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76  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Very simple timeclock utility on: March 17, 2012, 05:58:49 PM
Thanks !

1- Line 34 - Ooops. Yes I forgot about that icon business... . I use a custom icon too. I should've put a relative link the script folder, or something like that. I could fix that.

The other two aren't linked to my modifs. They were there before.

2- Line 114 -  Didn't change anything on that line. I'm not sure why you got an error though as I don't think you need a comma after "range". (See AHK documentation. E.g. GUI Control Types-> UpDown (3rd section on the page)). However, there's a syntax error there anyway. It shouldn't be "range 1-60" but "range1-60". (Note that making a syntax error there limits the number range to 100 instead of 60.)

[copy or print]
 Gui, 2:add, UpDown, Range1-60, %idletime%

3- Line 443 :  I didn't touch that line either. Strangely, AHK's parser / script compiler doesn't yell at that period (and it didn't say a word about the wrong range argument !)... So it must be pretty forgiving.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Superboyac is throwing in the towel: I'm going to transition to Linux on: March 04, 2012, 12:11:31 AM
Seriously... Ubuntu and Mint forums could be useful to you.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Superboyac is throwing in the towel: I'm going to transition to Linux on: March 04, 2012, 12:09:28 AM
  Also, my network wifi connection is really flaky...do I need drivers?  This is where I start getting scared...

... And this is where the fun begins.  tongue
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Superboyac is throwing in the towel: I'm going to transition to Linux on: March 02, 2012, 11:38:17 AM
You probably thought about that but... if you're a busy person, "transitioning" to Linux (or any other OS : OS X, Windows) without very good reasons, isn't -- IMO -- a good idea. Of coure the "very good reasons" can be as simple as "fun and variety". But in any case your goals need to be clear as transitioning is NOT simple, easy and rapid -- at least for people like you (I don't know you that much, but you seem to be even pickier then me, which is rare Wink ).

Of  course, for my daughter, switching from windows to Linux was just a matter of selecting Linux in the boot menu. But all she does is searching Google, playing a few flash games and writing stuff in libre office !

So, my 2c :
- 1 or 2 y ago, after some exploration, I chose Mint to install on older laptop here.** Others here have mentioned Mint, it's a good choice, there are many other good choices depending on your goals. Context is important.
- Using a live CD or a spare computer are also good ideas in what seems to be your case. If you're a busy person, you don't want to be immobilized because things aren't working at all. I wouldn't go the VM route. It seems simple, but... it depends.  smiley


**Note that I've been a Linux user (almost exclusively) between 98 and 2000 I think (although the journey started in 1997). Things were a lot less smooth at the time with distros like Caldera, Mandrake, Suse and RedHat. When I look back at those 2 years, I see I had fun and learned many things. But I also see a gigantic time drain in which I could've been much more productive (and a better boyfriend, for that matter!), but was mainly obsessed with drivers, broken kernels, internet connection, file conversions, software testing, etc.

Things have changed a lot since then, but success depends roughly on 1- what one wants to do, when, with whom, etc. (i.e. : context related parameters), 2- the person's technical level.
80  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Very simple timeclock utility on: February 29, 2012, 07:41:49 AM
Some users showed interest so here's my tweaked version (attached)

From the last post, modifications are :

1- If double click an item in the list (detailed view), the "window title" or message is copied to the clipboard, ready to be copied somewhere else.

2- A message (Comment) can be entered by pressing Ctrl+Chift+Alt+T (the shortcut key opens the "comment" dialog).

3- When one enters data in the "Comment" dialog & saves it ("Save Comments" button), it's also copied to the clipboard, ready to be copied somewhere else.

4- fixed a small bug : manual comments didn't show up in the detailed list. They now do

5- Other things like the initial sort in the detailed view (hours descending instead of ascending).

Voilà !

P.S. : And a big THANK YOU to Brett for that great program.
81  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Very simple timeclock utility on: February 27, 2012, 09:33:16 PM
Hello (Brett and titlelog fans).

I've made a couple modifications to the script.

1- When I double click an item in the list (detailed view), the "window title" or message is copied to the clipboard, ready to be copied somewhere else.

2- A message (Comment) can be entered by pressing Ctrl+Chift+Alt+T. The shortcut key opens the "comment" dialog.

3- When I enter a Message in the "Comment" dialog and save it, it's also copied to the clipboard.

4- fixed a bug : manual comments didn't show up in the list. They now do

5- Other small personal things like initial sort (reversed), etc.

Anyhow, if someone is interested... smiley
82  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Farr freezes : solved but... on: February 23, 2012, 02:25:00 PM
My pleasure -- happy to be somewhat useful!

