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  • PowerShell: Assign Office 365 license en-mass

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    Last week I was tasked with the challenge of assigning a sharepoint only license from our Office 365 license pool to a large list of staff. The following is what I came up with – I added the ability to prompt before assignment, just in case a UPN had slipped through my pre scripting filtering. […]

  • LCS 2014 v0.0.4.0 Released

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    It’s all about the bug fixes… Due to many a late evening coding, and some switches in my development environment – this release fixes some of the major show stopping bugs that had made its way into v0.0.3.0 So here’s a breakdown of whats new: Resolved handler issues for all check boxes and radio buttons […]

  • LCS 2014 v0.0.3.0 Released

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    In this release of LCS I have focused on ironing out even more bugs, and also put some focus into the GUI. Now when you create your custom status the tabs titles change to reflect this. After fighting with distribution methods, I have now included a separate app in the distribution.. So once the App is installed […]

  • LCS 2014 v0.0.2.0 Released

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    In this release of LCS I have focused on ironing out some of the show stopping ‘bugs’ which have crept into the code in previous versions. There’s also a handful of small/quick wins off my apps roadmap (public roadmap coming soon). But wait…. Why the big jump in version numbers? I hear you say.. Well, I […]

  • LCS 2014 v0.0.0.6 Released

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    Hello I have just uploaded the latest revision of the LCS 2014 software. In this release I have been focusing on call handling features. The app is now capable of rejecting or forwarding calls. I have also switched the form design to be tab based.. This makes things a lot less complicated and ‘busy’. Features […]

  • LCS 2014 v0.0.0.5 Released

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    Hello, firstly please let me thank you all for downloaded the previous releases of LCS. It really has come on leaps and bounds with your help. I am now pleased to announce that version 0.0.0.5 is now available to download! However – you will first need to remove the old versions (0.0.0.4 or less) before […]

  • VB: How-to: Launch an App and wait until it’s loaded

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    If you have a need to launch an application from your VB.Net app, but need to wait till the application has completed loading before you continue processing then check out the snippet below. I have seen many ways of doing this, mainly based around wait timers or CPU levels.. However, so far I have found […]

  • Lync Custom Status 2014 BETA

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    Here it is! The very first public BETA release of my latest project.. I decided to build this application to add a little ‘Je ne sais quoin’ to the Microsoft Lync client status selection. I am a big fan of the Microsoft Lync product, and unified communications.. However, as those close to me will know […]

  • VB: Pass current user credentials to proxy server

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    In a corporate environment its not usual to have to pass through a proxy server to get out to the net, this can often be a challenge when building apps/scripts etc. However – to make things slightly less complicated, you can use the VB snippet below to pass the details of the currently logged on […]

  • Free up inactive memory in OS X Mavericks

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    Over the last few years OS X has got progressively more intuitive memory management, however – it’s still not completely flawless. This is obvious when using Virtual Machine technologies such as VMWare Fusion, OS X is not overly quick ‘mopping’ up memory once fusion is closed down. Which is where the terminal command PURGE comes […]

  • Time2Epoch

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    Time2Epoch is a basic time/date to epoch time/date calculator. This is something I developed sometime a go to ease the pains of working with epoch values in SQL tables. I am no longer actively developing this calculator, so you can now download it completely free! Features: Converts normal date/time to EPOCH date time Copies converted […]

  • Easy Digital Downloads API VB.net Class

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    I have just started using the Easy Digital Downloads Software Licensing WordPress Plugin to secure and distribute my .NET applications, as the system was primarily developed for WordPress plugins – I decided I would put together a .NET ‘wrapper’ to make it easier to implement into my projects. You can find the class and usage instructions below. […]

  • Hands on: xScope

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    Back in October this year a StackSocial bundle offer landed in my mailbox. Since I started receiving these bundle mails they have never ceased to amaze me with some of the software they contain.. Most of the bundles include a piece of popular ‘flag ship’ software, and all of them contain smaller pieces.. Generally pieces I […]

  • How To: Create AD accounts with group membership using VBScript

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    Last week we had a need for a collection of AD accounts for testing purposes. Which is when I came up with this straight forward VBScript. This script uses a simple integer incrementation to create a collection of active directory accounts with unique usernames, sets their passwords, and then adds them to a security group. […]

  • JavaScript Date formatting

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    JavaScript has some powerful built in features, however one let down (for me) is it’s ability to format date strings off the bat. In a recent project I needed to achieve just that.. Going from a string 1/11/2013 to 01 November 2013. Something which seemed so simple turned out to require a function all of it’s […]

  • MacKeeper v2.61 Review

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    MacKeeper v2.61 As a daily OS X user, I know just how important it is to keep your Mac running as good as new. There’s nothing worse than having to sit and wait for your Mac whilst it processes the most basic of commands and requests. OS X is a complex beast, and if you […]

  • Hands on: AfterShokz Sportz 2

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    AfterShokz Sportz 2 Review AfterShokz Sportz 2 are a pretty impressive set of bone conducting sport headphones, which differ from normal in ear headphones as they actually sit in front of the ear, and deliver sound via your cheek bones. These headphones have been designed with the open air sports fanatic in mind, leaving the […]

  • Get current Sharepoint user manager details using JavaScript

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    We have recently started to deploy Sharepoint solutions around the business, and I was asked to customise one of them to include personalisation’s around the current user. One of those personalisation was to retrieve the current users ‘line manager’ details. The following code is what I have come up with, this is work in progress, […]

  • Automated Lync Dial testing using VB.net

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    Today I was asked if it would be possible to ‘Automate’ the repeated dialling of a SIP contact, this was in order to try and replicate and resolve an issue with a headset and lync. So I cam up with this, and thought I should share it in case others find it useful. The code […]

  • Real Thing in Cell Phone Management

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    The enormous expansion of mobile phone usage and application in all kinds of fields has greatly contributed to the growth of business of all kinds. The fact that employees have a 24-hour opportunity to work wirelessly is an unparalleled success. As compared with the times when employees had only limited work hours to get access […]

  • Best Mobile Security Applications

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    Numerous users around the world have benefitted from the advances in mobile technology. Among the benefits users received was the facilitation of transactions using mobile devices. But with the increasing usage of mobile devices in transactions that involve payment and storage of data, the risk of identity fraud has increased as well. A number of […]

  • iPhone Repair – Kingston Upon Hull

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    So as my iPhone 4s gets an immense amount of use (and I mean powered on at least once every 3 minutes) the power button is prone to failure. So much so that I am actually on the second 4s in less then 2 years. Now, although I am in the market for a new […]

  • Set Microsoft Lync Availability using AppleScript

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    We have recently started the deployment of the Microsoft Lync Unified Communications platform, and although the majority of our user base uses Microsoft Windows – us lucky ones use OS X.. In light of that, I have a collection of AppleScripts for doing all manor of things in Lync. Here’s a simple one to change […]

  • Send an iMessage with an AppleScript

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    I don’t like waiting around for long processes to finish on my Mac, so I was recently hunting for a way of sending push notifications to my iPhone/iPad.. I gave up after a while, realising that nothing seemed reliable enough.. So then I changed tact, and that’s when I cam up with this AppleScript. This […]

  • Subscribe to Lync contact information changes in VB.net

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    So I recently took on another Lync related challenge in .NET, one that required notification of a Lync contacts information change event. This was a lot easier then what I thought it would be, thanks in part to the Microsoft.Lync.Model.Contact class. The following code will fire as soon as a contacts information has changed. This […]

  • Handle Lync Audio/Video ModalityStateChanged with VB.net

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    So todays challenge was around handling the ModalityState change on the Lync 2013 client. The ModalityState change event happens during certain stages of Lync calls, and client actions. The ModalityState is part of the Microsoft.Lync.Model.Conversation namespace. We are using it to configure certain custom Lync Status’ dependant of the current state of the client. To capture and […]

  • Clean up JavaScript and HTML code

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    ?As part of the new a new internal website I have recently started working with SharePoint 2013 in the cloud. This is proving to be an extremely powerful platform for development, however working with some of the existing JavaScript files presents a common issue. Upon downloading the file or viewing in Safari on my Mac […]

  • Disable OS X application persistence

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    One feature which seems to divide the masses is OS X’s ability to relaunch your applications on startup/reboot. This feature is know as Apple Persistence, which is personally a feature I am not really a fan of. It’s very rare for me to want the same applications on each use of my MacBook, asides from […]

  • OS X & Google Chrome NTLM Authentication

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    Google Chrome for OS X generally doesn’t play well with proxy servers, especially those that require NTLM authentication. Those who have tried to use it in the past will be greeted with a constant barrage of proxy authentication prompts, each successful entry of credentials loads a tiny little bit more of the site.. However, there […]

  • Mass Outlook Calendar Cleanup

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    Over the last few weeks the company that I work for have been migrating from Google Apps over to Microsoft 365 for mail/calendar/contacts and unified messaging etc. This has not been without it’s challenges. Some have which have been fairly bizarre. This week I was approached by a member of our department who had somehow […]

  • [Hands On] A month with Energenie ChargeGenie 50

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    For as long as I can remember, I (much like many others) have suffered at the hands of a dead battery in my tech. More so now since smartphones have been such a large part of my life. I’m no way going to blame manufacturers for the capacity or drain of device batteries… I’m a […]

  • Fix: Constant credential prompts in Outlook ’07 using 365

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    Today I have mostly been fighting with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and our Office 365 setup, as we are still in the early stages of deployment we have not yet implemented our ADFS servers. Which means we have are experiencing some pretty frustrating issues with Office and authentication. One machine in particular decided to really […]

  • Designer Baby Tech – The Crazy World Of The Buggy Bike

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    Just when you thought that the word of mother and baby was happily geek and gadget free, along comes the transforming buggy. Or is it a bike? Well, in a mere twenty seconds of transforming time, it is both. Whether you want to win the war on baby one-up-man-ship at a mother and baby group […]

  • If You Happen To Be Lacking In Green Fingers Department Don't Let It Worry You There's An App For That!

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    Technology has definitely helped many of us over the last decade, but the realms of mobile technology remain vast and somewhat unexplored. There’s just about an app for every conceivable business or pleasure requirement, but many of the latest additions are a definite must have for those of you who wish to produce the dream […]

  • The Best Weather Apps For The IPad

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    After one of the longest cold snaps we have experienced in quite a while it seems to be getting increasingly difficult to guess what the British weather will do next. With the weather starting to warm up and the usual mix of showers and sunshine on the horizon, staying up to date with weather conditions […]

  • The All-New USB

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    The All-New USB Whatever your sector, storing digital information is an essential aspect of any day-to-day business life; whether saving client details, producing supplier databases or securing contracts. If you deal with sensitive data at work, ensuring that confidential information is well looked after can be stressful – after all, you’d be to blame should […]

  • Obtain domain ‘whois’ information using nothing but OS X Terminal

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    Did you know that you can obtain domain whois information for any web domain using nothing but OS X Terminal? For years I’ve used many web services including (and probably my favourite) CentralOps, however, sometimes its handy to be able to do things without leaving the comfort of your current terminal session! So.. To get […]

  • 4 Must-Have Gadgets For Espresso Aficionados

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    A good cup espresso is the Holy Grail for any coffee aficionado. When you are craving a caffeine fix, nothing satisfies better than a fine espresso. If you love a good cuppa, here are 4 gadgets that need to be a part of your life. Bartza Virtuoso Grinder Every coffee aficionado knows that to brew […]

  • Survival Of The Smartest StethoCloud Is The New Era’s Adage

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    The Smartphone is turning to be really smart. And why not, for it boasts of a computing power more than the Apollo 11. It is your mail office, playmate, buddy, movie camera and what not. With the frequency of its increasing virtues rivaling Cleopatra’s lovers, it has added one more feather to its crown. It […]

  • Gadget Show Live 2013 – Live Blog

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    Hello! Welcome to my (first ever) live feed from this weekends events over at the NEC in Birmingham. I’ll be posting pictures and comments from this years Gadget Show Live 2013! [advanced_iframe securitykey="da39a3ee5e6b4b0d3255bfef95601890afd80709"]

  • Search file contents in OS X

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    One of the powerful features of OS X built in spotlight is it’s ability to search the contents of files for your search string.. However, for reasons yet unknown, I have found this functionality to sometimes be a little hit and miss.. Which is where Terminal comes in.. Using a single line terminal command OS […]

  • How I built an Ms Lync ‘Bot’ formally known as D.A.V.E.

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    Microsoft Lync is Microsoft’s latest offering of a unified communications system. Sporting features you’d expect to find in a SIP/Unified Comms client, Lync is a pretty powerful piece of kit. What’s more, Microsoft offer an SDK to enable easy development of tools and add-ons using Lync technologies. Most of the tutorials and blog posts seem […]

  • Do you know how much it is costing to power your home?

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    Do you know that your gadgets and kitchen appliances are actually costing to run? If you actually take a step back and realise the cost of running your favourite console, your TV’s and stereos you may think twice about taking them off standby. We all know that we should be keeping an eye on our […]

  • 5 Raspberry Pi Projects to Automate Your Greenhouse or Gardens

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    Automating a greenhouse or a garden can be one of the more interesting and practical projects to get stuck in to at home. Our favorite projects that you can carry out on regular basis to automate a greenhouse are garden are discussed below. They are all driven with by Raspberry Pi mini-computers and integrated with […]

  • The Best Security Applications For Cell Phones

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    Looking for a great security app for your cell phone but don’t know where to start? There are hundreds of different apps that you can use to keep your data safe, use for parental control software or even use to keep your employees online. Security apps have thousands of applications so you can definitely find […]

  • 10 Social Issues Computers Have Solved

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    1. Dating There was a time when a lonely person would be required to place a small ad in a newspaper and wait for a letter or response to arrive through the letterbox. Alternatively, singletons could fill in a form and wait for an agency to respond with suggestions. Nowadays, any single person, whether male […]

  • How to Choose a Reliable Document Scanner for Your Business

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    A document scanner can be a essential tool for your business. If you’re the type that wants less paper to deal with, you can quickly scan all those business cards and receipts into your computer. But, which document scanner is right for you. The following will help you choose a reliable document scanner for your […]

  • Will the Next iPhone Be the Best Yet?

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    Will the Next iPhone Be the Best Yet? The iPhone is a world beater. Even its harshest detractors, the kind of people who would never buy an iPhone for reasons of brand loyalty (or simply out of a dislike of Apple) cannot deny the style and ease of use which have become the device’s hallmark. […]

  • The Biggest Developments in Personal Computers in the Last Decade

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    From what computers are capable of to what we use them for, there have been a huge number of developments in computing technology in the last ten years. In 2002 people had hard drive space measured in megabytes, today; many standard home computers have several terabytes of storage space. Increased Portability There has also been […]

  • 5 Cool Printing Apps You Can Use With Your iPad

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    The number of people who use an iPad these days is quite staggering. It’s definitely doing its best to take over the computing industry. The reason they are so popular is because most people just want to consume information. If they do want to create something it can still be done on an iPad, but […]

  • 5 Factors to Consider When Looking for a QR Code Generator

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    QR codes have a number of advantages over the old bar code system. Not only can QR codes store more information, you can use any smartphone to scan the code. Moreover, you need to go through official channels in order to get a bar code. By comparison, you can easily generate a QR code in […]

  • A MASSIVE thank you to all my visitors in 2012

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    2012 has been a hell of a year for me, many family emergencies and work commitments hampering my blog production times.. However, 2012 also saw the largest volume of traffic my blog has ever received in the 6 years of its publication. Many people ask why I spend time blogging, well that’s simple – when […]

  • What Does It Really Cost to Develop a Mobile App?

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    Putting an exact price on how much it costs to develop a mobile app is a lot like asking how much it is to buy a car. Like cars, the costs of developing mobile apps can vary widely depending on what features you want included. Additionally, there are various types of apps and some are […]

  • 4 General Tips to Protect Software Against Security Threats

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    The quest for complete web application and software security has gotten software companies and developers spending massive amounts on various tools that can help them safeguard their property against cyber-attacks. However, there are some simple steps you can take to help improve software security. Always opt for reliable frameworks and libraries that are known to […]

  • 5 Incredible Travel Apps for Families on the Go

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    You love to travel and your children are about to hit the road with you. This means you’re now packing for extra people, keeping the little ones occupied, and looking for family-friendly venues along the way. The good news is that smartphone users can utilize dozens of great apps to ensure their trips are organized […]

  • Apple Reminders iOS app tip

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    Since the early days of iOS 5 I have been a big fan of the iOS reminders app, especially the ability to sync between my iPad, MacBooks and web for non Apple devices. Because of this, I maintained several separate lists for various things. However, recently (I believe it was one of the iOS 5 […]

  • SugarSync Happy Holidays Deal (50% off)

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    The massively popular cloud based storage service have yet again come good, and are offering a massive 50% off their subscriptions for a limited time! All you have to do to bag yourself this discount is follow this link and sign up to one of there subscription plans! Whats more, you even get the 30 […]

  • Speed up media folder navigation

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    One of the most used features on my OS X installs is the Quick Look feature, its much easier then launching an app just to check, or to quickly read off its content. However, for as long as I can remember Quick Look has always been known for causing delays in folder navigation, high CPU […]

  • Apple release iOS update – 6.0.1

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    Apple have recently released an update to their latest revision in the iOS software range. The update takes iOS 6 to revision 1, and fixes a hand full of bugs along the way. Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may […]

  • For a limited time: Grand Theft Auto III only 69p

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    That’s right people, for a limited time only you can now bag the all time classic – Grand Theft Auto III for a measly 69p from the iOS AppStore! GTA III is undoubtably the best car stealing, road rage frenzied, gun toting, mission finishing game available for iOS to date. You can buy your copy […]

  • Hardware Upgrade

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    On Tuesday the 30th of October my web host FreeVirtualServers will be performing planned maintenance on the trusty server that my website is hosted on. The works will be performed at 05:00 GMT and will mean my site and my email addresses will be unavailable for approximately one hour. This is planned maintenance, and is being done […]

  • Hide stock iOS apps without jail breaking

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    Since my very first iOS device I suffered the same annoyances as countless other newly found apple owners. That was the forced acceptance of applications that served a specific purpose to a specific audience, such as the stocks and shares or newsstand etc. Now obviously getting rid of these apps could be done by jail […]

  • Hands on review: Feedly

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    For months now I’ve used MobileRSS to satisfy my need for RSS feed reading.. Well, I used it to pull in the contents of my Google Reader account anyway. However, of late its been suffering with a very annoying issue in that it would automatically start googling for code errors in the pages you were […]

  • For one day only!!

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    Thats right! If you was born in the 80′s you’ll more then likely recognise the face in the picture above! The all time ‘cult classic’ that is Carmegeddon has just been released for iOS and for today only its available completely free of charge on the AppStore! So what are you waiting for!? Get hitting […]

  • Starbucks UK goes Passbook

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    So finally an app has been published I am actually looking forward to using on the iOS6 Passbook.. Passbook has been a strange application since launch, it’s almost like they launched it too soon! Should vendors have built apps prior to its launch?? Should there not be more apps available by now?? Who knows, but […]

  • Switch iOS 6 Panorama Direction

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    Like most adopters of Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 6 I too have been impressed with the all new Panorama mode of the built in camera software. This new mode enables you to take a full panoramic shot using nothing but a steady hand and the built in software. By default, when launching into […]

  • Add your mobile number to iMessage

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    If you have ever used iMessage on your Mac to send a message to an iPhone the recipient will tell you just how frustrating it is flicking between two message streams.. When you send from your mac, by default it will send from your Apple ID (email address) and not your phone number. Which means […]

  • Win FREE hosting for a year with FreeVirtualServers

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    FreeVirtualServers have yet again opened up their competition pot, this time to its valued customer base, this time offering a years free hosting on their super stable platform, for nothing more then a few moments of your time and a few lines of a review! We are trying to expand our business by leveraging online […]

  • Kensington KeyFolio ‘hands on’

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    What’s it all about….? So… With thanks to Free Virtual Servers, I recently became the happy owner of an brand new Apple iPad. Something I have toyed with the idea of purchasing for sometime now. Thos who know me will know just how much of an Apple fan I am. With a home that represents […]

  • A special note of thanks

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    I’d like to take this special opportunity to thank some pretty special people.. Without these people my life would not be as easy, my evenings would not be as free and my hair would be lost! My first thank you goes to Mark Esho, a true visionary – who has created something spectacular. Something that fulfils […]

  • Win a Google Nexus 7

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    The kind guys over at FreeVirtualServers have launched yet another competition! In this competition you could win a Google Nexus 7 tablet!! But wait.. This isn’t your standard UK based competition. FreeVirtualServers have actually opened up the competition to the whole world! So you really have no reason not to enter! The Nexus 7 is […]

  • Pixlr.com the best(?) cloud based image editor

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    As more and more applications move to the cloud, and we become less reliant on locally installed apps, I’ve been trying to find an online editor to fulfil my photo editing requirements. Tonight I had a need for a small change to an image for my site, and rather than download and install a clunky […]

  • A little known fact; OS X sports a built in VNC Client..

