Updated: May 17th, 2012
Well, this one took ages. And whenever something takes me ages, rather than write it down in my personal notes, I prefer to put it out online for everyone with the same problem to easily find and benefit from.
The problem I'm talking about today is trying to upgrade your Windows 7 installation to SP1 by applying Microsoft's update KB976932, called "Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for x64-based Systems" and getting nothing but a failure every time. The same problem may affect 32-bit systems as well, and I'm not sure what the update number for that would be, but the solution should work for either one.
The update starts just fine, chugs along for 10 minutes or so, then reboots …
The Most Awesome VPN Tip: How To Make Windows Automatically Use Your Local WiFi/LAN Connection Directly For Requests That Don't Need To Go Through VPN
This tip can also be filed in the "post with the longest title that kind of makes sense but needs more explanation" category.
If you use a VPN (Virtual Private Network), this tip is for you.
- you connect to a VPN to get access to your work/whatever network
- your connection is fast but the VPN connection is balls slow
- you try to stream a bit of online radio, go to a website, watch a video, or do anything, which is automatically routed through the VPN connection but everything TAKES AGES because the VPN connection is the limiting factor
- so not only are you frustrated by hiccupping radio, stuttering video, and a never disappearing progress bar but you're
I got a new development machine at work – a 24" iMac. Since I am not an OSX fan at all, I immediately installed Windows 7 x64 on it and initiated a search for a fitting background image.
And then I found it:
And that's how you set up your iMac people.
Credit goes to Jonzy from DeviantArt.
Updated: September 16th, 2012
I've had MySQL on my Windows 7 laptop for a bit (as part of wampserver), mostly for local offline WordPress development.
However, even though MySQL is relatively stable, I've been observing a vast quantity of intermittent MySQL errors, as reported by WordPress in the PHP error log (C:\wamp\logs\php_error.log). Here are some examples:
[05-Jan-2010 09:47:51] WordPress database error Error on delete of 'C:\Windows\TEMP\#sql17e0_1a2_6.MYD' (Errcode: 13) for query SELECT t.*, tt.* FROM wp_terms AS t INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy AS tt ON tt.term_id = t.term_id INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships AS tr ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ('category') AND tr.object_id IN (3) ORDER BY t.name ASC made by require, require_once, include, get_footer, locate_template, load_template, require_once, dynamic_sidebar, call_user_func_array, widget_rrm_recent_posts, RecentPosts->execute, ppl_expand_template,
SimplifyMedia is an extremely useful program, which allows super easy song and playlist sharing via streaming between multiple computers. It also works as a Winamp plugin, so the shared songs simply show up inside Winamp's own media library – each computer sharing music appears under the special "Shared" tab. And the beauty is – there is no need to muck around with network settings, open ports, or even touch your router.
Here's a screenshot of how it's supposed to work:
Since I recently installed Windows 7 64bit on my laptop, I wanted to set up SimplifyMedia on it and listen to some tracks in my favorite music player Winamp. However, after I downloaded and installed it and …
Updated: June 20th, 2011
Screen is awesome. Once you become comfortable navigating around it, you start using it ALL the time. No more dropped sessions, no having 10 Putty windows open at the same time, no more nohup.
However, with default screen settings I've always felt a bit lost and out of place, mostly because there was no "taskbar" with a bird's eye view of all windows. Pressing ctrl-a, " really does get annoying fast (that's the command that brings up the window selector – screenshot below).
So instead I modded my screen to have a "taskbar" which sits at the bottom of screen and adds:
- the name of each window
- a clear marking of window states, such as
- the currently active window