BBS Update

It has been a while since I have posted anything.

I now have some more free time and will be adding more IGMs to the LORD game and doing more stuff to the BBS. I may also be moving the BBS outside of my home and to my externally hosted VMware setup, this should provide more stability, uptime and will also provide more bandwidth for everyone. Nothing will be affected by the move when it happens.

BBS has been moved and I have fixed a few links on the website for force into HTTPS mode.

Reddit Posts on Archaic Binary BBS

I have been asked on the BBS how I pulled reddit links into the BBS for callers to see. As you might know, I have been using RMLib to make some simple door utilities with C#.

My latest utility pulls some headlines from reddit, as well as showing recent activity on the board.

Here is the code that does this… I don’t want to release the full program source yet, as it has other stuff I need to finish up. Sorry.
Using this though you should be able to get a C# door running with RMLib.

WebClient w = new WebClient();
            string s = w.DownloadString("http://www.reddit.com/r/tech");
            string cleanString = "";
            string cleanURL = "";

            foreach (LinkItem i in LinkFinder.Find(s))
            {
                cleanString = Regex.Replace(i.Text.ToString(), @"[^\u0000-\u007F]", string.Empty);
                cleanURL = Regex.Replace(i.Href.ToString(), @"[^\u0000-\u007F]", string.Empty);
                Door.WriteLn(StringUtils.PadRight(cleanString, ' ', 57) + " | ");
                Door.WriteLn(StringUtils.PadRight(cleanURL, ' ', 57) + " | ");
                Door.WriteLn(StringUtils.PadRight(" ", ' ', 57) + " | ");
            }

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public struct LinkItem
        {
            public string Href;
            public string Text;

            public override string ToString()
            {
                return Text + Href;
            }
        }

static class LinkFinder
        {
            public static List<LinkItem> Find(string file)
            {
                List<LinkItem> list = new List<LinkItem>();
                int j = 0;

                MatchCollection m1 = Regex.Matches(file, @"(<a class=""title may-blank "".*?>.*?</a>)", RegexOptions.Singleline);

                foreach (Match m in m1)
                {
                    if (j <= 6)
                    {
                        string value = m.Groups[1].Value;
                        LinkItem i = new LinkItem();

                        Match m2 = Regex.Match(value, @"href=""(.*?)""", RegexOptions.Singleline);
                        if (m2.Success)
                        {
                            i.Href = m2.Groups[1].Value;

                        }

                        string t = Regex.Replace(value, @"\s*<.*?>\s*", "", RegexOptions.Singleline);
                        i.Text = t;

                        list.Add(i);
                        j++;
                    }
                }

                j = 0;
                return list;
            }
        }

Outlook Error: There was an error when printing started

Had this obscure error come up at work today on a Windows 7 machine running Outlook 2010. Only a specific email would not print.

Went through some google results and found the fix.

I deleted the file: “outlprnt” from C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook\

Restarted Outlook, all emails now print.

Windows 8.1 KB2919355 Failed

I got an error installing KB2919355 on a Windows 8.1 Pro clean install.

Most people can fix this error by doing the following in the console:

First

64bit: DISM /online /remove-package /packagename:Package_for_KB2919355~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.1.14
32bit: DISM /online /remove-package /packagename:Package_for_KB2919355~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.3.1.14
RT: DISM /online /remove-package /packagename:Package_for_KB2919355~31bf3856ad364e35~arm~~6.3.1.14

Second

DISM /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup

Third

DISM /online /cleanup-Image /restorehealth

After searching up the error and running through log files, running all of the commands Microsoft suggests, and all of the tools they suggest I run, I found the log file this update creates.

After digging through it, I found the line saying that the folder “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools” was missing. Well I remember that I removed this empty folder while cleaning up the Start Menu.

I recreated this empty folder and the update installed instantly. I believe this should re-create the folder automatically, but if your having this issue, check the folders.

Writing 32bit BBS Doors

I got a post on Archaic Binary BBS about how to write a BBS door.

Well I am fairly new to this still, and have only written two small 32bit BBS doors that I use on my own system.

Firstly I used a copy of Rick Parrish’s RMLib to write them, it’s not a very complete SDK or anything but it does give the basic IO functions we need for communication over the socket connection.

Then you need a IDE for C#. I suppose one of the best is Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2012 C# Express. It’s free and the project files worked for me.

If you can write in C# then you should be fine.

I have also attached the source code for a little door to help you. Remember my File Download door also comes with source you can check out.

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