Ray @ Ingenio

Random stuff from my work life...

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Internet explorer can't print, find or do pop-ups!

Over the past several months I've had a major problem. Internet explorer somehow go hosed up. Pop-ups didn't work, I couldn't use the Find... feature & I couldn't print. Each of these actions would produce a cryptic dialog box stating something about a javascript error - did I want to debug?

Recently, I also realized I couldn't print from Outlook an email that was in HTML either. While I had search google a hundred times before - this time I found an answer. Here is what I did to fix the problem. From a command line, enter the following commands:

regsvr32 shdocvw.dll
regsvr32 Shell32.dll
regsvr32 Oleaut32.dll
regsvr32 Actxprxy.dll
regsvr32 Mshtml.dll
regsvr32 Urlmon.dll

I'm not sure which one was the actual problem - but this reregistered many of the DLLs that IE uses. Now the problems are gone!

This is when I think to myself that MS still doesn't get it when they think they have much better total cost of ownership than Linux. I wasted many tens of hours on this problem. I'm also rather tech savy and so is our IT department!

Worse yet - the thread I found this solution on indicated that this can be caused by bad (perhaps malicous) JavaScript code. Nice.

Why couldn't IE self heal? It should know what DLLs it needs. I really doubt that MS is including problems like this when it does a study indicating it has lower cost of ownership than other OSs. This problem raised the cost for me substantially.

posted by Ray  # 8:19 AM

Monday, April 26, 2004

Subversion conversion

Generally we are a Microsoft shop. We use VS.Net, SQL server, MSMQ and the like. We have also been using VSS. We are generally happy with most MS products. But certainly not with VSS which is really a rather lame bit of software.

Clearly, Microsoft can not be using Visual Source Safe internally. The thing can not scale, tends to corrupt it self, and is very slow. We have finally got to the point where we needed to do something about it. We were hopeing that VSS might actually get upgraded at some point. That didn't happen with VS.Net 2003 and I wouldn't hold my breath for Whidbey either...

Currently we are looking at Subversion. While very new it is pretty nice. Very fast and seems rather stable. Unfortunantly, there are a couple of draw backs for us long time users of VSS. One feature that VSS has that subversion does not is the ability to "share" a file that would get updated simultaniously in different parts of the repository. More importnantly, however, there is no decent GUI for Subversion on Windows. (Several are in development but none are ready for general use.)

We are still evaluating Subversion as well as SourceVault. I personally think Subversion would be a good choice for us - but a lot of other developers will need to buy in before we would be willing to make that switch.

Frankly, I would love to see MS support subversion. They do not make any money off of VSS & if anything it givens them a black eye selling that piece of junk. In this case why not support an Open Source project? It gives MS developers a much better more scalable SCC solution, & if MS worked on a GUI and VS.Net integration it could be as easy to use as VSS. Heck MS might even be able to use internally a product they are asking developers to use!

posted by Ray  # 8:53 AM

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Clearly this hasn't started off with much activity! :( Been very busy at ingenio these past few months. Recently we had an announement concerning a new product we will launch in the not too distant future. Dubbed Pay-Per-Call it is an interesting combo of the Technology Ingenio is built on ond the Pay-Per-Click that is all the rage for Google and Overture.

The main idea behind Pay-per-click is that you bid for placement and pay on any clicks that drive traffic to your web site. Well many buisness do not even have web sites! What about them? In the Pay-per-call model you bid for placement just lie pay-per-click. However, instead of displaying a link a phone number is displayed. If the number is called you pay for the lead.

One interesting thing about this model is that a call is a much more valuable lead than a click. We should see that folks will bid more for a call as it certainly takes more motivation for a user to make a call than to simply click around.

It will be very interesting to see how all this works out!

posted by Ray  # 3:40 PM

Friday, September 26, 2003

We recently changed the name of Keen to Ingenio. I've been working here for 4 years (can you say fully vested)? Decided it would be fun to start a blog. Here goes...
posted by Ray  # 3:44 PM


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