How to unstick the ALT key in KRDC RDP sessions

  1. Problem: Periodically, when switching back to my KRDC Windows-session, it turns out that the ALT-key got stuck.
  2. Workaround: I have not found another workaround yet but, using the “Window with green arrows”icon in the top floating menu  image,   to switch to window mode and back to full screen.
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Getting Eclipse CDT to spell check non-source files

  1. Problem:
    1. Using Eclipse Luna CDT, with C/C++ spelling engine, to document C and C++ code in Doxygen (Eclox plugin), image
    2. Spell check works for inline Doxygen documentation. My API-level code comments in *.[ch](pp)* files gets spell-checked alright (Well…:
      1. I had  to download a decent dictionary to avoid recommendation like this one: image. I am using the aspell dictionaries from here and here.  This is before a restart/recheck:image
      2. I still do not know how to teach the C++ spell check engine that a newline does not start a new sentence: image
      3. The oft-referred to menu: Edit / Spell check does not show up for me: image
    3. However, spell check ignores my standalone *.dox files with high-level documentation.
  2. What I have tried:
    1. Telling Eclipse about the*.dox file type: image
    2. Associating *.dox files with the Doxyfile editor: image. Fail. This tool from the Eclox plugin seems to help only with the editing of the Doxygen config file. image
    3. Associating *.dox files with C/C++-editor: image Fail: has no effect.
  3. Workaround:
    1. Terrible, but since a similar question is still open on stackoverflow): If you can (*.dox requires all comments to be within c-style comments anyway), rename your *.dox files to *.dox.cpp. Terrible, but works: image
    2. A bit less terrible if you mange to store your standalone *.dox files as *.dox.cpp permanently do this if you get your Doxygen to handle these extensions.
    3. What is nice to see is that the spell-checker  recognizes Doxygen’s built-in reserved words (as opposed to my custom-defined Doxygen-commands). image
  4. Other things to try:
    1. I could not get Hunspell4Eclipse to work, despite going to considerable trouble getting the marketplace into my Eclipse installation
    2. I have not tried eSpell.

    Bringing method documentation back into synch by using Textpad command line to jump to GrepWin matched line in file

    1. Objective: is checking, in one simple result window, multi-line matches of method signatures and their Doxygen comments from a multi-module, multi-directory C++ codebase, in order to spot  inconsistencies, i.e. where code and documentation  are out f synch: image
    2. image
    3. All this short of having to write a Parser or buying a tool like Atomineer Pro Documentation  (which does look like it is “right on the money”, but, as it turned out to my surprise, also far short of getting this to work in Eclipse or on a Bash command line with Grep and Perl, ack  (doesn’t do multi-line matches!), ag, or what-not.  grepWin is free, has an easy-to-use, versatile interface, and proves, once again, to be a powerful little tool.
    4. A a sample (in reality not cut off, of course), 2 methods with their comments showing here: image
    5. And I am only a click away from correcting errors I spot in my preferred editor that grepWin  can link in “Settings””C:\Program Files (x86)\TextPad 7\TextPad.exe” %path%(%line%,0)
    6. image
    7. Some grepWin quirk I do not understand:
      1. Why does the “Search” button do nothing when I select radio button “Regex” instead of “Text Search”, but does the expected regex match against file and directory name when I select the latter? image

    How to output a list of installed programs on Windows with PowerShell

    A vanilla script, but including all Win32_Product class properties – a quick search found only a very basic version how to do this in PowerShell:

    # to write a installed program listing to a CSV file - just adapt the output dir below
    Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product |`
    foreach{
    $AssignmentType = $_.AssignmentType
    $Caption = $_.Caption
    $Description = $_.Description
    $IdentifyingNumber = $_.IdentifyingNumber
    $InstallDate = $_.InstallDate
    $InstallDate2 = $_.InstallDate2
    $InstallLocation = $_.InstallLocation
    $InstallState = $_.InstallState
    $HelpLink = $_.HelpLink
    $HelpTelephone = $_.HelpTelephone
    $InstallSource = $_.InstallSource
    $Language = $_.Language
    $LocalPackage = $_.LocalPackage
    $Name = $_.Name
    $PackageCache = $_.PackageCache
    $PackageCode = $_.PackageCode
    $PackageName = $_.PackageName
    $ProductID = $_.ProductID
    $RegOwner = $_.RegOwner
    $RegCompany = $_.RegCompany
    $SKUNumber = $_.SKUNumber
    $Transforms = $_.Transforms
    $URLInfoAbout = $_.URLInfoAbout
    $URLUpdateInfo = $_.URLUpdateInfo
    $Vendor = $_.Vendor
    $WordCount = $_.WordCount
    $Version = $_.Version
    
