Archive for the 'Windows' Category

JFileChooser Slowness Bug

Yesterday I downloaded NetBeans IDE 5.5. I quickly noticed that was unusable. Not for Netbeans guilt, but for a problem with Swing and Windows XP. When I tried to open a file on netbeans, the ide got frozen. This made me crazy trying to find where the problem was… The bug was not reproducible on […]

Excel file generation made easy(er)

In this post I’ll discuss a technique to generate Microsoft Excel compatible files without any third party library and in an easier than ever manner. If you ever faced the problem of generating Excel report/export from your application, I guess you know libraries like Jakarta POI and its wonderful APIs on the “Horrible SpreadSheet Format”. […]

Are you tired to install applications that weaken stability of your OS? Or you just want to bring in a USB Pen Drive all your desktop applications to run them at work, at home and everywhere? The solution for both problems is “portable apps”. A “portable app” is an application that does not need to […]

Ubuntu 6.06 running on Qemu (Windows Host) I like the idea of "Virtual Appliances" that can be ran with VMWare Player. Therefore I had some playing with VMWare Server to try building a "runtime environment" for J2EE applications. Maybe because it's still in beta, I failed setting up a working system getting several strange errors […]

If you use a lot the command line shell you may like to have a “Run Command Prompt from this folder/drive” context menu on explorer: How to do that? Registry hacking: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\CMDShortcut] @=”Run Command Prompt from this folder” [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\CMDShortcut\command] @=”C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\cmd.exe /k cd \”%1\”” [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\CMDShortcut] @=”Run Command Prompt from this drive” […]

Since some days I am using a nice utility, Unlocker, that helps to find program that, while running, prevent you to get write access to some files. The only strange thing is that on every run it tries to access the network (update check or spyware?). Anyway, I just blocked it on my personal firewall, […]

A funny news on Microsoft site about Javaprxy.dll (a Microsoft JVM component):A COM Object (Javaprxy.dll) Could Cause Internet Explorer to Unexpectedly Exit. A way to scare people about Java? “Microsoft will take the appropriate action to help protect our customers” Are they thinking about closing development on Internet Explorer and Outlook? :-)

Here is what I do with the IE4+ links toolbar: You just have to enable the “Links Toolbar” on windows taskbar, and customize it. Linux users enjoy that since years… Benefits are that this menu is in the middle way between Start button, the desktop and the QuickLaunch. But: Better than the Start Button, you […]

Working with my laptop on different places I often have to configure network settings. Fortunately I always work on places using DHCP, so this isn’t an issue. But I’ve still to waste time switching the proxy settings in browsers (IE, Firefox, Opera, Maxthon…). Of course there are plugins that handle proxy switching with less effort, […]


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