About Maps and Data

This is an omnibus article on data visualisation using maps. I went back to map visualisation solution in the autumn of 2014. This maps tag retrieves the the articles on this wiki. My current interests is in web hosted maps visualisations and thus in wordpress. I have also found this article, 10 Free Tools For Creating Your Own Maps. A couple of these look very interesting. UMapper and HeatMaps look rather fun. I have also experimented with Tableau Software’s public aka community release. Continue reading “About Maps and Data”

Pidgin & TRM Runes

While trying to configure pidgin to act as a console for TRM once known as Reuters’ Messenger, I came across this page at their sourceforge site which documents the magic runes, critically the User Name.

Yes, me. Since version 1.3.4

Params: Anvanced tab: nothing basically. Connection type – auto. UNCHECK “Use Single Sign-On” (!) Otherwise it’ll use your Windows Domain credentials with Reuters network, which is rather incorrect.

Basic tab:
Username: first.last.company.com@reuters.net
Login: first.last@company.com

(Username is basically derived from the login name by replacing @ to dot and then adding @reuters.net)
Don’t forget that you may have unique password in Reuters network, not the same as your PC/Domain password.

They both tightened up on their SSL management , this page refers.

…..there have been considerable changes to the SSL handling in the NSS module. One part of them seems to be that the default for SSL cipher suites now follows the recommendation to disable known unsecure suites, e.g. that use RC4.

You can change the settings with Tools -> Plugins -> NSS Preferences. On my company account, which is a OCS2007 installation, I needed to enable at least TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA or TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5 before SSL connections went through again.

However, don’t forget to keep your SIPE libraries up to date!

Thunderbird, use thereof

This now seems pretty ubiquitous on my PC/Laptops since I moved my personal mail from Outlook to TB on my works machine to minimize errors. I have it installed on three systems, two windows and one Mac. I really need one set of filters, possibly most importantly to enforce deletions and filing decisions.

  1. Make some IMAP folders so that the file folders can be shared.
  2. Write some filters
  3. Share them accross machines

Writing complex filter condition and actions is not easy, but tags are our friend.

I found the following links about filter sharing,

Adobe installs and updates

I went through a period where I am notified of a need to update an adobe product, usually flash and go through a loop of an install page and the home page; I was unable to update the tools.

I finally checked the Ghostery report, and paused the blocking since one of the objects blocked came from Adobe. This then allowed the download page to display the McAfee spamware opt-out check box and it all works properly. Mozilla Firefox is my default browser; I have installed ghostery


Revision Control System, one of the grand daddies of them all.

I still use it because its simple and does not have a network interface.


rcs -i creates the repo, rcs -l will turn locking on, ci -l checks the file in. If locking is not on, no version message is prompted. If locking is not on, the file if checked in is deleted from the home directory. rlog will display the version history. So

cat $file | rcs -l | ci

$Header$ is an omnibus with most of what one needs and $Log$  displays the log messages.

I need to experiment with the $Revision$ keyword, can this be subsituted into code.

Circular Icons for Objectdock

I use objectdock free on one of my XP systems and have just decided to install NWN2 complete. This meant I needed an icon for program launcher bar; actually it didn’t because the icon the GOG version ships with is fine. In order to prove this to myself I used google to look for some circular icons.

I found a bunch with white backgrounds and in .jpg format. Including this one.


The simplest way to make an icon for my purposes is to use Paint.net and this article at their forums details how to do it. Use the magic wand and edit >> cut, then save it as .png which is good enough for object dock.

Best copy the new .png to the object dock image library.


When checking out the image in order to post it in this article, I discovered that the host site has this as a .png with transparant background anyway, but the research is useful for the future.


Obviously ERP has been around a while, in my researches, I came across these two open source ERP packages; they obviously run on distributed systems platform.

This includes CRM, Accounts Payable and PoS. Also Project Accounting, Social Networking and an Issue Tracker, think I was looking at Project Accounting and the limited opportunity for innovation in accounting systems.

originally from the U.of Navarre. I have always found this hard to get my arms around, but then I am not an accountant. This is now on SourceForge which is good. If you poke around the reviews, to quote Captain Rum, “Opinion be divided”.

Here, though is a planet of Open Bravo blogs.

Snipsnap and the ‘html’ macro

One of the add on features contributed  by the community to the snipsnap project was an {html} macro.

This is here… at the snipsnap site, and I have enclosed it as part of my mirror site. Obvioulsy best use snipsnap.org while it remains on-line.

This escaped the enclosed code and rendered it in raw HTML. The snipsnap macro defintion syntax was to use the embraced keyword twice, so {html}<strong>Important!</strong>{html}

I used it to include the google map widgets, the delicious tag cloud widget, getsatisfaction, which worked, see below, and Disqus which broke the backup. One of its most important extensibility features, as you can see above was it allowed Javascript.

The Disqus bug was because the backup format was XML, and snipsnap struggled with recursive CDATA elements. The Disqus scripts held CDATA elements, which snipsnap tried to enclose in the same tags. This failed on important.

I have also used this technique to get sharethis, addthis, flickr badges and pictures, wordle and big huge labs web badge to work. ( I think that’s it). It was useful if you wanted, needed, additional parameters beyond those available in the snipsnap img macro.

Get Satisfaction

An example of the get satisfaction code is as follows;

<div id="gsfn_list_widget">
  <a href="http://getsatisfaction.com/plazes">Active customer service discussions in Plazes tagged "davelevy"</a>
  <div id="gsfn_content">Loading...</div>
  <div><a href="http://getsatisfaction.com/">
<img alt="Favicon" src="http://www.getsatisfaction.com/favicon.gif" style="vertical-align: middle;" BORDER=0 /></a> <a href="http://getsatisfaction.com/">Get Satisfaction support network</a></div>
<script src="http://getsatisfaction.com/plazes/widgets/javascripts/c178c17/widgets.js" type="text/javascript"></script><script src="http://getsatisfaction.com/plazes/topics.widget?callback=gsfnTopicsCallback&amp;length=0&amp;limit=5&amp;sort=recently_active&amp;tag=davelevy" type="text/javascript"></script>

It is used on the Plazes article as well.

Decorating Blockquotes

Now I have one of those pretty quote decorations in my quotes on this wiki.

  1. The decoration is an image.
  2. I used mspaint to capture a large quote mark. I used Engravers MT.
  3. I then used paint.net to rotate and flip it, crop it, and then make the white background transparent. As advised in the paint.net forums, I used the magic want tool, capture the background and then “cut” it out.  The file needs to be a transparency supporting format for this to work.


  4. I uploaded the file to my web server.
  5. I then used the WordPress CSS editor to add the following code,
.entry blockquote { background: #EEE url("http://davelevy.info/TOKENS/OQuote_GreyTransparent.png") no-repeat; }

As you can see, the background rule takes two arguments, a base colour and the image, the rune required is the no-repeat key word. It also benefits from the definition of some padding rules. In my case,

     padding-left: 16px; padding-top: 16px;

and now onto fixing the code tag.