Category: IT/Computers

If you want to stop Server Manager from starting up every time you log in, there are two ways to disable this:

1. Within Server Manager, on the top right hand, click on [Manage] then “Server Manager Options”. Then remove the tick from “Do no start Server Manager automatically at logon

2. In Task Scheduler, go to “Task Scheduler Library” -> “Microsoft” -> “Windows” -> “Server Manager” and disable the task called “ServerManager

Screenshot below:

Disable Server Manager start up

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If you want to change the location of the HMRC PAYE Tools database location, you can’t from within the program because it protected and won’t let you do it.

Here are the instructions on how to change it so you can edit the database location.

1. Firstly, take a backup of your currently HMRC PAYE Tools database. This is because after the changes, you will then restore it back.

 

2. Navigate to the Program Files directory on the computer HMRC PAYE Tools is installed on. Go to the [HMRC] folder then the [payetools] folder as per screenshot below (in my case it’s on a 64bit machine and my folder is called “payetools2012”). Open the file called “bpt-sys.cfg” with Notepad.

 

3. Inside the  “bpt-sys.cfg” file, change the “userdatamode=0″ to “userdatamode=2” instead. Changing the userdatamode value to “2” will enable the HMRC PAYE Tools application to recognise the custom userdatadir location you specify in the same bpt-sys.cfg file (in this case, we want to store the database on the network drive instead)

Change the “userdatadir=” field to the location where you want the Database Location to be stored. In this case, it will be stored to: M:\5 FINANCE\UK Payroll

Close and save the file

 

4. Open up HMRC PAYE Tools, and go into [Options]

Navigate to the [Application Settings] tab at the top and you’ll now notice the “Database Location” field has now changed to the location you specified in the bpt-sys.cfg file earlier.

 

You can also modify the “Backup Location” to be stored on the server as well rather than on the local computer.

 

5. Now restore you database back and your HMRC PAYE Tools database should now be stored on the network drive instead (in this case, the M:\drive)

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Using the internet and general web browsing is what most people are doing on a regular basis now. The number of internet users have increased largely over the years. With the increased in popularity of the internet, there is also the increase in threats from using the internet. We’re talking about phishing emails that try to steal your login or bank details, viruses/trojans and spyware from websites or downloaded content that cause havoc on your computer and steal your information.

So, here are some things you can do to protect yourself against viruses and spyware while using the internet:

  • Make sure your computer has the latest Windows Updates. Some viruses, trojans, spyware/malware are written specifically to attack vulnerabilities in your internet browser or Operating System. Making your computer is up to date with the latest security patches and updates ensures that you don’t full victim to these infections.
  • Anti-virus Software. Get a good antivirus software. There are lots available and they all much in much in terms of features. However, some are free while some are charged and some I found are better at detecting viruses than others.  I would recommend Microsoft Security Essentials which is free from Microsoft. It’s lightweight, doesn’t hog system resources, updates as part of Windows Updates and has a very good detection rate
  • The WOT Addon shows you website reputation ratings and provides warning of potentially dangerous websites. This is great for when you’re internet searching and gives you an early indication whether a website is dangerous or not before you actually click to the website. This is very helpful at detecting phishing websites which are clones of real legit websites created purely to steal your personal login information. So whether you’re simply web browsing websites like O2 or using internet banking, you want to make sure that the site is not a dangerous website
  • Choosing your Internet Browser. Internet Explorer is installed by default as part of Windows.  While it is easy to just use what is already installed, the danger about Internet Explorer (IE) is that it uses ActiveX. A lot of viruses, spyware and malware take advantage of ActiveX as well as vulnerabilities and exploits in Internet Explorer to install itself onto unsuspecting computers. Internet Explorer is still the most popular web browser around (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers). One option is to consider an alternative internet browsers such as Firefox or Chrome instead. The reason is that some of the exploits or scripts are written for ActiveX or Internet Explorer instead and so won’t work on Firefox or Chrome. Also with Chrome and Firefox, you can get Adblock Plus which is good at blocking ads and filtering out malware. Unfortunately there isn’t an Adblock Plus addon for Internet Explorer.  The consequence of using another browser other than Internet Explorer is that some sites may not load properly as they require ActiveX to function properly. In cases like this, you could open those sites with IE instead
  • Get  an Ad Blocker for your Internet Browser. For Firefox and Chrome, I would highly recommend Adblock Plus which is free and blocks ads on websites really well. For Internet Explorer, there are some around but none of the free ones are any good unfortunately.

