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1601  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 64 Bit OS - When to Switch ? on: July 08, 2011, 04:42:34 AM
I'd say the time to switch was about 5 years ago when WinXP x64 came cheesy That's when I switched.
That release was in the same league as the Win32 subsystem on Windows 3.11: Total crap, with near to none support from applications or drivers.
It's sister-release Windows Server 2003 x64 edition was a little better (read: less worst) as there was actual hardware-driver support from the larger (server) vendors, but generic consumer-stuff was, as to be expected, a total disaster.

Starting with Vista x64/Server 2008 x64 this has dramatically changed, even though the first year after it's release there where a lot of issues with hardware-drivers, but ever since then it only has become a lot better. Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 is near default in x64 release on new hardware, even with the local discounters, IMHO meaning Windows x64 is ready for prime-time.

Don't know, and have never seen, the issues vlastimil is talking about, but AFAIK that's a configurable item, but deeply hidden in the registry (don't have a link to MSDN available where I am now), and it's not stopping me from pushing everybody to x64 where possible. If Microsoft wants to go there it's most likely the (unavoidable) future undecided
1602  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: quick opinions: do i return this annoying machine on: July 07, 2011, 05:44:54 AM
I hope they don't make a fuss over it.
Good luck! And you have this forum and the posts you made as kinda 'proof' it didn't die on you just yesterday or today undecided
1603  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: quick opinions: do i return this annoying machine on: July 07, 2011, 05:17:58 AM
+1 for returning the machine, agree with all above. If it's bad, it's going to stay bad (and probably get worst) and not 'grow better over time'.
1604  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: DC Forum Mods Thread on: July 06, 2011, 05:35:58 AM
Ok, I've just seen that warning, and it's pretty clear now Grin
1605  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: nearby lightning skrike kills neighbours computers (and mine) on: July 06, 2011, 05:22:53 AM
OT:
It's a HP ZR30W S-IPS
Ah, I got 2 ZR24W S-IPS screens (the smaller brother of the ZR30W) with my new system (connected through display-port (DP)) this week, and I'm just as enthusiastic about it as you are cheesy, coming from 19" 4:3 HP and 22" 16:10 Dell (dull?) monitors (they're all standing side by side for now and my desk is really crowded Grin).
It absorbed most of the budget for my new system (i7-2600, 16 GB, 80 GB SSD, 1TB HDD), but we have great discounts with HP, so it was 'doable' Cool (meaning: the budget request was eventually accepted by management)

These screens are really good, so awfully beautiful to look at!

Right now, it appears even better than my old EIZO monitor.
That's the age of the EIZO showing, as you already found out. We'll just have to see how long these screens keep their good image quality, but I guess next round of PC updates I'll be sticking to these 2 babies Kiss
1606  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: DC Forum Mods Thread on: July 06, 2011, 03:10:27 AM
Quick Reply Box now shows a warning when you are viewing an old topic
Great Thmbsup

What's the definition of 'old'? 3 months, 1 year, 2 years? (just curious)
1607  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge & Early Beta: Kyrathaba's Source Code Line Counter on: July 05, 2011, 03:22:08 PM
There's a lot of theory behind SLOC.

I once had a work-assignment to roughly compare the value/weight of the several software packages we have, written in several languages (C, C++, C#, Cobol, Delphi, Java, Modula2, VB is in alphabetic order what I can remember now).
I searched for tools then that could generate some useful statistics based on SLOC, and ended up testing a few and finally settling on CodeCount from USC, in the 2006.05 version back then (Gee was it that long ago ohmy).

The major reason for selecting CodeCount was that it then gave reasonable and somewhat comparable counts for most of the languages I had to report on (Delphi and Modula2 aren't supported but I think I used another counter that supports Delphi and would eat Modula2, but I can't recall which one) , and all are based on the same measurement types, and from one development team.

I not sure you have the ambition to reach that kind of level or approach, and I'm not really interested in re-doing my tests from back then, but in addition to the Wikipedia article skwire referred to, it could be an interesting article/site for you to read.

Don't have the results of that report at hand, but it must be somewhere in my mail archive. I do recall there was quite a difference between the languages on P-Sloc and L-Sloc ratings (they're both calculated), but I can't even recall any figures just now.

I'll give this one a swing on some of my current projects Cool
1608  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: July 05, 2011, 01:27:02 PM
I bumped the version info by this time actually compiling after updating the version number in the source embarassed, and updated the download on the original release post.
Nothing else was changed.
1609  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: July 05, 2011, 09:31:34 AM
And here we go again, another winner cheesy

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1610  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: July 05, 2011, 01:29:51 AM
I see version 3.3.1.2 via the Version tab of WinButtons.exe Properties.

