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by lunarg on June 14th 2012, at 17:38

I had a hard time finding the right drivers for a Canon PIXMA iX 4000 printer for Windows 7. The drivers available on the european website are old and missing 64-bit support. After googling around, I found the drivers on the asian website. Because I lost quite some time searching for them, I thought I just post the direct links here:

by lunarg on June 14th 2012, at 11:30

A comprehensive guide on removing the I Want This adware can be found on the forums of Spybot S&D.

Direct link: http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=65998.

by lunarg on June 13th 2012, at 22:15

If you are unable to uninstall Office 2003, 2007 or 2010 the normal way (via Control Panel), you can try with the uninstall tools made available by Microsoft. They do a manual uninstall of all files and registry settings of the selected Office, but without losing removing personal settings.

They are available here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971179.

by lunarg on June 13th 2012, at 10:44

I found it rather difficult to find the Belgian version of the Google search provider for Internet Explorer. Here's the direct link: http://www.iegallery.com/nl-BE/Addons/Details/6218.

by lunarg on June 11th 2012, at 17:32
When using external libraries (with .lib files) and are getting linker errors like below, you are using an imcompatible import library (.lib) file.

Invalid OMF record type 0x21 (possibly COFF)

The reason for this is that your import library file was designed for MSVC. The one uses the COFF format, which is not compatible with Borland's OMF format.

To solve this, try the following and in preferred order:

Try obtaining the Borland compatible version of the import library. While difficult, this will always work.

Use the conversion tools in Borland. Read Convert MSVC import libraries for use in Borland C Builder for more info on these tools.

Try using IMPLIB to manually rea  ...
by lunarg on June 11th 2012, at 17:24
By default, import libraries (.lib files) made for MSVC are not compatible with Borland C Builder and Borland Delphi. Since version 6 of Borland C++ Builder, there's a tool which can convert these files in COFF format to OMF format. The tool is called coff2omf and resides in the Bin directory of your Borland installation.

Simply run the file as follows (be sure your path etc. is correct):

coff2omf mylib.lib mylib2.lib

Then, use the mylib2.lib file you just created and add it to your project.

Notice
The coff2omf tool only works properly if the library exports plain C functions. If C++ classes or mangled function names get exported, you usually get linker errors. If this is th  ...
by lunarg on June 7th 2012, at 13:22
Got this in my mailbox. It's a set of questions designed to indicate the possible presence of symptoms of a stroke. It's a set of four tasks you can have someone perform. If someone is acting strangely, you can use these to highlight possible symptoms of a stroke. Of course, it's not a definite answer, but it should help to tell whether that person should see a doctor or go to the hospital right away.

These four tasks/questions are:

Talk: have the person speak a simple sentence.

Laugh: have the person laugh out loud (tell a joke or let them watch a funny show).

Arms up: have the person put up both of their arms simultaneously.

Tongue: have the person stick out   ...
by lunarg on June 6th 2012, at 13:51

When I was installing a fresh copy of Cygwin, I noticed that some tools didn't work as they normally would. They would bail out with an error.

C:\Windows\system32>dig
dig: dst_lib_init: openssl failure

A quick search on Google shows that there's a dependency error. While the openssl libraries are installed, the openssl package is also required. After installing that package too, it worked again.

by lunarg on June 4th 2012, at 12:01
Since Windows 2000, you can use the convert tool to convert FAT32 partitions to NTFS, provided that enough free space is available to perform the conversion. Any drive can be converted "live" (although the system partition requires a reboot).

To run a conversion, you'll need the drive letter and the volume label. Fetch it using Explorer or by running a command on the command line:

vol C: Volume in drive C has no label. Volume Serial Number is A83C-E4E8

Next, run the conversion command. If you're converting the system partition, you will have to reboot to complete the conversion.

convert C: /FS:NTFS

This will perform the conversion. Note that it will probably take s  ...
by lunarg on May 24th 2012, at 16:29
Every two years, the self-signed SSL certificate expires, and has to be renewed in order to ensure your users can continue to connect to the server. This renewal is not difficult, and can be done in a few steps.

Go to the Windows SBS console, navigate to Network, then Connectivity

Click on the certificate icon, and choose view certificate properties to check the expiration dates. If it is expired, continue with the next step.

