27 August 2009

DotNetNuke Corp. has acquire Snowcovered. Snowcovered has the largest collection of DotNetNuke modules and Skin and the biggest shop for DotNetNuke related stuff. DotNetNuke will discontinue their DotNetNuke Marketplace after September 30, 2009.
Read official announcement at - DotNetNuke Corp. Acquisition of Snowcovered

DotNetNuke Corp. has acquire Snowcovered. Snowcovered has the largest collection of DotNetNuke modules and Skin and the biggest shop for DotNetNuke related stuff. DotNetNuke will discontinue their DotNetNuke Marketplace after September 30, 2009.

Read official announcement at - DotNetNuke Corp. Acquisition of Snowcovered




GPartedGnome Partition Editor is a free & open source disk partitions tool for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions. GParted works for mostly all file systems. With GParted you can accomplish the following tasks:

  • Create a partition table on a disk device.
  • Enable and disable partition flags such as boot and hidden.
  • Perform actions with partitions such as:
    • create or delete
    • resize or move
    • check
    • label
    • copy and paste

Thanks to my colleague JH for sharing about GParted.

25 August 2009

Following are photos of Vedic’s First day of the school in Grade 2.

1: Ready for school, 2: School drop off – Papa I will miss you, 3: On the way to school

Vedic got this assignment for his first day of the school where he has to decorate this paper man using crayons, color pen/pencil, old cloths, buttons etc. He did all imagination, planning, cutting of cloths etc. to make this craft man.

24 August 2009

Last week there was a lot of talk about real-time search as Facebook bought Friendfeed and announced their plans for real-time search engine to compete with rival Twitter.
Friendfeed already have a real-time search engine. Friendfeed aggregate feeds in real-time and search within those feed in real-time. So you get most accurate & up-to-date results. The best part it automatecaly update your screen ever few seconds. Following are few screen shot for the real-time search for the keyword Discovery http://friendfeed.com/search?q=Discovery. These are around 10:00 PM on August 24, 2009. Really cool.

23 August 2009

ISSUE: So much learning in one weekend. I reboot my machine today morning and encounter following error.

Bootmgr is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to Restart

RESOLUTION: The above listed solutions did not work for me because of the same reason that cause Windows 7 install error. I have two hard disk in my computer.

To resolve the issue

1. Remove all other hard disk but one where you have install the Window 7.

2. Insert Windows 7 install DVD and reboot.

3. It will load files and will show you welcome screen & language selection. Click Next on this screen.

4. On next screen select Repair. It will detect the issue and try to fix it and will ask for reboot.

5. After reboot, you will have to repair the process to come to this screen and select repair again. This time it will show you a screen with bunch of options. Select the option one “Fix the start up problems”. It will take few min and show messga that system is fix click OK to reboot.

6. When reboot, remove the Windows 7 DVD and let Windows 7 load.

7. It should load properly.

8. Then shut down and attach other hard disks and reboot. It should work just fine.

Thank you Mr. Microsoft & Windows 7. Check this post as well which is cause by same reason - Windows 7 – Install Error - Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information

Alternate Solutions: I search for the issue and found these two blog post that explain the issue and propose various solutions.

http://cyberst0rm.blogspot.com/2007/04/how-to-fix-bootmgr-is-missing-in.html

http://johndasfundas.blogspot.com/2009/08/bootmgr-is-missing-press-ctrlaltdel-to.html


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This is not a good idea to enable Remote Desktop Connections on your computer as it open security holes in your home network. If if you decide to do it then following are simple steps to enable the Remote Desktop Connections on your computer. Remote Desktop Connections is also called as RDP & TS (terminal services).
To enable Remote Desktop Connections
1. Select Computer icon on the desktop or in Windows Explorer –> Right Click & Select Properties. It will open the System screen. Alternatively you can also go to “Control Panel-> System and Security –> System”
2. Now click on Advance System Settings to open System Properties dialog box.
3. Select the Remote Desktop tab and select “Allow connection from computer running any version of Remote Desktop”. You can also select ““Allow connection from computer running with Network Level Authentication” if your other computer have Windows 7 too.
4. Click Apply & OK.

ISSUE: If you have bought the Norton Internet Security 2009 few months back then you will not able to install it using the CD it comes with. It will show a error message that “This product requires Windows XP or Windows Vista. Setup will exist.”

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RESOLUTION: Good news is that Norton has released latest version of the Norton Internet Security 2009 that works on Windows 7. You can download it from Norton website and it will work on Windows 7 with your existing Norton Internet Security 2009.

