Update to the Chrome Startpage

Chrome has been the browser of my choice for quite some time now. But starting with version 29.x the startpage (when opening a new tab) changed quite a bit – instead of showing my apps, the page would show the omni-searchbox.

This would not be that bad, but I was missing my other devices tab quite badly.

Even more strange was the fact, that on some devices the startpage would show the omni-searchbox while other devices would show the “classic” startpage – all devices are running the same version of Chrome on Windows 7 or Window 8 or Windows Server 2012. Strange.

So after a while I figured: it’s in the settings. Obviously some version of Chrome would change the default setting. If I would skip a version on upgrade this setting would not be changed and thus lead to different behavior on different devices, depending on the upgrade-path I took.

So to get back a consistend look-and-feel I just changed chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api to disabled on all browsers and I got me used look-and-feel.

Localizing SpecFlow

On a recent usergroup meeting I got introduced to SpecFlow. This opened a whole new world in formulating tests ans specifications. Although I’ve been trying to formulate my tests in a BDD manor, inspired by JP Boodhoo’s and Stefan Liesern’s BDD examples this feels much better.

So the next logical step would be to move to a natural german specification instead of having the original given-when-then syntax.

Turns out, that switching the language is actually really easy. Even though I didn’t seem to find anything on the web … You just have to adjust the app.config like this

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<configuration>
  <configSections>
    <section name="specFlow"
      type="TechTalk.SpecFlow.Configuration.ConfigurationSectionHandler,
            TechTalk.SpecFlow"/>
  </configSections>
  <specFlow>
    <language feature="de-DE" tool="" />
  </specFlow>
</configuration>

And that’s all that’s to it.

Windows 7 Backup encountered a problem

I just recently started to backup my Windows 7 machine using the buildin backup capabilities of Windows 7.

However this doesn’t work as expected. Event though everything seemed to be backed up, I still got an error that a file was skipped during back.

Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\Podcasts. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))

This is strange. The file does not exists, but why does Windows want to backup that file if it doesn’t exist? There are just some mysteries still to be solved.

However, there seems to be a KB¬†article for this problem. I suppose the problem has something to do with me uninstalling Zune from my system, which most likely created a podcasts folder for me (which I didn’t want in the first place).

So I searched in my profile and found a podcasts folder which I removed.