As any Hoopy Frood will know May 25th is Towel Day and to celebrate you could sit down with the book, or watch the TV show or the movie, or you could just read a towel. But instead why not dust off the 1980’s text adventure of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
To save you finding an old 486 and dusting off those MS-DOS disks there’s several ways of getting this Infocom classic running on your modern computer, here’s a guide to some of them.
Whilst trying to update firmware on a Dell EqualLogic PS6500 I received the error FTP: Permission denied: recv failed. It turns out that this was down to a Java problem on my Windows 7 workstation, rather than the EqualLogic.
The solution was to install a Microsoft HotFix. Once this was installed, and the workstation restarted, the upload worked first time.
Microsoft DreamSpark is a great resource for staff and students in Higher Education- it gives you access to many Microsoft packages for free, so if you haven’t already got access then I’d recommend looking into it.
One request that I often face is from students who have downloaded Windows 7 from DreamSpark via the OnTheHub/ELMS system but mislaid their Product Key. This post tells you how to retrieve it (these instructions also apply to other DreamSpark packages where a product key is used).
In Windows XP there was a downloadable PowerToy called “Open Command Window Here” which could open a command prompt window from Explorer and set the starting directory in the command prompt to the currently selected directory in Explorer. Windows 7 has this feature built in, and here’s how to use it.
I use Evernote a lot for note-taking, keeping track of ideas, code snippets, conversations, and so on. One of the great added features on the Windows desktop is the Clipper functionality. Continue reading