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Andrey Mikhalchuk’s Blog

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Apr 3, 2013 How to Map Ports in Windows

Port mapping is a great feature that allows you to make almost any remote network service to work like it is running on your computer. Most people use specialized software to make it work, however there is a built-it Windows command that allows you to do exactly the same thing. Fire up windows command shell (Start->Run->cmd) and run this command:

Jan 19, 2009 Fixing Samsung SPF-83V left/right buttons

Samsung spf-83v buttons connectorI like this photo frame alot! Samsung SPF-83V not only does have excellent 800×600 resolution, but it also supports content retrieval from other computers and directly from the Internet RSS channels via WiFi. Of course it is not perfect, it is not the easiest photo frame to set up, all content retrieval technologies are Microsoft-oriented, but the most frustrating feature is that for some reason Left and Right buttons are reversed!! Why would anyone do that I have no clue. Here is how to fix the problem.

Oct 4, 2008 How to make Delphi TFrame background transparent

I actually think this method will work for Visual Basic and other similar languages too. Here is the code for a sample frame called TfrKnob:

Sep 11, 2008 “Setup cannot continue because some system files are out of date on your system.”

“Setup cannot continue because some system files are out of date on your system. Click OK if you would like setup to update these files for you now. You will need to restart Windows before you can run setup again. Click cancel to exit setup without updating system files.”

First time I was struggling with the problem when I tried to install Dino-MITE – an excellent program for monitoring ancd controlling home dinosaurs manufactured by Ugobe. Later it appeared that the problem is more common and frequently occures with during the installation of various products written in Visual Basic.

Mar 20, 2008 Windows Explorer: how to enable labels in the thumbnail view

Windows ExplorerSo you did something and your windows explorer is now displaying thumbnails without labels?

Here is how to cure it: switch to any other view mode and then switch back to thumbnail view while holding shift key. Nice! How many tiny features like this one windows hides inside?

Feb 7, 2008 How to enable filmstrip view in Windows Explorer (Windows XP)

Windows explorer in XP has very nice feature of displaying folder contents as a filmstrip. It is very handy to browse lots of images. Unfortunately the logic of turning it on and off this feature doesn’t perfectly match the reality. Here’s explanation how you can enable filmstrip view for your folder

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