Blog posts from 2015

Getting back custom program icons in Ubuntu 15.10

26 Oct 2015 | Tips & Tricks, Ubuntu

After a clean install of Ubuntu 15.10, all my custom programs had disappeared.

Prevent host-only VirtualBox network from vanishing after suspend/resume

26 Oct 2015 | Network, Tips & Tricks, Ubuntu, VirtualBox

A simple trick prevents VirtualBox host-only networks from disappearing after resume

Alpha 15: more fixes for updating

5 Oct 2015 | NG, alpha

Alpha 15 of the XL Toolbox NG series is all about bug fixes.

Fixing network printing issues on Linux

25 Sep 2015 | Linux, Tips & Tricks, hardware, printing

I have an HP LaserJet P2015dn printer that used to cause me headaches and has been causing trouble for some time now again. …

Alpha 14: Improved CSV export performance and bug fixes.

21 Sep 2015 | CSV, NG, alpha

Title says it all. Download If you have a previous alpha …

Garbage user comments in photos taken with Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

21 Sep 2015 | Galaxy, Photo, Samsung, Tips & Tricks

Photos that contain 'garbage' text in their embedded comments can be repaired quite easily on Linux.

Alpha 13: New CSV import and export

15 Sep 2015 | CSV, NG, R, alpha, import/export

The 13th installment of the Next Generation alpha series features a new CSV import and export feature that allows customization of field delimiters and number formatting and can be used for data exchange with other software, such as R.

Uprading OwnCloud: Fixing 'could not acquire lock' error

11 Jul 2015 | Linux, OwnCloud, Server, troubleshooting

While upgrading OwnCloud to version 8.1, I experienced strange errors: www-data@server:/var/owncloud$ php occ upgrade PHP Warning: flock() expects parameter 1 to be …

Alpha 10 and alpha 11: Fixing crashing bugs

24 Jun 2015 | NG, alpha

Alpha 10 (released a couple of days ago) and alpha 11 fix a couple of bugs that caused the XL Toolbox add-in to crash.

Alpha 9 with new Import CSV and Quit commands and VBA API

10 Jun 2015 | NG, alpha, code

Alpha 9 of the NG series sports new commands for CSV import and quitting Excel as well as a simple API for Visual Basic for Application projects.

Excel address syntax

17 May 2015 | Excel

An overview of Excel address formatting.

Alpha 8 with minor fixes.

12 May 2015 | NG, alpha

Alpha 8 is a minor update with fixes to the worksheet manager and the ribbon.

Synchronize Horde calendar with Ubuntu using syncevolution

15 Apr 2015 | Horde, Ubuntu

Using `syncevolution` from the Ubuntu repositories makes it easy to synchronize data from a Horde Groupware server to a computer running Ubuntu.

Fixing 'Server execution failed' problems on Windows

15 Apr 2015 | Explorer, Fix, Windows

After reorganizing folders on my network shares, my Windows machine (VirtualBox) would refuse to start the Explorer or ‘My Computer’. The solution is to fix ‘User Shell Folders’ settings in the registry editor.

Upgrading PHP APCu on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

2 Apr 2015 | Linux, OwnCloud, Server

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ships with an outdated version of the PHP user cache driver ‘APCu’. OwnCloud, if installed, will complain about this. Here I describe how to upgrade APCu on Ubuntu.

Configuring SSL for OpenLDAP

30 Mar 2015 | Linux, OpenLDAP, Server, Tutorial, code

Setting up an OpenLDAP server on Ubuntu is quite complicated, and getting SSL connection security to work may be the hardest part of it. Here I describe what worked for me.

Alpha 7: Working batch export and new screenshot-quality exporter

6 Mar 2015 | NG, alpha

Alpha 7 fixes batch export and numerous other things, and offers a new screenshot-quality export function.

On payment options

3 Mar 2015 | payments, website

Since March 2015, only Paypal can be used to make voluntary payments for the XL Toolbox. In this post I explain why.

Alpha 6: Fixes for installer and DLL woes

3 Feb 2015 | NG, alpha

For alpha 6, the installer was updated once again in order to more reliably handle different combinations of operating system and Office version.

.NET & VSTO add-ins: Getting the prerequisites right

30 Jan 2015 | .NET, NG, VSTO

Depending on Windows and Office version, there are various different scenarios of the prerequisites that need to be met in order to install and run a VSTO add-in.

Alpha 5: Fixing installer issues

28 Jan 2015 | NG, alpha

Within a few days after the release of alpha 4, I received several bug reports that evidently related to the install process. Today I release alpha 5 which fixes these problems.

Troubleshooting VSTO add-ins for Office

28 Jan 2015 | VSTO, troubleshooting

If an Office add-in that is created with Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) does not load, one has a hard time debugging since no error messages are displayed. However, there is a remedy.

Alpha 4: Color profiles, CMYK support

26 Jan 2015 | NG, alpha

Today I release the fourth alpha version of the Next Generation Toolbox. This version features support for CMYK color space and color profiles for graphic export.

Project template for DFG proposals

8 Jan 2015 | funding, research

In this article I share an OpenDocument text template file for use in research project proposals to the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).

Alpha 2 and 3 with graphic export and Apache license

4 Jan 2015 | NG, alpha, license

The second and third preview versions (“alphas”) of the XL Toolbox offers basic graphic export features. It is released under the Apache License V. 2.0 rather than the GNU General Public License.