Category Archives: Micro$oft

Dell factory restore when F8 does not work

UPDATE: after all this work, I started up the laptop only to find that the restore had somehow retained data from the previous install. Need more investigation to figure this one out… Performing a factory reset on a Dell Inspiron … Continue reading

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D&D Character Builder crashes under Parallels

I had the D&D Character Builder running fine under a Parallels 5 Windows XP Pro virtual machine. But then a few weeks ago I ran a bunch of updates – both Windows and Parallels updates. Following the updates, the Character … Continue reading

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Norton Nightmares: Windows cannot connect to the Internet using HTTP, HTTPS, or FTP

The Problem: following a Norton Internet Security uninstall, I could ping IP addresses and hostnames, but not browse to either. Running XP’s Network Diagnostic gave me something like: “Windows cannot connect to the Internet using HTTP, HTTPS, or FTP”. The … Continue reading

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TortoiseSVN “connection closed unexpectedly”

This burned several hours of my time so I thought I’d add this post to the others that I found on the Intertron. I had debugged every possible angle when trying to get a Vista machine to checkout a repo … Continue reading

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FOSS in the workplace: FAIL x 3

While I run Linux on the servers and IT workstations, I’m always looking for opportunities to deploy the OS and FOSS in general in a “user” context. I’ve made three attempts that all failed: The Web Browser: after an employee … Continue reading

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Downloading files over SSL with IE7

Problem I have a script, call it download.php, that pulls files from a database and serves them up to the user. For example, download.php?fileId=69 might return some headers and data that cause the user’s browser to download a PDF and … Continue reading

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Using the QuickBooks SDK via JACOB Java-COM Bridge

So you want to be a hero? You had better be prepared for a little heroics if you want to use the QuickBooks SDK with Java because it isn’t exactly straightforward. I saw a few mentions of people having done … Continue reading

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A Norton Anti-Virus Haiku

Norton AV App Crashes, hangs, burns resources Worse than a virus

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Tip #2: Beware the “Norton Anti-Virus” virus

While the Windows operating system may have been host to a minor worm or virus here and there, nothing major has come along until today. A serious Windows virus is making the rounds; security experts have dubbed this one: Norton … Continue reading

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How to convert Micosoft Outlook .msg files

The hatred that I have toward Microsoft is a screaming inferno that wells from the core of my body and projects outward through the cosmos. The heat of this burning anger is not decreased when I am faced with a … Continue reading

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