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Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: January 09, 2019, 02:30 PM »
Maybe an easier (somehow) approach would be to F(orget) the API, load the corresponding web page and parse it to get the desired values. I do that for an IMDb-related script of mine, instead of F(ool)ing around with the API - that is, begging for their approval.

If it were for just a personal script, I would entertain doing that.  However, for a released app, I'll pass.  =]

N.A.N.Y. 2017 / Re: NANY 2017 Release: Drive Letters Tool
« on: January 09, 2019, 11:58 AM »
Drive Letters Tool is terrific; adds control that Windows 10 should have included in the first place.

Right on.  I'm glad to hear it still works in Windows 10.

Now I'm looking for a way to display all drive letters in the Windows 10 File Explorer dropdown, the way Windows Explorer used to do. does anyone know if/how that can be accomplished?

Since I don't have Windows 10, I'm not sure what you're referencing.  Can you provide a screenshot?

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: January 08, 2019, 09:38 PM »
Just putting this out there, have you considered supporting an alternate weather API such as OpenWeatherMap?

I have, and:

1) None of my software reports home or anything like that so I have no real idea of sWeather's install base.  However, based on the email feedback I get, it is one of my most popular apps.  So, based on that, and based on their verbiage, I will assume the number of API calls the free tier they offer is not nearly enough to support sWeather.

2) Changing the API would require a lot of code refactoring, which I don't have time for.  If I did do something like that, I'd probably just write an sWeather 2.0 as time allowed and require each user to get their own API key from OpenWeatherMap to get around the API call limit.

Of course, another option is to pay for API access but most of the ones I've looked at are pretty pricey and the donations I receive for my software wouldn't even begin to cover such an expense.  That said, every donation is, of course, appreciated.  =]

Personally, I don't use all of the apps I've written, but I did write sWeather for myself, and use it daily, so I'm eager to get it working again.  I hope all this helps to explain my perspective on everything.

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: January 07, 2019, 03:59 PM »
No word yet from Yahoo!, but I'm sure they've been inundated with API access requests due to these recent changes.  I'll keep you all posted.

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: January 04, 2019, 02:31 PM »
:(  N/A everywhere

Important EOL Notice: As of Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, the and for Yahoo Weather API will be retired.
To continue using our free Yahoo Weather APIs, use Contact [email protected] for credentials to onboard to this free Yahoo Weather API service.
:( Should I start looking for a replacement for sWeather ?

I've applied for access to the new API and am waiting to hear back.  If approved, and if I can make sWeather work with the new API, no, you won't have to look for a replacement.  If I cannot get it working with the new API, yes, you will.

Are you allowed to set a custom screensaver of your own choosing?

Based on the OP's original statement of...

At our location, all of our PCs are governed by a group policy which causes a password-protected screen-saver to start after 15 minutes of inactivity.

...I'd say, probably not.   :(

Hi, rd_online, and welcome to the DonationCoder site.   :Thmbsup:

I am looking for a solution which will continue to display (whatever is on) the HDMI monitor even when the screensaver is running.   Put another way, whenever the PC is locked I still want the video camera output displayed on the HDMI monitor.
Anyone know of a (free) program to do this?

Interesting idea, but I'm not sure if it's possible.  Let's see if anybody else has any ideas.

N.A.N.Y. 2019 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2019: CurrentPrinter
« on: December 31, 2018, 03:59 PM »
Chris, I liked this so much that I recreated its functionality within AutoHotkey and, if you're cool with it, I'd like to add it to my sTray utility from a few NANYs ago.  I did notice your menu updates even if the default printer is changed outside of the app.  Are you checking this programatically with a hook or system message?  Or, are you using a timer to check the default printer every second or two?  That's about the only thing I have left to implement.  Cheers.

N.A.N.Y. 2019 / Re: [Nany 2019] Music Player [work in Progress]
« on: December 31, 2018, 02:28 PM »
KodeZwerg, did you ever finish this?  I'm a sucker for any new audio player that I can try.  =]

N.A.N.Y. 2019 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2019: CurrentPrinter
« on: December 31, 2018, 12:50 PM »
Tested here and works for me.  I can see how this would be quite handy when one has access to multiple printers and/or PDF-printing options.  Thank you for sharing.

