Monthly Archives: March 2008

Windows Utilities to try out

* TeraCopy — asynch copying with pause, resume, error handling
* Doublekiller — find and kill file dupes. And then RED to kill empty dirs
* Defraggler — individual file defraggler. UPDATE: faulted when I ran it. not going to use a defragger that faults
* Drivermax — backup all your drivers. UPDATE: pretty cool, MSFT should buy this thing.
* Xinorbis hard disk analyzer. Also windirstat. UPDATE: both nice and useful. Man do I have a lot of storage committed to FLAC
* Process Scanner or Taskpower3 to figure out what all those running processes are. UPDATE: process scanner doesn’t really provide any more detail than task manager, and taskpower wants money from me to try.
* Netsharemanager to manage network shares in bulk
* InFormEnter to complete webforms
* HD Tune for checking hard disk health
* Ed Bott’s list of 10 best utilities
* Fix stuck pixels — does this actually work??
* Powercfg to control which devices can wake Windows. Or at least see which ones can

Connecting to Time Capsule from Windows

My time capsule was easy to setup to back up my macbook but I also wanted to use it a file share for my windows PCs. It was not obvious at all how to connect to it from Windows. The Time Capsule doesn’t show up in any of the network browsing UI. I finally downloaded the Airport utility for Windows and installed it, this let me look at the Time Capsule properties and I observed the default name of the Time Capsule — “John Ludwig’s Time Capsule” — is converted to a usable network name — “John-Ludwigs-Time-Capsule.local”. I was able to connect to this name in the Windows Explorer and map a drive to it and now all is well. There are also options in the Airbook utility to set the Workgroup for the time capsule and the WINS server, but in a home network, who knows where the freaking WINS server is??? I sure don’t.

Contact sync problems

Arrgh my contacts are gooneee! | — poor rich. I am having the same problems too. Fundamentally the problem is too many codebases trying to manage contact data, trying to sync contact data. And all these codebases go in and munge the contact data rather than just treating it as an opaque blob. same problem with calendar data. i am looking forward to the iphone directly syncing with exchange so i can get all these other pieces of code out of the equation.