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If this question is in the wrong place, please tell me where to move it.
I have run into a situation where i need to connect a system that runs on a single static ip and give it a 2nd iip that is part of our local main network.
Example the systems must stay active at 184.174.129.235 and i need it also be seen at 10.0.70.xxx.   My first thought was to use a 2nd NIC.  My 2nd thought was to use duel VPNs Servers as a bridge .  The 10.0.70. network already has Softether VPN and adding the same to the 184.174.xxx.xxx network should allow for a VPN Bridge.
But I am not sure which method would best allow for shared folders on the 184.174 system to be accessed by people on the 10.0.70 network. 
The dual nics do work but from everything i can read, this is not the best way to go. 
All pf the systems are running normal Windows 10 x64 Home.  Unfortunately,. MS has recently removed the Homegroup option from 10 Home. 
The third option (which might be best) would be to move the 184.174 system inside the 10.0.70 network but it is an small Apache Web Server that i would prefer to keep on the separate static IP it runs on now.  The folder access is for people that have to load and edit files on the websites.  None of them are proficient enough to deal with an FTP program and need this to be a simple shared network connection if possible

2
I am trying to do something that i can't seem to manage.  During the running if a long script there are several steps where various data is either input or created.  At the end of the script, it is easy to write up a Job-Run Sheet that shows all the parts and pieces and where they got used and how.
I would like to be able to create the Job-Run sheet so that it is filled in while the loader is being run.  The first data entered is the job number and I use that to create a text file named "entered number.txt".  An d i was able to echo the first bit of data into it as line 1
But when i open the file so it can stay open as edited i cannot get the script to continue 
This is a setup for User to create a setup log and it would he helpful if they had that information displayed as it was entered instead of after the fact.  I have been able to create the Job-run <#> text file as well as write the first line but as soon as i open the file for viewing I am unable to return to the original batch script to continue.
This does not have to be a text file at that point as long as the User can see an easy to read listing of what they did so far.
Below is the code where the problem starts. 

set /p snum="Enter Job Number: "
>%snum%.txt echo Job Number is %snum%
call notepad %snum%.txt

>>PS:  I also tried cmd /c with same results
As soon as I call notepad to open the file so it can be read, the script stops.  I want it to stay in view so each step that echos more data to it will display the data in the same way

3
i think I'm getting lost in the iterations which is normal for me :(
i started out trying Find And Replace" (FAR) but never got it to work properly, perhaps due to the unusual characters.
I end up getting a working script using the Set command but hit problems when i tried to run it recursively over all 100+ text files in the folder while keeping the file names unchanged.

Each file is contains a single string repainting a URL and there are no spaces in the string.  The domain portion of each has changed and tht is the only part i need to modify  -  replace the section that says "domain1.com" with "domain2.com" ,change nothing else and keep the original filename.

This has to be done to over a hundred urls stored as named text files in a master folder.

So far this is what i got:

Code: Text [Select]
  1. for /f "tokens=1,* delims=¶" %%A in ( '"type *.txt"') do (
  2. SET string=%%A
  3. SET modified=!string:domain1.com=domain2.net!
  4. echo !modified! >> out.txt
  5. )

This works on a filename by filename basis but requires temporarily renaming the files while they are processed.   I feel sure there is a way to walk the directory recursively and keep the filenames intact during the modification.

As written, the code above requires an infile and an outfile a bunch of renaming and is far more 'work" than should be needed.

I bet 4WD will have what I need right at hand if he is on line.  :).   
I would like for the result to be flexible enough to save the code for use on future projects where i might need to do something similar.

Thanks

4
Thanks to those who offered answers on the php website for hosting files.   

Working from all your suggestions i was finally able to get exactly what i wanted.   Unfortunately, I have run into a problem with the CSS for the folder that contains the document files. 
The hosting file is an Apache Website that does exactly as needed.  I can add a folder to it named 'documents' that will display the documents in it in a perfect format exactly as asked.  The problem is that for it to work,  it requires a specific 'index.php and 'style.css' that are not used elsewhere.  To get the documents to display in all levels of each subfolder,  I have to put th0ose two files in each of the directory levels of every folder. 
Sublevels without those two files use the default Apache directory listing CSS which does not look very good.

