Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Paging Dr. Watson Postmortem Debugger


To enable Dr. Watson: drwtsn32.exe -i

To configure Dr. Watson to generate a mini dump file, launch drwtsn32.exe without any args. Check mini under Crash Dump Type, and make sure it's set to Create Crash Dump File.

Using Dr. Watson for postmortem debugging:

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Alternative to LD_LIBRARY_PATH

Trying out pymssql example. After installing the prerequisite freetds. I got this fun error: 'libsybdb.so.5: cannot open shared object file'. Which ment it didn't like where my libsydbd.so file was installed. So I had to update the load library path. Instead of something like this: export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH. I edited '/etc/ld.so.conf' adding /usr/local/lib. Then I ran ldconfig. No more error.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ricoh, IBM deal not all roses

Ricoh's purchase of IBM Printer Division what does that mean for IPDS printing?. Ricoh keeps relationship with Intermate giving them time to integrate with IBM code at later date. What they neglect to mention is that if you buy an InfoPrint now and want IPDS support you have to purchase an IPDS dimm. You make ask, whose code is on that dimm? From what I've seen, it is Intermate's (InfoPrint owners pop out your dimm and look for the word copyright Intermate hidden on the dimm).

So all this talk about native IBM IPDS support seems a little silly. Yes Ricoh will eventually gain control of the AFP/IPDS code that is used by PSF (kind of like the print spooler on windows, but specific to IBM's System i or zSeries services). But that's not the code embedded on the printers.

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Here's some links to other players in the IPDS market: