Archive for January 2009

Microsoft Live Space and Office

I have a Microsoft Live space account and Office 2003…. Downloaded the plug in, so that now I can (from within Word and probably the rest of the suite – I just haven’t tried it yet) save a document to my live space (on the internet)

Posted January 29, 2009 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Office, tips, windows

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Notepad tip

I was watching a podcast today, and learned something new about one of the oldest windows programs….

In notepad, at least on windows xp, if you press F5, it will insert todays date and time

BUT, maybe more usefully, if you start the file with

.LOG(UPPER case, and you do need a period in front) – I just made it really big so you could see it.

Every time you open it, it puts the current date time stamp on a new line at the end of the file.

Posted January 29, 2009 by mmdmurphy in freeware, tips, windows

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Twit number is 40404   Leave a comment

Twit number is 40404

Posted January 28, 2009 by mmdmurphy in blogging

Tech podcasts…   Leave a comment

Found this – use this to get it on iTunes ->

Looks good, however, also looks dead. Oh, well.

Posted January 16, 2009 by mmdmurphy in Audio, Podcasts, tips

Windows 7 woes, GRUB and bootloaders

Downloaded Windows7 beta, and tried to install it. I’ll stand up and say not microsoft’s fault. I have an old PCI SATA controller card that isn’t supported. Even after I found the right drivers, Windows 7 said it couldn’t be installed to my SATA drive. I also have Linux, XP and Vista installed. Well, if you ever loose your boot sector, I found a neat tool called SuperGrub. Basically, you can boot to it and it does a great job finding your partitions and letting you boot to them. I then wrote down the settings it used, and edited my /boot/grub/*.lst file and was able to get everything booting again. What a waste of time.

Note to myself… The lines in the menu.lst to get the Vista bootloader back are:

  • set aux_hd=”hd0″ <- My guess is that this makes the old IDE drive (the old C before the SATA card) look like hd0, the rest of this is straightforward.
  • root noverify(hd0,0)
  • make active
  • chainloader +1
  • boot

Posted January 14, 2009 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Linux, tips, windows

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Multiboot system boot repair using live cd   Leave a comment

Most of this is a copy and paste from this reference ->

Using the Ubuntu Desktop/Live CD

Quick Start

This option will use the Desktop/Live CD to install Grub into your MBR (Master Boot Record). This option will overwrite your Windows Boot Loader It is OK to do this, in fact that is the goal of this how to (in order to boot Ubuntu)

1. Boot the Desktop/Live CD. (Use Ubuntu 8.04 or later)

2. Open a terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal)

3. Start grub as root with the following command :

  • sudo grub

4. You will get a grub prompt (see below) which we will use to find the root partition and install grub to the MBR (hd0,0)

  •          [ Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported.   For
             the   first   word,  TAB  lists  possible  command
             completions.  Anywhere else TAB lists the possible
             completions of a device/filename. ]

    Type the following and press enter:

    find /boot/grub/stage1

    If you get “Error 15: File not found”, try the following:

    find /grub/stage1

    Using this information, set the root device (fill in X,Y with whatever the find command returned):

    grub> root (hdX,Y)

    Install Grub:

    grub> setup (hd0)

    Exit Grub:

    grub> quit

Posted January 13, 2009 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Linux, tips

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SQL Server –   Leave a comment

moving and renaming files

external variables


Posted January 7, 2009 by mmdmurphy in freeware, SQL, tips