How to disable phone number linking in Safari on an iOS device?

Submitted by Jochus on Thu, 01/05/2014 - 07:33 | Posted in: Mac
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I recently got a question from somebody who has a personal site on the web and he wanted to disable the phone number linking on his own site (which is rendered automatically in the Safari application of an iPad). I first assumed that such request could not be answered, but I came across following solution:

If you include the following meta tag at the top of your page:

<meta name="format-detection" content="telephone=no">

... phone linking will be disabled. More information can be found on the developer pages of Apple: https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/featuredarticles/iPhoneURLScheme_Reference/PhoneLinks/PhoneLinks.html

How to completely remove Office for Mac 2011 from you Mac OS X installation

Submitted by Jochus on Thu, 01/05/2014 - 07:26 | Posted in: Mac
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I recently had a problem with an update of Office on my Macbook Pro. The only solution was to remove everything (but really EVERYTHING) from Office for Mac. Afterwards, the installation + update went fluently.

A very good tutorial on removing Office for Mac can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2398768

Disable FileZilla server interface from popping up on server logon

Submitted by Jochus on Thu, 01/05/2014 - 07:22 | Posted in: Windows
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When I logon to a server which is running a FileZilla server (as a service), I always get a popup which connects to the FileZilla server. It's a bit annoying as you can only disable this popup while installing the server. There's no GUI configuration to disable it after post install.

Luckily, there's a small fix in the windows registry which disables the popup, but still keeps the FileZilla server service running in the background:

  • Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\
  • Remove FileZilla Server Interface entry

Identifying which Java thread is consuming most CPU

Submitted by Jochus on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:47 | Posted in: Java
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I just found this very interesting article on identifying which Java thread is consuming the most CPU. It's working perfectly on a Linux environment. Unfortunately, top seems to be different on Mac OS X. There's no toggle to show threads. I even tried htop, which can be installed by MacPorts, but still no luck :-( ...

The only way to have this on Mac OS X is to use the top threads plugin in jconsole.

Enabling remote access for user "sa" in SQL Server Express 2008 R2

Submitted by Jochus on Sun, 01/09/2013 - 18:28 | Posted in: Database
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TCP configuration

  • Launch: SQL Server Configuration Manager
  • Expand: SQL Server Network Configuration
  • Double click: TCP/IP
  • Change Enabled to Yes
  • Switch to tab: IP Addresses
  • Clear out TCP Dynamic Ports
  • Fill in the port on which you want to accept remote access calls. E.g.: TCP Port: 1433


"sa" user configuration

  • Launch: SQL Server Server Management Studio
  • Login by using Windows Authentication
  • Right click on your server and choose Properties
  • Select tab Security
  • Set Server Authentication to SQL Server and Windows Authentication mode
  • Save configuration
  • In the left tree, expand Security > Logins
  • Double click on the sa user
  • Uncheck: Enforce password policy and Enforce password expiration
  • Assign a password for the sa user
  • Open tab Status and put Login to Enabled