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Archive for March, 2012

Pictures taken at the handover of the auctioned Giacomo Agostini Yamaha R1 ‘Ago’ special edition

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/03/26

20120324 - Pictures taken at the handover of the auctioned Giacomo Agostini Yamaha R1 'Ago' special edition - Peter Langaslag - MotoPort UithoornThis weekend I had the pleasure of taking some pictures during the handover of the auctioned Giacomo Agostini Yamaha YZF-R1 ‘Ago’ special edition. This one-off bike that was unveiled mid december 2011 by Giacomo Agostini himself together with Jaap van Zweden to be auctioned by BVA automotic to benefit Stichting Papageno.

The Dutch foundation Stichting Papageno supports families that have one or more children with autism. Jaap van Zwedenfamous Dutch violin player and conductor of the year 2012 – and his wife Aaltje founded it 14 years ago. One of their sons (Benjamin, 1990)  is autistic, and while raising him they found out that many more families were in need for support (about 1% of the children is diagnosed with some form of disorder in the autistic spectrum), hence the foundation.

Peter Langeslag racing for Stokvis Uithoorn at Zandvoort in 1986

Peter Langeslag racing for Stokvis Uithoorn at Zandvoort in 1986

The bike was modeled after the famous bike that Giacomo Agostini (English Wikipedia) (Dutch wikipedia) drove in the 70s and 80s of last century.

Peter Langeslag – friend and Yamaha race driver in the 80s (this is Peter Langeslag racing for Stokvis Leimuiden in the 80s, he raced on 500cc Yamaha bikes) won the action. News links on the auction:


the auctioned Giacomo Agostini Yamaha R1 'Ago' special edition - picture by Yahama Motor Nederland BV

the auctioned Giacomo Agostini Yamaha R1 'Ago' special edition - picture by Yahama Motor Nederland BV modeled after the bike on the right that Agostini used to drive on

Posted in About, Personal, Photography | Leave a Comment » Unicode Character Recognition

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/03/26

There are so many Unicode code points, that finding back one based on how a glyph looks like is similar to finding the needle in a haystack. to the rescue: it has a drawing box where you can draw the glyph, and a recognition engine that presents you with Unicode code points that have a similar glyph.

Draw something in the left box!

And let shapecatcher help you to find the most similar unicode characters!


via: Unicode Character Recognition.

Posted in Development, Encoding, LifeHacker, Power User, Software Development, Unicode | 1 Comment »

intelligent answer to “whats my ip” on Google Search

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/03/23

It looks like Google decreased traffic to many “Whats My IP” sites by automatically answering the whats my ip – Google Search query.

I’m not sure when they introduced this, but it is good and bad at the same time.


Via: whats my ip – Google Search.

Posted in Google, LifeHacker, Opinions, Power User | 2 Comments »

Some PowerShell SCCM links

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/03/22


Posted in .NET, PowerShell, Scripting, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

Enabling powershell to run unsigned scripts for the current user only (via: Absoblogginlutely!)

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/03/21

More than a year ago, I wrote about enabling PowerShell to run unsigned scripts, and a way to circumvent the “cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disabled on this system” error.

The solution  there uses the Set-ExecutionPolicy cmdlet, but only works for administrators. As of PowerShell 2.0, there is more fine grained control for the Set-ExecutionPolicy cmdlet, and an updated Set-ExecutionPolicy cmdlet topic which I overlooked.

The solution below shows what happens when the current user is not an administrator, and works around it by applying it only for the current user.

error message:

Set-ExecutionPolicy : Access to the registry key 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\ShellIds\Microsoft.PowerShell' is denied.

Sure enough I don’t have permission to this registry key.

I checked with our admin to ensure this wasn’t set in group policy before I started fiddling around. Found out that there is another setting that is user specific that can be set with

Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope CurrentUser -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

This will allow the current user to run unsigned scripts he wrote himself, but still require remote (for instance downloaded) scripts to be signed.

Note it is easy to strip the “remote” flag of a downloaded script: NTFS keeps this flag in the Zone:Identifier NTFS alternate data stream.
Only do that for scripts you trust.


via: Absoblogginlutely! » Enabling powershell to run scripts with registry permissions..

Posted in .NET, Development, PowerShell, Scripting, Software Development | 4 Comments »

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