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1976  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: scan and seperate on: June 05, 2012, 09:15:11 PM
FlashJet Scan might let you do this, (you may have to click the scan button each time) - it's free and will scan to a PDF, (and optionally organise them into folders).

You need .NET 3.5.
1977  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's the DC verdict for this Encryption Software if used for USB drives on: June 03, 2012, 09:58:25 PM
If you want to possibly avoid any keylogging you could try the following:

1) Put a portable browser on your flash drive, (not necessary but does come in handy),
2) Grab the source archive from here and extract to the flash drive, (you can delete everything but the index.html and js, css folders),
3) When you want to decrypt, open the index.html, type in your password, then cut and paste into your encryption program.

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Possibly also make sure the browser is running in privacy mode before doing it....and make sure no-one is peering over your shoulder smiley
1978  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does OpenDNS or GoogleDNS slow down your access? Private DNS server??? on: June 03, 2012, 01:02:58 AM
Being in the UK on of the advantages of using OpenDNS (and OpenDNScrypt) is to avoid UK ISP DNS filtering but I thought the article made some interesting points for those of us outside the US.

According to OpenDNS they have a datacentre in London and:
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Unlike other providers, OpenDNS’s network uses sophisticated Anycast routing technology, which means no matter where you are in the world, your DNS requests are answered by the datacenter closest to you.

So in theory, you don't need to use OpenDNScrypt, just setting your DNS IPs to OpenDNS should bypass any IP filtering done by your ISPs DNS, you'll be routed to OpenDNS' London datacentre.

FWIW, I run my own DNS purely because it's faster, (even for uncached fetches generally), and I don't have to rely on someone else's, (which was a problem at a couple of my previous ISPs).
1979  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi - more woes! on: June 03, 2012, 12:01:24 AM
1) There is no RTC on the board so the time and date are wrong - how the heck do you set the time and date?

Perhaps grab one of the many Arduino I2C RTC modules, (like this one on ebay), and interface it to the GPIO?

If nothing else, it'll be an opportunity to enhance your programming skills smiley
1980  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie Title question for film buffs on: June 02, 2012, 03:16:04 AM
Type in "ordinary man rules the world" in google just now. It's like the third in the list. This is really silly.

You're not wrong, I just tried your search, (with and without quotes), and got no hits for the movie in the first 5 pages of results.

EDIT: HA!  Got my old results back by blocking the Google search engine cookie using a Firefox addon: No cookie for Google search

Now Collusion remains blissfully blank whenever I do a Google search  Thmbsup
1981  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie Title question for film buffs on: June 02, 2012, 01:07:31 AM
Guess duck duck go and Bing just doesn't have the same coverage.

It's why I gave up on DDG after only a week as my default search engine, it just wasn't showing me the results that should have been right at the top.

Google gives me the results I want, I just try to minimise the carnage getting them.  cheesy

I searched for: movie ordinary man absolute power

Search results have changed, (even in the short period between when I first did it and now, eg. DC didn't appear in the original results), but when I first did it the movie title came up 2 or 3 times within the top ten.

IMDB, Answers.com, (the two I reference above), and one other reference World Sci-Fi Cinema - so I took a stab at it being the most likely.

EDIT: Now I only have the IMDB reference in the top ten and Answers.com doesn't get a mention in the top twenty.
1982  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie Title question for film buffs on: June 01, 2012, 11:44:05 PM
Hate to say it but 10 seconds on Google Wink
1983  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie Title question for film buffs on: June 01, 2012, 09:22:53 PM
The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) ?

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An ordinary man suddenly finds that anything he says comes true. Or at least, almost anything!

Plot from Answers.com
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As a result of a discussion between a trio of gods over the true worthiness of Earth, a retiring British shop assistant is granted miraculous powers in this fantasy based on an H.G. Wells story. Roland Young stars as George McWhirter Fotheringay, whose new powers are virtually limitless; choosing to use them for good, he sets out to create a utopian society. Still, despite a succession of miraculous deeds, George's plans to cure all of the world's ills is met with disbelief. As proof of his power, George wills the earth to stop spinning on its axis, which results in its citizens flying off the planet into space. Because George is indestructible, he is able to shout out his last wish, which restores the world--and George himself--back to normal. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
1984  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which programming/scripting language has the largest number of functions? on: June 01, 2012, 09:01:29 PM
The OTF unpack/repack sounds good, but it also mandates a pristine exit to avoid data loss (eek!).

