Office 2013 (Word, Excel, Visio ...) distorted display issues

Submitted by Jochus on Fri, 06/03/2015 - 20:38 | Posted in: Windows
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After a recent Microsoft update, my Office software packages (Word, Excel, Visio, ...) started to do some strange things. Within Office 2013, the screen output would be distorted. The ribbon was not painted properly until I mouse-over them again, or moved Office programs around. Other times the display would look corrupted and the navigation tree would not be properly rendered.

The underlying issue is discussed in KB 2768648 - Performance and display issues in Office 2013 client applications.
While the underlying issue is with the video card driver, there is a workaround until the video driver is updated.

Controlling Via Registry

Set a registry key to disable the feature Disable hardware graphics acceleration:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Graphics - REG_DWORD - DisableHardwareAcceleration Value: 0x1

Macbook running very slow because of corrupted search index (Spotlight)

Submitted by Jochus on Wed, 29/10/2014 - 22:36 | Posted in: Mac
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My Macbook was recently running very slow. I've noticed Spotlight was constantly rebuilding the index. By executing the following lines of code in my terminal, the corrupted index was fixed:

$ sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
$ sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

Patching Drupal Views 6.X-2.16 to work with PHP 5.4.X

Submitted by Jochus on Wed, 29/10/2014 - 21:23 | Posted in: Drupal
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My webhosting recently upgraded to PHP 5.4.X - my website is currently running on an old installation of Drupal 6 (version 33). I was suffering a lot of PHP warnings when browsing through some of my webpages. An interesting patch could be found at, which actually cleared all warnings.

Thanks Peter Bowey!