Posts Tagged ‘General’

Google Groups KillFile 3.4 Released

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Jeff Urs made some great enhancements to the killfile script which you can grab here

You can now filter on the topic and the author matching has been greatly improved so it will no longer block tommy tomcat and tommo if you block a user called tom :)

If you don’t already have the script installed click here for full install instructions

It should update with no problems but check it didn’t install twice by right clicking on the Monkey > Manage User Scripts and make sure there aren’t two entries for the KillFile script, if there are, remove both of them but make sure you don’t select the delete preferences checkbox and reinstall.

Any issues let me know and we’ll strive to fix it asap. Enjoy!

Arduino DRO

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Well, it didn’t work :) At least I couldn’t get it to work. The issue I had was in repeatability, I’d made a little harness to move the mouse forwards and then return it to the same spot but the values I was receiving weren’t consistent making it useless as a tape measure. When mousing these slight variations wouldn’t be important but it was a deal breaker for this idea. Ah well :)


Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

So a few weeks back I stumbled upon which is a great site for the woodworkers amongst us to showcase their work and chat about all things woodworkery.

Here is my profile page on there along with my most recent project, good stuff and a real nice bunch of people.

Bench with some finish on it

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Check out the bench with some finish on it. Starting to look pretty nice :)

Latest Project

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

So when I’m not coding I like to sneak into the workshop and make stuff. Here is my latest project

Amazon Customer Service Number

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

So I had a bit of an issue with my latest Amazon order, everything listed as in stock but the estimated ship date was over a month away so I wanted to give them a call but their Customer Service number is apparently classified information. Anyway I eventually found it and they were very helpful. For anyone else looking for the Amazon Customer Service number it’s…

Amazon US Customer Service
Phone toll-free in the US and Canada: (800) 201-7575

Google Groups Killfile 2.0

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Okay, so it’s finally here with a lot (if not all) of the kinks worked out of it. It will now correctly block ignored users from the group index view when viewing titles only or titles with message text. It will also now correctly block the ignored user from the thread view (both from the thread index and the thread itself). To see who is on your ignore list click the Killfile menu option added to the Google Groups Navbar.

If you already have Firefox and GreaseMonkey click here for the new script

Otherwise click here for full install instructions


Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Y’know you turn your back for a second and the pesky hackers come knocking on your door. Not keeping upto date with the latest WordPress goings on I was unaware that 2.0.2 had a HUGE security hole in it. Anyway I try to login yesterday and my entire site has been blown away and some git has linked some spam site from here. Luckily the great guys at Kattare were able to restore the database but quite a shock. Upgraded to 2.0.4 so hopefully I won’t see a repeat performance, that’ll teach me to run an app written in php….

Getting Substruct to use the PayPal API

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

So I’ve been trying to get Substruct to use PayPal Pro instead of as the payment gateway. There are a couple of options out there to do this namely

vPayPal which I didn’t have any luck with and

elTechs PayPal plugin which is the option I finally got working

The problems I had were all due to bugs in soap4r 1.5.5, the so called stable release.

So here is how you tweak soap4r to make it work… (If you want to be lazy download my patched copy)

  1. Skip 1.5.5 and grab the code that is sitting on the trunk and make these next two updates
  2. Apply patch 1629 to complexContent.rb that lives in lib/wsdl/xmlSchema/complexContent.rb
  3. Change wsdl/soap/classDefCreator.rb as follows
    Comment out the type = nil line and uncomment the type = create_class_name line)

    if element.type == XSD::AnyTypeName
    type = nil
    elsif klass = element_basetype(element)
    type =
    elsif element.type
    type = create_class_name(element.type)
    # type = nil
    # do we define a class for local complexType from it's name?
    type = create_class_name(
  4. You can now go ahead and run install.rb to install the package.
  5. Follow the rest of the instructions from the PayPal plugin
  6. Success!

Big thanks to Brenden Wilson as without his post I never would have gotten this running (being a complete RubyNoobie)

The next step is getting all of this working from within Substruct.

Change the finish_order method in store_controller.rb to

def finish_order
@title = "Thanks for your order!"
@order = find_order
# If there's no order redirect to index
if @order == nil
redirect_to_index and return

@transaction_details = {
:firstName => @order.billing_address.first_name,
:lastName => @order.billing_address.last_name,
:ip => "",
:amount =>,
:itemName => @order.order_number,
:addressName => "Billing",
:street1 => @order.billing_address.address,
:street2 => "",
:cityName =>,
:postalCode =>,
:stateOrProvince => @order.billing_address.state,
:country => "US",
:creditCardType => get_credit_card_type(@order.account.cc_number),
:creditCardNumber => @order.account.cc_number,
:cVV2 => @order.account.credit_ccv,
:expMonth => @order.account.expiration_month,
:expYear => @order.account.expiration_year

result = Paypal.directauth(@transaction_details)

if(result.ack == "Success")
@payment_message = "Card processed successfully: #{result.transactionID}"
# Save transaction id for later
@order.auth_transaction_id = result.transactionID"nnORDER TRANSACTION ID - #{result.transactionID}nn")
# Set completed
# Send success message
# Order failed - store transaction id
# @order.auth_transaction_id = result.transactionID
# Send failed message
# Log errors
logger.error("nn[ERROR] FAILED ORDER n")
# Redirect to checkout and allow them to enter info again.
error_message = "#{result.errors.longMessage}"
error_message << "Try again or contact us for further assistance."

Ruby (Briefly) Derailed

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Just tried to get up and running with Ruby on Rails as it looks very slick. Anyway first problem I had was apparently a common one but with various solutions. The error was

error Before updating scaffolding from new DB schema, try creating a table for your model (Product)

Anyway, the solution was to gem install mysql (choosing the latest) and then copying libmySQL.dll to windows/system32

So now I’m back on track :)