload/download.

1, 2 & 5 seems to be available. I'm more unsure about 3 & 4.
587  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: IM & online file host combination? on: January 23, 2008, 07:36:31 PM
hi jazper,
I didn't know about Share Folder in Messenger at all since I've actually never used Messenger so thanks for the info. This is what wikipedia says ( http://en.wikipedia.org/w...Messenger#Sharing_folders ) :
The Sharing Folder feature of Windows Live Messenger is an alternative to the "direct transfer" method of file distribution. When a user wants to deliver a file to another person on his or her contact list, the "sharing folder" window appears, which is an individualized representation of all previously shared items.

When files are added to the "sharing folder" for that particular person, the file will automatically be transferred to the corresponding computer when they are online. This means that the folder is literally "shared" between two computers. If a user deletes a file, for example, the file will also be deleted from the corresponding computer's shared folder.
Just to be sure, is this correct: when sending to an offline contact through this Share Folder functionality, nothing is sent to a third party (like a microsoft server). Instead, my local Messenger client puts sending the file on its todo list and later when the contact gets online, and the senders computer is still online, Messenger transfers the file automatically.
588  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / IM & online file host combination? on: January 23, 2008, 12:01:00 PM
The fields of IM (instant messaging) and online file hosting seems to be buzzing with activity and new developments. I'd like to hear if there currently are any interesting ways to combine them.  tellme

IM (instant messaging) is in itself often sufficient for sending files when both sender and recipient are online. But it would sometimes be useful to through the IM window initiate sending of files not to a contact's local computer but rather to some online hosted drop spot that the user has. Here's an example of what I'm looking for:

User A has user B in his IM contact list. B is currently offline. A drags and drops file X on B's name in the IM window. The file is then sent to a private drop spot online somewhere. When B logs on, he has a message saying X has been added to his private drop spot. B can click to download the file X to his local computer, or delete it or keep it in the drop spot.

With "private drop spot" I mean that only B can see and edit it and download from it. Others, maybe just approved others, can only upload to it. http://drop.io/ seems to be in the vicinity of what I have in mind for the online hosting part.

Possible extra feature that would be good: encryption through PGP (or some alternative) so that A's IM client encrypts the file utilizing B's public key before the file is uploaded to B's drop spot (as an extra privacy measure vs the online file host).
589  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: List of disc catalogers on: January 23, 2008, 05:09:56 AM
mwb1100, yes I know that but google still ranks the old site as no 1 so that's where I ended up. After writing about this here I hope I'll never make that mistake again. We'll see how that goes in six months or so Grin

noblejoker: I think most of the programs in this giant list are focused on cataloging discs (CDs, DVDs) and folders by scanning their filesystems. It sounds like you need another type of database. Just a thought: I haven't tried the range of programs by Collectorz.com http://www.collectorz.com/music/ (commercial), but according to their site they support importing items through bar code scanning. Maybe that works for LP:s too?
590  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cat on a Dolphin - amazing physics driven flash game on: January 20, 2008, 06:57:38 AM
I posted in the wrong forum section - can someone help me move this thread to the living room?
591  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Cat on a Dolphin - amazing physics driven flash game on: January 20, 2008, 06:53:34 AM
The creator of such amazingly innovative physics driven online flash games as Egg Way, Stick Remover, Double Wires, Cat With Bow Golf and Adventure of Cat is back.

Get ready for Cat on a Dolphin
You control a dolphin carrying a cat along a path from start to finish. Pressing left mouse button speeds up the dolphin, releasing the button slows down the dolphin and releases the cat from the dolphins back. That's all the controls. Here's the challenge: while in the water, the cat's air supply decreases. So you must release the cat at peak places so that so that the physics sends it on a trajectory upwards above the water. Next you must time the dolphins speed so that you catch the cat on its way down. This sounds simple but proves to be really tricky at times.

the air is running out! Toss the cat!

Now catch it on the way down!

This is the best game I have played in a long time. It's so simple yet has great gameplay and an incredible thrill to it due to the physics. You can really feel the cat hanging in mid-air for a second before plunging downwards. I also found myself yelling "NO!!" when I just missed the cat and laugh loudly and proudly when I succeded at a long toss catch. A game that gets you that engaged is bound to be good.  Kiss
592  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How many of you use encryption? on: January 20, 2008, 05:36:45 AM
Lusher wrote earlier in this thread that WDE is coming for TrueCrypt. Some more details from their site reveals that it should be released very soon. Very interesting!
TrueCrypt 5.0
Release scheduled for: January 2008
Windows system partition encryption with pre-boot authentication
Mac OS X version
GUI for Linux versions of TrueCrypt
Parallelized and pipelined read/write
and more.
593  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: List of disc catalogers on: January 20, 2008, 05:16:35 AM
thanks for the update Nod5,
how are you finding it - or have you had a chance to try out the update?