Is there a place or file I can use to set the 'documents' folder to always display using the special index.php and style.css on every subdirectory in that folder?
Thanks for advice

5
To describe the problem:  We have a folder called Users on a Windows 10 file-share system.  In it are about 50 subfolders each named for the exact same name as the user that should have read/write access to it.  Occasionally I have had to add someone as a Master to the Users folder with control over all the subfolders and when I do Windows often will change the write access for all subfolders by adding the new Master but in doing so it removes the write access for each user for their own sub-folder.  To fix this requires going to each subfolder, clicking down to properties and sharing permissions and  adding read/write access back to that one folder for its user. Then going to the next for 50 or more Users.

is there a way I could script this process so that it would read the name of the folder and add the user by that name to have read/write access to their folder.  ie:  in the Users folder -  For the subfolder named johnsmith it should add read/write access for the user named johnsmith  then larrybarns would get read write access to the subfolder named larrybarns and so on through all 50.  While doing this it should not change any permissions that already exists for these folders.

If this had not happened more than once already I would not bother to ask.  But since it has I figure there has to be some way faster than going folder by folder clicking to get to the "share permissions", and typing in each users name to add them back to their own folder

6
General Software Discussion / Simple php website for hosting files
« on: August 21, 2019, 07:32 PM »
Looking for the simplest possible way to display a folder along with all of its subfolders including the pdf files in those folders on a webpage.  It needs to have enough controls to allow Wthe Webpage viewers to have read-only access and prevent write/edit except and should require a login and password from Users to access the site.

Essentially this is an electronic version of a filing cabinet with controlled access.
More simply i guess it is an EBook where the individual pages are each separate files

We already have such a program but it includes too many unnecessary features and cannot be loaded using Windows drag and drop due to the inclusion of a MySql database which requires each document to be separately loaded into it through the loader which then tracks all access , a feature we do not need. 

I have tried using Business OneDrive as well as Google drive for this and while it can be done that way, I was not happy with the provisions for controlled access.  And we would prefer keeping the posted documents locally rather that hosted from the cloud

The hosted side should be something where the folder and its files can be loaded using Windows drag and drop into the display area and the whole thing has to be compatible with a WAMP-type Apache Web Host.

Appreciate any guidance.  I am hoping someone might have seen something like this and can point me to the right product

7
Here is the problem: On a Widows 10 system.  Folder B should be an exact duplicate of Folder A. But a check of each shows that B is about .3 TB larger than A.

A is 1.43 TB    B is 1.73 TB.   I need a way to quickly find out why.   Both A and B contain the same number of 2nd level folders so it is something deeper. Until I know what, it is possible that B has some files or folders that need to be added to A.  Or maybe it has duplicates that need to be deleted.  I don't want to use an automated process that would make that choice for me.

A program that could quickly list Only the folders/files that don't match showing file and folder names and sizes would be perfect. Does anyone have any suggestions? I know I have seen many over the years but none come to mind right away.  And this is a kind of rush job.
:(  even Beyond compare is reporting at least 45 minutes to complete the comparison run
guess ill just check back tomorrow

8
I need to move all files of specific file-types from Folder A to Folder B and put them under the same path as they existed in A.  I need to do this on several filetypes but only one type at a time.  If the folder-path already exists in B, the file would just be added to it.  If it doesn't exist, the script would create it during the move.  It might be possible to do this with the right switches using Robocopy but I cant seem to find the right combintion of switches to work as needed.   The script needs to delete the files as they are moved to the new folder (Move insted of copy)
 
If there is a better program for doing this, I would be happy to use it.   I am hoping to be able to delete folder A when done as it should only contain 'trash'.  And folder B would contain only the file-types I need to keep with each in its original folder path.

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This is an unusual situation that just occurred and the techs from the company who wrote the software have no idea and neither do I.  But it is creating a huge problem.

