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The Case of the Missing Shell Context Menu

December 24th, 2014 · Windows

I might do these regularly. Something to post about, at least.

Today I woke up and decided to extract a ZIP file. I right-click dragged the file over to where I wanted it extracted… and there was no 7-zip options in the menu like I expected.

Another problem to fix!

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The Case of the Disappearing Hard Drives

November 25th, 2014 · Linux, Windows

In the spirit of the The Case of the… blog posts by Mark Russinovich, I am going to post about a particularly vexing problem I had over the past few days.

It all started when I decided I wanted to try out the latest public build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, that being build 9879. I installed to VHD (it’s not really relevant to this story so I won’t go into details; it’s very easy to test and clean up while booting from a VHD though) and made sure my bootloader was configured to natively boot from the VHD. Then I rebooted.

I had some weird issues with setting everything up in Windows 10 but I figured I would resolve them the next day… I should have started earlier. I put the system to sleep and went to bed.

At 4:45am my computer spontaneously woke up, waking me up. It sat on a “Recovery” screen complaining it could not load winload.exe.  I did not want to deal with this at 4:45am on a Sunday and so hard powered the system off.

Next morning, powered the system on… I was met with the same screen.

Whatever, Windows 10 ate itself, I’ll just boot back into Windows 7. Thankfully even though this screen shows up before the Windows 8/10 GUI bootloader, it helpfully has an option to boot from the next OS instead. I chose it.

Windows 7 boots… and most of my desktop/taskbar icons are missing, most startup programs are missing, and the ones that do run either crash or scream at me that something on my second hard drive can’t be found.

I open My Computer… and two of my hard drives are gone. Disk Management… not there either. Device Manager… nope.

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Wii U doesn’t power on and the power light blinks red

January 24th, 2013 · Games

I have found a solution to this issue that doesn’t seem to be listed on the official support page.  I sent them a form thingy to add it, but regardless I think I will post it here too in order to get it spidered by Google.

First, check out that page and make sure you’ve tried the solutions listed, especially unplugging the power supply for 90 seconds.  You probably don’t need to do it that long, but unplug both ends and let it sit anyway.

If it still won’t power on when you plug everything back in, unplug the power cable from the Wii, and then unplug your video cable.  Plug the power cable back in and power on.  If it works, plug the video cable back in.

This probably hit me due to having a weird setup with a third-party Wii->DVI cable (which surprisingly handles 720p, but it’s also a PS3->DVI cable too) and a DVI KVM switch, plus my dad was fiddling with live electrical wiring on the same circuit-thing today.  So yeah.

Anyway that might help someone else, maybe.

Addendum: I just hit this problem again, with the official HDMI cable this time. Not sure how it resolved this time, but I would check ventilation to ensure the unit is not sitting on a carpet and to let it sit, plugged in, overnight.

Addendum Addendum: Problem ended up getting worse over the months, eventually the Wii U was dead and I had to pay $200 to get it repaired (one of the boards was bad). Moral of the story: Send it in while your warranty is still good. Also use the copy feature to backup your saves before it dies.

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June 28th, 2012 · Website

probably not.

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I need to post more.

March 16th, 2012 · Uncategorized

So maybe I’ll do that.

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I haz a Chrome OS notebook.

December 10th, 2010 · Google Chrome Extensions


Also I released a new extension in the Chrome Web Store today.  It was ready last weekend but for some reason I had problems uploading it.  Check it out!

I will probably update my One Number extension this weekend; can’t load my unpacked trunk onto my netbook!

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New Chrome Portable

November 13th, 2010 · PortableApps

Grab from the projects page. Fixed DefaultData and Portable Passwords, new versions of Chrome.

It takes FOREVER for me just to update the Chrome versions. I need to make some scripts or something for next time.

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New Chrome Portable, New Chrome Extension

September 11th, 2010 · Google Chrome Extensions, PortableApps

Not just a version bump this time, but mostly small changes. I’m experimenting with Chrome SxS mode which disables the “default browser” feature (so, ideal for GCP) and uses some different registry keys I have to hook. Strangely if I don’t hook the non-Chrome-SxS keys too, Chrome breaks, so I have to hook them all. Oh well.

[Edit: Fixed a missing file in Stable and Canary.] [Read more →]

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Creating Linux .desktop shortcuts to Windows apps with the app icon intact.

July 24th, 2010 · Linux, Windows

Spent a good chunk of time figuring out Wine no longer has this baked in, but I figured if I could just find a Windows app that accesses the shortcut API I could get it to work.

This command line app fits the bill perfectly.  You might have to direct the shortcut to your desktop (“C:\\Users\\<linux user name>\\Desktop\\shortcutname.lnk”), not sure if Wine will create the .desktop file otherwise.  When it’s done you’ll have to delete the .lnk but your .desktop file, icon-ready, will be there!

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I need to post more.

July 21st, 2010 · Google Chrome Extensions

I got ScribeFire for Chrome so hopefully I can remember post more often on mah blag.  I’ve been too tired from programming with my job to really work on One Number as much as I’d want.  I do have free time but I usually just feel like playing Team Fortress 2. :)

I have done most of the framework for the core.  Most recently I added desktop notifications… they only show counts though.  Maybe I can eventually have services actually read summaries of unread items (currently all services could do this easily except my Google Reader class) and show them in notifications.  But that won’t be for the next version.

Next I need to work on audio notifications (a user-defined audio file to play when you get new messages), a few bug fixes, and then I can move on to new services like Twitter, Buzz, Google Calender, and maybe more.

Also a nice guy named Joris Van Hecke sent me a French translation.  I’ll have to have him update it with new strings for the next release, but this means French users will be able to install the “Seul Numéro”* extension! :)

* – Actually he left the name “One Number” but I like the way Google Translate makes it sound! :)

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