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HOWTO: How to Fix a Forgotten Windows Administrator or User Password with Sticky Keys

I pulled some of my very old Windows VMs out of my backup NAS recently with the intent to pull them into ESXi 5.0.1, and manage them there. But they hadn’t been booted or updated in 4+ years. I thought I remembered the password for the users of these VMs, but none of my obvious […]

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  1. DomainSite: This is Not the Way to Manage Passwords As per my end-of-month processing, I update and rotate/change the...
  2. SuSE 10.1 in VMware “No catalogue found” error SOLVED It seems that quite a few people (including myself) ran...
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Syndicated 2013-08-20 18:42:49 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Configure XChat Azure on OS X to connect to Freenode using SASL + Tor

With all the recent news about the NSA, Prism Surveillance Program and the US Federal Government actively spying on its citizens without cause, I decided to update the detailed HOWTO I posted in early 2011 describing how to connect to Freenode using Xchat (on Linux/FreeBSD) using SASL + Tor. The process is relatively simple, but [...]

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  1. HOWTO: Configure Tor + SASL + irc to connect to Freenode I fought this problem on the train into the city...
  2. SOLVED: Permanently setting “Hide Join/Part Messages” off in XChat I’ve been using XChat since early year 2000 (loooong time...
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Syndicated 2013-07-31 13:17:38 from random neuron misfires

Using the Goal Zero Sherpa 50 As a Wireless Home AC Outlet

I’ve been happily using my Sherpa 50 since late April of this year. I went for the full kit, including the Goal Zero Laptop Charging Kit, the Sherpa Extreme Inverter and a great, custom Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Pouch from the team at Blue Ridge Overland Gear (great guys, I highly recommend visiting their site [...]

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Syndicated 2013-06-12 03:07:55 from random neuron misfires

DomainSite: This is Not the Way to Manage Passwords

As per my end-of-month processing, I update and rotate/change the passwords and login credentials for the hundreds of websites and logins I own and use on a regular basis. I reached my domain registrar, DomainSite, and successfully changed my password to something nice and secure, and their system happily accepted it. I logged out, and [...]

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  2. SOLVED: Resetting your Apple ID with cut-and-paste enabled If you’re like me, you have lots of passwords. More...
  3. FIX: open of shared memory object failed If you’re using the ATI driver (fglrx) on your Linux...

Syndicated 2013-05-31 14:46:33 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Download Oracle Java Releases from the Commandline

The recent and critical Java CVE necessitates that everyone either uninstall, remove or update Java immediately. My employer uses a lot of Java, and removing or uninstalling it across thousands of machines just isn’t possible. We also support 4 platforms for each new release (in 32-bit and 64-bit), so pushing out a new version of [...]

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  1. SOLVED: Java Plugin in Firefox on 64-bit Windows Server 2003 The corporate VPN software I use to get onto the...
  2. HOWTO: Repair your Outlook PST file from the commandline The more I use Outlook 2007 for work and other...
  3. Super-sizing your PuTTY and UNIX’ifying your Windows machines If you use Putty to SSH or telnet around from...

Syndicated 2013-01-14 19:13:44 from random neuron misfires

Facebook Does It Again, Silently Sending GPS Coordinates with Every Message

Yes, they’ve done it again. The most-recent update of the Facebook mobile application (Android and iPhone) reverses and resets the default settings for “Location Services”, so that every single Facebook message you send, also sends your exact GPS coordinates to the recipient (and to Facebook’s own messaging servers), even if you have your GPS disabled [...]

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  3. My First 15 Minutes with DriveSafe.ly for BlackBerry I recently stumbled upon an app called “DriveSafe.ly” while perusing...

Syndicated 2013-01-10 00:13:19 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Search and Destroy “Unlabeled” mail in Google Gmail

I have over 14 years of email stored in Google Gmail now, all sorted, organized and tagged. It’s a huge archive going back through several jobs, plenty of experiences personal and professional. Some day it might make a good bit of data mining for an autobiography, but I digress.. One thing about Google Gmail has [...] Related posts:

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Syndicated 2012-11-12 21:20:17 from random neuron misfires

AT&T Locks Horns with Hurricane Sandy and my data-only MiFi

We were hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy out here in New London, CT. Lots of property was damaged, wiped out boats tossed onto shore and crashed into other property. We also lost power, thousands of homes without power for days, as trees came crashing through wires, telephone poles were pulled to the ground by [...] Related posts:

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Syndicated 2012-11-11 16:24:44 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Block “SongPop” game updates and events on Facebook

I’m a big fan of keeping my Facebook feed, news and wall clean and filtered, no junk and no noise that I don’t need or want to read. On Google Chrome, I use the “Social Fixer” extension to block ads, drop columns and other unnecessary items from the pages, but this doesn’t work on Firefox [...] Related posts:

  1. Feeding on Feeds for Productivity: Sage vs. Google Reader I use a lot of rdf/rss/atom feeds to keep up...
  2. HOWTO: Browsing securely, using i2p with Firefox and FoxyProxy I’ve been using i2p for a few things, including browsing...
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Syndicated 2012-11-11 15:58:22 from random neuron misfires

OpenFlock, code, monkeys and keyboards

dsifry: I created a project for OpenFlock here. Add yourself. Your sites aren’t routing, and only one is up, with lots of dead links. Yes, I know, we all have no time left. Once I clear my plate, I can help you with this if you still need it. CVS Have to work on my [...] Related posts:

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Syndicated 2012-10-29 17:26:57 from random neuron misfires

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