This is a database program that has to be loaded with file links and the only path it will allow is the mapped network drive letter path. for example  R:\docs\filename can be linked to the record in the database as the location for a specific file

This is done by browsing to the R:\docs folder and scrolling down to find the correct file which when clicked fills in the path as R:\docs\"filename" in the database record. 
However:
if the same process is followed and the User decides they want to search for the file in the docs folder, and once the file is found they click it.  THIS time Window Search fills in the database record for the file location using the full UNC path to the file...Without using the Mapped drive letter of R:
The database program has a setting that will not allow it to accept ANY paths that are not specific the the mapped drive letter.   So those that try to input with the UNC path (which is 100% correct in every way) are not accepted with an error that they are not allowed to use other paths that the one with the mapped drive letter.
I can't find any problems with the system  Everything checks out 100% and as long as the user stays in Windows explorer and scrolls down to find the file it always uses the mapped drive letter. 
Does anyone have any idea as to why using SEARCh in that mapped drive location would return a long \\remote server\mapped folder name\filename" and fill it in instead.  It will not work linked like that but if they go back and scroll to the file from the folder it is in, it works properly every time.
And yes, the UNC path translates to the exact mapped network drive path
This ONLY happens if they try to search for the file and it must be something new as no one has ever had this come up before.
My only hope at this time i tuse the old Vsubst program which always seemed to work right.  But no one has ever reported a problem using search before now.  Although i dont really see the need to use search when there are not that many files to scroll though.  Still, i also dont see any reason for Window to return the full UNC path when using deach and yet retunth normal R:\Docs\filename when scrolling tot it.
I have considered the possibility of rebuilding he windows index on that system. I dont yet know if this same bug affects all systems

Thanks

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We have  system that hosts a folder where every employee has a sub-folder for their private use that is named the same as their username for that system.  There have been a couple of times when those rights "per user" get removed.  The folders are fine, the admin access is fine.  But the user who stores files in that folder loses all rights to it for both read and write.  I believe this might be tied to a special archive program that runs every 3 months but i have to track it down.

It wondered if there was a way to walk the directory and read the name of each sub-folder within and Add read/write share permissions for each folder to the user with the same name as the folder.

The main folder named "employees" has sub-folders named johnsmith,   fredwilson,   maryjones,  etc. for about 40 - 50 users
The last two times it happened, i went through the list one by one and restored the read/write permissions.  Since the folder names are the exact same as the user names (no spaces) I was hoping there would be a way to walk through the sub-folders under "Employees" and add read/write permissions for each folder to the user with the same name as the folder.   The User named "johnsmith" would get read/write only to his sub-folder named "johnsmith".  Same for "fredwilson" and "maryjones"
Below is an example layout.

C:\Employees\
                      fredwilson
                      johnsmith
                      maryjones

There are no loose files in the Employees folder and no folders that do not belong to Users that have an account on that system.  I just wondered is there was a way to handle the issue programmatically when it occurs > Read in the name of the folder and add  read/write permissions for that folder to the user with that name.

Would prefer Powershell or batch but whatever works :)  I am sure it will be some variation of the "icacls" command.

icacls C:\employees\%user% /grant %user%:(F)

But I am not sure if this is even close as i seldom if ever use icacls






11
For example.  I need to rename a file photo.jpg using the contents of a text file "whose.txt". 
In all cases, the text file will only contain one word with no special characters or spaces only normal alphabetic letters. 
For example: whose.txt could be the word "mypicture".  Running the script would rename photo.jpg to mypicture.jpg and do it even if it overwrites an existing file with the name "mypicture.jpg".

I know this is probably something simple but it is late i can't think :(
I tried to set a variable to the contents of the text file then use the variable to rename the jpg file but can't get things in the right order to work.

12
It may not even be possible int he way that I would like to do. 
There is a place in the document that refers to use of function in an excel sheet to calculate cost for use by multiple persons.  ie: (Click here to use pricing tool.)  I can hyperlink these words to the Excel document but doing so on my system wont provide the correct link when the document is opened on another User's system.  This is a spreadsheet for calculating multiples of the various pricing shown in the Word Doc.

I was wondering if there as a way to literally "embed" these calculations into the Word Doc itself so they don't show up unless someone needs them and clicks the link for Multiple User pricing.  Or if the only way to make this work is to host the Excel file on our local network and link it such that it is pulled from the network when clicked.

Unfortunately,the document is for use by "all employees" and they may not be "In-House" when they click the link.  So it would require hosting on a web-accessible location done this way and require Internet access for clicking the link.

