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Find And Run Robot / Re: Focus Problem
« on: March 06, 2006, 03:58 PM »
Hi Mouser,

Once in a while, I also got into a situation where I have this focus problem.  And once it happened, I think it stays like that until I restart the process?

As a matter of fact, I am experiencing this right now.  When I hit the PAUSE/BREAK key, FARR doesn't come up as the foreground window.  It's hidden by my browser window from which I am typing this msg.  If I resize my browser, I can see FARR was actually brought up and its editbox has the focus (the caret is flashing).  So I am now in a state where I have double flashing caret (one in FARR, one in my browser), and when I type, the characters go to my browser's editbox as opposed to FARR.

I am using the latest farr build (v1.09.04)

Perhaps I am missing something, but why not just add a CSS rule for the HR tag in the header or something?

the main thing is that in both cases you can just ignore them and use the programs without worrying about them

Although I agree with that, it's not necessary the case all the time.  See the following quote from Joel,

Even if you think your new feature is all good and can't hurt because "people who don't care can just ignore it," you're forgetting that the people who allegedly don't care are still forced to look at your feature and figure out if they need it.

"How could a mute button on a sound system hurt?" After all, if you don't want to waste time learning about the mute button, you can just ignore it completely, right?

No. Because at some point, someone will hit it by mistake, and no sound will come out of the speakers, and if they don't know about "mute," they'll start trying to turn up the volume knob all the way, so when they do finally unmute the thing, the speakers will blow out with an ear-shattering boom that creates permanent, concave warps in each of the walls of the room where the sound system was installed (and a matching hump in the floor of the apartment upstairs).

The entire article could be read here

I don't think there are too many preferences in WSW though, it's an absolute wonderful piece of software and worth every single penny of it (esp. with the discount)!!!

Congratulations guys/gals!!  :Thmbsup:

I have been using Trillian ever since its creation and was very satisfied with it because it's very simple and gets the job done.  I have tried Miranda a couple of times back in the days but was always turned off by its random crashes and its MILLONS different configuration settings (probably more settings than ms office!!!).

However, during a casual chat with brotherS, he mentioned a new release just came out and asked me give it another shot.  I did just that and patiently went through the 218379821798123 configuration options.  Now I finally realize how much more powerful and flexible Miranda is compared to Trillian.  The latest build is very stable.

Anyway, for those of you who were afraid of Miranda's infinite configurability, don't be.  It's totally worth your time.  Give it a shot.  I love it.  If you see me coming in and out of IRC like a madman, it's most likely I am hard at work configuring my Miranda :)

A big thank you to brotherS for convincing me to make the switch!!!!

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Miranda IM - VersionInformation plugin by Hrk, modified by Eblis
Report generated at: 01:34:50 on 21 February 2006

CPU:         Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.70GHz [x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 6]
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP [version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2]
Installed RAM: 1535 MBytes
Free disk space on Miranda partition: 644 MBytes
Miranda path: C:\Program Files\Miranda IM
Miranda IM version: 0.4.3 alpha build #47 Unicode
Build time: 21:41:44 on 10 February 2006
Profile size: 676.13 KBytes
Profile creation date: 20 Feb 2006 at 23:14:01
Nightly: Yes
Unicode core: Yes

Active Plugins (34):
AdvancedAutoAway.dll v. [15 Jul 2005] - Advanced Auto Away
AIM.dll v. [28 Nov 2005] - AIM TOC2 Plugin
chat.dll v. [11 Feb 2006] - Chat (Unicode)
clist_nicer.dll v. [11 Feb 2006] - CList Nicer+ (Unicode)
crashrpt.dll v. [21 Dec 2005] - Crash Report
dbeditorpp.dll v. [20 Sep 2005] - Database Editor++
dbx_3x.dll v. [21 Oct 2005] - Miranda database - with AutoBackups
findAmsg.dll v. [02 Feb 2005] - Find A Message
gmailm.dll v. [08 Feb 2006] - Gmail Multiple Notifier
help.dll v. [11 Feb 2006] - Help
historypp.dll v. [31 May 2003] - History++
historystats.dll v. [27 Jan 2006] - HistoryStats
ICQ.dll v. [11 Feb 2006] - IcqOscarJ Protocol
import.dll v. [11 Feb 2006] - Import contacts and messages
IRC.dll v. [11 Feb 2006] - IRC Protocol
IRC2.dll v. [20 May 2005] - IRC Protocol
jabber.dll v. [11 Feb 2006] - Jabber Protocol (Unicode)
linklist.dll v. [17 Jan 2006] - History Linklist
MetaContacts.dll v. [19 Feb 2006] - MetaContacts Plugin
msn.dll v. [11 Feb 2006] - MSN Protocol (Unicode)
NetAccessNotify.dll v. [13 Dec 2005] - NetAccessNotify
png2dib.dll v. [11 Feb 2006] - PNG images processor
PopUp.dll v. [22 Sep 2004] - PopUp Interoperability
quicksearch.dll v. [19 May 2005] - Quick Search
scriver_unicode.dll v. [16 Feb 2006] - Scriver
simplear.dll v. [28 Oct 2005] - Simple Auto Replier
smileyadd.dll v. [13 Feb 2006] - SmileyAdd
StartupStatus.dll v. [26 Jul 2005] - StartupStatus
updater.dll v. [19 Feb 2006] - Updater (Unicode)
V_RecentContacts.dll v. [23 May 2005] - Recent Contacts
VersionInfo.dll v. [03 Feb 2006] - Version Information
WhoIsReadingMyStatusMsg.dll v. [22 Jan 2003] - WhoIsReadingMyStatusMsgNotify
WorldTime.dll v. [05 Sep 2005] - World Time
Yahoo.dll v. [11 Feb 2006] - Yahoo Protocol Beta/Nightly

