Jul 062015
 

QText 4.00For its 4.00 version QText has received major refactoring with almost 100 changes separating it from the previous release.

Visually it is easy to see where some time went as there is new application icon together with new high-resolution toolbar icons. Yes, QText had high-DPI support for some time now but that always meant dealing with blurry toolbar buttons. With new graphics you should be greeted with crisp graphics no matter which resolution you’re using. It was a long overdue improvement.

Due to its internal structure, detecting external changes in files was not always straightforward as it should have been. Due to this experience with DropBox or similar file syncing software was not ideal. Long hours have been put into this version to recognize many external changes. Whether it is simple file edit in another editor or folder rename, QText will have you covered.

Lastly there was a push to cleanup some of the old and annoying bugs. All these changes should make QText more comfortable to use.

As always, you can download new version directly or use built-in upgrade menu.

PS: Order of your tabs will be reset to alphabetic with this version. This is a one-time change. QText will continue remembering tab order once you (re)order them again.

Jul 012015
 

CoverThose more observant among you might have noticed there is a books tab up there. Yep, I am a published author now.

While both books are more of a reference material than what you would usually consider a book they did require quite a lot of work – especially getting formatting and publishing just right. Those interested in that aspect can view what raw sources looks like and what goes into making a proper e-book.

(73) AF7RG

Jun 252015
 

VMware: Internal ErrorAs I went through one of the many Windows 10 beta updates, my VMware Player started throwing “Error while powering on: Internal error.” After reboot everything started working again so I just assumed it was simply some fluke in the upgrade process. And then it happened again a bit later. This time a single restart didn’t help but it did start working after a few of them. Every restart was like a coin toss. It smelled like a race condition.

One of things I checked was status of VMware’s services. There I noticed that, although startup type was set to Automatic, VMware Authorization Service was not running at times. And I could match the times when it was not running with the error. Even better, error would disappear as soon as I would manually start that service. My best guess, based on observed behavior, was that VMware Authorization Service needed some other service to start beforehand. However, dependencies for that service were missing. All VMware’s service needed was a bit more time.

Fortunately, Windows has one great feature enabling just that ever since Windows Vista. All needed is to change startup type to Automatic (Delayed Start) and your service will wait a bit extra time before starting. Original idea of this feature was to alleviate system load at startup by postponing some tasks for just a bit later when CPU had a chance to breathe. But, as a side effect, we can be sure that pretty much all important system services are already up by the time delayed start kicks in.

Might not be an ideal solution but I had no issues with it.

PS: Proper solution would be to find the missing dependency and add it to service. But setting up dependencies is not an easy task and pretty much becomes just trial-and-error adventure unless you know the product on the source code level. Not worth it.

Jun 192015
 

MagiWOL 3.40It was a long overdue task to release new MagiWOL. Changes have been small but noticeable.

Finally there is a high-DPI support with multiple icon sizes to make application presentable on all these new displays out there. If you use classic display only difference will be in what icons you see. But if you are using anything that makes Windows want to scale icons, you should be able to enjoy extra crispy icons.

Those using import functionality will be happy that, beside ranges, now you can defined network subnet size. Not a big change but it will make life easier for some.

Other changes are pretty much just bug-fixes and cleanup of my development environment.

As always, download is available on these pages or from within application.