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fogbugz subversion intergration problem

We recently were trying to integrate our subversion server with our new on demand fogbugz repository. We encountered a problem whereby the post-commit hook file and associated Perl script worked as expected when run manually from the command line, notifying fogbugz of the commit related to a specific bug. However when these scripts were executed automatically by subversion on an actual commit, the scripts were silently failing. We traced the bug to the script. As mentioned in link the problem was that the path for wget was not being correctly set when subversion called the script. The fix was to edit so that we explictly set $wget_path = “/usr/bin/wget”; instead of $weg_path = ‘which wget’;

unblocking unsafe attachments in outlook

Outlook will by default block several attachments including .mdb files, there is no way from within outlook to unblock these attachments, however what you can do is insert a new string value of Level1Remove with data value consisting of the file extensions that you wish to unblock such as .mdb;.pst;.etc into My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Security


show folders sidebar by default

Win XP by default has that really useless side bar in the file explorer window that gives you options like publish files to the web or burn to cd but really who thought that these were actions that the user was doing so often that they needed to take up valuable screen real estate all the time instead of being pushed to some menu or even a button on the tool bar. When what we really need to see there is the explorer/folders bar all the time, for some reason on some xp installs if you display the folders side bar when you re open the folder it will have disapeared again even if you modify the folder view settings to preserve the view options. If this has been bothering you the fix is detailed here, note make sure you are modifying the settings of (NONE) Folder and not (NONE) File Fiolder

xp corrupt cdrom drivers code 39

Had a weird problem lately after adding a know to be working dvd writer to my desktop. Installed the drive on the same ide cable as my existing drive set it up as salve (otherwise the bios didn’t recognize either drive) and then booted into windows. So far so good nothing i hadn’t done a thousand times before. Only when i got into windows the drives weren’t there, my computer was empty save for the hard drives, a quick look in the device manager and i found exclamation marks next to both drives each indicating a Code 39 error missing or corrupt driver. The problem with that is the driver for both drives was the one supplied by windows and i hadn’t done anything to corrupt it, tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drives through the device manager and manual’s setting the driver but each time they drives would not correctly install. Found the following registry hack by povmec on which did the trick, re-posted here for posterity.

Run REGEDIT, open up the following folders:
{4D36E965-E325 -11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

After clicking on {4D36E965-E325 -11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} you should see two settings on the right-hand side:

Click on each of them, press DELETE and click YES.

Uninstall the defective hardware in device manager and then rescan h/w in device manager.

Drives should install correctly.

eclipse “organise imports” broken

After installing the EPIC Perl IDE the eclipse key combination CTRL+Shift+O for invoking the organize imports command no longer worked. Traced the problem to a new key binding that is setup by EPIC for one of the tiny HTML commands. This key binding CTRL+Shift+O is by default active when editing text, unfortunately this seems to be applicable for when editing java also. To fix change the assignment from editing text to editing perl (note you have to delete the existing assignment and create a new one to change the assignment).

Java Regular Expression Viewers for Eclipse

I know its like getting hit on the head with the blindingly obvious but there seem to be a few for viewers similar to that which comes with the EPIC Perl plug in for evaluating Java regular expressions also. Have no idea how I missed out on these and how one has not yet become part of the default eclipse build. However useful a Perl RE viewer is a Java RE viewer is worth its weight in gold considering the little complexities of the Java RE syntax.

EPIC – Eclipse Perl Integration

You probably already have seen this, but dude this has come a long way since I last saw it. Still a bit rough around the edges on the ui side of things but functionally it’s a great free perl ide. The ability to use the standard eclipse debugging views is really cool as is the regular expression evaluation view. You need to install the PadWalker module to use the debugging functionality but you can install that straight from the ActivePerl package manager if thats your flavor.

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Just got a replacement strap for my first swatch watch from a The watch in question is a 1997 Irony Chrono called “Straight Edge” see here

This was the only place on the web i could find genuine replacement swatch parts, ebay et al have loads of people selling replaement swatch parts but these on closer inspection are just generic parts.

Tokyo to Shannon

6086 miles

120 minutes queuing

22 inches of legroom

13 hours flying

8 passport checks

4 in-flight movies

3 x-ray machines

2 continents

1 magazine


Having to pack several bags of Tokyo duty free that were perfectly ok to bring on board in Narita into a single laptop bag to get through Heathrow security…. Priceless.

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