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Updating Post Service Pack 3 Office 2003

Challenge

Office 2003 is no longer supported, automatic updates is no longer working and there are lots of Office Updates 2003 after post Service Pack 3.

Solution

Download Office 2003 Update List (.ulz) file from this post (last updated November 2015) – http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/163238-post-sp3-updates-for-office-2003-updated-14-nov-2015/

Download and run Windows Updates Downloader – http://www.windowsupdatesdownloader.com/ProgramFiles.aspx

 

Troubleshooting on very large Windows.edb file on Windows 8.1

Challenges

This machine is a Apple MacBook running bootcamp for Windows 8.1 and it’s been running for almost 1+ year and now we are facing the increasing Windows.edb file (50GB+) and we have to do temporarily solution by deleting this file and redo the indexing again. Eventually it came up again after month or so.

Solution

At this stage, there is no real solution yet from Microsoft. The following steps are temporarily solution:

a. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.
b. Tap or click Settings.
c. In the search box, type indexing options.
d. Tap or click Indexing Options.
e. Tap or click Advanced.
f. Tap or click Rebuild on the Indexing Settings tab.
g. Tap or click OK to confirm.

Alternatively, for temporarily solution:

a. Search for “Indexing Options” (under “Settings”). Open it.
b. Search “services” (or run “services.msc”) and find “Windows Search”. Stop the service.
c. Delete the Windows.edb file
d. Click “Modify” in the already-open “Indexing Options” panel, then click “Delete and Rebuild” for the index. You can also specify a different drive to store the index on.

Please note, there was an update in regards to this from Microsoft (KB 2838018) however it’s only relating on Windows 8 only NOT Windows 8.1.

Someone posted the paid solution from Microsoft based on this thread on the forum. The technician’s report of what he did is pasted below.

  • Edited the windows  search components
  • Followed this online instruction (http://www.eightforums.com/bsod-crashes-debugging/33651-crawl-could-not-completed-content-source-winrt. html)
  • Stopped and start the search services – run sfc /scannow
  • Run dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  • Run search and indexing troubleshooter
  • Run  hardware and device troubleshooter
  • Run windows update reset components
  • Run powershell with the command below
powershell Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like "*SystemApps*"} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  • Restarted the pc and test the functionality of the resolution

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Windows 10 Keeping Boot Up All the Time

Challenges

The machine is an Apple iMac and utilised bootcamp for running Windows 10. The machine has been tested and deployed for almost 1 month and suddenly the machine always keeping in reboot state and restore all the time.

Solution

After setting up to make the machine to have the small memory dump and no restart, the initial finding that it’s something to do with keyagent.sys. This particular driver is relating on Apple in general. After back and forth to Apple and Apple basically saying that because they only support up to installing the Bootcamp and soon after that it’s not their responsible and it needs to go Microsoft Support instead.

Eventually the machine gets redo the Bootcamp from beginning. At this stage, accidentally noticed when you do the Windows Updates, there is a driver that needs to be installed automatically (Intel Display Pro). Soon installing this driver, the machine went black and restart and trying to restore again so it’s similar symptom !!!

End up there is a configuration apparently from Windows 10 to NOT to install driver automatically (under System > Advanced System Setting > Hardware tab > Device Installation Settings > No > Never install driver software from Windows Updates) but in Windows Updates item stil; showing the Intel Driver Display Pro plus the rest of Windows KBs to be downloaded/installed. So we need to reset this Windows Updates component and found away to do this via http://www.thewindowsclub.com/reset-windows-update-to-default and after couple reboots and the driver is gone.

Environment

  • Apple iMac
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home

Billions in Change – Cool Movie

Kept getting the post from Facebook about this and kept skipping it because I thought it was one of those lame promotional videos, but for some reason I decided to watch on and watch this movie. I am glad did and this guy is such a legendary who is doing awesome and cool things. Gotta watch this !!

[Source: Billions in Change]

 

 

Uber Partner Rock Star: First 2 Weeks

As this week,  my second week as Uber Partner, I thought there will be something that I can share my experience to make it more exciting …  not just a job moving riders from one place to another.

My Stats

Total number of trips: 45
Number of riders: 64 (38 man and 26 woman, 43 locals and 20 foreigners)
Total distance of trip : ?? km
Best distance: 29 km
Best time: 42 minutes

The Riders

First Riders – 2 Ladies
First time facing riders are always a memorable one.

Stand-Up Comedy Guy

 

FBI Radio
As the lady asking to change to radio to 94.5 fm and I thought oh no I forgot to ask the radio preference again. End up with the conversation with this radio station – cultural musical and run by volunteer. I liked the music choice too.

Golfer Dude
Pick up a golfer and as I am golfer fan as well so we have a long chat about the golf in general. He mentioned about Trophy Kids movie that something to watch at the end of the trip.

4 Indians – Wedding @ Woolloomooloo
Pickup 3 Indian man and 1 woman and they are lovely and laughable. There is one guy telling the story about the “Live Concept” is relation to Union which is interesting and deep one which is he’s going brought up as speech as best man apparently !!!

Pouring Heavy Rain and Flooding
Started the trip with small rain and end up with heavy rain and flooding. I learn a mistake which is NOT to stop at flooding gutter which it didn’t realise that happen 🙁

Longest Drives
This will be my longest drive ever. The destination is something that I never heard before and I thought it must be within Easter Suburbs area. Turn up it’s not !! It’s a northern suburb. The trip is from Maroubra to Fresh Waters – 42 minutes trip with 29 km.

Google Developer
This is an interesting trip as I am developer as well and interesting to know about this but not much chat due to short trip and concentrating on city traffic on that day as I am not much luck on the traffic. Also, there is a guy that J-Walking while in green light and staring at us … what the 🙂

Learn from Mistakes

First week, I have to swap with my old phone, Samsung S4 as my daily phone is Microsoft Lumia  which is unfortunately no partner app for this type of phone. With Samsung S4, the battery is not really good and the Google maps keeps crashing.  I have decided to change the phone to Apple 6 … yup back to Apple again … and has no problem with crashing app however the battery life still a bit concern though  but with charger on the car it’s a perfect solution.

Use a Toll road no matter you can. I didn’t know that Uber will reimburse the toll fee back to partner.

Use the route as per navigation unless if it’s traffic cause most of the regular riders that get used to it with the same route.

Always ask the preference of the radio station. Found 2 DJs that they love their own station and not happy if they listen to other competitor one.

When you stop on heavy raining, ensure to stop where there is no flood. Sometimes the road is not drain really well.

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges in Deploying App via Git/BitBucket or manually to Azure/DigitalOcean

Git Bash

  • Change the location of the WAMP directory. By default goes to [username@machinename] directory and if you are running WAMP the folder is supposed to be pointed to C:\wamp\www
cd /c/wamp/www
  • Command to undo git init
rm -rf .git
  • Commands  to add and commit the additional changes, and then push the changes to the remote repository:
git add index.html 
git commit -m "Celebration" 
git push azure master

 

DigitalOcean

 

  • When setting up Laravel web application, the main page is loading as HTTP 500 Error, to find out is to check the Apache log.

The Apache’s log for Ubuntu is located under:

/var/log/apache2/error.log

 

  • The Welcome page is up but the rest of the routing is not working. Made some adjustments on Apache: 

Enable mod_rewrite on the apache server:

sudo a2enmod rewrite

Edit /etc/apache2/apache2.conf, changing the “AllowOverride” directive for the /var/www directory (which is my main document root):

AllowOverride All

Then restart the Apache server:

sudo service apache2 restart

 

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