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Archive for September 9th, 2011

Twitter Status fail? what’s up with twitter when it doesn’t load, but tells you everything is fine? Swisscom again?

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/09/09

Though Twitter Status tells me that everything is OK, none of my Twitter clients can get any data.

Other web-sites work fine, and Twitter pages in my web browsers tell me this:

Loading seems to be taking a while.

Twitter may be over capacity or experiencing a momentary hiccup. Try again or visit Twitter Status for more information.

Is this the Swisscom hotel internet thing from this morning acting up again?


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Delphi XE2 FireMonkey: the reason you should not have used assembly

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/09/09

Right now, I’m porting a bunch of stuff over to FireMonkey in Delphi XE 2 so it can run cross platform.
(Be sure to attend the RAD Studio XE2 World Tour when possible, this stuff is way cool!)

Having avoided Windows x86 assembly in my own sources for years, I’m astonished by the number of 3rd party libraries that do.

Right now, third party libraries that you want to use with FireMonkey need these requirements:

  1. In order to run on x64 or OS X:
    Don’t rely on x86 assembly instructions, or provide alternatives for other platforms than Windows x86
  2. In order to run on the an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch iOS device (which all run on Arm), or iOS simulator from the iOS SDK (which is not an emulator, it runs x86):
    Be compatible with Free Pascal 2.5.1.

And the fact that you should have separated your business logic from your UI logic years ago :)

Of course that was what the Future proofing your Delphi apps seminar from Simon Stuart was about.

What baffles me is that so little 3rd party code adheres to that.



Today and tomorrow I’m be at the German conference; I’ve already met a lot of people in the Delphi XE2 tutorial and look forward to meet more tomorrow.
Contrary to what the schedule says, my session on a pragmatic Delphi code generator will be in German, I’m sure most attendees will like that.

Sunday I’ll fly to SFO to speak at the conference in San Jose, CA.
There, my preconference tutorial on Delphi Certification and sessions on XML and XSLT will be in English, as I’m sure more people there understand that better than German :)

Posted in About, Certifications, Conferences, Delphi,, DelphiLive, Development, Event, FireMonkey, Personal, Software Development | 6 Comments »

How to disable the annoying Windows #Skype 5.5 Home Screen auto pop-up #fail

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/09/09

Well, it looks like the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft is showing results: Skype 5.5 introduces an annoying “Skype Home” popup page.

Luckily Disable Skype 5.5 Home Screen auto pop-up explains how to get rid of this (it is open source).

Probably time to move on from Skype to something else…


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Cool site of the day: Download Online Videos Save Direct Easily – (not only for YouTube)

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/09/09

Cool site of the day :)

Download Online Videos Save Direct Easily –


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#swisscom hotel #internet #fail: breaks Google Mail, lousy internet rates, for EUR 18 per day!

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/09/09

See the images below.

This is what Swisscom hotel internet gets you when you pay them EUR 18 per day.

Swisscom internet has a transparent http proxy that is not so transparent: it breaks Google Mail.

Actually it is low-speed internet; for like EUR 40 a month, I get way more speed at home, with the plus that it always works and always is “high” speed.
Swisscom hotel internet could reach 6 megabit downstream (but it doesn’t), also the upstream is lousy:

What you actually obtain is more like 2 megabit, not 6 megabit.
That download at home takes like 20 minutes at 10 megabit ADSL speed.

This is what they promise (click on the image to enlarge):

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