Enabling Sound Drivers on Windows Server 2008

There was an urge to listen to a devotional song this morning at work because a client call canceled.

But my machine is Windows Server 2008 which doesn’t have the Sound Drivers automatically installed. I logged a ticket to Helpdesk too!

Tried plugging in the headphones jack to different ports but that did not work.

Finally, went to control panel, clicked on Sound icon and it asked me a pop-up saying that the audio is diabaled and if I wish to enable it.

After enabling, woooa! The sound started playing!

If you still face problems listening the audio, ensure that the jack is inserted into the correct port. Sometimes the port present in the front (easy access panel) may not work. In such, cases, insert the jack into the port behind the CPU, if its not laptop 😉

 
– submitted by a myworld

Sesame Seeds Benefits

There are number of reasons to consume sesame. It is a more natural way to keep away from health problems like Piles, Diarrhea, Skin problems, etc. Take a look below for sesame seeds benefits.

Check this til gud recipe (sesame jaggery recipe) for a delicious taste!

Sesame Seeds Benefits

The oil extracted from sesame seeds is of very high medicinal quality.

It has the finest flavor and a high boiling point. This quality is important from the health point of view, for it indicates that less molecular restructuring takes place in sesame oil than any other seed oil.

Sesame Seeds Benefits in Piles

Sesame seeds are highly beneficial in the treatment of piles. They can be taken in the form of decoction or as sweet&meats. Ground to paste with water, they are given with butter for bleeding piles.

Skin Disorders

A poultice of the sesame seeds can be applied externally with beneficial results over ulcers, burns and scalds. External application of a mixture of equal parts of sesame oil and lime water is also effective in these conditions. The oil is also used as a substitute for olive oil in pharmaceutical preparations for external uses.

Anemia

Black sesame seeds, as a rich source of iron, are valuable in anemia. An emulsion of the seeds is prepared by grinding and straining them after soaking them in warm water for a couple of hours. This emulsion, mixed with a cupful of milk and sweetened with jaggery, should be given to patients suffering from anemia.

Dysentery and Diarrhoea

Sesame seeds are useful in dysentery and diarrhoea. Two tablespoonfuls of the seeds should be lightly roasted on a frying pan. They should then be ground into fine powder and mixed with one tablespoon of cow’s ghee. The mass should be divided into three parts. Each part should be used with boiled goat’s milk thrice daily for six days by the patients suffering from chronic dysentery or diarrhoea. It acts as an excellent medicine in these conditions.

Sesame Seeds Benefits for Respiratory Disorders

The seeds are valuable in respiratory disorders. An infusion of sesame seeds, mixed with a tablespoonful of linseed, a pinch of common salt and a desertspoonful of honey, should be given once at night with beneficial results, in acute and chronic bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. It acts as an expectorant.

Hair Disorders

Crushed leaves of sesame are considered beneficial in the treatment of dandruff. A decoction made from the leaves and root is used as a hair wash. It is said to prevent premature graying of hair and promote their growth.

Sell Your Car for Most

3 Fast Tips on How To Sell Your Car for the Most.

Tip 1 – Pick your time. If you can possibly help it, don’t sell your car after Christmas, when no one has any money. Consider holiday periods: will the people be in town or away. Sometimes this can work in your favour because if people are not at work they have more time to look for cars, and they are usually cashed up with nothing to do.

On the reverse side, when buyers are busy working, they don’t have the time to do a lot of car shopping, which can make negotiating easier.

Additionally for this reason, if you get a buyer to come on a week-night, it is unlikely he can compare yours to other cars – which can sometimes work in your favor.

Tip 2 – First Impressions are everything Just like you are going on a date – first impressions are everything. Get all the rubbish and junk out of it. Deodorize it. Wash it, clean it.

Tip 3 – As the good boy scout says. Be prepared. Get your paperwork in order. Find the spare keys. You don’t want to be rushing around at the last minute, just when the buyer is ready to go for it. You can’t find something. He may just say, he’ll get back to you. Believe me, it happens. So get organized before hand and you’ll have a much smoother run of it.

 

– submitted by jimmydee

Vishing

What Is Vishing?
Vishing is a combination of Voice and Phishing that uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology wherein fraudsters feigning to represent real companies such as banks attempt to trick unsuspecting customers into providing their personal and financial details over the phone.

