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I am totally creeped out by how much Dart i'm typing without knowing what i'm doing.

I'm doing Java, i'm doing C#, i'm doing stuff and I've not read any tutorials.

I look at lots of pictures; I have lots of pictures.  I needed a simple but  useful project with which to try Dart out.

I decided to take the Dart vm and use it to build JSON objects containing the files and directories in the current path.  I intend to pass them to an android app and a Dart webpage.  All Dart to start with.
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+Marty Glaubitz I'm using the headless vm to host the server.  So far I have it returning the file path and the type , file or directory in a JSON Map embedded in a JSON List.

It craps out on a dodgy path and would take "literally" any path so step two is to work out the error handling and checking the string for breaching the realms I allow it.

Still loving Dart.  It's not frustrating in any way.  A breath of fresh air.
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I've been wating some time on +Talend today.  It's an eclipse based program for database tomfoolery.

It's been a waste of time as it's not too useful for people who only use MS SQL Server.

It's got two database drivers for SQL Server, one using odbc and one using the sql server drivers.  One driver will work with usernames and passwords but not trusted connections, and the other uses odbc.  I've got one server with a trusted connection and one without.  Annoying, but not a problem if they work well and work together.  They don't.

The first time I used it, to perform an operation copying one table schema in to another database, I was told that Bit fields shouldn't have a length passed with them.  Great.  I'm not in control of the command that passes the length and clearing the length field didn't help.

Not a good start.

So I change my bit fields to Integers, just to try to use it and hit another wall.  It needs my schemas to do anything.  Luckily it has this awesome feature for importing them, on one of the drivers.  The ODBC driver never takes pulls any schemas back.  No schemas, no fancy drag and drop job designer.  One big step forward, two bigger steps backwards.

So I fudge it, I flip it to the sql driver onthe on the source sever, import the table schema switch it back to odbc with the destination driver.  I run it, but get a Unsupported Feature error.

If it didn't work nicely, it wasn't going to work fudged.

On the whole, I give it 3/10.  It looked mega powerful and was pretty fun to use but EVERY operation, from right clikcing, to just clicking a button came with HUGE slow down.  It literally just hung there when ever I did anything.  it took minutes to load up, and about 15 mins to install.  I figure that this si the curse of eclipse.

So, it's got more power than a tractor, but it's just as slow and it didn't do the basics.

I sure wish my business used Mysql, I bet it would have worked nicely, if not slowly.
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Round 2 happened
"There are fewer columns in the INSERT statement than values specified in the VALUES clause. The number of values in the VALUES clause must match the number of columns specified in the INSERT statement."  I wouldn't mind but I didn't write the statement, Talend did.

Sometimes, I think this stuff is there to just piss me off.

Also, it refuses to show tool tip contents till i move off and back on again.  More Annoyance.
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It is my firm belief that HTC will become a smaller and smaller part of the mobile ecosystem until they are swollowed up for their brands, patents and remaining customer base.

This saddens me.  Out of my last 7 devices, 6 were either made by or branded HTC and 2 of those were winmob devices.

I find their products to be competitive on feature and market leaders on price.   I still see their products in the real world but not so frequently anymore.  I managed to buy a One X on a 2 year contract for close to the price of the unsubsidized unit.

I will try to stay with HTC, their attitudes to modding are a breath of fresh air.  To my knowledge Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony do nothing to assist in unlocking the boot-loader.

I don't think HTC can design their way out of this.
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Yeh, one problem for them is that they're almost built too well. I mean, they got Jelly Bean on the HD2 before almost anything! 
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I've never heard this in an 80's compilation before.  It's awesome.
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I am selling a Samsung Galaxy SII on ebay and am shamlessly asking too much for it as a "Buy it now" price.

Since loading the item today, I have had 4 offers for the item with increasing cash volumes.  One user offered well above the cost of the Buy it now price to have the item send overseas.  A suspicious request if ever I heard one.

The funny part is that I am re-listing the item after gaining zero interest on the first listing.
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Spent 3 hours bricking my HTC One X.

I should have put the new rom on my internal storage but didn't and flashed a new boot loader, in preparation for the new rom, which killed my ability to boot the system.  Clockwork recovery was broke and wouldn't mount over usb.  The pooch was screwed.

I had a backup form before all this but re-applying it two times wouldn't boot the unit, wiped the cache and user data, but still nothing.  I had to re-lock the bootloader and, in-effect, undo the 30 mins of getting it unlocked, to re-flash the device with the factory system used to restore all the parts, boot loader, recovery and system.

I was very unhappy for that hour and half until I got it working again.

So I finally got back to the point where I could try reflashing the device and I find that clockwork keeps failing my device as it's got the wrong product id or device id, not an "endeavouru".

I was surprised.  It is a real Endeavour (one x codename) but, after googling, I found that it was because i had version 5.8.2.4 and there was a bug in it.  I actually have an "endeavoru", not an "endeavouru".  Upgraded to the mandatory 5.8.4.0 and reflashed a charm.  I reflashed the new boot rom and booted to an infinite boot loop.

Damn.

I remember CM7 from my old G1 did this so I cleared the user area and re-formatted the cache partition and BOOM - CM9.

It looked awesome.  With the proof it was working, I put the Google Apps on and called it a very late evening/early morning.

This is ROM I used
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1704303

Looks like the rom has lumps of Jelly bean in it.  Awesome.
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As you would expect, poor if i batter it and great if i don't touch it.  I can alter the processor clock now to cut power usage but, if I smash it hard, I can drain it in 4 hours.
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This sounds like a fun challenge.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22065978

As a man who mostly eats cheese on toast and drinks tea, I think I could manage it.
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This, ladies and gentlemen, is a pizza topped with mini-Kievs sliced in half.

Glorious.
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Why ain't there a -1 button! 
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I watched all of this.

I do not know why; I make spreadsheets.

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I watched it all & I deliver sandwiches .... o.O
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Officially the best joke ever written.

http://imgur.com/gallery/uPBU9
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link's down :(
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