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Living Room / Re: Windows Install Date Thingie: I made it!
« on: December 05, 2008, 12:15 PM »
Holy smokes!

I'd kinda forgotten this thread existed.  Thanks, mcvrkovic, for the ping.  :)

ThArGos: I'll check out the link and see what's involved in adapting it.  Also, I'll back-scan thru the thread and collect a list of bugs that need fixin'.

Then, I'll dust off the code and we shall see.

Coding Snacks / Re: IDEA: Windows Desktop Refresh Message Eater
« on: December 03, 2008, 01:15 PM »
OOooh, cool!  Thanks, skrommel.

I'll try it and see... but the underlying issue is that the active window is firing refresh event messages at Windows handle=0 (the desktop).  Would freezing the parent window stop it from broadcasting refresh messages?

Coding Snacks / IDEA: Windows Desktop Refresh Message Eater
« on: December 01, 2008, 04:16 PM »
Here's my issue...

I have an ill-behaved application that I am forced to use, and one of its annoying bugs is that whenever it loads data into its grid, it fires a refresh message at the Windows desktop for EVERY ROW.  So, if I wish to view 1000 records, the Windows desktop goes nuts with refreshing -- icons flicker, child windows redraw.  1000 times in a row.

Needless to say, performance is in the toilet during this time, and I am almost having siezures from my strobing desktop.

Would it be feasible to have a tiny tray applet that, when turned ON, intercepts and disposes of all refresh messages sent to the Windows desktop?  Obviously, if left activated severe cosmetic issues would result... but I anticipate using this hootchie briefly, like only during times when I know my app's grid is going to load records.  So I'd double-click the thingie to disable Windows desktop refresh, then double-click it again to re-enable it.

Any ideas?

Living Room / Re: Why Windows Rules: the QWERTY phenomenon?
« on: December 01, 2008, 03:37 PM »
Thanks for being cool about all this.  I understand now what you were trying to accomplish.

However, I'm uncomfortable with the response my simple statement of opinion generated.  I've spent entirely too much time defending and explaining a position I don't even care about.

The end result is that I no longer feel qualified to express opinions unless I am prepared to do battle, High School Debate Club style.  That's not fun, and not why I come here.  I am not a newbie -- check my stats.

So, I'll go back to posting fun/amusing doo-dads and leave the heavy debate to the more qualified.

Have fun.

Living Room / Re: Why Windows Rules: the QWERTY phenomenon?
« on: December 01, 2008, 11:29 AM »
Paul, I respect your deep knowledge.  You have a very precise style of laying out facts that is a pleasure to read.

But.  I feel like you're fixating on key words in my text (e.g. "upgrade", "lynx") and running with those, breaking things down to the subatomic level and reassembling them differently than I meant.  Obviously I am not able to articulate my real point: that O/S agnostism is something to strive for, and spending time worrying about why Windows both rules and sucks at the same time is not productive.  I view that as a failure on my part, as I pride myself on communications skills.  Maybe as we get to know each others' posting style this will ease somewhat -- I'm really a nice guy, and I'm sure you are too. No harm, no foul.

But for now I will bow out of this thread, declare you the winner of a debate I didn't even know I was participating in, and let things go.

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