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Living Room / Re: Link Story: 100 things you can make yourself
« on: August 30, 2007, 11:57 AM »
Me either.  "Fight Club" has me scared of lye, so no real soap making for me.  Oh yeah, and human fat.  That scares me too.

Ok - looks like this thread is a bit derailed... so...

It's a serious problem. You're calmly having a few too many, hit a thread that fires you up, and all of a sudden you're posting ludicrous non-sense, but with the aid of careful typing, staring at the screen a bit too long, and a spell checker built into the forum, you've got a coherent mess of insanity that just makes you look like a complete jackass!

I wonder if you could make any money attaching those breathalyzer machines that they use on cars to your computer to stop you from becoming a complete idiot in front of the entire world...

You know, I wondered if yours was a "bait post."  That is why I played along.  Who exactly are you replying to?

Maybe I overreacted.  Some serious family issues have arisen and it has been difficult for all of us to deal with them calmly.  *If* I overreacted, my apologies.

No worries - just please be forgiving the next time I get blitzed drunk and start posting completely insane drivel! :D

(I do post & drink from time to time - it's embarassing.)

Noted.  Oh my, that is hilarious!  I drink and post frequently myself!

A drunken haze usually makes me calm and bearable.  I guess I have not had enough to drink.

That is exactly what I was looking for.  I did not want to be specific, because I was attempting to start a generalized talk on software that assists people in licensing software.  I also stated this, even though you asked again "depends on what you want to do."  I wanted to know about licensing software others knew of.

Granted, this probably could have been put in the developer forum.  Again though, I was not being specific on purpose, therefore I thought it qualified as "general."

And I was not being nasty, I thought Ehtyar was the one being snippy so I replied thusly.

Maybe I overreacted.  Some serious family issues have arisen and it has been difficult for all of us to deal with them calmly.  *If* I overreacted, my apologies.

Thanks for the feedback, Renegade.

You're questions are totally out of context....Addons for what? COM components for what? Copy protection for what? Be more specific please.

Is this not the general software discussion forum?

(Licensing or copy protection) Add-ons for software.
(Licensing or copy protection) COM components for software.
Licensing or copy protection for software.

Get a clue or do not bother to respond.  I do not need someone being asinine for the sake of it.

Can anyone recommend any good:

1.  Add-ons...
2.  COM or other components...
3.  Copy protection software in general?

Also, I am specifically looking for one I saw "back in the day."  It was called "Bit" something I am almost positive.  I cannot for the life of me find it though.

Any luck?

General Software Discussion / Re: Learnin Javascript
« on: August 24, 2007, 02:28 PM »
You should write a book.  You are much clearer then Mr. Flanagen.

You know, I have thought about it, but I simply *do not*have enough experience in my book (no pun intended).  I can write the hell out of some tutorials though!   ;D

I thank you for all your help.

You are quite welcome.  Post back if you have more problems.

General Software Discussion / Re: Learnin Javascript
« on: August 24, 2007, 01:36 AM »
I truly don't understand  the difference between Javascript and CSS. Flanagan's book came.. I'm beginnig to think he might as well have written it in Greek.  But since I am retired now I have plenty of time to see what I can learn.

OK, but seriously, do yourself a favor and learn at least the *difference* between HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  I will give you a *quick* rundown.

HTML - A markup language used to actually comprise the content and structure of a Web page.

CSS - Another language similar to a markup language that defines the style of your Web page or how the elements in your HTML Web page will look.

JavaScript - An interpreted scripting language that allows you to add behaviors to your HTML Web page that may or may not be styled with CSS.

The Holy Trinity - Content, Style, and Behavior.

I tried to use a  GIF file that is on my HD instead of the URL. I changed URL(" xx")  to
   file("c:\map.gif");    as in # 3 above . It did not work. Is the syntax for files different than URL's ? 

OK, a couple things.

1.  Using a GIF is just fine.  No biggie.

2.  Do not just guess.  Programming or coding if you will is not an area where you just want to pull guesswork.  You say you are retired so you should have plenty of time to study this.

3.  Whether files, or HTTP address, or FTP address, *all* are considered valid URLs.  And anyway, it does not change, it is still:


So in your example it would be:

Code: CSS [Select]
  1. background-image: url("file:///C:/map.gif");

Remember, URLs utilize forward slashes "/" whereas as directory structures use "\" in Windows.

At any rate I do thank you for all the time and effort. This website and forum has
great people on it.

No problem, ljbirns.  Just pay us back by studying.  I know of a quote that I really like.

