Older blog entries for asmodai (starting at number 56)

Pinning Eclipse to the Windows taskbar

I pin programs that I use frequently to the taskbar of Windows. So I was a bit surprised to see that the newer version of Eclipse, Juno, doesn’t seem to support this by default. After some searching I find out that you can force this by adjusting the eclipse.ini by starting the file with something akin to:

C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_05\bin

Then after starting Eclipse with this in place, you can, once fully loaded and past the splash screen, pin Eclipse to the taskbar.

Syndicated 2012-07-24 17:32:26 from In Nomine - The Lotus Land

Steam indefinite update paused

So recently I had an issue with Steam where the Witcher 2 update got stuck at 99% and the status “Update Paused”. No matter what I tried with the pause/resume button, I couldn’t get it to budge from this status and actually update.

After a while I grabbed Process Explorer from the Microsoft website and checked the files that were being opened when I toggled this state. I noticed a reference to Steam\steamapps\downloading\20920\CookedPC\pack0.dzip. Then I also noticed a file reference to Steam\steamapp\logs\content.log. Upon checking that file I found a notice that it was trying to preallocate about 11 GB for this pack0.dzip. Checking my drive status, I saw that this particular drive letter only had about 9 GB left. Freeing up some space allowed the update process to actually start and finish, after which I got even more space back, since it seems Steam downloads these files and then replaces them, deleting the temporary one. So I guess the lesson learnt is that you should always have enough disk space free as the single largest file in any of your games.

Syndicated 2012-05-14 08:12:32 from In Nomine - The Lotus Land

Adding android.support.v4 to your Android application in IntelliJ IDEA

You can enable support for certain forward version features via the android.support namespace. In order to accomplish this you need to start the Android SDK Manager and make sure that under the Extras heading you select and install the Android Support package.

Once done you go into the directory extras/android/support/v4 and copy the android-support-v4.jar to your own project’s libs directory. Next go within IntelliJ IDEA to File » Project Structure and under Project Settings go to Modules, make sure your application is selected in the middle pane, then on the right side select the Dependencies tab. In the window below click the plus-icon and select Jars or directories. From the resulting window browse to your libs directory and select the android-support-v4.jar and press OK to close the window and add the jar-file to the dependencies of the project. Close the Project Settings by pressing the OK button.

Syndicated 2012-02-26 15:14:56 from In Nomine - The Lotus Land

Android Galaxy S2 Skin and AVD

What I did to get the Galaxy S2 skin to work with the Android Virtual Device (AVD) was:

  1. download the skin from the Samsung Developer website, it’s under the Add-on SDKs,
  2. extract to a Galaxy_S2 directory,
  3. put the entire directory in the [Android-SDK directory]/platforms/android-10/skins directory,
  4. edit the manifest.ini and change api=9 to api=10,
  5. restart AVD Manager,
  6. under skin in the device configuration you should see Galaxy_S2 in the dropdown.

Syndicated 2012-02-22 11:55:11 from In Nomine - The Lotus Land

Small touches that inspire

It’s the littlest of things that can really brighten my mood when I notice them. In this case I was watching Fallout: New Vegas’ DLC trailer for Honest Hearts. In the trailer you see the player with a pistol and on one side of the pistol at least is written: “καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν”. This is Greek and refers to the second part of the verse of John 1:5 in the New Testament of the bible, meaning in English: “and the darkness did not comprehend it”. In my opinion a great way to bring enlightenment by the bullet.

Syndicated 2011-05-14 20:22:03 from In Nomine - The Lotus Land

TortoiseSVN (Subversion) and Windows 7 file corruption

During a checkout of a Subversion tree on my Windows 7 installation I got quite a fair share of errors from TortoiseSVN, all of which ended with The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.

After digging around a bit, I came across this blog post on the exact same problem. And subsequently I found there is a hotfix available from Microsoft on their page about . This hotfix will be in the upcoming service pack 1.

You might also be able to work around it by disabling indexing on the particular folder or drive. It solved it for me at least.

Syndicated 2011-02-11 12:48:07 from In Nomine - The Lotus Land

Visual Studio editor rulers

If you like to have a visual cue for, say, where the 80th column is then this page over at Stack Overflow details the various registry keys you might need to add as well as showing which extensions can do it for you. For VS 2010 Professional and up you can use the Productivity Power Tools, but it seems that Visual Studio 2010 Express has no guides support.

Syndicated 2011-02-10 12:41:41 from In Nomine - The Lotus Land

Sublime Text with 80 and 120 column rulers

For many programming languages we still like to use either 80 or 120 columns in our editors to ensure it fits easily on print, as well as to use it as an aid for ensuring concise code.

In Sublime Text you can set vertical rulers for this by going to Preferences > User File Preferences and add rulers 80 120 and save the file.

For Sublime Text 2 it’s again under Preferences > User File Preferences, but the configuration file is now in JSON format, so you need to add "rulers": [80, 120] and maybe you need to append a comma at the end if you have more configuration directives following it.

Syndicated 2011-02-02 12:06:48 from In Nomine - The Lotus Land

PyCharm 1.1.1 released

PyCharm 1.1.1 was released yesterday. It consists mostly of bugfixes, find the full release notes on their site.

Syndicated 2011-01-20 12:31:33 from In Nomine - The Lotus Land

Mercurial 1.7, cacerts, and FreeBSD

So with recent Mercurial 1.7 releases HTTPS support was tightened, so you are bound to encounter a warning in the form of: warning: bitbucket.org certificate not verified (check web.cacerts config setting).

Now, on http://mercurial.selenic.com/wiki/CACertificates there are details on what to configure for certain operating systems. Given I use FreeBSD, I altered my $HOME/.hgrc as follows:

cacerts = /etc/ssl/cert.pem

For OpenBSD this should be in the same place since release 3.8. But apparently NetBSD does not have such a file in base.

Syndicated 2011-01-07 14:05:19 from In Nomine - The Lotus Land

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