I wasn't going to mention that aspect because there's absolutely no way to guard against it - it's just part and parcel with the whole 'self-contained' thing.

You could bundle up the executable and it's dependant files using something like Cameyo but having your data separate in the same directory is a much better option than bundling it.
1985  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: telephone by pc on: June 01, 2012, 08:14:18 AM
Phone Dialer works just fine, and has been part of Windows since 95.

You're right, something I've never used and completely forgot about.

Still need to pass a highlighted number to it but at least you don't have to screw around with the comms side of things.
1986  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 31, 2012, 11:39:41 PM
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For the love of all that is decent, do NOT choose the "Buy It Used" option. Just trust me on this one.

(Written from my hospital bed)

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1987  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Zombie Apocalypse starts now....in Miami on: May 31, 2012, 09:21:59 PM
"....taken to Hackensack University...." - very appropriate - is this a sister university to Miskatonic?
1988  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which programming/scripting language has the largest number of functions? on: May 31, 2012, 09:16:59 PM
the documents (files) should always accompany the executable and should be immediately available

I think your best choices are either a self-repacking archive or just having the files in the same directory.

For the archive you make it self-extracting with a batch file that runs following extraction that will run your program, wait until it closes, then repack the archive with changed data.

That's the easiest way I can see of doing it but someone else probably has a better idea.
1989  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software on: May 31, 2012, 09:01:47 PM
- is that it does not perform a text compare on the initial run.

If you set the following options for the Folder Compare Saved Session, then when you compare folders it will automatically start comparing the contents:

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I would suggest that for FTP sites you leave the Override quick test results option unchecked, (not like I've got), unless you have a very fast connection.
1990  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which programming/scripting language has the largest number of functions? on: May 31, 2012, 09:09:03 AM
- Do you mean you want the resultant executable to contain data as a resource within the executable?
yes

This you can do with AutoIt, (I've done it), although I don't know exactly how big a resource you can embed.

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- static (the data will not be changed after compilation) or variable (self-modifying executable)?
variable

This will be very hard to do using AutoIt - I don't think anyone over on the forums has done it.  The only way I can think of without recompiling each time is to directly write the changed data into a copy of the original executable but that means you'll be stuck with a fixed data size, (and who knows what else needs to be taken care of - beyond my knowledge).

The only other way of doing it that I can think of is a self-modifying, self-extracting archive which should be possible using 7zip, WinRAR, WinZIP, etc.

Is there a specific reason why the data has to be embedded within the executable?
1991  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: telephone by pc on: May 31, 2012, 08:54:00 AM
Both, you require hardware and software - unless you already have a landline phone that can be software controlled.

Don't know about the Telesales Autodialer but using a old voice capable dialup modem, (the kind you can get with jacks for a headset or handset - I've still got my old one), it's just a matter of sending the normal AT commands to the modem.

1) Capture highlighted number (AutoIt or AutoHotkey)
2) AT (modem attention - check for OK response - confirmation of serial comms)
3) ATH1 (modem offhook)
4) ATDTxxxxxxxxxx  (modem dial number from clipboard)

yak..yak..yak..

5) ATH0 (click a button onscreen to hangup modem)

Some PCI modems allow voice capability via the computer mic/speaker or a headset.
1992  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which programming/scripting language has the largest number of functions? on: May 31, 2012, 04:06:47 AM
AutoIt or AutoHotkey

last, I want to save standalone exes and store files in them, able to take relatively big amount of data (some 10s of MB)

Do you mean you want the resultant executable to contain data as a resource within the executable?

ie. The data is extracted out of the executable at runtime.

And if so, static (the data will not be changed after compilation) or variable (self-modifying executable)?
1993  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: telephone by pc on: May 31, 2012, 03:55:51 AM
Yes - if you use a voice capable dialup modem, (old V.92 or K56Flex type).

