Digg Abuser Gets it in the Ying-Yang!

A rather unfortunate soul decided to take advantage of Digg and post several hundred spam posts to his blog only he forgot to turn off the anonymous posting on his own blog....so sad...digg users can be a "little" vindictive... 80)





Windows XP Commands

Windows XP Commands: "Windows NT/XP command line"


Turn Your Pocket Pc Into An Ipod

Don't know if it's useful or not.


Visual Studio Express

So, MS is "giving" away "easy" versions of software development tools. What the heck; it can't hurt....it's not like they're Sony afterall....right?

Visual Studio Express

Pricelessware - alt.comp.freeware

The best in Kenware (free) ;o)
Pricelessware - alt.comp.freeware

DriveImage XML - Freeware Drive Image

DriveImage XML - Backup and Image logical Drives and Partitions: "DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives.

The program allows you to:

* Backup logical drives and partitions to image files
* Browse these images, view and extract files
* Restore these images to the same or a different drive
* Copy directly from drive to drive

Image creation uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe 'hot images' even from drives currently in use.

Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools. Never again be stuck with a useless backup!

Restore images to drives without having to reboot.

DriveImage XML runs under Windows XP Home and XP Professional only.
The program will backup, image and restore drives formatted with FAT 12, 16, 32 and NTFS.

Since this program is currently distributed as freeware,"

encoderX : Freeware : Gif Animator

encoderX : Freeware : Image Editors

18 Tricks to Teach Your Body

as much as i hate to admit it Men's Health has an interesting article here.

18 Tricks to Teach Your Body


FixMyXP.com - Your One Stop Windows XP Fix It Site - 99 Useful Run Commands

run commands like
Add/Remove Programs
Administrative Tools
Check Disk Utility
Clipboard Viewer

FixMyXP.com - Your One Stop Windows XP Fix It Site - 99 Useful Run Commands


300 Key Button Pad!

Here's the windup.

I love playing Halo PC and I LOVE being able to make comments while I'm playing but it's very difficult to take a break in the game to type out my battle cry (LEEeeeRROOOOOoooooYYYY NeiJEEEEeeeNNNNnnnnKIIINNNNnnnnssss) and not unlike the real Leroy Jenkins, that is something I say right before I get the ol' "Own-dizzle" from some pistol wielding noob in like 4 shots, but I still like the game even if the body count is mostly mine. Now, at work I have a wonderful piece of equipment called X-Key Pro key pad which is a really nice 58 key button pad with two layers (total of 115 buttons because you have to have at least one of them to switch to the next layer). The one button works as kind of a "shift" key. I use this in conjunction with a program called Quick Macros (extremely versatile and insanely cheap for what you get $30) to fire off all kinds of macros like: project timers; window transparency; launch databases; and skip ahead 30 seconds or 3 minutes in an mp3 I'm playing in WinAmp (I don't know what WinAmp has against lamas). It's really nice and worth $150 but only if you've got the $150.

And here's the pitch

So, I got in touch with a wizard I know in Lithuania name Gintaras who wrote the program Quick Macros. I said there has to be a way of capturing a keyboard strike and firing off a macro instead. Well, he did it in about 10 hours!! That freakin' guy has made a function to get the keyboard id from a kb and then you can set the filter in the QM macro to only "see" that keyboard; when that keyboard fires off a keystroke QM intercepts it and if there is a macro assigned to it fires off the macro and "throws away" the keystroke. So, in my testing this morning, when I hit "a" on the 2nd keyboard one particular sound one goes off; when I hit "h" on the 3rd keyboard on my system a different sound goes off; and when I hit "scroll lock" button on the 4th keyboard a 3rd sound goes off!!!! Now the sounds only showed me that the different macros were being addressed properly so you could have anything coded into them. Oh, and btw, none of those letters are typed!

One really neat thing that comes with this. Let's say that I have 2 extra keyboards. I can get the id of both of those keyboards code all of my macros on each of them unplug them and set them aside and then plug them back in and QM will recognize them and I'm up and running with all my macros for that specific keyboard!!! So, now I have a macro-keyboard that I want to use for all of my jibes in Halo like " 'Least I have chicken!" right after that noob schooled me with pistol and one for the everyday things with QM (ie login to programs/web sites; backing up files; auto-respond to emails etc.).

Oh, and the $150 I saved? Well, I already blew that on Diet Coke, so no new gadget for me.....8o(

And here's the swing...

Ladies and Gentlemen,

With 3 keyboards (usb) at $3.81 and QM at $30 (that's $41.43 total plus shipping and handling), you have a the button pad capacity of

  • 294 single stroke hotkeys
  • and over 3000 possible hotkeys with all the ctl-alt-shft-win combinations!!!


