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2001  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Generate sequential serial numbers on: June 22, 2012, 03:00:22 AM
Please explain to me how the code would work correctly, even if variable data types are allowed. What is the outcome of mySerial += myFactor when mySerial is something like "000001" (a string). I would be very surprised if you claimed it would equal 3 (integer).

While I'm no good at AutoHK, it did spring from AutoIt - so here's a little excerpt from the help file:
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In AutoIt there is only one datatype called a Variant.  A variant can contain numeric or string data and decides how to use the data depending on the situation it is being used in.  For example, if you try and multiply two variants they will be treated as numbers, if you try and concatenate (join) two variants they will be treated as strings.

If a string is used as a number, an implicit call to Number() function is done. So if it doesn't contain a valid number, it will be assumed to equal 0.

So this:
Formatted for AutoIt with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. $mySerial = '000001gh'
  2. $myFactor = 2
  3. $mySerial += $myFactor  ; With the implicit call becomes: Number($mySerial) += $myFactor

$mySerial = 3

Add this:
Formatted for AutoIt with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. StringFormat('%06s', $mySerial) ; With the implicit call becomes: StringFormat('%06s', String($mySerial))

$mySerial = '000003'

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Keep up the bad practice if you like!  Thmbsup

I'll take function over form any day as long as it gets the job done  Wink
2002  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Generate sequential serial numbers on: June 22, 2012, 02:20:07 AM
... in languages like C#, ...

But it's not C# - each language has it's own set of rules and restrictions.

AutoHK allows typeless variables, as does AutoIt and REXX.

Whether or not a variable is reused for a type other than what it started with comes down to readability and if it works.

Why create more variables than you need?
2003  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / [EXPIRED] Commandos 3: Destination Berlin *FREE* + 10% voucher on: June 21, 2012, 09:49:35 PM
Deal valid until 1100 UTC 22nd June 2012

Via OzBargain:

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Direct link to cart with it already added: Commandos 3: Destination Berlin

*** You also get a 10% discount voucher. ***
Voucher valid until July 4th, 2012, (well, mine was).
2004  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Science News Roundup on: June 21, 2012, 09:12:55 PM
Maybe if they just short-stroked the population  Wink and left emotions out of it, we'd all be better off. And possibly be left smiling a lot more too.

Yep, I think cranio's going to have his work cut out for him  tongue
2005  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi's $35 Linux PC on: June 21, 2012, 09:08:44 PM
....
Quite a range out there. The $19 board freaks me out. But, there are lots of options.

You've also got the Android 4.0 based MK802, (Engadget link), for $78, (DX link).
2006  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: corrupt index (I think): how to fix? on: June 21, 2012, 08:48:19 PM
Um, that's ~89GB, (23562998*4096/1024/1024/1024), of drive that chkdsk has just found to be bad, ie. the equivalent of all your free space.

I'd be taking the SJ approach here and copying all the data you can to another drive forthwith - only then would I even consider running any further tools over the drive.
2007  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi's $35 Linux PC on: June 21, 2012, 04:46:15 AM
Melbourne's The Age newspaper today:

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Also, this article from May 21, 2012.
2008  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Checking Bad sector in HDD and ExtHDD on: June 20, 2012, 08:29:27 PM
Whether or not you can find a program to mark existing bad sectors, that does not matter. My very sincere advice is: Do not attempt to continue using a HDD once you find it start developing bad sector.

While I'm not seeking an argument or trying to get overly pedantic, I think this comes down to what you are going to use the drive for and whether or not you're prepared to wear the consequences.

I have a 1TB drive that developed, as it happened, software bad blocks - I LLF'd it and it's been happily running with constant use every day without any further errors for the last 2 years - well past even the 1 year warranty they provide.

Be that as it may, it carries no data that I'm not prepared to lose and none of it is backed up....but then I have a fatalistic approach to computers, "Shit happens, get over it."

Of course, if the drive in question is your only source of backups or that you deem your data is your life then what you and SJ have said x 2.

The fact that manufacturers provide spare blocks shows that they expect there to be sector failures over the life of the drive - it's whether or not the number of those is excessive, in what circumstances, (time frame), they occurred and the life of the drive that would be of more interest to me in determining whether or not the drive is still suitable for my purposes.

One sector fail does automatically consign the drive to the dustbin in my circumstances - hell, you only have to look at the screen grab above and this one* to see that smiley

All the OP wanted was a way to mark the sector as bad, to me that shows willingness to continue using the drive, beyond that... [attach=1]


* Yes, both those drives are still happily working.
2009  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Petaflop is a stupid word on: June 19, 2012, 10:27:59 PM
I vote that after zetta and yotta we have lotta  cheesy
2010  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Checking Bad sector in HDD and ExtHDD on: June 19, 2012, 10:08:42 PM
Normally the controller on the drive will perform any remapping of hardware bad blocks, (eg. platter defects), to its spare area and add them to its Grown Defects List, (G-list), without any user intervention.

