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Hello everyone. I hope you are all well and good. First and foremost, I'd like to state that I am new to this forum, and this is my first post. I'm not sure if this is the appropriate location. But I was hoping for better advice from you. Guys, I've got a problem; I'm having trouble getting Windows 10 to load. After repeated attempts, I gave it my all, but the problem remained. Because I lack experience in this area, I am seeking your advice. Can you assist me in any way?
-Lesterhuggins (April 30, 2022, 06:27 AM)

We're going to need more details, please:

1) What kind of computer is this on?
2) Is this a new install or a previously working install that doesn't load anymore?
3) How far into the boot does it get?
4) Are there any error messages?
5) What have you tried to fix it?
6) Any other tidbits of info you think might help...

Post New Requests Here / Re: Help tweak an AHK script
« on: May 03, 2022, 03:35 PM »
trying to find a  solution to a repetitive task

What's the task?

As one of the devs here who has gone through many rounds of false positive hell, I gave up caring about it many many years ago.  If my body of work isn't enough to convince a potential user to use my software, there isn't much else I can offer.  Call it apathy, or whatever, I simply don't care and don't spend a single cycle worrying about it.

To give you an idea of how ridiculous false positives can be, I once wrote a single line program consisting of one hotkey that simply EXITED THE PROGRAM.  Nothing else.  Even that didn't come up clean in the virus scans.  As you might imagine, it was about that point that I stopped caring.   ;D

Post New Requests Here / Re: BETTER Spotify Playlist Editor
« on: April 02, 2022, 07:13 PM »
Every Spotify playlist editor doesn't edit the liked songs playlist
It's utterly ridiculous that no one has done this yet.

I don't use Spotify, but your statements I quoted above make me wonder if editing the "liked songs" playlist is even possible?  Can you provide some examples of third-party editors you've tried?

Guess the name should start with a lower-case s, as that's a common prefix for many of Skwire's specialist tools :Thmbsup:

Hahaha...only because I'm rubbish at naming these things.   :D

Ah... Are there different kinds of tooltips?

Tooltips are tooltips, but tray tooltips seem to have a limit to the amount of lines and text they can display.  I'll play around with it.

Oh, and I just noticed that WiFiBrute wasn't running anymore, but I didn't see a crash notification while I was at the PC.


Somebody needs come up with a better name for this, too.   :P

It works! Awesome!

Great to hear since it was just a rough prototype.

I'm guessing you'll change it so that the wanted SSID doesn't have to be entered every time the .exe is run?

Indeed.  Again, this was to test functionality.

And may I suggest this mouse-over info:
SSID: xyz
Connection enforced: -

which will change to
SSID: xyz
Connection enforced: yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss

once it enforced a connection?

Sure.  I'll have to condense it a bit, since there is a limited amount of text allowed in that particular tooltip.

Interesting!  Yeah, that sounds like the perfect logic. I might have some time early afternoon tomorrow (US Central Time), how long should prototype testing take?

No need as I found a USB wireless adapter I could use for testing on my desktop PC.

  • Download the attached file and extract it into its own folder somewhere.
  • Run the WiFiBrute.exe file.  On startup, you should see a new icon in your tray with a yellow circle.  It should then pop up an input box to enter your preferred SSID.  This is case-sensitive and must be exact.
  • After that, it will check to see which network it's on.  If it's the preferred one, the tray icon turns green, and it then checks every ten seconds to ensure it's on the preferred network (if it's available, of course).
  • If the preferred network is not available, the tray icon turns read, and it tries to connect to the preferred network every ten seconds.  Once it's successful, the tray icon turns green again, and you are notified with a standard Windows 10 popup that you're back on the preferred network.

You can exit the application by right-clicking the tray icon and choosing Exit.  It's a very basic prototype right now, with minimal configurable options, so I'm curious to see if it does, indeed, work for you.  Let me know how you get on with it.

Thank you, never heard of it. I've set it up and saw something weird in NetSetMan's AutoSwitch tab: while the fast SSID was available again - I could connect to it on my phone - NetSetMan didn't see it (while checking every 10 seconds), and thus failed to connect. After a few minutes, I checked the WiFi connections in Windows, and only then did the fast SSID show up there, and in NetSetMan.

Is there a way to make Windows check for available networks more frequently? I didn't see a related Windows option and Google didn't offer anything useful.

Based on my tests yesterday, I saw the same behaviour.  That said, you can still connect to a non-visible network, via netsh, so long as you know the name.  Here's my logic flow for a prototype:

1. Program starts up knowing the preferred/fast network name.
2. Program checks what network it's currently on.
    2a. If not the preferred network, set tray icon to red/slow, and attempt to connect to it every n number of seconds/minutes.
    2b. If on the preferred network, set tray icon to green/fast, and check every n number of seconds/minutes to ensure we're still on the preferred network.  If not, go back to 2.

It's a bit of brute method, but it's not resource intensive and should get the job done.

Yes and yes.

  • Is this scenario something you can simulate or force to happen?  That is, do you have control of whether the fast network stays or goes away?
  • Are you free for some prototype testing tomorrow?  I'm on Central Time in the U.S.

The "whenever you check the tray icon and see that you're on the slower network" thing is what I want to prevent.  8)  The perfect solution would be an app that would automatically reconnect to the fast connection when possible, just letting me know that it happened, but without me having to do anything.