Are there Options I am not exploring?  Or a way to literally include the spreadsheet "hidden" in the Word doc?

13
The following Outlook VBA is used to resize all images pasted to the body of an email by 50% scale.  Works great for copy&paste screenshots that are too large for an email page size.

Unfortunately, it doesn't stop with the body of the email but continues on to shrink the logo.jpg in the email signature.  Is there an easy way to exempt the signature portion of the email or other possible options that would allow the VBA to work as it should on all images other than the one in the signature?

Sub ResizeAllPicsTo50Pct()
    Const wdInlineShapePicture = 3
    Dim olkMsg As Outlook.MailItem, wrdDoc As Object, wrdShp As Object
    Set olkMsg = Application.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem
    Set wrdDoc = olkMsg.GetInspector.WordEditor
    For Each wrdShp In wrdDoc.InlineShapes
        If wrdShp.Type = wdInlineShapePicture Then
            wrdShp.ScaleHeight = 50
            wrdShp.ScaleWidth = 50
        End If
    Next
    Set olkMsg = Nothing
    Set wrdDoc = Nothing
    Set wrdShp = Nothing
End Sub

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This is something that might have other solutions but if it can be done in a single script it would be handy.  VBS PS Batch whatever.
the content is a list of hyperlinks that need to be emailed.  Currently I do it by building an RTF file which then has to be zipped to be attached to an email.

i have it all working but would like to remove the extra steps required at each end for zipping and unzipping as well as making each written hyperlink active when clicked.

I am now building the .rtf file line by line in a separate script and it would be helpful to instead read each line into the body of the email that is used to send it. 

Currently, i am using a VBS script to get to where i go now.  Once i get to the steps that open Outlook and begin the email, i would need to add the correct vbs code to read the hyperlinks from one location and paste them into the email body then go to the next line for the next hyperlink.

The end result would be a list of maybe 40 hyperlinks which the end of the VBS script adds the recipient's name and sends it on its way.

The code below works by me dropping the zipped file onto the VBS script on my desktop to initiate and send the email.

It works fine that way except for the zipping /unzipping, etc

Is there a way to add the proper code to create the content for the body at step "oEmailItem.BodyFormat = olFormatHTML"?

What would be the proper statement to add to the VBS to loop through a list if hyperlinks and write them to the email body?

Currently the first script i use echoes the variables to the .rtf file.  I tried loading the contents of the entire .rtf file to the email body but it loses all the layout and everything runs together.

Thanks for any ideas.  Note that i the code below i used "examples" for the recipient but the rest is pretty much working as is.


Option Explicit
Dim objArgs, OutApp, oNameSpace, oInbox, oEmailItem, olMailItem
Dim a, oAttachments, subjectStr, olFormatHTML
olMailItem = 0
olFormatHTML = 2
Set objArgs = WScript.Arguments 'gets paths of selected files
Set OutApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application") 'opens Outlook
Set oEmailItem = OutApp.CreateItem(olMailItem) 'opens new email
oEmailItem.To = "recipient@email.com"
oEmailItem.cc = ""
For a = 0 to objArgs.Count - 1
Set oAttachments = oEmailItem.Attachments.Add(objArgs(a))
subjectStr = subjectStr & Right(objArgs(a),Len(objArgs(a))-(InStrRev(objArgs(a),"\"))) & ", " 'recreates the default Subject e.g. Emailing: file1.doc, file2.xls
Next
If subjectStr = "" then subjectStr = "No Subject "
oEmailItem.Subject = "Subject"
oEmailItem.BodyFormat = olFormatHTML
oEmailItem.Display
oEmailItem.Send


15
The following code is part of an HTML file used to display images. There are several lines before his but i cut to the chase with the only working part I need help with.  I need to get it to add a line feed <br> only before it displays a .jpg file.

The contents of the folder are all png image files except for the index images which are jpg.  I am trying to get them to show up with all the png under the index they belong to.
If working properly, it should start by adding a line feed before displaying the first index file named "A.jpg", then display A.jpg followed by all the the A***.png files, then add a linefeed before displaying the "B.jpg index" followed by the B***.png files.

