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Who should read this: Readers should have at least one image file that ends in .ISO.  You probably want to see inside or somehow use that file or maybe access it from another computer.  This is how to use a few great free tools to make that happen.

This article tells how to install the Apache HTTP Server on Microsoft Windows XP to mount and then share an ISO image file as a URL, first using Daemon Tools Lite to mount the ISO image file.

Simply put: Load and share an ISO image file as a drive letter assignment and a URL, like http://192.168.0.2.

Download Daemon Tools Lite here:

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  • Single left-click on CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IF ABOVE LINK DOES NOT WORK to download Daemon Tools Lite from a more reliable mirror site.

  • Single left-click Run to start installing daemon4301-lite.exe.

  • Single left-click OK to install the English language.

  • Single left-click Next to begin setup wizard.

  • Single left-click I Agree to accept the End User License Agreement.

  • Single left-click OK to reboot Windows to continue installation.

  • Single left-click Run after the system reboots.

  • Single left-click Next to begin setup wizard again.

  • Single left-click I Agree to accept the End User License Agreement.

  • Deselect DAEMON Tools default Search Provider.
  • Deselect DAEMON Tools Toolbar.
  • Single left-click Next from the Choose Components window.

  • Deselect Browser’s Start Page.
  • Single left-click Next to continue.

  • Single left-click Install to continue.

  • Single left-click Finish to complete setup and automatically Run DAEMON Tools Lite.

  • Single right-click on the DAEMON Tools Lite system tray icon down in the Start bar near the clock.

  • Hover the mouse over Virtual CD/DVD-ROM from the pop-up menu shown to bring up another menu I can’t seem to show you.
  • Hold the mouse over Device 0: [E:] Empty for another pop-up menu to appear.
  • Single left-click on Set device parameters.

  • Under Settings use the drop down menu after Drive letter: to set the drive letter to J:.
  • Single left-click OK to close the Set drive parameters – Device 0 window.

  • Hover the mouse over Virtual CD/DVD-ROM to bring up another menu.
  • Hold the mouse over Device 0: [E:] Empty for another pop-up menu to appear.
  • Single left-click on Mount image.
  • Browse to the location containing the file named Fedora-9-i386-DVD.iso.
  • Single left-click Fedora-9-i386-DVD.iso to Open and mount the file to the J:\ location.
  • The J:\ drive shows Fedora 9 i386 DV (J:) in the My Computer window on my Microsoft Windows XP computer.

Download Apache web server here:

http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi


  • Single left-click on Download under the section that says Apache 2.2.9 Released.
  • Scroll down to where you see Apache HTTP Server 2.2.9 is the best available version
  • Look for the download that starts with Win32 Binary without crypto (no mod_ssl) (MSI Installer):
  • Single left-click on apache_2.2.9-win32-x86-no_ssl-r2.msi to download it.
  • Run apache_2.2.9-win32-x86-no_ssl-r2.msi.

  • Single left-click on Run to continue.

  • Single left-click Next to continue installing Apache HTTP Server 2.2.9.

  • Single left-click the radio button in from of I accept the terms of the license agreement.

  • Single left-click Next to continue and accpet the license agreement.

  • Single left-click Next to continue past the Read First screen about running Apache on Windows.

  • Type in Server Information.
  • Single-click Next to continue using the default port. Port 80.

  • Click on Next to continue with a Typical install.

  • Click Next to select the default Destination Folder.

  • Single left-click Install to install Apache HTTP Server 2.2.9.
  • Some black command prompt screens will quickly pop-up and disappear, do not worry.

  • Single left-click on Finish to complete installation.

Now edit C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf\httpd.conf like below to reflect the drive letter of whatever drive you picked when you mounted the Fedora-9-i386-DVD.iso ISO image file with DAEMON Tools Lite.

