Automated System Utilities and More--This Week's Top Freeware Picks!

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Cannonade

I rebuilt my installer using the large string version of NSIS and it is no longer reproducable.

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Cannonade

 Just a follow up for my last post.  I finally found the cause of the path bug that happened to at least one user of my software.  This was a bug in the NSIS installer code available through the NSIS wiki.  For system path greater than 1024 characters, the path would be truncated.  You can find discussion of the problem here:

http://bit.ly/lwEi9

I am very dissapointed that this code was available through the NSIS wiki, but hadn't been properly tested.  The post on this comment log is the only place I found an affected user, so hopefully this problem didn't affect too many people.

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Cannonade

I am the author of the Electoral College Screensaver and offer my humble apologies for the system path bug that you encounted.  I can only imagine how irritating that must have been. 

The system path append code is part of the NSIS library and I assumed that it was bug free.  Unfortunately it wasn't .  I have put some special handling in my installer to check for this case.   I can only assure you that this case was the exception and that most users didn't encounter the fault, which is the reason I missed it.  It certainly wasn't anything deliberately malicious, though I imagine how it may have seemed that way.

 I don't imagine many people will be downloading the screensaver now the Election is over, but I thought I should fix the problem regardless ....

 Again,  my apologies and I hope your system path wasn't too difficult to rebuild.  Please contact me if there is anything I can do to help.

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SteveCamper

It wipes out your complete path environment variable when you install it so all those other nice paths that have been added properly by other programs and windows itself are GONE!  I am trying to figure out how to recover my path but I think I am hooped!

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winmaster

Aren't you supposed to be done working for the magazine or something. Did they forget to turn off your onling article writing rights, and have yet to relize that you are still posting articles. Or are you being phased out slowly, starting with the podcast, then the mag, then online?

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Keith E. Whisman

I can't seem to get the Screen saver up and running. I'm running Win Vista SP1 64bit.  All I can find is the option to uninstall the software.

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Lighsword

 I love this section! I'm finding all sorts of great applications, keep up the good work!

Currently, it is a race between programmers trying to create bigger and better idiot proof programs and the universe trying to create better idiots. So far the universe is winning; Mac users are proof of this fact. :-P Just Kidding! :-D

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billysundays

These software picks features you guys have been posting have been great, but do you guys at MacPC have any prefered online bandwidth monitoring software. I think its relevant with all the recent hubbub over ISPs (Comcast) implementing bandwidth caps.

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soccer1105

I like how the presidential polling screensaver comes up now... a day before the election.  very useful guys, thanks.

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WindowsXP

I like it but the flashing lights all around are very annoying.

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SteveCamper

Are ya?  How's that other job thing working out for ya?  When are you going to make a guest appearance on the podcast?

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nekollx

but can AMP power on your computer on a timer as well?

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Digital-Storm

Can you run your favorite apps while the computer is off? No.

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nekollx

that's a fecetiou sargument. I mean it's not impraticaly to ask if something can do remote boot, and remote boot is worlds different from running firefox with the system off

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