 

More suggestions to better protect yourself against viruses and spyware while using the internet will be added shortly.

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Free 10gb Cloud Storage at CX.com!
Having your files stored on the internet, in the Cloud has some huge advantages and benefits:

  1. You are not relying on CD or DVDs which may get scratch, broken or become unreadable over time or
  2. Relying on external hard drives that could get stolen or fail without warning.

Online storage has been around for awhile and there some very good providers of FREE online storage already such as Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Amazon’s Cloud Drive which gives you 5GBs of free online file storage or Mozy and Dropbox which gives you 2GBs of free online storage.  However, CX gives you a huge 10GBs of Online Storage for FREE (for a limited time). That’s the largest free online storage so far!

 

What should you be looking for in an online backup solution? Here are some points to consider:

  1. Automatic client sync. This is so once you’ve set the client to synch with Online Backup, it will do it for you automatically. That way, you set “My Documents” as a folder to synch and all the documents you create afterwards automatically synchronises with the Online Backup provider.
  2. ook for the ability to have previous versions. This is handy if you accidentally overwrote a file and want to use the previous version of the file (before the changes) instead. Some providers do that which is handy if the file becomes corrupt or your accidentally deleted something from the document and saved over it.
  3. ndelete function. This is a good feature to have in case the file was accidentally deleted.
  4. PRICE. There are a lot of FREE providers out there that you can use.

 

Here is our review of CX on Thisishelpful.com.

 

INSTALLATION:

Installation of the Windows client was very straight forward. The single client install file will check to make sure you have .NET installed on your computer. If not, it will download and install it for you then carry on with the rest of the installation. There were only 4 steps in the installation process and I’ve attached a screenshot below of it (animated GIF).

 

 

 

 

 

SETUP/CONFIGURE:

The application will ask you which folder you want synched up to CX. A “Synch folder” is a folder that synchronises/mirrors between your computer and CX.com’s servers. Once installation is complete, you’ll see the CX.com icon on the bottom right hand side task bar. Right mouse click on it and you’ll see some options. Select “Preferences” and here is where you can change settings for the client and also add more folders to Synch.

Click on the [Add a Web Folder]  button to add the folders you want. I’ve added my Internet Explorer Favourites, My Music folder and also a folder on the desktop called “ThisisHelpful.com”. It doesn’t show you where the location of the folders are by default, but if you click on the individual items on that list, it will show you on the right hand side. This is essentially the guts of the CX client. Make sure you select the folders you want to mirror with CX here. Of course, make sure you check the SIZE of the folders firstly. You do have 10GBs of storage but having to upload 10GBs of online storage is going to take awhile, slow down your internet for anything else and could be expensive depending on the charges from your Internet Provider.

 

ONLINE DASHBOARD:

The Online Dashboard is very simple and easy to navigate. The [Files] tab at the top is where all the files you have synched with CX are displayed. From there, you can also share files with others, files shared with you and also use the “Trash” option to recover files you have deleted.

You can Rename, Move, Copy To or Delete files from the online dashboard as well. This will then synch changes down to your computer.  Deleting the file from the Dashboard was very easy and quick. It only took about 10 seconds for the CX client on the local computer to pick up the change and remove the file from the local computer.

You can [Upload Files] directly from the online dashboard as well. This works just as quick as the “Delete” function. Within about 10 seconds, the CX client started synching the newly uploaded file down onto the local computer.

 

RESTORING FILES:

If you delete a file or folder that was setup to Synch with CX, you can very easily restore them from the [Trash] tab under [Files].  Select individual or multiple files or folders then choose the “More Actions” and choose “Restore“.

