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Developer's Corner / Re: Create your own DynDNS type service
« on: December 04, 2008, 02:47 PM »
hmm.... I'd need more details to understand exactly what you're trying to accomplish, but if it's just for web redirects you could do something like this:

Assuming you have access to a conf.d directory for apache and a hosted server with a static IP and Name.

You can have your remote servers call the static server when their IP address changes.  If they call a php script with the URL they serve, you could update a passthru proxy configuration on apache.  When the static apache server sees a request coming it, redirects to the remote Server.

Sample proxy.conf:

<VirtualHost *>
DocumentRoot /www/docs/
ServerAlias host
   ProxyPass         /
   ProxyPassReverse  /


This should allow you to point all of your domains (, to the same IP as your static server and have it re-route traffic to the dynamic ip servers based on name.

If you want to use just 1 domain name and re-route based on directory, you could do the same, you would just have multiple proxypass lines for the 1 server and list each directory. 

When an IP address changed, your php script would modify the proxy.conf file and send a reload command to apache.  kill -HUP `cat /var/run/` or whatever.

It could work.  DynDNS is much easier.   :P

Find And Run Robot / FARR featured on DOWNLOAD.COM
« on: December 02, 2008, 03:11 PM »
Find and Run Robot keeps your hands right where you want them, if you're a keyboard addict. This launcher seems to have been designed for people who want to keep their digits pounding the plastic, so every step of the program has been keyed for those with quick fingers.


Edit:  Click that link.. .there's more.   :Thmbsup:


I have used this before and found it more than adequate.  :Thmbsup:

GSAR:  GSAR Project Page

gsar (General Search And Replace) is a utility for searching for and --- optionally --- replacing strings in both text and binary files. The search and replace strings can contain all kinds of characters (0--255), i.e. Ctrl characters and extended ASCII as well.

The algorithm used is a variation of the Boyer-Moore search algorithm, modified to search binary files. As a result of this, gsar is blindingly fast.

Opposed to line oriented search programs (like grep(1)), gsar will find all matches on a line. Actually, gsar doesn't know anything about lines at all, all files and strings are treated as binary.

Gsar can search one or several files for a string and report the occurrences. Gsar can read one file, search for a string, replace it with some other string, and create a new file containing the changes. Gsar can perform a search and replace in multiple files, overwriting the originals. Finally, gsar can work as a filter, reading from standard input and writing to standard output.

General Software Discussion / Is XP really that good?
« on: November 28, 2008, 12:51 AM »
Some good folks around DC may recall that I have opinions...  :tellme:

I am a huge fan on Linux, Unix and most things other than M$ OSes.  That being said, I have been running Win XP for several years.  I have a fairly tweaked system that I don't screw with much and I have been stable for a long time.  I recently upgrade to 4 GB RAM because 1) I could and 2) I thought it might improve my performance.  I have been running 2 GB for most of my XP career.

I'm currently running all of my normal stuff plus Google Chrome and have used only 1 GB RAM.  I'm using Process Explorer and I have been sitting at 1GB.  I've got  8 freaking tabs open plus I'm watching a movie* with VLC on top of all the other RAM sucking things I run normally.  WTF?  Is XP really that good at RAM management?

I'm spoiled enough to have a whole P4 system dedicated to PCLinuxOS.  It's cools and snappy; i'm not sure it's worth switching from XP.  Have we finally reached the point where local resources are a 2nd priority?  My Dell D600 laptop sucks (explainative) with 1024 RAM, why is my desktop so much more usable with the same free RAM?

I always want to believe Linux is better with RAM than XP; but I'm having a hard time making a case for desktop use.   What am I missing?

*Hancock MKV

Is this true?

"If I'm not wrong Chrome is a bigger memory guzzler than FF!!"

What I'm seeing is that it does use more RAM than FF 3.0.1.  However, it is currently an early beta, they might tighten the memory in GA.  

The other reason is the design.  I would expect Chrome to use more RAM and I'm ok with that given the isolation of tabs, javascript, etc.  

So far, I thinks I likes it.  :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Large Text File Viewer
« on: August 04, 2008, 12:19 PM »
The TTLCMD List utility is available standalone:

sftpdrive is an interesting solution; assuming you have an SSH capable server to store your stuff on.

