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[#] Thu May 20 2021 15:21:57 MST from Jerry Moore

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*grumble!* I just spent a frustrating couple of hours exploring Win-10 and trying to apply my experience back in DOS to rename a whole directory full of similarly named files to the same names, but with three characters added in the middle. ie.,

05-01a {filename} by {artist} on {source} {[upldate]}.*

to

05-01-16a and the rest is the same.

I've spent a couple of days renaming about four hundred by hand, but it occurred to me that I knew how to do it quickly in DOS, and that might just work in Win-10, if I could get to the DOS prompt equivalent.

Therein lies the problem. The path is:

Downloads\forFB\forComments\PictureoftheDay\Dragons\used\2016 so it's a bit difficult to get to if you have to use cd a bunch of times before you can even start! I think I could just use the string above preceded by ren and followed by to and the same string with "-16" added in the appropriate place. My real frustration comes from the fact that I was trying to follow instructions from the help file, and it said click the start button and then search for Command Prompt. There is no search box in the start menu, and the words "Command Prompt" are nowhere to be found! Eventually, my body was telling me to get back in bed, which I did. Since then it has occurred to me that I can make it easier by copying the 2016 folder to C:\ so I can avoid all those cds. Resting now, and I'll be back at it right after dinner.



[#] Sun May 23 2021 16:33:59 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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I hate issues like this. 

It used to be something like 

Rename *.jpg 05-01a*.jpg

I mean, I have recollections of doing this too in the past with wildcarding - but I haven't really been able to successfully do it in the last decade. 


I think what you would want is a script or batch file - and probably linux, to be able to do it programmatically. 

 

Thu May 20 2021 15:21:57 MST from Jerry Moore

*grumble!* I just spent a frustrating couple of hours exploring Win-10 and trying to apply my experience back in DOS to rename a whole directory full of similarly named files to the same names, but with three characters added in the middle. ie.,

05-01a {filename} by {artist} on {source} {[upldate]}.*

to

05-01-16a and the rest is the same.

I've spent a couple of days renaming about four hundred by hand, but it occurred to me that I knew how to do it quickly in DOS, and that might just work in Win-10, if I could get to the DOS prompt equivalent.

Therein lies the problem. The path is:

Downloads\forFB\forComments\PictureoftheDay\Dragons\used\2016 so it's a bit difficult to get to if you have to use cd a bunch of times before you can even start! I think I could just use the string above preceded by ren and followed by to and the same string with "-16" added in the appropriate place. My real frustration comes from the fact that I was trying to follow instructions from the help file, and it said click the start button and then search for Command Prompt. There is no search box in the start menu, and the words "Command Prompt" are nowhere to be found! Eventually, my body was telling me to get back in bed, which I did. Since then it has occurred to me that I can make it easier by copying the 2016 folder to C:\ so I can avoid all those cds. Resting now, and I'll be back at it right after dinner.



 



[#] Sun May 30 2021 23:03:47 MST from Otto Roboto <otto_roboto@wallofhate.com>

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You can use a powershell script to scroll thru a directory and do some renames for you:

PS C:\LazyWinAdmin\POSH> Get-ChildItem -Path *YourPath* -Directory | ForEach-Object -Process {Rename-item -Path $_.Name -NewName ($_.name -replace "OR","OttoRobot") -Verbose}

This should give you a starting point to begin to work with it.  This one looks for a partial match like "OR" and changes it to "OttoRoboto" in every file in a directory.

You would have to use a little more of your DOS skills to create counters if you wanted to create a counter,  Hopefully it will give you enough so that you can play around with it.

 

Sun May 23 2021 04:33:59 PM MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

I hate issues like this. 

It used to be something like 

Rename *.jpg 05-01a*.jpg

I mean, I have recollections of doing this too in the past with wildcarding - but I haven't really been able to successfully do it in the last decade. 


I think what you would want is a script or batch file - and probably linux, to be able to do it programmatically. 

