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Living Room / [Solved] Looking for a specific youtube video...
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:33 PM »

It's from one of the casting shows like America's got talent or Britain's got talent (at least I hope so).

A blind young woman is brought on stage by a female assistant. The assistant talks to her all the time and guides her.
"Watch out, here are some steps, ... , the audience is right in front of you". Something like that.

Any hints, tips, links!?! Can't find anything that matches...


A very simple .ahk script, that outputs all command line parameters it receives

Loop, %0%  ; For each parameter:
    param := %A_Index%  ; Fetch the contents of the variable whose name is contained in A_Index.
    MsgBox, 4,, Parameter number %A_Index% is %param%.  Continue?
    IfMsgBox, No

This one will be compiled into "Get command line parameters.exe"

If invoked from a command prompt with:
"R:\Get command line parameters.exe" "arg1" "arg2"
It outputs both arguments correctly

But when I now create a shortcut to the .exe file
"R:\Get command line parameters.exe.lnk"

and put the command line arguments into the target field of this shortcut e.g. with:
"R:\Get command line parameters.exe" "arg1" "arg2"

The called .exe will output: nothing!

Both params aren't passed to the .exe file...

System: Windows Server 2012 R2 U3 x64

Does anyone have an idea on what is causing this behavior?

General Software Discussion / Looking for a new browser
« on: April 05, 2017, 09:54 AM »

My time with Firefox is nearly over (v57 is on the horizon)...

I don't want to share my data with google so Chrome itself is off the table

Is there a browser that is/has/can do/supports

- Respects my privacy
- 100% portable (Windows)
- Fast (no 64-bit necessary)
- Lean, uncluttered interface
- Addon support
- All necessary audio + video codecs
- Maybe based on the blink engine

Last time I tried Chromium (more than one year ago) it
was lacking support for (mainly) video codecs and I guess
that didn't change...

Is there a perfect Chrome derivative that supports all these wishes?

I was asked if I can take a look at a friend's computer this weekend.
Either Vista or Windows 7 is running on it. He isn't at home so I'll know
this when I'm there *yeah*

Is there any windows software that can display which auto-starting things
(processes, auto-start entries) are adding <x> seconds to the boot time?

The PC takes ~ 4 minutes to boot up^^ He defragments the only existing
hdd (1 partition only) regularly so defragmentation shouldn't be the problem...

Under Windows 7 Windows Performance Toolkit could be used to trace
the boot (via xbootmgr) but I hope there is something easier...

Apart from that, can anybody recommend (from personal usage!) an utility
that cleans & defragments the registry but only safe entries. Like WiseCare
et al?

Developer's Corner / Code signing certificate?
« on: October 16, 2015, 05:30 AM »

can anyone recommend a particular code signing certificate authority (there are a lot of them...)?

I probably have to sign .exe files in the future (if the current commercial project is going to be implemented). Prices vary a lot and they are per year not a one time sale *sigh*.

Find And Run Robot / Alias - Display <string> in description?
« on: June 24, 2015, 04:12 AM »
One of my aliases uses:
Dictionary - <string> |$$1 /ICON=icons\dictionary.ico

When I invoke it by entering e.g. "dic"
The description right from the icon states:
dict (Dictionary - )

<string> is resolved to nothing

How do I escape it properly that <string> isn't resolved at all and I get instead:
dict (Dictionary - <string>)


I'm looking for a software that helps me to visualize program logic (e.g. for writing a string parser).

Maybe some kind of flowchart that contains pseudo code logic blocks (while / foreach / do until, etc.)?

- Windows
- NO Java
- Portable
- If possible: Freeware (but I'd pay for it if it offers advanced features)

Does anyone use a software like this and can share his thoughts?


Edit: Solved, I wrote a function that parses all pairs...

for example I have the following string:
$a = 'a:1:{s:9:"@test.bat";a:1:{s:24:"AJXP_METADATA_SHAREDUSER";a:1:{s:10:"users_meta";a:1:{s:4:"tags";s:20:"batch file {new tag}";}}}}';

Is there an intelligent way (the used regex engine (Visual Basic (no .NET) is "mostly" pcre compatible. One exception: Positive & negative lookbehinds aren't supported) to get the content of the innermost {} pair that is NOT inside quotation marks?

In this case I'd like to match exactly this part:
{s:4:"tags";s:20:"batch file {new tag}";}

The real innermost pair of {} would be:
{new tag}
but this is inside a double quoting
"batch file {new tag}"
and therefore shouldn't be treated as the innermost {}...

Does anyone still have a copy of this old command line tool (it searches the master file table of a NTFS partition)?

The original ( site is down (probably for a long time)...


Post New Requests Here / Display jumplist live views in a new window
« on: December 05, 2014, 11:23 AM »

Since Win 7 we have jumplists for items on the taskbar. If you hover over one, you see a small live window of what's currently inside the window that belongs to this jumplist. This also works for videos and the speed and quality is rather good. If you have several e.g. videos playing (with the same player in a different instance) hovering over one of these task bar entries will show the live view for _all_ of the them^^

I'm looking for an application that is able to to generate these live views and put them together in a new window (if possible: without scroll bars).

