Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Outlook 2003 Command Line Switches

As per normal, the other day I got one of those jobs when you know you have fixed the problem before but cant remember how, well after much looking the probem I had was the old CleanFreeBusy one, but for reference here is the Microsoft site with all the command line switches for Outlook 2003.  Note they will also work on other versions of Outlook.

Click the link below

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Can You Crack It ? Have A Go !

The government intelligence service, GCHQ, is aiming to attract the next generation of web-savvy spies by running an ad campaign that challenges computer hackers to crack a code to get an interview.

Have a go. See if you can crack this code..... 

Thursday, 10 November 2011

101 Police Non Emergency

Found out today (by pure chance) that there is a new non-emergency number for Staffordshire police, this number is 101.  This is for non-emergency calls and general enquiries.  You must still use the 999 number for emergency calls as normal.   Don’t know how well this has been advertised but I have not seen anything about it, someone happened to mention it to me today and I looked it up.  I guess there is many people out there who don’t know either.   It says that calls to 101 are changed at 15p.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Jimmy Savile Dies Age 84

Jimmy Savile has today died at the age of 84.  What many people dont know about him is that fact that he was the person who invented the "disco" and was the first real "dj", as he said in a interview once about turntables when he was arranging a dance "wait a minute, have you got two? And they said yeah, why? I said I want them next to each other. They said you don’t need two Jim cos these are foolproof, they don’t break down. No, no, I says. When this record’s playing I want to get this one ready to play. Bloody hell, he says, are they in that much of a hurry? I said, yes my people are.  Nobody ever dreamed of putting two turntables. "

If you want to read more about how Jimmy Savile became a DJ I suggest you read this as its a really good look at his early life ( click here )

Friday, 28 October 2011

Metric To Imperial Spanner Conversion Chart

So, I have decided to sort my tool box out and see what sockets I am missing for my spanners, I know I have loads but I know I am missing some, as I come to find out the other week, when i needed a 13mm and didnt have one. 

I did a seach on the net and based on what I found I made a quick chart that will convert metric to imperial or imperial to metric or mm to inch how ever you want to look at it.

Click here to download the metric to imperial conversion chat

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

BT Boosts Speed For NHS N3 Internet Users

BT has announced it has more than doubled the capacity of the NHS N3 internet gateway that carries traffic to and from the internet. The increased capacity will enable N3, one of Europe’s largest virtual private network, to provide faster access to the internet for more than one million healthcare staff who use it every day.  BT said it has boosted the NHS N3 internet gateway performance from 1.82Gbps to 3Gbps this spring, the capacity has now been increased to 5Gbps and new enhanced functionality introduced, such as the prioritisation of traffic according to clinical and business need.
Lets see how well it works.....

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Col Muammar Gaddafi Is Dead

It has been confirmed today that the ex-Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi is dead.  The former Libyan dictator was found hiding in a drainage culvert waving a golden gun as he tried to flee National Transitional Council fighters who had overrun his hometown today.  Al-Arabiya are reporting that a fighter has told them: "We did not know Gaddafi was there until he shot at us first". The man on the right of the picture below is 20-year-old Mohammedel-Bibi, who is thought to have been the one who actually killed Gaddafi in Sirte. it is thought he could claim the £1million reward that had been put out on the despot's head.

See the video here

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Sony Bravia TV Owners Offered Safety Inspection

Sony has said that the issue came to there attention through reports in Japan that a limited number of products might contain a component affected by a quality issue, which in a rare number of cases might over-heat and ignite inside the television and possibly result in the melting of the upper casing of the television

Sony is asking owners of affected models to contact one of its services centres so an inspection can be carried out and the sets repaired if they contain the affected component. This inspection is free and Sony will send an engineer to your home to inspect the TV.  The company denied initial reports it was recalling more than 1m sets.

The model numbers that could contain the faulty component are :-

KDL-40D3400                      KDL-40D3500                      KDL-40D3550

KDL-40D3660                      KDL-40V3000                      KDL-40W3000

KDL-40X3000                      KDL-40X3500

 There is two ways to check what model you have :-

1.       Identify model number from the Product Information option in the Set-Up Menu, press the “Menu” button then the “Settings Menu” on the TV remote control.

      2.       The model number is also on a label on the back of the sets.

Further information can be found on Sony's web site here

Friday, 7 October 2011

TMG 2010 Windows Update Error 80072EE2

If you are using Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010, and Windows update fails on the TMG server with error 80072EE2 then this could be the fix for you.  When you get this problem you will normally find the internet access via TMG is working fine, as well as the Malware Inspection and Network Inspection Systems updates work also on the TMG server.

Open a elevated command prompt ( Right click “Command Prompt” and select “Run As Administrator” )

Enter the following command netsh winhttp set proxy localhost:8080  and then press enter.

Now retry the updates and this should now work.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Microsoft TMG 2010 Updates

Over the past few months Microsoft has released a number of “rollup” fix’s for TMG 2010 (see below).   They fix a wide range of issues which are shown in detail when selecting the links below.  If you have any issues with TMG read the articles below and see if the issue will be resolved before installing the updates.  I guess that all these updates will be part of TMG Service Pack 2 when it is released later this year.