Ah, I see what happened, after updating the version info I didn't hit the compile button embarassed, but the new feature(s) should be there, as it was compiled just before that.
I won't be able to update before I get home though, I'll bump the version to 3.3.2.1 then.
1611  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Release: WinButtons 3.3.2 and WinButtonEdit 0.9.3.0 (RC10) on: July 04, 2011, 05:01:02 PM
Tried to work around the .ico issues/wishes reported by ewemoa, but because of the load of work involved that's already done by NirSoft's IconsExtract, I settled for a reference to that utility in the readme Wink

While going in that direction, I was able to add an optional scaling feature for the display of .bmp images on a button, it can resize to the actual button size if the image path/filename is prefixed with a dash (like '-flower.bmp', no quotes).

This isn't a big release but the versions got to go up, so here we go:

WinButtons 3.3.2 and WinButtonEdit 0.9.3.0 (RC10) are now available from the original release post.

The only extra is the WinButtonEdit.ico added to the zip-file, for those that might like it tellme

Bugreports and/or feature requests still welcome thumbs up
1612  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: July 04, 2011, 02:57:45 PM
The combination of 'Show Window Border' and 'Show in Taskbar' is kinda 'the culprit', as it then shows a full-size Close button and a System menu.

If you could either turn off 'Show in Taskbar', or turn off 'Show Window Border' and turn on 'Allow Window movable', you can still move the WinButtons Window around, and have the Window fit rather snugly around the buttons. Just a bit of experimenting involved Wink
I must say I slightly prefer the 'Show Window Border' version, over then the w/o border version. With 32x32px buttons the Window is quite small, and hard to hit, even with a mouse.
1613  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: July 04, 2011, 06:26:44 AM
That's because you have 'Vertical Display' checked. smiley
1614  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Lots of New Members on: July 04, 2011, 06:24:21 AM
Hm, did we talk? Grin
1615  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: July 03, 2011, 01:40:36 PM
FWIW, when I use NirSoft's IconExtract, I see 5 sizes for the icon extractable from Video2MP3.exe (16x16, 32x32, 48x48, 64x64, and 128x128).  In WBE / WB I end up seeing one of the smaller ones displayed as near as I can tell.
I can see them too (thanks for the link thumbs up), but I've been unable to select a specific icon-image from an icon embedded in an exe without extracting it from the file. Guess the best solution is give instructions how to link to NirSoft's IconsExtract, extract the icon using it, and address the desired icon from the .ico file using the index displayed by IconsExtract (while the .ico is still in the exe) (sorry if this sounds a bit cryptic embarassed)

As said earlier, AutoIt hasn't provided me with a clue (yet) on how to specify the order/index of the icon-images included, and I probably need to add all icons as separate ico files (if that is even possible) to be able to address them individually.
But most exe's have combined icons and use the embedded resource traversing routines to display the desired icon size.
Haven't decided how to proceed from here.

In the meantime I've been able to add (optional) scaling to normal .bmp images, so it sizes to the button width and height, I'll release that probably tomorrow-night. (today I'm a bit short on time).
1616  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: July 03, 2011, 04:31:19 AM
In the image1= line, tried changing -1 to 1 and subsequently did see an icon, btw.

Using WBE's .exe as a source of icons, icons show up in the preview when specifying -4, -3, 0, 1 but not for -1.  The icons that shows up for 0 and 1 look similar, FWIW.

It was indeed quite some black magic to me. That's one of the reasons it took a few days, had a lot of issues with the positive and negative indexes. AFAICS, that's some sort of 'feature' of the linker that puts the icons into the exe, I don't know how it can be influenced. (don't have much experience in this field). Probably creating a .rc file with the correct indexes, and resource-compiling that is the way to go for compilers supporting that... AutoIt doesn't, AFAICS.

During the selection of the Icon, there's a button to the right/top of the dialog to switch 'by Name'/'by Ordinal'. Does switching that help?
Most of the time, index 0 displays the default icon of an exe, so if you omit the index WB applies 0 by default.

