Kaotična vremena i prezimena

Svako od nas je barem malo informacije uhvatio oko trenutnih zbivanja u Libiji. Onaj ko je više različitih mjesta pregledao, novina ili internet stranica, mora da je isto zapazio jedan vrlo upadljiv detalj oko upotrebe prezimena istog diktatora. Tu je očigledno da medije sigurno nemaju pojma kako se njegovo prezime pravilno piše.

Našao sam sve moguće varijacije imena u raznim člancima kod različitih novina na internetu: Khadafi, Khaddafi, Khadaffi, Kadhafi, Kadhaffi, Kaddhafi, Kaddafi, Kadafi, Kadaffi, Gadhafi, Gadafi, Gadaffi, Ghadaffi, Ghaddafi, al-Kadhafi, al-Gadafi, Qadafi, .. itd. (skoro sve navedene varijace sa ‘al-‘ ili početnim slovom ‘Q’). Čak sam našao da jedne novine na svom sajtu mješaju dvije od ovih varijanata u jednom članku!

Ali kako mu je sad pravo ime? Izgleda da nije ni jedno od gore navedenih! Po tom pitanju ni wikipedija nije od puno pomoći zato što ni tamo nije jasno koje je pravilno prezime. Na Holandskoj wikipediji piše al-Qadhafi, na Engleskoj Gaddafi, na Estonskoj al-Qadhdhāfī, a kinesku i da ne spominjem.

Sada ga vjerovatno ne interesuje puno kako mu ko ime piše i mislim da bi ustvari najviše htjeo da mu se ime nigdje ni nevidi (b.p.k. ‘biti manji od makovog zrna’). Ali može se zamisliti da bi mu, u manje kaotičnom momentu nego trenutnom, možda zasmetalo da mu neko napiše prezime kako netreba. Šta se toga tiče billi bi jako slični pošto se i ja često znam da borim za svoj ponosni afrikat ć na kraju prezimena na momentima kada vidim da ga ‘stranac’ piše samo kao c. “Ali zaboravio si još crticu prema desno kod zadnjeg slova c! Aha, izgovara se kao ‘tsj’.

Restore Outlook Account Settings From Second Drive

In some strange situations it might occur that you want to recover your Outlook Account Settings from an old drive or partition on which you are unable to boot in Windows (or you just don’t want to). Unlike the Outlook mails which are stored in a PST file, the Outlook account settings are located in the Windows Registry. If you haven’t deleted your Windows files it is possible to access certain registry keys so that you can export all the account settings information and import it in your current registry.

This tutorial applies for Outlook 2007, but it might also be usable for Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2010.

Continue reading Restore Outlook Account Settings From Second Drive

How to Recover Lost or Deleted Partitions

Here I will describe how to recover lost or deleted partitions with a cool tool called TestDisk that I recently found with which

I successfully restored my own broken partition. The tool is OpenSource and is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Symptoms and problem description
You are not able to boot your hard drive because the partition is damaged or deleted and you want to recover all your files.

Multiple recover options
There are a few ways to fix the problem since it depends on your specific situation and what options we have available.

If your lost partition is on a second drive that is also plugged in, like it was in my case, or you have a working partition on your hard drive that you can boot normally (while the damaged/deleted partition is on the same drive) , then read Recover partition from a booted working partition.

It is very possible that your only partition that you used to boot became corrupted and you don’t have a second working hard drive available. In that case you can use a Live CD by following the steps described in the part Recover partition by a Live CD.

Recover partition from a booted working partition
Your best way to recovery is from an already booted OS (Windows/Linux/Mac). You can download TestDisk from here. In the following description I will use TestDisk version 6.11.3 and show the recovery steps that may include some Windows specific details. This should be analogous to other versions and OS’es.

  1. After you have extracted the downloaded file, run TestDisk from your extracted testdisk folder (win/testdisk_win.exe).
  2. Now follow the TestDisk Step by Step instructions that are described on the TestDisk wiki page.

Recover partition by a Live CD
You might not be able to boot anything since you don’t have another working partition. In that case you can use a Live CD that will basically boot in memory after which you can start TestDisk without having to boot an operating system. Hence:

  1. Download and then burn the TestDisk Live CD on an empty CD, insert it in your machine and boot from it. *
  2. Now you can basically follow the same TestDisk Step by Step instructions as if booted from an OS.

* Note that you have to setup your BIOS such that your first boot option is your CD/DVD drive. In case your first boot option is your hard drive, the Live CD will not boot up!

Keep in mind
Keep also in mind that you have to be careful when performing the above described operations. Don’t overwrite or fully format the partition if you want to be able to recover your partition and files. Also note that there may be various situations that you can encounter that are not covered by this tutoriol, and hence I cannot be held responsible for any consequences that might occur after you decide to use the tool. It should not get dramatic, but keep in mind anyway that you use it at your own risk.

Windows 7 Login Error “The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged on to”

Today I started my desktop PC and when I wanted to login I got an unexpected Windows message:

The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged on to.”

I retyped my username and password without thinking much about it, but it showed again the same message. Even after rebooting the PC, the same message was visible every time. A few minutes I sat and thought about it, but then suddenly I figured out what the real problem was.

