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Notices for 31st July 2016 to 29th October 2015

Sunday, 31st July 2016

Continuing my quest to develop software in the most inappropriate frameworks possible, I now present: 7-ade.

7-ade is basically StuffIt Expander for Windows, built around 7-Zip, using AutoHotkey. It’s something I have wanted for years, and having finally migrated from Windows XP to Windows 10 at work, I decided it was time to have another attempt at creating it. Until now, I’ve had a simple Perl wrapper that only handled zip files, but 7-ade also registers interest in a number of additional file types, now that I can get this to work.

It also offers the beginnings of a rule engine for expansion enhancement.

Wednesday, 18th November 2015

For what it’s worth, HTTP Werkzeug 2.0 is now final. Notwithstanding the catalogue of framework defects (including the perpetually irritating binging from its inability to understand Active Window Tracking), I’ve only just today found the one serious bug, namely that the Other HTTP lines field no longer worked correctly, because newer frameworks use Mac line endings for text fields even in Windows. As a result, my attempt to split the field into lines was failing miserably! Otherwise, it is as ready as it will ever be.

Thursday, 29th October 2015

Keycombo” is finally up and running. Keycombo, when not wishing for a better name, is a keyboard–switch–year database set up for the purpose of keyboard history research. It is still very much a work in progress, but there’s already a sizeable amount of entries present.

It will take a while to scavenge up details on keyboards where both the switch type and year of manufacture (as found on the PCB, controller IC, case or rear label) are known and photographically documented at a reliable URL; getting a comprehensive database established may be a long way off yet. As I am not copying anyone’s images, all data is being referenced back to the source where I found it.