Posts by Simon Hampel

“Unable to open URL. Cannot download the information you requested” error in Word/Excel

A client called me asking for help with a problem on one of their Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. They were creating content for their new website that I was in the process of building and wanted to include bookmarks to content they had already created on the site. Whenever they clicked on a link in their spreadsheet, they received an error …

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How to extend the range of your home or small office WiFi network

There are several approaches for increasing the range of your home’s WiFi network. Two basic options are: use a Wireless Access Point to add additional wireless coverage to your network use a Wireless Range Extender to increase the coverage of your WiFi They achieve largely the same result, but via two very different methods, and both have their pros and …

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Poor quality MP4 output from PowerDirector

I finally worked out what was causing the poor quality MP4 video output from PowerDirector 10 – even at very high bitrates. Turns out that the hardware video encoder in my ThinkPad T510 really doesn’t do MP4 very well. I did discover that for certain source video formats (especially the AVCHD videos from my Sony HDR-CX700 video camera), the Intelligent …

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How to delete a Windows volume mount point for an invalid drive

When I rebuilt my server earlier this year to run Windows 7 (rather than Windows Home Server), I decided to use Windows mount points to expand the storage rather than using separate drive letters or something like RAID to span disks. The structure I use is similar to this: C:\   - Backup   - PCBackups - T510 - T60 …

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How to configure PEAR for Zend Server Community Edition on Windows 7

I decided to try running Zend Server CE (PHP v5.3) for my local development environment on my Windows 7 (64-bit) machine. After discovering that I needed to explicitly choose to install MySQL and phpMyAdmin (simply fixed by running the installer again and modifying the installation), I found that the PEAR libraries some of my existing code relied on, was missing. …

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Profile privacy on meetup.com

My wife and I run a private meetup.com group and I was asked by someone about what information is displayed publicly on meetup.com and what information is private. While investigating, I discovered some things I didn’t know before – so I thought it would be a good idea to share them with everyone. There are two sets of profile information maintained by meetup.com …

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How to convert scheduled tasks from Windows XP to Windows 7

When I decommissioned my Windows Home Server recently, I decided to replace it with Windows 7. However, I had over 20 scheduled tasks running on the WHS box to do things like back up my websites and backup files on the server and such. I wanted to recreate these scheduled tasks on the new Windows 7 install, but discovered that …

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How to turn on/off Keyboard NumLock on bootup in Windows

I recently rebuilt my home server machine to run Windows 7. I attached my ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint to the machine (love these keyboards – the feel and usability of a ThinkPad keyboard on a desktop!!), but after setup, I found that I was having difficulty logging in with the username and password I had specified. I did also …

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How to find the end of a line in Xara Photo and Graphics Designer

After spending nearly an hour checking hundreds (thousands?) of line points in a rather complex line in Xara Photo and Graphics Designer and still not being able to find where the line was broken – I turned to Google for help and within a minute came up with a 2 second solution! If you go in to Shape Editor mode, …

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How to set up an external widescreen LCD monitor with an IBM ThinkPad

download latest video drivers from ATI download DriverHeaven’s DH Mobility Modder.net tool and follow the instructions (as summarised here) uninstall current drivers supplied by IBM / Lenovo install new drivers – this step will most likely fail, but should at least copy the driver files to the computer unzip Mobility Modder zip file and run the MobilityDotNET.exe file point the modder …

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