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Living Room / Happy Birthday Skwire
« on: February 22, 2021, 08:53 AM »
♪ ♬ Happy Birthday to you... ♪ ♬

Wait a minute....   :huh:

♪ ♬ It's your birthday, and we don't care! ♪ ♬
♪ ♬ Gloom, doom and despair! ♪ ♬

Dern that other personality...   >:(

♪ ♬ Happy Birthday deaaaarrrrrrr Joooooooody... ♪ ♬
♪ ♬ Happy Birthday to you... ♪ ♬

When you work with Powershell, you have to work with CSV files.  I hate working with Microsoft Office (even though I'm a 365 admin! doh!), so Excel is out.

The best thing I've found so far is CSVPad - its interface is perfect and I love it - BUT you cannot open things with it via the commandline.  It was made from CSVForm, but the coder left out that part of the code. 

You see, I use FreeCommander, and I attach the little csv editor to a button on the toolbar.  So I can just select the csv file and click the button to get a quickie view/edit for the file.  Right now I'm using CSV Form, but it lacks a lot by way of usability.  CSVPad won't open the file because it lacks the commandline to open via %1.  I wish I had the source code for that (it's in Delphi, though).

Now, CSV Form is also in Delphi, but I don't know Delphi, and it would take me some time to get my head wrapped around it.

There are other csv editors out there, but they are either written in ugly Java or they are part of an office suite that I don't want.

What I'm looking for is a standalone app (not part of any suite) designed for CSV Files that is easy to see and use, and isn't a Java app.  I love toolbars.  I really just want CSV Pad to work correctly - that would be perfect.

Anyone have some ideas?  Or is anyone willing to make something nice out of CSVForm?

My project is a web-application that I'm writing using C# webforms.
I have a few hundred small text blocks - (actually prayers) that I want to load into the web page and arrange so the user can easily find what they want.

Now, my question is how to store them.
I could put them in XML or an access database or a sql database, or I can just type them all right into the web page.

The thing is that if I put them in a database, I can enclose everything in the proper divs that the webpage needs to display them with sortable jquery menus and accordians.  If I typed them into the webpage, it would be hard to know what is in the page, exactly, and I'd have to type all the divs.  So, I'm leaning toward a database or xml for storing the prayers with their titles, imprimaturs, and perhaps comments.

Should I use xml, sql or accdb for storing things?  Which would be faster to load and search?

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / N.A.N.Y 2021: Incipitor
« on: October 03, 2020, 10:59 AM »
NANY 2021 Entry Information

Application Name Incipitor
Version 1.2
Short Description A handy, dandy tool to add shortcuts to your Start Menu
Supported OSes Windows 7 and Windows 10
Web Page DC Members: bgmCoder
Version History
  • 1.0 First Release - October 23, 2020
  • For complete history, view the program's help file[/]
Author Link to Author's Profile page

At my workstation I like to use Open Shell (revamp of Classic Shell) and to manually organize my Start Menu so it works as an effective and efficient program launcher.  Since I often need to add items to the Start Menu's folder structure, I wrote Incipitor (incipit is Latin for "start").  This allows me to add those not-installed applications to the menu.

  • Settings for adding and removing Incipitor in the Windows context menu for all files.
  • Drag-n-drop onto the main window.
  • Customizations for the context menu.
  • Allows for renaming of the shortcut file before creation.
  • Maybe I'll make an installer so that the context menu can be added/removed without the user having to do it manually from the application.

Planned Features
Cleanup task to remove invalid shortcuts
Backup Start Menu

FoldersTab.png SettingsTab.png  InfoTab.png

Here is the Context Menu entry

Here is what my Start Menu looks like, using Open Shell and all organized.

Unzip the package and run Incipitor.exe.  Then click the "Install" button to add to the context menu.

Using the Application
Once installed, you can use the Windows context menu on files to add them to the start menu.  Incipitor's window will appear allowing to you choose what folder to place the shortcut into, and allow for you to name it whatever you like.

You need to run Incipitor as Administrator to install it to the context menu. After that you can run it with normal rights.

Push the uninstall button to remove it from the context menu, then just delete the application folder.  It will not do anything to the Start Menu folder.

Version History
version 1.1: 
Fixed missing version info in the executable's Resource Table.
Added icons
Added ability to rename the folders
Added a "Save Settings" button

Use it with Open Shell.  It's not so useful when used with the normal Windows 10 Start Menu.  However, it would work great on Windows 7.