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    Few people are aware that OS X comes complete with a built in ‘vnc’ client. VNC is used to connect to remote machines running VNC servers. VNC servers can include things like RealVNC or TightVNC Connecting to VNC servers really is as simple as ensuring the desktop or finder has focus, then clicking Go > Connect […]

  • FIX: Check Point Endpoint Security unable to connect

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    UPDATE: it would appear this bug has since been resolved in the E80 release of the CheckPoint client. Since my recent upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion I’ve been suffering a very frustrating issue with Checkpoint’s endpoint security client. For no reason at all it would frequently refuse to connect. Stating an error: “Connectivity with […]

  • OS X Mountain Lion Update

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    With all the excitement around iOS6 and the iPhone 5, don’t overlook this evenings Mountain Lion Update. The update is packed with features and fixes, and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store more.. Additional Information This update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users, and includes new features and fixes: Facebook […]

  • Google Drive Update for iOS

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    Google have today released some pretty exciting news news the mobile Google drive app now allows on device/in app editing of your google documents! As far as I know it’s the first in the field of mobile online storage apps to offer such a service. As you can see from the video below, they have pretty […]

  • Restore Purge command OS X 10.8.1

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    Along with several small fixes in the recently recently released 10.8.1 update to Mountain Lion, the tech boffins over at Cupertino managed to ‘break’ the purge command. Now, as this isn’t a widely advertised OS X command, a fix should be along in the next OS X update all being well. In the meantime, should […]

  • Protect your online domain

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    As web technologies move on, and we start doing more and more things on the internet. It’s obviously that the unsavoury characters that once used to ‘pick pocket’ people in the street would evolve into ‘pick pocketers’ on the net. Granted, it maybe a slightly different class of criminal, but the principal is the same. […]

  • Don’t pick any host, pick the RIGHT host

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    If you’ve checked out the looooong long list of web hosting providers across the planet, you may have noticed there’s nothing much that differs between their offerings; massively competitive pricing models, easily accessible control panels, unlimited space and bandwidth (on some offerings), 24/7 support, 99.99% uptime, super fast servers and many many more… However, much […]

  • How To: Use Automator to show/hide hidden files

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    This blog posts is one of the several guest blog posts to MikeSel.info. Posted by one of my readers Thomas Hazlett, Thomas has converted the terminal commands in my earlier post Show hidden files in OS X 10.7 or 10.8 Launch -> /Aplications/Automator Select what type of workflow you would like. I feel a service is […]

  • How to: Turn terminal’s recursive zip into an application

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    This blog posts is one of the several guest blog posts to MikeSel.info. Posted by one of my readers Thomas Hazlett, Thomas managed to stumble across a neat way to turn OS X’s terminal recursive zip function into an application, using nothing but the built in OS X Automator application. The below example essentially allows […]

  • Mark Esho shortlisted to win Entrepreneurs of Excellence award

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    Just wanted to post a quick message of congratulations to my web hosts managing director Mark Esho, for his shortlisted entry into the ‘Entrepreneurs of Excellence’ award … Recognises individuals who have best demonstrated managerial expertise in assembling resources, creating an organisation, decision making under uncertainty, being forward looking, and creatively solving problems. I have […]

  • Save 25% on Parallels Desktop 7 for a limited time

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    So.. You’ve got your shiny new Mac! You’re finally a Mac convert.. You no longer need your old slow Windows machine? Or is that not the case….? Despite what we do sometimes there is truly no escaping the clutch of Microsoft’s ‘monopoly’. Many applications are yet to be ported over to OS X, and even […]

  • How @R1Soft and @fvswebhost saved my bacon (backup)

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    So.. Last night started the same as many others.. Home from work, and decided to catch up on some of my web development. Working closely in the innards’ of  WordPress and testing my changes on the fly, the WordPress plugin SuperCache was starting to cause me a headache. So I figured I’d go disable it.. […]

  • Routing network traffic over specific connections – OS X

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    I recently came up against a bit of an issue whilst working on my MacBook Pro in the office, due to the environment we work in access to the outside world is tightly controlled by our firewall, and although I love to spend countless hours adding and tweaking rules (not strictly true) – I wanted […]

  • Get your FREE Graze box – Now (Limited Time)

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    If your bored of your normal sandwiches and lunch time snacks then maybe you should try this out.. Graze Box’s are boxes shipped via royal mail through the post containing a ‘random’ collection of treats and fruit. You can have your Graze Box delivered as little or as often as you want. An what’s more, […]

  • Unhide the Library folder in Finder – AppleScript

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    By default the ‘Library’ folder is a hidden folder in OS X Finder. However, if you need temporary (GUI) access you can use this simple AppleScript below to remove the ‘hidden’ flag from the folder. This script could also be easily amended to show and hide any folder of your choice, simply by replacing the […]

  • Unhide the Library Menu icon – OS X Mountain Lion

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    By default the library menu option in the go menu is hidden. Although I’ve never quite understood why it needs hiding, this quick tip will show you how to unhide it with just a quick keyboard click. Make sure you have a finder window active and focused Click on the Go menu at the top […]

  • Associate your Twitter account in Mountain Lion

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    One of Mountain Lion’s most talked about feature is the introduction of the tight social integration with the 140 character site ‘Twitter”. Unless you’re like me and spent the first few days of using Mountain Lion wandering around the system preferences you may find it difficult to locate a position where you type in your […]

  • Grab OS X login screen graphics

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    Last night one of my twitter friends (Ben Casablancas) asked me an interesting question, he wanted to grab his OS X login screen ‘avatar’ for use on twitter. Now, on first appearances the image file seemed to be well hidden away in the deep dark depths of the OS X file system. However using this […]

  • Earn from your Blog

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    As an avid blogger since the July 2006 I have rapidly worked my way up through the hosting packages, and as the blog gets more and more popular (thanks readers) the costs of hosting grows too. Although I am not generally a massive fan of advertisements on blogs\sites, I think the offering from ValueClick media […]

  • Pacifist takes the pain out or reinstalling stock OS X apps

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    Recently my Address Book app decided it no longer wanted to sync with my online contacts, and what’s worse, the preferences pane was completely blank too. So I couldn’t even re-enable or re-configure the sync. After an hour of so of frantic googling blog posts kept pointing me in the same direction, and that was Pacifist. […]

  • Afloat – adds window features OS X is missing

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    As a keen Mac user for many years, I’ve often been bugged by the same age-old issue. An that’s the fact that you can’t keep important windows ‘top-most’. This can often be a bind, especially when you spend time in both terminal and GUI applications. Last week this pushed me over the edge, as I […]

  • Hide unwanted System Preference Panes

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    OS X Lion comes with some pretty handy features, and the System Preferences window can soon become full of things you don’t really need to refer to all the time. Luckily the developers over at Apple have this covered. Somewhat of a hidden feature allows you to hide/show preference panes, with just a few clicks […]

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    If, like me your a big fan of the built in OS X backup option “TimeMachine” you may find this command pretty handy. Entering the following command in a terminal window will enable you to select any\unsupported network volume to backup to! Handy if you have invested in a NAS, and would like to use […]

  • The all new CoPilot Live

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    Ever since my very first iPhone I have always used it as a ‘Sat Nav’ device along with it’s standard smartphone features. Back in december 09 I purchased CoPilot 8 for iPhone, it didn’t take me very long to fall in love with it. An even put together a blog post on it. Unfortunately the […]

  • Raspberry Pi Launched

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    So today saw the launch of the long awaited Raspberry Pi Model B.. This small yet perfectly equipment little circuit board is almost certainly going to change many peoples lives.. Booting from an SD card the Raspberry Pi is currently able to support a hand full of Linux Distributions, including Raspbmc, OpenELEC, Debian GNU/Linux, Fedora, Arch […]

  • Disable OS X Dashboard

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    When I very first got my Mac I loaded up the OS X Dashboard with countless widgets, doing all sorts like checking share price levels to little puzzle games. However, I soon started to realise that some of my dock items where hogging precious memory, and stealing CPU cycles.. Not to mention the fact the […]

  • Quickly open iOS email drafts

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    If your a heavy user of the iPhone Mail application, I’m sure you’ll know just how much of a pain retrieving half written draft emails can be.. Half way through typing up your email a notification comes through, forcing you to have to save it to drafts, only to have to stumble through mountains of […]

  • Save 50% off SugarSync’s Subscription Plan

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    Unfortunately this has now expired. Please check back soon for a new code. The kind folk over at SurgarSync have recently come up with a cunning plan to make you ‘cloud’ storage users very happy people! They are offering a massive 50% off the subscription plans, however this offer is only available until Feb 29th […]

  • How to: ‘Traceroute’ in OS X

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    Traceroute is an important part of any IT experts toolkit who’s worth his salt.. Traceroute enables you to track down potential routing issues between your Mac/PC/Device to your Router/DNS Servers/Web Host. If, like me you migrated over to Mac from a PC, you will be used to launching a command prompt and firing off the tracert […]

  • Twitter update announced

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    Twitter have recently released what seems to be a long awaited updated to the popular iOS variant of the social networks client. Version 4.1 offers several improvements to the previous release, an also sees the return of some features missed by many: Swipe shortcut Easily accessible common features simply by swiping over a tweet. Copy […]

  • The ultimate in Mac maintenance – ZeoBIT MacKeeper

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    Check out the ‘ultimate’ in Mac maintenance software, hot of the shelves from ZeoBIT.. MacKeeper 2012 is a collection of Mac maintenance and security tools, all wrapped up in one neat little package. ZeoBIT really have thought of everything! MacKeeper has been proven to keep your Mac running in tip top condition, and has managed […]

  • Skype 3.7 for iOS Released

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    Popular Voice-Over-IP calling system ‘Skype’ has recently released an update to their iPhone application. Skype on iPhone works flawlessly for calling your Skype connected friends and family, and what’s more using Skype with ‘Skype out’ credits can often work out cheaper then using your standard mobile tariff. Version 3.7 brings updates to the chat and […]

  • Coming Soon to the AppStore – Microsoft Office

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    Microsoft have been working on breaking into the iOS market since around November last year, and it looks like we could soon be seeing that ever so popular Office logo in our iOS Device AppStores soon. It’s rumoured, that on launch the iOS variant of the popular app suite will support Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. […]

  • Add novelty voices to Text-to-speech

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    There is somewhat of a ‘hidden’ feature in the OS X Lion Speech System preference window, the ability to add more ‘System Voices’ to use with the text-to-speech engine. The built in voices can be a bit boring, and no fun at all.. However, if you click on the System Voice drop down, then choose […]

  • iTunes track notifications in the Dock

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    I think it’s fair to say that iTunes really does split the crowds, some people love it.. Some people hate it with a passion, well I am up there with the ones who love it.. Sure it’s got it’s issues, but I am not sure the iPhone or the mac would be the same without […]

  • Set and unset IP Address from Terminal

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    At work on my desk I have an iMac which I often use for configuring and shipping ADSL Routers, however once I am done it then goes back on the corporate network with a static address. Thus meaning I am often switching back and forth between DHCP and static on the network adapters config. Which […]

  • Angry Birds Space – Coming soon

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    Popular multi platform level based game Angry Birds is soon to potentially be replaced on the top of the popularity charts as Rovio Entertainment announce the latest revision of the super addictive game. Angry Birds Space claims to be a completely new game with totally innovative gameplace. However, for all you dedicated fans out there […]

  • App Store 25 Billion $10,000 prize

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    Since it’s launch in June 2008 the App Store has been a hit with both application publisher and app downloaders the world over. So much so that the App Store is racing towards it’s 25 billionth download! That’s a whole load of applications! The above snippet was captured at 20:11 18th Feb 2012 (GMT) judging […]

  • Start building iOS Apps Today

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    Apple have recently released what can only be described as slightly overdue, yet completely perfect. A ‘complete’ start to finish guide on how to jump into iOS application development. Although not a coveted secret, sometimes starting out in iOS application development can be a mysterious and painful place to be! This guide now walks you […]

  • Hands On: Apple Messages 6.1 (BETA)

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    With the release of iOS 5 came the long awaited ‘iMessage’ system. Enabling iOS devices to send and receive messages using data rather then the normal SMS network. This soon became a big challenger to the ever popular BBM. Now Apple have taken it one step further, and released Apple Messages for OS X. Apple […]

  • OS X Mountain Lion Unveiled

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    I’m sure everyone can remember last years release of OS X Lion, I know I was beating down the door of the AppStore to get my copy.. Looking forward to taking advantage of all the features it had to offer. Now.. Take all of Lion’s fantastic features, and combine them with iOS’s most popular features: […]

  • Delay Outlook mail sending

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    So today I was approached by an internet friend of mine Richard Tubb, he had a bit of a challenge for me. As a keen Ms Outlook user, he wanted to see if there was a way of delaying all emails that he’d composed and hit send on during the weekend to arrive on the […]

  • Still available: AirPort Utility 5.6

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    For those of you who are not fans of the latest version of the OS X Airport Utility, you can download the previous version (5.6) direct from the Apple support site. Download Now Personally I think the new version strips away the advanced features of the Time Capsule set up. Which is perfect for some […]

  • Time Capsule and Air Port firmware update

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    That’s right… Finally the boffins over at Apple have released the update all Time Capsule and Airport express iCloud users have been waiting for! The latest version of firmware version 7.6.1 is available to download now! This update is for all 802.11n AirPort Express, 802.11n AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models. It fixes an issue […]

  • Jetpack Joyride wins Gamasutra Mobile Game of 2011

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    Yesterday was a good day for the lucky guys over at Halfbrick Studios! The very popular (and free!) iOS game ‘Jetpack Joyride’ won the best mobile game of 2011 award! The game has received a consistent 4 1/2 star rating through each version released, with over 62793 Ratings on the current version, it’s clear to […]

  • Launch finder as root

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    Sometimes theres a need to dig around in the OS X file system without restriction, (which also means without protection) for example should you need access to files or folders, but don’t fancy switching permissions or playing with complex terminal commands. Using the single lined command below in terminal you can launch an instance of […]

  • Recent Applications in the Dock

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    Terminal is a powerful place, and one to approach with caution. However, if used correctly it really can help personalise your OS X experience. For example, using the command listed below you can activate a pop-up, fan, grid or list collection of most recently used Applications, Documents, Servers or favourite volumes and items. You should […]

  • Resolved: Inconsistency in the installer database.

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    After the recent trauma of the last reinstall of OS X Lion, I came across a bit of an issue with the installation of CS 5. No matter what options I chose when doing the trial install, it always ended with the same error.. “Inconsistency in the installer database. Please restart your computer and install […]

  • How-To: Mass rename files/folders in OS X

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    Have you ever had the need to rename several hundred files, in countless subfolders? Using nothing but Automator you can have it completed in minutes.. Using the method below you can: Find & Replace, in either the full name or just the file extension Add Date or Time Add additional text Change the case of […]

  • How-To: Loose __MyCompanyName__ from Xcode

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    So you’ve downloaded your fresh copy of Xcode, and are itching to get started.. But what’s this? All your code files are getting stamped with the mysterious __MyCompanyName__?  Frustrated huh? Well despite what some of the tutorials say out on the net, there’s no .plist’s to edit, no terminal commands to execute and no degree […]

  • How to: Remove Xcode

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    I came up against a bit of an issue today, I realised my Xcode was stuck on version 4.1 and the AppStore wasn’t detecting the update available to v4.2. Now normally this wouldn’t be an issue, however version 4.1 doesn’t include the iOS 5.* SDK’s. So I decided the only way around the issue, would […]

  • Merry Christmas

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    I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a very merry Christmas! Lets hope your day is full of good spirits and good food :o) Thanks for taking the time to visit my site, and a massive thanks to my regulars and those who take the time to comment and submit […]

  • Soluto launches dashboard for family and friends tech support (Invite code inside)

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    For as long as I can remember one of the biggest ‘gripes’ of my friends and family has been the speed of their laptops\PC’s boot times, and their application response time. 9 times out of 10 these issues are caused by applications starting at boot up that either the user has never used, or are […]

  • AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.6

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    Apple have just released the latest firmware revision for the 802.11n AirPort Express, 802.11n AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models. This has been released to resolve some of the bugs found in the previous release: An issue with performance on overlapping wireless networks An issue with AirPlay audio streaming An issue with configuring multiple entries […]

  • iOS 5.0.1 now available for download OTA

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    So in a first for Apple, and a first for the iPhone – iOS 5.0.1 is now available to download without wires.. Yes.. That’s right, you can download the latest iOS release straight from your device! Now – there are obviously some caveats to this, you need to be on wireless for the download to […]

  • This iPhone is not eligible for this update

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    So last night a good friend of mine came over with an iPhone dilemma.. Stuck with iOS5 and a need downgrade.. We tried various solutions with non working completely. We then decided to try and jailbreak the device, to try and work around the issue. Knowing iOS5 jailbreaks are still in there very early stages […]

  • Onyx gets an update

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    Back in March I published a blog post (previous post) about Onyx for OS X. This app removes all the ‘complicated’ command like operations out of keeping your mac maintained. Using a simple GUI interface onyx provides access to several maintenance tasks at the click of the mouse. This morning news has hit the wire […]

  • Synthetic Object Rendering

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    So, as a keen RSS subscriber I pick up news feeds from all corners of the net. Whilst most/many are a little bit *yawn* – this one caught my eye. The video below demo’s some fantastic software, something I have never ever seen before in my time as a fully fledged geek! The application is […]

  • Do you know who your Mac is talking to..?

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    rotecting your Mac from virus infection is as important as wearing your seatbelt when you drive. However, going as far as your everyday antivirus product may not tick all of your boxes. Then check out Private Eye! Private Eye is a free network monitor for OS X Lion, not only does it monitor inbound and outbound […]

  • How to upgrade from iOS5 GM to iOS5

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    If you where lucky enough to get hold of a copy of iOS5 Golden Master prior to today’s release, you may find now when you try an download the ‘public’ release, iTunes tells you your already running the latest version! However, try not to panic too much! All you need to do is make sure […]

  • iOS5 available Now (UK)

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    That’s right.. The long awaited revision of the massively popular mobile operating system is now available to download! All you need to do is ensure your running the latest version of iTunes, connect your ‘iDevice’ and hit update! Although …. I’d be prepared to wait/retry.. As with most major iOS releases, the Apple servers always […]

  • Google Analytics Goes Realtime [beta]

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    If you really are serious about web development, Google analytics will play a large part in your monthly/weekly/daily reporting. Analytics is a free service offered to web developers by Google. Using tracking code in your website and an online control panel you can obtain in-depth data about your website and online campaigns. The boffins over […]

  • Steve Jobs passes away

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    When I woke up this morning, I started my normal routine of checking the social media channels for todays news.. This was halted just as quickly as it started as the first post I read was about Steve Jobs passing away.. At first I couldn’t believe what I was reading, and then I didn’t want […]

  • Changing the default SSHD Port

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    One of my fellow OS X blogger’s has recently published a new blog post you may want to check out. In this post Rob details how to go about changing OS X Lion’s default SSHD port number. You may want to do this for a number of reasons, both for security and to avoid clashes […]

  • Front Row for OS X Lion

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    I could never understand why apple chose to remove Front Row from it’s OS when Lion was released. Don’t get me wrong – I never really used it, but it seems all OS’s now come with their own built in media viewer. Front Row has always been capable of holding it’s own with it’s slick, […]

  • Use OS X RSS Screensaver to show your Google Reader feed

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    The default screen savers found in most operating systems often leave a lot to be desired. Many looking out of place on corporate IT equipment. However, the built in RSS visualizer found in OS X has long been a favourite of mine. However, having it just display Apple’s ‘top’ news feed can get a little […]

  • Cycle Launchpad backgrounds – OS X Lion

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    When Apple announced the release of it’s latest OS X variant (OS X Lion) one it’s flag ship features was the ‘launchpad’. Providing mac users with a ‘pad’ similar to the screens found on their other iOS devices, where all installed applications can be organised into ‘pages’ and folders, much like the iPhone and iPad […]

  • Disable TimeMachine via Terminal/SSH

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    TimeMachine has saved my ‘bacon’ on many an occasion. However, when trying to stream movies over wireless in can sometimes get in the way, and cause the film to stutter whilst it backs up. Now, the easy way around this is to disable TimeMachine before you start your film, and then start it again afterwards. […]

  • Hands on: Plex v0.9.3.4

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    For some time now I’ve hunted for the perfect media center solution for my apartment. Let’s face it, DVDs are so last year! Digital media is where it’s at. I’ve tried (and loved) many solutions, all the way from plain old Windows Media center to XBMC. Since my recent migration to OS X I stuck […]

  • How to enable Facebook Timeline – NOW

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    Facebook have recently released news about the whole new ‘Timeline‘ feature. Which will change the entire look and feel of Facebook profiles. Providing something no other social network does, (yet – no doubt they will soon do) the ability to scan back in time along a ‘timeline’ using a slider. Sliding the slider back in […]

  • SVCreation – GetTube v5

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    YouTube can be worth its weight in gold when looking for hands on video’s, product demo’s, how to’s and lots more besides. However one of it’s biggest downsides is when it comes to providing said video’s to the ‘road warriors’ who are unable to get access to the internet at the time of needing the […]

  • LogMeIn Rescue Beta gets a big thumbs up!

