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I was trying to improve on the duckduckgo icon (the original one being the favicon from the site, I was trying to make a new one using Screenshot captor.)
I was using and an addon for .ico.. and I was experimenting with multiple sizes in the source file (including an odd suggestion of 121x121 which was the same size as the original image). Then I decided I only needed 64x64 or 32x32 and tried those. At some point FARR seemed to decide to display a generic icon for every alias, whether it was Core or MyCustom. I double checked the aliases to make sure I didn't do something besides creating a new image, like screw up the icon path. I restarted FARR, deleted the Windows icon cache, restored an older copy of FindAndRunRobot.ini from 4 hours ago, deleted the duckduckgo.ico file, and rebooted, so I am not sure what else to try to get FARR to display alias icons again.

Same can be said for Google Voice or any google service. Almost every such service is monitored by Big B here in my country.

This made me imagine conversations are being monitored by Amitabh Bachchan (also known as Big B) for movie ideas. ;)

General Software Discussion / Re: WinDim
« on: July 25, 2012, 06:20 PM »
I wonder when WinDim may be useful.

I find there are a lot of programs here at DC (especially in Coding Snacks where a lot of them are written for one person) that I may not see an immediate use for, and then years later I need it for some reason!

So, this works perfectly, I can search for files and add // to open them in Notepad2, but I notice the "Notepad2 - $$1 |" part doesn't seem to do what I expect.

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  1. 1000>>>notepad2>->Notepad2 - $$1 | C:\Program Files\Notepad2\Notepad2.exe "$$1"
  2. 1000>>>notepad2_dosearch>->dosearch +notepad2 $$1>+>^(.*)//$

Is there a way to have the word Notepad2  appear in the search results? For Notepad2, it doesn't matter so much, but I am trying to set up a similar alias to delete files, and it would be nice to see Delete in front of each search result.

I have a few related small suggestions that may help ease new FARR users into taking advantage of some of the advanced customization techniques. I have numbered them 1 to 4 below.

What do you think about having a "Duplicate this alias file" button or feature (1) in the program, similar to the existing "Make a duplicate copy of this entry" under Aliases/Groups? If it is a read-only alias file, maybe it gives the option of disabling the existing alias file (2), and automatically create the new alias file in the MyCustom folder.

For this to show the proper icons (without having to copy them), I would further suggest a common icon path (3) that can be used by all aliases (with /ICON) regardless of the alias location.

This is nothing can't be done already using the file system, but makes a little easier I believe. The helpfile seems to be out of date (4) as well:
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  1. These .alias files are located in the AliasGroups\ subdirectory of FARR, and are further broken up into AliasGroups\Installed and AliasGroups\MyCustom

Since I didn't see that folder, I initially created it and when that didn't work, I looked in the %appdata% folder. After doing a search of my system, I found the MyCustom folder in My Documents.

Not to take away from the personal and noble sacrifices made by Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves...but I'd prefer to think we could use less people like James Holmes

This confused me for a minute. James Holmes being the crazy shooter, of course we need fewer of those. So no contradiction at all, the world needs more people like the three heroes, and fewer crazy shooting people. So I guess that is the same as what you are saying. I think the use of the word "preference" confused me, as if it were either/or.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Numerical keypad
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:07 AM »
Those settings are in the Settings under Keyboard Interface (the second checkbox in particular):

Screenshot - 7_24_2012 , 8_04_15 AM.png

Thanks for sharing this. Very clever.  :Thmbsup:

Find And Run Robot / Re: search alias (Core-Search.alias)
« on: July 21, 2012, 06:53 PM »
I'd like to request some help preparing new aliases.. if someone was willing to edit the core aliases to bring them up to date (and add any new items or new alias files), I'd love to have the help and would updated the core files.

Seems like this could be done one alias at a time on threads such as this one, then if there is some agreement, someone can compile them.

Find And Run Robot / Re: search alias (Core-Search.alias)
« on: July 21, 2012, 06:51 PM »
For some time, my default search in Firefox has been a Google search limited to results from the past year. It's amazing how much outdated junk this filters out when doing technology searches. Wonder if other search engines (such as DuckDuckGo) have something similar.

