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Archive for February, 2015

[NL] encoding blijft moeilijk, waarom toch? (dit keer in een brief van @xs4all)

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/02/24

Hoe moeilijk kan het toch zijn om je encoding goed te doen.

Deze keer uit een brief van xs4all:

encoding foutje...

encoding foutje…

Als je een trema in een brief zet, dan controleer je toch even dat die ook goed op de brief wordt afgedrukt?

Een “inverted question mark” (deze keer samen met een oe ligature) duidt vrijwel altijd op een encoding probleem: een mooie Mojibake.

Ook bij de bevestigings email ging het mis:

bij de beï¿œindiging van uw oude abonnement.

En jawel hoor: de encoding daar was geen UTF-8:

Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-15
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

Even een korte inspectie om te zien of het een simpele UTF-8 naar ISO-8859-15 conversie fout betreft: nee.

karakter iso-8859-15
Unicode block
¿ 0xBF 0xC2 0xBF U+00BF INVERTED QUESTION MARK Latin-1 Supplement
œ 0xBD 0xC5 0x93 U+0153 LATIN SMALL LIGATURE OE Latin Extended-A

Ik hoop dat een xs4all techneut hier voldoende aan heeft (:


Posted in Development, Encoding, ISO-8859, Mojibake, Software Development, Unicode, UTF-8, UTF8 | Leave a Comment »

Hack Raspberry Pi – How To Build Apps In C#, WinForms and ASP.NET Using Mono In Pi (via: Amazedsaint’s Tech Journal)

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/02/24

Interesting: Amazedsaint’s Tech Journal: Hack Raspberry Pi – How To Build Apps In C#, WinForms and ASP.NET Using Mono In Pi.


Posted in .NET, Development, Hardware Development, Raspberry Pi, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

Linux for^W 4.0 RC1 – Hurr durr I’ma sheep – kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git – Linux kernel source tree

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/02/23

There you go: Linux four.

3.19 “Diseased Newt” -> 4.0 “Hurr durr I’ma sheep

kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git – Linux kernel source tree.


Posted in *nix, Linux, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Installing the PIXMA mini260 – Canon Europe drivers under Windows 8.1 x64 – trying to say goodbye to Windows XP

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/02/23

Ditching Windows XP meant finding drivers for some older devices.

One of them is a [] Canon PIXMA mini260 Photo Inkjet Printer which prints marvellous photos in a borderless way (so no post processing needed).

Installing drivers on Windows 8.1 x64 turned out to be really easy despite the fact that the Canon site does not offer them:  just install the “Windows Vista (64-bit)” drivers from this Canon link: [Wayback] PIXMA mini260 – Canon Europe.

This works as the printer driver model hasn’t changed much since Vista and the Vista drivers do not contain limits on future version numbers (see [Wayback] Getting older Windows drivers to work in Windows 8 for another example).

Now I need to find a way to get my [] Olympus Camedia P-400 Digital Color Photo Printer. That is a lot harder: the most recent Windows P-400 Printer > Software Downloads are for Windows XP.

If anyone knows a workaround for this, I might connect this to an XP VM in a walled garden:

Under Windows XP, often the P-400 driver installer didn’t even want to install the USB part of the drivers.

How can I work around this?

Might it be that only the parallel LPTENUM is included in the [Wayback] Windows XP P400N.inf file, unlike the [Wayback] Windows 2000 driver P400N.INF file that contains both [Wayback] LPTENUM and [Wayback] USBPRINT and the [Wayback] P-440 INF file only has USBPRINT?

Other vendors seem to include both in their .INF files like this [Wayback] Dell 3130cn INF file.



Posted in Power User, Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

“PC Decrapifier” – via: Machines Plus Minds: Regarding Lenovo preinstalling SSL-breaking MITM on their machines

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/02/21

I didn’t even know there was a “PC Decrapifier”, but it exists: “PC Decrapifier” – Google Search.

Anyway: never use OEM Windows installs ever.

Would the Dutch Microsoft Store offer the same service?


via: Machines Plus Minds: Regarding Lenovo preinstalling SSL-breaking MITM on their machines.

Posted in Power User, Security, Windows | Leave a Comment »

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