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Launch Fork from Total Commander

I discovered that it is easy to open the current selected Git repository with Fork through Total Commander.

  1. Add a new Toolbar Button to the Total Commander Toolbar.
  2. Select the Fork Executable: C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Fork\Fork.exe
  3. Parameters: “%P.”
  4. Start path: C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Fork\
  5. Select Icon
  6. Tooltip: Fork

Attention: Replace “User” with your own Windows Username!

Save this Button and it will be shown in the Toolbar.
Clicking the Button results in Fork being launched with the selected repository.

Total Commander Fork Toolbar Button

Install HP Laserjet 1018 on Raspbian

[Update: 26-2-2022] The foo2zjs download link from rkkda seems to be offline.
According to a post on the Ubuntu Forum foo2zjs can still be downloaded from a mirror on Github.

I managed to successfully install the HP Laserjet 1018 printer on a Raspberry Pi 4 with Raspbian Buster by following the instructions below. It makes use of the foo2zjs linux printer driver.

These instructions are based on andrum99’s blog-post which is available on the Internet Archive.

1. Install pre-requisite packages:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tix groff cups

2. Add user pi to lpadmin group:

sudo usermod -a -G lpadmin pi

3. Download and build foo2zjs:

wget -O foo2zjs.tar.gz
tar zxf foo2zjs.tar.gz
cd foo2zjs

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[Release] Qt Minecraft Server v0.1.0

After receiving positive feedback on my tool Spotweb Filter Creator, I decided to start developing my next application.

This time, it’s something completely different.

Well Minecraft fans, I present to you: Qt Minecraft Server :-)
With Qt Minecraft Server you can manage your own Minecraft Server with a Graphical User Interface, instead of the Terminal.

The official Minecraft Server package (.jar) can be downloaded from within Qt Minecraft Server.
It’s also possible to edit and save the file inside the application.

At the moment, the Windows version of Qt Minecraft Server is already available for download from the Qt Minecraft Server project page.

Linux versions will be available soon.
Edit: Linux versions are also available now, I’ve built the Linux versions with Ubuntu 12.10 32-bit (x86) and Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit (x86_64).

Below you’ll see a screenshot of Qt Minecraft Server.

And last but not least, as always, the source code is available on GitHub.

[Release] Spotweb Filter Creator 0.4.0

Spotweb Filter Creator 0.4.0 has been released.

Two new languages have been added to this release, German and French.
Below is a screenshot of the German version, running in Linux Mint 14 (nadia).

Also the mechanism to load the translations is now much more dynamic than it was before.
This is a little bit techy stuff, but Spotweb Filter Creator doesn’t need a recompile anymore when just adding new languages.

The available languages are now defined in the spotwebfc.lng file instead of hardcoded into the source code.

For those that are interested, I’ve uploaded the translations to Transifex: Click here.

The translation project is “Free For All”, so feel free to contribute if you want Spotweb Filter Creator translated in your own native language :-)

Downloads for Windows, Linux and Raspberry Pi are available at the Spotweb Filter Creator project page.

Spotweb Filter Creator @ Raspberry Pi!

Today, I’ve managed to build a version of Spotweb Filter Creator for the Raspberry Pi.
I’ve built and tested it on the recommended OS: Raspbian Wheezy.

To download and install Raspbian Wheezy, visit the downloads section of the Raspberry Pi website:

For the Raspberry Pi owners who want to play around with it, head over to the Spotweb Filter Creator project page, and download the RPi version.

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[Release] Spotweb Filter Creator 0.3.0

Today, Spotweb Filter Creator 0.3.0 has been released.

This is a bug-fix release. With the previous version, it was possible in some scenarios to get filter items with non-unique ID’s. This would confuse Spotweb when uploading the filters, and some sub-filters could be appended to the wrong top filter, when working with nested filter items.

I also added a wrapper script for the Linux version to make it possible to start Spotweb Filter Creator even if the Qt libraries are not installed on the system. By starting Spotweb Filter Creator with, the bundled Qt libraries in the “lib” folder will be loaded.

Downloads are available at the Spotweb Filter Creator project page.

Spotweb Filter Creator for Linux (x86-x64)

Due to a request in the comments at the Spotweb Filter Creator page I have created a version of Spotweb Filter Creator for Linux 64-bit.

First, I must say that I am very unfamiliar with packaging/distribution of Linux tools.

After some time reading on the net, I figured out that creating a .tar.gz is probably the quickest and most easy way to success, although I realize it’s probably not as fancy as a .deb package.
I’ve tested the package on a clean install of Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit and it worked fine!
The alpha tag (a) is added in the version because I am still a little bit cautious ;)

Here’s a screenshot of Spotweb Filter Creator running on Ubuntu 12.04.

If you are running a Linux distribution, download the brand new Spotweb Filter Creator for Linux from the Spotweb Filter Creator project page.

Feedback in the comments is always welcome :-)

Update: The 32-bit version (x86) of Spotweb Filter Creator is also available now. 

[FIXED] Internet Explorer 10 has stopped working in Windows 8

Last Friday I decided to upgrade to Windows 8, not on my netbook I wrote about here, but on my main desktop PC.

I was anxious to do an upgrade installation, I expected lots of trouble with existing already installed applications. I really do NOT prefer “upgrade” installation types. I prefer clean installs. But to be able to use the upgrade offer for €29,99 you have to do the nasty method of installing Windows 8 Pro on top of a qualified OS.

The upgrade took some time, finally arrived at Windows 8, I checked what applications were still working, and which stopped working properly.

Surprisingly almost all applications worked as they should, but I have found one application which does not work anymore after the upgrade. Guess which one? You are right, Microsoft’s own awful browser Internet Explorer 10 doesn’t work on Windows 8 (on my PC). It’s really mind-boggling that Microsoft can’t get their own stuff working properly after an upgrade.

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Tool: WLAN Hosted Network Manager

Sometimes there are places where no WiFi connection is available, only a wired internet connection.
You would like to use your smart phone/tablet to connect to the internet, but your smart phone/tablet only supports WiFi.

You have your Windows 7 powered notebook/computer connected to the wired internet and would like to share the internet connection with your smart phone/tablet by using the built-in WiFi adapter (or WLAN USB Stick).

Guess what, it’s possible! Windows 7 has a built-in functionality to create a Virtual WiFi Network.

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Tool: Spotweb Filter Creator

Een tijdje geleden heb ik in mijn vrije tijd een tool proberen te maken om het aanmaken van Spotweb Filter XML bestanden te vereenvoudigen.

Ik heb de wiki-pagina hoe filters werken van spotweb hiervoor als uitgangspunt gebruikt.

Spotweb Filter Creator is gemaakt met behulp van de Qt SDK, hierdoor is het mogelijk multi-platform (Windows/Linux) versies van Spotweb Filter Creator te maken.

Meer informatie en download links zijn aanwezig op de Spotweb Filter Creator project pagina.