The bad news is that it didn't seem to work for Video2MP3.exe.
Can you point me where to get that, or PM me the file zipped so I can test/check that exe myself? TIA

Oh, and the -2 icon in WBE.exe is a blanc image, FWIW, it shows up in the icon browser, and using WinButtonEdit.ico (not supplied with the download) reveals a much larger view with index -7 (icon attached here, index needs to be typed manually), I couldn't get the larger icons of WinButtons.ico in view though.
1617  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Release: WinButtons 3.3.1 and WinButtonEdit 0.9.2.3 (RC9) on: July 02, 2011, 02:11:39 PM
I tried to solve a few issues reported by ewemoa, and also implemented his feature request:
  • Showing an icon in WBE preview but not when running WB: Undetermined, the same code is 'included' for both exe's. Was the .wbuc/.ini file saved?
  • Would be nice if scaling worked: Scaling is not directly supported for button-images, investigation continues
  • any chance of supporting specification of icon from .exe?: Implemented in this release smiley

So today I bring to you WinButtons 3.3.1 and WinButtonEdit 0.9.2.3 (RC9)

The What's new for WinButtons can be found on the original release post

WinButtonEdit
Change history since the previous release (RC8):
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  1. 2011-07-02, v0.9.2.3 (RC9)
  2.  + Added support for Environment and macro expansion when using images, so @SystemDir@\shell32.dll,-121
  3.  + Added automatic translation between directories available through @ macros when selecting an image file, examples: @WindowsDir@, @SystemDir@, etc.
  4. 2011-07-01, v0.9.2.2 (RC9) (not released)
  5.  * Improved Image selection dialog for .exe/.dll/.ocx/.icl support and updated relevant routines
  6.  + Added Icon selection dialog during Image selection, if .exe/.dll/.ocx/.icl file is opened
  7.  ! Changed all File selection dialogs to return to the original directory after use
  8.  ! Changed when selecting a button in the sample display, return focus to WBE
  9. 2011-06-30, v0.9.2.1 (RC9) (not released)
  10.  * Improved adding icons from exe and dll support, searching for larger display of icons
  11. 2011-06-27, v0.9.2.0 (RC9) (not released)
  12.  + Added support for icons from exe and dll files, and also support for an icon index into the file (requested by ewemoa)
  13.  * Changed Added *.exe and *.dll to image selection dialog

The download is as usual available from the original release post, WinButtonEdit.exe and readme is included in the zipfile with WinButtons.exe, that also has it's sourcecode and updated readme.

Feedback is, as always, welcome thumbs up
1618  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: July 02, 2011, 05:42:57 AM
For those that like nice numbers, we got a palindromew new user id:

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1619  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: Baby Cody needs a place to visit! on: July 02, 2011, 05:29:47 AM
What's Baby Cody's current hideout?
1620  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge & Early Beta: Kyrathaba's Hangman on: July 02, 2011, 05:25:12 AM
Do you guys prefer PDF as the help file format, or would CHM be preferable?
I was quite surprised you use pdf for help contents, as that's rather non-standard, AFAICS. The biggest pest being the non-availability of a pdf viewer on Windows by default. The chm format is supported at least from XP and up, and I hope nobody is using an older Windows version any longer tellme
The biggest advantage of chm is that you can jump to the correct information in the file to show really context sensitive information thumbs up, to do that with pdf would require a specific reader that does support that even from external applications, and I'm quite sure that isn't standardized in any way.
1621  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Software Revenue/Licensing Thoughts on: July 01, 2011, 04:40:48 PM
He's just in the time consuming process of doing an in-depth review of Nola Pro for another website and wound up being very impressed by it.
Would be nice to supply a link to that review once it's publicly available, please Thmbsup
1622  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: June 29, 2011, 01:41:31 AM
And ewemoa scored a lot of 1's on Monday:

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1623  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: June 29, 2011, 01:38:42 AM
I've caught another milestone for skwire: (last Friday)

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1624  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google's WDYL (What Do You Love?) -- I think I like it on: June 28, 2011, 04:11:12 AM
 Kiss
1625  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Software Revenue/Licensing Thoughts on: June 28, 2011, 02:09:01 AM
I've not seen this done before other than the typical lite, standard, and pro type of licensing systems.
This is the licensing system our company has been enforcing for years. Including a yearly renewal fee that's invoiced at the end of the year. Each product has several standardized modules/features, on top of the base product, that can be bought separately, with some combinations requiring some other modules because of technical reasons. It's mostly the pricing that's a 'bit' different Grin And there's no free trial either, we usually go to the (potential) customer and demo the product(s).

I've built the license generator that, based on the administrative database, generates the new or changed licenses for our customers, and makes them available on our support website.

What you present here is IMHO a very viable licensing system, and with the pricing you suggest, indeed suitable for a worldwide market, ofcourse depending on the module-prices and grouping/discounts you select. Thmbsup
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