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Scan to Excel

This week I’ve mostly been trying to figure out a way to digitalise some of my bank statements to make accountancy and archiving easier.

I figured there must be a way to scan them in using a document scanner, then use OCR software to render the data into Excel.

Of course, nothing does this natively, but there are ways to do it.

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I’ve been meaning to publish a post about Pingotron for some time now, but now I fear it’s already too late.

Quite a few months back I was looking for an application that could sit on my desktop and tell me instantly if any of my servers had stopped responding by ping.

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Adding fonts into photoshop without adding them to windows

If you use Photoshop for any kind of graphic or web design, you’ll understand the importance of having an array of fonts to choose from.

However, you may soon find yourself with a font overload. The problem is that once you get over about 1000 fonts in your Windows directory (usually “C:\Windows\Fonts\”) you’ll find that windows becomes very slow, particularly at startup.

To get around this, you don’t add the fonts to Windows, instead you add them into Photoshop, which is able to handle many more fonts than simply loading them into Windows.

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DVD Collection Software

I wanted to find some software to help organise my DVD collection.

At first I thought there was only a few, but I soon discovered that there are quite a few…

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Icon Software

Over the past few weeks I’ve been assisting the creation of articles regarding icon software on Wikipedia.

It started when I helped improve an article on “Icon Editors“, but because it lacked notability on its own, it was merged with the parent “Computer icon” article. Read the rest of this entry »

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Setting up a FreeBSD socks proxy server for use with mIRC

I’m getting fed up with my current IRC BNC software. At the moment I’m using psyBNC, which means I have to connect to it like you would an IRC server, then issue commands to that to tell it to connect to the IRC server of your choice.

I no longer need the features of psyBNC and decided that there must be a better way.

At first I started looking at other, more basic BNC software, but then worked out that they work in very much the same way as psyBNC in the fact that you have to first connect to it, then tell it where to connect to.

So I thought… What about a socks5 proxy?

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How to extract photos from an exe

I wasn’t going to write about this, but I liked the solution (application) so much I had to shout about it.

I was provided with a 30 day cd preview slideshow of wedding photos, and was asked very kindly to attempt to extract the photos from it so they could be viewed beyond the trial period.

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Firefox “Always On Top” on Windows XP

When watching long streaming online videos I often watch them while I do other things, perhaps even browse other websites. I need something to keep firefox on top!

The problem is the moment that I use another application the focus is taken away from the Firefox window and it goes into the background. This is no good as I can no longer see the video.

I decided to investigate a solution that could keep the Mozilla Firefox window “Always on Top”…

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Text editors revisited

As a web developer my main tool is my text editor, which I use for pretty much EVERYTHING from coding HTML, to PHP to perl. A text editor is an essential part of my day-to-day life.

Meaning I need a text editor that I does what I want, the way I want it.

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HP Software Update

Today, I am trying to install a “HP Scanjet 7650n”, everything seems okay, until I come to install the software.

As part of the software installation it appears to install a piece of software called “HP Software Update”.

Unfortunately this causes me an error:

Product: HP Software Update — A newer version of this software has been found on your system. Setup will now exit.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at

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