I am pretty sure that this needs to happen in the last 4 lines of code but I cannot seem to get the <br> to work dependent on the type of file.
 I need to add a <br> to the front of the display only if the file-type is a jpg.
 
As it is now, it displays the files end to end with the title indexes being followed by their png's then the next index file with no break. 
This works as is but I would like to try getting it a little better organized for display purposes.


<?php
$folder_path 
'images/'//image's folder path
$num_files glob($folder_path "*.{JPG,jpg,gif,png,bmp}"GLOB_BRACE);
$folder opendir($folder_path);
 if(
$num_files 0)
{
 while(
false !== ($file readdir($folder))) 
 {
  
$file_path $folder_path.$file;
  
$extension strtolower(pathinfo($file ,PATHINFO_EXTENSION)); 
    if(
$extension=='jpg' || $extension =='png' || $extension == 'gif' || $extension == 'bmp'
  {
  
  $txtfile_temp basename($file_path".".$extension).PHP_EOL;
  $txtfile $folder_path.trim($txtfile_temp).".txt";
  
  $fp fopen($txtfile"r");
      if (
$fp == false)
      {
   $file_path "Failed to open ".$txtfile;
   $line "Failed to open ".$txtfile;
  }
      else
      {
      
$line fgets($fp);
      
fclose($fp);   
  }
   
?>

            <a href="<?php echo "".$line?>"><img src="<?php echo $file_path?>"  height="300" /></a>
            <?php
         
}

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This might be simpler that I am showing below but the idea is to allow a user to complete a URL link and go there.

My best arrangement only works insofar as it doesn't crash.
A lot of the info below could even be deleted and it still 'works' to get to oracle but nothing i have tried can take the input from the user and add it to the href statement.

Any info appreciated even if it means using a completely alternative method as long as it Looks and works as intended. (and is short :) )

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
     <form name ="gotourl" action=" " method="post"
     <p> Enter Final Word Here -
     <input type="text" name="fword"
     <br><br>
     <a href="https://www.oracle.com/"fword>”CLICK to go”</a>
     </form-name>
</body>
</html>

Example would be if you want to go to:
https://www.oracle.com/sun

But you only wanted the use to enter the word "sun" in the box displayed  Typing it in the box and clicking the work "click to go" just goes to oracle.com and the "sun" subdirectory does not get added.

Something like this would probably be proper using a lot of PHP but I was hoping for a simpler HTML version to add an input to a line of code and go there.

Since I admittedly don't how to do it, there may well be one
 :(

17
General Software Discussion / Passworded gatekeeper for websites
« on: January 11, 2017, 06:23 PM »
If there is a relatively easy way to do it, does anyone know of a product that works such that it could open various hyperlinks based on the combination of username and password entered.

Currently, I have this arrangement configured on a 'per-site' basis. But what is now desired is a way to handle multiple different accesses via a log-in button such that a user would end up on a specific homepage based on what they entered for a username/password combination.

There would be at least 40 sites that would all be accessed from single central log-in connection.  which would provide no outward guide as to what goes where.  A user would just enter their log-in and password and if that combination matched one on file in the database, they would be redirected to a specific website based on that match.

This is, in my opinion, another one of those "bad ideas" that management comes up with so often.  Currently each user is given the correct web-link to go to when they are given their username and password in the first place.  Mgmt has decided it would be a 'great idea' to add a   "button" to our PUBLIC website to provide access to all those "private sites" for people who had logins and passwords for them.  The problem being that there are 40 different private sites and I would need some way of knowing where to direct any given entry so that they only got into places they should be in and never into those where they shouldn't.

I believe someone got the bright idea that this would run up the numbers on our Stats page for the public site.  But at what cost in loss of security?   I have given up in trying to point this out.

Anyway, I guess a generic front-end gatekeeper program that could be loaded with every distributed combination of log-in/password as they are given out and then be able to redirect the authorized users to the sites they should be in based on the information they enter is what I am looking for.
 
Hope all had a Happy Holidays on the DC Board. :)

,

18
A recent hack of the office email was done by someone who was sending emails from an Office 365 account belonging to one of the owners.  My personal bet is that they got access vie a simple matter of Social Engineering wherein the owner was tricked into giving her login and password to one of those ever-present Phishing emails from "Microsoft Security" telling you to log into your "secure access portal" by clicking a link that takes them into it through the hackers site while they log in with the hacker watching every entry. This allowed the hacker to reconnect later using what they learned and simply stay connected to the web portal  for that user.

