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  • One thing we do with lists on a website is to put a small image to replace the default bullet with something that looks nice in the theme.

    If you are still reading the documentation on how to place an image in a list to replace the default bullet and what you read is some talks about list-style-image then you are in the wrong direction. Of course, this works great with Mozilla. But Internet Explorer does not understand the concept of list-style-image at all.

  • In the last few days I've been trying to find the reason for a slowness in one very specific case in a software. It looks like it crashes and since it includes many try/catch with (...) it certainly captures the fact, but contrary to what it is expected to do, this one does not get logged! In any event, I wanted to prove that the area where we first were looking was not affected, and sure enough it was not. The problem is somewhere else. However, to prove that I needed to have a way to log milli-seconds because things happen very fast and a 1 second decimation is definitively not enough.

  • Quite often, I write documents that require a logo from a brand such as Microsoft or Apple. Here I have link that take me to the pages were I can get the logos. The following are links to the logos of different companies I work with. If you have some, feel free to share! The list is in alphabetical order.

    • Apple

    • Made to Order Software Corporation

  • Subversion Labels?

    At this time, Subversion does NOT support simple labels.

    This would be neat, but it simply isn't available.

    What I usually want to do is mark all the files in a folder with a label to mark that point in time as a specific version. There is no feature in Subversion to do that.

    There are many different things you can do to circumvent this problem.

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  • Today I needed to test a transfer from a file system to another making sure that a 750Mb file was being tranfered correctly. For this I wanted to run an md5sum on the file from the native OS (MS-Windows) and then on the target OS (Linux).

    I found a nice utility that worked right in and returned the correct result (what I'd expect.)

    MD5sum by Jem Berkes, SysDesign

  • As I was working on a project in MS-Access, I ran in a problem with this error which meant close to nothing, at least nothing to do with what I was working on.

    The truth was that I had made changes in a parent form and the sub-form Load function would fail with that error. After a while I finally thought that the problem was probably with the fact that the parent was not compiling.

    I used the Debug feature to compile everything and fixed the couple of errors I had to fix the problem. What the error in itself was is most certainly not relevant, although the two reasons for the mix up were ...

  • As I was working in Visual Studio today I had a problem with AQtime which I just installed. More or less, AQtime attempts to read the file that you're just writing and at the time you try to save the manifest in the output, it fails because AQtime has the .exe open in Read Only mode.

    To fix the problem I simple said don't generate the manifest, which seemed the be the right solution. That made the compilation work great, but then AQtime would not be able to start the executable. Seemingly nothing would happen (i.e. type F5, made sure the parameters were fine, click Run, AQtime and the ...

  • Somehow, each time I want to know the version of cl1 I just cannot remember the correct name for the macro to use. This is _MSC_VER. This is set to a large number such as 1300. This number represents the compile version. Not the version of the IDE that started later and seems to have been moving slower too. So, at time of writing, the current IDE is version 8.0, but the corresponding compiler is 1400.

    Compiler Version IDE Version Year
    1100 Visual C++ 5.0 ...
    • 1. In case you did not know, cl is the C/C++ compiler.
  • Today I decided to write a document for a customer about some work I have done for them.

    I thought it would be a good idea to use Microsoft Word on the system I'm using for the development. It is from Office 2007.

    Not too surprised that things look all different since I used MS-Access for a while now and it has this same new "weird" look.

    What I ran into, however, is a wall when it came to creating styles with nested lists. You know, a usual document with points:


    And I could create lists, but not nested lists. In other ...

  • As I was trying to debug a problem using an STL vector, I looked at the resulting assembly and saw this strange thing:

    mov eax,dword ptr fs:[0000000h]

    And a little further down, the opposite:

    mov dword ptr fs:[0000000h],eax

    These statements are from VC++ so the first is "put fs:[0] in eax" and the second is "save eax at fs:[0]".

    Curious I looked around and found a page describing what's really hapenning. If you need to know, that's actually initializing the exception structure for this function. The fs:[0] location is where that structure pointer is saved ...

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