SysInternals goes online……

Microsoft, Windows
SysInternals is probably the one set of tools that every Windows support person knows about. It is a collection of fantastic utilities that allows you to troubleshoot just about any problem under windows. It is so good that Microsoft decided to buy the company right out and I have to admit that they've done a very good job in maintaining them and making them available for free. Recently they've gone one step further and added the ability to run the utils via the network without having to download them. This is good news for anyone using a recovery boot CD (like BART or something similar). All you need to do now is open windows explorer and go to \\live.sysinternals.com\ to get live access to the latest version of SysInternal tools.…
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Glide OS 3.0 Webtop syncs with you Desktop now

Linux, OSX, Technology, Windows
For those of you who haven't tried it, you should really head over to glideos.com and create an account. It's an excellent Webtop that provides a widerange of application plus 5GB of online storage for free (there are also commercial accounts for a small fee). Not only do they have one of the cleanest interfaces out there, they've also developed a cross platform application called glide that allows you to sync your webtop with your physical desktop machine. This is really useful specially if you're in a situation where you use windows and linux at work and osx or something else at home. The glide application can sync all your online data between the different platforms.
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Install Fedora Core 9.0 on a 1GB USB Stick

Fedora Core, Linux, USB
I wanted to install the AccessGrid 3.1 collaborative software under FC9.0 earlier on and discovered that the machine didn't have a CD or DVD. It did however have a newer mobo that allows for USB booting, so I searched around and found Fedora liveusb-creator. What a beauty, the fedora guys make it really simple to get Fedora live CD stuffed onto a USB stick. All you need is the software, a 1GB+ stick and a windows machine. Here is the process:Select either to Use existing Live CD or Download Fedora.Set the Target Device to point to your USB flash drive.Move the Persistent Overlay slider to set the capacity to use for the persistent image. I was able to manually push the slider by clicking on it and using the cursor…
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Asus EeePC: Installing Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop on a 16 GB SDHC card

EeePC, Ubuntu
I'm not quite done with all the install and optimization steps, but I thought I start this entry so that I won't forget what I've done. There are quite a number of steps involved. I've installed it on a Asus 701 4GB model using a 16 GB class 6 SDHC card. Hopefully this will help others as well. You will need a physical copy of the Ubuntu 8.04 CD, so download it and burn it with your favorite burning software. You will also need a USB DVD/CD reader, I used a old plextor external drive I had lying around. So here we go:Get the USB DVD hooked up to one of the USB ports on the Eee, doesn't matter which.Stick the boot CD in the DVD and turn everything on.Press…
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Custom Date Display for OSX

Apple, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, Tricks
Came across this tip today and I thought it might be useful to some of you out there. OSX, as great as it is, has always had this (atleast) one shortcoming for me. The stupid date display in the menubar. Why did they decide to hide the actual date/day of the week is beyond me. Yes, you can go and grab Magical, I know.....But that's yet another program that needs to be loaded. There is a simpler solution. Follow the steps below and you can prettify your date display too :-).In System Preferences, open International and go to the Formats tab.Next to Dates, click the Customize button. Arrange your date in the format you want to appear on your menubar. I just simply grabbed the full format. Select the entire…
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Vista Network Blues…Repeated network disconnect

Microsoft, NERD, rant, Tricks, Tutorial, Windows
A lot of people seem to be running into weird network problems with Vista (MS's latest abortion). The symptoms might include:- Windows messenger issues (disconnects, slowness)- Large network file copies get interrupted or are slowwwww- Network file transfers that seem to hang for no reason- Network ghosts turning on/off the network subsystem- Routers having issues that lead to router reboot- Outlook having synchronization issuesA possible solution is turning off auto-tuning. You see Vista being Vista, wants to always be in control, even when it gets on the network with others. MS has built a new feature into it's network stack that allows Vista to auto-tune the size of the send/receive windows.....why would you want to do this by default when half the worlds firewalls discard non-standard packet sizes is a…
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