Fixing Windows Snap and Shake

A very quick solution. I had noticed that Aero snap (dragging a maxmized window without the need for restoring to a smaller size) stopped working. A quick test showed that Aero shake to minimize all windows also stopped. This had worked before, I wonder why it turned off. After searching around for quite some time, it turns out that I had switched off those features unintentionally. One very important setting...

May 26, 2013 | No Comments

Finding Last Logged in User in Windows XP (And Novell)

Something I’ve toyed with in a bit is a script to work with Novell’s login system to reset the last known user logged in to the next default upon login. Not for purposes of hiding anything, but simply to make the login process easier (especially if something was changed between network and local login modes). I ended up scrapping it as XP is becoming fast extinct with the end of...

How to Fix unresponsive ‘Add Media’ in WordPress

Recently, out of the blue and for unknown causes, I’ve had one of the WordPress sites I manage refused to open up the Media Gallery. No changes had supposedly been made to the server according to the web host and furthermore not much has changed other than content for the WordPress installation. The symptom I originally had was actually something slightly different. Trying to ‘Insert into post’ would yield a...

May 4, 2013 | No Comments

Hiding User Accounts on Windows 7

User accounts in Windows 7 can easily be hidden from showing up within the Windows Login as well as the control panel user administration. The easiest way to do this is to set a simple value within the registry. The registry patch will essentially look like this: All that needs to be done is to change ‘yourusername’ to the desired user to hide. Keep in mind that renaming an account...

How to Start Your Webcam in Windows 7

In Windows XP (SP3) you could actually go and view a preview of your webcam through My Computer. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Windows 7 does not have any built in web camera software as far as I am aware of. Why isn’t this a Part of Windows 7 I can’t answer this question, but one can speculate that Microsoft put the role of webcam...

April 30, 2013 | No Comments

Silent and Unattended Install Script Listings

Introduction I have a long history of automating programs, particularly installs. Most of these installs are AutoIt scripts which make life much easier than using the traditional batch programs. AutoIt is a free program and will make compiling these to an EXE a simple task. For those looking to use a different script, looking at how these work should be fairly straight-forward as many are just simply calling an EXE...

Adjusting Registry and receiving a “SecurityException was unhandled: Requested registry access is not allowed”

If you are trying to modify the registry via a Visual Studio program there are two big things you need to do to ensure that it is done right. First, you must be running as a user account with privileges. In Windows Vista or later, you will likely have to elevate the program to run as administrator. This can be done a couple ways, the simple but tedious approach would...

Disable Zenworks Adaptive Agent ZCM Icon on Desktop

Something I’ve read in the past on some Novell forum that I thought I’d share. I haven’t actually gotten around to testing this, and I’m not quite sure what versions this ‘workaround’ will work with. I would only recommend trying this out on a test system as I believe Novell stated this was something that wasn’t ever tested or fully implemented. Workaround: Add a DWORD value: HKLM\Software\Novell\ZCM\NAL\SetIconOnDesktop Set to 1...

Changing DNS Suffix via C# Program or Script

I have been automating a bit more recently regarding desktop deployments. DNS and DNS Suffix were two items that needed adjustment Thankfully setting the DNS for an adapter was quite simple and I could just utilize a batch file like so: Well lets just figure out the netsh command for DNS Suffix. Oh wait, there isn’t one! Well, after some investigation the registry for me appeared like the next best...

Adding Aux In to Factory Stock Ford Ranger Radio

I’ve had an urge to upgrade my radio in my 1999 Ford Ranger, my dedicated winter vehicle. Fortunately my car which comes out in the summer has a system I am now yearning to live without: Auxiliary input. Seeing as I spend enough on upgrades for my car, I set out to a budget approach for the Ranger. I figure, there must be a way to tap into the radio...