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Fix WDSC Turnover V100 extension problems

  • Posted on: 14 August 2013
  • By: NickLitten

Having Extension Problems?

Viagra isnt helping?

Then you have come to the right place.

If you are seeing compatibility errors, perspective crashes or white screen of death when trying to open Turnover from within WDSC then this might just help. I've had a horrible time trying to get WDSC7 Turnover Perspective working when using the latest download of the Turnover Client.

turnover error

I finally figured out a simple way of fixing it (detailed here) and also discovered a more complicated and dirty way of getting it to work (at the bottom but not recommended)

Problem

If you install the latest 2013 version of the Turnover Client - you will soon find it does not support the old WDSC7. It seems that it supports the newer IBM Rational Developer product line, and compatibility with WDSC has ben rudely thrown in the trash.

Solution

Do not use the new Turnover V100 Client!

If we install the Turnover Client from November 2012 (Version 12075) which was still using the old WDSC compatible plugins.

F$%#^K#$ing Landrover LR3

  • Posted on: 14 August 2013
  • By: NickLitten

I am angrier than a very Angry Bird.

Boris the Landrover is once again proving that it can refuse to start in nearly every State in the USA...

What makes it worse is that last Friday - I just got it back from the Garage who happily told me the problem was fixed. "A new battery, alternator and a full service will do the trick" I was happily informed. More dollars came spilling out of a wallet that was already empty and filled with dust and cobwebbs.

For a glorious five days he has been running nicely and I've been all happy thinking the curse has finally been broken.

But... *sigh*... BUT.... it firking hasnt.

Today its back!

AAAAaaaarrghrghrghgrhrgrhgrhrgrhgrhrgrhgrh

 

The power of Christ did not compel these engine demons to leave  :(

How to add the Turnover V100 Perspective to WDSC7

  • Posted on: 13 August 2013
  • By: NickLitten

OK.

So we already agree that using WDSC for IBM i software editing, for free, is pretty cool. But, adding Turnover V100 to it, so you can do everything from one place is even cooler. Once we have added the Turnover perspective to our existing WDSC7 setup then we can flick between perspectives to edit/compile source code, then check in/out of turnover worklists.

 

1 - Install WDSC

I am going to assume you have already done this. If not then just follow these instructions. Come back here when you're done

 

2 - Install Turnover V100 Client

Run the latest Turnover Client Install from your V100 ISO Disk or download it from http://support.softlanding.com  

note: the client software is in the DOCSCLIENT.iso and can be found here \Clients\Software - ISO 9660 archive, unpacked size 290,146,213 bytes

To install just execute the T100client.exe:

Turnover runs on IBM i not on 'iSeries'

  • Posted on: 13 August 2013
  • By: NickLitten

Turnover (from Soft Landings Inc) is a pretty cool Software Change Management system running on ISERIES *cough* IBM i.

 

NOTICE FOR SOFTLANDING SYSTEMS You are marketing your Change Management Product as 'Turnover for iSeries V100'. But IBM no longer sell the iSeries systems. In fact, IBM haven't sold this machine for a few years now and as we all know - a year in IT is a decade in the real world.

The hardware is the IBM Power System and, as we all know, the operating system is IBM i.

So, isn't it time to rebrand your change management software and call it - Turnover for IBM i V100?

when does iseries become IBMi

Caveat Emptor with Boris the Landrover LR3

  • Posted on: 8 August 2013
  • By: NickLitten

Just like Lazarus, Boris lives!

After last weeks engine death - well kind of choking spluttering whimpering suicide - I waited for the AAA recovery truck and had Boris truck to a local garage that foolishly admitted to working on Landrover. All the time thanking the Gods that I signed up for AAA car recovery last year.

Anyway, the garage called me last night confidently saying  "Boris is fixed! It was the alternator, which was shorting out and causing the electrical glitches. It finally died, caused a direct short which drained the battery in a minute flat and this caused the breakdown". Now a more skeptical man than myself may not believe this explanation. I know for a fact that all these engine problems over the last two years are down to the engine being haunted, and not due to any physical problem on this plain of existence. But, as they also told me it has cost me $720 and that includes a new battery, alternator, oil change and mini-service - well who am I to complain?

But I've been here before haven't I?

So, lets review the number of visits to a garage (or *shop* as you yanks say) since that cursed day in September 2011 when I took ownership of Boris the Landrover:

Stop spam users from registering drupal accounts

  • Posted on: 31 July 2013
  • By: NickLitten
spam spam spam spam

If you have a Drupal website then you will be well aware of the near daily battle with annoying spam trying to get a free ride of your sites visitors.