# DocumentRoot: The directory out of which you will serve your
# documents. By default, all requests are taken from this directory, but
# symbolic links and aliases may be used to point to other locations.
#
DocumentRoot "J:/"

#
# This should be changed to whatever you set DocumentRoot to.
#
<Directory "J:/">
    #
    # Possible values for the Options directive are "None", "All",
    # or any combination of:
    #   Indexes Includes FollowSymLinks SymLinksifOwnerMatch ExecCGI MultiViews
    #
    # Note that "MultiViews" must be named *explicitly* --- "Options All"
    # doesn't give it to you.
    #
    # The Options directive is both complicated and important.  Please see
    # http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/mod/core.html#options
    # for more information.
    #
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks

    #
    # AllowOverride controls what directives may be placed in .htaccess files.
    # It can be "All", "None", or any combination of the keywords:
    #   Options FileInfo AuthConfig Limit
    #
    AllowOverride None

    #
    # Controls who can get stuff from this server.
    #
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all

</Directory>
  • Double left-click the Apache services the Apache Service Monitor icon in the system tray of the Start bar near the clock.

  • Single left-click Restart to restart Apache2.2 services and activate the new URL.
  • Single left-click OK to close the Apache Service Monitor window.

Access the URL of the mounted or in other words, inside the Fedora-9-i386-DVD.iso file, from a remote computer at http://192.168.0.2.

Access the mounted or, inside, of the Fedora-9-i386-DVD.iso from your Microsoft Windows XP computer at J:\ or http://127.0.0.1 and maybe even http://localhost.

A program like VLC media player will play a DVD ISO image file without mounting it first.

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Who should read this: Readers should have the occasional need for graph paper or unperforated lined paper.


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Who should read this: Readers should have a computer loaded with Microsoft Windows Vista and need to capture part or all of their computer screen.  The Snipping Tool let’s you save that screen capture to a .JPG, .GIF or .PNG file.


To activate the Snipping Tool in Microsoft Windows Vista:

  • Single left-click on the Start button.
  • Single left-click on the Control Panel.

  • You must be in Control Panel Home mode.
  • Type “turn windows features” in the Search box in the top right corner of the Control Panel window.
  • Single left-click on Turn Windows features on or off under Programs and Features in the middle of the Control Panel window.
  • Single left-click Continue in the User Account Control dialog box.

  • Single left-click on Tablet PC Optional Components.
  • Single left-click on OK.

To find the Snipping Tool in Microsoft Windows Vista:

  • Single left-click on the Start button.
  • Single left-click on All Programs.
  • Single left-click on Accessories.
  • Single left-click on Snipping Tool.

Personally I use Gadwin PrintScreen to make my screen captures.  They offer a freeware version that works great.  It doesn’t do certain things the Snipping Tool does but it does many other things better. They also offer a professional version, that does more of the things the Snipping Tool does and then some.  I just don’t really need all that.

Who should read this: Readers should be people concerned with data theft or with computer theft.  This article will help you if you don’t know what happens to a file when you press delete.

Only the pointer is removed when you delete a file from your computer.  The actual data still remains on your hard disk drive until it is written over with new information. Heidi Eraser permanently deletes or “erases” the file pointer and “erases” the actual data contained on the disk driveHeidi Eraser accomplishes this by overwriting the area on the disk drive where the deleted files physically reside.  The files are overwritten multiple times with random unusable data patterns making recovery of the original data nearly impossible, the more overwrites the harder it gets to recover anything usable.  Overwriting sensitive data seven times is good enough for most people.

Heidi Eraser works with Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP (32/64), Vista (32/64), Windows Server 2003 and DOS.  It works with any disk drive including IDE, SCSI and RAID, and CD-RW’s. This free program also supports FAT32 and NTFS Files Systems.

Heidi Eraser will “erase” the free space on your disk drives.  This includes areas with previously deleted data that are not being currently referenced by any pointers.  This utility can even properly “erase” the leftover data being held by the write cache feature in Microsoft Windows.

Heidi Eraser can also be used to securely delete your INDEX.DAT file.  INDEX.DAT is a file that tracks the websites you visit manually when you type the websites directly into the address bar.  INDEX.DAT is also used to keep track of what search terms are used with Google and who you e-mail through Yahoo. This file is not cleared or removed when you clear the History in Microsoft Internet Explorer. Furthermore it cannot be deleted while modern versions of Microsoft Windows are running. Heidi Eraser can securely clear this file for you during a system reboot.