Known Issues
Just remember to use the "uninstall" button in the main window to remove the context menu entry if you decide to delete Incipitor.  Also, the folder structure only dives 2 directories deep.  You get all the folders in the Start Menu folder and one level of sub-folders below that, but no further.  This isn't so much an issue as a limitation, though.  I could change that if anyone really wants it.

General Software Discussion / Pixarra Pixel Studio and Icon Editing
« on: October 03, 2020, 10:39 AM »
Hi, all,  I just found that you can get Pixarra Pixel Studio for free (just today) from SharewareOnSale.

Now, SWOS regularly releases Pixarra applications for freebie, but I wanted to draw attention to Pixel because it looks like a really good program for creating icons for your DC applications. 

I usually collect all of these Pixarra programs and install them, and then never use them (hee hee).  But just trying them out, they have some very interesting approaches to digital artwork.  This Pixel program looks like it would actually make the creation of program icons - well, fun!

Normally for my own programs, I start with an icon from some long-forgotten collection and alter it to my needs using an old SIB Icon editor.

The only thing about using Pixel to create program icons is that it isn't an "icon editor" per se - it's a pixel art editor.  It excels at the art part, but not at the icon part.  But I also know how tedious it is in SIB Icon editor to go and make your 256x256p icon look nice if you had originally started out with a 32x32p image - you almost have to redraw the entire thing.  That's where Pixel Studio would come in.  But you'd still have to resort to your icon editor (unless there is a feature I cannot find) to save the different icon sizes into the icon.

Living Room / How to Make a Quiz for American Accents
« on: September 16, 2020, 10:36 AM »
One of my jobs is to produce a children's magazine.  I was thinking that a fun article would be a little quiz to show them what kind of an American accent they have. 

However, I'm not quite sure how to go about it.

There are several online quizzes.  Here is a pretty accurate one (IMHO), which pinned me pretty well for my Midwest accent.  But this one is an online test.

I am thinking of asking the questions and each answer gives a number score and at the end of the quiz you add up the numbers and if you scored with certain values, then you choose from an answer key.  This is how the site above works if you look at the javascript.

But I thought I would ask y'all to see if you have any good ideas.

Screenshot Captor / Delete white space
« on: January 01, 2020, 09:27 PM »
So, I've taken a screenshot of a window that has a dropdown menu showing (for the docs for my NANY application, in fact!), and I do it over a white background.

Is there a way in SC to use the magic wand to render the selected area as transparent?  Normally I have to open Photoshop just do this.
In SC, I can select the white area, but when I push the delete button, nothing happens.

Screenshot Captor / Larger Toolbar Buttons
« on: January 01, 2020, 09:25 PM »
Is there a way for SC to display it's toolbar with 32px icons?  I'm talking about the toolbar in the editing window.

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Systemus
« on: September 08, 2019, 04:35 PM »
NANY 2020 Entry Information

Application Name Systemus
Version 1.5.1
Short Description A Handy Dandy System Tool
Supported OSes Windows 7, Windows 10 to some degree
Web Page http://www.dcmembers...r/download/systemus/
Download Linkhttp://www.dcmembers.../download/systemus/#
System Requirements
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 10?
Version History
Author bgmCoder

A Handy Dandy System Admin Tool
To do all those things you *want* to do when managing a new system.

This program will trigger most antivirus apps; make sure you add System's folder to your antivirus exclusion list.  Also, if you use this on your flashdrive, beware of the computer's antivirus or it will steal the exe from you.  I've never been able to figure out exactly what is making this app appear dangerous, so I can't fix that.  I also don't ask for any money or anything in return, so if you don't use it because you are afraid, then I'm not going to lose any sleep over that.  haha!  I use this program myself and designed it to suit my own purposes.  Hopefully, you will also find it useful.

  • Portable
  • Tiny interface
  • Completely customizable menus, commands and main interface
  • Advanced RUN box with memory - this needs some work, however; just warning you.
  • Instant Computer Info in main panel - click the values to copy to the clipboard.
  • Access the default Windows system menus, control panels and commands
  • Add your own commands
  • Have multiple menu and info configurations and switch betwen them.
  • All of the program menus also appear as a menu for the system tray icon

Planned Features
I wrote this program because I often have to set up computers for other people, or I have to do maintenance or fixes.  It seems I always end up using a whole bunch of programs to do things - a folder full of tools, and I can't remember or find the ones I want, sometimes.  With Systemus, I have a single program that I can use as a launcher.  It also tells me the most basic system information that I want, such as ipaddress and mac address, Windows version and what model of computer I'm working on.

There are still a bunch of bugs to fix and some features to tweak.