To download the latest version go to following page and then select “I want to download my Norton product on other computers”

http://www.symantec.com/norton/support/dtree.jsp?id=downloads_orders&selected_nav=1

Which in turn will open following page where you can select Norton Internet Security 2009 (NIS 2009) to download. This page also have step by step instructions.

http://www.symantec.com/norton/support/kb/web_view.jsp?wv_type=public_web&docurl=20090501124807EN&selected_nav=1&pvid=

Direct link: to download NIS 2009 English version:

http://liveupdate.symantec.com/upgrade/NIS09EN.exe

NIS 2009 Screen After Install:

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I uses Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 4000 but the CD that comes with it display known compatibility issue warning. 

Microsoft has released latest version of the drivers & software that is compatible with Windows 7 and available for download at

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/download/download.aspx?category=MK

image The keyboard software (IntelliType Pro) and mouse software (IntelliPoint) are available for the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows® 7. Please use the drop-down lists below to get the appropriate download.

Direct links to Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Hardware - Download Software

» IntelliPoint 7.0 64-bit for Windows 7
» IntelliType Pro 7.0 64-bit for Windows 7

BTW Microsoft claiming that their hardware are Windows 7 ready. You can find compatibility details at http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/windows7/support.mspx

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22 August 2009

1. Go to following link of Samsung website. Alternatively you can also search for Samsung ML-2510 Driver to find it in search engine.

Samsung ML-2510 Printer Driver

Direct Link: http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/support.do?group=printersmultifunction&type=printersmultifunction&subtype=blackandwhitelaserprinters&model_nm=ML-2510&language=&cate_type=all&dType=D&mType=DR&vType=&prd_ia_cd=06010400&disp_nm=ML-2510&model_cd=ML-2510/XAA&menu=download

2. Select the Support & Download tab and then select the Driver tab.

3. Select the “Win 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 - Univeral Print Driver (ver.1.0.0.0) to download.

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4. Once it is downloaded, then double click to install it. Then connect your Samsung ML-2510 Printer to the computer.

9. Windows & will detect it and configure it. Print a test page to confirm everything is working.

First thing I normally do on my test machines and home PCs is to enable Auto Login so that it does not wait for me to enter my login name & password. There are multiple option to do this but the simplest option is as below:

1.  Open Run command window (to open it, press Windows+R keys)

2. Enter control userpasswords2 in the run windows

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3. This will open user account windows

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4. Uncheck the option “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” and click Apply. It will ask to enter the password for the account. Enter the password and click OK.

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5.  Final screen will look like this. Next time when you will reboot your machine then it will not ask for username password.

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Disclaimer: Do not use this on your office & work computers as auto login expose the security issues in case of loss of your computer.

ISSUE: When I try to install Windows 7 on my home desktop computer (Compaq Presario SR2020NX) it show me following error message.

“Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information.”

RESOLUTION: After some search & research I found that this issue is because I have 2 hard disk in my desktop computer. To resolve this issue only option that works is to open the computer and disconnect the second drive.

If you have more then 2 disks then disconnect all but one where you will be installing the Windows 7. So I open my computer and disconnect the 2nd hard disk. I run the setup again and everything work perfectly fine. Also after install I re-connected my 2nd hard disk without any issue.

ALTERNATE OPTIONS: that did not work:

1. Delete other partition on the hard disk where I wanted to install Windows 7. But I did not delete or format the 2nd hard disk.

2. In the BIOS setup I verify and updated the boot sequence to 1st boot from CD/DVD and then from the hard disk where I wanted to install the Windows 7.

ALTERNATE OPTIONS: that I did not try:

3. Boot from Windows XP CD/DVD and create and format the hard disk where you want to install Windows 7. Once partition is created and formatted then shut down and boot from Windows 7 DVD. I have not try this option.

Technical details of the computer & Windows 7 I used for this:

1. Hardware: Compaq Presario SR2020NX, AMD 64 Athlon
2. Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit

RELATED ISSUE: Check out another post related to similar issue - Bootmgr Is Missing - Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to Restart

21 August 2009

Vonage launched a new plan – Vonage World that will allow free unlimited calls to India, China, Canada, Mexico, and  60+ other countries*.  For India, China calls to cellular phones are also included.
  • Unlimited local and long distance in the US and Puerto Rico
  • Free unlimited calls to India, China, UK, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and
    60+ other countries*. For many countries like India, China, UK it also includes calls to cellular phones. 
  • 25+ calling features like unlimited Vonage Visual Voicemail®§, Call Waiting and Caller ID included
  • Free shipping, free activation, includes a phone adapter
Read complete details and sign up at - https://subscribe.vonage.com/plans

19 August 2009

TR35

Ranjan Dash was a software engineer at Network Programs (I) Ltd., Noida, India when he decided to leave his job and join MS in Computer Science program at Dexter University, USA. Then he switched to MS+PHD program.

