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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


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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Unlock Nokia N82

November 25th, 2009 No comments

Trying to unlock your Nokia N82? Let me save you loads of time scanning forums and money from scams on the internet, the cheapest and most reliable (and possibly only) way to get it done is to ask your network provider. Just hope they don’t charge you too much.

If you’re really lucky, they might do it for free.

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OWA: Change password error

November 24th, 2009 No comments

Trying to change your password with OWA and getting error: object required? You need to register a dll on the server, follow the instructions found in this Microsoft support article.

If after you’ve done this you’re now getting error number 5, you need to check Integrated Windows authentication in the IIS virtual directory. To do this go to IIS manager> right click on the IISADPWD virtual directory and select properties> select the Directory Security tab> under Authentication and access control click Edit> check the box Integrated Windows authentication.


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Disable AutoRun in XP

November 13th, 2009 No comments

AutoRun/AutoPlay is a well known security risk. Pop an infected USB stick into your PC and up pops the autorun/autoplay menu. Viruses can replicate items on that list, so you think you’re just opening it up in Explorer but actually you’re infecting your PC as well.

It makes sense then to disable it. It can be done easily in Group Policy, but if you’re a home user then that won’t be any use to you. Here’s how to do it XP by modifying the registry.

  1. Start> Run
  2. Type regedit
  3. Click OK
  4. Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer\ NoDriveTypeAutorun
  5. Right-click NoDriveTypeAutoRun, and then click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type 0xFF to disable all types of drives.
  7. Click OK. Exit Registry Editor
  8. Restart your PC
  9. Done!
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Exchange 2003: Reduce database size

November 13th, 2009 No comments

Deleted some accounts or cleared a load of emails from your Exchange server and wondering why the database size hasn’t reduced?

Well, after you’ve deleted Exchange accounts, you need to run the Cleanup Agent for them to actually be removed (and then only after the waiting period, typically 30 days, has passed).

To change the deleted mailboxes waiting period: In Exchange System Manager go to the First Storage Group, right click on your Mailbox Store and click Properties. On the Limits tab, at the bottom, change the number of ‘Keep deleted mailboxes for (days)’.

To run the Cleanup Agent: In Exchange System Manager, go to your Mailbox Store, right click on the Mailboxes folder and click Run Cleanup Agent.

The space you’ve cleared will only be available after the next online defrag has completed (typically overnight). However, the Exchange database files won’t actually be any smaller. Exchange keeps the space in it’s databases ready to use for new emails. You can see how much free space your Exchange server is holding by viewing your Exchange servers Application Event Log (in Event Viewer). Look for the Event ID 1221 that has your Mailbox Store name in it (not the Public Store). The Event description will tell you the megabytes of free space.

To actually make the Exchange database files smaller you need to run an offline defrag. This can only be done during downtime and really isn’t recommened unless you have a lot of free space in your database to release. To run you need to detach your Mailbox Store and run the Eseutil utitlity. More info can be found here.

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Update Group Policy

November 13th, 2009 No comments

Ever wondered how to do an immediate Group Policy update without restarting your PC or anything? It’s dead easy:

Open Command Prompt (search for CMD)

Type “gpupdate/force” (without the quotes)

Hit Enter


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Excel 2007: Automatic Formula Recalculation

November 9th, 2009 No comments

Are your Excel formulas not recalculating automatically?

Check: Formulas tab> Calculation options> Automatic


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Symantec AntiVirus Corporate: 64 bit PCs not updating

November 6th, 2009 No comments

If you’re running Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition on your network and you have some 64 bit machines on your network, you may find that the 64 bit machines aren’t updating their virus definitions. This is because the 64 bit machines cannot update from a 32 bit server. The way round this is to set the 64 bit machines to update from the Internet instead of from your server. To do this you need to create a client group with the just the 64 bit machines in, like so:

  1. Create a client group.
  2. Drag the 64 bit machines into the new client group.
  3. Right-click the client group.
  4. Uncheck Inherit settings from Server Group.
  5. Right-click the client group, and then select All Tasks > Symantec AntiVirus > Virus Definition Manager.
  6. In the Virus Definition Manager dialog box, uncheck Update virus definitions from parent server.
  7. Check Schedule client for automatic updates using LiveUpdate, click Schedule, specify a schedule, and then click OK.
  8. Click OK.


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