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Developer's Corner / Re: Your First Programming Language vs Now
« on: June 13, 2017, 05:42 AM »
Basic was pretty universal as a learning language back in the day. My first PC was a Timex Sinclair ZX81 which was cool but limiting - and I think the whole language was snippets. :P Upgraded to an Atari 400 and started playing with 6502 coding, then an Atari ST and 68000. By then I was a systems programmer on a mainframe so I started doing some assembly on that beast (IEFBR14, anyone?) but mostly building user interface stuff for ISPF in Clist and Rexx  :Thmbsup:. These days 95% of what I write is utilities in Rexx, since it runs everywhere. And trying to pick up a little Powershell because it does some really cool stuff too.

Living Room / Re: Password Managers ... vs. Not
« on: June 04, 2017, 07:22 PM »
I put what I can into Lastpass. But any sensitive passwords aren't saved there - I just use Secure Notes named as hints to the site to save hints that allow me to remember the correct password. In the end, one ring password to rule them all, on multiple devices, is just too darned convenient. Seductive. Especially for the permanently exhausted who might otherwise look at alternatives more closely.

Living Room / Re: How can I identify a flashing DOS window?
« on: May 29, 2017, 11:58 AM »
This may have some ideas to help:

  - Is there any tool to log create process activity in Windows

Sysmon would work but has a huge log for you to dig through. I have used the History feature in System Explorer to find that type of info before, it's less to dig through and may be enough. Sample of the display (which can also be saved in a history text file):

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Living Room / Re: Looking for programming language
« on: May 04, 2017, 05:32 AM »
Programming is like working the best jigsaw puzzle in the world. You get to use as many pieces as you want, as many times as you want. And if you don't like those pieces, a different language gives you a different set of pieces. You need to make sure the pieces all fit together, but in the end you have created a thing of beauty -- or, if you're like me, maybe you need to keep moving those pieces around awhile more... :P

Ath's question is good, what are you trying to achieve? Do you have a specific project in mind? I have always learned a language better if I have a specific project to do. Are you writing something to process data in a batch job? Manage some equipment in real time? Write a video game? Do you want to have a pleasing GUI or is a command line more appropriate? Everything on one machine or do you need to pull data from others? Client server type app, peer to peer? Does it need to be super efficient? Will you need to change it very often? Most languages will let you do most of these things, but everything won't necessarily be easy. If you can match a language's strengths to your goal, you will have an easier time of it.

Filebox eXtender x64 is working flawlessly on my Windows 10 Pro.

Curt, thanks very much for posting this! Works great for what I want to do (most used is setting up favorite folders) and the extras are very useful.  :-*

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Happy Easter!

Was that something like OzCIS/OzWin?
Pretty much, except this was for Ataris. I didn't get a Win box until several years after that.

I remember in the late 80s and early 90s if you were a consultant and therefore had a business incentive or just had lots of money, you had a CompuServe account.

I was a sysop on the Atari forums there for several years - my signon was 76703,4061 (and I'm amazed my fingers remembered that :P). I wrote an automated system to collect all the new Forum messages, log off, let you reply to everything offline, then connect up and post it as fast as possible. Reduced the revenue for the Forum owners, since they were paid by the minute, but it increased participation... until that Internet thing started taking off. Good times, good times. ;D

Developer's Corner / Re: TempleOS - A Constructive Look.
« on: March 26, 2017, 07:30 PM »
Very interesting article. Thanks.