My spleen is still quivering!!!!

If you have questions about this you can contact me at quickmacros at gmail dot com


Colour Schemes

here's a really good site to give you 9 different colours that all match.

{style:phreak;} - colormatch redux


Just Gotta have those product keys?

Use this to get 'em. Good for network, single, or a list of computers.
Don't use illeagally....

ProduKey - Recover lost product key (CD-Key) of Windows/MS-Office




since i use a Touch STream keyboard that has no keys sound is nice.
and this is the BEST sound program for key actions


Network Traffic Monitor

trying it out now but look sweet!!!

Nico Cuppen Software: "Network Traffic Monitor"


broomeman.com - How to Uninstall Windows Messenger

Why do I hate MS?
not cuz they have been unresponsive to the computer security field in locking down their code; not cuz they are so fat in a business development sense that they can't fix poorly written code; but cuz they blatantly use their size to leverage their products into OEM machines and explicitly demand the removal of competitors from those same physical machines....that's why...I do, however, enjoy Halo for the PC.

anyway, here's how to uninstall windows messenger cuz Bill thinks for some reason that no matter what I think, HE knows better about what I want and need on my system when it comes to IM clients....geeeesh....get a clue dude.

a world where I can setup my windows with only the MS stuff that I want installed from the install disk and save that "suit" and then go to my buddy's house and say, "Look I was able to squeeze out about 7% better performance by setting up my system like this." and hand him the config file. he then puts in his install disk and checks "Make my system look like this..." and then he has an identical copy of my system setup which works much better for us for what we want to do.
*end dream*

broomeman.com - How to Uninstall Windows Messenger: "msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs"


box templates

ok so this isnt really tech but i'd like to have it around so i can show my wife.

Oragami is cool though...

box templates


The Perfect list of "Gotta Have" Gadgets for Techie

This article will give you 10 gotta have items. From cross-over PLUGS (instead of a special cable) to syncboxes to wirelessly locking your pc when you walk away (and then unlocking when you come back) automatically.

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Compose Gmail in New Window

I soooo ripped this from Dougie at the above link and while not knowing much (read: any) JS, I was able to pull out the link and selection info and make it just pull up a blank messaged that's why there some vestigial code in there.

So here it is for all your Gmailing goodness.

javascript:popw='';Q='';x=document;y=window;if(x.selection) {Q=x.selection.createRange().text;} else if (y.getSelection) {Q=y.getSelection();} else if (x.getSelection) {Q=x.getSelection();}popw = y.open('https://mail.google.com/mail?view=cm&tf=0' + escape(document.title) + '&body=' + escape('\n') ,'gmailForm','scrollbars=yes,width=680,height=510,top=175,left=75,status=no,resizable=yes');if (!document.all) T = setTimeout('popw.focus()',50);void(0);


Punk Outlook Users

Here's a great story about how to punk Outlook users (using Thunderbird) by putting in your own "X-Message-Flag" like "ERROR: Microsoft Outlook detected. Get a REAL email client!".

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Atmosphere Lite - Freeware Relaxing Nature Sound Generator

Nice little free prog that uses random sounds layered with background palettes to make some great ambient sounds.

Atmosphere Lite - Freeware Relaxing Nature Sound Generator


Write Down Your Passwords!!!

Look we aren't going to get away from passwords for some time, so we are going to have to learn to deal with them. This article discusses how to do it. One note that I will put forth though, have a prefix or suffix (or even a "midfix") that you put on all of them but don't write that one down just add it as you enter the password.

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How to Improve Display Readability

A PC Mag story on how to improve your display and fine tuning it.

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Taipei Times - archives

Taipei Times - archives: "By sending data over the surface of the skin, it may soon be possible to trade music files by dancing cheek to cheek, or to swap phone numbers by kissing"


Great article on how to hide items from Add/Remove Programs in Windows 2000 & XP

I used this at a client site and it worked perfectly. Of course all the folks that wanted to play Spider Solitare weren't happy, but you know... Jason

Ten commandments of egoless programming - TechRepublic

The following was taken directly from TechRepublic's publication "Ten commandments of egoless programming" [sic] By Lamont Adams (see url). However, I thought that the principles were so good that I wanted to place them in a format that didn't requrie a 500k download!

1. Understand and accept that you will
make mistakes.

The point is to find them early, before they make it into
production. Fortunately, except for the few of us developing
rocket guidance software at JPL, mistakes are rarely fatal in our
industry. So we can, and should, learn, laugh, and move on.

2. You are not your code.
Remember that the entire point of a review is to find
problems—and problems will be found. Don't take it personally
when one is uncovered.

