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1976  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [freeware]:WikeNotes for you to manage your notes with ease on: March 17, 2011, 07:31:08 PM
Around Christmas time when Surfulator was running a 50% off sale, I was debating whether or not to get it but the fact that they gave such a limited free upgrade period, that 3.4 had been out for some time and that they gave no indication of when v4 would be released made me decide against it even though it looked like a program I might use a fair bit.

I'm glad I did smiley

Maybe now it's time to start organising my scraps of electrons.

Portable too  Thmbsup

Any chance of adding encryption to the database?
1977  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need a New Mouse on: March 16, 2011, 09:45:48 PM
Yes. The mouse recharges through USB, which is very convenient.

It was very convenient on the wireless mouse I used to have but the rechargeables last nowhere near their expected life cycle.

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As for a dedicated charger, sigh... too many cables already.

Oddly enough it doesn't have to sit next to the computer, it could be in the lounge charging the remote batteries, it the kitchen, in the car, etc.
1978  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need a New Mouse on: March 16, 2011, 06:15:03 PM
If anyone knows how modern rechargeable batteries work, do you have any hints as to what happened?

Charging NiCad and NiMH requires a special kind of voodoo, you can read about it here.

Does the battery charge 'in mouse', ie. plug a lead into a USB port and charge it that way?

If so, I'd recommend using a decent dedicated charger instead as I've never found a inbuilt charger in a mouse, (or in any consumer equipment), to be anywhere near as good.

What I use is one of these: MAHA MH-C401FS - arguably one of the best AAA/AA chargers around.
1979  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup on: March 16, 2011, 06:00:24 PM
I just put Bvckup on my Netbook and ran into a (frustratingly) frequent problem with running software on a Netbook: Some of the option screens are too tall for my limited resolution (1024x600) so I can't access the options that go off the bottom of the screen.

Since you're running the same graphics chipset as the AAO, try Downscaling Switcher, (it was written for the Wind but seems to work on any netbook with the Intel 950 chipset) - it'll switch the screen into a compressed 1024x768 mode.

You need to turn off the Hide modes that this monitor cannot display under Display Properties->Advanced->Monitor

Attached below because I couldn't find a working link quickly.

You could also just switch the screen to 1024x768 and scroll it up by moving the mouse to the bottom.
1980  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB Madness With Cooked-Off Ports on: March 15, 2011, 10:08:47 PM
ROFL ...I strongly suspect we may have both gone to the same diagnostics academy (BFHU).

Quoting Ray Tanner (Bruce Campbell):
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[the vending machine finally dispenses coffee when Ray gives it a hard kick]
Ray Tanner: Hey, we don't take no shit from a machine!

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On a side note: The printer decided to "celebrate" by taking a complete shit 20 minutes later...However it was printing a job when it died.

Obviously the shock of seeing it's lifelong friend back in action.

Stoic Joker: Bring out yer dead.
[a USB Port accepts a plug from a Printer]
USB Port: Here's one.
Stoic Joker: That'll be ninepence.
Printer: I'm not dead.
Stoic Joker: What?
USB Port: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
Printer: I'm not dead.
Stoic Joker: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
USB Port: Yes he is.
Printer: I'm not.
Stoic Joker: He isn't.
USB Port: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
Printer: I'm getting better.
USB Port: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.
Stoic Joker: Well, I can't take him like that. It's against regulations.
Printer: I don't want to be recycled.
USB Port: Oh, don't be such a baby.
Stoic Joker: I can't take him.
Printer: I feel fine.
USB Port: Oh, do me a favor.
Stoic Joker: I can't.
USB Port: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
Stoic Joker: I promised I'd be at the Robinsons'. They've lost nine today.
USB Port: Well, when's your next round?
Stoic Joker: Thursday.
Printer: I think I'll do a test print.
USB Port: You're not fooling anyone, you know. Isn't there anything you could do?
Printer: I feel happy. I feel happy.
[Stoic Joker glances up and down the office furtively, then silences the Printer with a whack of his hammer]
USB Port: Ah, thank you very much.
Stoic Joker: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
USB Port: Right.
1981  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB Madness With Cooked-Off Ports on: March 15, 2011, 06:37:33 PM
A) What is shotgun mode?

Also called the Scattergun Approach: Pertaining to fault finding it, basically, means that when you have no idea where the fault lies you do something that changes a lot of things, (multiple component/board replacement, multiple software removal, etc), in the hope that what you do will fix it.

