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Developer's Corner / New Twist on Basic
« on: April 26, 2011, 11:28 PM »
There's a new Indy Basic that I think has a lot of potential.
MiniBasic
Accesses the API, NASM, small executable, compiles resources, OOP and some COM.
Here's an example program of a modeless dialog.
##INCLUDE "windows.inc"
##NOCONSOLE
##define IDD_DLG1 1000
##define IDC_STC1 1001
##define IDC_BTN1 1002
##define ERROR_ALREADY_EXISTS 183
@API DestroyWindow(hwnd:int),int
@API CreateDialogParamA(hInstance:int,lpTemplateName:pointer,hWndParent:int,lpDialogFunc:int,dwInitParam:int),int
WINDOW win
int hinstance,hwnd,hdialog,hicon,item
win.Open(0,0,240,180,WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW|WS_VISIBLE|BUFFERED|CENTERED,0,"Modeless Dialog",NULL,&handler)
win.AddControlEx("BUTTON","Click Me!",120,5,70,25,0,0,100)
hicon = ExtractIconA(hinstance,"dia2.exe",0)
SendMessageA(win.GetHandle(),WM_SETICON,0,hicon)
hinstance= GetModuleHandleA(0)

do:processmessages():until win.GetHandle()=NULL
 
func handler(WINDOW wnd),int
select wnd.Message
case ID_CLOSE
DestroyWindow(hdialog)
wnd.Close()
case ID_CONTROL
select wnd.ControlID
case 100
if wnd.NotifyCode = 0 and item = 0 then
hdialog = CreateDialogParamA(hinstance,IDD_DLG1,hwnd,&ToolDlgProc,0)
ShowWindow(hdialog,SW_SHOW)
item = 1
end if
end select
end select
return 0
endf
func ToolDlgProc(hwnd:int, Message:uint,wParam:int,lParam:int)
Select Message
Case WM_COMMAND
If LOWORD(wParam) = IDC_BTN1 then DestroyWindow(hdialog)
item = 0
End Select
Return 0
endf
Give it a look, there's a demo version and if you like it it's only $21.95....License includes free updates.

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Living Room / Homeland Security Shutting Down Web Copyright Violators
« on: November 26, 2010, 09:00 PM »
How this is a function of national security is beyond me.

Homeland Security seizes domain names
The investigative arm of the Homeland Security Department appears to be shutting down websites that facilitate copyright infringement.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized dozens of domain names over the past few days, according to TorrentFreak.
ICE appears to be targeting sites that help Internet users download copyrighted music, as well as sites that sell bootleg goods, such as fake designer handbags.
The sites are replaced with a note from the government: "This domain named has been seized by ICE, Homeland Security Investigations."

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General Software Discussion / A cool Screen saver
« on: June 29, 2010, 09:30 PM »
I ran across this really cool screen saver written in ZGameEditor that really impressed me.
You can find it here.
http://www.emix8.org.../viewtopic.php?t=680
The guy who wrote it really deserves some kudos, it's very impressive IMO.
I included a little screen shot but to see it in motion is pretty cool.

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Living Room / FCC Moves to Regulate Internet
« on: June 20, 2010, 11:12 AM »
Hold on to your wallets.
FCC Moves to Regulate Internet--Even Though the Law Calls for Internet to be 'Unfettered by Federal or State Regulation'
(CNSNews.com) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday to begin the formal process of bringing the Internet under greater federal control – a move sought by both President Barack Obama and FCC Chairnman Julius Genachowski--even though federal law calls for an Internet "unfettered by Federal or State regulation."
 
This step comes after the federal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in April rebuked the FCC in its attempt to enforce a controversial regulatory doctrine called Net Neutrality, which  would allow the government to prevent private Internet providers from deciding which applications to allow on their networks.
 
The court said that the FCC did not have the authority to prevent Comcast, specifically,  from blocking certain peer-to-peer Web sites.
 