It would be nice if we could arrange the order of it's entries and display them either in a horizontal or vertical way.

Two screenshots:
- One live view for a video player (hovering over it's taskbar entry)
- Arranged vertically

Is anyone able to code this?


Mini-Reviews by Members / Atom - A new editor is born
« on: February 26, 2014, 04:45 PM »
Currently in open beta, you can get an invite by visiting
and entering your e-mail address.

Atm it's Mac only, Linux & Windows will follow.

It looks quite similar to Sublime Text and has already a large range of supporting plugins.
The core is closed source atm. Although it's not obfuscated ;)

The repository for plugins:

Multiple cursors are already supported and an experimental vim plugin is available.

Screenshots are available on the website and most of the plugins in the repository have one / several as well...

A video that shows some of it's features:


is there any recommendable software around that scans a computer for any kind of media = image | music | documents (.ppt, doc(x), etc.) | anything else that counts as some kind of user documents and transfer all this data (retaining the old folder structures) to a user selectable destination point (a local folder on a partition would be enough)?

Source systems are: Windows 7 Professional, x86 / x64 | german / english
Destination (always): Windows 7 Professional, x86 german

I have to transfer the data for 10 Notebooks so I don't want to go through all folders manually.

Sure, everyone would say: Use Windows-Easy-Transfer...
Apart from the fact that it doesn't restore from x64 to x86 directly (which ofc I could circumvent) it failed miserably when I tested it...
628 MB of data (only for one user account), transferred the destination file to a virtual machine and after running through the wizard
it tells me the easytransfer-file is empty... lol, it isn't...

So I'm looking for an alternative...

One thing that is a must have: After scanning a PC it must be possible to go over the selected directories / files to make manual
corrections (e.g.: check / uncheck a folder that I don't want to be transferred).

Any recommendations (please, only stuff that you tried yourself and that works as advertized)?


is anyone aware of Ram Disks that support  Dynamic Memory Management, apart from Primo Ramdisk?

DMM = The Ram Disk releases any memory that isn't in use anymore (because files were deleted inside the Ram Disk).

Your Ram Disk is set to 8GB
It is currently empty
Now you copy a 4GB file to it, it occupies 4GB of Ram afterwards.
You delete the file and a few seconds later it's back to (nearly) 0.

Primo is rather expensive (I'd like to use a Ram Disk on Windows Server 2012, if possible)...

Find And Run Robot / FARR slow searching/pauses - tips
« on: September 20, 2012, 05:31 AM »
Hi mouser,

I use FARR to scan only three directories:
1.) C:\TBOS\%COMPUTERNAME% (search depth = 1 | file extension = exe)
2.) D:\Tools\.Shortcuts (search depth = 0 | file extension = lnk)
3.) D:\Users\%USERNAME%\Tools\.Shortcuts (search depth = 0 | file extension = lnk)

The first one contains one subfolder with two subfolders underneath which have 2 .exe files.
2. and 3. contain only .lnk files which point to .exe files that are placed in a parent folder structure like

Overall there are about 160 .lnk files.

On my system (Win 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 German | Samsung 830 SSD) everything is fine, search results in FARR appear instantly.

I have two other systems with the same operating system and the same ssd (but slower prozessors and less ram) which
behave absolutely different.

Search results need up to 10 seconds before they appear (and FARR is not responding when you click e.g. on the title bar in that time) but the status lines always says that the number of results was returned in 0 (instead of the real amount) of seconds.

These machines use exactly the same FARR setup (like my main machine) and the number of .lnk files are much less (about 40).

I think it must be some problem of icon caching that makes FARR so slow but none of the 3 machines uses a tweak or special (registry) setting that influences the Windows icon cache... Deleting the icon cache and rebuilding it by opening these folders with windows explorer doesn't help and I've changed all settings inside FARR (Incremental search on each keypress, Delay search start based on..., Resolve shortcuts when searching..., Resolve shortcuts when adding..., etc.) that could be related but the problem persists.

Any hints on how to find out what hampers FARR's performance so much on the two other machines?



does anyone know of a command line ftp client that:

- is a native x86 windows application (no crosscompiled cygwin stuff) -> I get problems with international chars like german umlauts

- supports scripting (can load a file which contains all the ftp commands that should be executed)
e.g. <ftpclient.exe> /script="<scriptname>"

- allows using ssh2 keyfiles in addition to user / pw logins (without the need for pageant or any wrapper app)

- is able to autoaccept a ssh2 server hostkey without bothering to accept one manually (providing the fingerprint in the script is ok)

- supports either a put or mkdir command that is able to create the recursive folder hierarchy for the destination file automatically
e.g. put öäü.hmtl /users/public/test/html/ or mkdir /users/public/test/html/
where /users was the only folder that existed before invoking the put | mkdir command

Tunnelier's sftp.exe and WinSCP's commands support all these features with the exception of the last feature (put / mkdir).

Does anyone know a different command line client, that has all of these features?

