C:\>txt2pdbdoc.exe [options] document_name file.txt file.pdb
C:\>for %f in (*.txt) do (txt2pdbdoc.exe %~nf %f %~nf.pdb)
* If you prefer compiling your own binary from source under Windows:
/palm | Nov 05, 2015
You can't open the application "foobar" because PowerPC applications are no longer supported.despite it not being a PowerPC-based app.
The solution (for now) is to simply move or copy the app to the Desktop (or anywhere else in the user's home directory, presumably).
/mac | Oct 23, 2015
Installed a 960GB SanDisk SSD into a Dell Latitude E5510 and tried cloning the previous hard drive to it:
The SATA mode was never changed from its original setting (AHCI). At this point, RAID and ATA/IDE modes were attempted to no avail.
Next, a clean install of Windows 7 was made to the SSD. It booted once, but after some Windows updates were installed and the machine rebooted, would not start again (back to the same issues in #3 above.)
Contacted SanDisk on the off-chance that it was the drive or the firmware; they kindly sent a brand new (not refurbished) replacement in an unopened retail box. Tried a clean install to the new SSD; same result as before.
Finally it dawned on me ("One more coruscation, my dear Watson -- yet another brain-wave!") to try updating the BIOS. Sure enough, after updating from A05 to A10 and then A16, Windows booted up just fine. Cloned the old HDD with Paragon Drive Copy and that too worked perfectly.
In hundreds, if not thousands, of drive cloning operations over the years, it was the first time I had encountered a situation in which Windows would boot once and then fail on subsequent attempts. It was also one of the few times I had seen a BIOS update solve anything (UPDATE: Claus and Matt kindly inform me that they've found BIOS updates to be especially effective at resolving knotty problems, even those not typically associated with the BIOS). Lesson learned! May this pitiful account save some other soul time and toil.
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."
If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
/windows | Oct 18, 2015
A few notes on the "death" of Thunderbird:
/misc | Oct 15, 2015
It should read "Fix the time and date before installing" or something like that. Here's how to resolve while booted from the install disk:
/mac | Oct 14, 2015
"a console backup/archive tool for Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7. It uses the same backup methods as the ntbackup or robocopy programs and thus backs up all information and meta data on an NTFS volume. The main difference is that strarc is free and open source and produces stream archives you can store on tapes, disks or anywhere else or it can create the archive stream to stdout so that it can be compressed easily using stream compression tools like gzip or bzip2. The command line switches and parameters are quite similar to the *nix tar utility and it can easily be used to clone an entire NTFS volume including everything, files, directories, their time stamps, attributes and security information, compression attribute, alternate data streams, junctions, hard links etc. It is now even possible to backup the registry database files of a running Windows system."
Here's a simple usage example from the documentation:
strarc.exe -cjd:C:\dir | strarc -xd:D:\dirbkA few initial observations:
"This will clone the C:\dir directory tree to D:\dirbk but will not follow junctions in the C:\dir directory tree but instead clone the junction itself to the D:\dirbk location."
/windows | Oct 12, 2015
The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer. Initialize... | Ignore | Eject
Happily, James Newell has crafted and shared a modified DiskArbitrationAgent to ignore unreadable SATA drives. It also works great for ignoring volumes or file systems that OS X doesn't understand (TrueCrypt, ext4, ZFS, etc). Despite originally being Yosemite-only, he has kindly added builds for Mavericks and El Capitan today.
/mac | Oct 12, 2015
/windows | Oct 09, 2015
13,808,924,507 gigabytes is equal to 13.808924507 exabytes. Considering that "by the end of 1999, the sum of human-produced information (including all audio, video recordings, and text/books) was about 12 exabytes of data", this might take a little while.
/windows | Oct 01, 2015
I love documenting, but loathe the tedious process of trying to manually markup the logical structure in HTML, as evidenced by these inconsistent pages:
I began a futile search for a Markdown editor that could automatically generate section numbers and a table of contents. Next I tried "software for technical writing" which turned up some promising tools. But it wasn’t until I tried searched for
text editor "table of contents" "section numbering"
that I finally hit the jackpot on page 2 of the search results:
Asciidoctor is a fast text processor and publishing toolchain for converting AsciiDoc content to HTML5, DocBook 5 (or 4.5) and other formats.
It turns this:
= Learn 2 Languages in 2 Seconds :toc: :numbered: == Hello, world! === Python [source,python] print "Hello World" === Ruby [source,ruby] puts "Hello, World!"
into this (CSS has been removed and a light grey background applied; by default, output is much prettier):
Table of Contents
print "Hello World"
puts "Hello, World!"
Last updated 2015-09-25 20:50:26 HST
Where has this been all my life?!
Exactly what I was after - crazy-simple syntax with automatic section numbering and TOC generation (bonus: it also inserts "Last updated date time" at the bottom).
"Use 'asciidoc' for document markup. Really. It’s actually readable by humans, and easier to parse and way more flexible than XML." -- Linus Torvalds in a reply to his Google+ post
"If Markdown is a 1st-grader, then AsciiDoc is [a] PhD student." -- Dan Allen in a Google+ post
Living the Future of Technical Writing "The issue with Markdown was that it was too simple. It didn’t specify things like table formatting, cross references, indexing, callouts, source code examples, etc. All of which Asciidoc does in a format that is just as easy to write."
And for everything else, there's AsciiDoc.0 "For an extra five minutes learning you get a boatload (think container ship) more features1 - it compiles to DocBook: a mature, actually standardised, highly structured format, and from that you get HTML, EPUB, PDF, slideshows, and man pages for free.0 For math you get MathML, ASCIIMath, and LaTeX (along with a number of ways to render them.) It has a super nice syntax, is equally good at little docs and huge books, and you could theoretically write a proper academic paper in it with the LaTeX backend. And you always know what's going to happen when you try to mix bold and italic... Also endorsed by Linus.2
AsciidocFX - Asciidoc text editor with live preview and syntax highlighting for Windows, OS X, Linux (Java-based)
Asciidoctor Stylesheet Factory - Themes for Asciidoctor output
On PDF output: "If you want to publish HTML, it’s great. For PDF the current way to go it is to compile to DocBook and from DocBook to PDF."
According to the documentation, "Asciidoctor still supports the attribute name 'numbered' to number sections for backward compatibility with AsciiDoc Python, but the name 'sectnums' is preferred." However, I could only get section numbers to appear by using :numbered:, not :sectnums:.
/misc | Sep 26, 2015
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