He is recently named in 2009 Young Innovators Under 35 for his Y-Carbon. Y-Carbon, a startup based in King of Prussia, PA, is founded by him to commercialize the technique.

http://www.technologyreview.com/TR35/Profile.aspx?Cand=T&TRID=780

In India Today:http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Story/61928/LATEST NEWS/5+Indians+in+top+young+innovator+list.html?page=0

Yet another year, August 8, 2009: Yashvi, Yash and Vedic on Raksha Bhandan festival.

Raksha-Bandhan-2009

Also see A compilation of Raksha Bandhan photos of previous years.

18 August 2009

Yashvi has redesigned her blog with a nice blog template found in internet.  It is looking great and we thanks to http://btemplates.com/ for this template. Her blog URL is http://yashvi.yashcon.com and RSS feed URL is http://feeds.feedburner.com/Yashvi.

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17 August 2009

Today we bought a 36*48 inch “Quartet Dry Eraser Board” from Staples. Good-By to my plans to paint Vedic’s room wall using the “Rust-Oleum Dry Erase Paint”. I already bought the paint from home depot but then could not decide on whether it will be a good idea to really do it. I think I was afraid due to Rust-Oleum Dry Erase Paint mixed review over the internet.

Anyways, this board is looking great and below are few pictures of the Dry Eraser Board board and Vedic’s room .  One day we will decide on the colors for his room and will paint his room :).

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16 August 2009

This Hotwheels track is a tremendous fun. It has many attachment that produce a sequence of actions.

Vedic & Soham had very good time together in India during our vacation. They are now in touch with each other over the Video Chat.  In this Video Vedic just woke up to talk to Soham.

Vedic is Green Belt now. He took lot of time in breaking wood as for some reason he was afraid but eventually he made it.

Vedic Taekwondo Green Belt Testing

15 August 2009

Soham dressed like Krishna for the Krishna Janmashtami program in his school

Soham_Krishna_2009_3 Soham_Krishna_2009_2  Soham_Krishna_2009

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna_Janmashtami

Some people are complaining that their Download link for Windows 7 & Windows 2008 R2 is disable (grayed out) and they cannot download it anymore.

The problem is that they might have MSDN subscription but going to the Microsoft Technet subscribers site – http://technet.microsoft.com and not to the Microsoft MSDN subscriber site – http://msdn.microsoft.com. This happens when you click at the download links available at Microsoft sites and even MSDN site. Some of these links go to the TechNet download site.

This happen to me because I clicked at Windows 2008 R2 download link but that link is for TechNet subscribers and will take you to the TechNet download site. Surprisingly you can login and view all the download available as shown in below screen shot but download links are disabled.

Following is the screenshot of TechNet subscribers site at - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/securedownloads/default.aspx

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Following is the screenshot of MSDN subscribers site at - https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/securedownloads/default.aspx

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Hope this will help to other people to avoid confusion and able to download Windows 7 & Windows 2008 R2.

Windows 2008 R2 Logo - Copyright Microsoft

Microsoft is providing Windows Server 2008 R2 180 day evaluation for the general public.

You can Register to download Windows Server 2008 R2 for 180 evaluation using following options.

Register to download Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, and Web which is available in the following languages: Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

Register to download Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based systems
Available in the following languages: English, German, French, Japanese

Remember that Windows Server 2008 R2 is available in 64-bit (x64) only. Check out the Windows 2008 R2 System Requirements at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/system-requirements.aspx

You may also want to see this website:  Convert your Windows Server 2008 R2 to a Workstation!.

PS: Windows 2008 R2 Logo - Copyright Microsoft

Windows 2008 R2 Logo - Copyright Microsoft

Microsoft has released Windows 2008 R2 RTM for the TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Windows Server 2008 R2 is available in 64-bit (x64) only.

Microsoft is also providing Windows Server 2008 R2 180 day evaluation for the general public.

Check out the Windows 2008 R2 System Requirements at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/system-requirements.aspx

Despite the name Windows 2008 R2 (Release 2), it is a whole new operating system. It has all new features and functionalities and not just the enhancements. For web people it has IIS 7.5.

You may also want to see this website:  Convert your Windows Server 2008 R2 to a Workstation!.

PS: Windows 2008 R2 Logo - Copyright Microsoft

14 August 2009

Following steps are based on my personal experience of installing WordPress and other required software on Windows Vista Enterprise. But based on the documentation I referred and reference in this post, these steps will work on Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Windows Vista and Windows 2008 server. 

These steps are so easy that anyone can follow whether regardless of any past experience with Apache, PHP, MySQL or WordPress. I am a .NET developer and never used Apache, PHP, MySQL before. So if I can do it then anyone can :).

I use XAMPP for my installation. XAMPP  provide an easy and one step installation of Apache, MySQL which are needed by WordPress.  There are two type of packages that you can download. XAMPP and XAMPP Lite. XAMPP comes with an installer while for XAMPP Lite you will have to run some batch files to install and run/stop services. I chose to install XAMPP (installer version).

