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1976  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win 7 Bootable VHD as a viable alternative to OS backup image? on: February 15, 2012, 06:39:05 PM
One thing that immediately leaps out at me is now you have all your eggs in one basket.

ie. Instead of maybe just suffering a filesystem aberration on a single system 4kB file that is, possibly, easily fixable, you could now suffer it on a multi-GB file where a single corruption will render the whole thing useless.

Bootable VHD, (barring VM work which doesn't affect the host system), is more suited to transient OS booting, eg. boot into a temporary repair OS to fix your main OS, IMO.

That being said, VHD is a great alternative to OS image backup because if you nuke your system OS you can fire up a VM on another machine using your backup VHD and be up and running in a few minutes.
1977  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is is possible to flip the display in real time? on: February 15, 2012, 06:48:47 AM
Another one to try: Mirrorimage
You need dual monitors for this one.
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MirrorImage is a cool program that will view any window in a x flipped mirror view, for use in AutoCue systems or any display that requires a mirror image. The best use is to just type in the windows title of the window you wish to use in the text input box, then hit start. A new window will appear with the contents flipped. You can resize the window in real time or maximize it, but you must always have the source window on top.
The best way to use this is to place the source window on screen #1, (if you have dual display) and place the new mirrored window on display #2, which would be your TVOUT display as a secondary display , but not a clone of the desktop.
To swap between two source windows, just hit the LEFT mouse button in the output mirror window.

Note, these programs might not have been written with Vista/7's WDDM in mind probably more for the old GDI way of doing things, ie. XP and prior.

Then again, you do get source code with this one and maybe one of our DC super-coders can convince it to work on Vista/7 if it doesn't Wink
1978  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is is possible to flip the display in real time? on: February 15, 2012, 05:55:22 AM
Can you tell us what it's for?

eg. If it's to display text mirror-imaged you might have more luck looking for autocue or teleprompter software.  Google

Here's something to try: Image Mirror
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This application displays a mirror image of the pc screen in real-time. It's useful to draw symmetric images on pc screen.
But this software has no capability to draw pictures. You must use an anothor software to draw pictures besides this software. (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Paint, etc...)
1979  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is is possible to flip the display in real time? on: February 15, 2012, 05:28:27 AM
AMD also offer the option, as does Intel integrated gfx, (well it does on my old netbook).

AMD CCC tray icon right-click menu
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Do you mean, it needs a second monitor for the feature to work?

No, he means that you can flip each monitor connected to the card individually - it's not all or nothing.

As per screenshot, each item marked AMD Radeon HD6800 Series is one output connected to a possible monitor, each has it's own setting irrespective of the others.

EDIT: Although, after having tried it, (and the attendant reversed mousing), it's actually 180deg rotation not flipping.
1980  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Thunderbird attachment processing on: February 14, 2012, 10:00:31 PM
Squashed a couple of really stupid bugs in the AutoIT script and added optional second parameter.  See above.
1981  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Thunderbird attachment processing on: February 14, 2012, 06:07:18 AM
You could use the FiltaQuilla addon to add filter actions such as Save Attachments To, Detach Attachments To and Run File.

Then set a Message Filter to:
1) Match Subject/Body/etc
2) Save Attachment To <some dir>
3) Run File rename.cmd,attachment.txt

All you need to do then is knock up a command file to do the rename or a simple AHK or AutoIT script.

Here's a AutoIT script that'll take a single argument and change the filename to YYYYMMDDhhmmss.txt