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Who should read this: Readers would be people who have a need to scan and edit the occasional document. SimpleOCR is a freeware optical character recognition program. It provides similar functionality to that of OmniPage.
OmniPage and OmniPage Professional provide expanded features and support.

I do not have a constant need to convert scanned documents into editable text. SimpleOCR lets me do that occasionally without spending a $150 to get started. SimpleOCR exhibits the typical troubles competing commercial optical character recognition (OCR) software has recognizing certain fonts. They make errors like reading an 1 as a l, etc. I don’t use OCR software often enough to care. SimpleOCR saves me a ton of time when I do need it.

From the SimpleOCR website:

“If you have a scanner and want to avoid retyping your documents, SimpleOCR is the fast, free way to do it. The SimpleOCR freeware is 100% free and not limited in any way. Anyone can use SimpleOCR for free–home users, educational institutions, even corporate users.”

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Readers should probably have read my first post “Export Microsoft Outlook Contacts for import into an OpenOffice.org Base database”. This takes that concept a step further and uses your contacts database to automatically print individually addressed envelopes based on your selections from the database tables.
  • Open OpenOffice.org Writer.
  • Left-click on Insert from the menu.
  • Left-click on Envelopes.
  • Left-click on the drop down menu just below Database and select the database that holds the table containing your contacts.
  • Next left-click the drop down menu just below where it says Table and select the table containing your contacts.
  • Now left-click the drop down menu just below where is says Database field and select the first field you want to use on your envelope.
  • Left-click the button with the arrow pointing to the left to insert the current selection from the Database field into the Addressee section.
  • Now left-click after the <contacts.business_contacts.0.Title> entry and insert a space with the keyboard.
  • Again left-click the drop down menu just below where is says Database field and select the next field you want to use on your envelope.
  • Left-click the button with the arrow point to the left to insert the Database field into the Addressee section.
  • Now left-click after the <contacts.business_contacts.0.First Name> entry and insert a space with the keyboard.
  • Rinse and repeat for each piece of information you want to appear on the envelope after printing.
    • How you set up each field inside the Addressee section of the Envelope window should look similar to this. 
    <contacts.business_contacts.0.Title> <contacts.business_contacts.0.First Name> <contacts.business_contacts.0.Last Name>
    <contacts.business_contacts.0.Company Name>
    <contacts.business_contacts.0.Address Line 1>
    <contacts.business_contacts.0.Address Line 2>
    <contacts.business_contacts.0.City>, <contacts.business_contacts.0.State> <contacts.business_contacts.0.ZIP>
    • You may want a variation and proper placement from what I show above but this should suffice for standard correspondence. You can copy this code line for line if you called your database contacts and called the table buisness_contacts.
      • The format is of each database call is <DatabaseName.TableName.0.FieldName>.
    • If the table is called contacts then remove the business_ so it looks like this below instead.
    <contacts.contacts.0.Title> <contacts.contacts.0.First Name> <contacts.contacts.0.Last Name>
    <contacts.contacts.0.Company Name>
    <contacts.contacts.0.Address Line 1>
    <contacts.contacts.0.Address Line 2>
    <contacts.contacts.0.City>, <contacts.contacts.0.State> <contacts.contacts.0.ZIP>
    • Next you should go to the Printer tab of the Envelope window you will see options for Envelope orientation so left-click to choose the position the envelope will be fed into the printer.
    • Also make sure the Current printer is correct choice on this screen.
  • Left-click on the Format tab.
  • The next part is actually the hard part. Getting everything lined up so it prints correctly on the envelope.

OpenOffice.org Format tab from the Envelope window.

