Completely disable Windows 10 telemetry collection

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Jan 072019
 

So I don’t forget: According to an article in c’t magazine, disabling the “DiagTrack” service (“Connected User Experience and Telemetry”) will completely disable user tracking in Windows 10. They also say that they did not see any negative effects.

Source: Telefonierverbot in c’t 01/2019 page 172 (in German)

 Posted by on 2019-01-07 at 15:57

New option in Delphi Help Expert to open in web browser

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Jan 012019
 

Prompted by a suggestion from Peter Aschbacher I just added a new feature to my Delphi Help Expert:

You can now force it to use the default web browser instead of the Welcome Page for web URLS.

This is a global setting.

I also fixed a bug I recently introduced which resulted in the Welcome Page of Delphi 2007 no longer being found.

Discussion about this post in the international Delphi Praxis forum.

 Posted by on 2019-01-01 at 14:55

You can now follow me on Diaspora

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Dec 312018
 

I created an account on Pluspora (I’m dz@pluspora.com *1).

If the WordPress plugin I just installed works as expected, all blog posts will be available there. And if I understand correctly how Diaspora works, it should be possible to follow me on other Diaspora Pods too.

(*1 dummzeuch@pluspora.com was blocked for whatever reason, It’s quite possible that I registered it before and deleted that account later. I don’t remember doing that though.)

 Posted by on 2018-12-31 at 19:25

Delphi Known IDE Packages Manager updated to Delphi 10.3 Rio

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Dec 292018
 

A while ago, after my post on Known IDE Packages in Delphi I wrote a the KnownIdePackagesManager tool which lists those packages, allows to disable and enable some of them and also set the package description for those packages that don’t have a meaningful description.

Today, I updated the tool to support Delphi 10.3 Rio.

Discussion about this post in the international Delphi Praxis forum.

 Posted by on 2018-12-29 at 19:38

Delphi Custom Container Pack updated for Delphi 10.3 Rio

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Dec 292018
 

I have just updated the Delphi Custom Container Pack sources to support Delphi 10.3 Rio. This time it required than creating the packages for the new version and adding the latest version of the Delphiversions.inc file. When loading the designtime package an EAssertionFailed exception was raised. It turned out that the category sCategoryDelphiNewFiles no longer exists. I have added two fall back categories: sCategoryDelphiIndividualFiles and sCategoryDelphiNew. One of them will hopefully continue to work.

It now compiles and installs. I have not tested it extensively.

Discussion about this post in the international Delphi Praxis forum.

 Posted by on 2018-12-29 at 17:49

TDbf packages for Delphi 10.3 Rio

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Dec 262018
 

TDbf is an open source library to access Dbase tables. It’s released under the LGPL license (which makes in impractical for most commercial Delphi development). It is also used in Lazaraus (I haven’t checked the license there, but apparently you can develop commercial programs with it.)

The project seems to be rather dead though. Apparently nobody noticed that it failed to compile with many Delphi versions, starting with Delphi 2009 and also including Delphi 10.2.

Today I wanted to simply add packages to support Delphi 10.3 and ran into these compile errors. I fixed them and also committed the packages. Be warned though, that I have not tested the functionality. It compiles but may still be broken.

Discussion about this post in the international Delphi Praxis forum.

 Posted by on 2018-12-26 at 14:06

GExperts 1.3.12 experimental twm 2018-12-22 released

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Dec 222018
 

It’s time for a gift to all Delphi developers, a new Release of GExperts. Happy Holidays! (But do spend some time with your family rather than testing GExperts. 😉 )

I blogged about the new features already. There were also several bug fixes.

Please be aware that I mostly work with Delphi 2007, so this version can be regarded as tested quite well, followed by Delphi XE2. The others are only known to compile and new features are usually tested superficially with all versions. This is particularly true for Delphi 6/7 and 2005/2006.

Head over to the Experimental GExperts page to download the latest release.

Discussion about this post in the international Delphi Praxis forum.

 Posted by on 2018-12-22 at 18:04