"Chance favors the prepared mind." --Louis Pasteur

Hey Cpilot, they have a code block for FBSL too (in case you didn't already know).
No I didn't fowmow, I'll check it out.
Usually I just open an instance of notepad and throw a script together.

Oh!  By "code block" I meant when you put source code here.  Instead of just using:

[ code ][ /code ] can use:

[ code=fbsl ]...[ /code ]

Minus all the spaces of course!

Thanks for the Link to the FBSL ONLINE STUDIO COMPILER, I'd lost it actually.  :Thmbsup:

No problem, Cpilot!

Clever idea CPilot  :up: :up:
Now where is that online fbsl to exe  service that used to be available?

attached in my above post is now a zipped version for anyone who doesn't have an AutoHotkey installation.

Very cool.  What language was this written in?  Don't forget to use the appropriate codebox.   :)

EDIT:  Duh, I see now "ahk" in the title and you said it was AutoHotKey.  Jeez.  Maybe I should pay better attention!

Now I wonder if GeSHi has any plans to support AutoHotKey?

I wonder if there is a nicer speech engine i could get to make the speaker a bit smoother.

The only things I know of offhand are these (in no particular order):

1.  Use SAPI 5.1, or 5.3 instead of 4.0.  [1, 2, 3]

2.  AT&T Natural Voices

3.  A bunch of other voice libraries.

Thanks everyone for the great work on this, this is pretty cool actually.

And thank you, very much!

General Software Discussion / Re: Learnin Javascript
« on: August 22, 2007, 04:30 PM »
Exactly what I originally thought.  Your problem was not JavaScript at all.  It was a CSS issue.  Well, technically a CSS issue.

The source that SeqDownload creates for you starts out something like this:

Code: CSS [Select]
  1. <style type="text/css">
  2. body, input {
  3.         font-weight: normal;
  4.         font-size: 12px;
  5.         font-family:  Verdana, Arial, Helvetica;
  6.          }
  7. </style>

All you have to do is add this, *directly* after that.

Code: CSS [Select]
  1. body
  2. {
  3.         background-image: url("OKX_Topo_Short.jpg");
  4.         background-repeat: no-repeat;
  5. }

I'll leave it up to you to get that image.  Hint.

Following Cpilot's lead, the *dreaded* Microsoft Agent, Merlin.

I mixed it up a bit with the Sleep()'s so it didn't appear as if he paused too long.  And for the record... I believe I could have done this with events, but honestly, I was too lazy to read any more of the Agent SDK.  So it could definitely be done better.

Code: AutoIt [Select]
  1. $o = ObjCreate("Agent.Control.2")
  2. $o.Connected = "True"
  3. $o.Characters.Load("Merlin", @WindowsDir & "\msagent\chars\merlin.acs")
  4. $c = $o.Characters.Character("Merlin")
  5. $c.Show()
  6. $c.Play("Confused")
  7. Sleep(3000)
  8. $c.Speak("Count to 10?")
  9. Sleep(6000)
  10. For $i = 1 To 10
  11.         $c.Speak("" & $i & "")
  12.         Sleep(1500)
  13. Sleep(2500)
  14. $c.Think("Well... that was weird.")
  15. Sleep(3000)
  16. $c.Hide()
  17. Sleep(2000)

All of the Sleep()'s are necessary to allow Merlin enough time to speak.  And for those of you who might go, "Hey, I thought these guys were supposed to speak?"

You need a Text-To-Speech engine and SAPI 4.0.

I sat there myself for a time thinking, "Why won't Merlin talk to me?"


Hey Cpilot, they have a code block for FBSL too (in case you didn't already know).

General Software Discussion / Re: Learnin Javascript
« on: August 22, 2007, 08:57 AM »
Alright ljbirns, is this along the lines of what you wanted to see?


Living Room / Re: SMIRF Chess Game. User won and bounced?
« on: August 21, 2007, 02:17 AM »
Thanks for the tips, app103.

And actually, I didn't mean like... against their will or anything.  I mean as part of the competition, your software must remain available to the users of this forum.  Or at least the founders of this forum.

You know, as a stipulation of winning.  Kind of like having to put $5 in a pot to win a $1,000 or other nonsensical analogy.  I am *no* good at analogies, forgive me.   ;D

Living Room / SMIRF Chess Game. User won and bounced?
« on: August 20, 2007, 11:58 PM »
Am I correct in that the user "Smirf" stuck around long enough to win Borland Studio and then removed all traces of his chess program?

*If* that is the case, that is one of the primary reasons why I wouldn't allow someone to compete without archiving *all* of their software and making it available.  That seems like a fair stipulation.

So, I haven't missed it anywhere have I?

