PortableAppsToStartMenu 1.0.1

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Sep 172021

I wrote the tool PortableAppsToStartMenu in 2020 and have used version 1.0.0 ever since. Today I installed PortableApps on a new computer and found a bug. Hence the new release.

The new version handles the case when the section AppsHidden does not exist in the PortableAppsMenu.ini file.

 Posted by on 2021-09-17 at 20:43

Delphi Known IDE Packages Manager updated to Delphi 11 Alexandria

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Sep 172021

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 11 Alexandria.

Discussion about this post in the international Delphi Praxis forum.

 Posted by on 2021-09-17 at 19:16

GExperts for Delphi 11 isn’t here yet

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Sep 122021

I’m working on a GExperts release for Delphi 11. But due to the changes for High DPI support in the IDE this might still take a while.

If you are adventurous, you can always get the sources and build your own DLL. There is a project and build scripts for Delphi 11 already. But be warned: There will be bugs!

 Posted by on 2021-09-12 at 18:19

Spammers are stupid

 thunderbird  Comments Off on Spammers are stupid
Sep 092021

I just got an unsolicited offer on the catchall email account of my employer, meant for a guy who no longer works there. Usually I simply delete emails like that but this one was a rare case that actually looked as if it might be of interest to some other guy in the company (No, it was not about a penis enlargement nor about Viagra 😉 It was actually well targeted.). So I wanted to forward it to him.

Unfortunately it turned out that the email was HTML only, no text part at all. My email client is configured to not allow forwarding of HTML only emails. Yes, I could have changed that, but I didn’t remember where that setting is located. Guess what? I didn’t bother.

 Posted by on 2021-09-09 at 14:46

30 years of Linux

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Sep 052021

Just in case you have been living under a rock: Linux is now 30 years old and while it still hasn’t conquered the desktop, there are few smart phones that would work without it and also on the server side it’s pretty strong (I have been maintaining Linux servers on the side for more than 15 years by now.), most of the internet wouldn’t work without it.

But where are the celebrations? I don’t see any fireworks or parades, just a few news articles. It’s probably because Linux is more like the Diesel engine than like a sports car. It drives almost all the vehicles used in trade (cars, trucks, ships and trains) but doesn’t win any races. But when you try to replace it (as we desperately must because it is killing us (the Diesel engine, not Linux)), it turns out it is everywhere.

My great thanks go to Linus Torvalds, not really for creating the Linux kernel but mostly for keeping it on track for these 30 years. That takes some determination! So, thanks a lot Linus!

And also thanks for making fun of it.

Found via Slashdot, yes, I still read it.

 Posted by on 2021-09-05 at 12:15