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    I’d only heard roumers about it, read blog posts and seen ‘spy’ shots of it. Until today! We received  our official invitation to test the all new LogMeIn Rescue Beta today. We have used LogMeIn Rescue to support our countless number of mobile workforces handheld devices for some years now. In fact it was one […]

  • Terminate a process – VBScript

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    Using this very simple\straight foreward vbscript, you can cycle through all currently running processes and kill the one you name below. This can be handy if you have an application/instance which has become non responsive, such as IE when loading flash based pages maybe… strComputer = “.” Set objWMIService = GetObject(“winmgmts:” _ & “{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\” & […]

  • Stop and Start Sophos services remotely

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    I was recently approached by one of my colleagues with a dilema, he had to go round our 30+ servers and stop and start a couple of Sophos’s Windows Services. Now, as you can imagine this was starting to look like a fairly large and mundane task. Which is when I came up with this […]

  • Microsoft Exchange System management tool – Windows 7

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    Despite the fact Windows 7 has been in circulation since before October 2009 there still appears to be no official support for the Microsoft Exchange System Management tools for the Active Directory Users and Computers Microsoft Console applet (dsa.msc). Luckily there is a work around to enable the installation of Windows Vista Exchange System Management tools […]

  • Plane Finder – Real time air traffic radar

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    Todays ‘featured’ application is based on one of my primary mobile operating systems (iOS), and aimed towards either hobby plane spotters, anxious spouses or just general plane enthusiasts. This application developed by Pinkfroot Limited, and is essentially a real-time air traffic radar! Plane Finder using an overlay to Google Maps technologies to display live flight information […]

  • A day at Wembley

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    So in a complete switch from my blogs normal content todays post is dedicated to my very first trip to Wembley stadium! Back in November last year my good friend Carly Bond invited me to a rugby match.. Something i’d never done before, an as I’m not really a sports fan It took me a […]

  • Apple release OS X Lion v10.7.1 Update

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    Apple have just released the first update in the OS X Lion series, version 10.7.1 update is available now using the built in Software Update facility. Or can be downloaded direct from Apple’s website using this link. Before upgrading it’s always advised to ensure all of your backups are up to date, and many people […]

  • Skype For Mac now supports OS X Lion

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    Popular VOIP application/service Skype have today released there latest update of their client for Mac. Version 5.3 now offers amongst over things, HD video calling! As long as your internet connection (and hardware) is powerful enough to support it. Although the previous versions have seemed to work perfectly on Lion, they have never truly been […]

  • Bash/QHost.WB found in the wild

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    A new trojan called Bash/QHost.WB is doing it’s rounds amongst Mac users, the trojan purports to be a Adobe Flash installer for OS X. Whilst secretly hijacking your hosts file, redirecting all attempts to access Google webpages to a fake page hosted in the Netherlands. The trojan is also designed to bug the user and […]

  • iCloud goes live for developers

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    Apple have recently launched the first Beta of their new long awaited MobileMe service, iCloud.com. iCloud.com is now available for long in if you hold a valid Apple Developer account, which is available from the Apple website for around £99 per year. Upon account creation you are given access to 5GB of free online storage, […]

  • How to: Buy Lion whilst running Lion GM

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    iTunes, and the Mac App store can be a funny and frustrating place sometimes.. Yes, I understand they need to ‘protect’ less tech savvy people.. However if you are running the pre release Lion Golden Master, perhaps you know what your doing when you attempt to download the released OS X Lion from the app […]

  • Take control of Lion’s Launchpad

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    In a recent blog post I detailed how to use advanced SQL statements to remove applications for OS X Lion’s Launchpad. Which works well, however it can be a little frustrating if you’re constantly wanting to adjust Launchpad’s contents. Luckily for us Lion users  Andreas Ganske over at chaosspace.de has come up with a solution! Launchpad-Control […]

  • Office 2011 to take advantage of OS X Lion features

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    Microsoft have released news of an up and coming software update for Office 2011 for Mac, the update is due to bring some of OS X Lion’s new features to the top selling Office package. Users will benefit from full screen functions, version history and auto save functionality. The update has not yet been released […]

  • Gmail Notifr for Mac

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    There are many POP and IMAP mail checking apps on the market for OS X, some are expensive and clunky, some are free and light.. Much like the one in todays post, Google Notifr by James Chen is a free open source RubyCocoa application. With a very small foot print, Google Notifr is a set and forget […]

  • Tame OS X Lion with Rowmote

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    There are a few machine remote control applications for iOS on the AppStore market, one of the biggest most well known applications in LogMeIn Ignition, which is perfect for controlling your Mac when you are connecting to it over the internet. However, if you are working on the same network connecting back over the internet […]

  • Clear down App save states – OS X Lion

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    Mac OS X Lion features the ability to resume applications from their last open state, meaning if you reboot, or when you reopen the app it should automatically return to the state it was in before your reboot. It has to be said, it’s quite a cool feature. However, not really needed for some applications, […]

  • Google Latitude as a desktop app – OS X Lion

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    Using nothing but OS X Lion’s built in ‘Automater’ you can create your very own desktop based ‘Web App’ for Google’s Latitude service (or any other URL for that matter) The process is really simple, and only required 2 ‘Automater Methods’ Launch Apple’s Automator application, from the applications folder Chose Application from the document type […]

  • Full screen Applications – OS X Lion

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    One of OS X Lion’s most raved about features is the ability to switch (certain) applications into their very own ‘virtual desktop’ full screen environment. Even OS X Lion’s terminal application contains the required arrows in the top tight hand corner. Hitting the arrows will switch the application or terminal in this case, into it’s […]

  • Don’t just backup.. Clone!

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    One of the worst feelings in the world for any PC or Mac user is the dreaded error message on Boot-up stating your hard drive has failed. Putting your trust in hardware (despite its age) is foolish to say the least. We are all guilty of it, including myself. OS X has a pretty impressive […]

  • CleanMyMac now Supports OS X Lion

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    Two days ago (21st July 2011) MacPaw released an update to the massively popular Mac maintenance application CleanMyMac The latest release of CleanMyMac (v1.9.6) now boasts full OS X Lion compatibility. Although the previous version ran without issue on OS X Lion, it was not officially supported. CleanMyMac is a routine maintenance tool which is […]

  • How To: Disable Facebook Chat

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    In a recent block post, I promoted Safari Add-in AdBlock, and it’s ability to rid your browsing experience of those annoying in page adverts. Now I have taken this a step further, and using one of AdBlock’s manual filters I have now managed to completely remove the Facebook Chat applet completely. I am not a […]

  • Offline TimeMachine Backups

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    One of OS X Lion’s new features around it’s fantastic TimeMachine backup facility is also perhaps one of the least known. TimeMachine is a built in backup system which you can set up and forget about, each time it detects your backup device it will automatically start backing up. (If you last one was missed/delayed) […]

  • {Advanced} LaunchPad App Removal – OS X 10.7

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    EDIT: There is now an even easier way to control Launchpad contents! <- Click Frustratingly the current implementation of the ‘LaunchPad’ in OS X Lion (10.7) seems to have one or two fairly major pit falls. One of which really frustrated me until now. On day of released I downloaded and installed Parallels Desktop 6, […]

  • OS X Lion is here!

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    Well… Ok, it’s actually here…. That’s right, after what seems like months (really only weeks) of waiting, OS X Lion has just hit the download shelves of the Mac App Store! OS X Lion boasts 250 new features, never before seen in any previous OS X version. Some of the main features include the LaunchPad, […]

  • Apple Online Store ‘down’

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    Apple’s online Store has just been taken offline, and replaced with the message seen above. Many believe the store has been taken offline in preparation for the latest MacBook refresh, perhaps it’s for more OS X Lion product details/images? Hopefully it’s both! One things for sure, blog writers the world over will be frantically tapping their […]

  • Snow Leopard Migration Assistant

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    With the impending arrival of OS X Lion (set to arrive for download in the Mac AppStore around 13:00 GMT 20th July 2011) you may want to grab yourself a copy of the Snow Leopard Migration Assistant. This update to the current Migration Assistant has been released to address current issues with the assistant when […]

  • Happy ‘Blog’ Birthday

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    Wow.. I have recently realised that today marks the 5th year of ownership and posting of my website/blog (http://www.mikesel.info) The site was originally formed five years ago, when my boss back then Daniel Britton introduced me to Free Virtual Servers. I remember the day quite well, as all of the ‘Field Engineers’ at the time decided […]

  • Google+ hits iPhone AppStore

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    Apple have just released the Google+ app for download in the iPhone AppStore. The Google+ Android app hit the shelves a few weeks ago, with iPhone users being left in the dark as the iPhone app went through Apple’s stringent App testing and reviews. However, it has now been released, and is available to download. […]

  • Sync your Google+ posts with Twitter

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    If you are one of the lucky few who have managed to bag yourself a Google+ account, but like most, don’t want to have to keep posting updates to various social networks then fear not, +Agent G is here to help! On the other hand, if you have still not got your self an invite, […]

  • Lion’s release date released??

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    With Apple being secretive about the release date there’s been endless amounts of speculation on the normal sites around the Lion release date. Today’s roomers however are looking quite likely to be true. The mid July release date seemed to come and go with no release in site. Now the Apple ‘Whispers’ are starting to […]

  • Disable spotlight indexing – OS X Lion and Mountain Lion

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    Mac OS X Spotlight search is a powerful beast, returning all types of search results in seconds. However, if you don’t use it to launch apps, or find files then it can take up precious CPU cycles for no good reason. As with all features such as this, if you don’t use it or use […]

  • How To: Block in-page adverts

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    Have you ever wanted a completely AddFree browsing experience? Do you find Google’s content sensitive ad’s annoying? Or dislike Facebook telling you it’s located singles in your area? Then today’s top tip is just for you! I understand why companies feel the need to litter webpages with ad’s, there’s no better way to make money […]

  • {maybe} – No OS X Lion this week..

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    So… In a shock announcement to all the Apple fans out there, it looks like this weeks release of OS X Lion was just a pipe dream. There has so far only been rumours of tonights release, non of which have ever been confirmed. As the night draws to a close it’s looking more and […]

  • I have Google+ invites

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    So – thanks to one of my work colleagues I have now managed to get an invite to Google+, and intern I have been given invites to hand out too.. Now – I have no idea how many I have to dish out, so these may well go pretty quick. However if you want one, […]

  • Remove .DS_Store files

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    Today’s quick tip to in my edition of performing tasks without third party tools, this one is based around getting rid of the .DS_Store files. .DS_Store files are created when you use Mac’s finder to browse folders. When you browse a new folder the .DS_Store file is automatically created, and stores information of the folders […]

  • FIXED: Time Machine error SparseBundle already in use

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    So, Time Machine decided it would blankly refuse to back up today.. It seemed to think that the SparseBundle file was still in use, despite the fact it was a fresh install and it was the very first backup! Turn’s out it’s quite a simple issue to fix (at least it was in my situation) Open […]

  • Show hidden files Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 Mavericks

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    So, prior to my upgrade to OS X 10.7 all of my OS related hacks where done using third party tools such as Secrets Prefpane. However, I have decided to try and avoid third party apps as much as possible, and actually try and keep my Lion install as slim as possible. Although this article […]

  • Watch the 2011 Copa America Matches on your iPhone

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    July 7th, 2011 – SPB Software, a leading mobile software developer, collaborates with mTraffic, a transmission rights holder of the Latin America championship, to provide live broadcasting of the 2011 Copa America matches on Android, iPhone and iPad devices for a series of countries. SPB Software has developed a TV client which allows users to […]

  • Get paid to shop with Quidco

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    So generally as a rule I don’t tend to ‘buy in’ to these types of sites, offering cash back deals for doing normal shopping.. However when I moved into my new apartment I wanted to switch energy providers, and I new that Quidco had an offer of £80 cash back to switch to one of […]

  • Lock and Unlock just like an iPad/iPhone

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    Here’s a novel way of locking and unlocking your OS X based Apple Products…. iDevevelop Co. has developed this iOS mimicking lock screen for your Mac. It’s certainly different. You can download Lock Screen from the app store:

  • Death Rally Free for one day only..

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    For one day only top iOS game developers ‘Remedy Entertainment’ have released their flag ship console style racing game for iOS ‘Death Rally’ completely free of charge! Death Rally is rated number one in 52 country’s and features more then 6 hours worth of game play.. So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of […]

  • Enable 2-step verification for Google accounts

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    Seemingly everywhere you turn just recently everyone is implementing 2 factor/2 step verification, this is essentially a second step required to enable you to access normally password secured sites and services. Everything from your bank account to your web based email will shortly be secured using these new methods. Each service has it’s own way […]

  • FIXED: “AppName” wants to use the “name” keychain

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    Tired of seeing this window pop up, and having to enter your password every time you use an app? But don’t want to open up all your apps for use? Here’s a nice and easy fix for you, launch the Keychain Access application (/Applications/Utilities/Keychain Utility) locate the entry relating to the application you want to […]

  • FIXED: Do you want the application “iTunes.app” to accept incoming network connections?

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    If you are a keen believer in protected device usage (which you should be) and you employ a strict security regime including a strict firewall policy, you may find yourself constantly having to allow access to stock applications such as iTunes. This is because these applications are ‘codesigned’ to ensure the firewall only lets them […]

  • Application Spotlight: Progressive Downloader 0.7.3

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    Anyone who regularly downloads software from the internet will have more the likely had to put up with failed downloads due to dropped connections/loss of power etc. Or fallen asleep ‘at the wheel’ whilst downloading large files, thanks in part to the country’s internet infrastructure. Whenever I download files I tend to always turn to […]

  • Apple Time Capsule Refreshed

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    After recent news about iOS 5 and the brand new iPhone 5 launch date creeping up on the horizon we knew it would only be a matter of time before the iconic flagship storage device got a refresh. Apple have recently announced a whole new Time Capsule sporting a massive 3TB of server grade storage. […]

  • Monitor a folder for user or system access – VBScript

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    I was approached a few days ago to develop a solution for monitoring access to a folder on a server (with auditing enabled). My first approach was to try and monitor the files last access time, but I found this to be somewhat unreliable. So my next method was to monitor the systems event logs. […]

  • List all currently installed hot fixes – VBScript

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    The following vbs script will list all of the currently installed Microsoft Hotfixes as per their KB number, a brief description, there installation date and who it was installed by. You may want to pass the computer name, to check a remote computer. Leaving as is will run the scan on the local machine. Also […]

  • Traverse disabled AD Accounts – VBScript

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    Active directory can be a bit of a beast if not managed and maintained correctly. Using this code in a .vbs file you can output all currently disabled accounts. You may want to expand this by using the file system object to output to a file? Const ADS_UF_ACCOUNTDISABLE = 2 Set objConnection = CreateObject(“ADODB.Connection”) objConnection.Open […]

  • SkyDrive gets an upgrade (25GB FOC!)

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    For years I used to be a big fan of Windows Live Mesh, and when I got an email saying it was being disbanded I was a little gutted. I had all of my devices connected to the Mesh system, and used it for sync’ed file storage as well as remote device management. It really […]

  • This weeks challenge

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    This week at work has brought with it a bit of a fresh challenge. As anyone working on large networks will be aware maintaining user accounts and security groups comes with its pitfalls. To try and iron out some of the challenges we face I’m currently in the process of building a .Net app. Which […]

  • Black Air?

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    If the latest rumblings are to believed, Apple are to release a black unibody MacBook. Sure, this Is not brand new on the Apple scene. However unlike the old black plastic one, this one is going to be black unibody .. Just like the silver ones available currently. In my opinion, I think its a […]

  • eBay adjust there sellers fees on Jul 21st

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    “On 21 July 2011, the final value fee for fixed price listings (Buy It Now) will be changed to a flat rate of 10%, up to a maximum £40. This new flat fee replaces the current tiered structure, making it simpler and easier for you to calculate up-front the fees you’ll pay. As before, you […]

  • MobileMe turns into iCloud

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    All of you lucky ‘MobileMe’ members (me included) will be pleased to see this arriving in their inboxes over the next few days… Dear MobileMe member, We’d like to share some exciting news with you about iCloud — Apple’s upcoming cloud service, which stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to your devices. iCloud integrates […]

  • My highlights from #WWDC2011

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    So – as every apple fan boi sits down to watch streams from deep inside the WWDC it soon becomes apparent that the streams are few and far between. What few streams available are ropey at best. I will never understand the reason behind the no streaming rules from Apple. Ahh well – least we […]

  • Android Users, Take your SPB Time!

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    May 24th, 2011 – SPB Software, a leading mobile software developer announces the release of an advanced skinnable alarm clock for Android smartphones – SPB Time. This #1 bestselling alarm and clock application for Windows Mobile now comes to Android users.  It has lots of useful time-related functions and an eye-catching user interface. With SPB […]

  • Download your favourite shows from iPlayer

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    BBC iPlayer is perhaps one of the leading catch-up TV services on the net, however – one downside being, if you suffer from slow/unstable internet access, or you want to catch up offline then iPlayer can be a little less then perfect. However, thanks to Pêche, you can now download your favourite TV Shows for […]

  • Induction charging for Apple Magic Mouse

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              Mobee Technologies have released the very first on the market, induction charge pad for Apple’s Magic Mouse.  One big downside of wireless devices is the speed they get through batteries, and with all of the functionality of the Magic Mouse it’s no different from the rest. Luckily Mobee have come […]

  • Setup detected pending reboot

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    Recently I found myself stumped whilst trying to installing some firewall monitoring software onto my Windows 7 machine at work.  Each time I ran either the setup.exe or setup.msi it would tell me there was another installation stuck pending a reboot.  No matter how many times I rebooted I still got the same message.  After […]

  • SPB Wallet: Android

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    May 17th, 2011 – SPB Software, a leading mobile software developer has released SPB Wallet for Android.  The most powerful wallet application, that has already gained the confidence of thousands of iPhone, Windows, and Symbian users, comes to Android. SPB Wallet 2.0 secures the most valuable private information such as PINs, passwords, codes, accounts, passport […]

  • Enable and Configure SNMP – OS X

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    On the flip side to my recent post – Install and enable SNMP – Windows – I thought it would only be fair to do a similar article for OS X.  Being that I am a massive Apple Fan boy From a new terminal window launch the following command: sudo snmpconf -g basic_setup When prompted, […]

  • Install and enable SNMP – Windows

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    During my Fluke OptiView Training, I decided I would switch some more features on in my Windows 7 VM to see what else the OptiView had to offer.  It was only then I realized my Win7 VM had SNMP installed but had not yet been configured. If you want to install SNMP on your Windows […]

  • Renault Megan – 5 Minute Review

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    This car is…simply put, is cram packed full of gadgets and tech.  All be it all useful stuff in it’s own right, someone really has grabbed a whole host of buttons and thrown them at the dash, the steering wheel and steering column. Granted, it’s a nice drive.  Once I’d finally managed to configure the […]

  • Benchmark 2011: A call for Participants

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    Would you like to help out with the massive benchmarking task of all PHP Frameworks? Phil Sturgeon is setting up ‘Benchmark 2011′ to gather together findings from a PHP Frameworks wide ‘hello world’ exercise: In the PHP community and generally on the interwebs we see a lot of trolling and argumentative behaviour about which X […]

  • iOS 4.3.3 release date only weeks away

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            The rumor mills have started churning, apparently, if they are to be believed then iOS 4.3.3 will shortly be released.  The update is believed to fix a number of issue which include: The recently announced location tracking database will no longer be copied to iTunes. The size of the location database […]

  • New Website

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    I know my stay here has been a short one but I have now started the process of setting up my own website, www.carlybond.co.uk, with the help of Mike Hudson (& I mean a lot of help, so bear with me) The theme of the blog will still be the same, me, my life, rugby […]

  • Battle Royale

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    So off to ‘The Jungle’ we went (OK, so I know it’s not called ‘The Jungle’ anymore, but the name has stuck with me!) full of positive thoughts & feelings of optimism after a brilliant Easter & the news that Jamie Peacock would be making a return after 8 months out of the game.  I’m not […]

  • Orange release contact backup service

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    This morning Orange have released their over the air contacts backup service for contacts.  This free service offers to copy off and securely store your phones contact details online.  Now, I’m sure some people will hate the idea of the details being stored online…but ‘the cloud’ is coming people!  Strap yourselves in, however, I’m guessing […]

  • Sports fan violence

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    Its such a shame that some people get so involved in sports, and outcomes of games that there driven to launch bottles at the other teams fans, and rocks at the windows of the leaving coach full of players.. Luke Burgess, from the Rhinos posted this picture on twitter http://twitter.com/LukeBurgess87/status/64045142134366208 Luckily (so far) no one […]

  • OS X 10.7 Lion update released

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    Apple have just released the latest update to the OS X 10.7 Lion preview. The update is now available using the built in ‘Software Update’ facility.  The contents of the update are yet to be disclosed, but it’s highly recommended to all early adopters.