The limitation I found here was once you choose “Restore”, it doesn’t give you the option to restore back to original location but instead, asks you the destination folder you want to restore it to. This was abit annoying because for example, you deleted a folder from the Desktop and want to restore back to the Desktop, you can’t unless you have the whole Desktop folder synched up, otherwise it won’t show up as the Destination to restore the folder/file to.

You can also search for the files you want to restore by typing it in the search box at the top right (though not clearly labelled so). This is handy if you have deleted a lot of files/folders. However, in the Search Results page, the only option you have is to “Download” and not to “Restore” or “restore to original location” which would have been quite handy to have.

Other than that, the Restore option worked great! It’s great to have such a feature because there has been times when I’ve deleted a file and don’t have a backup! Now I do and can restore it within a few seconds.

 

CONCLUSION:

CX has provided an awesome service here with a very generous 10GBs of FREE Online Storage. The client is simple and easy to use. Though there isn’t a lot of options and it would have been nice to see more options for the Restore feature, CX’s Online Storage solution is simple, easy to use and has a very generous 10GBs of free storage.

If you are concerned about how secure your data is once it’s stored on CX’s servers, there is a forum post about it here: How secure are the files?

 

Free 10gb Cloud Storage at CX.com!

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Here is a fix to the “Reflection font(r_ansi_.fon) could not be found” error message you get when trying to run Reflection from Windows 7.

 

All you need to do to fix this error is to copy the fonts to the C:\Program Files\Reflection\User folder on local workstation computer. Make sure you also copy it to the C:\Windows\Fonts folder as well.

You can download the fonts here: Fonts for Reflections

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If you are like me and get a “Server Error!!!” message when access the Clan page from Combat Arms (as per screenshot below), then here are some solutions to try to fix this.

There are lots of posts about this problemon Combat Arms’ Forum, take a look at these posts: http://forum.nexon.net/PopTag/forums/1/6906591/ShowThread.aspx, http://forum.nexon.net/PopTag/forums/thread/7639533.aspx, http://forum.nexon.net/PopTag/forums/thread/7489544.aspx, http://forum.nexon.net/PopTag/forums/thread/6922580.aspx, http://forum.nexon.net/CombatArms/forums/post/6930992.aspx.

I’ve read through the Combat Arms community forums on a solution and wasn’t able to find one. Various people have even resorted to rebuilding their computer and uninstalling/reinstalling Combat Arms (CA)!! I didn’t go as far as that and figured there must be a way. So I tried a few things and finally got the Clan Page from within Combat Arms to finally load.  Firstly, Combat Arms uses Internet Explorer to display the Clan (and it’s related Clan) pages so make sure that Internet Explorer is your Default Browser. All you need to do is from Internet Explorer, click on “Tool” then “Internet Options” then [Programs] tab, then click on [Make Default] button under “Default web browser” as per screenshot below:

First solution to try (and the one that worked for me) was the Delete Temporary Internet files from Internet Explorer.

To do this, open Internet Explorer, click on “Tool” –> “Internet Options” on [General] tab, click on [Delete] button.

Now select “Preserve Favorites website data“, “Temporary Internet Files“, “Cookies” and “History” then press the [Delete] button.

After you have done then, close Internet Explorer, log into Combat Arms’ website and Start Combat Arms. When I did this, I was then able to access the Clan page. The biggest difference you’ll see is as soon as you click on the [Clan] tab from Combat Arms, then (for example) [Clan Settings] button, you’ll see and hour glass next to the mouse cursor so that tells me it’s communication with Nexon and loading up the Clan Settings page. When the error occurs,  I don’t see the hour glass mouse cursor and straight away get the “Server Error!!” message.

If that doesn’t work and you’re still having problems, what you can try to do is add http://*.nexon.net to your “Trusted Sites” from Internet Explorer and see if that works. I tried this and it didn’t work for me but if you’ve tried everything else and still having problems, at least it’s worth a shot right? What else do you have to lose?

Let me know if this resolves your problem or not. If there are other solutions that work for you, let me know.

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