Freeware red eye removal tool

RedEye v1.8 Synopsis: RedEye is a specialized tool for reducing or eliminating the “red-eye” effect in digital photos. Simply drag the mouse cursor and mark out the area containing the red-eye, and the defect will be instantly corrected. http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=375

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Moss 2007 – Failed to determine definition for Feature with ID

The root cause of this error is that the Features table in the content database has an entry with the given GUID, but the Objects table in the Config database does NOT have a corresponding object with that ID. 

This gets caused by the following scenario: a solution with a feature gets deployed and activated to a site. The solution gets retracted without first deactivating the feature at the site level.  So, the site has an orphaned entry.

You can resolve this by running the stsadm -o deactivatefeature -id [guid from log] -url [each site it was activated on] -force.

Google Analytics for dummies

Google Analytics is recognised as a web stats tool of very high quality. Google provides it free of charge to encourage organisations to use the web more effectively, thus contributing to the growth of the web channel – a development from which Google clearly stands to benefit. Growing numbers of website owners are turning to Google Analytics to understand the way their website is being used as a basis for planning improvements that will better achieve site objectives. Around half of all councils have Google Analytics in place, but anecdotal evidence suggests that its potential to measure performance and drive improvement is currently underexploited.

Hopefully, web content managers will soon be able to:

– improve web teams’ ability to derive meaningful data from Google Analytics
– enable web managers to compare the performance and usage of their website with other, similar councils, based on the same statistical method
– interpret this data to identify improvement options and argue for resources to achieve them
– enable managers to generate data for all councils that will demonstrate continued growth in the importance of the web

WinX DVD Ripper in review

There are plenty of ways to take your video with you, and this is just one of them, so I’ve got a brief review of the WinX DVD Ripper, a useful freeware DVD ripper off the web.

The idea of this software is of course transfer your DVDs to an electronic format to be played on other devices. WinX DVD ripper though is not a bad choice if you’re looking for a free program to convert your movies from DVD to a format that you can easily move from device to device.  It allows for transferring to several formats, and you can change the output size as well.

While it’s not the fastest out there in terms of conversion speed, it’s free and I can’t fault it too much really.. for free you do get several features that can be very useful.

Pros:
+Easy to use
+It’s free
+Several output options

Cons:
-Slow ripping process
-Enables subtitles by default
-Fairly large output size

Whilst it was slow, it did the job for me at the office today.

Useful tool – Fiddler 2 Web Debugger Proxy Utility

Another useful freeware tool I’ve just come across is Fiddler 2,

This is a smart little Web Debugging Proxy utility which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP(S) traffic, set breakpoints, and “fiddle” with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler includes a powerful event-based scripting subsystem, and can be extended using any .NET language.

Fiddler is freeware and can debug traffic from virtually any application, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and thousands more.

Download a free copy today at http://www.fiddler2.com

Freeware red eye removal tool

Every taken photos with red eye?  I came across a great freeware red eye removal utility earlier today.  It’s called RedEye v1.8 and is available from http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=375

I’ve found RedEye to be a really useful tool for reducing or eliminating the “red-eye” effect in digital photos. All you need to do is simply drag the mouse cursor and mark out the area containing the red-eye using the right mouse button, and the defect will be instantly corrected after your changes are saved.

Easy, effective and most importantly free.

Hoax and chain email messages

Chain email is the term used to classify emails that attempt to entice unsuspecting users to distribute email to other users on the pretext of offering rewards or information.

There are many examples of chain emails such as messages containing a virus warning or the promise of a prize if you distribute to other people.

I was recently made aware of a hoax email relating to an “Ericsson T18 & R320 laptop promotion”.

This claims to be from Ericsson promising a free laptop if you forward an email to 20 people and is a classic example of a chain email. There is a similar email claiming to be from Nokia which also promises a reward.

The Ericsson hoax has been around since May and is still being circulated which shows how widely this email has spread.

The purpose of these emails is to cause a nuisance by disrupting the network and wasting people’s time.  Please ignore them.