The unfortunate truth about Exchange

Up until the last year my workplace used IMAP servers running on Linux and Solaris to manage and deliver mail. Then we decided because of the collaborative benefits, particularly with mobile devices like Blackberrys, to move to Exchange. The results have been dramatic, and this chart made by Google to espouse their GMail product reflects . . . → Read More: The unfortunate truth about Exchange

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…

Where to find the Windows XP “hosts” file

Just like Unix you can add a static host to the Windows system. On Windows XP the file is usually found in the “intuitive” location here (may change depending on where you loaded Windows):


This is also where the “lmhosts” file is found.

The format is in standard ARPANET format. For more . . . → Read More: Where to find the Windows XP “hosts” file

How to disable “dumprep.exe”

If you’ve ever had a program spontaneously self destruct in Windows XP and/or you did a forced kill from the task manager for a “Not responding” application, you may have found it takes forever for things to come back to normal and meanwhile your drive is being banged on like crazy. Worse things usually drag . . . → Read More: How to disable “dumprep.exe”

Disabling Firefox Resume From Crash

Though to many it’s handy, personally I find Firefox‘s “Resume from Crash” function, well, annoying. This function makes it so that if Firefox is killed prematurely that the next time you start it you get an (annoying) popup that asks you if you want to restore the previous state/page(s) that Firefox was viewing.

I can . . . → Read More: Disabling Firefox Resume From Crash

CrossLoop – secure remote access

A friend of mine showed me what looks like a nice (free) secure remote access solution for visually managing a remote PC:

It’s based on TightVNC and therefor has the advantage of using encryption on the control session, helping reduce the risk of prying eyes. It also has a pretty cool way . . . → Read More: CrossLoop – secure remote access

That dang “Unused Icons” popup…

Drives me crazy when Windows XP pops up the “There are unused icons” balloon and unfortunately it isn’t as intuitive as you’d think to turn it off.

Fortunately the guys at “” have the directions to turn it off here.