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Microsoft Expression Web: Editing PHP Files

December 9th, 2009 No comments

Ever tried editing php file with Microsoft Expression? I thought I would give Microsoft Expression Web a go recently and was using it to edit some PHP files. Big mistake! I suddenly started getting PHP error messages that the headers had already been sent out, such as:

Cannot send session cache limiter – headers already sent

and

Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by

Very annoying! I couldn’t spot anything wrong with the files in Notepad or Dreamweaver. I was very confused. So I decided to open the files in my web hosts online text editor. Lo and behold, Expression Web had put some odd characters before the opening PHP tags on a couple of files! I removed the characters in the text editor and now everything is working fine again.

Moral of the story? Microsoft is rubbish!

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XP Media Player DVD Codec

December 4th, 2009 No comments

After a free XP Media Player DVD Codec? Check out XPcodecpack. It’s free!

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Goldmine Installation Error

November 30th, 2009 2 comments

Trying to install Goldmine and getting the error message “another Goldmine installation is already running”? This is a very frustrating but easy to fix problem. All you need to do is make a small change to the registry.

Run regedit (Start> Run> regedit).

Go to HKLM> Software> Frontrange solutions. Delete the folder GMinProgress. Exit regedit.

Retry the installation.

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Google Wave Invitations

November 15th, 2009 2 comments

Wondering how to get a Google Wave invitation? Well it just so happens that I have just been given an invite to preview Google Wave and now have a couple of spare invitations to give out.

Leave me a comment if you want one.

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PC Tune-Up Software: Round 2

October 9th, 2009 No comments

Last week I posted about an PC Tune-Up software review article done by The Register. Well they’ve done a follow up, this time with Vista instead of XP. Check it out.

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Network Search

October 6th, 2009 No comments

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about search at work recently. Search rules the on-line world. You only need to look at the size of Google and also the $100 million marketing campaign Microsoft just launched for Bing to see that. And I think that one of the reasons the Internet has been such a massive success, is the ability to type a few words into a search engine, and have a wealth of knowledge and information in front of you. Can you imagine trying to find the information you needed if you had to type in the correct web address every time? Impossible. I use Google to find everything on the Internet, even websites I know the address of, and I know I’m not the only one.

Another example is that of web mail. One of the reasons GMail is so popular (and one of my favourite things about it), is its fantastic search capabilities (if you’ve ever used Outlook without Instant Search enabled you’ll know why this is so important).

Despite the success of on-line search, desktop search has been very slow to catch up. It’s still not common even now. (I know there are a lot of solutions around now but this isn’t the focus of this post). Which brings me around to network search. Or lack thereof. Both companies I have been a network admin for have no network search solution whatsoever. None.

When you really stop and think about that, it’s incredible. How on earth does anyone ever find anything? With great difficulty I’m guessing. The problem is that it’s rather costly to get a search server. Google sell one, and I bet it’s amazing, but it costs a bomb too. Microsoft sell their own Search Server software, which is also included in Sharepoint Server.

Microsoft also do a Search Server Express. Now this is free, which is always good, all you need is a Windows server with enough free resources to run it. It works as a Intranet site and actually looks pretty nice. I haven’t been able to install it and try it out yet but I’m definately going to. When I have, I’ll be sure to post about it here.

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Printscreen/Screenshot software

October 5th, 2009 No comments

Ever needed to do a lot of screenshots? Creating a manual for example. You need to take loads of screenshots and then go back and forth to the manual pasting them. So time consuming! Well there is another way.

Using Print Screen 3.0 you can have all of your screenshots automatically saved to a folder ready to be inserted to your document at a later time. Perfect!

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Google Notebook: Back from the dead?

October 1st, 2009 No comments

I’m a recent convert to Microsoft OneNote. It’s fantastic. I love the ability to quickly store bits of information I might need at some point, and quickly search through them all. As I’m also a big fan of all Google products I recently looked into whether Google had an equivalent product. Turns out they did, Google Notebook, but that they stopped all development/new access to it in January of this year, focusing efforts instead on Google Docs.

However, I was on iGoogle this morning and the Google tip of the day was Google Notebook. I clicked on it and lo and behold, Google Notebook was open again!

So what does this mean? Is Google reactivating Notebook? Will there development on it again? Will it be added to Google Apps? As I can see find no explanation as to why Google have reopened it, I guess we’ll have to wait and find out.

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PC Tune-Up Software: Does it really work?

September 29th, 2009 No comments

Register Hardware just posted a very interesting article reviewing some popular PC Tune-Up Software. I’ve never been a big fan of them, I always prefer to do any tuning myself, but it made for a very enlightening read. Check it out.

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