Category Archives: Documentation

Usefull feature in Windows XP SP2

Alternative IP configuration in Windows XP

I think it’s introduced in Windows XP SP2 because I havent noticed the precense of such feature in earlier XP releases.

What is it for? It help’s you to use two different set’s of configurations on one LAN card. Very usefull if you own a laptop. I was thinking of writing such helper tool!

How to reach it.
1. Right click on “My Network Places” and select Properties, then right click on you network connection, from the dialog select “TCP/IP Protocol” and click “Properties”, select the alternative tab.

Windows will switch to your alternative settings if it fails to obtain IP from DHCP server (such as one I has at home). The alternative configuration in my case is that at work.

Moving Visual Studio.NET 2003 settings to another PC

Fairly simple:

On source computer

  1. Start Registry Editor (Start->Run and type regedit)
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Visual Studio\7.1
  3. Right click, select “Export” and save the reg file
  4. Navigate to C:\Document And Settigs\$USER_NAME$\Application Data\Microsoft\Visual Studio\ and compress (add to zip, etc…) the folder named 7.1

On destination computer

  1. Start Registry Editor (Start->Run and type regedit)
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Visual Studio\7.1
  3. Create backup by renaming the 7.1 folder
  4. Exit the Registry Editor and navigate to previously exported registry settings, right click on them and select “Merge”.
  5. Navigate to the archived folder (see step 4 in “On destination computer”) and extract it in C:\Document And Settigs\$USER_NAME$\Application Data\Microsoft\Visual Studio\

Start Visual Studio and review your configuration if everything is as it shood remove the registry backup you created in step 3.

Fix: You can’t type cyrillic characters in web forms using Internet Explorer?

Recently I has encountared a problem where I was not able to type cyrillic characters in web forms using Iternet Explorer 6 web browser. It was very furstrating for me, because I participate in greate number of web forums, news grous, etc… where I write using cyrillic characters. After some hacking around it turns out that the problem lise in the BitComet extention for Internet Explorer, I disabled the extention (Add-On) and everything now is back to normal.

To disable an Internet Explorer Ad-On:

  1. From the menu bar select Tools and then Manage Add-0ns….
  2. In “Manage Add-ons” dialog box find the Add-On (in this case BitCommet Helper) select it and then click Disable in “Settings” below the Add-ons list.
  3. Restart Internet Explorer

Here is a list of faulty Add-ons I have tried. I will try to keep this list updated as possible:

  • BitComet
  • Google Toolbar

You may suggest faulty Add-ons using the comment system.

Restoring deleted files when you have emptied the Recycle Bin

I like to experiment, and last night I was playing with a Powertoy from MS called SyncToy (very useful utility if you ask me, another review feauturing SyncToy is on it’s way). So now on the topic.

While experimenting with SyncToy, I accidently deleted some documents form my workstation computer and my laptop. The files were putted in the Recycle Bin, on both PC’s but, without any hesitation I emptied the Recycle Bin folders. Some moments later I realized what I have done and start thinking of a way to recover my documents. After searching Help And Support center for a while, and when nothing useful showed up, I started Firefox and asked Google about “Recovering Deleted Files from Recycle Bin”, the first result that showed up was this page, containg a link to very useful utility called Restoration, I downloaded the utility, checked the archive with my AV just in case and then unpack it.

Restoration does not require installation and it’s MFC application. Supports FAT32 and NTFS file systems and it’s written by Brian Kato.

Restoration utility
Restoration utility. Click on the image to view the actual size

To restore a file with the Restoration utility:

  1. From the right pane select the drive from which the file were deleted.
  2. If you want to view all the files deleted from this hard drive click on “Search Deleted Files”, or if you are searching for something specific, type the name of the file in the box above the mentioned button and then click it.
  3. Select the file from the list and click “Restore by Copying”. Save dialog will pop up asking you where you want to save the file. Choose location and click the Save button.
  4. Enjoy your restored file :)
Restoration utility
Restoration utility in process of restoring a file. Click on the image to view the actual size.

Restoration utility can be downloaded from here. The license of the application is freeware and according to my AV the archive is safe.

Тотем със субтитри на кирилица

Можеби сте искали да гледате филми с Totem Movie Player но субтитрите Ви са излизали на маимуница. По-долу е oписано решението на този проблем.

Та ето как става.

vim (или редактор по-ваше желание) ~/.gnome2/totem_config

За да сменим енкодингът ни трябват следните редове от фаила:

# encoding of the subtitles
# string, default: iso-8859-1
subtitles.separate.src_encoding:cp1251

Ако субтитрите изглеждат прекалено малки:

# subtitle size
# { tiny small normal large very large huge }, default: 1
subtitles.separate.subtitle_size:large

Have fun :)