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Thursday, August 28, 2003
10:24 AM
August 28,2003
Ok , this is cool. Not sure how long Adobe Reader has done this but in version 6 you can right click on a word in the document and choose the option Lookup 'Word You Right-Clicked On” and it will show you the definition of that word at Dictionary.com. Pretty cool stuff....
Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
2:40 PM
August 27,2003

OK, HP has the first Laptop that I might think is better than my PROSTAR. It has the 10-key and 
Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with HT Technology 3.06GHz, 533MHz
80GB hard drive, 512MB DDR SDRAM
DVD+R/RW and CD-RW combo drive
17.0" WXGA+ TFT widescreen display
NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX Go5600 video card

for around $2300 , check it out HP zd7000 Series, zd7001us 17-inch LCD


Ever wish you could spell check when typing in the browser, well with IE you can if you install this
spell checker , http://www.iespell.com/   and it is free for personal and very cheap for commercial. It uses the GNU code from http://aspell.net


Some Great Quotes I Found:
If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.
How many of you believe in telekinesis? Raise my hands ...
Everybody repeat after me ... "We are all individuals"
Love may be blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.
Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.
"Never be afraid to try something new.  Remember, amateurs built the Ark.
Professionals built the Titanic."

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
2:39 PM
Part 2- August 27,2003
Some funny Computer Nerd Humor( yes i know they are old but still funny):

Funny Number 1

In Japan, Sony Vaio machines have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful
Microsoft error messages with their own Japanese haiku poetry.

Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
-
A file that big?
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
-
The Web site you seek
Can not be located but
Countless more exist
-
Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.
-
ABORTED effort:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask way too much.
-
Yesterday it worked
Today it is not working
Windows is like that.
-
First snow, then silence.
This thousand dollar screen dies
so beautifully.
-
With searching comes loss
and the presence of absence:
"My Novel" not found.
-
The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao, until
You bring fresh toner.
-
Stay the patient course
Of little worth is your ire
The network is down
-
A crash reduces
your expensive computer
to a simple stone.
-
Three things are certain:
Death, taxes, and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.
-
You step in the stream,
but the water has moved on.
This page is not here.
-
Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.
-
Having been erased,
The document you're seeking
Must now be retyped.
-
Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
2:38 PM
Part 3 - August 27,2003
Funny Number 2
/* Source Code to Windows 98 */
#include "win31.h"
#include "win95.h"
#include "evenmore.h"
#include "oldstuff.h"
#include "billrulz.h"
#include "monopoly.h"
#define INSTALL = HARD
char make_prog_look_big[1600000];
void main()
{
while(!CRASHED)
{
display_copyright_message();
display_bill_rules_message();
do_nothing_loop();
if (first_time_installation)
{
make_50_megabyte_swapfile();
do_nothing_loop();
totally_screw_up_HPFS_file_system();
search_and_destroy_the_rest_of_OS/2();
disable_Netscape();
disable_RealPlayer();
disable_Corel_Products();
hang_system();
}
write_something(anything);
display_copyright_message();
do_nothing_loop();
do_some_stuff();
if (still_not_crashed)
{
display_copyright_message();
do_nothing_loop();
basically_run_windows_3.1();
do_nothing_loop();
do_nothing_loop();
}
}
if (detect_cache())
disable_cache();
if (fast_cpu())
{
set_wait_states(lots);
set_mouse(speed, very_slow);
set_mouse(action, jumpy);
set_mouse(reaction, sometimes);
}
/* printf("Welcome to Windows 3.11"); */
/* printf("Welcome to Windows 95"); */
printf("Welcome to Windows 98");
if (system_ok())
crash(to_dos_prompt)
else
system_memory = open("a:\swp0001.swp", O_CREATE);
while(something)
{
sleep(5);
get_user_input();
sleep(5);
act_on_user_input();
sleep(5);
}
create_general_protection_fault();
}
Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
11:48 PM
August 26,2003

The dev team that wrote and is writing windows is amazing to me. They have so many like things that it will do if you know about them.  Not sure how people find them since lots of them are reg hacks like this one:

I find it a lot more convenient to have the Shift key release the Caps Lock function, as typewriters do. Windows 2000 offers this option during installation, but most people never notice it. With Windows XP, the feature is available from the Control Panel, but only when you install another keyboard layout during installation. I have tracked down a way to control this setting after the fact by manipulating the Registry.