 


How The Fraudsters Operate?
A typical vishing attack could follow a sequence such as this:

  • The fraudster sets up an automatic dialler which uses a modem to call all the phone numbers in a region.
  • When the phone is answered, an automated recording is played to alert the customer that his/her credit card has had illegal activity and that the customer should call the recorded phone number immediately. The phone number is with a caller identifier that makes it appear that they are calling from the financial company they are feigning to represent.
  • When the customer calls the number, it is answered by a computer-generated voice that tells the customer they have reached ‘account verification’ and instructs the consumer to enter his/her 16-digit credit card number on the key-pad. A visher may not have any real information about the customer and would address the customer as ‘Sir’ and ‘Madam’ and not by name or the prefix ‘Mr….’ or ‘Ms…’.
  • Once a customer enters his/her credit card number, the "visher" has all of the information necessary to place fraudulent charges on his/her card. Those responding are also asked for the security number found on the rear of the card.
  • The call can then be used to obtain additional details such as security PIN, expiry date, date of birth, bank account number, etc.

 


Tips To Protect Yourself From Vishing

  • Your bank would have knowledge of some of your personal details. Be suspicious of any caller who appears to be ignorant of basic personal details like first and last name (although it is unsafe to rely on this alone as a sign that the call is legitimate). If you receive such a call, report it to your bank.
  • Do not call and leave any personal or account details on any telephone system that you are directed to by a telephone message or from a telephone number provided in a phone message, an e-mail or an SMS especially if it is regarding possible security issues with your credit card or bank account.
  • When a telephone number is given, you should first call the phone number on the back of your credit card or on your bank statement to verify whether the given number actually belongs to the bank

Dynamic printing using different trays in Smartforms

This article explains how we can do the dynamic tray interchange for printing of smartforms in other words – Dynamic printing using different trays in Smartforms.

Dynamic printing using different trays in Smartforms

Requirement: There were two pages for delivery note which needs to be printed from two different tray’s of the printer. Reason behind this is, One tray will contain pre-printed stationary and other will have normal paper. This was something which I had never done and I was not able to locate anything from the web so thought of creating page for the benefit of others.

Analysis:  SAP has provided one field in the smartform where we can specify the resources for printing and there we can define the trays. But it is totally static; with the help of ABAP we can make it dynamic to achieve such requirement that I did for my client.

The screenshot shows the resource field available on the Smartform to specify static tray of printer.

 

Realization:  So the realization of this requirement is explained below:

 

  • This requirement was for the Delivery note smartforms.
  • In the requirement the main page of Del Note needs to be printed on the pre-printed stationary and the item texts will be printed on the normal page.
  • The pre printed stationary will be kept in either of the Tray of the printer that total depends upon the configuration i.e., it is totally dynamic we have to change the trays dynamically on the runtime.
  • In my case the configuration will be done on the basis of output type I think it will remain same throughout the SAP for smartform printing.

The screen shots below shows the step by step reliazation of the functionality:

  • Declare constants in the Initialization part of the smartforms.

  • These are the values which we can pass in the field Resource name.
  • As per my clients specification the Printer name will be configured like   ‘ABC_T1’ for Tray 1,’ABC_T2’ for Tray 2 and so on.
  • ·In the Initialization part we need to capture the name of the Printer specified by the user.

 

In the screen shot above  we need to specify the Dynamic trays’s If there is item text available otherwise no need of dynamic conversion.

So If the item text is available we are using Conversion exit to get the actual printer name as specified by the user.

Import nast-ldest and in the variable l_printer you will get the name of the printer.

  • As specified in the above point that the naming convention of printer will contain ‘_T1’ for tray 1 and like that, we are checking the variable for the specified string and accordinglly assigning the tray number to the variable.
  • After assigment of the variable we have to pass these variables to the resource name field. As shown below.

  • By this dynamic tray interchange for printing of smartforms can be achieved.

– submitted by Aashish

Resolving Error 40607 – Windows logins are not supported in this version of SQL Server

This is based on my experience and resolution of the issue Windows logins are not supported in this version of SQL Server [Error 40607].

The issue was occurring while running the application which was associated with the database on another server. The problem was in the connection string. The developer had developed the application with Integrated Windows Security which did not work for this kind of application I believe where the server is not the same (localhost).

The Integrated Security should be set to false or should be removed altogether to overcome this issue. 

The User Name and Password information may be added:

<add name="DefaultConnection" connectionString="Data Source=DatabaseServerName;Initial Catalog=DatabaseName;MultipleActiveResultSets=True;User ID=DatabaseUserName;Password=DatabasePassword" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />

Let me know if this one was helpful.

Cancel Scheduled Shutdown Command

  1. Use Win+R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type “cmd” without quotes and hit Enter
  3. In the command line window as shown below, type the command as below for canceling or aborting the shutting down of the computer after 5 hour that was scheduled earlier as discussed on page Schedule Shutdown Computer Without Additional Software. shutdown /a
  4. After executing this command, you will see a notification in the taskbar.