End of report.

Find And Run Robot / Re: CTRL+SPACE
« on: February 18, 2006, 03:02 PM »
Since we are on the subject, for those of you who uses a IBM Thinkpad and found the lack of "WinKey" on the keyboard a big annoynance, there's an utility that lets you customize and remap your keyboard here.

I remapped the right alt as the "WinKey" and never looked back  :up:

General Software Discussion / Re: Dual monitor layout
« on: February 18, 2006, 02:03 PM »
It should be just a matter of connecting your old monitor to your laptop's VGA D-Sub input and then go to Display Properties Setting, click on the 2nd screen and then check the "Extend my Windows desktop onto this computer".

What OS are you using though?  I seem to remember ATI had poor dual monitor support for Win2K.

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: TopDesk
« on: February 18, 2006, 04:40 AM »
Thanks for the review m_s.

I was never a big fan of alt-tab replacement, but I went ahead and installed TopDesk Trial just to see what all this talk is all about.  The window tiling thing looks so cool that I find myself constantly alt-tabbing just for the heck of it.  I am not sure if I will grow tired of it though since I don't have any real usage other than WOWing my coworkers :)

Do you guys use Grid, Spatial or Flip?

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review
« on: February 15, 2006, 11:16 PM »
Hi Josh,

I have a question about PS Tray Factory.  I sent a mail to their support last week but never heard back from them.

I am wondering if there is any way to hide/show a tray icon based on the window text or caption as opposed to the wnd class?  There are apps like FeedDemon, PopTray or Gmail Notifier which displays different captions based on the current notification status.

For example, I want to configure my gmail notification icon so that it hides itself when there's no mail but shows itself when there's mail in my mailbox.  The tray icon has a caption of "No unread mail" when there's no mail and "1 unread conversation".  So I think it would be nice to hide/show a certain systray icon based on some pattern matching. 

Do you know if it does that or not?


Hi Mouser,

I currently use a clipboard monitoring software called Clipboard Recorder (   I think it has some cool features that would be nice to be added to Clipboard H+S.

1.  Mini Floating Bar - a mini window that could optionally be set to "Always on Top".  You could then point and click which clipboard entry you want to paste.  Just an alternative way other than the popup list and the main window.

2.  Network Sharing Support - My coworkers and I sometimes send clipboard entries to one another.  I would copy an screenshot or a snippet of code then send it to my coworker's clipboard through this app.  My coworker would then get a pop up toaster indicating such request, and he/she could choose to accept it to be placed on his/her clipboard.  Well, I admit there's always email/IM that could do the same job so this is more of a gucci feature, but isn't it fun to do it all in a single app? :)

Here are some screenshots:

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Synergy: Sharing your keyboard and mouse
« on: February 13, 2006, 02:43 AM »
To be honest, the setup process for Synergy is a bit complicated and un-intuitive.  The configuration for primary and secondary machines is a little different.  On the primary PC, you set up the relative positions of your other PCs.

However, there is a setup wizard available (actually I think it's developed by one of our own members!) which could be found here

Take a look :)

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Oh my, thanks for sharing.  I hope the study is flawed as I regularly consume 3-4 cans of diet soda every day (since they have them for free at work).

