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Tip for organising USB Thumb Drives

I have a feSP140147_tudor_pk50w USB thumb drives that are for installing the operating systems and for storing files.  I have been getting them mixed up and wanted to note what was on them.  I do have small envelopes that are used to store trading cards in but thought they might generate static electricity and may not be good to use with the thumb drives.

I did remember in the early hours one morning seeing small paper envelopes somewhere around where I live. It took me a while to find them but they come under the name of seed or pay envelopes.

The only size available was the Tudor No. 5 Seed Pocket Envelopes 50 Pack. It fits the thumb drives I have here.  Went over to the section where the shop sold the thumb drives and checked various ones and it looks like they will fit most size of drives they had on display.

You get fifty and the price was reasonable.  You can label them or just write on the front of the envelope.

Hope this is helpful.


Posted by on December 22, 2015 in General

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World Backup Day 2012

Your data, photos, emails are very important. That is why we do backups.

To mark this very important step, today is World Backup 2012.

Go to World Backup Day for tips and instructions.

Windows comes with backup software and Apple Mac OSX comes with Time Machine. Although there are better backup software like Acronis or Paragon for Windows. Hard drives are cheap so everyone should do backups.

Just make sure the backups can restore. You might be diligent in doing a backup each day but sometimes the restores do not work when required at the crucial time.


Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Backups

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Backing up Newsgator files with Powershell

I use Newsgator to get my RSS feeds. It still works even with the latest version of Outlook. I have been looking for another RSS reader that works within Outlook but always come back to Newsgator.

I regularly backup the files but do it manually as I have to unhide the hidden files on the C drive. Navigate to the directory where the files are located and copy them to another location. And then remember to hide the hidden files again on the C drive.

In the end, I decided to write a script that copies the files from the Newsgator directory to another location that is specified.

The Powershell script can be ran each day or once a week. To use the script, you need to have Newsgator installed along with Powershell.

If you are running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, you have Powershell already installed.

if you are running Windows Vista, XP. You need to download Powershell. You can download PowerShell here.

Before you run it, a couple of things should be changed in the script.

The destDir variable creates a folder on the D drive. You can leave or change the folder name but the drive should be changed. The D drive is where I have all my files and data stored. I put a date at the end of the folder as I like to have the date it was copied over.

In the src variable, replace xxxx with your user name on the C drive. The user name is your login name as well. For example, if the user name is Acme it would be C:\Users\Acme\….

# Setup the local variables
# Set the source directory and get all the files in the directory
$src = "C:\Users\xxxx\AppData\Roaming\RAI\NewsGator\*"
# Get the date and change the / to - as Windows will get confused when
# creating new directories.
$currDate = Get-Date
$NewDate = $currDate.ToShortDateString()
$NewDate = $NewDate.Replace("/", "-")
# Set the destination directory with the new Date
$destDir = "D:\NewsGator Backup - " + $NewDate
# Test if the path exists
if (Test-Path $destDir)
    Write-Host "Directory exists"
    #Write-Host "**does not exist"
    # Create destination directory
    New-Item $destDir -type directory -force 
    Write-Host "Directory created"    
# Copy the files to the directory
Copy-Item $src $destDir
Write-Host "Files copied over"

Copy the script above. Open Notepad and paste the code in. Save it to a location on your hard drive and name it NGFiles.ps1

Create a new document in Notepad and paste the following line in.

powershell -executionpolicy bypass -File NGFiles.ps1

Save it as NGBat.bat. This file must end in .bat as it is a batch file.

When you want to save the files in the Newsgator directory, open a command prompt.

Navigate to where you saved the batch file and type in NGBat.

This will copy the files over to the directory.

If you don’t want to type in the code, I have attached a zip file NGBat Files archive. Download and extract to a location.

I have tested it and it works on my machine but as always be careful when running scripts from the Internet.

Hope this script is useful to someone.


Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Programming

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Outlook Tip : Message Options in Outlook 2010

In previous versions of Outlook, right-clicking on the message and selecting options, you could see the details of the message.  This allowed you to see the headers.

In Outlook 2010, this was removed from the pop-up menu.  It can easily be added to the Quick Launch toolbar.

Select the File Tab and then Options on the left hand side.

The Options window appears.  Select Quick Access Toolbar on the left hand side.

The list on the left are commands in Outlook and the list on the right is the Quick Access toolbar.

In the ‘Choose Commands from’ drop down list, select ‘All Commands’.

All of the commands appear in the left hand column underneath the drop down list.

To get there quicker, select the first item and type m.  Scroll down until Message Options is found.  You can just scroll down until it is found as well.

Click on it and select the Add Button.  This adds the command to the Quick Access toolbar.

This command can be moved up or down by selecting it and using the up or down arrow on the right hand side.  A seperator can be added also by finding it in the commands list and adding it to the Quick Access toolbar.

Click Okay to save the toolbar changes or Cancel to dismiss them.

The finished toolbar might look like the following figure.

Quick Access Toolbar

A message can be selected and then the Message Options can be chosen.  A dialog appears with the details of the message with the Internet Headers.

This shows the details of the message.  This is useful for checking duplicate messages.




Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Office, Outlook

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Eurovision 2011

Eurovision 2011 was shown in Australia from the 13th to 15th May 2011.

It was a great three nights of fun and entertainment. It had quite a few good songs as well.

It was great to have Italy back in the competition.

