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FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Screenshot aliases using MiniCap
« on: August 23, 2008, 05:45 AM »
How about a capture region, autosave, and copy file to clipboard? Useful again for forum posts.

I basically want to be able to quickly insert pics in posts like you said but with different options i guess. Maybe the alias could contain a modifier stating put on clipboard...etc.

minicap.exe -save -captureregselect -clipimagepath -exit ?

I don't think it's something that can be done automatically.  How is the program supposed to know what category a software fits into?  It's so subjective.  The more practical issue is a program that can make the organizing process easier or faster.

A while back, mouser was considering combining the functions of Launchbar Commander and FARR into one program in order to deal with similar issues.  I don't know if that is still on the table, but I thought it was a great idea.

You are right in that it's subjective, yet look at delicious ...etc. You know how they suggest popular tags when you add a bookmark, something like that i guess.

Or you could choose a standard...,, or google 1st result or something else.

And if you just have an option that says, Save with popular tags/categories, then voila! you are done.

just my 2 cents

FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Screenshot aliases using MiniCap
« on: August 23, 2008, 02:51 AM »
I don't get anything on the clipboard after doing the whole DC forum capture thingie...
The file is saved correctly.... but nothing on the clipboard so can't paste it right away.... any ideas?

I am using Arsclip, don't know if that's interfering with the clipboard feature.

I am basically checking this out to super speed up the screenshot process like you said.... cap & paste file link!

You know I've always wanted this autocategorization of programs on my PC, currently I have to do it manually (internet utilities, network utilities, desktop , clipboard ...etc.).

I was thinking that wouldn't it be cool if given an application name, i get the name of the category(ies) for that application. That way i could probably write a script to sort it automatically into those folders.

i guess you could do that by searching google for the app name or filehippo or something and get their categories. It would really make finding apps for a particular task a lot easier! It becomes especially difficult when one installs hundreds of apps for testing!

This "group by type" seems like the right feature, but it's not automatic as far as i can tell... but how can we port that to a flexible scheme, maybe even for FARR!

so is there a software catalog can it automatically deduce,search, find the appropriate categories? That would be the killer feature i need...

it's similar to the task based approach.
What do i want to do?
Image manipulation
 Folder management
 File Renaming
 Network diagnostics

available programs

 Image manipulation
  - Gimp
  - Paint.Net
 Folder management
  - Q-Dir
  - Speedcommander
 File Renaming
  - the rename
  - bulk rename utility
 Network diagnostics
  - Smart Sniffer
  - Wireshark

Currently I have to do this manually on the start menu and in my portable apps directory! and in my archive folder! sigh... such a pain... that's why i now have over a 1000 files still to catalog.

I have always wondered how do they File organization sites do it, and if there is an automated way it can be deployed on a desktop ...etc.

This primarily helps new users as well... as they know then what resources are available to them.

I know this seems very rambling, i guess i haven't been articulate enough! Maybe someone else can summarize this better?

General Software Discussion / Re: Your most used SPECIAL programs
« on: August 21, 2008, 04:53 AM »
Alright, I finally thought of one of my most frequently used and underappreciated applications. This is one of the first things to go on my PC after a fresh install and I seriously hate using other computers when I need this and it's not there.

I use tabbyCalc2 ... which has similar features.
but i like that someone uses ruby as their calculator! That's cool. It hadn't occured to me.
I did check out frink and it looks great as well, though the syntax requires a bit of getting used to

My fav 3 special apps, I don't know if Locate32 is allowed to be in the list but that would be one, Autohotkey would be next (again i don't know if that's in the excluded list).

And seeing the talk on input director, I didn't even realize it was in a special category, i use Synergy everyday and i'd forgotten that i even use it! :). So for an alternative to multiplicity, & input director, try Synergy, its great :). A bit technical to implement but works well and has clipboard sync as well.

Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR Error : Entry Point Not found.
« on: August 08, 2008, 10:49 PM »
I just had an idea.... Maybe it's coz of networked drives? If I've launched something from the network, and after rebooting it hasn't been reconnected yet, but when i open FARR, it probably tries to fetch the details from the network drive (which hasn't been connected), and thus the error? Just a thought....
If i can confirm this i'll post again

Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR Error : Entry Point Not found.
« on: August 08, 2008, 10:47 PM »
It's usually after I press the hotkey and want to search for something. As FARR pops up so does the error. Sometimes FARR crashes after that, sometimes it doesnt. It all seems pretty random. If i figure out a way to make it repeat, I'll let you know.

Find And Run Robot / FARR Error : Entry Point Not found.
« on: August 08, 2008, 06:05 AM »
I have gotten the following error quite a few times now...
Using the latest version of FARR (got it even with the older versions)

Advanced Options: FindAndRunRobot.exe - Entry Point Not Found
The procedure entry point wcsncpy_s could not be located in the dynamic link library msvcrt.dll.

Any ideas?

Has anybody tried using the scanahand template yet? Does it work on as well? or does it cause problems?

And GwynEvans you are right, the characters are too small, and i had to increase the font size to be able to view the text correctly...

Cool nonetheless!

That was great. I tried it out... as well... i will have to retry as it didn't come out as nicely...

Another nice idea would be to have the preview show some formatted text as well (quick brown fox... etc... or some other paragraphs), because in isolation it might look OK, but together it doesn't look that great.

The problem i had was that the bottom alignment was off for me...
writing on lines is a lot easier then writing on imaginary lines. is there a way to actually include the line in the template and then exclude the line in post processing?? Just a thought.

But it's a great idea, and thanks for the freebie! Btw, how long is the beta on till?

Plus, what happens to the signature at the end? Can we use that somehow? It's not clear from the font itself.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Very simple timeclock utility
« on: June 29, 2008, 11:17 PM »
Building a new pc... sigh there was a time when i enjoyed doing that, now it seems like nothing but a chore! I have to setup 1 new laptop, 1 new pc, and buy several new laptops for friends and family and then set them up again.... its a pain i tell ya! And this all after setting up 5 new laptops already! Everybody enjoyed it so they want more.
I have been putting off using my new laptop since ages, until my wife forced me to let go off my aging but cozy laptop and migrate to the new one, and i haven't even finished migrating yet.

Don't get me started, but i guess it's too late already... hehe :)

That reminds me, i saw the exhibit they had over here, on Earth from Above (it was quite good and thought provoking, but also had too much doom and gloom :(), anyway in that it said that it takes 1.8 Tons of material to build each PC, did you guys know that? That puts on a whole new meaning to having so many PCs around.... i don't feel so environmentally friendly anymore :(

anyway back to topic on hand.

Good luck with your new PC, brett, and i'll be looking forward to seeing the new versions...

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Very simple timeclock utility
« on: June 24, 2008, 04:05 AM »
Need to change line 639 in latest TitleLog v01.17.28
Code: AutoIt [Select]
  1. Run, C:\Windows\explorer.exe "%A_Scriptdir%\Titlelog\"
Code: AutoIt [Select]
  1. Run, %A_WinDir%\explorer.exe "%A_Scriptdir%\Titlelog\"
as i've windows installed on the D: drive. But it's a good practice anyway...

And for the double clicking default behavior (similar to what nosh wanted), the following line needs to be inserted at line 56
Menu, tray, Default, Show Summary Log...

as for Suleika's requirements...
Do a search for FileAppend in the AHK script.
Change all the lines containing
Code: AutoIt [Select]
  1. "%A_YYYY%%A_MM%%A_DD%"`,"%A_Hour%%A_Min%"`,
Code: AutoIt [Select]
  1. "%A_YYYY%-%A_MM%-%A_DD%"`,"%A_Hour%:%A_Min%:%A_Sec%"`,
I haven't tested this, so i can't guarantee it'll work. It will most likely break the Detailed & Summary views as that relies on the fact that the data stays in this format. Alternatively a quick text to columns and a formula can take care of this for you in excel. (text to columns fixed width 4,2,2. Then in the next cell put a formula combining the values e.g. =DATE(I1,J1,K1))

Also what happened to the icon? It's not showing up anymore, i remember the first version had an icon.... is it because i'm running the AHK script? I thought you could embed the icon in the script itself by uuencoding the image...

