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Some Windows 8.1 Update (KB2919355) notes

Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2014/04/17

Windows 8.1 Update has the search icon on the home screen. Windows 8.1 Update has the search icon and power off button at the top right side on the home screen.After the interesting piece at Microsoft Abandons Windows 8.1: Take Immediate Action Or Be Cut Off Like Windows XP I decided to make sure it is installed on all my Windows 8.x systems. That wasn’t so easy as “apply this update”.

There are various reasons the update can fail (at least one is even lying, see below) and there is no obviously automated way to check it has been applied.

First of all, two checks to see if Windows 8.1 Update is installed. From my question Batch file: how to check if Windows 8.1 update is installed – Super User I learned this simple statement:

reg query "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v BuildLabEx

If it returns a value of 17031 or higher, then Windows 8.1 Update is installed. The second and third scripts at How to differentiate Windows 8.1 Update 1 from Windows 8.1? are elaborating on that version number.

But for the average user it is even easier: on the home screen, check if the search icon (magnification glass) is visible. See the image on the right.

Potential error messages

Quite a few users get error messages when installing the update. Some of them are these:   Read the rest of this entry »

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Interactive Maps of Amsterdam / Interactieve kaarten van Amsterdam

Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2014/04/17

via Gas and Electra usage map of Amsterdam I ended up at Interactieve kaarten van Amsterdam.

Nice! Comparing the energy usage of your household with others in the city.



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Flickr: The Help Forum: Can’t view my original sizes; solve this manually with a simple URL workaround

Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2014/04/17

In every new update, Flickr either seems to hide, or move useful options away.

About a month ago, this was the case with the “View All Sizes” of a photo. Having multiple sizes of a photo is one of the key features when Flickr was introduced. There is even a naming scheme for these resized photos.

A very useful option when you need thumbnails (for instance when you write a blog).

It later got resolved, but now the option is tucked away like 4 mouse clicks (on various areas of your screen) deep:

When selecting ‘download/all sizes’ a ‘view all sizes’ link now appears.

If there is nothing wrong with your typing skills, this is a very quick workaround: add `/sizes` at a specific part of the photo URL.

For instance, these URLs:     Read the rest of this entry »

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Fiddler2 to the max: inserting proxy authentication to use DropBox (or other app) behind a corporate firewall

Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2014/04/16

A while ago, I was working with a not so cooperative corporate firewall. All web browsers would work fine, but most other applications would not go through the proxy in a nice way.

For instance, DropBox would show the dreadfull “Connection Error” dialog shown on the right.

That dialog basically means “Dropbox has no clue what happens, try fiddling with your proxy or account settings, then press Reconnect Now” to retry.

Many other applications had issues (for instance Visual Studio connecting to Team Foundation System was very unreliable and the workarounds clumsy).

CNTLM: not the solution

I got inspired by the I code and code: Tutorial: How to use Dropbox behind a corporate proxy server using CNTLM, even though I was pretty sure the corporate firewall was not NTLM based.

And indeed, CNTLM -v -M -c CNTLM.INI would give errors like this:

cntlm: Proxy returning invalid challenge!
headers_send: fd 4 warning -999 (connection closed)
Connection closed

HTTP Fiddler: looks promising

So I fired up my old buddy Fiddler 2 HTTP debugging proxy.

Further on, you will learn that Fiddler2 is much more, but right now it is enough to know that it basically sits as a local proxy between your applications and the outside world. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in .NET, .NET 2.0, .NET 3.0, .NET 3.5, .NET 4.0, .NET 4.5, Development, DropBox, JavaScript, JavaScript/ECMAScript, Power User, Scripting, SocialMedia, Software Development, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

knowledge worker tip: adding a Google Group to #Feedly using one of its RSS feeds

Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2014/04/15

Today I learned that each Google Group has RSS and ATOM feeds. That allows you to add them to Feedly (a great online RSS reader that won a lot of market share when Google Reader got ditched).

This is how you do it (I’m using the Spring4D group as an example).

  1. Go to the group page!forum/spring4d
  2. On the right side, click on “About” which brings you to!aboutgroup/spring4d
  3. Copy any of the RSS or ATOM links and add it to Feedly.


Posted in Delphi, Delphi 2010, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Delphi XE5, Delphi XE6, Development, Google, GoogleGroups, Power User, Software Development, Spring4D | 2 Comments »


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