Unregistering a COM DLL

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  • Jason Mauss 2004-06-03 12:03
    And that guy is a &quot;Senior&quot; Windows Developer? At least he didn't just flat out lie to you about what he did, like the people I have to give support to do. <br> <br>&quot;No, it's case sensitive...it needs to be in all caps.&quot; <br> <br>I did put it in all caps. <br> <br>&quot;Let me look then.&quot; <br> <br>... <br> <br>&quot;Yeah, you've got lower case letters there. Capitalize them.&quot;
  • winwar 2004-06-03 12:11
    Someone at my work gets messed up about slash/forward slash and back slash too.
  • Psychotic Rambler 2004-06-03 23:20
    The 'forward slash vs. backslash' part is *almost* excusable. The first time. <br> <br>I sincerely hope the 'Hooray!' was out loud.
  • Psychotic Rambler 2004-06-03 23:21
    The 'forward slash vs. backslash' part is *almost* excusable. The first time. <br> <br>I sincerely hope the 'Hooray!' was out loud.
  • Psychrotic Rambler 2004-06-03 23:22
    Yeah, double-post. Gotta love it.
  • David Cumps 2004-06-08 16:51
    Call everything a 'slash', the user has to figure out which one it is ;) if it doesn't work, try the other one
  • cablito 2004-08-04 14:31
    &lt;quote&gt;Call everything a 'slash', the user has to figure out which one it is ;) if it doesn't work, try the other one &lt;/quote&gt; <br> <br>Users who can&#180;t figure out when to use the right 'slash' should just be shot in public; or have their licenses to operate computers revogued.
  • 2004-12-21 15:45
    <P><FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #efefef">At a company I worked at we had this issue of slashes</FONT></P>
    <P><FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #efefef"></FONT>&nbsp;</P>
    <P><FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #efefef">and began calling the backslash&nbsp; wack</FONT></P>
    <P><FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #efefef"></FONT>&nbsp;</P>
    <P><FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #efefef">so a server location would be stated as </FONT></P>
    <P><FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #efefef"></FONT>&nbsp;</P>
    <P><FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #efefef">wack wack test zero one wack output</FONT></P>
    <P><FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #efefef">\\test01\output</FONT></P>
    <P><FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #efefef"></FONT>&nbsp;</P>
  • 2005-01-04 21:40
    I've found that all to often ther is little difference between "senior" and "noob" ;)
  • 2005-01-09 08:59
    I picked up a habit from an old boss of calling backslash "slosh" - so
    / is slash and \ is slosh.&nbsp; Makes sense.&nbsp; I extended it so
    that underscore is "dosh" - so - is dash and _ is dosh.&nbsp; Also
    makes sense.&nbsp; But why not go further?&nbsp; ~ is twiddle, so ` is
    twoddle; ! is bang, so ? is bong (even kind of looks like one...); and
    so on, ad infinitum.<br>
    <br>
    And incidentally, quite unrelated to the above: "square bracket" and
    "angle bracket" take too long to say, so [ and ] are squackets, and
    &lt; and &gt; (in languages like C++ that use them that way) are ackets.<br>
    <br>
    But &amp; is always ampersand; read about Intercal to learn why!<br>
  • JamesCurran 2005-01-10 13:12
    <P>
    :
    And incidentally, quite unrelated to the above: "square bracket" and "angle bracket" take too long to say, so [ and ] are squackets, and &lt; and &gt; (in languages like C++ that use them that way) are ackets.
    </P>
    <P>Now, listen carefully, I'm onlyu gonna explain this once:</P>
    <P>[ and ] are "Brackets" because the hard angles are represented by the hard K.</P>
    <P>{ and } are "Braces" because the soft curves are represented by the soft C &amp; S.</P>
  • Stan Rogers 2005-01-10 13:40
    Actually, braces look more like a "Y" and are used to support one's
    trousers (as an alternative to a belt). Brackets, on the other hand,
    are generally used to support shelving rather than trousers.<br>
  • Blue 2005-01-10 16:30
    Stan Rogers:
    Actually, braces look more like a "Y" and are used to support one's
    trousers (as an alternative to a belt). Brackets, on the other hand,
    are generally used to support shelving rather than trousers.<br>
    <br>
    <br>
    When you say "bracing one's trousers", are you referring to what we call "Suspenders" in america?<br>
    <br>
    <br>
  • Stan Rogers 2005-01-10 16:50
    P'raps, but most of the English-speaking world uses "suspenders" to
    refer to what y'all call "garters" -- something to keep one's stockings
