Copying the text of an Office Communicator Note

Recently I wanted to copy some text from a co-worker’s Office Communicator note, but OC doesn’t allow cut and paste directly from the contact list.

I found a work around however:
If your Office Communicator is integrated with Outlook you are able to copy the contact’s note text from the contact list when it is displayed in Outlook.

A Few Holes in Bruce Willis's Career

At lunch today my co-workers and I noticed a few holes in Bruce Willis’s career:

  1. The First Deadly Sin / Loaded Weapon 1 / Alpha Dog
  2. Die Hard 2 / Look Who’s Talking Too
  3. Four Rooms
  4. The Fifth Element
  5. The Sixth Sense
  6. Lucky Number Slevin
  7. The Whole Nine Yards
  8. The Whole Ten Yards
  9. 12 Monkeys/Ocean’s Twelve
  10. Sixteen Blocks

I don’t think anyone could say he did this is on purpose. I’m just wondering if he’ll be able to fill in the gaps before he dies.

xorg.conf for IBM ThinkPad 1171 iseries

I’ve been setting up an old IBM laptop for my brother write papers and play freeCiv on. The Windows XP installation that was previously on the laptop had no problem displaying 1024×768 @ 60Hz, (and didn’t do much else, but that’s not what this article is about.) Once I installed Ubuntu the laptop would only display a small box at 800×600.

I spent a lot of time searching on Google for the magic line that would make the X server recognize this laptop monitor. There were a few other people on the internet that had posted questions about this, but there was either no answer or even more frustrating they had posted to their own questions “I figured it out” without any explanation. I knew it was possible, but I was just going to have to figure it out on my own. I had learned a few things during my search and this is how I finally got it working:

The first thing I did was back up my original xorg.conf by dropping into the terminal and typing this:

sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf_backup

Then I used gtf to generate a the code needed to tell X server to use 1024×768 resolution with a refresh rate of 60Hz:

gtf 1024 768 60

This gave me the code:

# 1024x768 @ 60.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 47.70 kHz; pclk: 64.11 MHz
  Modeline "1024x768_60.00"  64.11  1024 1080 1184 1344  768 769 772 795  -HSync +Vsync

which I pasted into my /etc/X11/xorg.conf under the “Monitor” section

Under the “Monitor” section I also pasted

 Option "PreferredMode" "1024x768_60"

I checked the log file in /var/log/Xorg.0.log and among the other information was the error “hsync out of range”. What I also noticed was that it was unable to determine the monitor type and was using defaults for the monitor hsync and vrefresh values.

The solution was to hard code hsync and vrefresh values that were outside the default range but that didn’t break X server and allowed for 1024×768 resolution. I did brake X server a few times trying to get the values right, but was finally able to boot into 1024×768 full screen.

Below is the xorg.conf that worked for me with the IBM ThinkPad iseries 1171

Section "ServerLayout"
	Identifier     " Configured"
	Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
	InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
	InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "Files"
	ModulePath   "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc"
	#FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi"
	FontPath     "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"

Section "Module"
	Load  "glx"
	Load  "record"
	Load  "dri2"
	Load  "dri"
	Load  "extmod"
	Load  "dbe"

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver      "kbd"

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Mouse0"
	Driver      "mouse"
	Option	    "Protocol" "auto"
	Option	    "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
	Option	    "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier   "Monitor0"
	VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
	ModelName    "Monitor Model"
	Horizsync 47-48
	Vertrefresh 60
	# 1024x768 @ 60.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 47.70 kHz; pclk: 64.11 MHz
	Modeline "1024x768_60"  64.11  1024 1080 1184 1344  768 769 772 795  +HSync +Vsync
	Option "PreferredMode" "1024x768_60"

Section "Device"
        ### Available Driver options are:-
        ### Values: : integer, : float, : "True"/"False",
        ### : "String", : " Hz/kHz/MHz"
        ### [arg]: arg optional
        #Option     "AccelMethod"        	# []
        #Option     "SWcursor"           	# []
        #Option     "PciRetry"           	# []
        #Option     "NoAccel"            	# []
        #Option     "SetMClk"            	#
        #Option     "MUXThreshold"       	# 
        #Option     "ShadowFB"           	# []
        #Option     "Rotate"             	# []
        #Option     "VideoKey"           	# 
        #Option     "NoMMIO"             	# []
        #Option     "NoPciBurst"         	# []
        #Option     "MMIOonly"           	# []
        #Option     "CyberShadow"        	# []
        #Option     "CyberStretch"       	# []
        #Option     "XvHsync"            	# 
        #Option     "XvVsync"            	# 
        #Option     "XvBskew"            	# 
        #Option     "XvRskew"            	# 
        #Option     "FpDelay"            	# 
        #Option     "Display1400"        	# []
        #Option     "Display"            	# []
        #Option     "GammaBrightness"    	# []
        #Option     "TVChipset"          	# []
        #Option     "TVSignal"           	# 
	Identifier  "Card0"
	Driver      "trident"
	VendorName  "Trident Microsystems"
	BoardName   "CyberBlade/i1"
	BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
	Option      "CacheLines" "768"

Section "Screen"
	Identifier "Screen0"
	Device     "Card0"
	Monitor    "Monitor0"
	SubSection "Display"
		Viewport   0 0
		Depth     1
		Modes "1024x768_60"
	SubSection "Display"
		Viewport   0 0
		Depth     16
		Modes "1024x768_60"

WordPress Source Code Syntax Highlighting for Coldfusion

If I’m going to blog about code, I need a good syntax highlighter for WordPress. Searching through the many plug-ins available its obvious that there are really only two choices: Plugins that use Google’s Prettify and Plug-ins that use GeSHi.

I first tried the “Google Syntax Highlighter for WordPress” plug-in only to find that it doesn’t do Coldfusion. I downloaded someone’s plug-in for Google’s plug-in that would do Coldfusion Syntax highlighting only to have it start breaking the page layout. There was also a noticable slow down in the page loading. I gave up after spending my morning trying to get this to work.

The next plug-in I tried was “WP-Syntax” which is based on GeSHi. Not only did it support Coldfusion right out of the box, but it worked perfectly the first time I used it! If anyone else needs Coldfusion Source Code Syntax Highlighting for WordPress I highly recommend checking out the “Wp-Syntax” plug-in.

(Code box begins with <pre lang=”cfm”>)

The other plug-in you’ll probably need is the “Raw-HTML” plug-in. This will help keep WordPress from being helpful and scrambling up your code. Unfortunately this doesn’t solve the issue of switching between the HTML tab to the Visual tab. If you do that WordPress will still eat your code.

Hello World!

I’m a web developer and musician. In this industry it seem like most web developers are. I could get full band together with my co-workers.

I program mostly in PHP and Coldfusion. I dabble in C++, Linux, & Music Production.

After much prodding from RabidGadfly and Kristian Hermansen I’ve started this blog to record all the junk thats floating around in my head. I’m no expert, but its possible that some of the things I’ve learned and resources I’ve found could be useful to others.

Besides: everyone else and their grandma has a blog so its time I have one too.