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Archive for May, 2010

Telnet for Windows Vista & Windows 7

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/05/20

I wrote about Telnet for Windows Vista & Windows 7.

These steps are even easier:

  1. Press the Windows key
  2. type “turn windows features on or off”
  3. choose “Telnet Client”
  4. press OK
  5. wait a few seconds for the install to complete


Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista | 1 Comment »

Solution for “Error code: 2147500037” while printing in Windows 7

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/05/20

Recently I got the messagebox below with “Error code: 2147500037”  when I used Windows 7 to print some settings (in this case the homegroup password, so I could store it in a safe place).

Your homegroup password couldn't be printed
An error occurred while Windows was trying to print your homegroup password. (Error code: 2147500037)

It seems I am not the only one having this problem, and the solution was simple:
Windows 7 cannot print certain things when Internet Explorer is not the default browser.

Or in other words: this error message means: “Windows 7 cannot print this for you because it needs the default browser to be Internet Explorer“.
Was it that hard for Microsoft phrasing the message in such a way?

Changing the default browser is simple (some of the steps are in screenshots below): Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Power User | 52 Comments »

Control the VMware VMs from the commandline: vmrun – the successor of vmware-cmd

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/05/19

In the process of upgrading from VMware server 1.0 to 2.0, I found out that vmware-cmd.bat has been replaced by vmrun.exe.

The command-line options are different, and this link explains the vmrun command-line options in detail (well, much better than the vmrun.exe built-in help). The official documentation is available as a PDF.

One of the changes I had to make was from: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in *nix, Power User, VMware | 2 Comments »

ThinkPads beep during certain key combinations – found the cause

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/05/18

I’ve had an annoying beep on my thinkpad whenever I tried to write CD quickly.

It particularly shows when you press these three keys at the same time:


Recently, I googled for the symptom to find out the cause.
Below are a few links I found, but this is the actual cause (thanks Kriston!): Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User | Leave a Comment »

sun Java JRE direct download for Windows

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/05/17


20110904: Not sure why this MSI file does not work any more, but the comment below is correct: the downloaded MSI fails.
I’ve left the text below as is, just in case someone figures out why it fails.


Got the direct download from the error dialog because the network connection got interrupted:

Error – Java(TM) Installer
Download Cancelled by User: from=, to=C:\Users\user\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\jre1.6.0_20\jre1.6.0_20-c-l.msi

Always convenient having a direct download URL :-)


Posted in Power User | 3 Comments »

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