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1. Is your external USB hard drive a USB 3.0 or not?  If it is, I don't think Easeus linux bootable disk has USB 3.0 drivers, only 2.0 and 1.1.

2. Also, try to connect the USB drive to your computer while it is off and then boot with the bootable disk.

3. Creating a Easeus WinPE bootable disk rather than the default linux bootable disk may also resolve your issue.  Most of the bootable disks from backup/recovery vendors are linux based by default and may give an option for WinPE based bootable disk. 

4. There's also the possibility of looking at BIOS settings regarding the USB interface.

The tool I use give both for an option and even a DOS based one with USB drivers.  Not free but reasonable from Terabyte Unlimited: Image for DOS ($30), Image for Linux($30), Image for Windows ($39 but you are also licensed to DL and use the DOS and Linux version; so it's 3 in 1).  The title of DOS and Linux is sort of a misnomer, it does not mean the operating system you are trying to image , but it is the nature of the bootable disk it creates.  The Image for Windows version is that it is installed on Windows and can do live imaging while Windows is running, while the DOS and Linux version are run from bootable USB or disks.

For free give these a look:
Macrium Reflect ( )
DriveImage XML ( ) free a try.
Also there is Redo Backup which imaging and restore are both from the bootable linux cd.

Developer's Corner / Re: SQL Query is Kicking my Ass.
« on: July 05, 2011, 08:34 AM »
Take out the #7 Having clause and run the query. 
Is this the subset that you want the "max" timestamp to be chosen from?

I think it's where the issue lies when you try to bring PC2 timestamp into the picture.  If it is then at least you can try the other methods (sub queries, temp files, etc) you've tried to see if it get's the one "max" timestamp from your subset.

Oh and also, since you are dealing with timestamp, make sure the computer setting as far as timezones is consistent between the machines that produces the timestamp data into the database.  Had this issue once where the timestamp data was created on an Oracle Unix database which was in GMT settings, versus the Crystal report running on windows with the local timezone settings.  Once I made things consistent (forgot whether which I changed - windows timezone OR how Crystal Reports handled date time string) the report ran as expected.

Developer's Corner / Re: Need Advice on MySQL Server Tuning
« on: February 02, 2011, 12:15 PM »
You have to determine where most of the report work is being done... the client PC or the server.  Maybe put the SQL as a stored procedure on the server and have the client PC call that rather than doing the SQL reporting stuff on the client PC.

Another alternative is set up a static private ip on the network card you are using.

You can use NetSetMan to create a profile for that card to assign a static private ip of 169.254.x.x
and another profile to auto assign IP and DNS.  This way it's sort-of one click.

I use NetSetMan to assign various static IPs, or to switch to various DNS servers.

You need to take a look at the website's css stylesheet that it is using. Looks like it's at /css/home.css

Developer's Corner / Re: Safe programs for File Recovery
« on: January 27, 2011, 07:33 PM »
You should also randomize the filename as part of your utility.

Yeah WinHex will allow you to view sectors.  It's been awhile since I've trained on WinHex / X-ways Forensic.  Once you know the starting point of where the file exists on a hard drive, each file fragment will "point" to the beginning position of the next sequential fragment and so on.  So if a file is non-contiguous, then the program would need to "traverse" to find all the fragments, like how the operating system does it.  If it is securely deleted, overwritten multiple times, then there are problems in traversing and reading prior data content of file fragments.

Living Room / Re: win 7 laptop can't connect to xp desktop via wifi
« on: October 29, 2010, 06:04 PM »
Most likely it is the DNS name resolution on the wireless router.  On my brother's wireless router, if I change the DNS server from the default of "obtain DNS server address automatically" (which means use the ISP's DNS server) to the DNS servers of OpenDNS, I am not able to refer to a network printer by name but I am successful in connecting to it by IP address.

If you cannot access your wireless router, then try on the machines in question to temporarily switch the DNS server address on the wireless card to point not to the router address (like,,, etc) but to your ISPs DNS server addresses.

See if they are amenable to doing remote control of their machine based on the following.  I know LogMein needs install and has a MS service running, but I was thinking something like TeamViewer - the portable version if they do not want a service installed or running all the time. 

When they want support, they launch TeamViewer (Portable) and give you the pertinent info to connect.  You launch your TeamViewer, plug in the info and you're remote controlling their machine.  No static IP required, the TeamViewer mediates connection between the two machines but the transmission is encrypted, and with the Portable version your client only launches it when necessary for support.

The proper way would be some sort of VPN access into their machine/network.  That way you log in at your convenience.

Maybe they require static IP because they want to do a reverse VNC connection of some sort for remote control of the server the database is on.  This one method of how an electronic medical records vendor provides remote support - the client connects to the vendor by doing a reverse VNC connection by typing in the support person's IP / host name and port.  This way the client only allows access to outside entities at their own time.

I guess you'll find out more about the connection security requirements when you meet with them...

Ideas other than remote access/control (like VNC, LogMeIn, etc) to remote PC:

- setting up a VPN like OpenVPN from your PC to the remote PC.  Don't know how much bandwidth this will save over remote control service like LogMeIn.
- static IP VPN monthly subscription service.

General Software Discussion / Re: Another reason to drop Kaspersky?
« on: September 25, 2010, 11:11 PM »
I just wish the definitions updates would run automatically independent of Windows Update.

