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  2009-02-14 10:53:30 AM  
AesopRock_00

Having neither a cell phone nor Windows, I know shiat about that syncing stuff.
But do you really have to boot XP for that?
Can't you just hook up the XP drive via USB, boot Vista and then get a copy of the data from your XP drive?
 
  2009-02-14 11:36:34 AM  
If you have a USB adapter for the drive, why do you need to boot up from the drive? Just plug it in as an external HDD and copy the files off.
 
  2009-02-14 05:55:43 PM  
The Voice of Doom: Can't you just hook up the XP drive via USB, boot Vista and then get a copy of the data from your XP drive?

FuturePastNow: Just plug it in as an external HDD and copy the files off.

the problem here is that, vista and xp use different sync tools. I have the profile from XP's activesync program that was placed in my old MyDocs folder, but there isn't an easy "contacts" folder or file that i can find which contains only the info i need (Activesync also doesn't store any info in the "application data" folder under my old user). additionally, Vista's Mobile Device Center doesn't seem to save profile info the same way, and i can't find where it keep my synced files/info at all. Vista's MDC isn't as nice as Activesync was, or maybe i'm just not used to it yet.

Like i said, it's nothing major. and I think I can always boot back into the old drive to sync the phone, i'm just being lazy and looking for a software solution (which could be cool for other uses if it exist). unless someone has some suggestions to try in Vista's Mobile Device Center.

Making things even more difficult, i don't sync my phone with Outlook either, though as I mentioned above, i'm trying out the Google Sync, which is pretty nice so far.
 
  2009-02-15 01:16:30 AM  
AesopRock_00: Is there anyway i can boot into the drive? maybe in some sort of virtual machine

You can get a copy of MS VM for free, however I am not sure if it works on Vista64. As far as what sync does, it just does a comparison of files and updates. So there will actually be a contact or address book of some kind somewhere on the xp drive. All you really need to know is where that is then you can actually copy the file from the drive without booting it. Depending on the program that made it, it may be an exchange file, outlook file or some other database file. DBX is the outlook extension, PST is for exchange. If it used the phone exclusively then there should be a folder with the phones name on it somewhere and the sync data will be in that folder. Good luck.
 
  2009-02-15 02:52:39 PM  
Is Flash spyware? Or am I just being paranoid? Last night I was surfing around the web and one of the the websites I visited was Mazda's which is basically all Flash. Then when I come here, I now see an ad on Fark which I've never seen here before for the Mazda6.

/really doesn't like how Flash is taking over the web
 
  2009-02-15 05:27:22 PM  
That's creepy.

Flashblock. It only becomes awesomely useful when you whitelist sites where flash is needed, like youtube or something.
 
  2009-02-15 10:23:40 PM  
I'll second the recommendation for Flashblock, it's good stuff™.
 
  2009-02-16 12:30:49 AM  
As someone who pays for data by the megabyte, I also use Flashblock.
 
  2009-02-16 01:27:51 AM  
Befuddled: Is Flash spyware? Or am I just being paranoid? Last night I was surfing around the web and one of the the websites I visited was Mazda's which is basically all Flash. Then when I come here, I now see an ad on Fark which I've never seen here before for the Mazda6.

/really doesn't like how Flash is taking over the web


It's probably more likely a cookie.

I second (or third..?) the Flashblock idea. NoScript is good too.

/Flash sucks, IMHO...
//Works as a QA person for an organisation that *loves* flash...
 
  2009-02-16 06:24:43 AM  
Legios
It's probably more likely a cookie.

Could be both, check your Flash cookies.
 
  2009-02-16 08:54:43 AM  
On the subject of super awesome FF add-ons, Remove It Permanently is another one that kicks a large amount of ass. It can turn an immensely annoying site such as espn.com into an almost useful one.
 
  2009-02-16 03:07:59 PM  
//tempted to click on espn to see what you're talking about
//doesn't...
 
  2009-02-16 05:08:18 PM  
Befuddled: Is Flash spyware? Or am I just being paranoid? Last night I was surfing around the web and one of the the websites I visited was Mazda's which is basically all Flash. Then when I come here, I now see an ad on Fark which I've never seen here before for the Mazda6.

/really doesn't like how Flash is taking over the web


Flash itself is not spyware. It is my understanding that it could be used to harbor spyware though.

Flashblock and NoScript are great- the thing is though that once you turn them on, unless you manage them using the control panel (some people don't get this or feel it's a hassle), sites like Mazda probably will not work the right way. Me, I love my adblock, flashblock, and no script.

