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Hm, when I run it without the *.* it enumerates all the subfolders on a network resource, this was on a 2008r2 box against a share on 2012r2. "dir /s /q \\servername\sharename"

Does (at a command prompt, not Powershell) "dir /s /q" not do what you need?

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: GS-Calc 18.7 50%off for 24h
« on: March 24, 2023, 08:09 PM »
Note, the 50% off code is also working for the lifetime updates version. Such a deal!!  :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Turn off the screen in my laptop
« on: January 11, 2023, 06:13 AM »
I think this should do that:


General Software Discussion / Re: Turn off the screen in my laptop
« on: January 10, 2023, 06:03 PM »
Please take a look at Don't Sleep, a small program that can help either prevent or kick off "sleeping" of the monitor or pc. I have used it to prevent the screen sleep when I'm working on multiple boxes and I need to switch around, but also I have used it to make my wife's monitor go to sleep after 10 minutes which, for some reason, it would never do.

Turn on two menu options (Start Minimized and Start With Windows), then use its two tabs (Please Don't Sleep and Please Sleep) to set up the behavior you want by turning the tab options on or off. On my wife's pc I set it to turn off the monitor if no keyboard or mouse events in 10 minutes, but there are several options for what you want.

This doesn't have any effect on your power options, it just makes your PC do what you want.  :D

Fwiw, I use Rexx (specifically Regina Rexx, plus several add-on modules) for a lot of automation because it does not require installation. But if you want something that will do pretty much everything a person might do, with no powershell, no cmd, no installation, and no "executables", then what you want is to hire someone to do the tasks for you.

OK, zip file attached here.

N.A.N.Y. 2023 / NANY 2023: Pingmon (monitor ping status of an address)
« on: December 29, 2022, 09:21 PM »
NANY 2023 Entry Information

Application Name Pingmon
Version 3.9
Short Description Ping an address and send email or save log when state changes
Supported OSes Any modern Windows
Web Page None, just lives here
Download Link Zip file should be attached here
System Requirements
Version History
  • Hasn't been updated in 5 years, don't expect to in the next 5.

I had a need to monitor a specific server that was having sporadic connection issues, and came up with this to watch what was happening. This version can email one or more users on state change, and save a log in text or CSV format. As stated, it uses blat.exe to provide email function, and date.exe from (unxutils) to provide time tracking. You will need to configure blat for your email server, but note it does not support encryption or Oauth2 so you might need to configure a mail relay - we use hMailserver for this purpose (simple but it's beyond the scope of this article).

Monitors an IP address to find if it starts or stops responding to a ping. When the state changes, the bat file will send an email, save to a text log file, and/or save to a csv log file so you can keep track in realtime or afterward.

Planned Features
No enhancements expected, it does what I occasionally need.

It's a batch file doing pings, boring to look at.  ;D

Copy the three zipped files into %windir% (generally c:\windows).
Configure blat.exe (sample config command is "blat -install from@address 35" from an elevated prompt).
The two required exes are included in this zip for convenience but are available on the interwebz:
date.exe   - see
blat.exe   - see

Using the Application
Just type "pingmon" in a command prompt, the usage prompt tells you how to use it...

pingmon: ping an address every x seconds, log/email on state change (3.9)
usage:   pingmon computer frequency emailaddress logfile csvfile [mailserver]
usage:     computer     = computer name or IP address
usage:     frequency    = seconds between ping attempts
usage:     emailaddress = valid email address, or period for no email
usage:     logfile      = complete log file name, or period for no log file
usage:     csvfile      = complete csv file name, or period for no csv log
usage:     mailserver   = optional mail server to override blat setting
usage:   note, use valid email address and file names, no checking is done

Just delete the three files to "uninstall".

Really, just try it and see. Since it's a dumb batch file, make your life easier and do not use any spaces in filenames. Filenames should use the complete path and name unless you want the log files in your current directory. Use a valid email address as a recipient, and following blat syntax you can have multiple recipient addresses separated by commas (no spaces). Note that since it is just a batch file, you'll of course need to leave the window running (minimized is fine). And it does no error checking, so use reasonable and valid values.