    $Name | Select-Object `
    @{n="AssignmentType";e={$AssignmentType}},
    @{n="Caption";e={$Caption}},
    @{n="Description";e={$Description}},
    @{n="IdentifyingNumber";e={$IdentifyingNumber}},
    @{n="InstallDate";e={$InstallDate}},
    @{n="InstallDate2";e={$InstallDate2}},
    @{n="InstallLocation";e={$InstallLocation}},
    @{n="InstallState";e={$InstallState}},
    @{n="HelpLink";e={$HelpLink}},
    @{n="HelpTelephone";e={$HelpTelephone}},
    @{n="InstallSource";e={$InstallSource}},
    @{n="Language";e={$Language}},
    @{n="LocalPackage";e={$LocalPackage}},
    @{n="Name";e={$Name}},
    @{n="PackageCache";e={$PackageCache}},
    @{n="PackageCode";e={$PackageCode}},
    @{n="PackageName";e={$PackageName}},
    @{n="ProductID";e={$ProductID}},
    @{n="RegOwner";e={$RegOwner}},
    @{n="RegCompany";e={$RegCompany}},
    @{n="SKUNumber";e={$SKUNumber}},
    @{n="Transforms";e={$Transforms}},
    @{n="URLInfoAbout";e={$URLInfoAbout}},
    @{n="URLUpdateInfo";e={$URLUpdateInfo}},
    @{n="Vendor";e={$Vendor}},
    @{n="WordCount";e={$WordCount}},
    @{n="Version";e={$Version}}
    }| Export-Csv c:\temp\installed-programs.csv -NoTypeInformation
    

    Output:

    image

    image

    Yet another couple of glitches solved in setting up Outlook 2013 with Gmail IMAP for GoogleApps

    1. I googled and followed this useful guide. However, a couple of glitches remained:
    2. Connection to Incoming mail server fails if you really just put your username:
      1. put instead of  username@companygoogledomain.com:
      2. image
    3. Test send of email message through outgoing server fails if you just followed instructions:
      1. image
      2. Click on button: “More” / tab: “Outgoing Server” / do check box “My outgoing server requires authentication ”  and log on (I now prefer to be explicit, after the initial mixup of usernames for incoming and outgoing), enter your full user@compgoogledomain.com and password. No need to enable SPA, though.
      3. image
    4. Viola  image Smile(and quousque tandem…, sigh Sad smile).

    A little addendum about data types to the +N(“comment”) in-cell formula comment trick in Excel

      1. You are relying with this well-documented trick on the fact that addition of 0 will altering a numeric value.
      2. However, what is not mentioned: not all work in Excel involves the number data type.
        1. Try adding your comment or zero to a string data type, and you will get a #VALUE error.
        2. Boolean, however, works also, since – as you can see when you have Excel evaluate your formula – if  you try adding 0 to a Boolean data type, Excel casts the prior Boolean FALSE to 0 or TRUE to 1, and casts the result of your addition (of 0 = nothing) back to the same initial Boolean for further evaluation. excel-evaluate-fromula-w-n-comment boolean
        3. So just put your +N()-comments in those part of your formula that involve either number or Boolean data type, and avoid adding to strings, for example:

