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Wednesday, November 26, 2003
1:44 PM
November 26, 2003

Just one day until the big turkey day and so I thought I would add a little usefull info.  If you have Windows XP and wish you could un-install the Windows Messenger that comes installed then you can give thanks for MS just hidden the uninstall for your eyes and not making it impossible. Here is how to do it:

Go to you %WinDir%\INF ( and you can cut and paste that and it will go to the directory no matter what the name of  the name of your windwos dir is, you can do that with all the enviorment varaibles that are paths, windows will substiture the path in for you so  %CommonProgramFiles% will get you to you program files directory you have set, that is a nice trick also) .
Locate the file named SYSOC.INF and open it in a text editor ( double-click on it should open it in your default text editor). Locate the line that looks exeactly like this:
    msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7
and delete the word hide ( leave the commas) so you should end up with
   msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7
and then save it. Now when you go to the Control Panel Add/Remove Windows Components you will find a option to remove Windows Messenger.

 

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Monday, November 24, 2003
10:01 PM
November 24, 2003

Was reading a free mag at work and saw this netowrk camera. It is pretty cool, http://www.mobotix.com/ , check them out.

Here is a look at a cool new laptop with a 3-d screen from Sharp , http://www.sharpsystems.com/products/pc_notebooks/actius/rd/3d/  , and then check out sharps3d site at http://www.sharp3d.com/  and see what PC Mag says http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1389311,00.asp

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Sunday, November 23, 2003
7:13 PM
November 23, 2003

Well I are returned from COMDEX, If you can call it COMDEX. I did the whole show in one day and that means it was not much there, of course IBM and HP tried to do there own show at Mandalay Bay and it was even more of a joke, there whole show was about the size of Microsoft's booth at COMDEX.  There were some nice changes since I went last about 4 years ago, shuttle buses that where free to and from the hotels on the strip.  That was nice. 

I found a cool site for airplane tracking, http://www.thetrip.com/trs/cheaptickets/galileo_flight_tracker/galileo_home.xsl , it will tell you the altitude , the speed and where the plane is located and if you want can see it on a map with the the plane moving. How cool is that.

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Sunday, November 16, 2003
9:58 PM
November 15 - 16 ,2003

Dun a cool computer site, has some cool stuff and the proces look to be good, http://www.pctoys.com

Eddie, found this cool character image that is also a menu, links for the web site,  check it out http://www.fatal-design.com/   use the status bar to tell what each line is linked to.  way cool

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Friday, November 14, 2003
10:15 AM
November 14,2003

This is a link to a page that has some good vb6 modules to do stuff, http://www.thevbzone.com/s_modules.htm , like to convert image types use a freeimage.dll .

The lasted trend I hear is bluejacking, bluetooth is not secure is the main thing to get out of this, http://www.bluejackq.com/

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Thursday, November 13, 2003
10:07 AM
November 13, 2003

He is some code that will shell a applicataion from vb6 and wait for it to close. you can create a new form and and a command button and then paste this code in to the form and then get if it a try:
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Private Declare Function OpenProcess Lib "kernel32" (ByVal dwDesiredAccess As Long, ByVal bInheritHandle As Long, ByVal dwProcessId As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function GetExitCodeProcess Lib "kernel32" (ByVal hProcess As Long, lpExitCode As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function CloseHandle Lib "kernel32" (ByVal hObject As Long) As Long
Private Const STILL_ACTIVE As Long = &H103
Private Const PROCESS_QUERY_INFORMATION As Long = &H400

Private Sub Command1_Click()
   Dim ProcessId As Long
   Dim hProcess As Long
   Dim ExitCode As Long

   ProcessId = Shell("notepad.exe", vbNormalFocus)
   hProcess = OpenProcess(PROCESS_QUERY_INFORMATION, 0, ProcessId)
   Command1.Enabled = False 'delete this line it is for a test app with a button called command1
   Do
      Call GetExitCodeProcess(hProcess, ExitCode)
      DoEvents
   Loop While (ExitCode = STILL_ACTIVE)
   Command1.Enabled = True  'delete this line it is for a test app with a button called command1
   Call CloseHandle(hProcess)
End Sub

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if you want to slow do the process cycles add a sleep(xx) to the do loop so it looks like this
 Do
      Call GetExitCodeProcess(hProcess, ExitCode)
       Sleep(1000) 'sleep for1 seconds
      DoEvents
   Loop While (ExitCode = STILL_ACTIVE)
 and and this api declareation to
Private Declare Sub Sleep Lib "kernel32" Alias "Sleep" (ByVal dwMilliseconds As Long)

This will make your app more cpu friendly, since the do loop will make the cpu make out and the sleep will correct that.

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
11:34 AM
November 12,2003
Been doing a little vb6 dev at home and hereis a link to the vb6 run-time files, http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=BF9A24F9-B5C5-48F4-8EDD-CDF2D29A79D5 , and i also found a vb6 sample code page on msdn also, http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/downloads/samples/visualbasic6.aspx
Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Friday, November 07, 2003
11:25 AM
November 7,2003
Went to the MS Office 2003 System launch in OKC yesterday and it is cool. They have added some cool things to all the products. InfoPath and Sharepoint server are way cool. OneNote is cool also, almost makes you want to so back to college to take notes with it. They have XML stuff though out all the products in the Office System. 


Here is a cool little product that I found out about though one of those hated SPAM messages, http://www.youcansave.com/webcamsv.asp , without spam I would never learn of any cool stuff.  By the way, do you know what the definition of SPAM is?? Well, it is proably not what you think. It is defined by the oldest anti-SPAM people as any email that you receive that you did not request. Yeah you got it that is stupid. If You send me something that I did not ask you to send then you just SPAMed me.  So all the email you get is pretty much SPAM unless it is an Email rthat is a reply to an email you sent, which was proably SPAM.   People need to not worry about comuters using cycles to transfer data that would be using cycles to just site there all not, it is not a waste of energy or bandwith or anything else since most SPAMers do it at night when the bandwidth usage is very low any way.  If thses people realy wanted to help the the world out they would be attcking the Junk-Mailers of the world that have caused the cost of postage to go up, slowed down the delivery of mail, and cause and increase in automotive polution. 
Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
11:01 AM
November 5, 2003
This is the first log in a few days but will have a few cool things, first this is a cool viewer for do 3d stuff in the browser that netscape actaully includes with there browser it appears, http://www.viewpoint.com

If you have not used a virtaul pc then you have missed out on some way cool technology. Microsft purchased Connectix to get Virtual PC which if you have a MSDN subscription you can download now , it is listed under platforms.  It is way to cool to install and os and have a second pc runnig from your pc and beable to run a web server on it and get to it from accross the network.  Way cool stuff.  VMWare also sells a virtual pc product. Check them out out http://www.connectix.com and http://www.vmware.com . Great way to have test pcs and to test software without screwing up your pc.  Prioces are good also, $299 for connectix/now MS and $399 for VMware Workstation.  check them out they are way cool.
Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
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