Why don’t you mention yourself on Twitter?

I see it all the time. I visit a blog, find something interesting that I want to share with my followers. I click on the Twitter or Buffer button and then I see it or actually I don’t see it..! The owner of the blog have installed Sharebar, Buffer or other share buttons, has a lot of followers, a lot of reTweets but no Twitter name in the tweet that I am about to send. Why is that? I see it a lot and not just on newbie bloggers that has just started blogging. I also see it on successful blogs with a lot of traffic. It really is amazing how many that have not configured this little setting. Now it is time for me to write a post to address this matter.

My Google Analytics Stats Report for Q1 2012

Google Analytics

It is time for another Google Analytics report from me. Another quarter has gone and it has without doubt been the best this blog has ever had. In case you missed my last report you can see it here. My traffic got a big organic traffic boost in the beginning of February and from that day on my overall traffic almost doubled. I guess the increase must have something to do with a Google algorithm change however my PR is still the same (PR3).

Are SSD (Solid State drive) really worth the extra money?

Are SSD really worth the extra money?

Yes they are..!
Well ok there might be a bit more to it depending on your needs, but the fact is that solid state drives are so much faster than the traditional hard drives that we have known for decades.

How to automate PDF email creation with BioPDF

You are properly using PDF files almost daily and you are properly also having a PDF printer installed on your PC’s make you able to print to PDF from any program you want to. There is a lot of free PDF printer available on the market today and one of my favorite is Biopdf PDF Writer which is freeware for personal use. One of the great things about BioPDF is that you can make a lot of customization to the software making it work just the way you would like. In this post I will show you how you create a small configuration file that will send your PDF file directly to an Outlook e-mail as an attachment.

How to make BioPDF Writer call Outlook with attachment

1. After you have downloaded and installed the PDF writer, you will have to go to “C:\Program Files\bioPDF\PDF Writer\” and create a new file named default@printername.ini file where <printername> is the name of your PDF printer. If you have used the default printer name the filename will be defaults@PDF Writer – bioPDF.ini

PDF_Writer_default.jpg

2. Open the ini file in a text editor like notepad and add the following lines:

[PDF Printer]
RunOnSuccess=”c:\program files\microsoft office\office14\outlook.exe” /c ipm.note /m test@gmail.com&subject=Status /a “%1”

Note that the path for Outlook might be different on your computer depending on your Windows and Outlook version. The path in this example is from a 64 bit Windows 7 with Outlook 20120 also 64 bit. The %1 parameter contains the path for your newly created PDF file.

3. Test the configuration by printing a document e.g. from Word to your PDF printer. This should now result in a new Outlook Message pop up looking something like this:

New Outlook Message

Additional resources:

Additional BioPDF Printer Settings

Documentation for Outlook command-line switches

Download Biopdf PDF Writer

BioPDF Supports these Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server

That was all from me for this time. Hope you find this little guide useful and I am sure that you can come up with some other usefull settings you can use with BioPDF Writer. I would love if you will share this post with your friends and I will also like to hear what PDF printer you are using yourself. Please drop me a comment below 🙂

How to detect what Microsoft .Net Framework you have installed

If you are a developer, tech geek or just a normal person who needs to know what versions of Microsoft .Net Framework is installed on a computer this little tool from Asoft might be handy to you. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what already is installed and what you need to download yourself. Some operating system has some of the newer version built-in and some of the old operating system does not. You can see a list of built-in frameworks in different versions of Windows on Wikipedia.

What is .Net Framework and why do I need it?

.Net Framework (pronounced dot net) is a developed by Microsoft and is a large library of developer components shared by multiple programming languages like Visual Basic, Visual C++ and website development (IIS). Instead of including all those library functions in each programs, programs developed for the .Net Framework can share the same library functions based on the .Net Framework. In order to execute a .Net program on your Windows PC you will need to install the .Net Framework version that the specific program is targeted for. The .Net framework editions is backward compatible meaning if you have .Net 4.0 installed you can also have framework 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5. Regarding version 1.0 and 1.1 it might be another story, but not many programs are using those editions anymore today.

Get the free .Net Framework detector tool

Microsoft .Net Framework Version Detector

With this little .Net framework detector tool you can easily found out what versions of the .Net Framework is installed. It can also tell you what service pack level has been installed for each framework.

Download the .Net Framework detector tool (353 KB)
(No installation required, just a single exe file in a zip archive)