Simply extract the contents to whereever you like.

Using the Application
Using this program, you get a one-stop program that can give you quick links to all the Windows control panels, built-in applications, and system menus.  You can customize the menus to contain just the ones you like, and you can add links to your own programs, portable or non-portable.  You can run scripts, batch files - anything you want.  You can even add your own menus and submenus.

Delete the folder containing the application and its settings.

Known Issues
Well, I am writing it to work for Windows 7.  Most of the commands should work for Windows 10, too, but I don't have any way to test this.  When I finally migrate my computer to Windows 10, then I'll update the program with Windows 10 features, but I don't know when this will happen, and it will probably be awhile.  In the meantime, I am willing to accept suggestions.

Systemus will probably trigger your antivirus.  I haven't figured out why, just yet.

Is there any way to run a userscript on a chrome-extension:// url?

I want to make some tweaks to the Feedbro extension, but Tampermonkey won't run on chrome extension pages.

Is there a way to do it?  I don't have to use Tampermonkey.

Living Room / Buying a 2TB SSD to replace my 2TB HDD
« on: August 16, 2019, 02:44 PM »
For some time now I have been considering to replace my workstation's HDD with an SSD.

  • 2TB HDD with partitions for C and D
  • 2TB HDD with partitions for K and I
  • 128GB SSD used for IRST acceleration and also for system's paging file
  • 250GB nvMe SSD where I keep Waterfox, FreeCommander and Thunderbird (the disk was unstable when I got it, but haven't had any trouble since; but didn't want to trust an OS to it)

And my questions for y'all are these:
  • When SSDs first became popular, everyone warned how heavy usage would run them down, but that's a long time ago now.  I'm sure they are more viable now.
  • What SSD should I buy?

I like to run Google Voice in Vivaldi (or Rambox). How can I hide the right-panel? It takes up a lot of room, and there doesn't seem to be any toggle.

Anybody know how to get that panel to toggle closed?  I can't find any control to do that. 
It didn't use to be there; one day it appeared and now I can't close it.  And I can't seem to google up any solution.

If I run the browser in full screen, it's not so bad, but if I run it in a smaller window, I can't hardly see the typing area it is so small, the space is hogged up by the side panel.

Ad blocker is off.  Javascript is enabled.

screenshot_Vivaldi [vivaldi]_042.png

My Windows 7 Workstation keeps having an issue where it cannot connect to network shares on other Windows 7 machines.  I am logged in using a domain account and am domain admin.

Sometimes I can connect, other times no.
It makes no difference if I use the computer's name nor their ip address.
I can always ping the other computer.
The other computer can access MY network shares with no problem.
I've gone through all the obvious stuff.
Netbios is enabled in the ipv4 settings for the adapter.
I can access the network shares on our servers.
Sometimes I can access the other Win7 share, and after awhile, then I can't do it anymore.
Rebooting doesn't help.
All the ip addresses are assigned by the DHCP server and never change.
When I try the network share, I receive a message: "The specified server cannot perform the requested operation".
Error code: 0x80070035
The network path was not found.  (even though I can ping the machine)

I've had this problem for a long time and can't solve it.  Any ideas?

Living Room / Windows 7 always slow after idle
« on: June 11, 2019, 09:25 AM »
My computer has some slowness issue that I can't figure out.  It happens everyday, and I can't really pinpoint what causes it or when exactly it happens.

  • Motherboard: MSI 7370 PC ProMSI Z370 PC Pro
  • RAM: 32 GB DDR4
  • Processor: Intel i5-8600K (not overclocked)
  • Windows 7 Pro
  • Dual Graphics cards: MSI GeForce GT 710 & MSI GeForce GT 730 - using the same driver
  • Three monitors - All the same: Dell S2415H (one connected via VGA, the other two via HDMI)

Now, Intel's 8th gen processors do not "support" Windows 7, therefore the onboard graphics do not work at all because there is no driver available, so I have to use the two graphics cards.  However, Windows 7 runs just fine otherwise.

Also, I am using an internal SSD drive to accelerate my C drive (HDD) with Intel Rapid Storage Technology.

Thunderbird and Waterfox files, profiles and applications are kept on an internal NVM disk - as fast as you can possibly get.

The slowness happens, from what I can tell, after I leave my screensaver on overnight - so I'm suspecting it is on account of system idling.  Slowness consists of certain programs not reacting instantly - there are lags when I type, lags when I click the mouse, if I run the Nox Android Emulator, it is slow to react and sometimes freezes for a second or two before reacting.

