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Archive for December 22nd, 2021

If you change to a 2FA, then do not just mention the month, but also the year

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/12/22

[Wayback] Contact opnemen | Persoonsgebonden budget | SVB had this:

UX: 2FA needed as of October, but which year?

UX: 2FA needed as of October, but which year?

If you are going to introduce a change in a certain period of time, ensure you not just mention only a part of when it occurs: include at least year and month, possibly even day and time.

That way your users know if they still have some time left to setup 2FA, or won’t be able to logon without 2FA at all.

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Twitter wayback_exe generates screenshots of old websites in old browsers every two hours

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/12/22

Classic browsers

Classic browsers

Going back to in time old web-pages using old web-browsers is fun!

[] wayback_exe (@wayback_exe) | Twitter automatically does it for you.

A short introduction is at [Wayback] muffinlabs – @wayback_exe.

There is a playground at [] where you can choose which classic browser to use for viewing and what page to view with it.

You can fiddle around with the node.js based code that is available on GitHub: [Wayback/] muffinista/wayback_exe: code for twitter bot @wayback_exe

Some screenshots:



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Posted in Development, Fun, JavaScript/ECMAScript, Node.js, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, Web Browsers | Leave a Comment »

Delphi design-time packages: “%1 is not a valid Win32 application”

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/12/22

For my link archive, as I hardly see this (it happens in many Delphi versions and always has to do with missing/wrong DLLs), so always forget how to solve it.

Basically it is the same fix as for Fixing hg.exe “ImportError: DLL load failed: %1 is not a valid Win32 application.”:

If you get the below error when running hg.exe, then you are mixing a 64-bit Mercurial with 32-bit dependencies.

[Wayback] XE2 – “%1 is not a valid Win32 application” when installing a package – embarcadero.delphi.ide with entries by [Wayback] Remy Lebeau and [Wayback] Jeff Overcash:

I don't know what I did, but when trying to install a set of freshly built 
Delphi Win32 packages into the IDE, XE2 is giving me this error message now:

Can't load package ...
%1 is not a valid Win32 application.


> Often that is caused by the same named 32 and 64 bit run time packages
> and the OS finding the 64 bit first when the IDE must load the 32 bit.  If
> that is the case check your path variable and make sure the 32 bit paths
> appear first.

That was the problem.  The Windows PATH variable had a 64-bit folder in front 
of the 32-bit folder.  Deleted the 64-bit files and the error went away. 
 Noe I'm getting a new error:

The program can't start because <RuntimePackage>.bpl is missing from
your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

But the "missing" package is in the same folder as the design-time package 
I am trying to install.

Since the design time location is known it is explicitely 
loaded, but the run time is implicitly loaded and follows the dll loading rules. 
  Both are dynamically loaded.

The reason you only see this the next time you restart the IDE is because the 
working directory changes to your project directory when you load a project so 
if the runtime is there it is found that way, but the next time you load the IDE 
the working directory starts in the bin directory.

I thought it was, but turns out the 32-bit output folder had been moved and 
the PATH was not updated accordingly.  Fixed the PATH and now the packages 


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