Classy headings in your code with ASCII art

Sometimes source code modules get very big. You can argue that this should never be the case, if you modularize your code properly, but the fact is that they do. And when they do, they sometimes become difficult to read.

Putting SSH Public Key Authentication to Work

If you use SSH (Secure SHell) to remotely access machines, then SSH public key authentication is a convenient way to log into remote hosts.  without having to provide any credentials. And it’s very easy to set up.

BCM92035DGROM woes

After scouring the internet to find a way to get my no-name bluetooth dongle to work with my Vista laptop, I finally resorted to using what appeared to be the most closely related driver from the list, and fortunately, that seemed to work well enough.

Categories: ABAP, SAP

Alternative SAP GUI Progress Indicator

If you have done much ABAP programming, you will probably have made use of the SAPGUI_PROGRESS_INDICATOR function at some point or other, which can be used to display the progress of a task. Desiring an alternative progress indicator, I set out to find an ActiveX object that provided a progress bar which I could control with OLE from ABAP.

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor to the rescue!

I did a dumb thing on my workstation: I disjoined it from the domain and joined a workgroup; an irreversible change that left me stranded without a way to log back in after rebooting. Fortunately, there is a great tool/utility called the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor.

Categories: General

L is for Learner

I’m going to stick a big red L on my computer (for “Learner”, not for “Loser”). Whenever we’re driving and I get frustrated because we’re behind a slow learner, my wife always says: “You also had to start somewhere”. She’s right. So what brought this on?

Categories: ABAP, SAP, Workplace

Gain shell access to your SAP ABAP system

The next time you are in the mood for some interesting Friday hacking, I may have just the thing for you. (This will only be fun of course if you are in a fairly restricted environment, where doing this kind of thing would be considered a hack 😉 ).

Categories: BSD, Open Source

QEMU runs OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD (Hooray!)

After my disappointment with trying to run OpenBSD in VirtualBox (due to continuous segfaults), I am pleased to report that I can successfully run both OpenBSD and DragonFlyBSD in QEMU. And it’s easy!

Running Ubuntu 8.04.1 Server on XP with VirtualBox – Part 1

Not only does running your own Linux Server make you feel like a big man, but like having a towel in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it will make everyone else think you’re a hoopy frood. Moreover, it’s a great way to learn Unix on the side. In this first installment of a two-part series, I will show you how to install Ubuntu Server in VirtualBox on a Windows XP system.

Categories: General, Linux

Input umlaut characters in Ubuntu (well, Gnome really)

One of my gripes when I switched to Ubuntu Linux was not being unable to input umlaut characters as I was used to doing in Windows. Being German-speaking and corresponding frequently in German, I resigned myself to using combinations of ‘a/o/u’ with ‘e’ (e.g. “Gefuehle”), which is also acceptable but not satisfactory to that little bit of built-in German perfectionism 🙂 No more! It’s simple in U!