Yeah, the article needs to be titled "Set Roberts is His Own Lab Rat"


Second that...

here i thought he had attached one of those 3D mouse to his body and was moving around to move a cursor on the screen. I wanted to know WHY??

now i know better :P

see this post https://www.donation...49.msg86938#msg86938

Is locate better than XYplorer or not? What is the difference in their implementations? This is intriguing. If it turns out that a file manager indexes files as well, then it might be easier to use that one combined utility!...

hmm... it'd be great if dopus had locate built into it! as it is it's search is superfast, but it takes a while for the first search to complete each time you open it...

This is related to this idea, so i figured i'd post it here in case somebody might find it useful. It is related in that it does the opposite of what you want.

It takes a folder of shortucts and copies the actual files over to a destination of your choice. :P

' Purpose: A simple Synchronization/Multiple Folder to One Folder
' script.
' Create a directory full of shortcuts to programs/files/folders
' that you want to copy to a destination folder
' Run this script either
' a) from that directory with the destination folder as a parameter
' b) from anywhere with the destination folder as the 1st parameter
'       and the source folder (with the shortcuts in it) as the second
'       parameter
' Notes: WARNING - Will overwrite files without prompting!
'  If you make changes please send me email, might go to spam, so
'  be careful :)

here's the code for it, it's a vb script. so save it as .vbs and pass it the correct parameters to run it.

' CopyShortcutTargets.vbs
' Purpose: A simple Synchronization/Multiple Folder to One Folder
' script.
' Create a directory full of shortcuts to programs/files/folders
' that you want to copy to a destination folder
' Run this script either
' a) from that directory with the destination folder as a parameter
' b) from anywhere with the destination folder as the 1st parameter
' and the source folder (with the shortcuts in it) as the second
' parameter
' Notes: WARNING - Will overwrite files without prompting!
'  If you make changes please send me email, might go to spam, so
'  be careful :)
' Written by Vixay Xavier,
' Version 1.0 - [email protected]
' Remove IGNORE THIS from email address before mailing it out
' Don't know how effective this is but eh, it's worth a shot :)
' Source/Help taken from:
' === "bertha_index.vbs"
' Keep Bertha Surfin Heavy Industries,
' a division of Keep Bertha Surfin Electrical Concern
' Version 1.0 - [email protected]
' === "LogToFile.vbs"

' Add better error handling/notification
' - for overwriting scenario
' - when logfile doesn't exist/ can't create
' Keep statistics?
' Add Logging to Source Directory of Files Copied and all - Done
' Notification to user while running - changed method to windows
'   copy box, and added a done dialog box at end. This makes the script
'   unusable in automated fashion, but easy enough to fix by
'   removing/commenting out the "msgbox" line

Option Explicit

'---------LogToFile Configuration---------
'NOTE: Copy the configuration section To
'the beginning of an existing script. The
'values specified here must be set before
'calling the LogToFile sub.
Dim bEnableLogging
Dim bIncludeDateStamp
Dim bPrependDateStampInLogFileName
Dim sLogFileLocation
Dim sLogFileName
Dim sOverWriteORAppend
'You can disable logging globally by
'setting the bEnableLogging option to false.
bEnableLogging = True

'Setting this to true will time stamp Each
'message that is logged to the log file
'with the current date and time.
bIncludeDateStamp = True

'This will set the log file name to the
'current date and time. You can use this
'option to create incremental log files.
bPrependDateStampInLogFileName = True

