Archive for May, 2009

NTFS junction points and permission (ACL) inheritance do not play along (Windows 2003 Server / XP 64 bit)

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Not a nice thing to have when number of disks exceeds number of letters in Latin alphabet :(

It also seems that setting up permissions for the root of the disk at the junction point fails miserably – the only solution seems to be creation of a folder at the root of that disk and give it permissions. Potentially relevant Microsoft KB article: You cannot apply permissions to the root directory of an NTFS file system volume in Windows Server 2003

Solution to Excel 2003 and CSV with unicode (UTF-8) problem

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

It was real pain to make Excel 2003 correctly show Unicode characters in generated CSV, giving charset=UTF-8 hint did not work and it seemed like nobody knew the solution online – the salvation is here however (PHP here):

// echo UTF-8 file format sign: otherwise Excel won’t convert UTF data
echo chr(0xEF);
echo chr(0xBB);
echo chr(0xBF);

// actual CSV here

Excel 2003 (with SP3 – maybe older versions won’t work, Excel 97 certainly doesn’t) suddenly became Unicode aware: please comment on your experience if this fix worked for you.

Areca ARC-1261 and WD20EADS (Western Digital 2 TB disk) compability issue?

Monday, May 18th, 2009

There appears to be a very odd compatibility issue that makes Windows Server 2003 64-bit to hang (freeze). If you have come across with something like this please respond to this blog post.

Woktastic – great sushi Birmingham!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Could not resist not to blog about it – there is a superb sushi Birmingham place called Woktastic, they are located right in the City Center at the start of the Broad Street: there is a nice Coucil run car parking place that charges only £1.60 for an hour of parking (enough to eat plenty of sushi!). Best of all – they have all you can eat buffet for £10 during lunch hours!