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I'm a senior developer at Chase IT Services in London. We build great software for the financial services industry.


Jun
17
comment Cant edit excel file in Sharepoint because it has Comments, Shapes, or other objects
Does your Sharepoint have version history enabled? You could use that to try to find the point where it stopped being browser-editable and see what the preceeding change was maybe?
Jun
17
comment Cant edit excel file in Sharepoint because it has Comments, Shapes, or other objects
That is weird. I've updated my answer to show how it looks when it does find shapes and comments. I guess you have some mystery other object(s) that are not detected.
Apr
1
comment Can modern switches act like hubs?
port mirroring will not give you everything. For example, hardware and media errors will not be mirrored (and that might be what you are looking for). Also, mirroring is low priority and a busy switch will drop packets.
Apr
1
comment Can modern switches act like hubs?
If you're looking to purchase hardware, you should look at a network tap instead.
Mar
21
comment How does Nmap decide which DNS servers to use?
Not sure, but it might be getting closer. In that Registry location I have 11 interfaces listed, but "NameServer" is blank for all. There is another key "DhcpNameServer" which is populated though. Nmap is using 4 DNS servers, two of which match the two configured for my current connection. One of the others that Nmap is using is in the "DhcpNameServer" key for an interface used by a disconnected VPN. The fourth DNS server is not listed anywhere.
Mar
20
comment Why is Nmap slow on my Windows 8.1 laptop?
@bonsaiviking The original command combined with --dns-servers 192.168.x.11,192.168.X.12 consistently returns in 3-4 seconds. I believe you have found the answer - my DNS settings are screwed. If you post it as an answer I will accept it. Thank you!
Mar
20
comment Why is Nmap slow on my Windows 8.1 laptop?
@bonsaiviking scratch that. I needed an extra . at the end of that command
Mar
20
comment Why is Nmap slow on my Windows 8.1 laptop?
@bonsaiviking, thank you for your help. I think you might be onto something. If I understand what should be happening, I got a very odd result to that nslookup, which I've edited into the end of the question.
Mar
20
comment Why is Nmap slow on my Windows 8.1 laptop?
administrator, no change (I forgot to mention I tried that). Timings of those commands in order: 5.52, 4.65, 53.36. The output of the last one seems to suggest I have a DNS problem, though nslookup works fast enough. I'll post the output into a question edit
Mar
20
comment Why is Nmap slow on my Windows 8.1 laptop?
I tried the same version of Nmap, 6.40, on a Windows 7 desktop here. Without the registry change it took average 2.0 seconds per scan; with the change it dropped to average 1.9 seconds. So I'm concluding 1. the .reg change is slightly useful and 2. my laptop has something else wrong with it :(
Mar
20
comment Why is Nmap slow on my Windows 8.1 laptop?
That made a slight difference, but not enough to be usable really. I tried the same scan again twice after merging the .reg and it took 69.16 and 67.87 seconds, whereas before it was consistently taking 79 seconds.
Feb
25
comment Microsoft Word files have weird icons suddenly?
+1 you can definitely cause this problem by deleting C:\Windows\Installer (I know from experience...)
Feb
25
comment How to write protect microSD card?
interesting question. apparently it can be done, though there is no physical switch on microSD: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital#Card_security
Oct
1
comment Mouse cursor sticking / dissapearing, regardless of OS
probably a driver problem, try updating your graphics card drivers.
Sep
25
comment Is a 41GB partition enough to install Windows 7 x64 bit in Virtual Box?
Your environment sounds different to this question. In this question the host machine has 4GB total. That's to run OSX, virtualbox, Windows 7, Microsoft Office and SQL Server. It will be constantly thrashing.
Sep
25
comment Google Chrome new tab no longer showing Apps or working thumbnails
possible duplicate of I don't like the behavior of the new tab page in Google Chrome 29.0.1547.76 (Official Build 223446) m. How can I restore the old behavior?
Aug
23
comment Run a script when second monitor is connected
it's not going to be a simple script but it's possible. see stackoverflow.com/questions/5981520/… or msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/…
Aug
19
comment resetting admin password without booting
If you actually the admin on the server too, and you have forgotten your own password, there are ways to reset that but you will require physical access to the server. It cannot be done using a thin client.
Aug
19
comment resetting admin password without booting
This is wrong. -p is the parameter for the existing password, which the OP doesn't have.
Aug
7
comment Laptop keeps restarting unless in safe mode
@Ramhound it's not my question, the question was asked by John Demetriou. The information is already in the question: on line 4 "I tried running a Live CD of Ubuntu. The pc restarted." and item 8 in the list "I tried performing a format".