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Keeping "Connected To" Box Visible, Not Minimzed To SysTray

by Lanyard / August 23, 2004 1:07 AM PDT

I'm trying make life a little easier for an elderly relative. He's using 98SE
with a dial-up connection. (He doesn't need broadband, like a lot of us
web addicts do!)

I want to create a script that will automate some of the steps he takes to
connect. I've got most of it completed but there is a problem. When his
dial-up connection is successfully made the DUN icon (two monitors connected
with a wire) is automatically minimized to the system tray. If you're using
XP you probably call it the "notification area."

I want the dialog box that says "Connected To - Your ISP Name" to remain
visible on top of any other window. Right now, the only way to open the
dialog box is to right-click on the icon and select "Status" from the menu.

The path name to the file that creates this icon is C:\Windows\System\Rnaapp.exe.

Rnaapp is the executable for the DUN application in Win98SE.

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Re: Keeping "Connected To" Box Visible, Not Minimzed To SysT
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2004 2:23 AM PDT

I've never seen this effect on Windows 98.

As such, you, as the designer and programmer may have to write new code to make this happen.

Bob

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by Lanyard / August 23, 2004 4:38 AM PDT

I knew I should have added more to my posting. Most
people don't want to read a long message, unless the
problem happens to be about something that's also
afflicting their own operating sytem.

The reason for the minimizing of the dialog box is
directly related to how the ISPs software connects to
the web. It uses DUN, like they all do. In this
case, the number can only be dialed using the ISPs
dial-up window. DUN is kept in the background.

The strange thing about dial-up ISPs is the smaller
(and poorer) they are the more control you have over
the DUN process. Usually their software packages are
miniscule and leave most of the dial-up functions in
the hands of the user.

This particular ISP gives 49333 BPS or better. I'm
not going to mention their name because so many people
outside of the region where my relative and I live
hate this company! I really don't understand why.
Whenever I see a poll about which ISP has the most
dissatified customers, AOL is always number one or
two on the list.

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It can be done.
by Kees Bakker / August 23, 2004 6:23 AM PDT

The trick: know how it is called! Then use google.

http://www.google.com/search?&q=windows%20%22always%20on%20top%22 gives hits to (a) programs to do so (but I'm afraid you have to run or click or drag something, although I didn't check every hit) and (b) coding tips to write your own (C, C++ maybe) program to do it.

Of course, you could write your own program to run in the background and check for a window of rnaapp to put always on top, if you're an experienced Windows programmer.

Or (very nice indeed, and simpler) add an "always on top" feature to the context (=right click) menu of every window. The code is all there; you've only got to get it working: http://codeproject.com/dialog/AOTop.asp
Even an elderly computer user could be trained to use this feature, I think.

By the way, this shows that even Bob hasn't seen everything possible with Windows.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Re: Keeping "Connected To" Box Visible, Not Minimzed To SysT
by swisse / August 24, 2004 6:20 AM PDT

Why don't you post your script and let's see if we could do something about it. Or maybe we should make a VB exe instead.

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