Schedule Computer Shutdown

You may have something being downloaded that is going to take another 1 hour and you are so sleepy and you don’t want to keep the computer on further. Or maybe you want to go to sleep with some relaxing music at the same time want that the computer or the laptop shuts down automatically after sometime. You don’t have to worry any longer. Here is the secret:

  1. Use Win+R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type “cmd” without quotes and hit Enter
  3. In the command line window as shown below, type the command as below for shutting down the computer after 5 hour. shutdown /s /t 18000
  4. The number 18,000 is the time in seconds. 18000 seconds means 5 hours (300 minutes).
  5. After executing this command, you will see a notification in the taskbar as below.
  6. To cancel the shutdown, check Cancel Scheduled Shutdown Command

How to make computer faster

This article will help you increase your computer speed. It might take a bit long to apply them all but it’s worth it! You will notice the difference after following the steps below to make computer faster.

Caution: Making these changes may disable some of the features (to enhance performance) like CD – Autorun, cool graphics, etc. So, you can selectively choose which features you want to change and which one do not want to. This will help you experience faster speed with your requirements and convenience.

Steps to Make Computer Faster

1. Visual effects should be set to a minimum.

Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Advanced > Performance

Settings > Visual Effects Tab > Adjust for best performance

2. Switch Off Desktop Background Image

Right Click Desktop > Properties > Desktop Tab > Background None

 

3. Disable Screen Saver

Right Click Desktop > Properties > Screen Saver > None

 

4. Disable Disc Indexing Service

Right Click Start > Explorer > Right Click Each Disc > Properties >

Un-tick "Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file

searching"

 

5. Disable Fast User Switching

Start > Settings > Control Panel > User Accounts > Change the way

users log on or off > Un-tick Use Fast User Switching

 

6. Switch Off Power Schemes

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Power Options > Always On > Turn off monitor and turn off hard disks to Never

 

7. Switch Off Hibernation

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Power Options > Hibernate > Un-tick Hibernation

8. Disable CDROM Autoplay

Start > Run > regedit > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System >

CurrentControlSet > Services > Cdrom. Set autorun to 0.

 

9. Disable System Sounds

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Sounds

Tab > Sound Scheme to None.

 

10. Do Not Map Through Sound card

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Hardware

Tab > (highlight your sound card from the list) > Properties > Audio

Devices > (highlight your sound card from the list) > Properties

 

11. Disable System Restore

Start > Settings > Control Panel> System > System Restore Tab. Tick

the "Turn off System Restore on all Drives"

12. Disable Automatic Updates

Start > Settings > Control Panel> System > Automatic Updates > Turn

off automatic updating. I want to update my computer manually

 

13. Startup and Recovery Options

Start > Settings > Control Panel> System > Advanced > Startup and

Recovery Settings > Un-tick Automatically Restart

 

14. Disable Error Reporting

Start > Settings > Control Panel> System > Advanced > Error Reporting

> Disable Error Reporting

 

15. Disable Remote Assistance

Start > Settings > Control Panel> System > Remote > Un-tick Allow

remote assistance invitations to be sent from this computer

 

16. Fix Swap File (Virtual Memory)

Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Advanced > Performance

Settings > Advanced > Virtual Memory Change > Custom Size. Set initial

and maximum size to the same value

 

17. Speed Up Menus

Start > Run > Regedit > HKEY_CURRENT_ USER > Control Panel > Desktop

Folder. Set MenuShowDelay to 1

 

18. Disable Offline Files

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Folder Options > Offline Files

Un-tick "Enable Offline Files"

 

19. Disable Remote Desktop

Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Remote > Un-tick "Allow

users to connect remotely to this computer"

20. Disable Internet Synchronize Time

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Date and Time > Internet Time >

Un-tick "Automatically synchronize with internet time server"

 

21. Disable Hide Inactive Icons

Start > Settings > Taskbar and Start Menu > Taskbar TAB > Uncheck

"Hide Inactive Icons"

 

22. Disable Automatic Desktop Cleanup Wizard

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Display > Desktop > Customize

Desktop > Un-tick "Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days"

 

23. Disable NTFS Last Access Time Logging (NTFS File Systems Only)

Start > Run > regedit > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System >

CurrentControlSet > Control > Filesystem. Add a new DWORD value –

"NtfsDisableLastAcc essUpdate" and set value to 1.

 

24. Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips

Start > Run > regedit > HKEY_CURRENT_ USER > Software > Microsoft >

Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced. Create a new DWORD

value called EnableBalloonTips and set to 0.

 

25. Restart your pc and Enjoy!

If you face any issues to make computer faster, discuss through comments below.

HTML5 Browsers Support

  • Chrome 10.0 is the winner.
  • Firefox 4.0 is next in line and it scored pretty decently.
  • Internet Explorer 8 has worst support of HTML5.
  • IE10 is expected to be supporting HTML5 to a greater extent.