Technology Insights

Install Screenshot and Snipit Tool on Windows XP

A friend of mine showed me the Snipit tool on Windows Vista and I really wanted something similar on Windows XP however I was having a hard time locating one by searching for Snipit. After awhile I was able to find a couple of different options to try out on download.com. The two I ended up trying were ScreenHunter and ScreenPrint32 v3 on my Windows XP laptop. After testing both of these I would suggest using ScreenPrint32 v3 instead of ScreenHunter. It appeared to me that while both options were free ScreenHunter Free was an attempt to get you to purchase ScreenHunter Pro. ScreenHunter is also one of those applications that when you install it they attempt to install some shady toolbar in the process. So below I explain the download, install, and configuration of ScreenPrint32 v3 on Windows XP.

  1. Download ScreenPrint32 v3: First download the Screen Print & Capture file from download.com here.

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Install Ruby JSON Gem on Windows

When attempting to install the Ruby JSON gem on Windows you are most likely going to get an error similar to the below. The trick is to instead install json_pure gem using the syntax listed below the error.

Error:

bash

  1. C:\>gem install json
  2. Building native extensions. This could take a while...
  3. ERROR: Error installing json:
  4. ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.
  5.  
  6. C:/ruby/bin/ruby.exe extconf.rb install json
  7. creating Makefile
  8.  
  9. nmake
  10. 'nmake' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
  11.  
  12. Gem files will remain installed in C:/ruby/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/json-1.1.3 for inspection.
  13. Results logged to C:/ruby/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/json-1.1.3/ext/json/ext/parser/gem_make.out

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Upgrade Gmail and Google Maps On Your BlackBerry Mobile Device

Upgrading Google applications on your Blackberry device is really easy. The main reason for this post is to provide the URL’s needed to upgrade these applications. The upgrade process is quick and should not cause any issues.

Upgrade Mobile Gmail:
In a browser on your mobile phone visit http://m.google.com/mail which will begin the process. Click on the “Install Now” link which will verify your current version and let you know what version is going to be installed. Click OK and the download process begins. The download also installs the application. Once it is upgraded login to activate the application.

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MySQL Gem Install ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension

You may run into issues installing the mysql gem on a Linux server running a 64-bit version of MySQL server. When attempting to install the gem its likely you will get errors if you don’t specify a couple options when running the command. The issue I continued to have was the options are clearly listed out and I felt, because of previous issues with 64-bit applications being installed, that I was using the proper options to move past the errors I was seeing. What I finally figured out was the fact that an extra “–” was required in front of the options.

Below I show the error in detail which will then be followed by the command to issue for a successful installation of the MySQL gem on CentOS (should work with any Linux server) running mysql-server.x86_64 or the 64 bit version of mysql-server instead of the 32 bit mysql-server or mysql-server.i386.