In the Registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Keyboard Layout, create a DWORD value named Attributes, if it isn't already present. Double-click on it, then choose Hexadecimal, and set its value to 00010000. Now, when you press and release the Shift key while the Caps Lock is active, Caps Lock will turn off.

And not ot be out done is the Internet Explorer team. Did you know that you can control the size of the browser windows when they open and that there are 2 settings. Starting window and then pop-up windows.  PC Mag has a good article about setting/saving the start sizes, http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1203118,00.asp

 

 

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Monday, August 25, 2003
11:10 AM
August 25, 2003
This is a funny Clip, The parents are trying to sue because there kid filmed himself and some other kids posted it on the internet and then some really video people got it and changed it it to a great star wars spoof and then it has grown, http://www.jedimaster.net , site is slow because of the traffic might have to refresh to get it to show.
Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Friday, August 22, 2003
10:05 AM
August 22, 2003

In Excel object model there is a methnf of Range called CopyFromREcordset that will fill a spreadsheet with the data in a ado recordset. It sets the columns on the sheet to the column types in the recordset so numbers stored in text coulmns are used as text in excel.  Way cool!

In Access there is a zoomcontrol property of the report, you can use this to change the zoom when opening a report in preview,  Reports(ReportName).ZoomControl , this is not documented but allows for custom zoom levels unlink the bulit-in method ,RunCommand  acCmdZoom* ( there are defined constants to do zooming from 10 ,25,50,75,100,150,200)

There is also a accmdZoomBox, you got it it opens the zoom box on the control with the focus so you would have to execute it on got_focus or use the old  ,    Screen.PreviousControl.SetFocus  , trick before when calling from a button.

 

Here is a link to a good list of the RunCommands and what they do via samples ( it is not complete but has alot of them), http://home.clara.net/tkwickenden/coding.htm

 

You hate it when the property sheet shows up when you are running a form, I hate it , there is a way to stop it, set the forms Allow Design Changes property to “Design View Only“ and it will not happen.  You have to set it for each form so you might create a new default form so that it is set for you by default. You do not know how to create a new default, it is easy, create a form and set all the defaults you want ( font, allow disgn changes) and then save it.  Then go to Tools/Options on the menu bar and then chosse the Forms/Reports tab and enter the form name in the Form Template box. That is all there is to it, and you can do the same for reports using the report template box right under the forms template box. Great way to control access.
 

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Thursday, August 21, 2003
9:43 AM
August 21, 2003

Here is a cool worm,   w32.Welchia   ,one of the few that actually looks like it is trying to do good for idiot network admins and users who do not install patches. http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.welchia.worm.html

 

This is the the best faked clip I have ever seen on the internet, What dogs really do when they go outside, http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=11282

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
10:13 PM
August 20, 2003

I did not get a chance to do my log yesterday so maybe this one will be really log.

Cool Prodcuts:

 SkullCandy.com - Headset with dual input, http://www.skullcandy.com

APC TravelPower Case - http://www.apc.com/products/family/index.cfm?id=224

 

Here is some good info on image files from a MS employee:

I am assuming you are wanting to know whether it is a gif, or JPG or BMP or other file type. With teh code from that article, you should be able to load the blob into a picture box
(Assuming one of the supported image formats) however to determine what type of file would require actually looking at the bytes of the file to determine what it is... (If GIF 89a or Gif
87 is in at the start of the file it is a GIF, If JFIF is located at position 5 in the file then it is a JPG, If the first 2 characters are BM then it is a Bitmap)... All files have different header
information and you would need to look at the Byte array to determine what types it is... You may check to see if he has a field in the database that has the extensions listed
(Perhaps he stored the data in one location but put the name of the file or the files extension in another location...)

here is a good link to access 200/2002 db info,  http://www.databasezone.com/techdocs/acclimit.html

In access you can hold down the key and double clcik and object in the database window and it will open it in design mode.

