Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Installing TFS 2012 Update 3 screen capture tour

Below are screen captures installing TFS 2012 Update 3 using the default configuration.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Get file version using WMIC

c:\> wmic datafile c:\\windows\\system32\\cmd.exe get version

Change cmd.exe to the file that you want to get the version information. Note here that we are using double backslashes, that is required by WMIC to escape the backslash character.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Booting to BIOS in VMware Workstation 9

I have grown accustom to drilling down to several layers of menus and options in VMware vSphere (ESXi) so that I can boot the VM to the BIOS. I did the same thing in VMware Workstation 9 and could not find it where I was expecting it. Surprise... surprise it is actually in the main menu.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Windows 8.1 now supports 4 different tile sizes.

Back in Windows 8.0, tiles can be either small (smaller) or large (larger). Now in Windows 8.1 Preview, a tile can be small, medium, large, or wide. Small tile does not show application name at all, so can be confusing if you are not familiar with the applications. Medium is what used to be the "smaller" version and Wide tile is equivalent to Larger. Large is one of the new sizes. See below for screen captures showing different sizes for Desktop tile.

Android Studio Early Access Preview installation tour

Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. Similar to Eclipse with the ADT Plugin, Android Studio provides integrated Android developer tools for development and debugging. On top of the capabilities you expect from IntelliJ, Android Studio offers:
  • Gradle-based build support.
  • Android-specific refactoring and quick fixes.
  • Lint tools to catch performance, usability, version compatibility and other problems.
  • ProGuard and app-signing capabilities.
  • Template-based wizards to create common Android designs and components.
  • A rich layout editor that allows you to drag-and-drop UI components, preview layouts on multiple screen configurations, and much more.
This was tested on:
  • Windows 7 64-bit Pro
  • JDK 1.7 update 25 64-bit
Workaround(s): Android Studio bundle 130.677228 gets confused when multiple versions of JDK are installed on the machine. To workaround set JAVA_HOME and PATH environment variables accordingly. For example, set JAVA_HOME to "C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_25" if you have installed JDK 1.7 update 25. Also, change PATH="C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_25\bin";"existing path here".

Installation steps:
  1. Download JDK 1.7.
  2. Install JDK.
  3. Change/set JAVA_HOME environment variable.
  4. Download Android Studio Early Access Preview (link).
  5. Follow installation wizard. 
 See below for installation screen captures.

Cannot install VirtualBox Guest Additions in Windows 8.1 Preview

When installing Windows 8.1 Preview from ISO, I am unable to install Guest Additions. Below is the error message.

The search is on how to fix or find a workaround for this issue.

- Even running in compatibility mode is not working
- This is now working on VirtualBox 4.2.16 (Type=Microsoft Windows, Version = Windows 8.1)


Friday, July 05, 2013

Disable grouping of files in Windows Explorer

I am not a fan of Windows 7 Explorer grouping feature. It makes the list of files cluttered and not easy to navigate or find object. See below for a screen capture.
 Anyway, to disable that feature, press Alt to show Windows Explorer menu, then select View | Group By | None.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Adding existing user to a group in Ubuntu

Example below adds user timus to the group www-authors

$: sudo usermod -a -G www-authors timus

To add user timus to sudoers group, do:

$: sudo usermod -a -G sudo timus

Note that for the sudo to take effect you have to logout and log back in.

Tested on:
- Lubuntu (13.04)
- Ubuntu (12.04 - 13.04)


HowTo: Install wxPython in Lubuntu

How to install wxPython in Lubuntu (13.04)

$: sudo apt-get install python-wxgtk2.8 python-wxtools wx2.8-doc wx2.8-examples wx2.8-headers wx2.8-i18n

Applicable to:
  • Ubuntu
  • Kubuntu
  • Linux Mint
  • Debian
  • Other Debian derivatives

HowTo: Create new user in Lubuntu

How to create new user in Lubuntu from the console (applicable to Ubuntu/Debian/Debian derivatives)
$: sudo adduser new_user_name


HowTo: Delete user in Lubuntu

How to delete a user in Lubuntu (applicable to Ubuntu/Debian/Debian derivative)

$: sudo deluser user_to_delete


Monday, July 01, 2013

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Installation step by step

SQL Server 2012 Sp1 Standard installation step by step screen capture. This was done on a Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit operating system in Hyper-V VM with 4GB of memory.