Import osCommerce data into Magento shops

The basics al boil down into creating an formatted CSV file which is readable by Magento(). We’ll be connecting directly to the osCommerce(osc) database using this small class.

Ofcourse I’ve tried several plugins either offered by Magento or/and other community supplied tools, but none could do the job. Either they didn’t install or suddenly broke off while processing data without any usefull warning or error.

November 24th, 2009 - Posted in thingies | | 0 Comments

Online convert thunderbird message filters to sieve script

For many years I’ve used Outlook as my main email client but 3 years ago I switched to Thunderbird. Now its time to leave the Windows Operating System for what its worth and from now on I’am using Fedora Core 11. My former jobs depended heavily on Windows (MSSQL, IIS, ASP) but that now belongs to the past.

Currently I like to explore the possibilities of FLEX with whatever Linux based backend (BlazeDS, amfPHP, etc.) Switching dekstop OS made me deside to go webbased as far as possible, so now it’s time to replace Thunderbird for a webbased email client like Roundcube. But what about the message filters, damn I really liked those!

Since we┬┤re using a Cyrus mail server with Sieve I decided to write a simple conversion script, which works very simple: Thunderbird saves all rules for each account in a seperate file called msgFilterRules.dat* Select this file, located in the profile folder and press ‘Convert’
NB. This version only accounts for ‘or’ and ‘fileinto’ operations…

* If your using Thunderbird with more than one account you can copy this file to your other accounts to ‘copy’ the message filters ;)

November 5th, 2009 - Posted in thingies | | 1 Comments

AdWords tutorial

What are Google AdWords?

With Google AdWords, you can create and run ads for your business, quickly and simply. Run your ads on Google and our advertising network — no matter what your budget, you’ll only pay when people click your ads.

AdWords ads are displayed along with search results when someone searches Google using one of your keywords. That way, you’ll be advertising to an audience that’s already interested in your business. You can also choose to display your ads on content sites in the growing Google Network. And, you can choose the exact content placements where you’d like your ad to appear, or you can let contextual targeting match your keywords to content.

You can choose from a variety of ad formats, including text, image, and video ads, and easily track your ad performance using the reports available in your account.

There’s no minimum monthly charge with AdWords — just a nominal activation fee. Learn more about the cost of advertising with Google AdWords.

November 4th, 2009 - Posted in thingies | | 0 Comments