Windows 7 change System Drive

I had Vista on my Portege R500 and wanted Windows 7, so i cleared the 2nd partition on my hdd and installed 7 there. After solving a couple of minor problems, everything worked fine. Next thing would be: Get rid of the Vista partition and make it free for all my data, that had to move out on a USB drive to free space for Win7. Unfortunately, the Vista partition was still listed as the "syste…

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mogileFS vs. me

Today i experimented a bit with MogileFS. The concept is simple and good: Upload and Download files via HTTP PUT/GET. No posix file system, no kernel manipulation, no raid needed. So i thought i play with it a little. It is all Perl, so i treid to install it with CPAN. You need MogileFS::server, MogileFS::Client and MogileFS::Utils for a start.Unfortunately, the server was not built automatical…

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Book: Scrum and XP from the Trenches

Just finished reading this "agile war story" by Henrik Kniberg. A very pragmatic description about how agile methods are deployed in real projects. A lot of the learnings i went through in during the last years are summarized very well in the book. Plus a lot of extra ideas and experience. If i had read this book 2 years ago, it would have saved me a lot of time and pain. Now i can say:…

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Fun with Plesk 9.3

I recently set up an eMail-server on a system managed with Plesk 9.3 (i know, real men use the command line and text editors to configure their servers, but i am old and lazy). Now i added DNS blacklisting to fight spam more effectively. And suddenly i could not send emails anymore. I must explain, it was a couple of years ago that i set up mail servers. After a little research i found out that…

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New 100 DAYS

This page will soon become the home of 100 DAYS software projects GmbH again. After three inspiring years inside Zend Technologies, i have decided to re-start this business with new focus. Please stand by...

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Toshiba Portege R500 and Win7

Yesterday i spent some time installing Windows 7 on my Portege R500 Laptop. Most of it went smooth:Putty, OpenVPN, Truecrypt, most Hardware: No problem.However, two problems persisted:Novatel Wireless broadband device (UMTS modem) and Fingerprint Software.Forums say, the Vista Version of the Novatel Drivers supplied by Toshiba would work. So i downloaded them but unfortunately, they refused to in…

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Dependency Injection with PHP

Since Java is a little more static than PHP from a language construct standpoint, the Java Community have adopted the concept of Dependency Injection (DI) a couple of years ago (for example in the Spring framework). Now PHP is getting more mature and people are wondering how to best decouple components in big projects in order to prevent interdependencies. Originally coming from the Java world, i…

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Upgrading to VMWare Player 3.0 on Ubuntu 9.10

After all my struggle with VMWare Infrastructure 2.0 on Ubuntu (see below), i now upgraded the ubuntu version on my machine and also replaced the VMWare infrastructure with VMWare Player 3.0.And: Yes! Finally everything works as expected! No more Tomcat Java Server infrastructure, No more Java Applet to control the VMs. And most interesting: Now the shared folders do work. I can access certain fo…

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Web 2.0 changing the process in WebApp-Development

The cool thing in web application has always been (and will always be) that IT meets communications. Every Web-App is considered a communication platform, not a technical artifact that just needs to work. Nobody accepts the need for trainings or manuals for web apps. They need to be "intuitive". This is where the designers come in. And concept people. And the word "emotional".…

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