Showing posts from 2008

Vista's UAC outdated design?

My work machine has recently been "upgraded" to Windows Vista. I have an application which works flawlessly under Windows XP. One of the applications features is to generate reports to rtf file. When I attempt to do so Vista warns me that I cannot write to the users\documents folder because it is readonly.

Yes that is correct apparently Vista believes that the users own Documents folder, created by Microsoft for the purpose of writing data, cannot be written to by the user. Now the permissions are such that the user, administrators, system and network service all have full control of this folder.

Now the user is able to save files from this application to a network drive, and can create files from outside of this application to the user's documents folder, but combining the two fails.

However, if I disable UAC then I am able to write to the folder. Amazing UAC makes my personal documents folder readonly for some applications against my will...

UAC appears to offer eve…

A simply beautiful story

Well I was sent a video of "Team Hoyt", and in terms of emotional stories this had to be one of the most beautiful. Dick Hoyt competes in Iron Man races with his quadriplegic son. He swims 3.8km followed by cycling 180km and then 42km run all the time towing his son. Completing an Iron Man is hard enough, then to think that Dick Hoyt competed at the age of 54 while carrying his son who has had cerebral palsy from birth.

If you are ever feeling hard done by and need some inspiration, then Dick Hoyt and his Boston University graduate quadriplegic son Rick Hoyt should be more than enough for any one.

When asked what one thing Rick wished he could give his father, his reply was "The thing I'd most like is that my dad would sit in the chair and I would push him once."

Video of team Hoyt

BMW 320i is pointless

I have been looking for a new car for over a year now, and one of those cars high on the list was a 3 series BMW. With my money ever draining out of my pocket I thought I would look into the affordability of a new 320 BMW.
Recent tax law changes and current petrol prices have IMO made the 2001-2003 BMW 320 petrol car a pointless vehicle. The other engines in the range make a lot more sense to buy.
For simplicity I have listed the 2001 model specifications for various 3 series BMWs (sports manual) and given the price per litre of petrol 116p and 129p for diesel, their price per mile of travel. The second hand price of each model is not considered as I have seen examples all at similar prices, in theory also the re-sale price will remain proportional to the initial price and therefore this is not a real factor in the TCO. Also I have not taken into account replacement parts costs of the vehicles. I have assumed that you will drive 10000 miles each year. I have taken 14 as the base insuran…


I feel like I am having a personal battle with SugarCRM at work. We have a professional licence and the most recent upgrade 5.0.0e has a large number of bugs that affect us.

I can see why the bugs exist, they fundamentally changed several important database relations, while retaining the old relationships. I assume they kept the old relationships so that they would not break existing modules, however, doing this has (for me at least) caused a lot more problems than it has solved.

I have logged 8 calls with SugarCRM so far after the upgrade. Each time they come back to me suggesting the problem is server related, or database connectivity, and they "cannot reproduce the problem".

I was most frustrated when I gave a 5 step procedure to replicate a bug using their own website. I received a response with a screen shot at step 4 saying "I cannot reproduce the behaviour you are talking about". After my reply saying that you missed out step 5 in the …

jquery is the best

2 years ago my company required an autocomplete function for their search function inside their application.

Initially there was one real option, to use the Yahoo autocomplete utility. Well sadly this turned out to not be the best option. In fact most of our customer's ended up turning off the autocomplete function.

Over this year I actually decided to learn javascript and I stumbled across I went practically overnight from novice programmer to being able to write an autocomplete tool that was guided towards exactly what our customers wanted, and had features that I have not seen in any other autocomplete solution so far.

So what is "unique", and why did Yahoo's autocomplete tool not fit the bill.

Well I will start off with the problems with yahoo's tool
It is designed as an Autocomplete, what we really required was an "autosuggest"It created javascript errors intermittently when connecting to the data source, this would throw up a ja…

Well the family is selling the house in France

Well my family are finally selling their "Traditional Charentaise Farmhouse in Lozay". I have to say I am going to be jealous of the new owner, well because quite simply who would not want to live in a hot country and have your own swimming pool to fall asleep in.

If you are lucky enough to have the desposible income there is more info at this web site.