Monday, November 1, 2010

Paste as plain text

Have you ever copied some text from a web page or a document and then wanted to paste it as simple text into another application without getting all the formatting from the original source? PureText makes this simple by adding a new Windows hot-key (default is WINDOWS+V) that allows you to paste text to any application without formatting.

Download this 13KB utility here!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Nokia OVI sync error “80043c94”

Maybe it’ll be fixed in newer versions but todays latest version of Nokia OVI Suite is and the latest firmware for my nokia E71 is 410.21.010.
So now everything’s up to date, still can’t sync contacts, agenda, etc with the OVI Suite. All i get is error “80043c94”.
Searched all over the net, but no solution. AARGH

Reason: You cannot have your application data (%appdata%) redirected. Revert to default settings (as part of your user profile, whichs makes your userprofile bigger/slower when logging in/out) and sync works again.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Robocopy (latest for XP)

XP or 2003 rktools gives you version XP010. There is a newer version, but hard to find.
Here’s XP026, the latest that’ll run on XP (Vista and up have 027 embedded but won’t run on XP).


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Detect flash and java versions

New url: … oftware/flash/about/
Old url: … ps/155/tn_15507.html

Java: … load/help/testvm.xml

Saturday, June 6, 2009

bootable sticks

In our line of work a bootable stick is nothing less but essential! CD’s can be used (in fact, sometimes you have no other option as the computer won’t boot from USB) but they are slow, easily scratched, have no option to add files (unless you’re going to burn a new cd), limited in size, etc.

Bootable sticks can be used for a lot of things, e.g.

  • create backups
  • recover non-bootable systems
  • partitioning related stuff (mbr, set active, create, remove, resize)
  • offline defragmentation
  • offline editting of registry

But first, let’s see how to create the sticks.

Download this utility (originally) from HP: hp_format_usb_sp27213.exe
You’ll also need these files

  • Extract the msdos files.
  • Run the utility.
  • Select the device (stick).
  • “Create a DOS startup disk” “using DOS system files located at:” and select the location of the msdos files.
  • Start

Now just add extra files, utilities, modified config.sys or autoexec.bat and you’re off to go!

I presume everybody’s familiar with WinPE/BartPE cd’s. These can be booted from usb. Refer to this site for a how-to: … .php?showtopic=10806

There are some disadvantages when using XP-based bootable media:

  • Limited hardware support (e.g. no AHCI/sata or other harddisk controllers)
  • (usb) drives connected AFTER booting won’t be recognized. They must be connected when booting, not afterwards

I recommend using Vista based media.

Bootable media based on the Vista kernel have big advantages:

  • Better/more hardware support
  • (usb) drives connecter AFTER booting WILL be recognized
  • (best of all) Vista supports user-mode driver loading.

Example: one of my customers uses an iscsi SAN. Servers are equiped with iscsi hba’s. In case of trouble, i can boot from usb, then load the driver and all of a sudden all drives on the SAN are visible. No reboot requred. No floppy + F6 etc.

I recommend the Active Boot Disk. They come pre-loaded with utilities for checking drives, changing passwords etc too!