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    Re: Cars we had, and now have

    Yeah, I see a lot of guys on YouTube get excited about restoring "barn finds" they they eventually have to admit defeat to.
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    Re: Musk buys Twitter

    I agree that Musk seems to have gone pretty limp on the deal after so much initial bluster. Maybe he just wanted to watch the media set the radical left's hair on fire again and watch them run in...
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    Re: What song are you listening to right now?

    https://youtu.be/cOeKidp-iWo
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    Re: Cars we had, and now have

    So nobody had a Lotus Seven like Patrick McGoohan's?


    https://youtu.be/MEB3fSvkM2w
  5. Re: ActiveX control debugging in Edge (after Internet Explorer has been removed in Ju

    Much of the technology that IE rides upon will remain intact for some time. So even if a day comes when you can't open IE, Edge in IE-mode ought to still be able to use Trident.

    If that finally...
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    Re: Gen X: The new punching bag?

    What we worried Gen Z's music taste would become:


    https://youtu.be/5HXBmgMHcBA


    The far grimmer reality:


    https://youtu.be/CiWuR8gWNUE
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    Re: read json file from

    This code makes several assumptions about the JSON document. But it shows how such simplistic documents can be rapidly parsed and dumps the tabular data into an ADO Recordset.


    Option Explicit
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    Re: Foreign Aid???

    Read the article and check the IRS site to verify the facts if you're paranoid.
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    Re: Foreign Aid???

    I thought so.
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    Re: How To Parse WMI Return

    DeviceName values are not unique.
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    Re: Foreign Aid???

    Who fed you that?

    Have you ever done your own tax return? If so you should be pretty conscious of the reduction you enjoy without reading anything. There is nothing in that article you can't...
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    Re: Foreign Aid???

    Trump Tax Brackets: Did Your Tax Rate Change?



    You can't reduce taxation and not incur more debt unless you also cut back spending.

    The middle and working classes both got tax relief and...
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    Re: Foreign Aid???

    https://youtu.be/37N-2b0Py8g

    But I guess when you hate the messenger the message can't be received.
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    Re: read json file from

    The file looks kind of ludicrous to be JSON at all, just simple tabular data. A tab-delimited file would be simpler, smaller, and much quicker to parse and use.

    Because it is so simplistic though...
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    Re: Gen X: The new punching bag?

    I guess I think my point was that we can easily bring abuse upon ourselves by taking an overly critical stance against others. Where "others" can be any line in the sand we try to draw between...
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    Gen X: The new punching bag?

    With the Baby Boom generation retiring, and for that matter dying off more rapidly by the day, who's culture is left to whiz on? Are will Baby Boom graves remain a viable target for some time to...
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    Re: Musk buys Twitter

    The good news is that more average people are taking a peek behind the curtain and questioning that which scuttles in the darkness behind the thin veil.


    https://youtu.be/Osji1ChOl2U

    This...
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    Re: Stuff to watch

    Ahh, Cotyar. Badass as James Bond. Gritty as Jason Bourne. Just a man, with a man's courage.

    Here's a tribute somebody edited together.

    Careful: spoilers.


    https://youtu.be/6ajO_Sf4gwE
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    Re: Foreign Aid???

    China? China?


    https://youtu.be/ttUPUFtC4BU
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    Re: Musk buys Twitter

    Well, I guess one of the messages in "The Day The Earth Stood Still" was the difficulty of having even-handed gatekeepers.

    Extra-terrestrial societies felt strongly enough about it to turn...
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    Re: [RESOLVED] VB.Variant vs C#.Object

    Program counters are pretty fundamental since they are used as the instruction-fetch index. They aren't always simple counters though.

    I think it was the IBM 650 that used a magnetic drum as...
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    Re: Foreign Aid???

    Those all sound worthy to me. I'm not opposed to government support and could imagine both cash and kind (food, medical supplies, care). Add in private support through charities to help fill out...
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    Re: Musk buys Twitter

    Don't we all want less censorship?
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    Re: [RESOLVED] CreateIcon vs GDI Scaling

    That seems to have done the trick.