 

Thu May 20 2021 15:21:57 MST from Jerry Moore

*grumble!* I just spent a frustrating couple of hours exploring Win-10 and trying to apply my experience back in DOS to rename a whole directory full of similarly named files to the same names, but with three characters added in the middle. ie.,

05-01a {filename} by {artist} on {source} {[upldate]}.*

to

05-01-16a and the rest is the same.

I've spent a couple of days renaming about four hundred by hand, but it occurred to me that I knew how to do it quickly in DOS, and that might just work in Win-10, if I could get to the DOS prompt equivalent.

Therein lies the problem. The path is:

Downloads\forFB\forComments\PictureoftheDay\Dragons\used\2016 so it's a bit difficult to get to if you have to use cd a bunch of times before you can even start! I think I could just use the string above preceded by ren and followed by to and the same string with "-16" added in the appropriate place. My real frustration comes from the fact that I was trying to follow instructions from the help file, and it said click the start button and then search for Command Prompt. There is no search box in the start menu, and the words "Command Prompt" are nowhere to be found! Eventually, my body was telling me to get back in bed, which I did. Since then it has occurred to me that I can make it easier by copying the 2016 folder to C:\ so I can avoid all those cds. Resting now, and I'll be back at it right after dinner.



 



 



[#] Mon May 31 2021 04:49:15 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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I bet there are good powershell scripting courses on Udemy. 

Might be a worthwhile investment if you can pick one up for $9-20... 

 

Sun May 30 2021 23:03:47 MST from Otto Roboto <otto_roboto@wallofhate.com>

You can use a powershell script to scroll thru a directory and do some renames for you:

PS C:\LazyWinAdmin\POSH> Get-ChildItem -Path *YourPath* -Directory | ForEach-Object -Process {Rename-item -Path $_.Name -NewName ($_.name -replace "OR","OttoRobot") -Verbose}

This should give you a starting point to begin to work with it.  This one looks for a partial match like "OR" and changes it to "OttoRoboto" in every file in a directory.

You would have to use a little more of your DOS skills to create counters if you wanted to create a counter,  Hopefully it will give you enough so that you can play around with it.

 

Sun May 23 2021 04:33:59 PM MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

I hate issues like this. 

It used to be something like 

Rename *.jpg 05-01a*.jpg

I mean, I have recollections of doing this too in the past with wildcarding - but I haven't really been able to successfully do it in the last decade. 


I think what you would want is a script or batch file - and probably linux, to be able to do it programmatically. 

 

Thu May 20 2021 15:21:57 MST from Jerry Moore

*grumble!* I just spent a frustrating couple of hours exploring Win-10 and trying to apply my experience back in DOS to rename a whole directory full of similarly named files to the same names, but with three characters added in the middle. ie.,

05-01a {filename} by {artist} on {source} {[upldate]}.*

to

05-01-16a and the rest is the same.

I've spent a couple of days renaming about four hundred by hand, but it occurred to me that I knew how to do it quickly in DOS, and that might just work in Win-10, if I could get to the DOS prompt equivalent.

Therein lies the problem. The path is:

Downloads\forFB\forComments\PictureoftheDay\Dragons\used\2016 so it's a bit difficult to get to if you have to use cd a bunch of times before you can even start! I think I could just use the string above preceded by ren and followed by to and the same string with "-16" added in the appropriate place. My real frustration comes from the fact that I was trying to follow instructions from the help file, and it said click the start button and then search for Command Prompt. There is no search box in the start menu, and the words "Command Prompt" are nowhere to be found! Eventually, my body was telling me to get back in bed, which I did. Since then it has occurred to me that I can make it easier by copying the 2016 folder to C:\ so I can avoid all those cds. Resting now, and I'll be back at it right after dinner.