    =IF(
        OR(
            ISBLANK(
                [Related issues]
            ),
            (            ISERR(
                    FIND(
                        #,
                        [Related issues]
                    )
                ) )
        ) +
        N(
            do nothing if no related task in col:related issues
        ),
        ,
        IF(
            NOT(
                ISERR(
                    FIND(
                        ,,
                        [Related issues]
                    )
                )
            ) +
            N(
                do nothing if no 2nd value in col:related issues
            ),
            CONCATENATE(
                MID(
                    MID(
                        [Related issues],
                        FIND(
                            ,,
                            [Related issues]
                        ) + 2,
                        LEN(
                            [Related issues]
                        ) -
                        FIND(
                            ,,
                            [Related issues]
                        ) + 1 +
                        N(
                            extracted the 2nd value from col:related issues
                        )
                    ),
                    FIND(
                        #,
                        MID(
                            [Related issues],
                            FIND(
                                ,,
                                [Related issues]
                            ) + 2,
                            LEN(
                                [Related issues]
                            ) -
                            FIND(
                                ,,
                                [Related issues]
                            ) + 1
                        )
                    ) + 1,
                    4
                ) +
                N(
                    extracted the 4# of id of related issue
                ),
                MID(
                    MID(
                        [Relatedissues],
                        FIND(
                            ,,
                            [Relatedissues]
                        ) + 2,
                        LEN(
                            [Relatedissues]
                        ) -
                        FIND(
                            ,,
                            [Relatedissues]
                        ) + 1
                    ),
                    FIND(
                         ,
                        MID(
                            [Related issues],
                            FIND(
                                ,,
                                [Related issues]
                            ) + 2,
                            LEN(
                                [Related issues]
                            ) -
                            FIND(
                                ,,
                                [Related issues]
                            ) + 1
                        )
                    ) + 1,
                    2 +
                    N(
                        appended to or from to the 4# of id of related issue
                    )
                )
            ),
           
        )
    )

      1. This splits, extracts and copies values from a none to multi-value column for better sortability: image

    Fun with .docx to .html transforms by means of HtmlConverter from PowerTools for Open XML

    1. The transform is FOSS and platform-independent:
      1. It neither requires Office nor Windows (The OpenXML SDK runs on Linux via Mono on the server.
      2. However, the most recent installment of Powertools for OpenXML, a high-level API to the OpenXML SDK, comes with a PowerShell interface (benefit: no Visual studio requirement).
    2. Valuable features of the transform,  among many other things, are:
      1. HtmlConverter is able to translate MS-Word styles into CSS (insofar needed – my code style has “No proofing” set, however, this cannot be implemented on the WWW), so the layout is preserved as designed, but w/o need for inline formatting:
            span.pt-StrongEmphasis-000052 {
                font-family: Calibri;
                font-size: 11pt;
                font-style: italic;
                font-weight: bold;
                margin: 0in;
                padding: 0in;
            }
    
            span.pt-lowCodeConsoleChar0 {
                color: #FFFFFF;
                background: #000000;
                font-family: Consolas;
                font-size: 10pt;
                font-weight: normal;
                margin: 0in;
                padding: 0in;
            }
    
         <h3 dir="ltr" class="pt-000040">
                <span class="pt-000041">2.2.1</span><span class="pt-000042"><span class="pt-000043">&nbsp;</span></span><span class="pt-Heading2Char"><b>References</b></span>
              </h3>
    
              <p dir="ltr" class="pt-BodyText">
                <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000003"><br />
                &lrm;</span><span class="pt-000000">&nbsp;</span>
              </p>
    
              <h1 dir="ltr" class="pt-000006">
                <span class="pt-000007"><b>3</b></span><span class="pt-000008"><b><span class="pt-000009">&nbsp;</span></b></span><span class="pt-Heading1Char"><b>Introduction</b></span>
              </h1>
    
              <h2 dir="ltr" class="pt-000018">
                <span class="pt-000019">3.1</span><span class="pt-000020"><span class="pt-000021">&nbsp;</span></span><span class="pt-Heading2Char"><b>Purpose of Document</b></span>
              </h2>
    
      1. There are many more options that I have not yet tried:
                SimplifyMarkupSettings simplifyMarkupSettings = new SimplifyMarkupSettings
                {
                    RemoveComments = true,
                    RemoveContentControls = true,
                    RemoveEndAndFootNotes = true,
                    RemoveFieldCodes = false,
                    RemoveLastRenderedPageBreak = true,
                    RemovePermissions = true,
                    RemoveProof = true,
                    RemoveRsidInfo = true,
                    RemoveSmartTags = true,
                    RemoveSoftHyphens = true,
                    RemoveGoBackBookmark = true,
                    ReplaceTabsWithSpaces = false,
                };
                MarkupSimplifier.SimplifyMarkup(wordDoc, simplifyMarkupSettings);
    
                FormattingAssemblerSettings formattingAssemblerSettings = new FormattingAssemblerSettings
                {
                    RemoveStyleNamesFromParagraphAndRunProperties = false,
                    ClearStyles = false,
                    RestrictToSupportedLanguages = htmlConverterSettings.RestrictToSupportedLanguages,
                    RestrictToSupportedNumberingFormats = htmlConverterSettings.RestrictToSupportedNumberingFormats,
                    CreateHtmlConverterAnnotationAttributes = true,
                    OrderElementsPerStandard = false,
                    ListItemRetrieverSettings = new ListItemRetrieverSettings()
                    {
                        ListItemTextImplementations = htmlConverterSettings.ListItemImplementations,
                    },
                };
    
