Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Fix Paths Too Long Automatically


Path Too Long Auto Fixer v5.1 - is the 1st tool that discovers, reports and auto corrects filenames and paths that are too long to fit under the Windows MAXPATH 260 character limit


Path Too Long Auto Fixer is the 1st tool that discovers, reports and auto corrects filenames and paths that are too long to fit under the MAXPATH 260 character limit in bulk. 
Be sure all your back-up files are copied. Other tools make you go through hundreds of files, one-by-one, renaming and copying them somewhere. Who has time for that now-avoidable activity? Save a huge amount of an IT administrators time to correct this.




The most common way to get the path too long error is to have a too many sub-directories. For example the path below has 20 sub-directories! This is known a as deep directory and is very common in many work place shared drives, downloads and files shared on other operating systems (Max\Linux). The other common way is a filename is just too long.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

C# All string escape sequences


C# defines the following character escape sequences:

Strings - C# Programming Guide | Microsoft Learn


String escape sequences

Escape sequenceCharacter nameUnicode encoding
\'Single quote0x0027
\"Double quote0x0022
\\Backslash0x005C
\0Null0x0000    In .NET there is no special meaning to this character. It does not represent end of string as in C or C++. See .NET internal storage code share.
\aAlert0x0007
\bBackspace0x0008
\fForm feed0x000C
\nNew line0x000A
\rCarriage return0x000D
\tHorizontal tab0x0009
\vVertical tab0x000B
\uUnicode escape sequence (UTF-16)\uHHHH (range: 0000 - FFFF; example: \u00E7 = "ç")
\UUnicode escape sequence (UTF-32)\U00HHHHHH (range: 000000 - 10FFFF; example: \U0001F47D = "👽")
\xUnicode escape sequence similar to "\u" except with variable length\xH[H][H][H] (range: 0 - FFFF; example: \x00E7 or \x0E7 or \xE7 = "ç")

Warning

When using the \x escape sequence and specifying less than 4 hex digits, if the characters that immediately follow the escape sequence are valid hex digits (i.e. 0-9, A-F, and a-f), they will be interpreted as being part of the escape sequence. For example, \xA1 produces "¡", which is code point U+00A1. However, if the next character is "A" or "a", then the escape sequence will instead be interpreted as being \xA1A and produce "ਚ", which is code point U+0A1A. In such cases, specifying all 4 hex digits (e.g. \x00A1 ) will prevent any possible misinterpretation.

Note

If a character that does not appear in the table above is preceded with a backslash, the character value is returned. For example, if the compiler sees \x it will be treated as x. 

Try to embed all those backslashes is error prone. To avoid this problem, you can use verbatim string literals. Verbatim are start with a @"..."  and escaped characters will be ignored! Therefore printing @"\r\n" will print \r\n. 

Verbatim string literals
 are more convenient for multi-line strings, strings that contain backslash characters, or embedded double quotes. Verbatim strings preserve new line characters as part of the string text. Use double quotation marks to embed a quotation mark inside a verbatim string.

string string filePath = @"C:\Users\Bond007\Documents\";


Related

To cut and paste all control characters into your favorite editor see the following post
Metadata Consulting [dot] ca: Notepad++ Control Characters Explained NUL, SOH, STX, etc

.NET Internal Storage

In fact, you can look into the .NET internal storage of a string using the following code, and it rather expensive and slow to do. But in case you need it, especially when dealing with end of line values '\0' that have no meaning in .NET. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

C# NET How to remove ANSI Control Characters fast and reduce to ANSI set




Here's how to reduce a string to ANSI and remove control characters from a string fast in C-Sharp. But be careful since, remove é is not replaces with e. Todo that you need normalize the string, see UnicodetoAscii function. 

ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is a 7-bit character set that contains characters from 0 to 127.

The generic term ANSI (American National Standards Institute) is used for 8-bit character sets. These character sets contain the unchanged ASCII character set. In addition, they contain further characters from 128 to 255.


