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.
I'm a longtime Windows user who recently purchased a Mac. Overall I'm very impressed with the machine, but it does have a learning curve, especially for the key bindings. As a DBA and programmer, I use the Home, End, PageUp, PageDown and CTRL keys extensively to quickly navigate code and text documents. And don't get me started... Continue Reading →
Oracle clients (and programs that use Oracle clients/drivers) will search for TNS configuration files such as sqlnet.ora and tnsnames.ora in the following order. Note that the first file to be found will be used -- so if there were files in both location 3 and location 5, then the one in location 3 would be found first... Continue Reading →
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.
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.
So you've saved a lot of notes into Evernote and you're wondering how to back them up in case something goes horribly wrong. Some might call you paranoid, but a glitch in a client update could wipe out your notes (and because Evernote syncs to the cloud it would wipe out all your notes in the cloud too). So how can you backup your data?
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 →