eg. RenFile.exe U:\temp\attachment.txt

Formatted for AutoIt with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. #Region ;**** Directives created by AutoIt3Wrapper_GUI ****
  2. #AutoIt3Wrapper_UseUpx=n
  3. #AutoIt3Wrapper_Res_requestedExecutionLevel=asInvoker
  4. #EndRegion ;**** Directives created by AutoIt3Wrapper_GUI ****
  5.  
  6. ; RenFile.exe <filename> [new filename, no path, no extension]
  7. ; eg.
  8. ; RenFile.exe file1.txt                 <- new file called 20120215143523.txt
  9. ; RenFile.exe file1.tmp file2         <- new file called file2.tmp
  10.  
  11. If $CmdLine[0] = 0 Then Exit
  12.  
  13. $path = ''
  14. $ext = ''
  15. If StringInStr($CmdLine[1], '\') > 0 Then
  16. $path = StringMid($CmdLine[1], 1, StringInStr($CmdLine[1], '\', 0, -1))
  17. $ext = StringMid($CmdLine[1], StringInStr($CmdLine[1], '.', 0, -1))
  18. If $CmdLine[0] = 1 Then
  19. $newName = $path & @YEAR & @MON & @MDAY & @HOUR & @MIN & @SEC & $ext
  20. $newName = $path & StringStripWS($CmdLine[2], 7) & $ext
  21. If FileMove($CmdLine[1], $newName) < 1 Then
  22. MsgBox(48, 'RenFile', 'Failed to rename: ' & $CmdLine[1])

Source and compiled executable attached.

You should be able to set a Message Filter similar to:
[attach=1]

So the theory goes Wink

UPDATE: RenFile.exe will take an optional extra argument which will be the filename to rename the file to, (filename only sans extension, no path input).  No second argument will default it to YYYYMMDDhhmmss.<ext>

It retains the extension of the file passed in the first argument, so no need to add an extension to the optional second argument.

So you could change the Run File action in the message filter to, (using example above):

Run File: RenFile.exe,U:\temp\attachment.txt,@DATE@

This should rename the saved attachment to match the date string of the message.
1982  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Finding Outlook Express password on: February 11, 2012, 05:13:55 PM
Did you try the one I mentioned above - for that all you need is access to the profile files on the old drive?

That seems to cost $28 which to save time and effort might be a bargain.
Then again, I'd be trying to exhaust all free methods before I got that far.......but I do have a lot of spare time Wink

@techidave: If you can read the HDD, (Live CD, plug it in another computer), you can copy the registry files, (in C:\Windows\system32\config), to a flash drive or directory and then use the Load/Unload Hive feature of regedit to access the entries and try as Ath suggests above.  You might need to copy the relevant NTUSER.DAT also, as Carols link suggests.   Or you could just use Nirsoft' RegFileExport to export the registry entries in NTUSER.DAT so you can import them into a new account as Ath suggests.

If it were me, I'd probably image the drive, (or OS partition), and then perform a Repair-in-place which would fix the non-booting problem and should restore access to OE to run the Nirsoft tool.  That, for me, would be the simplest solution but it depends on how munged the system became before getting to the non-booting stage.
1983  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dopus 10 : Some question about it. on: February 10, 2012, 11:53:46 PM
although i still can't get the folder view to be in View List and Sort it by Type:

Do you mean you want any lister you open to be in List view sorted by Type?

If that's the case, then:

a) Switch folder view to Details, you can do this by right-clicking on a blank spot in the lister, (ie. not a file/folder entry, button, border, etc), and selecting View->Details
NOTE: If you have Full Row select turned on then you need to right-click below the list of files/folders otherwise you'll just open the normal context menu.

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b) Click on the Type column header to sort by Type
The Type column is normally one of the default columns after DOpus has been installed, if you don't have it then right-click on the Name column header and checkmark Type in the menu that appears.

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c) Switch folder view to back to List, right-click in a blank spot and select View->List

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d) Set as Default Lister

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Any lister you now open will be in List view sorted by Type unless there is a saved layout for that particular folder.

NOTE: To be able to sort by a property, (Name, Size, Type, etc), in List view, the corresponding property column has to be visible in Details view.

eg. Details view on left doesn't have Type column, ergo, List view on right doesn't have Sort By Type option.

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PS. @tranglos: I am going to delete that mp3....honest!  I'm just a bit lazy....there, it's finally gone (I didn't like it anyway - sorry) smiley
1984  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReImage: online Windows repair! on: February 09, 2012, 11:29:18 PM
EDIT: SJ added the FixIt link while I was typing this, well DUH! on me, I completely forgot about that even though I have a flash drive with the portable version on

Actually that was PhilB66 ... I didn't think of it either. smiley

Stupid me....apologies PhilB66  embarassed
1985  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReImage: online Windows repair! on: February 09, 2012, 07:20:12 PM
Isn't this what System Restore is supposed to do?