Intriguing...and I look forward to using it in the future should the need arise.   :Thmbsup:

@KodeZwerg: Thank you for the contribution to this year's NANY!

Unfortunately, when I run the file, I get the following error after clicking the "Collect connected Devices" button:

System Error.  Code: 5.
Access is denied.

N.A.N.Y. 2019 / Re: NANY 2019: TextWorx - Universal Text Manipulator
« on: December 31, 2018, 11:40 AM »
Agreed, looks quite useful.  Looking forward to it.   :Thmbsup:

N.A.N.Y. 2019 / Re: NANY 2019 Release: SCURLed
« on: December 31, 2018, 11:17 AM »

@berkland: I released my version of this app, called SCURLed, for the NANY 2019 promotion here:  NANY 2019 Release: SCURLed

Again, thanks very much for your patience, and thanks very much to everybody that contributed to this thread.  Happy New Year!

N.A.N.Y. 2019 / NANY 2019 Release: SCURLed
« on: December 31, 2018, 11:12 AM »
NANY 2019 Entry Information

Application Name SCURLed
Version 1.0.0
Short Description Easily batch edit Windows .LNK and .URL shortcut files.
Supported OSes Windows 7. Probably works, but not tested, on Windows XP/Vista/8/10.
Web Page Website
Download Link Download
System RequirementsNothing out of the ordinary
Version HistoryChangelog
Author Jody Holmes (Skwire Empire)

The original request was made by berkland in the Coding Snacks section earlier this year.  The request was for a batch editor of .LNK and .URL files.

  • Easily edit .LNK and .URL files in single-mode, multiple-mode, and using find & replace (with or without regex, too).
  • Initial changes are made to the listview.  Final changes are only written to disk when you're satisfied with the list and click the save all button.

Planned Features
  • Option to choose the font used in the list.
  • Undo/redo operations for the list changes.

2018-12-31_101128.png  2018-12-31_101151.png
2018-12-31_101205.png  2018-12-31_101218.png
2018-12-31_101239.png  2018-12-31_101242.png

Download the zip file and extract its contents into a new folder.  Run SCURLed.exe.

Using the Application
  • Launch application.
  • Add .LNK and/or .URL files to the list via drag'n'drop or via the menu commands.
  • Explore the tabs and make changes.  Click the "Apply changes to list button" as you make changes.  The list will update, but no changes are actually made to the .LNK or .URL files.
  • When ready, click the "Save all changes" button to write the changes to disk.

Exit the application and delete the folder you unzipped it to.  No changes are made to the registry.

See "Using the Application" section above.

Known Issues
As this is the initial release, there are bound to be some bugs.  Please work on copies of your .LNK and .URL files until you get the hang of the workflow and to ensure any bugs present do not mess up your production .LNK and .URL files.

I've been working on it the past couple of days.  The LNK handling is done and I'm working on the URL handing right now.  It'll be my NANY this year so, rest assured, it'll get done.

Finished Programs / Re: DONE: make folder set out of a txt file
« on: December 22, 2018, 01:47 PM »
Thanks for the feedback.  However, if you're already writing a batch file, why not just create the folders you need directly within the batch file using the "mkdir" command?

General Software Discussion / Re: G+ Takeaway viewer
« on: December 18, 2018, 07:51 PM »

Hahaha...forgot I even wrote that.   :P

Suggestion:  A "Check All Boxes" or "Select All" would be great in the Find and Replace window.

Do you mean something that will automatically check all the rows in the list?  If so, the button above the list does that.  See below:


Is this what you meant?

General Software Discussion / Re: Stitch two windows together
« on: December 07, 2018, 07:29 AM »
But if I could set the status of the window to be toolbar, like the taksbar, then other windows when maximized would not use that part of the desktop.

Mouser's own DesktopCor(r)al will create a transparent toolbar in which you can put that Bria window.  I use DesktopCor(r)al myself.

