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  • Use CookieSpy to View and Manage Internet Explorer 9 Cookies on Windows 7
    09/06/2013 10:49AM

    I am doing some client-side testing of IE 9 on Windows 7 and need to be able to view cookies and their associated data.

    The F12 developer tools is insufficient for this task as using the Cache/View cookie information selection only shows the cookies for the current domain that you are browsing in the current tab.

    Moreover, when going to Internet Options, General Tab, clicking on the Settings button under 'Browsing History', and then clicking on the 'View files' or 'View objects' button does not show the cookie files.

    I ended up installing CookieSpy and with it am able to easily view and manage the cookies for all of the (supported) browsers on the machine.

  • Making Wrong Code Look Wrong, Or Another Way to Say Coding Conventions
    09/05/2013 9:29PM

    I'm in the process of learning C/C++ and thought I'd see what the Internet had to say about C/C++ coding conventions.

    In the process, I stumbled upon the Google C++ Style Guide, and a much better read, Making Wrong Code Look Wrong by Joel Spolsky.

  • How to Boot a WinXP Virtual Box Guest to Safe Mode
    08/29/2013 1:53PM

    With the XP guest running, go to Start/Run and type 'msconfig' and then press enter.

    Then click on the BOOT.ini tab, and select the /SAFEBOOT checkbox.  Then save and restart.

    Once you are done, uncheck the box and reboot.

  • Automate the Download of Windows VMs for Testing IE6, IE7, IE8, IE9, IE10 and IE11 with ievms
    08/26/2013 3:08PM

    I am working on some client-side Javascript and I need to be able to test it in all of the currently extant versions of Internet Explorer.  A collegue of mine pointed me to the ievms project by Greg Thornton (xdissent) that automates the download of multiple Windows vms provided by Microsoft to facilitate testing in multiple versions of IE.


    To get it working under Fedora (RedHad, CentOS):

       . The script requires unar but is not readily available for FC18.  I found a page that indicated 7za provided by p7zip works to unzip the large VM files.
       . cd /
       . Installed p7zip:
          . # yum install p7zip
       . Modified the ievms.sh:

    # Check for the `unar` command, downloading and installing it if not found.
    check_unar() {
        if [ "${kernel}" == "Darwin" ]
            hash unar 2>&- || install_unar
            # Commented out to use 7za instead
            # hash unar 2>&- || fail "Linux support requires unar (sudo apt-get install for Ubuntu/Debian)"
            echo "using 7za . . . "

        log "Checking for existing OVA at ${ievms_home}/${ova}"
        if [[ ! -f "${ova}" ]]
            download "OVA ZIP" "${url}" "${archive}"

            log "Extracting OVA from ${ievms_home}/${archive}"
            # Use 7za instead of unar
            # unar "${archive}" || fail "Failed to extract ${archive} to ${ievms_home}/${ova}, unar command returned error code $?"
            7za e "${archive}" || fail "Failed to extract ${archive} to ${ievms_home}/${ova}, unar command returned error code $?"

  • Services That Can Be Turned Off in a CentOS 6, Minimal Server
    08/22/2013 9:14PM

    Following is a list of services that can (for most applications) be turned off if you are setting up a bare-bones CentOS 6.4 server:

    Automatic bug reporting services:

    Power control and features, query battery and config status

    Controls 'at' command queing, examining, or deleting jobs for later execution.  Anything atd can do, cron can do

    File auditing

    Auto fs mounting


    For desktop environments:

    Network filesystems:



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