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March 31, 2005

Introducing Textpattern

A system that I'm going to test soon. Textpattern is PHP based, works with mysql database and it is published under the Gnu General Public Licence.

A flexible, elegant, easy-to-use content management system for all kinds of websites, even weblogs.

When it comes to publishing on the internet, beginners and experts alike are met with a bothersome paradox: word processors and graphics applications allow anyone to do a pretty good job of managing text and images on a personal computer, but to make these available to the worldwide web ΓΆβ?¬β?? a seemingly similar environment of documents and destinations ΓΆβ?¬β?? ease of use vanishes behind sudden requirements for multilingual programming skills, proficiency in computer-based graphic design, and, ultimately, the patience of a saint.

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March 29, 2005

Fix for Windows Update 5 Errors

My notebook have been running Windows XP SP2 since November 2004 with no problems till last February. After updating "Windows Update" to version 5 (that's how the problem "born"), everytime I runned it, all updates selected were downloaded but never installed, and the process ended with the error 0x80072F78.

I've tried all ideas that I remember: turning off firewall, pop-up and advertisement blockers and anti-virus program and none worked. Then, I searched in Google and found this good article with the solution that resolved this problem.

Ever since Microsoft pushed Version 5 of Windows Update onto my XP SP1 system, I have been unable to access Windows Update - until just now. I found it!! I just accessed Windows Update and successfully downloaded and installed updates to my system.
The particular error message I was getting was 0x80072F78 (appeared when Windows Update tried to find the updates for my system), but I think this solution will fix the problem on systems getting other error messages as well. If your error code starts with "800", I think there's a good chance this solution will help.

Create a file on your desktop called wu5_fix.bat and put the following lines in it. (Leave out the dashes on the top and bottom - I'm just putting them there to separate the batch file contents from the rest of the text.)

net.exe stop wuauserv
cd /d %windir%
rd /s softwaredistribution
REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wuapi.dll
REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wuaueng1.dll
REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wuaueng.dll
REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wucltui.dll
REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wups.dll
net.exe start wuauserv

[[16-Feb-05: This batch file was edited to include an additional Windows Update DLL (wuaueng1.dll). The problem recurred on my system, and the original batch file I posted here didn't fix it. I looked to see if a DLL was missing and found this one. Adding it solved the problem. I also removed the line registering msxml3.dll since it didn't seem necessary. -sc]]

Now open a DOS box and navigate to your desktop, where the batch file is. (If you don't know where your desktop is in the directory structure, then just put the file somewhere you can find - it doesn't matter where you put it.) To execute the batch file, just type the file name at the command prompt (WU5_FIX). Answer "yes" or "okay" to any prompts. Now try Windows Update again. I'll bet it works. This fixed it for me, and I'd tried everything under the sun before this.

This solution is not in any Microsoft Knowledgebase article I've seen (and I've read over a dozen on the topic), nor did the Microsoft Tech Support person I've been corresponding with suggest it. I found pieces of this solution in different forum posts on the internet, and I'm posting it here because it was such a pain in the neck to find. I hope this information helps someone else with the same problem. There are too many critical vulnerabilities in Windows to not have access to Windows Update!

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March 28, 2005

Siemens SX1 switching on problem resolution

Last saturday morning when I took my mobile phone from it's cradle, I've noticed that, contrary to the usual, it was switched off.

I swiched it on, the Siemens Mobile logo appeared and it immediately made a low noise and turned off. When this happens, and the noise is an intermitent beep, the problem is related with the battery charge, but in this case the noise was a short and low beep.

At this moment I began to think that this was a hardware problem. All that was left, that I remembered to try before taking the equipment to the repair service, was: reinstall the firmware and format the phone. Firmware reinstallation were preferable because it would preserve all phone's data.

These are all the steps that I followed till having my SX1 "living" again:

  1. Download the SX1 firmware update from here. The version depends on country and operator, the newest portuguese version is v12.;
  2. Switch on the SX1 with the navigation key pressed - it should enter in flash mode;
  3. Connect the phone with the computer by an USB port. It should be used the original Data Cable USB DCA-540. If windows (2000 or XP) cannot find the correct driver, you must install it from the firmware package, which becomes available after running the firmware executable file. Attention: you must choose advanced setup, then enable browse button, and finally choose the folder where you saved the firmware;
  4. The firmware upgrade (or reinstall) should begin. It is divided in four steps and it takes about 5 minutes. It's very important that the phone battery has enough capacity;
  5. At this time the SX1 should boot. If not (like in my case) the last try is to format the phone, and to do this you must press at the same time the * and # keys and the power button. Ending the formatting process, the phone should switch on, but it will be completely clean. Of course you can restore important data from data backups that you've eventually done.

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March 24, 2005

Firefox 1.0.2 released


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March 22, 2005

DB2 Universal Database Express Discovery CD


Click here to get a copy of the DB2 UDB Express Discovery CD.

The complimentary CD includes:

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March 20, 2005

Fun unusability with Amazon web services


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March 18, 2005



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March 17, 2005

Microsoft/Groove marriage sparks Longhorn questions

In acquiring Groove Networks, Microsoft's collaboration strategy will gain a clear boost, but the move raises questions about how swiftly and effectively the two companies can integrate Groove's technology into Longhorn and the next version of Office.

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Most Frequently Used Technotes for Lotus Domino Server

This document from IBM Software Group contains a list of the technotes most frequently used to answer questions or solve problems for Lotus Domino server.

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March 16, 2005

Configuring Domino 6.* with IIS

While making some experiences trying to integrate Domino 6.5 with IIS 6, as the paradigma changed from R5, and after spending more time than expected due to errors in the Domino Administration Help, I've found this great document written by Jason Hook from dotNSF company.

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March 15, 2005

Microsoft is going to Acquire Groove Networks

Microsoft has announced that they will be taking over Groove Networks. Ray Ozzie, father of Lotus Notes, will become Microsoft's CTO, reporting to Bill Gates.

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