You can also have software bad blocks where the ECC data is no longer valid for the sectors affected, (probably a greatly simplified explanation but good enough for me).  You can attempt to 'repair' these by running a Low Level Format, (which isn't really), or by running MHDD in ERASE mode.

However, as Shades has said, they are destructive procedures so don't do them until you have a backup or don't require the data.

Apart from specific test hardware/software I don't know of anything that will let you insert sectors into the G or P list.

You could also try reading the S.M.A.R.T. data and see if there has been any sector remappings.

eg. Here's Hard Disk Sentinel on one of my drives:

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2011  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi's $35 Linux PC on: June 19, 2012, 05:06:25 AM
Your Raspberry Pi Id number is 244205

Woohoo!  I'll get to order at the end of the week!!!   ...and then I get to wait..... Sad

Registration date recorded betweenEstimated Invited to order dateEstimated shipping lead-time*
6th March - 12th MarchTuesday 19 June9 weeks
13th March - 21st MarchWednesday 20 June10 weeks
22nd March - 5th AprilThursday 21 June11 weeks
6th April - 16 AprilFriday 22 June11 weeks
17th April - 25 AprilMonday 25 June12 weeks
26th April - 8th MayTuesday 26 June12 weeks
9th May - 23rd MayWednesday 27 June13 weeks
24th May - 7th JuneThursday 28 June14 weeks
8th June onwardsFriday 29 June14 weeks
             
RS Components Australia Raspberry Pi FAQ

Not even worth buying an extra one to extort more money from Renegade since he's would arrive three weeks later anyway  tongue
2012  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Science News Roundup on: June 18, 2012, 11:50:12 PM
[attach=1]  He's sleeping....
2013  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Folder Properties Auto-Update.... on: June 18, 2012, 11:46:15 PM
Thanks, I think we can get skwire to move this into the Finished area now smiley
2014  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Science News Roundup on: June 18, 2012, 10:23:27 PM
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One earlier study on reproductive success, in common European birds called great tits, found smaller clutches near roaring highways.

It's quite often that you'll find great tits in a clutch....usually when attempting reproduction.
2015  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Folder Properties Auto-Update.... on: June 18, 2012, 09:55:24 PM
OK, I think I'm there now:

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  • Updates the file/size count every 1000 milliseconds.
  • Updates the Window title every 5000 milliseconds.
  • Font is a bit bigger (14pt).

Changing the update intervals dropped CPU usage back down to 0-1% on my computers.

See above for archive.
2016  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Folder Properties Auto-Update.... on: June 18, 2012, 01:26:51 AM
Another update, see first post for file.

Window title gets updated with the number of files in the folder.

NOTE: This only happens every 60 seconds - more frequently pushes CPU usage up too high AFAIAC, (~10%), and it won't change until a minute has passed after running it, (meh - I'm lazy).  So you will get discrepancies between the two numbers until the title gets updated.

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So this means your Taskbar label gets updated with the number of files smiley
2017  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Folder Properties Auto-Update.... on: June 18, 2012, 12:25:32 AM
OK, here's the colourised version smiley  (See attachment here)

Just copy over the old version and run it, the colour defaults to Yellow on Black, (except for the two buttons - yes, that's right!  A whole new button!).

You can change the colours by editing the ini file, exit the program first otherwise it'll just overwrite the ini file when you do exit it.

Colours are in RGB format:

Background=0x000000
Text=0xFFFF00

Pretty self-explanatory, here's a list of RGB values.

Now that it has an Exit button, (dang it - just ruined the surprise!), I might change it to a borderless window.  (More reading.)

Or I could make it buttonless and you use the keyboard or a menu on the tray icon.
2018  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Folder Properties Auto-Update.... on: June 17, 2012, 11:53:59 PM
-- change background color to some color darker than white.  I'll leave it running on my desktop, and am always concerned about monitor burn-in image caused by white.

Should be easy enough.

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-- when the program is minimized in the task bar, allow it to show the data (at least number of files) as opposed to the title.

Might have to do some reading on getting that done - what OS are we talking about, (just in case there are differences) ?
2019  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Folder Properties Auto-Update.... on: June 17, 2012, 11:32:29 PM
Can we assume that it won't be interfering too much with the file-creation process being monitored?

Shouldn't, all it does is return directory statistics.

