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How to disable the Asus NumberPad, embedded within touchpad on some modern laptops

Do you have a modern Asus laptop with the NumberPad (orNumPad) feature (a virtual numeric keypad embedded within the touchpad)? You may know there's a button to enable/disable it on demand, but do you find find it coming on when you brush that by mistake? Are you annoyed that you can't find how to "permanently" disable it?

In this post, I discuss ways to try to do it. There are various ones. Removing the numberpad driver (NOT the touchpad's driver) from Windows Device Manager seemed at first the best way, but it proved to be temporary. Others later proposed various ways to try to remove it permanently, but those don't seem to work, either.

TLDR; See below for how to do that if you may prefer to cut to the chase, but interested readers may want to understand a few things first, like what I mean by the Numberpad feature, and the problem that may prompt folks to seek how to disable it, as well as other solutions that I found had been proposed (even before I wrote this post) but also did not work. Then I conclude with what has, for me (so far).

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Hotfix released for CF2021 date-mask compatibility issue

[Update: Adobe offered this "fix" also in the March 2021 release of CF2021 Update 1. As such, you need not obtain the fix jar file as discussed below. but the rest of the information applies--including the fact that even after the update, the DEFAULT is still for the D dateformat to be a "breaking change", which you can "undo" with the JVM arg discussed.]

Good news to share: if you're concerned about being impacted by a pressing compatibility issue in ColdFusion 2021 (regarding using "D" in a dateformat mask), Adobe released a fix for the problem last week. There are 3 simple steps to implementing that hotfix.

For more on the problem, see see my recent post on the issue. For more on the fix, see that Adobe technote or read on for some additional details.

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Breaking change in CF2021, new date format mask of D may be serious problem for old code

Wow. Beware of this subtle breaking change in CF2021, something discovered since its release (was not documented as one of the "new" things, nor was it documented at all in the beta).

[Update 1, Dec 2020: the week after I posted this, Adobe posted an optional fix for this. See my Dec 2020 post as well as the comment below from Sauarav, where they have offered both a hotfix jar and a jvm argument that you can use, if you want to revert CF2021 to treating the "D" datemask format as it had in prior releases. Read on for an explanation of the problem, to appreciate the available solution. In time I'll do a separate post with more on the update.]

[Update 2, Mar 2021: Adobe offered this "fix" also in the March 2021 release of CF2021 Update 1. As such, you need not obtain the fix jar file as discussed below. but the rest of the information applies--including the fact that even after the update, the DEFAULT is still for the D dateformat to be a "breaking change", which you can "undo" with the JVM arg discussed.]

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Be aware that updates to ColdFusion 2016 will end Feb 2021

Are you still running ColdFusion 2016? Did you know that its "core" support (meaning, public updates from Adobe) will end in just a couple of months, Feb 21 2021? Same for CFBuilder 2016.

The recent release of CF2021 is a great sign for the continued vitality of CF, but this looming deadline is a reminder that as the years roll on, we not only get new versions but we say good-bye to old ones.

Wondering what you can do? or when CF2018 or CF2021 support ends? And what's the difference between "core" and paid Adobe support plans? For more on these, as well as official Adobe documentation that discusses such things, read on.

[Update: CF2016 users got a "reprieve" of sorts, when Adobe released updates to CF2021 and 2018 in March 2021, and they also offered the final update to CF2016, update 17, especially because it address a security vulnerability. Sadly, some of the changes in the update--not related to the security fix--were "breaking" changes. For more on that update, see the Adobe blog post from March 2021.)

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The many new and improved features in CF2021

You may have heard that the newest version of CF has been released, ColdFusion 2021. If you've not yet taken a look at what's new, you may be very surprised to find how much there is: from substantial support for several cloud services, to significant changes in CF installation/configuration/deployment, to dozens of new language features, as well as single sign on/SAML support, new kinds of databases supported, several enhancements to the PMT, cf admin-related changes, and more.

As with each CF release, there are features great and small--ones that may "sell" it, and ones that may simply make your life easier.

This is a follow-up to my post from last month, Getting started with "Project Stratus" public beta, aka CF2021. In that I highlighted some key info one would need to get started USING the prerelease, which came out in August, but I only briefly mentioned then some of the key new features. (I also explained why I had referred even then to it being CF2021, given info I'd found in the prerelease.)

