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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: February 20, 2020, 05:51 AM »
There appears to be no way to 'declutter' the start menu of the rubbish I don't require, (eg. Xbox Game Bar, Your phone, etc).
I could swear I just right clicked the tiles and deleted the ones like that. No, it was Unpin from Start.

I do like the basic (pun intended) idea you are proposing, but for platform-independence I always choose Java.

I despise Java (from a break/fix viewpoint at least). My cross-platform go-to (pun intended) is always Rexx.   ;D

I am using Filebox Extender 2.01.00 on my Win 10 systems with no problem. What issues are you having?

I also have a license for Direct Folders (from CodeSector) which has similar features.

TL;DR Explanation of CVE-2020-0601 (Windows CryptoAPI Spoofing Vulnerability)

Briefly - exploit could allow the following to be accepted as valid:


(Thanks to Kenneth White at for the clear explanation.)

PSA I recently sent out. There was one group of people who did not see the humor in this.  :D


Living Room / Re: freeware reader?
« on: December 24, 2019, 09:50 PM »
Maybe......... Amazon Kindle for PC?

The "bcd" is boot configuration data. It's what the boot loader uses to find the parts that it needs to start the boot process. That's what got backed up, the current boot config info. Seems like in your case, part of that is missing.

If you are willing to wipe and rebuild, you could try doing these two commands:

bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot

and then follow with the bootrec /scanos and bootrec /rebuildbcd. Since your system is actually running the boot code up to the point where it is looking for NTLDR, I am not sure if this will help, but it doesn't take long.

At any rate if you wipe and rebuild, at least you'll have a clean environment again.It's just a pain to reinstall stuff, although it gives you a chance to revisit the programs you use.

If you boot to the installer and go into the command prompt in the troubleshooting section you can try some things. If your box isn't seeing the loader then you can try to set it up again.

bcdedit /export c:\bcdbkup --- never hurts
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd2.old --- you don't necessarily have to do this, this renames the existing file so it doesn't get looked at
bootrec /scanos --- verify that it finds a windows installation
bootrec /rebuildbcd --- reply yes to add, exit to restart

Hopefully that would get you farther along. Sometimes "things happen" but it is always concerning when you can't even start to boot.

General Software Discussion / Re: Top 3 programs you use
« on: December 21, 2019, 09:18 PM »
FWIW, DoogiePIM on Bits Du Jour for 20%off for the next few hours: https://www.bitsdujo...m/software/doogiepim

Multiple  :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: for the ISPF editor (and SPFLite). Anyone who worked on an IBM mainframe years ago would recognize it immediately. Plus the edit macros used REXX (or Clist for the real old-timers) although SPFLite uses a Basic interpreter. There are things you could do with the editor incredibly easily that you couldn't even consider in something else and I still use it occasionally.

It's good to see this video... I considered trying to come up with a script of commands to run on a sample file to show off what ISPF could do but I was too lazy to plan it out.  :D

Years ago I bought a license for an UltraEdit, UltraCompare, and UltraSentry bundle with lifetime upgrades. I used it for awhile but I haven't even installed it on my last two computers. Part of that is that I ended up wanting to use the same editor and setup on all of the machines I regularly work on. I don't know the process to transfer a license but I would be happy to do so if you think it would work for you.

Dell has a better support web site by far. That said, for my personal home PCs I have been getting HP because of deals, and I don't change it around much (added memory, changed out the spinning disk; not using another video card). Down side there is kind of odd internal configuration. But I want a full size tower for airflow and easier service.

For no gaming you won't need a killer video card, but for multitasking you want more cores (real ones), fast memory, and ssd.

Whatever you are using now ought to be fine for a Linux box.

Coding Snacks / Re: Killing app the way Alfred can in OSX
« on: October 28, 2019, 05:40 AM »
If you mean on Windows, try "taskkill /f /im program.exe". Of course there are other options like by pid too, and the program name does not need to be completely spelled out.

