Windows Vista still uses the NT 3.5 file picker!

Glorious 3D accelerated Windows Vista Home Premium still uses the NT 3.5 file picker for adding fonts! If you right click in the fonts window, and select install new font, you get.....

Windows NT 3.5 will live forever!



As we all know, Germanic is the opposite of "cute." Compare, if you will, the words for "butterfly" in various languages (use your best, exaggerated accents for best effect):

  • Spanish: Mariposa
  • Italian: Farfalla
  • French: Papillon
  • Portuguese: Borboleta


Apache 413 error problems

I had an Apache 2.2.3 HTTPS server configured, and it kept complaining that the uploads were too large. I tried setting the php.ini settings, adding LimitRequestBody, nothing worked. It still died.

Then I looked in the ssl_error_log and discovered:

request body exceeds maximum size for SSL buffer

which was the hint I needed. I was using Apache SSL client certificates, which have a limit of 128K, and if re-negotiation has to happen, a larger POST will fail.

This Bugzilla posting had the clues - You have to set the following as DEFAULTS for your SSL server, not just the directory.

SSLVerifyClient require

Otherwise it forces a renegotiation of some sort, and fails with a 413 error.