Saturday 28 January 2012

Getting Started with Ubuntu Orchestra — Servers in Concert! | Ubuntu Cloud Portal

How to start building a cloud with Ubuntu Server 11.10.
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Interesting Virginmedia links

I was investigating intermittent speed issues on my VM line, and I came across this thread.

One of the posters, , had some interesting links in thier signature:
They also seem to be collecting ratings on UBR performance, which was also interesting.

Friday 27 January 2012

How to re-create the Show desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows XP

To re-create the Show desktop icon yourself, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, click Run, type notepad in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. Carefully copy and then paste the following text into the Notepad window:
3. On the File menu, click Save As, and then save the file to your desktop as "Show desktop.scf". TheShow  desktop icon is created on your desktop.
4. Click and then drag the Show desktop icon to your Quick Launch toolbar.

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Wednesday 18 January 2012

MSDN Blogs

How to video stream with Expression Encoder:
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Tuesday 10 January 2012

Linksys SRW Switch CLI |

Hidden CLI for Linksys SRW switches:
1.) ssh, telnet, or console into the switch as you normally would. Do not use the http/web interface.
2.) Log in with the menu system, using a valid, existing, account.
2.a) Provide the username and password, then "execute".
2.b) The "Operation complete" response is received. Press any key.
3.) At the "Switch Main Menu", Press CTRL+z.
4.) A carrot > command line will appear. Type in "lcli" (Light-weight Command Line Interface?) and press Enter.

Commands available are:
clear Reset functions
clock Manage the system clock
configure Enter configuration mode
copy Copy from one file to another
crypto Cryptographic commands
debug-mode Exit from the EXEC to debug mode
delete Delete a file from the flash file system
disable Disable privileged commands
dot1x 802.1x EXEC commands
exit Exit from the EXEC
help Description of the interactive help system
login Exit from the EXEC and Log in
no Negate command
ping Send echo messages
reload Halt and perform a cold restart
resume Resume telnet session.
set Set System Parameters
show Show running system information
telnet Open telnet session.
terminal Set current session functions
test diagnose
traceroute Discover the routes to destination

Thanks to:
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The mcli password 'adminmcli' was found here:

Sunday 8 January 2012

All old blog posts now redirected

I spent a bit of time today redirecting all the old blog posts (from my local Community Server install) to their new location (custom domain on Blogger).

I eventually decided to stop the existing Community Server site and run a blank website in it's place.
I then used the free version of Helicon Tech's ISAPI_Rewrite to redirect all the old Community Server paths to the new Blogger location, a simple robots.txt refirect, and then threw in  a wildcard redirect at the end to catch any other links (including comments that I didn't copy across).

It was actually quite easy to do in the end but needed to be done as adsense was still showing 10x more visits to the old blog as opposed to the new one. Also, since the fit of the new 100Mb line, I haven't had the port forwarded to the old server.

I'll run it for a while until all the search engines are updated and I can then finally drop my local server.

The product can be found here:

Handbrake Video Transcoder

I found this open source application when trying to find some software to transcode videos to an iPad.
I didn't need it in the end, as the paid for software I have by CucuSoft was quicker.
Still, looks great for free.

DVD Flick

Nice little open source program to create DVD's.

Used this instead of Windows DVD maker as it allowed me to create a dual layer DVD and automatically adjusted the bit rate of video and audio to allow me to fit a given number of videos on the disk.

Here's the about:

About DVD Flick

DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.


  • Burn near any video file to DVD
  • Support for over 45 file formats
  • Support for over 60 video codecs
  • Support for over 40 audio codecs
  • Easily add a menu
  • Add your own subtitles
  • Easy to use interface
  • Burn your project to disc after encoding
  • Completely free without any adware, spyware or limitations
For a more detailed list of features, see the Features page.

Thursday 5 January 2012

The CD drive or the DVD drive does not work as expected on a computer that you upgraded to Windows Vista

I had a problem with the DVD drive on my laptop with Windows 7 and Kaspersky.
I kept getting an error 19 in device manager.
It didn't appear to like the Kaspersky filter or Gears ASPI filter.
I think it was probably the Gears filter as this didn't return and the DVD drive appears to be working again.
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