Technology Errors

Command Line Applications with Visual Studio 2008 and C++

From time to time the need arises for me to create a command line application for Windows using Visual Studio 2008.  Lately I keep forgetting the same thing for my project and when I copy the application over to another Windows machine that doesn’t have VS2008 installed, I run into the following error “The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log for more details.”. Unfortuantly what I fail to remember is that by default VS2008 wants me to create managed code.

Technology Errors

STARTTLS: read error=generic SSL error

When receiving this error you are either having a STARTTLS problem or there is a chance that it is a bug in sendmail and you just need to supply a patch to sendmail. First to resolve the issue follow the below steps.

1. Stop sendmail: /etc/init.d/sendmail stop
2. Make sure the PID’s all stopped: ps -ef | grep sendmail
3. If not kill the stuck process ID’s: kill -9
4. Also check the PID’s from the maillog where you originally saw the error and make sure those are not running.
5. Start sendmail: /etc/init.d/sendmail start

Technology Errors

WordPress Blog With Mandigo Theme Not Displaying Via Firefox

As you can see we have the Mandigo theme installed for this WordPress blog. Earlier today I was doing some testing I and noticed the site was not displaying when trying to view the site with FireFox version 3.0.1 which is the newest release at this time. I was running Mandigo version 1.36.2 and a new version (Mandigo 1.3.7) had been released so I decided to start my troubleshooting by upgrading. After the upgrade the problem still existed so I had to dig deeper.

I went through all sorts of steps to locate the issue but ended up contacting Tom at OneHertz.com the creators of Mandigo and he provided a resolution. He thinks that Google may have changed the Adsense code thus causing the problem with Mandigo and Firefox. The true issue is not with Mandigo but with Google Adsense ads JavaScript conflicting with jQuery use in the Mandigo Theme. The fix was to replace code in the Mandigo theme footer.php as follows.

Technology Errors

iTunes: Problem with Shortcut. This Action is Only Valid…

My iTunes stopped working the other day for what seemed like no reason. It had previously worked fine through numerous upgrades on my primary laptop running Windows XP. The error below started happening out of the blue without performing an upgrade or changing anything iTunes or Quicktime related that I was aware of.

I clicked on Start >> All Programs >> iTunes and received the following error:

Problem with Shortcut
This action is only valid for products that are currently installed.