Monthly Archives: February 2007

Windows XP

AppLocker

smart-x.com has a product called AppLocker, which can be used to restrict what programs that a Windows computer can open.  Nice little product if you want an easy solution for application whitelisting that doesn’t require Active Directory.

Mac OS X Windows XP

Firefox Settings

From Firefox, type about:config in the address bar and hit the enter key.  You should then be looking at some settings for Firefox.  You can double-click on any of these and provide more granular settings that what is possible from the stock settings preference panel.  Have fun assigning the network.proxy.gopher_port for Firefox, I hear it comes in really handy.  ;)

Mac OS X Mac Security

Firefox & Privacy

One aspect of Firefox that for now is superior to that of most browsers is the ability handle data that should be kept private.  To enable the privacy features of Firefox on the Mac, click on the Firefox menu while Firefox is open and then click on Preferences.  From here, click on the Privacy icon in the Firefox toolbar and then click on Always clear my private data when I close Firefox.  This will clear cache, temp files, etc each time that Firefox is closed.

You can alternatively clear private data manually by clicking on Clear Private Data… from the Tools menu when you have Firefox open. This will clear data even before you close out your browser!

Consulting Ubuntu

Enable Detailed Error Reports

By default, GoDaddy automatically disables detailed error messages.  However, when you’re troubleshooting you kinda’ need them.  To enable them look for the httpErrors tag in your web.config file.  From here, change the errorMode setting to “Detailed” and then try and run your script again and debug away!

<httpErrors errorMode=”Detailed” >
</httpErrors>

Mac OS X

Mac OS X Tiger: Sherlock

I originally posted this at http://www.318.com/TechJournal

Just last week, I was in the midst of celebrating my birthday. It was more or less a camping trip and, like any true geek, I brought all my techie goodies with me just in case.

I had my Laptop, networking/FireWire cables, digital camera, AC inverter (so that my car could charge all my devices), and rechargeable batteries. You name it, I brought it and they all came in quite handy on the trip too. When I filled my CF card from my new Nikon D70 digital camera, my laptop was there to download the pictures and burn a CD backup just in case. When my camera batteries got low, I used my AC inverter, powered by the car, to charged my batteries and again, when I needed to check my email, my laptop connected through my cell phone to the net and I was able to stay connected to the outside world. All in all, I was prepared for anything, or so I thought.

As we were driving through Death Valley, miles away from any cell phone reception and further from any signs of civilization and the technological world, you can imagine how surprised I was when we came upon a broken down car. I slowed and signaled to the driver who was waiving me to pull over and help him. When I asked what the matter, I received the reply, “Non parlo inglese.”

After a few minutes of carefully planned gesticulation I learned that my two Italian friends, Mateo #1 and Mateo #2, were on their way to San Francisco when they hit a rock which smashed their oil pan and stranded them. There was an enormous language gap and most of our communications consisted of one word sentences such as “hungry?” and “hotel?” with the occasional compound 3 word sentence as in “what your email address?”

So you may be asking yourself what this little story has to do with technology so here it is: SHERLOCK by APPLE.

Fast forward 3 weeks and I’m home, about to go see a movie. Naturally, I opened up Sherlock to check the movie time and the translation button caught my eye. Translation button? I opened it up and realized that every Mac has a built in language translator ready to go with the 11th option from the top being “English to Italian.”

Here I am, a techno savvy computer dude and this most basic feature eluded me for years. If I would have known about it 3 weeks ago it would have made our rescue mission just a bit easier and allowed us to get to know our Italian friends a little more. On top of doing language translations, Sherlock can look up movie times w/ QuickTime previews, stock quotes, picture searching, yellow pages lookups and a lot more.

Sherlock, it’s back in my dock.

Mac OS X

Change Default Application for File Types in OS X

You can quickly and easily change the application that is used to open a specific file.  Simply click on the file fro the Finder and then select Get Info from the File menu (or click on the file and then use the Command-I keystroke).  Once there, click on the Open with: disclosure triangle to see the application that is currently being used to open the file.  You can click on the arrows to select a new application for that file.

You can also use this same screen to change the application used to open all files of a type.  To do so, click on Change All…

Windows Server Windows XP

Windows XP: Hiding a User

[Start] [Run] [Regedit]
You can hide a user in Windows XP using the registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsNTCurrentVersion
WinlogonSpecialAccountsUserList

Here, first create a data type of REG_DWORD with the name of the user as the value.  Then, set the value for this to 0 to hide the account.  Next, exit the registry and reboot the system to test whether your setting change worked.

Articles and Books

Article on EMC Disaster Recovery

I was quoted in this article:

http://www.crn.com/storage/197007529

Microsoft Exchange Server

Exchange 2007: Can't Create User with Forwarding Address

How many times do you go to create a user and find that it’s already there, or at least the forwarding address is.  Info@, sales@, etc.  Well, in Exchange 2007 you can final all the users with a forwarding address in them to quickly isolate who already has your address.  To do so, use the following command:

Get-Mailbox | Where {$_.ForwardingAddress -ne $null} | Select Name, ForwardingAddress, DeliverToMailboxAndForward

Articles and Books Xsan

Article on EMC Channel Manager Retiring

Another article on EMC I was quoted in:

http://www.crn.com/storage/197006487?pgno=2