I’ve marked my calendar for next years show.

I would have liked to have seen Germany win again.  Lena’s song was very good.

There wasn’t much great songs as it was last year.

My selection of songs for this year are as follows:


Dino Merlin

Hotel FM


Mika Newton

Raphael Gualazzi


Alexej Vorobjov

Amaury Vassili

Zdob si Zdub

At first I didn’t really like Ireland’s entry.  Listening to it again, it was okay. Not number one but listenable. I’ve only seen Jedward once on the Jonathan Ross show some time ago.

Looking forward to next years contest.

One day I’ll get over to see Eurovision live in person.


Posted by on July 23, 2011 in Eurovision

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Outlook Tip : Compacting PST Files regularly

When you delete or move messages around in PST files, the PST files can get fragmented.  Outlook does compact the PST files slowly in the background but you should compact at least once a month depending on how many messages you delete.  This will recover disk space back quicker as well.

To do this manually, right-click on the PST file you want to compact.  The properties dialog appears.

Click on the advanced button and the following dialog appears.

PST Advanced Properties

Click on the Compact Now button and the progress window appears.

PST Progress Window

Depending on how large the PST file and the number of messages you have deleted, it will take a while.  Once finished, click the Okay button twice to dismiss the dialogs.



Posted by on April 25, 2011 in Office, Outlook


XNA 4 Graphics Card error

We are working on an XNA game which will be released very soon.  When we upgraded from XNA 3.1  to XNA 4.0, we found it wouldn’t compile and run.  All submissions to Microsoft’s XBox Live Indie Games marketplace now only accept 4.0 submissions.

If you have an old video card, an error might appear.

Error dialog when running application

You will need to change the settings for XNA Game Studio. Right click on the project and select properties.

Select the Use Reach option and then close the properties window.

Click on the Start Debuging (or press F5).  The application will run.




Posted by on April 8, 2011 in XNA

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Favourite Songs of Eurovision 2010

Eurovision will be on soon. It is the only thing on television I really look forward to each year.

I usually like about five or six songs from the years contest.  Most of the songs in the 2010 contest I really liked.

Below are my top favourites:

    Michael von der Heide – Il pleut de l’or (Switzerland)
    Sieneke – Ik Ben Verliefd (Sha-la-lie) (The Netherlands)
    Didrik Solli-Tangen – My Heart Is Yours (Norway)
    Peter Nalitch & Friends – Lost And Forgotten (Russia)
    3+2 – Butterflies (Belarus)
    Lena – Satellite (Germany)
    Juliana Pasha – It’s All About You (Albania)
    Daniel Diges – Algo Pequenito (Something Tiny) (Spain)
    Paula Seling & Ovi – Playing With Fire (Romania)
    Vukasin Brajic – Thunder And Lightning (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
    Giorgos Alkaios & Friends – Opa (Greece)


Below is the other songs I do like to listen to:

    Filipa Azevedo – Ha Dias Assim (Portugal)
    Aisha – What For (Latvia)
    Alyosha – Sweet People (Ukraine)
    Anna Bergendahl – This Is My Life (Sweden)
    Ansambel Zlindra & Kalamari – Narodnozabavni Rock (Slovenia)
    Chanee & n’evergreen – In a Moment Like This (Denmark)
    Eva Rivas – Apricot Stone (Armenia)
    Feminnem – Lako je Sve (Croatia)
    Gjoko Taneski – Jas Ja Imam Silata (FYR Macedonia)
    Hera Bjork – Je Ne Sais Quoi (Iceland)
    Josh Dubovie – That Sounds Good To Me (United Kingdom)
    Kristina Pelakova – Horehronie (Slovakia)
    Kuunkuiskaajat – Tyolki Ellaa (Finland)
    Malcolm Lincoln – Siren (Estonia)
    maNga – We Could Be The Same (Turkey)
    Marcin Mrozinski – Legenda (Poland)
    Milan Stankovic – Ovo je Balkan (This Is the Balkans) (Serbia)
    Miroslav Kostadinov – Angel Si Ti (You Are An Angel) (Bulgarien)
    Safura – Drip Drop (Azerbaijan)
    Sofia Nizharadze – Shine (Georgia)
    Sunstroke Project & Olia Tira – Run Away (Moldova)
    Thea Garrettt – My Dream (Malta)


I’m glad Lena won for Germany.

Would have been nice to have been there in person.  Maybe next year but depends on who wins this year.

Good luck to all of the countries who enter.  It is great Italy is back this year in the contest as well.



Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Eurovision


Figureprints for WoW and XBox Live

As a World of Warcraft player, I have a few characters of different races.  I have two for the Horde and one for the Alliance.  It is interesting to play the game as a member of the Horde and then play it as an Alliance player.  There are slightly different quests, although things have changed in Cataclysm.

If you like your character, you can get it made in an actual figure for the shelf or desk.  Can also choose between the actual figure or a bust.  If you play the character all the time, you can have him (or her) on the desk next you .

Figureprints allows you to do this.  You select which server your character is located and have him pose in different positions (can have the weapons ready for battle).  There is also a video on the process for the statue being made as well.

Looks interesting but expensive if you want to get it sent to Australia.

Noticed that they are also doing XBox Live as well.  You can get your avatar made in to a figure as well.

Below is a picture of one of the characters ready to be chosen


Posted by on March 15, 2011 in World of Warcraft

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