Here's a list of control characters. https://unicode-table.com/en/blocks/general-punctuation/


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using System; using System.Text; using System.Linq; using System.Diagnostics; 
					
public static class Program
{
	// Based on http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/13503/Stripping-Accents-from-Latin-Characters-A-Foray-in
	// Proper Normalization
	public static string UnicodeToANSI(this string inString)
	{
		var newStringBuilder = new StringBuilder();
		newStringBuilder.Append(inString.Normalize(NormalizationForm.FormKD)
								.Where(x => (x > 30 && x <= 255))
								.ToArray());
		return newStringBuilder.ToString();
	}
	
	//ANSI characters 32 to 127 correspond to those in the 7-bit ASCII character set,
	public static string ReducetoASCII(this string s)
    {
        StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder(s.Length);
        foreach (char c in s)
        {
            if ((int)c > 255) // remove chars > 127
                continue;
            if ((int)c < 32)  // remove  control characters 
                continue;
            sb.Append(c);
        }
        return sb.ToString();
    }
	
	public static void Main()
	{
		Stopwatch sw = new Stopwatch(); 
		string french = "A Paris, le cortège parisien s’était élancé à 14 heures.\r\n\tFace à l’affluence, un «itinéraire bis» a été mis en place. D’importants rassemblements ont lieu à Bordeaux, Marseille, Rennes ou Lyon. Suivez la journée avec nos journalistes dans toute la France.";
		string ftemp = string.Empty; 
		string german = "ޘ Trump\t\r\nverwechselt Klägerin Carroll auf Foto mit Ex-Frau – das könnte Folgen haben"; 
		string gtemp = string.Empty; 
		Console.WriteLine(french); 
		
		sw.Start();
		ftemp = french.ReducetoASCII(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Ansi reduced\r\n" + ftemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
		
		sw.Reset(); 
		sw.Start();
		ftemp = french.UnicodeToANSI(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Proper Normalization\r\n" + ftemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
				
		Console.WriteLine();
		Console.WriteLine();
		Console.WriteLine(german); 
		
		sw.Reset();
		sw.Start();
		gtemp = german.ReducetoASCII(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Ansi reduced\r\n" + gtemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
		
		sw.Reset(); 
		sw.Start();
		gtemp = german.UnicodeToANSI(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Proper Normalization\r\n" + gtemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
		
	}
}

Monday, January 23, 2023

Tangerine phishing email with subject Update your settings to secure your account

For the record, this is a Tangerine phishing email attempt that is recently going around, with subject Update your settings to secure your account

What to do?  Report them, goto bottom of page. 


From : Tangerine xxxxxx <xxxxxx@gmx.de>
Subject : 
 Update your settings to secure your account - Support #xxxxxx

                       







PHISHING LINKs;

1. https://ffjheeg.r.af.d.sendibt2.com/tr/cl/xxxxxxxxxxxxxx...

How to tell this is a Phishing email ?

  1. Check email address in full, if it's not from originating company then it's phishing.
  2. Hover over all links in email, if it's not from the  company's website then forget it.
  3. The best way is to 

How to examine Email Message Source ?

Now lets look at message source
  1. Outlook.com->Actions->View Message Source. 
  2. Gmail.com->More (down arrow to top right)->Show original.
Check for suspicious links, anything that does not originate from apple.com.


Report Phishing Email (not as Spam)

  1. Outlook.com->Junk (at Top)->Phishing Scam
  2. Gmail.com->More (down-arrow to top right)->Report Phishing 

Report Phishing

If you have received this email take it further at 

  1. https://www.google.com/safebrowsing/report_phish/


Report phishing at Microsoft and subsequently government agencies

  1. http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/phishing-faq.aspx
  2. Report Phishing Sites | CISA
  3. Home - Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (fightspam.gc.ca)

C# NET How to remove ASCII Control Characters fast and reduce to ASCII set






Here's how to reduce a string to ASCII and remove control characters from a string fast in C-Sharp. But be careful since, remove é is not replaces with e. Todo that you need normalize the string, see UnicodetoAscii function. 

ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is a 7-bit character set that contains characters from 0 to 127.

