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I still have scheduled tasks kick off.  I give up.

Thanks anyway; I really appreciate it.

Unfinished Requests / Re: EXISTS - IDEA: Regular Expression Helper
« on: August 02, 2005, 08:05 PM »
Aside from the subcomponent of FileLocator Pro I show in the screen shot above, I don't know of one.  But the screen shot shows how FLP lets you enter strings and select plain-English operations to build regexs from scratch

Unfinished Requests / Re: EXISTS - IDEA: Regular Expression Helper
« on: August 02, 2005, 07:43 PM »
But again, unless I'm missing something, Regex Coach doesn't help you create regexs; it just helps you test and pick apart existing reg expressions.

General Software Discussion / Re: konfabulator now free
« on: July 26, 2005, 09:15 PM »
Now, we can currently hear the cries of all those people who've recently purchased Konfabulator. Fear not, people, for you will be given the gift of a refund if you purchased Konfabulator 2.0 or later. Revel in the glory of it.

Sarcasm aside, this is great of them.  I've gotten screwed several times in the past after paying for software that turned freeware, and I'm quite certain I was never offered a refund!

Living Room / Re: All you'll ever need is found in QBASIC
« on: July 26, 2005, 09:07 PM »
I'm still hoping that PL/I makes a serious comeback.

That's why I try to be nice to you, Zaine, just in case.  :)

Yeah; doing that prevents all scheduled tasks from running, rather than just the ones I know would be obtrusive to run.

It's easy enough to pause the task scheduler service; I can do it in the same batch file.  I don't know what else may not be handled by this kludgy workaround though (moving the cursor with NirCmd that is).

For the ones that run purely after idle time, on the Schedule tab, I set them to run "When the computer has been idle for" however long I want.

For those that target a certain time, but depend on idle time so as not to get in my way, I set them for a certain time, then set the "Only start the task if the computer has been idle for at least" option.  (I typically select something from 2 to 20 minutes, depending on what it is.)  And I set "If the computer has not been idle that long, retry for up to" to 999 minutes (the max).

Doesn't work.  I had NirCmd moving the cursor every few seconds, but my scheduled tasks ran anyway.

If anyone knows of an existing utility that can (particularly) prevent scheduled tasks from running, when those tasks have been set to run after "idle time", I'd love to know about it.

I tried another utility and the piece of shit froze my system.  Screw it; I think I can do this myself with a batch file and NirCmd.

Here's the thought: A utility that sends artificial key presses every so often, to imitate user activity.  I was thinking this would be a cool and easy way to simultaneously prevent my system from triggering scheduled tasks (those that are based on an amount of idle time), from entering sleep mode, and from powering down the monitor or even activating the screen saver.

Right now, when I want to watch TV or a movie or something on the computer (or let someone else do the same), I either disable all that crap manually, force myself to remember to hit a key or move the mouse every couple minutes, or deal with the system locking when I don't want it to--all of which is a real pain.

I found one little utility, called Caffe1ne, but it didn't work well for me.  It supposedly presses the Shift key every 59 seconds, but it didn't prevent my scheduled tasks from running.

I'm guessing this would be relatively easy to create.  I'm also guessing the only necessary options might be how often to simulate keyboard activity, and maybe what key(s) to send.

It would be great if this utility didn't interfere with normal activity of the system as well (so doing something like pressing the Windows key every two seconds wouldn't be too keen).

Best Firewall / Re: Sygate - Very Strong Firewall
« on: July 25, 2005, 09:44 AM »
I have a somewhat different perspective.

Sygate fares very poorly in these outbound tests:

And there has been an issue with Sygate mysteriously accessing secondary hard drives for years now:

(Obviously not an issue for you if you don't have a secondary hard drive.)

Just being a pain in the ass, as usual.

Yeah, I've seen some of your "nice, fat .png images".  And you're excused.

Living Room / Re: IRC DAY 7/29 and 7/30
« on: July 23, 2005, 05:48 PM »
Yes, I'm so conceited and moronic, I actually think that everyone on IRC is talking to me, and me alone.

