Archive for October, 2010

Spotlight stops working in Mail

October 30, 2010

OK for all you Mac users out there, I ran into this issue a while ago but today it got to the point that it became annoying so I did the research and fixed it.

Basically when I searched for an email it would not look in the “Entire Message”, it would only look in From, To or Subject. Apparently Spotlight is only used in the Entire Message part which is why the other fields were still working in search.

The fix? Well it’s very simple. Open Spotlight preferences, Click on the Privacy option and Add your whole Hard drive – probably “Macintosh HD” then close out of preferences. Re-open Spotlight preferences and remove that entry you just added. Close preferences.

You now should see the main spotlight icon in the top right have a dot in the middle of the magnifying glass… This is good – it means that it’s indexing and your clear-out of the old index has worked.

Give it about 30 mins to perhaps an hour or two and the indexing will have finished.

Hey presto – your Spotlight search should now be working in Mail!

Wooohoo 🙂 Easy money.


Need a Boot disk for AntiVirus Scan?

October 22, 2010

Look no Further…. OK well maybe you should look further but in the interests of getting this out there as fast as I can… here’s a way that’s free and works;

Yes it’s Bitdefender. I have used BitDefender for a few years now and whilst you need to tweak it out of the box to stop it from grinding your machine to a halt, it does good work.

Today I used the boot disk… it seems…to have actually…worked!




An AntiVirus product that works?!?! What has the world come to?

This is awesome. Go buy Bitdefender now! Of course it would be even better if the AntiVirus had stopped the virus in the first place but I can’t blame Bitdefender for that as the infected machine was using…. Trend Micro…. I shall have to have words with them….

Anyway for now thanks to Bitdefender for giving away that boot disk that did the job.


Great tip for home VPN

October 20, 2010

Using Windows XP, if you want to setup a VPN server follow these steps;

  • Open Control Panel.
  • Click “Create a new connection”.
  • Next.
  • Setup an advanced connection.
  • Accept incoming connections.
  • Next (don’t bother checking the options like LPT or modem).
  • Allow virtual private connections.
  • Check which user you want to allow access.
  • Next (networking software should be checked like TCP/IP)
  • Finish!

So that’s it in a nutshell.

Of course, you’re going to have to setup port forwarding on your router (port 1723 for PPTP) and if you’re wanting to keep one address then Dynamic DNS will help 🙂

I stumbled upon this website and thought I’d chuck it in here as it’s always useful.

When I get time I’ll write a Windows 7 version…

Backup Outlook with Batch commands

October 11, 2010

OK I know I’m going to use this over and over so here’s the beef;

First you need to create a wait batch file so you can give the user some time to log off Outlook before you kill it. In Windows XP there is no wait command unless you install the resource kit and to be honest it’s quicker to create a batch file that will do the same thing. This is that batch file…

@ping -n 2 -w 1000 > nul
@ping -n %1% -w 1000> nul

Save that as a batch file called something like wait.bat.

Second thing  you need to do is create the actual backup batch file. Something like this;

@echo off
Echo “Shutting down Outlook in 30 seconds!!!”
Echo “Please Close outlook NOW!!!”
call wait 30
taskkill /im outlook.exe
rmdir /s /q m:\backup
mkdir m:\backup
mkdir “m:\backup\outlook”
xcopy “C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\*.*” “m:\backup\outlook\*.*” /s /e /c
xcopy “C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\*.nk2” “m:\backup\outlook\” /s /e /c

Obviously change username for the real path.

There is a risk when you kill Outlook but as long as it’s not doing anything at the time it should be OK. Worst case is that it will force an intergrity check when you start up outlook again.

My reason for killing Outlook is that if you don’t kill it, then it will simply not backup. Assuming you added ShadowCopy to your network server’s shared drive then you’ll have multiple copies in that location even though you delete it and recreate it each time with this batch file.

Kudos to for the wait command!