Working around Exchange Webmail / OWA constant logoffs

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I've always found that Exchange's webmail system, aka "Outlook Web Access", to be extremely buggy regarding remembering who you are. It sets sessions cookies with a pretty far-away timeout but regardless of whether I'm connected via a VPN or from the public internet it always delights in logging me out as quickly as it can. Well, I've worked out a work-around for these all too frequent occurrences. Here's what you do:

  • When you are provided with the login prompt, login.
  • Click the Back arrow in your browser until it asks if you would like to resubmit the form again.
  • Click Cancel.
  • Click Back again. This will take you back to the original edit window with the fresh empty (or if it was a reply, the original quote) edit page ready to go.
  • Click Forwards. It will say that it needs to resubmit a form in order to proceed.
  • Click OK / Accept / Aye Cap'n, whatever is the appropriate response to the affirmative.
  • Your message has now been sent, just like when you originally clicked Send.

Hopefully this will help some others who are also loosing their hair over this stupidity.

One solution for "unexpected T_SR" errors in PHP

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Here's a little tidbit. If you ever get "Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_SR" errors in PHP, check to see if you had any svn merge conflicts. This error raised its ugle head this evening for me and that's exactly what it turned out to be. Then just bounce over to your svn client of choice, fix the conflict (or just delete the offending files and grab the latest file again), and the error will disappear.

Vista is infinitely breakable, megap0wnd!

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Good news today via /. as a research team have discovered fundamental flaws in Windows Vista that make its "security" system completely useless and unable to be fixed to stop the flaw. In other words, WIndows Vista is broken and cannot be fixed. Yay :-)

Time for my D&D half-orc persona's ceremony of choice.

Drupal imagecache setup on OSX

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As mentioned before, PHP is misconfigured on OSX and you don't get their customized sourcecode in order to recompile it with the options you need. As such you can't run the GD plugin which is what most OSS programs use for image processing, and is generally the most recommended way of doing it. For Drupal's ImageCache / ImageAPI module(s) what you can do instead is install the ImageMagick package and then just tell Drupal to use the ImageAPI-ImageMagick module instead of the GD one. I've already got ImageMagick installed on my McBook for Rails use so it was only a few seconds to get it going for Drupal too.

Heath Ledger dying so young is like..

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To continue the Dark Knight theme, I think that Heath Ledger passing away so young would have been like Jack Nicholson dying after making One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, which is such a breathtaking demonstration of acting ability. By this point in Nicholson's career he'd already received several major award nominations, as had Ledger, and each of these two movies (looked liked it) pushed each actor to their respective limits. Nicholson then went on to win several major awards, including the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in 'Cuckoo's Nest. Of course my comparison is not without its irony - Nicholson went on to play the Joker in Tim Burton's original Batman movie in 1989. Food for though.

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