How to Edit an xml file

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by Dave C, May 13, 2013.

  1. I don't recall the earlier discussion, but I have to agree with your
    last remark anyway.

    Now if only my friends would agree that a story worth telling once is
    worth telling twice...or thrice...or...
    Gene E. Bloch, May 18, 2013
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  2. A while back there was someone on some newsgroup (I forget who & which)
    whose sig file was "Contents protected by double ROT13". I loved it...

    But of course, I happen to have the app to decrypt it.
    Gene E. Bloch, May 18, 2013
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  3. Dave C

    mechanic Guest

    Isn't that a simple rotation still? Part of a 'ring' of operations
    or somesuch (rusty algebra). No serious crypto at all.
    mechanic, May 19, 2013
  4. Saying you've used "Double ROT13" or "I ROT13ed it twice" is a joke?

    ROTting twice just outputs the plaintext.

    FYI, ROT13 isn't intended as crypto except for things like plot spoilers.
    John Williamson, May 19, 2013
  5. Dave C

    Ken Blake Guest

    I'm afraid that you missed his joke. Double ROT13 returns the text to
    what it started with, so there is no change and no protection at all.
    Ken Blake, May 19, 2013
  6. Dave C

    mechanic Guest

    Ooops - I was thinking of the general case and forgot the specifics
    of ROT13.
    mechanic, May 19, 2013
  7. Well, if you don't mind too much, we had a bit of fun with your

    And as you well know, every one of us has done worse somewhere along the
    line :)
    Gene E. Bloch, May 19, 2013
  8. Dave C


    Dec 26, 2016
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    I found a way to edit the results of the Windows7 FreeCell statistics file for cases where the number of digits in the number of games does not change. For example, you can change 1 to 9, or 100 to 750, but not 1 to 750. Increasing the number of digits will result in the FreeCell program resetting your scores to 0, even if you add a NUL character (hex 00) after the digit. (Decreasing may be okay if you delete a digit and the following NUL character, but I did not test this.) I used the following steps.
    Reset scores.
    Win first game.
    Edit some of the fields at the end of the file “FreeCellSettings.xml” (found at C:\Users\_your computer’s name_\AppData\Local\Microsoft Games\FreeCell) with a HEX editor.
    Change the “1” to “9” in the <GamesPlayed>1</GamesPlayed>, <GamesWon>1</GamesWon>, <MaxWinStreakLength>1</MaxWinStreakLength>, and <CurrStreakLength>1</CurrStreakLength> fields, and make verify the other two nearby fields say <MaxLoseStreakLength>0</MaxLoseStreakLength> and <WonlastGame>true</WonlastGame>. Be careful to leave the NUL characters intact.
    Win second game. Stats now show 10 games won.
    Edit the file “FreeCellSettings.xml” again, changing the “10”s to “99”.
    Win third game. Stats now show 100 games won.
    Do this as much as you like. Perhaps there is a limit, I did not bother to find it. Perhaps someone with more time and curiosity will find it and let us know.
    Note, immediately after an edit of the file “FreeCellSettings.xml”, the stats will not be correct in the “Games” explorer screen. Opening and closing FreeCell will update these stats in the Explorer window.
    The attached file shows the edit from 100 to 366.

    Attached Files:

    fox, Dec 27, 2016
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