Archive for October, 2009

Using command line compression in Windows

October 29, 2009

After a long a fruitless search to use a command line option for Microsoft’s “Send To > Compressed (Zipped) Folder” I saw the light and found 7-zip.

7-zip is an open source compression tool that allows it to be used in a command line way as well as a GUI. Go to and download the latest version, then when you write a script, here is a quick and dirty example of a command line for the app;

“c:\program files\7-zip\7z.exe” a “d:\backup files\” “c:\working files\uncompressed.txt”


Multi App installer anyone?

October 27, 2009

In short – word of caution. I’ve not tested it yet (neither has my buddy who recommended the site)… I will in the next few days but until then consider the site to be… from an untrusted source.

I had a quick look and it seems awesome. It contains lots of the standard tools I use and they claim to install on a standard use policy i.e. don’t send me emails, don’t crap all over my HD with stuff I didn’t ask for. Don’t trick me into installing your tool bar (thanks for the option!) etc. etc.

Will update when I’ve installed a few apps to see if it really is as good as it seems.

Transferring large files

October 20, 2009

It’s happend on too many occasions that I need to move a large file to someone. Too big for email I would say is 10 mb or more. I know people send bigger emails than that but they shouldn’t and it’s lame. Email was never designed to move big files.

Besides it’s far more efficient to use FTP or something similar.

This site was recommended by a client so I checked it out and used it and sure enough it’s good enough for me to put on my blog. So there you go. That’s the tip for the day.

Windows Password recovery

October 1, 2009

I can’t believe I haven’t added this. I guess because I just google it each time, but just in case Google ever goes away, here’s the link. I also can’t count the number of times I’ve had to download this tool because I give them away so frequently!

So the URL you need is and you need to look about half way down the page until you get to see “Offline NT Password & Registry Editor“.

There will be several files you can download and I normally take the latest one.

You can burn the image on a Mac or PC, it doesn’t matter, just boot up on the Windows PC you want to blank the password on and follow the prompts.

Burning an ISO image on a Mac

October 1, 2009

I thought this would have been easy but apparently not …

So you get an ISO and you want to burn it to disk. You need to open up Disk Utility to burn it.

I found the most convenient way to do this was to right click on the file (or CTL-Click), Choose Open With >> Disk

Once there, Click on the ISO file so it’s highlighted, then click on the Burn button at the top.

That’s it. It’s simple once you know how but coming from a Windows background, I expected the burn option when I right clicked the file, or to simply drag the iso file to my “Burn Folder”. If you do that BTW it will burn the iso FILE on the disk, not the contents of the image…. very helpful!