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Archive for January, 2011

TVGids.nl trick – verder dan overmorgen

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/01/17

Een hack kun je dit niet noemen: de TVGids.nl werkt gewoon via URL‘s, dus kun je er met een simpele trick meer mee dan er via de standaard uitgebreid zoeken pagina wordt aangeboden.

Bijvoorbeeld de lijst programma’s bekijken die verder in de toekomst liggen dan overmogen.

Het gaat hierbij om de d parameter: die heeft het aantal dagen aan.

Meestal ben ik geïnteresseerd in de programma’s die ‘s avonds (t=4) worden uitgezonden op Nederlandstalige (z=1001) zenders.
De url ziet er als volgt uit: http://www.tvgids.nl/zoeken/?q=&d=2&z=1001&t=4&g=&v=0

Enkele voorbeeld URs: Read the rest of this entry »

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Wikipedia 10 turns ten – happy anniversary, be sure to donate to Wikipedia today!

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/01/15

Wikipedia turns 10 today.
So from this place: congratulations Wikipedia with this anniversary.

And for everyone reading this: please donate to Wikipedia today, and help celebrate this unique event.

–jeroen

via: Wikipedia 10.

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SEO guys taking over Google results: Search Filter and Stackoverflowizer Chrome extension

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/01/14

Over at least the last year, I keep adding more and more “site:domainname” clauses to my Google search queries because somehow content scrapers somehow rank higher in the Google results than the original content.

Some domainnames I often used because of good content:

  • stackoverflow.com
  • microsoft.com
  • wikipedia.org
  • apple.com
  • reference.com

Others too noticed the SEO guys are steadily taking over Google results: Jeff Atwood just wrote a great article on this topic (with an even greater list of comments), and there is even a Stackoverflowizer app redirecting back from the scrape sites back to the content!

The world upside down, but maybe this is some good news:
an opportunity for other search engines to fill the gap.
And it looks like they do, and Vivek Wadhwa wrote a nice article on those too.

There is an opportunity for browser extensions too, so here are some Google Chrome extensions:

Be prepared to fill your machines with some more memory as browser plugins do eat some.

–jeroen

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Mac OS X v10.6.6 Update

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/01/11

Last week, Apple released OS X version 10.6.6, of which the main feature is the Mac App Store.

The about Mac OS X v10.6.6. Update document describes how to update.

In addition to the Mac App Store, this update also contains an Apple security updates: a fix for a PackageKit man-in-the-middle vulnerability.

Download: Mac OS X v10.6.6 Update (or perform an automatic download)

–jeroen

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batch file scripts to get current date and current time in sortable ISO 8601 format

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/01/10

ISO 8601 is a great format for date and time (and combined) values.
It allows for both interchange of information, and ease of sorting values.

Recently, I had to create some backup and logging scripts for a 3rd party turn-key installation at a client.
You know: the kind of installation where the 3rd party manages to break their own scripts, but at the mean time close the system so much, that you cannot do anything but standard batch-file scripts.

The system runs partially on a Workstation that is based on a Dutch version of Windows XP, and a server that runs an English version of Windows Server 2008.
Recipe for some twiddling in order to keep the scripts working on both systems, and not to get bitten by localization.

This answer to a StackOverflow question got me a nice head-start: it was said to work in both the English and Portugese versions of Windows.
This post is the process to get correctly function batch-files towards the end of the post.

Of course, we Dutch are persistent enough to have yet different output for the %date% pseudo variable and the date and date /t commands.
The same holds for the %time% pseudo variable and the time and time /t commands.
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