Tag: Microsoft

  • Amazing Desktop Mod

    I’m usually not very interested in desktop modifications, at least not on Windows. I need my computer for productivity first and eye candy second or third, so I just don’t have the system resources to spare, given how poorly Windows often runs, anyway. That said, this is amazing and sorely tempting me: How To: Roll […]

  • Outlook Attachment Reminder

    Ever send an email without the attachment? You go on and on about what’s in it, then never send the file. I’ve done that. No more; now there’s the Outlook attachment reminder macro. Easy to install, and I just verified it works. Hat tip: lifehacker.

  • Windows: Another Sure Thing?

    After writing my last post, I discovered what may be another sure thing: unpredictable failures to work by Windows. Our printer is networked; it sits downstairs, connected to an old laptop, and we print everything to it over the network. It has been working fine. Well, okay, it’s been a little flaky for a few […]

  • An epic Bill Gates e-mail rant

    Techmeme linked me to this amazing Bill Gates e-mail rant. It’s gratifying to know that even the creator of the operating system finds it infuriating, especially when it just took me 10 minutes to reconnect my old laptop to my 802.11g (WiFi) network. I mistyped the WEP key, allegedly, either in the first box or […]

  • Errors in VShadow.exe

    Alright, all you Windows geeks: I need help. I tried to implement a backup script that uses a number of Microsoft tools. I keep getting errors that look like this: ERROR: Selected writer ‘ASR Writer’ is in failed state! – Status: 7 (VSS_WS_FAILED_AT_PREPARE_BACKUP) – Writer Failure code: 0x800423f4 () – Writer ID: {be000cbe-11fe-4426-9c58-531aa6355fc4} – Instance […]