Browsing and exploring COM, ActiveX and OLE objects

The article points out that you've the following options (possibly among others) to browse and explore all the COM/OLE/ActiveX objects installed on your computer ...

How to force the update from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean

It's pretty easy, you just have to try it as long as it takes. For me it worked on the 5th-6th try.

P.S.: clearing the data+cache for the Google Service Framework app can mess with your Play Store access. It is possible that after doing this, you won't be able to install new apps or update already installed apps through the Play Store. To fix this, you'll have to remove the Google account from your phone and add it again. Be aware that removing a Google account from your phone can under circumstances result in data loss, so be sure you know what you are doing. Backing up your phone via Titanium Backup (or creating a Nandroid backup) is always a good idea before you get into things like removing a Google account.

How to generate pseudo-random text using an Awk script

Here're a few variants based on what you want to use as a data source.

Understanding boot animations in Android

Boot animations on Android devices are (usually) played by the /system/bin/bootanimation executable. As it happens, the source of this executable is available (as part of Android) in the official repository in the platform/frameworks/base section. You can easily check it out with the git clone command (however be ready for a 600-700 MB download Smile ). Afterwards you can jump to any released (tagged) version by specifying a tag, eg. git checkout android-4.0.1_r1 will roll back the repo state to the first released version of Ice Cream Sandwich.

How to fix the "There are no Android Devices associated with this account" issue in Google's Play Store

I was a bit messing with my Nexus (I accidentally flashed the bootloader of ICS 4.0.4 into the boot image of the Nexus ... and of course it wouldn't boot Smile) and eventually I reflashed the full factory image of ICS 4.0.4 on the device. After it was done, I've forced an OTA update of Jelly Bean. However visiting the Play Store's My Account page I've found the following message waiting for me on the Settings tab: "There are no Android devices associated with this account."

JIRA 5.0.6 - Default favicon and logo are inaccessible

I had to import a JIRA backup to our locally hosted JIRA 5.0.6 instance that was created on Atlassian's onDemand service. The import was mostly successful, but one problem still bugged me. The favicon (in the browser's address bar) didn't show up at all, when I visited our JIRA instance's URL. I've opened a support ticket with Atlassian, but in the end I was the one to solve the problem. Smile

How to encode H.264 video with baseline profile and AAC with low complexity profile using ffmpeg

With a recent (0.11.*+) version of ffmpeg and libx264+libfaac library support the following should work:
ffmpeg -i input.avi -y -f mp4 -vcodec libx264 -profile:v baseline -acodec libfaac -profile:a aac_low -b:v 560k -ar 44100 -b:a 128k -ac 2 -s 480x270 output.mp4

How to install Oracle Java (JRE/JDK) on Debian (Squeeze)

Works like a charm, even on Debian Squeeze. You just have to add the Sid repository and specify a low priority in your APT configuration via a new /etc/apt/preferences.d/debian-sid file, like this one ...

How to fix notebook performance problems (slowness, lagging) that come from overheating

It's quite a hot summer (again) and I bet that many notebook/laptop owners find their precious Mac/PC "seemingly" slowing down and not being capable of dealing with tasks that caused no problem before. One reason for this might be overheating due to dirt piled up at the exhaust port of your notebooks cooling fans.

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