I have several machines that are on 24/7 with Windows autoupdate turned off and yet the MS Security Essentials definitions are automatically updated daily.

General Software Discussion / Re: Another reason to drop Kaspersky?
« on: September 24, 2010, 09:18 PM »
Yes, MS Security Essentials has a setting to turn off it's real time protection.   For the past year I've had it running on my Win 7 laptop, no issues so far.  Even if you have Windows Autoupdate turned off, MS Essentials will still update its database daily which is a good thing.  It also creates a system restore point before database updates and you can choose to create system restore point before daily scanning of computer (if you have daily scanning enabled).

General Software Discussion / Re: Another reason to drop Kaspersky?
« on: September 24, 2010, 11:49 AM »
FYI regarding Microsoft Security Essentials.  Starting in October, in addition to being free for home use, it will also be free to small businesses with up to 10 computers.

Living Room / Re: Router Q: Bandwidth thottling
« on: August 01, 2010, 12:47 PM »
Check to see if the ASUS RT-N12 or ASUS RT-N13 fits your needs.  They can be found in,, and 

In terms of business process modelling software, business units most often turn to software they already have rather than putting in a requisition to purchase specialized software.  This often means Microsoft Office suite of products inclusing Visio.

Open source software alternatives which are also portable (for those computers which are locked down and prevents the installation of new software) are:

Dia Portable - http://portableapps..../office/dia_portable

Open office Draw - http://portableapps..../openoffice_portable

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: usb drive backup program
« on: March 31, 2010, 09:43 AM »
Maybe the freeware version of SyncBack would suit your needs

I use SyncBackSE (shareware) version to backup or sync files from HD to USB drive.  Has options to compress (zip), run on auto insert of USB (but would need a device watcher app it installs).  If a sync/backup profile is run manually it can prompt user what to do (one way sync, two way sync, etc).

I use the SyncBackSE portable version so I just unzip and copy the app directory to my USB drive and run from there.  Don't know if the freeware version has separate portable download.  If not then run installer, copy directory app, and uninstall.  Then run syncback to see if it still runs.

Take a look at FreeOTFE Explorer.
Here are the differences between the FreeOTFE and FreeOFTE Explorer:

Also there is an online manual.

The Explorer version is not a true virtual drive like FreeOTFE so you can't run programs on it but at least allowed you to read and/or edit files.

Living Room / Re: A simple "Start Page"
« on: January 30, 2010, 11:04 AM »
I do a similar thing with having a "Start page" of html links locally on my computers but I also put it on my web hosting so I have access to it on any computer, while traveling, etc.

General Software Discussion / Re: Cyclic Redundancy Error on CD/DVD
« on: September 13, 2009, 11:43 PM »
It may not help with your immediate issue but maybe in the future look into these utilities in creating archives that has data recovery capabilities:

1. WinRar - can create .rar archives that has a adjustable recovery record size.  In case archive is corrupted, it can recreate that whole archive.
2. Parity archives - ( Utilities such as QuickPar

You can try Screamer Radio.

'Networking' Options:
1. Ethernet cross-over patch cable - directly connect between the laptops.
2. If the laptops are connected to wired router, then just use regular ethernet cables to connect laptops to router.
3. Over wifi-router - the machines are connected to same wifi network
4. Direct connect the 2 laptops over wifi using your wifi card to setup an ad-hoc network
5. USB transfer cable such as the Vantec Ezshare Adapter (CB-TAU001).  It has the transfer software built in. But it may not support win 98.

Once the machines are networked for options 1-4, you can do following transfer options:
1. you can enable folder sharing to see if it can see the other machines (need to be in the same windows workgroup)
2. install ftp server on one machine and use ftp client on other machine to transfer
3. install a remote control software which can do file transfers such as TightVNC.  If I remember correctly, this is the way I transferred data from a win 98 machine.  Ran TightVNC server software on Win 98 machine, ran TightVNC client on win xp machine to remote control win 98 machine.  Then downloaded files.

General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend file shredder?
« on: August 19, 2009, 09:20 AM »
Sorry to hear about your situation...

As far as file shredders here are 2 I use:
A version of Eraser is also repackaged as a portable app at
Eraser Portable.

Also look at BFACS - Blowfish Advanced CS.  Even though it's a file encryptor, it has the capabilities to wipe files and clear empty space.  You can use either the installer or standalone zip version.

Yes the homeplug network suggestion is also a good idea.  This way the weather does not come into play in signal stability.  Check availability for compatibility with your electrical systems / outlet.

House to house via ethernet cable would be the best and stable solution but I think Carol's concern is the length of the cable run as the router is not against the wall next to the other house.

I guess I would approach this like:

Main house: Main router to repeater router with dd-wrt connected via ethernet (preferrably) or wireless.  Repeater router should be placed near a window so signal can propagate outside.

Other house: Some sort of directional external antenna either connected to the wifi card / wifi usb dongle of the computer or another router.  Antenna should be focused on the path from the main house where the signal can go out with the least amount a resistance (like near that main house window).

If the router firmware replacement scenario is not feasible then maybe using just the cantenna would be a cheapest solution to try since it's a focused directional antenna.

if you have removable antennas, you can try several external omnidirectional antennas which attach via up to a 6 foot cable.

but a better antenna would be directional/patch antennas which focus on a specific area.  You can also try a thing called a "cantenna" (a highly focused directional antenna) which can be purchased online and on some retail store.


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