Also leraned this, If you are using Access 2002 you can not make a 2000 MDE even though you can create it build it you can not create the MDE or ADE in 2002. You have to use 2000 or convert it to 2002.  Now that makes a lot of since doesn't it. NOT!!!

 

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Monday, August 18, 2003
9:41 AM
August 18, 2003

Great Site for information on space, http://www.stardate.org/ , this is the web siote for the NPR show StarDate.

Site with cool Images of space, http://www.spaceimages.com

 

Strange cosmos laways good for a luagh and a good image

48 Reasons Why Dogs are Better Than Women http://www.strangecosmos.com/read.adp?joke_id=984

Fake Northeast Blackout Map OF USA 8-14-2003 http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=11251 

 

 

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Thursday, August 14, 2003
11:35 PM
August 14,2003

 cox is a bunch of idiots. i hate cox, and will have them for as little a time as possible.


cox is blocking 25 outbound  have to use there server, smtp.central.cox.net for smtp, in other words you have to bounce of there open relay

http://support.cox.net/custsup/email/email_info.shtml

read that and tell me how what they did is going to help.


i called them and yelled you should to, they claim they sent email telling to cox eial accounts, i loged in and they never did about this ot 1433 and there where messages from 2002 in the box.

 

I learned tht if you go to reg key, HKEY_LOACL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\18042prt\Parameters and the change( or create) the d DWORD vlaue of CrashOnCtrlScroll to 1 then after restarting you can crash the machine by holding down the right CTRL key and pressing the Scroll Lock key twice.   Not sure why there is a setting for this but would be a get trick to pull on people.

 

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
9:32 AM
August 14,2003

36 ways dogs are better than men http://www.strangecosmos.com/read.adp?joke_id=987

Great Picute and Optical Illusion, http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=11183

biker girl outfit matches bike http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=11150

japans t-shirts from women, http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=10753

Russian Aircraft Boat/Seaplane http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=11145

Prodcut Models, oh would care about the prodcut except the one you are seeing, http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=11151

32 Strange Things You Likely Don't Know, http://www.strangecosmos.com/read.adp?joke_id=4739

cat lady body painting, http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=10756

Marilyn body paint , http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=10755

other pictures of body paints and piercings, http://www.strangecosmos.com/jokes/pictures_category_view.adp?picture_category_id=32

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
3:29 PM
August 13 ,2003

Well, Once again cox internet service sucks. They have a router or something that is droping 100% of the packets and has been for a day now which is keeping me from being able to send email.  Works any where but from a cox edmond connection it appears.

 

If this service was in edmond i would which in a second, http://tri8.net/welcome.php , they are in Stillwater, OK.

Google released the toolbar 2.0 late yesterday, http://toolbar.google.com  and then today the google nuts changed there logo in honor of Alfred Hitchcocks birthday.

 

ICQ has some fun stuff, http://web.icq.com/friendship/browse_page/0,,10952,00.html , and there are more

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Tuesday, August 12, 2003
1:25 PM
August 12, 2003

Ok, this is a way cool web cam site, http://www.trafficland.com/find_frm.html , when you get there choose a red dot then on the nect view choose one of the white cameras ( it does pop-ups so if you have a pop-windwos blocks such as googles new toolbar, http://toolbar.google.com/index-beta.php , you might have to tell it to allow pop-ups or do the allow window hot key) .

In the UK ringtones are out selling cd-singles and the music industry is starting to market ringotones like singles, 700 million pounds in sells this year.  WOW

Ok, once it it is amasing how bad some big compnies IS/IT departs are, one big insurance copmany was taken down by the Blaster worm, because they have port 135 open on there private network.  If are some link to read about this worm:

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/press/viewNews.aspx?noticia=4026&ver=21&pagina=&numprod=&entorno=

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/press/viewNews.aspx?noticia=4030&ver=21&pagina=&numprod=&entorno=

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.blaster.worm.html

What is a mutex?

