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1901  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Safe use of USB drives? Is there anything like a USB sandbox application? on: March 11, 2011, 10:25:39 PM
WRT AutoRun, one of the latest Windows updates, (KB971029), disables it completely for USB with XP onwards.

Could they all have their schedulers set to copy their data files to folders on a remote PC to which users had read-only permissions, so users could get the data off that, without being able to affect the originating PCs?

Conversely, can Security/Group Policy be used to set USB drives to write-only so there's no chance of reading anything off of them?
1902  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: XP multiuser default login on: March 09, 2011, 09:43:59 PM
Forgot to mention, I haven't tried to send a password into the prompt yet because I completely forgot  embarassed
I was just testing with two non-password accounts but I just tried it with a password and it worked.

That would seem to imply you are in the right place.

Damnit I wish I had time to play with this (office has me pinned to the wall).

Using GetDesktopWindow() I seem to get a consistant handle of 0x00010004, (IIRC), for the Welcome screen, now if I could only work out how to get the icon objects on it....

Of course, using the Classic logon would probably be a lot easier, just needing to send a load of key codes...but, naturally, my friend would rather use the Welcome screen  undecided

UPDATE: OK, bearing in mind I'm just playing in a VM and are stuck with 4:3 modes, the Welcome screen user icons are remarkably consistent in their positioning, (only tested up to 3 users so far).
The centre of the icons are located 60 pixels right of the screen centre and have a horizontal spacing of ~80 pixels, this is from resolution 800x600 -> 1280x960.
So given the location of the first icon, (using a simple lookup table), the position of those below can be calculated fairly easily.

Given the target is a two user system, this is pretty much solved only needing to be tested with wide screen modes to see if the spacing is significantly different.

In all cases the handle for the screen is 0x00010004, if I knew which process was responsible for placing of the icons it might be possible to make it a bit more intelligent.  I thought it was logonui.exe but I can't seem to get the GUI resources it might be using.
1903  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 09, 2011, 09:32:22 PM
No offence but frankly, if it caused 50% of the cars currently on the UK roads to not be on the road, that would be a Good Thing.   Thmbsup
1904  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: XP multiuser default login on: March 09, 2011, 11:56:08 AM
What about testing for the logon window name, sending the u/p directly to the appropriate fields, and then posting the LBM message directly to the windows message queue?

That's only going to work for Classic logon though isn't it, (where you type in a user name)?

Pretty sure my friend's only interested in using the Welcome screen.

Forgot to mention, I haven't tried to send a password into the prompt yet because I completely forgot  embarassed
I was just testing with two non-password accounts but I just tried it with a password and it worked.

If you elevate your application to LOCALSYSTEM privileges, everything is possible...

I'm running it from gpedit->Windows Startup script so it already has SYSTEM privileges, (I believe), or is LOCALSYSTEM a little/lot different?
1905  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: XP multiuser default login on: March 09, 2011, 05:48:39 AM
Yes, it'll be interesting to see - however that was one of the strange things I found when I was trying to get the WiFi Detector working.

For some reason I was able to interact with the initial Welcome screen, (ie. putting a tooltip on it), but not with any subsequent Welcome screen after the user logged off even though the program was started at logoff, (or after logoff using the AT command).

I would of expected not to be able to interact with the Welcome screen at all.  Even AutoIt isn't designed with this kind of thing in mind but it still did it, (on the initial Welcome screen anyway).

So my thinking is if I can get a tooltip on the Welcome screen, which I shouldn't be able to, then getting the mouse to move should be easy....FLW.

Anyway, if I come up with something I'll let you know.

UPDATE: Well it works, I can get it to logon after a delay using AutoIt to click on an area - now I just got to work out my ratios so it'll work with different resolutions.  Probably have to use a look up table of some kind depending on number of users vs offsets.
1906  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win32DiskImager problems ... on: March 08, 2011, 11:12:27 PM
Obviously you were holding your tongue the right way this time  tongue
1907  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win32DiskImager problems ... on: March 08, 2011, 08:59:45 PM
Try version 0.1, (downloadable here), as reported here by people with the same problem.

Wrote some img files to USB ok. When I write img files to a 16GB SDHC card, I get a write error - Not enough disk space. Tried various img from 53MB to 6GB with no success. SDHC is not faulty. Help please, any suggestions?

Same here... getting same error on 2gb micro SD... downloaded version (0.1) and all worked well.
1908  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: XP multiuser default login on: March 08, 2011, 04:29:37 PM
Thanks for the answers folks.

<Technogeek warning>  cheesy
@SJ: Well actually, the problem with the WiFi Detector is it wouldn't run on subsequent logons, (initial was OK), and I don't believe that will be a problem here because I'm pretty sure it's only for the initial machine power on logon that it's required.  I'll have to ask him.

