Apr 01 2013

Unable to delete zero byte file, access denied

This post is as much for my own benefit as anyone else's, because I know this will occur again at some point, and by then I've long forgotten how to resolve it. 

I was on my Mac copying a bunch of files on a mounted share on a remote Windows Server 2003 SE SP2. Something went wrong leaving me with a zero byte text file that I could not delete, rename, move or influence in any way. I've occasionally seen this behaviour before (on Windows systems) and only "solved" it by restarting the computer, which wasn't an option on this server. 

The solution:

> Open "Manage Your Server" from the start menu.
> In the Server Roles start page, select "Manage this file server" (in the File Server group)
> This will open the File Server Management window.
> Select the "Open Files" folder.
> Select the offending file in the right pane and disconnect it using the context menu or the button on the left.

This would probably work on a Windows Server 2008 as well, although the menu items and entries would be called something else. 

Mar 07 2012

Why I hate computers...

Why do I hate being the Guy Who Is Really Good With Computers And Shit, you ask?

I've got a small HTPC (Acer Aspire Revo 3700) set up at home running XBMC and a generic'ish eHome/RC6 compliant remote control to wake it up and operate it. A few days ago, the remote lost the ability to wake up the system. Bummer. When the system was up, the remote worked fine, navigating around without issues. But if I wanted to use it, I had to get up from the couch, reach behind the tv and press the power button like a caveman.

Or fix it. 

An occasional shutdown and fresh boot fixes surprisingly many issues on a system that's in and out of sleep all the time, but not this issue. On this hardware S1 is the "best" sleeping state that lets me wake it by IR remote, so of course I checked whether maybe BIOS had dropped the S1 setting. Nope. I also checked that something like an automatic driver update hadn't messed up the Allow this device to wake the computer setting. 

While messing about with it I noticed the remote was becoming sluggish in general, so I changed the batteries...which solved the other problem. So, apparently the IR receiver requires a particularly powerful signal to wake the system from sleep. Or what? 

Jun 03 2011

LG Optimus 2X revisited

Right, so I unrooted my Optimus 2X, flashing LG's own latest stock build, and sent it back to the shop with a full sheet of errors, reporting its more or less severe shortcomings. So what did LG do? They "updated the firmware" to the exact same one I had already just updated to, and sent it back to me.Same build, same kernel, same all.

So what did that solve? Well, much what you'd expect.

But you know, I gave it a shot, and after a week in LG's perverse version of FroYo heaven, I've had it. Maybe there's something wrong with my particular handset, maybe it's just a bad goddamn phone. Either way it's going back again.

I got my Galaxy SII today. Preliminary review says, "Nice !"

May 23 2011

LG Optimus 2X review (slight return)

Some time ago I posted a lengthy review of the LG Optimus 2X here.

In my conclusion I wrote that, "I think the best that can be said about the LG Optimus 2X at this point in time is that it has the potential to be a really great device."

I fully stand behind that statement, because of its specs, beautiful screen and physical build quality. But, I also wrote a bit about root and custom ROMs saying, "If [you] know what you're doing, you can pound this beast into submission and have a great Android experience with it.", and I'm going to have to retract that. I most certainly know what I'm doing and as it is, the bloody thing is useless.

Most notably, I had a pretty consistent issue with the phone ringing, me answering the call, causing the phone to promptly reboot. But its inability to switch seamlessly back and forth between mobile network data connections and stored WiFi access points was also very, very annoying. There was a multitude of other major and minor faults, peppered with Force Closes and unprovoked reboots.

LG have been promising a gingerbread update that may or may not solve everything, but that update has been pushed from March to April to May and when I contacted LG Denmark, they said it was coming "this summer", which could just as well be September (or never) as it could be June.

So I've handed it back in with a full A4 sheet of error descriptions and my carrier has subsequently sent it back to LG. We're awaiting their response but whatever that may be, I'm done with it, and I'm getting myself something else instead. Probably a Samsung Galaxy SII, if they can deliver.

May 10 2011

You can’t find out who visited your profile and looked at your photos, ok?

Just a friendly public service announcement from your retired developer friend :-)

Stop clicking random shit on Facebook. You can’t find out who visited your profile and looked at your photos, ok? Facebook does not provide app developers with the technical means to allow tracking of profile views or how often something has been viewed and by whom. While I'm sure Facebook does logs all that stuff, and more, the information is not exposed to the public. It's not part of the API. End of story.

Also, dial up the scepticism a bit, okay? Nothing is free. If you're not paying, it's because you're the product being sold. There are no free iPhones. You can’t see what you’ll look like in the future, the poor dog is long dead no matter how many people sign the petition, and the US government wouldn't post a video of Bin Laden's death on Facebook. You won't learn what question someone answered about you, and not a single soul will ever know what that man saw when he walked in on his daughter, but you probably will believe what happened next. Use your damn heads.

What happens when you click and interact with one of those groups/apps/pages is that you give them access to a lot of information about yourself, your posts, photos, notes, likes, follows and other content. And about your friends and their interaction with you. All that can be used against you. So please stop clicking those spam links and thereby exposing yourself and your friends to the risk of profile hacking, viruses, scams, phishing and identity theft.

Spread the word. Thanks.

Sep 23 2010
Aug 30 2010

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Jeg fornemmer antydningen af en fortløbende historie med stærkt nedadgående humørkurve i google's søgeforslag...