  • These are the settings I use for my envelopes. I use non-standard envelopes and I just had to play with the positions to get it right.
  • Left-click on New Document and try the default settings for your envelope size.
  • Change the sender/addressee fonts or lettering style now before printing, if you desire.
  • There are two pages to this document. You can type or edit a form letter on the second page or just delete the blank page if you only need to print just an envelope.
  • Save this document and next time when you need to print an envelope, you can select a different contact or group of contacts when you Print, using this document for a template.
  • Left-click File.
  • Left-click Print.
  • Left-click on Yes when if get a warning that says Your document contains address database fields. Do you want to print a form letter?.
  • Left-click in the empty box at the front of each row to select and print the information for each contact to print the envelope for.
  • For testing the alignment of the addresses select only one for now.
    • Hold the Ctrl key down to select multiple contacts for printing more than one addressed envelope at a time, only after you are sure the envelope template is correct.
    • Left-click Insert, left-click Envelope and adjust the Format positions and try again, if the addresses don’t show or are cut off, by pressing Modify.
    • Resave the envelope template when you get the positions lined up the right way so that both addresses are entirely showing.

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When I say left-click I mean a single left-click. I will specify a double left-click. Right-click always means a single right-click.
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Readers should already have a basic familiarity with the different applications included with OpenOffice.org, Wrtier, Calc, Impress, Math, and Draw. It will help to know how to launch those programs from the Start menu or desktop. You will need to have Contacts stored in Microsoft Outlook 2003 and you should want to use that information with OpenOffice.org 2.4.0 merge features for, at least, printing envelopes and personalized form letters.
  • Open Microsoft Outlook.
  • Left-click on File.
  • Left-click on Import and Export.
  • Left-click on Export to a file, under Choose an action to perform:, to highlight it.
  • Left-click on Next> to continue exporting.
  • Left-click on Microsoft Excel under Create a file of type:.
  • Left-click on Next to continue.
  • Left-click on Contacts under Select folder to export from:.
  • Left-click on Next> to continue.
  • Type or Browse to a location where the exported file can be easily retrieved, under Save exported file as:.
  • Left-click on Next> to continue.
  • Left-click on Map Custom Fields.

Microsoft Outlook 2003 Map Custom Fields Dialog Box

  • Left-drag the information available in the left column to the list on the right so the Mapped from list contains something like Title, First Name, Last Name, Company, Job Title, Business Street, Business Street 2, Business City, Business State, Business Postal Code, Business Phone, Business Phone 2, Home Phone, Mobile Phone, Categories, E-mail Address, Web Page and Gender in close to that order.
  • Make sure everything you want to fill your database in the Value section on the left is listed under the Mapped from column near Field in the right section.
    • Also if you are exporting friends & family instead of business contacts then you should change when I say Business Street to be Home Street, Business Phone 2 to Home Phone 2, etc… Take a note of anything you change in the list I gave you of fields to export. You will need that information later.
  • Left-click on OK to continue.
  • Left-click on Finish to export your contact list.
  • Open OpenOffice.org Base.
  • Base should load the Database Wizard at start-up.
  • Left-click on the circle in front of it if Create a new database is not the default selection.
  • Left-click Next to continue.