This is analogous to using shot cartridges, (not solids), in a shotgun where you hope that at least some of the shot will hit it's intended target.

Normally if this particular methodology fails you revert to S.O.P. #1, ie. hit it with a hammer.

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B) I've never been a fan of USB.  It's convenient and I use it, but I've never been all that impressed with it.  I've always hated the idea of "safely" removing USB stuff.  What's the point of creating this kind of interface when we have to be so concerned about removing it safely.  Why not implement it in such a way so you can pull it out and put it back in  Grin without worrying about it?

Because OS' cache the data they write to USB devices usually, therefore if you were to pull your USB device out immediately after a copy/move operation to the USB device without using Safely Remove, chances are the device may become corrupt.

Safely Remove flushes the caches of any waiting data writes, checks for any program/object locks and then tells you if it's OK to remove it.
1982  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB Madness With Cooked-Off Ports on: March 15, 2011, 05:37:34 PM
I turned it loose in shotgun mode (because it matched the mood I was in)....

How does that line up with:

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Warning:
So use it with care and only if you know what you are doing!

 Grin
1983  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting calming essay about nuclear power plan situation in Japan on: March 14, 2011, 09:01:03 PM
Long ago when I lived in Canada, there were gas stations that had hybrid fuels for cars that contained, I believe, ethanol. I've not seen anything like them since.

A few years ago here in Australia when Johnny Thicko ran the country, there was much outcry that the petrol found at a lot of outlets contained ethanol.  Ethanol, being cheaper than petrol, enabled the fuel companies to turn a bigger profit on sales because they never told anyone they were putting ethanol in it nor did they drop the price at the pump to reflect the cheaper cost.

Guess who the ethanol manufacturers were friends with?  (Hint: Our dipsh!t PM at the time.)

Nowadays you can get E10 fuel at quite a few outlets, (mostly independent), and it usually costs a few cents less.  What I'd like to see is more availability of Bio-Diesel but unfortunately our stupid Government has nobbled that using increased taxes.  Also the flexi-fuel vehicles that Brazil has bought into considering our rather large reserves of natural gas.
1984  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Easily Create a USB Portable Version - Cameyo on: March 13, 2011, 11:00:01 PM
Application Virtualization - Make your applications portable
how to make every app portable?

 Wink
1985  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to choose the best Linux distro for laptops on: March 13, 2011, 05:26:40 PM
It's a silly question I know but....other than being a 'netbook', exactly what is it?

And the reason I ask is: Some manufacturers shipped them with a Linux distro, (the AAO AOA110 being a case in point), ie. have you checked the manufacturers site to see if they have one?
1986  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to choose the best Linux distro for laptops on: March 13, 2011, 02:10:40 PM
xPUD: I ran it from USB thumb drive which was fast and easy but I couldn't figure out how to get my wifi to work. It also seemed to forget everything when I rebooted, losing all settings and customization. thumb down

Regarding xPUD, it is not designed to be a full always used OS, it's designed to be an 'instant on' OS, (as you find, eg. in ASUS BIOS'), for netbooks for when you're travelling and you don't want to boot into the full OS.
As such there's really no need to store WiFi settings as they're going to be changing as you move around.

xPUD WiFi works fine on my AAO with the standard hardware: type in SSID and network password and it connects.
1987  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to choose the best Linux distro for laptops on: March 13, 2011, 05:19:08 AM
Linpus Lite as came standard on the Acer Aspire One AOA110 was fairly speedy even on the dog of a SSD they had in them.
1988  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 12, 2011, 05:31:34 AM
I don't think you'll have to worry about the UK grinding to a halt because of increased fuel tax......you'll be crashing into things long before that.  tongue
1989  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Safe use of USB drives? Is there anything like a USB sandbox application? on: March 12, 2011, 02:05:08 AM

That's only to control what devices can be connected by the looks - it won't actually stop someone running nasty program X if it happens to be on an allowed device.

OK, just installed it and all it seems to do is block new unrecognised USB devices from being installed.  After that, any type of access seems to be allowed.
1990  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?
1991  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.
1992  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
1993  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?
1994  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.
1995  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
1996  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.

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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?

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Same here... getting same error on 2gb micro SD... downloaded version (0.1) and all worked well.
1997  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.
1998  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.
1999  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.
2000  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
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