When I need to use Windows either for Microsoft Office products or some other reason I find myself in Notepad++ a lot. Notepad++ is a great free tool that provides a ton of functionality including the ability to easily add plugins, etc. One great feature of Notepad++ is the Regular Expression capabilities when using find/replace. If you wanted to add data to the beginning of each line or add data to the end of each line you can easily do so using find and replace with Regular Expressions enabled as shown in the below examples.
In the past I used CentOS Linux the open source RedHat Enterprise Linux clone but these days I find myself using Ubuntu Linux more and more often because so many more packages that clients want installed are more up to date. One command I used to use on CentOS all the time was the yum whatprovides command which would allow me to search for specific applications, scripts, libraries, etc. to figure out what packages I needed to install. The command that is similar on Ubuntu is apt-file which does not come installed by default. Below I show the output of an example yum whatprovides command on CentOS Linux followed by what needs to be done to use apt-file on Ubuntu Linux.
Earlier I was transferring some configuration files from an application on a Windows 7 computer to an application on a OSX Lion computer. The location of a file referenced in the configuration files had changed so I needed to update about a hundred different INI files with the new location. Doing this on OSX is very easy using perl as long as you get the syntax correct as it can be tricky if there are multiple quotes and or slashes. Below is a quick example of a perl command used to replace a single line of text in multiple files without having to modify each file individually.
Getting this module working is not very much fun if you are on a single boot system with Backtrack or Ubuntu installed however it is much easier if you are on a dual boot system that happens to also boot into Windows XP. I personally ran into the issue of the Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Module working with Backtrack on a development laptop that luckily didn’t have much data on it because to resolve the problem you need to install Windows XP, run a executable within XP from Dell to upgrade the firmware on the Dell Bluetooth 350 Module, and then reinstall Backtrack. Below is more information about how to get the Dell 350 Bluetooth Module working in Ubuntu or Backtrack Linux.
A couple weeks ago I was testing some things on my Windows 7 laptop and needed to make sure that all of the data on my hard drive was included in Windows Search. After adding a large amount of data it seemed as though Windows Search was taking forever to index everything so I started investigating how to speed up the index process. There is a configurable option called “Disable Indexer Backoff” which can be disabled to allow Windows Search to index without any limitations though by default the Indexer Backoff is enabled and thus depending on the speed of your Windows 7 computer it can take quite awhile to index everything on the hard drive. Follow the directions below to speed up Windows Search indexing process by disabling Indexer Backoff.