Archive for the ‘Common’ Category

Say NO to Secure Boot for Windows Only

The next generations of computers implement a mechanism called “Secure Boot” to disallow malicious applications to boot themselves. However, it seems that Microsoft may use this mechanism and its market power to disable dual boot of Windows 8 with other free operating systems. More than 6000 people signed already, including me. Please sign and spread [...]

If You Don’t See It

If you don’t see it. The blog has a full size layout now. To use it, click the link Large on the top-right corner of the blog. Thanks Storm!. I had a wow effect, do you?

Is File In Use

In a thread on DelphiPraxis there was a question that comes up several times a year. However, this time I could remember that there is actually an COM API that can solve the problem. The question was about how to find out which process has a lock on a file. The main problem was, in [...]

The JEDI Wiki

Many people are not aware of the JEDI Wiki. This wiki is/should be a central information point around all JEDI projects. Unfortunately, this is a lot of work. Therfore, we depend on the community helping us out here.

The Way WinAPI Shows Errors

I got an interested answer in a forum question which I participated in. The question was not about the subject of this article but instead an answer contained code that was interesting enough to write this article. The code was Delphi but it was clearly inspired by plain C code (even using goto). However, here, [...]

TRegistry.DeleteKey and 64bit

I got a bug from someone who told me that he had problems with the TRegistry method DeleteKey on his 64bit Windows. It just didn’t delete a 64bit key* from the registry although he used the KEY_WOW64_64KEY flag in desired access parameter of  TRegistry.Create.

Windows LNK Exploit

As you maybe have heard already. There is a shell exploit that is executed when Windows shows just the icon from a link file. MS works on it but currently you can only remove the icon handler key from the registry to be “safe”. See this link. It also tells us the impact of the [...]

Useful scripts for MSVC and C++ Builder users …

Assarbad wrote this script some time ago to compile and link C++ projects on the command line easier. I adapted the cmd script for VC++2010 and also for C++ Builder 2009/2010 and now I have been using it for quite some time. So I wanted to give it back to the community.

New JEDI News Server

As you maybe already know, the old news server for JEDI related questions crashed some time ago. Unfortunately, the old host could not undo the crash and thus some JEDI members created a new server (Thanks you!). The new server location is: news.delphi-jedi.org

Embarcadero Forum Access

If you are accessing the Embarcadero Forums and such through an Offline Reader like Mozilla Thunderbird, you probably have had a connection problem for some time now. I don’t know what the reason is. However, as a solution instead, use the address forums.embarcadero.com and don’t forget to activate SSL. I couldn’t make a connection without [...]

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