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Recovery - Access, Excel, Word, Office and Photo recovery tools and other blog procedures

During these years I had necessity to recover various files (.doc, mdb, .xls, photos...)  I utilized various free tools (here is an exampl...

Freeware - ProjectLibre open source alternative to Microsoft Project

There is a free and well working open source software that is Microsofr Project alternative.

This is ProjectLibre:

ProjectLibre is leading open source alternative to Microsoft Project.   

It has been downloaded over 2,700,000 times in over 200 countries and has won InfoWorld "Best of Open Source" award. 

ProjectLibre is compatible with Microsoft Project 2003, 2007 and 2010 files. 

You can simply open them on Linux, Mac OS or Windows. ProjectLibre key features:

Bossie Award

Windows 7 - How to install and remove software in safe mode

If you start your pc in safe mode due to fact that is not booting properly or you need to install/unistall any specific software you should be aware that by default is not possible.

To bypass problem you need modify a register part as follow:

Navigate to the Registry key: 


Right-click “Minimal”
Select “New—> Key”
Name the key MSIServer
Change the default data value to Service. 

The running of the uninstaller service in safe mode will now be enabled. 

If it is not already running, you can start the service from the command line. 

sc start msiserver

If you want the option of booting to safe mode with networking you need to modify register as follow as step 2


Add a new sub-key called MSIServer to this key by right-clicking Network in the same way as described in steps 3-6 above.

Alternative procedure to register modify step 1 is:

command prompt --> 

REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\MSIServer" /VE /T REG_SZ /F /D "Service"

net start msiserver

Security - Password safe tools

There are some tools that I utilized during these years for saving password purposes.

Here is a brief description:


Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your website's FTP password, online passwords (like website member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password you have a problem... A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, website, etc. Unimaginable.

KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish). For more information, see the features page.

Password Safe

Password Safe allows you to manage your old passwords and to easily and quickly generate, store, organize, retrieve, and use complex new passwords, using password policies that you control. Once stored, your user names and passwords are just a few clicks away.
Using Password Safe you can organize your passwords using your own customizable references—for example, by user ID, category, web site, or location. You can choose to store all your passwords in a single encrypted master password list (an encrypted password database), or use multiple databases to further organize your passwords (work and home, for example). And with its intuitive interface you will be up and running in minutes.

  • Open Source - Most important, you don't have to take our word for it. You can download the source code and inspect it yourself, or have someone else check it for you. If you're really concerned, you can build the program from the sources you've downloaded and reviewed, instead of the binary files we build for each release.
  • For the files we provide, you can check that they're the ones that we've uploaded, and not tampered with, by checking the GPG cryptographic signature that's generate for each file.
  • Designed by Bruce Schneier - the original version was designed by renowned security expert Bruce Schneier, and we have his permission to say so.
  • No back door / recovery mechanism - there's no way for users (or developers, for that matter) to access the passwords without the master key.
  • Hard to brute-force - In the absence of back doors, an attacker can try a brute-force attack, e.g., using a dictionary. Password Safe has safeguards in place to make this as hard as possible.
  • The master passphrase is never stored the clear. We store something that derived from the master passphrase, but hard to calculate. When you enter your passphrase, we duplicate the calculation and compare the results. Only if the comparison succeeds do we continue to derive the encryption key from your master passphrase.
  • Sensitive memory is kept from swapping to disk.
  • All user data is encrypted in memory.
  • Memory with sensitive data is wiped as soon as possible.
  • File integrity checks: Even if the file's encrypted, it's not necessarily protected against unauthorized modification. Password Safe implements integrity checks on the file so that an attacker cannot modify it without knowing the master passphrase.
  • Reliability: Backups of previous databases are kept by default. The user can configure how many backups to keep and where to keep them.
  • For more details, feel free to contact the authors.

Youtube presentation:

Backup - vrBackupper freeware Oculus Rift backup

Today I would like to mention this program vrBackupper is a complete free and easy-to-use Oculus Rift backup, restore and migration tool.:

1. Backup saved game and its game configurations
What game players are fearing is that saved game progress lost when they restart game, or reinstall Oculus rift. In general, vrBackupper is able to backup your VR game configurations covering saved game progress, in-game level, equipment, and gold. Even though you restore Oculus installation to other computers, or migrate to a different drive, you can still continue your game from the latest saving point. Have fun for your game.

2. Move Oculus Rift game to other computer without re-downloading
3. Move VR game to another drive to ensure enough installation space


Server - RDP tools to manage more RDP server/client connections

During these years I indicated several tools that give you ability to connect RDP to server/clients other than various capabilities (http/s connections with password saving, ssh, telnet etc etc)

Today I would like to summarize all this articles with an index articles adding latter tool that I found, in free edition here.

1.) Remote Desktop Manager

Remote Desktop Manager Entry

If you want to compare differences you can review this link too:

2.) Royal Ts 

is nice tool (it is not free) to have a single point to connect to server in RDP without need to open plenty of windows and overriding user and password insert every time that you connect to servers.

Here is latest free version

Version 1.5.x Downloads (Freeware):

All previsious version can be found on this link:

Latest version (you need to pay to use it) is:

Royal TS v Version 3.1.4

A good alternative it is utilizing mRemote that is free (but if I am not wrong software is no longer updated) but it work excellently in any case

mRemoteNG supports the following protocols:
  • RDP (Remote Desktop/Terminal Server)
  • VNC (Virtual Network Computing)
  • ICA (Citrix Independent Computing Architecture)
  • SSH (Secure Shell)
  • Telnet (TELecommunication NETwork)
  • HTTP/HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
  • rlogin
  • Raw Socket Connections
Other two tools are:



Tips - MAC addresses and producer correlation, subnet calculator and

Due to MAC address that is used from an ethernet device you could have opportunity to determine some vendor information based on that.

For that purpose I am indicating a web site (there are plenty similar on the web) that can be used for this search purpose.

The same website has a simple form to calculate, from IP and subnet, all other useful network information:

If finally you need to understand which is the service associated to a port number you can review this link too:

Excel - Find Vertical

There is an interesting function in excel that permit you to search a cell value (A2) on a differente Excel sheet. ('PDQ original Data'!1:1048576)

This function will search, this value A2 on first column on different shee ('PDQ original Data'!1:1048576).

If a value will be found function, function result will be correspondent cell  column field value (13).

Last function value should be False as in following examples:

=CERCA.VERT(A2;'PDQ original Data'!1:1048576;13;FALSO)

= VLOOKUP(A2;'PDQ original Data'!1:1048576;13;FALSE)

More information can be found at following Microsoft Article

Powershell - CRC Calculation

If you need to calculate CRC you can use this Microsoft tool  (FCIV)

Here is a syntax example but you could obviously use a different syntax

Get-ChildItem C:\Scripts, C:\Test, "C:\Documents and Settings\Kenmyer\Desktop" -filter "*.ps1"