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  1. Google Past Year - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\google.ico

Find And Run Robot / search alias (Core-Search.alias)
« on: July 20, 2012, 12:40 PM »
Just looking at the search alias in Core-Search.alias, it looks like it hasn't been updated in a while:

Google - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\google.ico
Yahoo - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\yahoo.ico
MSN - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\msn.ico  is now Bing but it works anyway
AltaVista - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\altavista.ico is now Yahoo
Ask - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\ask.ico :o srsly?
AllTheWeb - $$1 | http://www.alltheweb...arch?cs=utf-8&q=$$1 /ICON=icons\alltheweb.ico is also now Yahoo
GoogleGroups - $$1 |$$1&sa=N&tab=wg /ICON=icons\google.ico
Omgili Forum - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\omgili.ico

omgli I had never heard of (or forgot about it) until I saw it in FARR. It's a nice forum search, though, I like it.

I would suggest cleaning up a little and adding DuckDuckGo (can't think of any others that would be good)
There is a lot of interest in secure searches these days, so maybe some of these should be made into https:// versions.
On the other hand, I guess a lot of people just do plugins or alias packs and these don't really need to be changed, I don't know.

Find And Run Robot / Re: What's wrong with this FARR picture?
« on: July 20, 2012, 12:36 PM »
The only thing you have to worry about is that the readonly built-in aliases are overwritten when the program updates.  So just remember that if you replace the built-in aliases, make sure you dont rely on having to modify the built in alias files -- instead disable the files that you want to replace.

I've now renamed all my Core*.* files to More*.* and then reinstalled to to get the originals back, and then disabled them as you said, so that should be a more stable configuration.

Maybe it is just me with my forty-something eyeballs,

CORRECTION: I only have two eyeballs.

If you're worried about archiving data for more than 20 years, I'd be as concerned about how available reader devices might be.  For example, even  if your old Iomega Zip disks still contain their data, it has probably already become a bit of a problem finding a working Zip drive. I wouldn't be surprised if it would be easier to find something to read an old 8 inch floppy.

Of course, DVD readers will probably be around for a much longer time than Zip drives, but it's still something to consider if you 're serious about long, long term archiving.

Yeah, this is what is going to end up pushing us all grudgingly to the cloud, I'm afraid.

The M-Disc shares the same size, shape and 4.7GB capacity of a DVD, and indeed can be read by any standard DVD drive, yet Millenniata says this special disc “cannot be overwritten, erased, or corrupted by natural processes”.

For that, you need kids. As the first comment says:

All very well and good but I get the impression they can still be surface damaged with scratches etc or shattered like normal DVDs if not handled correctly, so they are still not child or clumsy adult proof. So please can you try this with your labs sample and report back

Still, it is definite progress which is good to see.

Having the All Programs menu spread out over a larger area is really quite handy for those times where one needs to find/launch a program that they (don't use frequently, and...) can't remember the name of.

Why should the UI be optimized for those less frequent cases? Would it not make more sense to optimize for the more frequent cases?

So you can't see the desktop while searching with a single screen. Okay... Are you really looking at it while searching for program X when using the Start Panel now?? No.

Maybe it is just me with my forty-something eyeballs, but I seem to have a low tolerance for extraneous eye movement when I am at my desktop computer. I don't want to have to scan to entire screen on those occasions where I don't remember the name of the program. It reminds me of the Alt-Tab thumbnails introduced in Vista, do I really need the pictures or do I just need the name and icon of the program. I used to switch this back to "Windows XP style" Alt-Tab but nowadays I just rely more on the taskbar for this reason.

This graphic says it all:

If Windows were a hammer

Find And Run Robot / Re: What's wrong with this FARR picture?
« on: July 18, 2012, 08:23 PM »
I'm a little surprised this works as well as it does:

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  1. Restart FARR | "%FARRDIR%FindAndRunRobot.exe" -exit ;;; sleep 1000 ;;; "%FARRDIR%FindAndRunRobot.exe"

Find And Run Robot / Re: What's wrong with this FARR picture?
« on: July 18, 2012, 06:18 PM »
(see attachment in previous post)

it's overly helpful?
(I only get 6 results)

Exactly! I got tired of seeing READ-ONLY and moved ALL the core aliases and icons to the MyCustom folder. Not being able to edit those seemed like having a web browser preloaded with 200 bookmarks that I couldn't modify, and I didn't want to work around it anymore.