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: December 07, 2018, 12:28 AM »
Hey, Jody. Long time no see.  :)

Yeah, it's been a while, eh?  Good to hear from you.  =]

- when changing date/time format and enabling it, titlebar shows first day of month (01) and a time of 00:00 instead of current day and time.

Hmm...can't seem to make it do this but I'm sure I'm not clicking/setting things exactly as you are.

- editing location name in the WOEIDs list does not instantly propagate to the main window even after enabling the checkbox below ("Display locations using names configured aboveā€¦), as all other settings do; it only does after clicking "Save".

Yeah, each edit would take an extra refresh of the weather data (which I try to minimize).  I'll think about it.

- barometer cannot be configured to show mm Hg (depends on Yahoo-provided data, maybe?)

The Yahoo data doesn't provide it in that format.  I could probably do the math and add it as an option.

- Neither the 'Full forecast' and 'Radar' nor the 'Powered by Yahoo' links do not show the actual URLs in statusbar when hovered, for consistency with the other fields that show converted data, and for paranoids/control freaks (like me).  :-[

Good idea, and one I should be able to easily implement.

- 'Last provider update' notification in statusbar shows local timezone time but it doesn't get updated in all situations (may be connection errors or something else - are these mentioned anywhere in statusbar? Or maybe it doesn't take winter time into account (where applicable). I had it show last update at 9:00 AM although it was well past 10 AM, and now it says last update at 1:00 PM and it's 2:30 PM). Also, time format should be synchronized with user settings for 12/24h so that 'Last update' time would also display in 12/24h format as selected by user for sunrise/sunset.

This data comes directly from the feed.  I don't modify it at all.

- neither main menu nor the tray menu are updated for the current session when a location was deleted from the WOEIDs list.

Cannot reproduce.  If I delete a location from the list and click save, the menu is updated for me.

- since certain changes in settings require an application restart, such restart/reload option would be useful in main menu and in the tray menu.

Easy to add.

- it takes a few seconds to close the settings window even when nothing was changed.

That's almost certainly due to the weather data refresh it does after clicking the save button.  Slow internet connections would make this delay longer.

- main window's tray tooltip shows a blank line at the bottom - is that intentional or a bug?

I don't see a blank line on mine.  Screenshot, please?

- there is a 'close to tray' option but there is no 'minimize to tray', which I'd very much like, to unclutter the taskbar but keep the original function of the {x} button.

This is easy enough to add.

- my taskbar is at the top and somehow all regular tooltips in systray are positioned snapped to the top of the screen, which makes certain data hardly readable; could the tooltips be replaced with "fake" ones, maybe balloons or captionless GUIs?

I'll consider it, but don't hold your breath.

- so many individual icons produce HDD fragmentation; best would be to convert each icon set to bitmap strip, embed these strips in the executable and load them as imagelists at runtime. Additional user-provided icon sets could be allowed, also in the form of image strip bitmaps.

I know you're not going to like this, but this isn't going to change.

As always, thanks for the feedback.   :Thmbsup:

I didnt knew that it was a request to Skwire. Forget about my releases, i be quit now.
I really did not want to cause any kind of trouble, i was just interested in topic and the "how-to" part.
So please excuse my intrusion into this matter.

@KodeZwerg: No need to be quiet, KodeZwerg, and you weren't causing any trouble or intrusion at all.   :D

@berkland: I really do appreciate your patience on my version.  Work travel for me has been busier than normal but my last business trip of the year is next week and then I have a few weeks where I can bear down and finish my version of this app for you.  Here's some more teaser screenshots:

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Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sChecklist
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:58 PM »
I'm just embarrassed

Please don't be.   :(  I could do a better job and actually put an "Edit entry" item in the right-click menu.    :-[

N.A.N.Y. 2019 / Re: NANY 2019 - DisplayOff
« on: December 05, 2018, 10:11 PM »
Welcome to the DonationCoder site, SwanKnight, and thank you for your NANY contribution.   :up:   :D

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