A mutex is a synchronization object used to prevent more than one process from accessing certain resources at the same time. Multiprocessing operating systems like Windows NT 4.0 allow multiple programs to run at the same time. However, even so, there are certain resources that can only be used by one program at a time. Mutexes are used to help control access to resources like these.

 

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Monday, August 11, 2003
9:42 PM
August 11,2003

Over the weekend:

I learned something every one should know, EBAY sucks!!!!!  I have never seen a company that cared less about secuirty they they do. If any says Microsoft is bad on secure they need to look at Ebay, and multi-million dollar comapny that will not use SSL to use when you are bidding, signing in, edit your account. That is a joke and should be the first clue to there total disregard to you persoanl information that they require.  Then the second thing that should tell you that they do not care is the fact that they allow you to change your password without entering the current one (5 year old programmers knwo to do this) , and that they do not verify changes like email address until after they change it, what good does tell someone that the email was changed and if you did not do it to log in and change it back, By that time you can not log in, unless Microsft saves you with passport and you had set it up to access your ebay account. I say this with first had knowledge since this all happen to me over the weekend. And guess what ebay has responded to my 2 eamils to them via there site,  you got it NOTHING they do not care.  Death to Ebay, It is now my personal mission to see Ebay die a ugly death.  Use bidz.com or ubid.com for electronic stuff, boith of these comapnies use SSL.  

 

Today:

Man, Adobe Acrobat is a why cool product. Man it has a good interface.

IMail Server from IPSwitch is the best email server around, you need an email server for the interent you can not go wrong here.

Axis makes the coolest web cams, you can get the 2100 network cam fro about 290 at www.buy.com , here is a live demo of some from around the world http://www.axis.com/solutions/video/gallery.htm

 

 

 

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Friday, August 08, 2003
12:03 PM
August 8,2003

I did not do a long yesterday because I forgot. But i have learned something today, there is a regular expression component that you can use in asp, vba vb6 to do regular expresiion checking. it is called Microsft VB ScriptRegular Expressions 1.0 and there is a 5.5 version. The object will be seen in intellisense as REGEXP so you can declare a object like this, dim objREgEX as REGEXP .I have seen some say that it is built in to vbscript and you can just do this in vbscript, dim objRegExp as New RegExp .  man cool if the vb script stuff is installed :-) 

here is a good article about XMl signatures, http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnwebsrv/html/underxmldigsig.asp  , also talks about how pulic/private key encryption/decryption works.

Things from yesterday August 7,2003 :

way cool server gfrom unisys, http://www.unisys.com/products/es7000__servers/hardware/index.htm

cool pcs bulit for cars, http://www.via.com.tw/en/VInternet/carpc.jsp

 

 

 

 

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Wednesday, August 06, 2003
10:36 PM
August 6,2003

Ok, you have to check this out. The google toolbar does blogging ( the bought out the big blog company blogger.com ) and does auto-form filling but even more cool is that it does pop-up blocking. you can get it at http://toolbar.google.com/index-beta.php until it is realesed and then you will find it at http://toolbar.google.com

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
Tuesday, August 05, 2003
10:31 PM
August 5,2003

ok it is just after midnight and so it is actaully a new day so i have already done it
and learned something new. Java script can be way cool. Here is some code and a link to the
page i found it. It is a script to email the current page. http://www.webreference.com/js/tips/000822.html

and this html will do it, E-mail This Page , try it here E-mail This Page

Ok ,Linux people cheer when it for them until they realise that
Windows kick there ass on secuirty check out this article http://www.wininformant.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=39785

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
10:30 PM
August 4,2003

I learned this weekend that Intellisense is not as good as it seems. Back when I was writing apps in vb3 and access 2.0 without intellissense I could type code without looking, even the options for methods and function and now I have to llok them up. Writing could might be better but I sure have not learned what all the options/parms are for stuff like I did before Intellisense.

