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I'd rather release it as Freeware than knowing some bozo is getting rich over my hard work :mad:

I've downloaded it and ran it, but what exactly does it do? Does it even ask for confirmation of deletion? I see it gathering data, but it takes so long that I interrupted the process.

First off, I think FarmSteader's idea about Kudos is very good, although I fear it might refrain people from donating real credits, defeating the purpose of the site. The concept works though. The same principle is used on another forum I visit regularly, Any user can flag a post as very helpful, and the author will receive a star for it. I have gathered around 25 stars and it feels good and it motivates you to help other people better.

My own ideas about improving

1. I've posted this before in another topic: I'd like to see a section where coders in particular can post FAQs, tutorials or 'Tips-n-Tricks' dealing with subjects or language elements they are proficient in. These posts can be about programming in general or a specific language topic.

2. I'd like to see an option where I can be notified of an important post by the staff. This could be any new topic in the 'Official Announcements' board. If you put this option in the profile settings and enable it by default, then all users will be notified of new topics like this one. This will, in my opinion, greatly improve the feedback on the site with regard to user opinions. For whatever reason, some users cannot or will not browse through each forum board regularly and therefore miss important threads.

That may be a good prize challenge: mouser releases all raw statistics about the number of posts per member and related stuff and we have to code a web interface parsing the data into an interactive GUI :P

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Simple PC Usage Timer
« on: December 19, 2006, 03:11 AM »
Okay Fealit, I made some changes you should test to see if the SQL Server part is working correctly or not.

I added a file called '' to the installation. You can edit it with notepad.

The current contents of the file are:

/* Please do not change the order of the above parameters */
/* Do not insert spaces before or after the '=' sign */
/* You don't have to use quotes if a value contains spaces */

I hope it is self-explanatory. If you have questions, contact me!

I couldn't test it at all since my PC at work doesn't have SQL Server, but I think it should work if you set the parameters correctly. I hope to hear from you soon about it :D

What program do you use to write Java?

I suggest you take a look at NetBeans. Makes your life a lot easier!

Okay, I'll do that next time mouser!

General Software Discussion / Re: Phishtank
« on: December 15, 2006, 10:11 AM »

This is what Firefox reports when I try some of those sites there :D I never saw that before lol

N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2007 / Re: License?
« on: December 15, 2006, 08:48 AM »
Yes I guess it will do, but that's an open source license. You could modify it to Freeware (no source code available and no reverse engineering, etc.) Hey, I might even start to use it myself ;)

P.S.: I ripped the license from some other freeware app. Nowhere in the license does it say I can't steal the license  :P

N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2007 / Re: License?
« on: December 15, 2006, 08:22 AM »
You can use the license I used with Fixed Run Dialog:



By using this Freeware version of 'APPLICATION_NAME' you acknowledge that you have read this limited warranty, understand it, and agree to be bound by its’ Terms and Conditions. You also agree that the limited warranty is the complete and exclusive statement of agreement between the parties and supersede all proposals or prior agreements, oral or written, and any other communications between the parties relating to the subject matter of the limited warranty.


Copyright for APPLICATION_NAME by YOUR_NAME. All rights reserved. You must treat the Software like any other copyrighted material.


This APPLICATION_NAME Freeware License Agreement (the "Agreement") is a legal agreement between you ("Licensee"), the end-user, and YOUR_NAME for the use of the APPLICATION_NAME software product ("Software").

Carefully read the following terms and conditions before using this Software. Unless you have a different license agreement signed by YOUR_NAME your use of this Software indicates your acceptance of this license agreement and warranty.

For information on distributing the freeware version of this Software see the section titled Distribution.

By using this Software or storing this program or parts of it on a computer hard drive (or other media), you are agreeing to be bound by the terms of this Agreement.

If you do not agree to the terms of this Agreement, delete the Software from all storage media.

You may not alter this Software in any way.

You may not decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise reduce this Software to a human perceivable.

You may not modify, rent or resell for profit this Software, or create derivative works based upon this Software.

This agreement shall be governed by the laws of YOUR_COUNTRY.


YOUR_NAME expressly disclaims any warranty for the Software. This Software and the accompanying files are distributed ‘as is’ and without warranties as to performance or merchantability or any other warranties whether expressed or implied, or non infringement.

This Software is not fault tolerant and should not be used in any environment which requires this.


In no event shall YOUR_NAME or any appointed distributing parties or its suppliers be liable to you for any consequential, incidental or indirect damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or any other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use this Software even if YOUR_NAME has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

The entire risk arising out of use or performance of the Software remains with you.

Because of the various hardware and software environments into which the Software may be put, no warranty or fitness for a particular purpose is offered.

The liability of YOUR_NAME for actual damages from any cause whatsoever, and regardless of the form of action (whether in contract, tort (including negligence), product liability or otherwise) will be limited to zero, nothing.

If any portion of this Agreement is deemed unenforceable by a Court of competent jurisdiction, it shall not affect the forcibility of the other portions of this Agreement.