P.S.: Ofc I talked to both companies if it's possible for them to integrate this feature wish. Both stated: Nice idea, maybe we'll
incorporate it in a future version. It's been a year now...


Living Room / Good book to learn PHP?
« on: October 25, 2011, 02:06 AM »

I never learned a programming language before so I need something that doesn't require any previous knowledge.

Can you recommend any books that you've used yourself (I know there are a lot of resources available on the web but I prefer a good book)?


Can anyone recommend an IDE for PHP, MySQL, HTML(5), CSS and Javascript (that supports GitHub)?

Something you've been / you are using yourself.

I'm currently looking at PhpStorm and Netbeans but I not a big fan of Software that uses Java for it's GUI ;(

Find And Run Robot / Filenames with a leading dot?
« on: September 30, 2011, 04:27 AM »
Hi Mouser.

I have a file named D:\Users\Highend\Tools\TrueCrypt\.MountExternalDrive.exe
It is a compiled .bat file that mounts my external TC drive.

If I type in .mou in FARR it shows this file as the first one but when I hit enter the drive isn't mounted but I get a windows explorer window that contains the D:\Users\Highend\Tools\TrueCrypt directory.

If I rename the file from .MountExternalDrive.exe to MountExternalDrive.exe (without the dot) and enter mou and hit enter again everything works as expected (no windows explorer window and the TC volume is mounted).

Why does FARR have a problem with filenames with a leading dot and more important: can you fix it?


Find And Run Robot / Icon for alias group?
« on: September 27, 2011, 03:28 AM »

I've defined two alias groups (inside myaliases.alias).

".s1" (without quotation marks) with:
OpenVPN | D:\Users\%USERNAME%\Tools\OpenVPN\_OpenVPN.exe
AdMuncher | D:\Users\%USERNAME%\Tools\AdMuncher\AdMunch.exe
Clipboard | D:\Users\%USERNAME%\Tools\CHS\ClipboardHelpAndSpell.exe

XYplorer | D:\Users\%USERNAME%\Tools\XYplorer\xyplorer.exe
Chrome | D:\Users\%USERNAME%\Tools\Chrome\Chrome [%USERNAME%].lnk
Outlook | C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Office 2010\Microsoft Outlook 2010.lnk

when I invoke FARR and type in "." or ".s" I can see both groups but (and that's the annoying part) the icon in front of the alias group name
is a "C:\" Dos command prompt window icon.

Is there any way to define a better icon for these two groups?



I want to sell gift cards (two forms: downloadable (the user has to print it at home), the necessary code is emailed (atm manually because of the (manual) bank transfer payment) | as a physical product, after I got the payment I print the code on the card and send it in an envelope.

At the moment I have to handle both situations with a small excel sheet. I generate e.g. 50 unique codes and put them in the sheet and when someone wants to use his gift card I check if the code he supplies is valid and mark it as used.

Has anyone ever seen a good wordpress addon that can handle this kind of task automatically (after entering the code manually) or even better: is able to create the gift card (as a pdf) with one of the available codes inserted automatically?

Please note, I don't mean coupon codes I just want to promote my own business.


Clipboard Help+Spell / Hotkey for capture only?
« on: August 06, 2011, 12:45 AM »

I'm learning C# at the moment and therefore do a lot of copy and paste but I only need about 5% of the items to paste them more than once.

So I wanted to setup CH+S in a way that suits this specific need (only copy things with a special hotkey to limit the amount of entries) but failed ;)

The Capture/View/Spell hotkey (here: win + c) will bring the main window of CH+S to front and I only want to use the quick paste pop-up menu and not the main window.

Is there a way how I can use CH+S that it will only copy selected text if a user defined hotkey (means: not ctrl + c) is pressed _without_ showing it's main window?


Clipboard Help+Spell / No html / wysiwyg support?
« on: August 02, 2011, 04:37 AM »

there is a three year old thread that was requesting this feature ;)

Any info if / when a "retain the original format" clipboard storage will be available?

Find And Run Robot / Never show the tray symbol?
« on: July 10, 2011, 12:41 PM »

I'm wondering if there isn't any option to never display the farr icon in the tray notification area?

I've already checked "Do not show icon in system tray when minimized" but it still appears when
farr is invoked by a keyboard shortcut.


is there any way to use the current text as a web search phrase if no result was found?

Of course without any additional modifiers or by putting something like search in front.

I've used launchy for a long time and I'm used to this feature that you can type in anything
and as long it's not a valid search result it will open the phrase in the current web browser
by hitting enter at the end of the line ;)

Finished Programs / DONE: wav player without any gui
« on: July 07, 2011, 05:25 PM »

I'm desperately looking for a simple .wav player that doesn't have any gui at all.

It should have the following features:

- Can be invoked via a e.g. dos prompt (e.g. wavplayer.exe <file> [option])
option = /exit (quit the player after playing the file)
- Works under x86 _and_ x64 systems (WinXP - Win7)
- Portable, configuration files should not be needed

I've used microwav before I switched to Win 7 x64 which worked fine under any x86 environment but fails under x64.


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