MS Access: Comparing Queries Between Two Databases (a query diff)

Often, when you have MS Access in a small office, and have done the right thing and split the database into a backend of tables and frontend of queries, reports, and forms, you end up with changes to the objects in multiple files. The trickiest is comparing queries, because the query object is modified if even a column width is changed. You need to dig deeper and compare queries.

A GUI Trip Down Memory Lane

Operating Sytem Interface Design Between 1981 - 2009 has a lot of great screenshots.

There's on omission of history. The Start Menu, wasn't the first "start menu". Apple's System 7 allowed you to put folders into the Apple Menu, and people would put folders full of aliases (shortcuts) to their apps. Next also had a unified menu that listed apps.

Sitemeter Tracks Clicks

Just figured out that Sitemeter.com tracks clicks. It's not something they tell you in their free reports (which are pretty good btw). So, when you click on a link, they know where you're headed. This isn't that hard, technically - it involves attaching a handler onto A tags - but so far, sites don't seem to be doing that. The reason probably stems from the fact that tracking clicks will gather stats on sites that haven't put a Sitemeter counter onto their pages. Seems like a gray area.

So bye-bye Sitemeter. Nice knowin ya.

Create SQL tables from CSV headers

Not sure where this goes, but it's a page that will generate MySQL code from the header line from a CSV file.

Link to mini app.

Social Categorization of Images into Taxonomies

This is an idea, not something that exists, but I'm putting this out there to thwart future patents.

Heuristics are Nice : (working toward) Facebook-style Previews

I was thinking about how facebook updates parse out the url, then construct a nice looking preview. I think what it takes is scanning the textarea for a url, and then using ajax to tell the server to fetch a summary of the page at the url. get the data back, and insert it into a template, and reveal it.

Windows: changing the password for a network share

If you have a network share mapped to a drive letter, and it stopped connecting because the password changed, it won't ask you to correct the stored password, or even delete it.

Compu-Wasted in LA

(I’m not an expert in this.) Here’s some info about the computer junk universe.

History of the "Bowl"

In the past few years, there have been an explosion of "bowl" meals at different fast food restaurants.

Another Lame Patent War: Phone Number Tapping

Apple busted HTC on a patent for a tech called "data tapping".

Making the Tumblr "Well" Layouts with CSS

So I was puzzling over how to make the "Well" style layout in Tumblr without Javascript.

PNG Colors are Wrong in Firefox (and how to deal with non-sRGB wide gamut monitors at work)

I created a PNG that was bright red, but in Firefox, it is a duller red. The fix was to remove the color profile from the PNG by using the tool TweakPNG.

Windows Event Log Filter to Get a List of Crashes Without Dr. Watson or BSOD

I am having a problem with crashing computers, and need to get a record of crashes. This filter finds all the "unexpected shudown" events.

Haskell Name Game

Main> nameGame "alonzo"
"alonzo, alonzo bo blonzo bonana fanna fo flonzo fee fy mo mlonzo, alonzo"
Main> nameGame "haskell"
"haskell, haskell bo baskell bonana fanna fo faskell fee fy mo maskell, haskell"
LOLz. Here's some real beginner-level source code for a version of the "Name Game". The Name Game was a song from way back. It's silly.
Sources after the jump.
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