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Bonjour not working with the Actiontec MI424WR

One of my users mentioned Bonjour stopped working recently at his home.  After doing some research I found others with the same Router having the same issue.  Disabling IGMP Proxy fixed the problem.

To disable IGMP Proxy

  1. Login to your Router using your web browser
  2. Click Advanced in the top right corner
  3. Click IGMP Proxy
  4. Change it to disabled and click Apply
If this doesn't fix it there are a few other things that may...
  • Changing wireless to G only
  • Disabling IGMP filtering

TFTP in OS X Lion 10.7

In OS X Lion Apple changed how you access the TFTP server.  Below are the steps for editing the default location of the TFTP server and launching it.

  1. If you'd like to change the path the TFTP server uses you can create a directory wherever you'd like and name it tftp.  If not skip to step 3 but be aware you won't have direct access to the default folder location which is /private/tftpboot
  2. First let's edit the tftp.plist file to point to the new location
    1. Open up Terminal
    2. type  sudo nano /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist and press enter
    3. Type in your password
    4. Using the arrow keys move the cursor the the <string>/private/tftpboot</string> location.
    5. Replace the path <string>/private/tftpboot</string> with the location you chose.  I put <string>/Users/USERNAME/tftp</string>
    6. Press control + X and Y to save.
  3. Load and launch the TFTP server
    1. In Terminal type sudo launchctl load -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist and press enter
    2. Next type sudo launchctl start and press enter

To confirm it is up and listening type netstat -a -p udp | grep tftp into the Terminal window and press enter.  You should see something similar to this...
udp6 0 0 *.tftp *.*
udp4 0 0 *.tftp *.*

If not then the daemon did not start correctly.  You may need to check the plist file for any errors.

I got some of my info from The Weezey Geek but felt it wasn't a complete tutorial.  I wrote this up to hopefully give people a start to finish guide on editing and starting the TFTP server.

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Jing vs. Snagit

I recently needed to get a screenshot tool and saw the makers of Snagit had a free tool called Jing. After some research I found a comparison between the two.



Changing the network adapter binding order

If you're like me you have a wired and wireless connection at work.  When your accessing your server or other network resources you want to make sure your PC uses your wired connection over your wireless connection without having to manually disable the wireless adapter.  You can set the order in which the network connections are accessed in Windows XP, Vista or 7.

In Windows Vista or 7

  1. Click the Start button then Control Panel
  2. Click View network status and tasks
  3. Click Change adapter settings in the left side bar
  4. Press the Alt key to show the file menu and click Advanced then Advanced settings...
  5. Order your network adapters by using the arrows on the right...

Dealing with 20 GB or greater PST files in Outlook

Lately I've had a few users who's PST has gotten corrupt and been unaccessible at the 19GB mark.  After doing some research I discovered the default unicode PST size limit in Outlook 2003 and 2007 is 20GB.

By default, .pst files are in the Unicode format in Outlook 2007 and in Outlook 2003. Additionally, the overall size of the .pst files has a limit that is more than the 2-GB limit that is imposed by the ANSI .pst files. By default, the limit for a Unicode .pst file in Outlook 2007 and in Outlook 2003 is configured to be 20 GB.

To resolve this I run scanPST.exe located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12 in Windows 7 or C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12 in Windows XP if you have Office 2007.  Once that completes you'll have a functioning PST.  You can open it in Outlook but it will become corrupt after you start using it again so this isn't an option.
The best way to deal with a large PST is to split it into multiple smaller PST files and access them as needed.  A great free tool for this is MailScavator.

First choose your Outlook profile then choose which PSTs you want to work with.

Third you choose where you want the PSTs saved.  Fourth you choose the size and how you want to split them.

You can filter what emails you work with by selecting Dates, addresses sent by, received by, or certain text in the message.

Lastly you can logging and choose whether or not you want to move, copy, or scan.  I typically move as the original PST is worthless at it's current size.  Now click Start and let it works its magic.


1Password in Linux

I've been using 1Password for my password needs and love it.  The one thing that is frustrating is they don't have a client for Linux.  I was able to work around this by using their 1Password Anywhere feature.

To do this I opened Chrome and logged into  Remember to check the Remember me checkbox.

Once logged in navigate to your 1Password.agilekeychain folder and open your 1Password.html file.  Once it's opened click the wrench in Chrome and under Tools click Create Application Shortcuts...

You can now either add that shortcut to your launcher or leave it on your desktop.

As an FYI this requires having your 1Password database sync with Dropbox and  having Chrome installed.

You can also install WINE and install 1Password for Windows as you normally would and it functions fine.  I prefer the  web based client though.


Scrolling with TrackPoint in Ubuntu 10.04

My Thinkpad X300 is a great machine and everything in Ubuntu 10.04 works natively except for scrolling with the TrackPoint.  I've gotten it working but it never sticks after putting the laptop to sleep.  Below are the instructions modified for a Thinkpad X300.

1. Install gpointing-device-settings
Open terminal and type sudo apt-get install gpointing-device-settings

2. Enable scrolling with TrackPoint
Open gpointing-device-settings and click DualPoint Stick and check use wheel emulation with button 2.

3. Create /usr/lib/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-thinkpad.conf

Section "InputClass"
Identifier "Trackpoint Wheel Emulation"
MatchProduct "DualPoint Stick"
MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
Driver "evdev"
Option "EmulateWheel" "true"
Option "EmulateWheelButton" "2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "false"
Option "XAxisMapping" "6 7"
Option "YAxisMapping" "4 5"

I modified the instructions found here since they only partly worked for my X300.


Connecting Windows 7 to a Windows XP share

If you are having trouble connecting a Windows 7 machine to a Windows XP share try enabling Network security: LAN Manager authentication level - Send LM & NTLM responses.

  1. Open the run dialog and type gpedit.msc and press enter.
  2. Open Computer Configuration
  3. Open Windows Settings
  4. Open Security Settings
  5. Open Local Policies
  6. Open Security Options
  7. Find Network security: LAN Manager authentication level and change it to Send LM & NTLM responses
For more info on the settings see the Microsoft TechNet article.

You cannot view a list in Datasheet view after you install the 64-bit version of Office 2010

You cannot view a list in Datasheet view on a SharePoint website after you install the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010.

When you click Actions and then click Edit in Datasheet on a SharePoint 2003 or 2007 site, or you click the List tab and then click Datasheet view on a SharePoint 2010 site, you receive the following error message:

The list cannot be displayed in Datasheet view for one or more of the following reasons:
• A datasheet component compatible with Microsoft SharePoint Foundation is not installed.
• Your Web browser does not support ActiveX controls.
• A component is not properly configured for 32-bit or 64-bit support.

Install the 2007 Office System Driver: Data Connectivity Components 


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