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Archive for March, 2010

Completely disable accelerators feature in IE 8

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/27

Somehow, the accelerator “feature” in IE 8 always gets in the way when selecting text: as soon as the accelerator button becomes visible, I often cannot select more text, especially when running on RDP sessions.

Disabling it turned out to be easy: Completely disable accelerators feature in IE 8.


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New SPAM run faking one of my mailboxes, what do you do with the false “return to sender” messages?

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/26

It seems yesterday and today somebody tried to use the non-existing labourable account on my domain to perform a SPAM run.

For any recipients: Sorry for that, but there is not much I can do about it.

My inbox was full of  administrative “return to sender” mails.

I wonder: what do you do with those false “return to sender” mails?
Normally I delete them, because I hardly get any really follow up, and they interfere with my normal mail processing.
But: if a follow up occurs, it usually is a lot later than the SPAM run, and then it is easy to have those “return to sender” mails as a reference.

So: what do you do?


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Non-English error messages…

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/17

Sometimes you wish there was some universal translation table to get the English error messages.

Just got this at a client:

Project Foo.exe raised exception class EOleException with message ‘De bewerking moet worden uitgevoerd op een query die kan worden bijgewerkt‘.

The English translation of the error message is “Operation must use an updateable query” (which is also wrong: the query is indeed updateable).
But not knowing that English translation beforehand, how do you find out the cause?

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Posted in Access, Database Development, Delphi, Development | 2 Comments »

Ref: Microsoft Word Help FAQ. How to create heading numbering and outline numbering in Microsoft Word

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/16

I’m always fighting with numbering and formatting headings in Word. Legal documents, manuals, etc, all benefit when the headings are numbered and formatted right.

In Word, I love styles, so the best thing to get this right is to modify the styles of your headings.

Shauna Kelley wrote a great reference titled Microsoft Word Help FAQ. How to create heading numbering and outline numbering in Microsoft Word on this topic.

No need to add anything to that :-)


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Windows Embedded – disable/enable W32Time “Windows Time” service

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/15

In some environments having the “” service (W32Time) running is not desirable.

Circumstances where you might want to disable W32Time include:

  • scheduling algorithms that are sensitive to sudden time changes
  • usage of other time synchronization mechanisms

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Posted in Development, Power User, XP-embedded | 2 Comments »

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