Error 1618 when installing any software on Windows

You can find this error during for example Skype or Java Runtime Environment installation. And probably many more. It just means that another program’s installation is in progress and current one can’t continue.

It happens in most case, when you try to install some software, when Windows Update is installing heavy portion of updates. And current program can’t install or update some system elements, that are being updated by Windows Update in the same time.

Solution? Wait some time (until end of Windows Update process?) and then restart installer of your program.

Offline installer for Microsoft Office 2010 and other products

Microsoft has changed offline installation policy and you can’t download any offline installer, until you don’t provide your product key and you don’t login with your Microsoft account. If you don’t have it or you don’t want to use it, then the only option, you’re left with is to download offline installer from unofficial sources.

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Differences between SSH key generated by ssh-keygen and Puttygen

There are some key differences between SSH keys generated by ssh-keygen and Puttygen so you may run into problems importing or adding keys generated by the latter one, while importing ssh-keygen‘s keys goes swimmingly.

Here are some tips on this problem. Of course, we’re talking about public SSH keys, as private one are secret and shouldn’t be added or imported anywhere.

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Access Send To menu in Windows [updated]

No, you don’t need to install any extra program, to edit contents of Send to... context menu in Windows (source).

Instead, open any Explorer window and paste this as folder path:


or hit Win+R, enter or paste shell:sendto and hit Enter.

This was proven to work in Windows 7 and 8. Most likely this works in Windows XP, Vista and 2000 as well.

[update] This still works nine years after writing this article, in Windows 10 and 11.

Make a webpage looking like terminal or command-line

So, you’d like to make a webpage that looks like terminal or command-line, right?

With a little bit of HTML, CSS and Javascript, it is as easy as snapping a finger. Note, that I underlined “looks like”, because we’re going to do just a look & feel. This will not be a full-blown command line interpreter, where you can enter commands and get results. It will only be a simple, cool-looking… thing.

This article is a slight port of the code that can be found at (done by Nathan Marshall).

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Fine-tuning CKEditor 4’s toolbar

Forcing CKEditor 4’s toolbars to look exactly as you’d like is a bit hard task. Somewhere in official docs it is said, that you should use config.toolbarGroups configuration settings for this purpose. This is, of course, a complete mistake.

Benefits are weak and you’re actually loosing all the control over which button, in which group and in which line of toolbar should appear. This article will help you design CKEditor 4’s toolbars exactly, as you wish to have them, using old, good config.toolbar-way.

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Sublime Text 3’s user configuration

As you probably know, there are no configuration dialogs, windows or generally any UI to click-through configure your Sublime Text 3. Actually, nearly everything is customized by editing ST3 configuration files.

Default configuration file is very well documented, but it is quite long and may be overwhelming. To help some of you with that problem, I wrote this article, where I show the list of configuration settings that I changed in my own development environment, that you may find interesting or at list worth considering.

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