    1. One would really wish there was a way to get such HTML cleaned up automatically (ouch!):
    2.                <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">M</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">anaged requirements for system integration&nbsp;</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">of Center</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">&nbsp;</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">software&nbsp;</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">with&nbsp;</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">iLearning</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">&nbsp;and with content production and management (BPD). To mitigate lack of integration of $50k LMS software investment into departmental workflow</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">,</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">&nbsp;</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">developed&nbsp;</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">and documented&nbsp;</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">software to automate</span>
                      <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000006">&nbsp;creation of 4K+ user accounts p.a., 30K+ learning documents and 100K+ interactive content paths in LMS.</span>
      
    3. There are also much more serious conversion errors:
      1. MS-Word displays a plain text content control and a repeating section content control within a table, containing one Combobox and one plain text content control per row, perfectly: openxml-convert-docxtohtml-error-word
      2. Convert-DocxToHtml gobbles the content completely (and so does Google Docs Preview): openxml-convert-docxtohtml-error-html The underlying HTML has just a blank table under each heading:
            <div class="pt-000001">
                <p dir="ltr" class="pt-qiCVHeading1">
                  <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000002">Profile</span>
                </p>
              </div>
              <div align="left">
                <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" dir="ltr" class="pt-000003" />
              </div>
              <div class="pt-000001">
                <p dir="ltr" class="pt-qiCVHeading1">
                  <span class="pt-DefaultParagraphFont-000002">Technologies</span>
                </p>
              </div>
              <div align="left">
                <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" dir="ltr" class="pt-000003" />
              </div>
          
      3. MS-Word shows:imageYet need to look in to the underlying XML to see whether the .docx is to blame for that…
      4. But HtmlConverter output in IE or Firefox: imageThe underlying HTML reveals that the css does not get applied in the right place:
    4.  	<tr>
                      <td class="pt-000079">
                        <p dir="ltr" class="pt-BodyTextSmall">
                          <span class="pt-BodyTextSmallChar-000081">AD</span>
                        </p>
                      </td>
                      <td colspan="2" class="pt-000079">
                        <p dir="ltr" class="pt-BodyTextSmall">
                          <span class="pt-BodyTextSmallChar-000081">Active Driector, Microsfot&rsquo;s directory implementation.</span>
                        </p>
                      </td>
                    </tr>
      
                    <tr>
                      <td class="pt-000086">
                        <p dir="ltr" class="pt-BodyTextSmall">
                          <span class="pt-000085">&nbsp;</span>
                        </p>
                      </td>
                      <td colspan="2" class="pt-000086">
                        <p dir="ltr" class="pt-BodyTextSmall">
                          <span class="pt-000085">&nbsp;</span>
                        </p>
                      </td>
                    </tr>
      
    5. One could image MS-Word acting less strictly than OpenXML PowerTools:Convert-DocxToHtml, like a web-browser tolerates and displays bad HTML. However, not only would need to be justified how MS-Word can also serve as the originating HTML WYSIWYG editor. The OpenXML PowerTools:Get-OpenXmlValidationErrors for both of the above documents does not seem to find any OpenXML errors that could explain the bad conversion (other than dozens of Sch_UndeclaredAttribute errors (Version-related? Not sure how this could be) , there is only a Pkg_PartIsNotAllowed relating to a glossary).
  1. Also yet to do:
    1. When (not always!) does my page title end up as empty?
      <title></title>
    2. Defaults to doctype xhtml, not html(5).
  2. Done:
    1. Pretty-printing. The HtmlConverter output defaults to all content (not css ) on 1 line (e.g. in the example from which above code is taken, 90000chars long). For human readability, and also possibly git tracking, pretty-printing would be better. Can be enforced like so (is there a better way? cannot see a user-configurable option for the SaveOptions enumeration):
    2. openXml\OxPt\OxPtCmdlets\OxPtHelper.cs:var htmlString = html.ToString(SaveOptions.None); // trp: requesting pretty-printing, was:html.ToString(SaveOptions.DisableFormatting);
      
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