Tips and tricks around Microsoft Windows, Linux, Applications, Apple Gear
The following is a random list of tips and tricks to solve problems around the Windows and Linux operating systems, and applications running under those OSs, as well as problems encountered with Apple products. The list is in no particular order and we rely on search engines to find this stuff. That's why there is always a keyword entry under each heading. If you find it useful, drop us a note. Contact info can be found on our home page.
Excel autorecover file troubleKeywords: Excel Microsoft Office autorecover auto recover file crash trouble
If Excel has trouble starting up with a recover file, you can delete that file by using regedt32.exe and deleting the entry from
HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Office 10.0 (or other version) Excel Resiliency DocumentRecovery
Linux mdadm boot problemKeywords: Linux mdadm boot recovery software RAID Ubuntu
My Linux server died and it's using a soft raid array for / and everything below that. It crashed due to an electrical short in the building. The thing never came back up.
Here are some links to useful information I (and other people) found on the subject. Eventually, I could recover all data, but had to re-install Ubuntu and convert the root filesystem to software RAID again.
iPhone not talking to iTunesKeywords: iPhone iTunes stop sync connect configuration utility
One fine day, iTunes stopped recognizing my iPhone and I couldn't
figure out why. I
article on Apple's discussion board, which had a solution posted
by ThUnDeR BG. I had the iPhone configuration utility installed as
well and so that must have screwed up my connection.
I found a solution. Must stop usbmuxd with: 1.) sudo /bin/launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.usbmuxd.plist 2.) Delete /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework and replace it with backup copy (TimeMachine or such) 3.) sudo /bin/launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.usbmuxd.plist
The only problem with that solution is where to get the old MobileDevice.framekwork from, if you don't have a TimeMachine or other backup of the whole harddisk. Luckily, I had a laptop, on which it still worked and I just copied it over. The Mac OS X install CD must have that on it, as well.
Fun stuffKeywords: self employment, working for Apple
Just a few funny thoughts on self employment... and our transition to working for Apple Inc.
Non Sequitur 2004-01-17
The coolness factor of working for Apple