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WinRoboCopy a handy GUI front end for RoboCopy

March 31, 2012 1 comment

RoboCopy is a command line file copy utility for Windows but unfortunately can only be used via a command-line.

Which means that some’s times you can make a mistake with what switch to use or have to remember which switch to use.

Well the guys over at UpWay2Late.com have created a soultion to this problem in the program called WinRoboCopy which gives all the power of robocopy in a  handy GUI front end.

WinRoboCopy can be downloaded here

WinRoboCopy Download Link

WinRoboCopy Main Screen

Some advantages of using WinRoboCopy are

Most of the switches are displayed and there functions displayed so you no longer have to work out what switch does what.

A progress bar area that shows the current directory and file being copied. The progress bars display the current progress percentage for each item.

The command section which shows the current RoboCopy command that you would use in a standard command-line.

And a  log/output area that shows the RoboCopy output.

In conclusion

This is a handy bit of software that takes the strain out of using robocopy by not having to remember every single switch combination that can be used and makes file copying / transfer  a lot easier on the overworked IT person.

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Categories: Handy Software, Technology

Handy way to create a compelling business case for IT

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

This a quick handy way to create a compelling business case for your IT projects or new technology’s that you think your company would like.

This method is taken from Mark McDonald article on Gartner and modify slighty to suit my needs, the orignal article can be found here Business value is in your hand – the five questions to ask to create a compelling case for change.

My interpretation with example can be found below.

First Assign a question to each finger of your hand this is a quick way to remember the information required to build a compelling business case.

These questions are

What is the issue? – The answer to this question is the problem that is happening (what’s wrong) or the opportunity you are missing (what needs to happen, that is not happening) that your project or technology will address. this represents the start of the business case and the source of value.  This question acts like the index finger pointing out the direction of the business case.

User base is having trouble with off-line files not syncing when joining the network

When does it happen? – The answer to this question describes the situation or circumstances when the issue comes up.  This question acts like the middle finger.  Expressed alone, saying that a problem happens creates only disturbance and distress.  Used in combination with the index finger (what) it makes the ‘peace’ sign that shapes the landscape of the business case.

At least once when they log in the morning or off at night when users are moving between locations

Who is impacted? – expressed in terms of the specific customers/operating groups/suppliers that feel the issue.  Addressing who gives you a target audience, a way for the people reading your business case to  visualize the issue and help determine what success looks like if this business case is approved. This is the ring finger with the sign of success in the wearing of the wealth created by serving others.

Most of the user base is effected this includes the CIO, IT Management teams and general managers

How often does it happen? – the frequency of the issue determines the scale of its potential value. This is good place to put in any other information you may want to reference from your own helpdesk system (calls,logs or time work sheets).    The more frequently it happens, the greater the value potential and more importantly the potential for the problem to be solved in a meaningful way.   The pinky or little finger represents frequency, why I am not really sure.

At least once a day or couple times a day depending on customers movements.

What is the cost of the issue? – this seems to be the most obvious, like the thumb, and therefore can easily dominate your attention.  Expressed in terms of the cost to correct a problem in both man hours and costs, the revenue, or customer satisfaction etc. This is also a good place to put any graphs you may have to back up the business case, which can also be used to show what could be missed if they do not approve your business case. This is the thumb without it makes grasping the problem harder.

Creates at least fifteen minutes delay when logging on and off per day per user resulting in lost man hours and increasing operation costs (included charts that show time chart, costs) if this problem corrected then we would see a marked increase in customer satisfaction (included charts/graphs that show customer satisfaction) and a reduction in helpdesk calls (graph showing helpdesk calls and which ones are based on your business case)

remember the import rule when building any business case.

Business cases that focus only on the thumb – the cost – without consideration of the other fingers and their questions.  It is easy to think of the thumb, as that is what the CFO is asking about.  Thumbs are easy to describe, particularly in terms of financial figures, which are the lagging indicators rather than the situations that are the leading indicators of future performance.

Categories: How To, Technology

How to delete undeletable files and folders in windows

March 10, 2012 1 comment

Have you ever had to delete files and folders from windows but was unable to due to it being locked by a program or windows itself?

Even if you try booting the system in safe mode you can still not delete the file or folder.

Well this  bit of software can help you

EMCO MoveOnBoot

This program can tag files or folders for specific actions, such as delete or move and performs them when you reboot windows by working it’s magic before windows starts.

Categories: How To, Technology

Windows 8 Customer Preview Problem “This App Cant Open”

March 5, 2012 Leave a comment

If you been using the windows 8 customer preview

And get the following error

“This app can’t open, The screen resolution is too low for this app to run, change your screen resolution”

Then plesae take a look at the following link

http://www.chrisstark.co.uk/2012/03/windows-8-customer-preview-this-app-cant-open/

Categories: How To, Technology, WIndows 8

Windows 7 logon screen background changer

March 3, 2012 Leave a comment

You can change the default background Windows 7 logon screen by modifying the registry or you change it though this simple tool called Logon Changer created by Steve Sinchak

Software can be downloaded from here Logon Changer

1)Once you download the file you will need to extract the software from the .ZIP file

2)In the extracted folder will be a file called Tweakslogon.exe double left click to run

3)Click change logon screen

4)you will then be shown the File Menu navigate to Picture you want to use and left click the open

5)If the image is to large the program will automatically make the adjustments required to display it as logon screen background picture

6)left click “ok” on the dialog box saying “New Logon Background Successfully Installed”

To change back to the old windows background screen left click “Revert to default logon screen”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Handy Software, Technology
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