Posts Categorized: Windows


Fix for Adium Not Working with MSN Messenger Bug

For the last few months, I haven’t been able to use MSN Messenger with Adium. I’d log in, but it would just hang endlessly. Searching the bug reports was frustrating, and didn’t provide any insights. Today I found this obscure post which gives the solution. Apparently M$N changed the default connection settings without Adium making the change on their end to your account automatically. To resolve this, open the Preferences panel and Edit the account in question. Choose the Options tab (I didn’t even know this existed) and set Login Server to messenger.live.com, Port to 80 and turn on (check) the Connect via HTTP box. Once you turn back on your account, everything should be working fine.

PHP Session Dropping Problem with IE 7

We were just struggling here at work with an insane problem where IE 7 (and ONLY IE 7) was dropping sessions for PHP. Literally, we would try a trivial test case of creating a session and a new session id (generated with the session_id() function) would appear each time. Checking the session_save_path showed that new sessions were being created each time. In the end, we discovered that IE 7 will not save session cookies if there is an underscore in the domain name. (Our development sites frequently have an underscore in the subdomain name – it’s amazing that we hadn’t found this out earlier.) We’ve replaced the underscore with a hyphen, and everything appears to work correctly.

fbCal: the missing Facebook-Calendar bridge.

I just happened across fbCal, which allows you to subscribe to your Facebook birthday list and events directly in your favorite calendar app (iCal in my case).  If you’re as calendar-obsessed as myself, you should check it out!

Microsoft Releases IE 8 Beta

Just what we needed, another version of standards-incompliant IE to support. Yet, here it is, in all it’s terrible glory. This release apparently just playing feature-catch-up with Firefox, so one begins to wonder just what the point is. Like, why waste all this development money on a free application that is vastly inferior to the competition you could try these out.

Anyway, if you’re a developer and want to get a head start on creating all those hacks and alternate stylesheets, you can download the beta here: IE 8 Beta. (Windows only)

Note: This will overwrite any existing installation of IE.

Virtual Box for Leopard released

For those of you who don’t follow these things with bated breath, VirtualBox just finally released <a href="http://www.virtualbox team project management tools.org/wiki/Downloads” title=”Virtual Box Downloads”>a working version for OS X 10.5. Only 4 months late there, guys. What this means for you is absolutely free PC emulation, so you can run Windows within OS X.