The FCC is now trying to reclassify the Internet to broaden its authority over the Web. Currently, the FCC only has “ancillary” authority, meaning it can regulate Internet access only in the process of regulating another service that it has direct authority over, such as television or cable.
 
The 3-2 party-line vote on Thursday at the FCC began the formal process of reclassifying the Internet as a telecommunications service instead of an information service – its current classification. This is necessary because, as an information service, the government has little power to regulate Internet networks.
 
As a telecommunications service, such as a telephone network, the Internet would fall under a much broader regulatory scope – giving the government the power to enforce universal service requirements, making them pay into a federal universal service fund used to provide communications services to poor areas.
 
The FCC will now begin the mandatory public comment period, where it will solicit input from private companies and citizens about whether it should reclassify the Internet and, if so, how it should do it.
 
The Commission has three options for going forward. First, it can decide not to reclassify the Internet at all, continuing to treat it as an information service. Second, the FCC can completely reclassify the Internet as a telecommunications service, granting the Commission broad powers over it. Third, it could seek a middle ground, reclassifying the Internet as a telecom service but exempting Internet providers from most of the regulations associated with other telecommunications services.
 
This last approach, presented at the hearing as the “third way,” is the preferred avenue of Genachowski, who unveiled the plan in May.
 
The “third way” approach would still allow the government the authority to heavily regulate the Internet because it would be classified as a telecom service. However, under this approach, the FCC claims it will exercise “forbearance,” a regulatory doctrine whereby the government promises not use its regulatory authority in most cases.
~snip~

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Living Room / Evil, evil trojans and virii
« on: August 21, 2008, 11:55 PM »
This week I've had the pleasure of fighting with a persistent and evil Trojan/virus on my system that finally required a wipe of my hard drive and installation of Windows XP.
No anti-virus software that I tried wouldn't even recognize that I had a Trojan/virus.
What it would do is execute an instance of IE and display various advertising webpages and slow my system down. The offending executable would show up in the task manager as dEmE3H1V.exe.
A search of the system would show dEmE3H1V.exe_pf in the windows pref etch folder and dEmE3H1V.exe with dEmE3H1V._a_a in the system32 folder.
Deleting them of course was futile as they would replicate themselves at a later time.
After they were deleted IE would close due to an error in D6M3t6p7.dll, Of course I have no idea what this browser "helper" was supposed to do. Disabling it had no effect.
Googling these items showed no results.
The result of these "items" running was multiple crashes and a slowing of my system, I believe that this virus/Trojan was picked up through my sons My Space account.

It's already too late to save myself from the damage caused by these but I wanted to post a warning and maybe get some input on protecting systems from possible unknown threats that others may have encountered, and start a thread on real time little known threats that are out there and how to fix or avoid them.

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Living Room / Wireless Internet signal allergy
« on: May 24, 2008, 10:06 PM »
Wow, bet you all didn't know that those wi-fi transmitters were putting you all in danger...did you?
Or that the act of transmission was a form of discrimination.
Group wants Wi-Fi banned from public buildings
A group in Santa Fe says the city is discriminating against them because they say that they're allergic to the wireless Internet signal. And now they want Wi-Fi banned from public buildings.

Arthur Firstenberg says he is highly sensitive to certain types of electric fields, including wireless Internet and cell phones.

"I get chest pain and it doesn't go away right away," he said.

Firstenberg and dozens of other electro-sensitive people in Santa Fe claim that putting up Wi-Fi in public places is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The city attorney is now checking to see if putting up Wi-Fi could be considered discrimination.

But City Councilor Ron Trujillo says the areas are already saturated with wireless Internet.

"It's not 1692, it's 2008. Santa Fe needs to embrace this technology, it's not going away," Trujillo said.

The city attorney hopes to have a legal recommendation by the end of the month.
Looking to sue for the BIG money.

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Living Room / To Compress or not to compress
« on: May 14, 2008, 09:19 PM »
Just out of curiosity, how do you all feel about compressing your main drives?
Does everyone do it?
Any pros and most importantly cons?
I can google around I suppose and get opinions but I was wondering how folks here feel about it.