The hacker created all kinds of mischief in that persons name by literally staying connected to their Outlook web portal and simply writing emails giving the company financial officers orders to send wire transfers to the hacker's banks.  But rather than deleting the conversations afterward, they kept then for some time in the drafts folder  The when they finally deleted them, i took a while to figure out what i need to recover were deleted draft emails. 

Neat trick and they got away with it for several few days before anyone noticed.  Even then, it took me a while to realize i needed to search for deleted "drafts".
 
Some people have suggested that a keylogger was involved but I think it was much simpler than that.  Still, I wouldn't mind running a few rootkit/keylogger scans to be safe.  I was wondering if anyone knew of some that might be the best to scan with. 

I have not dropped in at DC for some time, definitely not since the Holidays so I hope all at DC had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for  2017.

19
The Variable is made up of one or more words separated by spaces.

The resulting acronym cannot be more than 8 characters in length and must contain at least the first letter from each word in the input.

If the Input was "president" the output would be "presiden" not just the letter "p". 
If the input was "president and chairperson" the output would be "pranch".

If the input was "chief cook and bottle washer" the acronym would be "ccabw" but
if the input was "cook and bottle washer"  the acronym would be coanbowa.

Is there a relatively simple way to accomplish this using a for/to loop?











20
One of my systems (out of four) that all have recently ( about 3 weeks back) been completely reloaded for Office 365 including a full run of the MS uninstaller app first, now has a feature that many people have asked for but MS has yet to restore. On this one system spellcheck works in a way I have never seen and I would LOVE to get the same functionality onto the other systems if possible.

In our office, ONE other person out of 30 also seems to have lucked out and gotten the same setup but no one else has.
This is Office 365 Business installing the Office 2016 versions of Word etc. All users have the same option which is Office Insider Slow.
Ver. 1610 build 7466.2023. The spellcheck feature I am seeing like this is in the desktop software not the Cloud version.

Now that I got all the facts out of the way.  The Question is on the one "special" system... Spellcheck has become a much More useful and handy option. Any misspelled word is underlined in the usual red squiggly line but after that, right clicking it brings up many new options to correct.  I have gone through every possible setting on the other systems trying to make them al the same but cannot get any of them but one to work in this new layout

It has the usual suggested correct spellings plus now each of them is accompanied by a short dictionary-like definition of the word when spelled that way. PLUS they each have another black arrow that if clicked offers to read the word aloud and more important offers to make that spelling of the word into an Auto-correct option.. Right There!. No need to jump through all the usual hoops to get it added.  I thought it was a grammar thing but adding Grammar check to the other systems still does not enable these features.

This same 'feature' also works in Word and all the other Office Desktop Applications but only on that one system.   There is one option that says "See More" and if i click that it goes back to the normal layout.  The one without all the definitions and other options.  Thankfully, this change is only temporary and whatever the spellcheck configuration is that causes this stays there on that one system.

I have nothing in common with the one other person who also somehow ended up with this new setup either.
If anyone else has seen this and knows what it is or how to control it I would surely like to know how to activate it on my other 3 systems.

If this is caused by a grammar option i cannot find a way to enable  it on any other system

21
Due to a recent spate of Phishing hacks I would like to know if there is a utility out there which can accomplish the same thing as hovering the cursor over an image to briefly display the hidden URL inside it.  I would like to see the results of having ALL hidden URL's displayed on every email and see just how annoying that might be.
As an alternative, if there is a way to get the hidden URL's to stay visible longer or even create an optional display of a list of all hidden URL's in a given email.

One recent Phishing hack created an extremely bad issue and I am just looking for whatever options i can find that would help with people who never bother to check anything.  The ones that try to do the "hover to display option" cant seem to hold the cursor steady for long enough to read what they see.

'KUTOOLS' makes a package called ExtendOffice (I think) which does have such an option that you can select to have Outlook display all hidden URL's but for some reason it does not appear to work on Outlook 2016.  It was the only product I could find with this option. 

