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Windows 7 is available for purchase at a discount from the Microsoft student and teacher “Ultimate Steal” website. This sounds great. Now to upgrade from 32-bit Vista to 64-bit Windows 7 you need to do a clean install. So far so good. Unfortunately, Windows 7 will then tell you that The following failure occurred while […]

There’s a very clever syntax in bash (and several other unix shells) that allows the output / input for subcommands to be hooked together. This can be used to secure mysql passwords in scripts. e.g. mysql –defaults-file=

Escape single quotes in bash

Some helpful instructions on Stuart Colville’s blog explain how to do this. To produce e.g. abc'def, you need to enter $echo 'abc'\''def' The '\'' first closes the single quotes, then puts a literal (escaped) ' and then opens single quotes again.

I found a good set of instructions for connecting to the Eduroam Wifi service from the website of the University of Valencia. These work for me in Oxford. (Local mirror).

This Microsoft support article explains how to prevent annoying password prompts that appear when downloading documents from password protected websites using Word 2007.

Netgear WGT624 v4 router

It is possible to gain root access on this router. You need to follow the telnetEnable procedure on the web, using the username/password Gearguy/Geardog as for the previous routers. Then, you telnet to port 23 and will get a “login:” prompt. At that prompt you can log in with “root” and “5up”. Once at the […]

Venison Toad-in-the-Hole

Serves 2 Ingredients: 6 Sainsbury’s Taste-the-difference venison sausages 6oz plain flour 2 large eggs pinch of salt & pepper 6 fl oz milk 4 fl oz water Instructions: 1. Place sausages in a pyrex / ceramic dish about 15 x 25cm and 3cm deep. 2. Bake at 220 deg C for 20 min. Meanwhile, make […]

Restore HP iPAQ

My HP iPAQ ran out of battery this morning. When I started it up, the memory was blank. When I tried to restore my files using Windows Mobile Device Center under Windows Vista, I got an annoying message saying that “Restore cannot be completed successfully. The selected backup file was created from a different type […]

I own a Netgear WGT624 v4 router. This router runs a MIPS embedded version of Linux and I was curious whether it is possible to get shell access. So far, I have failed, but in case anyone else is interested, I did find these things: There is a useful webpage with details about a similar […]

I scratched my flat screen (LCD or TFT) monitor some months ago. For a while, I’ve just lived with the damage. This evening, however, I tried a trick I found on the web. I rubbed hard on the scratch with a white pencil eraser. After about 3-4min vigorous rubbing, the deep scratches on my monitor […]

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