The generic term ANSI (American National Standards Institute) is used for 8-bit character sets. These character sets contain the unchanged ASCII character set. In addition, they contain further characters from 128 to 255.


Here's a list of control characters. https://unicode-table.com/en/blocks/general-punctuation/


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using System; using System.Text; using System.Linq; using System.Diagnostics; 
					
public static class Program
{
	// Based on http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/13503/Stripping-Accents-from-Latin-Characters-A-Foray-in
	// Proper Normalization
	public static string UnicodeToAscii(this string s)
	{
		var sb = new StringBuilder(s.Length);
		sb.Append(s.Normalize(NormalizationForm.FormKD)
		.Where(x => (x > 30 && x < 128))
	        .ToArray());
		return sb.ToString();
	}
	
	//ANSI characters 32 to 127 correspond to those in the 7-bit ASCII character set,
	public static string ReducetoASCII(this string s)
    {
        StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder(s.Length);
        foreach (char c in s)
        {
            if ((int)c > 127) // remove chars > 127
                continue;
            if ((int)c < 32)  // remove  control characters 
                continue;
            sb.Append(c);
        }
        return sb.ToString();
    }
	
	public static void Main()
	{
		Stopwatch sw = new Stopwatch(); 
		string french = "A Paris, le cortège parisien s’était élancé à 14 heures.\r\n\tFace à l’affluence, un «itinéraire bis» a été mis en place. D’importants rassemblements ont lieu à Bordeaux, Marseille, Rennes ou Lyon. Suivez la journée avec nos journalistes dans toute la France.";
		string ftemp = string.Empty; 
		string german = "Trump\t\r\nverwechselt Klägerin Carroll auf Foto mit Ex-Frau – das könnte Folgen haben"; 
		string gtemp = string.Empty; 
		Console.WriteLine(french); 
		
		sw.Start();
		ftemp = french.ReducetoASCII(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Ansi reduced\r\n" + ftemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
		
		sw.Reset(); 
		sw.Start();
		ftemp = french.UnicodeToAscii(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Proper Normalization\r\n" + ftemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
				
		Console.WriteLine();
		Console.WriteLine();
		Console.WriteLine(german); 
		
		sw.Reset();
		sw.Start();
		gtemp = german.ReducetoASCII(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Ansi reduced\r\n" + gtemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
		
		sw.Reset(); 
		sw.Start();
		gtemp = german.UnicodeToAscii(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Proper Normalization\r\n" + gtemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
		
	}
}

Saturday, January 21, 2023

CSharp dotNET Remove all ANSI Control Characters and reduce to ANSI fast




Here's how to reduce a string to ANSI and remove control characters from a string fast in C-Sharp. But be careful since, remove é is not replaces with e. Todo that you need normalize the string, see UnicodetoAscii function. 

ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is a 7-bit character set that contains characters from 0 to 127.

The generic term ANSI (American National Standards Institute) is used for 8-bit character sets. These character sets contain the unchanged ASCII character set. In addition, they contain further characters from 128 to 255.


Here's a list of control characters. https://unicode-table.com/en/blocks/general-punctuation/


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using System; using System.Text; using System.Linq; using System.Diagnostics; 
					
public static class Program
{
	// Based on http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/13503/Stripping-Accents-from-Latin-Characters-A-Foray-in
	// Proper Normalization
	public static string UnicodeToANSI(this string s)
	{
		var sb = new StringBuilder();
		sb.Append(s.Normalize(NormalizationForm.FormKD)
		.Where(x => (x > 30 && x <= 255))
		.ToArray());
		return sb.ToString();
	}
	
