Thunderbird not importing Outlook Fix

Not sure why this hasn't been fixed by mozilla yet but the latest versions of Thunderbird will not import from Microsoft Outlook at all.

To do this you need to install version 31.8.0 which can be found right here:

After you have imported you can update to the latest version without issue.

XBMC on the Transformer Prime

As you may know, XBMC has officially been created announced for Android with the Source code available for those willing to compile and test on their Android devices.

The following video is XBMC running on the Transformer Prime with media shared from my main HTPC box wirelessly.  Impressive Stuff!


display .mov files in Picasa

If you can't see your digital camera movie files in picasa, chances are they are Quicktime encoded .mov files and require the appropriate codecs installed on your PC.  The easiest way to fix this is to install Apple Quicktime or do what I do and install Quicktime Alternative.

Restart Picasa and it should then add all your digital movies to its library.

Google Wave invites

Post a comment here if you would like to tryout the new online communication and collaboration tool, Google Wave.

Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation
and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

8 Invites Left.


Best Windows Antivirus Software

I always held high regard for both Avast and Nod anti-virus packages and I consider these the best of the best, in terms of features and detection prowess. Recently I have had more success disinfecting friends PC's with the latest versions of avast.

The bloat factor is my biggest gripe with most anti-virus software on the market, being an avid gamer, a small resident footprint is a must and avast delivers on all accounts. At the moment, the crown for the best anti-virus package definitely goes to avast.

The free home edition of avast can be downloaded here or you can buy avast and get free technical support amongst other enhance features and protection. If you buy more than one licence of avast, each licence gets discounted, great for the office.

Avast! 4 Professional Edition

avast! is the multi-award winning antivirus product line from ALWIL Software a.s., which is ICSA Labs and Checkmark certified (for both antivirus and anti-malware). avast! antivirus regularly receives the Virus Bulletin 100% award, for detection of 100% of in-the-wild viruses, and is an SC Awards winning product. avast! award winning technology provides powerful protection across a range of platforms and operating systems including Mac, Linux and MS Windows 95 to Vista 64-bit. avast! antivirus has strong self-protection built-in as well as anti-spyware and anti-rootkit technology, while at the same time delivering a high level of performance.

avast! antivirus software represents complete virus protection, offering full desktop security including a resident shield. Daily automatic updates ensure continuous data protection against all types of malware and spyware. avast! antivirus is certified by both ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs Checkmark.

Split SQL into multiple parts

SQLDumpSplitter is a fantastic time saver - especially if you have shared hosting that imposes upload file size limits.

SQLDumpSplitter will allow you to automatically split your sql database at any size you choose that can then be imported with a tool like phpMyAdmin.  If your database was too big to import into phpmyadmin, it won't be anymore.

You can also choose to skip Comment-Lines if required.

Grab the tool here.

Example after a SQL split:

These files are created with SQLDumpSplitter 2.
If you want to restore the dump, you have to execute the file xxxx_DataStructure.sql first because it contains the structure like Tables.
After that, you can execute the other .sql-files as they contain the data of the now existing tables.
SQLDumpSplitter 2 by Philip Lehmann-Böhm

Convert JVC .mod files - Mac and PC for DVD

The common camcorder mod format is simply a MPEG-2 container and a JVC .mod is no exception.

In order to use these files in any popular video editor simply rename the .mod extension to .mpg

You may need to enable show or unhide extensions on both Mac and Windows platforms in order for this method to work.

.mod files will also work fine with no alteration in imovie.

Publisher to Indesign Converter

Being in the Pre-Press industry for a while I have faced my fair share of Microsoft Publisher files and the format seems to be gaining popularity as everyone with a PC at home is a potential graphic designer.

For a busy design house or prepress studio, Publisher is also a damn pain to work with and manipulate - especially using an Adobe work flow.  The easiest lossless method I have found when working with Publisher files is to convert it to a pdf - Open and edit the pdf in Adobe Illustrator and then finally bring this Pdf into Indesign for general page manipulation.  You can cut and paste elements between Indesign and Illustrator to your hearts content.

It works but it isn't a great solution - and when you are dealing with a constant barrage of publisher files it can get annoying fast.

One solution is to use PUB2ID and this little plugin is a lifesaver! :


PUB2ID (Microsoft Publisher to Adobe InDesign) is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign. It provides a quick, easy and affordable method for you to migrate all your Microsoft Publisher content into new Adobe InDesign documents. The conversion is enabled with a single click using the InDesign File->Open menu. No more re-creating documents from scratch; PUB2ID gives you a big head-start.

PUB2ID translates the intricate details of the content within the Microsoft Publisher document and instantly re-creates it within InDesign. Items converted from Publisher include: page size, positioning, color models, fonts and styles, text attributes and tables, layers, word wrap, linked text boxes as well as automatic extraction of images embedded in the Publisher file.

This plugin is available for both Mac and Windows platforms.


The creators of this plugin, Markzware are the brains behind the extremely popular (and working)  Q2ID: Quark to Indesign plugin.

Enable ITC Processing with ATI CCC?

ITC Processing

ITC Processing has been available on ATI graphics cards since Catalyst 9.2 though it can have a positive or negative impact depending on your display device.

Enabling ITC Processing for DTVs

How to enable this in the ATI Catalyst Control Center

Dolby Digital (AC3) and DTS over ATI HDMI XP

For Windows XP:  If you have been unable to get AC3 or DTS passthrough via your ATI Graphics card with HDMI try this official ATI driver:

ATI Catalyst™ 9.4 HDMI Audio Driver for Windows XP Professional/Home Edition

The Catalyst™ Software Suite states that the HDMI Audio driver is supported on the Windows Vista OS only at this stage.  Its never straightforward, especially with the HDMI driver hiding on the AMD website.

Here is the Realtek ATI HDMI Driver, this may also help.