How to format a volume larger than 32 GB in size using the FAT32

Few days ago I just found out that I could not format a volume larger than 32 GB in size using the FAT32 file system with the Windows native formatting tool.  Windows can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than that, but can’t format. The options are only exFAT and NTFS. FAT32 is an outdated file system, but it’s the only one my TV can read. So if for that reason or something else you have to format a flashdrive larger than 32 GB using FAT32, use this tool: fat32format.exe.

You have to run it from the command line, btw. But so far, it’s the only one that really get the job done. For download link and instructions go here.

iMacros: How to Delay Executing the Next Command

While filling out a form, sometimes we need to wait for few seconds before continuing replay with the next command in iMacros, e.g. when a dynamic dropdown list is responded slower than it should. What can we do?

Use this command:

WAIT SECONDS=(n)
(n) is the number of seconds to wait

Example:

...
TAG POS=1 TYPE=SELECT FORM=NAME:f1 ATTR=ID:batch_no CONTENT=%0001
WAIT SECONDS=5
TAG POS=1 TYPE=SELECT FORM=NAME:f1 ATTR=ID:location CONTENT=%1
...

Volume²: the Windows Volume Control Replacement

I’ve been in this situation: The tiny little volume control icon on my Win 10 notification area went missing. Or maybe it was actually never there since the beginning, I didn’t know. I did some searching around but nothing found so I was really up the creek on this one. But then there was one thing that finally came to the rescue. It’s a tiny little free software called Volume², a program to replace the standard Windows Volume Control developed by Alexandr Irza from Ukraine.

OK. That’s it. Sorry for the short post. Here eat a carrot.

carrots

How to Delete Files with Invalid Names

I once had some unused Linux files within several folders stored in my external hard drive. When I tried to delete them with a machine running Windows, it complained about the file names being too long or something. It turned out,  those folders had some files with invalid characters.  As you know, a Windows filename cannot contain any of these characters: \ / : * ? ” < > |.

chkdsk

The workaround is running the following command:

chkdsk /f

in an elevated command prompt.
Yes, it should solve such problem as it automatically deleted them.

My Pick of Keyboard and Mouse Recorder Tool

Are you looking for an automation tool to do some repetitive task on the computer you don’t want to do yourself because as a normal person you would get bored to death if you had to do a same thing over and over again for so many times? If the answer is yes, then you’ll need to google for a macro software. And you would find so many of them because I guess those kinds of tool have been around since the first computer was built 😛 . The tricky part, however is choosing the right one. It’s because a good software, on my own terms, is that it must be free, doesn’t take too long to learn, is easy to use and the functionality just exactly meets my daily needs, no more and no less.

So there’s a list of top 10 free macro software in an old article which is a good place to start your search for your own favorite. I actually found one in that list. It’s called DoItAgain. I think it was named after an old song released in 1972. It’s an awesome application and has been a great help to me for so many years. The drawback is that it requires the old version of .NET Framework which is no longer enabled by default in the latest Windows O/S. Of course there is a workaround to enable it. But I thought it was the time to move on. So I started to look for something new.

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It’s not easy to find a replacement for DoItAgain. But after a few clicks I finally found a good one. It’s called Mouse Recorder Premium. It’s completely free, well-documented and compatible with Windows 10. It is easy and fun to work with and gets the job done seamlessly with minimal effort.

Mouse Recorder Premium’s main features:

  • Recording of mouse movements, mouse clicks and scroll-wheel actions.
  • Recording of keystrokes and program window names, positions and size.
  • Wait for specific window states (e.g. wait until a web page is loaded).
  • Built-in macro step-by-step editor.
  • Variable playback speed.

So that’s it folks, my pick of keyboard and mouse recorder tool for now is the mighty Mouse Recorder Premium!

Muslims are to Avoid Suspicion

Malik recorded that Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, said that Allah’s Messenger said:

إِيَّاكُمْ وَالظَّنَّ فَإِنَّ الظَّنَّ أَكْذَبُ الْحَدِيثِ، وَلَا تَجَسَّسُوا وَلَا تَحَسَّسُوا، وَلَا تَنَافَسُوا وَلَا تَحَاسَدُوا، وَلَا تَبَاغَضُوا وَلَا تَدَابَرُوا، وَكُونُوا عِبَادَ اللهِ إِخْوَانًا

Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales; do not spy on one another; do not look for other’s faults; do not be jealous of one another; do not envy one another; do not hate one another; and do not desert (shun) one another. And O Allah’s servants! Be brothers!

(The Two Sahihs and Abu Dawud recorded this Hadith)