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Entries from May 2008

What is the Difference Between Hubs, Switches, And Routers?

May 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on What is the Difference Between Hubs, Switches, And Routers?

If you are setting up a network of more than two devices, cahnces are you will be confronted with all three of these terms. Hubs, switches, and routers are are crucial network components, and they each perform a unique role. Mix them up and your network won’t operate efficently…or at all. So jsut what is […]

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PHP Invoice System

May 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on PHP Invoice System

I’ve created a simple invoice system to facilitate my business. It will work “out of the box” for many situations, but was designed to be more of a framework which can be tailored to your needs. Here are some of the current features:

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Troubleshooting Problems When Installing Vista on a M200

May 24th, 2008 · 5 Comments

This is not a guide to installing Vista on your m200. If you are looking for step-by-step instructions to install Vista on your m200, please see the post here. This post is a series of hints and tips that will help you should you run into problems when following the step-by-step guide.

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How to Resolve the “NTLDR is Missing” Error on Windows Start-up

May 24th, 2008 · 15 Comments

If the NTLDR becomes damaged, you may get an error message informing you that “NTLDR is missing” when you start your computer. After this error message, you will be prompted to restart your computer at which the same error will be displayed again. This effectively prevents you from being able to access Windows at all. […]

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Changing the URL of Your WordPress Blog

May 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on Changing the URL of Your WordPress Blog

For the regular visitors here, you might have noticed that I have changed this blogs URL from http://personal.ryantdams.com to http://blog.ryantadams.com. Behind the scenes I also moved the actual WordPress files from a folder on my web server named “personal” to a folder named “blog” to better match the new URL. The big problem with changing […]

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General Fix for Windows Update Issues

May 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on General Fix for Windows Update Issues

If you are having issues with Windows Update, particularly having the installation of updates constantly failing, you can try the following fix:

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Fixing the “Cannot Find the File Flash.ocx” Error Message

May 11th, 2008 · 10 Comments

Flash is a programming language that many publishers use to create animations, games, and interactive programs for the web.¬†Flash is also used for programs run locally on a users computer. To use these Flash based programs and web applets, the end-user must have Flash Player installed. One component of Flash Player is a file called […]

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Use the Recovery Console Without a Password

May 10th, 2008 · 4 Comments

When using the Windows Recovery console, you are normally prompted for the password of the administrator account. Without this password, the recovery console will not load. In some situations, the Recovery Console won’t accept the password you provide even if it’s correct. If this is the case, or if you simply don’t know the Administrator’s […]

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Permanently Remove Windows Messenger

May 9th, 2008 · Comments Off on Permanently Remove Windows Messenger

Windows Messenger, the instant message client created by Microsoft, is installed by default with Windows XP. Even if you don’t want to use Windows Messenger, it will automatically load every time you start your computer. Removing it is difficult, as it does not appear in the standard Add/Remove Programs control panel applet. Additionally, if you […]

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Restore the Address Bar in Windows XP SP3

May 8th, 2008 · 18 Comments

Windows XP SP3 fixes many things. But it also removes the Internet Explorer icon form the desktop and the “address bar” toolbar¬†from the taskbar. If you want to restore your Internet Explorer icon, check out this guide. If you want the address bar back, keep reading.

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MP3Gain

May 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on MP3Gain

MP3Gain is a graphical program for volume normalizing MP3 files. MP3Gain analyzes and adjusts mp3 files so that they have the same volume.

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Posted in: Downloads