I ♥ #RunKeeper

Since more than five months now, I’m a very loyal, energized user of RunKeeper. Both the site and the app have compelling, best-designed UIs, functionally and graphically, a pleasure to work with. I’ve tried many other apps out there, including Endomondo and MapMyRUN, but I keep coming back to RunKeeper. In some strange kind of way RunKeeper acts […]

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No Compatible Drives in CDBurnerXP

I’ve been using CDBurnerXP since day one. It’s a no-nonsense CD/DVD/ISO burning tool for Windows and it’s freeware. It supports Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. On my HP 620 laptop with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, version 4.3.8.2568 of CDBurnerXP doesn’t recognize the internal burner, an HP DVDRAM GT30L according to devmgmt.msc, although it is listed as compatible here. […]

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Command Line Goodies – Part II

As a sequel to Command Line Goodies – Part I, here’s another trio of helpful tools I quite often use. Nslookup Use Nslookup to query DNS servers. The following example will retrieve all DNS records from the primary DNS server as configured in TCP/IP settings (or obtained by the DHCP lease): nslookup -“set q=any” google.com […]

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Changing GRUB’s Default OS

Suppose you’ve got a dual boot configuration with Windows 7 (the primary OS) and Ubuntu 11.04 (installed afterwards). The Ubuntu installer detects the Windows partition(s) and – depending on the configuration you choose – it will install the GRUB boot loader with Ubuntu as the default OS. Here’s how to change the default OS to […]

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SQL Server 2008 R2 – Version string portion was too short or too long

An enterprise-wide rollout of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Edition can result in serious headaches. On Windows XP SP3 clients, the installer may abort with a System.ArgumentException error: Version string portion was too short or too long. The logfiles residing in %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log reveal that the error occurs during the RunDiscoveryAction phase: Running Action: […]

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