In Connectivity Tasks, choose to Set up your internet address, and follow the steps. At some point you'll need to enter your domain name (which should be set to the current). If required, adjust your prefix (by default: remote) Upon finishing the wizard, a new self-s  ...
by lunarg on March 8th 2012, at 23:42

By default, Lion's new Launchpad application is what it is: it contains all the applications installed on your Mac. With Launchpad-Control you can configure which applications are shown and in which order. It's a very neat and handy tool to configure Launchpad just the way you want it.

http://chaosspace.de/launchpad-control/

by lunarg on February 23rd 2012, at 13:43
Create a folder with the contents you want on your ISO.

Open Disk Utility and use the New Image from Folder menu item to create an image. Ensure it is uncompressed and use the CD/DVD master option.

In my experience this creates HFS+ masters which are no good in Windows.

Open the Terminal

Assuming your new image is called ~/Desktop/Master.cdr (the file is on your desktop and called Master.cdr) type:

cd ~/Desktophdiutil makehybrid -iso -joliet -o Master.iso Master.cdr

This will create an ISO/Joliet .iso file.

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When converting a DVD, be sure to use the option -udf instead of "joliet" to generate an UDF filesystem. This is particularly important with DVD video master  ...
by lunarg on December 13th 2011, at 12:54

You can clear the DNS cache on a Mac by using these commands (depending on the version of OSX you're running):

  • Tiger (10.4): lookupd -flushcache
  • Leopard and later (10.5+): dscacheutil -flushcache
by lunarg on November 15th 2011, at 16:38
Had some trouble on a Sony VAIO VGN-Z41WD which has been upgraded to Windows 7 by performing a complete installation. After installing just about every driver and after installing the necessary components for WWAN for 3G access to the internet, the software just bails out with an error stating it can't find the device.

A closer look in device manager reveals no sighting of said adapter. At first, I thought the device to be broken until I started thinking a little further. The manual states that devices can be turned on and off via the VAIO Control Center, meaning that the device could be presented but not powered on (thus, not appearing in device manager).

Only after installing the   ...
by lunarg on November 14th 2011, at 15:29
If you're running RDS on a vSphere server with VMware Tools installed, you may have noticed the evergrowing presence of vmwaretray DMP files in the user profiles. These are crash dumps from the VMware Tray icon, which is ran during every session.

The reason for this crash dump is an error which is caused by lack of read access to a certain key in the Windows registry by your regular (domain) users.

This key is called HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\VMWare. Inc.\VMWare Tools.

Set the permissions on that key to read access for the users logging on to the server, and your problem should go away.

Hint: you may also wish to remove the icon altogether. This is done by setting a certain registry va  ...
by lunarg on November 14th 2011, at 15:28

If you're running RDS on a vSphere server with VMware Tools installed, you may wish to remove/hide the system tray icon. This can be done by setting a certain registry value.

The registry value is:

  • Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VMware, Inc.\VMware Tools
  • Value: ShowTray

Change the value to 0 will effectively disable the icon the next time a user logs on.

by lunarg on November 14th 2011, at 14:52
While unsupported, iCloud still allows access to your e-mail via IMAP, and sending via SMTP. Apple has published the necessary parameters for manually configuring your e-mail client to use the iCloud service.

Server name: imap.mail.me.com

SSL required: yes

Port: 993 (is set by default)

Username: example@me.com (use your @me.com address from your iCloud account)

Password: Your iCloud password

Server name: smtp.mail.me.com

SSL required: yes

Port: 587

SMTP authentication required: Yes

Username: example@me.com (use your @me.com address from your iCloud account)

Password: Your iCloud password

SSL is required for both IMAP and SMTP. POP3 is not supported.

Source: http://support.apple.  ...
by lunarg on November 8th 2011, at 15:23

Never unsecurely transmit passwords and other sensitive info via e-mail again. Just use One Time Secret will ensure that the sensitive information can be viewed only once. This allows for easy and secure transmission of passwords, VPN keys and the likes.

https://onetimesecret.com/

by lunarg on November 4th 2011, at 14:51
You can remote-reboot your Polycom phones from the Asterisk CLI by sending a SIP NOTIFY command. This command instructs the phone to recheck its configuration, and therefore, will reboot when certain parameters have been set in your phone configuration provisioning.

Make sure the following directive is set in your provisioning config:

<specialEvent voIpProt.SIP.specialEvent.checkSync.alwaysReboot="1" />

You find this in sip.cfg, or you can set it in your own configuration (mine's called aaps-settings.cfg, but that's just an arbitrary name).

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When setting this variable in your own configuration, be sure that it's set in the right context, like so:<localcfg> &l  ...
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