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From time to time I want to print off a list of MP3 titles or digital photos stored in a folder. On Linux you would just direct the output of the listing command to the printer - something like:
ls -l > lpt1
but on Windows there wasn't an easy way to do this.

Microsoft have now 'fixed it' for XP, Vista and Win 7 with a patch that you can download from:
Halfway down this Knowledge Base article is a link to 'Fix it'. Click on this and you can download the file: MicrosoftFixit50548.msi

Double click this and a "Microsoft Fix it" window will appear. Accept the license terms and follow the instructions to add a 'Print Directory Listing' option to the pop-up menu when you right-click on a folder. It's quick, simple and worked on my Windows 7 system.


An email message is a string of text characters which on their own cannot hurt your computer. They can be used to trick you into doing things you may regret - like inadvertently wiping your hard disk. This article explains what you will find if you look inside an email and explains why you should be careful about multimedia emails and attachments.

You can view the raw text of the email you are reading by:

  • Outlook Express: Ctrl + F3
  • Mac OS X Mail: Option-Command-U
  • Thunderbird: Ctrl + U

it starts with 'headers' describing the message and how it arrived at your inbox:

Return-Path: somebody @
X-Original-To: you @

A couple of times spam has appeared in the calendar of my mobile phone – a Galaxy Note running Android ‘Jelly Bean’. This was unexpected as I thought that app was private for my use only. Looking on the web I soon discovered that calendars are shared with your business colleagues, family and apparently the whole world. But that was not what I wanted.

The Superuser AppWhen you install an app you are asked to allow it access to various functions on your phone. The calendar app comes preinstalled on the Note and I found that it could ‘add or remove accounts, Google mail, use accounts on the device, add or modify calendar events and send emails to guests without owner’s knowledge, read calendar events plus confidential information, read your contacts, and read your text messages’.

I like the Note’s calendar (S-Planner) but I certainly didn’t want it to do anything that required such wide ranging access. I’ve no idea how the spam was inserted into my calendar but it was pretty clear that if I wanted to stop it happening again I needed to restrict those permissions. However this is an app that comes preinstalled and you are not allowed to alter what it can do or even uninstall it .. unless you ‘root’ your phone.

This article is about desktop virtualisation - running your own personal cloud computing environment at home. I've found it easier to describe how to do it than to explain why you would want to. It may help if I set out my problems and how virtualisation has solved them.

Old PCs under the deskOver the years computers accumulated under my desk at home. A Windows Home Server (WHS) streamed music around the house and backed up my home network. It had recovered my wife's PC following a hard disk failure so that box was essential. A Linux system backed up the ICUFR and other web sites on my internet server and ran an IMAP mail server. My old office laptop running XP had Quickbooks, Garmin maps and a few other applications that I needed from time to time. And finally there was my main machine - originally XP but now upgraded to Windows 7.

All three PC's and the laptop were wired into a 4 port KVM switch which let me switch the keyboard, mouse and monitor between them. At least two and usually three were always on. They kept my electricity bills high, contributed to global warming and were very noisy.

Installing a New Guest OS on VMware Player

Welcome to VMware Player

Click on 'Create a New Virtual Machine' ..

New Virtual Machine Wizard

For flexibility select 'I will install the operating system later' then click 'Next' ..

Select a Guest Operating System

Select Windows or Linux and choose the version from the drop down list ..

Name the Virtual Machine

Give the new machine a name and select a folder where you want to create it ..

Specify Disk Capacity

Specify the initial disk size (this can be increased later) ..

Ready to Create Virtual Machine

Click 'Customize Hardware' to adjust settings such as the amount of memory to be allocated ..

Edit the Virtual Machine Hardware

Set the Network Adaptor to 'Bridged' for the Virtual Machine to have its own address ..

When any adjustments have been made click OK to create the new virtual machine ..

Insert the installation disk in the DVD drive and click: 'Play virtual machine' ..

The Virtual Machine will start up as a new (blank) machine and boot from the disk in the CD/DVD drive.


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