Monday, April 27, 2009

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Small Batch File to get a list of files in a certain directory.

If you have ever needed to get a simple list of files in a particular folder from a command line or batch file, here is a small batch file that should work for you.

Create a text file named filelisting.bat. In that file copy the following line of text
dir C:\folder\that\you\choose /a /b /-p /o:n > file-listing.txt

You must change the "C:\folder\that\you\choose" to an actual directory. You can also change the output "file-listing.txt" to contain a full path if you want the file to be created in a different location. This will create a simple list sorted by filename of the files in the folder you specify

This small batch file could come in handy if you would like to run the output of this file through some other type of script that could contain a loop that loops through each filename listed in file-listing.txt. This script could be set up to FTP files or to archive files, really whatever you can think of.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Samsung Omnia i910 update

It has come to my attention that the Samsung Omnia i910 from Verizon will be getting a flash update soon (supposedly). The new update is supposed to improve performance and unlock the GPS so it will work with Google Maps. I am anxiously awaiting this update.

It has also come to my attention that someone over at
has come up with a way to flash the phone before Verizon releases their update.
For more info try this link

Here is a list of some of the items that are supposed to be addressed
*Overall performance increase.
* 5% battery increments!
*Smart Memo
*Favorite Settings, now known as easy settings
*New widgets. Easier to move around, can remove from list. Weatherbug, WL search.
*Windows Live
*Text Message Retry?
*Dialer Touch Lock Settings-Off, 2s, 5s, 10s
*Disable Threaded Text Messaging via System Settings
*Sharper fonts.
*iPhone-esque popup keyboard keys. Much improved!
*Better kinetic scrolling in Samsung apps.
*Samsung Volume Control
Please note that using the steps mentioned may void your phones warranty. So proceed at your own risk.

I have not decided to take the leap and try this on my own phone yet but I would be curious if anyone else has tried it. If you have tried this yet please post your results.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Product Review - Virtual Box 2.2.0

It has come to my attention that Virtual box 2.2.0 has received a major update.
The change log is posted below

This version is a major update. The following major new features were added:

* OVF (Open Virtualization Format) appliance import and export (see chapter 3.8, Importing and exporting virtual machines, User Manual page 55)
* Host-only networking mode (see chapter 6.7, Host-only networking, User Manual page 88)
* Hypervisor optimizations with signi?cant performance gains for high context switching rates
* Raised the memory limit for VMs on 64-bit hosts to 16GB
* VT-x/AMD-V are enabled by default for newly created virtual machines
* USB (OHCI & EHCI) is enabled by default for newly created virtual machines (Qt GUI only)
* Experimental USB support for OpenSolaris hosts
* Shared folders for Solaris and OpenSolaris guests
* OpenGL 3D acceleration for Linux and Solaris guests (see chapter 4.8, Hardware 3D acceleration (OpenGL), User Manual page 70)
* Added C API in addition to C++, Java, Python and Web Services
I will be testing it next. I am particularly interested in the Host-only networking mode. I really could use that in my testing of various programs. I need to have my virtual machines talk amongst themselves without being on my main network.

More to follow...

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Product Review - PDF Creator

Next on my product review list is a small free program called PDF Creator by

The version I tested was PDF Creatore version 0.9.8 I downloaded from Filehippo. I am running Windows Vista 64 bit but I assume it will work the same on other versions as well.
The program was  small download that basically installs some printer drivers that will convert files into Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

As you can see from the picture above a new printer is installed on your pc as "PDFCreator"
When you need to convert a file to a pdf you can simply click the progams print icon and select the printer called PDFCreator. You will then be show the below screen to enter some additional info about your file.

After hitting the Save button you will then have a standard PDF file that will open in the standard Acrobat Reader. You can then email the file or post it online etc...

I regularly build (or rebuild) client pcs that have problems and this one will now be added to my list of programs to install.

Please post any comments or suggestions if you use any other PDF creation software as I am always looking to test new programs.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Product Review - Revo UnInstaller Portable

Next on my list of software reviews is a small portable program called Revo Uninstaller.

