Saturday, November 24, 2012

Embed HTML codes in Blogger

Donno whether I have mentioned this issue before though I had did it in my previous posts...

How do you embed HTML codes in Blogger?

I like the simple and stupid method provided by SimpleCode.

Essentially, copy the code you want to embed into the "Enter Markup textbox and press the "Process" button.  The code you need will be shown in the "Cut n' Paste" textbox.  

One thing you need to remember is that, make sure you switch to the HTML view when pasting the converted codes into your blogpost....

Otherwise, you would still be looking at gibberish like this:

&lt;embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="" width="400" height="267" flashvars="" pluginspage=""&gt;&lt;/embed&gt;

rather than what you intend to show...
<embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="" width="400" height="267" flashvars="" pluginspage=""></embed>

to present the following:

Of course, you can also go more high tech and play with the blogger template itself by creating a new class to format your codes.

Yet, since I hardly encounter this issue, I am set with the simplecode method.

Bon Chance!

Change the interval time in Picasa Slidshows

Without new technologies to play with, man, it is dxmned hard to add things to Technologies in Ratology... finally, today, something unfolded...

I wanted to change the interval time for the photos appearing in the slideshow of a Picasa photo album.  The default set up is 3 seconds in the code generated by the Picasa interface but I want to change it to 1 second.

After some googling, some expert already provided the solution for this problem back in 2008...

Essentially, at the string "&interval=n" with n indicating the number of seconds before "&RGB."

For instance, I want each picture to appear for only 1 second for Slideshow of the Taipei WTC night scene. Thus, I inserted "&interval=1" in front of &RGB.

<embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="" width="400" height="267" flashvars="" pluginspage=""></embed>

The end result... the following slideshow...

Hope it helps.

Friday, November 9, 2012

First time experiences- Bought!

The refrigerator got too tired of breathing and decided to check out the other day.  Since it is now about 20 something years old, we decided to get a new one.

Went with my mom and sister shopping for the next refrigerator today... with my sister's expert skills in haggling, bought a refrigerator for the first time today!

So they say, in Taiwan, Panasonic and Hitachi are two of the most energy efficient brands.  In addition, the freezer is at the bottom to make it even more efficient.

Since, with another 500 NT dollar, we could get cashback rebate and additional gift.  I bought a USB flash drive for myself for the first time in my life as well!

Down the memory lane with down with meds, over a thousand US dollar kinda spending for an unemployed psychotic who's still broadcasting thoughts...  Makes me wonder... lord... am I swinging to the other side characterized with shopping spree? 8-O lol

Yet, having lived without a refrigerator for the past few days, I guess, refrigerator is as essential as broadband in the modern time... 8-X

Regardless, two first time experiences in one day- I bought a Flash Drive for the first time in my life- (though-- whispering--- was waiting to buy 128 GB instead- although I didn't see 128 GB in stock- good excuse for a cheapskate like me) - en route to buy a refrigerator for the first time in my life!

(This post is cross-posted in Ratology Reloaded Blog)

Friday, November 2, 2012

SanDisk SDSC 8 GB Class 4 speed on Canon A570is

Decided to test out the new card I got for my dear grandpa camera Canon A570is.  Since I am not quite whether the camera can handle the 16 GB card, I got the 8 GB Class 4 SanDisk SDSC card.

Just tested it out... seem to work fine... at least with the trial tests so far.  With the video for instance... other than my shaking hand, I did not observe instance of skipping.

Think my grandpa canon camera must be happy since... da mals... when I got it, 8 GB and class 4 must be still fairly hot and, like it, state of the art! lol

Will update you further shall I find anything else to add.

11/4/2012 update

Took some more clips using the card again.  The SanDisk card still working really well... the shaking thing... the clips were taken with 6x and above of digital zooming-- not to mention- them involuntary shakes of my body and hand... nothing to do with the card- so they say... the weakest link... the human factor. 8-X 8-O lol

In addition, the first clip has been enhanced using the youtube stablize feature while the second clip not.

