Piyono

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  1. I'm breaking my head trying to figure out how to write an expression to validate email addresses typed into an MS Access form. Anyone? Piyono
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    Drive-sicle

    I opend the rear driver-side door of my car this morning to find my portable HD staring up at me from the back seat. I'm a trusting sod, and I rarely lock my car doors. Still, I don't like to tempt fate by leaving my valuables open to theft. I hereby sentence myself to a life of making an effort to remembering stuff. Sure would have made for a good data-loss story, though -- if of different nature. Anyway, my drive wasn't simply just outside, it was outside in the -20ºC Toronto winter night. Can cold temps damage a drive? Should I let the drive return to room temperature before powering it up? Piyono
  3. I've been looking for a way to record phone calls for a while, using either hardware or software. On the software front, all I've found so far is Call Corder, which doesn't seem to work with any of the modems I have. In hardware, JK Audio makes several devices that do exactly what I want, but they're quite expensive. Even their most basic model is US$60. I'm wondering if anyone's been more successful in this endeavor than I've been so far. As well, I'm interested in building my own handset tap like the JK model I linked to above. I can't imagine it's terribly complicated, but I'd need some schematics, which I can't find on Google. Piyono
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    Recording Telephone Calls

    C'mon, I know you guys are recording your phone calls! Piyono
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    Rounded IDE cables

    Just a thought: Even a moderate twist pitch requires far more than 18" of wire to achieve the same overal length as a straight cable. Does that translate into an unfavorable tradeoff between cable length and data integrity? Piyono
  6. That's what I suspected. Thanks! Piyono
  7. I have a computer with an XP partition that nobody uses, and I want to wipe it out and reclaim the space. Right now, Win98 is on partition 1 and XP is on partition 2, both are primary partitions. I'm using a standard boot.ini file for OS selection. If I simply wipe out the XP partition or merge it with the Win98 partition will I encounter any trouble booting? Here's the content of my boot.ini file, in case it helps: [boot loader] timeout=10 default=C: [operating systems] C:="Microsoft Windows" multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect Piyono
  8. Really? That's it? Piyono
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    modded soundcard for better sound

    Well, there are some semi/pro cards (with onboard AD/DA) that are held in very high regard by many a reviewer; the Lynx Two for example. I've never used this card so for all I know the hype may just be marketing bunk, but I like to give folks the benefit of the doubt. Piyono
  10. It's official: I'm an idiot. I had entered the wrong DSN names. I looked at them about a billion times in the past few hours but it never hit me. See, I thought that the DSN names, as they appear in the Data Sources list, were just pointers or aliases, and that the file you select in the configuration was the reference point. Ooops. I changed the DSN entries and it worked immediately. Piyono
  11. I'm heading to a tradeshow on Sunday, taking with me a laptop to run a local version of the company's website. We've done this before a couple of times and it works for our purposes. However, we always run into the same problem after configuring IIS -- the index page loads, but none of the links from that page work. Usually we call the web programmer and he fixes it with a couple of keystrokes. However I'm here all alone and am quite anxious to do it now. The site is all ASP-based and running off an Access DB. To load the home page I type http://localhost/ into the browser. That works. When I click on any link I get an IE error page with this message: It seems to be a DB error. Line 15 of giftreg_login.asp reads: Login.ActiveConnection = MM_dsnless_STRING I don't know if I'm supplying the right information to solve this puzzle, but it's the best I can do with my limited knowledge on the matter. Anyone? Piyono
  12. Ok, I corrected a few mistyped path names and now the home page loads up. Thanks for the help. However, now I can't access any of the pages that require a login. I get this message: I've checked the path names and DSN settings umpteen times. I have no idea why this isn't working. BTW, there's no "global.xxx" file, Frank. The site has a folder called "connections" which contains files called "dnsless.asp" and two other files which specify MDB files. The files specified point to actual files on the hard drive. I though it might be a case sensitivity thing but every character matches up. I'm stumped, I tell ya. Piyono
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    modded soundcard for better sound

    Interesting. It's stereo, so I'd imagine it comes in an 8-pin DIP package, right? ...Ah, indeed it does. Just checked Burr-Brown's site. Should be easy enough to solder. What's the cost per piece? I wonder if my Delta1010 could benefit from a similar upgrade. I'm ashamed to admit that I've never cracked it open to see what lurks within, but knowing how companies like buying components en masse, I wouldn'tbe surprised if the two cards used the same OpAmp. Thanks for the tip! Piyono
  14. I have several large backup jobs that won't fit on once CD. I don't like having to manually choose which files and folders to put on which CD. Rather, I'd like a piece of software that can do split the data up for me. Nero won't do this, and neither, will ECDC 5. What will?
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    Opinion on monitor wanted

    -Nishiki: I bought a Samsung 957MB to replace the Viewsonic. So far I like it far better. Piyono
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    Opinion on monitor wanted

    -Nishiki: I hate it. The dots were the size of golf balls and the geometry was atrocious. Color saturation was nice, but that's about the only thing it's got going for it. Piyono
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    Opinion on monitor wanted

    My two cents? Viewsonic is the pits. I renegged on my first oath never to buy Viewsonic again and I paid for it in time and frustration. I loathe Viewsonic's monitors. That's not to say that I'm not willing to put my convictions on the table every couple of years or so; I'm a reasonable bloke. Piyono
  18. For the last few weeks one of my email accounts has been recieving returned email error message to the tune of hundreds a day. It seems that someone's computer is sending out Klez-infected files with my account in the return address field. I've AV'd every computer I have access to using the latest virus definitions but none are infected. The messages are mostly bounced back from undeliverable addresses and some are from AV programs running on the recieving end. The IPs on the former fall into the range of my ISP's mail server, while the latter come from the recipient's server -- apparantly most of the messgaes going out are to bogus addresses but some do get through. How do I go about finding out the source? Piyono
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    Drive-sicle

    Incidentally, if drives can't operate at sub-zero temperatures, what do people do for computers in, say, Antarctica? There are, after all, scientists working outdoors down there, right? What do they do for storage? Piyono
  20. It's ok... I found software called NTI Backup NOW!. I DL'd the trial and it's pretty much exactly what I had in mind. Thanks, Piyono
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    I'm Being Mailbombed

    Dingo, that's what I figured. It's still annoying, though. Is there no way to trace the offending computer? Piyono
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    I'm Being Mailbombed

    No, you're all misunderstanding -- the messages I'm getting are not from the attacking computer but from the mail servers of the target computers, defending themselves. All the emails are from "Mail Administrator" or "System Administrator" or "Postmaster". Their anti-virus software is stopping the attackers messages and returning them to [/i]me[/i]... even though my computer is not the perpetrator See? Piyono
  23. I seem to have fallen into the habbit of locking myself out of my password-protected files; mainly Word documents and ZIP/RAR archives. My efforts to find free password recover software on the 'net have yeilded nothing. Has anyone got the skinny on some such freeware? Piyono