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November 2009

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Call for Delphi Developers

Ruminated Rumblings – My company is looking for a few good developers for some Delphi contract work. Are you (or someone you know) looking for a bit of work and fit one of the profiles below? If so, drop me a line at marshall dot fryman at gmail dot com. I'm looking for experienced Delphi developers only. You'll need ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2009-11-10 19:15

July 2009

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D2007 and large text files

Ruminated Rumblings – Has anyone noticed that Delphi 2007 cannot append to a text file over 2GB in size? I freely admit that I had a problem in my code that created log files that large in the first place... but I also don't expect my compiler to blow up when dealing with files of any size. My first warning was when the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2009-07-31 13:38
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Gmail, POP3 and Indy

Ruminated Rumblings – In my ever expanding need for dealing with the outside world, I've discovered a quirky little thing about Indy 10. When using the TIdPOP3 component with Gmail, you have to manually call DisconnectNotifyPeer or delete commands are ignored. I suppose this isn't quirky as much as not really documented ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2009-07-30 21:52

April 2009

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RAID, files and cloud storage

Ruminated Rumblings – RAID is a method that takes independent drives and lets a system group them together for security (redundancy or parity), speed enhancements, storage space increases or all three. One of the long-time stalwarts of the RAID environment is RAID 5. In RAID 5, you need at least 3 identically sized ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2009-04-17 20:01

January 2009

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Qt becomes LGPL licensed

Ruminated Rumblings – Nokia has announced that the new Qt library (4.5) will be available under the LGPL license (March 2009). Hopefully, this will mean that Embarcadero will revive Linux support with it's upcoming 64-bit, compile-to-many-targets compiler rewrite. Actually, it could mean that we would finally have a true ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2009-01-14 11:04

November 2008

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Word, WordPad and RTF

Ruminated Rumblings – In yet another stunning victory for Microsoft's cross-compatibility, their RTF system is incompatible between their own products. Let me begin by explaining that I have a Delphi app that uses a mail merge system to merge database text into a document. Naturally, you can do this a lot of different ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2008-11-03 16:36

August 2008

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MapQuest and Delphi

Ruminated Rumblings – A few weeks ago I started down the path of discovering how to GeoCode addresses for Delphi. This is related to a project we had where we wanted to show a map of a given point and then show facilities located near it on a map. I had originally started working with maps.live.com (which is a MS site). ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2008-08-15 19:16
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Delphi in the workgroup

Ruminated Rumblings – Serge Dosyukov recently posted about the speed of the Delphi installer. While I agree that it's annoying to have to wait for the initial installation, I find that one of the largest failures in most development environments (including Delphi) is uniformity in a group setting. For some reason, you ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2008-08-12 14:32

July 2008

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Indy and HTTPS Post

Ruminated Rumblings – I'm back to work on the HTTPS Post issue with DHL's ShipIt XML API. The problem I'm having is when I use Indy to post the xml via an HTTPS post, the response is that the file is malformed. I should mention that I'm using a relatively recent version of Indy 10. If I use FF (if you don't have it, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2008-07-21 20:07
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Indy and SSL

Ruminated Rumblings – If anyone has ever tried to get the OpenSSL libraries to work with Indy, you may have experienced a lot of pain with the process. I'm in the process of trying to develop an application for DHL's ShipIT XML Api that utilizes an HTTPS POST. The actual post code from Indy is easy (response := ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2008-07-21 00:29

May 2008

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Embarcadero and the future

Ruminated Rumblings – For everyone who isn't hiding under a rock, Embarcadero has agreed to acquire CodeGear from Borland. I'm sure all of us who have been annoyed with Borland for the last 5 years are relieved that the other shoe has finally dropped.Why 5 years you ask? Let's call a spade, a spade, and say the last ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2008-05-07 19:39

April 2008

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Detecting Virtual PC

Ruminated Rumblings – Adding to my previous post on detecting virtual environments, here's the code for detecting Virtual PC. Note that it's a conversion from CodeProject, the original author is here. I also didn't write the conversion, I'm simply accumulating the VMM detection code here. Original credit for the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2008-04-22 17:43
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Detecting a virtualized environment

Ruminated Rumblings – CubicDesign on delphi-talk.elists.org recently asked the question: "How do I know/detect if my software is running under Windows [or a virtual environment?" Well, it turns out that it's a lot harder to tell than you would think. Apparently, the VM (VMware, Xen, Wine, etc.) doesn't really want you to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2008-04-21 20:01
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Calendar Conversions

Ruminated Rumblings – Has anyone tried to convert a Western-style calendar to either the Islamic or Hebrew calendar system? I've spent a bunch of time looking for a Pascal unit to do just that so I could include Muslim and Jewish holidays in my holiday class but haven't found any great resources. I finally found some ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2008-04-15 15:32
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SMTP Mail and Indy (again)

Ruminated Rumblings – Having spent a lot of time recently working on a ping scanner using Indy, I noticed that there's a lot of questions still on using SMTP with Indy. Let me first say that I am not an Indy expert. I get along with it successfully but find I still have to research things frequently.With the disclaimer ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Marshall Fryman @ 2008-04-08 20:59
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