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Nov
9
comment Problems replacing RAID drives with non-RAID drives in laptop
Definitely put the new drives in place, then re-do the windows install. That will probably help quite a bit.
Nov
4
comment Is there a way to thoroughly clean a new installation of Windows?
I'm personally a fan of one big partition per drive. Whenever I've tried to make smaller partitions, I've always found that I get it wrong - either I don't have enough space for apps or docs or whatever. And I've had enough bad apps that wouldn't work if not on C: that I never install apps on another drive. If you can properly guess the partition sizes, you're probably better off splitting, but I never could.
Nov
3
comment Is there a way to thoroughly clean a new installation of Windows?
Especially with name-brand laptops, you need to be careful what you remove. There's some odd software on some of them (support for special function buttons, etc) that you don't want to lose.
Oct
29
comment Universal Remote Question
The Harmony units are awesome. They aren't that hard to program, and once they are set up, they just work. I've seen some of the lower-end one for around $100, but they don't have the really nice displays.
Oct
28
comment Ban from accessing websites
You know, I'm so used to having a net connection to look stuff up on that I'm not sure I can work without one anymore. It's just so much easier to Google for stuff than to try to sort through the man pages that I almost always go for a browser these days.
Oct
12
comment How can I remote desktop from Windows XP into Windows Vista?
It's to try to reach the casual user. I actually pay for an account so that I can help my mother and my in-laws as needed. (the pay-per-minute option works well for this kind of occasional use).
Oct
7
comment hibernate takes 4 minutes 38 seconds
Randolph - any idea how it gets disabled? I'd think that would something that would default to on.
Oct
1
comment Using dpkg to install packages from a local directory
I do this for our product. I simply add a file to /etc/apt/sources.list.d. That way I don't have to modify the system installed file. It works great.
Sep
28
comment Looking for a USB Thumbdrive / Flash drive encryption solution (not TrueCrypt)
Just so you understand: It's not possible to do what you want and have the encrypted volume show up as a normal drive. As long as you are OK with using a special app to access stuff, you can do it.
Sep
14
comment How to set a Linux Ditribution to self-destruct (to wipe everything from the system partition) via a script
The problem is that once they see the VM destroy itself, they'll just get another copy off their USB stick, boot the VM from a live CD and start poking around until they find out what it does to kill itself. As long as you are comfortable with the fact that a sufficiently motivated user can get around it, then you're golden. Then all you have to do is to update the VM image before each class...
Sep
14
comment How to set a Linux Ditribution to self-destruct (to wipe everything from the system partition) via a script
I'm not sure this is going to really further your goals. If they plan to steal the software, they are probably going to grab a copy of the VM during the course. They they'll be able to screw with it at their leisure. They can always boot the VM off of a live-cd in order to examine the thing to figure out what you did.
Sep
14
comment How to set a Linux Ditribution to self-destruct (to wipe everything from the system partition) via a script
Well, if the user is logged in as a user with appropriate permissions, AND if they know what's going on, then they could, in theory, kill the 'dd' command, but not before it does a lot of damage (the partition tables are near the front of the disk, for instance).
Sep
11
comment MSTSC (Windows Remote Desktop Connection) alternatives for Windows
Why is it you need to use RDP?
Sep
10
comment How to tell if a laptop has been used of off the normal network
The worst of it is, if the users find out you're doing this, they'll change their behavior to make it look like they do go home with the laptops.
Sep
10
comment How to tell if a laptop has been used of off the normal network
I don't know the users in question, but if they are anything like me, then no, they won't. I shutdown and restart my laptop as infrequently as possible because the login scripts take about 10 minutes to run. At the least he'd have to look for suspend/resume and hibrenate/resume as well.
Sep
8
comment Connect monitor of a defective laptop to desktop PC
Define please 'dead' in this instance. Won't power up? HD trashed? Can you get to the bios? Boot from floppy/CD/USB? If it can run code to some degree you might do something with it.
Sep
8
comment Connect monitor of a defective laptop to desktop PC
Since the laptop in question is listed as 'dead', I'd bet this isn't going to work.
Sep
2
comment Will installing Linux wipe my restore partition?
If you are going to do this, I recommend using sysinternals sdelete with the -c option before taking the image. This will write zeros to all unused sectors on disk, making the final image much more compression friendly for long term storage.
Sep
1
comment Is email encryption practical enough?
@Mnementh: If you are going to have personal meetings, you might as well just use them for key exchange. No need for a keyserver, then. Keyservers are nice, but you end up having to trust something else, somehow, in order to use them. That's where I get nervous.
Sep
1
comment Is email encryption practical enough?
Actually, secure transmission isn't required, just initial secure key exchange. If you can exchange keys securely, AND we assume that the encryption algorithm has exploitable flaws, then it doesn't matter if the intervening networks are secure or not - only the recipient will be able to decrypt the message.