Over the last few years, I was too busy to work on a blog — when I found some time I published on StackOverflow. I do plan to activate this blog again, will publish some ideas and tricks I have learned along the way.
I used to have a MediaWiki installation as a knowledge base for certain projects. However, due to large amount and persistence of spam I had to shut it down.
All traffic is now over HTTPS, and I have removed any video links that require Flash. The comments are disabled, so this will be just a read-only site. This way it is easier to deter spam and at least minimize user tracking. As far as cookies and tracking is concerned, I did the best I could — take a look at Cookies & Privacy.
Mr. Dvorak of PC Magazine figured it out — spreadsheets are responsible for the mortgage crisis, Enron and similar. Considering that Excel holds more than 70% of the market share, the culprit is obvious. At first I thought this to be ridiculous, but then decided to give him a benefit of a doubt.
Here is what I have found out. Seems that the root problem is in the VBA — on some installations it is possible to run the following:
On Error GoTo PROC_ERR
Application.Global = True
Application.AnyWayPossible = True
Application.DamnTheConsequences = True
Application.MoveOtherPeoplesMoneyIntoMyAccount = True
Application.BlameMarkets = True
Application.GoToCaribbean = True
Debug.Print "Shit happens :)"
As you can see, there are some undocumented properties of the Application object which are not installed with standard Excel editions. Obviously, Microsoft has a special edition for their VIP customers.
For all of you following phoebe_cat on twitter, considering getting your pet to tweet. For this example you will need:
Steps to take:
- Install Python;
- Copy the two
phoebe_*.py files into a directory;
- Open a twitter account for your pet;
- In the last line of the
phoebe_tweets.py fill-in the twitter name and the password;
- Modify the talk list in the
- Set a task in Windows scheduler (or an equivalent for Mac/Linux) to run the
phoebe_tweets.py every two to three hours. Have mercy, twitter is overloaded as is — once in two hours is plenty.
If you already have Python installed, just try it. It should work with 2.6.x, not sure about 3.0.
I found the core tweet code on the web, would like to give credit to the author, but have forgotten where I found it; sorry.
BPM, CEP, BPMN, BEP, PLC, CLB, MTBF; between Sandy and me we use quite a few acronyms in this household. Enough for me to try to sort them out; here is a link with the most commonly used ones, including Wikpiedia links and HTML elements.