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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The fun of installing custom router firmware (tomato, dd-wrt) - an introduction on: Today at 07:22:27 PM

No solder here, head is thoroughly pinned...

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2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scary Driveby Attack / Mysterious failure / Other on: Today at 07:15:25 PM
^ serious - over 21 years here. Do it for health and for the expense reduction... the irritability is just a side benefit.  tongue
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need a way to modify a Subject Line in Outlook Email using Scripts or Rules on: April 14, 2014, 08:44:11 PM
What kind of spam-blocking software is used on your mail server, or what external service are you using?  What kind of mail server software (MTU) is it (Exchange, postfix, sendmail...)?
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: application help on: April 09, 2014, 07:59:29 PM
I'm not as close to the development side of our business (vs projects and break/fix), but I know we are always trying to find Sharepoint developers.  Not that I'd wish that on anyone...
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Conduit A is Killing Me on: April 08, 2014, 08:36:02 PM
Document backup, then if it's that nasty hit it with DBAN.

Then reinstall.  Or, as Mouser said, if you have a good image backup, restore from there.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: application help on: April 08, 2014, 08:25:20 PM
Programming is not the fast track to getting there.

A programming language is an awesome puzzle kit that you can put together in countless ways, and in the end when you have made it do what you wanted to do, you get your payback from seeing it work. Then you look again and say "y'know I could have done it better this other way in that part right there..."

Aim to have fun figuring stuff out. There are so many languages, all so different in style and approach and how picky they are, that one of them will work well with how your brain works. The basic concepts will be the same - break a problem down into parts and build something to do each part. These days I am lazy (I write mostly in Rexx) but I've also used assemblers for 6502, 68000 and IBM mainframes, with a few other things thrown in. The details are wildly different, but the process is the same. Play around and get comfortable with one language, and others will come easier.

If it ends up being something that you can enjoy, then you win the game. If you can do it for a living, then that's the double bonus. But just remember, all that FOSS that's around is done for love, not for money! Programming can make your life much richer than your wallet.  tongue
7  DonationCoder.com Software / Skwire Empire / Re: Skwire Empire Problems? on: April 08, 2014, 06:58:47 PM
Did you upgrade due to the TLS heartbleed read overrun?
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Micro-review: Scapple on: April 08, 2014, 06:56:18 PM
After an extremely brief look at both Scapple and yEd, I think I'll play with both some more. yEd seemed to do some things more intuitively than Scapple (for my brain anyway) but it had a busier look. Also there's that note in the license terms about "yEd can stick some objects somewhere in what you do that says you used yEd" (or something similar)... sounded a little odd, but it was clearly right out there in the open.
9  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: Best PC User Time Controller? on: April 07, 2014, 07:55:01 PM
For example, on Chrome there's an extension called StayFocusd

Thanks for the tip - I could probably use this for my boy's pc for awhile (he's 6 so he may take awhile figuring out how to get around it) but I'll need something else for my girl's pc since she already has several different browsers in use.  I'll look around though -- excellent suggestion!
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: send PNG by email but inserted into email instead of as an attachment on: April 07, 2014, 07:36:07 PM
If you use Outlook as your MUA, you can just paste the clipboard image into an email directly. Take the screen shot, go to your email, paste.  As long as your screen shot program copies to the clipboard, of course (which Screenshot Captor and Greenshot both do).  If you need to resize, click the image and drag the corner until it's ok.  Outlook is far from perfect but it does make some things easy.

(FWIW, every email client I have ever used is far from perfect.  tongue)

For existing images open a message and choose Insert, Pictures and then select the files you want; that will insert them all at once into the message.  You may have to resize them if the rez isn't what you want, and add your text in appropriate places, of course.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Off topic but does anhyone know wherei can get a Guaranted real JAVA installer on: April 06, 2014, 05:34:50 PM
Did you check the Jave manual download page?  Download the offline installer and at least you'll have it ready.  (32 and 64 bit versions, get one of each.  tongue)
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: are wireless projectors just a bandwidth hog? on: April 06, 2014, 08:24:13 AM
That is of course when the school has no fiber connection(s) to the internet.

I hadn't even thought of that - I was only thinking about the projection needs. Add source acquisition and it's a double whammy. Unless you're streaming from a phone or tablet that isn't going to eat any wifi.
13  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: Best PC User Time Controller? on: April 05, 2014, 10:32:32 AM
Betsy, were you able to try any of the options from here, or did you find anything else that works for you?  I know a lot of families have the same issues, and sometimes having the technology enforce limits makes it easier.

I'm tempted to try the Kids PC Time Administrator that app mentioned above, looks like it could do a great job. What's missing is granular control over Internet sites.  In our house the kids could surf Youtube all day, it would be nice to have some capability to control the maximum Youtube time per day the same way it does computer time.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Email Extractor? on: April 02, 2014, 05:06:36 AM
I'm uncertain of exactly what you're looking for. Do you mean you'd like something that can email you the contents of a web page? Or do you have a sample of the web page you have in mind?
15  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Command line - Some questions on: April 01, 2014, 09:06:02 PM
I installed the Winrar trial, and I don't see that it's possible with the product. You can select files and folders and choose "Add to archive..." from the Winrar context menu, and the only choices it offers are RAR, RAR5 and ZIP. I don't see that it supports .xpi out of the box at all.

In my ignorance I looked up what xpi files are, and they appear to be plain zip files, preferably without compression, that include a install.rdf file, that are used to package Firefox extensions.  Do you create extensions a lot?  Or is there some advantage for naming archives with .xpi?