Thanks for reminding me SJ, if I can get it to just send mouse movements, LMB click, put a password in the keyboard buffer and then exit then it should work.  Test for mouse movement during timeout will signify someone's driving the machine and cause it to exit.

Hard part will be working out the location of the logon icons, a fair bit of trial and error, but maybe work it out for one resolution and then possibly use a ratio for other resolutions.

Fun, fun, fun - back to the AutoIt blackboard.
1909  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / XP multiuser default login on: March 08, 2011, 07:37:02 AM
Hi all, I have a friend with XP Pro who wants to set up another user on his system so there's a choice when the Welcome screen pops up but also have it log in as one of the users after a suitable delay.

eg. You get to the Welcome screen with a choice of UserA or UserB but if there's no input after 30 seconds then it'll default to UserA.

Is that possible under Windows?

I know you can set a automated login but there's no way to delay it AFAIK.

Or is it possible to set a login using a specific user account via the boot.ini menu?

That way you get your delay but skip the Welcome screen.  Just had a quick look but couldn't see any relevant parameters.
1910  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win 7 XP mode on: March 08, 2011, 05:10:14 AM
The "need" is a BigFish game they already have a license for -- Luxor 2, I think --

If it's the same game as this, (and the screenshots look the same), then I downloaded the demo, installed it and played the first level fine on my Win7 HP x64 machine.
1911  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: $1,000,000 Bet That Apple Pulls from Retail on: March 07, 2011, 10:42:11 PM
More fun and games from Ruslan Kogan: TradeLeaks.com
1912  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Temporary Toggled Port Blocking on: March 07, 2011, 12:59:22 PM
It took a while, but I've found the thread I mentioned, and it has a solution as well thumbs up
Looked, but it seems like most download links there have been removed?

There are no download links, it's attached to the third last post.
1913  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win 7 XP mode on: March 07, 2011, 04:18:54 AM
Don't forget VMLite XP Mode which uses the XP Mode installation image you download from Microsoft.
1914  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: March 05, 2011, 01:35:09 AM
Yoohoo!  nudone!

Looky what we got for you smiley

1915  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Password protect folder using right-click context menu on: March 03, 2011, 07:06:02 PM
Wouldn't it be easier to set a decent password on the account and, (IIRC), then answer Yes to Make all my files private?

And don't lose the password.
1916  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows7 user administration question on: March 03, 2011, 05:19:15 PM
Right click.

Go to Properties.

Security Tab.

Click Advanced.

Owner Tab.


Using TakeOwnership is a little easier.

ie. Right click -> Take Ownership

Ownership changes from Administrators to current user.

BTW, it's not recommended you do this on any Windows system folders, (Users, ProgramData, Program Files, Windows, etc), you'll most likely FUBAR the system.....I know, I've done it tongue

I am on Windows7 64bit

Home, Pro, Ultimate, Enterprise?

Single user system?

Multi-user with only one admin, (you) ?
1917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Splashtop: Linux for Windows users on: March 02, 2011, 03:38:29 AM
According to their site, only a short list of HP computers are supported...nothing else, unless it was preinstalled on it when you bought it.

Then you can try xPUD, (works fine on my Aspire One), which I mentioned here, (along with SplashTop and InstantOn a few posts down).
1918  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Suggestion for Modify of your last post on: March 01, 2011, 10:02:15 PM
Sometimes I edit 4 or 5 times to get it right with typos.

Don't you mean: "...get it right without typos." ?

1919  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Block/Unblock all network traffic button (one-click) on: February 28, 2011, 11:23:24 PM
You're right, strange it didn't do it when I initially had it going.  Oh well, back to the drawing board, looks like I broke something when I added the All Interfaces.

Did v0.21 work OK, (removes the All Interfaces selection)?  DOH! No one had downloaded it.

Rephrase: Does v0.21 work OK?
1920  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Directory Opus - 40% Discount TODAY BitsDuJour 28. Feb. 2011 on: February 28, 2011, 10:04:23 PM
Does anybody remember what the upgrade price was from 8 to 9? Is this cheaper than the upgrade price will be for 9 to 10? I remember it wasn't cheap.

It was 41% of 85 aussie dollars -> 34.85

AU$89 for Dual + 1 x SFTP + 1 x USB, (that's including 10% GST for us locals), back in May 2007.
1921  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Windows Shortcut transformation on: February 28, 2011, 08:46:18 PM
I understand the possibility to rewrite shortcuts not in the original folder, only in the target folder. That's the transformation.

This was in the case where you wanted to shift all the targets of shortcuts to somewhere else so you could delete the files in their original locations.

I understand the possibility to delete shortcuts in the original folder, but for me is not interesting this thing.

