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W00t!  Glad to help.  And no problem with creating an installer -- do with it as you will.


Living Room / Overheard on the Internets
« on: December 10, 2007, 09:22 AM »
Occasionally I'll find a blog comment that just brings all other thought processes to a pause.  It doesn't have to be terribly profound -- I'm not talking about thoughtful quotations from great philosophers -- but rather, the normal snippets of conversation you might hear in an elevator, a slice of somebody else's life that you parse and parse but just can't absorb completely.

Here's my most recent discovery (name redacted).

I tried flying 737's as part of a "virtual airline" back when I played a lot of flight sim. They gave me the trans-Atlantic route. You had to do the whole thing in real time, so I would take off, hit cruising altitude, lock the auto-pilot, then go to bed. I woke up late one morning, and my bird had gone down in a field outside Brussels, after running out of fuel. I quit shortly thereafter, when I realised I am a complete loser, and virtual airlines are teh lame.

Anyone else?

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Do this First.
« on: December 10, 2007, 09:05 AM »
BigJim, we're in agreement on the snake eyes.  :-)

Try this'un.  It passed every test I could think of not involving the Mayan calendar.

General Software Discussion / Re: Realtime Disk Access monitoring?
« on: December 10, 2007, 08:25 AM »
Agreed, PM is da bom, but sometimes all you want to do is capture file accesses or registry activity, so I still fire up FileMon and RegMon occasionally.

PM provides too much information sometimes.  And you're right, as nice as the filtering is the interface is awkward.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Do this First.
« on: December 10, 2007, 08:12 AM »
Make sure when entering times that they're 4 digits, e.g.
Due 1/5/2008 0800

Even if you're entering a time before 1200.  Is that the issue?

Living Room / Re: Elfyourself
« on: December 10, 2007, 07:33 AM »
The cats... they dance.


New version, Pingy v1.1 that has all the features suggested above. 


Run it once to create a pingy.ini configuration file, then edit it to change the IP address and Interval (in seconds).  Set Interval=0.5 to ping twice a second, etc.  Double-clicking the IP box allows entry of a new address for testing, but does not update the pingy.ini file -- this is by design, to prevent trash from getting in there by accident.

Set AutoStart=1 to have Pingy begin pinging as soon as it starts.

Please let me know if it works for you, David!

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Do this First.
« on: December 09, 2007, 08:37 PM »
New version for BigJim that handles military time format (e.g. 2330 = 11:30 PM).

Also, cleaned up a few things performance-wise so some of the short delays experienced after editing an entry have gone away.

BigJim: I couldn't reproduce your "1/15" translating to "1/15/2007" bug.  Can you try it again with 1.7?

Living Room / Re: CompUSA to close all it's stores
« on: December 09, 2007, 06:17 PM »
Do all truckers' rigs look like that?

More pix please!

Living Room / Re: CompUSA to close all it's stores
« on: December 09, 2007, 05:53 PM »
My god!  That's the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon.

...some of the Dell reliability.

Yikes, UK Dells must be built differently to yours; most laptops purchased in our University are Dells, and they break with and uncanny reliability ;-)

Indeed.  My wife has a European Dell laptop and it's quite different than the four other Dells I have in the office.  The US ones appear to be of much higher build quality.

FWIW, she also has a North American built Volksvagen, and swears it's a different car than the VW's she drove in Europe.  So what the regional quality gremlins give, they also take away.

Living Room / Re: How often do you reboot your primary workstation?
« on: December 09, 2007, 04:48 PM »
I reload Windows Explorer more often because it keeps adding extra "Shared Documents" and "My Sharing Folders" to the folders structure.

Gadzooks! What would cause that?  Never seen that behavior before.

The little green people icon -- is that MSN?

Living Room / Re: CompUSA to close all it's stores
« on: December 09, 2007, 04:46 PM »
When Microcenter and Frys moved in around here, I suddenly realized how sucky CompUSA was.  Having nothing to compare them to, I'd always assumed slow service, unknowledgable salespeople, and bizarre return policies were the norm.

Can't say I'll miss them.  But when the doors close for good, the bargain hunting should be extraordinary.

