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General Software Discussion / Re: Thorough harddisk checking.
« on: May 05, 2008, 08:46 AM »
I would start with HDTune, and then move on to the ultimate boot utils. See if the CD has a drive fitness test from the vendor who made your drive. I've found most of the drive utils on that distro to be pretty good.


General Software Discussion / Re: Cool Free Color Picker Tools
« on: April 22, 2008, 01:36 PM »
They left out my favorite: Fluid Studios Color Picker 2.5

It also comes with a DLL and api for using it in your own apps.

I would post a better link to it, but unfortunately Paul went to an all flash site, so posting deep links is not possible, here is a screen shot..

Living Room / Re: How Do You Use Your USB Flash Drive(s)?
« on: April 20, 2008, 09:41 PM »
I use to run my entire work environment off my 8gb Survivor GT, and for a while it was great. I had it tuned to perfection, but then bad things  :'( began to happen and I had to move my environment over to a iomega eGo external hard drive, that had it's own problems but I have been stable ( my drive that is ) for months now w/weekly backups.. Now I just use my usb flash drives to move stuff around between systems and I keep one loaded with troubleshooting apps, but I don't work off of one like I use too..

OMG did that feel good.. That is what happens when you pick on enough people and start underestimate their abilities.. So many companies throw their weight around and abuse the system, nice to see someone with smarts and guts fall back on the same system to protect himself.. gives me hope..  :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Help with making 7zip sfx
« on: April 09, 2008, 09:15 AM »
Try this thread on the 7Zip forums:

http://sourceforge.n...3&forum_id=45798  :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Creative Labs
« on: April 01, 2008, 03:06 PM »
Are they any better, and is it a separate company? I know they use creative hardware parts...

I have had much better luck with the Auzentech's stuff, but then again it was Creative's drivers/software I always had a problem with; the hardware never failed on me outright. So if Auzentech buys parts and writes decent drivers/software, that works for me.. I believe they are a separate company..

General Software Discussion / Re: Creative Labs
« on: March 31, 2008, 11:24 PM »
I gave up on Creative years ago after they continuously abandoned support on every product over a year old, and provided drivers and software that worked only part of the time for the new stuff. I can safely say they have caused me more grief than any other hardware vendor hands down.. For my new box I ended up buying a Auzentech HDA soundcard and I never looked back. I have so many other sources of pain why add another, Creative deserves a healthy dose of Kharma.. :)

I'm keeping a list of requested features for the next CFDButton release. Feel free to PM me with any ideas. I'm not sure what I will have time for, but it never hurts to ask  :D

Thanks for the props Perry...  :D

I looked at adding office support to CFDButton, because the Visual Studio team implemented it's file dialogs with the same code as the office team used and I wanted VS2005 support, because that is where I spent most of my time, and I found it nearly impossible to implement.. I'd love to peek under the hood of FlashFolder and see how they manage it.
It seems like a pretty nice solution. I really like the location bar, that is a very useful thing to have. I don't like how you can't add more wildcard filters and it seems a bit too integrated for my taste. I work mostly off a portable drive and this is a bit to tightly tied to the OS..

tinjaw I know you said free... so this may be not what you are looking for, but I went down the "try to find a good free profiler" route a while back and couldn't find anything that did what I wanted. I ended up using LTProf, which got the job done quite nicely, but it does cost $50... Might be worth a look to you, but if free is an absolute necessity CodeAnalyst might be your best bet like f0dder said..


PHP / Re: PHP Desinging
« on: February 28, 2008, 09:17 AM »
Have you looked at Server2Go? I like it a bit better than XAMPP:

Another thing you can do is adjust the acoustic settings using a disk feature tool from the manufacturer. You can trade a little performance for a quieter drive that will last a bit longer. The feature tool is usually a iso downloadable from the manufacturer's site that you burn to a bootable CD so you can change hardware settings.. This was one of the first things I did on my Thinkpad because my Hitachi HD was very noisy. I think many of the feature tools also come bundled with the ultimate boot CD:

Living Room / Re: Cooking my PC: what NOT to do
« on: February 18, 2008, 10:34 PM »
I'd recommend burning a Ultimate Boot disk to have around to make sure things are running like they should:

I always carry a up to date version with me to troubleshoot with..

I don't know what is more painful, sabotaging your own system, or having a factory tech do it for you and chasing your tail for weeks trying to figure out why your system just keeps winking out of existence for no good reason, until they send you a new power supply as a last resort, and when you pull out the old one you find this beauty hiding behind it:


Notice the finely crimped lead to an LED light array on the top of the box some tech cinched between the power supply and a sharp edge.. When the box got hot enough, the lead shorted and the system shut down, or as I found out, if you close the front panel hard enough.. Makes you want to run right out and buy one of these:

Just to make yourself believe it :D

Living Room / Re: NOT Satanic... Quite The Opposite Really!
« on: February 18, 2008, 10:10 PM »
FYI Version 3.0 is out a few days now.. :) Been using EditPlus since the v1.0 days.. great app..

Developer's Corner / Re: It's time for NANY and GOE mug pictures!
« on: February 12, 2008, 09:00 PM »
As much I hate seeing my own picture... here it is.. Me with my two most important coding tools, my 2007 GOE mug for copious amounts of caffeine infused liquids and inspiration during those unforgiving debugging sessions, and my trusty early 80's model M keyboard, that with a weight of over 5 pounds serves me well in hand to hand combat and drives everyone else from the room with it's buckle spring clicky keys, just the thing for coding in solitude...