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I should probably also try to detect the presence of MSE and report the tip to the user if it is found running

Keep in mind that the problem might not be MSE's exclusivity. This post suggests that Avast might cause problems too :

Looks like I may be switching from Avast to MSE in the near future, just so I can turn this off.(The problem occurs with Avast, also)

I can't verify the hypothesis though, so maybe other users with different AVs can chime in.
83  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Farr freezes : solved but... on: February 22, 2012, 11:19:33 AM
You're welcome !
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I spy...with my little eye...on my hard drive... on: February 19, 2012, 11:04:00 AM
@tranglos : hehe. Yup, quite a book. It is "real". I'd say it probably belongs to "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity" 's *** category of book. Life is too short to really find out though, so I decided to just use the book as desktop search software test tool. My apologies to the author. smiley

(I belong to that lower species too.)


I tried archivarius but I struggled with the way it presents the results. I have to search several hundred times in a pot of documents to find date/price of purchase of something. Might be in a spreadsheet, might be in a pdf or a letter. I would have loved it if archivarius showed me just enough of the results that I didnt need to open the document.

Archivarius isn't perfect, but I never got the problem you describe : you can filter results by documents types, name, see the excerpts containing what you're searching instead of the full text, etc. which is very convenient. That said, IMO the best implementation of filtering is in X1 through columns and Boolean operators.
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I spy...with my little eye...on my hard drive... on: February 19, 2012, 12:40:01 AM
DTsearch:
Awesome!!  Love it.  Expensive.  It's a little too intense for casual use.  But if you want features, power, or just to get it to work exactly the way you want it to, this is the one.

In 2008, DTSearch didn't index MS Word or pdf comments (see my post above and that). But Archivarius does.
So, IMO, in terms of reliability, Archivarius wins the content indexing contest... What good is a content indexer if it misses some of it ?
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I spy...with my little eye...on my hard drive... on: February 18, 2012, 11:25:18 PM
Sorry, couldn't help it.

87  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I spy...with my little eye...on my hard drive... on: February 18, 2012, 11:16:43 PM
My set up is similar to Darwin and Tranglos.

- Everything/farr (plugin) for quick filename searching.

- Windows Search/farr (plugin) for Outlook stuff (contacts, emails, etc.)

- Archivarius for file content. I found that Archivarius to be the most reliable of the bunch (Google Desktop Search included). Plus it's cheap... But development is on the slow side (only thing that happened in the last 4 years : more file types were added to the indexing engine capabilities -- it's a good thing, but a few GUI improvement here and there would also be good... Not to mention better Outlook indexing.)

If you read around DC, you'll see that I did extensive testing (Darwin and others did too) a few years ago. One thing I found out is that no other indexer than Archivarius could reliably index ALL pages of huge documents (1000s of pages) + index comments in Word documents and pdf files, which can be very important/useful if you're a researcher.

- Archivarius for filename search on network/removable disks... However, rarely used here.
88  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Farr freezes : solved but... on: February 15, 2012, 10:43:17 AM
This thread was mentioned in the Newsletter.
So just taking the opportunity add a few words : removing the farr process from the antivirus' scan makes such a difference, it's absolutely worth it.
I can't believe I didn't look into that before.
89  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: --> Newsletter for February 14, 2012 - "Heart of a Bird" on: February 15, 2012, 10:35:15 AM
 Thmbsup
And congratulations for Screenshot Captor v3's Best in Class award !
90  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Farr freezes : solved but... on: February 01, 2012, 03:17:33 AM
Great!
Now this is why I took the time to post this in the first place. I knew I couldn't be alone with this problem. Hopefully, we're not the majority.
91  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Farr freezes : solved but... on: January 31, 2012, 09:49:53 PM
I got exactly the same very annoying symptoms where it just felt that going to the start menu clicking my way through deep hierarchies would be quicker.

- Open MSE's main window (double click on tray icon)
- click "Settings" tab
- On the left part (column) of the MSE window : Click on "Excluded processes"
- Still in MSE, browse to your farr folder and select the FindAndRunRobot.exe process.

That's it. DISCLAIMER : it's not considered a safe practice to exclude processes from an AV scan. In this case though, I don't feel it's too risky. If others want to comment (I'm no security expert) on that issue, they're more than welcome...

You could also click on "Excluded file types" and type "ini" as the extension to exclude. That didn't seem to help, but who knows...

Unfortunately I don't have more time to explore alternatives.

Tell me if that fixes your "overly long delays" problem. (Here it fixed them completely and farr is running as it should Thmbsup and is much more useful this way).
92  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Farr freezes / delays : solved but... on: January 29, 2012, 07:00:58 PM
For a while I got intermittent (and extremely annoying) farr freeze / delays. Didn't do anything about it as I didn't have the time to debug.

