Archive for November, 2006

allofmp3 – round III

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Boy do I feel stupid. I’ve posted a a rant a short while ago about how I couldn’t pay the Allofmp3.com site using a Visa credit card and how after going through hoops, I couldn’t pay them at all.
I didn’t know in how much trouble those guys were already in.
I’ve just read a post at [...]

Desktop apps could fight back

Friday, November 24th, 2006

I use Google Reader to read my RSS feeds and there are two things about it that I especially like :

It has a fantastic user interface.
My feeds are available for me both from my home computer and at work, and whatever feeds I signup here, I can read there as well.

It’s very hard to build [...]

The best ADSL/Cable speed test

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

This site has the most beautiful ADSL/Cable speed testing app I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think that something so simple could be done so well. It’s an inspiration to all the programmers out there.
Speakeasy – Speed Test

HTML help for command line utilities

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

I’ve been working with GNU gettext utilities today to let a project I’m working on support multiple laguanges. Having originated in the Unix world Gettext is comprised of a lot of command line utilities that should be chained together to produce the desired result.
I found myself running ‘gettext –help’ and the like quite a lot [...]

Useful regular expressions

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Everybody seems to have his own version of regular expressions for checking the validity of emails and URLs. I’ve combined serveral versions I found on the net to create my own.
Here’s the regular expression for checking the validity of email addresses:
^[a-zA-Z][w.-]*[a-zA-Z0-9]@[a-zA-Z0-9][w.-]*[a-zA-Z0-9].[a-zA-Z][a-zA-Z.]*[a-zA-Z]$
And here’s the regular expression for checking the validity of URLs:
^(http|https)://[a-z0-9]+([-.]{1}[a-z0-9]+)*.[a-z]{2,5}(([0-9]{1,5})?/?.*)$
These regular expressions should work [...]

Running old DOS applications with Hebrew support

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

A friend of mine called me yesterday and asked me if knew how to run old DOS applications with Hebrew on a modern machine. This might sound arcane to some of you, but there is an accounting program widely used in Israel called Hashavshevet. The company that developed that program released a new Windows based [...]