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N.A.N.Y. 2020 / NANY 2020 ideas
« on: December 11, 2019, 09:05 PM »
Not much time left, maybe helpful to link to any small ideas worth considering here.

Recent request: https://www.donation...ndex.php?topic=49208 - App that works in combo with Desktop Coral by remembering app window locations

Mousers Media Browser / Mouser's Media Browser v2 - Dec 30, 2019
« on: December 11, 2019, 08:08 AM »
WEB PAGE: https://www.donation...ousers-media-browser

This will be a small utility for browsing directories containing images.

I decided to make a standalone utility that could be used as a helper for other tools, like my other NANY (Automatic Screenshotter).

It will start out with a fairly simple feature set but there is plenty of room for improvement.

Key feature:
  • Lots of viewing modes to find the one that works best for you.
  • Option to show recursive contents of folder tree (with search filtering and sorting)

Note that there are excellent powerful free image viewers/browsers (irfanview, xnview, etc.), and it would be foolish to try to compete with these.  My aim here is to make a more streamlined, focus helper utility.




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v2.0.1 - Dec 30, 2019
  • [Improvement] Recent Folder list now can be edited by hand in options; hopefully solves some people not being able to access it.
  • [Improvement] Settings file location shown in about box.
  • [MajorFeature] New virtual date tree.
  • [Bugfix] Fixed superfluous directory rescanning.
  • [Improvement] Remembers last selected file.
  • [Improvement] Shows file comments for selected file.
  • [Improvement] Added virtual tree options for starting with expanded nodes, and showing a node for each day of the month.
  • [Improvement] Better behavior inside folders where new screenshots are being added live.
  • [Improvement] Improvements to thumbnail sizing and thumbnail sizing options.
  • [Improvement] Image dimensions shown in statusbar.
  • [Improvement] New age filter.
  • [Improvement] Faster scanning speed.
  • [Improvement] Dramatically increased sorting speed.
  • [BugFix] Exiting while running scan was needlessly slow.
  • [BugFix] Searching with sort by date sometimes didnt sort some images.
  • [BugFix] Was reporting wrong folder search count.
  • [BugFix] Sorting was not always being performed properly after scanning.
  • [BugFix] In large folders after sorting, sometimes thumbnail showed wrong image.
  • [BugFix] Alphanumeric filename sort was case sensitive.
  • [Improvement] Reports scanning progress on large (recursive) directories and allows cancellation of scan; especially useful for large recursive directory trees.
  • [Improvement] Exponentially faster refresh after deleting files from large directories and refreshing after removed files.
  • [Improvement] Faster easier rename dialog.
  • [Improvement] Program remembers last subfolder selected on exit and restart.
  • [Improvement] Remembers selected image even after rescanning.
  • [Improvement] New Action menu with items for delete, rename, browse, clipboard, etc.
  • [BugFix] Switching root folder from GoTo menu would sometimes not update to show new folder contents.
  • [BugFix] Mobile phone or other photos with rotation information are now auto-rotated to correct orientation.
  • [BugFix] Better error handling if selected (or last) folder is missing.
  • [BugFix] Ctrl-clicking on thumbnails would not toggle to unselect them
  • [BugFix] Deleting a file left deleted image in viewer.
  • [BugFix] Sometimes scrollbars were not being shown in large folders.
  • [BugFix] When launching MMB with the folder commandline, it was first loading last folder.

v1.01.1 - December 29, 2015
  • First release
  • Thanks to DC member HamRadio for the icon!

Originally released as part of NANY 2016, see here: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=42114.0

Living Room / Favourite youtube channels
« on: December 04, 2019, 12:54 AM »
I stumbled upon this guy's channel today and have been addicted to it:

A couple of random videos:

He's a british tourist who knows russian very well and some other languages, and just heads off into the remotest villages in the soviet union, india, bolivia, etc.  And just makes friends.  He's fearless and just goes with the flow wherever he is..

Living Room / Happy Thanksgiving 2019 to all DonationCoder folks!
« on: November 28, 2019, 11:35 AM »
I've had my head down coding (nodejs) for the last few months, so haven't been as active on the forums lately... Though soon I will switch into NANY mode.

I hope everyone is having a nice thanksgiving with family, friends, or your online friends (us included).

