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March 2013

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Windows 8 Looks Great on Retina Display

DaVinci Unlimited Software – I recently got a 15″ Retina Macbook Pro. Of course I installed Windows 8 in Bootcamp (accessible via VMWare Fusion) and I was blown away by how beautiful it looked. The fonts are a little smaller at 150% than they are on Mac OS X, but still completely viewable. Most applications handle the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2013-03-27 10:07

November 2011

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Advanced Transfers with Android

DaVinci Unlimited Software – Thanks to everyone who attended this session at AnDevCon II in San Francisco and Dessert Code Camp in Phoenix. Here are the updated slides (a PDF) and code samples from this session. Please leave a comment if you have any questions and I’d be happy to clarify things, or point you in the right ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2011-11-09 11:39

October 2011

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Hacking the ADB USB Driver for Acer A500

DaVinci Unlimited Software – ; ACER Iconia Tab A500 %SingleAdbInterface%        = USB_Install, USB\VID_0502&PID_3325 %CompositeAdbInterface%     = USB_Install, USB\VID_0502&PID_3325&MI_01 I wanted to access my Acer A500 via ADB (Android Debug Bridge). When I connected it I was able to access it as a USB Mass Storage ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2011-10-28 00:05

March 2011

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Web Based IDE’s

DaVinci Unlimited Software – I started a computer club at my son’s middle school. One of the limitations is that no software can be installed, and there are no development tools on the computers. So I set out to find web based IDE’s where we can write and run code via the web browser. This is what I found. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2011-03-29 02:43

October 2010

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Careful with your Keyboard

DaVinci Unlimited Software – One day I was leaving the office and there was one other developer left. He was a much older guy (like in his 70’s – great C++ developer) and he was cleaning his keyboard, having many of the keys already removed. Unfortunately he had a chat window focused with one of our remote ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2010-10-12 19:07

March 2009

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SQL Resources

DaVinci Unlimited Software – My session on Intermediate SQL as part of DataRage is scheduled for today - Wednesday, March 18, 2009 – 3:30pm - 4:15pm PDT.  It is categorized as Interbase, but is really just a general SQL session.  The rest of my sessions are categorized as Delphi, but are also general.   I’ve put up a SQL ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2009-03-18 15:59

September 2008

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WordPress and MediaWiki Integration

DaVinci Unlimited Software – Found some great instructions on how to get MediaWiki and WordPress to share login credentials.  I manually hacked something like that a long time ago, and it was a pain because everytime there was an update I had to re-hack it.  Jon Davis‘ solution is a plugin so it should work with new ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2008-09-01 03:33

August 2008

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McAfee ScanAlert FAIL

DaVinci Unlimited Software – I was on Carbonite.com and clicked their McAfee Secure Badge to see what McAfee was reporting on them and got the following FAIL. Inspires confidence in McAfee’s ability to secure anything, especially online.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2008-08-21 00:01
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My First PodCast

DaVinci Unlimited Software – I posted my first PodCast for The PodCast at Delphi.org this morning. So far the feedback has been really positive. I am really excited about doing a podcast on Delphi, I just hope I get faster at making the episodes as I go. This episode is 18 and a half minutes long, and it took me over 10 ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2008-08-18 17:06

July 2008

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Order of Enum in Case Statement

DaVinci Unlimited Software – A while back my manager asked me if the order of the enums in a Delphi case statement changed performance: i.e. Enums in order being faster then those not.  I was pretty sure it didn’t, but thought it was worth checking out.  Time for a test application and some disassembly . . . ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2008-07-13 02:16
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Beyond Compare 3 Beta

DaVinci Unlimited Software – One of my favorite tools for software development beyond Delphi is Beyond Compare.  It is the best tool for comparing and merging files, directories, etc.  It is also written in Delphi. They happen to have a Beta for version 3 available now.  Beyond a whole slew of new features for comparing and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2008-07-08 09:24
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Embarcadero Keeps Coming Up

DaVinci Unlimited Software – The building I work in is owned by Embarcadaro Capital Partners (See picture of the directory in the lobby.) Our company headquarters is moving to the corner of The Embarcadaro and Harrison in San Francisco, CA. The primary tool I use at work is Delphi, which was just purchased by Embarcadero ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2008-07-03 09:08
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Good-bye Old Friends

DaVinci Unlimited Software – It appears I am saying my good-bye to two of my old friends.  I knew this was coming on both accounts, but the reality is finally here.  First of all, I good-bye to Borland, hello to Embarcadero.  The people and products will still be there, but it is a new company.  I expect this to be a change for ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2008-07-01 07:35

June 2008

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¡ʇǝʎ ǝpoɔıun ɹoɟ ǝsn ʇsǝq ǝɥʇ

DaVinci Unlimited Software – With all the talk about the next version of Delphi fully supporting Unicode, I was pretty excited to find: ¡ʇǝʎ ǝpoɔıun ɹoɟ ǝsn ʇsǝq ǝɥʇ Well, maybe the best use for those of us who typically only need to use standard ASCII characters. . . .
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2008-06-20 19:53
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PasswordMaker

DaVinci Unlimited Software – Ever since I discovered PasswordMaker.org, I’ve been recommending it, especially in my cryptography trainings.  What it does is take a hash of your super secret password with the url of current site and creates a password.  Your super secret password is never transmitted, and since the hash is ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jim McKeeth @ 2008-06-12 03:17
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