The way I see it, Mazda, the motor company, has very little reason to trash your computer with spyware. They probably have many morons giving them private information, and don't need to mine for it.

But I could be wrong.
 
  2009-02-16 07:45:34 PM  
Mazda's been running remnant ads on a lot of websites for a few weeks. It's just coincidence, not spyware.
 
  2009-02-17 01:06:17 AM  
Hm. Just experiencing some oddness, so I'm just going to test some HTML out here..

test
test 2
 
  2009-02-17 02:23:44 AM  
Tests go ovah hyah :)
 
  2009-02-17 05:23:09 AM  
Thanks for the replies. I learned something new; how to clean out the cookies that Flash writes.
 
  2009-02-17 07:26:57 AM  
Mike
Tests go ovah hyah :)

Apropos:
Is there a reason why you never integrated a link to the scratchpad thread somewhere (e.g. in the "Tools" box)?
It seems kinda odd to expect people to use the scratchpad thread while not mentioning its existence anywhere.
 
  2009-02-17 09:37:06 AM  
The Voice of Doom: It seems kinda odd to expect people to use the scratchpad thread while not mentioning its existence anywhere.

And yet, lots of people know about it anyway.

I bet there are some really weird posts in thread 69.
 
  2009-02-17 11:38:45 AM  
I would f*cking kill to read a few pages of that thread. heh.
 
  2009-02-17 05:21:13 PM  
I'm going to be doing some House Call Tech Support as freelance to earn extra cash on the side. I have a small batch of computer tools, and a USB with a few choice programs. However, I also need at least one CD to use on PCs that are heavily infected (so it won't spread to my USB).

What are good programs to use for malware removal, utilities to improve efficiency (perhaps something for a fast defrag), and so forth that will run from a CD (meaning they don't have to write to their source folder/directory)?

I'll be including the common installs (Ad-aware, AntiVir); any other suggestions for common, useful programs to install on a customer's computer (with their permission, of course)?
 
  2009-02-17 07:43:36 PM  
RyoShin: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/faq/43.html

http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page

There is no such thing as a fast defrag.

-------------------

Now, everyone, we need some help
http://creativefreedom.org.nz/blackout.html
 
  2009-02-17 11:19:55 PM  
No_47: There is no such thing as a fast defrag.

Well, faster defrag, rather. Thanks for the links.
 
  2009-02-18 12:37:08 AM  
Speaking of Ad-Aware, is there truly a way to get it for free anymore? Last attempt led me on a wild goose chase.

(Does Spybot essentially do the same thing + more anyway?)

//Sorry, been a Linux junkie the last four years.
 
  2009-02-18 01:38:42 AM  
Mike: Tests go ovah hyah :)

Ah, thanks. Didn't know about that spot. (Been testing some oddities I've been getting with triggering new windows in comment posts)

geekybroad: Speaking of Ad-Aware, is there truly a way to get it for free anymore? Last attempt led me on a wild goose chase.

(Does Spybot essentially do the same thing + more anyway?)

//Sorry, been a Linux junkie the last four years.


http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-Anniversary-Edition/3000-8022_4-10045910.html? p art=dl-ad-aware&subj=dl&tag=top5&cdlPid=10998841

Try that. NFI what the whole 'anniversary edition' stuff means.. I have to admit I've been in the world of FreeBSD recently myself, so I haven't used that version, but it's where I'd expect the free version to live.

Spybot S&D is similar, but they're kinda aimed at different things. Would go in to more detail but am at work, so my fark posts tend to be short while here..
 
  2009-02-18 02:57:33 AM  
the test forum is mentioned in the FAQ somewhere, or at least used to be if it isn't now :)
 
  2009-02-18 02:58:59 AM  
malwarebytes antimalware isn't too shabby
 
  2009-02-18 12:45:04 PM  

I'm quite new to VB.net, and I haven't done much C++ in the past few years, and I'm trying to wrap my head around this code...

I'm doing OCR through Tesseract (actually Tessnet2), and I'm trying to use it's threading capabilities.

