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Making Reflection behave like PuTTY

Around 14 years ago, I switched from using Reflection to PuTTY because it was free and my employer at the time wouldn’t pay for such extravagance software purchases such as a simple terminal emulator! Since then I’ve become rather accustomed to the way PuTTY behaves, and find Reflections particularly annoying to use on the occasion that I visit a client who insists on using it.

However, it is possible to solve most of the biggest annoyances…

Using older Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners with Windows 10

A number of older ScanSnap scanners released by Fujitsu are no longer supported and the official line from Fujitsu is to buy new hardware. However, the ScanSnap range isn't cheap and you can avoid spending a large sum by utilizing Compatibility Mode built into Windows to get your older scanner working with the latest versions of Windows.

This guide will show you how.

Kornshell function declarations

Over the years I have seen and maintained many kornshell scripts written by DBAs, and there are a number of programming styles that provoke strong reactions on who is doing it the "right" way.

In this article, I will explain the different ways in which functions can be defined in Kornshell and explain why I personally prefer one method over another.

Dot Underscore ._ files in Dropbox

Recently, all my files stored in Dropbox suddenly acquired a "dot underscore" file in addition to the original file, which was then synced to all other computers that were linked to my Dropbox account. This post describes what these files are, and how I resolved the issue.

Reflect for Evernote – reviewing your notes in bitesize chunks

One of the most powerful features of Evernote is how quickly and easily you can add content to your notebooks. Sometimes however, this is both a blessing and a curse because there is no review process for removing old and outdated notes. Sometimes you come across a note that could do with more context around it as the original reason for writing/clipping it was not recorded at the time.
Well luckily, there is now a nice neat solution for reviewing your notes.

CRS: pullup() dependency test

The behaviour of the pullup dependency as described in the Oracle documentation for CRS resources is counter-intuitive and so I decided to do some testing around it to see the results and reassure myself that the documentation was correct.

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