SCO Openserver 5.05 – Default Route

January 1, 2011

I needed to add a default route to my SCO Openserver 5.05 box. I used the following command
route add default ( is the main router on my network)

To make this persistent I then edited /etc/tcp, searched for the word “ifconfig” and added the line after the ifconfig statements.

/etc/route add default

This will not however, survive an upgrade.

There is an article here that gives a much more detailed description and further options.


MOA 2009 – cant open company (Resolved)

May 21, 2010

This morning I could not open either company file for my MOA installation on my eeepc netbook, after scratching my head for a while, I realised, I had earlier changed my defailt DNS servers to googles and, becasue I am running in a domain network here at work I need to ensure the I am pointing to the correct DNS details.

Once I changed them back everything work great.


Leo’s Carpets – New Showroom – Roe Lee – Blackburn

January 18, 2010

My brothers have just opened this fantasic looking place at Roe Lee in Blackburn, its taken a while, but they are really pleased with this. have a look at

Microsoft Office Accounting 2008 Pro and Windows Home Server

May 4, 2009


I am operating a small business, well two in fact, from my dinning room at home, we use a Windows home server (WHS) ( Tranquil PC ) and have five users with laptops all with the WHS connector software installed

I have installed Microsoft Office Accounting 2008 Pro (MOA2008) on the WHS by logging into the remote desktop.

I have set the various Multi user access permissions on the WHS installation of MOA2008 and saved the company files (.sbc) on a shared folder for all the users to access.

For each laptop I have installed the client and all works well, the users open the respective company file in the shared folder and have appropriate access to the data.

I have also a WHS set up at home and my connector software is associated with my home installation, I have this weekend installed the Release candidate of Win 7 on my laptop taking advantage of the long bank holiday weekend (here in the UK) to consolidate all my backups and old files on my new clean installation. (Whilst at the same time I have changed my login user name)

I created a corresponding user on the WHS and set the necessary permissions, also mounting network drives with the appropriate user names and passwords etc. I can open and save all my files on the network without problem.

However having installed MOA2008 I can no longer access any of the company files.

After wasting a lot of time looking into various issues around SQL and permissions, the solution was quite simple.

I uninstalled the version of the WHS connector software associated with my home network and then installed the connector software from the WHS work server. I can now access all the company data.

Better still, I have now un-installed the connector software associated with the company WHS server and re-installed the connector software from my home server and I can still access all the company files with MOA2008 on the company server.

I guess the connector software must set up additional security setting that aren’t exposed any ware within the WHS configuration



Windows Home Server Connector Software

May 4, 2009

On more than one occasion I have needed to re-install the WHS connector software, whilst I can do this with the original install disk, if there has been an update to the connector software, I will be prompted to download the latest version (once I have finished installing from the cd ! ).

Fortunately there is a copy of the latest current copy on the home server, but it is not easy to find.

Point your web browser to your server in my case the server name is the default “server”


And this will take you to a web page on the server with the latest version.

Completely Wipe a USB Key Drive

March 14, 2009

I have only done this in windows 7, but assumes it works in vista also.

Please proceed with caution,if you select the wrong disk you will blow away the data on that disk.

Fire up a command window and type diskpart

The command prompt will change to DISKPART>

now type list disk your disk drives will be listed

If you wish to select the disk identified as disk 1, then type select disk 1

If you run list disk again, this time your selected disk will be flagged with a *

Type clean And you disk will be wiped clean,

then type exit to exit the utility, and you disk will be empty ready to partition and format

Hosted Exchange and Windows 7

January 4, 2009

I have been playing around this weekend with Windows 7 and installing my usual app’s, looking to see if anything breaks, and so determining if I should install it on my main production laptop.

Everything I have thrown at it has worked fine, the only issue I had was with Outlook 2007 and my hosted exchange provider Sherweb.

Usually I log into my Sherweb account with my email address and password, however when I use those credentials during set up Outlook 2007 behaves as though the credentials are wrong somehow.

For some reason in Windows 7 during the Outlook  2007 set up you have to use the credentials in the format of ” DOMAIN\USER NAME ”

The domain portion for Sherweb is simpley the Internet domain ” ”

The user name can be found by logging into you account at and looking for the corresponding SAM user name for the user.

So you logon should be something along the lines of\john.smith_pc-fs_co with your usual password.

After that all is fine.

Hope this helps


UPDATE:  Sherweb have now published an FAQ for their customers

Nvidia IDE / SATA Drivers BSOD nvstor32.sys – Work Around

July 22, 2007

For some months now, I have had a persistent problem with my wife’s laptop, she has a HP Pavilion dv6000 (dv6231eu), which came with XP media centre, earlier this year I upgraded the OS to Vista Ultimate, and I used the Vista drivers downloaded from HPs Support Web site. Since then, she has had several BSOD much to MY pain, to make things more difficult, the BSOD screen was blurred and I couldn’t read the message.

After lots of googling, I suspected the problem was with one of the Nvidia driver, I downloaded and installed several different drivers from both Nvidia and HPs web site, and no matter which version I used, the problem was still there. Read the rest of this entry »

Fixed: Can’t open faxes in Outlook 2007

June 16, 2007

This week, I had a problem on “my” laptop only, were I could not open FAX.TIF attachments received and forwarded to me by SBS2003, to add to the confusion I also receive faxes from a fax to email service from my ISP, these also arrive as .tif attachments, I could however open these external attachments.

I remember having this problem in outlook 2003 from time to time, and after a bit of googling I found the answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Lego Key Chain

June 3, 2007

This is neat idea, I could probably make one of these with my kids old Leo blocks. Or I could just buy one direct from Lego here.

Leo Key Chain