  • My 10 minute run down of OS X 10.7

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    So…OS X 10.7 – first thoughts of the developer preview are good, as with every bit of new technology I am open to change, and I actually like change.  Some say I bore too easily, others appreciate my hunger to always be on the bleeding edge! I was quite impressed with some of the features […]

  • [Hands On] Iomega ScreenPlay TV Link HD Media Player Director Edition

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    So here it is, my full ‘hands-on’ review of the Iomega ScreenPlay Director.  This device made it’s debut at the Gadget Show live back in 2010, when the range of Iomega home media devices would suit my set up perfectly, however, at the time they seemed a little overpriced. Since the acquisition of my 2TB […]

  • Royal Wedding Leeds Rhinos Combo

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    So today has got the be made up of the weirdest selection of activities, a day which was meant to consist of shopping & lunch out followed by some rugby, was overtaken by some wedding.  That’s right, from the moment I got up & switched on ITV, I was just totally hooked on the Royal […]

  • Conditional Formatting – Show Items Only

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    In Excel 2007 there is an option to use icons in conditional formatting…For example, Up, Down & No Change arrows, which are fed by a number, 0, 1 or 2 in the same cell.  I needed to show these arrows on scorecard I was designing but there was an issue with the size of my column […]

  • White iPhone 4 released today

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    After almost a year after the first iPhone 4 hit the shelves, the white iPhone 4 has been released today.  The new device has no new features apart from its white casing.  It does however confirm many of our fears, in that the release of an iPhone 5 in June is highly unlikely. I’m personally […]

  • Index & Match with an Array

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    I spend most of my day at work returning values from one worksheet to another or one list to another, for example, matching a customer name to a customer number. This can be done by using a combination of the INDEX & MATCH functions (see example below) This would result in: However, if I wanted […]

  • Easter Monday Fun

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    Walking up the Headingley on a glorious Easter Monday, is one of my favorite places to be. With the thoughts that Danny McGuire may be making a comeback after 7 months, just gave us a skip in our step. It felt like it would give the team such a lift & it really did, as […]

  • Maundy Thursday at Odsal

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    From the moment the pre-match band played ‘Tonight’s gonna be a good night’ at Odsal on Thursday evening, it felt like some kind of omen, strangely gave me a little bit of hope for the game to come. It was a must win game for the Leeds Rhinos & you could feel the tension…which at […]

  • Recovering a Backup – iTunes

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    Recently I had to have my laptop stripped back & restored due to iTunes messing with my head (long story) and my personal IT Helpdesk had a problem with the back up of my iTunes library. Now you may or may not know this about me, but I have a hatred for an untidy iTunes […]

  • Next up Bradford Bulls

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    Next up for the Leeds Rhinos is our local rivals Bradford Bulls on what has become a traditional Easter Thursday fixture. With the Bulls lying a point and 3 places behind us, it has quickly become a ‘must win’ game for us. Now, I don’t like playing Bradford at the best of times, however, now […]

  • An early start to a long day.

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    Today is the Service Desk and InfoSec day at Earls court in London, so started at 5am! Its my second time at the event, with my first trip two years ago today. The event is essentially a collection of suppliers from around the world selling hardware and software aimed at IT service desks. This might […]

  • Microsoft Outlook – Reading Pane – Mark as read issue

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    If like me, you like having your reading pane on to preview your messages but don’t want to ‘mark as read’ when you click off the message, you can change a setting to stop it from happening…simples Tools > Options Click the ‘Other’ tab Click Reading Pane… Make sure the ‘Mark item as read when selection changes’ tick […]

  • [FREE] SuperTuxKart for OS X

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    SuperTuxKart is a FREE ‘Mario Kart’ type driving game which features some of the characters found in the Linux variants of TuxKart. You can race your kart on more then 10 tracks against the CPU or better still, using SuperTuxKart’s built in multiplayer modes. Which supports upto 4 users! This games not just about the […]

  • Woeful evening at Headingley

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    So after the rugby league marathon I went through last weekend which ended with Leeds Rhinos losing at away at Hull KR, I thought this weekend would have more to offer for me. I actually live in Hull (so you can imagine what this week was like at work) so getting from Hull to Leeds […]

  • iOS 4.3.2 Available to download NOW

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    Apple have recently released their latest revision to the iOS operating system, version 4.3.2, weighs in at a hefty 666.2mb, and features a few fixes reported by early adopters: – Fixes issue for blank or frozen video during a FaceTime call – Fixes issue which prevented some international users from connecting to 3G networks on […]

  • Learn essentials of C# (free for limited time)

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    For many years I have been feeding my passion for knowledge and learning by excelling is as many programming languages I can get my hands on, some of the ones I am ‘fluent’ in are VBA, vb.net, HTML, PHP and Java.  One that’s always been up there on my list of languages to learn is […]

  • Clear Type

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    If you’re anything like me, you will get annoyed that your font on Windows is a little bleary or blurred. It drives me insane, especially when you have a laptop which needs re-installing every 5 minutes :@ (Thanks to Mike Hudson for being my personal IT helpdesk), and you can never remember where it is […]

  • VLC Portable upgrade released

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    My personal favorite media player, and extremely popular VLC’s less bloaty smaller brother (portable vlc) has just been upgraded. Version 1.1.9 is now available to download from Portable Apps VLC is renowned for being able to play just about anything you throw at it, with the normal moans an groans about codecs. Its also available on just about every […]

  • Guilty Pleasures

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    So I’ve been thinking about the topic of ‘kind of’ guilty pleasures lately, maybe not totally guilty pleasures, but things we like doing which we may be a little bit embarrassed about, or quite proud of, depending on how you look at it I starting thinking about this when I spent the whole of Saturday morning […]

  • Quick VLC Tip

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    Did you know…whilst watching a video using VLC you can use your magic mouse to change the volume and to fast forward/rewind… If you run your fingers down your magic mouse the volume will turn down, equally running them up the mouse turns the volume up! So to fast forward/rewind you run you fingers from […]

  • Rugby League

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    Tonight is the start of a small rugby league marathon as I am going to see 2 live games of the greatest game in the world, rugby league, this weekend!  We more often than not go & see one as I am a massive Leeds Rhinos supporter, however, we have got some free tickets to go & watch […]

  • Sky Never Miss

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    If you’re anything like me then you will always be wondering when the next series of your favourite programme is coming back onto your screens, well, with the Sky Never Miss functionality then you have to do just that, ‘Never Miss’ a programme. All you have to do, is log in with your Username & […]

  • [SOLVED] Blue ‘link’ border round images

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    A while ago my web hosts FreeVirtualServers asked me to migrate my site away from the rapidly bloating install of Joomla and over to WordPress. Since then I have been quite happily tapping away in Safari on my MacBook without a care in the world, until I spotted one of my best friends Carly’s laptop […]

  • Microsoft Outlook – Reading Pane

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    For months now I have been driven insane by my Outlook…for some reason the Reading Pane had decided to give up the ghost, for no apparent reason whatsoever.  I kept looking in the ‘Customise Current View’ section of my inbox, but there is was, still set to ‘Bottom’.  Very frustrating.  So I decided to search […]

  • Useful Code Snippets

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    One of the challenges I face as a developer in the several languages I frequent is to remember the exact syntax for some of the less heavily used functions I try to implement, which is why my code snippets library is growing rapidly in size.  However, sometimes it’s also useful having access to snippets of ‘complete’ code for […]

  • Import DVD’s to iTunes

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    For sometime now I have been ‘getting around’ to converting my physical DVD library to a complete media centre solution.  However, this has always suffered from a lack of resources and disk space.  Now I have a 2TB drive arriving on Friday with the ability to daisy chain with my 1TB drive, I am confident it […]

  • Introduction to a new blogger

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    So this is my first official blog…a little late considering I actually posted something yesterday but I thought it only right to introduce myself. My name is Carly Bond & I am a 32 year old Reporting Manager with a passion for all things Excel!  I guess I should really call myself a developer ‘of […]

  • Website pictures

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    It would appear there are issues with some of the pictures on this site.  Most of the uploading pictures are JPEG, however, some are TIFF and PNG & it looks like those of you who use IE are missing out on them. I will be converting all my pictures to a better supported format this evening […]

  • iOS Facebook Update

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      This morning sees the release of version 3.4 of the iOS Facebook app. The update is now available to download from the app store and contains the following updates: Ability to unfriend direct from your device Map View for ‘Places’ Ability to check in to events Improved UI and improved alerts. The iOS client […]

  • Notepad Line Count

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    This evenings post has been contributed by Carly Bond an Excel Guru, who often helps me out with some of Excel’s more complex functions and formula’s. As a user of large files of data, I constantly use Notepad to check lengths of data before importing them into other programs.  Going to the end of the […]

  • An OpenOffice Alternative

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    For many years now OpenOffice has been the staple of many an open sources tool box, providing the power of the Microsoft Office suite without the hefty price tag, however, a recent takeover of Sun by Oracle created a fork in the OpenOffice community.  Many staying true to the brand and it’s new owner’s beliefs, […]

  • Reversing a jailbreak

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    For those of you who have been brave enough to Jailbreak your iOS devices, or those who have decided you preferred the straight up, stable, reliable (aka boring) standard iOS offering, you may be relieved to hear reversing a jailbreak is as straight forward as downloading and installing the latest iOS release.  If you’re not already on it of course, […]

  • All your notifications wrapped up in one native app

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    Boxcar for Mac is the new variant of the popular iOS instant notification application, bringing together updates from a wide range of services including Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz and even your RSS feeds all under one roof, and now under one roof on both your iOS and OS X devices.  Whats more – boxcar’s developers are hard […]

  • NetScan 3.0 Network Utility

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    NetScan from William Furtado is today’s featured app.  NetScan is a small but perfectly formed network utility for Mac’s, a great addition to any network admin’s tool belt. NetScan features include: A Network Port Scanner for both local or external IP’s/Hostname’s A ping utility A traceroute utility Packet flooding and a Whois Utility NetScan also allows […]

  • Need screenshots without the hassle? Get Captur

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    If you’re a heavy internet picture poster (much like me) then you will find yourself yearning after the perfect screen capture app/utility all the time. Normally I just use QuickSilver launch grab and snap away, however, the amount of times I then have to launch another app just to switch the captured images extension really […]

  • Perfect freelancer/contractor companion

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    If you often find yourself flitting between projects/jobs for different clients but are finding it difficult to keep track of what time you are spending on each one, then you may want to check out the latest edition to my Mac Toolbox. Activity Audit from DssW has recently hit the MacApp store & uses a […]

  • Set Internet Explorer Proxy settings using VBScript

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    If you’re a mobile user who works both in and out of the office, then you may find yourself having to constantly ‘tweak’ your IE proxy settings all the time, and although it’s only a few mouse clicks, a few is always too many in my eyes. The VBScript below will check for any currently […]

  • Connect & Sync Windows Phone 7 with OS X

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    Well here’s something I never thought I would see…An actual Microsoft released app specifically for connecting your Windows Phone 7 device to, not only your Mac, but iTunes as well! The Windows Phone 7 Connector is designed to be a simple and easy to use app to allow direct syncing with Windows Phone 7 devices.  […]

  • BiteSMS 5.2 Released!

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    The extremely popular and ‘Cydia’ featured sms client ‘BiteSMS’ has today seen the birth of the latest incarnation 5.2. BiteSMS brings so much more to the table than your average SMS app, including things like contact photo’s on the notification window, quick reply functionality, scheduled texts and much much more. Version 5.2 expands the features […]

  • Good news for all you O2 customers

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    Well here’s some good news for all you O2 customers with data enabled phones…O2 have today announced that they are releasing new tariffs (and renewing the 12 month contracts) which will include a range of tethering plans in the price. Since the ‘introduction’ of tethering into the mobile world, the mobile phone operators where quick […]

  • Take control over your iTunes playlists

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    Have you ever found yourself in the position where you have built a fantastic playlist in iTunes that you’d love to copy to your non-iTunes syncing media player, like a Windows Phone 7 device, for example?   Well then todays ‘power user’ app is for you…Todays app, iTunesFS, is the brainchild of Mulle Kybernetic.  iTunesFS […]

  • WiFi on the London underground

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    It was always just a matter of time before this happened but as much as I hate the underground this is going to make it a little bit easier to endure! http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/28/internet_access_underground/ All we need now are on board police to prevent the inevitable tech theft which is no doubt going to ensue!

  • For all you Mac ‘Power Users’

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    Today’s featured app is another fantastic utility from Joel Barriere over at Titanium Software which is aimed at the power users among us.  Much like Secrets from Blacktree, Deeper from Titanium Software gives you point and click access to many hidden features and settings in and around OS X.  Unlike Secrets, Deeper is actually a […]

  • OnyX – OS X maintenance tasks for everyone

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    Back in November 09 I blogged about MacPaw’s app, CleanMyMac which was one of the first applications I purchased when I got my very first Mac.  In my opinion, CleanMyMac is the best on the market for keeping your log files, caches and general junk in order, however, I have recently expanded my Mac cleaning […]

  • Tubblog reaches the 500 post mark (@tubblog)

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    A friend in the field Richard Tubb’s blog has been going 6 years now, and has just reached the 500th posts mark, and what a post it is! (http://tubblog.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/tubblog-at-500-tips-on-blogging-longevity/) A true inspiration to bloggers the world over. Richards posts are always a pleasure to read and very informative. Please join me in congratulating Richard, and […]

  • RESOLVED: Mobile Template Issues

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    Edit: this is now resolved! Hello.. Looks like this weekends works to bring my WordPress installation up to scratch with the most up to date version appears to have caused issues with my mobile template. Rest assured I’m working on getting this resolved and hope to have it back online soon! Regards, Mike Hudson

  • Quick tip – Launch form from VSTO Ribbon

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    There appears to be little documentation on the net for the most simple part of creating VSTO Add-ins. Once you have created your ribbon and your controls on it, you may want to use them to launch your app’s forms.  This really is simple, looking at the snippet below, presuming you have a command button […]

  • Ease the pain of excel OLEDB and ODBC connections

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    Excel’s ODBC and OLEDB connectivity can be a slow an laborious, completing fields repeatedly with little or no real control over the end result until more menu surfing and button clicking is done, which is where my most recent code snippet has come from.  Although I am a fairly heavy user of Excel, producing reports […]

  • Access detailed user account information in AD using VB.Net

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    One of the challenges on large domains is keeping track of unused accounts, or checking to see if end users passwords have expired.  Now, I know there are several tools out and about that enable you to do this…But come on, where’s the fun in that!? Using the code detailed below you can query active […]

  • Fixed – Unknown rectangle encoding 1835861421

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    As a keen believer in laziness I have recently started to use Veency and Chicken of the VNC to control my iPhone from a distance.  However, as both pieces of software are new additions in my arsenal I was stumped when I kept getting an error message when moving around the screen. Unknown rectangle encoding […]

  • Do you benchmark?

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    Benchmark testing can be a good indicator that your PC or Mac is not running how it should be. Benchmarking puts various components in your machine under various levels of stress an records it’s response times. Benchmarking has been around for many years, but recently benchmarking communities such as the one over at http://novabench.com/ have […]

  • Sourceforge attacked

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    Sourceforge have blogged that they two suffered the same fate as the recently compromised Gawker media sites. They’ve discovered evidence of directed attempts to steal their subscriber’s passwords. This attack seems to be getting more and more common on sites across the web which proves that having the same password for all of your sites/computers/logons […]

  • Skype 5.0 for Mac leaves beta

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    That’s it…All the testings done!  It’s new, it’s shiny and it’s ready to be used!  The popular voice over IP multi platform application Skype 5.0 has now left it’s beta testing stage. Skype 5.0 has features that should make most video conference applications quake in their v4 protocols!  Skype 5.0 is the first version to […]

  • iTunes 10.1.2

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    Apple have just released iTunes 10.1.2 into the wild.  This is believed to address a few minor bugs…and for all the Americans, a patch to support Verizon/CDMA iPhone 4. That’s about it for this release of iTunes.  Unless any of you keen iTunes fans can spot any hidden tresures in 10.1.2. This release should be […]

  • Finally a landing page that’s functional

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    Today Lifehacker posted a link to a deviant art post, it was about creating your very own ‘landing’ page in your web browser so instead of staring at the boring old Google or Bing search page, or your recently visited list you get something useful.  Now, for as long as I have had access to […]

  • Ms Office 2011 Mac – 30 Day Trial

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    It seems like ages since Office 2011 Mac was first announced.  The long awaited return of macro enabled spreadsheets and the redesigned GUI of Outlook for Mac finally made their way to the shelves. But wait…no need to rush out and spend your hard earned beer tokens just yet…as Microsoft have just announced a 30 […]

  • Better window size controls for OS X

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    One of the most common ‘complaints’ and comments from ex Windows users on the OS X operating system, is the inability to be able to click a button and expand the current window into a ‘maximised’ state.  Although I’ve never really understood it myself, it has sort of grown on me.  It certainly makes multi-tasking […]

  • A top tip to prevent unwanted MagSafe disconnects.

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    One of the most common problems I find with my MacBook, is the power ‘bricks’ want to constantly slide off surfaces that aren’t completely flat.  Meaning 9 times out of 10 my MagSafe adapter gets whipped out of my MacBook mid charge.  This can be very frustrating so when I saw the post on Gizmodo […]

  • A quick iPhone tip

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    Recently i have found myself getting more and more annoyed with the iPhones autocorrect. Due to my job and often urge not to use the queens english i find myself fighting with the autocorrect wizard. Often having to type my word three times before it will leave me alone.. Well not anymore.. Simply by typing […]

  • A whole new framework

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    As some of you may have noticed there has been a distinct lack of posts of the site for a while. After my new years burst of at least one post a day I managed to create a bit of a problem. My current provider claimed that my site and it’s 150 hits per day […]

  • How To: Use OpenDNS with a Thomson TG585 Router

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    One of the drawbacks of using an internet service providers own router is that some of them such as the Thomson TG585′s web interface locks away the more advanced settings.  A good example of this is the ability to switch to a third party DNS service such as Google or OpenDNS.  These third party DNS […]

  • Reset MBP Service Battery Indicator

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    For reasons yet unknown my Apple MacBook Pro has recently been testing my patience.  A few days after Christmas this year the Hard Drive decided to give up the ghost.  So off I went to my local Apple experts KRCS, they fitted a new hard drive for me and I went on my way.  Less […]

  • Add a bit of geek to your OS X chic

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    If you think you have your Mac set up perfectly, so much so it’s just the way you like it.  Have you ever considered you may be missing something?  Perhaps the local weather, your current IP, drive capacity or maybe even a dynamically updating list of memory hogging apps direct on your desktop? GeekTool is a […]

  • Take private browsing a step further

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    Are you a “private browser”?  If you find yourself in the need of covering your tracks on the net, have you ever considered covering your tracks on the rest of your machine?  Perhaps you’d like to keep your recent items, history and cache files private too? Well luckily for you David Kennedy has put together […]

  • SPB TV Comes to Desktop

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    January 13th, 2011 – SPB Software, a leading mobile software developer has announced that its major solution SPB TV is now also available for desktop. As the best in class TV for mobile devices SPB TV has already gained popularity among the smartphone owners. The numbers confirm this: this month SPB TV has reached the […]

  • Disk Drill free Mac data recovery software

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    One of the hardest pills to swallow about computer use is the realisation that you may well have just lost some very important data. Be that anything from your contacts list to your wedding photo’s. Ok, we are all supposed to backup regularly – but there’s just sometimes when it’s not actually possible, and as […]

  • Don’t just use your iPhone.. OWN IT

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    I was recently approached by a friend in need of a USB flash drive storage solution which didn’t require carrying additional hardware. Crazy I know considering the size of some of the USB devices available today. I knew my friend was an Apple fan much like myself, so the most obvious choice was to use […]

  • Keep all your Mac Apps up to date

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    If you are like me, and have countless app’s littered all over your Mac – each one as important as the next one you will be keen to stay on the bleeding edge.  Well you may be pleased to know there are several apps on the market to keep all your other apps up to […]

  • OS X Native Twitter Client

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    With the recent launch of the all new Apple Mac App Store, came the arrival of the official OS X Twitter client.  Now, although there are countless twitter based clients available for OS X, the official client has entered the charts near the top in my opinion.  The client sports a very slick and basic […]

  • Give your Mac some Caffeine

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    One of the downsides of using a laptop as a main computer is it’s constant ‘want’ to power down/sleep to preserve battery.  However, there are some times when it powering down is really unhelpful – during the middle of long processes such as file transfers or downloads are good examples. Well luckily the boffins over […]

