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N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release - Skyrim Character Manager
« on: January 12, 2013, 03:29 AM »
I tried it but couldn't get it to work. Win7x64 system, Skyrim with SkyUI installed, and exe files renamed so Steam with launch with SkyUI enabled. After install, when I run from the desktop icon I get this error:
SCM error.jpg
I couldn't run the shortcut as admin, but found the batch file in C:\Program Files (x86)\GPG\Skyrim Character Manager folder which did work when run as admin. Did setup and set the folders to the TESV,exe path and my savegame folder, but all the buttons including Add are still greyed put. Tried using the Skyrim.exe and Launcher.exe paths with same result. Uninstalled and used the portable version with same results.
What am I doing wrong?

Find And Run Robot / Re: Farr freezes / delays : solved but...
« on: April 01, 2012, 05:16 PM »
I haven't noticed FARR freezing with ZA (Kaspersky AV).

I am not sure this is a bug, or I am doing something wrong. I have a task that sometimes goes bad when the computer sleeps. I want to be able to kill it, then restart it again. Although I could do it with a script or batch called from an alias, I wanted to try and keep it all in an alias to keep everything in one place.

What I planned to do was use the pkill plugin to kill the task, wait a few seconds to make sure it is gone (if had to be forced), then start the task again.

I tried with alias result "restartsearch pkill taskname\n ;;; sleep 5000 ;;; restartsearch taskname\n" but it doesn't work, the first part "pkill taskname" just sits in the edit box for 5 seconds, then the second part "taskname" appears in the edit box, the results are provided and the task restart is executed.

If I use just the first part ("restartsearch pkill taskname\n") by itself as alias result, it works fine, but not when joined with the rest.

Thinking it may be something to do with calling an alias, I tried using direct file commands ("C:\Windows\System32\taskkill.exe /F /IM taskname \runasadmin"), and this works with the rest of the command (";;; sleep 5000 ;;; restartsearch taskname\n"). The TaskKill command isn't as neat as the pkill plugin though (you don't get to try request before force, it is one or the other).

I also tried creating an alias for the pkill part (which works by itself), but when used as the first part of the command it doesn't find and run that alias (so again the first part does nothing). Is there something about the result window not updating until all the command is complete?

Sorry if I have missed something in the help file or forum (been searching and working on this for few hours now).


Is there something I am missing when using a plugin alias and an intermediate command, or is this a bug.

Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR and Dropbox - conflicts...
« on: February 15, 2012, 04:23 AM »
I hadn't thought of syncing my aliases via DropBox, but is a good idea.  :Thmbsup: However I would implement it by leaving FARR installed normally (outside DropBox), and just have it sync the alias files. So long as you aren't editing your alias file on both computers at the same time you won't have a conflict.

Now to make DropBox sync just the alias file, I would use a hard link (file) or symbolic link (folder) in a DropBox folder that points to your alias file/folder. I chose a junction pointing to my Documents\DonationCoder\FindAndRunRobot\AliasGroups\MyCustom folder, so all the files and any custom icons I create are all sync'd. Now, whenever I change any files under that directory tree DropBox sees them and syncs them.

I use the Link Shell Extension to create junctions, available at With it you can just use right click to select file/folder to link, then again to create linked file/folder where you want it.

Junctions are very handy in Windows 7 (which uses them a lot, how it does all the fancy footwork with the user folders). XP can be risky, because it will delete the parent folder if the junction is deleted using explorer, Vista/7 is smart enough to remove the link and leave the source alone.


Living Room / Re: All-In-One Multi-Touch Computers - Thoughts?
« on: January 25, 2012, 10:12 PM »
For those of you who have used an AIO, how do you find looking at the screen so close you can reach it with you hands? I hate using my laptop and screen together - I much prefer to use either an external monitor with the laptop keyboard or wireless kb with laptop screen pushed away (or both). Then again my tired old eyes like a bit of distance relief for extended viewing. I can't image using an AIO for anything other than a media centre or similar where I only make a few inputs then walk away.

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