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Wed, Mar 24, 2021 10:02 pm

Changing the default value for "Read It" in Book Collector

After I updated Book Collector, the book management database from that I use to track my book collection, from 21.0 build 3 to 21.1 build 1 today, I noticed that books I entered afterwards were being assigned a value of "Yes" for "Read It" by default—that value appears under the "Personal" fields for a book entry. I was able to change the default value to "No" by clicking on Tools on the main menu, selecting "Field Defaults" and changing the "Times Read" value from "1" to "0"; after I made that change new books I entered were given a "Read It" value of "No" by default.

Book Collector Field Defaults

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Mon, Mar 15, 2021 2:30 pm

Deleting entries from Book Collector CLZ Cloud account

The March 4, 2021 version of Book Collector, version 21.0.3, allows you to remove all entries from the CLZ Cloud account from within the program. I needed to do that because the cloud account contained entries from my wife's book database that would be added to my database if I synched the accounts—I wanted to keep the two book lists separate. The steps for wiping the copy of the database stored in the CLZ cloud from the Windows version of the program are listed below:
  1. Within the Book Collector program, click on Clz Cloud on the menu bar at the top of the program window.
  2. Select Synchronize.
  3. Click on View my collection in CLZ Cloud if you wish to view the books stored in the copy of the database in the CLZ Cloud in a webpage in your default browser before deleting everything in that version, then click on the Clear CLZ Cloud button at the bottom of the program window to remove all book entries from the version of the database stored in the cloud.
  4. You should then see zero cloud changes to be downloaded.

    CLZ Cloud after clearing cloud

    If you wish to then synchronize your local copy of the database to a copy stored in the cloud, you can click on Sync Changes. When you do so you should see "sending items to cloud." Be prepared to wait a few minutes for the synchronization operation to complete if you have a large number of books in your Book Collector database. You will see the number of "Adds/Edits" decrease to zero as books are uploaded. When the process is complete you will see the message "Finished syncing changes. Would you like to view your collection in CLZ Cloud?"

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Fri, Mar 05, 2021 1:38 pm

Obtain Monitor Manufacturer Information Using PowerShell

I wanted to be able to obtain information on a monitor attached to a Windows 10 desktop system, including the manufacturer, model number, serial number, and date of manufacture, from a command-line interface (CLI). One way to do that is by using PowerShell, which Microsoft provides as part of its Windows operating system. You can open a PowerShell window on a Microsoft Windows 10 system by typing PowerShell in the "Type here to search" field at the bottom of the Windows display. You should see the Windows PowerShell app listed as an option you can click on to open a PowerShell window. If you type gwmi WmiMonitorID -Namespace root\wmi at the prompt and hit enter, you will see information similar to the following output displayed.

PS C:\> gwmi WmiMonitorID -Namespace root\wmi

__GENUS                : 2
__CLASS                : WmiMonitorID
__SUPERCLASS           : MSMonitorClass
__DYNASTY              : MSMonitorClass
__RELPATH              : WmiMonitorID.InstanceName="DISPLAY\\HPN360C\\5&2c03a83e&0&UID262_0"
__PROPERTY_COUNT       : 9
__DERIVATION           : {MSMonitorClass}
__SERVER               : YTTERBIUM
__NAMESPACE            : root\wmi
__PATH                 : \\YTTERBIUM\root\wmi:WmiMonitorID.InstanceName="DISPLAY\\HPN360C\\5&2c03a83e&0&UID262_0"
Active                 : True
InstanceName           : DISPLAY\HPN360C\5&2c03a83e&0&UID262_0
ManufacturerName       : {72, 80, 78, 0...}
ProductCodeID          : {51, 54, 48, 67...}
SerialNumberID         : {67, 78, 75, 48...}
UserFriendlyName       : {72, 80, 32, 51...}
UserFriendlyNameLength : 13
WeekOfManufacture      : 12
YearOfManufacture      : 2020
PSComputerName         : YTTERBIUM

PS C:\>

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Mon, Mar 01, 2021 9:44 pm

Changing the AutoRecover frequency for Microsoft Excel 2007

Microsoft Excel 2007 crashed on a laptop running Windows 10 that I was using. When I restarted Excel, I found that, unfortunately, I had lost all of the recent changes I had made to a spreadsheet, even though Excel put "(version 1).xlsb [Autosaved]" in the title of the spreadsheet I had been working on when I restarted Excel—-it crashed when I attempted to paste a webpage URL into a Hyperlink field. The crash and loss of my recent work was aggravating, so I decided to change the frequency with which Excel auomatically saves a file in an AutoRecover version that will allow you to automatically recover a document if if the program hangs or crashes. To change that setting for Excel 2007 on a Windows system, you can click on the Office Button at the top, left-hand corner of the Excel window (it is to the left of the "Home" tab as shown below).

Excel - Office Button

Then click on the Excel Options button and select the Save option. The checkbox for "Save AutoRecover information every" should be checked. You can then change the frequency from 10 minutes to a more frequent number; I chose to have Excel automatically save a document every 5 minutes.

Excel 2007 AutoRecover Frequency

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