Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Gmail down on 24 feb 1:29 Romania time

Hey! it seems that Gmail is down for a lot of people today. It's nice to see that even the googlers are "only human" :)
Maybe this is how they want to push the offline feature :))

All the best to the engineers that are working on the problem. I know how they feel...

Monday, February 23, 2009

OSD locked on Samsung 2243BW monitor

Today I had the surprise to find my OSD locked. When I pressed the menu button I could see and navigate the menu, but most of the items could not be changed.

It seems that you have to press and hold the menu button for 5 seconds or so (until the menu disappears).

Sunday, February 15, 2009

AdSense error

AdSense is the best and I use it for some time now. But somethimes it is just funny:

Arbomedia?

I have a website that has on it Arbomedia ads. For a few days now I receive this error:
"A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete.

Script: http://cdn.code.new.arbocontext.ro/app/js/code/bbt3.js:401"

Everybody is sleeping at Arbo?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

How to embed YouTube videos in Joomla VirtueMart's product description

Configuration:
Joomla 1.5
VirtueMart 1.1.3

If you have problems putting youtube videos in the product descriptions here is how you can do it. Even if you can add the video in Articles (using TinyMCE or JCE editors), you will not be able to add one in the product description without this.

I've installed AllVideo 2.5.3 plug-in (get the zip file plg_jw_allvideos-v2.5.3_j1.5.zip) and install it using extensions Install/Uninstall.
Then go to Components / VirtueMart / Admin /Configuration / Global tab and check "Enable content mambots / plugins in descriptions?"

Then, you can add a youtube video by writing {youtube}A3Bqff0Ghws{/youtube} into your product description.

I've searched for this solution for 3 days now. I still don't get why you can't add directlly the necessary code using the editors. The tags get stripped down or modified...

Joomla 1.5

Joomla it's a big shit! They say that the goal is to do all the administration of you site, so you don't have to, but when you want to install something, it does not work! and the solutions they propose is to manually install it! (I prefer to do the administration by myself then hunting for solutions... ) The problem is that this is not my website.

So I installed Joomla 1.5. It worked fine. Then I tried to install VirtueMart1.1.3
First error: "there was a problem uploading this file to the server" Well... isn't that cute?! One thing that I hate in this world are the generic errors; the ones that tell you that something went wrong but could not tell you what.. and no hint or anything.. Solution: increase the upload limit in php.ini:
;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
; File Uploads ;
;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

; Whether to allow HTTP file uploads.
file_uploads = On

; Temporary directory for HTTP uploaded files (will use system default if not
; specified).
;upload_tmp_dir =

; Maximum allowed size for uploaded files.
upload_max_filesize = 4M


The Virtuemart has a little over 2Mb (the original setting for max file size in php).
Done that. Tried again. Next error: :((((((
"Unable to write entry"

Uaaaauuu!! another generic error. How can't you love Joomla?! It does all the administration so that you don't have to! (very ironic).

I didn't find the solution yet... Some suggested to do the manual installation but this is not how it's supose to work people!!!

Edit: :)))))
So I found the solution. If you get these errors while installing VirtueMart on Joomla:

"Unable to write entry"

in apache's error.log:

File does not exist: "PHP Warning: file_put_contents(C:\\Apache2.2-htdocs\\_joomla15\\tmp\\install_4996b09477e70\\) [function.file-put-contents]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in C:\\Apache2.2-htdocs\\_joomla15\\libraries\\joomla\\filesystem\\file.php on line 297, referer: http://localhost/_joomla15/administrator/index.php"

Then you are trying to install directly the .zip file that you have downloaded. This is not the right way. The zip files that you need to install are inside the zip file that you downloaded...