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Far less active on blog on social media: some personal things that need to be done.

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/04/03

Some people already noticed me being far less active on social media including this blog.

This will continue for a while, as I am supporting two people that are very dear to me.

  • One needs to get some MRI scans very soon, with past results not being promising, so consequences not clear yet.
  • Another I am protecting from mental abuse by somebody close, something which is very hard to prove, but has very real consequences. Recognising the – initially very subtle – behavioral changes, and convincing other people up the supporting and medical tree they were indeed true and related, took several years, so I recon the recovery process will take long too.

Luckily, my blog queue has been filled with about 2 years of content, so that will run automatically.

Social media response from me will be on a “when I feel like it” base until further notice, focussing on things that give me energy and bring me joy.



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The biggest lie I tell myself is not about new years resolutions.

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/01

The biggest lie I tell myself is “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it”

It’s likely older, but the oldest reference I could find was 2012¬†[WayBack].

So before I forget:

Happy New Year everyone!

With the above quote, it is no coincidence I started my blog even earlier (in 2009): it’s my off-line memory, way better readable than my hand-writing and indexed by various search engines.

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When archiving in the WayBack machine returns error 400: clear your cookies

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/16

When archiving pages in the WayBack machine, despite Privacy Badger having set to “save no cookies”, it still managed to set truckloads of cookies.

So I used the Chrome settings in chrome://settings/content/cookies to disable cookies and now everything is fine.


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Excel on Mac OS X: Insert, move, or delete page breaks in a sheet

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/16

Since I always get confused by the differences in Excel versions (not just between Mac OS X  and Windows):

In Excel for Mac, you can adjust where automatic page breaks occur, add your own page breaks manually, and remove manual page breaks.

Source: [WayBack] Insert, move, or delete page breaks in a sheet.


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Is This the Life We Really Want? : Roger Waters : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/16

I forgot it was released, but then found back an old note to check it out:

[WayBack] Is This the Life We Really Want? : Roger Waters : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

I quick listen to a few tracks reminds me of The Wall.


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TestInsight provides a local JSON web-server from the IDE for the test-runner to communicate from

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/15

Stefan Glienke shared the TestInsight default JSON web-server location with me through chat; I like it!

Some endpoints:

The mechanism for accessing this JSON server are implemented in the TestInsight.Client.pas

You can find the endpoint base URL in TestInsightSettings.ini which by default looks like this:



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When Powershell function won’t work: you define them with commas and parentheses, but call them with spaces and no parentheses

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/15

The function or command was called as if it were a method. 
Parameters should be separated by spaces. For information about 
parameters, see the about_Parameters Help topic.

Every now and then I bump into the above error. The reason is this:

  1. Functions are defined with commas between parameters and parentheses around them
  2. One-parameter functions can be called with one parameter surrounded by parentheses
  3. Multi-parameter functions need to be called with spaces between parameters and no parentheses surrounding them

Confused? #MeToo

The problem: [WayBack] about_Parameters_Default_Values | Microsoft Docs

Based on [WayBack] Powershell function won’t work.


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