November 2017 Update: If you are using Windows 10, I would instead suggest reading my posts Ubuntu Linux on Windows 10 how to or openSUSE Linux on Windows 10 how to which goes through loading Linux on Windows using official Microsoft services. Linux in Windows? Cygwin is an awesome tool for agnostic operating system users who regularly use… Continue reading Cygwin walkthrough and beginners guide – Is it Linux for Windows or a POSIX compatible alternative to PowerShell?
By default MySQL uses the collation of latin1_swedish_ci character set for all columns. First off in case you are wondering the ci after the second underscore means case insensitive. All SQL queries targeting this column will ignore the letter case of the query values and the field data. Other collations that end with cs are case… Continue reading MySQL lower/UPPER casing and ISO 8859, Unicode, UTF-8, UTF-16, UTF-32 Character Set Collations
The other day I had bought the 2 year old Mass Effect RPG from Electronics Arts on discount from Valve’s Steam service. I was amazed that on the first time run the game abruptly crashed with a cryptic message. This issue repeated on every attempt to load the game whether using the Steam launcher or… Continue reading Mass Effect Windows Vista 64-bit Troubles.
I recently ran into a problem whereby I was trying to run a 64-bit Java application and yet I only had a 32-bit edition of Java installed on my 64-bit Windows computer. To obtain a 64-bit copy of Java I needed visit the Java download page using a 64-bit browser. On visiting with a standard… Continue reading How to install 64-bit Java on 64-bit Windows and solve an annoying Eclipse 5.6 error
As mentioned in a couple of my previous posts I have an 18 month old, Dell XPS M1330. The migration from Windows Vista 32bit up to Windows 7 64bit for the most part has been seamless. But for the most part is not perfect and one of the long standing issues has been getting the… Continue reading Dell XPS M1330 Windows 7 Upgrade Bluetooth Not Working
One of the things I find extremely useful in alternative, non-Microsoft operating systems such as Linux’s Gnome is the ability to create links to network locations within your file browser. A function that is like how you bookmark sites using a web browser. Network location bookmarks to me are great timesavers especially as they allow… Continue reading Windows 7 Network Bookmarks, Shortcuts, Favourites
I recently upgraded my work laptop to the latest and greatest edition of Microsoft’s primary operating system Windows 7, 64bit. Seeing this is the first time I am migrating fulltime to a 64bit Windows system I have decided to keep my old 32bit Windows Vista partition on the same laptop using dual partitions. Everything with… Continue reading Windows 7 64bit and Sigma Tel High Definition Audio CODEC Problems