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Ceterum censeo…

Ceterum censeo…


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    03/13/2013 (3:43 pm)

    This just makes me sad…

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    Google Reader Retirement Notice 20130314

    A petition, for what it’s worth.


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    12/25/2012 (12:27 am)

    Windows 7 File Search

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    On the whole, I find Windows 7 quite agreeable. There was one fail point, though… file search. In particular:

    1. Windows 7 returns matches on search terms in the file, not only on file name. Sometimes this is handy, but it quickly returns too many files. It’s especially annoying when trying to locate one of my own well named documents, which I’ve temporarily misplaced.
    2. Window 7 returns every file matching every token, without any sort of ranking.

    So the question is: how to effectively search for a particular file name?

    I found some search term specifications here. Key points are:

    • AND, OR, and NOT are back
    • System.FileName to search file names only
    • Terms so search matches ‘begins with’, ‘contains’, ‘does not contain’
    • specify file types

    (There’s more criteria at the reference.)

    A case study

    Question: how do you find the Weekly BCT Supply Reports from multiple folders full of files with names like:

    • 021 Test Summary_PT_G-TOPAS_StockTaking_20120926.xls
    • 041 Issue_List_GTOPAS_StockTaking_20120926.xls
    • 051 Q&A_List_GTOPAS_StockTaking_20120926.xls
    • 011 WeeklyReport_PU_G-TOPAS_StockTaking_20120926.xls
    • 041 Issue_List _Supply_20121017.xls
    • 051 Q&A_List_Supply_20121017.xls
    • Test Review Issue Log Supply 20121017.xls
    • 011 WeeklyReport_PU_Supply_20121017.xls
    • 021 Test Summary_PT_Supply_20121017.xls
    • 02 DailyReport_IFT_Supply_20121203.xls
    • 03 Test Summary_IFT_Supply_20121203.xls
    • 04 IncidentList_PH(ST)_Supply_20121203.xls
    • 01 WeeklyReport_IFT_Supply_20121203.xls
    • 02 DailyReport_BCT_Supply_20121217.xls
    • 03 IncidentList_PH(ST)_Supply_BCT_20121217.xls
    • 06010217_BCT_Scenario_List_Supply_Kaizen_20121217.xls
    • 01 WeeklyReport_BCT_GT_Supply_20121217.xls
    • 03 IncidentList_PH(BCT)_Stocktaking_20121103.xls
    • 06010300_BCT_Scenario_List_Stocktaking.xls
    • 01 WeeklyReport_BCT_GT_StockTaking_20121203.xls
    • 02 DailyReport_BCT_GT_StockTaking_20121203.xls

    Answer: Use this search term in the windows file search.

    System.FileName:~=weekly AND System.FileName:~=BCT AND System.FileName:~=supply type:xls

    Go Go Gadget Boolean Search!


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    10/14/2012 (9:29 pm)

    Controling Proxy For Chrome And Eclipse

    Filed under: Uncategorized ::

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    My work computer is fairly solidly locked down in many ways. On particular struggle has been avoiding the proxy server for localhost apps. Since I lack admin rights, I can’t take the easy solution. For various reasons, I finally decided I needed to solve these problems, so I went a-hunting.

    In Chrome

    As mentioned for my local wiki,

    For some reason, Chrome insists on going to the proxy for local host, and I don’t have rights to change it. IE6, on the other hand, treats local as local.

    I spent some time messing about with command line switches to get around this (see “–proxy-bypass-list” if you’re interested). I didn’t quite get this to work, but it felt achievable, given enough messing around with batch files.

    In the end, though, I found a much more useful solution: a Chrome Extension named Switchy!. This plugin allows configuration and easy changes between user defined proxy configurations.

    In practice, the main benefit here is one-click changing of proxy settings, between the default proxy that lets me access the web, and a direct connection that lets me access local settings.

