How to Use Excel’s Speak Cells Feature

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I am a big fan of text-to-speech technology, mostly because it doesn’t work all that well.  However, sometimes it ends up being useful for certain situations. Excel is packed with many features, including one called Speak Cells, which basically lets you feed your chosen cells to a text-to-speech engine. It is a great accessibility tool […]

Get Outlook Email Stats using StatView

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Just about every corporate email account is using Outlook and Exchange server to handle user email and there is an awful lot of data stored in those PST files. My own work PST file for Outlook is close to 2 Gb, which is why I wrote a post on how to optimize your PST file so […]

How to Register a DLL File in Windows

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Ever run into a Windows problem where you have to register a DLL file on your computer? A DLL file, aka Dynamic Link Library, are files that contain functions used across multiple applications. For example, Microsoft Office has hundreds of DLL files that can be used between the various Office programs to perform certain certain […]

HTML Code to Wrap Text Around Image

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Need the code to wrap text around an image? Normally when you create an HTML page, everything flows linearly, meaning one block directly after another. All of my previous posts are an example of this, i.e. text, then picture, then text, etc. Sometimes you may want to include text next to an image instead of […]

How to Change the Boot Sequence in the BIOS

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Looking to change the boot order on your Windows machine? By changing the boot order, you can force your computer to boot from a CD/DVD drive, a USB stick, or even off the network. Changing the boot order on a PC is normally done in order to boot from a recovery disk or from an […]

Fix “Calling LoadLibraryEx on ISAPI filter c:\…isapi.dll failed”

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Yesterday, while setting up a website on IIS 7 and Windows Server 2008, I loaded up the website in the browser and ended up getting the following error message: Calling LoadLibraryEx on ISAPI filter C:\…isapi.dll failed The path was to the isapi.dll file in C:\Program Files\etc and I was pretty sure everything was setup properly. […]

How to Fix “not recognized as an internal or external command” in Windows

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There are cases when software installers mess up our Windows environment variables. When the environment variables get messed up, it could lead to trouble with other programs that share the same environment variable. One such symptom is the following error in Windows: “command” is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or […]

Why the “less” Command is Better Than “more” in UNIX and Linux

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I work with a lot of huge log files. I usually connect to my UNIX and Linux servers using Putty or Telnet, then I read the files using standard UNIX/Linux commands.  Other IT folks prefer to use an X-window GUI, but if you have a low-bandwidth connection, it is better to use a command line […]

How to Tunnel VNC over SSH

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In this article, I will talk about how you can tunnel any VNC connections over the SSH protocol, which ensures all traffic is encrypted and secure. I currently use this all the time before remotely connecting to any of my PC’s so that passwords and login info cannot be sniffed. There are a few prerequisites […]

How to Install VirtualBox Guest Additions in Ubuntu

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Yesterday I talked about how to create an Ubuntu virtual machine in VirtualBox and today I will walk through installing VirtualBox Guest Additions in Ubuntu. It, of course, requires using the command line! The VirtualBox Guest Additions are very similar to the Virtual Machine Additions that comes with Virtual PC. They basically add a couple […]