Currently enjoying a nice hot cup of Hattialli Esate Assam BOPF from my new GOE mug to start tonight's session... :)

I've got Syn setup pretty nice with FreeCommander, it's a pretty nice solution for browsing source files, although it's a bit tricky to get working right, but the end result is pretty stable and it does copy in RTF to retain the syntax color for pasting in documents, which I like...

I did a pretty extensive search for snippet librarian tools, and both the commercial and freeware offerings are pretty lean. I wasn't really impressed with anything. A lot of them didn't do enough or did way too much..

God help me, but I'm actually thinking about throwing together my own solution to get what I want. Most of the major parts are there, it's just a matter of fleshing out the requirements and coding the glue to tie all the libs together.. Another project I have little to no time for that I know I'm going to get totally involved with..

I'll be sure to post my solution here, if it sees the light of day..

Is there a way to display more than initials in Assignees column?

Do you plan vCard import for contacts?

Developer's Corner / Re: help recompiling notepad++ plugin
« on: January 28, 2008, 10:22 AM »
Here is the DLL I removed the GetPrivateProfileInt and just set the variable to 0...

Developer's Corner / Re: help recompiling notepad++ plugin
« on: January 28, 2008, 09:54 AM »
Ok.. looking at the source, wouldn't it make more sense to change the boolean variable, just changing the check won't change functionality, it probably would make more sense to change this line:

Code: C++ [Select]
  1. bEnableAutoCopySelection = (::GetPrivateProfileInt(PLUGIN_NAME, AUTO_COPY_SELECTION, (UINT)bEnableAutoCopySelection, iniFilePath) == 1);


Code: C++ [Select]
  1. bEnableAutoCopySelection= (::GetPrivateProfileInt(PLUGIN_NAME, AUTO_COPY_SELECTION, 0, iniFilePath) == 1);

If that does not work, then I would assume the value is being read in from some ini file because internally it is false and the check should follow the boolean.

of course we could just force it's hand to:

Code: C++ [Select]
  1. bEnableAutoCopySelection= 0;

Only thing is I hate plugging a problem like this where something odd is going on that could crop up in other places.. what do you think?

Developer's Corner / Re: help recompiling notepad++ plugin
« on: January 28, 2008, 09:39 AM »
Strange.. I am running 4.7.5 also.. I'll make the change and upload it here..

Can you please PM me an AgendaAtOnce.elf (error log file)? From the main menu choose Tools | Open folder | Error log file to find i

ok.. I got it.. I'll PM after this post..

I suppose that "mixing" "by" and "to" assignees in same field doesn't make sense for you?

I thought of that also, but they can be the same group of people so that makes it a bit ambiguous..

Still, can you use multiple categories for this purpose?

I did try that, and it does work to a point, but then if you view a project todo list the category column is very hard to read, my job is insanely hectic, especially over the last year I have picked up a lot of other roles, and I've spent a lot of time finding tools to help me manage the deluge of info I have to keep track of, things like EverNote and  ToDo list make my job survivable. I use a lot of colors and symbols to help at-a-glance recognition of state because many times I'm just glancing at the state of a project before I have to give someone an answer on something. That is what makes categories hard to read when it is doubled or tripled up. I know I'm being picky, but I just wanted you to get a feel for in what context I'm using AOA, and how seriously I use that type of tool in my work.

One other question.. Is there a published plugin API or is that closed?

Developer's Corner / Re: help recompiling notepad++ plugin
« on: January 28, 2008, 08:31 AM »
That is really strange because globally it defaults to false:

Code: C++ [Select]
  1. bool bEnableAutoCopySelection = false;  // Use auto copy selected text?

Try putting the attached MultiClipboard.ini in the plugins/Config/ directory where notepad++ is installed and see if that allows you to change the setting, that way you can stay in sync with the releases and not need a recompile when you upgrade, if it doesn't work I'll post the compiled plugin with your changes..

Just a few things I found while trying it out:

  • The program crashed when I added my first contact
  • When I set layout to: top-Left = To-do, top-right=Notes then tab for "Schedule" contains quick notes
  • Is there a way to add "assigned by" to tasks? I manage tasks by, who requested the task and who is working on it...
  • Export to XML as an option would be nice to allow XSLT transformation to HTML or other data formats.
  • It would be nice to have a higher level grouping like project instead of just category. I track my to-do lists by project, and inside projects I group by category ( coding, review, research, testing, etc ). I guess I could have separate data bases per project, but I usually have them all open at the same time, and in one interface, saving filters that show a "project" would be great.

The program looks great, and there are some really nice features.. In fact I would consider migrating to it but I couldn't without being able to link to the requester of the task,filter by project, and export XML. If any of those things are possible, and I'm missing it somewhere, let me know so I can try them out, because I really like using it.. :Thmbsup:


Very interesting app, great work.. You definitely got my attention, especially with the line "Use it from portable USB pen drive on any computer you have access to". I'm a huge fan of Abstract Spoons To-Do List, which is open source, and I pretty much live off of it for my project management at work, but this looks like something I'm going to have to download and kick the tires for a while and see how it compares. I like the ability to link tasks with contacts, To-Do list just links tasks to names, it would be nice to have more info than just a name.

Does it also allow tasks to be "assigned by" as well as "assigned to", that is normally how I keep track of who I owe what.. Maybe I'll hold off my questions until I take it for a spin..  :D

Again, great work and congrats on getting v3.0 out the door..

Developer's Corner / Re: help recompiling notepad++ plugin
« on: January 27, 2008, 08:56 PM »
I could only find the sources for MultiClipboard1.4.0 Beta on this page:


I built the sources fine.. But it looks like 'auto-copy selected text'  is disabled by default..

Did you try 1.4.0 Beta? I can upload the DLL, but I didn't have to change anything..

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