Four keyboard shortcuts you should know…

I’m writing this because I see so many people who use computers regularly who don’t know these basic keyboard shortcuts. They’re easy – learn them and your computer life will be much better. Most work on pretty much any GUI (Windows, Unix, even Mac substituting the CMD key for the CTRL key).

So with no . . . → Read More: Four keyboard shortcuts you should know…

Forcing a Window Media Player library rescan

If you’re using your Windows Media Player (WMP) as a Windows Media “server” to share your music library, yet don’t use WMP directly to manage your media (I use the much more rich MediaMonkey) then you may want to force a library rescan when you add new tracks to your file-store(s).

This isn’t very hard, . . . → Read More: Forcing a Window Media Player library rescan

Useful Intel links…

Two links from Intel are particularly useful for desktop/laptop users. First, this tool will find out if the Intel drivers you’re using are up-to-date:

http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

since many if not most desktops/laptops include some Intel based chipset (even if it isn’t the main CPU), then this is a pretty useful site to use.

If . . . → Read More: Useful Intel links…

Converting VMware virtual disk to “eagerzeroedthick”

Pretty simple from the console really:

vmkfstools -d eagerzeroedthick -i <virtual-disk-source>.vmdk <virtual-disk-target>.vmdk

Note that this will completely expand the size of the filesystem (ie: it will no longer be “thin”).

I needed this not to convert a “thin” filesystem to “thick” filesystem, but a “thick” filesystem to a clusterable “thick” filesystem. The default . . . → Read More: Converting VMware virtual disk to “eagerzeroedthick”

How to deactivate Adobe Digital Editions

As found on an Adobe Forum…

To deactivate a PC with Adobe Digital Editions 1.x:

Launch Digital Editions 1.x Enter the key-combination of <CTRL><SHIFT>D (<CMD><SHIFT>D on Mac OS) At the dialog, confirm that you wish to de-activate the machine Quit Digital Editions

To reactivate and authorize the machine using the same or a new Adobe . . . → Read More: How to deactivate Adobe Digital Editions

Unlocking a Cisco IP phone

One of those things I can never remember! It’s:

**#

Lets you change the network configs among other things.

Also can factory reset with:

Settings> Phone settings> Press **2

Works on older 7921 at least.

How to convert to/from DOS format in VIM…

It’s very easy, but also easy to forget how to convert to or from a DOS format file in Unix using “vim” (Vi iMproved), the Open Source “vi”. If the file is in DOS format and you want to convert to Unix, use the command:

:set ff=unix

note that “ff” is an abreviation . . . → Read More: How to convert to/from DOS format in VIM…

How to “fix” a Mozilla plugin for a new Firefox

Ok, lets you’re using a great Firefox plugin, like say “QuickProxy” and you go to upgrade Firefox and it doesn’t work because it says the plugin doesn’t support this version of the Firefox.

Well, there’s an easy “hack” (kludge, whatever) around it:

Download the “.XPI” plugin file, rename it to a “.ZIP” extension. Unzip it . . . → Read More: How to “fix” a Mozilla plugin for a new Firefox