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101  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: free galileo board from MS on: July 08, 2014, 09:00:08 AM
Sweet Fanny Adamsw is the clean version, Sweet F*** All is the more generic term.
102  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: free galileo board from MS on: July 08, 2014, 04:54:03 AM
Are they actually sending a board? All I see mentioned is an SDK. Is it just software for the board? huh

Also questioned in the OzB comments, nowhere did/does it say you receive any hardware.

And, while I thought I might sign up on the off chance ... two attempts, two different email addresses ... two lots of SFA in reply.
103  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Recursively replace characters in all file and folder names Sharepoint restrict on: July 08, 2014, 04:31:37 AM
Maybe overkill but when I have files/dirs I can't rename/delete due to weird characters, I usually boot into a Linux LiveCD and fix things.

One of the guys here could probably knock up a perl/bash script if you provide before/after examples of the names.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: July 07, 2014, 02:14:59 PM
Repo Men always kind of reminded me of the earlier Race Against Time with Eric Roberts.

The switch being that when you don't pay your medical bills, they come after you for your organs.

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When a man faces surmounting bills for his dying son's hospital stay, he enters into an agreement to sell his body for organ transplants to pay the bills. However, when he is advised that the doctors want to claim his organs immediately, he goes on the run.
105  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Easy Script to move all loose files in a folder into it's alphabetic subfolder on: July 05, 2014, 05:51:24 AM
Can you change read/write permissions on the folders, or get your sysadmin to do it for you?  I'm wondering if it would help to partially invert the logic.  That is, force  all users to write into the top-level or another holding folder, by giving them write permissions to that one only, with read-only permissions to the alphabetized folders inside.  Then, keep running your script as before on a schedule or via File Notify.  That way, everyone only need remember a single target location, the only one they can write to anyway, and the script moves the files into their correct destinations automatically.

+1  Requires no simulated thought on the part of the users smiley
106  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Easy Script to move all loose files in a folder into it's alphabetic subfolder on: July 03, 2014, 04:42:04 PM
Forgot to change the copy to a move for your purposes, (used for testing).

You can also concat the second for and the if statements into one, saves doing the extra call.

ie.

Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. @echo off
  2. for /f "usebackq" %%a in (`dir /a-d-s-h-r-l /b d:\*.*`) do (call :extractChar %%a)
  3.  
  4. goto :END
  5.  
  6. :extractChar
  7. set test=%~1
  8. set char=%test:~0,1%
  9. for %%b in (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) do (if %%b == %char% set char=a)
  10. move "%~1" "output\%char%\%1"
  11. goto :EOF
  12.  

There's no need to use tr to change lower to uppercase, MS-DOS is case agnostic.  Just create the dirs first as upper or lower case ... or incorporate this to avoid extraneous programs.
107  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Easy Script to move all loose files in a folder into it's alphabetic subfolder on: July 03, 2014, 04:04:12 PM
I'll leave it to you to work out what to do if the first character is a space smiley

Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. @echo off
  2. for /f "usebackq" %%a in (`dir /a-d-s-h-r-l /b d:\*.*`) do (call :extractChar %%a)
  3.  
  4. goto :END
  5.  
  6. :extractChar
  7. set test=%~1
  8. set char=%test:~0,1%
  9. for %%b in (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) do (call :compRep %%b %char%)
  10. rem Throw a mkdir in here if you want to make the dirs on the fly
  11. copy "%~1" "output\%char%\%1"
  12. goto :EOF
  13.  
  14. :compRep
  15. if %1 == %2 set char=a
  16. goto :EOF
  17.  

Call it every x minutes using Task Scheduler or use something like FileNotify to detect file creation in the directory and then call it.
108  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Quick script to change the recovery options of a Windows Service on: July 01, 2014, 11:14:21 AM
As an example, the following worked fine for me, (Win8Pro x86):

sc failure browser actions=restart/60000/restart/60000/restart/60000 reset=86400

First, Second, and Subsequent actions Restart after 60 seconds, failure counter reset after 1 day for service Computer Browser (service name = browser).

Naturally, you need admin privileges.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: June 24, 2014, 01:20:03 PM
The Host
 (see attachment in previous post)
At almost 2 hours long, it is long, but by no means drawn out. They use those 2 hours very well.

If you like sci-fi, chances are you'll love this.

Count me out, much prefer the Korean version: The Host

The stories are totally different - same title, but not the same story.

