Archive for October, 2007


A couple great FREEWARE sites

October 26, 2007

A tremendous site that I heard about on my favorite podcast, the Mike Tech Show.

Another great site for LEGIT freeware is Giveaway of the Day. Once a day, a new peice of free licensed software is spotlighted.


Windows Logon Screens Through The Years

October 26, 2007

What a trip down memory lane! I love hearing these old sounds!


Neat little utility to clean up Bookmarks

October 17, 2007

I heard my friend Mike (over at Mike Tech Show) mention this on his last podcast. It’s a great little utility called AM-DeadLink. Just what does this do?

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AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in browser bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks.

AM-DeadLink is Freeware!

AM-DeadLink can check the following resources:

  • Internet Explorer Favorites
  • Firefox bookmarks
  • Opera bookmarks
  • Mozilla and Netscape bookmarks
  • URLs from tab delimited text files
  • URLs from comma separated text files

AM-DeadLink can download FavIcons for:

  • Internet Explorer Favorites
  • Firefox bookmarks
  • Opera bookmarks

If you’re like, and you have literally thousands of bookmarks, do yourself a favor and do a little cleaning! This application was a snap to install and a breeze to use. I’m a huge fan of this software.

LINK: AM-DeadLink


A great utility that fixed my crashing explorer issues!

October 6, 2007

For the last few weeks, I’ve been having some serious issues with my Vista installation, that I almost thought I’d scrap it all for either going back to XP or switching over to Ubuntu.

Well, I got sick of it and researched my issue. I thought it was my anti-virus (I was running Avast Free Edition) but it ended up being a shell extension from Acronis that caused the issue.

I used a great tool called ShellExView that exposed all running shell extensions. I disabled the Acronis shell extension (which is still great software by the way), and right-clicking any file or menu does not cause my explorer to bug out any more.

ShellExView lets you view all installed shell extensions. If available, it displays the description, as well as version details, company information, location, file name and more. You can optionally disable/enable any item, which can be very useful to disable an extension, that you don t need or that has been left behind in your right click menu from a previous software install.

Now, I can honestly say I’m a little more happy with Vista now. I’m still having some issues (which I will post about, because I need some help with it) but overall things are much more happy now!


Manual HP LTO Tape Removal

October 4, 2007

Who hasn’t run across this? A stuck LTO tape in a HP Ultrium drive that just won’t come out. Well, maybe a lot of you, but I know I have and would love to have had this document when I was in that bind. This was passed on to me by one of my fellow engineers.


How to remove the Vista RDP Prompt

October 4, 2007

You know what I’m talking about. That pesky authentication check when you RDP to a pre-Vista machine. Sick of that? Well, so am I. And luckily, one of my fellow engineers discovered this. Here’s the fix!

You know, this one:

The registry key is a DWORD value at \\HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\AuthenticationLevelOverride 

Here are the 3 possible values, at least in Windows Server 2003:

Set the authentication level value to one of the following values:

•    0 This value corresponds to “No authentication.”
•    1 This value corresponds to “Require authentication.”
•    2 This value corresponds to “Attempt authentication.”

I experimented and found that 2 is the default now.  I tested the 3 modes and found that:

0 -> Doesn’t prompt. 
1 -> Gives a similar message but doesn’t allow me to continue.  This is the strictest.
2 -> Gives the message but allows me to accept and continue.

In my case, I don’t even want the prompt so I set AuthenticationLevelOverride to 0 and I’m able to log into my Remote Desktop sessions without that extra prompt.

Warning: this is a decrease in security so should only be changed if you are aware of the what and why of this change.


You could use Visionapp’s vRD or RoyalTS – two amazing RDP managers. Then you don’t have to worry about all that stuff either. Just store your credentials and go!


Been extremely busy…

October 1, 2007

I’ve been slammed people, I deeply apologize for the lack of updates or entries lately. I’ve been studying for my 290 exam, been traveling, and been overall super busy. I plan on posting on a few interesting things in the next couple days.

Stay tuned… good stuff to come!