I can fix it all by rebooting.  Sometimes if I close programs (doesn't matter which ones), one of them will "release" the lag and everything will go back to normal speeds.

I've defragmented everything.  The machine is not consuming much RAM or CPU - the meters never run past half the total available amount.  Crystal Disk Info reports a "good" health status for all my disks.

The only thing left for me to do is a memtest.

Any other clues here?

Mouser, I somewhat recently upgraded my graphics card.  I have three monitors running on two cards, all use the same driver.

Ever since I did that, when I push the printscreen button (I like that) to enter capture mode, it creates a full-screen image of the monitor being captured and moves it to another monitor along with the sniper crosshairs and I have to move my mouse over there to select the region. 

It used to do this on the monitor where I am making the capture.  Now I have to select the area on the other monitor and it's annoying.

How do I fix this?  I'm running the latest version.

Every other month I publish a childrens' magazine - about 800 copies with 1200 readers.  I have several authours and illustrators, and I write and illustrate, too, but I'm having a hard time keeping track of what should be in future issues, who is doing what article, and what needs to be done.  I've tried doing it in all sorts of ways.

I also have access to full office365, but I'm not sure how to leverage that do do what I need.

Is there an open-source/freeware software that can help handle these things?  Anyone have any good ideas?

General Software Discussion / Sign Up Sheets
« on: April 05, 2019, 10:50 AM »
We are looking for a way to create our own online signup sheets.

I am thinking about where folks could go to a web page and enter their name and email address, and be able to return later, perhaps, to remove or edit their entry.

There are all sorts of these things online, usually with subscription pricing.  But I could also run such a thing on my own webserver.

Anyone have an experience in this realm?

N.A.N.Y. 2019 / NANY 2019: TextWorx - Universal Text Manipulator
« on: December 28, 2018, 12:01 PM »
NANY 2019 Entry Information

Application Name TextWorx
Version 1.4 Thursday, May 16, 2019
Short Description A universal text manipulator managed via context menu. See screenshot attached.
Supported OSes Windows
Web Pagehttp://www.dcmembers...r/download/textworx/
Download Linkhttp://www.dcmembers.../download/textworx/#
System RequirementsTested on Windows 7
Author bgmCoder -->

There are many text editors out there, and not all of them have the text-manipulation functions that you always want or need.  TextWorx is designed to give you a slew of text-manipulation functions at your disposal for whatever text editor you wish to work with.  It has a universal context menu and custom toolbar/s that you open with a hotkey.  First select your text, then call the menu, then the function that you wish to run against that text.

I've longed to share it for a very long time and have been working on and off with it for over 8 years.
Take a look at the online help (although it comes with the same help as a local chm file); there are screenshots, credits and version history there.

Default Global hotkeys (but you can customize them)
win+K to show the menu
win+shift+K to toggle the toolbar

After you have the menu open (or when you push a toolbar button):
  • hold shift to reverse the effect (in many cases)
  • hold control to work the effect on each line in the selection
  • hold control+shift to do both

For example, if you want to encase a word in double-quotes, just select the text, then select the function from the menu.
  • To remove double-quotes, hold shift when you select the function.
  • To encase each line in double-quotes, hold control when you select the function.
  • To remove double-quotes from each line, hold control+shift when you select the function.

Universal context menu for text editors. 
  • Use either Menu or Toolbar - both are completely customizable
  • Over 150 commands - many are unique to TextWorx
  • Completely customizable global hotkeys for Menu, Toolbar and for ANY Command
  • Modify single words, or multiple lines.
  • Easily comment and uncomment code.
  • Quickly create html ordered/unordered lists and inserting html tags.
  • Number and renumber lines (complete with padding and custom number parameters).
  • Sort lines.
  • Insert preset text snippets and characters.
  • Insert the date in multiple fashions.
  • Quickly convert slashes.
  • Toolbar buttons for cut, copy paste using two clipboards
  • Paste as Text, and Send selection to Notepad
  • Search and Replace multiple criteria - example: replace all State abbeviations with their names (and vice versa).
  • Authour takes requests for new commands (the most fun part of it all)


Just extract the contents of the zip file and run the executable.

Using the Application
To use this program, first select some text, then push the hotkey, then select your text-manipulation routine.  The text is transformed and replaced right in your editor.

Just delete all the files.

Living Room / Salvage parts from Control4 for DIY?
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:58 AM »
I have an old control4 hc-500, and am wondering if there is any way to salvage parts from it to use in some DIY automation project.  It has all sorts of connectors and even an IR controller.  Do any of you have an idea of how to re-use any of these parts for something interesting besides craft projects?  Maybe someone knows of some sites that tell about how to do things like this?  In fact, I have all kinds of old computers and parts.

