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Jan
21
comment How do I get rid of a half-done install (Vista)
I had a look around with autoruns and didn't see anything relevant. Can you point me to a specific section to look at? As near as I can see this is a legit .msi trying to finish it's install, but I don't know where Windows keeps such things.
Jan
12
comment Best recommendation for bulk cd writing
Are you making many copies of 1 thing, or are you copying many things?
Jan
3
comment Slot load DVD burner options for standard desktop case
Presto! We have a winner! The Digistore drive is what I've just ordered for the job at hand. Thanks!
Dec
27
comment Preventing windows from going over the top of the screen (in win XP)
Don't count on that autohotkey trick working if your system has multiple monitors that aren't aligned on their top edges. Depending on the exact settings, you can get 0 being out of view on the vertically smaller monitor. (I've got a laptop with external monitor, hence the size difference. I keep the tops unaligned so that I have small 'step' between the monitors at the top and bottom instead of a large 'step' at the bottom. I find this makes it less likely that I'll get the mouse 'hung up' on the step and lose track of where it is.)
Dec
9
comment Implement DRM on videos for cellphones
Then you need to talk to the vendors of the default config's players. They control the DRM for their system, and they probably will require you to go through them to get the proper tools and encryption keys. They ARE the only ones who can help you.
Nov
21
comment Is there a program that will prevent changing the numlock state?
If you hunt around the web, you can also find the appropriate registry values to set to do the same thing - SharpKeys is better interface to the same functionality.
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.