When it switches to the slow network, does the fast network go missing from the list of choices you see when you click the Windows network tray icon?  Also, I assume the slow and fast networks have different SSID names?

Hey, brotherS, been a while.  =]

There are a bunch of ways to do this, depending on how pretty you want it.  The default Windows tray icon shows the currently connected wireless network.  You can easily create a batch file that runs the following command to quickly connect to your fast SSID.

netsh wlan connect <FAST_SSID_NAME_HERE>

Create a shortcut to that batch file in a convenient place and run it whenever you check the tray icon and see that you're on the slower network.

If you want something more like an actual application, sure, I can do that, but I want to see if the quick'n'dirty suggestion above suffices.

Insistently, I don't think it's possible to "see" where hotkeys go in Windows.  Nirsoft has an app that will tell you which hotkeys are free vs used.  It can't tell you what they are assigned to though.

You are correct; it is not possible to see which app has which global hotkey, only that a given global hotkey is in use.

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: January 27, 2022, 01:12 PM »
Shamefully, I've not made the time to sink my teeth into updating this.  During this time, has changed their API, yet again, and is now on v4 (epCheck was deverloped on v2).  While I understand the need to evolve, these types of API changes that break apps regularly, en masse, are really frustrating to deal with because of the time and testing it takes to work with new APIs.  I'll try to make time to at least investigate what it would take to work with the new API.

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Release: sSpeedtest
« on: January 27, 2022, 01:10 PM »
Another awesome program!  Thanks.

You're welcome.  I hope it's working well for you.

Website | Download
v1.0.5 - 2022-01-27
    + Added Location and Country columns to speedtest results list.
    ! Centered icons on check/uncheck buttons.

N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Release: Trout (audio player)
« on: January 20, 2022, 12:54 PM »
skwire, would it be possible to use the TROUT source to create this RTMP streaming playlist manager (for Windows)?  See my original request here, but trout would be perfect as it is.

Too kludgy to try and make Trout do this.  Can this be done with VLC, which I know handles RTSP streams and has a basic playlist editor/window?

Is it possible to re-use the output variables?

Such as Destination like

....\??1\??1 ??2


N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Release: sSpeedtest
« on: January 07, 2022, 05:02 PM »
Website | Download
v1.0.4 - 2022-01-07
    ! New single run option didn't work all the time.

v1.0.3 - 2022-01-06
    + Added ability to run a single speedtest from the server list context menu.
    + Added handling of second Ookla EULA acceptance question for EU locations.  (Thanks, tomos)
    + Added check/uncheck buttons to the main form.
    * Changed the icon displayed in the speedtest list.
    * Added some more feedback in the list that a speedtest is going.

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Release: sSpeedtest
« on: January 06, 2022, 10:29 AM »
I reckon this second part is due to regulations here in the EU.

And I reckon you're right.  I'll add some verbiage around that in the 1.0.3 updated coming here shortly.  In the meantime, can you verify that there is only the one entry still in the speedtest-cli.ini file?

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Release: sSpeedtest
« on: January 06, 2022, 08:44 AM »
It seems that where you have to approve on first run (by typing "yes") -- there's actually two questions there. I dont know do you have to answer yes to both -- but on the first attempt (laptop) I missed the second question and closed the window.

Two questions?  I only ever saw one, like this:


Do you recall what the second question was?

sSpeedtest is not working there, even when run as admin. Even if I delete the install and start again, I dont get that command window any more -- the info must be saved somewhere?

Correct, I had to do a bit of sleuthing to find it.  You can find that here:  C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Ookla\Speedtest CLI\speedtest-cli.ini

Code: Text [Select]
  1. [Settings]
  2. LicenseAccepted=604ec27f828456331ebf441826292c49276bd3c1bee1a2f65a6452f505c4061c

I've only seen it contain that one entry.  You can safely delete the file because sSpeedtest looks for that entry on every run.  If it's not there, sSpeedtest should pop up the message box stating you need to accept the EULA on the popup, blah, blah.  =]

Now, on the other machine (desktop) I noticed the second question and answered (yes) -- this one works when run as admin.
Thanks for the programme :up:

You're welcome.  I hope to get it working on both systems for you.  =]

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Release: sSpeedtest
« on: January 05, 2022, 03:14 PM »
version 1.0.2 build 1

Are you running from a UAC protected folder?  If so, does running as Admin help?

If not, open a command prompt in the sspeedtest/bin folder and run speedtest.exe.  What happens then?

Happy to help via Discord, too.

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Release: sSpeedtest
« on: January 05, 2022, 11:53 AM »
I'm just getting zeros across the board -- using the option "to quickly add a group of servers closest to you". The servers look good - ten showed and were automatically selected.

Which version are you using?

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Release: sSpeedtest
« on: January 01, 2022, 07:33 PM »
Website | Download
v1.0.2 - 2022-01-01
    ! Fixed a mixup with the start and stop speedtest buttons.

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Release: sSpeedtest
« on: January 01, 2022, 06:09 PM »
I almost got a bit worried, as I didn't see an entry from you yet, but you made it, yay! :Thmbsup:

Thanks for the kind words, Ath.  Gotta keep the streak alive, eh?

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Release: sSpeedtest
« on: January 01, 2022, 05:36 PM »
Website | Download
v1.0.1 - 2022-01-01
    ! Handled the EULA acceptance required by the CLI program. 🤦🏻‍♂️

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