	//ANSI characters 32 to 127 correspond to those in the 7-bit ASCII character set,
	public static string ReducetoASCII(this string s)
    {
        StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder(s.Length);
        foreach (char c in s)
        {
            if ((int)c > 255) // remove chars > 127
                continue;
            if ((int)c < 32)  // remove  control characters 
                continue;
            sb.Append(c);
        }
        return sb.ToString();
    }
	
	public static void Main()
	{
		Stopwatch sw = new Stopwatch(); 
		string french = "A Paris, le cortège parisien s’était élancé à 14 heures.\r\n\tFace à l’affluence, un «itinéraire bis» a été mis en place. D’importants rassemblements ont lieu à Bordeaux, Marseille, Rennes ou Lyon. Suivez la journée avec nos journalistes dans toute la France.";
		string ftemp = string.Empty; 
		string german = "ޘ Trump\t\r\nverwechselt Klägerin Carroll auf Foto mit Ex-Frau – das könnte Folgen haben"; 
		string gtemp = string.Empty; 
		Console.WriteLine(french); 
		
		sw.Start();
		ftemp = french.ReducetoASCII(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Ansi reduced\r\n" + ftemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
		
		sw.Reset(); 
		sw.Start();
		ftemp = french.UnicodeToANSI(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Proper Normalization\r\n" + ftemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
				
		Console.WriteLine();
		Console.WriteLine();
		Console.WriteLine(german); 
		
		sw.Reset();
		sw.Start();
		gtemp = german.ReducetoASCII(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Ansi reduced\r\n" + gtemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
		
		sw.Reset(); 
		sw.Start();
		gtemp = german.UnicodeToANSI(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Proper Normalization\r\n" + gtemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
		
	}
}

Friday, January 20, 2023

C# All valid string escape sequences


C# defines the following character escape sequences:

Strings - C# Programming Guide | Microsoft Learn


String escape sequences

Escape sequenceCharacter nameUnicode encoding
\'Single quote0x0027
\"Double quote0x0022
\\Backslash0x005C
\0Null0x0000    In .NET there is no special meaning to this character. It does not represent end of string as in C or C++. See .NET internal storage code share.
\aAlert0x0007
\bBackspace0x0008
\fForm feed0x000C
\nNew line0x000A
\rCarriage return0x000D
\tHorizontal tab0x0009
\vVertical tab0x000B
\uUnicode escape sequence (UTF-16)\uHHHH (range: 0000 - FFFF; example: \u00E7 = "ç")
\UUnicode escape sequence (UTF-32)\U00HHHHHH (range: 000000 - 10FFFF; example: \U0001F47D = "👽")
\xUnicode escape sequence similar to "\u" except with variable length\xH[H][H][H] (range: 0 - FFFF; example: \x00E7 or \x0E7 or \xE7 = "ç")

Warning

When using the \x escape sequence and specifying less than 4 hex digits, if the characters that immediately follow the escape sequence are valid hex digits (i.e. 0-9, A-F, and a-f), they will be interpreted as being part of the escape sequence. For example, \xA1 produces "¡", which is code point U+00A1. However, if the next character is "A" or "a", then the escape sequence will instead be interpreted as being \xA1A and produce "ਚ", which is code point U+0A1A. In such cases, specifying all 4 hex digits (e.g. \x00A1 ) will prevent any possible misinterpretation.

Note

If a character that does not appear in the table above is preceded with a backslash, the character value is returned. For example, if the compiler sees \x it will be treated as x. 

Try to embed all those backslashes is error prone. To avoid this problem, you can use verbatim string literals. Verbatim are start with a @"..."  and escaped characters will be ignored! Therefore printing @"\r\n" will print \r\n. 

Verbatim string literals
 are more convenient for multi-line strings, strings that contain backslash characters, or embedded double quotes. Verbatim strings preserve new line characters as part of the string text. Use double quotation marks to embed a quotation mark inside a verbatim string.

string string filePath = @"C:\Users\Bond007\Documents\";


Related

To cut and paste all control characters into your favorite editor see the following post
Metadata Consulting [dot] ca: Notepad++ Control Characters Explained NUL, SOH, STX, etc

.NET Internal Storage

In fact, you can look into the .NET internal storage of a string using the following code, and it rather expensive and slow to do. But in case you need it, especially when dealing with end of line values '\0' that have no meaning in .NET. 

