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Strange Behaviour In Table Control [ABAP]

What I am about to describe, has been happening with all table controls I have ever implemented. Unfortunately, I have no idea why this is happening but none the less I decided to put it here in case someone else has noticed it.

Here’s the scenario: I have the following table control that fills with an internal table. Nothing fancy. Oh, if it matters, I created it using the wizard.

Right next to the obfuscated part, you will notice my name written in both caps and small letters. Now watch what happens when I press the button (ie invoking the USER_COMMAND

See that? My name changed to all caps for some reason! As soon as I close the message box and return to the screen, my name changes back to normal.

So, if you happen to stumble across this post and have any idea why this is happening, I’d really appreciate a comment. I know it’s not big deal but I’m curious as to why it’s happening.


Google Chrome won this round.

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I seem to be a creature of habit. At least to some extent, especially with the tools I am used to working with, and I happen to consider a web browser a tool. The Chrome vs Firefox thing has been on my mind for quite a long time and so far I’ve written two posts about it. The first one being almost three years ago, followed by another one last year. Now, a year later, I come back to the subject. The time between these three posts, proves my initial sentence. I don’t really like to switch tools unless I have to, or unless a new tool is much better than the old one.

The story: My Intel Classmate, after many OS installations, now runs on Mint 11. I know that those of you who follow me regularly do not believe that Mint will be staying for long, but I intend to keep it, really! Mint 11 comes with Firefox 5, a really nice version in my opinion. It has all the improvements 4 did plus the app tabs feature (among others) that I found really really useful. One thing however the guys and gals at Mozilla have not been able to control, is memory usage. At work, I use a 4 core machine with 4 GB RAM, so spending a couple of GB on Firefox, is no big deal. My dual core with 4 GB RAM at home, also running Mint 11, does not seem to mind much either. But the poor little Classmate was having a pretty rough time. At any time, I have Gmail, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter open, while browsing other sites and that proved to be too much for little Chiby. But I want my No Script, remember? I don’t think I can use the web without it…

And then came NotScripts. It does basically what No Script for Firefox does. Blocks java script, plug ins and i-frames. It has white and black lists and allows you to temporarily allow scripts too.

My Classmate is happier than ever. And for the record, I also installed Chrome on the eeePC (that runs Mint 10) with NotScripts and the results there were amazing. I am starting to feel I am owned by Google, but hey, that’s not that bad 😛

PS: I’ve said it before and I will say it again here, I know that there are other browsers as well. I had been a Firefox fan for many years and I would not switch now if it weren’t for memory usage and speed.


Sony Customer Care [in Greece]

Image representing Sony as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

I won’t talk about the latest Sony PSN fiasco. It’s been covered extensively and I don’t feel I have anything to offer on the subject. I will however contribute to Sony’s disgrace by testifying a personal experience regarding their customer service and warranty policy. I strongly feel that a company of that size, is more than able to handle and pay attention to it’s customers and that it has the means to keep them happy and returning.

Last year, I purchased a pair of wireless headphones from a very well known computer store.  I am aware that as to sound quality is concerned, wireless headphones are not the ideal solution but I assure you I chose them carefully. For almost a year, they functioned perfectly and by that I mean adequately taking wireless disadvantages into consideration. Two months before the warranty expired, my headphones decided it was time they gave up on me and just like any consumer would do, I contacted the place I purchased them from. They told me that the warranty would be covered by Sony, not them, so I were to contact Sony and sort it out by myself.

As it turns out, Sony does not accept calls or returns directly, you have to go to an authorized dealer first. I found one near where I live and I called them. They told me to return the broken headphones to them and they would send them to Sony to be repaired. In case they could not be repaired, they would be replaced. On January 14th I dropped my headphones off to the dealer. They asked a lot of my personal information, including my phone number, and gave me a nice receipt. And then, they told me that I had to call them in one week to see what had happened! In that case why did you ask for my phone number people? Despite that, I called them about a week later and they told me that my headphones were sent to Sony and they still waited for an answer as to if they would be repaired or replaced.

It would be very funny if I had kept an accurate log of my phone calls, which were plenty, but since I haven’t, let me tell you that a month and a half later, they told me that they still had no answer from Sony and gave me a number to call Sony Hellas directly. Of course I did. Of course they told me, that they had already authorized a replacement but as it always happens in such cases, I had to send the dealer a fax with my written agreement for the replacement. I wanted to ask what would happen if I did not agree, but I was so angry that I forgot. I called the dealer and told them what I had  just been told. So, I sent them the fax, on which they asked me to write an address so they would know where to deliver my new headphones and all was well, right?

