Category Archives: Windows & All thing M$

Anything Windows platform related

Hipster keyboard layout on Windows

Windows supports the Dvorak keyboard layout natively, out of the box, so there is no tinkering required outside of visiting control panel & selecting the desired layout.

To switch the location of the control & caps locks keys however, you need to modify the registry & and reboot. I’ve uploaded a registry snippet which can be applied (taken from Windows 7). It implements the changes covered in a post on kodiva.com.

Syncing a Windows Mobile device with Thunderbird or Sunbird

Using FinchSync you can sync your Mozilla calander & email client (Netscape, Mozilla suite, Sunbird & Thunderbird are supported) with your PocketPC or Windows Mobile device. The tool comes in two parts, a client & server, the server is written in Java & is platform independent (well aslong as you you’ve got a jvm for your chosen platform! :P) & the client is in C#, which you install onto your PDA or smartphone.
The server runs on OS X without any problems aslong as you remember to change the default port to listen on as OS X blocks anything below 1024.

Me & my Axim X50

Well, it’s just a little over a year since I got my Axim X50 PDA & I have finally put it to good use. After a couple of plays with PocketMac Pro I purchased my license for Missing Sync from Mark/Space

Though PocketMac Pro had a couple of really usefull features which aren’t included in Missing Sync (extract .cab files from .exe’s & sync iTunes library), Life is so much better with Missing Sync. Missing Sync is soooooo much more stable for starters (I’m running a alpha version of Missing Sync aswell), it also allows doesn’t get confused if you factory reset your pda & try to re-sync it. I was never able to re-sync my pda with pocketmac if I let my battery run flat, I’d have to uninstall Pocketmac & re-install so that It’d give me the option to scan for a device & install its sync components onto the device.
Another problem with PocketMac was that it was extremely unstable when used with wifi & bluetooth usually causing the system to panic!!

I have also upgraded my Axim to Windows Mobile 5 which kinda makes PocketMac redundent as they still don’t support it!

Howto Move the IIS Metabase from One Server to another

Using the following 2 commands you can export the metabase from one webserver & import it onto another, making migration between boxes very easy!

To Export:
C:\WINDOWS\system32>cscript iiscnfg.vbs /export /f plzwork.xml /d test /inherited /children /sp /LM/W3SVC

To Import:
C:\WINDOWS\system32>cscript iiscnfg.vbs /import /f plzwork.xml /dp LM/W3SVC /children /inherited /merge /d test /sp /LM/W3SVC

Exchange Mail Box / Store Disaster Recovery

I cant recommend Ontracks PowerControls Exchange recovery tool enough, I was cought out by a exchange server last week which had gone into meltdown, PowerControls let me mount the mailstore & dump the contents of the mail boxes & public folders to pst, it also has the option to dump the contents of a store to a exchange mailbox aswell which is extremly handy if you have another server live elsewhere (which I didnt!!! but I do now 😀 )