  • Jazz up your Mac

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    If, like me you are bit bored of the standard ‘Glass’ look OS X dock then check out today latest addition to my blog.. Leoparddocks is a simple and straight forward app that uses downloadable themes to customise the look and feel of the standard OS X dock.  Leoparddocks website features a large number of already […]

  • Save 20% on MacScan for a limited time

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    For a limited time only, thanks to the guys over at Mac Promo you can get MacScan for a limited time with 20% off the RRP using the promo code SAINTNICK.  MacScan is a premier anti-spyware and security application to help protect you Mac. Not only is it capable of removing spyware, it also cleans up […]

  • Mind blowing Autodesk hologram

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    Unless you live under a rock you should have by now noticed that everything is rapidly speeding towards 3D technologies. Much like the 3D technologies used in the film industries Autodesk university have come up with this quite frankly amazing way of touring round environments sing special imaging paper made by http://www.zebraimaging.com/. Model’s made in AutoDesks […]

  • How to save yourself £59 a year

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    Now, as much as I love MobileMe and the sync services it provides, I just can’t bring myself to pay the massive renewal cost for an extra year as a member.  The £59 is staying firmly seated in my pocket this time round!  However, I am a little addicted to the services MobileMe provides, so […]

  • Stuffit Expander 2011

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    If, like me you spend most of your life rooting around in your downloads folder looking for that tar ball or zip file you recently downloaded then maybe this app if for you? From the makers of the popular file compression software Stuffit comes the latest in their arsenal of applications. Stuffit Expander 2011 - designed […]

  • Google release their own Latitude iPhone App

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    Since the introduction of Google Latitude the Apple App Store has slowly been filling up with apps that perform ‘background’ updating to keep your location up to date. Some have had better reviews then others. Google have recently released their very own Latitude app which includes it’s very own variation of Background updating. The application features a […]

  • Skimlinks – Affiliate marketing made simple

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    As an avid ‘blogger’ and internet user, I am always mystified by the complexity behind some affiliate schemes and advertising programs. Even programs such as Google’s AdWords can often be complicated to maintain and implement. Although I am not a huge fan of advertising banners littered all over blogs, I understand people would like to […]

  • LaCie Imakey – Perfect for the ‘Road Warrier’

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    Over the last several years I have been disappointed by plastic USB flash drives and the fact they all fail in the same way. Countless USB Flash drives have been lost simply by the plastic keyring loop breaking off, causing frustration, data loss and financial pain.  But now – thanks to LaCie’s Imakey this will now […]

  • LastPass – The last password you will EVER need

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    LastPass is possibly the last password you will EVER need to remember.. In this era of the ‘digital revolution’ if you are anything like me you will have countless accounts for countless sites, all with different passwords. Which can often be a pain to remember. Over the last few weeks I have found myself getting more […]

  • RTM to iCAL Sync

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    Bit-Built Software recently released a very handy app for all you Mac & Remember The Milk users. If you don’t currently use Remember The Milk, it’s basically an online task management system that’s capable of syncing with various other systems. Including BlackBerry devices, Google Calendarm Gmail Gadgets, Twitter, Microsoft Outlook and now, thanks to TaskSync OSX’s iCal. […]

  • The importance of backups

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    For years I have preached to my friends and family about the importance of regular backups, and here I am … Learning to practice what I preach. On wednesday night my hard drive failed in my 14 month old MacBook Pro.  The (to date) reliable 500Gb sata Hitachi hard drive had shown no signs of […]

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR

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    Happy New Year to all my followers, friends, tweeps, contacts, strangers etc. Let’s hope its a prosperous one. Here’s to good health!! :o)

  • Simple RSS Feed to Twitter Solution

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    If you own a website who’s content is updated regularly, and are not taking advantage of Twitter, then this may be of interest to you. Twitter currently accounts for around 2-3% of my sites hits, but I have seen a steady and gradual increase in the last year alone. As a rule I generally post […]

  • New Year’s Eve Countdown

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    Got your new years celebration event location booked? Got your party poppers? Got your party hat? Got your case(s) of beer?? Good then your about set.. Now all there is left is some form of notification as to when the year is actually over.. Which is where this neat little app comes in.. The Times […]

  • Dent-remover.co.uk Launch Day

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    A few weeks ago I was approached by a good friend with information of a local Paintless Dent Repair technician, who was looking to move into the digital era. Martin was looking for a simple clean interface on his website, with the ability to handle requests from potential customers for estimates of works. Working from […]

  • Purge empty Ms Outlook Folders with VBA

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    I was recently spotted an opportunity to flex my VBA muscles when Richard Tubb posted a tweet, asking for solutions on how to clear out unused Microsoft Outlook folders. I decided to accept the challenge, and threw together the following VBA Sub ‘**************************************************************************************** ‘**************************************************************************************** ‘****** ‘****** Name: Purge empty outlook mail folders ‘****** Description: Search […]

  • Hidden – The most advanced theft tracking software for your Mac

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    For as long as I can remember there has been variations of this type of application on the internet. Many years ago I believe the first on to be released was called ‘ET Phone Home’ – designed primarily for dial up internet connections, it would call the registered home number. An if engaged it would […]

  • MegaFon Chooses the Mobile TV Solution from SPB Software

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    December 23rd, 2010 – SPB Software, a leading mobile software developer announces, that one of the major Russian mobile carriers MegaFon has chosen SPB Software as a partner for its mobile TV client solution. Being the first all-Russian mobile operator in GSM 900/1800 and 3G standard, that has more than 56 million active subscriber accounts […]

  • Mass downloader using built in Mac tools.

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    The Mac operating system comes with some pretty powerful tools out of the box. One of which, I am a big fan of. The Mac ‘Automator’ is a basic almost script editor which uses workflows to automate common tasks, and with all tools like this they can be manipulated to replace full blow applications. A […]

  • SPB Software Launches SPB Mobile Shell 5.0 for Manufactures and Carriers

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    San Francisco, CA – October 05th, 2010 – SPB Software, a leading mobile applications and games developer, today announced the latest version of its best-selling mobile user interface (UI), SPB Mobile Shell 5.0, for device manufacturers and carriers. SPB Mobile Shell 5.0 provides a uniform user interface across most mobile operating systems: Android, Symbian, Windows […]

  • How To Fix Auto-OpenAuto-Close windows

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    If for any reason you have had to disconnect your car battery and your auto-openauto-close windows have stopped working, don’t despair it’s a very simply fix..  Press and hold the window open button Once the window is fully open hold the button for a further 10 seconds Now press and hold the window close button […]

  • GarageSale 6 – The most advanced eBay client application for Mac OS X

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    Back in April I blogged about GarageBuy the ultimate all in one local eBay shopping tool. Well at the opposite end of the auction process, GarageSale offers to be the all in one eBay auction tool.  This is the latest in a long line of outstanding applications from the people over at iwascoding.com. GarageSale is the Mac […]

  • Get tabs in OS X Finder windows

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    As more an more web browsers pop up offering tab browsing, I always knew tabbed file browsers would never be far behind.. The first one (that I’ve come across) in TotalFinder from BinaryAge.  TotalFinder is a Finder add-in that add’s a tab feature to the native finder window. Offering little more then the standard + button as […]

  • How to identify unknown hardware

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    Have you ever rebuilt a computer using OEM operating system discs only to be left with a dozen unknown devices in the device manager?  This can often be a real pain, especially if you don’t want to have to take the PC apart, and remove each piece of hardware in order to ID it. However […]

  • Convert YouTube video’s to MP3′s

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    Have you ever found a clip on you tube of a live eventconcert that you wanted to listen to whilst away from your PC? Well now you can, all you need to do is grab the url of the clip you want. Now paste it into the box provided over at http://www.video2mp3.net/index.php Select your preference on […]

  • How to create iPhone Ringtones

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    Back in December 2008 I posted a link to a tutorial on how to create iPhone ringtones. Which worked well, as long as you had the patience to pin point the timings of a track. Well since then I have had to get a little bit more ‘technical’ with my ringtone creation. Mainly because of […]

  • Send SMS Messages from your Mac using your iPhone

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    You may be pleased to know there’s now a much better method – click here If you are a heavy user of your iPhone, and like to take advantage of your unlimited text message plan – then this app is for you.. Although I love my iPhone and quite frankly would be lost without it, […]

  • Soluto for Windows beats the boot up delay

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    If you are experiencing speed issues with you machine, or would just like to give it a general service to improve performance then you could do much worse than Soluto. Soluto monitors your PCLaptop whilst it boots, and using an innovative time line based interface helps pin point what it is that’s making your PC boot […]

  • Watch Tiësto vs BLK JKS Exclusively from Smirnoff

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  • Time to get rid of your FTP client?

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    Well ok.. Perhaps that’s going a step too far.. However oneway offers a quick and easy way of uploading files to either FTP or SSH sites direct from your ‘right click’ context menu. The application is a tiny 1.6MB download, and has barely any foot print at all. Once installed all you need to do is […]

  • Apple iPad UK prices released

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    Unless you live under a rock or on another planet you will have seen at least one article relating to Apple’s latest product, the iPad. The iPad is is essentially a tablet version of the popular iPhone OS with so much more to give. The iPad has been selling thick and fast in the USA, […]

  • 2GB’s of Free online storage with Dropbox

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    Online storage solutions seem to be popping up all over the place thick and fast. Each featuring it’s own good and bad points. One of my favourite’s is Dropbox. As with many online storage solutions drop box features it’s own feature rich desktop client. The client is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and some mobile […]

  • TidySongs to the iTunes Library Rescue

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    I think it’s fair to say you can tell a lot about someone by the music they listen to, and the device they use to listen to it with. Being a big Mac fan, I quite like iTunes – now don’t get me wrong. It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s […]

  • A whole new meaning to word ‘desktop’ (3D)

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    All of you desktop icon-less freaks out there are going to hate this. BumpTop is an amazing addition to the mac, BumpTop is essentially a 3D version of a normal desktop, giving you the advantage of 5 more surfaces in which to store your stuff!  Not only do you have the ‘top down’ desktop floor space, […]

  • Secure any Windows machine with Biometrics

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    Transcend USA have recently released an additional application for use with their JetFlash 220 secure storage devices. The JetFlash 220 is just like any normal USB memory stick, however – it has one extra little facility.. Built into the housing of the device is a biometric fingerprint scanner. The scanner protects a ‘private’ partition on the device […]

  • Help cure diseases at home

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    I don’t claim to be a scientist, nor do I think I will ever cure cancer… But I like to believe I am helping out in one way or another. If you feel the same way and if you have oodles of spare CPU power just sitting around doing nothing, why not put it to […]

  • Upload to FTP using Automator

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    If you spend allot of time uploading files to FTP sites then you may well find this automator add-on invaluable. Essentially this enables you to create a ‘drop box’ type folder in which you can drop files. Then hit the Automator application shortcut, which will automatically ‘chuck’ them up to an FTP folder of your […]

  • GarageBuy – Search, Track & Bid on eBay

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    If I am completely honest I have never been a huge fan of eBay and it’s crazy page layouts, and the hoops you have to jump through just to do the simplest of tasks. Which is why I was quick to download this application when I saw it listed on MacUpdate’s website. GarageBuy is an […]

  • Lock your mac with a click of your mouse

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    In the interests of security it’s best to lock your machine as soon as you leave it. Perhaps more relevant to an iMac over a MacBook (as im sure you would never leave your MacBook unattended) but still important either way. There are a few options for locking your machine, i recently blogged about one […]

  • Backup to the cloud on any OS

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    As any IT expert will tell you, if your data doesn’t exist in at least 3 locations it doesn’t exit at all. Which is a good strategy to live by if you value the things you store on your computer.  Now, backups can be a complicated and mundane task, having to remember to put DVD’sCD’s […]

  • Vote for the new face of Iceland

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    In a complete shift of my normal website and blog content, I would like to take the opportunity to promote one of my friends in the running for the ‘Next new face of Iceland’. Iceland food stores have decided to use an ‘everyday normal’ person in their new advertising campaign. So far Natalie has managed to […]

  • Folx – Download Manager

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    Recently I have found my self at the mercy of my ISP and diabolical download speeds in an attempt to download the massive (2+ GB) download that is Apple’s xCode. Which is where my latest blog article stems from, and the latest software review. Back in october last year I posted a blog about some […]

  • Online Business Cards – OnePage

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    Since early July 2009 the team over at OnePage, made up of Oo Nwoye and Joel Gascoigne have been working hard to bring you an interesting solution to an age old problem. That problem being the business card… The random bit of cardboard that gets shoved in your wallet, shirt or suit pocket or lost somewhere in you desk draws. Recently The […]

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  • 3 Network’s in car WiFi aka MiFi

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  • Hands On: Powerstrap – Charging on the go

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  • iPhone OS 4.0 coming soon

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    News has started to hit the various mediums about invitations to an ‘unveiling’ ceremony for Apple’s latest version of it’s iPhone operating system. iPhone OS 4 has been rumoured to contain may new features and exciting updates. However the only features actually confirmed to date have been a refresh of the home screen (what ever […]

  • MAMP One Click Webserver Solution

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    On the left hand side of the panel, there a quick and easy red/green light notification system. A brilliantly simple way of checking the status of your implementation. On the right hand side you have the options of stopping the services, open the start page (summary page), changing your server preferences and quit’ing the application. […]

  • Apple Release 10.6.3 update

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    Apple have now released version 10.6.3 for their popular operating system Snow Leopard. The update can be downloaded using the built in auto update facility. Here’s an excerpt from the auto-update window: The 10.6.3 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the […]

  • Windows Media Player 9 for Mac

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    EDIT: This post is very old, and some\all of the information may now be out of date For all of you Windows to Mac converts who are missing Windows Media, player here’s something you may be pleased to know. Windows Media Player 9 has been tested and proved fully functional in Mac OS X 10.6.2 […]

  • TechLink Anti-Bacterial Screen and Keyboard Cleaning System

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    During my recent visit to the big city that is London, I decided I would treat my MacBook Pro to a bit of a clean. Obviously it’s kept in tip top condition, but as with all displays and heavily used keyboards it was still showing signs of use. So off I went to the Apple […]

  • Type, Send, Relax with Luscious SMS

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    Luscious SMS is a desktop based mobile phone communications management solution, aimed at those who send large volumes of text messages or who would just rather use their computers keyboard instead of the phones keypad. Luscious is able to extract SMS message folder contents including your Inbox, Drafts, Outbox, Sent and Trash folders direct from your […]

  • MSN Messenger 8 for Mac (BETA)

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    News has hit the wires today that the latest incarnation of MSN Messenger for Mac. Version 8.0 brings both video and audio conversations to the table. Something that’s been sadly lacking in previous versions of Mac messenger. The fancy new messenger feature comes with it’s own pitfalls, which I am sure are being worked on […]

  • Jiwire hotspot finder for iPhone

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    The clever boffins over at jiwire have recently released an update to their popular iPhone based Wi-Fi hotspot locator. The previous version was close to making it to my top ten list, but just had a little something missing.. This one however, really does seem to tick all the boxes for me! The Jiwire hotspot […]

  • Two Click DVD and Blu-ray extraction

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    If like me, you are an avid laptop user who’s laptop travels with them everywhere, then carrying a collection of DVD’s with you is essential for those times when you exhaust the internet. However, carrying a large collection of discs everywhere you go is so last year! Especially now with the price of terabyte drives […]

  • Internet banking – Are you protected?

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    Internet banking is perhaps one of the most common practices on the internet in today’s hectic lifestyles. Behind social networking, and web based gaming of course. Which is why it’s not surprising that a large number of internet based nasty’s such as viruses and spy where etc are aimed at those of us who bank […]

  • View CR2 files in Windows Vista

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    Today I was presented with the challenge of CR2 files.. I must admit, when I was first asked – I didn’t even know what a CR2 file was, apparently it’s a RAW file format used by some of Canon’s digital camera range. For some reason, the file format is not automatically accessible using some of […]

  • 3RVX a Mac style skinnable OSD volume control

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    One thing I love about the Mac is the on screen displays for things like the volume, brightness and backlight controls. Then when switching back to the windows boxes I also miss the visibility of the volume control. Obviously there’s the small volume control in the system tray. but as a neat freak, I don’t […]

  • My first ‘Premier’ blog

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    Well I must admit, this is a first for me.. Blogging from the bar of a Premier Inn. Those of you who know me, will know all about the help desk system I have been developing. Well the project is rapidly approaching it’s go-live date so it’s time to deliver the training. So here I […]

  • Reset Root Password

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    If you have managed to misplace your AdminRoot account password for you Mac OS X machine, then all you have to do is follow these simple steps to reset it. Yes…. It really is this easy! So remember this when your away from your desk thinking your data is secure! Get your self a copy […]

  • SSH access for iPhone

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    Here’s one for all you hardcore terminal fans.. TouchTerm SSH gives you simple, straight forward SSH access to your devicesservers. Unlike may other SSH iPhone apps, touch term gives you a single input and output screen. Making those more complex tasks even easier to operate remotely. TouchTerm also enables the secure saving of connection passwords, […]

  • Home Automation for Mac OS X

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    Audacious Software have recently announced their latest incarnation of the Shion home automation system for Mac OS X. Shion manages an monitors devices through supported hardware available from major retailers such as Amazon. Using the Shion GUI you can take control of normal house hold objects, such as lamps, dimmer switches, thermostats and any device which can […]

  • Repair a Netgear DG834PN

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    Firmware upgrades have always been a risky business, due to the ease of ‘bricking’ your device. Basically a failure to complete the upload or upload of a firmware file can result in a near useless device which can often be unrepairable. However, if you are lucky (as I have been) there are steps you can […]

  • Project SIKULI

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    …. if you can see it, you can script it! Anyone who works or has worked with me will know that’s something I often say. However, Project SIKULI takes that to a whole new level. Project SIKULI works by scripting around screen grabs, so even if you don’t have any scripting knowledge you will still be able […]

  • Tapatalk Forums

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    Any forum admin worth his salt will already know about Tapatalk. Tapatalk is a mobile application designed for most handsets which renders forums in such a way it makes using them from your mobile simple.  Installation of Tapatalk onto a forum is so simple anyone could do it! No doubt this is going to spread […]

  • MacUpdate Desktop 5.0

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    MacUpdate Desktop 5.0 is essentially an automatic update application which covers over 30,000 Mac applications. Desktop 5.0 has a really simple easy to use interface. Almost instantly displaying a list of all the apps installed on your Mac, and shows you which (if any) currently have updates available for them. But wait! It doesn’t stop […]

  • Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac

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    For a good few months now I have been happily migrating my computing habits and loosing my windows dependancy to shuffle over to being completely Mac based. When I first migrated over I was happily using Sun’s VirtualBox, but recently one of my friends told me about Parallels. My first impressions where that I am […]

  • Blog on the move

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    So… This weekend I decided I would leave the car and take an alternative form of transport to the big city. London seems to rapidly becoming like my second home, but each time I’ve been I’ve simply taken the car. This time I decide I would leave the stress behind and booked on a swanky […]

  • Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars – available now

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    For all of you GTA generation, you will be please to hear it’s finally made it’s way to the iTunes App Store. Announced earlier today, the award winning game by those clever monkeys over at Rockstar Games is now available for a pocket money fee of £5.99 Something else to give parents sleepless nights over, monitoring […]

  • Short URL’s

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    Just a quick post – in the past people have been weary of following links in my tweetsfacebook posts due to potential security issues, which I can fully appreciate. Because of this I have now set up my own url shortener. This will be hosted on my site and will be completely secure. Future links […]

  • iPhone application must have’s.

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    Below is a list of applications I don’t think I could live without on my iPhone. This list will never be complete, thanks to the fantastic app’s in constant development around the iPhone app store! Analytics Agent Lite by Global Agent Inc. – Invaluable app for keeping a keen eye on your Google Analytics account. […]

  • EXPIRED – Partition Manager 10.0 Personal – Free for one day only!