    from becoming embarrassing anklets. (That applies to both the
    just-below-the-knee dealies men use to keep their socks up and the belt
    &amp; hook contraption worn by ladies to keep their unmentionables from
    being mentioned.)<br>
  • Blue 2005-01-10 17:06
    Stan Rogers:
    P'raps, but most of the English-speaking world uses "suspenders" to
    refer to what y'all call "garters" -- something to keep one's stockings
    from becoming embarrassing anklets. (That applies to both the
    just-below-the-knee dealies men use to keep their socks up and the belt
    &amp; hook contraption worn by ladies to keep their unmentionables from
    being mentioned.)<br>
    <br>
    <br>
    Most interesting!<br>
    <br>
    What can I say, we americans like to twist everything just a little
    bit.&nbsp; Sometimes it's a real stretch (like the word "Faggot").<br>
    <br>
    So, the device that you hold your pants up with is called a "Brace",
    are they referred to as "Braces", or is that just how you were
    describing what action it performs?<br>
    <br>
    If so, how do you distinguish between that device and the device one uses to straighten one's teeth?<br>
    <br>
    <br>
  • Stan Rogers 2005-01-10 17:14
    One holds trousers up with "braces" -- always plural. (Unless one of
    the buttons/clips has become unfastened, in which case it might be fair
    to say that the trousers are being held up by a single brace -- but
    that would definitely be non-standard usage, both of English and of
    braces.) <br>
    <br>
    A singular "brace" is (of course) a pair of something (usually, the
    unfortunate victims of a hunting expedition), as one would expect in a
    language like English, a device used to turn a bit (as for drilling
    holes), or a prop of some sort. Othodonture appliances are also
    "braces" (plural). It may be singular, but I think the device would
    have to be installed 'pon a single tooth -- and I just don't see how
    that would work at all. (See "non-standard usage", above.)<br>
  • Stan Rogers 2005-01-10 17:16
    Oh -- in order to distinguish between the braces your grandfather wears
    and the braces your teenaged daughter wears: one is worn attached to
    the waistband of a pair of trousers and arranged in a criss-cross
    fashion over the shoulders, and the other is worn almost completely
    inside the mouth.<br>
  • Blue 2005-01-10 17:20
    Quite interesting indeed.&nbsp; I looked up "suspenders" and "braces"
    at mirriam-webster (www.m-w.com), which DID mention the "British"
    version of suspenders and defined it as you had, but did not do the
    same for "braces" (ie, no "British" definition referring to the
    American "suspenders").&nbsp; <br>
    <br>
    There are probably many online dictionaries (or at least word lists)
    that translate between American English and Everyone Else's English,
    but I tend to stick with authoritative sources and am too lazy to find
    an authoritative one for this. :)<br>
    <br>
    <br>
  • Stan Rogers 2005-01-10 17:31
    When in doubt, ask a Canadian. We didn't get mad at the Muvver Country
    and stop listening to them back in the late eighteenth century, and we
    watch your television all day every day. Oh -- both of you seem to
    think there's something wrong with the way we do English, so we
    probably have it just about right....<br>
  • Blue 2005-01-10 17:44
    Stan Rogers:
    When in doubt, ask a Canadian. We didn't get mad at the Muvver Country
    and stop listening to them back in the late eighteenth century, and we
    watch your television all day every day. Oh -- both of you seem to
    think there's something wrong with the way we do English, so we
    probably have it just about right....<br>
    <br>
    <br>
    It seems as though English (and its variants) inspire as many WTFs as VB does?<br>
    <br>
    Sounds like we might need a new forum (other than side-bar) for language-related WTFs...<br>
    <br>
    (VB Programmers: Just kidding!&nbsp; You should know me by now.)<br>
    <br>
  • 2005-01-10 17:48
    In England we have the Oxford Dictionary - this is where real English is defined.<br>
    <br>
    I searched braces and here's the resultant page:<br>
    http://www.askoxford.com/results/?view=searchresults&amp;freesearch=braces&amp;branch=&amp;textsearchtype=exact<br>
    <br>
    notice that suspenders are on the list.<br>
    <br>
    Jolly good show and all that!<br>
  • HeapMalloc 2005-01-27 22:07
    :
    <p><font style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">At a company I worked at we had this issue of slashes</font></p>

