Tag Archives: Microsoft

What? I can’t download your browser unless I what? Can’t Download Internet Explorer 9 Without Upgrade

Internet Explorer: Cannot download unless I upgrade? (Image from windows.microsoft.com)

(Image from windows.microsoft.com)

I am not sure why I ended up seeing this, but let me tell you my story (it may actually have to do with actually using a Microsoft product).

On occasion I get a friend’s computer; they have a virus, I know how to fix that. Well, one of the main problems was that they were using Internet Explorer 7 with a kazillion toolbars and who knows what else. So, I opted to update their browser…to what you say? Internet Explorer! I thought to myself, “They’ve really done a good job with Internet Explorer 9. Now is finally the time I am okay with installing Internet Explorer as a default browser on a Windows machine.”

But, I guess Microsoft and the Internet Explorer folks still are up to their, “We’ll do it our way, thanks” ways. I downloaded Firefox.

See how I solved deleting a filename with a question mark (?) character on Windows 7

I ran into this problem (actually I’ve ran into it multiple times) when I can’t delete a folder in Windows 7 because a filename has a malformed character. In Linux you can have characters like (ñ). But, when Windows gets a hold of the file at some point (like via my external HD) it renames the character as a question mark (?). That means I couldn’t delete the file using explorer or the del command (or robocopy, deltree, etc). But, after some research and thinking I figured it out.

From: http://superuser.com/questions/315…

  1. In Windows 7: Run cmd.exe in Administator Mode.
  2. cd into the Directory with the filenames.
  3. run: chkdsk /V /f [My bad files were on another drive other than the OS drive, so it was able to dismount it. If it is the OS drive, it may have to do this stage at startup.]
  4. Wait (May have to reboot).
  5. Results/Cmd Log: (See at superuser)

As you will see the result was that chkdsk actually deleted the files for me. So, if you want to keep the files, I don’t know what to do, but this will get rid of the files for sure.

Vote it up if it worked for you!

Browser War Continues

So, the browser wars continue. I have talked about the ‘itch‘ before, and I got it today. But, rather than being about Ubuntu or OS’s, it was with my browsers. For the last few months, possibly since my last post, Firefox has held the crown. But, upon getting the itch, I started using Chrome again. I think it was because of my recent failure to get Firefox Mobile on my Android LG phone. Then, I loaded up IE9, which consequently crashed once I went to Hulu.

I also have Firefox 4 beta on my machine, which I have loaded from time to time, yet I have not used it due to lack of compatibility with some of my favorite addons. Addons were what won me over to Firefox before, especially Firebug. It still remains on my taskbar as a ‘development’ browser in my mind, currently. Firebug is just something Chrome users are burning for, I assume that because I am. I know, I know, there are developer tools in Chrome; but, they’re clunky and slow. I’ve been doing some comparing this morning, loading up the new Facebook infinite scrolling photos to see which browser would have the hardest time. IE9 won, Chrome and Firefox really had no difference, although I did notice Chrome had a hard time opening up a tab after all that, while Firefox did not.

It’s interesting the guilt I have for having Chrome on right now. I am an avid open source supporter, and even though Chrome is open, Firefox has been around for so long. I would hate to see Firefox die because of Chrome (think Netscape Navigator). But Firefox 4, it just seems too much. Firefox 3.6 is nice, and really competes with Chrome. But, Firefox 4 is just too clunky, even more clunky than IE9. I like the idea of organizing tabs, but sometimes too many options are just no options. I think Firefox should leave the advanced eye candy stuff to the addon people, where it belongs. Chrome, is simple, that’s really why I like it.

I think, if Chrome integrated Firebug as a developer tool, I would probably uninstall Firefox…

Use Ease of Access to use Ctrl Alt Del at Windows Logon with TightVNC

Screenshot of using On Screen Keyboard to press Ctrl Alt Del

So, I had this problem this morning. I am finding that Remote Desktop isn’t always the best solution for remotly controlling a computer or server. Sometimes, I have to logon and run a few programs overnight or during the day. If you use Remote Desktop to connect, that user gets logged off and the tasks are killed. So, I have been using TightVNC to connect to computers that are already running tasks.

But, once I locked the screen on the remote machine, I couldn’t use Ctrl Alt Del to log back in using TightVNC. I did some Googling, but couldn’t find anything that really worked that I really had the time for. But, I clicked the Ease of Access button at the logon screen and vwalla, it worked!

Quick fix, but it works!

Get Wampserver 2.0 on Windows 7 Working

So, really, I’m posting this to drive traffic to my site, because I know there are tons of people trying to find out how to get Wampserver 2 working on Windows 7…

Now, you’re going to do lots of Googl’ing, and I tried everything Google told me to do (like always). I have Visual Studio and SQL Server Express, but neither seemed to be the problem. Somehow, I ran into this post. The guy compiled Wampserver 2.0j (an unofficial predecessor to 2.0i). But, it worked! When I installed Wampserver 2.0i, it never even asked Windows Firewall to unblock apache, and it just stayed red and sat there…useless. But, the unofficial 2.0j asked Windows Firewall to unblock it properly, and it has lots of updates…and worked!

Install it, then thank me later… You can find the Unofficial Wampserver 2.0j at http://pampserver.com/