Utility for cleaning up old Windows profiles

I just found a great command line tool for deleting old profiles from Windows XP and 2003 computers and servers. Delprof makes it easy to weed out old profiles from computers that have served for many years or which have been shared by many users.

Settings that are available from this command line tool include:

  • /R Delete roaming profile cache only
  • /C Remote computer name — allows you to delete profiles from remote computers as long as you’re an administrator

See: More info and download link from Microsoft for Delprof

Found a great offline blog editor

I’m working on the next issue of the ICCTE Journal,¬†which I recently moved from Plone to WordPress. We generally have our copy ready articles in either RTF or Word format. To prepare them for production in a web environment, I have relied upon a number of methods in the past from hand coding to using the HTML editor in Moodle to purge Word’s HTML cruft before posting the production ready copy into my CMS.

This will be our second issue in WordPress so I was rethinking my workflow and how I could most efficiently convert from Word and RTF format into WordPress. After a quick Google search for offline blog editors, I found a reference to the fact that Word 2007 can be used as an offline blog editor to post directly to your blog (it supports WordPress and a number of other blog engines).

Now, I know what your thinking–Word as offline HTML/blog editor? What is that going to do to my HTML? Well, surprisingly enough, with careful use of the Clear Formatting tool in Word, you can achieve extremely clean HTML in your postings.

So far, I’m very happy and very greatful that I can prepare a document directly in Word and then use the Publsh command to upload it to WordPress. Unfortunately, right now it doesn’t let me specifiy whether I want it to create a page or a post, but I can live with that.

Compared to my experience before with offline blog editors, Word 2007 is an excellent option, particularly if it’s already part of your workflow.

EeePC 1000HE Continued

I’ve installed UNR 9.04 several times on this fine netbook so far. In fact, I travelled very comfortably with just the netbook on a quick trip to Denver last month. Ubuntu worked quite well for notetaking and checking email. Performance was not so great watching videos on YouTube or Hulu though.

Over the past week or so though I have installed Windows XP Home using the recovery partition that’s built-in on machine. (I left the recovery partition in place when I installed Ubuntu, just in case.) Well, I’m pleased to say that this device runs just as well, if not better than with Linux. Why? Couple of reasons:

  • Drivers and software to control the performance settings on the processor. With Windows, I’m able to select from Super Perfomance Mode, High Performance Mode, or Power Saving Mode. Can’t do that (at least out of the box) with Ubuntu. I bet there are some kernel tweaks and some tools for managing this that I just need to find out on the net. However, it’s hard to beat it just working in XP.
  • Chrome — my new favorite browser runs on Windows but not really on Linux yet.
  • Outlook — I know, I know. Unfortunately at work, we’re still on Exchange server and Outlook is still the best email client (outside of Gmail) that’s available on the PC. Evolution’s performance in Ubuntu is unreliable. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
  • Audio/video drivers just work. We use the iVocalize web-conferencing system at work and 1) the pulse audio system causes problems and won’t work with iVocalize’s Java based system, and 2) you don’t have full functionality with the applet on Linux. Running iVocalize on Windows worked just fine–no driver issues for either video or audio.

So, would I prefer to be running on Ubuntu. Absolutely. Right now, though, the sheer practicality of things just working on Windows is out-weighing the benefits of Linux (course, I don’t know that I’ll be singing the same tune after getting a virus or spyware).