It looks like send-to sends a blank-separated list of files to a script. Create a batch file in C:\Users\whoever\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo named tester.bat and add these two lines:

    echo %*%
    pause

and then select several files and send-to the tester.bat entry. You'll see the list contains the full filenames separated with a blank, with surrounding quotes if needed. I'd have to play with it a bit but should be able to write a batch to add files to a zip and then rename it to .xpi. I don't know that I'd use for, and I'd probably opt for the info-zip zip.exe for simplicity although I'd look at winrar's command line options.
16  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Command line - Some questions on: April 01, 2014, 07:59:10 PM
I don't think the "for" command works the way you want. But most archivers these days already have a context menu extension that should let you add files or folders to a compressed file - I expect Winrar should too. If it doesn't, check here for instructions to turn it on.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / April 1, 2014 on: March 31, 2014, 08:55:53 PM
It's already April 1 in some places... anyone run into a great, well-done gag this year?

Docstoc ran this article on the best from the past.  They mentioned some good ones I hadn't seen before, including this one from 2008 and this one from 1957(!!), both from the BBC.

Wonder what Google has in store?
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 29, 2014, 05:23:26 PM
This page looks like a newer version of the page you linked to a few posts above, and it seems to indicate you need .NET 4.0 even for Express installations:

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.NET 3.5 SP1 is a requirement for SQL Server 2012 when you select Database Engine, Reporting Services, Master Data Services, Data Quality Services, Replication, or SQL Server Management Studio, and it is no longer installed by SQL Server Setup.
•   If you run Setup on a computer with the Windows Vista SP2 or Windows Server 2008 SP2 operating system, and you do not have .NET 3.5 SP1, SQL Server Setup requires you to download and install.NET 3.5 SP1 before you can continue with the SQL Server installation. The error message includes a link to the download center, or you can download .NET 3.5 SP1 from Windows Update. To avoid interruption during SQL Server Setup, you can download and install .NET 3.5 SP1 before you run SQL Server Setup.
•   If you run Setup on a computer with the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 operating system, you must enable .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 before you install SQL Server 2012.
•   If you run Setup on a computer with the Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 operating system, the SQL Server Setup automatically downloads and installs the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. This process requires internet access.
If there is no internet access, it is required to download and install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 before you run Setup to install any of the above mentioned components. For more information about the recommendations and guidance on how to acquire and enable .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8, see Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Deployment Considerations (http://msdn.microsoft.com...windows/hardware/hh975396).
.NET 4.0 is a requirement for SQL Server 2012. SQL Server installs .NET 4.0 during the feature installation step.
•   If you are installing the SQL Server Express editions, ensure that an Internet connection is available on the computer. SQL Server Setup downloads and installs the .NET Framework 4 because it is not included in the SQL Server Express media.
•   SQL Server Express does not install .NET 4.0 on the Server Core mode of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or Windows Server 2012. You must install .NET 4.0 before you install SQL Server Express on a Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or Windows Server 2012.

Powershell 2.0 also:

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SQL Server 2012 does not install or enable Windows PowerShell 2.0; however Windows PowerShell 2.0 is an installation prerequisite for Database Engine components and SQL Server Management Studio. If Setup reports that Windows PowerShell 2.0 is not present, you can install or enable it by following the instructions on the Windows Management Framework page.

You can check the Powershell version from a powershell window:

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PS C:\windows\system32> echo $PSVersionTable

Name                           Value
----                           -----
PSVersion                      3.0
WSManStackVersion              3.0
SerializationVersion           1.1.0.1
CLRVersion                     4.0.30319.18449
BuildVersion                   6.2.9200.16628
PSCompatibleVersions           {1.0, 2.0, 3.0}
PSRemotingProtocolVersion      2.2

I hate to suggest to anyone they install any extra .net, but maybe that'll help?
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 26, 2014, 06:41:15 PM
PS- looks like an interesting program, hopefully you will get it working and write another excellent review of it!  Thmbsup
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 26, 2014, 06:32:03 PM
I don't care for the recent SQL server installers, I think they're cumbersome and they can be misleading.  That said, if you run the "checker" (picture here) does it still report a problem?

Can you try running the installer as admin with UAC completely disabled?

Does it absolutely require SQL2012?  You could try 2008R2 (download link here) instead and see if that is sufficient.  (Then you could run the 2012 installer to upgrade if you find yourself with too much free time!  tongue)
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Word under attack. Don't open RTF files! on: March 25, 2014, 07:51:51 PM
^ Heehee!
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 24, 2014, 06:26:57 PM
I asked my boss to order us a few of these units, they will come in handy:

Computer Service Tools
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Office 365 and Outlook on: March 23, 2014, 08:24:50 AM
Haven't worked with O365, but with "normal" Exchange you can turn off cached mode. That would solve the not-connected problem, although you go back to all those issues cached mode was supposed to fix for you (like being able to work on email when you can't get to the server).

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 17, 2014, 09:47:04 AM
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“This is a very rare event,” he says. It “may well be the only chance in my lifetime to observe an occultation of a first-magnitude star.”
I guess what Kanye West did to Taylor Swift doesn't count?  tongue
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: what does this say? on: March 15, 2014, 06:24:59 PM
The name might be Jadie, actually.  And the place could be Pox Wyndham - hard to say.

On yet another few listens I'll still go with the twos in the number... that said, just because everything else is gibberish, that does NOT indicate that it's not ALL gibberish...   Grin

(Note that I have the ear of a native American English speaker, of which this ain't!  tongue)
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