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Flash to play stream audio

I create this page to talk about the work I've done to create a small Flash animation (under 1Kb) used to play a stream of audio (most specifically, from the radio Hotmix 106.)

MS-Access not limiting unbound text fields

When creating an unbound text in MS-Access it is not constrained in length. The text limit you get when the field is bound to the database table is really neat, but there is not direct way to access that code (it's probably something hard coded in the MS-Access system.)

This means you have to re-implement the behavior.

I found this page Unbound text box: limiting entry length which has a very good solution. Just in case the page disappears, there is what I use (a simplified version that doesn't manage errors because I do not like that — errors are not supposed to happen, when they do,

QWidget not appearing without a Layout

I got a problem with Qt that took me a whole day to fix!

I created a widget with many children. At first I used the QVBoxLayout and QHBoxLayout to lay out the child buttons in a grid like layout without paying much attention to the details. This was not too bad except that somehow the system picked up the smallest possible size for each button. Once I put a minimum size, it was better, but still not giving me much control in comparison to the specification for my project.

So at that point I looked around to learn how to create your own layout. Got the idea to look at the existing layout

ASIX Electronics Corp. AX88178 -- not working with default module

My Story

First of all, if I got this device it is because my two integrated NIC Card on my P55A-UD4P died. One of them does not even light up. Completely dead! When connected to my modem, the light on the modem doesn't come up either. Weird! That's the first NIC that broke on me like this. I plugged my cable in the other NIC, just in case, and the light came up. Hurra? Not really. Ain't working either. It connects, but when trying to send a ping, it goes really fast meaning that the hardware doesn't know what's happening and is most certainly generating a flood of interrupts. Just in

Attack by Bots

Since the ZmEu attack, I've been watching my logs a little closer. I also found a page that I could not read (but Google could and was kind enough to provide a cached version.) That page listed many bots that are not nice bots. So? I decided to block some of them, especially those that use very bad URLs or load many pages too quickly.

The result is that I'm getting more and IP addresses in my firewall. Although they get removed in a schedule that I will not state here, I can tell you that each time I block tenth when not hundredth of useless hits (worst than that at times those could be

Older Internet Explorer (v7 and older) background leakage...

I worked on a site a week ago or so and checked it with IE 8 but not IE 7...

The customer then contacted me saying that some images were "completely" off. (about 30 pixels)

The image being off was actually centered. IE 7 and older does NOT properly reset the text-align CSS settings. So the parent setting leaks in the children instead of the chidren using the default as they should. So that one was easy, I just added a text-align: left; in the next <div> statement and got that to work right!

Closing a window from Flash

I had a little project which requirements was an Adobe Flash animation that calls a JavaScript function to close a browser window.

With the newest version of Internet Explorer, it will first ask you whether you want to let the script close your window... that's a problem when you'd like that process to be smooth (i.e. without user interaction.)

Compressed CSS & Boost when developing

On my sites, I'm using boost to allow much faster access time (close to instantaneous in comparison to hitting Drupal and all the database accesses...)

The result is great! But it generates some problems when you test a page. It does not get refreshed... Easy, you can clear the cache. Not advisable when your cache is around 10,000 files. A better way, is to go to that page and click on "Flush Page" (available in one of the blocks offered by boost.)

Code references

The following are three distinct nodes using geshifilter which is a filter used in Drupal (and other systems) to transform the content of the node from code to colorful HTML.

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