Friday, October 19, 2012

How to install an IPA without iTunes using USB

Download and install the iPhone Configuration Utility from Apple.

You can get it for mac or windows here (look for "iPhone Configuration Utility")

Here's some basic steps on how to use it:

To install an app using iPCU:

- Connect your iPhone/iPod to your computer via USB cable.
- Close iTunes, if it is open, before launching iPCU
- Launch iPCU. You should see your device appear in the “Devices” section on the left side of the window.
- (I didn't have to do this step... i think you can skip it if you've ever installed anything to your device before.) Add the provisioning profile (mobile provision) to the iPCU Library: Click on “Provisioning Profiles”, then drag the .mobileprovision file into the Provisioning Profiles pane.
- Add the application to the iPCU Library: Click on “Applications”, then drag the app into the Applications Pane. On Windows, the app will be a folder, named something like On Mac OS X, the app will be a single application file.
- Access your device: Click on your device in the list of devices on the left. You should see five tabs appear in the main window: “Summary”, “Configuration Profiles”, “Provisioning Profiles”, “Applications”, and “Console”.
- (I didn't have to do this step) Install the Provisioning Profile: Click on the “Provisioning Profiles” tab of your device. You should see your Ad Hoc Provisioning Profile in the list of profiles. In the “Install” column you should see either a button that says “Install” or a button that says “Remove” (if you’ve installed this profile previously).
- Install the app: Click on your device’s “Applications” tab. You should see your app in the list of applications. In the “Install” column you should see either a button that says “Install” or a button that says “Uninstall” (if you’ve already installed the app).
- If you've installed this app before, just click the button named "uninstall" then "install" to reinstall the app.
- If not, then just click the button named "install".

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Slow progress bar in Windows Explorer folders (like downloads folder)

How to Fix Slow Loading Folders in Windows 7

To clarify, the load-delay can be seen in the directory box as a green progress bar that fills from left to right. Depending on how many files you have in a folder, this can take several minutes or even hours to load.

Locate the folder that is exhibiting the problem.  The easiest way to do this is to be in a directory one level higher than the folder with the issue.  Now Click the folder, ClickOrganize and Click Properties.

In the properties window, Click the Customize tab.  Under the “Optimize this folder for: drop-down menu, Select General Items.

Once you’ve done that, Click OK to save changes.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Error when creating mirrored (RAID 1) drives on Windows 7

"The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using the refresh task. If the problem persists close the Disk Management console, then restart Disk Management or restart the computer."
Shrink the volume then extend it - then add the mirror.

Use CMD to create mirror:

Run CMD (as Administrator)
DISKPART> list disk

  Disk ###  Status      Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
  --------  ----------  -------  -------  ---  ---
  Disk 0    Online        30 GB      0 B
  Disk 1    Online         8 GB  8189 MB
  Disk 2    Online         8 GB  8189 MB

For the purposes of this tutorial we will be creating a mirrored volume based on a set consisting of disks 1 and 2. The mirrored volume is created by first creating a simple volume on the first disk and then adding a second disk to the mirrored set.
The first volume is created using the create volume command combined with the disk= directive. The size of the volume may also be specified using the size= directive. Omission of the size= option will cause diskpart to create volume which occupies all the available space on the designated disk. For example:
DISKPART>create volume simple disk=1
Having created the first volume on disk 1 the next step is to add the mirror volume on disk 2. This is achieved using the add command as follows:

add disk=2

The list volume command may be used to verify the new configuration:

DISKPART> select volume 2
DISKPART> format fs=ntfs label="Mirrored Volume"

  100 percent completed

DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Find out which files are taking up all your hard drive space

Best Disk usage tool - file sizer etc.
WinDirStat (
Download latest version for Windows:

Backup, backup, backup ...

Everyone should adopt strategies to ensure critical information is protected from corruption and loss. 

  • Invest in redundant backup systems
  • Establish a structured backup procedure to make copies of all critical data files, using software compatible with the operating system and applications
  • Periodically test the backups to verify that data, especially databases and other critical files, are being backed up properly
  • Keep at least one verified copy of critical data offsite.
  • Never upgrade any system without a verified backup
  • Use up-to-date hardware and software utilities for data security, such as firewalls and virus protection
  • Scan all incoming data for viruses, including packaged software
  • Use ventilation, fans and/or air conditioning to keep servers at the proper operating temperature
  • Connect systems to an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to protect against power surges
  • Power down and take extreme caution when moving computers
  • Avoid static discharge when touching or handling the media, especially in excessively dry environments
When disaster strikes:
  • If possible, back up the data immediately
  • Do not use utility software if the drive makes scraping, tapping, clicking or humming sounds
  • Do not power up a device that has obvious physical damage or is making unusual sounds
  • Shut down the computer to avoid further damage to the drive and its data
  • Do not attempt recovery yourself on severely traumatized drives (i.e., turning the computer off and on, using over-the-counter diagnostic tools). This may cause further damage or permanent data loss
  • Call TEK911 to evaluate and help you decide on a course of action.
  • If you’ve lost critical data, DriveSavers recovery service is your best and safest option
  • Never assume data is unrecoverable
  • DriveSavers has successfully recovered data from hundreds of thousands of drives with extreme physical and logical damage.