Website Link

It maps a windows drive using only ssh and sftp.  At $39.00 is seems a little pricey to me...

Don't drag and drop. Don't transfer back and forth. Just use your network files directly from your applications. SftpDrive network-enables all your Windows applications by enabling you to map your SSH server as a network drive. Save and edit files directly on your server. Perfect for any web developer or programmer that runs Windows, but relies on Linux.
-Their Website

I like the idea of a dedicated Linux (or Other OS) Discussion area.    Child board?  Probably not.

sorry, I tried Plan9 once, WAAAY to geeky.

:huh: I thought we were all about being geeky.

Well, sure... geeky is good; Barely usable is not...  ;D
Trying out the Plan9 LiveCD was about as joy-inspiring as partitioning an OS/2 install  :hanged:

OS/2 partitioning was EASY.  Had a nice triple boot system running.. OS/2, Win95 and Slackware... ahh memories.

Mouser and Veign this is a great idea.  I hope you get a lot of entries.


I vote for EyeCue!  VERY clever

Mary G.

I think that is taken.... by a program that helps you read "up to 1000% faster"

Living Room / Re: Do you collect anything?
« on: April 11, 2008, 08:05 AM »
Nice collection.  I didn't see OS 9 (AT&T) or OS X (Mac) on your list?  Are you slipping?

Do you mean Plan 9? That was the next one on my list  >:D

I never had any mac hardware so I never got to play with OS X or 9 or 7 or any of that. :(
If I did, you could probably add Darwin to that list...
Yes, Plan 9. I think I had OS X in my head when I wrote that.

Since Apple is running on Intel now, you can find some DVD ISO's of OS X (10.5 ) that'll run on some generic PC's.  I have an e-machines system that I was able to boot up.  Has a 945G Mobo and chip set.

I haven't looked for a few weeks, there were some folks working on making it go under VMware.

Living Room / Re: Do you collect anything?
« on: April 10, 2008, 02:32 PM »
Operating Systems
Aargh! My weak spot... (and I thought I was immune to this thread...)
For some reason I just cannot resist when some rebel upstart offers an alternative to the MS experience, just for fun, or when I get a fancy to go back to the "good old days".
Some of the OS's sitting in my bin right now (not counting the Windows NT through XP cd's and the stack of Linux distros and live cd's I tried before finally settling on Xubuntu):

MS-DOS 6.22 (3 floppies)
Windows 3.11 (6 floppies)
OS/2 Warp 4 (3 floppies + 1 CD)
OS/2 Warp 4.52 (2 CD's)
FreeDOS 1.1 (the latest!)
BeOS 5 PE (1 CD)
Syllable OS (2 CD's:1 unmarked, 1 latest ver. 0.6.4)
NetBSD (2 CD's I downloaded in 2002, never got around to installing...)
QNX Demo Disk (Network and Modem versions, 1 floppy each)
MenuetOS (0.76, 0.83 and 0.85, 1 floppy each)
VisopSys 0.69 (1 floppy)
V2OS 0.64 (strangest of the bunch... 1 floppy)

And I fear it's not going to stop there... :o

Nice collection.  I didn't see OS 9 (AT&T) or OS X (Mac) on your list?  Are you slipping?  :P

I've been using Total Commander since it was WinCommander!  It has a wealth of plug-ins available that let you SFTP, read ISO files, and just about anything else you'd want.  I keep finding things I like about it. Most recently, I noticed that I can include a description for files.  Total Commander creates and maintains a decsript.ion file to keep track of file comments in each directory.

Pack or Unpack files with a variety of tools:  .zip, .tar, .gzip, .rar, .lha, .arj and more.  Filename search, text search, file compare.....  the list never ends!!!   :Thmbsup:


Living Room / Re: Flash Animation - Walk in the Woods
« on: April 05, 2008, 10:27 PM »
It's a cartoon and here is the direct link http://www.weebls-st...A+Walk+In+The+Woods/

Mildly entertaining... potty humor.

General Software Discussion / Re: Batch file problem
« on: April 03, 2008, 12:53 PM »
Yes.  Call is the answer.