    I’ve tried using ’switch rules’, a feature which automatically switches between proxy configurations based on the URL. In particular, I’ve set up a rule to use a direct connection when the URL is for the localhost. It works mostly, but something has a tendency to reset it.

    In Eclipse

    Eclipse has some built in configuration, but for whatever reason (lack of admin rights?) I can’t change them. So I went looking for some way of forcing the bypass, and I found it here:

    For NTLMv2 Proxies, that require user name and password for access the workaround is to

    1. Disable the ECF httpclient provider.
    2. Provide the NTLMv2 proxy authentication info (proxyhost, domain, username, and password)

    In practice, edit your eclipse.ini file to append the following properties…

    -Dhttp.nonProxyHosts=localhost|127.0.0.1 ”

    This doesn’t really work very well, so I end up using Switchy for one-click changing of proxies as needed, which is a tolerable work around.


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    08/22/2012 (12:42 am)

    The Hare and the Tortoise

    Filed under: Stories ::

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    One spring, the animals of the forest gathered for a day of gossip and fun, as they do every year, in the places we don’t see.

    The Hare started bragging about his golf game, not so much from pride or insecurity, but simply because he liked talking about himself. “Clearly, I’m the best golfer in the forest”, he boasted. “None of you could hope to match my skills.” And the other animals shuffled their feet and looked away, partly because they knew this was true, but also because they didn’t care, and didn’t know why the Hare couldn’t keep it to himself.

    The Tortoise, however, grew tired of his bragging, and challenged the Hare to a round of golf. The Hare laughed at the idea, but accepted the obviously lop-sided challenge.

    Now, understand that this is a metaphorical Hare. Understand that the key fact about such a Hare is not that they are fast. Oh, no. The key point is that a Hare is naturally great at any contest. And as soon as they started playing, this was immediately apparent. The Hare stepped up to the tee, and bamn! 250 yards, straight down the fairway. Another shot, and the Hare was on the green. He sinks the putt, and it’s a birdie on the first hole.

    This continues for most of the front nine. Every shot, the Hare was on or under par, because Hares are just that good. But Hares are also feckless. After a few holes, the Hare stopped at a kiosk and had a beer. A couple of holes later, he had another. The Hare stopped scoring under par, and started going over. The day draged on. Eventually the round is completed, because golf doesn’t end until you’ve done all 18 holes. At the end of the day, the Hare is well over par. And this is pretty much the way the Hare always scores, because that’s how Hares work… great start, a distraction, and a fumbling attempt to complete.

    Of course, the Tortoise is also a metaphorical creature, and the key trait to a metaphorical Tortoise is that they are terrible at the contest. Laughably so. The Tortoise played badly. His swings didn’t connect, and rolled only a handful of yards. Balls went into the water, or out of bounds, or into the scrub. Chips go too far, and end up further away than the last shot. Putts fall short, and then go long.

    But metaphorical Tortoises are also determined. The Tortoise stuck to his game. He worked through the course, focused only on the current shot, with his mind on the game. The Tortoise didn’t get bothered by whether or not he was six shots over par on the last hole, or whether or not he was five over on the hole before that, or what his average was for the last three holes, or what that would mean for his projected score. All the way to the end, nothing but 18 holes of careful, methodical and poorly-aimed play.

    The Tortoise lost, of course. Big time. The final score was Hare: 93, Tortoise 164. When you’re not sinking the ball in fewer shots, being careful and methodical gets you a gold star in not winning.

    Moral: Understand how the winner wins.

    The game ended, but the story continues. The Tortoise is still a Tortoise, after all, and is therefore determined beyond other animals. He kept practicing, working to improve his game. Day after day, week after week, the Tortoise practices. Not because he enjoys it, particularly, but because he’s a Tortoise, and that’s what a Tortoise does. He spends a miserable winter, ignoring distractions, studying each shot, and perfecting his technique. All through the winter, the Tortoise practices and works, alone.