 For the Listfarr and Helpfarr ones, I hesitated, because those really do seem "core." But I didn't hesitate much. ;)

Find And Run Robot / What's wrong with this FARR picture?
« on: July 18, 2012, 05:03 PM »

Screenshot - 7_18_2012 , 5_57_06 PM.png

While the Windows H8 Metro vs. Ye old Start Button debacle has raged on I haven't really seen/heard much in the way of a why any of is was done/needed. Its really just been a lot of screw Vista Metro noise. But I ran across an article over at Neowin that actually made sense to me. Which was rather handy, as the only reason I'd gone to Neowin (which I generally never visit) was to try to make some semblance of sense out of all the waa waa waa I want my start button back screw Metro noise. So... What do you guys think of this article: Why the Start Menu needed to go

I rather liked it.

He seems to be a bit obsessed with using the All Programs menu instead of the Start menu search box. The whole point of the Vista/Windows 7 Start menu is that is fixes having to go through the All Programs menu and having to find your programs, a problem of previous versions of Windows. Clicking on All Programs in Windows 7 should be a rare occurrence.

Also, he doesn't disagree with the #1 complaint of Metro: it is optimized for tablets and kicks desktop computers to the curb. But to him, that's a good thing.

Down the bottom right of GMail, clicking Details will show the last 10 or so IPs that accessed your account, (this includes email clients):
 (see attachment in previous post)
I believe you can have it notify you if a login occurs from somewhere radically different, (eg. it alerted me when I went via a Russian VPN), you can also set it to tell you if more than one login is current.

 (see attachment in previous post)

My last ten IP addresses were the same IP...hmmm. I guess it shows the last 10 sign-ons. Also it is set to show alerts and I didn't get one, so that's seems to be a pretty good sign (unless they switched it off, sent the emails, and switched it back on to fool me).

Also, if you have a smart phone you can install Authenticator and use it to verify when you log in.  You need to activate GMail's two-step verification process, when you run Authenticator it generates a new 6 number pin every 30 seconds or so, you have to enter it when you log into GMail.

That's another strike against non-removable batteries. Thanks, I will look into it when I get an Android phone (which may be a while).

You know what's really freaky? Gmail itself  is marking these as important. If I mouse over the important icon, it says "Marked important mainly because of the people in the conversation."
Do you consistently mark them down (using the little yellow thingy in Gmail) as "not important"? I thought Gmail had a default rule that something is important, but you can teach it otherwise this way. It works for me, anyway.

Consider yourself either lucky or well-informed  ;).  Gmail pays no attention to whether I mark missives as important or unimportant.  It (the software) marks things as important that it has not seen me open for years, and ignores things that I mark as important - unless I set important in a filter, anyway.

Screenshot - 7_17_2012 , 6_35_41 AM.png

Until I started getting this spam, I never saw a message marked important if it was from an email address I never sent an email to, and each spam seems to be from a unique email address. Now every single one of these new spams are marked important "mainly because of the people in the conversation" (as opposed to marked important because of words in the message). This now leads me to believe someone is logged into my account somewhere, spamming the same email addresses my email seems to be coming from, causing the importance ranking to get bumped up, and then quickly deleting the sent emails before I can find them.  

[EDITED] Nevermind, I figured it out, now I see <WindowName> is a required field for obvious reasons.

Thanks for making this, somehow I missed this tool in 2011, I predict I will find some nice uses for it!

DcUpdater / Re: dcUpdater - setup file corrupt
« on: July 11, 2012, 01:27 PM »
I downloaded dcUpdater v1.30.01 from the web link:

When I start the download, the filesize is listed as 1.48 Mb.  On saving, the filesize is 206 Kb.  When I try to run it, the message is displayed:

"The setup files are corrupted.  Please obtain a new copy of the program."

Did this twice.  I'm using IE8 regular downloader and have not previously had a problem with downloading.

Do you have any insight as to what might be happening here?

Thank you.

I've seen something like that on other downloads (not here). I think clearing the browser cache should help.

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