I'm so happy someone still uses .BAT files.   :P

Coding Snacks / Re: Window Tags
« on: April 03, 2008, 12:49 PM »
For something less like what I want, I found this:
TaskSwitchXP - famous alt-tab manager

TaskSwitchXP is an advanced task management utility that picks up where the standard Windows Alt+Tab switcher leaves off. It provides the same functionality, and adds visual styles to the dialog and also enhances it by displaying thumbnail preview of the application that will be switched to

An interesting feature:
Instances Switcher

TaskSwitchXP allows you quickly to switch between multitudinous tasks of one application (e.g. Internet Explorer, or Microsoft Word). In this mode, TaskSwitchXP automatically filters all instances of the currently foreground application.

I'm going to stick w/ the Skrommel solution as it is what I was looking for.   8)

Coding Snacks / Re: Window Tags
« on: April 03, 2008, 12:40 PM »
 :Thmbsup: Cool.  Skrommel Strikes Again.  ;D

Keep this up and you'll be a verb:

Boss: "Dude, did you finish that program?"

Prgrmr: "Heck yeah,  I Skrommeled that thing 2 hours ago."

Boss: "Word!"

Coding Snacks / Re: Window Tags
« on: April 03, 2008, 07:51 AM »
I looked @ the skrommel page and didn't see anything like this per se.  Of course there's so much stuff there, I could've missed it.  :P

Total Commander
Boxer Text Editor
Total Launchbar*

Since Browsers and Email are always used, I'll add two more:

Can't live with Process Explorer either....

Always running in back:

Daemon Tools
EverNote Lite
Process Tamer
Total LaunchBar*

*It's both.. always running and I use it all the time.

Coding Snacks / Window Tags
« on: April 01, 2008, 12:25 PM »
This is something I could use occasionally.  I have 10 windows open, but I need/want to switch back and forth between 2 or 3 of them a lot.
Say I'm testing a PHP script and I have the server in a putty session.  The php manual page in a browser window and I'm testing the script in another browser window.  I'd like to hit a hotkey to tag each of those windows with so I can switch to them quickly.  That way if I get an email or some other app changes focus, I don't have to fight to get by alt-tab order fixed again.

So Putty is my focused window, I type Ctrl-T, 1 and tag it.  Php Manual Browser is focus I hit Ctrl-T, 2.  Testing Browser Ctrl-T, 3.  So when I want to switch to putty, I just hit Ctrl-1.  Ctrl-3 to test again.  Ctrl-1 to look at my php.log.  Ctrl-2, back to the manual.

Ctrl-Shift-1, ctrl-alt-1 or whatever makes it easy to avoid other hot key combos.

Any takers?  Is this useful?

Skrommel's Software / Skrommel in PC Magazine 91 Utils
« on: March 31, 2008, 10:30 PM »
As seen in the article here: PC Mag LINK

 :Thmbsup: Skrommel  :beerchug: :greenclp:

General Software Discussion / Re: Cause of Vista crashes
« on: March 28, 2008, 02:50 PM »
Gee, weren't they blaming Intel last month?

Microsoft execs saw problems with early Vista

Microsoft and PC makers used "Windows Vista Capable" stickers in an attempt to maintain sales of Windows XP machines during the 2006 holiday shopping season, after Windows Vista's retail release was delayed to early 2007. The internal e-mails reveal an extensive debate inside Microsoft over the hardware specifications needed to qualify.

One message points to chip maker Intel Corp., a key Microsoft partner, to explain the decision to lower the requirements a piece of hardware needed to qualify for the "Windows Vista Capable" designation.

Maybe they should follow Apple's lead and use their own hardware.  :P

But boy, there sure is something in the way that Gibson writes about his stuff that really sets some people off.
Yes, the way he writes... the way he sometimes claim to have invented new stuff... his self-importance... and the way the whole choir of believers just swallow the whole load without questioning.

I suppose so.  I think some of that is how you read it.  It is advertising ya know. 

I just went and looked at the SpinRite 6 FAQ's.  They seem to be fairly up front.  Works with SMART, won't low-level format.  30-Day NQA $ back.  *shurg*

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