Living Room / Re: IRC DAY 7/29 and 7/30
« on: July 23, 2005, 04:35 PM »
Whenever I've used IRC at all, I've encountered one of the following two scenarios:

* The channel is almost empty, and nothing is being said.

* The channel has 3/4 of the human population in it, and there are so many intermingled conversations, you have no idea WTF is going on.

Maybe it's just me.   :-[

Living Room / Re: windows update alternative
« on: July 23, 2005, 01:38 PM »
From the author of WindizUpdate:

The WindizUpdate component contains an auto-installation feature. An authentication code is required before the component will install the requested software.  However it is possible for a person to determine the algorithm being used, and so convince the component to install software from other sources.

Regardless of whether or not there are currently any security issues with this browser plugin, it is designed to autmate software download and installation, so just be aware.

Living Room / Re: IRC DAY 7/29 and 7/30
« on: July 23, 2005, 01:20 PM »
I dropped into the IRC channel once, and there was lots of heavy-duty dev jargon floating around.  I hung my head in shame and immediately disconnected.  :(

Kidding...  I didn't really disconnect immediately.  :)

I've been using Ad Muncher for years, and it is on my shortest-of-all-lists of software I'd never be without (if that made a bit of sense).  The developers are really good guys, too, and the support is awesome.

General Software Discussion / Re: mst defrag questions...
« on: July 19, 2005, 11:26 PM »
I don't use mst Defrag anymore, and sorry, I didn't see your message originally.

The registry settings are under the FAQ portion of the help file.  Don't ask me why...

- What good is the tray icon (when I click it.... it does nothing)

I believe the tray icon is just there to annoy you, oops, I mean give you a visual indication of what the mst Defrag service is doing.  I didn't figure out what the various icons meant before removing mst Defrag.

- What does "Faulty" mean next a drive icon in the main GUI (and why does it go and come seemingly at will?)

The "Faulty" designation is often simply bullshit, and, I believe, can be reported under at least two circumstances: When you have mst Defrag configured to run CHKDSK.EXE prior to defragging, and some problem (even a minor problem) is found; or when mst Defrag loses its wits and shits out the word "Faulty" for no apparent reason.

What registry settings are tweakable?

Refer to the FAQ section of the help file...  They're all there, but it's a pain in the ass to find them since they're not in any table, but are rather buried in a phony discourse of supposed "FAQs".  Hey, I have a "FAQ"...  Will you put a GUI on the settings, so we don't have to Alt+Tab between a goofy help file and Regedit?

Are there any ways to change the order of folders(specifically, can I defrag and move the page file to the front of the drive?)

There is a registry setting (from memory, it's MoveModifiedFilesToEnd) that lets you move files depending on certain criteria, but there is no way to move the page file, or any other specific file.  You may be better off putting the paging file on a separate partition or drive.

I'm told that offline defragging will be in a future release of mst Defrag.  It almost made it into 1.8, I think.  But offline defragging isn't the same thing as specifying where files will be placed.

Phew...  Sorry for the tone, don't know what's going on with me.  I'm just being my usually nutty self I guess.  :-[

What I had in mind was a simple, wizard-driven utility that does what FileLocator Pro offers--a really easy way to build regexs.  None of the applications mentioned here do that.  Or, if they do, they're certainly not as user friendly.

I don't see how this idea "exists".  If I missed something, I'd love for someone to point it out to me.

Expresso seemed very similar to the other one.  I guess I'll stick with FileLocator Pro (yep, I do have a license).  I was actually thinking that other people might find this handy.  Or maybe I'm the only dumbass too lazy to learn regex.  :)

Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: Regular Expression Helper
« on: July 17, 2005, 09:40 PM »
never satisfied?  dude, it just didn't seem to be what i needed.  thanks.  :)

Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: Regular Expression Helper
« on: July 17, 2005, 06:12 PM »
It looks like The Regulator just helps test regexs, not write them...

Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: Regular Expression Helper
« on: July 17, 2005, 06:04 PM »

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