11/9/2012 Update

A week after I starting using this Card on my Canon A570is, so far so good... it work perfectly....

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Typing umlaut äëöüÄËÖÜ

A strange question came to me... how do I type umlauth and ß using an US keyboard.

ä: alt + 132 or alt + 0228)
ë: alt + 137 or alt + 0235
ö: alt + 148 or alt + 0246
ü: alt + 129 or alt + 0252
ß: alt + 225 or alt + 0223
Ä: alt +142  or alt + 0196
Ë: alt + 0203
Ö: alt + 153 or alt + 0214
Ü: alt +154 or alt + 0220

Since my memory is fading, might as well type them all out and do the copying and pasting thing when in need.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A day's work on Nvivo 10 gone!

Mad like hell...

The work I did on Nvivo 10 is all gone... possibly have something to do with the crashing of the program at the end of the day and despite of the fact that I saved the file religiously- not to mention the autosave every 15 minutes...

What I have in file now after the data lost

The code list I exported to Excel yesterday.
Apparently, if one can locate the .tmp.npv file in the temp folder, one should be able to have the data restored-- at least for version 7.  After trying to find the temp file unsuccessfully for the last hour or so, I give up and will have to redo yesterday's work....

From now on, I will make sure I shut the program down every other hour to ensure the data is not saved in my mind only.... 8-X  

8/17/2012 Update

The following is the instruction provided by Nvivo Helpdesk.  Check and see whether it might help resolving your problem since I have already done my recode.

Please follow the steps below to perform a Compact and Repair of your project:
NVivo 9 and 10:
1.    If your project is located on a network drive, copy it to your local machine.
2.    If the project is currently open, close the project via File > Close.
3.    Click the File tab > Manage > Compact and Repair Project.
4.    At the Select Project dialog box, locate and select the project - select NVivo Projects (*.nvp ) to repair a standalone project, or NVivo Server Projects to repair a server project.
5.    Click Open.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Nvivo- server projects only on Traditional Chinese Win 7 OS? SQL Server 2008 R2 error

(READ ME FIRST: Got a comment from Nvivo helpdesk to stating that they will be happy to help anyone resolve issues alike.  Please read the comment from Rahul first. Updated on Aug. 13th, 2012)

Got Nvivo 10 installed on a Windows 7 x64 machine but realized that only the server projects are available. In other words, the stand alone file type was not available.

Not too helpful since I've got no server to connect to and I need da stand alone project option.

Apparently, the experts found that it is related to the issue installing SQL Server 2008 R2.

So, like a good girl, I went and found SQL server 2008 R2 Express to have it installed on the machine.  Made sure Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 and above is installed also on the machine and realized that SQL server 2005 and above is installed on the machine.

Except for... oopsy... this guy kept on giving me this error message of "Performance registry hive consistency" failure, which got the installation process stuck.

Apparently, you have to play with the registry to get the issue resolved... Though I don't particular fancy playing with the registry keys, I back all data up on the machine...

After hours of error, error, error... and going no where...

I think the following finally got it to work...

(BTW, apparently, other people were able to export the 009 subkey, save it as 004, and easily gets it imported as 004.  Unfortunately, didn't work for me somehow.)

Create under perflib the subkey 004 if the issue is on the traditional Chinese version of win OS HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Perflib\004

Create the following two registry entries of the "Multi-String type" (Multi-String Value)
  1. Counter
  2. Help

(Please be reminded that although the locale ID for Chinese - Taiwan is 0404, 004 is the value to use.  If you have OS in other languages, you would have to figure out the correct locale id to use since the 0404 listed didn't work for me.)

In the next step, you have to figure out the values of the last counter and last help by clicking on counter and help registry entries of either the 009 or current language subkey.  In case you are airhead like me... last counter means the last item listed for the counter registry entry and last help means the last item listed under the Help registry entry. 8-O lol 

Figure out the value of last counter, which seems to be 2178 (decimal)
Figure out the value of last help, which seems to be 2179 (decimal)
Check the value of last counter and last help under perflib 
Change the value of Last Counter to 2178 (decimal)

Change the value of last help to 2179 (decimal)

Voila, problem solved!  After the "Performance registry hive consistency" failure was resolved, you might have to uninstalled the copy of SQL server 2008 R2 Express that didn't get installed successfully before before having to have it installed again.

