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Internet Explorer 9: New browser, Same Problems – IE9 HTML5 Failures

Friday, January 14th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Way back when, in the times of HTML 4, and CSS was just getting started we worked with IE6.  IE6 required us to do everything differently, because of the ways things were implemented.  They just had to be different.

Fast forward to 2011.  The world is rapidly expanding use of an incomplete spec, HTML5, and things seem OK. Browsers support it, the implementations seem pretty consistent.

Enter IE9.

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TortoiseSVN error Adding and Committing: Corrupted and Unreadable

Friday, January 7th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

If you get the error message:

Can’t move
…\\.svn\tmp\entries
to

…\\.svn\entries
The file or Directory is corrupted and unreadable.

… and you’re on Windows 7, take a deep sigh.

I have a solution!

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Notes on IE9 for Web Developers

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 | Business | 2 Comments

I’m reading through the Interoperable HTML Parsing in IE9 blog post on MSDN and there are some nice, and some not so nice things.

The following are some subjects talked about, and what it means for us web developers.

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Facebook to drop IE6 support on IE9 beta day, September 15

Friday, August 27th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

I’ve been quiet for  while, and wanted to start up again with some great news.  Facebook is going to stop IE6 support for chat on the IE9 beta day.

Projects always ask about IE6 support, whether they need it, etc.  Surprisingly IE7 and IE8 support is also an issue, since they don’t support many of the cool toys supported by actual modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox).

I hope IE9 quickly replaces at least the IE7 and IE8 communities.  IE 6 seems here to stay, at least for that last 6-8%.

Some other information from that article:

  • Microsoft will support IE6 until April 2014
  • Google has removes IE6 support in Google Docs, Google Sites, Gmail, Google Calendar and YouTube!
  • Microsoft Office Web Apps doesn’t even support IE6 (how could you when trying to do anything cool)

The article quotes numbers as high as 17% for IE6 usage share, but I haven’t seen those numbers in a long time.  My website enjoys an IE6 user base of 0.5% (in the last month, whereas IE, all versions, was around 19%).  Other larger websites I manage see around 7.7% IE6 usage (with IE, all versions, being an amazing 55% of overall traffic).

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Microsoft Courier: Officially Cancelled

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 | Business | 4 Comments

The folding, touchscreen / stylus operated dual tablet concept, as cool as it is, is cancelled.

The Microsoft Courier was one of the most promising new technologies to make it out of Redmond.

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Computer Security: Microsoft Security Essentials

Thursday, April 8th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

I’m not always the biggest fan of Microsoft, but I have to admit they have a large reach and significant resources.

Recently a friend of mine mentioned his MSN account got hacked, and that it was a vulnerability in “some Microsoft software”.

It’s scary just how much your email account controls nowadays.  In my friend’s example, his credit cards were manipulated, his facebook account stolen, his email was hijacked (duh), and many of his other accounts linked to that email were stolen.  Our email account is used to validate bank accounts (occasionally, although many other means of security are used), many of our “social” accounts, medical records, credit cards, and almost everything we do.

Microsoft recently suggested that he install their recent piece of security software to prevent this …

What can you do to protected yourself, for free?

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Jonathan Schwartz: Ex Sun CEO Blogs about “What I Couldn’t Say…”

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

In a position of leadership Jonathan Schwartz, the ex CEO of Sun Microsystems, couldn’t say what he wanted.  Now that he is an “ex”, he is telling some great “war stories”.

Anyone thinking of working in tech, working in tech… developers, managers, CTOs, CEOs … should read this blog.

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Exploring the web with Pivot

Monday, March 8th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Not everyday do we see interesting new views of the web.  I just saw the following video, and thought it was an interesting concept.  Microsoft Live Labs presents their Pivot.  You can check out their site, Pivot, and try to download the application (I didn’t have any luck).

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Help: Blender won’t start, “side by side configuration is incorrect”

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 | Business | 3 Comments

I have Blender (an excellent free open source 3D modeling suite) running on my Windows 7 (Final) 64-bit.  During the setup I ran into a minor snag, I got the following error message:

The application has failed to start because its side by side configuration is incorrect.  Please see the application event log for more detail.

The fix is easy.

The Solution

For me all I had to do was download the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x64) and install it.

It took a second, but Blender started up just great after installation (there is an installation process, give it a few minutes and installation screens start up).

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Help: Windows 7 install stuck at “Expanding Windows files”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 | Business | 9 Comments

I logged onto the Microsoft site this morning then purchased and downloaded an official copy of Windows 7 (build 7600 I am reading).

Up until now I have been using the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC), build 7100.

The Problem

After following various instructions online about how to upgrade from the Release Candidate to the final version without a complete reinstall (despite the suggestion from Microsoft that you should install a fresh copy after the RC), I ran into a minor snag.

My install forced a reboot, and is now stuck at:

Expanding Windows files (18%)…

With the following lines cycling at the bottom:

Please wait…
Gathering additional information before expanding files

My computer is not frozen, I can move the mouse, or mouse over the “close” button.

How to fix it?

Just wait.  According to other sites online, all you need to do is wait for it to finish.  This can take up to an hour.

I will update this post with my results of … waiting (see the update next).


UPDATE 2009-10-22 #1

After leaving my computer for an hour and coming back, the install had moved forward.  The lesson is to just let Windows 7 do its thing, it will move on

UPDATE 2009-10-22 #2

It eventually got stuck on “Transferring files, settings, and programs” at 42%.  I left it for 3 hours, and had no change.  I restarted.  At least I reverted back to my old Windows without a problem.

I have since restarted the installation seemingly without the “18%” problem this time.

While I’d like to say that you’d hope Microsoft would make sure the install went through without a hitch (it is the first impression), I have to keep in mind that I am doing something that Microsoft does NOT recommend, upgrading from a RC version to the RTM (release to manufacturing).  Has anyone had the same experience doing an upgrade without altering the cversion.ini file?

UPDATE 2009-10-23 #3

Well after leaving the computer all alone, it was still stuck at 42% on the “transferring files, settings and programs” step.  I’m admitting defeat and will just perform a clean install sometime next week.  Too much work to do it now.

UPDATE 2009-11-12 #4

Finally, I wanted to post the final resolution.  I had to install Windows 7 clean.  After the previous stop points, it eventually just didn’t move (after leaving it alone for up to 24 hours at one point).  I have to say, the clean version is running excellent.

Summary, do a clean install.  You’ll thank yourself.

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