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How do I simulate input without SendInput?

Michal Zygmunt wants to create a system where multiple applications can have focus, with different users generating input and directing them at their target applications. Attempting to simulate this by posting input messages didn't work. "Can you tell us maybe how SendInput is internally implemented so that we can use it to simulate only ...
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Developing the method for taking advantage of the fact that the OVERLAPPED associated with asynchronous I/O is passed by address

You can take advantage of the fact that the OVERLAPPED associated with asynchronous I/O is passed by address, but there was some confusion about how this technique could "work" when kernel mode has no idea that you are playing this trick. Whether kernel mode is in on the trick is immaterial since it is not part of the trick. Let's start ...
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What happened to the return code from WinMain in 16-bit Windows?

Commenter S asks, "What happened to the return code from WinMain in a Windows 3.1 app?" After all, there was no GetExitCodeProcess function in 16-bit Windows. Basically, the exit code vanished into the ether. Unless you captured it. The Toolhelp library provided a low-level hook into various parts of the kernel, allowing you to monitor, ...

The OVERLAPPED associated with asynchronous I/O is passed by address, and you can take advantage of that

When you issue asynchronous I/O, the completion function or the I/O completion port receives, among other things, a pointer to the OVERLAPPED structure that the I/O was originally issued against. And that is your key to golden riches. If you need to associate information with the I/O operation, there's no obvious place to put it, so some ...
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Why does SHCOLUMNINFO have unusually tight packing?

Alternate title: News flash: Sometimes things happen by mistake rbirkby asks why the SHCOLUMNINFO structure has 1-byte packing. "Was the expectation that there would be so many columns in a details view that the saving would be worthwhile?" Hardly anything that clever or ingenious. It's just the consequence of a mistake. When the ...
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There is no interface for preventing your notification icon from being hidden

Yes, it's another installment of I bet somebody got a really nice bonus for that feature. A customer had this question for the Windows 7 team: Our program creates a notification icon, and we found that on Windows 7 it is hidden. It appears properly on all previous versions of Windows. What is the API to make our icon visible? ...
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The subtleties of a Will Ferrell movie, and other observations from the in-flight entertainment on a Chinese airline

My flights to and from Beijing were on Hainan Airlines, a Chinese airline. One consequence of this is that Mandarin Chinese is the primary language of communication; English is a distant second. It also means that the in-flight movies are subtitled in Chinese, so if you can't read Chinese, you are restricted to movies in languages you ...

Microspeak: Informing a product

Microspeak is not always about changing a word from a verb to a noun or changing a noun to a verb or even changing a noun into a verb and then back into a noun. Sometimes it's about data compression. This testing won't inform RC, but we'll need it to inform an RTM release. First, you need to familiarize yourself with a less-used sense of...

Why are the Compression and Encryption options check boxes instead of radio buttons?

Tanveer Badar asks why the file properties Advanced dialog shows two checkboxes (compression and encryption) even though NTFS supports only one or the other at a time. "Why not have two radio buttons instead of these silly check boxes?" Actually, if you want radio buttons, you'd need three, one to cover the "neither" case. Let's look at what...

Some notes on my trip to Beijing disguised as travel tips

Single-use tickets purchased from subway vending machines are valid only on the day of purchase for use in that station. Do not buy your return ticket at the same time as your outbound ticket because it will not work. This detail is clearly explained on the ticket that you receive after you have paid for it. (Also, the vending machine will ask...

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