This was so you could use it like a simple backup/organisation kind of thing.  eg. You could collect shortcuts to various files/folders on your drives into one folder, (without having to physically move them), then later, (say once a week/month), just run the program to copy them all to one place without doing it one at a time.  The shortcuts are deleted ready for the next time you want to do it for a different set of files/folders.

I had to add the shortcut deletion anyway for the rewriting section so I made it a separate option.

One thing I forgot to do was check to see if there's enough drive space on the destination, so I think currently if you run out it'll just show up as failed copies in the log.  Calculating total copy size is something I can add but it would probably slow down the operation if there's folders with lots of files.  Something I'll look into.
1922  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Suggestion for Modify of your last post on: February 28, 2011, 08:33:59 PM
Crap, I just noticed you could change the subject
I thought you could only do that if you're the thread starter?

You're right, just tried it.

It only changes the subject of your reply, so if you didn't start the thread it's useless in respect to what I'm suggesting.
1923  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help with Win7 Multi-Monitor problem on: February 28, 2011, 08:00:40 PM
I just plugged a Dell 1704FPT via a DVI->VGA adapter into my HD4850, (main monitor is a ViewSonic via DVI), and rebooted.

Both monitors displayed BIOS info, the ViewSonic displayed Windows 7 startup, and then when the Desktop came up on the ViewSonic it was extended to the Dell.

Using Catalyst 10.12 here on 7HP x64 but not SP1.

You haven't said whether the Sony will function if it's the only monitor plugged in.

Have you checked the Sony website for monitor drivers?
Windows might not have correct/up-to-date drivers with the right frequency characteristics for the monitor.

According to Sony, Windows 7 is not on the list of supported OS': SDM-HX93
1924  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Suggestion for Modify of your last post on: February 28, 2011, 07:22:40 PM
A combination of both could also be quite user-friendly: Update the original release-posting with all the extra features and options you have (you have it summed up in a readme, right?) *and* make a new post with just the stuff added this time.

The reason I thought the last post was because when you hit the Last Post icon, that's where you go.  Whereas, if you modify your release post, people would still need to jump to the last post and then back to the release post.

I'm sure there's a compromise/rational solution in here somewhere, just not sure what it is.  Maybe like skwire has done it with his Launching Pad except instead of a forum per coder, just a general forum where anyone who has written a program can start a thread with his/her own Launch Pad and can update it which would trigger it into being a New Post but users would reply back at the original thread.

(you have it summed up in a readme, right?)
 Sorry, being a typical male I'm instruction-agnostic - just ask my other half Grin

What's the logic in not doing this if someone else was the last poster?

Because alternating posts read more like a conversation.

Current method for with OP replying to himself.
OP: I've release project X v0.1, see if there's any bugs.
(Couple of days later with no reply)
OP: Update X v0.02, fixed yaddayadda.
(Still no comment a few days later)
OP: WTF, it just nuked my drive!  Don't use it!

That reads like a monologue, no indication of anyone taking any interest.

What I suggest.
OP: Release project X v0.01, have fun.  (Modified a couple of days later after no posts and promoted to New Post status)
      Release v0.02, fixed drive nuking bit.  Surprised no one caught it.
New poster: Hey thanks for that, you saved all my backed up GMail.  (Maybe a month later)

That reads more like a conversation, interaction between users.

I don't know about you but if there is a string of consecutive posts from the same person, I tend to read the first and then jump to the next person unless there's something interesting referenced back to one of the first persons' other posts.  (Read it slowly, it does make sense......kind of.)

this is what i do, i update the first post and change the subject to signify the current release version number and date, and then make a reply post with the changelog for the latest release.

Crap, I just noticed you could change the subject - still it's not something I like doing unless I'm the one who started the thread.
Remember I was talking about this more for the Coding Snacks area where the threads are started by others.
1925  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Suggestion for Modify of your last post on: February 28, 2011, 03:15:21 PM
This is possibly of more use in the Coding Snacks area but I'm wondering how hard it would be for a feature to be added to the post modification function which would check to see if any posts had been made since your last in the thread and if it was none it would treat your modification as if it were a new post.  ie. It would only work if the last post in the thread was being modified by the poster.

My thinking is that currently you have to bump a thread with a reply in order, for example, to announce an update to a program, so that it's moved to the top of the forum so that anyone interested can take note.

My idea is if you were the last poster, you could change attachments, feature list, bug extermination, etc and this would be seen by the system as a new post and bump it automatically to let people know.

It just seems neater than having a run of posts by the same poster saying there's a new update.

An arbitrary expiry date on the feature would probably also be advisable, eg. 14 days, after which any modifications don't automatically bump the thread.

Does this make sense?
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