Just another bunch of stuff pouring out of some guy's head

Hide “related” articles on Facebook

Facebook has (not that) recently added the “related” articles feature which displays extra links beneath a News Feed story when you click a link in that story.

I can’t stand it as it changes the length of the page and makes me lose where I was in the page.

Disable this behaviour with Adblock by adding these filters:
www.facebook.com##DIV[data-ownerid^="u_jsonp"]
www.facebook.com##DIV[data-ownerid^="u_ps"]

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Firefox unable to “permanently store this exception”

When visiting sites over HTTPS that use a self-signed or expired certificate Firefox will stop dead in it’s tracks with a “This Connection is Untrusted” message. Annoying but necessary given the web-savviness of the majority of net denizens nowadays.

On occasion when clicking “Add Exception…” the option to “permanently store this exception” will be greyed out. Very annoying. Especially when it’s my test server and I created the self-signed cert and I KNOW it’s not valid.

The Solution

The only reliable solution I’ve found is to delete (part of?) Firefox’s certificate database. The file (on Windows 7/Vista) is:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\
Profiles\<random-string>.default\cert8.db

Note, you will have to quit FF first. Annoying.

Note to self: try and find a HTTPFox clone for Chrome so I can finally free myself from this awful browser.

SQL Server version numbers

Our DBA recently installed a SQL Server 2008 instance and sent us admins off to the intarweb to find the corresponding version of Management Studio. This wasn’t needed as all the installation images are available on our CD archive but, still, I couldn’t figure out which version I needed. (more…)

IBM ThinkCentre M50 vs CentOS

Installing Linux on an IBM ThinkCentre M50 requires the ACPI interface to be disabled or you could see the system slow to a crawl. Here’s how I found out and how to fix it. (more…)

Installing VirtualBox Guest Additions in CentOS4

This one frustrated me enough that I have to post the solution.

At work we run RHEL4 on our production servers but with limited licences I decided to try CentOS4 for testing. I’d been mucking around with VirtualBox and as my test hardware had died I decided to try it.

When it came to installing the Guest Additions I hit a roadblock. I followed the instructions for installing the headers:

yum install kernel-devel

…but that wasn’t working. I was still getting:

Please install the build and header files for your current Linux kernel.

The trick is to create the default symbolic link to the header files:

ln -s /usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-92.1.18.el5-i686 /usr/src/linux

Problem solved by jeffreywt on the VirtualBox Forums.

Vista UAC weariness (and how to control the beast)

My Vista adventure has been going for a few days now and I’m very tired of the User Access Control (UAC) prompt. Whilst I do appreciate the added security afforded by this ‘feature’ I’m finding it difficult to live with. (more…)

Using the Flash ‘Nested Ojects’ method in ASP pages

Occasionally I want to use Flash on a web page. Tragic, but true. I’ve been looking for an accessible, valid method for doing this. There are few candidates. I settled on the ‘Nested Objects’ method. It seemed quick, painless and didn’t require javascript. But there was a hitch…

Active Server Pages error 'ASP 0139' 
Nested Object 
An object tag cannot be placed inside another object tag.  

IIS’s ASP interpreter wouldn’t pass the page with nested <object> tags. (more…)

Logitech Harmony 785 Universal Remote review

Having become tired of the gaggle of remotes on my coffee table I’ve ventured once again into the one-remote-to-rule-them-all world of universal remote control. My prior purchase was a $20 cheapie that relied on the input of ‘device codes’ to identify your hardware. The Harmony line of remotes are a whole different kettle of fish.

The ‘secret weapon’ of the Harmony is that it’s ‘programmed’ using a PC. It’s a USB device. The interface used to configure the remote is even more sophisticated (and problematic) but I’ll get to that later. (more…)

Switching views in VS2005

I use DreamWeaver. A lot. I also write ASP but have realised that it’s probably time to move to ASP.NET now that 2.0 is claiming to make a lot of things easier.

In making this move, I’m having to come to terms with the Visual Studio 2005 IDE. It’s formidable. The more I can get it to behave like DreamWeaver the happier I’ll be. (more…)

Yahoo mail? Not quite

It seems Yahoo are in the process of revamping their online e-mail application. The only thing is, it’s not ready yet. And they appeared to have screwed up the old version as well. (more…)