    <p>&nbsp;<font style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">and began calling the backslash&nbsp; wack</font></p>

    <p>&nbsp;<font style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">so a server location would be stated as </font></p>

    <p>&nbsp;<font style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">wack wack test zero one wack output</font></p>

    <p><font style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">\\test01\output</font><br>
    </p>
    <br>
    <br>
    Hrm... I've seen that practive here... maybe here is your there?&nbsp; <br>
    <br>
    All too often I see lots and lots of people get confused with their
    slashes.&nbsp; I sometime have to end up pointing the key out to
    them.&nbsp;[:|] <br>
  • CannonFodda 2005-01-28 11:36
    <P>I think a much easier term is left-slash/right-slash. As in the left hand side of the keyboard, and the right hand side of the keyboard.</P>
    <P>This came about when trying to teach my father to change a directory in an address bar. His reply to my statement of ''back-slash, Back-slash, BACK-SLASH!!! That one there, THAT ONE!'' was quite simply...</P>
    <P>&nbsp;</P>
    <P>''Why the F@#! is that one a back-slash and that one&nbsp;isn't!''</P>
    <P>&nbsp;</P>
    <P>Which I thought was a very valid point. Which leads me to this...</P>
    <P>...Why are they called forward-slash and back-slash???</P>
  • JamesCurran 2005-01-28 16:18
    <P>
    CannonFodda:
    ...Why are they called forward-slash and back-slash???
    </P>
    <P>They aren't.</P>
    <P>They're "slash" and "back-slash".</P>
    <P>The slash is used in normal English writing and has been around for hundreds of years.&nbsp; The backslash was probably invented in the last 50 years, is used only computer geeks, and named because it's the slash backwards. </P>
    <P>On my keyboard, they are both on the right.</P>
  • Foon 2005-01-30 19:23
    <P>
    :
    And that guy is a "Senior" Windows Developer? At least he didn't just flat out lie to you about what he did, like the people I have to give support to do. <BR><BR>"No, it's case sensitive...it needs to be in all caps." <BR><BR>I did put it in all caps. <BR><BR>"Let me look then." <BR><BR>... <BR><BR>"Yeah, you've got lower case letters there. Capitalize them."
    </P>
    <P>Sigh. People who think you can negotiate with or deceive <EM>things</EM>. The physical universe. Comes from all that religion of course - the idea that if you kiss God's ass hard enough then he will suspend the laws of nature on your behalf.</P>
  • merreborn 2006-02-10 16:40
    CannonFodda:

    <p>...Why are they called forward-slash and back-slash???</p>
    <br><br><br>I always figured the "normal" slash was the one used for typing/writing fractions.<br><br>1/2, 3/4, and so on.&nbsp; This is the only slash we use in standard non-computer-based writing.<br><br>Since / is then the normal slash, \ is naturally the back slash.<br><br>Of course, if you grew up typing rather than writing, it seems a little less obvious.<br>
  • GoatCheez 2006-02-10 16:57
    Anonymous:
    <quote>Call everything a 'slash', the user has to figure out which one it is ;) if it doesn't work, try the other one </quote>
    <br>
    <br>Users who can´t figure out when to use the right 'slash' should just be shot in public; or have their licenses to operate computers revogued.
    <br><br>Yup. It's all just slash... H T T P colon slash slash. C colon slash. regsvr32 slash you.<br><br>If a "senior" programmer needs to be told that / is used for switches in dos, then they aren't "senior", and need to be demoted to "script kiddie". And even then, it's a generous demotion... Something more along the lines of "data input drone" is probably better suited for him.<br>
  • John Hensley 2006-02-11 01:34
    Sorry about the old thread bump but...<br>
    <br>
    There was an incredibly annoying grad student in the CS department
    where I did undergrad. Her only response any time a student was having
    trouble, was to cheerfully screech "THINK ABOUT IT!!" until the student
    got a clue or got fed up.<br>
    <br>
    She always referred to / as<br>
    (I swear this is true)<br>
    "forward backslash"<br>
    <br>
    This is a good example of why I chose to major in EE instead.<br>
    <br>
  • Alistair Wall 2006-02-11 07:38
    Anonymous:
    Sorry about the old thread bump but...<br>
    <br>
    There was an incredibly annoying grad student in the CS department
    where I did undergrad. Her only response any time a student was having
    trouble, was to cheerfully screech "THINK ABOUT IT!!" until the student
    got a clue or got fed up.<br>
    <br>
    <br>It might have been annoying at the time, but it's the best way to prevent WTFs.<br>
  • John Hensley 2006-02-11 16:30
    Alistair Wall:
    <br>It might have been annoying at the time, but it's the best way to prevent WTFs.<br>
    <br>
    I tend to think that identifying what the student has overlooked and
    explaining it works better, and someone who can't do that should be in
    a teaching role.<br>
  • John Hensley 2006-02-11 16:31
    shouldn't
  • Simon 2009-11-07 08:57
    I did something incredibly daft when just starting in support... I needed to unresister about 20 or 30 DLLs (cannot remember why, now, only that it was necessary).

    Not being one to sit through and repeat the command 20 times, I thought I would be clever and do a bulk unregister....

    for %a in (*.dll) do regserv32 /u %a

    (think that is the right syntax)

    Lo and behold, the screen filled up with dialog boxes notifying me that it had unregistered a DLL - lots, and lots, of dialog boxes. I never knew that the unresister DLL was not based on the file in the current directory.

    Fortunatly it was a server that we were umm-ing and ahh-ing over scrapping. I helped them make the choice!