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Special Characters in HTML

August 16th, 2012
I always need to remember the special HTML entity codes for characters. Many blogging applications re-render the characters to make them more readable but when you want to cut and paste the text it's all wrong. The best example of this is double quotes.… more »

Logging into a unix box without a password

August 10th, 2012
From time to time I need to allow one user to log into another machine without being prompted for a password. This is extremely useful for anything that is automated for example doing the nightly backup which copies files across the network or running c… more »

Creating a unique backup file name under Unix

July 16th, 2012
Before updating a system file I'll take a backup copy of it. The less imaginative of you will choose a backup name like file.bak or file2. Some of you will use your initials, especially if you work in an environment where you might run into your colleag… more »

Obtaining the CORBA IOR and connecting to the ZonePortal

June 21st, 2012
It's all very well to talk to these CORBA objects floating around the network but how do you get your first one; how do you get into the system? The Quantel Broadcast System uses an Interoperable Object Reference (IOR) in a well known location. The IOR… more »

Compiling the Quantel’s quentin.idl

May 11th, 2012
In order to drive the Quantel Broadcast system you need to compile the CORBA Interface Definition Language (IDL) file into a language of your choice. There are many CORBA IDL compilers out there: JacORB (Java), OmniORB (Python), TOA (C++), IIOP.NET (.NE… more »