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stream_socket_client() fails with no errors...

Today I had a weird one.

The PHP function named stream_socket_client(), used to create a socket to communicate with another computer over a network, may return $errno = 0 and $errstr = "".

The PHP reference actually mentions the problem:

On failure the errno and errstr arguments will be populated with the actual system level error that occurred in the system-level connect() call. If the value returned in errno is 0 and the function returned FALSE, it is an indication that the error occurred before the connect() call. This is most likely due to a problem initializing the socket. ...

Time Machine... To go back in time with a click!

A long time ago, I got http://www.m2osw.com ... and I created a website (you know a 1.0 kind of a website.) It look like an abomination, and I would have prefered to lose it...

Well... there are time machines that are not perfect but will show you some of the pages of my company's website from way back (it started in 2001).

http://web.archive.org/web/*/m2osw.com

And, please, don't laff! Okay... whatever... Hey! Stop it! Or write a comment below, I'd like your input...

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AddThis weird behaviors

I just switched my websites from one server to another and noticed that on my main company site (http://www.m2osw.com) I would get a # at the end of the URL. Automatically added somehow. Thinking that could be a bad guy I checked the code and could not really see anything.

Hitting "Back" once, I noticed that the # would be transformed to #atssh-digg. I don't have anything specific about digg on that page except the AddThis button. That adds Digg among some 150 different systems where you can share my pages.

Scan Alert

Just got that message today:

[18:06:04] Scan Alert: WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
=============================

ATTENTION ! Security Center has detected
malware on your computer !

Affected Software:

Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution / Virus Infection /
Unexpected shutdowns

Recommendation: Users running vulnerable version should install a repair
utility immediately

Your system IS affected, download the patch from the address below !
Failure to do so ...

QuickBooks and the address fields

When using the QODBC driver, it is possible to define all the Address fields. You have 5 x Addr, 5 x BlockAddr, City, Postal Code, Country, and Notes. This means quite many fields (15 to be precise.)

Trying to use the BlockAddr does not work.

The other fields work, but the result is that everything ends up in a blob of data. More or less, when you read it back, you'll have no clue what's what... That is one problem.

Now, the other problem is the following error:

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