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Using formulas in Microsoft Excel CSV files
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 9:46 PM (Pacific)

Did you know you can use Excel formulas in CSV (comma separated values) files? It works perfectly. You just hardcode the parts of the formula which can be hardcoded, and use your programming code to add in, say, row numbers. Open the file inside Excel and you get working Excel formulas.

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Getting an Epson LX-810 printer to work on Windows XP
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 8:29 PM (Pacific)

We've all been there...a beloved old peripheral no longer works on Windows XP.

I had the occasion to try to install one of these impact printers, which had worked fine all along on a Windows 98 machine, in an XP machine. Epson's newest driver is the Windows 98 one, so you are supposed to use the Windows XP driver for Epson LX-810. Fine, but it doesn't really work. It'll print letter size, but no longer has "custom size" or "user defined size" as a paper size option.

Now...why would you need to use an impact printer for a letter-size document in Windows XP? The sole reason you'd need an impact printer to begin with is to print forms, right?

Finally I came across this: re: Custom Paper Size- Explanation the Problem

I tried the idea of Server Properties, and keyed in the dimensions I wanted. I can't test it now, but the print preview looks right (the form I need to print is in Access, it's definitely a nonstandard size).

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Javascript code to jump cursor to next box in an HTML form
posted by Colleen Shirazi, at 8:17 PM (Pacific)

Looking for a quick way to advance the user's cursor to the next input element in your HTML form? Say, after they have typed three characters, as in a phone number?

function check(theElement,nextElement) {

if(theElement.value.length >= theElement.maxLength) {
document.authenticate.elements[nextElement].focus();
}
else {
document.authenticate.theElement.focus();
}
return true;
}

...

<form method="POST" action="youraction" name="authenticate">

<input type="text" size="3" maxlength="3" name="area_code" value="" onKeyUp="check(this,'first_three')" />

<input type="text" size="3" maxlength="3" name="first_three" value="" onKeyUp="check(this,'last_four')" />

<input type="text" size="4" maxlength="4" name="last_four" value="" onKeyUp="check(this,'function')" />

<input name="function" value="Sign In" type="submit" />

</form>

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Old versions of software
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 1:15 PM (Pacific)

OldVersion.com

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Internet Explorer 7 keeps redrawing screen on Windows XP SP2
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 10:19 PM (Pacific)

I have IE 7 running on several WinXP Service Pack 2 computers. It works fine on some, but on one, you could hardly use it, particularly for viewing pages with a lot of components. Every time you tried to scroll, it redrew the screen, giving you an annoying flashing screen experience.

Perhaps you are thinking, "Who gives a toss? I use Firefox," but the problem is, some programs work only in IE.

Figuring this had to be a known issue, I found this page after some searching:

IE7 slow scrolling

Particularly note this part:
Try to disable visual styles (Internet Options - Advanced - Enable visual styles on buttons and controls in webpages). I did that and IE7 scrolling performance is equal to IE6.

So far it seems to work; it's not perfect, but much better than before.

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Blogger: stack overflow at line 54 part 2
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 10:28 PM (Pacific)

See part 1.

I encountered this again recently on someone else's blog. I googled the error, but all I could seem to find were versions of my crappy half-assed solution that I slapped up almost two years ago, on the assumption that Blogger would take care of it.

It's not caused by turning the backlinks feature on or off. It's caused by old Blogger templates. If you choose a new template for your blog, the error should disappear.

Note: if you've customized your template at all, do a Select All, Copy and Paste a copy of your template in a text editor such as Notepad, Wordpad, et cetera (anything that supports unformatted text files) before replacing your template.

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Rules automatically created for the program: Symantec LiveUpdate part 3
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 9:57 AM (Pacific)

Okay...here's what seems to work. You do the Google Answers thing...open NIS 2005, personal firewall, configure, programs. Select all the programs in the box, remove, run the program scan.

Once that's done, follow the prompts and Finish. Look for the entries in the box that say Symantec LiveUpdate. Change them all to Permit All (rather than Automatic). Restart your computer.

Because you've just deleted all of the firewall entries, NIS will prompt you every time a new program tries to access the Internet. Proceed as you normally would.

One of the prompts will be for Symantec LiveUpdate. As soon as you see this, pop open NIS again and double check the Symantec LiveUpdate entries. If any now says Automatic, change it to Permit All. I had to do this only once and so far it seems to have worked (I checked back a few times after that).

I don't know if it's relevant, but I had installed iTunes (don't ask) right before the popup starting popping up. I went back and uninstalled it (I don't need it). Then I noticed Apple had installed some other junk on my computer so I went back and uninstalled that too.

Bet you fifty bucks it was the iTunes.

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Rules automatically created for the program: Symantec LiveUpdate part 2
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, September 28, 2007 at 9:53 AM (Pacific)

I can see this is going to turn into a saga.

I tried this last night: Rules automatically created for the program: Symantec LiveUpdate. It worked last night.

After I booted up again this morning, the popup reappeared. Tried this:

(Okay, it was in Google Answers, now I can't find it. It involved running the same program scan, then manually configuring the LiveUpdate entries to "permit all," then restarting the computer.)

This doesn't work either.

I highly suspect one of the Symantec updates screwed it up in the first place. I don't know if it's sheer incompetence, or a sordid attempt to force Norton users to "upgrade" to a newer version of NIS, but it SUCKS. It's UNNECESSARY, there should be NOTHING TO FIX.

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Rules automatically created for the program: Symantec LiveUpdate
posted by TheBroadroom.Net, Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 11:11 PM (Pacific)

I kept getting this, in annoying popup form (Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition).

I went to the Symantec site...their database was useless, but their tech support wasn't.

You are to go to your Norton personal firewall, configure, programs. Click inside the list, select all (control+A), remove. Basically you're going to delete all of the programs in there and have Norton re-detect them.

After that, run the scan. Let everything run completely. When it's finished, restart your computer.

So far, knock wood, it seems to have worked.

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But does it get you off the junk fax lists?
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 3:51 PM (Pacific)

junkfax.org

I'm game to try it.

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