Quite a lot of "you" guys have said that System Restore cannot be trusted.
And as the thumbnail picture shows, my second most often crashed program is: System Restore!

Sorry, skipped over the bit where you were specifically wanting something to repair your PC  embarassed

FWIW, I agree with Innuendo and SJ above - a reinstall is the only real way to fix your problems.  Your system is already unstable, installing anything could possibly make it more unstable especially something that actively plays with the registry.

I know you don't have installation or recovery media but you do have a valid license for the OS.  In that situation I'd have no problems with obtaining just the media from anywhere, (something I have had to do with XP).

I postulate that you may find all the information you require to reconstruct a suitable installation media from the following links (all at MyDigitalLife):
Checksum values (Alternate link AnandTech)
OEM Certificates
Vista ISO  (Originally from MSDN)
How to combine the two  NOTE: You need a valid OS license key.
Save Vista Activation data (eHow link)

And of course, a complete OS image before you start playing around.

Mods, if you think this sails a little too close the the ACTA/SOPA/PIPA/MAFIAA wind, feel free to delete the post.

EDIT: SJ added the FixIt link while I was typing this, well DUH! on me, I completely forgot about that even though I have a flash drive with the portable version on  embarassed
1986  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReImage: online Windows repair! on: February 09, 2012, 04:27:49 AM
An advertisement in Windows Secret newsletter made me aware of Reimage.com: >>Reimage restores your Windows OS to its original potential, reversing corrupted files without harming personal data. Scanning your hardware and software, providing a full diagnosis, Reimage can then repair any damage, replace missing system files with the new ones from our database and restore compromised settings & registry values to their original default.

Isn't this what System Restore is supposed to do?

For 'original potential' I read that as 'working condition'. Wink
1987  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dopus 10 : Some question about it. on: February 09, 2012, 04:06:35 AM
also the icon in the Tray icon is really bothering , i.e., when i want Dopus to exit the icon sits in the Tray icon, please see the picture.

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1988  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just like the MPAA didn't learn from the RIAA, the games industry is next on: February 08, 2012, 06:14:45 AM
Also make voting compulsory - with a large fine if you don't without a very good reason.

Living in a country where voting is compulsory, (along with the attendant fine if you don't), I'd have to say it won't change much of anything.

You only have to look at our current crop of idiots to see that.

The equal campaign funding for all does have merit but I can never see that as happening simply because the people that would have to make it law are the same idiots in charge.
1989  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chilling Effects - BTjunkie Closes on: February 07, 2012, 06:54:56 AM
What you see in results is not common for others, .....

I knew that but usually filtering was applied on a region wide basis and usually due to Google complying with regional government restrictions.  Normally my search results are only skewed by having Australian sites nearer the top due to IP address, (and that doesn't seem to work most of the time).

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I too don't see TPB, Rapidshare on google results anymore.

I guess the UK, USA and Australia governments haven't got around to being the complete censoring b@st@rds I thought they were.........yet.
1990  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chilling Effects - BTjunkie Closes on: February 07, 2012, 03:55:01 AM
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BTjunkie is also one of the search terms censored by Google because it’s piracy related, alongside The Pirate Bay, RapidShare, uTorrent and others.

Did I fall asleep at some point?

Using Google to search through TPB appears to work just fine.
1991  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Another Internet Cafe Death on: February 06, 2012, 11:15:27 PM
Every so often it hits the news:

Do you mean this is such a common occurrence in Taiwan that it's too mundane to report?

Personally, I'd like to know what game he was playing.....I know a few people I'd like to send it to  Evil
1992  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Main hard drive in my PC died today suddenly on: February 06, 2012, 08:36:26 PM
I might actually purchase some separately to see if that helps, but I just wondered if anyone had any experience with this.