 



 



 



[#] Mon May 31 2021 23:47:19 MST from Jerry Moore

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My cups of frustration runneth over. Being frustrated over the scripting stuff drove me back to the problem of getting my two Win-10 computers to talk to one another, and after one apparent breakthrough that wasn't, I have to admit that I'm stumped. I noticed a switch in one of the menus on the Dell that said "Reset Network" and I said "What the Hell" and pushed it. A red dialog box popped up saying "Are you sure you want to do this?" and I clicked the YES button. Well, it closed all my apps, logged me out of Windows, and then went ominously quiet for awhile. Eventually, after completing whatever it was doing in there, it rebooted the whole computer. I hurried back to bed, where the Surface now lives, I opened it and booted it up, pulled up the file browser, and clicked on "Network" down at the bottom. It showed me the same two jumbles of letters and numbers as before, and one reported File Empty, while the other, which started with desktop, reported "Users" which dropped down two choices, one of which started with moor. When I clicked on that, it showed me a familiar looking items, including "Downloads" which I clicked on, hoping to see the contents of the Dell's Downloads directory. Instead, it simply showed "Firefox Downloader" which I knew was left in the Surface's Download directory after I'd installed Firefox a couple of days ago. I'm currently out of ideas. 😥



[#] Tue Jun 01 2021 00:18:41 MST from Jerry Moore

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Just a side note to the above. While I was on the Dell, I looked at the directory under Network that started with desktop, and it was empty, so I copied and pasted the contents of my 2016 dragon pictures directory into it, and they seem to be there, since I can click on them to view them there, but on the Surface, they don't show up!



[#] Tue Jun 01 2021 08:55:57 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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I'm pretty busy this week, but we could set up Team Viewer and I could remote in and poke around and see if I can figure out what is going wrong, remotely. 

 



[#] Thu Jun 03 2021 22:52:08 MST from Jerry Moore

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Sounds good to me. I'm having a rough week. Trouble sleeping, trouble breathing, even with the oxygen I'm now wearing. Too hot temperatures, even for Redding. Well over a hundred today, and my daughter worried that I wouldn't be able to handle it with all the transfers required to get to the doctor's office for a scheduled appointment, so she called to cancel it, and they switched it to a telemedicine call. Talked to my primary about my situation, and we have another scheduled appointment in two weeks, and we're going to try to use the city bus system handicap busses to get around some of the transfer issues. Problem is that it takes one to three weeks to set up one of those, so I may end up with another telemedicine call instead. Obviously, I still haven't fully recovered from the massive infection that put me in the hospital.

Tue Jun 01 2021 08:55:57 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

I'm pretty busy this week, but we could set up Team Viewer and I could remote in and poke around and see if I can figure out what is going wrong, remotely. 

 



 



[#] Fri Jun 04 2021 11:11:30 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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Well, if it doesn't get better for you, get yourself admitted back to the hospital. I know you don't like it there - but it may be more comfortable for you than being at home at the present. 

Go ahead and find and download Team Viewer. I'll make some time this weekend to log in remotely and see if I can get things sorted out. 


https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/teamviewer-automatic-download/

 

Thu Jun 03 2021 22:52:08 MST from Jerry Moore

Sounds good to me. I'm having a rough week. Trouble sleeping, trouble breathing, even with the oxygen I'm now wearing. Too hot temperatures, even for Redding. Well over a hundred today, and my daughter worried that I wouldn't be able to handle it with all the transfers required to get to the doctor's office for a scheduled appointment, so she called to cancel it, and they switched it to a telemedicine call. Talked to my primary about my situation, and we have another scheduled appointment in two weeks, and we're going to try to use the city bus system handicap busses to get around some of the transfer issues. Problem is that it takes one to three weeks to set up one of those, so I may end up with another telemedicine call instead. Obviously, I still haven't fully recovered from the massive infection that put me in the hospital.

Tue Jun 01 2021 08:55:57 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

I'm pretty busy this week, but we could set up Team Viewer and I could remote in and poke around and see if I can figure out what is going wrong, remotely. 

 



 



 



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