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Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Create shortcuts from a list
« on: December 12, 2006, 11:45 AM »
if you can find a commandline program to make a single shortcut of a file,

Here's one I've had in my toolkit forever called SLink.  I've attached it to this post.

([email protected] 11:40:36)
Probe/ ~$slink
SLink  -  Command line Windows shortcut file creator
  2003(c) Stephane Grobety - Released under BSD license
  Slink <source file name> [<target file name>]
  Slink -?
  <source file name>: Source file. Can be a wild card
  <target file name>: Optional target name of the Shortcut.
  -?: This help text
If Source file name is a wild card, the target MUST be a folder.

You're welcome; I'm happy to help.  =]

Here's the latest version (v0.0.3) with some fairly comprehensive error-checking.  Let me know how it works for you.  Thanks.


Count me in.

1. I entered 8 in the Size field and all (almost) the resulting zip files are more than 8 MB in size. Pls chk the attached screenshot. Is this a bug? I think this will be fixed by being able to specify the size field in bytes and not in megs.

No, it's not a bug; it's a by-product of the way the app works.  It goes through the list of files in the folder one-by-one (in order) and keeps track of the total size.  Once the amount goes over the value you entered, it zips those and the process repeats until there are no more files in the directory.  In other words, there is no magic algorithm going on that scans the whole folder and attempts to make perfect-sized zip files.

2. If the Output directory doesn't exist, even tho the prog says that zip files are generated, they aren't. Ideally the output directory has to be created if it doesn't exist.

Again, there is little to no error-checking implemented at this point; the GUI was more of a proof-of-concept for you.

3. Rename the program from Sri-zip to "SPinZip" (SP = Span, in = independently). That is, this is a program that generates spanned zip files that are independent of each other.

Can do.

4. What's the max. allowable value in Compression field?


I've attached the setup package for the GUI version.  There is only very basic error checking involved at this point.  Let me know how you like it and if you'd like anything changed.

Yes. Please do. Being able to specify the max individual .zip file size is useful. Also, if you can code it such a way that there is a provision to enter the name used for the generated zip files.

Like if I enter "skwire", it should output "", "" etc.

Easily done.

Another way it could be extended is by giving the user an option of output being .zip or .rar.

I could write the code to do that, however, the end-user would have to provide the rar.exe themselves since it's not a free program.  If I'm mistaken, somebody please correct me.

Great to hear.  If you'd like, I can make up a GUI for it with options for zip size, output directory, etc.

Try the attached version.

Hmmm...not sure what the issue could be.  It works here in my (albeit limited) testing.  Is the zip.exe file in the same folder as sri-zip.exe?  Each zip is generated sequentially so you should be able to watch them be created in the zips folder as the script runs.

Mind giving me a small sample of the filenames you're using?

Are the new .zip files placed some where else?

Hmmm...they shouldn't be.

What will their names be?

Since it's the closest post to the top that I can edit, I'm going to hijack it to provide the latest download link for SpinZip.  I had a report of the links pointing at not working properly so please use this link instead:

SpinZip v0.0.9.0

Here's a quick-n-dirty script.  Unzip the attached file to its own folder and run sri-zip.exe (or sri-zip.ahk if you have AutoHotkey installed).  A folder dialog will pop up, select the folder that contains the files you want to zip and click OK.  There's no GUI (except for the tray icon) so a message box will pop up when the app has finished running and you'll find your zips in a "zips" sub-folder of the one you chose when running the script.  Currently, it does no recursion through folders (all your files must be in the folder you chose at the start) so if you want something more configurable, just ask.  I can write up a GUI for it in no time.  Let me know how it works for you.

General Software Discussion / Re: IDEA: Kid-Safe browser
« on: November 24, 2006, 08:09 AM »
My daughter really likes the Kidz CD 1 and Kidz CD 2 at

Living Room / Re: Is Moffsoft alive?
« on: April 14, 2006, 05:06 AM »
It may just be me.. but I simply refuse to use software that is based on code that is by now over five years old

I can almost guarantee that the OS you're using runs on code that is much older than five years.  Ever think about that?  =]

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use RSS feeds?
« on: April 10, 2006, 02:41 PM »
Just wondering.. any idea on whether it is still being worked on? Of course it may be too soon to ask this.. but if there is one thing I have a hard time doing it's using software that is not supported anymore.

Yes, it is.

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use RSS feeds?
« on: April 10, 2006, 03:12 AM »
Yes, I tried it and it was very good. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to download the web content of the RSS news items in an offline cache, to read offline while commuting ; did that situation evolve ?

I've no idea as I don't use the offline mode.  Apologies.

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use RSS feeds?
« on: April 10, 2006, 01:52 AM »
My favourite feed reader is RSS Bandit.  It has a synch feature that I love...makes reading feeds between work and home much much easier.

I wonder if those Japanese texts means "Am I cool or what?"

No, the text is ピタゴラ (pitagora) スィッチ (suiichi).  This is Japanese (Katakana) for Pythagoras Switch...the Japanese term for a Rube Goldberg machine like the ones in the video.

Developer's Corner / Re: FBSL - A simple Web browser
« on: March 16, 2006, 05:03 AM »
I'm not really sure what your looking for

Apologies, I should have been more clear.  Basically, I want to disable sounds in that example web browser above.  I did some research and came across the link I provided so I was curious to know if one could apply those flags to stop the downloading of sound files.  I can make the flags do what I want in VB but I'm not sure how to go about it in FBSL.

Developer's Corner / Re: FBSL - A simple Web browser
« on: March 15, 2006, 06:20 AM »
Is there a way to set control flags in FBSL when using that MSHTML call?  Specifically, the downloading of sounds as described here:

The WebBrowser Control gives you control over what it downloads, displays, and executes. To gain this control, you need to implement your host's IDispatch so it handles DISPID_AMBIENT_DLCONTROL. When the WebBrowser Control is instantiated, it will call your IDispatch::Invoke with this ID. Set pvarResult to a combination of following flags, using the bitwise OR operator, to indicate your preferences.

DLCTL_DLIMAGES, DLCTL_VIDEOS, and DLCTL_BGSOUNDS: Images, videos, and background sounds will be downloaded from the server and displayed or played if these flags are set. They will not be downloaded and displayed if the flags are not set.

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