CSharp dotNET How to remove ASCII Control Characters fast and reduce to ASCII set






Here's how to reduce a string to ASCII and remove control characters from a string fast in C-Sharp. But be careful since, remove é is not replaces with e. Todo that you need normalize the string, see UnicodetoAscii function. 

ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is a 7-bit character set that contains characters from 0 to 127.

The generic term ANSI (American National Standards Institute) is used for 8-bit character sets. These character sets contain the unchanged ASCII character set. In addition, they contain further characters from 128 to 255.


Here's a list of control characters. https://unicode-table.com/en/blocks/general-punctuation/


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using System; using System.Text; using System.Linq; using System.Diagnostics; 
					
public static class Program
{
	// Based on http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/13503/Stripping-Accents-from-Latin-Characters-A-Foray-in
	// Proper Normalization
	public static string UnicodeToAscii(this string s)
	{
		var sb = new StringBuilder(s.Length);
		sb.Append(s.Normalize(NormalizationForm.FormKD)
		.Where(x => (x > 30 && x < 128))
	        .ToArray());
		return sb.ToString();
	}
	
	//ANSI characters 32 to 127 correspond to those in the 7-bit ASCII character set,
	public static string ReducetoASCII(this string s)
    {
        StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder(s.Length);
        foreach (char c in s)
        {
            if ((int)c > 127) // remove chars > 127
                continue;
            if ((int)c < 32)  // remove  control characters 
                continue;
            sb.Append(c);
        }
        return sb.ToString();
    }
	
	public static void Main()
	{
		Stopwatch sw = new Stopwatch(); 
		string french = "A Paris, le cortège parisien s’était élancé à 14 heures.\r\n\tFace à l’affluence, un «itinéraire bis» a été mis en place. D’importants rassemblements ont lieu à Bordeaux, Marseille, Rennes ou Lyon. Suivez la journée avec nos journalistes dans toute la France.";
		string ftemp = string.Empty; 
		string german = "Trump\t\r\nverwechselt Klägerin Carroll auf Foto mit Ex-Frau – das könnte Folgen haben"; 
		string gtemp = string.Empty; 
		Console.WriteLine(french); 
		
		sw.Start();
		ftemp = french.ReducetoASCII(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Ansi reduced\r\n" + ftemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
		
		sw.Reset(); 
		sw.Start();
		ftemp = french.UnicodeToAscii(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Proper Normalization\r\n" + ftemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
				
		Console.WriteLine();
		Console.WriteLine();
		Console.WriteLine(german); 
		
		sw.Reset();
		sw.Start();
		gtemp = german.ReducetoASCII(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Ansi reduced\r\n" + gtemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
		
		sw.Reset(); 
		sw.Start();
		gtemp = german.UnicodeToAscii(); 
		sw.Stop(); 
		
		Console.WriteLine("Proper Normalization\r\n" + gtemp + " in " + sw.ElapsedTicks); 
		
	}
}

Saturday, January 14, 2023

The Best Clipboard Manager for Windows in 2023

Check my choice for the best top clipboard tool for 2023. 140+ plus functions and 20+ Power Tools including downloading and running the latest versions of AutoRuns and Process Explorer in 1-click. 

Clipboard PlainText Power tool aim is to-do action in least number of clicks. Like accessing clipboard history from the main menu! No other tool does that! 

Check it https://clipboardplaintextpowertool.blogspot.com/ - currently most advanced and modern clipboard tool on the market. 


 

v5.1 features; a 1st of its kind, on-the-fly media file Metadata Extraction 


When you copy an Office or media, file it pulls metadata and puts it on the clipboard available for you automatically. 

Copied 1

DOCX "337777BR - Senior IT Developer (ETL) (1).docx" 2pgs 28.1KB  Author:"Chow, Ivey"  Mon 11-Jul-22 7:17PM "H:\Downloads2022\337728BR - Senior IT Developer (ETL) (1).docx" - EXIF metadata detected 

1 items in 715ms 607µs 300ns with enhanced metadata extracted, if available. Enhanced metadata extraction set at <= 20 items. For full metadata extraction of files, use PowerTool->Launch latest Exiftool...