Revo Uninstaller helps you to uninstall software and remove unwanted programs installed on your computer even if you have problems uninstalling and cannot uninstall them from "Windows Add or Remove Programs" control panel applet.
This program will work on Windows 2000 , XP , Vista, and Server 2003. 
I have this program installed on my "swiss army" USB key of fix it tools I use to repair client computers.

I have found this to be very quick and it does in fact work better than the windows uninstall tool. It even showed me some left over registry keys and files that were left on the pc that the standard uninstaller missed.

I recently came accross a client computer that had an old version of Vongo installed. I tried to uninstall it using the windows built in uninstall from the control panel. The uninstall failed on this old app. I then tried to removed it using Revo Uninstaller Portable. The app was successfull in removing the app from the client computer.

I highly recommend trying this portable app if you have problems removing any app with the built in uninstaller.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Command line options for XCOPY

Many people are not aware of some additional command line switches for most if not all dos commands.  In this article I will briefly try to explain one or more of XCOPY 's switches.

I have used the following options to sync up an FTP directory structure between two ftp servers without copying the data files themselves. This command will only copy the folder structure including empty folders from the source to the destination folder.

xcopy /T /E  c:/source_folder c:/destination_folder

If you have used other xcopy switches please drop me a line.

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For reference I have copied some additional info below.

  source       Specifies the file(s) to copy.
  destination  Specifies the location and/or name of new files.
  /A           Copies only files with the archive attribute set,
               doesn't change the attribute.
  /M           Copies only files with the archive attribute set,
               turns off the archive attribute.
  /D:m-d-y     Copies files changed on or after the specified date.
               If no date is given, copies only those files whose
               source time is newer than the destination time.
               Specifies a list of files containing strings.  Each string
               should be in a separate line in the files.  When any of the
               strings match any part of the absolute path of the file to be
               copied, that file will be excluded from being copied.  For
               example, specifying a string like \obj\ or .obj will exclude
               all files underneath the directory obj or all files with the
               .obj extension respectively.
  /P           Prompts you before creating each destination file.
  /S           Copies directories and subdirectories except empty ones.
  /E           Copies directories and subdirectories, including empty ones.
               Same as /S /E. May be used to modify /T.
  /V           Verifies the size of each new file.
  /W           Prompts you to press a key before copying.
  /C           Continues copying even if errors occur.
  /I           If destination does not exist and copying more than one file,
               assumes that destination must be a directory.
  /Q           Does not display file names while copying.
  /F           Displays full source and destination file names while copying.
  /L           Displays files that would be copied.
  /G           Allows the copying of encrypted files to destination that does
               not support encryption.
  /H           Copies hidden and system files also.
  /R           Overwrites read-only files.
  /T           Creates directory structure, but does not copy files. Does not
               include empty directories or subdirectories. /T /E includes
               empty directories and subdirectories.
  /U           Copies only files that already exist in destination.
  /K           Copies attributes. Normal Xcopy will reset read-only attributes.
  /N           Copies using the generated short names.
  /O           Copies file ownership and ACL information.
  /X           Copies file audit settings (implies /O).
  /Y           Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
               existing destination file.
  /-Y          Causes prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
               existing destination file.
  /Z           Copies networked files in restartable mode.
  /B           Copies the Symbolic Link itself versus the target of the link

The switch /Y may be preset in the COPYCMD environment variable.
This may be overridden with /-Y on the command line.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Small Batch file to transfer files over FTP

I was going through some old archived files and thought this one might be useful. This small script will transfer files over ftp from a batch file.

First create a file called ftpget.bat and copy the following lines into the file

ftp -s:get.txt
Next create a second file called get.txt. The name doesnt matter just make sure the name is the same name as the file in the above command.

Copy the following (change as needed) into the get.txt file

cd /folder/with/the/the/files
lcd c:\folder\where\you\want\the\files\to\go
mget *
You obvoiusly need to adjust the to point to an actual ftp server as well as adjust the username and password items.

***Please note that this really is not secure in any way as FTP is not secure to begin with but also the ftp username and password are stored in the text file.

You can then schedule the ftpget.bat file in windows scheduler or any other for that matter. Just make sure both files are in the same folder.