I did see the Korean one, but I didn't know that it was also put out in English.

Must remember to use more emoticons.

In order:
I know they're different, (only watched about 10 minutes of the one you mention before I gave up on it).
The Korean film doesn't come in English language, which would completely ruin it as has English dubs done to countless previous films.

smiley
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: June 23, 2014, 03:22:37 PM
The Host
 (see attachment in previous post)
At almost 2 hours long, it is long, but by no means drawn out. They use those 2 hours very well.

If you like sci-fi, chances are you'll love this.

Count me out, much prefer the Korean version: The Host
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 02, 2014, 03:18:51 PM
Yes! And I think one of the first worldwide TV broadcasts might have been the 1936 Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany.

I prefer to think of them watching more interesting things like Nosferatu, Frankenstein, Godzilla, etc.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 28, 2014, 03:53:44 PM
And for the most part the snakes and spiders aren't great beach goers Thmbsup Thmbsup

I think the sharks would go on strike if the spiders/snakes started encroaching on their traditional territory.

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it's all relative - I don't know how people live in a place where carrying personal weapons is an accepted norm

+1 Give me the excitement of a possible agonizing death by a black widow in your thunderbox over the boredom of being shot amongst the endless concrete/bitumen of "civilisation" any day.

smiley
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Our experiences with LED light bulb replacements on: May 18, 2014, 05:57:26 AM
Replaced all the MR16/GU10 50W Halogens with LEDs, (3-4W), almost all others are CFL.  I don't think I've had to replace a CFL in the last 5-8 years, (they're all used in ventilated fittings that stay on for an hour or two at the least).

I only use LEDs or CFLs with a colour temperature that approximates daylight, (~5000K), as I find the yellowish/reddish hue of warm white annoying, (if I buy a "white" light, I want white dammit!!).

Apart from a driver failing in one of the LED GU10s, (which I replaced), they've been working for the last 4 years or so without problem.  All of the LEDs came from a generic Chinese goods online store, (cheaper than local prices), as either assembled or separate LED/driver/bodies.

I also installed a couple of 10W LED floodlights before leaving the country at the start of April, don't know if they're still working.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Create a profiles for users on a Workgroup and disable Homegroup options & wifi on: May 17, 2014, 05:01:25 PM
That said you might look at something like Argon Switcher to set up a couple network profiles.

You can also use the Windows netsh command - set things up how you want, then 'netsh dump >worknet.cmd'

The resultant command file will allow you to restore the network configuration at any time.

Low-tech but it works.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Create a profiles for users on a Workgroup and disable Homegroup options & wifi on: May 16, 2014, 04:17:26 PM
To add to the answer given by Deo for your second question:

After leaving the HomeGroup you can also disable the facility by disabling the services required for it:

HomeGroupListener
HomeGroupProvider

As described here: How to Disable “HomeGroup” Feature in Windows 7?

This can be done via command line:

sc stop HomeGroupListener
sc config HomeGroupListener start=disabled
sc stop HomeGroupProvider
sc config HomeGroupProvider start=disabled

Also works in Windows 8/8.1
116  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition *FREE* (again) for a limited time on: March 30, 2014, 07:09:25 PM
Just in case you missed it the first and second time, Curt  tongue

Yes, it's back again ... see OP.
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 30, 2014, 06:31:04 PM
(You missed out an "o" in "Microsoft" there.)

The joys of Cut/Paste ...
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 30, 2014, 02:31:35 AM
Was there any log files written to folders under C:\Program Files\Micrsoft SQL Server\110\Setup Bootstrap\Log ?

Supposedly they're written at each attempted installation and contain a lot more information, an example of the logs are in this thread.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Repairing Windows 7 from the recovery console on: March 29, 2014, 09:25:58 PM
Vista for Vurbal, XP for me  Wink
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Repairing Windows 7 from the recovery console on: March 29, 2014, 05:51:21 PM
If you remove the ei.cfg file from the Win7 Upgrade media, you'll be able to use it to clean install without having to install Vista first.

The key can be entered and activated after it's installed - I've done this frequently with my Win7 Upgrade media because I don't want to have to install XP first.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 29, 2014, 07:25:23 AM
It looks like during a normal installation, the log files gets written here:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Setup Bootstrap\Log\<date>_<time>\??????????????.log

Any luck with that?
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 29, 2014, 04:25:20 AM
Huntsmanw - pretty harmless to people, I generally let them wander around the walls until they happen to stray to a spot within reach of take-away container and cardboard smiley

Then they get tossed outside to become Kookaburra food or eventually find their way back inside.

