Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Issues with Reinstalling Internet Explorer 11

Just had some weird issues with IE11 that I tried to fix by reinstalling. However, I could not find an entry to uninstall in Windows components nor in Programs and Features. I could also not install the latest version via installer because it reported that a newer version was already installed. Bump.

Fortunately, there are logs that can be used to trace what is going on.The Internet Explorer installation log is at C:\Windows\IE11_main.log. Once the installer starts, it creates a temporary folder in C:\Windows\Temp\IExxxx.tmp. This folder contains the installation files and things can be manually adjusted there.

Customizing Android Location

The paths for Android SDK and related tools can be customized through environment variables
Android_Home is the location of the SDK folder (android-sdk), and Android_SDK_Home is the location where the .android folder will be stored. This folder (.android) contains your settings and virtual machine files.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Must-Have Libraries for Android

It is always good to see a confirmation of one's choices. The same goes for this list. I've already used most of the libraries on this list and have made them a part of the Android development arsenal.

The only sad part about reading this article is finding out that it's not a "treasure map" and has not provided some yet-undiscovered miracle-library that makes things simpler.

However, any article that puts Parceler, Retrofit, and EventBus together is always a good read.


And if that is not enough here is another list for 2015.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Quick Firefox Restart

Sometimes it is useful to restart Firefox but keep all the previously-open tabs and windows.

Unfortunately, simply closing the browser will not do as the next time it is started, it will simply show your default start settings. This is blank page in my case.

To assist with this, there was a couple of extensions, like Restartless Restart or the Restart Button, but they all stop working after some time due to Firefox updates.

The solution is available in Firefox by opening the Developer Toolbar (link) using Shift+F2 and typing "restart" as the command.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Customize your ProgramFiles variable

If you are running short on space on C: drive, you can customize some variables that tell programs where to install by default.

Such are

  • ProgramFiles
  • ProgramData
  • CommonFiles
  • ProgramW6432
All are located at  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

SQLite encryption support on Windows

SQLite Manager seems to be the only tool that supports encrypted SQLite database files on Windows.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016