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What does technorati do really?

10 April, 2008 (17:03) | Mindless Blather | No comments

I don’t use technorati but it seems to provide me with a bunch of hits so I built an account. Here is the code it wanted to see:

Technorati Profile

I’ll let yall know if it helps me out to be registered later on.

Sequoia View for hard disk cleanup

9 April, 2008 (22:08) | software | No comments

Sequoia View makes a visual representation of your hard disk. The bigger the square, the more disk that is being used. After installing, change the colors by hitting view>colors and OK.

Notice how the squares are grouped is how you tell the path. Right click and hit  explore to get in and delete things.

sqvLook at the silly sample movie on vista ultimate. Not something I want on my puny size solid state disk. 🙂

Stupid windows trick #7

28 March, 2008 (14:19) | How to, Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Turn off UAC – this is generally a bad idea. But if you know what you are doing it is pretty easy.

start> control panel>user accounts

click turn user account control on or off

uncheck, hit ok and reboot

To get rid of the warning that now pops up (also not a good idea)

start>control panel> Security Center

click “change the way security center alerts me”

Don’t notify me and don’t display the icon (not recommended)

Now you can do things that UAC blocks. You also don’t have a good tool to enforce privilege separation. 🙂

Sweet virus scanning page

21 March, 2008 (07:55) | antivirus/spyware | No comments

Ever want to confirm some virus problems on a file? This is the coolest site for doing so: http://www.virustotal.com/ Yesterday it scanned through 32 virus scanners on a single file I uploaded. It is very fun to see that half of the virus detection engines didn’t detect the trojan in the norton 2007 keygen file I uploaded. And the rest didn’t really agree on what it was.


Big brother is watching (duh)

19 March, 2008 (08:59) | Mindless Blather | No comments

Here is some vague information (gathering) for you to dwell on: http://www.aclu.org/privacy/gen/fusion_map/

I wouldn’t bother losing sleep over it. AUSCANZUKUS has always been monitoring everything from your childhood walkie talkie transmissions to Soviet fiber lines. The logical progression is into a global information network. I don’t know anyone who has been hauled in by the secret police over it. I’m sure you don’t either. Play some wii and chill out.

Windows Vista SP1 is out

18 March, 2008 (22:43) | OS | No comments

If it doesn’t show up in your windows update list, download drivers, install, try again. If that doesn’t work, download it here.

Powershell lessons

15 March, 2008 (14:48) | How to, powershell lessons | No comments

Powershell lessons are starting at Windows Nerd. I think there should be free tutorials and walkthroughs for Windowsland like there are for linuxland. Head to my powershell lessons page to get started. Lesson 1 is a walkthrough on installing hamachi from the command line and starting it up as a service.

Stupid Windows Trick #6

14 March, 2008 (19:12) | Stupid windows tricks | No comments

control + scrollwheel (in a folder with picture thumbnails)

Open my pictures, scroll to where you can see some photos. Now hold down control and move the wheel on your mouse up and down. The thumbnails get bigger and smaller.

It works in any folder but it is cooler and has a purpose in a pictures folder.

Stupid Windows Trick #5

12 March, 2008 (19:33) | Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Printing a phone list from your outlook contacts:

The easy way is to click the phone list radio button but how about a custom list with only a few fields?

Open your contact list in outlook

Hold control down and click the people you want on this list. This will select them.

At the menu hit File>print

In the box that pops up go to the print style area and look for the scroll bar

Scroll to Phone Directory Style and select it

Under Print range select “Only selected items” (otherwise they all print)

Hit print

outlookphonelist

Spiceworks 2.1

12 March, 2008 (14:43) | Monitoring | 1 comment

Ok so I gave up on it a little while ago. Next week I have a dual quad core box arriving with enough muscle to try out Spiceworks 2.1 in its spare unused awesomeness. I will run through my list of objections again because Spiceworks will be the ideal systems management tool if I can address all of those issues. Today I got a response back in about 5 minutes on a question about UAC. Go customer service there!

My main issue is turning off UAC to make it work. Apparently that is only for the discovery phase. With my recent hamachi fun and editing of host files I think I can put together a good walk through on how to run Spiceworks and have it monitor all your machines even if they leave your subnet. Anyone want to work on this with me?

I won’t get working for a few weeks. I’m going to run jetstress and a few other toys to optimize the disk on my new 2900. Any guesses on what will be the best? 10* 15krpm disks. My guess is a mirror for the OS and 2 raid10s. I’ll show you how to use diskpart to tweak performance out of the disk before you even format them.

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