Category Archives: Useful

Windows 10 – Search Not Working

Hey everyone,

I’ve just upgraded to windows 10, however the start menu search has been randomly breaking. It just seems to load indefinitely. Thankfully there’s an easy fix:

- Start task manager (ctrl + shift + esc)
- Click more details
- Under the processes heading look for Search (green icon under background processes)
- Click on Search and hit end task

The Search process should now restart and start working. If not you can restart it manually using file > run.

Windows 10 search not working

Windows 10 search not working

wget or curl on Windows

Hey everyone,

Just a quick post on a Window’s equivalent to wget/curl.

To start, you’ll need to open PowerShell (run > powershell.exe). To retrieve the page, you’ll just need to enter the following one liner:

(new-object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile('','C:\my_output_file.txt')

The page contents will be stored in the output file provided as the second parameter to DownloadFile. To view it, just open the file in a text editor.

If you’d rather something with a GUI, winwget has been recommended on SuperUser.

Australian Tax File Number Generator (TFN)

Hey everyone,

I came across an old VB Script used to generate random TFNs for testing. I’ve just done up a quick JavaScript bookmarklet to replace it. Just drag the link below to your bookmarks bar and you’ll be able to generate random TFNs.

Click to Generate (or drag to your bookmarks bar): TFN Generator

A bookmarklet to generate random TFNs

A bookmarklet to generate random TFNs

For info on how it all works, checkout the Wikipedia page: Australian Tax File Number

Sample Australian Tax File Numbers/Test Australian Tax File Numbers:

If you’re using IE, right click on the link and press add to favourites. Once you’ve added it, click the link in your favourites sidebar. The generator will appear in the top right hand corner of the page.

Let me know if you have any trouble. If you’d like to a custom or corporate copy please contact me.