General Software Discussion / Re: how do you write a .chm file?
« on: December 09, 2007, 02:01 PM »
Here's a nice little site with links to the Microsoft tools mentioned, plus some other tutorials and goodies in the sidebar:

Nope, 2GB.  Pure .zip is an old standard, going back to the days when 2GB was bigger than any disk drive imaginable.  Who'd ever need more?

I imagine there are "enhanced" .zip supersets of the standard (7zip?) but if you're talking oldschool .zip, it's 2GB.

UPDATE: Goddamn it Lash, you're posting too fast!  :-)

The .zip format has an upper limit of 2GB per file.  You can create spanning .zip files for larger jobs, but a tool like RAR is better suited for humungoid directories.

FWIW, I've noticed a huge influx of new posters over the past couple of days, as well as some returning visitors I don't recall seeing before.

Or is this a standard phenomenon after every newsletter goes out?

Living Room / Re: Microsoft Publishes Detailed Vista SP1 Changelog
« on: December 09, 2007, 01:07 PM »
I'll ask.  When I questioned him originally about his choice, he cited the fact that he's primarily a SQL Server developer and liked how stable his environment became after switching from XP.  I don't think he's the sort that runs a bazillion tray applications either (like many of the folks around here).

Living Room / Re: Microsoft Publishes Detailed Vista SP1 Changelog
« on: December 09, 2007, 01:00 PM »
I for one am wondering if Server 2008 will be viable as a workstation.

I know at least one developer who uses Server2003 as his primary workstation.  Aside from some games not working (or installing) he's quite happy with it.

Jeff Atwood has valid points, and I treasure his Coding Horrors site.

However, until VM support is integral to the operating system, running by default... I don't see that as a valid strategy for typical users.  One of the reasons I keep VMWare so busy is trying out new stuff I download, just in case it turns unexpectedly evil. That's not practical on my laptop, with its weenie 80GB drive and pokey processor.

If you're a road warrior, and go around plugging your latop into foreign networks all the time, then it makes sense to run the standard stuff (firewall, defender, virus scanner).

I keep Nod32 running on my primary workstation for peace of mind.  Its threat detector has triggered maybe a dozen times in three years, and most of the time it's a false positive or something embedded in a spam I had no intention of opening anyway.  But that 7% performance hit is well worth the alternative: always wondering.

Alienware is off the table for me, as we have one of their notebooks and it's the twitchiest, most fragile thing I've ever worked with.  Install an updated device driver and it breaks.  The only PC we own with a direct link to System Restore on the desktop.

Maybe I'll try one of the Dell/Alienware hybrids someday, give them a chance to absorb some of the Dell reliability.

Living Room / Re: 48 Proof Beer: On Sale Soon!
« on: December 09, 2007, 12:28 PM »
IPA's over here, both american and British varieties.  The hoppier the better.

Well, except for Hop Devil or Tupper's Hop Pocket... those are kind of extreme. 

General Software Discussion / Re: Max Alert = Max Ripoff
« on: December 09, 2007, 11:52 AM »
I just go on, day by day, registry accumulating stuff like Katamari Damacy and don't worry about it until something breaks.  But I *have* used registry cleaners in the past when fixing things -- sometimes it's the only way short of a reinstall.

But running one on a schedule?  Nah.  Just not something I worry about.

Living Room / Re: 48 Proof Beer: On Sale Soon!
« on: December 09, 2007, 11:35 AM »
Read any of the comments on the beer forum at the original link?  They're split between "that's gotta taste nasty" and "meh"... kind of like here.  And that's a BEER forum.

I have no idea what sick game Sam Adams is playing at.  A 24% alcohol product would be something you'd expect from the Gomez Addams brewery, but whatever... clearly there's a market for it since all the 21% beer got snatched up before.

Personally, my interest tops out well below 7% since thats when it starts tasting like beer with a dash of solvent. 

Thanks, nontroppo.  I had no idea single-button life could work. 

I don't need a new laptop right now, but if I did I'd seriously consider this one.  Isn't there a rumor floating around that Apple's bringing out a super-portable to compete with the Asus Eee?  Now THAT would be interesting.

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