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Oh Noes, I Wrote A Program

Long time no update, sorry but in the mean time I managed to get busy with life, ha! What? You think I write blogs all day long?

It’s an image viewer folks.

Yes, I can hear the collective cry of “great, yet another image viewer that the world needs” and you might disappointed that I haven’t yet complete my zillion dollars super fast kernel that will eclipse Linux and BSD alike and shock the entire IT world. Well, in my defense I would if I manage to start that project.. but in the mean time I hope you would forgive my insolence of NOT fulfilling your high standard o’ reader of my blog. I’m sure being a blog reader gives you the authority over some guy over the internet to do your bidding.

In case your sense of humor is out of wack, please read the last paragraph as a joke. Thank you.

Anyway, this is what it looks like:

Oh noes, a screenshot!

Oh noes, a screenshot!

If you wince hard enough you’ll see Gwenview, well IT IS one of the main reason I wrote this damn program. For now, its name is “Lihat” which depending if you care or not to try to pronounce it but really from my side, I don’t care if you can pronounce it at all. We’re both random dudes on the internet, you can call it whatever you want.

Why you say? Well because a) I can, b) it was started with “how hard could it be?”, and c) IrfanView looks like someone from east europe wrote a program in the 90’s and still haven’t bothered to update the interface of (maybe) the most used image viewer program for Windows.

Behold!

the program I mean, not Napoleon, mind you

Oh my god, its so seggssy!

For people who cares, fret not, I intend to release the code as open source. Besides, who makes millions from just an image viewer?

What is this? I don't even ..

What’s this? I don’t even ..

As you can see, I manage to put a useless feature here.

As you can see, I manage to put a useless feature here.

Please stay tuned, I’m working on it.. I’ll release it soon enough. If I haven’t upload it somewhere after a while, please bother me on the comment, or not.. I don’t care.

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TL-WN722N Problem With Windows XP

We have an aging desktop running Windows XP. I want to update a program from the internet so I need a network connection, since its ethernet cable used somewhere else so I plug my USB WLAN adapter. Strangely, I get disconnected from the network after about an hour or so after I plug it in. Unfortunately this mysterious disconnection also followed by failures to reconnect so I cannot treat it as a mere annoyance, I have to get this fixed.

The usual “repair” option didn’t work, manually disabling and re-enabling the device didn’t work either. I try to reboot, and again after an hour or so the WLAN disconnects itself. Next I physically unplug and replugging the device, still it wont reconnect. I try to google the interwebs on this, I got nothing.

Strange, when I use Linux I didn’t have  this problem, been using it for hours everyday. I try the ethernet/wired connection (I borrow a cable from an unused machine) it works, so at least now I know the problem is with my USB WLAN adapter.

This particular machine has a firewall, Sygate Personal Firewall, which basically used for its nice notifier when applications making network connections. It is also very old, but its good enough for a freeware. This machine also have VirtualBox installed, it says “VirtualBox from Oracle”, definitely newer than the firewall program.

Looking at two of this program I suspect that one of them is the cause of this problem because:

  • A firewall is works at low-level, at least the decent ones. So it is ALWAYS a factor when network connection showing exhibiting problems.
  • VirtualBox install a virtual network interface for its “Host-only” network. To me it smells like the driver is mucking with this machine’s networking.

After some trial-and-error, I found that by removing VirtualBox it solves the mysterious disconnection problem.

So there you go, if your TL-WN722N mysteriously disconnects in Windows XP and you have Sygate Personal Firewall and VirtualBox installed you should try to remove VirtualBox. Hey.. the more you know!

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Free Pascal dan Lazarus untuk Windows menggunakan batch


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Oke, kemaren (dulu.. ada kali sekitar dua mingguan) gw compile Free Pascal (FPC) dan Lazarus dari source. Gw compile FPC dari source soualnya mo buat program yang side-by-side dengan beberapa program Python. Karena gw install Python di sistem Linux dan (sengaja) malas men-download Python untuk Windows, jadi seharusnya gw download FPC yang khusus untuk Linux.

Tapi mungkin memang karena gw orang yang gak mo rugi, istilahnya kalo bisa ya sekali aja download buat Windows dan Linux, jadi akhirnya (seperti biasa) gw download yang bentuk source. 😀

Masalah

Disini gw buat tulisan tentang compile FPC dan Lazarus di Windows, soalnya kalo compile di Linux dah gak perlu penjelasan; maksudnya relatif mudah untuk orang-orang yang sengaja pakai Linux. Gw gak bermaksud untuk ngomong orang-Windows bego, tapi masalahnya memang kebanyakan orang tidak tahu cara meng-compile.

Pengalaman gw meng-compile FPC (dan Lazarus) melalui proses membaca beberapa petunjuk, mailing-list, termasuk chat sebentar lewat IRC dengan para pemakai FPC lainnya, jadi gw harap tulisan ini bisa membantu supaya loe-loe orang gak perlu cape (d).

Proses kompilasi di Windows sebenarnya tidak bisa dikatakan sulit, tidak serumit misalnya, cross-compiling GNU toolchain Linux ke Windows. Walaupun in a sense proses ini *memang* meng-compile sebuah compiler yang cross-platform, tapi selama menggunakan tool yang tepat (no, yang satu ini gak bisa di compile pake VS) seharusnya tidak ada masalah.

Disini gw untuk menggunakan batch-file untuk menyembunyikan langkah-langkah yang diperlukan dan mempermudah otomatisasi proses kompilasi.

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