My company uses OrgPublisher software to display our organisation chart within the intranet.

Recently, after upgrading my browser to IE11, the chart did not display; instead it brought me to Aquire.com – the owners of OrgPublisher – to say that I am not using IE.

The company has released a new version to address this issues – OrgPublisher 11.3.

But a faster solution is to just select the ‘Display intranet sites in Compatibility View’ (look under ‘Tools’ > ‘Compatibility View settings’). Or add the website address to ‘Add this website’.

After restarting the browser, that the chart appeared as per usual.

The office of the church I attend, was facing Wifi connectivity issues – some areas in the office had poor Wifi signal. I thought of adding another wireless access point (AP) there to boost the signal and lucky for me, there was a free LAN port available in that area.

Found this Aztech Wall-Plugged Wireless N-Access Point at a PC fair. It was suitable for the purpose and pretty cheap too – cost only RM75 (about USD23).

Aztech-firstpic

To get started, I plugged it into the power source and connected my notebook to the default Wifi connection from the device. I logged into the device settings from my internet browser.
IP: 192.168.1.1; Username: admin; Password: admin

Next, I created a separate IP address (under Network > Local) for this device so that it doesn’t conflict with the existing router’s IP.
(Once you do this, the AP needs to restart and you would need to use the new IP to log in).

Aztech Interface 1

Third, I created a unique SSID name (the name that will appear when you looking to connect to a Wifi network) and selected a channel (both under Wireless > Settings).

Aztech Interface 2a

Using the Wifi Analyzer app on my Blackberry Q10, I checked to see which channels were less crowded in that area and choose that. (Note: If you are using the same SSID and password as your first AP, ensure that the channels are different.)

Wifi Analyzer 1aSample screenshot of the Wifi Analyzer app

Lastly, I set a password for the SSID (under Wireless > Security) and changed the device admin password (under System > Password) to avoid anyone from logging into the device settings.

Aztech Interface 3

Aztech Interface 4

It worked really well and was very easy to set-up. I particularly like the compact size and the fact that it doesn’t require any power cables.

The signal range was pretty good for a small device without external antennas. To give you a rough idea, I could get 3 bars from about 55 feet away from the device (I was standing outside the office).

Like any other office, it had cubicles, doors and partitions in the way; the range might be different for you depending on where you place the device, and its surroundings.

IMG_00000412WL576E on the job

You can find more info from the official website here.

Last weekend’s project was to replace a Dell’s (Inspiron 1440) hard drive and reinstall the Windows 7. Unfortunately the DVD drive was not working.

I bought a new WD 500GB hdd for RM165 (about USD50).

WD HDD 500GB

Since the DVD drive was not working, I had to install Windows 7  from a USB drive. To do that, Microsoft provides a neat tool called Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool.

1. First, convert the Windows 7 installer DVD which came with the notebook, into an .iso file. I used Corel Burn.Now utility from my Lenovo to do so (other DVD programs should be able to do the same).

Corel Burn.Now1 v2

 

2. Once the .iso is created, install the software from Microsoft – http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

Win 7 Download Tool v1

 

3. Run the application and select the .iso created in step 1.

Win 7 Download Tool v1 - 1

 

4. Insert an empty USB drive and click on ‘USB device’.

Win 7 Download Tool v1 - 2

 

5. You would need a USB drive with at least 4GB of free space.

Win 7 Download Tool v1 - 3

 

6. The USB contents will be erased – so ensure you copy all your data out before proceeding.

Win 7 Download Tool v1 - 4

 

7. ‘All contents of this device will be lost’ – don’t regret later.

Win 7 Download Tool v1 - 5

 

8. It will proceed to create a bootable USB device with the Windows 7 installer.

Win 7 Download Tool v1 - 6Win 7 Download Tool v1 - 7

 

I fixed the new hdd and booted from the USB drive created above (for this Dell machine, to boot from USB, I pressed F12 at the Dell boot screen and choose USB drive).

Just follow the Windows 7 installation steps as you would when installing from a DVD.

Dell Inspiron 1440 v1Old notebook with a new heart