Stealth Windows update prevents XP repair

Turns out the “silent install” that Microsoft’s been doing recently with Windows Update actually does mess up an important function of Windows XP. Fortunately, there’s an easy command to enter to straighten things out.

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Technology Talk for September 18th 2007

Cool websites, tips and tricks found today:

Windows Live Translator

Windows Live Translator is a new web based translation service from microsoft that competes with the Google Translation Service and the most used Altavista’s Babelfish translation which I used many times with some of the Chinese sites. This seems to be powered by the same SYSTRAN translator which powered the Altavista’s Babelfish.This is still in beta stage. The interface seems to be just okay.

Give it a try here
Windows Live Translator

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Technology Talk for August 28th 2007

Cool websites, tips and tricks found today:

  • Net Profiles : Switch between Networks Easily – It eliminates the need to manually reconfigure your network settings when you move your desktop/laptop computer to another location. Once a profile is created, Net Profiles can configure your IP settings, proxy settings, mapped drives, default printer, wa
  • Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows – Scott Hanselman’s 2007 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows
  • SystemRescueCd – SystemRescueCd is a Linux system on a bootable CD-ROM for repairing your system and recovering your data after a crash. It aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the partitions of the hard disk.
  • 10 Free, Innovative Web Analytics Tools – When most people think of free web analytics, they immediately think of Google Analytics. But there are many other free, innovative statistic tools available on the web. These tools measure everything from user behavior, to search engine traffic, to real-

Technology Talk for July 26th 2007

Cool websites, tips and tricks found today:

Cool Websites Tips and Tricks for July 4th 2007

Cool websites, tips and tricks found today:

Linkblog for Monday, 31 July, 2006

Windows software in Linux

The table of equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software in Linux.


List of open-source software links

Network Monitoring Tools

This is a list of tools used for Network (both LAN and WAN) Monitoring tools and where to find out more about them.

Configure OpenNMS Step By Step | HowtoForge – Linux Howtos and Tutorials

Nice tutorial about OpenNMS installation & configuration.

Jobs in India, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad: BIXEE

BIXEE is the first search engine for jobs in India. They find jobs from employer web sites like Microsoft and Wipro, job sites like Jobsahead, Monster and ClickJobs and newspaper jobs listings like The Hindu.

Linkblog for Wednesday, 05 July, 2006

Software Architecture Resources

Resources on (software) architecture and related material

IP subnetting made easy

George Ou has developed a simple, graphical approach that explains IP subnetting in a way that finally makes sense.

Riding shotgun next to WordPress | 5ThirtyOne – Refreshing isn’t it?

Book – Free Software for Busy People

Free online Book ‘Free Software for Busy People’

Producing Open Source Software

Producing Open Source Software is a book about the human side of open source development. It describes how successful projects operate, the expectations of users and developers, and the culture of free software. Why Windows takes so long to shut down.

Explains why the Shutdown and logoff takes so much time and talks about a free utility that automatically cleans up user profiles and prevents you from playing the timeout wait game.

Linkblog for Wednesday, 15 March, 2006

Java Beginner’s Course
Provides a straight-forward way for a traditional Embedded Systems programmer to begin learning how to use Embedded Java
Ryan Copyright 2006-2007 – Windows XP SP2 and Solaris 10
Dual Booting Windows XP SP2 and Solaris 10
BootPart is an easy tool for adding additional partitions to the Windows NT multi boot menu (for example, add the OS/2 boot manager or a Linux partition).

Windows Live search

I was just checking Windows Live search today and liked its user interface, it allows you to see all the results of a search in a single page and gives a scroll bar to scroll through all the results. As far as the search results are concerned, we can’t say anything now because it is recently launched.

Richard MacManus wrote review of Windows Live Search on ZDNet blogs.

The main features as per him are :

- An ‘infinite’ scrollbar that gets rid of the necessity for paging through results using “Next” buttons. It can deliver up to 1000 results and generates the page dynamically. Yes, all results are on one page! At Search Champs, Microsoft told us their stats indicate only 30% of users click to pg 2 on search results – which led to this innovation. Note: currently there are reports of this causing some performance issues, but I’m sure those are just teething problems.

- Choose your thumbnail size on images – you can use a ‘slider’ to adjust the size of image thumbnails, which is useful for focusing in on images. Or making them small so you can quickly scan them.

- Also hovering over any image displays more information – such as dimensions, file size, file name and location. The theory behind that is that it removes a lot of metadata from the frontend. There’s also a “feedback on this image” link, but note that you probably won’t receive a personal response if you send feedback!

- Click-through on an image result creates a frame for navigation in the left – also click “show image” to view full-size image as a pop-up. All done with AJAX.

Feeds are prominent in the Windows Live Search design:

- You can subscribe to results, with the “add to” button (assuming you use as a personalized homepage, which of course Microsoft is hoping you’ll do…)
– Subscribe to feeds, by clicking the “Feeds” tab. Again very useful for users.

Additional tabs give you options to extend your search:

- News tab – similar to Google News, offers search results from selected media sources.
– Local tab – does a search using the Virtual Earth mapping technology.

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