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Thunderbird "hyperlinks don't open" fix

Posted 12-31-2012 at 05:45 AM by catkin
Updated 01-04-2013 at 01:27 AM by catkin

A new installation of Thunderbird did not open hyperlinks in incoming mails. After ~3 days of looking for a fix, I found it in AndrzejL's Re: Fixing Skype / Thunderbird / Google Earth connection with Firefox on PCLinuxOS-Forums. This is to publicise AndrzejL's technique because I had found it early in the search for a solution and dismissed it as similar to others and/or not closely related to the problem.

AIUI AndrzejL's technique applies when there are no entries for HTTP and...
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OOo/LibreOffice Calc BASIC: cell display orientation/rotation

Posted 05-18-2012 at 01:45 AM by catkin

There are incorrect examples on the internet of using OOo/LibreOffice BASIC to set Calc cell contents to display vertically, the same as can be done interactively via Format Cell -> Alignment -> Text Orientation and setting the angle to 90 degrees.

The problem is that they show 90 but the units are 1/100ths of a degree so vertical requires 9000.

This works
oCell.setPropertyValue( "RotateAngle", 9000 )
This does not work (it is here to...
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JFS error "dbAlloc: the hint is outside the map"

Posted 05-06-2012 at 05:10 AM by catkin

This error seems to be rare. Netsearching for "the hint is outside the map" found only source code repositories and a message database with no information beyond the message itself. No pages were found reporting the message occurring in the wild.

The original patch which introduced the message ( has this comment:
# 03/10/14 shaggy <at> 1.1155
# JFS: Improved error
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VBS equivalents of some Linux date command format sequences

Posted 02-27-2012 at 10:13 PM by catkin

Here are some Visual Basic Script statements that generate the effect of the Linux date command used with format sequences %y, %Y, %b, %B, %n, %a, %A, %d, %H, %I, %p, %M and %S
Dim strValue

' %y for year, two digit
strValue = Right(DatePart( "yyyy", Now), 2)

' %Y for year, four digit
strValue = DatePart( "yyyy", Now))

' %b for month name, example Jan
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Configuring Opera 10 with a more classic/cleaner interface

Posted 02-14-2012 at 10:38 AM by catkin
Updated 02-14-2012 at 10:39 AM by catkin (Fixed double quote in wrong place)

Disabling Speed Dial (allows a blank page at Start-up)
  1. In the Opera address bar, type in about:config or opera:config.
  2. User Prefs → Speed Dial State and set it to 3 (disabled).
  3. Save (bottom of page).
Now can get a blank page at start-up by Preferences → General and setting Start-up to "Start with Speed Dial".

Panel at top with text instead of icons
  1. Make the panel bar visible (F4 toggles visibility).
  2. Menu → Appearance (F12) → Toolbars
  3. Click
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