Before you install the below fix’s you will need to Install TMG 2010 Service Pack 1 and TMG 2010 Service Pack 1 Update 1.

Software Update 1 rollup 1 for Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 1

Software Update 1 Rollup 2 for Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 1

Software Update 1 Rollup 3 for Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 1

Software Update 1 Rollup 4 for Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 1

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Fibre To The Premises Now Avaliable

From 31st October 2011 “if” your exchange is Ashford, Bradwell Abbey, Chester South, Highams Park, St Austell or York you will be able to order BT’s “Fibre To The Premises” service.   FTTP enabled exchange areas serve nearly 60,000 homes and businesses and, with very fast download speeds of 110Mb/s, and upload speeds of 30Mb/s.  FTTP connections run from the exchange direct to the customer's premises offering guaranteed speeds and increased reliability as well as reducing the occurrence of electrical interference. GEA-FTTP offers a future proof service with even faster speeds expected in 2012 and technology capability of up to 1GB/s in the future.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Dead Sea Scrolls Now Online

After 2000 years, the Dead Sea Scrolls have become available online. The famous manuscripts were discovered in 1947 in desert caves along the Dead Sea. They are believed to have belonged to the Essenes, an ascetic Jewish sect, and are mostly housed in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum. While the originals remain there in a special vault, the museum worked with Google and photographer Ardon Bar-Hama to provide extremely high-quality images of them using ultraviolet-protected flash tubes.

Five of the eight scrolls housed at Israel Museum since 1965 have been digitalized, including the Great Isaiah Scroll, the Temple Scroll and the War Scroll. The Great Isaiah Scroll can be searched by column, chapter and verse, including the famous “and the wolf shall dwell with the lamb.” It is accompanied by an English translation tool and includes an option for users to submit translations of verses in their own languages.

They are online here - 

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Tunnel Trader The End

Well after sending my copy of Tunnel Trader back to the supplier I did get a full refund.  One thing to note is that no where in the book does it say where you have to send it back to, i ended up sending John Piper a e-mail, after the customer services e-mail account did not get a reply.  Well maybe this system will work for you but it didnt work for me.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Cisco Replace IOS With tftpdnld

Here is a quick and easy way to replace the IOS on your Cisco router, as long as the router supports tftpdnld.  Before you do this you will need a IOS BIN file, either from a original working router of the same model etc or from Cisco direct.    You can use this procedure if you need to replace your IOS with a new version or if it's become corrupt.   Please note there is different ways to replace and delete a IOS, this is the method I tend to use.
 Delete Current IOS

      1.       Before doing this backup your current config.

2.       From the Router# prompt or from ROMMON 1 > locate the name of your current IOS by doing a dir flash: this will show current IOS file name.

3.       Delete the IOS file, do del flash:filename.bin and press y to confirm

4.       Once you have done this do a dir flash: to list the flash directory you should no longer have a BIN file in this directory.

5.       Switch router off, and then back on again, it will now boot to ROMMON 1 >

Replace IOS

1.       Boot the router in ROMMON mode.  To do this power it up, and press CTRL and BREAK at same time, you will then get the ROMMON 1 > prompt.  If you have already deleted IOS it will just boot to ROMMON 1 > directly.

2.       Ensure that you have your TFTP server running and BIN file in your TFTP directory ready to upload.

3.       Once at the ROMMON prompt enter the following commands, line by line with your ip address details







4.       Once you enter the last command you will see that your file should start to upload.

5.       When the file has loaded switch the router off and back on again and then you will have the new IOS.

Note : If you get an error about insufficient space, delete one of the TAR files from the Flash directory.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

530 File System Returned An Error on FTP/FTPS

I'm currently setting up a FTPS server on IIS7 on Windows 2008 when I came across another error.
I am using the “FTP User Isolation” feature with “Username Physical Directory – Enable Global Virtual Directory’s” selected on IIS7 so each user has a home folder and it's quite easy to manage.

In my FTP logs on the IIS server I was getting File+system+returned+an+error with a code of 530, also when I tried to connect from a number of different FTP clients I also go error code 530. 

After playing around, I found I made a obvious mistake.  If you open your FTP site and click on “Basic Settings” (see image below) you set your web site path here, the mistake I made was that here I put the domain path, ( i.e. I put \\myserver\path\ftp\mydomain the reason I did this was because my actual folder path is \\myserver\path\ftp\mydomain\username as you need a separate username folder to match your usernames under the domain folder, you don’t need the domain name in this path, that was what was causing my errors )

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Digital Retune Fenton Transmitter

If your in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area and receive your TV from the Fenton transmitter then remember today the 21 September the remaining analogue channels will be switched off permanently. All analogue TVs will need to be converted to digital to continue receiving programmes from this date.  You will need to retune your digital equipment, the same as you did on 7th September.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials

If your using Windows Vista or Windows 7 they both come with antispyware called Windows Defender as part of the operating system.  If you install Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows Vista or Windows 7 it will disable Windows Defender, but not uninstall it.   It's worth me saying that Microsoft Security Essentials is free for home users, so maybe worth downloading.  - Download Microsoft Security Essentials

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Windows 8 Is Here...Sort Of

Well this week the big news in the PC world is Microsoft Windows 8, this is the code name for the new version of Windows, will it stick ? who knows wait and see.