Mini-Reviews by Members / Synergy: Sharing your keyboard and mouse
« on: February 12, 2006, 08:53 PM »
Hello all,

I did a search on the forum and didn't see it mentioned, so I figured I would share something that I use everyday.


Do you have multiple computers on your desk with each comuputer uses its own monitor? 
Do you have a desktop but also have a laptop that sitting next to it?
Do you have a Linux/Mac machine on one side and a Windows box on the other?
Do you need the resources of mulitple computers but want to work with them as if they were a single unit?
Do you want to keep an eye on other things while playing your favorite MMORPGs on one monitor while the game runs on the other without any slow-down? (or control 2 characters at once?)

If your answer is YES, and you want to control multiple computers with a single keyboard and mouse, then Synergy is for you.  It is an application that lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware (all it needs is TCP/IP).

At my workplace, I typically use 3 computers.  Two desktops and one laptop (each have its own display).  Before I discovered Synergy, if I want to control the other systems other than my primary, I typically remote control (vnc, funk proxy, rdp, you name it) to the box so I could use the same mouse and keyboard.  That might be good enough for most users, but Synergy allows you to do much more!

Redirecting the mouse and keyboard to another system is as simple as moving the mouse off the edge of your screen (with no lag time whatsoever!)

Playing a game and doesn't want it to jump screens?  No problem, just toggle the Scroll Lock key.

Another nifty feature is the sharing of clipboards of all systems, thus allowing cut-and-paste (text and image) between systems.  Copy a block of text in your Windows box and paste it to your Linux/Mac machine, no problem.  It even converts the newlines to each computer's native form so cut and paste between different OS works seamlessly.  It does it all in Unicode so any text can be copied.

On top of that, it also synchronizes screen savers so they all start and stop together.  If screen locking is enabled, only one screen requires a password to unlock them all.

I have been using this fantastic piece of software every day for almost a year and it definitely WOWs my coworkers.  I wouldn't say I haven't encountered any hiccups (it loses the SHIFT, CTRL key once in a while), but moving the mouse back and forth from the primary screen to the secondary usually solves the problem.  You may find the setup process is a little complicated at first, but try sticking with it.  It's free, open source, and I strongly recommend you to try it out and donate to the author if you found it useful.   Believe me, until you have used it, you don't even realize what you have been missing.

Note that Synergy is not a remote desktop application.  Each system continues to need its own monitor to display that machine.  Synergy just allows you to seamlessly move between the screens with just a single keyboard and mouse.

System Requirements
    * Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me (the Windows 95 family)
    * Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP (the Windows NT family)
    * Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
    * Unix
          o X Windows version 11 revision 4 or up
          o XTEST extension
            (use "xdpyinfo | grep XTEST" to check for XTEST)

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Before I end this mini-review, I would like to mention some alternatives that I have tried.  AFAIK, Synergy is the ONLY one that has full support on all three major platforms:  Windows, Linux/Unix and Mac.

Stardock's Multiplicity
This is NOT free and it currently supports Windows only.  OS X client is in development.  It has a very simple interface for setting up.  The Pro version costs $69.95 but it lets you copy files/folders (in addition to text/image) between machines (something that synergy couldn't do).  It allows you to control up to 7 computers (primary and up to 6 secondaries).  Standard version costs $39.95 and can only support 3 PCs in total.  Too expensive for my liking.

MaxiVista (what a strange name *grins*)
This app actually does a little more than the rest as it installs a virtual display driver on your primary PC, and allow you to "EXTEND" the screen of your primary PC to another one.  However, although you could drag an application or a window to another PC's screen, it's still taking up the processing power of your primary (so not good for my use).

This one is also free and supports multiple platforms.  But it's not as stable last I tried.

Costs $24.95.  I have not tried this one.

Thanks m_s for the Archivarius review!!!  I am definitely going to try it out.

Quick question:  Does Archivarius let you specify certain file extension (*.py, *.cpp etc) as text files so it will index their contents?  Or does it only index their filenames but not the contents?  Thanks.

I have tried GDS, WDS (MSN), Copernic and Yahoo desktop search.

I ultimately settled on WDS because I have a lot of CHM files that I want to index and AFAIK only WDS support IFilters that could index those.   I believe GDS also has a plugin that indexes CHM but I prefer a rich client to a browser interface.  Also, from my own experience, WDS gives more accurate search results (though a little slower) and its index size is smaller than GDS.

I would also recommend Copernic as they have a very nice interface and a very good search term highlighting in its preview pane which WDS doesn't have.  Copernic also exposes COM API allowing third party developers to create plug-ins enabling new file type but I couldn't find any out there.

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