Informatics

VBA IBAN Validator

From February 2014 onwards, IBAN will be the new European standard for bank account numbers. This standardization is part of the SEPA initiative to improve the efficiency of cross-border euro payments. I wrote an IBAN validator in VBA for an MS Access database I’m maintaining, but you can also use it in Read more…

Study

Updated eduroam settings for the nokia 5800

In my previous blog entry I posted the settings for connecting to the eduroam network at the University of Groningen. Since yesterday however the security standard and the authentication method of the wireless network have been updated. To continue being able to access the eduroam network using your Nokia 5800 (and similar models) the settings as shown in the screenshots must be entered. (more…)

Study

Eduroam settings for the Nokia 5800 at the University of Groningen

EDIT: This post is no longer relevant. You may find an up-to-date version here. It took me a while to figure out how to connect my Nokia 5800 phone to the University of Groningen's eduroam WiFi network. I'm posting the settings here for anyone interested. First of all you need to install a certificate file onto your phone. Just copy it to your phone's SD card and open it using the file manager, or browse to this webpage and download the file directly. Say yes if your phone asks if it should install the certificate. You can grab the file from here. (more…)

Programming

Printing from EXTRA! Basic.

Attachmate EXTRA! is terminal emulation software to connect to mainframes. Part of this software is a Basic interpreter that allows you to write automation macros that do screenscraping on terminal screens. The scripting language used is called Extra Basic. Scripts have the extension .ebm, which stands for Extra Basic Macro. This scripting language is a lot like Visual Basic, or QBasic and most code you can simply Copy & Paste. But there are differences. At work, when extending an old macro (made by a now retired colleague) with printing capabilities I ran into some limitations of Extra Basic. In QBasic there used to be a command LPRINT to send text to a line printer. Neither Visual Basic or Extra Basic have this command. To print from Visual Basic you use the Printer object, but to print from Extra Basic you need another approach. (more…)

By Aswin van Woudenberg, ago