Clear the Print Queue in Windows 7/Vista

Submitted by donmc on Mon, 04/05/2010 - 14:56

If you have hung print jobs in Windows 7 or Vista, you can clear the print queue easily by using these steps.
1. Click Start.
2. Type Command.
3. Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
4. Type net stop spooler then press Enter.
5. Type del %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers\* /Q then press Enter.
6. Type net start spooler then press Enter.
The print queue on your Windows 7/Vista system should now be cleared. Type exit and press Enter to exit the command window.

Windows Live Mail - the missing menus

Submitted by donmc on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 16:24

Those out there that use(ed) Outlook Express should know that there is no such thing in Windows 7. Also true in Vista, where "Windows Mail" was released.

Yet another major change for Windows 7: the new (free) email client is called "Windows Live Mail" and the most annoying new "Feature" is the missing menus.

To see the old menu you are looking for; hit the "ALT" key by itself. Then, the menu will magically appear.

Mystery solved!

.bashrc functions to do repetitive tasks

Submitted by admin on Sun, 01/31/2010 - 16:01

A cool thing to do if you find yourself doing something LOTs of times:

Edit your ".bashrc" (in your home directory)
and create your personalised script as follows:

wch()
{
sudo chmod 774 $1 $2 $3 $4;
sudo chown www-data.www-data $1 $2 $3 $4;
}

Then you can execute the command "wch" with parameters to execute the commands you want. Very cool...

Using ImageCache and positioning in node output (Drupal)

Submitted by admin on Sun, 01/31/2010 - 14:14
Topic

See "Joe's" comment here: http://drupal.org/node/139915

Go to [Content management] > [Content types] > [Manage fields] and make sure yiour image field is LIGHTER than [body] eg -2
this will force the image above your teaser but not yet inline

then go to modules > system > defaults.css

and add

.field-type-image img {
float: right;
margin-left: 1em;
border: 0px solid red;
}

Note: my CCK image field is called "image" and I choose to float it right, adjust yours to suit your tastes.

Enabling TELNET in Windows 7

Submitted by donmc on Wed, 01/27/2010 - 10:33

It turns out that by default TELNET was not packaged with Windows 7. Apparently this was also true for Windows Vista.
Telnet is known to be insecure and so by default, Microsoft now DISABLES any likely security holes. Whenever you can, you should always use SSH.
That being said, you can enable Telnet this way:

  1. Start
  2. Control Panel
  3. Programs And Features
  4. Turn Windows features on or off
  5. Check Telnet Client
  6. Hit OK

After that you can start Telnet via the "CMD" - Command Prompt.

Microsoft SQL Server version checking

Submitted by donmc on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 19:20

You can run the following SQL Query to determine the running Version of SQL Server 2005:
"SELECT SERVERPROPERTY('productversion'), SERVERPROPERTY ('productlevel'), SERVERPROPERTY ('edition')"

Release Sqlservr.exe
RTM 2005.90.1399
SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 2005.90.2047
SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 2005.90.3042
SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 2005.90.4035

If you get an error message that "Agent XPs" have not been enabled, you can execute these commands in the SQL Management Studio:

DNS Event ID 6702

Submitted by donmc on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 14:18

I get these errors regularly in the Windows Server 2003 Event Log:
Event Type: Error
Event Source: DNS
Event Category: None
Event ID: 6702
Date: 12/31/2009
Time: 4:37:05 PM
User: N/A
Computer: XXXX
Description:
DNS server has updated its own host (A) records. In order to ensure that its DS-integrated peer DNS servers are able to replicate with this server, an attempt was made to update them with the new records through dynamic update. An error was encountered during this update, the record data is the error code.