So, here are some pared-down snippets from the code that handles my call to tesseract:

Tesseract.h:


public ref class Tesseract
    {
    public:
        Tesseract();
        ~Tesseract();
        // Callback delegate when OCR is done
        delegate void OcrDoneHandler(List^ words);
        OcrDoneHandler^ OcrDone;
    }


Tesseract.cpp:

List^ tessnet2::Tesseract::DoOCR(System::Drawing::Bitmap^ bitmap, System::Drawing::Rectangle rect)
{
    if (OcrDone==nullptr)
    {
        doOCR();
        result = BuildPage();
        free_variables();
    }
    else
    {
        m_callbackThread = gcnew System::Threading::Thread(gcnew System::Threading::ThreadStart(this, &tessnet2::Tesseract::doCallback));
        m_callbackThread->Start();
    }

    return result;
}

So basically what this does is it checks for a callback function, goes with threads if one exists, otherwise it continues linearly.

Now, my VB.net code:


Public Class Scanner
    Dim tess As tessnet2.Tesseract

    Public Sub New()
        tess = New tessnet2.Tesseract()
        tess.OcrDone = AddressOf OCRResult
    End Sub

    Public Sub OCR(ByVal Frame As System.Windows.Forms.PictureBox)
    tess.doOCR(Frame.Image, New Rectangle(225, 0, 500, 720))
    End Sub

    Public Sub OCRResult(ByVal result As Generic.List(Of tessnet2.Word))
        MessageBox.Show("Success!")
    End Sub
End Class


I think the problem is with the red line. Any help anyone can give would be appreciated. Google talks about threading VB.net, or C++, but never both of them together.
 
  2009-02-18 01:37:42 PM  
I'm trying to spec out a conference room setup for a new client-I would like to have a vga port on the wall that runs in a conduit up inside the wall 50ft to a projector. I could go unpowered for this, but I want it to be capable of displaying 1920x1200 without looking like garbage.
Have any of you done an install like that? What product did you use?
 
  2009-02-18 06:32:30 PM  
did the code in TIBT's post break this thread? i'm not seeing any white anymore, it's all gray.
 
  2009-02-18 06:33:10 PM  
i refreshed a few times before i posted, but of course, as soon as i post, the page looks normal to me again. weird.
 
  2009-02-18 06:49:28 PM  
Nah, very short-lived bug on this end.
 
  2009-02-18 07:50:17 PM  
geekybroad: Speaking of Ad-Aware, is there truly a way to get it for free anymore? Last attempt led me on a wild goose chase.

(Does Spybot essentially do the same thing + more anyway?)

//Sorry, been a Linux junkie the last four years.


Yes, it's still free I 'tink, but because they've been in existence for 10 years, or something, it is now called "Ad-Aware Anniversary edition", so the old links are broken. You need to search for and get the new Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition, instead.

You really should get both. Ad-aware and Spybot use different strategies and hence find slightly different things.
 
  2009-02-18 07:55:32 PM  
Feel free to delete this if it sounds too spammy.

I'm looking for any advice on my website layout. My last layout was apparently eyes-bleedingly bad, and I'm trying to avoid a similar mistake this go around. If anything jumps out at you and/or stabs you in the face, please let me know; (clicky pops)
 
  2009-02-18 11:55:20 PM  
I have a job interview tomorrow at a web design company for a web development position. I'm researching the company's site right now.

If I go in and tell them that their doctype is not implemented properly, is this a good or bad thing? They have lots of other flaws with the site (table-based layout...) but this is a little more important.
 
  2009-02-19 12:41:27 AM  
Anyone interested in about a half dozen IBM PS/2 Model M keyboards? Need to free up some basement space and I've moved to the Unicomp USB Model M's...
 
  2009-02-19 12:20:17 PM  
RyoShin: I have a job interview tomorrow at a web design company for a web development position. I'm researching the company's site right now.

If I go in and tell them that their doctype is not implemented properly, is this a good or bad thing? They have lots of other flaws with the site (table-based layout...) but this is a little more important.


Don't do that, that's silly nitpickiness.

Instead talk about the importance of semantics to you in your work.
 
  2009-02-19 01:18:15 PM  
RyoShin: If I go in and tell them that their doctype is not implemented properly, is this a good or bad thing?

I personally think it would be a good thing... unless of course the person interviewing you happens to be the person who doesn't understand DOCTYPE and doesn't understand that table-based layouts are a Bad Thing ™
 
  2009-02-19 02:44:33 PM  
RyoShin: I have a job interview tomorrow at a web design company for a web development position. I'm researching the company's site right now.

If I go in and tell them that their doctype is not implemented properly, is this a good or bad thing? They have lots of other flaws with the site (table-based layout...) but this is a little more important.