'Specify the log file location here. Path
'must contain a trailing backslash. If you
'would like to log to the same location as
'the currently running script, set this
'value to "relative" or uncomment out the
'line below.
'sLogFileLocation = "C:\LogFiles\"
sLogFileLocation = "relative"

'Specify the log file name here.
sLogFileName = "CopyTargets.log"

'You can set whether or not you would like
'the script to append to an existing file,
'or if you would like it to overwrite
'existing copies. To overwrite set the
'sOverWriteORAppend variable to "overwrite"
sOverWriteORAppend = "append"
'-------END LogToFile Configuration-------

' Run the Function :)
Call CheckParameters

Sub CheckParameters()
' First thing, check the argument list for a directory.
' If they didn't specIfy one, use the current directory.

Dim fso
Set fso = createobject("scripting.filesystemobject")

Dim destF
Dim sourceF
If WScript.Arguments.Count = 0 Then
WScript.Echo "Error: No Destination folder provided!" & vbcrlf _
& "Usage: Scriptname DestFolder [SourceFolder]" & vbcrlf _
& " SourceFolder is assumed to be current directory when ommitted"
'If not Destination is provided quit
ElseIf Wscript.Arguments.Count = 1 Then
' if 1 argument is provided ASSUME it's destination folder
destF = WScript.Arguments(0)
sourceF = fso.GetAbsolutePathName(".")
ElseIf Wscript.Arguments.Count = 2 Then
' if 2 arguments are provided ASSUME 1st is destination folder
' and 2nds is source folder
destF = WScript.Arguments(0)
sourceF = WScript.Arguments(1)
End If

GetWorkingFolder destF, sourceF

Set fso = nothing

End Sub

Function GetWorkingFolder(targetF, originF)

Dim fso
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

Dim sourceF
Set sourceF = fso.GetFolder(originF)
Dim destF
If Not fso.FolderExists(targetF) Then
End If
Set destF = fso.GetFolder(targetF)

Dim sourceFiles
Set sourceFiles = sourceF.Files

Dim remaincount
remaincount = sourceFiles.count

LogToFile("Process Started" & vbcrlf _
& "Source: " & sourceF & vbcrlf _
& "Destination: " & destF & vbcrlf _
& "# of Files in Source:" & remaincount)
Dim file_in_f
Dim ftemp
Dim targt
Dim fsCopyObj
'***Code to test windows animated copying method
Dim shAppObj, nmSpObj
Set shAppObj = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Set nmSpObj = shAppObj.NameSpace(destF.Path)
'***End test code setup

For each file_in_f in sourceFiles
Set ftemp = fso.GetFile(file_in_f.Name)
'If file is a shortcut
If fso.GetExtensionName(ftemp) = "lnk" Then
'This is where the magic happens
' 1) we get the target path
' 2) check what it is
' 3) copy it to destination
'Find it's target
targt = FindTarget(file_in_f.Name)
'Check if it's a folder/file
If (fso.FolderExists(targt)) Then
LogToFile(" Copying directory- " & targt)
Set fsCopyObj = fso.GetFolder(targt)
'fso.CopyFolder targt, destF
ElseIf (fso.FileExists(targt)) Then
LogToFile(" Copying file     - " & targt)
Set fsCopyObj = fso.GetFile(targt)
'fso.CopyFile targt, destF
LogToFile(" ERROR: Cannot determine targets type - " & targt)
End If
'And Copy the target to destination
If Not fsCopyObj is Nothing Then
'Wscript.Echo "Copying to " & destF.Path
          'fsCopyObj.Copy destF.Path & "\"
          '*** Alternative Windows animated method
          nmSpObj.CopyHere fsCopyObj.Path,16
          '*** End alternative method
          Set fsCopyObj = Nothing 
          End If
        End If
        Set ftemp = Nothing
LogToFile("Done copying files/folders")
If MsgBox("Done copying files/folders." & vbcrlf _
& "Log Filename: " & sLogFileName & vbcrlf _
& "Open Log?", vbYesNo + vbQuestion, "Done, Open Log?") = vbYes Then
Set shAppObj = nothing
Set shAppObj = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
shAppObj.Run "notepad " & sLogFileLocation & sLogFileName
End If
Set shAppObj = nothing
Set nmSpObj = nothing
Set fso = nothing
Set sourceF = nothing
Set destF = nothing
Set sourceFiles = nothing
Exit Function

