OK. Back from running me errands. Lavie’s looking particularly fetching today as well, causing additional blogging distractions.
Just saw this tip from Lifehacker: Get Gigabytes of Free, Legitimate Music from SXSW 2010. For those who don’t know, South by Southwest (SXSW) is a celebration of film and music hosted in Austin, Texas. Goes to figure that Texas would be one of the few states large enough to try to hold all that material. (official SXSW web site)
While I’ve not yet attended SXSW, I’ve been in Austin last year on business when it was in full swing. What a party town!
Anyway, Lifehacker links back to the Home of the Unofficial SXSW torrents which contains music files (apparently freely provided by the artists) from this year back to 2005. The current torrent file has 646 legit tracks while there is a 2nd torrent coming soon with hopes of 200 more. Sweet. Get your jam on.
Now, here are the promised Windows tips for your perusal and studyfication…
- Make Adobe Reader shine like it should under 64-bit Windows 7/Vista – istartedsomething – Leo Davidson got tired waiting for Adobe to port their Adobe Reader over to x64 bit Windows. So he checked their code and fixed it himself. Leo is the man!
- [How To] Use Dual Monitors in Remote Desktop Session on Windows 7 | Windows 7 hacker -- why do you need to enable dual monitor support in RDC? Because you can!
- How To Manually Troubleshoot and Repair Windows 7 Bootloader | Windows 7 hacker – There you go.
- Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB974674) -- “Utility for restoring backups made on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 to computers that are running Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2.” The accompanying Knowledge Base Article has additional information.
- Using Windows Server 2008 Core on Windows Virtual PC – Virtual PC Guy’s WebLog. Because maybe you want to test/trial run it before deploying? Easy to do hack to get it going.
- Accessing Shared Drives from the Command Prompt under Windows Virtual PC – Virtual PC Guy’s WebLog. Very simple CLI command to get drive shares reported in VPC.
- Connecting a Smart Card to a Windows 7 virtual machine – Virtual PC Guy’s WebLog. Two ways to connect up to a Smart Card.
- Jumplist-Launcher « Ali’s Dünnpfiff - (freeware) – cool little utility to add up to 60 programs/files in groups of your choosing, to a Jump List. Clever little tool and since it supports applications as well as files/folders, it might be a clean alternative to dock-style app launchers.
- How to replace default Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 Recovery Environment in Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset - Bink.nu – filed for refrence since it is kinda a WIM/PE thing.
- Reprofiler - A tool for repairing broken userprofile-associations – granted, almost all the times I’ve had a user profile that got corrupted or went south, I’ve just manually recovered the files, nuked the profile, then ended up building a new one. It’s a lot of work but got the job done. This alpha-level tool might be good for actually fixing profile association issues. However, I see the value in how it is able to simply show which Windows user profile is associate with which user profile folder. It might not be as straightforward as one always expects. Kinda related: NirSoft UserProfilesView. Although it does not allow you to make any changes while Reprofiler does.
- Two Minute Drill – Shutdown.exe, Tsshutdn.exe and Psshutdown.exe – Ask the Performance Team blog – great easy tips on how to shutdown a system from the command line via a couple of neat low-level utilities.
Bonus Stupid Batch File of the Day
Running PGP Whole Disk Encryption can be a drag sometimes. It works great and protects my system but one of the “timewasters” is when I run into a Windows Update or some other system activity that requires a system reboot. That means that when the system bounces, I have to then re-log into my BootGuard check with my super long and complex passphrase. Since my assigned system isn’t a powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, this just adds to the reboot time by at least an unbearably long five to ten extra seconds on reboot.
So I wrote this stupid batch file that allows me to fire it off, pre-type my crazy-complex passphrase in, then hand it off to the PGP one-time boot bypass switch, and then set the system shutdown/reboot timer to as many seconds as I want.
After the system shuts down, it reboots normally and the passphrase is handed off in milliseconds and the OS boot continues; and I’ve shaved at least five or ten seconds off the reboot time! brilliant.
I suppose in theory it creates a gaping security hole in that, were I to use this very specific circumstance operating too, then someone were to come and bonk me over the head and make off with my laptop, PGP would be bypasses so they could get at my system. Or maybe some rouge keylogger could strip my input then the laptop could be physically stolen and the info used against me, but hey, if I’ve got spooks lurking just outside my door to do so, or in my system, then I’ve got bigger issues.
Anyway, it was more an exercise in batch file fiddling then anything else. Tested on XP. Your results may vary and I’ve not adjusted it for high altitude cooking.
echo This will initiate a “fast reboot” of the system and allow
echo a ONE-TIME system reboot without PGP-WDE BootGuard prompt.
echo To initialize type 1
echo To cancel type 2
set /P selection = Type the number and then press Enter:
If “%selection% == “1” goto PGP
If “%selection%” == “2” goto end
set /P PGPWDEPP= What is the phassphrase?
cd Program Files\PGP Corporation\PGP Desktop
pgpwde.exe –-add-bypass –-disk 0 –-passphrase “%PGPWDEPP%”
echo PGP passphrase set, bypass enabled.
set /P Reboot= How many seconds should system wait for reboot?
shutdown –r –f –t %Reboot%
echo Reboot initialized