Developing with Windows

Well, the last four years, I’ve mainly been using Ubuntu and then MacOS for software development. In that time, the convergence of the two has been great. Now with tools like Homebrew, you can pretty much get the same scripts to run on Ubuntu (or most any version of Linux like Debian) that supports Bash […]

Ah the joys and horrors of using Windows 10 Driver and shortcut hell

Man I had forgotten how confusing Windows can be. Having loved windows and then been a Mac user for the last 10 years, I finally have a PC that I use mainly for gaming, but since it has a huge screen, it is also useful for other stuff and heck I’m a curious person. So […]

Windows Networking Still so clunky, big disk problems with Windows Server and 5GHz WiFi DFS Problems

Man, I don’t use Windows too much any more, but somehow I would have thought that simple things like discovery in a home network would be fixed by now. With a Mac, it is trivial to discover a server with something claleedd Bonjour (or mDNS Responder) for power nerds. This basically has each peer in […]

Long Windows Shutdown and Startup Times

Why does XP take so long to shutdown. Apparently, this is because during shutdown, Windows needs to make sure all user sessions are shutdown. They have a fix called “UPHClean”: which

Windows Remixed

“Wired”: points out there are plenty of remixed Windows that are configured better than the default from Microsoft. I’ve tried “WinXP SP2 Lite Edition” which has a ton of utilities and is way smaller. There is also Super WinPE Ultimate Boot CD 2004 which puts seven versions of XP on a single DVD. It includes […]


TinyXP AppzXP Windows XP Pro Lite » oala101 presents… Windows TinyXP Rev06 (brought to you by eXPerience), together with some appz. Basically, this is Windows XP Pro SP2, with useless contents removed, for performance’s sake. It runs fast, installs with no trouble, is updatable (passing WGA), and contains the following useful applications: Codec Pack […]

Roguecleaner and

As I mentioned had a really bad case of spyware. No US program would get rid of it (including Yahoo’s version of Webroot, Spybot, Trend Micro, etc). Finally got rid of it with a set of Chinese programs. First is Rogue Cleaner (“”: or ????????. There is also an online virus checker that we had […]

Send on Behalf

I really don’t know why it is so complicated, but if you want to be able to have someone send a message on behalf of you and look at your email, there is a complicated process to get Outlook and Exchange to do it. This method from “Microsoft”: seems to sort of work. Powered by […]

Power Toys for XP

Well Vista may be here, but for those of us not upgrading (until the next machine comes preinstalled), here are some cool utilities that don’t get much press, but which are pretty useful. They are called “PowerToys”: and amongst them are: * RAW Image viewer. If you are using Canon or Nikon high end cameras, […]

Adobe font pack

Argh, how strange. Adobe doesn’t use the native fonts of Windows, so you have to download a separate font pack for Adobe to read documents that don’t embed (which is most of them!) at “Adobe Reader 7 and below”: or for “Adobe Reader 8.0”:

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