Recently decided to solve the problem: Turned out that it was the same problem described in this thread

But the problem is now with Microsoft Security Essentials (I changed antivirus since last time). Excluding ini files in MSE's "Settings" didn't seem to be enough and so I decided to exclude farr's process entirely from MSE's scans. That did it. No more freezes.

Now... I'm wondering how bad does this affect farr's user experience in general : so many people use MSE, I'm certainly not the only one experiencing long farr freezes (I'm on a 3y old laptop, 2.2ghz core2duo). In my case, the freezes were long enough to make me think of installing something else, even after years of use and enthusiasm. If I was new to farr I might have just dumped it right away for something that felt speedier.

Maybe something in the installation process, or somewhere VERY obvious should warn the user? Dunno...

Farr doesn't deserve to look bad because of some ill-mannered AV.
93  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR and Indexing Option - Feedback Requested on: January 06, 2012, 12:53:30 PM
Everything is great when it is working.... but it continually breaks down here. My D:\ drive is my data drive - all data and media files are there. It is the largest and most used drive of the several I have. And Everything drops it at least two or three times a week! I mean, I get some results on D:\ drive, but mostly it ignores it. Settings are correct, the drive is healthy, and Everything initially indexes it along with the others. But then - it decides not to search it any more. No error mentioned in its errorlog.

No other utility or program does this with D:, so I Don’t know why Everything has a problem with it. I do notice though that a few others mention the same issue on their forum, and it is always D:\ drive.

So c'mon mouser!

Thanks!

Jim

Yep, Everything isn't bullet proof : I do experience problems with it too, from time to time (same as the other indexers : files can't be found, etc.) the problem seems to be that the journal or index isn't updated properly. Closing everything / re indexing the drives (which is still pretty fast) solves the problem.
94  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is Clojure the next C ? on: December 13, 2011, 09:15:05 PM
I think it's that lack of innovation/paradigm shift that he's talking about, and without it, it's kind of hard to point to.

At the heart of it, it seems to me that he wants a hardware agnostic language that uses all available resources.

That's exactly what I found "interesting" in this "article". Basically : to what extent languages are / need to be projections of the hardware's own structure ? (By nature, certainly more than pure mathematical language(s).) And how much these ties between languages and hardware actually constrain the languages' own potential...? Are the author's thoughts mere unfounded speculations ? Maybe.

There's a definite exchange/mutual "influence" between languages (in the general sense of systematic means of communicating) and media, which in turn changes the way we think, perceive and understand the world around us. It certainly happens in the computer world.

In any case, I don't know clojure/lisp enough to be able to know how valid or legitimate the author's hypothesis/views are. Is Lisp/Clojure data types, control structures, mathematical like flavor etc. really an advantage ?

That's why I posted here -- I knew I'd get informed opinions.

Simple curiosity on my part. Nothing too serious.  smiley
95  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is Clojure the next C ? on: December 13, 2011, 08:30:09 PM
"The next C"? What's wrong with the existing C?
Nothing, really. 1- It's just a title. 2- "Next" doesn't imply that "previous" is wrong.
96  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is Clojure the next C ? on: December 13, 2011, 03:54:36 PM
Thanks for your insight guys ! Much appreciated. thumbs up
97  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Is Clojure the next C ? on: December 13, 2011, 07:56:11 AM
Interesting article on software vs hardware and... language "evolution".
The Barbarians are at the Gates
98  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FARR Windows Search 0.3.0 on: December 09, 2011, 09:00:32 AM
Thanks phitsc, I didn't realize that (/a etc.).
About stability : thanks for your professionalism. I understand where you're coming from.
At the same time, since we all have limited time, some bugs are inevitable and can't be fixed instantly. What I mean is that your plugin is appreciated even it not (yet) perfect.
99  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FARR Windows Search 0.3.0 on: December 07, 2011, 08:05:35 AM
Hi phitsc,
Apart from the problems mentioned above, it's working well here (I get the occasional crash but it's manageable).
I once got a problem mentioned by ewemoa : after a crash it's like if the connection between farr and WS was broken and I couldn't get any results in farr. Had to restart Windows (I didn't have the time to find out which service to restart exactly and try a variety of strategies.)

That said, I wonder if it would be possible to add the following special Farr modifiers to affect the results:

(from farr's help file)
Quote
+sall
show all matching results, bypassing the normal limit on result count

[...]

-history
do not give bonus scores to items in history

-.
do not show any files, only folders (and aliases)

-\
do not show any matching folders, only files (and aliases)
 
+\
show matching folders

Thanks

PS : I like the natural language option. Makes the searching a no brainer. smiley
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In search of ... information/opinions on VHS to DVD converters on: November 28, 2011, 02:41:41 PM
Thanks for all the details. I won't be transferring anything before next Saturday, but I'll try that out for sure. Will keep you posted.
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