Living Room / Re: Anyone know german?
« on: March 26, 2017, 07:18 PM »
1.  -->

Art des Praktikums / der Abschlussarbeit: (Erforderlich)
--Bitte auswählen--
--Bitte auswählen--
Pflichtpraktikum im Rahmen einer Studien-, Schul- oder Ausbildungsordnung Abschlussarbeit im Rahmen einer Studien-, Schul- oder Ausbildungsordnung Pflichtpraktikum mit anschließender Abschlussarbeit im Rahmen einer Studien-, Schul- oder Ausbildungsordnung von der Bundesagentur für Arbeit gefördertes Praktikum Freiwilliges Praktikum zur Orientierung für eine Berufsbildung oder für die Aufnahme eines Studiums Freiwilliges Praktikum begleitend zu einer Berufs- oder Hochschulausbildung

2. Google Translate -->

Cream data
Type of course / thesis: (Required)
--Please select--
--Please select--
Compulsory internship within the scope of a study, school or training program Final thesis within the framework of a study, school or training course Compulsory placement with subsequent thesis within the framework of a study, school or training arrangement by the Federal Agency for Work-supported Internship Voluntary internship for orientation for a vocational training Or for the admission of a study voluntary internship to a vocational or university education

So it looks like the translation didn't do the line breaks, but you can probably get the gist of it.

Total process time, about 3 minutes, including searching for online OCR and copying/pasting.  :P

General Software Discussion / Re: XYplorer is not responding.
« on: March 19, 2017, 08:29 AM »
API Monitor can be a helpful tool for investigating.
Thanks for the tip - looks very useful.

General Software Discussion / Re: XYplorer is not responding.
« on: March 18, 2017, 03:31 PM »
Just to add another voice, I also have a lifetime license, and I have also had the "sleepytime" every time I have installed XYplorer (installing the newest release every time I try). Not constantly, but often enough to aggravate me, and it usually occurs soon enough after installation that I get discouraged. And, like Wraith, I can't point to any common circumstances when it happens.

I'll pull down the current version and give it another go, last time I tried was at 16.50. I always liked the interface. :-)

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: March 13, 2017, 05:45 AM »
It's the Internet of money now.
Woohoo! Me and my hard-earned bitnickel (.05 bitcoin) are ridin' high! It took how long for two hard working slow machines with old video cards to generate that much from one of the shared pools...

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Living Room / Re: AI Assistant is just selling gimmick
« on: February 03, 2017, 05:23 AM »
Since the assistants are constantly on the ready, it's just another way to monitor everything you say, with your consent. :P

All I know is that my daughter is constantly annoying her phone when she says "SIRIously."  ;D

General Software Discussion / Re: Invalid database
« on: January 26, 2017, 05:29 AM »
Is that the full error message? I didn't see any hits with just "invalid database" in a search, they were all invalid database object reference, or unrecognized database format or something.

Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures..
« on: January 05, 2017, 09:22 PM »
it seems to me you need to get yourself a white dog bed!

In our house, if we got a white dog bed, it would soon develop a dark spot too... :P

Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures..
« on: January 05, 2017, 05:30 AM »
Two out of three get an A in camouflage.


Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: December 26, 2016, 08:53 PM »
A lot of great pics, brought back memories. How old would you need to be to remember the 45 rpm adapters, the fuses, the full service gas? Do they even still sell caps these days or is it too dangerous? Whatever happened to mucilage, anyway?  ;D

Living Room / Re: Thank you Donationcoder!
« on: December 07, 2016, 07:29 PM »
Best wishes Josh, looking forward to seeing your bug wander on the pages again soon!! :up:

That's great news! I have always liked TED Notepad, it has a lot of useful features and it (at least in 5.4.2) doesn't require an installation. The main issue I had with it is it is very slow on good sized files, which I need to get into regularly. We'll have to see if the text storage engine improvements help.

Off to download!  :up:

Tomos - I had to use Internet Explorer to get the link to work. Then I washed my hands. :P

I have not actually done this, but that is one of the features they tout. I have had good success with Paragon software for years.

Just install TunnelVision on the computer you're connecting to, and see if it helps as much as you think it will.  ;D

General Software Discussion / Re: mystery icon
« on: October 15, 2016, 06:45 PM »
So they have a program running continually to check for updates and they put an icon for it on your task bar that does nothing other than take up space?  How irritating.
So it puts the icon in the task bar to show it's there. Then apparently it pops up another one to show it's doing the check.

I had begun to cynically wonder whether they were not "update thrashing" just to multiply the frequency of the OpenCandy being used - i.e., to gain revenue

Of course they are.

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