Ever since reviewing ronriel's nifty little r4r media player, I have found a renewed love for AutoIt.

Here is that application in only 5 lines of AutoIt.

Code: AutoIt [Select]
  1. $o = ObjCreate("SAPI.SpVoice")
  2. For $i = 1 To 10
  3.         $o.Speak($i)
  4.         Sleep(50)

Oh, I forgot to mention I am running AutoIt and Windows XP SP2.

General Software Discussion / Re: Learnin Javascript
« on: August 20, 2007, 08:02 PM »
Alright.  I *am* going to get you sorted.  Please paste for me a screenshot of SeqDownloader's "Download Properties" dialog.  The one where you insert a new item.

I want to see your *exact* settings, and the *exact* URL you download from.  I used the revised URL you provided in your last post and was getting PHP files.

So, help me help you... once I figure out this downloading of images part, the rest is easy!

General Software Discussion / Re: Learnin Javascript
« on: August 20, 2007, 04:36 PM »
There are far too many things wrong with the markup and code you provided.  Is it at all possible for you to upload this example somewhere?

A few notes:

1.  That link you gave for the images, leads to only 1 image.  And it didn't appear to update...

2.  Setting one image as your background does not seem to be the primary way SeqDownload animates images.  Although it can be done.

3.  The "language" attribute is deprecated in favor of using:


Although some would argue that it too is deprecated.

4.  The things you've tried (directly above this post) are all methods of styling the document via HTML attributes.  This should arguably be done via CSS.

However, I do not think it is the source of your problems.

Anything further, I'd really need to see an example page, complete with images and code.

Finished Programs / Re: r4r - Lightweight media player
« on: August 17, 2007, 08:29 PM »

Let me guess. You are using the "classic theme" on your windows. Well, that is obvious. :)
But i think it is the reason why the buttons are 'blank'.
Truth is, I haven't noticed that until i have finished coding. I designed my GUI while using the windows XP default 'Luna Theme'. But that will also be fixed.

Thank you fowmow. :)

You are most welcome.

That's odd indeed.  I would think that it wouldn't affect anything especially since your application uses images for its "skin."

I've never actually ran across this problem when using AutoIt.  Then again I've only just started tinkering with it.

Make sure to let us know what the problem is when you find it.  That'll help future AutoIt-ites, I'm sure.

General Software Discussion / Re: Learnin Javascript
« on: August 17, 2007, 08:25 PM »
The program ( NirSoft > SeqDownload ) downloads the radar sweeps from NOAA to my HD.  At some point I run the  animation  program ( part of SeqDownload)  It  " animates" the radar sweeps one at a time every X milliseconds.
You are correct in that is does open up my browser  ( Firefox )to show the animation and the background file that I  have added.  I have the file but for some reason it splits ( see my earlier post  blue line )  and so the radar scan is not accurately placed.    I ordered Flanagan's Book from Amazon. Should arrive any day.

Whilst SeqDownload does provide the option for "JavaScript animation" it may not be the problem.  Or rather, JavaScript may not be the problem.

I don't suppose it is possible for you to post an example of this anomaly online is there?

Or perhaps give me the link to whatever scans you are retrieving, I'll download SeqDownload and try it myself to see if I can reproduce your problem.

General Software Discussion / Re: Learnin Javascript
« on: August 17, 2007, 08:15 PM »
You can use JS to code for WSH (Windows Scripting Host).
You can use it directly to do smtg with your files on disk
or use it e.g. in an text editor like PSPad to extend the editor functionality-

I'm not sure what gave you the impression I didn't know this already.  Thanks for trying to help though.

General Software Discussion / Re: Learnin Javascript
« on: August 17, 2007, 01:55 AM »
I know nothing.  I want to learn.  I am trying to use an image as a background in a program that is on my HD
( Not a web page )  I get the image OK but it appears  split.  The  left portion of the image and then  the image again.   See screenshot.  Note the BLUE line and the repeat of the image .

I been trying to solve this for a week.  I figured a good SIMPLE book would do the trick.  Between all this info I should be able to work this out.

Um... so are we talking JavaScript still, or no?  If so, what type of environment are you running JavaScript in if not a Web browser?

EDIT:  I didn't mean that to sound as if there are no other possible means to run JavaScript except for in a browser.  I just meant what are you using to run your JavaScript then? 

General Software Discussion / Re: Learnin Javascript
« on: August 17, 2007, 01:52 AM »
What are the specifics?  Just, "I think Site A rocks for Language X?"

I am currently working on some reviews for App (app103), but I'd be more than willing to share what resources I use for various languages.

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