Tips & tricks

SetupDiGetDeviceInterfaceDetail fails on 64 bit windows

Set "cbSize" in SP_DEVICE_INTERFACE_DETAIL_DATA to 8 instead of 6.

Fonts in Google Chrome look ugyl

To resolve this, adjust the clear type settings.

OpenVPN-GUI & 'up'-scripts

For some reason on windows with openvpn gui v1.0.3 the 'up'-scripts (see the ovpn-file) are not executed.
This can be worked around by either:

Installing Visual Studio 6.0 without the Java update/install

Create a file msjava.dll (contents does not matter) in c:\windows\system32.

XP on an IBM R60 laptop: BlueTooth does not work after laptop suspend

Retrieving blackberry counters using SNMP

You cannot do an snmpwalk of the whole system and expect the BES OIDs to come up. Instead you need to retrieve directly the OID you would like to know. E.g.:
snmpwalk -v 1 -c public IPADRES
You might need to change 'public' and definately need to replace 'IPADRES'.

Automatically stop applications that have hung themselves up

In the registry, add to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop and HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop a value called 'AutoEndTasks' of type REG_SZ with value '1' to enable this feature (or 0 to disable).

Win32 port of fetchmail complains about ownership configfile

When you invoke the Win32 port of fetchmail with a configurationfile (using the -f commandline switch), fetchmail sometimes complains about the ownership of configuration-file. Then make sure that it is owned by the user with which you logged in. Big fat warning: if you log-in as local administrator, the ownership must be the local administrator, not the domain administrator!

Remove drivers from a device which is not plugged in

Normally windows (xp at least) doesn't show you all drivers which are installed, only when the device is plugged in.
To be able to see all drivers start cmd.exe and type:
set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
start devmgmt.msc
then click on 'show hidden devices' and there they are!

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