Archive for the ‘Software Installs’ Category

Raspberry Pi Adventures

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

downloadI gave my son a Raspberry PI this year for Christmas to see if he could make it do anything.

First a couple of notes. Sometimes the HDMI output can not be plugged into a DVI convertor on older monitors. I’ve so far connected it to four seperate screens (two fairly new TVs with HDMIs), one old monitor with DVI/VGA connectors and an older LCD TV with DVI/VGA connectors but no HDMI. The older monitor doesn’t seem to be able to cope without the output signal so just be careful there.

Handy Website for automatically installing software

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Can’t thank this site enough for the number of OS installs I do.

Just select the software you want, download the exe and run it.

Silent Install of Oracle 11g R2

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

When I first started this site, the first article I wrote about was installing Oracle Client drivers on to Windows 2003. Nearly four years on, I got my hands on the latest version of Oracle with the latest version of Windows….


Logmein and Windows 7

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

I’ve been doing a lot of investigation and trying out of things on the Betas of Windows 7, and not since XP have I seen a rock solid product from Microsoft.

The problem with being on the forefront of technology however is that some software doesn’t always work without a bit of digging. (This is where the fun begins! You’ll be seeing a few of these Windows 7 posts come up…)

Logmein is a fantastic bit of software for accessing you PC over the internet, and its free! But to my dismay, the standard setup doesn’t quite work yet for Windows 7.


Ever needed your Windows Install Key….

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Picture the situation, you’re about to kick of a rebuild of you’re PC, but the Microsoft Genuine Certificate has been rubbed off on the back of your computer.

How do you find that key the enables you to re-install Windows.

An easy piece of software which I’ve used for many years comes to the rescue…Keyfinder by Magic Jelly Bean Software. Simply download the .zip file, double click it once finished, and find the keyfinder.exe.

It also gives you the MS Office key if you’ve installed it.

Oracle OUI silent install/deinstalls

Friday, October 17th, 2008

I’ve been working on this all week and I finally made a breakthrough for this today. The task at hand was to automate the install of the Oracle Data Access Components for OLE DB for 10g. At my work we prefer to script everything so if anyone gets knocked down by a bus, someone else should be able to just run the script (good best practice in my opinion). We also want scripted uninstalls, so that if it all goes wrong, we just run the backout script.

The Oracle Universal Installer is a java based application and when invoked in the right way, it can record what’s called a response file. It basically contains everything that you tick, configure and puts it into a text file. The Oracle documentation describe the process very easily…see this link

(By the way this is a Windows tutorial, I haven’t messed about with the unix side).

To summarise the docs, you download whatever Oracle software involved, in my case, ODAC for OLE 10g. Decompress it into a directory on a test server and run the setup with the following switches: (more…)