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  • End of the road for FoxPro

    I stumbled across a page on the MSDN website that announces that there will be no more version of Visual FoxPro. The current version (9) will get a server pack in the summer and that will be it!

    Mainstream support will end in January 2010 with extended support up until January 2015

    I have done some work with Visual FoxPro in the past and without being harsh im not really surprised by this. When .NET arrived it got dropped from the Visual Studio package and made a stand-alone product. While it was a great technology in its time it has been surpassed by lots of other languages and RDMS that are out there. Also the lack of .NET Framework integration really showed where Microsoft were going with this.

    From a business point of view im interested to see what will happen over at Pegasus. They produce a product called Opera II that is used by many companies in the UK as their accounting solution. I deployed, supported and developed for the package in my previous employment and many of my current customers still use it.

    I do know that there is still a massive community for FoxPro and a petition has already be created to urge Microsoft to carry on with support and developing FoxPro (for which i have lost the link!)

    The FoxPro team are currently working on a project code-named Seda now that they are done with FoxPro

    I’ll be keeping on eye on this one

    *-* UPDATE *-*

    I sent an email to the marketing people at Pegasus and all i got was four out-of-office replies…damn Bank Holidays 😉

  • Interview with a legend

    I’ve just read an interview on GamaSutra with the legend that is Jeff Minter, the creator of some of the craziest games i’ve ever played including one of my favourites “Revenge Of The Mutant Camels”

    He was also the creator of one of the only decent games for the Atari Jaguar, Tempest 2000

    I didn’t realise he was still around but he did the visualisation work for the music player on the XBox 360 (you know, those funky psychedelic lights) and has an XBox Live Arcade title due out (Space Giraffe)

    It’s an interesting read. Also check out his website which has loads of information including a download section for some of those classics

  • Rthdcpl.exe – Illegal System DLL Relocation

    This has been all over the newsgroups but since this is something i came across today i’ll just post about (also in case I need to remember!)

    Had a customer who called to say he’d done a windows update and after rebooted got the following message

    Rthdcpl.exe – Illegal System DLL Relocation

    The system DLL user32.dll was relocated in memory. The application will not run properly. The relocation occurred because the DLL C:\Windows\System32\Hhctrl.ocx occupied an address range reserved for Windows cheap ativan canada system DLLs. The vendor supplying the DLL should be contacted for a new DLL.

    The problem is to do with an updated version of Hhctrl.ocx (from update 928843 )having the same base address as an updated version of user32.dll (from update 925902)

    This problem occurs when you have Realtek HD Audio Control Panel installed. 

    The knowledge base article is 935448 and you can download the hotfix directly from here

    I installed the hotfix, rebooted the PC and problem solved

  • WEP Compromised Again

    Please tell me your not using WEP for your wireless network?

    An article over on slashdot reports that the attack to discover WEP keys has been optimised even futher and that a 104-bit key can be discovered using only 40,000 captured packets. Even further the key can then be cracked very quickly (about 3 seconds!) on any modern hardware

    The full article is here including a white paper

    Interesting is that is mentions further down the page that 256-bit keys are not supported by this method. Even so what excuse is there for not using WPA (or even better WPA2 if your software/hardware supports it) nowadays

  • InfoPath 2003 wont print in landscape

    This was a problem i encountered a while back but thought it was just me doing something silly when i was messing around with print views.

    You set up the form and specify in the page setup you want it landscape but no matter what you do it always ends up in portrait (even in print preview)

    Turns out installing Internet Explorer 7 is the problem.

    One of my colleagues was trying to print out an expense claims form when i realised it wasn’t just me (obviously my move to Vista and Office 2007 made the problem go away for me!)

    There is a hotfix available here. Give your local Microsoft support number a call and ask for the hotfix (remember they are free)

    I installed it this morning and the problem has gone away..yay!