Whether you celebrate this arbitrary holiday or not, it's a good time of the year to remember to be thankful for the small happiness you find in life, wherever you find it, and let people know you appreciate them.

I appreciate my virtual family here at DonationCoder so much.. I appreciate your spirit and camaraderie.

I'd love to hear more about what people are up to these days.  Today we are going over to a friends house to eat pot luck and watch scary movies.  We (wife and I) made swiss/spinache/goatcheese/sundriedtomato quiche, olive+cheese bread, chocolate chip cookies with cognac.  [A few weeks ago I was mad at this friend and was holding a bit of a grudge. but then watched the new Mr Rogers move (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and decided to just forgive and forget :)].  What are you guys up to?

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / NANY IDEA: Find start menu orphans
« on: November 22, 2019, 05:57 AM »
Here's my idea: A utility that scans a set of (user configurable) directories, to find executables (.exe) for which there is no matching start menu item.

Bonus feature: Show the list with checkboxes and offer ability to create shortcuts for the items in a special subdirectory of start menu.

This utility would be useful to find programs that aren't on your start menu for some reason, maybe because they were left over from an uninstall, or maybe one is scanning their own portable app directory that one would like to have added to the start menu.

Some subtleties to this app:

1. You will have to be smart about scanning and caching the start menu shortcuts.  That is, you will have to FIRST scan the MULTIPLE start menu folders, and parse all shortcuts found, and cache the paths in a datastructure that you can do fast string lookup on.
2. And only then start scanning the directories and looking up paths.

Living Room / Little Runmo: Animated short
« on: November 12, 2019, 08:40 AM »
16 minute animated video inspired by side-scrolling video games.  Haven't watched it all yet (wanted to share it first), but so far so great:

The trailers for the new zoo simulation game "Planet Zoo" are stunning... To see how far we have come in a few decades with these simulation games is draw dropping. 

And the icing on the cake is how involved people are in taking this sandbox tool and creating interesting things with it.. This combination of programmers creating tools that other people then take and create with is one of the greatest things.

Similarly amazing in different ways are the videos of Microsoft's new flight simulator engine:

Think about where flight simulators were when I started programming:

It's just mind boggling what an amazing age we are living in and to imagine the future of simulations.

Living Room / Cooking with tourettes
« on: October 31, 2019, 02:41 AM »
As a life skill, being able to laugh at yourself cannot be overrated.

Check out this ladies awesome cooking videos:

We should all be so lucky to have such good attitude about making a mess in life, and a family that shares it.

Here's a nice long article about delay vs rollback strategies of handling synchronization of state in real-time multiplayer games.  Very interesting.

When there is no information from the remote player, delay-based netcode needs to pause and wait, as described in detail on the previous page. Rollback’s main strength is that it never waits for missing input from the opponent. Instead, rollback netcode continues to run the game normally. All inputs from the local player are processed immediately, as if it was offline. Then, when input from the remote player comes in a few frames later, rollback fixes its mistakes by correcting the past. It does this in such a clever way that the local player may not even notice a large percentage of network instability, and they can play through any remaining instances with confidence that their inputs are always handled consistently.

I happen to use TurboTax, but it's truly a sign of how messed up our world is to read about how they have spent millions lobbying politicians in order to insure that filing your taxes is a painful expensive process.

For more than 20 years, Intuit has waged a sophisticated, sometimes covert war to prevent the government from doing just that [making tax filling simple and free], according to internal company and IRS documents and interviews with insiders. The company unleashed a battalion of lobbyists and hired top officials from the agency that regulates it. From the beginning, Intuit recognized that its success depended on two parallel missions: stoking innovation in Silicon Valley while stifling it in Washington. Indeed, employees ruefully joke that the company’s motto should actually be “compromise without integrity.”


N.A.N.Y. 2020 / NANY 2020 Release - Android App - DiscussionList
« on: October 04, 2019, 03:04 PM »
Simple app that lets you manage a collection of relationship/discussion questions, to facilitate weekly discussions, etc.
In the past we have used a sheet of paper that we bring with us when we go on walks.

Youtube video:



You can organize questions into categories with tags, etc.

There will be some included questions, and of course you can add your own.  And there is now an easy way to import from some premade question lists via the web.