Heh you guys know you can make an entire Ludum Dare out of your comments here! This one has the makings of gaming app gold!

Cool

A spider game app?   huh  I don't get it.

Yeah Crabby, you have to keep tossing the spiders outside, and they keep crawling in, so like at level 5 they just take over your house and win.  : )

Don't forget, every time you complete a level you get a bonus kookaburra to help you eliminate huntsmans outside the house.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photos that spontaneously change on: March 29, 2014, 04:21:23 AM
Since all the tries are useless, I have decided to finish here this thread.
I feel I am boring you.

No offense but it appears to be the opposite, ie. you appear to become bored with this problem.  Given 18 months have elapsed and it still happens, you don't seem to be that bothered about finding the cause.

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1) Have you tried another monitor?

Yes, just today. I have seen the same situation of my system: good photos appear good and changed photo appear changed. Therefore my monitor doesn't mislead

This post of yours implies a hardware fault, as barney mentioned, it's taken ~18 months just to try another monitor.

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2) Does it only affect the images you have modified?

I don't know. I fine-tune all the photos I download

So then how can you compare one to an unmodified original?

Just to make it obvious, the fault you've described is currently subjective.  No one else can see anything wrong with the image you posted in this thread because you didn't provide the source for comparison.

Hence this question:

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4) Have you tried saving the modified image to a different name?

Yes. Same results

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If you answered YES to question (4): When the change occurred, did you then compare the original image with the modified image using a program, not your eyes, (eg. Beyond Compare, AntiDupl, XnView, etc)?

No. Spontaneous changes of photos are evident. No need to try other viewers

These are comparison programs, (XnView while mainly an image viewer can compare images for differences), they will provide an objective reference.

eg. The image on the right has had the red channel increased by a single increment.  While it might not be apparent to the eye, using Beyond Compare highlights exactly what has been changed - it becomes an objective observation.

[attachthumb=1]

But if the answer to (2) was correct, then there isn't any way to make that comparison.  If you do ever try doing this, save the original in a lossless format first, modify it, and then save it in the same lossless format to avoid compression artifacts influencing the comparison.

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5) Have you tried saving the modified image to another format, (eg. PNG, TIFF), as well as the original format?

Yes, BMP

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If you answered YES to question (5): When the change occurs, does the alternate format image exhibit the same change as the original modified format?

Yes, the same change

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6) Have you tried copying an image you have modified to a flash drive, (then remove it from the computer)?

Yes, just today

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6) If you answered YES to question (6): Did you then plug it into another computer and ensure that the image had been modified?

Yes, just today (see point 1)

If you did what was suggested in (7) then if such a large obvious change disappears from the image sometime later, it could only be one of two things: someone has replaced the modified image with the original, (that includes you); or software has replaced the image.  It rules out hardware being the problem.

But as it is, with the subtle changes you imply, it could still be anything and given your answers above and in the previous thread, I'm tending towards barney's suggestion of 18 months ago - power or GPU related.
Yes, I'm discounting the answer of question (1) because of the answer you gave to question (2) which implies you don't have the originals to make a comparison against.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Repairing Windows 7 from the recovery console on: March 29, 2014, 03:44:52 AM
After thinking about it some more I seem to recall certain components on the Southbridge, the hard drive (or maybe just the system volume?), and the amount of RAM are the most important factors for reactivating Windows. I'm guessing the video and network controller changing drastically at the same time will trigger it, but I'm guessing I won't have to call Microsoft.

From How-Windows-7-hardware-upgrades-affect-licensing:

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The actual algorithm that Microsoft uses is not disclosed, but we do know the weighting of components is as follows, from highest to lowest:

1. Motherboard (and CPU)
2. Hard drive
3. Network interface card (NIC)
4. Graphics card
5. RAM

A more in depth table is here: Managing Windows Licensing and Activation : Managing Volume License Activation (part 2) - Leveraging MAK activation, Comparing KMS and MAK activation

Referring to the table they have:
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If the total weight of changed components reaches 25, then the computer must be reactivated.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 29, 2014, 02:32:09 AM
Any chance the installer uses the normal Microsoft installer command line options?

Then maybe you can log the installation process:

eg. "SQLEXPR_x64_ENU - (Express DB only 64-bit).exe" /log c:\SQL.log

It may provide more information as to what it's failing on.
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