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Post New Requests Here / IDEA: £ on a non-uk keyboard
« on: August 16, 2009, 07:47 AM »
I was hoping someone could write a simple AHK script for me.

All I need is that when Alt-GR + 3 is pressed then a £ is sent (send ASC 0163)

I'll bookmark that but not what I'm looking for this time.

My code is does the following

- Encode news
- Upload to Flash Streaming server
- Overwrite last news
- Change date by making

The program can move the file, but it cannot write to the mysql database, so I have to make the website do it but only once the program is finished encoding.

Many thanks. Will be using the code from your first link

When I say hit I mean like a Cron job makes a web page do a task. The webserver has to process the page but the C# program doesn't need to read anything (except maybe to realise that the page has been hit and not a 404).

Just to clarify, I think your code will be fine for that. Probably better than fine as I can output something like 'Success' and then check that the word success has been passed back.

Developer's Corner / Hitting a website via command line
« on: July 06, 2009, 03:52 AM »
Easy one for you all I'm sure.

Is there a command that will hit a web address (for example but from a command line program?

Coding Snacks / Re: *SIMPLE* WebCam software
« on: June 05, 2009, 05:59 AM »
Have your tried vidcap? The microsoft one or a remake.

Living Room / Re: Malicious Software Removal Tool Ques.
« on: June 04, 2009, 10:31 AM »
If it is to do with system restore than you could disable system restore, reset and then enable it again. You might find that this deletes whatever the problem is with the folder.

I think you are right, and Firefox has been a god send in that context.

However I don't think it does anything more than change View > Page Style > Basic Page Style. So on websites it's just a case of using CSS properly and not using CSS styles to portray important information.

Ironically I've found one of the worst programs for this mode is Microsoft Office. It doesn't seem to turn black text to white automatically.

I've had a quick go. High Contrast #1, #2 and Black are invisible unless an item is selected. High Contrast White shows everything fine.

I'll have a go on Vista this evening when I put it on my home PC.


I'm only using this at work at the moment, which is XP SP3.

I'll have a go with the other contrast modes, but I'll have to find them. There is only one high contrast mode in the accessibility options (Control Panel > Classic View > Accessibility > Display)

Obviously what you do after I say this is totally up to you, it is your application...

I can't use your program any more due to an eye operation. I'm now using my PCs in high contrast mode (accessible through [Left Alt] + [Left Shift] + [Print Screen]) and your program ends up with black text on a black background.

I'm sure I'll start using it again after everything is better and you may find that it is a lot better to make things better for the 99.999999% of people who don't use any of the accessibility features.  :Thmbsup:

Screenshot Captor / Sophos and Latest version
« on: June 02, 2009, 04:43 AM »
Latest sophos is reporting that ScreenShot Captor Setup is 'exhibiting suspicious behaviour pattern HIPS/ProcMod-003'

Our place is currently under a big attack so I don't want to turn off my AV to send a sample (You can't upload the file while the AV is running as it thinks it is a virus and won't let you select, catch 22) so I thought you might want to.

(This is the setup file and not the program itself)


Edit -

Isn't that a bit of a harsh pro-active alert? Anything that Internet Explorer downloads and runs! Isn't that everything?

General Software Discussion / Re: Search with Bing
« on: June 02, 2009, 04:13 AM »
I'm finding it quite useful for related information, so if I'm not looking for a certain site but looking for information on a subject. In that case the layout is a little better.

However in high contrast mode the front page just looks weird. Lots of boxes with nothing in them.

Hello everyone! This morning I have devil eyes (all the white in my eye is bruised and red) following some laser eye surgery. My eyes are healing well and I'm back at work on my computer.

The trouble is that I'm swearing blindly at a few programmes today and the reason is that I've turned on High Contrast mode in XP / Vista.

There are some programmes that are just brilliant. For example Firefox detects the contrast mode change and removes stylesheets in webpages to make everything white on blank and incredibly clear. Firefoxes zoom mode is unbelievably good. The trouble is there are other programmes, like our ticketing system Remedy that are hopeless.

Some designers seem to like giving text boxes background colours so they can perfectly design their windows. Trouble is you colour a textbox as white and have black text on it. Turn on High Contrast mode and the background turns black and the text turns white, however if you have a picture then that remains. Ergo you have white text on a white background.

So as software designers do you even think of these things? I certainly meet people at university that say 'I don't need to test for accessbility as my target audience doesn't have these problems' but even though I'll probably only have this for a week this is really irritating.

I've even annoyed myself by programming a page in PHP that tells me if the files I'm adding to a database actually exist. Red is broken, green is working and at the moment it's just all black. Own goal for me.

(If you want to see high contrast mode then press Left Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen)


Much quicker, thank you.

Another bug through. Right clicking on the system tray and quitting doesn't quit while the folder cache window is open.

It quits as soon as the window is then closed but not as expected. I can certainly live with it but a known bug is better than an unknown one...

There is a noticeable delay when the availability code runs but I see you have made it remove the entry so that the delay doesn't happen twice.

I'm quite happy with this compromise. Thanks.

Stupid .net if that is the case. I don't see how having a CD, removing it and calling file.exists would ever cause an exception. Either it is there or you return false...

No, I'm talking about the program being in the system tray and causing the error message itself.

Thanks for the program, I want you to know that someone does use it!

There is a slight bug that I want you to know about. Opening up a CD drive folder, removing the CD then closing the D:\ Explorer window brings up a standard

Cannot access D:\
Cancel | Try again | Continue

Message box.


If you then open folder cache you cannot close it until a disc has been placed into the drive

Living Room / Re: Star Trek 2009 - Discussion [SPOILERS]
« on: May 11, 2009, 02:54 AM »
Not really

as they said the second they worked out what had happened that they had created a second reality. The whole of the TOS and everything else happened in the original reality

I, however, don't consider myself a ST fan, however having a fiancée trekker I have seen most episodes.

P.S. I'm fairly sure forum etiquette doesn't need you to use spoiler tags when you have the word [Spoilers] in the title.

Living Room / Re: Lawn of the Dead
« on: May 07, 2009, 04:32 AM »
It's half the price on steam -

Living Room / Lawn of the Dead
« on: May 06, 2009, 07:31 AM »
If anyone is wondering whether Plants Vs Zombies is any good the answer is yes.

If anyone has any work to do over the next week however, then this game isn't for you.

Tower defence PopCap style  ;D

(Image from macworld)

Edit: added link to game site.

The thought of a windows command that could format windows from inside windows. Can you imagine the support calls?

I like this  :Thmbsup:

Thanks for putting it on the RSS feed, would have noticed it otherwise.

You could take the extra money over the $12,000 and donate it to a charity that allows you to name something related to it.

It would go along with the donation spirit, wouldn't be a massive amount at the last count and would do something really special.

I'm not sure what there is in your area but in our University they are trying to buy a new grand piano for the concert hall to replace a 20-30 year old steinway that costs £70,000 (I think I have the name right). If you donate enough they will name a key after you which would be in the concert hall for the life of the piano.

Maybe there is a hospital or hospice or other worthy cause being renovated near you that can have a donationcoder brick placed in it.

Take some photos, put them up then send them to the tech news agencies with a press release.

You might even get more visitors and donations because of it.

Do mind if I ask...

How much did the site make last month on a generic non-fund-raiser month compared to this month?

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