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Archive for November 23rd, 2018

A 90-byte “whereis” program – The Old New Thing

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/23

I needed a “get only the first result” of WHERE (which is present after Windows 2000, so XP, Server 2003 and up), so based on [WayBackA 90-byte “whereis” program – The Old New Thing I came up with this:

@echo off
:: based on
::for %%f in (%1) do @echo.%%~$PATH:f
for %%e in (%PATHEXT%) do @for %%i in (%1 %~n1%%e) do (
  @if NOT "%%~$PATH:i"=="" (
    echo %%~$PATH:i
    goto :eof
:: note: WHERE lists all occurrences of a file on the PATH in PATH order
goto :eof

Two changes:

  • it takes into account the extension if you specify it (unlike WHERE.EXE)
  • it bails out at the first match (like WHERE.EXE)



Posted in Batch-Files, Development, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, The Old New Thing, Windows, Windows Development | Leave a Comment »

O&O ShutUp10: download free antispy tool for Windows 10

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/23

I’m not surprised this free product is from German origin:

With O&O ShutUp10 you have full control over which functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far.

[WayBackO&O ShutUp10: download free antispy tool for Windows 10

Download: [

Run it after each update as well.


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Shark stepping on LEGO brick

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/23

A while ago I found [WayBackRare image of a shark stepping on a LEGO – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+ via [WayBack] Roderick Gadellaa – Google+.

I did some research for the origin, which turned out to be very interesting:

More background information:

More stunning pictures by Mike:

Mike Coots lost his leg to a tiger shark at age 18 while surfing off Kauai, Hawaii. But the experience didn’t shake his love for riding waves, the ocean—or sharks.

[WayBackStunning Photos by Shark Attack Survivor Capture Predators’ Beauty



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New official Embarcadero forums online initially only had non-TLS http URLs

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/23

If you are not a company good at infrastructure, then do not start hosting new things yourself. This is why I like the DelphiPraxis forums (both English and German), as they really know what they are doing.

Of course, forums never have all the features in a way that each user wants, but DelphiPraxis is secure, has well maintained and public moderators, and a history if quality posts.

But the G+ group did move there for a reason (: [WayBack] We have moved to ! Starting January 1st, 2019 – the G+ Delphi Developers Community will be closed for new posts and new mem… – Lars Fosdal – Google+

After a long series of goofing around with infrastructure (old forums, new forums, now newer forums, years of TLS trouble, selling software or which the infrastructure has been down for a long time), last week, finally they had the [WayBack] New official Embarcadero forums online The sign-up/login is a bit prickly at first, so keep your login name… – Lars Fosdal – Google+.

The announcement already has a the catch in the title: initially they were http only, so totally insecure for your logon data. They could have easily circumvented that by deploying some LetsEncrypt renewal, for instance the commercial one in Delphi ([WayBack] Execute’s Online Store), of which this is a demo: [WayBackGitHub – tothpaul/LetsEncryptDelphi: Let’s Encrypt component for Delphi Tokyo 10.2.3

I have not added them to, as they are now on the domain, so I will likely start a special monitoring page for those subdomains.


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