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New SysInternals utility: Disk2VHD

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

I missed this gem from SysInternals last week.

Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online.

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FIX data dictionary browser

September 8, 2009 Leave a comment

I found out about this interactive FIX data dictionary browser today.

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Fan control on MacBook Pro

September 3, 2009 1 comment

Here’s one way to reduce the extra heat generated when Vista is running on a MacBook Pro under BootCamp.

The tool is not compatible with BootCamp’s Keyboard Manager (KbdMgr.exe). So here’s how to run it:

  1. Kill KbdMgr.exe.
  2. Run LubbosFanControl as an admin and increase the minimum fan speed. When it is running, the app dynamically sets the fan speed based on the CPU/GPU temperature.
  3. Exit LubbosFanControl and start KbdMgr from C:\Program Files\Boot Camp.

After the steps above, the fan speed will be set to the increased value you specified, but will not change dynamically.

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Freeware Icon Editor

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Just a reference for self for the future.

Greenfish Icon Editor Pro seems to be a pretty decent editor. Best of all,

  1. it is freeware, and
  2. the download zip lacks an installer, making it ideal to work with on a locked down workstation.

It doesn’t support SVG format but I needed to work with PNGs anyway. I haven’t yet quite figured out how to swap colors in it.

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Sequence Diagrams

August 5, 2009 2 comments

Just a note to myself so I have it referenced for the future.

WebSequenceDiagrams is a handy alternative if you don’t happen to have a UML tool installed and ready to use.

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