There are 2 main modes, one is just the standard listview management view that you see in all of my android apps:
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And the other is a new minimalist "slideshow" type view where you can swipe left and right to move through the questions one by one:
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With almost 1,000 questions imported from (will not be included by default because of copyright ownership), just to demonstrate that you could have a lot of random questions, organized into sections by tag:
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Note that when you engage the "slideshow" swipe single-page question mode, it shows (randomly ordered, if you like) only the items from your current section, so it's easy to just browse questions with certain tags or from certain sources.

A new simple import function lets you import a text file of questions, with one question per line.  Makes it easy to import lots of questions.

For those of you who spend time sketching/painting in digital medium, I'm curious what tools, both hardware and software, you find the most enjoyable to use?
Anyone use a drawing tablet? A fancy screen with pressure sensitive pen etc?

I ask because I inherited an older cintiq21 21 inch monitor tablet from my father -- you draw on the screen with a pressure sensitive pen.  It's old but very cool.. However it's a beast to move around and requires a computer to make it work.  I'm thinking a smaller standalone touch screen tablet with pressure pen support would be so much more convenient, if not quite as good an experience when actually sketching.

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Welcome to NANY 2020
« on: September 07, 2019, 09:06 PM »
NANY is "New Apps for the New Year" -- an event we run on DonationCoder where we invite coders who hang out on the forum to release a new free program at the start of the new year -- or celebrate the new apps they've written in the last 12 months.

There are no winners or losers, everyone who participates gets a free mug commemorating the event.

You can find previous year's forums here: https://www.donation...ndex.php?board=210.0


Release a new app for the new year on Jan 1 and get a DC mug as your reward.
Here's the new alternate design from Hamradio.

So for the second day I'm sitting here listening to my (sata) hard disk drive make that sound that it's being used -- sounds a bit like ticking, etc.  And it's going on for hours.

But I can't figure out what process could be doing it.. The standard ctrl+alt+del process lister doesn't seem to shed any light..

Anyone use any software that might shed some light on what might be going wild on my disk drive?

I assume it's some windows background process or low level service, but I'd really like to find the culprit.

EDIT: May have been a false alarm.. I banged on the case near the fans for a bit and the sound stopped.. So perhaps it was just a fan rattle that sounded to me just like a hard disk drive seeking sound..  Either that or my banging woke up some snoring creature living in my computer, or convinced my hard drive to stop making a racket.

We are testing a new anti-spam process, where the first post of a new member will not be visible until it is approved.
If we can get it working, the amount of spam visible on the forum should drop considerably.

But the potential for real visitors being confused and having their post not show up for a bit is a concern.

Please let me know if you have any trouble posting on the forum ([email protected] or see the contact page).

Yikes -- this is concerning if you use VLC player to play media files.

Researchers from German firm CERT-Bund say they have detected a major safety flaw in the video player, which has been downloaded billions of times across the world, which could allow hackers access to compromise users' devices.

Living Room / My new project -- nodejs multi-user lobby library
« on: June 20, 2019, 07:29 AM »
I just wanted to give everyone an update on what I've been working on for the last month and a half -- a new open source project, written in NodeJs (server-based javascript).

I've been having a ton of fun learning new stuff.  There's a ton left to be done -- another couple of months worth I think.

But I wanted to give an update so you guys wouldn't think I've been AWOL  :-[

A little about the project:
  • First, it's an excuse to learn and experiment with some new stuff (nodejs), and do some more open source collaborative coding.
  • Second, it will hopefully give me an opportunity to dip my toe into multi-player simple games, the kind my friends and I like to play locally.
  • Third, I think I should be able to use the system to provide a better kind of multi-device synchronization of data for some of my (mobile) apps and future projects.

So, what is this project?  Well it's essentially a server and library api for coordinating communication (and data storage) from many users, organized by virtual apps and rooms, with functions specialized for data synchronization and simple non-realtime multi-player games.  One example use would be as a synchronization back-end, so that you could synchronize the data from one of my mobile apps across all your family devices (without needing to share dropbox logins as is required now when I used dropbox as my synchronization backend).  Another, very different example, would be to provide the back-end lobby services and communication support functions for JackBox party style games, where players gather around in front of a tv, each with their own mobile phone device, and play a game together where they input their actions into their phone, and the centralized game asks questions, etc.

