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Caramello Koala Mellow Yellow Ad Jingle

Posted by Drothism on Sep 26th, 2008

Here is an MP3 of the Caramello Koala Ad jingle that played in Australia during the early 90’s. If the disturbingly catchy song seems familiar it might be because it uses the “Mellow Yellow” tune made popular by Donovan in 1966.

They Call Me Caramello … Koala! Ad Jingle

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Why are TV commercials so LOUD?

Posted by Drothism on Sep 22nd, 2008

People are always asking/complaining to me about how loud commercials are compared to the TV program they are watching. Well here is a nice succinct explanation as to the cause of this annoying TV watching experience.

Compression. Advertisers use compression so that everything in a commercial is about at the same (loud) audio level, close to the maximum allowable levels. This way, you can still hear their pitch even if you get up to go the kitchen or bathroom. The TV channel does not turn up the volume on these commercials — they’re just recorded and mixed that way. Most shows, however, are not in an audio-compressed format so they generally have a wider dynamic range than the ads. Since they can’t go back and add compression to their shows, the ads tend to sound a lot louder than the programming.

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V for Vendetta Mask

Posted by Drothism on Sep 20th, 2008

One of my favorite movies of all time is V for Vendetta. Here is a really cool mask that is drawn in real time!


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Searching a Text File in PowerShell

Posted by Drothism on Sep 18th, 2008

If you are looking for a quick and simple way to search a text file for a certain string PowerShell has a very efficient method called Select-String. In its simplest form just use the following format…

if (select-string -pattern “findme” -path “D:\Scripts\test.txt”)
{
    Write-Host “Found It!”
}

In the case above I am searching the text file “text.txt” for the text “findme”. The result is “Found It!” if the text exists in the file.

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Medieval Helpdesk

Posted by Drothism on Sep 17th, 2008

Here is another amusing helpdesk video. This is a great sendup of what the transition from scrolls to books might have been like in medieval times.


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The Website Is Down: Sales Guy vs. Web Dude

Posted by Drothism on Sep 12th, 2008

I have done more than my fair share of helpdesk support but it never seemed this funny. Check out this multitasking support guy and how he deals with some typical customers.


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Outlook Express Closes Immediately

Posted by Drothism on Sep 12th, 2008

If you are experiencing Outlook Express closing immediately when you start it, the problem may be related to McAfee Security Center anti-spam features. Despite numerous hours dealing with McAfee’s atrocious Indian support center they were unable to help. The only solution that I could devise was to disable the anti-spam feature in McAfee Security Center.

Here are the workaround steps to get Outlook Express to open…

  1. In the bottom right of your screen — in your taskbar — click the McAfee “M” to open Security Center.
  2. It should open to the Home Tab (grayed on the left). On the right it will have four options. Click on the arrow to the right of E-mail & IM.
  3. This will open a box on the right. Click on Configure in the bottom right of that little box.
  4. This brings up “E-mail & IM Configuration”. In the top portion “Spam protection is enabled” there is an Advanced button, click on it.
  5. Now, on the left there are 9 options. Choose the last “E-mail Toolbars”.
  6. This opens on the right “E-mail Toolbars”. Uncheck Microsoft Outlook Express/Windows Mail (or the other three options: Microsoft Outlook, Qualcomm Eudora or Mozilla Thunderbird, whichever applies). Then click “OK” at the bottom.
  7. Then click the “x” in the top right corner to close the McAfee Security Control Panel.

I would love to hear feedback on whether this solution worked to get Outlook Express started when you are running McAfee Security Center.

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Creating PowerShell Exit Codes

Posted by Drothism on Sep 10th, 2008

I needed to create a PowerShell script today that would return exit codes. Simply look it up on the internet you say. Well after 30 minutes of searching I did find the trick and thought embedding on here would ensure I could find it next time it was needed…

$host.SetShouldExit($exitcode)

$host is a PowerShell reserved variable so you don’t need to define it, and $exitcode is the INT you want your script to return when it exits.

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Robocopy Exit Codes

Posted by Drothism on Sep 10th, 2008

Every once in a while I go looking for these return codes and end up spending several minutes searching the Internet for them. Of course, this time I ended up finding them in the obvious place - the README for Robocopy. Here they are, for posterity.

The return code from Robocopy is a bit map, defined as follows:

Hex Bit Value Decimal Value Meaning If Set
0×10 16 Serious error. Robocopy did not copy any files. This is either a usage error or an error due to insufficient access privileges on the source or destination directories.
0×08 8 Some files or directories could not be copied (copy errors occurred and the retry limit was exceeded). Check these errors further.
0×04 4 Some Mismatched files or directories were detected. Examine the output log. Housekeeping is probably necessary.
0×02 2 Some Extra files or directories were detected. Examine the output log. Some housekeeping may be needed.
0×01 1 One or more files were copied successfully (that is, new files have arrived).
0×00 0 No errors occurred, and no copying was done. The source and destination directory trees are completely synchronized.

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“overflow:hidden” not working on Firefox when the DIV contains Flash

Posted by Drothism on Sep 6th, 2008

I was adding a flash embed into a sidebar in WordPress and hit an issue when the flash object was wider than the DIV. I attempted to use overflow:hidden to limit the flash object to the sidebar and it worked fine in IE7. When I checked the change in Firefox the embedded flash object still overflowed into the next DIV. After much poking and probing I discover the issue in Firefox was related to the embedded object and that wmode=”transparent” parameter needs to be included.

Here is an example of the embedded code I used in the WordPress widget with the wmode parameter…

<embed
   src=”http://www.mysite.com/Media/flash.swf
   base =”http://www.mysite.com/Media/
   width=”500″
   height=”300″
   allowscriptaccess=”always”
   allowfullscreen=”true”
   wmode=”transparent”
/>