Archive for the ‘windows’ Category

Pull out e-mail addresses only in Excel

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Just a shot snippet of code to pull out e-mail addresses only, it works as a function in excel so you can write it as a function in excel.


Table reating and text insertion

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Well there comes a time when you need to make a table in word and you need to insert data in to it, so here is my quick version, its not the greatest bit of code but it does the following job :

  • Creates a table
  • Inserts text

That’s all nothing more, nothing less.


Handy links for this

Windows 8 is going to have a major redesign

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Windows 8 is starting to look like is going the way of windows vista, the reg (ttp:// is reporting that windows 8 is going to have a major redesign, I think Microsoft were too far ahead of the hardware on this one, a laptop needs a touchscreen before it can go to fully to windows 8, problem is that there isn’t too many touch screens out their on laptops.

Remove An Garda Síochána Ireland’s National Police Service Virus

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Our friend the National Police Service Virus/Ransomware seems to have mutated, and removing it using the usual removal option listed below, seems to fail.

One successful way of dealing with it is to use Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 ( as running Malwarebytes or F-Secure in Safe mode fails to work, there is no changes to the registry or the Start-up folders do not have the .ink files in there. Probably the best prevention technique for virsus is to run the systems in non administrative mode, preventing rouge installs of viruses.


Shopping for a windows 8 machine

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Well we are in silly season, windows 8 has been launched, so Microsoft will be doing its best to get the product out there. So should we run to Windows 8, or should we shy away. I don’t believe a operating system gets good until at least Service Pack 1 is released, but if you want to jump in with two feet, here is whats coming out.

So what kind of machines are out their

Dell have the following

So dell are selling us flip hinges, touch screens


HP are doing more less the same


And PC world are selling everything Windows 8

Prices seem to vary a lot, and the minimum requirements are low enough (below), but I expect this is bottom run of the lader, so you may have to spend to get good user experance.


Windows 8 has been designed for touch, so all devices shoud have a touch screen to get the most out of it, but the question is was will physically work best.

Destops could be an intersting case in point, as holding you hand out and touching a screen while sittng down could get pretty tiring after a bit, anyone that has ever painted a wall will testify that its hard work. So will this compromise the path to least restance or in this case user adoption.

Or will the tablet take over as a  the new input device. What has to change to make this happen ? …. well processors will have to get quicker, as the physical swich is hard to replicate in terms of speed and feedback. In terms of data entry, I’m touch typing here, and this could be the major down fall of a tablet, as in it will be very hard to give the “feeling” of typing (haptic feedback), Blackberry tried this before with the Blackberry Curve, but this didn’t go so well for them.



LVM and USB drives

Monday, May 14th, 2012

I was in a computer store in San Francisco last week and a guy that ran an Architecture shop was in there trying to buy a NAS drive system, the poor guy never heard about LVM partitioning, so the sales man as per usual was just sealing the deal, but not giving him the full picture, I suppose being a sales man he was trying to have the “Quick sale” and not worry about the long term implications about selling such devices, and the best way to configure these devices. So as the sale was being made, I had a look at the box, and said to the guy to make sure to put LVM partitions on there, he and the sales man turned around a looked at me blank and said “whats LVM”, so I dindn’t want to get in to a explnation in to LVM, but I said google it, but I also said I give him a few links, so here they are below. So why is LVM so handy, Well picture the situation, you have disk that is full, or filling up and you need to make it bigger or worse you have a system that is configured to work with that disk set up an having to change the set up is going to be a serious problem, in terms of downtime and confiuration, I you use LVM partitions when setting up the disk in the first place you can add a disk to the filling up disk and make it look like on big disk that is really comprised off two or more physical disks.



Father Of C And UNIX, Dennis Ritchie, has passed away at age 70

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

We seem to be loosing a lot of good people in the computer business, and the Father Of C And UNIX, Dennis Ritchie, has passed away at age 70. I know Steve Jobs helped create the the consumer demand for I.T. products but Dennis Ritchie was one of the inventors or the modern operating system, or what we know as Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Some how I don’t think the worlds news papers will fill the front pages lamenting this loss, Which is sad really, seeing with out Denis Ritchie we may not have had the C programming language. Why is that important, well with out the C programming language, we as software poeople may not be able to write programs, which alot of have formed operating systems.


Sligo I.T. wins Imagine Cup

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Team Hermes from sligo Ireland took home top honors in the Software Design competition.

The team designed a device that plugs into a car and monitors dangerous driving behavior and road conditions, providing instant feedback to both the driver and the car owner. The team’s solution uses embedded technology, Windows Phone 7, Bing Maps and the Windows Azure cloud computing platform to change driving habits and reduce road deaths.

The team’s face book page is here!
Read more from their local paper here.

Windows 7 Service pack is causing problems

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Windows 7 Service pack is causing problems, people are having issues with service pack 1 where it is pushed out from a WSUS server. Apparently you get a “C00000034 fatal error” which then means a reinstall of the operating system. I feel its always wise not to jump into new OS’s even though the urge is there to be up with the latest and greatest. The reg is reporting this

Microsoft have a KB released about this issue.


To stop updates, Do the following:

  1. Open Start menu,
  2. right-click on Computer and click Properties.
  3. This gives you the System dialog box that will show basic information about your computer.
  4. On the left sidebar, under See also heading, you will find Windows Update.
  5. Click on the Windows Update.
  6. This will bring you to the Windows Update dialog box.
  7. On the left sidebar click on Change Settings.
  8. Select Never check for updates.

Job done

Remember put a reminder in your phone or OS to make sure that you turn them on again, so that your will get your updates once this problem gets sourted out.