Sunday, October 18, 2015

Export iCloud Contacts fails on IE, succeeds on Firefox

Downloading iCloud Contacts on Windows does NOT work on Internet Explorer, but works fine on Firefox.  Which is weird since IE is the recommended browser for iCloud on Windows.

The steps to export your iCloud contacts on a Windows machine:
  1. Log into iCloud.com
  2. Go to the Contacts application
  3. Click on the gear icon at the bottom-right. -> A menu pops up.
  4. Select "Export to vCard"
When I tried it on IE, very simply, nothing happens whatsoever.  However when I tried it on Firefox it works perfectly.

My environment is Windows 8, running the latest IE and FF.

My wife got the exact same results.  She uses Windows 7 with whatever the latest IE is there.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Accessing MS SQL databases from classic ASP

I am writing a CMS (content management system) in classic ASP using Microsoft's JScript language (a server-side language based on ECMAScript3) with a database in Microsoft's MS SQL.

Why I am using such an ancient technology as classic ASP/JScript is a topic for another time.  Today I will focus on the steps it took to get it working, and the troubleshooting I had to do along the way.

First of all, you start by instantiating an ADO connection object as follows.
Next, connect to the database using a connection string.

try 
{
var objADO = new ActiveXObject("ADODB.Connection");

var dbConnStr = "Driver={SQL Server};server=MyMachine\\SQLEXPRESS;database=MyDB;uid=MyId;pwd=MyPw;";
objADO.Open(dbConnStr);

... use database ...
}
catch(err)
{
Response.Write(err.description);
}

Note that the code is in a try/catch structure.  The output from err.description helps a lot in diagnosing problems.


First problem

err.description had value:
  • [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Login failed for user 'MyId'.]

The solution to this was found here:
  • https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/555332

The problem was that in SQL Server Management Studio I had set the authentication of SQL Server itself to
  • Windows Authentication mode

It should be:
  • SQL Server and Windows Authentication mode

Second problem

err.description had value:
  • [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Login failed for user 'MyId'.  Reason: The password of the account must be changed.]

The solution to this was found here:
  • https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/sqlserver/en-US/3174e9f5-5e51-4d95-89cc-bc81a9f16351/login-failed-for-user-please-what-am-i-doing-wrong

The problem was that I had set following property for the login for MyId in SQL Server Management Studio.
  • User must change password at next login

It should be unchecked.

END

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Test post

Checking out what is going on with the management of photos in Blogger.
Attaching a pic from last year's trip to Seoul.