Once SQL server 2008 R2 Express got installed successfully, the installation of Nvivo should go smoothly and you will have the standalone project option as well.

Bon chance!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

First time playing with Cluster analysis in Nvivo 10

First time use the cluster analysis function of Nvivo for the data I have been working on... cool...

Gotta work on further consolidating these codes and this feature might come handy.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blogger navigation bar

Just realized that there might be some glitch in blogger...

The navigation bar has disappeared...

Sehr interessant...

Updated on Aug. 1st..

Navigation bar came back...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Unterwegs zur the Queen escorted by Bond to the Olympics 2012 on BBC

I heard this cool thing about how the Queen was escorted by Bond to the 2012 Olympics but didn't catch it on TV.  As a result, I went online to look for the video.  Though the clip could be found at various sources, I was having difficulties access the clip from the original source, BBC.

This post, thus, documents da unterwegs zur the clip on the Queen escorted by Bond to the Olympics.

Clip not available in Taiwan?  Might be in Japan?

Apparently, the proxy in Japan didn't help and the BBC clip is not available in Japan either.

What about the US?

The US proxy didn't help either unless it was the wrong port?

Regardless, I decided to go to the UK directly.

The UK proxy with port 80 yielded the same old message.

What about a UK proxy with port 8080?

Voila!  Finally got to view the source from the source!

This picture looks as if the Queen is staring at you... nice screenshot.

Thus, if you want to view the clip of the Queen escorted by Bond to the Olympics 2012 from the source from outside of the UK and the clip is not available in your region, all you have to do is to find a proxy in UK and, remember, port 8080!

Voila! C'est ça!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Suggestion errors in Microsoft Pinyin new experience input style

Was trying to type out the phrase 發生。

Ended up, I found an interesting error in the MS suggestion list... 發生關繫, which, in traditional Chinese should be 發生關係-- meaning had a sexual encounter。

It should be 係, rather than 繫.

Can't find a way to inform MS of the error, though.  While... interesting experience, first time encountering or observing errors in the MS suggestion list.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Online but Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage

Was checking out the outcome of my entry to the green card lottery and found this interesting problem...

Although I was online playing games using Chrome, I got this error message saying "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage" when using IE 9 64 bit.

Apparently, the error is associated with the fact that it is a HTTPS (secure) URL.  In addition to SSL, I also have to enable TLS protocol under the security section.

Click on Internet Options

Click on the Advanced tab

Enable both the SSL and TLS protocols
After getting the protocols enabled, the page got loaded successfully and, voila, here it is!

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Apparently, computers affected by DNSChanger might have problems accessing the Internet starting from July 9th of 2012 because a network of rogue servers will be disabled and the computers that use the services of these rogue DNS servers to access the Internet will, thus, lose their Internet connection.

Click on the following FBI link to Check to See if Your Computer is Using Rogue DNS!

For more info, please check the FBI documentation on DNSChanger

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Typing Chinese on a Mac

Was wondering about how I could type Chinese on a Mac back last summer.

Go to system preferences and click on language & text.

In the language and text window, select Input Sources and check the kinds of input methods that you prefer.

Since I am not in front of a mac, can't quite tell you which OS the screenshot was taken from.... other than... Mac OS X something....

Good luck and have fun typing in Chinese!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Ratology of United Nations

It was my childhood dream to work for the United Nations regardless what I might do...

Google's implementation of country-specific URL interestingly gave me a chance to create the Ratology of UN...  8-O lol

Such as... and... everything is the same except for the domain extension of the countries.










It is yet another childhood dream of mine to teach penguins Chinese... unfortunately, Ratology not available in China yet..... bummer... 8-O

Ratology unfortunately not available in Antarctica
That is just cool... I just felt my presence in quite a few countries.... 8-O lol