Upgrading to Filemaker Pro 13

200px FileMaker Inc 150x150 Upgrading to Filemaker Pro 13I just got a mail from Filemaker to download the latest release of their software, and have started doing so. As far as I can see, this release addresses a major annoyance with earlier versions: The need to be on Windows or Mac for the clients.

They have implemented something they call Direct Web Access in Filemaker Pro 13, meaning you can basically use the browser as a fully fledged client connection to the server. I hope by god that this will be true, because that will mean we can finally ditch Windows on the company computers, and replace it with Linux. Time will tell though if this really is the case.

I have been waiting for something like this for a long time, and even started playing with the idea to port our internal system based on Filemaker Server and clients over to one of the open source database platforms available. Alternatively we could have gone for a pure web based system built in php and MySQL.

I have gotten to the conclusion that it’s simply not worth it. Our solution is so complicated that it would take a lot of efforts to move it to another platform. We have a mix of native Filemaker, file transfers to exchange data using FTP and timed scripts run on two external servers, 43 proxy servers running php as well as calling php from within Filemaker to check positions in Google that gets added back to FM.

So, as you can see – it would not be very easy to trash it all and start over.

First installation went with no hiccups

Filemaker Pro Advanced 13 installed including the plugins from Filemaker Pro 12. I have logged on the the solution in Server 12 with no problem. It looks like 13 is faster than 12 even when it’s just the client being upgraded so far. This looks good! Apparently there is no need to upgrade the database in this version. I’m glad, because that is always a nerve wrecking thing to do.

Filemaker Server 13 installed and configured

I expected some problems here, but it went pretty smooth all in all. The whole procedure took a couple hours including fiddling with IIS 7 for the new WebDirect to work. I forgot to make a backup of the old server before replacing it with the new one, but that was not a big problem since I remember what schedules I had going in the old one. WebDirect works pretty well, but I can see I will have to do some adjustments to the layouts for it to work perfectly.

Weird thing about scheduled tasks in Filemaker Server 13

I just discovered that schedules acts as illogical as earlier versions of FM Server. They are not getting triggered on repeat unless they get started after 12 AM. The thing is, you can’t set something to repeat on a per hour basis if you have set the scheduler to trigger a script at 4 AM that you want to run one time per hour until next morning. You have to set it to start 1 AM and run until 11:59 PM to get triggered once per hour.

What is your experience with Filemaker Pro 13 compared to the older versions?

Feel free to share below.


How to take control over a people

379px Bundesarchiv Bild 183 S33882 Adolf Hitler retouched 189x300 How to take control over a peopleThe best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions.

In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.

- Adolf Hitler.


Muslim Brotherhood Exposed

Have a look at the following video if you want to know what exactly the Muslim Brotherhood are up to in Egypt. The video features Michael Coren, a British-Canadian columnist, author, public speaker, radio host and television talk show host according to Wikipedia.

See the video, and then tell me: do you still believe the Brotherhood is a peaceful organisation?

Use the comments form below and have your say after seeing the video.


Timepiece vs. watch

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Admiral Nelson Timepiece is really just a watch. Like any other watch.

I just watched a commercial on CNN where a guy in the advertisement talked about a wrist watch. What I find funny about this kind of ads is the fact that they never mention the word watch in the ad. They always refer to it as a “timepiece”.

So, what exactly is a timepiece?

I think they have found that it is more likely that they trigger the feeling of luxury if they call their expensive watches for timepieces instead of the less fancy word watch. Simple as that.

Does it work trying to lure the viewer into thinking in a certain way? Of course it does. Unfortunately.

We all love being seduced. Brands like Rolex, Seiko and others all try to convince us that they are not offering us a watch – but a timepiece. Who doesn’t want to wear a timepiece?

What is your opinion?

Are you letting the advertisers lure you into believing in their ads?


Effective mosquito trap – get rid of mosquitoes

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Update 23.06.2013 The trap works! You can read further down in the text how to make it.

I checked the contents of the mosquito trap today and saw that there actually are some mosquitoes down in the bottle. I have checked around a lot in recent days, and have seen that it is recommended to place the trap where you would like the mosquitoes will move to – and preferably at a distance away from where people are. This is because it generates less CO2 than what a human does, so mosquitoes will not go into the trap if our much stronger smell is dominant.

I came across a recipe on how to make a mosquito trap to get rid of problems with mosquitoes buzzing around your ears, and they are in general a pain in the ass where they sting you. Although I am very allergic to mosquito bites, so this I’m looking forward to try.

Like & share, so we get a much better summer.

You can make a lot of these traps, and they are effective.

You will need

1 cup of hot water. Not warmer than body temperature though, to not kill the yeast
1/4 cup of sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 large plastic bottle (large juice bottles are best, those made of thin plastic. A Coke, Fanta or Sprite bottle works well to.

How to make the mosquito trap

Cut the plastic bottle in 2. Both knife and scissors can be used.
Mix the sugar with the warm water and let it cool. When it is cooled then pour it into the bottom of the bottle.
Add the yeast (this will start the process of forming CO2 gas that mosquitoes are attracted to).
Insert the spout of the bottle upside down in the second half (can be taped to the closer).
The bottom of the bottle should be colored black, dip it in some paint as you can see on the picture.
The mosquitoes gets attracted to the black color.
The bottles should be replaced every two weeks, either fill in with new fluid mix, or create brand new.

Happy summer all – and be sure to share this post with as many people as possible.

The trap is practically free to make, and you can make one yourself in just a few minutes. A typical do it yourself solution.

The mosquitoes are a family of small, midge-like flies: the Culicidae. Although a few species are harmless or even useful to humanity, most are a nuisance because they consume blood from living vertebrates, including humans.

Do you know about any better way to get rid of mosquitoes?

Have you come by any other DIY solutions for mosquito related problems? Be sure to comment below if you have other good tips in regards to getting rid of mosquitoes and other flying insects that are annoying or know about other effective recipes for exterminators in 2013 that works.


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Huntsman – The Orphanage [Online Game Code]

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Looking for a game with interwoven storylines, intriguing and richly-penned characters, and an immersive atmosphere?, No violence, blood, gore or guns! Your only equipment is your smartphone, your only weapon is your wits!, Choose your own path, make your own choices – scare yourself as much, or as little, as you please… but only positive action, empathy and character judgement will win the game!, IGM:”a whole new take on the horror genre… different and more creepy.” DAJAY:”Resident Evil 4 for the new generation of gamers – truly innovate(s) a dying genre”TRUE PC GAMING:”picking up the reigns of Amnesia’s legacy”, While this game is non-violent, it is not suitable for young or impressionable people due to the intense nature of its supernatural themes. (more)