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    If your looking for a partition manager to handle your windows partition, I highly recommend you grad Partition Manager now for a 100% saving! For today only (11th Jan 2010) you can get your personal copy completely free of charge! Features:  Fast and easy Partitioning: Perform partitioning operations in only a few clicks. Create, format, […]

  • iMobsters – Mafia Wars for iPhone

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    Here’s one for all of you Mafia Wars players out there… Mafia Wars is a game by Zynga Game Network Inc. hosted on the popular social networking sites Facebook and MySpace. If you are a fan of Mafia Wars, then you’ll like this..  iMobsters is a popular iPhone role playing game by Storm8, it’s based around […]

  • Rowmote – Gets virtual dock

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    Early in December I blogged about Evan Schoenberg’s Rowmote the ultimate iPhone/Mac remote control. Well Evan’s been busy developing Rowmote, and has come up with this new fantastic feature. Rowmote’s latest update (2.4) includes this on phone dock. Which mirrors the applications on your Mac’s Dock, highlighting the dock application on your iPhone either activates the […]

  • A reason to sleep with your iPhone, Sleep Cycle

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    One thing I think people world wide will agree on is that the morning alarm clock is the most annoying part of anyones life. It always seems to go off just slap bang in the middle of that brilliant dream!  For years scientists have been monitoring sleep patterns and analysing sleep cycle’s, and now – […]

  • Resco Photo Manager

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    Resco have recently released it’s latest version of it’s flag ship photo manager. Resco photo manager is a feature rich image viewing and manipulation application for Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian s60 and Symbian UIQ. It feature all the standard things you would hope to find in any mobile based photo manager.  It also includes […]

  • Run Windows apps on your Mac

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    As a recent windows to mac convert, I quickly realised there was some applications which as of yet had not been ported to Mac OS X. An these where the things which I was really starting to miss!  I have previously used many various Linux Distro’s so was fully away of the Wine Project, however […]

  • Don’t just shop.. ShopSavvy!

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    With the introduction of camera based phone with internet access, applications started popping up all over the place claiming the ability of being able to read product barcodes and compare prices online. In the past I have found that the camera’s have never been really capable or in fact reliable enough to successfully scan the […]

  • Gorillacam for iPhone

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    All iPhone owners will already be aware of the lack of features in the built in iPhone camera app. It was a bit of a disappointment if you ask me.. However, the people of at Joby have released the new Gorillarcam app. Which sports some pretty nifty features, plus it’s completely FREE! As per the screenshot […]

  • Ommwriter For Mac

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    Do you find yourself distracted by your pretty desktop icons and wallpaper when you are composing your next best seller? Well Ommwriter is the answer to all of your prayers. Ommwriter is a ‘stripped’ down text editor, which doesn’t suffer from it’s lack of features which are by design. Ommwriter is a full screen text […]

  • Mobile Site Sub Domains

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    As mobile technology advances and browsing from mobile devices becomes more popular, it would be silly not to support mobile devices as part of website design. Unfortunatly due to the wide selection of devices and browsers this is not a simple task. However I’m currently in the process of developing and implementing a mobile template. […]

  • LogMeIn Pro² for Mac now in beta!

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    The experts behind remote computer connections have recently released access to their beta release of LogMeIn Pro². The beta aires some very useful features for remote Mac users. Transfer and share files between computers Print from your remote mac to local printers Share your Mac desktop with another remote user LogMeIn is a web based remote […]

  • iTunes App Store Expense Monitor

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    If like me you find your self drawn in by all the small price tags on the 1,000′s of application is iTunes App Store, then this app is just what you need. The developers over at WetFish software have come up with a clever way of monitoring just how much cash you are spending on your […]

  • Cinemek Storyboard Composer for iPhone

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    Cinemek Storyboard Composer has been dubbed the ‘Hicthcock’ for iPhone.. It’s a mobile storyboard and pre-vis composer aimed at directors, photographers, writers animators, art directors, film students and anyone who finds them selves making storyboards..  Storyboard Composer is the worlds first mobile story boarding application. No need to know how to draw, no complicated programs to […]

  • 50% off Cocktail – Limited Time Only

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    Cocktail is an award winning general purpose utility for Mac OS X. It is a smooth and powerful digital toolset with a variety of practical features that simplifies the use of advanced UNIX functions and helps Mac users around the world to get the most out of their computers. Cocktail is installed at more than […]

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  • Jumsoft Money3 50% Off – Limited time only

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    For a limited time only the nice people over at Jumsoft are offering their top accounts package for Mac, Money3 at a reduced rate of 50% off!  Money3 is Mac’s equivalent of Microsoft Money for windows, however it has a much richer GUI and boats some of the key design features that many mac software packages […]

  • Improve Language Skills with the Help of SPB Flash Cards

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    December 22nd, 2009 – SPB Software, a leading maker of mobile applications, announces the release of SPB Flash Cards, a learning software created to quickly and effectively expand one’s word stock in a language under study. The software provides over 1000 cards in Czech, German, English, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese […]

  • Songbird 1.4.2 Released

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    Songbird is a mozilla powered media player which claims to give iTunes a run for it’s money. Songbird’s latest release has  delivered improved CD ripping and mass storage syncing support. Unlike most CD Ripping tools Songbird is capable of looking  up metadata information from Gracenote to ensure complete data is held on each MP3 in […]

  • Windows 7 window management for Mac (#Cinch)

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    I have to admit, one of the most used features of my Windows 7 PC at the office is the drag to hot zones feature. Where by moving an applications window to a predefined area of the screen performs a specific action. For example, dragging the window to the top of the screen maximises it. […]

  • Merry Christmas Everyone!

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    Just a quick christmas message to everyone connected to me via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Plaxo and all the other social networks.. I hope you have got everything you asked for from Santa – but more importantly I hope you and yours have your health and happiness, as really that’s all that counts! Thanks for visiting […]

  • Magic Mice need MagicPref’s

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    If your lucky enough to own one of apple’s modern wonders of technology (the magic mouse) then you will be pleased to find this new piece of software from VAOR this truly is the best power tool to date for the magic mouse! If you are already happy with the powers of the mouse then this […]

  • Enable iPhone Proximity Lock

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    If you have a Mac, and an iPhone then M.H.A. have the perfect application for you! Airlock is a bluetooth device proximity sensor, which once linked to your iPhone will automatically lock your mac when you walk outside of the predefined radius. Not only does this work on the iPhone but it even works with […]

  • More MacUpdate Freebies!

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    The ever so nice chaps over at MacUpdate are offering a nice winter bonus.. For a limited time they have reduced the price of two of their popular software offerings.  Both applications have been reduced from $35 to a fantastic completely free of charge!!  Firstly – videobox, which is an excellent application for extracting and […]

  • OOfy for iPhone

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    The clever people over at Polyideas have come up with this simple, straight forward little app for the iPhone. If you are regularly out of the office on business, but keep forgetting to set your out of office notification then this is for you! OOfy has been developed around Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and even though […]

  • Shoot video on iPhone 2G3G without jailbreak (#iVideoCamera)

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    Apple have recently announced the clearance for the all new iVideoCamera app – providing those users with the older iPhone generations (2G, 3G) with the ability to shoot video. For only 99 cents.59p you can record and store video in your camera roll or share the video with friends. However, the app is far from […]

  • ‘Nexus One’ Specs leaked

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    There are numerous posts floating around the internet about the possible specification of the new Google Phone. The new HTC Google branded phone will be running the Android operating system. Rumours suggest it will be equipped with a Snapdragon processor like the 1GHz version built inside the Hero 2. Bosch BMA150 accelerometer, a magnetic compas, […]

  • LogMeIn Ignition – Sale now on!

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    LogMeIn have been making remote control solutions since 2003, over 70 million devices worldwide have connected to their servers at one point or another. LogMeIn’s latest string to it’s bow is the fantastic LogMeIn Ignition, Ignition is an iPhone and iPod touch application which gives you ‘one click’ access to your LogMeIn devices.  As mobile […]

  • Orbicule Undercover now 64-Bit

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    If you’re like me you will be constantly worrying about your MacBook and what you would do if someone stole it. That’s where Orbicule’s Undercover comes in. Over the many years of laptop thefts there has been many variations on the ‘phone home’ technology. One of the most early applications I can remember was called […]

  • Prevent iPhoto’s autostart ‘feature’

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    One of Snow Leopards less useful and more annoying features is it’s over helpfulness when plugging in devices such as the iPhone. Automatically starting iPhoto like a Jack Russell tugging at your trouser leg wanting to import your camera roll’s contents. Each time I find my self closing the application down mutter “If I wanted […]

  • CoPilot Live 8 for iPhone (#CoPilot)

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    Since the first release of TomTom’s navigation software and hardware I have been a massive fan. Installing the software on nearly every Windows mobile device I have owned. Since progressing unto an iPhone it seemed to make sense to check out the market and see what else was on offer. I looked at TomTom for […]

  • Apple to make a ‘tablet’??

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    A french source has leaked video footage of a potential Mac Tablet.. Obviously there is no proof that this is a true apple product, so far non of the official apple sources have released information on such a product. From the look of the interface it’s sure to be a winner.. However, with 95% of […]

  • Site Registration

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    Thanks to Matthew for informing me of the bug with the website registration process. This was caused by an (unused) private messaging component for community builder. I have now removed all traces of the component from the PHP scripts, and the registrations are now working as expected. If you have not yet registered, you can […]

  • Switch DNS providers for a faster internet experience

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    A lot of time is spent waiting for webpages to load… Or so you think! One thing you might not know is some of that time is spent waiting for results to come back from your ISP’s DNS servers most people will never bother to change their DNS server settings therefore leaving some ISP’s servers with […]

  • iPhone secure wallet app (#SPBWallet)

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    As websitespolicys call for tighter security and more complex passwords, a decent and secure place for storing all your account information is essential. There are many applications on the market, however not all of them are as feature rich as SPB Software’s wallet application. The application was first released for windows mobile phones, an application which […]

  • Take screen shots on iPhone

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    Did you know that the iPhone comes with built in screen capture software (since version 2.0) the screen capture software can be used in any application including games. It’s simple to activate and use. To take a screenshot: Open the application you want to capture Press and hold the ‘home’ button (hardware button below the […]

  • Planned maintenance

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    Please note from 15:20 today my site will not be available due to the planned implementation of an important software update..

  • Rowmote: Software remote app for iPhones

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    On Saturday morning I picked up my new mobile phone. Despite my previous ravings about Windows Mobile devices this time I chose to go for the iPhone. Which if you have been following my blog possibly wont come as a surprise to you. As I have recently migrated from a Windows based world (with a […]

  • QuickSilver for Mac gets an update.

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    This is one for all you keyboard warriors out there.. QuickSilver is an application which works a little like the Spotlight app.. QuickSilver hides out in the background and is launched from a key combination. (By default ctrl + space) Upon pressing the key combination a command window will appear. Typing commands into the window […]

  • TuneUp saves the day with the iTunes library.

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    For years now I have despised the way iTunes handles it’s music organisation, and it’s inability to keep compilations together. Leaving you with a huge mess of a library. Then there’s the other bug bear – it not being able to locate album art unless you manually specify it. Years ago (when I was younger […]

  • NetBeans 6.7

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    Upon switching to Mac OS X I needed to find a new development studio for my PHP works. I searched high and low and read many tutorials from many forums around the world. However, I have finally settled with NetBeans. NetBeans is an open-source application, which is not only capable of syntax highlighting PHP but […]

  • SPB Time for Windows Mobile Gets Updated

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    November 24th, 2009 – SPB Software, a leading maker of mobile applications, announces the release of SPB Time 3.0, a major update to the best-selling Windows Mobile time toolset. The updated version offers a completely new, reconsidered user interface and significantly improved alarm features. SPB Time 3.0 provides user with three different types of alarms […]

  • Can’t afford photoshop? Get GIMP

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    ….. No, not A GIMP – just GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program. Everyone knows just how powerful Adobe Photoshop is, which is all well and good if you are a professional user who can claim the costs back against your companies funds.. However for the average home user, wanting to edit their holiday photo’s from Costa […]

  • WakeOnLan for Mac

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    One thing I always ensure I am able to do, is to control all the devices on my LAN from one single seat. Some may think thats lazy, others may think resourceful. Well I think it’s resourceful! One main part of being able to control equipment is the ability to switch it on without having […]

  • FREE 6 month AV Subscription for Mac

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    The nice people over at MacHeist are offering a copy of Intego’s antivirus solution (VirusBarrier X5) and a six month’s subscription to the update service completely FREE! All you have to do to get hold of your free copy is post a status update on the social network site Facebook As you can see – this […]

  • Use CleanMyMac to clean YOUR Mac!

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    Microsoft Operating systems use Disk Cleaner, Mac’s use …… CleanMyMac! CleanMyMac is a disk clean wizard from MacPaw. The application runs pretty much like it’s windows equivalent, providing an easy wizard like interface to make clearing your Caches, Unneeded logs, Unneeded languages and much much more! Any heavy user knows machines get bogged down with […]

  • Fitting Fuel Sender Unit – Audi A3 SportBack

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    1. Lift out the bottom rear seat – Remove the baby seat clips then lift seat upwards, slide out of door and into the front of the car for safe clean storage.2. Unclip the snap clip wires from onto of the rubber cover on seat base behind drivers seat.3. Lift off the rubber cover and […]

  • MacHeist Nano Bundle FREE

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    MacHeist have decided to release their Nano bundle completely free for a limited time only! The MacHeist bundle consists of 6 applications. ShoveBox - Catch all the little scraps of information that you can’t immediately act on, but don’t want to forget. ShoveBox sits up in your menu bar, waiting for you to drag in text, images, […]

  • Secrets PrefPane

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    If you are looking at tweaking every aspect of your Mac install to they way you want it to work, but your not a huge fan or confident using terminal and the text editors then you should give Secrets PrfPane a go. PrefPane installs into your systems preferences interface, and displays all the possible (known) […]

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    Test mms post.

  • DataVis RoadSync – Exchange ActiveSync for Android based devices

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    I have recently acquired a HTC Dream phone, which as you may know runs the ‘Android’ operating system. Which currently has no built in ActiveSync support. which is where RoadSync comes in.  RoadSync is supports 6 six different operating systems on more the 100+ devices. It connects direct to your companies exchange server, so doesn’t […]

  • Stop SecureClient automatically starting (Max OS X)

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    Upon install Check Point SecureClient on my Mac OS X 10.6 MacBook Pro I found it was starting automatically on boot up. Which normally isn’t a problem, but because of the way it secures the network adapters it prevents essential traffic on my home network, because of this I am found shutting it down each […]

  • Mac OS X Application Removal – as easy as drag and release..

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    As part of my learning curve of my new MacBook Pro I found my self installing many applications in order to pin down ones which fulfil my needs. Now, as with all installations often some tiles are left behind. This is obviously something I want to avoid, which is where AppTrap comes in, AppTrap has […]

  • Yes – You CAN make SecureClient work in Snow Leopard

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    One of the requirements of my new laptop was that it had to be able to connect into the remote sites I often connect onto. One of the applications I use for connecting to the networks is Check Points SecureClient.. Imagine my disappointed when I found out a Snow Leopard compatible version had not yet […]

  • Installing a Guest operating system on a Mac?

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    Although I am starting to get used to the completely different approach of the Mac OS X, and actually starting to think it’s faultless, I still have a need for a Windows based operating system. Mainly for development works but also to run some of the apps which don’t yet have Mac equivalents.  Which is […]

  • Adium – filling the gap Mac Messenger creates..

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    One of the issues I have come up against with Snow Leopard is the fact Mac Messenger doesn’t yet work. Which is a bit of a shame, as I must admit I spend quite a lot of time chatting to friends and family using MSN Messenger on my Windows boxes.  Now, obviously there are alternatives […]

  • The perfect Mac to Mobile Sync Solution?

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    As most of you will know, I am predominantly a Linux user, having to put up with Windows foibles through my work, and my ‘love’ of Windows Mobile devices. For the last 11 years I have seen little exposure to the whole Macintosh world. That was until Friday, when I wen’t out and purchased a […]

  • ComboFix to the rescue

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    More and more recently I have been given computers with mass Rootkit infections. Each unable to connect out to the net, performing painfully slowly and most advertising the infection and attempting to spread using the instant messenger network. Although I always treat these infections on an individual basis and work my way down my predefined tool […]

  • Next Generation Mobile TV Comes to Android Phones

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    St. Petersburg, August 26th, 2009 – SPB Software, a leading maker of mobile applications, announces the release of SPB TV for Android phones. SPB TV is a subscription-free mobile IPTV viewer, designed for tuning in to publicly available digital TV channels from all over the world. SPB TV features exclusive and patent-pending usability innovations like […]

  • Make money using your car and your phone!

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    I know, there’s always at least one post claiming to make you money on every forum you visit. Well I have been a member of this one for just over a week and already my points are starting to add up. Navizon: Quote: Ever wondered how you could transform the miles you travel into cash […]

  • Alpha release of RAPId SMS Desktop

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    Hello All Recently I have been developing a desktop based text message application, which sends messages via an ActiveSync connected device to a recipient for your choice. Although the long term plans are to enable the application to sendreceive messages from the PC, I have produced a temporary solution which I thought I would share. […]

  • Google Wave invite arrives at last!

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    Yesterday morning I got confirmation that I had finally been accepted into the Google Wave Developers ‘Sandbox’. Many weeks it took of begging emails to various Google departments but finally they saw the light!So far I have been massively impressed with Wave, it’s so simple to use I am sure even my grandma could create […]

  • Google Signs on to twitter

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    As the micro-blogging site Twitter starts to take over peoples lives in the way only Facebook and Myspace have done in the past. It’s nice to see it getting ‘buy-in’ from the larger firms. Google have done just that. Creating a twitter account for most of there major services. Links to each of their twitter […]

  • Google AdWords

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    I have been speaking to a Google AdWords representative recently about advertising for CAB-Travel.com. It’s nice to know that they havn’t even seen any money yet, but there already trying to help us set it up. As I was busy at work at the time, they have even offered to call me back, which they […]

  • BETA testers wanted – Windows Mobile Users only

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    Hello If you are a follower of mine on Facebook or Twitter you will have seen my posts about my RAPId SMS application. Well, stage one of development is nearing completetion, and I nowneed people willing to BETA test the application. If you are interested you are going to need:A Windows PC (XPVista)A Windows Mobile DeviceWindows […]

  • Disable built in Windows Mobile ‘Lock’

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    If you use Exchange ActiveSync on a windows mobile device which enforces that useless ‘lock’ facility on your phone. You may want to consider disabling it and finding an alternative.. No matter how many registry hacks I tried to switch off or delay the lock, it kept coming back. Now, I understand the reasons behind […]

  • Do you Xobni? The ultimate Outlook add-on

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    Many months ago one of my work colleagues from Intrasource introduced me to Xobni (http://www.xobni.com/). If like me you are a heavy emailer, you may find Outlooks search facility clumbersome and slow. That’s where Xobni comes in, Xobni indexes all of your mail, both sent and received and enables an almost instant search facility. Taking […]

  • Spb Wallet Becomes Available from All Local Apple iTunes

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    St. Petersburg, June 24th, 2009 – SPB Software, world’s leading mobile applications developer, announces the availability of SPB Wallet 2.0 for iPhone and iPod touch from every local Apple iTunes App Store, all over the world. The first multiplatform application from SPB Software, SPB Wallet 2.0 is a secure repository of most valuable private information, […]

  • Press Release -> SPB Geo Game

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    St. Petersburg, June 23rd, 2009 – SPB Software, a leading mobile applications and games developer announces the release of SPB Geo Game – a mobile game, designed to help players check and improve their knowledge of the world’s capitals and national flags. Today’s global diversity is represented by 235 countries (including small islands and independent […]

  • Site updates complete – for now anyway..

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    Right, thats the site updating complete for now. Theres still mountains of work to do, but i’ve acheived alot. I have even fixed the issue with the new line feed on my mobile submissions form. This entire post was done from my tiny little HTC screen.. Next plans for the mobile form include support of […]

  • £50 giveaway

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    Hello All I have received a £50 google adwords voucher, which I have no need for. Quote: You create your ads You create ads and choose keywords, which are words or phrases related to your business. Get keyword ideas Your ads appear on Google When people search on Google using one of your keywords, your […]

  • Vista Snipping Tool on Windows XP

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    If you have had to use Windows Vista for any length of time, you should have come across the ‘Snipping Tool’. The snipping tool is basically an extension to the print screen button. Allowing you to highlight the part of the screen you want to take a shot of. Some of the features of the […]

  • Review: Microsoft My Phone

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    Microsoft have recently opened up their ‘mobile cloud’ service to BETA testers. Microsoft My Phone is basically a sync service for the items on your phone. However, where this one differs is it stores items such as your contacts, calendar, tasks, text messages, photos, videos, music and documents all in one password protected online location. […]

  • Display other stats on digital climate control unit.

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    Most Audi’s fitted with the digital climate control are capable of exploiting it to display other information. It’s quite easy to do: Press and hold the recirculation button. Then press the manual flow control up arrow. You should see a 1c. Press the temperature up (“+”) or down (“-”) buttons to select a code number. […]

  • How-To: Fix STOP 0x0000007B on installations

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    Recently I was given a Dell to fix. The Dell wouldn’t boot into Windows with ‘Bad_Pool_Caller’. A few hours of head scratching and data backups later. I decided a reinstallation was the only option. So I blew the dust of my XP Pro CD, only to be greeted with another ‘stop’ error on installation! STOP […]

  • Meguiars NXT Tech Wax 2.0

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    Today started like most Sundays.. Out of bed, dressed and eating breakfast. Thinking “hmm car could do with a good clean!”.. I decided I would something differnt this time, so opted for Meguires NXT Generation 2.0 Tech Wax. I’ve always been happy with the Gold Class results, but wanted something deeper! Now, I know I […]

  • LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile pays for it’s self.