If the SATA cable/connections are dodgy I usually get 'Delayed Write Fail' errors or an EventID of 51, 'An error was detected on device xxxxx during a paging operation.' in the Windows System Eventlog.
1993  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Main hard drive in my PC died today suddenly on: February 06, 2012, 05:33:28 PM
SATA connectors have to be one of the worst designed connectors within a computer, IMO.

A fragile friction fit connector for a critical component that's subjected to temperature cycling and vibration - just who were these brilliant engineers?

Get some decent quality cables, (FWIW, I've never had a problem with the ones that come with Gigabyte motherboards), that have the metal latching tabs.

As Ath said, throw away the old ones.
1994  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Would you buy me a $0.99 track on Amazon? on: February 06, 2012, 01:45:28 AM
I'll burn $1.98 and get TWO copies, then send you one. That ought to be close enough!

Already obtained the track for tranglos from Amazon.  Wink
1995  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / No more Samsung HDDs on: February 05, 2012, 06:31:57 PM
Something that slipped quietly under the radar, (well, for me anyway):

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Seagate Completes Acquisition of Samsung’s Hard Disk Drive Business

CUPERTINO, Calif. - December 19, 2011 - Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions, today announced the closing of the transaction to acquire the hard disk drive (HDD) business of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology.

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This transaction was announced in April 2011 along with a series of other agreements between Seagate and Samsung. Seagate is supplying disk drives to Samsung for PCs, notebooks and consumer electronics devices. Samsung is supplying its market-leading semiconductor products for use in Seagate's enterprise solid state drives (SSDs), solid-state hybrid drives and other products. The companies have also extended and enhanced their existing patent cross-license agreement and have expanded cooperation to co-develop enterprise storage solutions.

Full story here.
1996  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Main hard drive in my PC died today suddenly on: February 04, 2012, 06:14:22 PM
Regarding full system backup: I ceased to make any more since on my two PCs the motherboard died. The full system was of obviously of no use. Backing up just the data is much easier (using Dropbox at the moment).

Swap the motherboard, boot into Safe Mode, uninstall old motherboard drivers, install new motherboard drivers - no different from just replacing the motherboard of a working system.  I've done this a few times, usually up and running within the hour.

The only thing you need to remember is to put the SATA interfaces into IDE mode before doing anything.

A full OS image also gives you the option to run it in a VM if necessary.
1997  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Hard Disk Sentinel PRO - Mini-Review on: February 04, 2012, 06:02:21 PM
OIC, sorry, I did not realise that.

My fault, should have made it clearer.

I still find it interesting that there is no correlation between Reallocation Event Count and Reallocated Sector Count, the former should be equal to or greater than the latter.
1998  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Would you buy me a $0.99 track on Amazon? on: February 03, 2012, 07:49:30 PM
For future reference if anyone's interested:

VPN + Address + Gifted = Job Done!

 Grin
1999  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Would you buy me a $0.99 track on Amazon? on: February 03, 2012, 06:34:30 PM
"How do I deliver it to you ... without making a copy?"  Cool

Going theoretical, if:
a) You purchase it and download to a directory only you and tranglos have full access to, (by the magic of ftp, etc);
b) tranglos logs in and encrypts it into a multipart archive, wiping the original;
c) then downloads it to his machine and decrypts the archive.

There is only one digital playable copy at any one time and thus no law has been broken.

@tranglos: Is Amazon complaining because:
1) Your IP appears from outside the USA?
2) Your account shows that you live outside the USA?
3) Your means of purchase, (ie. credit card), shows you're outside the USA, (which really shouldn't matter)?

Something to try next time.
1a) Use a free VPN, (eg. TunnelBear).
2a) Change your home/delivery address, (FakeNameGenerator).  Address doesn't matter for digital download.
3a) Purchase a Gift Card and then change your home/delivery address.
2000  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Hard Disk Sentinel PRO - Mini-Review on: February 03, 2012, 05:19:03 AM
No, sorry, I meant the Hard Disk Sentinel log for that drive. That will be displayed for that drive on the Log tab - the fifth one in from the left in your screenshot.

There is no log, the first time I ran HDS is after you wrote about it smiley
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