Category Archives: Install Help

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Backing up Windows “Users” folders with Syncthing

With CrashPlan getting out of the home backup business, I found myself shopping for a new backup solution.  As replacements, CrashPlan was pushing either Carbonite or their own plan for small businesses… but either of those would have at least doubled the cost of backup.  Thus, I started to look at setting up a remote Raspberry Pi backup server myself.  A friend pointed me to BitTorrent Sync (now called Resilio Sync) which, in turn, led me to their open-source competitor, Syncthing.  Two things ultimately led me to choose Syncthing over Resilio: (1) open-source review of their security, and (2) a post by Jaime Jiménez, Running Syncthing or Resilio on a Raspberry Pi 3.  Also, as just a bonus, Synthing offered a more supported solution to also backup my legacy Windows XP gaming machine (something CrashPlan stopped allowing a couple years ago, and Resilio has outdated support for [but still currently possible]). Continue reading Backing up Windows “Users” folders with Syncthing

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The complete guide to transferring Angry Birds high scores on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile (plus, other games)

A complement to this guide:

http://www.angrybirdsnest.com/angry-birds-ultimate-backup-tutorial-for-all-platforms/

Usual disclaimer: You follow this guide at your own risk and I accept no responsibility for damage you may do to your phone because it.  That said, the procedure for WP 8.1 requires no permanent change to your phone and should be far less risky than the procedure for Win 10 (which requires what some call jailbreaking the phone).  Thus, if at all possible, you should transfer scores from an 8.1 phone to an 8.1 phone and then upgrade the OS to Win 10.  Even, revert a phone from 10 to 8.1, if possible, before beginning this operation.

I have no procedure for Windows Phone 8.0 and earlier.  Some of the precursor tools to what are used in the Windows 10 Mobile procedure may be of help if you really need to go down that road.


Windows Phone 8.1

(Scroll halfway down this page for Windows 10 Mobile [⚡️] instructions.)

NOTE: You must “developer unlock” your phone to install the tools needed to gain access to the encrypted part of the SD card (D:\WPSystem) where the files of interest are stored.  Developer unlocking is a standard, Microsoft-built procedure.  This is a bit laborious but possibly not as bad as what one must do to an Android 😉.

Continue reading The complete guide to transferring Angry Birds high scores on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile (plus, other games)

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Fixing Up Old (Sierra) Computer Games

Finally!  Another post going back to what I originally intended this blog for, sort of: Supporting old tech for no apparent reason… other than to get the musings out of my head or the white papers off my old floppies.

The Short of It

It is “most excellent” to announce the return of some Windows 95 games by Sierra and Dynamix to Windows 7… and Windows 8… and even Windows 10!  (Maybe Windows Vista too, but: Who cares?)

For those of you not interested in any long-windedness or boring backstory, here is the link to the current home of the patches wiki:

Click here for my complete
Sierra game install instructions and
RBXIT Win7 patches at
github.com/juanitogan/rbxit/wiki

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