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si_installer 1.16 has been released (announcement)

Details at http://smithii.com/si_installer.

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si_installer 1.16 has been released (announcement)

nirsoft_installer 1.42 has been released (announcement)

nirsoft_installer 1.42 has been released. Details at http://smithii.com/nirsoft_installer.

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nirsoft_installer 1.42 has been released (announcement)

lsdsk 1.6 has been released (announcement)

lsdsk 1.6 has been released. Details at http://smithii.com/lsdsk.

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lsdsk 1.6 has been released (announcement)

lsdsk 1.6 has been released (02-Oct-11)

I wrote lsdsk as I wanted a program to display all my drives, including local, network, and substituted drives, in one convenient display.

You can download the binary here and the source code here.

Here's the changelog:

Right Triangle Solver

I created a Google Docs Spreadsheet template, called Right Triangle Solver, to easily solve the lengths and angles of a right triangle, given any two sides, or a side and an angle.

Removing the sdra32.exe virus with one simple batch file

Here it is:

echo>"%temp%\remsdra.reg" REGEDIT4
echo.>>"%temp%\remsdra.reg"
echo>>"%temp%\remsdra.reg" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
echo>>"%temp%\remsdra.reg" "Userinit"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\userinit.exe"

:loop
"%SystemRoot%\regedit.exe" /s "%temp%\remsdra.reg"
start "shutdown" "%SystemRoot%\system32\shutdown.exe" -s -t 0 -f
goto loop

si_installer 1.15 has been released (announcement)

Details at http://smithii.com/si_installer.

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si_installer 1.15 has been released (announcement)

nirsoft_installer 1.41 has been released (announcement)

nirsoft_installer 1.41 has been released. Details at http://smithii.com/nirsoft_installer.

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nirsoft_installer 1.41 has been released (announcement)

Why are Eclipse's error messages so unhelpful?

Creation of element failed.

Reason:
Build path contains duplicate entry: 'C:Program Files/eclipse/plugins/org.eclipse.php.core_2.1.0.v20090617-2341/Resources/language/php5/' for project proactiv08

HomeAway's iCAL URLs don't work in Google Calendar

Dear HomeAway customer support:

When I visit

https://www.homeaway.com/owners/index.cfm?fuseaction=availability&pro_id=3020695

and click the [Google Calendar] link at the bottom of the screen, I am offered this link to cut-n-paste:

https://connect.homeaway.com/icalendar/hacalendar.htm?cid=89d5c6d06a2649c1978a09d450235777

When I use Google Calendar, click the [Add] link, and paste in the above URL, I receive the error:

Could not fetch the url because robots.txt prevents us from crawling the url.

This is due to the following text in http://connect.homeaway.com/robots.txt :

User-agent: *
#Disallow: /search/refined/

User-agent: wegobot
Disallow: /

Google is interpreting this as:

User-agent: *
User-agent: wegobot
Disallow: /

Which Google thinks means DON'T INDEX YOUR SITE AT ALL!!!!!

The fix is to either remove

User-agent: *
#Disallow: /search/refined/

or move it to the end of the file, where it will not be mis-interpreted.

How about giving me an extra year for taking the time to diagnose, and inform you of this SERIOUS issue with Google, the most used search portal on the internet!!!

SubversionException: ("Can't open file 'c:\svn\repos\db\current': Access is denied. ", 720005)

I recently encountered the following error, when I tried to browse my local svn repository using ViewVC:
SubversionException: ("Can't open file 'c:\\svn\\repos\\db\\current': Access is denied. ", 720005) 
I'm not sure yet, but I think the culprit was committing changes using Cygwin's svn command and the file: protocol. For example:
c:\src> svn co file:///c:/svn/repo/mana
c:\src> cd mana
c:\src\mana> svn ci -m 'from heaven'
To fix it, I ran the following commands:
cacls c:\svn /T /E /G Administrators:F
cacls c:\svn /T /E /G SYSTEM:F
cacls c:\svn /T /E /G Users:R
For some reason
cacls c:\svn /T /E /G %USERNAME%:F
gave the error:
The data is invalid.
To work around this issue, I executed:
cd /D c:\svn
for /R %i in (*.*) do cacls %i /T /E /G %USERNAME%:F
Using the svn: or http: protocols probably do not suffer from this issue.

Paymo is good, but needs some work to be great

Here's some feedback for the time tracking & invoicing service Paymo:

Entering Time

  1. If you enter 9 AM as the first time, and then an hour of 1 to 8, or 12 for the the 2nd time, it should assume this is PM, and not AM.
  2. The system should allow for military time entries.
  3. When I tab out of the Start Time or End Time fields, the calendar should immediately disappear.

Time Entries

  1. Sort order should be ni reverse chronological order. Otherwise, by Wednesday, every time the page is refreshed, I have to scroll to see the most recent time entry. At the very least, this should be an option.
  2. There is no way to change the project or task on existing entries (unless you use the desktop widget).
  3. There is no easy way to tell if there are overlapping time entries. Overlapping time entries should stand out with some sort of visual indication.

Reports

  1. "Presets" were not storing the settings properly. This appears to have been fixed.
  2. No easy way to update an existing preset.
  3. The detail report should use as the start time, the first date of the detail line items, instead it uses the start date entered on the Reports query page. This will confuse clients if you simply use the default start date, which is the first date *any* entries were entered into paymo.
  4. When I tab out of the Start Time or End Time fields, the calendar should immediately disappear.

Invoices

  1. There is no way to remove the "Tax" line.
  2. There appears to be a place for a graphic in the upper left hand corner, but no way to add a graphic.

Time Tracker/Desktop Widget

  1. I've lost time entries several times.

Google Voice beats Gizmo, Magic Jack, Ooma, Skype, Vonage, etc.

Here's a table of International Dialing Rates I've compiled.

QuickBooks 2009 and the dreaded "There are no new transactions. Please check again tommorrow" message

Dear QuickBooks Technical Support,

I have been downloading transactions using the DirectConnect feature for months now.

Unfortunately, I'm unable to do so any more. I get the message

"There are no new transactions. Please check again tommorrow"

I followed the instructions at:

http://community.intuit.com/wikis?cid=0cb4cd5dc7118979570b24989b2a231805b36af1&cellId=4378d68089712b37b4075c231b2e72c8794d50375

and was able to import the transactions using DirectConnect into another file, just fine

I have called Bank of America, and QuickBooks Technical Support several times. I was advised to try:

http://support.quickbooks.intuit.com/support/pages/knowledgebasearticle/1007174

but that didn't fix it.

I've also tried

http://support.quickbooks.intuit.com/support/Pages/KnowledgeBaseArticle/1002282

I've also tried downloading via WebConnect, but I get the same error.

I have spent over 8 hours on this, and have reached my wits end. I don't know what else to try.

Please help!

Thanks!

Ross Smith

Eclipse PDT 3.5's build is broken

I downloaded the latest Eclipse PDT 3.5 (Galileo) from http://www.eclipse.org/pdt.

Unfortunately, I found a bug in the Remote System Explorer. I fixed it by downloading RSE-runtime-3.1.zip from http://download.eclipse.org/dsdp/tm/downloads/drops/R-3.1-200906171400/index.php.

Hopefully, they'll fix this issue soon.

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