Damn phishing

网络骗子很可恶,因为它们在一个八杆子打不着的地方诱人上钩。虽然我不会上钩,但拿它们没办法,所以它们可恶。

今天接到一个未知号码(诈骗特征一)的来电,接起来后线路质量不是很好(诈骗特征二),一个印度口音的男子自称来自我的手机公司,问我是某某某吗。

因为线路不好,所以我根本没听清它到底称呼我什么,我就说:

“Yes?”

它说:

“You ordered a brand new phone in a year’s time, right?”

我这时不能确定它的意图,可能是手机公司要给我 upgrade,那就继续听下去。我还是说:

“Yes?”

它说:

“Can you confirm your name?”

我立马警觉,说:

“Why do I need to confirm my name?”

它说:

“Because I want to verify your name.”

我说:

“Why do you want to verify my name?”

它见我不上钩,挂了。我还是觉得很气愤,骗子们四处逛,总有无知的会上钩,谁能整整这些败类,啊?!

Reinstate Magento order status after upgrade

Recently I upgraded a Magento store from 1.4.0.1 to 1.5.0.1.

Magento has changed order tables from key-value type to flat structure in 1.4.1.0, which caused a big problem for my upgrade – all orders lost their status and state value.

I have not discovered what exact reason made it happen, but I know it is my store specific, because I have other stores successfully upgraded from 1.3 to 1.5.0.1 without any problems.

Just in case you had the same issue, you can run this mysql query code to reinstate Magento order status(and state as well).


UPDATE magento_sales_flat_order AS o
INNER JOIN (SELECT s1.parent_id, s1.status, c.state
 FROM magento_sales_flat_order_status_history s1
 JOIN (
 SELECT parent_id, MAX(entity_id) AS entity_id
 FROM magento_sales_flat_order_status_history
 GROUP BY parent_id) AS s2
 ON s1.parent_id = s2.parent_id AND s1.entity_id = s2.entity_id
 LEFT JOIN magento_sales_order_status_state AS c
 ON s1.status = c.status
) as s3
ON o.entity_id = s3.parent_id, magento_sales_flat_order_grid AS g
SET o.status = s3.status, o.state = s3.state, g.status = s3.status
WHERE g.entity_id = s3.parent_id;

非诚勿扰随想

看过最近一期非诚勿扰,觉得众位老师似乎有逼嫁罗蔼轩之嫌。我虽然不苟同罗蔼轩的择偶标准,但支持她坚持自己的标准。

同时我也注意到几个月来非诚勿扰的牵手成功率有所下降,这跟女嘉宾的惜售心理有关。男嘉宾总是尽一切努力展示自己,女嘉宾却可以任性地灭灯,这不公平。为了培育女嘉宾“过了这村,没了那店”的危机意识,避免她们抱着别样目的占着茅坑不拉屎,我建议非诚勿扰节目组在每期节目后搞一个末位淘汰,把人气最低的女嘉宾请下去。

这样女嘉宾就会斟酌自己灭灯的理由。同时保持非诚勿扰的高可看性——激励对称嘛。

Activate Magento ajax loading graphic using jQuery

I extend Magento js using jQuery.
I need ajax loading mask and grahpic for jQuery ajax request.
I want to achieve consistent look and feel.
I want to activate Magento ajax loading graphic initially used in prototype using jQuery.

Although prototype register global event handlers for ajax create and complete events, the handlers will not fire by jQuery ajax request. For jQuery to activate ajax loading graphic, I manually fire the onCreate event in jQuery function.

var r = {options:{loadArea:''}};
varienLoaderHandler.handler.onCreate(r);

to deactivate

varienLoaderHandler.handler.onComplete();

Let me know if you know a better way to tie jQuery and prototype together.

Magento Cush module is about to release

Long long time ago, I installed Customshippingrate module, but never made it work on my site. The module sits on the disk but disabled. Recently I took some trouble and about three days developing my own module Cush for admin panel users to charge special shipping price when creating an order.

Cush module does not override any Magento classes so it is virtually 100% compatible with other modules. Neither does Cush module override any Magento templates so basically it reuses Magento native interface. Cush is not a shipping method so it can work with any Magento shipping methods or 3rd party shipping methods.

Cush module injects customisation logic by javascript. What it actually customise are values in magento_sales_flat_quote_shipping_rate where is pool of shipping quotes. Values customised belong to an individual quote so the customisation hits its point.

When writing Cush module, I found a defect in Magento own code app/design/adminhtml/default/default/template/sales/order/create/shipping/method/form.phtml.


echo $this->getCarrierName($_rate->getCarrier());

The above code reads value from configuration and shows it as carrier title. If I was not injecting shipping method customisation logic, I would not realise it is a defect. Carrier title value, like method title and shipping rate, if read from magento_sales_flat_quote_shipping_rate using $_rate->getCarrierTitle(), will make more sense. Values from configuration will not reflect carrier title changes done by Cush. I respect Magento own templates, especially adminhtml templates. Instead of overriding this template, I wrote some additional javascript in Cush module to correct carrier title. I stick to my green principle although it costs much more time developing.

Upon installing Cush module, I removed all files of Customshippingrate module. A small accident happened – can not create shipment. It turns out during creating shipment, Magento is gathering all config paths start with “carriers/” and working out all carriers between two slashes. It is a bad logic, or I can call it a bug. It does not check whether this carrier exists or is active. So, very bad.

Just add to my Magento caveats: after removing a shipping method, remove all entries of “carriers/CARRIER_CODE/*” in magento_core_config_data.

Godaddy 25% off promo code

gdd5013g

At GoDaddy, I can use gdd5013g for 25% off any order above $75.

25% off godaddy orders
25% off godaddy orders

I just want to make a note here for myself instead of every time googling for a code.

Let me know if you know a code for 30%, 35%, … off or even more. My orders are normally above $100 or I can put orders together to be qualified for higher discounts.

欧陆制袋 = Euro Bags

已经不止一次惊奇于 Google 的聪明了。

今天无意中在 Google Translate 中输入申通快递,竟然翻出了 STO。

然后我再想惊喜一下,输入欧陆制袋,很遗憾,没看到 Euro Bags,看到的是 Continental Bag。又试了一下逆向翻译,输入 Euro Bags,看到的是欧元袋。

什么时候能让 Google 认识到 欧陆制袋 就是 Euro Bags 呢?