Around 14 years ago, I switched from using Reflection to PuTTY because it was free and my employer at the time wouldn’t pay for such extravagance software purchases such as a simple terminal emulator! Since then I’ve become rather accustomed to the way PuTTY behaves, and find Reflections particularly annoying to use on the occasion that I visit a client who insists on using it. However, it is possible to solve most of the biggest annoyances…
I have been running Windows 10 for a while now and every other day or so, I get the Security and Maintenance notification show regarding "disable apps to help improve performance". After a bit of hunting around, I have finally discovered how to disable this notification from appearing any more.
A number of older ScanSnap scanners released by Fujitsu are no longer supported and the official line from Fujitsu is to buy new hardware. However, the ScanSnap range isn't cheap and you can avoid spending a large sum by utilizing Compatibility Mode built into Windows to get your older scanner working with the latest versions of Windows. This guide will show you how.
In my article How to backup your Evernote notes regularly I supplied a windows batch file that could be used with the Windows Scheduler to automatically backup your Evernote Notes. In use, however, it soon becomes annoying that the scheduler launches a DOS window to run the script right in the middle of the screen. This article documents the technique for running a batch file minimized to the taskbar.
An article describing the installation process for Oracle Database Access Components (ODAC) on Windows Server and details of common questions and errors encounted.
As a DBA, it is generally a good idea to log all your activity when working on Unix/Linux servers. Logging provides an audit of changes that you have made to a system as well as being a valuable resource for notes and documentation. This article describes how to log all PuTTY sessions and how to automtically maintain the resulting logfiles in a logical directory structure.
If you use a lot of keyboard shortcuts then will have already discovered that, by default, the F-keys on the touch/type keyboards are mapped to "helpful" shortcuts such as volume up/down and search. Rejoice however, as there is a simple solution to make the keys act as proper F-keys again without the need to hold down the Fn key.
After installing a new graphics card I discovered that that the Start screen in windows 8 was appearing on a different monitor to the one I originally had it on in my multi-monitor setup. After a little digging, I discovered that there are two very quick and easy ways to switch which monitor it appears... Continue Reading →
In general, I think that the changes Microsoft have introduced with Windows 8 are very positive and herald a move to a much simpler interface for the majority of users. Although there is a lot of negativity within the technical press and amongst self-proclaimed "experts" and "power-users" they miss the point that a vast majority... Continue Reading →