    Even cutting out icons from a "PNGstrip" or "PNGsheet" with multiple small images stitched together as a large source bitmap seems to produce pretty good results...
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    Re: CreateIcon vs GDI Scaling

    Looks fine at 200% DPI as well.

    Perhaps somebody can correct me: I think CreateBitmap() produces a DIB (or I guess I really mean DIBSection?), but maybe the result is still a Bitmap that has some...
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    Re: CreateIcon vs GDI Scaling

    Whew, that looks good:


    Option Explicit

    'Form has Picture1, a PictureBox that is borderless and invisible.

    Private Const WIN32_NULL As Long = 0
    Private Const WIN32_TRUE As Long = 1
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    Re: CreateIcon vs GDI Scaling

    Well how tragic!

    Using 2 DIBs instead of Bitmaps to get around the double-mag problem does work... however the resulting icon has a 1-pixel fringe of "almost black" around it on outer edges (any...
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    Re: CreateIcon vs GDI Scaling

    BTW: Creating an icon via ImageList.ListImages.ExtractIcon() calls works as desired without double-magnifying.
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    Re: CreateIcon vs GDI Scaling

    Could be a bug, or something. Perhaps Microsoft missed a test case and so this slipped through.

    But when I was playing with it I found another source of anomalous behavior. It was quirky, but in...
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    Re: CreateIcon vs GDI Scaling

    But the "trick" is to get Windows to take care of scaling for you and even adjust it for you when the user drags the Form between multiple monitors with different DPI settings.

    That trick already...
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    Re: CreateIcon vs GDI Scaling

    I'm not sure what WIC brings to the table or where unsupported versions of Windows fit into the picture. They don't even have GDI Scaling as an option for High DPI remediation. The feature didn't...
  32. Thread: 2000 Mules

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    Re: 2000 Mules

    You have to be careful with light humor. You screw in that bulb that projects a Bozo face on the ceiling and then next thing you know Atticus is running for the door due to his clown phobia.
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    Re: Musk buys Twitter

    That's pretty funny.

    Chocolate smeared all over your hands and around your mouth yet you claim you didn't get into the candy.

    Worse yet, you seem to honestly believe your own spin. I may as...
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    Re: CreateIcon vs GDI Scaling

    Huh. I may have just solved the problem for myself by posting that most recent example program.

    It works ok even though it uses GDI+ (via WIA 2.0) for loading the PNG. So perhaps using GDI+,...
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    Re: CreateIcon vs GDI Scaling

    If you are wondering why anyone would want to do this, there are several reasons.


    1.) Using alpha-channel PNG image resources for things like toolbars and buttons which can be a cheap way to...
  36. Re: Code in Form vs code in Module ? Why one more the other ?

    Friend methods on an early-bound Class instance should be faster than Public methods too. Not enough to support decorating everything you can as Friend, but enough to be useful in rare tight-loop...
  37. Re: Code / Ocx / Dll for create / use mdi forms in a tabbed way ?

    Why not just use a non-MDI parent Form, and then combine use of a TabStrip control on it along with instances of one or more UserControls to replace MDI Child Forms?

    All of that is well supported...
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    Re: CreateIcon vs GDI Scaling

    BTW - Loading an icon via CreateIconFromResourceEx(), or even loading a PNG image, works just fine at various DPI settings under GDI Scaling:


    Option Explicit

    'Form has Picture1, a PictureBox...
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    Re: Can't use Option Explicit

    What is the data type of driver.System.ControlMode?

    Most likely it is Integer, Long, or maybe Byte? Perhaps even Single or Double? If so, just assign 0 and be done.

    If String assign...
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    Re: Current Russia Ukraine tensions

    That video from Contro TV above ignores a number of issues.

    These fall mainly into the answers to the question: "Why now?"

    There are at least two major answers why. One is the demographic...
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