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How to install DStore for Eclipse RSE (Remote System Explorer)

I just noticed that Eclipse 3.4 Ganymede J2EE package includes RSE – Remote System Explorer – a framework and toolkit that allows you to connect and work with a variety of remote systems, including

  • remote file systems through SSH, FTP or dstore agents (seamless editing of remote files including remote search and compare),
  • remote shell access (compiling with error navigation),
  • remote process handling through dstore agents,
  • and remote debugging through CDT/gdb/gdbserver.

I am not sure if it’s included in any 3.3.x releases but I know we should be able to install it just like any other eclipse plugins. Out of the box, you can use RSE to browse through your local system. And you can also easily set up an FTP connection to an FTP server, and then you are ready to use it just with any other FTP clients such as Filezilla client, CuteFTP and FTPExplorer.

Ok, let’s get started on installing DStore Server for remote system explorer. Continue reading


June 26, 2008 Posted by | IDE Tools, Technology | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Powerful firefox shortcuts and tips

Most of us who use computers on daily basis like shortcuts – keyboard combinations such as Ctrl+N, Ctrl+T, Ctrl+L, Ctrl+W and Ctrl+P etc, those shortcuts can save your fairly amount of time and save you from moving the sticky mouse, you know what I am talking about though.

I used some of Firefox shortcuts to surf the wonderful and mysterious web. These shortcuts include Ctrl+N, Ctrl+T, Ctrl+L, Ctrl+W and Ctrl+P. I recently did a search for powerful Firefox shortcuts – note that these shortcuts are most likely applicable to different versions of firefox browsers, and found that there are a few other key combinations that I didn’t even know. Search and going through these articles and very time consuming, plus some of them really are empty, so I figure this short list may be useful to others, first here goes my summary:

Function Shortcut
Reload F5 or Ctrl+R
Home Alt+Home
Back Backspace or Shift-Backspace
Stop Esc
Page Down Spacebar
View Page Source Ctrl-U
Print Ctrl-P
Save As Ctrl-S
Increase/Decrease Font Ctrl – [+/-]
Original Font Size Ctrl-0 [zero]
Location Bar Focus F6 / Ctrl-L
Search Bar Ctrl-E / Ctrl-K
Top of Page Home
Bottom of Page End
Automatically append *.com, .net, .org Ctrl-Enter, Shift-Enter, Ctrl-Shift-Enter
New Window Ctrl-N
New Tab Ctrl-T
Next Tab Ctrl-Tab
Previous Tab Ctrl-Shift-Tab
Close Tab Ctrl-F4, Ctrl+W
Open in New Tab Ctrl-Click the link
Open in New Window Shift-Click
Reload and Override Cache Ctrl-F5 / Ctrl-Shift-R
Kill Animated GIFs Esc
Find Ctrl+F
Find Next Ctrl+G
Find Previous Ctrl+Shift+G
Find Link
Find Text /

To learn more please take a look at these articles:

June 26, 2008 Posted by | How Tos, Technology | , , , , | Leave a comment

Alternative approach of downloading videos in Firefox 3

Now you don’t have the luxurious benefit of RealPlayer 11 (see my article How to download online videos using RealPlayer 11) after installing Firefox 3.  Wow, I can hear people using RealPlayer 11 before are bug-eyed, screaming and banging their chairs. Well, the world is not going to end. Here comes the rescue, Firefox Video DownloadHelper add-on. Although most probably you don’t like the idea, but you have to bear with it for now until RealPlayer has an update on its plugin for Firefox 3. The other point is you don’t really want to copy, paste and strip those html things and download your favorites.

Anyhow, it’s your choice.

What can DownloadHelper do for you:

The easy way to download Web videos from hundreds of YouTube-like sites. This works also for audio and picture galleries.

Install Video DownloadHelper add-on is simple and easy.

How to use
Just browse through the pages as you are used to, when DownloadHelper detects it can do something for you, the icon gets animated and a menu allows you to download files by simply clicking an item

There is another fancy and useful feature that you may want to have, which is to convert the downloaded videos to other formats, read Video Conversion with DownloadHelper for details

Here is the full user manual from downloadhelper.net

June 26, 2008 Posted by | audio, How Tos, Technology, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Amazing striped and jade iceberg pictures

Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by Layers of snow that react to different conditions.

Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet Fills up with meltwater and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form.

When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can Freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a Green stripe.

Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up When the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the sea.

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June 26, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment | , , , , | 1 Comment

Tips on installing Zen Cart

Installing Zen Cart is a bit complicated than OSCommerce but still straightforward. You shouldn’t have any problems with setting it up by just following “1.readme_installation.html” included in the release. Here I’d like to write down how I set up Zen Cart with Apache Virtual host.

  1. Download Zen-Cart and unzip it into a directory wherever you like. It doesn’t have to be under apache’s htdocs
  2. Create a MySQL database and its corresponding DB account for your Zen Cart. If you have access to phpMyAdmin, then you can do a google/yahoo search on that. It should be pretty easy. Remember that you don’t have to use phpMyAdmin, you can always any other tools available to you such as MySQL client Continue reading

June 25, 2008 Posted by | How Tos | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cellphone wallpapers – Cartoon

Wallpaper sizes: 128 x 128

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June 25, 2008 Posted by | 128x128 Wallpaper | , , , | 2 Comments

Auto-restoration of the previously opened pages is a panicky feature in Firefox 3

Firefox 3 trys to get smarter over firefox 2, but some of the little features are really frightening sometimes. For example, the auto-restoration feature of the previously opened tabs and windows, what happens in this case is after re-starting firefox 3 which is having a few pages opened in different tabs and re-launching it, all your previously-open tabs and windows are automatically (without asking you to confirm, note it asks you to confirm reload them in firefox 2) restored. Holly smoke, I feel really annoyed because sometimes I have to restart firefox and start a fresh firefox session to get rid of those hanging tabs/pages, and now I am back in that again.