OpenOffice.org Database Wizard Finish Screen

  • The default settings Yes, register the database for me and Open the database for editing should only be selected.
  • Left-click Finish to create an empty database in OpenOffice.org Base.
  • Name the file and browse to save the database to a common location and left-click OK.
  • Now open the Microsoft Excel file you exported from Microsoft Outlook 2003 in OpenOffice.org Calc.
    • The information we’ve exported from Outlook 2003 so far is only for business contacts & addresses. I collect the Categories information from my Outlook 2003 Contacts so I can sort my exported spreadsheet with Calc. Then I can remove the contacts that don’t belong in my database, like family. I remove their rows so they aren’t included in my business mailings. You could create a business contact database and a home contact database using this category sorting method also.
    • To Sort, you can highlight everything in Calc if you hold Ctrl while pressing and releasing the A key.
    • While holding the Ctrl key down again, left-click on Row 1 to deselect.
    • With everything but the top row highlighted left-click on Data in the top menu.
    • Left-click on Sort…
    • In my exported file the Catergories column is Column O. Find the correct column for you and select it under Sort by from it’s drop down menu near Acending.
    • Choosing Acending is fine.
    • Left-click OK to sort based on the columns you selected.
    • Now you can highlight and delete the rows with old or unneeded contacts.
      • Right-click on the row numbers to the left of the spreadsheet. Left-click Delete Row.
      • Hold the Shift key and use the Arrow keys to select multiple rows to delete all at once.
      • Hold the Ctrl key to left-click on multiple row numbers before deleting the unneeded rows of contact information.
  • You need to highlight everything in the OpenOffice.org Calc document by holding the Ctrl key while you press the A key once the businesses/people you want included in your database are the only businesses/people listed.
  • To copy everything to the clipboard once everything is highlighted hold down the Ctrl key while you press the C key.
  • Switch back to OpenOffice.org Base.
  • Left-click on Tables under Database in the left column.
  • Right-click on the white space in the middle of the OpenOffice.org Base main window somewhere just below where it says Tables and left-click on Paste to import the contact information you just copied from OpenOffice.org Calc.

OpenOffice.org Base Copy table dialog box

  • Change the Table name to something you understand like contacts
  • Left-click the box in front of Create primary key to select that option if should be checked.
  • Leave Name set to ID.
  • Left-click next to continue.

OpenOffice.org Base Apply Columns Dialog Box

  • Left-click the double arrows, in the middle, that point to the right, so that everything moves from under Exisiting Columns to the right side for inclusion when you create your new database table.
  • Left-click Next to continue.
  • The Type formatting window lets you set the names of the columns in your table. To better match what OpenOffice.org is going to be looking for, you should set the proper Field names. You can skip the next step and match the fields manually each time you create a new document if you would rather.
  • ID, Title = Remain the same. Put a space between FirstName, LastName and JobTitle. Change Company to Company Name. Change BusinessStreet1 to Address Line 1. Change BusinessStreet2 to Address Line 2. Change BusinessCity1 to City. Change BusinessState1 to State. Change BusinessPostalCode1 to ZIP. Change HomePhone or MobilePhone to Telephone private. Change BusinessPhone1 to Telephone business. Change EmailAddress to E-mail address. Change Gender1 to Gender.
    • If you exported home addresses from Outlook instead of business addresses then you need to match the field changes based on the notes you took.
  • Left-click Create to create the new contacts table in your now populated database.
  • Close OpenOffice.org Calc.
  • Close OpenOffice.org Base and save the database again if prompted.
  • You now have a contact database you can use as a source in OpenOffice.org Writer to print envelopes and personalized form letters.

I’ll write more on how to do that later.

iCarbon is a simple and effective photocopier application. I don’t even have any ink in my HP PSC 2410v Photosmart All-In-One. I don’t care about printing in color very often. I use iCarbon to access the scanner though and print the copies directly to my laser printer in one easy step.

iCarbon\'s Main Screen

This program is very easy to configure and use. iCarbon will save you a ton of money on Inkjet ink cartridges if you normally use an All-In-One InkJet printer for copies. Make copies to any printer connected to the same computer or network. Only use your InkJet printer for things you absolutely need in color, use a laser printer for anything else. Whenever possible people should use a laser printer for black and white printing since toner is far less expensive than InkJet ink.

iCarbon Hardware Screen

Set the Destination Printer and Scanner from the Hardware tab. My printer is set to CutePDF Writer.

CutePDF Writer is a simple application that allows printing directly to a .PDF file instead of paper. Using that for your destination Printer will not only save ink but you will save on paper too. Simply print the resulting .PDF file anytime you need a hard copy without needing to find the original. Include copies of important “offline” paperwork into your daily or weekly computer data backups with a combination of iCarbon and CutePDF Writer. Just copy and save the .PDF file where you store your other important information.

From the Manufacturer:

iCarbon allows you to combine your printer and scanner into a photo copier using a small and fast program. All TWAIN-compatible scanners on your computer can be acquired with one click, as can all your printers. Scan/Print is just one simple operation.”

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