Samsung R530 - So many crap-games/apps preinstalled and Phoenix Failsafe - without an uninstaller ...03.03.2010 22:46
Today I helped somebody buy a cheap notebook as a replacement for a really old PC.
In the end we went home with a Samsung R530 and I immediately started configuring it.
After the installation I was looking on a lot of crap on the desktop and the startmenu.
I knew most notebooks today come with a lot of preinstalled crap like MS Office, ISP-software (AOL, T-Online, ... ) , virus-scanner, firewalls and more stuff (the same here, 60-day-trial for the new office, a McAfee Security-Solution (virus-scanner, anti-spam and more), ...) but I didnt see THAT coming.
Lots of games and programs from a company I already forgot the name, which which where usable for some hours but then you would have pay for them. I uninstalled them, even though they were from the same company and only some mb in size, each had it's own uninstaller. But I figured the low price for the notebook is partly due to those programs.
Then I discovered a popup for the most awesome program ever Phoenix FailSafe ... a product which helps you when your notebook gets stolen. It tracks it, deletes/downloads your data, makes a photo/video of the thief and stuff like that if he goes online or is in reach of any accessable gps-device the notebook can connect to (bluetooth or whatever) . It was a trial too and you would have to pay for it on a monthly base.
The first thing I did was searching for an uninstaller in the starmenu: nothing.
Then in Windows software-control: nothing.
Then I searched on google and found a thread about it. No real solution.
You can set it up, register, then login on their page, deactivate it and then download an "uninstaller"! Register to uninstall it ? WTF!!!
According to an entry in the forum, the support said, you can "uninstall" it manually by deleting the directory, the files and the start-menu entry by hand ...
What kind of crap is that ? A silly way to protect it from beeing deleted by a potential thief ? I would accept it if it would remove it's entry in start-menu and uninstaller after you have choosen to use it. But not even providing one ?
I will give the manual way a try next week and look if there is more data from this tool in the registry, autostart, services or anywhere else.Kommentare: 2
The HTML Validator-Extension for Firefox doesn't run on Debian Squeeze out of the box, the problem is the missing libstdc++5, but only libstdc++6 is installable from debians default-repositoy.Weiterlesen: Installing HTML Validator Extensions for Firefox / Iceweasel on Debian 6.0 Sq ...
Well today I wasted about 12+ hours trying to compile firefox + html validator-extension from scratch, made many mistakes, first I used ff3.5-sources, then I found out that the instructions where not meant for firefox 3.5, but for firefox 2, then some typos on patching source-files that I only foundout about ... 40 minutes later, because building it took between 30 and 60minutes each time ... That's why 12 hours past so fast.
But finally I found a way to get it running. libstdc++5 wasn't the only problem :)
Using the solutions provided for other linux distributions, mixing them a bit and doing some testing myself I finally got a solution:Kommentare: 1
Having worked and refactored a of lot ugly code in my life and seen a lot more (often on helping people on php.de) I was wondering how big the impact of NOTICES thrown by php really is.Weiterlesen: How do NOTICES influence php-scripts performance ?
Since php allows a lot of really bad code and it is easy to turn off showing them (in most cases it is turned off by default and not logged either) I wanted to test some of those things you see almost every day, usage of uninitialized variables and accessing array keys without setting them into quotes.
Since this kind of bad code in most cases are only a small part of the complete applications code, it won't have a huge impact on the total performance of a script, but I wanted to know how much the difference for those code-parts would be.Kommentare: 0
Steps are simple:Weiterlesen: Installing Mysql Workbench 5.2.11 from source on Debian 6.0 Squeeze
Download the sources ~ 14 MB
install ~ 30mb of packages via apt-get
make && make install
But it may some time, at least on my slow notebook (p4 mobile 1,73 ghz) autogen took 10 minutes, make took about 60 minutes and make install another 4 minutes, but if you ever compiled mysql-server yourself you now ... mysql may take some time :)
So here in Detail, almost copy & paste-ready:
Caching data is an important part in todays Web-Application, it can boost the performance, save time and resources or can be necessary because of limited or slow calls to external apis and services.
Things you can cache are for example database-querys, api-calls, generated data (html, images, .... ), return-values of methods and a lot more things.
Here is an overview of classes you can use to cache all kinds of data. From PEAR over the Symfony Framework to the Zend Framework. With slow file or database-based backends and fast memory-based backends like APC, Memcached, eAccelerator or Redis. After the caching-classes is a list with opcode-caches, because some of them offer memory-based cache-backends.Weiterlesen: Caching Libraries and Opcode-Caches in php - An Overview
PHP offers a lot of ways for requesting (GET) content via http(s) (and other protocols) and sending POST-Requests, if you need it for accessing an API, downloading files, unittests for a webservice, login-requests or whatever.
The extensions behind all those variantes are sockets (fsockopen()), streams (stream_socket_client()), curl or the PECL Extension Pecl_Http. Not all are usable on every host because of the php-configuration and the compiled/loaded extensions.
Here is a list of extensions and php-classes which can help you with those topics.Weiterlesen: HTTP-Requests with php - An overview of extensions and classesKommentare: 0
Noticed it some time ago that like in ubuntu (since 9.04), debian doesn't restart the x-server if you hit ctrl + alt + backspace anymore.Weiterlesen: Ctrl + Alt + Backspace for restarting x-server on debian squeeze working agai ...
It was deactivated in the X-Server some time ago because people thought it was pushed to often accidently, especially by former windows users. I think I never pushed it accidently, but well, as long as it is easy reactivateable it is no problem.
Installing PHC 0.3.2 and ThinkPad Fan Control (tpfand) 0.9.5 on Debian Squeeze for my intel-based R52 Thinkpad28.12.2009 12:59
Since I switched from Ubuntu 9.04 to Debian 6.0 Squeeze (testing) a week ago I missed the phc-module for undervolting my intel cpu and tpfand to control the fan-speed based on temperatures of sensors on my thinkpad (R52 - 1846-64G)
On Ubuntu 9.04 I used a ppa-repository from launchpad like it was described here.
Since there was no repository for Debian Squeeze I just build the module with the help of phcs build-script (should support kernel 2.6.27, 2.6.28, 2.6.29, 2.6.30, 2.6.31 and 2.6.32, my squeeze runs 2.6.30-2-686)Weiterlesen: Installing PHC 0.3.2 and ThinkPad Fan Control (tpfand) 0.9.5 on Debian Squeez ...Kommentare: 0
You can even win an Ipod if you leave your email! :)Weiterlesen: Zend Framework Survey 2009 and Roadmap for Zend Framework 2.0 - Win an IpodKommentare: 0
Propably I am really a bit late, but today I found my Zend Framework-Poster I though I never received, somebody had put the envelope into the wrong shelf and this week I got my SektionEins PHP security poster.
SektionsEins (Stefan Esser) currently offers a free PHP security-poster you can order on the SektionEins-homepage and Mayflower offers a Zend Framework Poster.
More information about the posters you find on the suspect.org-blog by Stefan Esser and on the thinkphp blog. So if you interested and are willing to give away your name and adress, order them.
They are both available in english and german.
I have to say thanks to SektionEins and Mayflower for those 2 great Posters, my only problem currently is how to get them both on my walls, I would have prefered to put them both on the ceiling above my desk, but since we have a wooden-ceiling with lots of crossbeams, that is impossible, I think I will have to rearrange some stuff in my room to place them somewhere I can read both without turning around or standing up.Weiterlesen: Free PHP-Posters - SektionsEins PHP Security Poster and Mayflowers Zend Frame ...Kommentare: 0