Archive for the ‘Ramblings’ Category

Did you miss me?

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

The blog was offline for a couple days due to a dead server.

Oracle breaks Sun DTD links, Glassfish

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

At work today we got bit by a DTD URL change. Thanks Oracle.

One of our web applications would not deploy, giving a for a DTD at this url:

A little bit of Google sleuthing turned up a working URL for this DTD at this url:


It appears that a lot of DTDs are changed. There is a list of current DTDs here:

Printing in Google Sketchup

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

I use the free version of Google Sketchup for a lot of my CAD work. Something that has always been a pain is trying to print to scale. SU insisted on putting a small part that would easily fit on a pge on 4 pages, with a corner of the part on each of the pages. A big of Google sleuthing turned up this solution, which was paraphrased from this blog post.

Inspiron 1521 Windows XP drivers

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I had to look high and low for these so I’ll put them here for next time.


Update (found a forum post with driver file names):

Ricoh – Driver
Applies to:
(R141246.exe – for SD/MMC card reader)

Conexant – Application
Applies to:
(R148605.exe – Digital line detection – warns you if you connect to a digital switchboard. Useful if you travel but not vital for home use. For driver see below)

Mouse & Keyboards:
Dell – Driver
Applies to:
Touchpad / Pointing Stick

Broadcom – Driver
Applies to:
440x 10/100 Integrated Controller

Dell – Driver
Applies to:
Wireless 1395 WLAN MiniCard
Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card
Wireless 1490 Dual-Band WLAN MiniCard
Wireless 1390 WLAN MiniCard

You can find the remaining drivers in the download list for the Lattitude D531:

Applies to:
STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio

AMD – Driver
Applies to:
Processor Driver
(R135384.exe – Support for AMD PowerNow! and Cool’n’Quiet)

ATI – Driver
Applies to:
SMBus / Chipset Driver

Conexant – Driver
Applies to:
(R147115.exe – This is the actual driver for the modem)

AMD – Driver
Applies to:
Radeon Xpress 1270
(R163694.exe – This complained that .Net was not installed when I first tried so I suggest installing everything else first and running Windows Update to get all the .Net 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 updates before running this)