You used use the Advanced Disk Catalog before ?
How do they compare (if you have the time for a comment or two smiley)

Sure. I still use Advanced Disk Catalog, since VVV still lack som basic features, like support for file type icons. But it is getting better and better. So I hope to migrate to it some time soon since it is steadily updated, open source and works in both windows and linux.

But finding some way to migrate the catalog and avoid the tedious task of manually entering all discs into VVV might prove to be a challenge.

I know the Advanced Disk Catalog hasnt been updated since 2004 & isnt available at it's website (I added a link for tucows) so that's obviously a factor...
[edit] major rewrite - I got Advanced Disk Catalog and Advanced FTP & Disc Cataolger confused - whodathunkit tongue
I also see it's not on the exrended list embarassed will correct that ... [/edit]
Once every six months or so I go to the Advanced Disc Catalog site to see if there are any updates. When you google http://www.google.com/sea...h?q=advanced+disk+catalog then the first match is http://www.elcomsoft.com/adc.html . Clicking that takes me to a completely empty window and I have more than one time thought "that's it, they've pulled the plug on it!". A moment later I realize that it's my ad blocker that obstructs the page from showing  Grin Yet I moment later I realize that I was fooled in the exact same way 6 months ago cheesy Anyway, naming a page adc.html is not smart design.
594  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: List of disc catalogers on: January 17, 2008, 11:48:23 AM
Tomos, VVV has been updated. You can paste this into the list:
Virtual Volumes View v0.8 http://vvvapp.sourceforge.net/ for Windows & Linux (Ubuntu) Freeware FOSS 2007-12-22
list of news in v0.8: http://sourceforge.net/fo...forum.php?forum_id=767473
595  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's the best program for cooking and recipe management? on: January 17, 2008, 11:37:33 AM
A relatively unexplored category!  smiley I'm thinking a must-have feature for a software like this would be to connect to an online repository and contribute or download specific recipes to the local database with ability to modify it further.
That would be incredibly useful! There are so many great foodblogs out there but no really easy way to do advanced searches across many of them. I get hungry just by thinking about how much more good food I could've eaten with such a tool at hand!  Grin
596  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: slenderFARR - a new skin for FARR on: January 12, 2008, 10:07:20 AM
Robert, great!  Thmbsup I guess the other obstacles on the "road to minimality" are things only mouser can do something about.
597  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: slenderFARR - a new skin for FARR on: January 11, 2008, 03:19:37 PM
This skin is really slick.

One idea to make it even more minimal: add an option to make the "help" and "options" icons normally invisible but visible when the mouse pointer is held over them.

It could be even more minimal if there is some way to make the horizontal dividing lines between the input box and the match list and between the match list and status bar invisible. And remove the black border for the FARR window.

It would be really cool if it was possible to through the above and through transparency minimize the GUI so that it on launch only displays a blinking caret somewhere on the screen, waiting for input!  Cool BTW, is there some way to make the caret itself more bold? I have set "Arial bold 14" for the input box and the caret looks a bit to thin in comparison to the typed characters.

598  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / [feature request] add "launch and stay open" option for CTRL+enter on: January 11, 2008, 02:52:28 PM
I have set "settings > interface > extra results hotkey" for CTRL + # (where # is a digit) to "launch and stay open". Likewise CTRL + left click launches a the clicked match and keeps FARR open. I want the same functionality for CTRL + enter/return. I use enter/return all the time to launch the first match. Every now and then I want to launch that first match, or use the navkeys to move down the list of matches, and keep FARR open without using the digit keys. I prefer CTRL + enter since my hands always find those keys without looking. Not so for the digit keys. Maybe others with similarly wired hands will appreciate this feature too. Grin

If this is already possible please help he set that up. tellme Otherwise, consider this a feature request.
599  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Play wave file through secondary sound card? on: January 08, 2008, 04:15:40 PM
Hi trw,
I don't have time to write it myself right now but here's a sketch for what I think would accomplish what you're after:
An autohotkey script that (1) changes the external USB device to default, (2) runs your qwave command, (3) changes the default device back to whatever it was. Autohotkey scripts for changing default device are available in this thread "Audio output device manager" http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=8218.0 . Maybe you see how to put steps (1)-(3) together based on that info?
600  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SysInternals auto-installler & auto-updater! on: January 03, 2008, 08:31:19 AM
Nice find indeed!

Since the Sysinternals apps are covered by http://www.filehippo.com/updatechecker/ I've so far just clicked the download link for any Sysinternal update, then select "open" (not save), wait for winrar, 7-zip etc to open and then extract all files to the relevant program folder. It all takes less than 20 seconds. But I'll give this auto-updater a go.

Hey I just got a related idea: maybe someone should make a "helper script" for the filehippo update checker. The script would monitor a specific folder (c:\uc for example) for updates and silently installs them when found. So users just save all updates (.exe, .zip ...) through update checker to that folder and the script does the rest. The script would need some (regularly updated) list of command line switches for the installer files.
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