    Eventually, the winter ended, and spring came. The animals gathered once more, where we don’t see, and gossiped under the sun. And once again, just like every year, the Hare started bragging that there wasn’t an animal around who could beat him, and the animals were silently wishing the fellow would just push off. And once again, the Tortoise challenged the Hare to a match. The Hare laughed good-naturedly, and accepted.

    They started playing, and right away, the change was obvious. The Hare made par, and the Tortoise came in one under. The Hare made a birdie, and the Tortoise made an eagle. The Tortoise was hitting beautifully, each shot going further, straighter and closer. It was a heart-warming demonstration of the virtues of practice.

    Soon enough, the Hare conceded. “I admit it; you’re a better player than me.”

    But the Tortoise, having practiced so long, could only see the things he was doing wrong, and said “Naaah. Go on.”

    And the Hare says, “No, it’s true. Look at the score and see.”

    And the Tortoise looked, and saw, and he said “Woopee! It’s true! I am a Swan! And a very fine Swan indeed!” Because that’s what makes a metaphorical Swan: first they’re ugly, and hide during the winter, and then they come back in spectacular form. So the Swan kept playing, and pretty soon he was beating the pants off the Hare. Not only because the Swan was so good now, but also because the Hare was still a Hare, and started drinking halfway through the game.

    And the Swan, being a metaphorical Swan, is not only really good, but is also kind of a jerk. Pretty soon, the Swan started making snide comments about out how the Hare just wasn’t as good as the Swan. And the Hare (by this time a few sheets to the wind) didn’t take it well. They quarreled, and then they fought. The game was abandoned.

    The Swan and the Hare never played again, because Swans don’t hang around with losers, and Hares hate buzz-kills.

    Moral: The Swans were dicks. Fables have terrible morals.


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    06/27/2012 (12:29 am)

    Personal Wiki

    Filed under: Scripting ::

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    For the past six months, I’ve been running a portable wiki on my work computer. I use it for all my personal notes, and have been quite pleased with the experience.

    It’s easy an easy format for creating documents. Mostly, it’s straight text. Wiki markup makes lists easy to create. Images are somewhat cumbersome to add - certainly harder than copy and paste into Word, but less prone to creating unwieldy documents.

    The best parts are the wiki specific features:

    • Cross linking is added to the exact extent that I can be bothered to do it. I do like being able to automatically search for incoming links to a concept.
    • I have profile pages for the various people I meet, including pictures and business card scans where possible.
    • All pages are searchable from a single point.
    • Editing the sidebar means that key pages are easy to access.

    I do find that there’s an ongoing need for cleaning and moving content. Things that I thought would be important aren’t, and new subjects occupy my attention. The wiki format helps here - I can cut and paste slabs of text, and move pages around as I wish.

    I’m currently toying with using it as a document archive. If my php skills existed at all, I’d be looking at writing a plugin to make a version history page.

    Setup

    The first consideration is that I have to use portable software (i.e. no installation). My work computer is sufficiently locked down that this is the only software I can install.

    The first step was installing Uniform Server Nano, a Windows-based PHP web server. (Actually, this is only ”mostly” portable. It can’t be installed into a directory with a space in it, so for instance “My Documents” is out.) The server works well for me, except the Tomcat JSP plugin development seems to have ground to a halt sometime in 2007 without explanation.

    Next I installed pmwiki, a php based wiki. I choose this one because installation is easy, and it’s a file based system, so it doesn’t need a database running. (I original tried a stand alone installation i.e. no web server, but that proved way to buggy.) Also, it’s used in TV Tropes.

    Then I played a bit over the next few months, installing various plugins, and configuring to my liking. Pmwiki ettiqute says I should say when I use plugins, so I did

    Finally, I set up a batch file to archive the wiki every day.

    The one point that makes me sad is I’m stuck in IE6. For some reason, Chrome insists on going to the proxy for local host, and I don’t have rights to change it. IE6, on the other hand, treats local as local.

    Next week I upgrade to Windows 7, and I’ve no idea if this will continue to work. *sigh*

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