The developer version is out now and you can take a look if you so wish, the best place to find OFFICIAL information on Windows 8 is at the Microsoft developer forums, and they have set a dedicated one up for Windows 8 here as i am typing this I keep getting tempted to put a 9 in front of the 8 ! There is also a good Microsoft blog here that explain some build processes etc worth a read. If your still interested than have a read of this also.

As soon as I find out any other good Windows 8 news I will update the world as normal, might even install the developer version and give it a try one day, if my PC will handle it.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Super Fast Broadband

BT is currently in the roll out phase of two types of fast broadband :-

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) which offers downloads at up to 40Mbit/s and uploads at up to 15Mbit/s.

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) offers downloads at up to 100Mbit/s and uploads at up to 30Mbit/s.

There is a webpage you can visit (here) which will tell you when your local exchange will get the new superfast broadband, if your exchange is not currently on the list keep checking it every so often as the list gets updated with new exchanges.  Click here to read more about this amazing new service and what it means for home broadband users.

This is the future and it will be with us all soon (I hope!) Super fast broadband via fibre...

Sunday, 11 September 2011

10 Years On From September 11th 2001

People say that there is going to be an event in life that most people remember where and when they was when the event happened in the world.  The event in 2001 happened on 11th September 2001 and was the terrorist attack on America.  Most people you speak to about this day will remember where they were when they heard the news.

On that day I was doing a major network upgrade at a site here in Stoke-on-Trent, it had been pre arranged and there would be no internet or  e-mail access that day as I was installing a new firewall.  I remember I started on site at 9am and as normal with these type of jobs things didn’t go to plan and the firewall didn’t work as it should have, after much playing around I started to phone the support company for the firewall.  I was tucked away in a small server room most of the day.  I can remember been on the phone to them and they said to me had I heard what had just happened in America I said no as I was unable to check on the internet or e-mail as it was not working.  I went into one of the offices and heard about it on the radio. 

Later that day I got the internet and email working again, and managed to read what was going on and take a look at some of the images and video that was online.   That night I went home and stayed up all night watching the events of the day on various news channels such as Sky News, CNN and Fox News.  Most of it I did manage to record and have it on video tapes that I later transfered to DVD.

I would like to know your story, where were you that day can you remember what you were doing ?

Friday, 9 September 2011

Tunnel Trader - Review Part 3

Ok so this is the last and final review of John Pipers Tunnel Trader system.  I have had this for over 3 weeks now and tried it a number of times.  To me the book was not worth the money, as there is many empty pages, and many pages of life history that you dont really want to know, then there is the sections on how it works, it explains well how it works but not as much as how to do it, that bit is up to you.  And for it to work you need to fully understand what you have read.  Maybe it was me or maybe it didnt work who knows.
The other day I decided to send it back as i had no where near made the amount of money the book says you can make, yes at times I did make a little money but not much to talk about, in the end I lost more than I made. 

When I did look to send it back it does not say anywhere in the guide how to send it back at all, which I guess they dont want you to send it back.  I sent there customer services a e-mail and after 2 days I had no reply, today I sent John himself a e-mail and I did get a reply back with the address to return it to.  So its going back in the post tomorrow (recorded delivery).  I will update again once I confirm they have returned my money.

The previous reviews were here and here

Sunday, 4 September 2011

How To Speed Up IE9

So, if like me you installed IE9 and then thought that IE9 is running slow then this could be the fix for you.  I installed IE9 as I said in previous posts and have been using it for about a week now, all was ok but it did seem very slow, so I thought maybe its just using more memory and thats the problem, but after a little dig around on the net I found a fix that worked and now my IE9 is loads faster.

By default, Internet Explorer 9 uses GPU Rendering mode. However, some outdated video cards and video drivers do not support GPU hardware acceleration. If Internet Explorer 9 determines that your current video card or video driver does not support GPU hardware acceleration, Internet Explorer 9 uses Software Rendering mode.

Here is the fix, if it does not work for you then all you have to do is untick the option again and the settings will be back to how they were before.

  1. Start Internet Explorer 9.
  2. Click Internet Options on the Tools menu.
  3. On the Advanced tab, locate the Accelerated graphics section.
  4. Verify that the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering check box is selected, as in the image below.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Gaddafi's secret bunkers some links

Since I wrote this ( ) I notice it has had a high number of visitors so it must be something that people want to read about !.

Here is a small selection of links that will take you to web sites that will give you more information on Gaddafi's secret bunkers and his secret tunnels.

Rebels uncover Gaddafi's son's bunker - here
Inside Gaddafi bunkers - here
Inside Gaddafi's world (video) - here
Gaddafi underground world - here
Inside Gaddafi's bunkers (text & video) - here
Dail mail report (some great photo's) - here
Daily Mirror say they went in first - here
Daily Telegraph (video) - here
Locals take a look around - here
The article I wrote - here