Optiplex 755: SM Bus Controller and PCI Serial Port not recognized #
To resolve, chipset drivers need to be installed. But you won't find them if you enter your Service Tag into Dell's support page. Drill down to your model beginning with "Select a product" instead to unearth the necessary drivers (Intel AMT HECI, Intel AMT SOL/LMS, and Intel Chipset Driver).
/windows | Mar 06, 2014
Remove Chromium Notifications in OS X Menu Bar #
Open chrome://flags and set "Enable Rich Notifications Mac, Windows" to "Disabled". (The standard Command + click and drag does not work to remove the icon.)
/misc | Mar 05, 2014
Terminal-based calendar and to-do list #
calcurse "helps keep track of events, appointments and everyday tasks. A configurable notification system reminds user of upcoming deadlines, and the curses based interface can be customized to suit user needs." Import from ICS and export to ICS or PCAL.
Note: Had to install ncursesw (sudo apt-get install libncursesw5-dev) under Ubuntu before calcurse would install (./configure && make && sudo make install).
/nix | Mar 04, 2014
Enable Unicode in lynx #
While testing the new site design in lynx, it was found that Japanese characters and other Unicode symbols were not displayed. This was resolved by changing the line #CHARACTER_SET:iso-8859-1 to CHARACTER_SET:UNICODE (UTF-8) within /opt/local/etc/lynx.cfg .
/nix | Feb 25, 2014
Site redesign #
I've been sporadically planning a site redesign that better accommodates portable devices (like iOS and Android phones) for a long time. (Ironically, Blazer/Palm OS rendered the old site more readably than Safari/iOS.) I also wanted to:
The result is a site even simpler (some might say "duller") than the original. It will be rolling out over the next few days, beginning with the root directory. The blog and docs sections will be updated in short order. Please pardon any inconvenience.
- retire the table-based layout at long last
- remove the menu icons, reducing HTTP requests from 7 to just 1 for the index page
- maintain compatibility with web browsers from lynx to Internet Explorer 11 (and everything in between)
- not have to deal with the myriad CSS bugs and workarounds that haunt web developers' dreams
/misc | Feb 23, 2014
Fixing Japanese characters in vCards with bash #
After importing an Outlook Express address book (WAB) into Windows 7 Contacts and exporting as vCards (VCF), the name fields which contained kanji or kana characters showed only question marks:
However, since the filenames were correct (e.g., 山田太郎.vcf), the name fields were restored with a little bash magic:
# change the line endings from DOS to Unix:
gsed -i $'s/\r$//' *.vcf
# add "FN;CHARSET=UTF-8:" followed by the filename to the last line of each file
# then move the last line ($) up to the third (2):
for x in *.vcf
echo "FN;CHARSET=UTF-8:$x" >> "$x"
ed -s "$x" <<< $'$m2\nw'
# remove lines beginning with "N" or "FN:" as well as the characters ".vcf"
gsed -i '/^N/d; /^FN:/d; s/\.vcf//g' *.vcf
Now the vCards were ready for import into OS X's Contacts:
UPDATE: Just discovered that exporting from Windows 7 Contacts to CSV preserves the Japanese names correctly. The CSV file can be converted to vCard with the free (but closed source and anonymous) CSV to vCard. For what it's worth:
- VirusTotal reports it as clean
- Only 340k, but depends on .NET Framework 4
- It did not attempt to make any network connections during my testing
- The created VCF file looked clean, but it would not import into OS X Contacts without removing the byte order mark (EF BB BF) at the beginning of the file. I used a hex editor, but there are many other ways, including: gsed -i '1 s/^\xef\xbb\xbf//' contacts.vcf
You might think, "Why not just export to CSV, delete the Windows Contacts, reimport the CSV file, and then export to vCard?" That doesn't work either; the resultant vCards still display question marks instead of Japanese characters. Apparently the Windows Contacts vCard export function does not handle Unicode properly. This is true even for contacts originally created in Windows Contacts, not only for those imported from WAB or other formats.
/nix | Feb 21, 2014
"Your forms were not sent because QuickBooks could not create the necessary PDF files" #
The above error may appear in QuickBooks 2011 or 2012 under Windows 8 x64 when attempting to email or print to PDF. According to Intuit, "Only QuickBooks 2013 R4 and later is supported on Windows 8. Do you use Windows 8 64-bit and QuickBooks 2011 or 2012? They weren't designed for Windows 8..." However, they kindly link to Arvind's instructions on how to resolve the issue. Here's a condensed version:
- Download Microsoft-XPS-Document-Writer.zip (local cache)
- Unzip and copy "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" directory to %windir%\System32\
- Open Devices and Printers
- Remove "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" if present
- Click "Add a printer" > "The printer that I want isn't listed"
- Click "Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings" > Next
- Select "Create a new port:" > set "Type of port:" to "Local Port" > Next
- For "Enter a port name:" enter "XPS" > OK
- Click "Have Disk..." > "Browse..." > double click %windir%\System32\Microsoft XPS Document Writer\prnms001.inf > OK
- Click Next > Next > Yes to UAC prompt > Do not share this printer > Next > uncheck "Set as the default printer" > Finish
/windows | Feb 21, 2014
Resolving BSOD (STOP: 0x0000007B) after a motherboard swap #
or hard drive migration:
- Download cdob's fix_7hdc.vbs (local cache) and save to removable media
- Boot to the Recovery Console (F8 > Repair Your Computer) or from a system repair/Windows 7 disc
- Insert media containing fix_7hdc.vbs
- Run cscript fix_7hdc.vbs /enable /search from the Command Prompt
- The above method was discovered only after:
- Other possible (but untried) fixes:
- UBCD4Win's Fix HDC ("Fix the Hard Drive Controller when replacing your motherboard on an XP system") & Fix IDE ("Fix the IDE Controller when replacing your motherboard on an XP system"). Despite the XP references, Fix HDC reportedly works for Windows 7 as well.
- FixIDE, "a utility to force-install standard IDE controller drivers on a foreign Windows XP installation. Purpose: To save you from a repair-install of Windows after a motherboard swap!"
/windows | Feb 17, 2014
The shortcut to open Command Prompt (cmd.exe) during Windows install #
is Shift+F10. Handy for erasing an HFS+ GPT drive when the Windows install routine chokes with "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk of of the GPT partition style." among other things. (Speaking of which, if you receive "This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu." following such a procedure, simply reboot to resolve.)
/windows | Feb 17, 2014
Fujitsu ScanSnap fi-5110EOXM and OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) #
Despite Fujitsu's claim that the ScanSnap fi-5110EOXM is "not supported" under OS X 10.9 "due to the end of support", it turns out that it works just fine with ScanSnap Manager for the S1300. As Jeff the Bakerman suggests, simply install ScanSnap Manager for Mac (V3.2L31) followed by ScanSnap Manager for Mac Update (V3.2L63). Reports like this one make me think many folks could've benefited from this information. C'mon, Fujistu - you'll gain greater customer loyalty and support by not forcing users to buy new hardware when it's not necessary.
/mac | Jan 28, 2014
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