Monday, July 26, 2010

Sky Dive? Not Really Sky Drive? Hell Yeah

Mapping Windows Sky Drive to get 25 GIG of free online storage can' t get easier but requires some voodo to pull it off.

Open your browser, and navigate to

Login and then click on a folder to get your CID

or with office live
Copy the UID part of the displayed URL

Sign in with your Windows Live ID.

Leave SkyDrive open, and take note of one of your folder names.
Open Windows Explorer.

On the left sidebar, right-click on Network. Choose Map network drive.
Enter the following URL:

Right Click on Network and select Map Network Drive

Note: Replace “Documents” with “^2Documents”, and “Public” with “^2Public”.

Replace “XYZ” with the folder name you noted and that you want to map.

Choose a drive letter, and submit the dialog.

You will be prompted for your Windows Live ID. Sign in.

Then, you can access all the files and subfolders within your SkyDrive folder, including copying and pasting. You can even open and edit files directly!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Multi Core Conversion Tool - Free - Not So good

Here is a free multi core conversion tool with some simple and helpful features. He has some other tools at his site that might be fun to play with as well.

  • Capture screen's activities to video clips (.avi format) or image files (.jpg, .jpeg, .bmp formats).
  • Create movie clips from image albums with sound (musics) adding option.
  • Record live audio (musics) to audio file (.wav format).
  • Extract (rip) songs from your favorite musics CDs to .wav files.
  • Convert music files between different formats (.mp3, .wav, .wma, .ogg, .m4v).
  • Join .mp3 musics files (Extremely fast like in a blink of an eye).
  • Convert video (movie) clips between different formats (.asf, .avi, .flv, .mpg, .mp4, .rm, .rmvb, .wmv).
  • Join video (movie) clips from different formats and sizes (.avi, .flv, .mpg, .mp4, .rm, .rmvb, .wmv).
  • Rip DVDs to video files or extract only Audio (Music) to .mp3 files.
  • *NOTEs: All DVDs, videos, movies, audios and musics processed using the above functions is strictly
    for personal use only. The processed medias may be Copyrighted pertaining to their respecful
    Authors, Artists or Agencies.

Toying with Text

Searching for text and creating reports from large text files in windows can be a bit of a pain. In Unix you can use GREP and EGREP with limited success. So here we have 2 free tools to find and replace text and to create reports from large and multiple text files. I wrote RAMPART REPORT to help me do my job (check it out below). I use EDIT PLUS for most of my text manipulation needs but here is a free solution for find and replace which you will find more difficult in Vista and Windows7.

TextCrawler is a fantastic tool for anyone who works with text files.
This cool utility enables you to instantly find and replace words and phrases across multiple files and folders. It utilises a powerful Regular Expression engine to enable you to create sophisticated searches, preview replace, perform batch operations, extract text from files and more. It is fast and easy to use, and as powerful as you need it to be.


Rampart Report
A program that allows you to do Boolean searches of log file. This is really a much more powerful GREP for windows.

You can search for lines in a file containing any combination of up to 5 search terms. You can search any combination of AND / OR. You can also filter your search.

The program allows you to search multiple files in a directory. You can specify which lines you would like to pull above and below the line you are searching for. You can do 3 layers of sub searches. Search and filter any combination to get the results you are looking for.

Now GREP on Steroids (Windows Only)