Please remove unused versions of Java

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Aug 082019
 

Today I got one of these dreaded update reminders for software that I don’t really want to have on my computer (no, not Flash this time). So after procrastinating the inevitable for a few days I just now started the update. I got an interesting surprise:

What???!!!! Oracle doesn’t want me to keep Java on my computer, just because I haven’t used it for half a year? Is this the same company that boasts how many gazillion devices run Java?

Ok, guys, I’ll go for it and remove Java, but I am sure I will shortly find out which of the programs on my PC requires it and will no longer run because I uninstalled it.

 Posted by on 2019-08-08 at 10:09

Man wird alt wie ‘ne Kuh und lernt immernoch dazu …

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Aug 042019
 

(German proverb, roughly translates to: You get as old as a cow and still learn something new.)

I didn’t know about the Windows assoc command which lets you deal with file associations on the command line.

Found it via this post on StackOverflow.

 Posted by on 2019-08-04 at 10:58

dzBdsLauncher 1.0 released

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Aug 032019
 

As I work with multiple Delphi versions on the same computer it happens frequently that I simply double click on a project and the wrong IDE starts. It then either tells me that the .dproj file format is invalid (if it was created with a later version) or it updates an older file format to the format which that IDE uses.

While I solved this problem for projects which only get compiled with a particular Delphi version by using a batch file, this fails when a project is in the process of being migrated to a new version. In that case there will be one .dpr file and two or more .dproj files for that project. e.g.

  • myproject.dpr
  • myproject.2007.dproj
  • myproject.xe2.dproj
  • myproject.10-3.dproj

Where the suffix tells me which Delphi version to use. It is actually a nice feature of the IDE that there can be multiple .dproj files for a given .dpr file.

Unfortunately there is no easy way to just double click on one of the .dproj files to open it in the correct IDE.

Enter dzBdsLauncher:

It’s a simple tool that I register as the default program for .dproj files. It checks the file name passed to it for a suffix, and automatically starts the correct IDE for it.

It reads the executable name of the installed bds.exe from the registry, so it does not need any configuration.

It does not work if there is no suffix. In that case, you simply double click the .dpr file instead of the .dproj file. If I find the time I will enhance it to check the .dproj file for the Delphi version that created it and start the correct IDE based on that. Unfortunately this is more complex than you’d think.

The source is here on OSDN.

 Posted by on 2019-08-03 at 20:09

I just uninstalled Google Chrome

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Aug 032019
 

Apparently there was a long discussion on this before, but somehow I missed it:

The latest release of Google Chrome no longer shows the full url any more. It removes the protocol (http:// or https://) and also the “www.”-prefix if it existed.

So “https://www.bing.com” becomes just “bing.com”.

In my opinion this is plain dangerous.

It’s as dangerous as the “feature” Microsoft added to Windows Explorer back in Windows XP of not showing the file extensions. I still don’t understand why they never realized that it was a mistake and reversed this decision.

For now, Firefox has become my standard browser (again), even though it has its own problems.

I hope that the other browsers won’t follow this stupid idea. (But somehow I doubt they will see the light.).

Google Just Stopped Displaying ‘www’ and ‘https’ In Chrome’s Address Bar on slashdot.

 Posted by on 2019-08-03 at 19:28