I used to be able to do this on my old Amiga.
1994  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: DVD Decrypter - DVD ripping tool - Mini-Review on: May 30, 2012, 05:01:39 AM
I use only these for DVDs:
Ripping:
  • RipIt4Me (dependants: DVD Decrypter, DVD Shrink, FixVTS)
  • PGC Edit (dependants: VOB Blanker, FixVTS)
Authoring:
Writing:
  • ImgBurn
Recovery:
  • ISO Puzzle
1995  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Windows Firewall Control - Mini Review on: May 30, 2012, 04:59:06 AM
From what I understand so far, it seems a nice addition to the windows 7 firewall with the only downside (for me) is that doesn't inform you in real time that an application tries to obtain network access so that you may allow or deny it. You have to do it manually. Can you confirm that 4wd?

That's correct - you need to donate to get that feature.
1996  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Charity? on: May 30, 2012, 03:22:50 AM
Not so sure about that... A charity on eBay? Hmmm...

I've bought books from a charity on ebay, (they were in the UK), as I was going to be in the UK in a month or two they put it aside and I collected it - turned out to be a large Oxfam/Salvation type charity.

So yes, they do exist on ebay smiley
1997  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Charity? on: May 30, 2012, 01:36:44 AM
There's one on ebay called gamesaid who donate all money from sales to charity - I've previously bought games from them.

Normally they auction off games related items received from distributors, etc but you could ask them if they're willing to accept license only donations to auction, (they have a couple of Blackberry covers on there also atm).
1998  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: DVD Decrypter - DVD ripping tool - Mini-Review on: May 30, 2012, 01:25:41 AM
there's another little tool that's required but I can't remember the title off the top of my head (Fix VTS?)

Yes, and I think ImgBurn - it's listed in the ini - might be optional.
1999  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: DVD Decrypter - DVD ripping tool - Mini-Review on: May 30, 2012, 12:26:31 AM
DVD Decrypter works a lot better when used via RipIt4Me.  RipIt4Me was subject to a DMCA threat and it's development stopped back in April 2007.

However, it's still available at VideoHelp, MajorGeek and other places.

It will allow you to jump straight to the menu, bypass/remove unreferenced video (*cough* protection *cough*), any annoying BVOPs, etc, etc.

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Still the only thing I use to rip DVDs.
2000  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Windows Firewall Control - Mini Review on: May 29, 2012, 08:15:25 PM
  • 1. Windows7 Firewall Control (FREE version): .... Probably dead simple to use for most users. ....
  • 5. Windows Firewall Control: .... Probably a bit too complicated to use for many users (more options/decisions to take)....

My experience was the opposite, W7FC was more confusing than Outpost Security Suite, (was about a month before I found WFC), so I ended going back to OSS.  There's also less options for a user to act upon in the WFC notifications, generally just Allow or Block compared to W7FC which presents all of them all at once, (IIRC).  In WFC, if you want to customise the rule before accepting you can but otherwise it's just three buttons.

I probably should have pointed out, (but didn't because I haven't used the feature), that WFC also allows you to have multiple rules per application, (I'm sure someone can think of a use for this but my brain escapes me at the moment).

CRAP!!   undecided
Just realised I didn't put up an image of the rule Properties dialog.........edit....edit......there!   cheesy

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  • ... and selecting Restore defaults.

You could have done that from within WFC or as part of its uninstall procedure. smiley

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  • (c) Reinstalling latest version (v3.1.0.3) of Windows Firewall Control. Not sure whether this is redundant. Seemed to install without any conflicts with  W7FC, so far.[/b]

Are you sure this is right?

The latest version is 3.3.0.1.

There won't be any conflicts because WFC is just an alternative interface to the native Windows Firewall which W7FC will work with.

I see if I can hunt up the other one for you to play with.

Edit:  Possibly some confusion, (or lack of intuitive interface), may arise with WFC because unlike most other free versions of firewalls you don't get any notifications - that's one of the advantages of the paid version.
As such, that is why it defaults to Low Filtering, (so you don't suddenly find all your programs cease to work), unlike other firewalls where you are immediately bombarded with access notifications.

And to be honest, it doesn't say that it will bombard you with notifications - that is a bonus(?) - because it is not a firewall, (unlike W7FC).

It does what the website says:
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"Windows Firewall Control is a nifty little application which extends the functionality of the Windows Firewall and provides quick access to the most frequent options of Windows Firewall. It runs in the system tray and allows user to control the native firewall easily without having to waste time by navigating to the specific part of the firewall. This is the best tool to manage the native firewall from Windows 7 and Windows Vista."

PS: Sorry if I seem to be pushing its case overly hard but I probably should have made it clearer that in and of itself, it is not a firewall.
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