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Stupid windows trick #12

25 April, 2008 (20:04) | Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Check your own machine name and user name

Vista-

Start >in the  start search box type COMMAND PROMPT

At the command prompt type WHOAMI and hit return . It outputs computer\user

DD-WRT on wrt54gl and wrt54g v8.0 works great!

21 April, 2008 (21:05) | Hardware Info | No comments

DD-WRT micro goes on the v.8. The standard generic goes on the gl’s.  So far the only tool I will miss in the micro firmware is the ability to increase radio power. I have the v8 at home and the other 3 at work so I’ll give a review after more experience rolls in.

 For now I’d recommend giving it a try. Just download the .bin file that matches your model, and apply it just like a linksys firmware. If you want to switch back, download the latest from linksys.

Bluehost vs WordPress

18 April, 2008 (10:38) | Mindless Blather | No comments

Bluehost makes a ton of cash from wordpress linked sales for web hosting. Go check out where wordpress is hosted and do some digging on their extraordinary cut per sale. Anyhow if Bluehost is making so much money on WordPress, how come they never get the updates out fast with magical fantastico deluxe? Its been about 3 weeks. I hope there isn’t some big problem with 2.5 because i’m itching to get the bulk photo upload going for walkthroughs.

Bluehost

14 April, 2008 (17:11) | Mindless Blather | No comments

Bluehost does a pretty good job with my forums and web sites. The one annoying thing is the time it takes them to update applications. WordPress 2.5 has been out for 16 days and bluehost still doesn’t have a an upgrade built. Ugh!

I love the bluehost backups, control panel, stats, and all the other great tools built in to the control panel. Now that they support ruby I’d say screw Hosting on Rails. They suck compared to bluehost and I really hope to move off their hokey support and weak servers.

The Magic Candle 3

13 April, 2008 (22:11) | games | No comments

I was talking with a friend about this game we played on his 286sx 16 with like 8MB of ram. We would sit there and play an hour a piece for weeks. Then we finally got to the end and the game broke. No candle thingy. They had a duplicate item id programmed in so we were stuck with some useless thing instead of a wick. We had to use his mom’s credit card to call the company, sit on hold for tech support hour after hour only to find out that we needed a patch. In those days a patch came on a floppy disk in the mail. It was a zip file that had to be copied over and overwritten to the installed dir.

I had a compuserve account in those days. We didn’t have things like central patch management or easy websites. I have to say I’m amazed at the power of wordpress now vs my hand written web pages from 97 on. The web has really changed things as more and more people use it.

For Magic Candle 3 from 1991 click here. I’m going to go to sleep and try to forget that I’m now that guy saying, “magnetic core memory will never go away! how do you keep your data if a nuke goes off” God I’m old. Oh yeah and you will need this to play it… or a 386 running windows 3.1.

Stupid Windows Trick #11

13 April, 2008 (17:54) | Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Restart explorer the quick easy way

Hit start, then in a blank area (like in the pic on the black area below) hold control shift and right click. Choose exit explorer

To start it again, use tip #10, control shift escape

Then

File>new task

type in EXPLORER and hit enter. explorer will reload

exploreer quit

Windows Admin Lessons have started

12 April, 2008 (19:54) | How to, windows admin lessons | No comments

I’ve started lessons on how to be a good windows admin. I’ll start with traffic management. This is probably THE most important thing in being a windows admin besides patch management. Even if your machine isn’t patched, if you have tight traffic rules the bad stuff won’t bite. My example is a file server. A file server in your organization should be able to talk to client machines on 4 ports only. The only other traffic it needs is to DNS and maybe an AD, monitoring or WSUS.

Think about it. If you only allow your computer to talk to 20-1000 computers instead of the billion on the Internet, how likely are you to have a security issue? This is all done with IPsec. Look over to the right for lesson 1.

Stupid Windows Trick #10

12 April, 2008 (17:50) | Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Task manager shortcut in Vista

Control + Alt +Esc

Now you can kill off that bad process

Stupid Windows Trick #9

11 April, 2008 (19:42) | Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Shortcut to lock desktop

Windows button and L

You should hit this every time you walk away from your desktop. otherwise I might plug my usb key into it, pull it out and walk off with the hash file that has all your passwords stored in it. Muhahahah.


Stupid Windows Trick #8

10 April, 2008 (19:25) | Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Start a program minimized

I hate when I end up with a program in the startup folder that starts maximized. Here are the steps for any program to start minimized-

Find the shortcut to it, like in start>programs> startup

Right click on the shortcut and select “Properties”

Under Run you can select different actions

Select Minimized and hit OK

start minimized

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