• No more Nero

  • After many years of using Nero, I'm finally fed up with it.

    I have been using Nero 6 for some time now, and refuse to upgrade to Nero 7 because when I did use it, I did not like it and I felt it used up far too much hard disk space for such a simple task.

    Over 200mb of space is used by a standard installation of Nero 7, there must be another option.

    I looked back, and remembered changing from Easy CD Creator to Nero because of this very issue, Easy CD Creator was simply excessive for what I required, Nero was very simple and straight forward.

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  • Legally listen to music online for free

  • One of the things I enjoy doing while I work is listening to music.

    After a while of listening to the music stored on my computer and my good old CD collection I find myself getting bored of it and in search for something new.

    The sure way of getting hold of new music is to go online and look for it.

    My first port of call for free music is BBC Radio1, where you can “listen live” or even “listen again” meaning you can listen to any previous shows, this is good if you like a particular show or type of music. One of the main problems is that you are required to use RealPlayer (if you’re in the UK, you can use Windows Media Player as well) to listen to the radio streams.

    Of course as you probably know, there are some limits with this, including the fact that the music is rather general, and sometimes the presenter can get annoying.

    Another radio streaming option is WinAmp’s Shoutcast based radio stations. The situation is that nullsoft (the company that makes winamp) released a streaming server application that can be used for free. People all over the world use this to run their own online radio station, ultimately meaning that there is a lot of choice. Best of all you can listen using Winamp or your choice of media player.

    If like me you are a fan of dance music (in particular trance), you’ll probably find that Digitally Imported is probably one of the best online radio stations out there. They offer everything from Trance right through to Euro Dance to Gabber.

    If streaming audio using third party media players isn’t your thing then don’t worry, there’s still more options out there.

    As part of a new generation of websites Pandora offers the ability to listen to your choice of music via an embedded flash player. The question I am sure you’ll be asking is “how does it work?” well basically Pandora has a huge collection of music, and a huge database of recommendations from users. Simply, you put in a song that you like and you are provided with a radio station that seamlessly plays music that other users who liked that song recommended. It works very well most of the time. One of the best features of this site is that if you don’t like the current track, you can skip onto the next track.

    A similar concept is which is probably a bit better as it appears to have more users, and allows for integration with your media player meaning it has better recommendations and feedback to utilise.

    Yahoo! have recently jumped on this band wagon and released Yahoo! Music, which appears to offers a similar service to Pandora and, you can expect this to be quite good.

    Another site that I am forced to mention is of course MySpace, as you are probably aware MySpace was originally created so that bands could get better known, and bands have chosen to take advantage of this by offering their music via MySpace’s music player. This is a good option if you want to listen to a few tracks at a time by particular artists. has existed for many years now, far longer than MySpace, I remember downloading PPK – resurrection from this site years ago. is fairly new offering music search and internet radio network, I have yet to try this out to its full extent.

    There are plenty more sites out there, this is just a short list of reliable sites that really work.

  • Exporting emails with the dates from Microsoft Outlook

  • The Problem:

    By default when you try and export emails from Outlook, there are NO dates.

    I wanted to export emails in a certain folder from outlook so I could then import the data into a database such as MySQL for further manipulation.

    When I tried to export the emails, outlook would NOT export any of the header details or even something as simple as the date/time.

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  • Cannot delete Folder

  • No doubt at some point you will have experienced this error at one point or another:

    Cannot Delete Folder

    “Cannot delete Folder: It is being used by another person or program”


    “Cannot delete file: Access is denied”

    “There has been a sharing violation.”

    “The source or destination file may be in use.”

    “The file is in use by another program or user.”

    “Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.”

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  • Social Bookmarking

  • Today I looked into social bookmarking.

    Social bookmarking has been around for quite a while now, it’s a great way to bookmark your links, and share links with others.

    Sharing your bookmarks

    In the past people have asked me how to go about how to export their bookmarks from their browser.

    First of all I would like to say that if you are currently using Internet Explorer, you need to stop, and download a copy of Firefox.

    Once firefox is installed you will be asked to follow the setup. At this point you can import your settings (including your favorites) from Internet Explorer. I would recommend this.

    Now you have all your bookmarks in one place you can begin to organise them into folders and section them off making it easy to browse them. You can do this by using the “Bookmark Manager”, which is located under the file name as Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks.

    Once you are all organized and ready to go you can simply select File -> Export, which allows you to export all of your bookmarks to a HTML document, which you can then use to share with others to send via email or place on your website.

    Its also useful if you like to clear out your bookmarks every so often but keep that as a backup.

    It could be also be useful to know that there are website bookmarking services known as Social bookmarking available which allow you to access your bookmarks from anywhere in the world. Probably the most popular is, or perhaps Furl, check them out, they are free to use.

    I also do recommend taking a look at Google Bookmarks and if you use Firefox, take a look at the GMarks plugin.

    Making your blog more socialable

    After spending some time looking for “social bookmarking” scripts for wordpress, I discovered that there really is just one real option out there.

    All the details are on the site, you can easily add it onto your blog, and start being more sociable!

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