Screenshot Captor / Ragged Edges effect as standalone app
« on: April 30, 2018, 11:45 AM »
Mouser, I LOVE the ragged edges effect produced by Screenshot Captor.  Is it possible to make this into a standalone application?
(another thing I would like is that it would remember my last-used settings)

General Software Discussion / Good, Free Desktop RSS Editor
« on: April 09, 2018, 09:47 PM »
We have a local LAN website and I keep an RSS Feed there for some technical news.
It is a bit painful to edit those feed.xml files manually, so I use a program called RSS Builder.
Problem is that it is ancient, has no Recent Menu, no drag-n-drop, etc, and no updates for 10 years.

So I would love to find a good alternative.  Free is important.
I've tried all the free ones I can find via websearch and like RSS Builder the best of all, but I still don't like even that one.
Now, I would make my own, but I don't have the time.
Ideas, anyone?

Screenshot Captor / Copy BOTH image and path simultaneously
« on: March 28, 2018, 12:13 PM »

Here is my feature request:  add another post-capture option which will copy BOTH the image data AND the file path of the screenshot file to the clipboard together at the same time.

The Windows clipboard is capable of holding more than one kind of format simultaneously - I'm sure you know that.

Here is my reasoning for usage:
I take a screenshot, most of the time I immediately paste the image into my email to embed the image.
But about half the time I need the file path instead and I usually need to paste it into a file-browser dialogue.
If both formats were on the clipboard, the file-browse dialogue would only accept the text anyway - so having the image data won't affect that - AND I wouldn't have to fetch the path manually.
For non text-only applications, the image data should get pasted.

It's an idea; I'm sure there are complications.  What do you think?

Living Room / Image attachment problems
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:34 PM »
I have tried three times to post a handful of images.  Once I accidentally attached a .psd file, another time a .tif, the last time one (or all) were too large.  Every time the editor undoes *all* of the attachments instead of just the offenders.  I've already spent 15 minutes.  I'll try again later, maybe.

My laptop is dead and I want to copy the data from the hard drive - except that the hard drive is an M.2 SSD chip with M key configuration.

I can't even find an adapter to read it with.
The BEST I can come up with is a PCIE card to fit it into my computer - but I don't want that. I also found this one, which accomodates all three m.2 styles.
I'm looking for some external adapter or chip or something.

I have an external SATA bay, if I could find some way to hook it to that.

I did find this, but I'm kind of afraid to shop on this site, and it's out of stock anyway.

Any advice, anyone?  I'm rather stuck.

Ah, maybe this! It will take x2 m-key chips and has a 3.5" SATA interface!

General Software Discussion / Resource Scheduler
« on: January 09, 2018, 08:04 PM »
For some time now I have wanted to make a web-based application (in javascript - but I love jquery) whereby resources can be scheduled.
My premise is this:

Now, Ath has made a nifty bedroom-planner application (for scheduling bunkers, perhaps at a camp) which is similar, and I sort of unwittingly hijacked his NANY thread, so I am starting my own here.

Here is my premise.
(If you haven't read my profile, by the way, I am a Catholic Religious Brother, hence the nature of my premise)

We have here at our house 9 altars.
We have several priests stationed here, and often have visiting priests, and they all need to say Mass everyday.  It is my job to schedule them for a time and an altar.
Normally, a priest only says one Mass per day, but in some larger chapels they might say two.  I also have to schedule altar boys to serve for them.

Presently, I print out a big table and fill everything in by hand since it changes alot.  I used to do this in excel, but it is clumsy to cut and paste.

What I envision for the web application is this:
The user first enters in the names of all the priests so there is a list.
There are preset timeslots. Each Mass lasts about 45 minutes with preparation time.
The altar boys may serve at one time or another, so there needs to be a way to specify which times they are available (depends on their own schedules).

I want to be able to see a sort of layout of timeslots for each altar, and then drag and drop the name of the priest onto a time slot.  The same for the altar boys, but they need to somehow marked as available or not for a particular slot.  The idea is to drag and drop.  When a priest is placed into a slot, he is removed from the waiting list.  The server remains in the servers list if he is available for another time.

I would like to be able to change the calendar from day to week to month.
Also, it is a necessity that I be able to print the week chart so I can hang it in the Sacristy for everyone to see in the mornings when they say Mass, so they know where to go.

So far, I have found this resource calendar framework on github that can provide the calendar part. 

If anyone has any ideas, that would be great.

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