Windows

Choosing the right ultrabook: Asus Zenbook, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

If you spend greater part of your workday on a notebook/ultrabook, selecting your primary work tool is as important as selecting race cars is to race car drivers and selecting cameras & lighting equipment is to photographers. Some obsess over it more than others. I confess to being firmly in the latter category. I won’t […]

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Make Bing the default search engine in Firefox address bar

I like Bing for a number of reasons. If you don’t prefer Bing, this is not a sales pitch to make you change your search habits. I’ll leave that to the Bing team with BING IT ON, the Bing Challenge commercials et al. Bing offers a better user experience. I also believe Microsoft has better […]

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Installing Windows from a USB Drive, recovery partitions and TRIM support

USB flash drives have been a welcome development for computer storage — they offer a great alternative to optical drives (aka CD/DVD drives). The form factor makes them easy to carry around, they’re faster than optical drives, and you can rewrite/reuse them as many times as you wish. They’re also more reliable than optical media. […]

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Import user attributes from OpenLDAP

Recently I imported the employeeID (and a few other attributes) from an OpenLDAP directory into Active Directory. Problem was different distinguishedName attributes in both directories – the OpenLDAP directory had a different OU structure. The Problem We have a LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF) dump from OpenLDAP in the following format : dn: distinguishedName not […]

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Got Win2003 Adminpak on XP and don’t see the Dial-In tab..

Adminpak installed on XP Pro does not reveal the Dial-In tab on user’s properties. Here’s how to make it show up : Registry Entries – copy the following text in notepad and save as dialin.REG (don’t forget to change file type drop-down to All): Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\RasDialin.UserAdminExt]@=”” [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\RasDialin.UserAdminExt\CLSID]@=”{B52C1E50-1DD2-11D1-BC43-00C04FC31FD3}” [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\RasDialin.UserAdminExt.1]@=”” [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\RasDialin.UserAdminExt.1\CLSID]@=”{B52C1E50-1DD2-11D1-BC43-00C04FC31FD3}” [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MMC\NodeTypes\{19195a5b-6da0-11d0-afd3-00c04fd930c9}\Extensions\NameSpace]“{B52C1E50-1DD2-11D1-BC43-00C04FC31FD3}”=”RAS Dialin […]

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Calling Control Panel applets from shell

A list of command line options for calling control panel apps. Particular pain points – adding/removing programs and Windows components takes too many mouse clicks, and so does getting into a network adapter’s TCP/IP properties. You can call the Add/Remove Programs window by typing appwiz.cpl, and to get into Add/Remove Programs | Windows Components, type: […]

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