In the coming month or two I'll be posting more about the project and sharing a github link to the source code.  If you are a nodejs person, I'd love to have some assistance on the project.  :up:

If you have a dell laptop you need to make sure you are up to date.

A vulnerability in the Dell SupportAssist utility exposes Dell laptops and personal computers to a remote attack that can allow hackers to execute code with admin privileges on devices using an older version of this tool and take over users' systems.
Dell has released a patch for this security flaw on April 23; however, many users are likely to remain vulnerable unless they've already updated the tool --which is used for debugging, diagnostics, and Dell drivers auto-updates.


For the past couple of months I've been getting a small but steady stream of people requesting DonationCoder license keys for "Pokemon Go".  It's baffling.
It seems that somewhere people are getting the idea that our license keys work for Pokemon Go.
Does anyone have any idea where this idea is coming from?

Really long interesting article on Read Dead Redemption 2, a much awaited video game (I thought the original was one of the top 10 video games I had ever played).

The most brain-shattering example happens when you play dominoes. You can see neither the board nor your hand from the main default screen while playing dominoes. And I have a big TV, so please, it’s not the TV. But the game is designed so you can zoom in on the board, then zoom out, and then zoom back in on your hand. It’s designed to mimic what it would actually feel like to be realistically playing dominoes.

Not only is this a really obstinate decision, but the board view is actually worthless because the view of your hand is even better and closer than the view that shows you the board. That means you have to hold the left trigger basically the entire time you play to properly see the board. This is a ridiculous choice to me, on every level, because it so readily creates an exhausting experience.


Some of us enjoy reading a good man versus machine detective story.
This is a long description of the process of getting access to the software running the head unit (audio, navigation, etc.) in his car.

Back in June, I purchased a new car: the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. This vehicle has an interesting head unit that's locked down and running a proprietary, non-Android operating system. Let's root it. If this was Android, we could most likely find plenty of pre-existing PoCs and gain root rather trivially as most vehicle manufacturers never seem to update Android. Because this isn't an old Android version, we'll have to put a little more work in than usual.


Living Room / The Bayrob malware gang's rise and fall
« on: April 15, 2019, 12:15 PM »
Longish interesting article on zdnet about a malware gang that was recently convicted of fraud and scamming people out of money.

The Bayrob malware gang's rise and fall: The story of how a talented computer science student and his friends created and ran a multi-million dollar botnet...
A graduate of one of Bucharest's top mathematics and computer sciences college, Danet won several international computer science contests, even ranking third in an ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) edition, and ranking high in many others.
According to Romanian TV station Kanal D, in 2008, Danet was elected the coach of Romania's National Computer Science Team, even though he was still a university student.
"He could have worked anywhere he wanted for the same money he made as a hacker," our source said over the phone when describing Danet's programming skills. "I still can't believe it after all these years."

Developer's Corner / How BioWare's Anthem Went Wrong
« on: April 03, 2019, 11:46 AM »
Interesting article on how a big game development team went off the rails.

Very few things went right in the development of BioWare’s latest game, an online cooperative shooter that was first teased in mid-2012 but spent years floundering in pre-production. Many features weren’t finalized or implemented until the very final months, and to some who worked on the project, it wasn’t even clear what kind of game Anthem even was until that E3 demo in June of 2017, less than two years before it actually came out.

Anyone check this out?

X-Ray Goggles makes it easy to see and remix the code behind your favorite web pages.  The best part: you don't need any prior coding experience! Just activate Goggles, click on a section,  and edit. Then, share your remixes with others.

A video demonstrating it:

from my sister

Fun long essay on a company that specifically caters to workers on the autism scale..

What happens when people who have trouble fitting into a traditional workplace get one designed just for them?
A business full of people who are on the autism spectrum provides its own kinds of managerial and interpersonal challenges, but to be the norm in an office, rather than an exception, is an unqualified relief for many of Auticon’s employees. Hirasuna noticed the difference in the first week of work, when he was writing an email to his manager. “I realized after the first day, Oh, yeah, I don’t have to read this over for nuance and all that stuff,” he said.

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