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    If you are a regular visitor to the siteblog you may have read that I recently implemented a few licences for LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile in order to aid the support of 200+ Nokia E71 mobile phones. LogMeIn Rescue is used by IT helpdesks to provide instant remote support to customers and employees. Gain control of a […]

  • Reset permissions on outlook folders using VBA

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    Using the Redemption object you can use the following code to reset the permissions on a folders sub folders in outlook to leave the Default permissions. Handy if you need to reset permissions on large numbers of folders. Sub scall() Dim TopFolder Set mySession = CreateObject(“Redemption.RDOSession”) mySession.Logon Set TopFolder = mySession.PickFolder For i = 1 […]

  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 is here!

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    Some of you may be pleased to know Microsoft have now released service pack 2 for Windows Vista.  Service Pack 2 is known to resolve several issues with the operating system, and is roumered to improve speed. You can find more details about the issues resolved at the following links: Windows Vista SP2 TechNet Windows […]

  • How to refurb your own alloys

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    As an avid Audi driverowner I spend quite a bit of time over at Audi-Sport.net, where recently Jim has posted a How-To on refurbing your own alloy’s. I think it’s brilliant, so much so I thought I would link to it from here. If you have a damaged wheel or two give it a go […]

  • iPhone 3.0 – ?July the 17th?

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    So the roumers have started! The all new iPhone 3,0 may well be available in a store near you on the 17th of July! The new iPhone boasts quite a spec list, making the iPhone 2 look like a fancy palm pilot! Current confirmed spec: Choice or 16GB or 32GB storage 3.2 megapixel camera Video-recording […]

  • Pidgin Version 2.5.6 – Released 19/05/2009

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    Pidgin is an all in one instant messenger client, boasting a slick and fast user interface with versions available for Windows Source CentOS / RHEL Fedora Core Mac OS X Ubuntu The change log, which has predomently been geared around logged tickets with the pidgin development team is: libpurple Improve sleep behavior by aggregation of […]

  • Nokia E71 Twitter Client

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    If you are looking for a twitter client for your Nokia E71 Jakob over at Thusgaard.com recommends twittix Now, Twittix is a native S60 client for Twitter. It costs about €5 and brings you all the things you’d expect from one of the top two applications in the market: timeline, tweeting, replying, direct messages, My […]

  • SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive – £59.99inc vat

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    Now that’s value for money!! More info Features • Formatted capacity : 1 TB • Serial ATA 3.0Gbps Interface Support • Improved recording stability over temperature with PMR • Advanced dynamic FOD control for best data integrity • Intelligent compensation of external disturbance • SATA Native Command Queuing Feature • Device Initiated SATA Power Management […]

  • Spb TV: 100+ of World’s TV Channels – Now on Symbian Smartphones

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    St. Petersburg, May 20th, 2009 – Spb Software, a leading maker of mobile applications, announces the release of Spb TV for Symbian S60 phones. Spb TV is a subscription-free mobile IPTV viewer, designed for tuning in to publicly available digital TV channels from all over the world. Spb TV features exclusive and patent-pending usability innovations, […]

  • This weekend is UK Spring Nationals at York Raceway

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    Although I wont be attending this one, the UK spring nationals is always a good day out seeing some stupidly fast modified cars, both air cooled and American Mustle fighting it out that that all important trophy! 24-25 MAY – BANK HOL W/EUK SPRING NATIONALSSunday 24th- Modders/Tuners Shootout Round 3- American Super Stock Round 2- […]

  • My very first joomla hackmod..

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    Well, I have managed to create a phone friendly submission form for my blog. Its nothing fancy at the moment, however it’s the first stage of my larger mobile friendly site.. I will be releasing the source to this through my projects section shortly. If you would like to BETA test this, please get in […]

  • Mozilla Fennec (Firefox Mobile) reaches ‘Alpha’ state

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    For many months now the developers over in Mozilla towers have been locked away without food or drink, whilst they carefully put together years of experience and browser speed increased surfing into their mobile offering of Firefox. Now finally, the first ‘Alpha’ release has arrived! The first ‘Alpha’ is only available for the OS2008 (“Maemo”) […]

  • VM Gets the IE8 treatment

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    Today I have decided it’s about time I treat my Vista VM to a the delights of Internet Explorer 8. I have not used the browser since it’s early BETA stages, when I was less then impressed by it’s failures to be able to display most websites, and I found the compatability mode a little […]

  • Lock your Windows Mobile Phone in style

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    If you have a touch screen windows mobile phone, you may know have frustrating it is to take the phone out of your pocket and finding you have been connected to the speaking clock for 45 mins. Now, I know there’s a built in key pad lock.. However, check out S2U2 (Slide to unlock) S2U2 […]

  • New Jigsaw Puzzle Game for Touchscreen Smartphones: Spb Puzzle 1.0

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    St. Petersburg, May 12th, 2009 – Spb Software, a top mobile games and applications developer, today announces the release of Spb Puzzle 1.0 – a classic jigsaw puzzle game, designed specifically with the touchscreen in mind: Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 touchscreen phones. Spb Puzzle is explicitly finger-friendly, offers animation, haptic response, and real-looking puzzle […]

  • IPTV Viewer for Windows Phones

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    St. Petersburg, May 6th, 2009 – Spb Software, a leading maker of mobile applications, today announces the amendment of Spb TV channels catalogue with over 40 new mobile TV channels. The majority of the newly added channels were suggested by Spb TV users. Today, approximately one hundred of international mobile TV channels are available via […]

  • Ted Baker Charging Kit (USB-MDCTB-E18)

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    My portable charging unit arrived today from Clove Technology. With my impending Rising Sun weekend I knew that my HTC Touch battery really wouldn’t cut the mustard. It tends to last a couple of days if it’s barely used.. However, no doubt it will get some heavy webemail and camera usage over the weekend. So […]

  • Want Singstar on your PC?

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    If you followed my other (tiny) tutorial on creating a mediacenter then you should now have your PC linked to your TV. If youre a fan of Singstar and similar games for the consoles, then you may like this… An open source (free) karaoke game for your pc! [QUOTE]A free and open source karaoke game […]

  • Remote support made easy with Logmein Rescue Mobile

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    Whilst at the IT Service Desk & Support show at Earls Court in London, I stumbled across the Logmein stand. I have used Logmein in the past in order to access my PC’s remotely. But never to connect to a mobile phone! The all new rescue mobile solution brings a whole new meaning to mobile […]

  • Down time expected

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    Hello All I will be shortly taking my site offline in order to migrate it to a webserver containing all latest software releases. This will cause downtime for the site, however this is unavoidable and will be kept to a minimum. ThanksMike

  • Spb TV 1.0 – Mobile TV, the Way It Should Be

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    Las Vegas, March 31st, 2009 – Today at CTIA Wireless, Spb Software – a leading maker of mobile applications, announces the release of Spb TV – a practical mobile TV player with patent-pending on-screen controls and fast channel switching technology, use of intelligent stream correction, picture-in-picture mode, and an integrated TV guide with export of […]

  • Install .deb files in SuSe

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    If you find yourself downloading an application packaged in a .deb file, but you want to install it in SuSe you may be able to use Alien 1. In a new terminal window type su hit retutn and type root password 2. Download and Install alien using zypper: zypper in alien 3. Run: alien -r […]

  • Get local IP Address in SuSe

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    If (like me) you have migrated from Windows to Linux, you may have noticed you no longer have the IPConfig command available to get network card details. Linux sports an alternative to ipconfig, which is called ifconfig. You have to run ifconfig as an admin user, so in a terminal window type: su – You […]

  • Update all of your social networks sites in one ‘ping’

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    As a true fully fledged geek, I subscribe to more social networking sites then I own socks! Which often makes updating the status and posting blog messages a bit of a pain.. Until now, thanks to the service over at ping.fm I am now able to upload all of my profiles in one hit. Although […]

  • SuSe 11.1 – Fatal Server Error: No Screens Found – FIXED

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    Recently my SuSe 11.1 install stopped booting, after further investigation I found the following error in the log files: Fatal Server Error: No Screens Found after some hunting around the net, and many failed tests. I finally managed to resolve the issue.. If you are suffering from the same problem, try: Log in as rootType […]

  • Make an ISO using nothing but Terminal

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    If you want to make an ISO backup of your important disks, then Linux is a good place to do it.. As it has all you need built in! From a Terminal window simply type: mkisofs -o /tmp/cd.iso /tmp/directory/ Obviously replacing the path to the ISO and the path to the directory with where you […]

  • Orange World Plans

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    Ever since I got my first Windows mobile phone I have been hammering the data packages included with my talk plans.. I have been a customer with Orange for about 5 years now, and I have always been disapointed at the lack of unlimited data packages available as every other provider seemed to offer them. […]

  • The web rating challenge

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    Recently my uncle was approached by a company offering to improve the Google PageRank of his companies website for a sum of money.. Now, somewhere out there I am sure there are geniune people who work this in the right way.. However this person was talking overnight transformations, which unless you live under a stone […]

  • Play.com = waste of real estate

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    My Passive heat sync arrived yesterday… Minus one of the most important parts.. The mounting bracket! Meaning I am unable to install it! Sooo disapoited! After spending 40 minutes on hold with the phone monkeys at play.com I ended up arranging a collection of the part. Not that they would even entertain the fact that […]

  • Streamed MP installed

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    Thanks to Matthew Fenton for pointing out Streamed MP  Which is now my skin of choice on my media server. “Streamed MP is a port of Team Razorfishes skin Mediastream created for XBMC, over to the popular open source HTPC Application MediaPortal. Streamed MP is a close port, however there are some new views/layouts included […]

  • Downtime Expected

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    Hello all, as most of you will know my site runs on the Joomla CMS backend, which has a full time team of developers fixing security issues and bugs etc on a regular basis.. I have recently found a brilliant tool called Joomla Magic Updater. I am shortly going to be using it to upgrade […]

  • Use OpenDNS to improve web browsing speeds

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    As a heavy internet user I am always looking at ways to improve response times of websites… Thanks to Chris Prillo via Twitter I have now discovered the magic that is OpenDNS. I have tried free DNS servers in the past, but never been happy with the results. However this one seems to be working […]

  • REVIEW: SoundBlaster MP3+

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    A long long time ago, when I still read GamesMaster magazines, I spotted an article in the back of a mag for this little beast.. This is basically a USB sound card, with many features. It has the option to output via line, headphones, optical (TOSLink) and can take input from line, mic, optical (TOSLink) and […]

  • MediaCenter PC goes Passive

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    With thanks to my friend Mark, I have now ordered the parts to get rid of the annoying drone of the CPU fan in my MediaPC. I have just ordered a Cooler Master RR-600-NNU1-GP Hyper Z600 Passive CPU Cooler Heatsink With Six Heatpipes from Play.com along with the long awaited 2GB RAM upgrade, also from Play.com I […]

  • Diamond gets a new ROM

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    After six months, I have finally decided it’s time to get rid of the Orange ‘OEM’ ROM. Although I have now had any major issues with it, I’m looking forward to moving to a faster tweaked ROM. Of course my first port of call was XDA Developers, as countless ROM Chef’s hang out around the […]

  • We’ve done it!

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    Well done everyone who sat the PRINCE2 course and exams over the last week at ARCO! That’s right.. We all passed!! So we are all now PRINCE2 Qualified.. Ohh the possibilities!

  • Spb Software Develops Win Mobile Netflix App

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    St. Petersburg, February 12th, 2009 — Spb Software, world’s top Windows Mobile applications maker worked closely with Microsoft and Netflix to develop the first official Netflix application for Windows phones. The Mobile Manager for Netflix is an on-device application that seamlessly interfaces with the Netflix web service, allows searching the entire Netflix library, viewing the […]

  • Spotify opens up to UK membership

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    Spotify has recently opened it’s doors to FREE uk membership, it’s normally by invitation only, but for a limited time you can sign up for free! “What is Spotify” i hear you shout.. Well here’s a quick paragraph or two from the website: “What is Spotify? Spotify is a new way to enjoy music. Simply […]

  • Spb Software Wins in Sony Ericsson Content Awards

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    St. Petersburg, February 11th, 2009 — Spb Software, world’s top Windows Mobile applications maker is named winner in Sony Ericsson Content Awards. Spb Traveler, an application which helps to keep track of travel arrangements, meetings, time zones, exchange rates, and even clothing sizes at virtually any spot on the planet wins in the XperiaTM Panels […]

  • The first dual screen laptop??

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    It has recently been unvailed by an Alaskan company! The gScreen G400 is one of the first dual screen laptops coming to a computer shop near you soon!? Although these are not on sale as of yet, you can reserve your’s from the 25th, presumably from gScreen’s website. Although I won’t be rushing out to […]

  • FREE Domain name and Hosting

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    Microsoft are offering a free domain name and free webhosting for small businesses. If I recall correctly this is the second time this has been avalable, as I remember applying for it the first time round. Early user comments say that you are limited with what you can do with the free account (which is […]

  • FREE Developer Certificate

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    After following a link on LifeHacker’s site, I appear to have stumpled on quite a handy service for developers.. jashsoft.com are offering FREE developer certificates! Get yours now: http://jashsoft.com/certificate.aspx

  • Coming Soon: Nokia E75

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    Expansys have recently published details of the Nokia E75, the latest phone in the E series due next month. The E75 follows pretty much the same shape as most market leading mobiles available today. It also includes a slide out QWERTY keyboard, which appears to be getting much more popular with the phone designers of […]

  • Application Spotlight: MediaPortal

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    As some of you may already know, I have been slowly building a MediaCenter PC which is connected to my HI-FI, Network and Plasma TV. The main use of the machine to date has been a dockingcharging station for our iPod Shulle’s, Kat’s iPhone and my HTC Diamond. Boasting a massive ammount of MP3′s and Movies. […]

  • TV Card on its way

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    As my freeview DVR appears to have just packed in, I have taken the opertunity to beef up my MediaCenter. I have ordered a Hauppauge WinTV-Nova-t it’s not the most expensive TV Tuner card on the market, but for what little use it will get it should be fine! Not bad for £25 from ebuyer: […]

  • Microsoft to launch mobile backupsync service

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    Microsoft have recently released details of whats soon to be a new service for Windows Mobile devices. The new service is planned to provide the following services: Back up and restore your phone’s information to a password-protected web site Access and update your contacts and appointments through your web account Share photos on your phone with […]

  • Spb Wallet 2.0 Becomes Available from Apple iTunes Store

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    St. Petersburg, February 09th, 2009 — Spb Software, world’s top Windows Mobile applications developer announces that Spb Wallet 2.0 for iPhone/iPod is finally available from Apple App Stores US and Canada. Spb Wallet 2.0 is a secure repository of most valuable private information, such as PINs, passwords, keys, account, passport, and credit card numbers is […]

  • Spb Wallet 2.0

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    Spb Wallet securely stores sensitive information AES 256-encrypted and password-protected, supports automatic lockup, clipboard cleanup, and protects from phishing. The data can be synchronized between (and accessed from) multiple PCs and mobile devices. The virtual, electronically stored items, such as cards and passports look like real ones: Spb Wallet 2.0 offers an integrated online database […]

  • find me on twitter

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    I’ve done it.. I’ve fallen to the draw of twitter! Thanks to Chris Moyles’s radio show I joined to see just what it was all about… Hours later I was on the hunt for something in order to tie it to my Facebook status. If you want to do the same thing: 1. Get the […]

  • PRINCE2 QUIZ

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  • New project kicks off

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    Today I have started a new project at work.. A mobile version of our help desk ticket system! We are about to roll out 100′s of new mobile phones, and in order to keep tickets down we are releasing a hole new portal specifically for it! The site will be built with the Nokia E75 […]

  • PRINCE™ 2

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    As one course comes to a close, the next training course I am enrolled on has started to take off.. In February Arco are putting me through the PRINCE2 course. Which is Project in controlled Enviroments. So basically it’s a projecttime management course. I must admit. I am actually looking forward to doing this one, […]

  • ITIL®

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    Well it was results day today at Arco…. I passed my ITIL® exam! So I now hold an ITIL® Foundation Version 3 qualification! If you don’t know what ITIL® is, you can find out more on the official ITIL® website. ITIL® is a Registered Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commerce, in the United […]

  • LoveFilm.com

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    First of all i would like to thank stevie wonder for picking the prime time tv listings! we have in excess of 40 channels and still nothing worth watching.. So we signed upto lovefilm.com to download a movie.. Just 1 hour later the media center was primed and ready to play….. When it happened, my […]

  • Windows 7

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    When I found out about the BETA release of Windows 7 I pointed my browser straight to the website to grab a copy as soon as I could.. Once downloaded I found my self with a DVD sized ISO and no blank DVD’s! DOH!! Luckily, Windows 7 doesn’t seem to mind being install from a […]

  • Today Ive mostly been learning about ITIL

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    Since I started working at Arco in Hull there was a lot of talk around bringing ITIL best practices into the company and into the way the service desk works. Today I sat through day one of a three day ITIL foundation course. Although a lot of the content of the course makes sense, and […]

  • FIRST PUBLIC RELEASE: RAPId SMS

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    Here’s my latest application.. A handy little app to send SMS messages to any mobile number via an activesync connected mobile phone! No third parties involved. No messy sms2email facilities.. This simply uses RAPI controls and WM6 SDK API’s to send a message to an active sync connected device, and the fire it off to […]

  • WoL 2009

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    Here’s my latest application.. A handy little app to send Wake On Lan magic packets to PC’s. If supported the PC should then switch on. This is really simple to use, simply enter the name of the PC and it’s IP address in the boxes provided, click Add and it will be saved in the list […]

  • Enjoy free online storage anywhere, anytime!

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    Imagine being able to access files, photos, videos, presentations anywhere you are in the world with Free Virtual Servers secure and completely free online data service. Free Virtual Drive is a powerful online file storage system that works just like your computer. The key difference here is Free Virtual Drive, the online data service, allows you to […]

  • Random File Gen

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    Here’s my latest edition.. This little application generates files of any size in a location specified by the end user. You could create 1 x 40 GB file, or create 1,000 x 1 MB files! Handy for testing backup solutions. Features: Specify number of files to make Specify size of files to make Specify location […]

  • Really Simple Reset Repackaged

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    Hello, Just a quick post to inform you all that my simple reset app for Windows Mobile 6 has now been repackaged into it’s own CAB file and now supports Modaco’s AppToDate You can download RSReset from the downloads section, and read more about it on it’s project page If you don’t yet have AppToDate […]

  • Day 2 of the new year

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    So here we are.. Day 2 of 2009! I hope everyone enjoyed the christmas celebrations? I hope you like the all new look of my site? I love it, though it’s being a little tempremental of late, I am finally ironing out the issues with it. You may have also noticed, my code library and […]

  • Get month name from integer VB.NET

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    Use this simple VB.NET code to return the name of the month from an integer. Example: 1 = January ….. 12 = December Private Function GetMonthName(ByVal monthNum As Integer) As String Try Dim strDate As New DateTime(1, monthNum, 1) Return strDate.ToString(“MMM”) Catch ex As Exception End Try End Function

  • File size calculator

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    Use this simple VB.NET code to convert bytes to MB’s, GB’s etc. Handy for returning sizes of files/folders Function ConvertSize(Size) Do While InStr(Size,”,”) ‘Remove commas from size CommaLocate = InStr(Size,”,”) Size = Mid(Size,1,CommaLocate – 1) & _ Mid(Size,CommaLocate + 1,Len(Size) – CommaLocate) Loop</p> <p>Suffix = ” Bytes” If Size >= 1024 Then suffix = ” […]

  • Request Demo Key

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    Please paste your installation code into the box below and click “Get Demo Key”. Please note: This procedure can take time as the key has to be encrypteddecrypted. Please wait patiently and avoid clicking submit more then once. If you do click submit more then once you may not get a product key, nor will […]

  • Generate a favicon for your site.

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    As you may have noticed, my site along with most on the internet have a small icon next to the URL in the address bar. This is known as a favicon, which is simply an icon file that sits in the root of your webservers public_html directory. If you would like an icon like this […]

  • Customer Relationship Manager

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    Here it is.. My current ‘Flag Ship’ application. CRM 09 is an application I am developing for my dad, in order to speed up entry of data relating to customer visits and potential sales. The application is built in Visual Basic.Net with an SQL Server database backend. Screenshot’s coming soon If you would like more […]

  • Make an iPhone ringtone.

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    If, like Katrina my girlfriend you’re bored of the limited iPhone ringtones then never fear! Jenny Kortina over at The Apple Blog has a solution: Check it out now!

  • Hello and Welcome!

