Wednesday, March 28, 2007

POP3 Email and vista

Got a call from a friend about POP3 and Vista, Apparently Vista handles POP3, um, differently.
In any case to correct timeout issues on receiving email run cmd as administrator (right click, run as) and then type

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disable

May require a restart...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Change Analysis Diagnostic tool for Windows XP

Do you ever deal with clients that say that suddenly the computer is acting weird. After pressing for more details they say "I didn't do anything", "Just all of a sudden"....

Well MS has come out with the Change Analysis Diagnostic tool for Windows XP.

Direct Download from here

After installing, reboot.
The go to start, Run , statechangediag.exe.

The program asks for a period date to analyze and generates an XML file your review (in IE).

Picture: Foggy Morning

Friday, March 23, 2007

MS wishes that Hotmail will just go away

As a Microsoft partner I get periodic emails regarding various Microsoft programs
its a little weird when at the bottom of an email they put this...

Subscribers with Hotmail or other "free" email accounts:

We recommend that you use your corporate email address for your subscription since email is our main communication tool.

If you choose to use a Hotmail account, please do the following:
1. Check your account every 29 days so that your Hotmail account is not closed.
2. Remove the Junk Mail feature.
3. Make sure your Inbox does not exceed the allotted space requirements.

I understand the point, and the reason behind it. But Hotmail is a Microsoft product??

and yes I got that email at my Hotmail account (from since before it was bought by Microsoft)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

W32 Time warning in event log

Event Type: Warning
Event Source: W32Time
Event Category: None
Event ID: 36
Date: 3/22/2007
Time: 12:00:42 PM
User: N/A
Computer: XXXXXXXX
The time service has not been able to synchronize the system time for 49152 seconds because none of the time providers has been able to provide a usable time stamp. The system clock is unsynchronized.

to fix run w32tm /resync /rediscover at the command line.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Backup Tapes: When do we say good bye

An article this morning emailed to me from a friend, highlights the danger of tape based backup systems.

A computer technician at the Alaska Department of Revenue deleted applicant information for an oil-funded sales account — one of state residents' biggest perks.

While reformatting the disk drive during a routine maintenance check, the technician mistakenly reformatted the backup drive as well and, suddenly, all the data disappeared.

A third line of defense — backup tapes that are updated nightly — were unreadable.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Merging many text files into one file

This one is so simple it hurts.
If you have many text (CSV, TXT, HTML, etc...) files that you need to combine into one file, follow these instructions

Merge all data from the csv files into a text file

1) Windows Start Button | Run
2) Type cmd and hit enter ("command" in Win 98)
3) Go to the folder with the CSV files (for help enter "help cd")

4) Type copy *.csv all.txt and hit enter to copy all data in the files into all.txt.

5) Type exit and hit enter to close the DOS window

Modify a bit depending on the file types.....From Ron de Bruin's excel page

Update: ' /b' is needed in some cases (ctrl-z)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Incredible stupid marketing: Capital One

I got an offer from Capital One for a business credit card. I get lots of them but this once beats them all.

They send me a dummy card that has imprinted on it
but the star burst
"Your business name appears on the card twice!"
O wow, that's exactly what i always wanted