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Windows

World’s largest windows error message

This is funny, perhaps it might be entered in Guinness World Records 🙂


http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/4630

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Slovenia Windows

Presumably bigest Slovene MS Office forum

Matjaz, a friend of mine, hosts huge MS Office forum (Slovene language) full of useful answers to common problems (who doesn’t have at least one problem with Office?). There is also Q&A section there and plenty of developer information plus some freeware applications.

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Windows

VMWare Server for free?

You have to love the competition on the virtualization market. Apparently VMWare will introduce a virtualization server product for free. Check it out here.

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Windows

Is floppy disk drive dead? Apparently not.

Do you think that a floppy drive is a relict from the past that you won’t need ever again? Think again:


Recently I found myself installing Windows XP 64bit edition on an Athlon 64 powered machine. The thing had also two 250Gb disks in RAID 0 and no floppy whatsoever (who needs a floppy these days anyway?). The RAID feature was provided by nForce 4 chipset. So I went installing new and shiny 64bit OS. The shock came soon: at setup boot time OS didn’t recognize nForce 4 RAID (I didn’t expect that it would) and required a floppy disk with drivers to be inserted. It won’t accept anything else than floppy. USB – no. CD – no. DVD – no. Nothing. It had to be a floppy. The same situation occurs with other Window OS flavours, including 2003. Again, who would need a floppy on a server machine? Obviously everybody that wants to install Windows with a RAID array not provided on installation CD. After googling around I found that there is an option to create an unattended setup which isn’t that easy to worth bother. So I went disassembling my kid’s computer, extracted dusty 3.5″ floppy and connected it to the thing I was installing Windows on. It took me 4 floppies to find a working one (without all sorts of errors) to copy nVidia RAID drivers. After that the install went smoothly.


The bottom line is: don’t throw away floppy drives as you might need one in the near future. Or, perhaps the hardware manufacturers might start producing floppy drives for one use only.

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Windows

Do you need a cheap/excellent backup application?

If you need a cheap/excellent backup application look no more. There is SyncBackSE from 2BrightSparks. This backup application is created in the same way I would create it. It has tons of features (worth mentioning synchronization feature – you can keep folders and files synchronized between computers) and it is dirty cheap. So, if you are not already doing backups (ouch!) or you are doing them with some other less useful tool you have to check this one.

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Windows

VMWare 5.5 released

My favorite virtualization engine just got better. Go grab it here.

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Windows

Deleting forum posts?

Let’s say you are selling a product and you have a support forum where your (potential) users can ask questions, give suggestions, etc. – the usual stuff support forums does.


So, what do you do when unpleasant questions pop up? IMO one shouldn’t delete them. However, some companies don’t think so. Unpleasant questions – no problem, just remove them from the forum. Or even worse, when the support is really in trouble – just remove the entire forum and voila, no problems shown. Unnecessary to say that I detest such actions. Such actions also may suggest that there are other problems with the product and calls for caution.


So you are wondering why I am blogging about this. Because it happens here and there. Recently I looked at MaxiVista software for utilizing my laptop as a 3rd monitor. While it works it has some annoyances – one of them, asked by many users, should be really easy to fix but for some obscure reason it isn’t. Anyway, one day I saw a post in the forum asking whether MaxiVista will run on 64bit Windows one day (it doesn’t right now). The answer was something like: “no, we are working on Windows Vista support instead”. Ok, this is their strategy. The strange thing is that the topic was locked so no further comments could be posted. Even more bizarre was the description of the forum: “MaxiVista is for YOU, so please let us know what you would like to see in the next version. We carefully listen.”. They might be listen but what for, since no one can post anymore? So I asked about why the topic is locked and expressed my opinion that 64bit support should happen before Windows Vista support since 64bit CPUs are becoming maninstream and Vista is futher down the road. After the response “read previous thread” and my another opinion on the matter the whole topic just disappeared into the void. And I thought that they are listening to (potential) users. After that I posted the question about where did my topic disappear. Needless to say that this post soon disappeared, too.


What should one think of such behavior? It certainly doesn’t fill you with confidence…


 I won’t even write about the other product I have pleasure to met. It was a fine product (again with some bugs here and there) but the support forum was a disaster so they just removed the entire forum to “fix the product”

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Windows

LogParser is cool

I was wondering how to read the IIS log files to check what’s going on with my web pages (both this blog and company website) in an easy and flexible way. Sure, there are plenty of commercial and non-commercial applications that do wonders. I have to admit that I ruled out commercial apps because I don’t have a big need for this, just to check statistics sometimes. I didn’t like free ones either because they are too complex or to restricted. The time passed by and one day I read about LogParser. It is a free application (downloadable from Microsoft web site) that reads various log files and let you do the sql queries on them (it has other features, too). It comes in two formats: command line tool and COM object. After a day of using it I have to say that it is an excellent tool if you are in the mood looking at your log files.


Here is an example on how to check your blog rss feed hits per month:


logparser “select TO_STRING(date, ‘yyyy-MM’) as Month, count(*) As Hits from <communityserver> where cs-uri-stem=’/blogs/blog_with_righthand/rss.aspx’ group by TO_STRING(date, ‘yyyy-MM’) order by TO_STRING(date, ‘yyyy-MM’) desc”
Month   Hits
——- —–
2005-07 13842
2005-06 5174
2005-05 1206


Statistics:
———–
Elements processed: 66202
Elements output:    3
Execution time:     0.52 seconds

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Windows

Vista beta 1 is running under VMWare Workstation 5 (Update)

After I published my original post about installing Vista beta 1 under VMWare Workstation 5, many people shared their experience, workarounds and problems. So, check out comments on my original post and a thread in VMWare Forum.

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Windows

Vista beta 1 is running under VMWare Workstation 5

I just installed Vista Beta 1 under VMWare workstation and I have two tips.


1. Vista won’t format your virtual hardisk out of the box. Thanks to the guys from VMWare support forums here are two solutions:



  • Boot from Windows 2003 (or perhaps XP – I didn’t try this) and format your partition then boot Vista (so you won’t need to format the drive with Vista)
  • Use VMWare provided disk drivers – see this article (again, I didn’t try this as first option worked fine)

2. When you install VMWare tools it won’t enable your virtual network card automatically. So, after successful install of VMWare Tools and rebooting go to Device Manager, find the network card entry (under Other Devices) with an exclamation mark. Right click on it, pick Properties and Reinstall Driver … button will enable the driver and network card will start working – voila, you can start using IE 7 now.


Here you go.