No E-Mail Client in Windows 7? Where’s Windows Mail or Outlook Express?

So, you’ve just installed Windows 7 and go to add your e-mail account. You go to Start, and look for Mail – it’s not there. You look in All Programs – same story, it’s not there, it’s “missing” – so, what do you do? Microsoft have removed the default e-mail client found in Vista, Windows …

Reading STDIN to PHP from the Command Line (CLI)

There may be times when you want to read from STDIN to a PHP script you’ve created from the command line. Code below: $in = fopen(‘php://stdin’, ‘r’); while(!feof($in)){     $text = $text . fgets($in, 4096); } What this will do is read from STDIN, and create a $text variable of the contents.  It does this …

Microsoft Hyper-V: “msvm_virtualsystemsettingdata Object was not found” Error

Today I installed Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V, to run a few test VMs on. When installing Hyper-V, it warned me that it was a pre-release version, and that it needed an update.  I did a Windows Update, to get all of the other updates, but it didn’t seem to upgrade Hyper-V. I didn’t install …

Viewing Another Users’ Crontab Entries in Ubuntu, Debian or CentOS

There may be occasions where you, as the administrator of a machine, may want to see what cron entries your users have.  Maybe you have slow downs at a particular time every day, and want to see who’s running what. All crontab’s, for all users, are stored in /var/spool/cron/crontabs on Debian and Ubuntu, as plain …

Removing System Icons (Clock, etc) from the Windows 7 Taskbar

There are some icons which aren’t classed as notifications, you may want to remove from the Windows 7 task bar. Items like the clock, volume, network, and power icons are all classed as system icons, and not part of the normal “Desktop Notifications” settings (where you would find icons for Live Messenger, Outlook, etc). If …

How to Install the Telnet Client in Windows 7

Telnet is missing from the default install of Windows 7, as it was in Windows Vista.  The process, though, to install it is exactly the same as before: Start by opening Control Panel and then go to Programs and Features Then once open, down the left-hand side, you’ll see an option Turn Windows Features on …