It's not recursive either, although you could make it easily enough by changing one parameter.
2020  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Folder Properties Auto-Update.... on: June 17, 2012, 11:16:27 PM
FolMon v0.4.0.4

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Instructions:

Run it, the Path button allows you to choose a folder to monitor.  When it closes it will save the folder being monitored, colours, Always on Top setting, and Update Interval to an ini file so it can use them next time it starts.

You can change the colours two ways:
  • Edit the .ini file - the colours are in RGB format - here's a list.
    • Background=0x000000
    • Text=0x00FF00
  • Right-click on the window background and a popup menu will open, (best place is between "Files:" and "Size:").
NOTE: Colour changes will not take effect until the next time the program is run.

You can have multiple instances running, even from the same folder - just rename the executable, an ini with the same name will be created upon exit.

Input boxes are read-only.
Statusbar reflects the last file creation or deletion in the directory.

UPDATE (0.4.0.4):
  • Added: Colour selector popup menu.
  • Changed: The Recurse warning requester now has a 10 second timeout, (so it doesn't block other functions for too long), it defaults to NO at the end of the timeout.

UPDATE (0.4.0.2):
  • Added: Update interval slider from 5-120 seconds.
  • Added: Always on Top option.
  • Added: Recurse option - notes:
    • Interval slider will change to 60-120 seconds.
    • Statusbar will be disabled - too hard to monitor all possible sub-directories for file changes.
    • This setting is NOT saved in the ini file, (I've left the lines in the source just uncomment and recompile if you want it).
  • Added: Colour setting acts on statusbar - I even fixed the weird colour problem I was getting.
  • Removed: The Exit button - guess what you use now.

UPDATE (0.3.0.5):
  • Fixed: No longer freezes due to getting latest file created. Statusbar is updated in real time from filesystem notifications. If files are being generated very rapidly, (eg. >50/s), it may start skipping them ... however this is probably faster than you can read individual names.
2021  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Execute a launch menu with prior password protection on: June 16, 2012, 09:29:35 PM
EnterScript:
Msgbox, 48, Ah-HA, Congratulations! You've made it!

Replace everything below EnterScript: with menuahk.ahk contents.

ie. Delete the Msgbox, 48, Ah-HA, Congratulations! You've made it! and continue with your script.
2022  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi's $35 Linux PC on: June 16, 2012, 07:59:16 PM
I think I might have a small wait on my hands Sad

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Your Raspberry Pi Id number is 244205

Or I could get one from ebay.....

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Only selling as I don't have time for the project I intended to use it for.
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I ordered 2 of these with hopes to use them together for a project but I am no longer going that route.
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I don't really have a need for it...

Yeah, right....

 Angry
2023  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Remove this residual files after update !!! on: June 15, 2012, 11:46:58 PM
Boot off a Linux Live CD and delete the RECYCLER directory on the drive in question.   smiley
2024  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can Firefox Quick Find "shift"-hotkey be removed? on: June 15, 2012, 11:41:56 PM
Strange, for as long as I've used Firefox the default Quick Find key has always been '/' which you have the option to turn off under Options->Advanced->General so that, as Ath said, it starts searching when you type.
2025  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editing software - Any recommendations? on: June 15, 2012, 09:09:34 PM
Just did this. Here's a screenshot of the MediaInfo window. Is that enough?

MPEG4-AVC + AC-3, yet a different mix to ones I've normally seen.  Also, it's not true HD, it's what they call HDVw - the playback device knows to stretch the picture to fill the full 1920x1080 display.

BTW, I thought you were in NZ, which is PAL?

Those files should be at 25fps for maximum compatibility with existing equipment otherwise for playback on old DVDs/TVs you'll need to change the framerate - if that's never going to happen then it's not a problem but it does show that refurbished stock can come from anywhere.

As to editing programs, it really is a simple choice of what you would like to do and what you need to do it.

An NLE, (Vegas, Premiere, etc), will give you filters, transformations, transitions, effects, multiple output formats (including 3D anaglyph), multiple audio tracks, video overlay, etc, etc.

Or, if you just want to slice and dice, (as SB does), with no change in format, (ie. minimal recompression), then there a number of programs that can do it - VideoReDo TV Suite H.264, SolveigMM for example, both paid software.  There's also VirtualDub, AviDemux (free), the latest beta versions seem to handle AC-3, (can try it doing this, you'll need to set the output container to something else, try MP4).  There's probably more but these are the ones I know of off the top of my head.

There are programs that fall somewhere in between, (both AviDemux and VirtualDub), not the full-on facilities of a NLE but will do basic filtering and transformations.  AviDemux has most of the filters already inbuilt whereas VirtualDub you can just add them as you need them.

The only time audio is likely to get out of sync with video is if the file contains variable bitrate audio, which is non-standard, but that shouldn't be a worry for files from the camera.

So....what do you want to do with your video smiley
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