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Living Room / Losing it all
« on: January 24, 2008, 11:26 PM »
And then Poof....it's gone......
Couple of instances in the news today that should have everyone talking about backing up that critical data.

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General Software Discussion / Web developers spank M$
« on: December 13, 2007, 08:58 PM »
Users, Web developers vent over IE7
December 04, 2007 (Computerworld) -- Users of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) turned a blog post by a Microsoft Corp. program manager into a complaint free-for-all that took the company to task for not following through on browser upgrade promises and alienating Web developers.

In the posting to the IE team's blog, Tony Chor, the group program manager, used the passing of IE7's first year to tick off several milestones for the browser, including a claim that its user base recently reached 300 million. "This makes IE7 the second most popular browser after IE6," Chor said in the post. "IE 7 is already No. 1 in the U.S. and U.K., and we expect IE7 to surpass IE6 worldwide shortly."

Chor also said that IE7's integrated antiphishing filter stops an estimated 900,000 phish attempts each week, and that the support call volume for Microsoft's browser line is down 20% from a year ago. "This is typically a sign that the product is more stable and has fewer issues than the previous release," Chor said.

But while Chor was loquacious about IE7, he gave short shrift to news about the next edition. "While we're happy with how well IE7 is doing, as always, we continue to listen to our customers and find ways to further improve Internet Explorer. Look for more news on this front in the coming weeks."

That drove some users to question Microsoft's commitment to a statement made by Bill Gates last year that the company would upgrade Internet Explorer more frequently. In March 2006, Gates acknowledged that the six years between the release of IE6 and IE7 was too long an interval, then said Microsoft would crank out a new edition of Internet Explorer every nine to 12 months.

"Congratulations. In the same time frame [since IE 7's debut], Firefox went 2.0 and launched 3.0 beta, Safari has gone to 3.0, including a version for Windows," said someone identified as Paul. "Let's see ... six years for IE7, so you guys are on track to have IE8 by what, 2012? Your problem is you think in terms of years."

~snip~

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Do we really want these politicians passing this kind of legislation under cover?
Those Sneaky Politicians
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill saying that anyone offering an open Wi-Fi connection to the public must report illegal images including "obscene" cartoons and drawings--or face fines of up to $300,000.
That broad definition would cover individuals, coffee shops, libraries, hotels, and even some government agencies that provide Wi-Fi. It also sweeps in social-networking sites, domain name registrars, Internet service providers, and e-mail service providers such as Hotmail and Gmail, and it may require that the complete contents of the user's account be retained for subsequent police inspection.

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Living Room / Net Neutrality, Good for Innovation?
« on: November 25, 2007, 06:48 PM »
Half Bytes
The inherent problem is that if no one can profit from innovation then who can we count on to improve the internet?
Can we actually count on the government to provide the necessary improvements to the web to take it through this century?
Personally I can't think of anything the government has become involved in that turns out for the best, normally what you end up with is bloated and outdated bureaucracies that fail on too many levels to provide the essential services needed.

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Backing up Data with your printer
PaperBack is a free application that allows you to back up your precious files on the ordinary paper in the form of the oversized bitmaps.


images added:
Screenshot - 10_2_2007 , 10_50_24 AM_thumb.png
options.gif

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Living Room / Problem Windows Genuine Advantage
« on: August 25, 2007, 03:13 PM »
Microsoft's WGA not validating

Started seeing this being reported around the web. OS's affected are WinXP and Vista.

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Living Room / iPhone Hacked
« on: August 24, 2007, 10:53 PM »
iPhone Hacks

Well it looks as if the exclusivity between Apple and AT&T can't survive the world of cyberspace. Three seperate hacks for the iPhone are now available with 2 claiming to be software only.

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Living Room / Fair Use
« on: August 01, 2007, 11:08 PM »
Fair use and the Web

A little opinion and a couple of interesting links on Fair Use.