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Step 1: Download XAMPP from http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html#646. The current version of XAMPP 1.7.1 includes:

  • Apache HTTPD 2.2.11 + Openssl 0.9.8i
  • MySQL 5.1.33
  • PHP 5.2.9
  • phpMyAdmin 3.1.3.1
  • XAMPP CLI Bundle 1.3
  • FileZilla FTP Server 0.9.31
  • Mercury Mail Transport System 4.62

  Step 2: Install the XAMPP: Double click at xampp-win32-1.7.1-installer.exe to start the installation process.

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Click on Install to install the XAMPP.

Step 3: stop IIS and all IIS services: Start command prompt and run following command to stop IIS and all IIS services. (further reading: more options to run apache & IIS side by side are listed in the further reading section below).

C:>net stop http /y

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Step 4: Start Apache & MySql: Go to Start->All Programs->Apache Friends and click at XAMPP Control Panel.

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Click on Start button to start Apache & MySql

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To test open a new browser (like IE or Firefox) and type http://localhost.

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Step 5: Create empty database and user account in MySql. To do this open http://localhost and click on phpMyAdmin (left side bar). This will show the admin screen to manage MySql database and other things. 

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Click on Privilege option in top menu and then click at “Add New User” link.

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Enter a new User name, Select host as Local and enter a password for the user. Then under Database for User select “Create database with same name and grant all privileges”.Click on Go button to create the user.

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Click on Go button to create the user and a new database. On complete it will show following screen.

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Scroll down and go to the section where it says “Change Login Information / Copy User”. Select Any Host in the Host dropdown and keep the default option “keep the old one” in the “Create a new user with the same privileges and”. Then click at Go button.

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You can go to Databases option in top menu and verify the database created and privileges are correct.

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Step 6: Add a host file entry: Open the host file in a text editor like notepad. The host file is located at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts. Add following line in the last.

127.0.0.1        php.lakshadev.net

Note: You can use something else in place of php.lakshadev.net. It could be anything like www.myphpdev.com or www.mylocalwp.com.

This is necessary step as you will get a warning message is you try to install WordPress MU using localhost. This also provide you a better looking URL for your local blogs.

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Step 7: Download & Extract WordPress MU: Download WordPress MU from http://mu.wordpress.org/download/. (see more download options below).

Unzip the download file into a temporary folder. It'll create a wordpress-mu-xxx folder where xx is version-number. Change the folder name to blogs or something else that meaningful to you.

Copy this blogs folder in the web folder which is htdocs folder. If you have selected default option during XAMPP install then you will find it at C:\Program Files\xampp\htdocs.

Step 8: Install WordPress MU: Open a new browser (like IE or Firefox) and type http://php.lakshadev.net/blogs/. Remember php.lakshadev.net is the DNS we created in step 6 and blogs is a folder we copied in step 7.

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Step 9: Installation is Done and you can click on Log In link to log in to your local WordPress site. You can also import your live blog to your local WordPress blog so you can browse them localy without internet connectivity and have a backup too.

Ability to browse locally was the primary reason I did this project so I can have a local copy of my blog on my machine.

I hope this will help everyone. Following are some reference links that may help you as well. Please let me know if these steps works for you or if you face any issue. I would try my best to help you with any issues.

References, Notes and Further Reading:

  • WordPress Download Options: There are two download available for WordPress. WordPress and WordPress MU. I chose to install WordPress MU in which MU stand for multi users. WordPress MU allow creating multiple blogs in one installation with one database. 

    You can learn more about WordPress MU at http://mu.wordpress.org/about/. You can also download single user (normal) WordPress from http://www.wordpress.org/download/.

  • In the instructions above I suggested to stop IIS & all IIS services. This will allow you to use IIS as well as Apache on same machine BUT not at the same time (side by side). 

    But if you want to run IIS and apache side by side then please follow the steps listed in following forum comment section.

    Can I run Apache and IIS on the same PC? - http://p2p.wrox.com/book-beginning-php-apache-mysql-web-development-isbn-978-0-7645-5744-6/12789-can-i-run-apache-iis-same-pc.html. Scroll down and look for Agrikk reply “A long overdue update to my own quetion”.

    1- Extract the httpcfg.exe utility from the support tools area on the Win2003 CD.
    2 - stop all IIS services: net stop http /y
    3 - have IIS listen only on the IP address I'd designated for IIS: httpcfg set iplisten -i 192.168.1.253
    4 - make sure: httpcfg query iplisten (the ip's listed are the only ip addresses that IIS will be listening on and no other)
    5- restart IIS Services: net start w3svc

    Voila! Apache is listening on its default ports on 192.168.1.254 and IIS is listening on its default ports on 192.168.1.253