End Function

Function FindTarget(filenam)
Dim shortct, WshShell
Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set shortct = WshShell.CreateShortcut(filenam)
FindTarget = shortct.TargetPath
Set WshShell = nothing
Set shortct = nothing
End Function

Sub LogToFile(sMessage)
    'LogToFile.vbs 12-15-06
    'This script is provided under the Creative Commons license located
    'at . It may not
    'be used for commercial purposes with out the expressed written consent

    If bEnableLogging = False Then Exit Sub

Dim oLogFSO
Dim oLogShell
Dim oLogFile
Dim sNow, sLogFile

    Const ForWriting = 2
    Const ForAppending = 8

    Set oLogFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    If sLogFileLocation = "relative" Then
        Set oLogShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
        sLogFileLocation = oLogShell.CurrentDirectory & "\"
        Set oLogShell = Nothing
    End If
    If bPrependDateStampInLogFileName Then
        sNow = Replace(Replace(Now(),"/","-"),":",".")
        sLogFileName = sNow & " - " & sLogFileName
        'Disable generation of another logfilename for subsequent calls
        bPrependDateStampInLogFileName = False
    End If
    sLogFile = sLogFileLocation & sLogFileName
    If sOverWriteORAppend = "overwrite" Then
        Set oLogFile = oLogFSO.OpenTextFile(sLogFile, ForWriting, True)
        sOverWriteORAppend = "append"
        Set oLogFile = oLogFSO.OpenTextFile(sLogFile, ForAppending, True)
    End If

    If bIncludeDateStamp Then
        sMessage = Now & "   " & sMessage
    End If

    oLogFSO = Null
End Sub

Developer's Corner / Re: source control systems: what's the best?
« on: February 21, 2008, 10:10 PM »
What is a good source control with integrated bug tracker? I tried looking for a simple subversion based one, but they all seemed complex! I have looked at trac, ditrack, bugzilla ...etc. don't know how it is any easier.

possible double shutdown issue with FARR + Locate.
I have both installed and running (the locate find window as well as FARR)
when shutting down, i have to shutdown twice! Usually after the first shutdown FARR and locate are left running in the system tray, while everything else has shutdown.
I have to manually exit FARR to be able to shutdown normally.
I don't know how else to diagnose this. What do ya think?


link to locate32 forum where i posted this request.

vixay, Howabout if you create one database for IT, another for HR and third for OP and keep database files in server?
That's what I was trying to say :)

suggestion by jmj: vixay, Howabout if you create one database for IT, another for HR and third for OP and keep database files in server?

The problem with that is like this:
IT.dbs stored in C:\Dept\IT (shared as \\Server\IT) and indexes only C:\Dept\IT (so file links are local!)
HR.dbs stored in C:\Dept\HR (shared as \\Server\HR) and indexes only C:\Dept\HR (so file links are local!)
OP.dbs stored in C:\Dept\OP (shared as \\Server\OP) and indexes only C:\Dept\OP (so file links are local!)
Locate32.exe stored in C:\Apps (shared as \\Server\Apps)

IT User: maps \\Server\IT to X:\ or can connect via UNC \\Server\IT
HR User: maps \\Server\HR to X:\ or can connect via UNC \\Server\HR
OP User: maps \\Server\OP to X:\ or can connect via UNC \\Server\OP
Management User: maps \\Server\Dept to Y:\
    therefore Y:\IT = C:\Dept\IT ...etc. for all depts

All users map \\Server\Apps to V:\
They can import settings for all databases, but won't have access to other departments databases. The can run Locate via V:\Apps\Locate32\Locate32.exe

Are done on the server for each database via scheduling.

