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Archive for March 31st, 2014

Charset Detector :: Summary

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/31

In case I ever need it: [Wayback] Charset Detector :: Summary.

It is empirical (you cannot 100% reliably find out what character set / encoding a file is), but has a good score.

A similar problem is detecting the language. There too you can get a good score.



Posted in .NET, C#, Delphi, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Delphi XE5, Development, Encoding, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

SQL Server: when your database is in “Recovery Pending” mode

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/31

With SQL Server, when your database is in “Recovery Pending” mode don’t just start blindingly search google, but sit down as you might be causing more damage doing so.

After sitting down, read these two posts by Paul Randal | from his SQL Server Corruption series:

  1. Search Engine Q&A #4: Using EMERGENCY mode to access a RECOVERY PENDING or SUSPECT database.
  2. SQL Server EMERGENCY mode repair.

Then think about it before acting.

Though the simplest cause for “Recovery Pending” might be that a disk spin-up was slow, or a disk became full (and everything might just be dandy after the disk is available and there is enough room on it), make sure you read the above posts first before relying on the simple causes.


Posted in Development, Software Development, SQL Server, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014 | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

EU Cookie Regulations vs. Google+ plugins (via: Gerwin Sturem; Google Drive)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/31

Interesting article by Gerwin Sturm on EU Cookie Regulations vs. Google+ plugins.

It’s not just that the directive causes this nagging because “of course we can’t remember that users haven’t given us consent for storing cookies, because that would require storing a cookie, so the consent banner will always appear until the user has actually given consent.”

Some other valuable tips are in this article as well. Now go read it (:


Posted in Development, HTML, HTML5, Software Development, Web Development | Leave a Comment » / Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer verwalten / Manage VAT Registration Number

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/31

When you order for business usage, and your business can deduct VAT/Mwst, you can have and send invoices without VAT for most goods.

Some restrictions apply, read these pages before performing the steps below:

For (they ship most goods for free from Germany to us for orders over EUR 20), follow these steps: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in LifeHacker, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Mac/Android: Transfer files through USB (via: Nexus Help)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/31

Too bad a Mac – no matter the OS X version – does not interoperate out of the box with Android like a Windows machine does.

On a Mac you need Android File Transfer to access the Android storage from your Mac.

This transfer app is very fast though and is way easier to use than doubleTwist.

From the Nexus help:

Mac OS transfer

  1. Install Android File Transfer from, and follow the instructions there. (If you are using Android File Transfer for the first time, double-click it to open it. After the first connection, it opens automatically whenever you connect.)
  2. Connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable. Android File Transfer starts, if it’s not already running, and opens a window that displays the contents of your phone, along with storage space details at the bottom of the window.
  3. Work with this window much as you do in the Finder window: open and close folders, create new folders, and drag files to or from it and other Finder windows.
  4. Disconnect the USB cable when you finish.


via: Transfer files through USB – Nexus Help.

Posted in Android Devices, Apple, Mac, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Power User | Leave a Comment »

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