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Windows 8 – I get it!!

I installed Windows 8 on my laptop ($40) in an effort to stay current. Even if I don’t like the results.
First off, it was an HP and it didn’t go so well, looking at HP’s website, they don’t have drivers. So, doing this wasn’t a great idea.

I didn’t like the user interface at first – and probably would say I still don’t – but I understand it! Its about getting things done, not about the computer. Your mail is right there, your internet is right there, etc. It’s NOT a hobbiest, techno fan operating system – it’s the operating system for your mother who just wants to do things.

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Posted February 6, 2013 by mmdmurphy in windows

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Removing Cached Credentials

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/WindowsXP/AdminTips/Security/RemoveSavedPasswords.html

1. Click Start and select Run

2. In the Open field type “rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr”

Posted February 16, 2012 by mmdmurphy in windows

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PING PXE on Windows Server

Where to start? PING = Partimage Is Not Ghost.  Ok, I get it.

THE biggest hurdle to getting this to run? For some reason, I figured a machine that could get an IP address for the PXE process could get an IP address later on. Not true. Oh, and make sure you have ONE dhcp server on your network – this one! I didn’t make that mistake, but I see how you could. I actually set this up on Windows Virtual PC’s as a pilot for a customer, but I finally got it all working…

So, here’s how it seems to work – or at least close enough to get it working. PXE gets an IP address, then PXE downloads the OS over TFTP. Then it does something like a pseudo reboot and uses the initrd as part of the final “build” on the client computer.

Ok, so, if it can get an IP address to do the TFTP, why can’t {what I am calling} the final build?

Anyway, so what do you do about this? The answer is pretty simple. The file “default” that they ask you to make? Well, you hard code the IP address of both the client computer, the server (where you will store your images) the subnet mask, the default gateway, and, what the heck, you might as well hard code the user name and password there too!. I will post my ‘default’ file.

The second thing I did to get this to actually work? I downloaded their files and put them where I think they belong. Which wound up being 2 separate places. And then it didn’t seem to work. So, I downloaded the PING iso file, and copied all the files from there. So, some combination of files was missing, but now I seem to have them all.

Hint – I now get the PING logo, whereas before I didn’t.

Now let’s walk thru this. TFTPD32 settings – note, I did the ‘service’ install – watch which one you download!

Contents of the ‘default’ file (if you copy and paste, make sure you know what is on one line and what isn’t, and that you get it all!). And NO, I do NOT get a nice menu to pick from. But it does work.

DEFAULT default
PROMPT 1
TIMEOUT 300
DISPLAY boot.msg
LABEL default
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL backup
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL restore
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL dummy
KERNEL kernel

Notes:
Server is 192.168.1.201, subnet mask is 255.255.255.0, the PXE “client” will be 192.168.1.222, the share is called images, as is the user name and password.

In following my “shotgun” approach, all this is duplicated under Create_New_Image.

Good luck!

Posted February 19, 2011 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Linux, sbs2003, tips, windows

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Data Recovery

Free utility (free until Dec 25) http://www.icare-recovery.com/giveaway/data-recovery-hard-disk.html

Posted December 13, 2010 by mmdmurphy in backups and recovery, freeware

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Converting videos to play on iPad

I had some training videos that I wanted to play on my iPad, which were in *.wmv format.
I tried several programs to convert them so they would play on my iPad, and after converting all the files, I synched my iPad. In EVERY case, iTunes said – basically – not copying to iPad cos your iPad won’t play them.

I finally found Videora iPad Converter, and was able to convert them AND when I plugged in my iPad, it copied them from itunes to my iPad without complaint.

One thing I didn’t like so much is the queueing feature – which only shows up after you change the user interface to “advanced”  (and the ‘in application” ads)

Posted November 13, 2010 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Video

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X11 over SSH Windows to Linux

http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming
http://www.straightrunning.com/XmingNotes
http://www.hak5.org/episodes/episode-80

X11 over SSH part 2: Windows to Linux

As explained in Part 1, all you need do open GUI apps over SSH is an SSH client and an X11 server. If you’re on Windows this can be achieved with Xming and Putty. Darren demos using an XP VM.

That got me thinking… If I can find an X11 “client” for an iPad, then doesn’t that effectively mean that I can run all kinds of applications on the iPad… Yes, I know, technically they would be running on my ubuntu desktop, but they would “feel” like they were on the iPad, and that the iPad suddenly got “beefy”

http://www.starnet.com/ makes just that… However, to be blunt, I am a little disappointed with it. It seems like a replacement for vnc, meaning it gives you the whole desktop… I want to run just certain apps on the iPad. Maybe it’s not possible, but… for now… there are remote desktop applications that are cheaper for the iPad. Just a tad disappointed…

— update – I got an email from the company that they are coming out with a new version soon.
http://www.starnet.com/products/ilivex/

Posted September 30, 2010 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Linux, windows

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Reduce printing costs and save a tree

http://www.printgreener.com/

Posted April 23, 2010 by mmdmurphy in freeware, tips, windows

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