Known Issues
The whole script is based on looking for the "bytes=" response for a successful ping, so if a non-English installation uses a different word then it won't work right (but you should be able to edit the batch file for that easily).

General Software Discussion / Re: Lastpass hacked proper
« on: December 24, 2022, 08:12 PM »
Note there are some threat actors that are harvesting possible high value encrypted files to hold onto until the tech is fast enough to do the breaking.

General Software Discussion / Re: any shit browsers I can use?
« on: November 22, 2022, 05:38 PM »
Try using Lunascape which is a browser that contains 3 rendering engines (Trident, Gecko, Webkit). I've used it for old sites where newer browsers fear to tread due to the cipher suites. Having a non-IE Trident browser is also convenient.

General Software Discussion / Re: Internet Timer
« on: November 06, 2022, 07:10 PM »
Use a powershell to set the Internet proxy to a nonexistent black hole. Eg, use Psexec (or Paexec) to remotely run a command like netsh winhttp set proxy Set it up as a scheduled task.

It may be due to the top name bar that remains visible as you scroll. Any way to test using the page code that does not include the stationary top name bar?

Other than that, no ideas at the moment.

You can try wkHTMLtoPDF (or to image). The name says to pdf but it can save the output as a graphic as well. I did this for awhile when I needed to grab info from a PRTG monitoring page periodically for troubleshooting or historical reference.

General Software Discussion / Re: Firewall Tester
« on: September 27, 2022, 07:15 PM »
TCPing should work. I have found it very useful.

Simplest form: tcping.exe host port

Numerous options are available. I use this a lot to just check a port quickly.

General Software Discussion / Re: Best Android Email App?
« on: September 22, 2022, 07:44 PM »
You mention Teams invitations, I would say that if you're using 365 for corporate email then they'll start disabling basic authentication in a couple weeks, so as much as I hate to say it, you might need to use Outlook. I know our company is disabling access from all other email programs.

Assuming you want to transfer a file securely to someone, just use 7-zip and compress the file using AES encryption and a secure password (20+ chars, mixed letters and symbols, no dictionary words). Then email the file. But use a different method to send the password. Also you have to be concerned about the maximum size of an email that the recipient's mail system will accept.

But any way you look at it, if you need to get the file into someone's mailbox securely, then you need to encrypt it separately.

I remember using Maxthon, I liked it. And XP was a step up from its predecessor too.

But if you are going on the Internet with a Windows XP computer, you should assume that any site you go to, or any web ad you see, could easily dump malware, spyware, back doors, etc on your computer and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. You roll the dice every time you browse.

XCA is another GUI tool for managing certs, just to get the link into the conversation. It makes a lot of more complex operations simple, not just for cert creation. It will keep track of the association of intermediate and root certs, let you import and export different formats, etc. Similar to the OpenSSL Wizard that BGM noted.

See this article for one way to get around the missing notification LED. You still have an LED on your phone... the camera flash. The article is for Samsung or LG but others may do this too, and it mentions an app named Flash Alerts also.

But if you want LED notifications and have no dedicated LED for that, you'll have to share the camera flash. Or get a linked smartwatch.  :D

You know, it is possible that someone may post an answer here in a day or two describing a great utility that was able to fix all of their PC's boot problems really easily, without having to dig into the nuts and bolts. But just in case that doesn't occur, it would definitely be helpful to know what happens when you try to boot, the screens or messages you see, what you have tried so far, etc (as noted above). Give us a little grain to mill for awhile.  :)

Or Darik's Boot And Nuke. Depends if you need to leave an O/S on it. DBAN will not.

WiFighter - giving its all to give you a better connection!

I could swear there was a tool that was discussed here years ago with the need to do just that (the mapping)... I don't think there was complete success at that time but I remember the discussion!

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