 

This is a cool Picture, http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=10908  , LAST PICTURE OF EUROPE FROM SHUTTLE COLUMBIA

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
10:30 PM
August 1, 2003

Man, Today the learning started fast and I discovered a Builtin function in VB 6 that I did not know about.  There is a function called Environ/Environ$  that Returns the String associated with an operating system environment variable.  So to get the computer name you can do environ$(”COMPUTERNAME”) , to get the the directory for windows you can do this environ$(”SystemRoot”).  You can do this with API calls as i do now but this is much easier to code.  To get a list of the environment variable go to the command prompt and run the SET command without any options.

 

Cool site of the day:  http://www.spaceimaging.com - Company Creates Space Images for GIS Apps but they have picture of the day and a free gallery, http://www.spaceimaging.com/gallery/default.htm ,. check it out

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
10:30 PM
July 31, 2003

Ok, I was reading and saw this and then laughed about XML being the great data exchange tool.

ASCII we all know what that is but do we remember wahat it stands for? American Standard Code for Information Interchange , sounds alot like what XML claims to be does it not. :-)    XML is great for doing things like related records in one file, but for speed and small file size it just does not come close to ASCII. XML has way to much white noise with the fields that is repeated, for a standard created by such great minds I would have thought they could have created a table of contents for the fields to ID them with small ID's such as as using 1 repeatly in the file instead of AddressLine1. Some times great minds forget about common sense. Just thing about this, if you had 2 fields named Lastname and Firstname that are rquired for each record and there are 1000 records in the file you repeat the for all 1000 records, you are adding 16+18= 34 ( not including the <> tags that are required) for each record or you could have used <1><2> with a mapping table of contents and added 4 characters per record which means you decrease the file by 30x1000=30,000 chanracter. Which file would you want to send of the internet???  Yes the table of contents would add some characters but for large files look at how much smaller the file could be. 

Thought Of The Day: Just because it is a standard and talked abot does not make it a good choice or the right choice to use. You have to understand it to know if you should be using it.

 

 

 

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
10:29 PM
July 30th, 2003

Once again, today proves my therory that you an learn something new each day. Here are some of the things i learned today:

To quickly check for a DC in a specific domain, go to the command

prompt and type

nltest /dsgetdc:

 

In IE ( the only browser worth having, see below link for proof) you can use the to move back a page (this I did know) or use ATL+ and you can move forward a page using SHIFT+ or ATL+

http://www.onestat.com/html/aboutus_pressbox23.html

And it looks like IIS is taking over at the Big boys:

http://www.port80software.com/surveys/top1000webservers/

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
10:29 PM
July 29, 2003

Cool Sites I Found Today

Cool Web Cams- Live

http://www.voyagertrack.com/File/en/VTHome.html

the northern CA sites are way cool, the others are cool also

http://www.truelook.com/

  this one has link to other cams, like the hard rock pool in Las Vegas

 

Coolest Internet Device ever:

http://www.vonage.com/learn_tour.php

Vonage Broadband Phone Company

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
10:28 PM
July 27, 2003
“It is nice to be important, but more important to be nice”
Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
10:27 PM
March 31, 2003
Monday March 31, 2003


Wisdom of the day

The only time a mistake is dumb or stupid is when it is not learned from.


Things discovered or learned today :

If you are at the commnd prompt in Windows and you type explorer /e,. ,
windows explorer will open with the direcoty set to the one that was the current directory in the
command window.


You can drag and drop file and folder names from the windows explorer to the command window,
you can also do this to the run dialog box which is very useful.


if you want to launch a widows app from the command line just type the command  start followwing by
the applications exe file name or the name of a file to launch the file in the associated application.

Examples: start myfile.txt will open myfile.txt in notepad( or the text edit you have associated)
          start notepad will open note pad


Need to do a loop in DOS, there is a FOR loop command.
you can do this,  For %v in (*.txt) do start %v will open all the text files in the current directory
This command is very powerful, read the help and you will be amazed.


There is still no store that has every thing like TG&Y, wal-mart and target combined are still not TG&Y.
I miss TG&Y.

Posted By: Blaine Trimmell | Permalink
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