MDI to TIFF converter

Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI) was part of Office up to Office 2007. It allowed you to scan multipage documents into .MDI files. MODI was deprecated and removed from Office 2010 and with a modern installation of Windows and Office there is no native support for .MDI files. If you have these files archived then…

It’s time to move on from IE8

Yesterday, my esteemed (new) colleague Aaron Gustafson wrote a piece about his reaction to the “Break Up with Internet Explorer 8” site currently doing the rounds in the Twittersphere. He argues for support of older browsers and optimisation for newer, better browsers. I disagree. Some people don’t have control over their browsing environment. Some people…

Using C# to access the Twitter API

My last post described how to acquire Twitter OAuth keys and tokens to allow you to use Twitter’s API to access Twitter feeds. I showed how to use the request module with node.js, which has built-in support for OAuth, to request and process data. In this blog post I will show how to do the…

Accessing the Twitter API using OAuth

Following on from my last post that described using Node to access feeds from Delicious, I’ve also been investigating how to access my Twitter feed. This adds a little more complexity because Twitter requires that your app or script authenticate to Twitter using OAuth. Per Wikipedia, “OAuth provides client applications a ‘secure delegated access’ to…

Node and Delicious

In my last post, I wrote about using node.js as a scripting tool. Node has lots of good libraries for making network requests and processing the results. request is one of the most popular HTTP clients. It is easier to work with than the built-in http module that is designed to provide basic http client/server…

Node and xml-stream

For the last couple of months, I’ve been experimenting more and more with node.js. My impression is that most people who have heard of node but not really used it think of it as a server technology for building web applications using JavaScript. Of course, it does that and there is good support for node.js…

Installing Squid Web Proxy for Windows

I’m running Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 for file storage and system backups. While I’m doing lots of experimenting with Boxstarter, I wanted a caching web proxy that would keep local copies of the package files I’m installing over and over so that I wouldn’t have to wait for them to come from the Internet…