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In reworking this page (3-2017) I have updated some of my programs and interests. I am currently updating the entire site to this new format -- which is in fact new to me also. The previous site was just HTML -- but this current set of pages is now in the newer HTML5 -- the fifth and current version of the HTML standard. I had to learn how to program cascading spread sheets. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a simple mechanism for adding style (e.g., fonts, colors, spacing) to Web documents. It was a struggle but I feel like it came out fairly good.

As an old VB6 programer I have put up some of my programs for the public to enjoy.

Note--You may think that old programs die off when the operating systems change -- but that is not entirely true. I find that all of my old programs work -- on PCs anyway as they are written to be used in Windows. Oddly enough the operating systems have gone from win95 right up to the current Win10 and all of the executable VB6 programs still work -- with some issues depending on the complexity. The main complexity issue I have found is in the support of the dimensioning of variables and the size of listindexes and similar components. Here are a few of the VB6 progams -- they should just work in any recent windows application. Known issues will be detailed. The VB6 programs used to have an installer package -- that may not work -- note I am talking only about the actual .exe programs -- hand installed along with their required extra components (most don't have any). But some like the Solver Program below need a dictionary. The picture files and all the internal components of the VB6 programs are somehow rolled into the .exe file created by the VB6 IDE.

Jumbleword--Crossword--Cryptoquote Solver Program.

Clicking on the above link will open a separate page on this jewel I wrote many years ago. ------------------

File Info -- Program (a program that will list the contents of windows file directories). 

Note -- clicking on the above link will download the file to your download directory. It should just be placed in a directory of your choosing. You can create a shortcut link to it and put the link on your desktop -- or just click on the file in your directory when you need it. It will list the details of your drives (such as ID numbers -- you may never have known they had such things). Usually I just use the last listing option -- lists only -- and create a text file I can search -- for my videos for example. The other options will make a listing with all of the available info on the files -- creation date, modification date, size, etc. (in CSV format?). If for some reason it does not run -- read the info in the Jumble-UnJumble page and load and install the vb6 dll run file. I expect the program to run for many years into the future -- until the API is significantly modified -- an unlikely event.
In running this program recently I made an interesting discovery about the windows recycling procedure. I had made a mistake and saved some web pages as .html when I intended to save them as .htm -- browsers are fairly picky. But since the win7 machine did not allow me to look at the actual extension I ran my program to see the real filename extension. The win7 explorer actually shows both extensions as possible but does not specify the exact extension used -- exasperating. In any case my editor allowed me to rename them to .htm and as I saved them -- surprise -- it did not mention an existing file. The explorer folder listing showed only one with the just saved name. But my FileInfo.exe program showed both -- and several more I thought I had deleted with similar names. Apparently when windows allows you to delete a file it leaves the deleted file as some type of hidden file in the directory. FileInfo.exe will show those files -- I went to the recycle bin and permanently deleted them to finally get them out of the directory. So as an added bonus you could use my program for forensics -- the price is still free.

Works in Progress

TI Collectibles: A program that will allow others to create their own stand-alone web pages for books and collectibles. It will allow you to take the info you collect -- pics and text -- for a ebay ad -- and create a permanent html page. The page created on ebay is ephemeral -- that is it exists only for a short time -- perhaps a month or so. When you do a google search and find ebay sales items matching your search -- I suspect these are somehow elevated to the google search by ebay. But if you create a non-ephemeral page -- it may take some time but most search engines will eventually find it and it will show up in a google or other search engine. For now I am just creating the program -- eventually though I intend to search out the details of SEO and see how much effort is involved in making the pages sort higher in search engines. Note that a detailed search -- in quotes -- of something specific in the text will make your page show up -- without paying for optimization.

BarCode Applications: I made program years ago to create our own bar code labels. The label would be created and printed out in a sheet -- 6 or 8 per sheet. The intention was to have a slip of paper to put into our books for sale. I will be using the procedures again to make a barcode on each book selling page. Eventually a system using a database or excel would allow matching up books with the selling books. We have multiple copies of some books and something like this is necessary. The barcode I used was 3of9 as I recall and you can actually embed more than just numbers and letters. My application made the barcode print out a ten digit ID number but also printed the title of the book in the code -- easily readable with a scanner.
In the manner of the fileinfo program above -- a discovery about a windows flaw was uncovered. The program when running on an older machine -- an xp with limited memory -- will just skip printing some or all of the numbers. Windows has a uniquely selfish system of priorities that -- instead of just slowing down and taking some time to finish tasks -- it will just skip parts of it. A similar flaw that you may have noticed is in the speech to text applications on phones. If you get too far ahead of the translation program -- parts of the words you spoke will just be dropped. I struggled with the program thinking I had made an error before I realized that I had to close all other programs so no priority issues arose. Even now when I am editing videos I have learned to disconnect the internet so that the programs installed on the computer -- especially updates like the windows system ones -- do not occur. My programs would always have a lower priority. In addition to these priority issues -- the quality of your printer turns out to be significant. Most inkjet printers will not generate the resolutin needed for the scanner -- but a laser printer will make them perfect.

Source Code: I have created over the years a large number of VB6 programs -- some for the tropical fish business and others for my work in supporting the production of a disposable transducer for Abbott Labs years ago. Some are VB6 and others or in HP's Rocky Mountain Basic. I acually have a couple of the old Viper cards that put into the slots of the really old computers -- allow the HP programming to work.
If I find the time in my old age I might try setting them up to run. I may list some of the source code here -- for download.

HTLM Source Code: I have created this version of my web page. I searched for a free template that I liked -- kind of difficult as most are not as readable as I wanted. The text on this page is all in bold to make it easier to read. The color schemes for most web applications are a kind of gray text on a white or gray background. Finding out how to modify the style sheets and html to get a more readable style was my goal. Did I succeed? The original template html was really narrow in width -- it took me a while to figure out how to make it this wide. Feel free to download this page and make you own webpages using this template. You can just right click on the page -- anywhere -- and save it to your download page. A folder will be created with the image files needed -- it will have the name of this webpage followed by _files. The actual html will be saved along with it. As long as the image file folder is in the same directory -- clicking on the html (in this case programming.htm) will regenerate the page you are looking at. When I created this page the image files are in a file called PageFiles (looking at the source code in your browser will show you that). To truly recreate the page and code you use a text editor and do a find and replace for the file location the browser put into the saved code. This would be 'PageFiles' for the 'programming.htm_files' in each place it is found. Rename the 'programming.htm_files' folder to 'PageFiles' and you are there.
If you don't want to do the find and replace -- just right click on the page and select 'view source code' -- copy the code into an editor and save it as 'programming.htm'. Then just rename the image folder to 'PageFiles'
The colors for the header, footer, and page body are also in the files folder along with the CSS file -- in this case the ubiquitous 'style.css'. Change the colors -- but not the dimensions -- of the color pic files to suit yourself. Be careful with changes to header titles and id phrases -- as you may have problems. I found an odd formatting requirement in html that caused me some grief before I woke up. On a comment line for all other programming languages I have ever used -- the comment code at the beginning of the line is all that is required. For example a ! or an * and the rest of the line is handled as a comment. In this version of html a '!--' starts the comment line (after the left arrow) but instead of just closing it with a right arrow -- two dashes then the right arrow is required. Strange things happen if you forget. And of course putting any arrows in your text (other than a complete html code) will generate grief.
I am reminded of what Joseph Campbell once said about computers -- “Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.”

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