Provided that you verify that you are handling the original Freeware version you are hereby licensed to make as many copies of the Freeware version of this Software and documentation as you wish for your personal non profit use.

Distributing by any means, charging, or requesting donations for any such copies and distributing the Software and/or documentation with other products (commercial or otherwise) without prior written permission is prohibited, however made.

Just replace the bold text with your own. It's not short, but it covers what I want.

<See first post for updated version and change log from 0.96ß to 0.97ß>

Nope lol they are standard comboboxes. I can fix the problem another way though, but that will cost some time to implement  :up:

Hmm weird. I wonder if anyone else has this problem. I have just installed FRD on 4 other machines at work to test it, but I did not encounter the same problem on any of them  :huh: I'll google it and see what I can find...

@mouser: Thanks  :D


The fonts do work, but it appears the combo boxes are filled with blanks. Also, the textbox displaying  the current font is not updated when I change the font.

If you say that fonts do work, do you mean that when you click an empty entry is does update the font with another font, but you cannot see which font?

The textbox not updating is now fixed.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Simple PC Usage Timer
« on: December 15, 2006, 06:17 AM »
Yes that's alright. I'll try to make it so that you have to configure these things in an ini file. You have set the server name, table name and computer name there. I think I can then handle it from within the app. Please allow a fews days because it's kind of busy at work today  :-\

Okay I feared the bit about the Startup folder already  :o I guess I should change that indeed.

The problem with the fonts is rather awkward. I use a .NET framework managed library to get all installed fonts on a system. I'll look into this and see what might be wrong.

Right now you can add user command through the GUI by typing $Add without parameters. You can't edit them (yet) though. That is one of the things I wanted to implement though.

Thanks for the comments!

I've downloaded and ran it on my PC. It runs good, but there's not much to Beta test  :) All links worked and that is good news!
The only problem I see with the layout of your GUI is that is not very extensible. If you would like to add other links in the future, you may run out of space for smaller resolution monitors. My suggestion would be to let us pick a program title from a combobox / dropdownlist. This has the second advantage of being able to display much more and detailed information about the currently selected item. You could place a label under the dropdownlist to show this information. Working this way you would never have to change the look of your application and you can easily add more links to it. I hope you appreciate my critique, I don't want to put you down in any way. The idea is very good!

Fixed Run Dialog - v0.97ß - December 15, 2006

Program Description:
Fixed Run Dialog is a minimal enhancement to your Windows desktop. It will add a 'command box' that can be always on top or not. It acts just like the Run Dialog, which you would get by clicking 'Start > Run...'. Fixed Run Dialog can handle all commands that you normally enter in the Windows Run Dialog, plus more! You can define custom commands for your frequently used applications, documents, folders or websites. You can set the Fixed Run Dialog command box to be transparent (customizable level of transparency) to make it less obtrusive. The command box is quickly accessed by pressing a (customizable) global hotkey like CTRL+SHIFT+R or WIN+A for example. This application is aimed at people like me who don't like to use their mouse so much. The application is fully customizable to suit your personal needs.

  • Accepts all Windows commands
  • Accepts locations of folders to open them in Windows Explorer
  • Accepts website URLs to open with your default web browser
  • Accepts documents and launches the default application to open them
  • You can create new custom commands with a dialog or from the command box directly
  • Keeps track of your history of used commands
  • The command box can be dragged anywhere you like
  • The label under the command box can be hidden or the text customized
  • You can set the font, foreground- and background colors
  • You can resize the command box quickly by pressing CTRL + LEFT/RIGHT arrow keys
  • A readme.rtf and readme.txt file is included explaining all of the features in details

Change log 0.96ß to 0.97ß:

    * Changed Font tab of the options dialog to use a native Windows Font Picker dialog
    * Changed Hotkey tab; removed combobox and replaced it with a textbox
    * Various labels in Options dialog are now updated properly after a change
    * Fixed a bug: when changing the font size the controls were not drawn properly
    * Removed the entry in the Startup folder during installation, you have to add it manually if you want it so

Screen shots:

The Options Dialog:

The Add new command Dialog:

Using transparency:

Without transparency:


That's a great design! My compliments to Nudone  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:

I'm still in, my app is ready for release  ;D

I've released the first beta in the NANY section now, check it out and please be honest about it :) I can handle it!  :P

N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2007 / Re: Welcome..
« on: December 14, 2006, 05:04 PM »
Great idea mouser... I think most of us would like at least *some* beta testing before a release...
I hope we can find someone for this job! And I also think it shouldn't be a participant.

 :P 5th post btw

Where I live in Holland, its quite normal to have your bike stolen once a month. And I wish I was kidding. But then again, the general policy is too just steal someone else's *G*

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Simple PC Usage Timer
« on: December 14, 2006, 12:20 PM »
Well, I was actually waiting for you LOL I really need some more information for that. Can you describe the structure of the table?

I'm happy to hear it's working though :)

Living Room / Re: Google Keyword Jealousy!
« on: December 14, 2006, 09:37 AM »
Some people must really fall for these kind of trickery. Especially when the word lawyer comes into play...

I voted yes, but you should be more specific about the languages  :P

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