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Hardware / Re: External hard drive issues
« Last post by concretesnowflake on Today at 03:52:49 AM »
how you can see from the properties its still not showing where nearly 800gb of storage has gone
Hardware / Re: External hard drive issues
« Last post by concretesnowflake on Today at 03:51:48 AM »
I have completed the treesize thing
Other / Sharing Music
« Last post by rjbinney on April 19, 2018, 11:36:16 PM »
So I come from the days when if you wanted to share a bunch of music, with songs put together in a logical order, you made a mix tape.

Just so you know what you're dealing with....

My wife has asked me to put together some music for a work event.

I put together a pretty crack playlist in iTunes and put it on her iPod, figuring she'd plug it into a boombox or Bluetooth(tm) speaker during the event.

That's when I learned it wasn't an "event" in the sense that it starts and stops at a certain time in a certain place - she wants some music to get (and keep) people inspired over a long-ish haul. In several locations.

So I could burn CDs. But not all of their PCs have CD players!

I know people share playlists on Spotify all the time. Trouble is, some of the songs on the list are not on Spotify!!!

What suggestions might anyone else have?

Windows Vista and 7 / Re: Do I need Windows 7 SP-1? Why?
« Last post by Geek-9pm on April 19, 2018, 07:38:21 PM »
Brief review.
I had to install my Windows 7 Home again on this Dell 755 desktop. After it was installed, I got lots of updates, about 190 or more.

Now yesterday I go a message that I need SP1. I did not have SP-1 then. I started to  update to SP-1, but was it did not work. So I think.
Now today, after reading Patio's remark, I checked again and it says I have it.

Oh well, If it works, I am OK.
Windows Vista and 7 / Re: Do I need Windows 7 SP-1? Why?
« Last post by DaveLembke on April 19, 2018, 07:30:58 PM »
Once you have SP1 installed you might see about 260 or so more updates. Not sure if your system has already prompted you yet or already ran all those after SP1.
Other / Re: Is Taskkill as graceful in ending a program as ( CTRL + C )?
« Last post by DaveLembke on April 19, 2018, 07:27:02 PM »
Thanks for the info BC. I never knew that MySQL had that clean up process of CTRL -C. I just been using it for years because somewhere I was taught to use it as the graceful ending of console programs that interact with MySQL databases.

I made some progress in pinning the console window to a set position on my desktop. In the properties of the console shell window I was able to pin it to X/Y coordinates and it gave option to save this position so that each time Windows sees this same program run it will place the console window in that position which is top left. Now that I got that behaving I can target it correctly with the macro. But I will just have to make sure that no other windows are open overtop of that or else it wont work and the macro will perform the CTRL-C action to whatever is the focus of last active window. The good thing here is that as long as I remember to close out of stuff and keep that console window open and not hidden, it should work.

In my travels I was looking to see if there were any code examples of how to take focus of a window by name and pass keystrokes to it but I gave up when I realized I can just sort of cheat by using the macro program to automate all that and that's as easy as saying record and doing the routine with keyboard and mouse recorded of my actions and then end recording and then compile that as an EXE.
Other / Re: Is Taskkill as graceful in ending a program as ( CTRL + C )?
« Last post by BC_Programmer on April 19, 2018, 06:22:17 PM »
With Windows the way to "gracefully" terminate a program would be to send the appropriate exit message to the program's top level Window.

Taskkill will do this- if you open notepad, type some text, and then use TSKILL /IM "Notepad.exe" notepad won't close, instead, it will be as if you clicked the X button, and prompt you to save changes before exiting. compare that to /F, which will not extend such cordialities- it forces the process closed.

With applications/software that run at the console, Ctrl-C is the closest thing. for MySQL in particular, the MySQL process implements and sets what is known as a "ControlCtrlHandler"; this allows it to "see" Control-C signals and it can then say set a flag which tells anything it is currently doing to clean up and exit as soon as possible to close it. (for reference, Control-Break cannot be caught- this is why sometimes Ctrl-C might not do anything in a program, but Ctrl-Break does)

TSKILL doesn't do any of that for a console program. Since it's a console program it doesn't have a top level window so TSKILL sort of always acts as if you passed in /F, I think.

You might be able to use keyboard shortcuts in some way, however. For example pressing a letter in Task Manager will jump to the first process in the list that starts with that letter. if you type quickly, you can drill down. if you type "Microsoft Outlook" quickly enough it will go straight to the first Microsoft Outlook process. Using that you might have the macro type that full name, press the application key and press the accelerator for "Switch To" (I think it is S?) t oswitch to that program before passing in Ctrl-C.
Will still download, but said not getting them now.
Windows Vista and 7 / Re: Do I need Windows 7 SP-1? Why?
« Last post by Geek-9pm on April 19, 2018, 05:31:01 PM »
  Now it says I have it!  :o
  Did you do that?  ;D

Anyway, I now have Windows 7 SP-1.
Windows 10 / Re: Rejected update
« Last post by Computer_Commando on April 19, 2018, 05:08:42 PM »
Just an update. I successfully downloaded the new update in about 2 hours and everything seems to be working a-one. I now have version 16299.
Use MCT (Media Creation Tool) to download iso & burn to usb flash drive using rufus.
16299.371 is the latest (Start-->run-->winver)
MCT iso is 16299.15
Spring Creators Update is on hold since it was give some BSOD's.
It was scheduled for release 4/10/18.

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