"winver" will give you the release version you are on.

General Software Discussion / Re: Window offscreen at startup
« on: September 12, 2019, 07:09 PM »
What Wraith said, but when you do that use regmon or something like it to track any registry writes that it is doing. Personally I would think it's something in HKCU\Software\Evernote or wherever.

Heh - actually I just ran across this page that purports to list all of Evernote's registry settings, maybe there is a clue there.

Also, this page for a utility that "is a small app that allows you to change some of Evernote's more useful, but hidden Regsitry settings".

3. Pick up the program language which will do it in easy and fast coding.
   (For above I have used AutoHotkey, AutoIt3, Harbour, MiniGUI to name a few, and pick which satisfies most)

Anand, I am always curious about picking up another toy to write something in, but there are several search hits for MiniGUI, do you mean this one?

Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition, which informally called MiniGUI, is an environment for developing desktop applications in Windows. It is a combination of two languages:

For back end programming and data handling, Harbour, an open source xBase language which is a superset of Clipper, which is itself a superset of dBase.
For front end GUI, a set of simple commands to the Windows API based on VB RapidQ style.
All GUI objects can be created and managed with very simple code.

The basic components of MiniGUI are:

Harbour (default) or xHarbour compiler (translates source code into C)
MiniGUI library (commands and functions to handle the GUI)
Borland C++ (default), MinGW, Visual C, Open Watcom, or Pelles C compiler
The Harbour MiniGUI IDE may be used for two-way visual design.

In addition to GUI applications, with MiniGUI you can also create console mode and mixed GUI-console applications. From WinXP to Win 10.

Do not confuse Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition with:

MiniGUI, an open source GUI system for Linux and embedded operating systems that is not related to Harbour MiniGUI
HMG, the parent project of Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition
ooHG, an object oriented library based on HMG

I saw especially that last item about the "do not confuse Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition with" list.

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Re: Systemus
« on: September 08, 2019, 04:50 PM »
 :up: Looking forward to seeing it!

General Software Discussion / Re: Gmail to SMS
« on: August 24, 2019, 09:44 AM »
So the idea is to get a notification on an ipad when you receive a specific email in gmail on a different machine? Is there a reason why you can't just forward the email to the ipad's email acct as high priority, and turn on appropriate notifications? (like this) Just seems like a lot of plumbing. (Not an Apple user here, maybe the notifications just don't work that well.)

Living Room / Re: Any good free android scientific calculator?
« on: August 13, 2019, 06:46 PM »
If you want a real calculator app, try Wabbitemu. It is wemarkably capable.

General Software Discussion / Altap Salamander now freeware
« on: August 09, 2019, 06:14 PM »
I haven't noticed anyone post that the Altap Salamander file manager is now freeware - did I just miss the post?

Altap Salamander download page

Download Altap Salamander 4.0 - Freeware
Altap Salamander (including all plugins) from version 4.0 becomes freeware for both commercial and non-commercial use. Users of older Salamander versions can upgrade to version 4.0 free of charge. Version 4.0 requires Windows 7 or newer. There are not other limitations compared to commercial version 3.08.

Two completely different products:

08/03/2019  09:10 AM            25,130
08/03/2019  10:52 AM           852,893 verypdf-free-txt2pdf.exe

Neither is blocked for me, and VirusTotal does not complain about either.

Rings a bell. I found this in my old notes but looks like you've done this, but I could swear there's something else... let me look at more notes... :-)

"box would ping but could not connect to any mapped resources, kept giving "the network location could not be reached".  took out of domain, would not join back.
to fix, at a command prompt:
        netsh int ip reset c:\mylog.txt
then reboot.  the log file name in the above command is optional, but if you view the log after it may display incorrect values that the command fixed.
worked for brenda"

Right click the tray icon and choose Open Network and Internet Settings.
When that box appears, select Wi-Fi on the left, and the third option down in the middle should say "Manage known networks".
Select the old ones one by one and choose Forget.

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