The “MZ” header in EXE files

When you open an executable in notepad, you might have noticed that every executable starts with the letters MZ These story behind these two letters is that these are the initials of Mark Zbikowski the designer of the DOS executable file format. These two letters are basically telling the system that this is an executable file. It must be a funny idea when going to sleep and knowing that your initials are spread on billions Read More …

Writing e-mails on foreign keyboards

Today we were invited with friends for a BBQ. One of the conversations we had was about writing e-mails on a foreign keyboard. Anyone who has travelled to a foreign country before and used a local PC has probably had that challenge of finding the right characters on the keyboard. The biggest challenge I heard of from people is about the @ sign and the . (dot) character. These are two important characters when entering Read More …

Do not slipstream Windows XP sources on Windows Vista

Today one of my colleagues ran into an issue after having slipstreamed Service Pack 3 into Windows XP. During the Windows XP unattended installation process the provided product key within the unattend.txt file was not accepted, which caused the system to prompt for the product key. This turned out to be a known issue as documented within the following Microsoft support article. After you create Windows XP Service Pack 3 slipstreamed media, your product key Read More …

Removing large size content from outlook calendar

Most companies put storage limits on their users mailboxes. To avoid full mailboxes, some periodic housekeeping is required. This can be done by either using the archiving function or by deleting content manually. To identify calendar entries with large attachments, select your calendar, select View, then Current View, then Outlook Data files. Then click on the “size” column to sort the calendar entries by size. You should now see the calendar entries sorted by its Read More …