My new headphones arrived on April the 20th. That is 4 months and 5 days since I dropped mine off to the dealer. Four months and five days!

The only way this is excusable, is if they forced some poor Chinese guy assemble a pair of headphones just for me and had him walk all the way from China to Greece to bring them here! Come on! If we were talking about some expensive piece of equipment, perhaps I would understand, but all that trouble for a pair of headphones that costs $80? Wouldn’t it be simpler if I returned them to the place I originally bought them and they gave me a new pair? Even if they could be repaired, I am sure I would cost Sony more, than to just give me another pair and be over with. Really Sony?

I don’t know how this works where you live, but I don’t think I want to go through this again.


A lot of projects, A little time…

Lately, all over WordPress, there are these nice identical summaries of the most successful posts for 2010, which the helper monkeys were kind enough to send each blog owner. Don’t get me wrong, I like this idea and I implemented it on this blog too. It is a good chance to browse through your old posts, check the statistics and get a general idea about where you’re heading.

What I came to realize, is that I do not post often. Not as often as I would consider ideal at least. According to every pro writing tip out there, keeping a steady flow of new material, is one of the key points that will determine the success of your blog. Not the only one, not even the most important one, but a key point none the less. As you probably noticed, I don’t do that. Before you classify this as another “I wish I wrote more often whining“, let me say that the one and only reason I am not a more frequent writer, is because I am.

See, for the past few years, I’ve been a regular author at a Greek comic site, Comicdom, where (you guessed it) I write posts about comics. This blog on the other side, has seen a couple of reboots and the last time this happened, I decided I wanted to keep it a bit more “technical” and talk about my various encounters with technology and those weird machines called “computers”. I sometimes do write about other things, sure, but I would like to stay on the “information highway” for the most part.

Last time I saw WordPress’ editor, I was writing about a VIA Epia and my plans for it. I said, I wanted to set it up as a torrent client and an FTP server and I would post more on the subject. Well, I did set up an FTP Server and I did document the procedure, but I chose to do it on Instructables instead of here. I apologize for referring you to another site, but I have my reasons. You see I’ve been a member on Instructables, which I think is a wonderful site, all this time, I have borrowed ideas and techniques from other members and have not contributed even the slightest to the community. At least, I am proud for dealing with a subject not already covered, and for writing a detailed How-To and it has a good 400 views so far, so I guess I was a bit helpful to someone.

I wanted to post this here too, so there would be a conclusion to the previous post and keep things tidy in my head. I even got to setting up rtottent (a command line torrent client), but I really don’t think that this is something post-worthy.

Right now, there are a number of things waiting to happen, I don’t know how many (or if any) will be realized, therefore I will not make any announcements what so ever. Just like the title says: Little time..


That’s what the monkey said

Since the helper monkeys were kind enough to send me my annual stats, I thought I’d post them here. I know I haven’t posted anything for a long time, so an auto-post is a little bit like cheating, but still I feel a little proud aver these stats. I know that 17.000 hits is less than the average daily hits on other sites, but I feel good, you know? I want to believe that some people found what I had to say, helpful and that makes me feel nice. Skip through the 2010 stats, and we’ll be in touch. Happy new year to everybody!

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.


In 2010, there were 18 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 75 posts. There were 21 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 13th with 142 views. The most popular post that day was Porn for The Blind.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for minority report, asus eee pc 900, windows 98, eee pc 900, and burning forest.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Porn for The Blind February 2009
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Asus eeePC 900 – Bios Update. May 2009


Bump Top Desktop – Bumped October 2009


Win7 Bug: Wallpaper better than solid color desktop! January 2010


Hello little kitty! March 2009


The purpose of it all…

My blogging experiments go rather well. I am finally getting close to what I originally had in mind when I started all this, a couple of years back. I am getting to like twitter, I think that I have concluded as to what kind of posts interest me (though mettablogging still seems a bit unfair) and I do like the way this blog looks.

I am still in search of a few answers, but I think I am getting there^^

No promises, no commitments, no big words. Thank you all for everything so far. Stay tuned!

PS: The HK tag is another experiment 😛

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