Creating a DVD Audio Disc

All Car Stereo Systems still do not support MP3 Formats and we still have to rely on Standard Audio Discs our Auxiliary Connectivity to external devices to play our favorite tracks

Well if your Car Stereo can play DVD; then DVD Audio is the best option for you. Since its not a commonly used format; it requires a 3rd Party Tool to achieve this.

Roxio Creater Pro is a recommended and reliable software that will convert your MP3 or any standard audio format to DVD Quality Tracks

In an average 4.7GB DVD, you can burn up to 33 hours of high quality tracks. So with a 8.7GB DVD you can pretty much burn an entire generation of music on a single DVD

Do try this out and provide your feedback.

Automated Backup Solution for Individuals and Small Offices

There are many backup Solutions available; both on the Cloud (Dropbox for lite users; Carbonite for heavy users) and Hardware Based (NAS Storage; Sonicwall CDP)

But If you are an individual or a small office and have no more money than an external hard drive to spend on; a simple XCOPY backup solution is what will get you through

  • Open a Notepad and add commands as below
  • XCOPY /e/c/y/v/d <source directory> <target directory>
  • You may add as many XCOPY commands as you would like considering the directories that need to be backed up
  • An effective XCOPY backup command when run should be error free; without user prompt and incremental. You should use the appropriate syntax to achive this. You may refer to URL for syntax details
  • Once done save the text file as <filename>.bat
  • If its one time backup you want; you may run the file just once.
  • If its a scheduled backup; use the default windows Task Scheduler (taskschd.msc) to setup a periodic backup schedule

Convert Scanned PDF to OCR

The higher the resolution of the PDF; the better the chances of extracting Text from it.

If you have any version of Adobe Acrobat 9 and above; the task is pretty straight forward.

From the Menu – Document – OCR Text Recognition – Recognize Text using OCR (Single File) / Recognize Text in Multiple Files using OCR

Once this is done; you should be able to select; copy and search text from the document. You may also choose to save this file as a Word Document for easier editing. But you expect most of the formatting to be lost when saved to Word or any other editable format

If you do not have any licensed software and still want to get this done; there is a Online Solution available as well

OnlineOCR

They provide a Free Full Functional Demo worth 20 Credits (up to 62 pages)

Instant Search does not retrieve results for Contacts – Outlook 2007

This applies to a Microsoft Exchange Setup; where Instant Search does not retrieve results from Contacts Folder of your mailbox and also when your default data file (PST) is your local PST.

  1. First thing to do would be to Rebuild your Outlook Indexes
  2. Change the Default PST file from your Outlook Profile to Mailbox
  3. Open Outlook
  4. As the Index Rebuilds; please try to do a search from your Mailbox Contacts; it should work perfectly.
  5. Once the Index is completely rebuilt; you can revert back the default data file to your local PST

How to restore old Sticky notes after a fresh format?

The following tip is applicable only to Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit) and Windows 8 (32 bit and 64 bit)

Prior to formatting a desktop PC or a laptop, browse to the location, C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes, and copy the file “StickyNotes.snt” to a USB Stick or even to a shared network location. Format the PC or laptop and once the OS is restored, copy back the User Profile that was backed up (or even a new user profile would do), copy and paste the “StickNote.snt” file to the same location as stated above.

PS: After a fresh installation, one might not find the Sticky Notes folder. This is because the Sticky Notes application was not opened. Open the application at once (by searching for Sticky Notes) and the folder will appear by itself. 

Import Nk2 File into Outlook 2010 / 2013

To import .nk2 files into Outlook 2010, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that the backed up .nk2 file is in the following folder:
    %appdata%\Microsoft\Outlook

    Note The .nk2 file must have the same name as your current Outlook 2010 profile. By default, the profile name is “Outlook.” To check the profile name, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    2. Double-click Mail.
    3. In the Mail Setup dialog box, click Show Profiles.
  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. In the Open box, type outlook.exe /importnk2, and then click OK. This should import the .nk2 file into the Outlook 2010 profile.Note After you import the .nk2 file, the contents of the file are merged into the existing nickname cache or Auto-Complete List that is currently stored in your mailbox.