In this post, I want to highlight more clearly what those new features are, nearly 60 of them in several categories!--just with a brief mention of the feature and perhaps its sub-features--and most important with a pointer to where to find them discussed in far more detail.

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New updates released for Java 8 and 11, Oct 2020

For those using the Long-term support (LTS) versions of Oracle Java, 8 and 11, please note that there were new updates released last week (Oct 20), specifically Java 11.0.9 and 8.0_271. For more on each, see the:

For some, that's all they need to hear.

And I could (and probably should) leave it at that. But there are other questions which folks will have, including more on getting those binaries/installers (from Oracle or Adobe), on the difference between those LTS versions and "more recent" Java versions, as well as non-Oracle JVMs, and on licensing matters and more. For those, read on. Perhaps I will split this other stuff out into its own post at some point, so I can just point to it from news of these Java updates.

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Come see my webinar at 2p ET today, "Differences Between CF Enterprise and Standard", via carahsoft

I'll be presenting my talk, "Differences Between ColdFusion Enterprise and Standard: More than you may think" online today (Oct 21, 2020) at 2pm Eastern. Just thought I'd share a heads-up here about that, which is being offered via Carahsoft's Adobe webinar series.

Sorry that I didn't post this sooner. (I'm just not great at promoting my talks: I forgot to mention here when I gave the talk on the online CFMeetup back in Sept--and this one today will be a slightly updated version.)

Anyone can register to attend the session, and I hope you will. You may be surprised to learn a few things.

Here's the description as offered on that Carahsoft site (and see below that on how "I am not Carahsoft"):

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Getting started with "Project Stratus" public beta, aka CF2021

Did you know that the public beta for CF2020 (or "CF2021", as I think the name will be) is now open, since August 2020? It's formally known by its code-name, "Project Stratus", or as some call it, "CF Next".

What matters most is that it's one of the boldest new versions of CF in quite some time. In this post, I want to share some tips about getting started with the beta, as I have seen many in the community left wondering about some things.

My focus here is not on "what's new" (I'll offer a brief list here, and more in a later post), but really just "how to get started", especially during the beta (or "prerelease") as some things are not as obvious as they perhaps should be. In fact, I make some pointed suggestions that I hope Adobe will consider, as well as share tips for you in the meantime.

In this post, I cover:

  • How easily anyone can join the public beta (Don't miss all that's on the prerelease front page)
  • Available documentation resources, don't miss them! (The 500-page (!) release notes, and separate system requirements and known issues docs)
  • Getting help with the prerelease, don't go it alone! (Filing bug reports, feature requests for the prerelease; asking for help and learning in the available prerelease forums)
  • The available installers and more
  • A taste of what's new (more to come in a later post)
  • About the use of the codename, Project Stratus

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It's looking like cf2020 will be cf2021, if I'm reading things right

As much as many have been referring to the new release (known for now as "Project Stratus") as "CF2020", it's looking like it may be instead "CF2021", if I'm reading the tea leaves right. And maybe it's only the name, not the actual release year. Let me explain (Hey, the bright side is that "2020" as a year is one many want to forget.)

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Come see my online talk, "Migrating or Comparing CF Admin Settings", at noon ET on Aug 13

Just thought I'd share a heads-up here on the blog that I'll be the speaker for the Online ColdFusion Meetup this week, Aug 13, at noon ET, presenting a new talk:

Migrating or Comparing CF Admin Settings, between instances, versions, and engines

You can learn more (including the description, the online meeting URL, where the recording will be posted, and more) at the meetup event page. FWIW, the session name had to be shortened a bit as presented on the meetup site there and even in the title here. :-)

As a bonus for you, my blog readers, I'll note that I'll be covering the CF migration and CAR features, the Commandbox CFConfig tool (which can be used for more than just "box" instances) and the CF2020 cfsetup tool (which has been shown publicly already), and more.

I'll also have a special surprise for people who "just want to compare the Admin settings of two instances without resorting to command-line tools, or hopping back and forth between browser tabs", using a free cross-platform GUI compare tool (and a simple trick in the CF Admin) which has delighted nearly everyone I've ever shown it to. And the tool can benefit you for far more than this one task. :-)

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