I am also afraid that if i get what i am asking for it will look similar to what is seen by setting Outlook security to read all email as plain text.  On most emails that results in so much gibberish that it is not worth the results to catch the one bad email in the 20,000 good ones.

If there was an alternative for showing the URL by hovering but being able to make the displayed link stay visible for a longer time so users can read it even if they can't hold the cursor steady on the spot.

Or perhaps a hotkey that would temporarily change the view of an email to plain-text.  Maybe CTRL+SHIFT+P as long as depressed the email view would be plain-text rather than html?

Failing all of that, is there a product that can scan emails for hidden links that are on an updated list of phishing links?  Something like an antivirus that scans instead for misdirected URL's?  One example recently was an email that showed  the CHASE Bank logo where the link went to a URL that started out http://www.chasee.... 
Obviously a fake and not all of them are so easy to catch.

Any advice along these lines would be appreciated.


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This is something that i believe already exists if i knew what "name" to look for.  I will try to give a good description of what is needed and hope that someone has seen or heard of such a program.

(Please excuse my order of presentation.  I had to add things as they came to mind.  I can conceptualize the end result but explaining how I am getting there is not so easy)

The starting premise is this:  I need a way to assist a shift manager in writing short nightly reports for what was done each day on their shift.

Let's say I start with 200 different historical "event reports".  These are just short descriptions of what the person on duty that night wrote down to explain how their shift passed.
Each of them is similar but each was written from the viewpoint of whoever was on that shift that night.  To take this to an extreme example, lets say a shift manager at a restaurant has to write up the events of the final shift at closing every day.  Or any other job that would require a descriptive written statement about happenings during a given period of time.

After a few months or years if you read back over these events you can see that with very few changes, they are all extremely similar.  I would like to see if there is a way to use a computer program to create a generic "scripted report"" based on the ones written in the hundreds of previous reports.  The intent is to assist the person who is writing the new ones by providing a sort of guideline to work with.  Of course, there would always be may differences and it isn't meant to replace a real written report for that day.

But it would provide a framework of what COULD have happened and help the person on duty more clearly remember what really did happen on their shift.
 
I had thought about just pulling up random complete reports and providing one in a side-box to help jar the memory of the person on duty that night.  To give them a way to "think".  If they see what others said in the past, it will help them visualize what happened during their own shift that occurred at the same place doing the same job but was written up by another person maybe years in the past.  But i don't want to risk giving someone a "Play by Play" that they might be inclined to copy outright.

After writing these shift reports for every single day for a couple off years, eventually, anyone doing it will run out of ways to say things.  Simple Writers Block!   Seeing how another person viewed that particular shift from another point in time I am hoping would give them new ways of thinking about things.  Maybe see things from a different perspective.  This has become a major issue for this company and the shift managers dread that nightly report which should only take them 5 minutes to write if they could approach the task with some minor coaching in how to say the same things they wrote the day before and all the days before that.   Having a "Real Report" written by someone they probably never met but who had to deal with all the same responsibilities and be able to see how That Person wrote about those same events, i believe this would help build new insights and broaden the vocabularies of those who do it. 

Additionally, if i could find the right software.  One with enough AI components that could reconfigure the previous reports in such a way as to intelligently interchange some of the phrases and other statements, it would at the least create enough unusual errors to possibly cause some real creative thinking.

By the way, this is an "Actual Problem" that I am looking for an "Actual Creative Solution" to.  The people involved always eventually get to where they say they just cant think of anything "New" to say that they haven't already said a thousand times before.  My idea may be a total flop but i would be willing to take the time to enter a few hundred of these reports and see if maybe being able to see the way their predecessors saw things a year or two ago could be, if nothing else, a way to broaden their viewpoint and vocabulary.

This would all be done in text.  No "voice to text" capacity involved.  The reports are never more than a couple of short paragraphs and to be honest, YES, they ARE very boring .  There are only so many ways to say "Nothing eventful happened".  But there is always something that does happen no matter how small.  And Corporate requires them to write these things even if no one ever reads them.  I feel that by offering a view on how others saw things and how they wrote them up might be worth a try.