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    Hello Everyone! Welcome to the latest version of my site. As with previous incarnations of the site, this version is here to stay! (at least for now anyway) For those of you who know me, I have now been working for Arco in Hull for 6 months now. Along with all the expirience I have […]

  • Scheduled Shut Down

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    This is a really simple application used to performed a scheduled shut down at a specified time. At the moment it’s very much featureless. When I get a bit more spare time I intend on sprucing this up and coding many more optionsfeatures.. This is the very first BETA version of the application and it […]

  • ScreenOff

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    This is a really simple application to switch off your mobile devices screen, even when you are using applications. Handy if you want to use TomTom on a headset whilst your device is in your pocket. Originally made for a friend who used Tom Tom on his phone in his pocket on his motorbike.Copy to […]

  • Really Simple Reset

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    This is a really really simple device reset application for Windows Mobile Devices. At the moment it’s very much featureless. It works, but doesn’t look pretty. Simply download the CAB file copy it to your device, run it to set up a shortcut to the program in your start menu. This is the very first BETA […]

  • Random Password Generator

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    This is a really really simple random password generator. At the moment it’s very much featureless. It works, but doesn’t look pretty. When I get a bit more spare time I intend on sprucing this up and coding many more optionsfeatures.. This is the very first BETA version of the application and it currently contains […]

  • Write an event in the local event log VBScript

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    Use this simple VBScript to write an event in the local event log. ‘ Write Events to the Local Event Log Const EVENT_SUCCESS = 0 Set objShell = Wscript.CreateObject(“Wscript.Shell”) objShell.LogEvent EVENT_SUCCESS, _ “Payroll application successfully installed.”

  • Get current username VBScript

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    Use this really simple VBScript to get the currently logged on user name. Set wshNetwork = CreateObject(“WScript.Network”) strUser = wshNetwork.Username WScript.Echo “Current User: ” & strUser

  • Create a system restore point VBScript

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    Use this simple VBScript in order to create a Windows System Restore Point. ‘ Create a System Restore Point CONST DEVICE_DRIVER_INSTALL = 10 CONST BEGIN_SYSTEM_CHANGE = 100 strComputer = “.” Set objWMIService = GetObject(“winmgmts:” _ & “{impersonationLevel=impersonate}” & strComputer & “rootdefault”) Set objItem = objWMIService.Get(“SystemRestore”) errResults = objItem.CreateRestorePoint _ (“Scripted restore”, DEVICE_DRIVER_INSTALL, BEGIN_SYSTEM_CHANGE)

  • List operating system properties VBScript

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    Use this fairly simple VBScript to list general opearating system properties. ‘ List Operating System Properties Set dtmConvertedDate = CreateObject(“WbemScripting.SWbemDateTime”) strComputer = “.” Set objWMIService = GetObject(“winmgmts:” _ & “{impersonationLevel=impersonate}” & strComputer & “rootcimv2″) Set colOperatingSystems = objWMIService.ExecQuery _ (“Select * from Win32_OperatingSystem”) For Each objOperatingSystem in colOperatingSystems Wscript.Echo “Boot Device: ” & objOperatingSystem.BootDevice Wscript.Echo […]

  • Check out of office status VBA

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    Using this small piece of Visual Basic for Applications code in Microsoft Outlook you can check the status of the out of office assistant. Normally I call this on the Item_Send evet. Which is a handy reminder to switch of your out of office assistant after your nice long holiday etc. Public Sub checkoof() Dim […]

  • Create an Internet Explorer Favorite VBScript

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    Use this simple script to create an internet explorer favorite link to the Microsoft MSDN library. Const ADMINISTRATIVE_TOOLS = 6 Set objShell = CreateObject(“Shell.Application”) Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(ADMINISTRATIVE_TOOLS) Set objFolderItem = objFolder.Self Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”) strDesktopFld = objFolderItem.Path Set objURLShortcut = objShell.CreateShortcut(strDesktopFld & “MSDN.url” objURLShortcut.TargetPath = “http://msdn.microsoft.com” objURLShortcut.Save

  • Retrieve Dell Service Tag VBScript

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    Use this VBScript to retrieve the dell service tag of a machine without having to get out of your seat! on error resume next strComputer=InputBox (“Enter the computer name of the server you’d like to query for Service Tag”) Set objWMIservice = GetObject(“winmgmts:\” & strComputer & “rootcimv2″) set colitems = objWMIservice.ExecQuery(“Select * from Win32_BIOS”,,48) For […]

  • Launch a website from Visual Basic

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    If, like me you use LinkLabels to provide links to websites in yout VB.Net applications, or you would just like to include links to documents etc. You can use this code to force the file specified to be opened by the default file handler. Imports System.Diagnostics.Process Public Function OpenDocument(ByVal strName As String) As Boolean Try […]

  • About Me

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    Name: Mike Hudson Gender: Male Birthday: 30 July 1982 Relationship Status: In a relationship with Katrina Dale Interested In: Women Political Views: Apathetic Education and Work   College: Selby College ’00   Secondary School: Vermuyden School ’98   Employer: Arco Ltd Position: Systems Support Specialist Length of Time: July 2008 – Present Location: Kingston upon […]

  • FIX: Blank search window & System Restore in Win XP

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    Recently I was faced with a windows XP service pack 2 PC running internet explorer 7, with microsoft office 2000 on. All service packs were up to date. Microsoft Outlook was unable to display HTML e-mails, and both system restore and windows search open blank, apart from the toolbar on the left hand side which includes […]

  • Monitor a folder for changes in outlook

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    With this example, it’s possible to use the ‘WithEvents’ methods on a folder outside of your own mailbox. This even works on Public Folders! Dim WithEvents olkFolder As Outlook.MAPIFolder Sub InitMonitoring() Set olkFolder = OpenOutlookFolder(“Path to the folder to monitor”) End Sub Function IsNothing(obj) If TypeName(obj) = “Nothing” Then IsNothing = True Else IsNothing = […]

  • Install Fonts from a VBScript

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    Simply copying fonts into the fonts folder using a VB script doesn’t actually install them. To install the fonts you have to use the following code: Const FONTS = &H14& Set objShell = CreateObject(“Shell.Application”) Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(FONTS) objFolder.CopyHere “C:ScriptsMyfont.ttf”

  • Add Custom Menus and Menu Items to Outlook

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    Outlook 2007 brought with it the all new ‘Ribbon Bar’ which has caused headaches to programmers the world over. Now, using this code you can create a menu in Outlook. The menu, which contains one item, appears at the top of the application. When you click the menu item, the code displays a message that […]

  • Power onoff PDA screen

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    If you want to conserve battery power, but dont want to switch off or suspend your device you can use this code to simply switch off the display! Namespace PDA Public Class Video Private Const SETPOWERMANAGEMENT As Int32 = 6147 Declare Function ExtEscapeSet Lib “coredll” Alias “ExtEscape” (ByVal hdc As IntPtr, _ ByVal nEscape As […]

  • Restart a pocket pc

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    If you own a pocket pc or smartphone, you will know how annoying it is to have to fiddle around with the stylus in order to perform a soft reset on the device. Well using this code you can create an application which resets your device at the click of an icon. Private Declare Function […]

  • Outlook VBA: Extract IP address from email header

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    Whilst working in VBA in Microsoft Outlook, I decided to make a function to extract IP addresses from the headers of an email. This is mainly used for reporting spam, but I am sure it could be put to many other good uses! If you use it, please leave me a comment with details on […]

  • FIX: Windows Mobile Device Center not starting

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    If you are having touble getting vista to connect to your Windows Mobile device using Windows Mobile Device Center, you may need to reinstall the USB Sync Drivers. There are several cases that may prevent your device from connecting: If Windows Live OneCare is installed on your machine, it may be blocking the device connectivity. […]

  • Time2Epoch

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    I have recently been developing an application to interact with a third party database which uses EPOCH datetime formats. After countless hours of calculations and checks I decided it was time to build an application to do it for me. This is the very first BETA version of the application and it currently contains no […]

 

Last week I was tasked with the challenge of assigning a sharepoint only license from our Office 365 license pool to a large list of staff.

The following is what I came up with – I added the ability to prompt before assignment, just in case a UPN had slipped through my pre scripting filtering.

This script relies on a CSV file of user principal names, one column – titled UserPrincipalName

Currently, the script assigns a full set of 365 licenses, then removes all but the one the user requires – future plans are to just assign whats required.

 

It’s all about the bug fixes… Due to many a late evening coding, and some switches in my development environment – this release fixes some of the major show stopping bugs that had made its way into v0.0.3.0

So here’s a breakdown of whats new:

  • Resolved handler issues for all check boxes and radio buttons
  • Many more improvements in serial number handling/storage

Screen Shot 2013 12 01 at 17 LCS 2014 v0.0.4.0 Released

All of the other features still stand:

Features

  • Custom Status – This application eases the pain of creating 4 custom status options for the Microsoft Lync Client. Rather then just telling your contacts you are away or busy, you can now give them more insight into what you are on with.
  • Linked Personal Notes - Now when you switch to a status, a predefined personal note will also apply
  • Linked Locations - Now when you switch to a status, a predefined location will also apply
  • Automated(Canned) Responses - Upon selecting a custom status, the application is capable of intercepting conversation requests and replying (automatically) with your predefined response.
    • Exception Lists – Sometimes you don’t want your automated responses going to every contact in your list, the application works with a list of predefined addresses which it won’t respond to.
    • Frequency of response - Much like Microsoft Outlook, you can prevent (if you want) the recipient receiving multiple copies of your ‘canned’ response in a 24 hour period. Alternatively, you can set the app to reply every time.
  • Call handling - Upon selecting a custom status, the application is capable of intercepting voice call requests and handling them  (automatically) with your predefined response.
    • Reject Call – The app is now capable of automatically rejecting calls, sending them to voice mail if set up.
    • Call Forward - The app is now capable of automatically forwarding incoming calls to your defined recipient.
      • On both counts it’s still possible to honour the exception list, allowing calls from your predefined contacts from bypassing the rules and passing through.
  • Tools - The application also contains a tool set for some often required ‘tweaks’/file manipulations to resolve some of the niggles we come across in our Lync environment.
    • Lync Cache Cleaning - Lync caches information locally to aid with performance, this can often cause delays when information is updated on other clients or centrally.
      • Photo Cache Cleaning - The application enables the end-user to ‘point and click’ clear down the Lync Client photo cache. Very useful when diagnosing photo synchronisation issues.
      • Contact Cache Cleaning - The application enables the end-user to ‘point and click’ clear down the Lync Client Contact cache cleaning. This saves having to remove all the users login information, but often helps clear spurious contact list issues. Such as people’s status’ being listed incorrectly.
    • Appear Offline - The application gives the end-user the ability to enable a hidden Lync feature, the ability to appear offline.. This is especially useful if you are out of the office and need to make calls, but do not want to receive calls/IM’s
    • Force GAL Download - The application enables the end-user to override the delay of download for the GAL, very handy during a rebuild of an end users machine.
    • Backup GAL – The application makes backing up the local copy of the GAL a point and click process. This comes in handy when migrating a user from one machine to another.

As always, please let me know if you discover any bugs – or have suggestions for features. If you already have a key for the app you can download the MSI here, use the built in ‘Check for updates’ functionality or If you don’t yet have a key please use this link:

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LCS 2014 v0.0.3.0 Released

On December 1, 2013, in Blog, Lync, by

In this release of LCS I have focused on ironing out even more bugs, and also put some focus into the GUI. Now when you create your custom status the tabs titles change to reflect this.

After fighting with distribution methods, I have now included a separate app in the distribution.. So once the App is installed it will no longer need to download the full setup package again!

I have also now introduced custom IM and Call routing for the built in Microsoft Lync Away state.

So here’s a breakdown of whats new:

  • Resolved issue with setting status from system tray
  • Keyboard shortcuts for all the commands
  • Introduction of ‘Away’ tab
  • Introduction of the ‘Check for Updates’ app
  • Improvements in rule handling logic

Screen Shot 2013 12 01 at 17 LCS 2014 v0.0.3.0 Released

All of the other features still stand:

Features

  • Custom Status – This application eases the pain of creating 4 custom status options for the Microsoft Lync Client. Rather then just telling your contacts you are away or busy, you can now give them more insight into what you are on with.
  • Linked Personal Notes - Now when you switch to a status, a predefined personal note will also apply
  • Linked Locations - Now when you switch to a status, a predefined location will also apply
  • Automated(Canned) Responses - Upon selecting a custom status, the application is capable of intercepting conversation requests and replying (automatically) with your predefined response.
    • Exception Lists – Sometimes you don’t want your automated responses going to every contact in your list, the application works with a list of predefined addresses which it won’t respond to.
    • Frequency of response - Much like Microsoft Outlook, you can prevent (if you want) the recipient receiving multiple copies of your ‘canned’ response in a 24 hour period. Alternatively, you can set the app to reply every time.
  • Call handling - Upon selecting a custom status, the application is capable of intercepting voice call requests and handling them  (automatically) with your predefined response.
    • Reject Call – The app is now capable of automatically rejecting calls, sending them to voice mail if set up.
    • Call Forward - The app is now capable of automatically forwarding incoming calls to your defined recipient.
      • On both counts it’s still possible to honour the exception list, allowing calls from your predefined contacts from bypassing the rules and passing through.
  • Tools - The application also contains a tool set for some often required ‘tweaks’/file manipulations to resolve some of the niggles we come across in our Lync environment.
    • Lync Cache Cleaning - Lync caches information locally to aid with performance, this can often cause delays when information is updated on other clients or centrally.
      • Photo Cache Cleaning - The application enables the end-user to ‘point and click’ clear down the Lync Client photo cache. Very useful when diagnosing photo synchronisation issues.
      • Contact Cache Cleaning - The application enables the end-user to ‘point and click’ clear down the Lync Client Contact cache cleaning. This saves having to remove all the users login information, but often helps clear spurious contact list issues. Such as people’s status’ being listed incorrectly.
    • Appear Offline - The application gives the end-user the ability to enable a hidden Lync feature, the ability to appear offline.. This is especially useful if you are out of the office and need to make calls, but do not want to receive calls/IM’s
    • Force GAL Download - The application enables the end-user to override the delay of download for the GAL, very handy during a rebuild of an end users machine.
    • Backup GAL – The application makes backing up the local copy of the GAL a point and click process. This comes in handy when migrating a user from one machine to another.

As always, please let me know if you discover any bugs – or have suggestions for features. If you already have a key for the app you can download the MSI here, use the built in ‘Check for updates’ functionality or If you don’t yet have a key please use this link:

 

LCS 2014 v0.0.2.0 Released

On November 27, 2013, in Blog, by

In this release of LCS I have focused on ironing out some of the show stopping ‘bugs’ which have crept into the code in previous versions. There’s also a handful of small/quick wins off my apps roadmap (public roadmap coming soon).

But wait…. Why the big jump in version numbers? I hear you say.. Well, I have now changed my setup package to an MSI, this is aimed at my plans for rapid/mass deployment. As MSI’s ignore the last digit of the version number, it meant deploying updated version was messy. v0.0.1.0 was a ‘private’ release to help resolve an issue for one of the BETA testers. Changes have now been merged into v0.0.2.0

So here’s a breakdown of whats new:

  • Introduction of status icons in systray context menu
  • Resolved issue with reply box remaining disabled for some users
  • Implemented start with windows options
  • Improved file delete routines even more, to iron out issues some users experienced
  • Implemented button to restart Lync client
  • A handful of users had reported the app was forcing an auto answer, this is now resolved.
  • Introduction of status icons in system tray menu
  • Ground work for Auto Answer for future release
  • Fixed auto update ’16bit’ setup.exe issues
  • Introduction of keyboard shortcuts for menu items

LCS 0.0.0.6 LCS 2014 v0.0.2.0 Released

All of the other features still stand:

Features

  • Custom Status – This application eases the pain of creating 4 custom status options for the Microsoft Lync Client. Rather then just telling your contacts you are away or busy, you can now give them more insight into what you are on with.
  • Linked Personal Notes - Now when you switch to a status, a predefined personal note will also apply
  • Linked Locations - Now when you switch to a status, a predefined location will also apply
  • Automated(Canned) Responses - Upon selecting a custom status, the application is capable of intercepting conversation requests and replying (automatically) with your predefined response.
    • Exception Lists – Sometimes you don’t want your automated responses going to every contact in your list, the application works with a list of predefined addresses which it won’t respond to.
    • Frequency of response - Much like Microsoft Outlook, you can prevent (if you want) the recipient receiving multiple copies of your ‘canned’ response in a 24 hour period. Alternatively, you can set the app to reply every time.
  • Call handling - Upon selecting a custom status, the application is capable of intercepting voice call requests and handling them  (automatically) with your predefined response.
    • Reject Call – The app is now capable of automatically rejecting calls, sending them to voice mail if set up.
    • Call Forward - The app is now capable of automatically forwarding incoming calls to your defined recipient.
      • On both counts it’s still possible to honour the exception list, allowing calls from your predefined contacts from bypassing the rules and passing through.
  • Tools - The application also contains a tool set for some often required ‘tweaks’/file manipulations to resolve some of the niggles we come across in our Lync environment.
    • Lync Cache Cleaning - Lync caches information locally to aid with performance, this can often cause delays when information is updated on other clients or centrally.
      • Photo Cache Cleaning - The application enables the end-user to ‘point and click’ clear down the Lync Client photo cache. Very useful when diagnosing photo synchronisation issues.
      • Contact Cache Cleaning - The application enables the end-user to ‘point and click’ clear down the Lync Client Contact cache cleaning. This saves having to remove all the users login information, but often helps clear spurious contact list issues. Such as people’s status’ being listed incorrectly.
    • Appear Offline - The application gives the end-user the ability to enable a hidden Lync feature, the ability to appear offline.. This is especially useful if you are out of the office and need to make calls, but do not want to receive calls/IM’s
    • Force GAL Download - The application enables the end-user to override the delay of download for the GAL, very handy during a rebuild of an end users machine.
    • Backup GAL – The application makes backing up the local copy of the GAL a point and click process. This comes in handy when migrating a user from one machine to another.

As always, please let me know if you discover any bugs – or have suggestions for features. If you already have a key for the app you can download the MSI here, use the built in ‘Check for updates’ functionality or If you don’t yet have a key please use this link:

 

LCS 2014 v0.0.0.6 Released

On November 24, 2013, in Blog, Lync, by

Hello

I have just uploaded the latest revision of the LCS 2014 software. In this release I have been focusing on call handling features. The app is now capable of rejecting or forwarding calls. I have also switched the form design to be tab based.. This makes things a lot less complicated and ‘busy’.

LCS 0.0.0.6 LCS 2014 v0.0.0.6 Released

Features

  • Custom Status – This application eases the pain of creating 4 custom status options for the Microsoft Lync Client. Rather then just telling your contacts you are away or busy, you can now give them more insight into what you are on with.
  • Linked Personal Notes - Now when you switch to a status, a predefined personal note will also apply
  • Linked Locations - Now when you switch to a status, a predefined location will also apply
  • Automated(Canned) Responses - Upon selecting a custom status, the application is capable of intercepting conversation requests and replying (automatically) with your predefined response.
    • Exception Lists – Sometimes you don’t want your automated responses going to every contact in your list, the application works with a list of predefined addresses which it won’t respond to.
    • Frequency of response - Much like Microsoft Outlook, you can prevent (if you want) the recipient receiving multiple copies of your ‘canned’ response in a 24 hour period. Alternatively, you can set the app to reply every time.
  • Call handling - Upon selecting a custom status, the application is capable of intercepting voice call requests and handling them  (automatically) with your predefined response.
    • Reject Call – The app is now capable of automatically rejecting calls, sending them to voice mail if set up.
    • Call Forward - The app is now capable of automatically forwarding incoming calls to your defined recipient.
      • On both counts it’s still possible to honour the exception list, allowing calls from your predefined contacts from bypassing the rules and passing through.
  • Tools - The application also contains a tool set for some often required ‘tweaks’/file manipulations to resolve some of the niggles we come across in our Lync environment.
    • Lync Cache Cleaning - Lync caches information locally to aid with performance, this can often cause delays when information is updated on other clients or centrally.
      • Photo Cache Cleaning - The application enables the end-user to ‘point and click’ clear down the Lync Client photo cache. Very useful when diagnosing photo synchronisation issues.
      • Contact Cache Cleaning - The application enables the end-user to ‘point and click’ clear down the Lync Client Contact cache cleaning. This saves having to remove all the users login information, but often helps clear spurious contact list issues. Such as people’s status’ being listed incorrectly.
    • Appear Offline - The application gives the end-user the ability to enable a hidden Lync feature, the ability to appear offline.. This is especially useful if you are out of the office and need to make calls, but do not want to receive calls/IM’s
    • Force GAL Download - The application enables the end-user to override the delay of download for the GAL, very handy during a rebuild of an end users machine.
    • Backup GAL – The application makes backing up the local copy of the GAL a point and click process. This comes in handy when migrating a user from one machine to another.

As always, please let me know if you discover any bugs – or have suggestions for features. If you already have a key for the app you can download the MSI here .. If you don’t yet have a key please use this link:

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