Reset Windows 7 passwords: a field report

Reset Windows 7 passwordsToday I spent way too much time to reset a Windows 7 password. What took time, however, wasn’t the actual reset process but digging up information on the Internet. I read lots of instructions and hints on some shady hacker/cracker forums which didn’t sound too trustworthy. Also, I looked at a number of reset/recovery tools my favorite search engine and those forums suggested.

It was only after I reset my Windows 7 password that I learned about the excellent but rather lengthy ‘How To Reset a Windows 7 Password‘ article. If you have a lot of time or like very detailed tutorials with lots of links to related content I highly recommend that article. If you prefer short to-the-point instructions I suggest you follow along here.

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Sencha Touch native packaging for iOS done right


Sencha Touch native packaging for iOSThere are a number of tutorials out there on the Internet that tell you how to do Sencha Touch native packaging for iOS. The subject is also covered pretty well in the Sencha Touch docs. The problem I have with all those resources: they’re either outdated, outright wrong or stop half-way.

I don’t need a tutorial whose title claims to describe how to create an .ipa file and then simply describes how to produce an .app file – something that’s much better explained in the Sencha docs. Also, those tutorials that tell you how to produce a binary for your own single device stop half-way. Why? Because I expect you usually want to have a more or less convenient setup for all your own and your beta-testers devices, don’t you?
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Paul Kalkbrenner’s Aaron vs Meshell Ndegeocello’s Late Petite Mort

Anyone ever noticed that the beat in Paul Kalkbrenner‘s Aaron is veeery similar to the base line in Meshell Ndegeocello‘s Late Petite Mort? Hear for yourself:

We should END captive dolphin facilities, not build more!

Please sign the petition today to end captive dolphin facilities!Dolphins and other marine mammals have been exploited in the name of entertainment for far too long. Two new marine mammal facilties have been preliminarily approved in The Bahamas. And what’s worse is, the public was not notified or given the chance to voice their opinion.

End captive dolphin facilities

These facilities are outdated and cruel. That’s why I signed a Care2 petition opposing the construction of any new marine mammal facilities in The Bahamas, and I’m hoping you will too.

iPhoto order language is wrong

iPhoto logoFor a very long time I was annoyed that the iPhoto order language is wrong for me each and every time I order print products from Apple. I live in Switzerland, speak mainly German and English, on my Mac I use English as the system language yet the iPhoto order language is always French (which I’m no longer fluent in) instead of German. Continue reading →

This movie requires QuickTime, which is not supported by this version of iTunes

If you found here looking for how to fix “This movie requires QuickTime, which is not supported by this version of iTunes.”, good it’s here:

  • run iTunes in 32bit mode
  • and/or update Flip4Mac to 3.x if you’re still on 2.x

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Techniques how to use ellipsis in table columns

The CSS3 text-oveflow property allows to have content not exceed a certain limit. Browsers can be asked to place ellipsis, the … “character”, after the last visible character rather than just cutting content off. It’s a nice visual indication for readers that there’s actually more content than what is shown. Later you’ll learn techniques how to use ellipsis in fixed-width or max-width table columns using HTML and CSS. Continue reading →

How to be successful on Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow logo

In December last year (2012) an inner voice told me to be more active on Stack Overflow. More active? Ok, active at all. Up to then I had almost exclusively asked questions rather than answered other people’s questions.

I quickly got the hang of it and challenged myself every day to do more. Until I got tired of it. Here’s what I learned in the process. Continue reading →

First steps with IntelliJ IDEA

On December 20th, 2012 I bought an IntelliJ IDEA license from JetBrains at 75%. I have been developing with Eclipse for ages but that offer was just too good to resist. It isn’t the first time I go through “First steps with IntelliJ IDEA”. A few years ago when I was working with a couple of friends on I was forced to use IntelliJ IDEA from time to time because they all used it. It wasn’t an entirely pleasant experience for me. It wasn’t that I had a hard time finding the right keyboard short cuts. With every new application that’s usually something that takes some time getting used to. It was because their shortcuts are so darn ilogical! I’d be surprised if you didn’t agree with me but let’s see…

first steps with IntelliJ IDEA

First steps with IntelliJ IDEA

Keyboard shortcuts

With every application that allows you to create something new (image, text, spread sheat, you name it) you’d expect to use some kind of command/control key plus ‘n’ to do so, right? That seems to be something of an unspoken rule across the western world. Just as ctrl+s for save or ctrl+p for print. For Macs you substitute ctrl with ⌘. In IntelliJ IDEA this logic of common sense is absent. A few examples I ran across in the first five minutes:

operation OS X Win note
new file ctrl + N alt + ins real “new” (⌘+N/ctrl+N) reserved for ‘navigate’
format code ⌘ + L alt + ctrl + L L refers to what exactly?, ‘format’ expected to be F
rename shift + F6 shift + F6 rename’ expected to be F2 or command + R
delete line ⌘ + Y ctrl + Y command + D is reserved for ‘duplicate line’ (ok, accepted)

How sick is that?
Oh, and command + P doesn’t print anything – it’s undefined.

Read the JetBrains forums and you’ll find numerous frustrated users (e.g. Worse, the shortcuts are broken for non US keyboard layouts as this long-standing issue proves:

Users go even further and publish their own shortcuts reference because IntelliJ IDEA behaves even differently than what is documented. Example:


The first thing I changed in terms of formatting was to switch from 4 spaces to 2 for indentation: “Formatter -> JavaScript/Java”. Then it bothered my that the editor offered something they call “virtual space”. That means you can place the cursor beyond the actual EOL or EOF, very irritating for me. To turn this off you do “Preferences -> Editor: allow placement of caret after end of line (virtual space)”.

At Netscape, getting it right was not an option…

…which is why there is no longer Netscape – Douglas Crockford

Douglas Crockford talking about shallow vs. deep scanning in JavaScript’s for in statement in JavaScript: The Good Parts, 18m 03s.