Overhauling my GTD system under Windows
March 14, 2011
As you may know, I'm a reluctant switcher from Mac to Windows. I am also a fan of GTD. I had been using Jello Dashboard (JD) to implement GTD under Outlook. JD is a very nice system, the developer is friendly and responsive, and I had even written several patches to adapt it to my way of working. I was even in the process of drafting a series of blog posts titled "
Installing latex2html under Win7 with cygwin
January 19, 2011
I got latex2html to install on the latest cygwin, however to get the configure to pass I had to alter the configure to recognize cygwin as a UNIX. via mail-archive.com Using this patch I was able to properly configure and install latex2html under cygwin in Windows 7.
LogParser, Event Logs, and Vista - Neil Carpenter's Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
January 19, 2011
The only workaround to this is to convert the logfile to the new evtx format prior to parsing it. You can do this in the event log viewer GUI by doing a Save As... but I find it easier to do this at the command prompt: wevtutil epl application.evt application.evtx /lf:true via blogs.technet.com I'm trying to process Windows Event Viewer files (.evt) from some servers on my Win7 machine, which kept me giving a "
Setting up a global hotkey to add tasks to Outlook
December 23, 2010
One thing I missed since I moved from a Mac (using The Hit List for GTD) to Outlook (using Jello Dashboard for GTD) was the availability of a global hot key that I could use to bring up a text entry box which I could use to quickly add things into my electronic Inbox, for later processing. I have found a way to achieve this, and here is the setup I am using now:
Making cygwin, Windows and emacs understand the same symlinks
September 28, 2010
Today I ran into the problem that symlinks created under cygwin using "ln -s" are not understood by Windows, and of course Windows shortcuts are seen by cygwin as regular files. Happily, this is a (semi-)solved problem. For reference, this is what needs to be done: Add "winsymlinks" to your CYGWIN environment variable. For example, in my .bashrc I have the following: export CYGWIN="nodosfilewarning winsymlinks" This makes cygwin create symlinks differently, in a form that is understood both by it and by Windows.
GTD Tip: one-key opening of INBOX notebook in OneNote
September 5, 2010
One of the most useful applications I have discovered since I had to switch to Windows as my main OS is OneNote, a really great note-taking application which I use for pretty much every data-storing and note-taking need. I use a OneNote notebook as part of my GTD inbox. Today's very simple tip is how to assign a keystroke for opening my Inbox notebook from anywhere in the system. Here are the steps:
Installing cfengine on Windows 7 under cygwin
August 23, 2010
Update (2011/09/05): Updated the instructions for cfengine 3.2.0, cygwin 1.7.9, and tested them on a clean cygwin install. Installing the cfengine community edition under Windows (the commercial version includes native Windows support) is fairly easy under cygwin, you just need to have the appropriate dependencies installed. Here’s how I did it. Versions cfengine: 3.2.0 Windows 7 Enterprise SP1/64bit cygwin: 1.7.9-1 Additional cygwin packages needed To install these, run cygwin’s setup.
Installing AucTeX on EmacsW32 on Win7/64bit
August 17, 2010
Today I had to install AucTeX to use on my Win7/64 machine under EmacsW32. I found the basic instructions here: http://www.sturmnet.org/blog/2007/09/01/installing-auctex-in-emacsw32, but I had to modify them a bit (in particular, I am using tetex installed from cygwin instead of MiKTeX). Here are the commands I used: $ mkdir -p /usr/local/share/texmf $ ./configure --prefix='c:/Program Files (x86)/Emacs/emacs' --with-texmf-dir='/usr/local/share/texmf' --with-lispdir='c:/Program Files (x86)/Emacs/emacs/site-lisp' $ make $ make install I then added the following lines to my C:\Program Files (x86)\Emacs\site-lisp\site-start.
Know your tools
April 22, 2010
I recently had to copy a very large file (>4GB) from a remote Windows share to my Windows 7 machine, over a very finicky connection (frequently-failing VPN over a slow Internet connection). A GUI copy didn't work because the connection dropped frequently. I tried Free Download Manager, which was the recommended tool for the download, but surprisingly, it wasn't always able to restart the download after connectivity dropped. Then a colleague pointed me to the "
Installing Windows XP in Vmware ESX - "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer." | TechHead.co.uk
April 7, 2010
Trying to install Windows XP within VMWare ESX and getting the following error message? "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer." The reason for this is that the necessary hard disk controller drivers have not been installed. via techhead.co.uk Useful information and links for installing XP VMs on a VMware ESX server.
Must-Have Windows Software (or Windows Programs that I use) - good coders code, great reuse
February 17, 2010
I am not just a Linux enthusiast, I also happen to use Windows quite often. In fact, Windows is my primary desktop from which I connect to all the other boxes and do my work on. During the years of Windows usage, I have accumulated a list of must-have Windows programs that I wouldn’t be able to work without. Some of them are commercial, some are freeware, but that doesn’t matter.