Posted: January 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Tags: copy and paste file between desktop, copy and paste file over network, mouse without borders, share keyboard and mouse laptop, share keyboard and mouse over network, share keyboard and mouse pc, share keyboard and mouse wifi, share keyboard and mouse windows, share keyboard and mouse workstation, share keyboard over network, share mouse over network, windows share keyboard and mouse
In 2010, I wrote an article about Input Director, since then a new application has emerged for sharing mouse and keyboard over network for Windows: Mouse without Borders
It’s a simplified version of Input Director, with a handy feature – shared clipboard and the ability to copy and paste files between workstations.
A screenshot of the setup between my PC and laptop:
Mouse without Borders can be downloaded here and configured within a few seconds :)
Posted: October 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Tags: fix Invalid XSL format (or) file name, Invalid XSL format, Invalid XSL format (or) file name, windows 7 Invalid XSL format, wmic, wmic csv, wmic format, wmic format error, wmic hform, wmic htable, wmic Invalid XSL format, wmic mof, wmic windows 7, wmic windows 7 format, wmic xml
In Windows 7, there is a bug with wmic and the /format switch. When using the /format switch, you will get the error “Invalid XSL format (or) file name.”
C:\Tmp>wmic /output:C:\tmp\procinfo.html CPU get Description,
DeviceID, Manufacturer, MaxClockSpeed, Name, Status, SystemName /format:hform.xsl
Invalid XSL format (or) file name.
Windows looks for the XSL stylesheets but cannot find them, which produces the error above.
Copy *.xsl from x:\Windows\system32\wbem\en-US\ to x:\Windows\system32 – this can be done quicky from command prompt:
copy /y %WINDIR%\system32\wbem\en-US\*.xsl %WINDIR%\system32\
If you run your original wmic command (example in Section 1), there will be no errors and wmic will export data in the format required.
Posted: May 10, 2010 at 3:21 am | Tags: control multiple computers with one keyboard and mouse, keyboard over network, kvm, mouse over network, network keyboard, network kvm, network mouse, remote kvm, share keyboard and mouse over network, share keyboard over network, share mouse and keyboard, share mouse over network, software kvm, windows share keyboard, windows share mouse
Input Director is a completely free Windows application that allows you to share a keyboard and mouse across multiple physical systems over a network connection.
This is extremely useful if you have a few separate PC’s and laptops in the same workspace, and don’t want the hassle of using multiple keyboards and mice, or a physical KVM switch to manage each system.
The configuration is extremely simple: install the application on each system that you would like keyboard and mouse shared over, set your main system as the Master, and then configure each secondary system as a Slave. As a plus, you can enable encryption between the Master and Slave systems for added privacy over the network.
This is my config at home, a PC with two monitors, as well as a laptop with another screen attached. Input Director virtually allows me to treat this setup as a single device with four screens attached:
Input Director also shares content on the clipboard between Master and Slave(s). Go ahead and download Input Director here: http://www.inputdirector.com/downloads.html
For cross-platform keyboard and mouse over network sharing, see the Synergy+ project. Synergy+ allows you to share keyboard and mouse over network across Windows, Mac and Linux clients. I will do a write-up on Synergy+ soon.
Posted: March 1, 2010 at 12:36 am | Tags: disk benchmark, disk performance test, disk read speed test, disk speed, disk write speed test, free hd benchmark, free hdd benchmark, hard disk speed test, hard drive benchmark, hard drive speed test, hdd benchmark, hdd speed test, linux hdd benchmark, test disk speed, windows hdd benchmark
Windows Disk Benchmarking Tools
HD Tune Free will test your drive’s transfer rate. In this example, I have 4x ST3500418AS SATA2 drives with ICH10R RAID10:
Download HD Tune
Another free tool is HD Tach. This is supposed to only work with Windows XP/2000, but you can right-click the HD Tach app to run it in compatability mode (right-click HD Tach shortcut, click Properties and Compatability tab):
Download HD Tach
Linux Disk Benchmarking Tools
We can use hdparm to test drive read speeds. Use fdisk -l to determine which device you wish to test. In this example we use /dev/sda:
$ hdparm -Tt /dev/sda
Timing cached reads: 14104 MB in 2.00 seconds = 7063.75 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 1452 MB in 3.00 seconds = 483.65 MB/sec
And we can use dd to test drive write speeds. In this example we write a 512MB test file:
$ dd if=/dev/zero of=test.file bs=1024k count=512
512+0 records in
512+0 records out
536870912 bytes (537 MB) copied, 10.4991 seconds, 51.1 MB/s
If your dd client does not output the time taken, run the this command instead (time command specified before the above command):
$ time dd if=/dev/zero of=test.file bs=1024k count=512
512+0 records in
512+0 records out
Posted: March 1, 2010 at 12:21 am | Tags: cd burner, dvd burner, dvd burning app, dvd burning application, dvd writer, easy cd burner, easy dvd writer, free cd burner, free data disk burner, free dvd burner
Tired of looking for free and easy DVD/CD burning software? I'd recommend using one of the following. Both easy to use and straight to the point:
ImgBurn [Link to download page]
InfraRecorder [Link to download page]
I have used both without any issue for quite some time. They both do the same job, so it's up to you which you'd prefer to use :)