CatchColor

March 25th, 2008

Here’s a nice little app that let’s you pick color from the screen. It’s very useful when creating web pages. The author also has other nice little apps.

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CatchColor
http://www.dr-hoiby.com/CatchColor/index.php

No more Vista!

March 15th, 2008

About month ago I bought a new laptop, Acer 5520. It came with Vista Home Premium and I’ve been using it until last weekend I finally had enough. All and all the Vista experience was negative. I had lot’s of issues with the wireless connection and usually after resuming from hibernation, Vista was not able to find web site addresses anymore (tweaked a lot with DNS settings but there was no fix). The most serious issues had to do with power management. Sometimes the laptop wouldn’t shutdown when powering off or hibernating, only choice was to cut the power by force. Putting the laptop to sleep ended in blue screen of death.

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There really wasn’t any reason I could think of why I should use Vista instead of XP. Only difference (in my needs) is that Vista looks “better”. Other than that there isn’t anything new, just more heavier OS. So now I’m using XP and everything works like a charm. I am however tempted to try Linux and after I read an interesting article from lifehacker, I might just do that.

Windows XP drivers for Acer 5520
http://www.acerpanam.com/synapse/forms/AcerDrivers/Aspire%205520.pdf

Run Windows apps seamlessly inside linux
http://lifehacker.com/367714/run-windows-apps-seamlessly-inside-linux

Notes (week 2) and Snarfer

January 11th, 2008

This week I’ve been cleaning CE’s source from all the old settings stuff. Next task is to make everything work with the new settings engine. It’s quite a mess so we’ll have to see if it works. I’ve also been doing backups of all my files. I ordered new hard drive yesterday so next week I’ll be moving to new home (yay!).

About FeedDemon, I’m not going to use it. It’s a nice program but it didn’t “feel” right. It felt kind of awkward to use, probably because I’m so used to NewsFox. However, yesterday I found Snarfer which feels more like home. Snarfer is a freeware but there is Pageflakes tab that can’t be closed. It remains to be seen whether I’m going to switch back to NewsFox or not.

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Snarfer
http://www.snarfware.com/

FeedDemon is now free

January 10th, 2008

Until now, I’ve used FireFox addon called NewsFox. It’s been working fine but I would like to have a separate reader program. Today I noticed that FeedDemon is no longer shareware but freeware. I installed it and it seems to be quite powerful RSS reader, so I’m going to use it from now on. If you are looking for a desktop RSS reader, I highly suggest trying this one. It handles enclosures pretty well so it’s good for podcasts also.

NewsDemon

FeedDemon
http://www.newsgator.com/Individuals/FeedDemon/Default.aspx

NewsFox – FireFox addon
http://newsfox.mozdev.org/

Notes (week 49)

December 8th, 2007

It’s been busy week. I spent pretty much the whole week hacking SMF (forum) and Flyspray (bug tracker). The goal was to make those two software somehow work together. After some hard studying I was able to write a mod to SMF. The mod adds new section to the forum called My Reports.

I think that the forum is the most pleasant way of reporting bugs. Only problem is that those reports should somehow find their way to a tracking system, otherwise they get forgotten fast. So I created a function that works similarly as the quote works when you write reply posts. Basically I can now mark post as a bug/todo item and move it into the tracking system with a single click :) .
The user can see all his/her reports in My Reports section.

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The system is up and running now but there might be some bugs left so if you see any, let me know.

Todo/bug tracker is opened

December 4th, 2007

I opened the todo/bug tracker…finally! I decided to use Flyspray for tracking items. The original plan was to write my own software to do that but at the moment I just don’t have time to do it. I checked what the flyspray guys had made since the last time I used it and there was some cool improvements so I thought to go with it.

The tracker is read only at the moment and there aren’t many items yet. I’m still working with it so there might be some weird things happening but if you feel like it, check it out.

Flyspray
http://flyspray.org/

WLW beta 3 and spell checking

September 29th, 2007

After I installed the Windows Live Writer beta 3, I noticed that the spell checker didn’t work anymore. The reason was the fact that WLW was localized to Finland. However I only write English text so I’ll need the English dictionary. Hopefully the WLW team will let users to choose the spell check language directly from the WLW in the future.

Currently you can fix this issue by changing the loc file. That file seems to only have a ISO 639-1 language code (codes here). By changing the code to en, WLW enables the spell checker.

Default loc file path is:
C:Program FilesWindows LiveWriterloc

Thunderbird, calendar and google.

September 29th, 2007

I’ve used the Lightning addon for Thunderbird as my calendar for a year or so. Today I was browsing Lifehacker and found out that you can use the Google Calendar from Thunderbird. Lightning supports iCal which is also offered from Google Calendar, so it’s possible to import calendars to Thunderbird. However, it’s read only. If you create/edit events in Thunderbird, they won’t show in Google Calendar.
Fortunately there is a way to get around this limitation. There’s a Thunderbird addon that will let you to handle the calendar in both ways.

I’m thinking that I’ll replace the current forum calendar with a Google Calendar. It’s a lot more user friendly and more feature rich.

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Thunderbird
http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/

Lightning
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/lightning/

Provider for Google Calendar
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/4631

New versions (WLW and FileZilla)

September 22nd, 2007

  I’m here listening to Daily GizWiz episodes and thought to test the new version of Windows Live Writer. The newest build is Beta 3, released 5.9.07. It’s much more stable than Beta 2 and also the installation process went a lot smoother this time. There’s few new features and it work’s now in 28 different languages.
WLW is the one and only Microsoft application that I really like. The usability factor is really good. If you are a blogger I highly suggest to try this app.

Windows Live Writer
http://windowslivewriter.spaces.live.com/

  Another new version I’m using is FileZilla 3.0 I’ve used the 2.x version for a long time and just last week noticed that 3.0 version is out. FileZilla is a FTP client and as far as I know, it’s the best freeware client. The 3.0 version now support drag’n'drop to other programs like CubicExplorer. That’s the one feature I was missing in the older version. Now there’s only one minor feature I’m missing. It’s an option to copy the http address of a file to clipboard.

FileZilla
http://filezilla-project.org/

DBDesigner 4

August 4th, 2007

I’m currently designing a database (MySQL) for the new version/bug/task tracking system. For that task I’m using DBDesigner 4. It’s a free open source application designed to visually build databases. And it’s written in Delphi :) . To bad I don’t have Delphi 7 installed, otherwise I could have fixed few "design flaws" in it. I’ve used it for few days and have had no problems with it, except for a small annoyance in the table editor.

DBDesigner is now part of the official MySQL tools and it goes by the name of MySQL Workbench. I haven’t yet tested it so can’t say how it works. It still seems to be in Alpha stage (???).

Anyway, here’s how my database look at the moment:
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