If it's not a member of the IT department doing the interview, I wouldn't; a lot of people in management can't give less than half a rats ass about the technical stuff, and you'll probably come across as a blow hard.

I am finding this out where I work; if I try to explain why there is a problem with inventory, I get blank looks until finally I am told that I am being insubordinate, that I need to get back to my job (in inventory control), and let those responsible get back to work.

Kinda perplexing, I know.
 
  2009-02-19 03:42:13 PM  
Yeah, but all-CSS layouts are a pita if you have to support IE6.
 
  2009-02-19 04:56:33 PM  
Mike: Yeah, but all-CSS layouts are a pita if you have to support IE6.

True - however since he's going to an interview I think it reflects positively on him to mention things like the DOCTYPE. It shows he's investigated the company (heck, he's looked at the source code for their site) and he can use that to segue into why TABLE-less design is a good thing but he's aware of problems like you mention, etc. etc.

RyoShin - if you are not interviewing with an IT person like TehNacho mentioned, it would be a toss-up whether it would be beneficial or harmful to you to mention the DOCTYPE. The HR drone won't have a clue what the hell you're talking about. And in my opinion any company who doesn't use IT personnel to interview IT candidates are probably not going to be the best company to work for.

Mike - does Fark actually have a significant amount of IE6 traffic?
 
  2009-02-19 05:58:32 PM  
Thanks for the advice; I decided to not mention it, since the error wasn't nearly as big as I thought (and I never had a chance to bring it up, anyway).

The developer seemed impressed by the anal-retentive qualities of my sample code. Overall, I think it went well.

Also, the main interviewer (the boss and founder) asked me what my salary range was as like the third question. I'm honestly still not sure how to answer that one, even though I'm applying locally.

Mike: Yeah, but all-CSS layouts are a pita if you have to support IE6.

It depends on how fancy you're trying to be. Very simple ones can have cross-browser setups with no issues (if you use a reset CSS document), but anything "nice" and you're using up all your time to swear at Microsoft.

Thankfully, IE6 market share is falling, and soon we'll have to find some other target to vent our frustrations at. I suggest we start railing on Google, just so they don't slip up.
 
  2009-02-19 07:33:01 PM  
Benny_Hill:

RyoShin - if you are not interviewing with an IT person like TehNacho mentioned, it would be a toss-up whether it would be beneficial or harmful to you to mention the DOCTYPE. The HR drone won't have a clue what the hell you're talking about.


"Captain, if we don't store the halibut right, we could lose 10% every day, per fish!"
"So?"
"Last year we lost nearly 8,000 pounds of it!"
"Well, that sounds like a lot."
"We need to fix our procedures before we lose it all again!"
"Look, I'm too busy for this now."
 
  2009-02-20 03:21:37 AM  
We're about 55% Firefox... 22% IE7... 10% IE6... 13% other.

I had really hoped it was well under 10% by now. :p

I don't see Chrome's layout engine becoming an issue, given that they're using Apple/KHTML's WebKit... which sits somewhere between Gecko and Opera on the upper end of the standards compliance scale...
 
  2009-02-20 05:37:55 AM  
If it helps, every IE 6 I see gets upgraded to IE7.
I've had people complain that I "made the internet all different".

There's also so many people still using ME and 98 it amazes me. Had one the other day running Office '97...
 
  2009-02-20 10:03:24 AM  
Mike: We're about 55% Firefox... 22% IE7... 10% IE6... 13% other.

Considering the generally high level of geekiness of the average Farker I can only imagine some of the weird things in that "13% other" category. :-)

I'm glad to see Firefox in first place, and by a comfortable margin too.

I wish they'd hurry up and get Chrome released for Linux, I'd like to play with it a little.
 
  2009-02-22 04:43:23 AM  
Hey - ME was my favorite, I refused to upgrade that until XP - don't hate :P
 
  2009-02-22 10:17:06 AM  
I stubbornly held on to Win 2000 Pro until late 2005.
 
  2009-02-23 12:17:09 AM  
Much as I'd like to take those keyboards off your hands, Mike, I don't think I could live without a Windows key. I've trained myself to use it too much.
 
  2009-02-23 09:03:42 PM  
OK, I want to learn CSS and use it to develop web pages / sites.

I am a programmer (30+ years exp.) so, not a dummy (per se).

What is the easiest / best way to learn.

[I did a site for a "customer" it is farked up... looks different from IE and Firefox :( I need to get this stuff]
 
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