It would work like a "Daily Quote".  Only one "report template" would be presented each night.  I am hoping that this in itself would create enough of a "puzzle" for someone to try to see how the random report from years back or even better , a report that would be created by the system from combining several of those on file,  would make a stimulating challenge out of what is now a dreaded task.

If anyone has any ideas of how this could be accomplished i would appreciate the replies.

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This is a "Real Question" though it may not sound like one.

I have a User whose Surface Pro has two user accounts. One is her Microsoft Account, one is a "local account".
The purpose for the local account is to provide her with a way to open Windows in the event she cannot get her normal Microsoft account to open. This usually happens due to password problems, (she forgets what it currently is). So I gave her a local account with no password so she could access the Web to contact me for help with accessing her Microsoft Account when needed.

I have seen plenty of of methods for "By Passing" the login screen but in her case I need the opposite. When the Login screen is bypassed, Windows opens to her Local Account y default since it has no password. 

The 'fix' for this (once it happens) is to Right click START, Choose "Sign out", which takes her to the normal Sign In screen where she can choose her Microsoft Account.  Te problem with that is she cant handle "right click" very well.  The other "fix" would be to give the local account a "password" but she would forget it since she seldom ever uses it but when she need to, it must work.

The Best "fix" would be a way to get Windows 10 to always display the Login Screen at Start even if her Local Account has no password?  Today. she probably accidentally logged in as "Local" and afterward it became the default login. Is there a key somewhere in the registry or setting in SecPol to make the login screen appear every time the system starts even if the previous user was one with no password?
The option for turning on CTRL+ALT+DEL on every boot wont help for this because the same thing happens.  Once she ends up in the "Local/no pw account", it becomes the default on every reboot until hse goes to the login screen and choose her normal MS account.

I think one of Murphy's Corollaries states that "The road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions" . Having that local account has saved her in the past when she forgot her Microsoft password many times but now it has become a problem in its own right. Giving a password to that Local Account would defeat the usefulness as she simply cannot remember it no matter what I make it.

PS: As a possible partial help, is there a one-step command that would take her directly to the login screen from desktop without having to use right click on Start?. I could make a Desktop Shortcut for it f so which would solve the issues with her figuring out Right click as opposed to Left click on START?

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In the past, I thought having multiple provider accounts such as Yahoo, AOL , Gmail etc. all working in a desktop copy of Outlook or Outlook Express was not that uncommon.  But when I asked about doing it now, I usually get a lot of comments that say while it is still possible, it is not easy and requires a lot of tweaks in the Gmail config as well as in Outlook.

I had a coworker ask me if I could get it to work for them so I read through a number of "How To" sheets to see what has changed.  The more i read, the less it seemed that any of the current setups agreed on the proper method of doing it.   Even Google has spread out their "Fact-Sheets" to show multiple methods and all of them were much more difficult than just entering the correct mail-server, port numbers , encryption methods etc.

What this person wants is to be able to open their Outlook 2016 (a component of Office 365 for Business) and be able to switch between viewing and replying to their normal business account email and their Personal Gmail account while still inside their Desktop Outlook software as they would prefer to work with the tool-set provided within Outlook.

Any advice, tips, links, etc. on how to best accomplish this would be appreciated.  Even if it means getting a new "personal" account from a provider other than Gmail in order to achieve a dependable working solution inside the User's 'Outlook for Business 2016' desktop software.  They want to make 'Outlook 2016' their one-stop shopping for all their emailed communications both business and personal.

 

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This is either so simple and right in front of me that i can;t see it or doesn't exist as needed.

In a batch script that uses the Outlook.exe ipm.note parameter, once the email is loaded and ready to send, how can i trigger the send function from within the script.  Everything works perfectly except for that last item.

I have a vbs version that CAN trigger the send (but so far cannot add the zipped attachment properly) which makes me think that there must be some method of activating SEND from the command line.  Currently, the completed email sits there waiting for me to press the Send button 

This was a handy "feature" during testing so I could see and correct errors and configurations But now that it works as desired I want it to immediately "Send" like the VBS version does.
Could I call a "SEND_EMAIL.VBS" script from inside the batch as a final command ? 

I am still trying to rewrite the whole thing as VBS but ran into issues getting the correct zip file attached to the pre-addressed email.  I have not given up on that yet though and it may be the best way.

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