Some time earlier I was testing some stuff and changed the domain and computer name of the PC to that of my laptop. So basically, both machines were connected to the network with the same name on the same domain, and that was the obvious problem.

So the problem was clear, and the solution simple. I just had to change the computer name and everything should be fine again, but the problem was that I was unable to login on my PC since my laptop was also running. I switched off the wireless adapter of the laptop, but it didn’t help. I had to switch off the PC wireless adapter, restart the machine and login. After changing the computer name and restarting again, the problem was resolved.

To summarize everything, if you get the same error, it might be the case that two machines are using the same name on the same domain, as was in my case. You should proceed as follows:

  1. If you cannot login to Windows because you are getting the above mentioned error, switch off the wireless adapter, unplug your Ethernet cable or turn off the router and then (re)start your machine and login to Windows (so the machine shouldn’t be connected to the network/internet).
  2. After you have logged in, make sure to change your computer name to some unique name that is accepted by the domain (or fix some other issues if you are experiencing another similar problem).
  3. Now connect again to the network/internet and restart your machine.
  4. You should be able to login again as usual.

Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller

It is now exactly a year ago since I released Windows Live Messenger Uninstaller and mentioned planning to build a “more general remover for the Windows Live series“. The time has finally come for a public release of Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller. But first, a few things I have to mention about WLMU.

Windows Live Messenger Uninstaller was an unexpected success and showed that many people were experiencing the same stated problem and were looking for a decent and quick solution.  Almost everyone that I got a reaction from, either through mails, comments or other sites, claimed to have successfully solved the problem by removing Windows Live Messenger with WLMU.

Until now I have tracked some statistics about the downloads on WLMU and can proudly say that in a year time, the tool has been downloaded more than 30.000 times from my site alone! I’m very glad to see that so many people have found the tool useful. This was one of the main reasons for me to publish a follow up tool, which I will describe in some detail below.

Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller
Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller scans the system and tries to find Windows Live Essentials products that were installed during the setup. If any products were found, it presents them in a list from which you can choose to remove or repair such a product.

WLEU is hereby published as a first public version 1.2.1 and is, as I mentioned earlier, a direct follow up of the tool WLMU. WLEU is built on the same principles as was the case with WLMU and therefore again uses the product’s CLSID with Windows Installer to accomplish a clean removal. Refer to the changelog below for specific changes that were made.

You can download the tool from the following link:

Download Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller 1.2.1 (837kB)

MD5 hash: 1512df1cadd7c804957d2d83f380659b

The tool is very simple to use. If it finds any WLE components it will give you a list from which you can select the component you want to uninstall/repair.  You will also get a generated command that you can use to manually remove it. When you press UNINSTALL or REPAIR the tool will run the command automatically for you.

Note: This software comes with absolute no warranty! By using this program you agree that I am not responsible for anything caused by this software whatsoever.

Future releases
If you have any comments, suggestions or bugs, please put them here in the comments or contact me by mail. If it is useful/serious I will add/fix it in the next release.

{First public version 1.2.1}
+ Added new WLE component trace scan
+ Added uninstall finish confirmation
+ Added Setup, Boot and Display options
+ Added component information: Version, Install Date, Local Package, Install source and Product ID

Viewstack Transitions in Flex 4

So I’m busy with a project building an Adobe AIR application where at this point I’m working out the layout of the application.

Transitions are usually very simple to accomplish with state transitions, but in my framework of the application I wanted to avoid using states between the different pages that were to be shown. Using transitions on a page defined in a NavigatorContent item within the ViewStack showed to be a syntactically slightly different world.

To cut the story telling, here’s a snippet of code from my project that one can use to accomplish some fading effects on the NavigatorContent within a ViewStack.

The declarations:


and the ViewStack:


where, of course, PageIntro and PageProjects are some defined components not included in this code.

Pretty obvious, isn’t it? 🙂

Windows Live Essentials 2011 Offline Installer

Windows Live Essentials 2011 is out and I think not everyone will be pleased with the new provided functionalities. I will skip the review, since I pretty much deleted it instantly when I tried it out, and just provide some new analysys and the offline installer info like I did in one of my previous posts with the 2009 and 2010 version.

The files are stored and logged in the same folders as I stated before in my previous analysis. There is however a difference in the distribution of the provided catalog files. In the 2009 and 2010 versions the catalog files were spread over different languages while in the current 2011 version only one catalog file is provided with all the language related files.

To be more specific, there is the “neutral” file version that is available at some location that looks like this:


Language files, that basically update the application on the language level, can be installed afterwards and are available from locations that have the following generic form


where LANG stands for some specific language.

Furthermore, the language specific files are named as FILELang. For example the “neutral” MSI file of Windows Live Messenger is named as Messenger.msi, while the language specific file is named as MessengerLang.msi.

The latest catalog file should always be available from


while the version specific catalog is available from


Offline standalone installer files
For the full list of all the separate components and relevant package information of the different versions visit the WLEWP (Windows Live Essentials Watcher Page). On the page I will keep an up to date list of all the WLE versions from beginning at least with version 15.4.3502.0922. I will probably also add earlier versions of the Wave 3 series in the future.

If you just want the full offline installer, choose your language from the following list and download the file directly.