3. No matter how much "karate" you know,
someone else will always know more.

Such an individual can teach you some new moves if you ask.
Seek and accept input from others, especially when you think
it's not needed.

4. Don't rewrite code without consultation.
There's a fine line between "fixing code" and "rewriting code."
Know the difference, and pursue stylistic changes within the
framework of a code review, not as a lone enforcer.

5. Treat people who know less than you with
respect, deference, and patience.

Nontechnical people who deal with developers on a regular
basis almost universally hold the opinion that we are prima
donnas at best and crybabies at worst. Don't reinforce this
stereotype with anger and impatience.

6. The only constant in the world is
Be open to it and accept it with a smile. Look at each change
to your requirements, platform, or tool as a new challenge,
not as some serious inconvenience to be fought.

7. The only true authority stems from
knowledge, not from position.

Knowledge engenders authority, and authority engenders
respect—so if you want respect in an egoless environment,
cultivate knowledge.

8. Fight for what you believe, but gracefully
accept defeat.

Understand that sometimes your ideas will be overruled.
Even if you do turn out to be right, don't take revenge or say,
"I told you so" more than a few times at most, and don't make
your dearly departed idea a martyr or rallying cry.

9. Don't be "the guy in the room."
Don't be the guy coding in the dark office emerging only to
buy cola. The guy in the room is out of touch, out of sight, and
out of control and has no place in an open, collaborative

10. Critique code instead of people—be kind
to the coder, not to the code.

As much as possible, make all of your comments positive and
oriented to improving the code. Relate comments to local
standards, program specs, increased performance, etc.

Ten commandments of egoless programming - TechRepublic


Scamming the scammer: P-P-P-PowerBook!

Via Digg.com These are not my comments.
We all hate eBay scammers, read this funny article about a eBay scammer getting scammed!

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Yahoo!'s Konfabulator site up with download!


From Digg.com

Found this while guessing URL's on yahoo's site. They have a full site already up for Konfabulator which was turned over to Yahoo!, they also have downloads up for both Windows and Mac.

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Add a Monitor via USB!!!

No need to put in a second video card or even a new one for that matter. Just plug in this USB adapter and hook up that extra monitor you've been meaning to make into a fish-bowl.

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Top 75 Security tools

Via Digg.com These are not my comments.

Like the title says; Insecure.org's top seventy five security tools. All the usual suspects (Nmap, Nessus, Ethereal, Snort, etc.) plus some nice ones that never came up on my radar before. Though Yl33tMMV

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Email Buttons For Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail And More

Via Digg.com These are not my comments.

This Site Allows You To Generate A Cool Button With Your Email Address. It Generates For Gmail, Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, And Much More. Works Great For Websites And Blogs.

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Mozilla Update :: Extensions -- More Info:Gmail Delete Button - All Releases

Add a "Delete" button to Gmail's interface. This is a compiled version of the Greasemonkey script located at the homepage listed. Please install only one or the other.

Mozilla Update :: Extensions -- More Info:Gmail Delete Button - All Releases: "Add a 'Delete' button to Gmail's interface. This is a compiled version of the Greasemonkey script located at the homepage listed. Please install only one or the other."

Estimating Realistic Project Deadlines

Open Loops: Estimating Realistic Project Deadlines: "Estimating Realistic Project Deadlines"


Joel's Last Day...

Well, today is Joel's last day an Gizmodo. Sorry to see him go but hey when you actually have to "make-up" ethnic and professional groups to slander because you already used all the others, it's more obvious than the writing on the other side of the wall*.....

*Angel Light Allows Crazy People to See Through Walls : Gizmodo

Here's his "c-ya" post.
Mob Storms Gawker Media's Castle

Really Nice JavaScript Marquee

A step-through of the process.
Web Projects: JavaScript Marquee v3.0 @ The Ruins of Morning

BOFH Quote of the week...

Always back a man with a big hammer.
-BOFH 7/24/2001

Bastard Satisfaction | The Register: "Always back a man with a big hammer"

IBM officially kills OS/2, suggests switch to Linux

Let us all pause for 1 minute of scilence.

Via Digg.com These are not my comments.
BIG BLUE has hammered the final nails into OS/2's coffin. It said that all sales of OS/2 will end on the 23rd of December this year, and support for the pre-emptive multitasking operating system will end on the 31st December 2006.

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Refreshing a web page automatially

To make your web page automatially refresh put this line in the header.
The "content" value is a seconds value.
< meta http-equiv="Refresh" content="300" >

DIrtY MIRT (Do It Yourself Mobile Infra Red Transmitter)

Just the thing for our "Now" society (USA) harmless, enviromentaly safe, and possibly illegal...

