Category: windows

  • Vagrant and VirtualBox on Windows

    Vagrant is a collection of scripts written in Ruby to manage VirtualBox images in a shared environment (like the QA boxes inside a company): install them, update them, etc. Unfortunately installing it under Windows is not as straight forward as one would want, so here are some useful tips: Read the Windows setup page and […]

  • Upgrading the Options (GlobeTrotter) GI515m

    Recently I needed to install an Options (GlobeTrotter) GI515m 3G USB modem on a machine which previously used an older version of the modem (the iCON 225). This seems a pretty common scenario (an existing user getting an update), however the process seems less-than-straight forward: Get a second computer with the same operating system version […]

  • Running JRuby on 64 bit Windows

    Usually it is as simple as: download, install, run. You can run into problems however if you have both the 32 bit and 64 bit JVMs installed (which is quite often) because it will try to use the 32 bit JVM. You can check which JVM is being used from the command line: jruby –version […]

  • Manually enabling IP routing in Windows XP

    While Internet Connection Sharing is a nifty tool, there are some cases where you would like to do the steps manually. One such case would be if the “primary” network is already using the address space, since ICS is hardcoded (as far as I can tell) to use the same network. One concrete case […]

  • Why Ubuntu 10.10 is better than Windows XP?

    I want to preface this with the following: I don’t want to pull a fanboy move here. The only thing I assert is that a recent OS (ie. Ubuntu 10.10) can give a considerable performance improvement (without changing the hardware) compared to an almost 10 year old OS (Windows XP). Without further ado, compiling a […]

  • Advanced Windows Debugging review

    Until recently I didn’t do kernel debugging, but recently I’ve toyed around with some code which executes before the the process is in a state which is agreeable for user-mode debuggers. So I borrowed this book from one of my friends (thanks D!) and read trough it. To get the bad stuff straight out of […]

  • If you can’t access Windows shares…

    A small Windows tip: if your computer is part of a domain and all of the sudden you can’t access resources over the network (like shares, printers, etc), try changing your password. I observed this in several networks, and although I’m not entirely sure about the reason – I suspect that it has something to […]

  • Windows 7 OOP overdrive

    Credit goes to a good friend of mine for this (who doesn’t have a website or twitter account, so I can’t link to him :-p). Here is a (partial) list of DLL’s imported by the Windows 7 version of kernel32: API-MS-Win-Core-RtlSupport-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-ProcessThreads-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-Heap-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-Memory-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-Handle-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-Synch-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-File-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-IO-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-ThreadPool-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-LibraryLoader-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-NamedPipe-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-Misc-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-SysInfo-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-Localization-L1-1-0.dll API-MS-Win-Core-ProcessEnvironment-L1-1-0.dll […]

  • Windows 7 UI glitch

    While reading this post I’ve remembered a quirk of the Windows 7 UI which annoys me to no end: you have to click on a non-empty part of the list to get the item-specific menu, otherwise you will get the folder-specific menu, as shown in the second screenshot: This is in fact consistent with the […]

  • Patching lcc-win32 so that it runs under Windows 2000

    lcc-win32 is a small C (not C++!) for Windows, which comes with a simple editor/IDE. It is free for non-commercial use and is small and quick to install. Unfortunately it wouldn’t start on a fully patched Windows 2000 SP4 box, even though the homepage explicitly mentions Windows 2000 as supported. The problem was that my […]