Is done by users on their PCs

When they search they need references to resolve either
a) to their local drives (X:\filefound.txt) or
b) to UNC paths (\\Server\HR\filefound.txt)

but now, it resolves to C:\Dept\HR\filefound.txt!
and doesn't work for them!

The paths are different for each user!
for example:
on server:    C:\Dept\HR\filefound.txt
on HR user:   X:\filefound.txt or \\server\hr\filefound.txt
on Mgmt User: Y:\HR\filefound.txt

_current pains_
importing settings into each users pc

_possible solutions_

have 1 master user from each type who updates database, while the rest only search.
This would resolve the path issue from each users perspective, but it would be inefficient as you'd be indexing the same content 2-3 times! Plus you'd need special priveleges for that particular user to be able to update the database

any other ideas? I hear there are corporate search solutions or intranet scripts but those are slow compared to locate32 find as you type results.

_features in locate32 that would make this easier_

- portability (i.e. settings don't need to be imported)
- show results based on how files are accessible to user. i.e. Locate can put a KEYFILE at the root of each path it is indexing. Then locate the KEYFILE from the users current PC, and prepend the path to all the entries in a databse while displaying results. or allow user to add custom prefix/suffix to results.

then the deployment would be easier i think, for each database.

Or maybe i am crazy to think like this. Any better ideas?

Best Dialog Extender / So what is the best/popular one now?
« on: January 09, 2008, 03:57 AM »
Just wanted to get a feel for popular opinion once again.

I have a couple of Vista PCs now so i was wondering which would be a great choice now.
I'd prefer a free option, if there are more items i should add, let me know.

Plus how can one update the review? The review is old and needs to be updated, i don't mind making a few changes, but how do i do that? It would be cool if it was in a wiki format then it would be super easy for all members to contribute!

That's all for now.

I don't know if this belongs in this thread, but i have a particular need and was wondering if locate32 would be able to fulfill it, basically it's about searching for files in networked drives, but having only one database for all users.


are the three folders i want to index, and make searchable.
Each dept can have access to only their dept. files, except for management which can have access to all the files... so how would i got about it?

If i install locate on the server (it's not portable yet! unfortunately), and add the Servers C:\Dept (which contains IT, HR, & OP), then when searching i get results from all three! I want to restrict to specific departments

Installing and configuring for all user would be a pain! and would increase the load on the server unnecessarily! (50 users indexing the same file!).

any ideas/suggestions? Basically want to make it easy to find all server files quickly for different users but with only 1 update transaction.

Living Room / Re: Password Cracking Made Easy Thanks to the GPU
« on: November 05, 2007, 04:42 AM »
I did not know what a rainbow table was. Now i do.
you learn something new everyday!
Here's a link for the inquisitive!


f0dder though seems like you've had experience in this. How would you use a hash to bypass a password? That was implied in one of the earlier posts, that having the hash is as good as having the password.

Is there a summary post? It was confusing trying to follow the thread, especially 25 pages worth (620 posts including this one)!..

I've seen on other forums that someone creates a summary pot and updates it when necessary and makes it the first post, so that new people can quickly get a grasp of things.

Any long time readers want to volunteer for that? Anyway my request reminds of the "how many forum users does it require to change a light bulb" joke... posted somewhere in DC. hehe

Living Room / Re: Bloons Tower Defense - Very Well Done
« on: November 01, 2007, 06:44 AM »
Loved the first game! So here's the 2nd in the series ( I assume :))

Haven't been able to beat it in hard yet... found some strategies online, but what do DCers have? Any ideas?

try this. I don't know about it, just saw it so thought it might be relevant


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