Suicide pills, pain and flashbacks

(Analgesic emotional ramblings ahead. Tune in next time for a .DOCX file shrinking utility.) Almost every good spy story seems to feature a suicide pill of some sort. Usually, the user is quickly disposed of, foaming at the mouth and glaring at his or her captors with just enough breath...

Posted on 06 September 2015 — (Read more/comment)

TalkTalk TroubleTrouble

After 2009’s BT fiasco my office stayed with BT for a while, then transferred broadband service to the excellent Be — at the time, an independent ISP with a focus on excellent service for the prosumer and small business market. They had “unbundled” our exchange, installing their own ADSL equipment...

Posted on 07 April 2015 — (Read more/comment)

DOS and Windows support in a single EXE

The excellent Digital Mars C/C++ compiler made my quest for a single EXE file to support both 16 bit DOS and 32 bit Windows at once surprisingly easy: just three build steps. Just as Windows was originally built on top of MS-DOS, the 32 bit Windows executable format was built...

Posted on 03 January 2014 — (Read more/comment)

Bin2H retro update

Yes, someone out there is still wanting software for Windows 95! So, I produced my first dual-mode 16/32-bit DOS/Windows application. I was surprised enough to get a user complaining when TFind stopped working on Windows 2000 – three years after Microsoft terminated even extra-cost extended support even for the Server...

Posted on 02 January 2014 — (Read more/comment)

New Year's Resolution

My new year’s resolution: clinging to 1920×1200 at 17" for the time being. Sadly, Apple discontinued 17" laptops with the move to Retina displays: more pixels, but 22% less screen area, a tradeoff I’m reluctant to make. Surprisingly, the Chromebook Pixel – 13" 2560×1700 – is almost the same price...

Posted on 01 January 2014 — (Read more/comment)

Software and free utilities

A collection of utilities I have developed and released as a public service, including:

TFind - Quickly locate files by name on an NTFS filesystem.

BarPass - Generate sets of random passwords, with the corresponding barcode attached.

GTools - General tools for deploying Windows systems, including copying and moving files from batch files with a graphical progress indicator and changing or deleting drive letters

Bin2H - Convert binary files into character arrays for embedding in C source code.

Trix - Little snippets of code for re-use

Tablesearch - filter HTML tables based on a simple substring search in pure Javascript (no server side code)

EZMLM utilities - tools for automating some more complex administrative tasks on EZMLM mailing lists