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May 18, 2014

Windows SDK 8.1 ISO

Filed under: Windows — adeyblue @ 12:02 am

Microsoft don’t seem to offer a conglomerated ISO download for the current 8.1 SDK release, just a small web installer. Whether that’s a good or bad change is debatable, but the shift has left those who used to routinely download the ISO without penalty out in the cold. So here’s an ISO, or if you’d prefer, the d/l links to the individual files on MS’s website.

April 8, 2014

DefRawInputProc-rastinating Away

Filed under: Windows — adeyblue @ 2:36 am

The Raw Input function are, shall we say, tersely documented. There’s a single piece of sample code, dubious as is it, and generally enough description of the six or so main functions to grasp what they do and why you need them. But what about the seventh function? It’s a bit of a joker.

January 25, 2013

Plug in to CL’s Kitchen

Filed under: Code,Windows — adeyblue @ 1:09 am

It’s well known that Visual Studio’s C compiler hasn’t progressed much beyond C89, save for things like variadic macros. What might not be quite as well known is that there are tools out there to help, but they don’t integrate well into the IDE. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to integrate them directly into the compiling process to parse the source files as it goes? What isn’t well known is that you can do that, with compiler plugins.

October 17, 2012

Dropping Like Files – Zipping Without Libraries

Filed under: Code,Windows — adeyblue @ 6:46 pm

We haven’t been living under rocks. We know that since XP, Windows has had zip file extraction and creation. what it doesn’t have is a defined API so us normals can leverage it programmatically. But we have ways and means…

October 8, 2012

Things MS Can Do That They Don’t Tell You About – Console Graphics

Filed under: Code,Windows — adeyblue @ 4:06 am

CreateConsoleScreenBuffer: what a fabulous function. But wait a minute here. what’s that mysteriously reserved parameter for, and why is there a flags argument for one value with a weasely worded “only supported screen buffer type”? Sounds like there’s something else it can (or at least could) do…

June 28, 2012

Watching the Windows Go By

Filed under: Windows — adeyblue @ 2:57 am

Way back in the mysts o’ tyme, I told a tale of a little picture-in-picture / interactive zoom tool I was working on. Anyway, a whole year and 4 months later, it’s now available for you fine folks to download.

May 26, 2012

Process Thread Creation Notification – The Easy Way

Filed under: Code,Windows — adeyblue @ 3:22 am

We all know DlMain’s are called when a new thread is launched, but how do you get notifications if you can’t, or plain don’t want to use a dll. Find out how, and without hooking either.

January 17, 2012

Chroot-ing in Windows – As Easy as A:, B:, C:…

Filed under: Code,Windows — adeyblue @ 12:06 am

Linux people who have to work in Windows are often talking about the basic tools it has which are absent from Microsoft’s product. While recent developments of Windows are slowly catching up with variously featured versions of whoami, ln, cat, grep, ps and chmod, one app that’s so far evaded the conversion is chroot. Whatever the reason may be for its absence, it is definitely not because there’s is no support mechanism for it.

January 3, 2012

Bagging Some Property – Getting A User’s Picture Tile

Filed under: Code,Windows — adeyblue @ 3:50 am

It doesn’t sound like it should be so hard. I mean, the shell has managed to produce it every time you’ve logged on since Windows XP. MSDN even has a page dedicated to user profiles that includes a section on where it is and how its treated. It details that the users picture lives in their temp directory, except for most times when it doesn’t. The picture will turn up if you open the User Account control panel, but if you’re trying to grab it programatically, asking the user to open Control Panel and all that or even worse, opening it from your own code and killing the window just as quick aren’t fantastic solutions.

November 22, 2011

Hacking MatchAffinity For Fun, No Profit

Filed under: Code,Javascript — adeyblue @ 9:26 pm

We’ve all had a profile on a dating site, answered the truly nonsensical personality questions and then took a browse around at the talent on offer. The flakiest and cheapest of us stop there. The realisation that it’ll take an arm and a doughnut to see the faces of prospective partners, benefitial friends, or good time men/women is just too much.

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