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Cleaning up Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 Service Pack data.

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Installing a Service Pack on Windows is generally a good idea, but there is one disadvantage to it; it takes up additional disk space. In part, this is because the system keeps additional data in place on the machine, in case you want to uninistall the Service Pack again.

In most cases, you would never want to uninstall a Service Pack, so removing this additional data could reclaim precious disk space. To do this, execute the following command in an admin command prompt:

dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded /hidesp

After the process has finished, you should have reclaimed around 1-2 GB of disk space.

See graph from IsPebbleShipping.com without flash.

The guys producing the Pebble smartwatch recently set up a simple page people can use to follow production progress. The page has one major flaw, however - it uses Flash.

Since the Pebble is intended to be used with iPhones and Android smartphones, that seems kind of counter-intuitive to me. No iPhone can show flash, and most modern Android phones can’t either.

To alleviate the problem, simply use this blog entry when you want to glance at the graph from your phone/iDevice.

The image above will automatically update at regular intervals. Refresh your browser to see the updated version.


If you have no idea what Pebble is, look here.

Update 1:
If you want to access the numbers more directly, @dasaweb on Twitter made this RSS feed for the shipping updates. The feed is tied directly into the Google Docs data driving the regular graph, so it should update automatically too. Nicely done! (I already exploit it with IFTTT.com ;D)

Update 2:
The image no longer updates, since the shipping process for the first Pebbles is long since over.

Typing special characters on a danish Mac keyboard.

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Since my recent Macbook Air purchase, I’ve often found myself looking for ways to type certain special characters apparently not used very often on a Mac. Problem is, some characters that are used in f.ex. programming aren’t shown visually on the keys on a Mac. This makes it tricky to find the correct keyboard combinations. If you, like me, use a non-US keyboard layout (I use danish), this problem is even worse. Google mostly gives you results for the keyboard combinations used on US keyboards.

Examples of such characters:

\  (backslash)
|  (pipe)
[ ] (square brackets)

In my line of work, I often have to connect to Windows machines using Remote Desktop. Doing this from a Mac makes the already bad problem with these characters downright horrible, since this forces you into using some weird hybrid of the Windows and Mac keyboard layouts.

I will probably personally be using this blog entry as a personal reference, so the list of keyboard combinations will grow over time. I suggest you bookmark it - I know I will :)

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Setting up your printer using a Synology NAS.

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One of the best purchases I’ve ever made is my Synology NAS. One of the many cool features it has, is that you can connect USB printers to it and subsequently use them as network printers.

Getting this to work on multiple computers can be tricky, however. For some reason, the default way of setting up the printer, using the DS Assistant application, only lets you use the printer from a single computer. Why that is, I don’t know. Furthermore, that defies the whole purpose of having a network printer…

After some investigating online, I did find a solution.

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Getting jEdit to work with the Windows 7 taskbar.

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The free java based editor jEdit is great, but ever since switching to Windows 7 one thing has bothered me. Because of the editor being java driven, it means that the application starts up as a separate item in the Windows taskbar, instead of just running from the taskbar button you used to start it with.

After doing some searching on Google, I found a fix for this.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Get the package here.
  2. Copy WinRun4J.exe  from ‘winrun4J-0.4.4.zip’ into the jEdit directory and rename it to jEdit.exe
  3. Copy jedit.ini file into the jEdit directory.
  4. Copy jedit.ico file into the jEdit directory.
  5. Copy RCEDIT.exe file into the jEdit directory.
  6. Open an admin command prompt window and go to the jEdit directory,
  7. In the command prompt, run the following command: ‘rcedit /i jEdit.exe jEdit.ico’.

Done!

(Source: jedit.9.n6.nabble.com)

Making your Linksys WVC54G wireless camera work with all browsers.

Linksys WVC54G

Several years ago, I wanted to have a wifi camera to set up in my apartment for security reasons. I ended up buying the Linksys WVC54G. It was a pretty decent camera for its time, but there are some problems with it. One of these problems is that the video stream was only visible with Internet Explorer (!), since it uses an ActiveX plugin to show the stream.

Why Linksys chose to cripple it’s product in such a way is beyond me, but after some snooping around on the internet I found out that there’s actually a way of switching the camera over from using the ActiveX capture mode, to a more useful mjpeg capture mode. Only disadvantage by doing this is that you lose audio. For me, that is not a big problem.

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(Source: mikepuchol.com)

Finding your digital TV channels with Stofa.

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With regular intervals, I’m contacted by people who are wondering why their TV channels with Stofa are only available in analogue format and not in digital. Other times people are not even aware that they are watching analogue channels, and thus are watching TV in less than optimal quality.

To alleviate that problem, here is a small guide showing how to find these digital channels.

Please note that in order to do this, you need a newer TV with a built in MPEG4 digital tuner.

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Wrote some small, yet powerful scripts that switch between my two sound output devices (speakers/headset). Why Windows doesn’t have a small utility for doing this built in is beyond me. Oh well…

The ‘nircmdc’ command I use in the scripts is a freeware command line utility. You can get it here.