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Living Room / "Decrapify" your PC
« on: June 24, 2007, 12:02 AM »
Half Bytes
It seems like every new PC bought out there has trial software installed nagging the crap out of you to purchase it every day, week, month etc.
You always mean to clean it out but you never quite get around to it, instead you put up with or disable the nagging.

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Living Room / Microsoft's proposed new user interface
« on: May 30, 2007, 10:15 PM »
Microsoft unveils new touch screen user interface called Surface.
Video here.
Microsofts "Surface"


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Living Room / Need a place to RANT!!!!
« on: May 07, 2007, 02:04 PM »
Pet Peeves

Now you can complain about anything, and someone will actually listen

Go on....you know you want too.  :P

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Living Room / Almost 50% of Americans shun high tech
« on: May 07, 2007, 08:55 AM »
The Technologies gap

A Fox News article points to a research study done by the Pew Internet and American Life Project that found that nearly 50 Percent of Americans have little use for Internet and cell Phones.
In a nutshell the findings are:


8% are avid and voracious users of all things high tech
23% of users embrace technologies for social networking and employment
10% rely on mobile devices
10% use tech devices but find them a bother
49% use tech devices occasionally or are hostile towards high tech

The groups are broken down into 10 different groups of users with one group (8%) being referred to as the "Lackluster Veterans".



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Developer's Corner / Need some Web advice
« on: May 05, 2007, 08:59 PM »
OK I've looked around but I'm having trouble trying to find what I want.

What I want to be able to do is place a folder on a server and set up a location on my webpage that will read a text file placed into that folder to display the text as it's formatted in the text file.

I hope I'm explaining this right cause I sure can't figure out how to google for it.   ;D

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Living Room / Digg Revolt
« on: May 02, 2007, 04:47 PM »
Instead of repeating the whole thing again here, here's a quote and a link.

It seems that Digg, the user powered community, has found themselves on the back end of a user revolt.
A user submitted the HD-DVD AACS Processing Key number,which can be used to unlock the copy protection for Hi-Def movies, to the site.
Apparently Digg decided that it exposed them to some liability and then deleted the post.
Well the original poster then reposted it and then reportedly went to bed only to find his post deleted and his account at Digg suspended.
Well throughout the night and the next morning it created quite a fuss, and as the article relates it became the top Digg, and then suddenly it all disappeared.
Most blogs and articles, when writing about what happened next, label the reaction a "user revolt" with other users by the thousands posting the same encryption code over and over.
So many in fact that it became apparent that Diggs editors couldn't possibly keep up with or remove all the posts and posters.


What has Digg dug for themselves?


*edited to add a little more info*

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Living Room / Researchers: Scrap the Internet and Start Over
« on: April 14, 2007, 07:36 PM »
Little news for thought.
NEW YORK —  Although it has already taken nearly four decades to get this far in building the Internet, some university researchers with the federal government's blessing want to scrap all that and start over.

One challenge in any reconstruction, though, will be balancing the interests of various constituencies. The first time around, researchers were able to toil away in their labs quietly. Industry is playing a bigger role this time, and law enforcement is bound to make its needs for wiretapping known.

There's no evidence they are meddling yet, but once any research looks promising, "a number of people (will) want to be in the drawing room," said Jonathan Zittrain, a law professor affiliated with Oxford and Harvard universities. "They'll be wearing coats and ties and spilling out of the venue."


Consider the vested interests if this gets off the ground.  :tellme:
Read the rest HERE.

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General Software Discussion / Windows PowerShell
« on: April 13, 2007, 06:45 AM »
Anybody using Windows PowerShell?
If so what do you think about it?

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Microsoft Launches Security for Windows

Live One Care

90 day free trial, if anyone can find out how much it costs for the subscription post it here.
I can't seem to locate the cost without em asking me to whip out my Credit Card.

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Living Room / Too Funny
« on: May 13, 2006, 11:53 AM »
Ok, I saw this over at the Masm forum and just had to link to this one.
Stupid Users

 :greenclp:

The other stuff is pretty hilarious too. :Thmbsup:

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