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(mis)adventures in software development...

07 August 2012    Technology

Canon MP Navigator “Scan Failed” Error

How to fix a "Scan failed" error in Canon MP Navigator when scanning with Windows 7.

It was late. I should have gone to sleep by now. I wanted to go to sleep. I was about to shut down my laptop and get ready to go to sleep. But I remembered I had to scan a document then email it. I should have done this weeks ago. It’s late, but I’ll quickly do it anyway. Shouldn’t take long. The laptop is on, the Canon Multifunction MP800 is right there next to it, thanks …

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26 June 2012    Technology

What license agreement?

DEVELOPER:

I’ve create a new MSI installer using WiX, for that legacy front end Windows application. Does the install wizard need to display a license agreement?

MANAGER:

License agreement?

DEVELOPER:

Yeah, the default WiX user interface includes a license agreement page.

MANAGER:

What’s on the license agreement page at the moment? Boiler plate text?

DEVELOPER:

No idea. Never read it. It’s a license agreement page. Just ignored it and clicked next…

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29 March 2012    Programming

Scripts for batch renaming of files to add a date prefix

A financial institution of which I am a customer (which shall remain nameless) frequently (like almost every weekday!) emails me PDF statements. I rarely need to refer to said statements, so I could just configure my email client to automatically filter them away into some folder and not give them the slightest consideration. But occasionally I might need to check something in one of these statements, usually around Tax Return time, and usually something from many months/years past. Sifting …

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03 March 2012    Trading

Programmatically playing with AmiBroker watchlists

If you’re an AmiBroker user, you may have spent much time painstakingly creating and editing watchlists of stocks, with all the repetitive pointing and clicking that entails, to get them just right. With that done, and your watchlists for each and every database now organised to perfection, you might now be wondering: “How can I fuck it all up completely in the minimum amount of time?” Got Perl installed? Well then have I got the perfect Perl script for …

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28 January 2012    Trading

Goodbye crappy overpriced overhyped charting application, hello AmiBroker

So I’ve had this idea for a post/rant knocking around in my head for ages, but been unsure whether I should actually write it. For one thing, it would essentially amount to a review of software I no longer use, haven’t used in a long time, and have no intention of ever using again. However, I do use one of it’s competitors, which I consider a much superior piece of software, and which I will happily …

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06 December 2011    Linux

Goodbye Unity, hello once again KDE

Goodbye Unity. I gave you a go, I really did. You are a bold move in the world of Linux, which is good to see. But you’re just not working for me. You’re OK, and no where near as bad as some have made you out to be, but as a development machine desktop, I find you’re less than ideal. So I’m going back to KDE. Which is not to say that KDE is perfect, just …

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