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Thanks to all who have helped with previous ones, which I posted on:

Thanks to nikolasco for the Windows Vista version info last time.

Here's my fortnightly update:

  • 1. Intel Core Duo: I got a brand new 2GHz Core Duo on eBay with 512Mb of RAM and a 40Gb HD, and upgraded the RAM with a spare 512Mb DIMM I had left over from the upgrade of Hirilonde, my Dell Inspiron 6000 notebook. I spent several days installing it and like it so much that I'm definitely getting another one for the lab.

  • 2. Skype on an old Pocket PC: I have yet to try it on Sting, my iPAQ H3635, but I'm not counting on it.
    ETA, 02:55 CDT 05 Jun 2006 - I installed it on my Audiovox PPC6700, though, and it worked right away. Now I can make free VOIP-to-analog phone calls using SkypeOut to any landline in the USA, as long as I am in range of a WiFi (802.11b/g) base station.

  • 3. New CTP Build of Windows Vista: Earl Harris, our hardware specialist, burned me a copy of CTP 5308, as did the CIS sysadmins. It's something of a moot point, though, as I decided to go back to Windows XP SP2 on Hirilonde, where I had installed Vista. It works like a charm, and I can now see and use my entire 2Gb of RAM and install a paltry few programs.



Now for the new questions:


After the Return: WinXP Issues on Dell Inspiron 6000

Since reverting to WinXP SP2, I have had a few problems.

  • 1. Battery detection is off. I can't get hibernation at critical battery levels (1%) to kick in. When I unplug the power adapter and let it go on battery power, the icon in the system tray remains a power plug instead of a battery. If I plug it back in when the charge is less than 100%, Windows displays a fully-charged system with no lightning bolts (charging indicators) anywhere.

  • 2. No USB mouse drivers. I've tried installing Microsoft Mouse, but when I plug in a USB IntelliMouse Explorer Optical or Optical Trackball, Hirilonde still fails to install the "new hardware". However, I had no trouble getting it to work on a system that is installed with a Volume License I was given by accident and was about to return. Go figure!

  • 3. USB 2.0 warnings. When I plug USB storage devices, such as the 1Gb SanDisk Cruzer Mini I ordered from Amazon in December, 2004, I get a "this device can peform faster". Any idea why, and is it really true?



From A Distance: Remote Control Applications for Windows from CygWin to LapLink

I need your recommendation - I've been trying to get reliable remote control applications for three things, and nothing has worked well.

  • 1. XWindows. For anyone who used to use DesqView X, WRQ Reflection X, or Hummingbird Exceed: what do you use these days? I have installed the latest builds of CygWin X, X-Deep/32, and X-Win 32, and I can't seem to get it to bring up XWindows. Furthermore, how do you window manager in your software of choice?

  • 2. Remote control. Whatever happened to CarbonCopy and LapLink? I used to use LapLink, and the group I worked in at the Beckman Institute ran both LapLink and pcAnywhere, but I haven't been keeping up with versions. What is generally used for remote control under WinXP nowadays? I kept hearing about some built-in software in NT5 kernel operating systems, but I've never successfully found or configured it.

  • 3. File sharing and synchronization. Besides Unison, I haven't even found anything! Whatever happened to being able to map a network drive, even a Samba share from Linux? It worked fine in NT 4.0, even Win98 - what changed?



IRC and Trillian Scripting

Does anyone know how to:

  • 1. Keep Trillian from mis-detecting the presence of "IRC ghosts" in a chat room? I have my Trillian IRC perform buffer set to /msg nickserv ghost Banazir [mypassword] before it executes /nick Banazir and then attempts to join #teunc and authenticate using /msg nickserv identify [mypassword]. However, something causes it to register a name collision, and it often sets my nick to Banazir_. Worse, it remembers this nick as the default until I set it back to Banazir manually. I don't seem to have this problem with mIRC and its variants. Any ideas?

  • 2. Set mIRC or Trillian to detect specific keywords in a chat room (IRC or AIM Exchange 5) and respond accordingly? For example, I'd like to detect "Test" by itself on a line and respond "Pass", or reply to "User: Hello" with "Hi, User". IIRC, there are many IRC and AIM bots already that do just ths; any idea where I can download such?

  • 3. Make mIRC or Trillian automatically sign back in when a network connection restored after an outage of hours? Currently, mIRC has a timeout of 50 attempts: after trying once per minute for 50 minutes, it stops trying. I would like to make it switch to one attempt per hour after the first 50 instead.



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Banazir

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chaosinaskirt
Jun. 5th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
# 2. Set mIRC or Trillian to detect specific keywords in a chat room (IRC or AIM Exchange 5) and respond accordingly? For example, I'd like to detect "Test" by itself on a line and respond "Pass", or reply to "User: Hello" with "Hi, User". IIRC, there are many IRC and AIM bots already that do just ths; any idea where I can download such?

I don't know about Trillian, but it's stupidly easy to do for mIRC.

on *:TEXT:Hello:#: { //msg $chan Hello, $nick! }

"on" signifies that it's event-based.

The first wildcard restricts levels (@* restricts it to just ops and iirc, %* restricts it to ops and half ops).

The TEXT tells mIRC wht kind of command to look for - there's also actions & joins, so you could set up auto-greets, or auto-responses to actions as well.

"Hello" is what you are looking for. Without wildcards, the line can contain only that

The pound sign restricts the response to just channels; you can have it respond that to everything in channels & private messages by switching it to * and just provate messages by switching it to ? - and specific channels, you just list then name(s), eg "#eztv, #bt"


The bit in the curly brackets is whatever you want to execute. Both //msg and .msg should allow you to execute msg statements. $chan and $nick are two of the scripting variables.

You can do fancier things, too. Like this is short 8ball script...

on *:TEXT:!8ball*:#:{
  /set %8ball $rand(1,6) 
  if (%8ball == 1) .msg $chan No!
  if (%8ball == 2) .msg $chan Yes!
  if (%8ball == 3) .msg $chan Maybe
  if (%8ball == 4) .msg $chan Of course
  if (%8ball == 5) .msg $chan Are you crazy?!
  if (%8ball == 6) .msg $chan How should I know?
}
chaosinaskirt
Jun. 5th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
# 3. File sharing and synchronization. Besides Unison, I haven't even found anything! Whatever happened to being able to map a network drive, even a Samba share from Linux? It worked fine in NT 4.0, even Win98 - what changed?

Um, it works fine for me... same methods, too. In fact, as we speak, I've got a password-protected network drive mapped from a Linux server mapped.
taiji_jian
Jun. 5th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
USB 2.0 - Yes, it is really true. With USB 1.0, the bottleneck is your USB connection. With USB 2.0, you may not actually be getting the 48 *MEGABYTE* per-second throughput they advertise, but the bottleneck is your hard-drive access time, not the USB connection. I bought a 5-port usb-2.0 hub pci-card just for my Archos Jukebox Recorder (20GB external USB drive / MP3 device).

As far as remote-desktopping, I don't do it all that often, since my XP box is adjacent to my ubuntu box. But, when I did mess around with it, I used VNC and VINO. I remember that it worked very well.

As far as Trillian - trillian just sucks man. Sorry. If you want the convenience and slick skin it brings, you will have to learn to accept the pain it creates.

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