Converting from imovie on Windows

I’ve recently migrated off a Mac onto Windows.

After the event I found all my home video files were encoded with the Apple Intermediate Codec and couldn’t be played or edited on my PC

After lots of trial and error I found ffmpeg could convert.

A created a simple batch job which I ran from a command prompt to convert all the videos. It took over 2 days to complete but appears to work fine.

the batch job was a simple one line:

FOR  /R %%a in (“*.mov”) do ffmpeg -i “%%a” -c:v libx264 -preset slow -crf 20 “%%~dpna.mp4” 

Stopping Office Upload center running when using SkyDrive

I’ve been moving files over to Skydrive which appears to be working fine, then I’ve had all these notices about Microsoft Upload centre failing. Seems to me that two apps were trying to do one job and getting in each others way.

So I’ve disabled the upload centre.

Simply by right clicking the skydrive icon and choosing settings, then UNSELECT Use Office to sync files faster and work on files with other people at the same time.


Unknown Device driver Windows 8 and Folio 13

I just installed Windows 8 onto my HP Folio 13 and one unknown driver. After some trial and error I narrowed it down to the Intel Smart Connect Technology Driver. I downloaded the driver from here.

Attached picture of the device properties of the unknown driver prior to me installing this new driver.

Syncing Dropbox to an SD card on an HP Elitepad

I’ve now managed to get Dropbox syncing to the SD card on my HP Elitepad, following the same instructions I used for SkyDrive, namely:

  1. Format the MicroSD card as NTFS (otherwise this method will not work).
  2. Create a Folder C:Data
  3. Create a mount point for the MicroSD drive as C:Data on the fixed drive.
  4. Install Dropbox Desktop and supply C:Data as the Dropbox folder.
  5. Dropbox will create a dropsub dir and start syncing to your SD card



Backing up my Solar Pogoplug

I’ve been running 123solar on my Pogoplug for almost a year now, and started to get concerned about loosing the historical data. So I started to look around at options for an automated backup.

I simply followed the instructions here

After doing so, I had some java issues, with following error:

dl failure on line 696Error: failed /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/arm/server/, because cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory


when you use a non-reparenting window manager



Optional dependencies for openjdk6

    icedtea-web: web browser plugin + Java Web Start

    alsa-lib: for sound

    giflib: for gif format support

Fix was this command:

ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/


Letting Skydrive save to a MicroSD card in HP Elitepad (windows 8 tablet)

So I just got my HP Elitepad, I wanted to sync my documents using Skydrive to an SD card. At first Skydrive wouldn’t let me do this, fortunately I came across an article here, with some simple steps:

  1. Format the MicroSD card as NTFS (otherwise this method will not work).
  2. Create a D:Skydrive folder on the MicroSD.
  3. Create a Folder C:Data
  4. Create a mount point for the MicroSD drive as C:Data on the fixed drive.
  5. Install Skydrive Desktop and supply C:DataSkydrive as the skydrive folder.
  6. Watch Skydrive “fill both folders” with you Skydrive cloud data.


Browsing Mac Shares from Windows 7

I wasn’t able to see my Mac network share from Windows 7 and the single edit to the security policy that worked for Vista, didn’t work for Windows 7.

It turns out a second step was needed, as detailed below:

Start>secpol.msc [enter]

Click on “Local Policies” –> “Security Options”

Navigate to the policy “Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level” and double-click it to get its Properties. By default Windows Vista and Windows 7 set the policy to “NTVLM2 responses only”. Use the drop-down arrow to change this to

“LM and NTLM ? use NTLMV2 session security if negotiated”.

Then naviate to the policy Network security: Minimum session security for NTLM SSP based (including secure RPC) clients, double click and untick

“Require 128-bit encryption”