July 27th, 2009

Interesting (Albeit Annoying) Behavior

There was an issue with empty spaces being left in the taskbar when using tclock2 that I mentioned a while back. It shows up when you have, say, Notepad, Paint, and a command prompt opened, then close Paint. An empty space will be left there instead of the command prompt icon moving over. It turns out there's more to that though, in that if you middle-click the empty space, Windows sees it as you either wanting to shut down or log off. Normally that wouldn't be so bad, but if you cancel the log-off / shutdown prompt, explorer.exe crashes, and for some reason when it goes down, it takes gdi++, Executor, tclock2, and pretty much the rest of my startup programs with it. Possibly VisualTaskTips as well, but I'm not about to test that theory. An easy fix would be to add the commands required for terminating then opening those applications again to the batch file I made, but I'll get to that after this entry at soonest. Also, the other more fussy batch script I cobbled together to check if Firefox is running before tclock2 starts does not do that after all. It simply pauses for a minute before opening tclock2.exe, and the only thing you need to do for the taskbar to become "iconized" is make sure at least one program (not a folder) is open before that minute is up. That amounts to a waste of time that's too far past to do anything about now, but at least replacing those scripts if I ever need to reinstall XP again will be easier.

It's actually fun how I can have the presence of mind to work that out right now, meanwhile I'm actually quite tired, which is likely due in no small part to the heat today. I got a decent sleep (and in doing so, had one dream where I actually had a whole suit to go along with my giant tail, except the face of the head was cut out so you could see mine, then also other interesting ones that I can't remember anymore), and didn't really feel tired when I woke up, but now I am. One also might propose that my tiredness is due to it being 5am, but in any case, I've made it this far, and I can go at least one more hour.

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It seems it's time to call it a night again though. Our (or at least my) internet connection has slowed to a crawl, and instead of just waiting and waiting and waiting a little bit more after that for pages to load, I'm going to go to sleep and see if it's faster when I wake up. Checking to see if anything came in the mail too, but that's a given. Right after I leave myself a note to fix that batch script, that is~