I-Hacked.com Taking Advantage Of Technology -
I-Hacked.com Taking Advantage Of Technology - DIrtY MIRT (Do It Yourself Mobile Infra Red Transmitter)

Free AMD Case Stickers!

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For those of you that don't know, AMD does ship you their case stickers for free! Simply fill out the form, and AMD will ship you case stickers for free within a few weeks!

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Great Free Wallpaper site

Via Digg.com These are not my comments.

This site is along the lines of digitalblasphemy, except for the fact that it is free. I have been going there for a few years now, and his work only gets better.

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Unreal media Streaming Server

Very small, very efficient streaming server if you have a need for that sort of thing.

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FREE PodCast recording software.

It's a software application that will help you produce and record your podcast. Record voice, efects, markers, jingles, etc. PodProducer is totally free!

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TheOpenCD is a collection of high quality Free and Open Source Software.

TheOpenCD is a collection of high quality Free and Open Source Software. The programs run in Windows and cover the most common tasks such as word processing, presentations, e-mail, web browsing, web design, and image manipulation.

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Office Problems Resource

MrExcel Message Board :: Index

Carry On Coding: Hack: Simple TODOs Tracker v1.1

A very nice (and i think 0-footprint) and small program for to-dos.

Carry On Coding: Hack: Simple TODOs Tracker v1.1

Onload image fades without Flash | clagnut/sandbox

Onload image fades without Flash | clagnut/sandbox

Google Toolbar for Firefox now available for download

Google has just released its toolbar for Firefox users. Head on over Google's site for the download. The Google toolbar for Firefox features SpellCheck, AutoLink (US only), AutoFill, and a WordTranslator

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Use GMail as a personal organizer

GMail offers an extremely powerful system of filtering e-mail messages. By using a combination of GMail tags and filters, you can create an extremely useful personal organizer system right in your inbox.

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Bastard Operator from Hell returns...sort of

Well about 5 years ago the BOfH was the highlight of my time (read "time" in much the same was as in "'time'" done in Sing-Sing") as an operations technician. He's a sort of kinder gentler Vlad the Impaler....well, maybe just kinder...barely.

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Here's a flash game worth 10WAU (Work Avoidance Units)

Are you the Bow Master? just a great little productivity killer...

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How-To: Boot Windows XP Off a Compact Flash Card

Those crazy kids and their gadgets!
Next up on "bored+gadgets" : boot XP from a 1990's Teddy Ruxpin without all that pesky bread-boarding. ;o)

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Bunches of tiny app links and suggestions...

Since thumb drives have become cheap and popular people have decided not to carry around their files but carry around their "no-need-for-install" apps too! Check this link out for lots more. (tinyapp.org is one of the links.)

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The Ninth Commandment of system administration

IX. Thou shalt know the openings into your servers... For every network service you run, you've opened one more window on your server to the world. Firewalls are great for defending servers against attacks from the outside, but attacks don't always come from the outside.

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New Top 500 Supercomputers List Released

This morning the new Top 500 list was released. For those of you who don't know about the top 500, it is a list of the 500 fastest computers in the world based on the LINPACK benchmark. It gets released two times every year. It's pretty cool to look over and see what's on the bleeding edge each time.

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How to Care for Lithium Ion Batteries

Avoid frequent full discharges because this puts additional strain on the battery. Batteries with fuel gauge (laptops) should be calibrated by applying a deliberate full discharge once every 30 charges. Consider removing the battery from a laptop when running on fixed power... Follow link for more.

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Instantly create Restore Points in Windows XP

The System Restore utility automatically creates a Restore Point if it senses a change to the system, or even some application, files. If you'd like to instantly create a Restore Point, read this Windows XP tip to find out how all it takes is two lines of VBScript.

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Essential USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips

This guide shows you how to do things like boot from a flash drive, run Linux on one, use e-mail, the Web, and a word processor, and more. More beginner-oriented, but useful nonetheless.

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Virtual Desktop virtuoso

I've been struggling for years to come up with an inexpensive (read cheap!) virtual desktop for my workstation. I didn't like XP's setup at all and Litestep was a bit too extreme but VirtuaWin is just right....(read free)....

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Home-brew Air Conditioner

How to make your own air conditioner for $30.

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Fifty Writing Tools

Great article and great set of tools for any writer/blogger, etc.

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Complete Freeware collection

The "complete freeware collection" is a collection of hand-chosen applications, which when combined, make the complete freeware package. In other words, all you need is the operating system and you won't have to spend one cent on software. Nothing in this software bundle contains spyware or adware.

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Great Freeware Utilities for the USB Drive

If you work on computers for a living or hobby, you should check out the freeware utilities on this site. There all very compact, and can be copied to a USB drive so that they can be carried around with with you if you need them.

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