I tried to search for a solution on mozilla.org, unfortunately, nobody is mentioning that, so I guess I am probably the only one experiencing it. However, I am still hoping someone can tell me how to turn it off

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Opinions | , | 1 Comment

A Manifesto for the Next Industrial Revolution

21st century capitalism needs a revolution. How does growth happen – from a strategic point of view? The great Joseph Schumpeter argued that growth happens through a process of creative destruction. There’s a simpler word for that: turbulence.

Google utilized a market – AdWords – to utterly eviscerate a stale, broken media value chain. Here’s a more visceral example. Muhammad Yunus revolutionized finance – not by collecting more money to lend, but by using communities to fundamentally alter the value equation of lending to the poor. The result was industry transformation.

The revolution needs revolutionaries. Today’s investors, boardrooms and entrepreneurs are looking for value in all the wrong places. Facebook’s game of musical chairs won’t solve big economic problems – and neither will making token investments in greentech.

Where is the next industrial revolution crying out for revolutionaries? Simple: in industries dominated by clear, durable, structural barriers to efficiency and productivity.

The next industrial revolution begins here. What happens when we think of using new DNA to reorganize structurally inefficient industries? A blueprint for the next industrial revolution emerges. Here’s what it looks like.

Organize the world’s hunger.
Organize the world’s energy.
Organize the world’s thirst.
Organize the world’s health.
Organize the world’s freedom.
Organize the world’s finance.
Organize the world’s education.

That’s not an exhaustive list – it’s just a beginning. In fact, let’s open source it: please add to it (“organize the world’s xyz”), and we’ll keep an index here or elsewhere.

Read On …

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Opinions | | Leave a comment

Tips of Disable Firefox 3.0 Smart Location Bar

Hey, man, firefox 3 is fast, great on memory handling, excellent user experience and great with add-on manager, I feel so happy to have it around, especially after so many times of crashs and memory hogging of firefox 2 in all my environment recently. However, after a new days of use, I notice that the new “smart location bar” or “awesome bar” is really annoying, I don’t know how many people really like it, especially when you really only want it popping up the list of the related and previously entered URLs/IP addresses. I really feel dizzy when seeing all related URLs popped up like a cloud (tag clouds). There is no decent way to turned off from its option manager. Anyway, I think some of you may feel the same I do. Therefore, we need to turn this thing off!

Steps to get rid of it:

Step 1: Type about:config in the location bar
Step 2: Type “urlbar” next to Filter field
Step 3 Change two things here:
set browser.urlbar.matchOnlyTyped to true
and browser.urlbar.maxRichResults to 1 or 0.

Here is a list of articles on how to turn off this beast in details:

  1. Get old location bar behavior back?
  2. How To Turn off Smart Location bar in Firefox 3.0
  3. Firefox 3: Disable The “Smart” Location Bar (Sort Of)
  4. Video: Disable Firefox 3’s ‘awesome bar’


Possible values and their effects
0  –  Search anywhere within available text, irrespective of word boundaries.
1  –  Use word boundaries first when searching, then try matching anywhere in the text. (Default)
2  –  Use only word boundaries when searching for typed text in the Location Bar autocomplete.


Possible values and their effects
A non-negative integer corresponding to the maximum number of entries that can appear in the Location Bar auto-complete dropdown. Default is 12

I hope you feel relaxing now just like me do!

June 25, 2008 Posted by | How Tos, Technology | , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Fix of unable to update Product details in WP e-commerce

After playing with WP e-commerce for sometime and fixing some issues (see Incorrect URLs for images, css and js files in Products page of WP e-commerce plugin, Fix of Settings menu on WP e-commerce’s Products admin page and Tips on display categories in WP ecommerce), I am able to display products and categories. But I also notice an issue which is users can’t really update product details such as product name, description, product tags, and price and stock control after a product is added.

Let’s take a look at what the issue is. If you check your apache log for your site, then you will notice there is an error message regarding the update SQL query statement used to update the product details as shown below:

[Tue Jun 18 12:11:34 2008] [error] [client IP-ADDRESS] WordPress database error Incorrect integer value: '' for column 'brand' at row 1 for query UPDATE `wp_product_list` SET `name` = '9113 - Retractable ball pen', `description` = 'Plastic retractable ball pen', `additional_description` = '', `price` = '0.70', `pnp` = '', `international_pnp` = '5', `brand` = '', quantity_limited = '0', `quantity` = '0', `special`='0', `special_price`='', `display_frontpage`='0', `notax`='1', `donation`='0', `no_shipping` = '0' WHERE `id`='1' LIMIT 1 made by include, referer: http://blog.sdu2.hyperion.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=wp-e-commerce/display-items.php

The error specifically points out that database error Incorrect integer value: '' for column 'brand' Continue reading

June 24, 2008 Posted by | How Tos, Wordpress Tips, WP E-Commerce | , , , , | 11 Comments