 

Obviously, I'm not talking about the delicious pinkish world war two meaty thing made of Pork, water, sugar and some starchy stuff... but instead, I'm referring to those annoying little people submitting links to their porn, holiday, credit card and dating websites.

I've tried Mollom, CAPTCHA, ReCaptcha, AntiSpam and just about every spam module out there over the years... but I do believe I have now found the right balance.

So if you're using Drupal then what modules do you need to download?

Mollom 7.x-2.7 Automatically moderates user-submitted content and protects your site from spam and profanity.

Mollom is an "intelligent" content moderation web service. By monitoring content activity on all sites in the Mollom network, Mollom is in a unique position to determine if a post is potentially spam; not only based on the posted content, but also on the past activity and reputation of the poster. In short, Mollom handles incoming posts intelligently, in much the same way a human moderator decides what posts are acceptable.

AntiSpam 7.x-1.5 Use the anti-spam service to protect your site from spam

Is this the End? Did Boris finally splutter his last breath?

  • Posted on: 25 July 2013
  • By: NickLitten

An excruciating new chapter in the Book of Boris (no relation to The Book of Mormon)

Land Rover being TowedDriving to a client office today all hell broke loose on the dashboard... every warning light blinking, alarms sounding, star-trek doors whooshing open and closed and phasers set to KILL! Engine computer was reporting suspension failure, HDC failure, break failure, *everything* failure... after swearing loudly I managed to quickly pull into a Shell Station which was conveniently only a hundred yards down the road.

Boris quietly pulled up to a pump.. before spluttering and dying.

Insert Key and absolutely nothing happens.

Pop open bonnet (which is a hood to you Americans) and only a faint whiff of electrical burning smell. *gulp*

I'm typing this after it was towed off to a local garage for investigation.

*sigh*

If I had started numbering my vehicle breakdowns over the last two years I wonder if this one would have put me into treble digits?

 

CKEDITOR and JQUERY mismatch between versions

  • Posted on: 25 July 2013
  • By: NickLitten

This week I have been mainly using ERPAL.

If you have no point of reference with 'The Fast Show' then just ignore this and read on...

So, I've been playing with Drupal and the wonderful ERPAL Project Management module this week - I found an annoying problem where I thought I was caught between a rock and hard place. It seems that CKEDITOR 4.x needs JQuery 1.5 to work properly. But JQuery 1.5 gives me problems with some older browsers that my client is using (IE7/8) so I switch to JQUERY1.8 and the site looks good in IE but suddenly CKEDITOR it not working. Aaaargh...

Luckily, by an act of extremely good timing, the latest DEV version of JQUERY UPDATE adds the ability to switch between JQUERY versions when in normal and administration modes. So, by downloading and installing the dev version from 2013-May-02 (http://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/jquery_update-7.x-2.x-dev.tar.gz) this lets me specify a version for the main site and a older version when in ADMIN mode.

Once you installed the Update goto http://your-site.com/admin/config/development/jquery_update

bloody nails

  • Posted on: 18 July 2013
  • By: NickLitten

Driving home and suddenly the dashboard lights up with warning lights telling me about a suspension failure!

"Oh No" I think "Not that bloody air suspension stuff I had replaced last year"

The lights continue to blink with various warnings to 'slow to 30 mph' and 'grip the steering wheel as tight as possible in case I explode into flame and roll down the road like they do in the movies' (not really... I made that one up... the one about 30 mph). But, anyway, when I had a chance to pull over and investigate I discovered things weren't quite as bad as expected and the very clever engine computer had detected that it had suddenly lost air pressure in the rear drivers side tire.

Blame this on one big fat nail:

oh dear

So, things aren't as bad as they could be and its time to spend an hour with Litten Junior and teach him how to change a tire on a Landrover   :0

time to change that tire

Less haste and more speed

  • Posted on: 16 July 2013
  • By: NickLitten

It's not often I blog about somebody elses blog... is that Blogging2?

But this morning I read this excellent article by John Donahoe, CEO of Ebay. Titled 'To Beat the Chaos, Take a Thinking Day', John explains that modern business often moves at such a pace, we find ourselves washed along in the frenzy of the tide. Taking time to step back, and review the global picture of what we are working on and what we have scheduled ahead might bring fresh insights.

I for one, am sometimes guilty of diving into the technical nitty-gritty of a project and hitting a wall at a later point. Often times, these walls could have been avoided if I had just stepped back and looked ahead on the 'virtual map of whats coming up'.

I really enjoyed reading this - smart advice:

One of the most under-discussed elements of effective leadership is how fast a leader must learn to stay at peak performance. Most successful leaders never stop learning. In fact, they are voracious learners who are always trying to find ways to improve and enhance their own performance and that of those around them.

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