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Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 7:47 pm
by jolivo
I wrote a small application that lets you view Yawcams using a simple interface that includes a directory and an "always on top" option. ...

Written in VB; uses Microsoft Internet Controls for the embedded web browser. Comments are welcomed!

If you can't grab it from Yahoo, I'll be happy to email you a copy.

Very cool

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 8:42 pm
by Flexor
That's a sweet tool, thanks for posting it. A really cool feature to it would be if you could buzz the person on the other end. tia.

alternate location

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 10:56 pm
by jolivo

Yahoo won't play nice...

Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 4:46 pm
by jolivo

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 11:34 pm
by malun
Nice! I can put a copy for download here on the yawcam webserver as well:

Good work!


Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 11:57 pm
by malun
I'll post a screenshot:


Note that you can hide the lower part of the window so that only the applet will be visible!


tried it - explorer won't open, have to reinstall windows?!

Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 10:06 am
by loz
just a note to anyone trying this Yawviewer. I don't know what exactly went wrong but when I tried to install this viewer I got a message that it couldn't be installed because some of my files were out of date & would I like to update them. I (stupidly, as it turned out) said 'ok' to that & was given the message that windows had to restart, that the install wasn't complete and that the temporary install files wouldn't be deleted from my drive during restart. I did allow windows to restart, after which I got/get this message: "explorer.exe cannot open. you will have to reinstall windows'. when I clicked OK to that (my only option), I got/get this message: 'error starting program: The msvcrt.dll file is linked to missing export NTDLL.DLL:RtlGetNTVersionNumbers'.

so, I cannot use that hard drive until I manage to get around this somehow. I can't boot into safe mode even, to try to uninstall the program or stop whatever's in my start up folder from this program. I'm hoping that at worst I can reinstall windows over the current folder & get rid of that biz, without having to wipe *everything* from my hard drive (which is a new one finally set up how I need it after about a month of using it & reinstalling all my progs, hardware, etc). and so on.

so, I don't know what it was about this program that caused the problem, but I suggest to anyone who tries it NOT to update their files if the program gives you this message. or, maybe don't even try it until the programmer fixes whatever it might be that screwed my hard drive, in case it's not just something specific to the way it worked with my own system &/or the way I installed the program. thing is, everything was quite normal... it all happened after I said okay to updating the older files, and that was definitely all part of this program's install. I should've just said NO & not bothered installing it at all. but who'd have thunk it'd turn out like this? never had any problem like this, before.

I'm just sooooo glad I didn't get rid of my old hd or reformat it as a storage drive only - at least I'm still able to boot into it (which is how I can be here mentioning the problem a.s.a.p.) & hopefully save the other drive from having to be reformatted & wiped completely with a new windows install.

I'm not sure if I'll get it fixed immediately or not, but in the meantime if anyone has any advice about getting around those messages (the ones I'm getting on re-boot, that say windows has to be reinstalled & about the missing export DLL) somehow so I can still use the drive without reformatting, please post... I'll check back here for thoughts too, if I'm not having any luck.

*sigh* man, I don't have TIME for this shit. always happens when you have the least amount of available time for it, eh?

Installation fix

Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 7:25 pm
by jolivo
:!: There is a Microsoft Knowledge Base Article (#330314) that addresses the problem described above, entitled "PRB: Your Computer Does Not Restart After You Install a Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Application That Includes a MSVCRT.dll File": ... -us;330314

It includes a resolution section for NT/98 and an installation fix, which I've applied to a new installation: ...

I have removed the problem installation and repeat loz's/Microsoft's advice: Do not update the msvcrt.dll file during an installation.

I am truly sorry this problem was encountered and hope any affected systems recover fully.

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 3:47 am
by loz
jolivo, I can't thank you enough - you've just saved me likely 4 million hours (okay, a slight exaggeration, but still) of searching for the right fix.

I'm back to normal, using my hd as I was prior to install, with a simple copy file operation in DOS... too cool!

thank you VERY much for the help! (and doesn't it just figure this would be a bloody microsoft issue?)

anyway, again, thank you... all's well in my world - and my computer - again :).


Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 7:18 pm
by malun
Great you got your computer running again loz!

I have now removed the first installation file of Yawviewer and replaced it with the new one. You will now find a copy of the installation file on the yawcam webserver here:


new version available

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 3:05 pm
by jolivo
I made some minor improvements including moving the 'Load/Refresh' and 'Always on Top' buttons out of the collapsible control panel for continuous and easy access.


I welcome any feedback/comments to improve this utility.

version 1.0.6

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 10:20 pm
by jolivo

Changes in v1.0.6
  • ● Yawviewer now runs in the systray (systray.ocx is part of the installation).
    ● When Yawviewer is minimized, it is removed from the desktop and there is no taskbar entry. The Yawviewer icon in the systray can be clicked to re-display Yawviewer.
    ● Yawviewer can be launched with pre-defined settings using command parameters, as described below.
    • Yawviewer [ -name name [ -host host [ -port port ] ] ] [ -ontop ] [ -hide ]
      • -name name Specifies a pre-existing directory entry of Yawviewer. The pre-defined host and port values corresponding to the entry are used by Yawviewer.
        -host host Specifies the host value (IP address, URL) to be used by Yawviewer.
        -port port Specifies the port to be used by Yawviewer. Default value is 8081.
        -ontop Specifies the "Always on Top" feature should be enabled.
        -hide Specifies that Yawviewer should be hidden when starting up.
      Example shortcut target:

      Code: Select all

      "C:\Program Files\Yawviewer\Yawviewer.exe" -name Jesse -ontop -hide

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 12:47 am
by malun
Nice work!


Yawviewer's new home!

Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 6:49 pm
by jolivo

Available is (what should be) the latest enhancement for awhile, version 1.0.7.

Enjoy! :D

Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 6:54 pm
by malun
Great! What's new in version 1.0.7?