Saturday, November 28, 2009

Microsoft Security Essentials

  • Quick blog post on MSE, which is Microsoft’s free antivirus/anti-spam tool. I sometimes boot into an XP Mode virtual PC for demos and was using AVG, but noticed that AVG 8x had more functionality than 9x, more of a downgrade than an upgrade..
  • Works with all Windows 32bit based systems, no support for 64bit at present


Microsoft Security Essentials

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of Sixth Sense technology

  • Interesting take on emerging digital human interface technologies that Pranav Mistry is developing. He plans to make it open source

Secret knock detector anybody!?

  • Picked this up via MSN videos then found his site
  • Me thinks this device will fall off the door as it’s suction based. Funny though and a complete waste of time. I once adapted a remote control device to open a door lock solenoid, you just pressed the remote clicker and kicked open the door. Once I forgot the clicker and had to give the door a extra hard kick with a log (sic) to force the door lock. Front doors like these are notoriously easy to break through

Full length video of Atlantis launch

  • Pretty impressive launch of Atlantis. The final tank separation was clean and you can see ice coming off the last main engine prior to shutdown and pre-orbital alignment . Fast-forward to 8:30 to see main tank separation

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

yellowBird – 3D movies anyone?

  • Picked this up from #carpool on Twitter. Pretty cool technology. I especially liked looking backwards at the skiers

Sunday, November 15, 2009

P2V - Creating a Virtual Hard Disk (.VHD) from a physical disk


  • I’ve started experimenting with Virtual Hard Disk (.VHD) bootable environments under Windows 7. There is a free Disk2VHD tool available for converting a physical disk to a VHD. I have already created a training .VHD which I boot to for my WorkSmart training. I used the WDT (Windows Demonstration Toolkit) version of Windows 7 Ultimate and bundled Office 2010b on to it. Works like a dream, boots fast and yes you can run XP Mode Virtual PC in that environment
  • I already posted on VHD Resizer, a tool from VMTOOLKIT that let’s you take an existing .VHD file and resize it to a Dynamic or Fixed disk .VHD. The only thing you need to do after resizing it, is to boot into the resized disk and using the Disk Management tool, extend the partition size to the new size. I discovered when using BCDEDIT to enter the .VHD into the partition table as a mount point, that the new size is not reflected

Roaming hacker

  • I was just reading a blog BornToLearn at and stumbled across this supposed hacker – could be a spoof, not investigated it yet, but from all accounts this guy is for real – funny he hasn’t hit the prime-time TV news yet..
Hacking a train station
Hacking building lighting systems

Hacking a train station
Hacking building lighting systems

Hacking a train station

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Auslogics – Disk defrag


  • I still think the Auslogics Defrag tool is the best thing since sliced bread for Windows 7. You can set it to load at start-up and run in the background as a scheduled service, or shutdown after completion. Not bad for a free tool!


Auslogics Defrag

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tweetdeck on the iPhone

  • Almost tempted to go out and buy an iPhone.. That app-store looks very compelling.. perhaps I should hold off, otherwise I’ll end up extending my OCD way out of limits, arf :-)
  • In fact I’m more of the mind to disconnect entirely at weekends etc. and dump the mobile altogether  - get a life dude

Free e-book: Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance

  • Micro-blogging via Twitter is way cool, you just link to any blog/site and harvest the best tweets on your chosen subject matter. It’s akin to an RSS subscription in may ways, but using tools like Tweetdeck and Twhirl from Twitter downloads you can catch-up and follow fellow Tweeters and blogs alike.
  • I’m following MSL – Microsoft Learning. They are looking to garner some exam beta testers. I suggested they think about using Twitter as a platform for this, perhaps a Yammer group would be better as I don’t think you can have a private channel on Twitter


Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Outlook 2007 - could not install custom actions. the object could not be found

  • Got this error yesterday and it turns out that a file called FRMCACHE.DAT had become corrupted
  • Close Outlook, delete the file in C:\Users\user-x\AppData\Local\Microsoft\FORMS (replace with your own username) and restart, now you can right-click on objects – this also didn’t work


Monday, November 02, 2009

MS Learning Silverlight videos

  • Also included is Silverlight video demos, see previous post on the MSL offline e-learning player


Microsoft Learning: Windows – Training Portal

  • Free MS Learning materials for Windows 7 are available
  • Plus you can download the e-player to view offline



What's New in Windows 7 for IT Pros (free) New
What's New in Windows 7 for Information Workers (free) New

Microsoft Learning: Windows – Training Portal

Spotify – playlists on Twitter


  • Just listening to Robots from Kraftwerks and note there is now a Spotify twitter site for ‘best of’ music being listened to and tweeted on leading to top lists on tracks, artists and album. I wonder when Spotify will have a DAB’s channel, or work with say BBC Radio1 – seems a logical path to me. DJ’s should leverage this social aspect of sharing and delivery


Sunday, November 01, 2009

Arctic sea ice almost gone

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  • Freak weather in the USA and Philippines is raising concerns amongst scientists, government and military officials about the fallout should the arctic ice caps melt completely. Policy makers in the USA, both Republican and Democrats.. are meeting to discuss how they might turn around the massive destruction of the polar ice caps and glaciers by injecting an aerosol like artificial cloud (sic) into the upper atmosphere by employing military jets or a mile high tower (sic) at a cost of circa $7 billion per annum
  • On further reading up on MSNBC, there is grave concern that we are entering a run-away-train situation with the ice caps melting entirely in the next 5-10 years (sic). The question remains what if anything can we do to reverse the unexpected accelerated ice-melt that is now being witnessed
  • It’s interesting that since global warming was initially reported that no news coverage is now being given to this serious situation..  it’s as though the news organisations have been told to zip-it and not fan public concern – read more:

Expert: 'Almost out' of old Arctic sea ice
Willing to give up blue skies for climate fix?
Europe OKs climate aid, but not amount

AA - pilots busy using their laptops!

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  • Apparently the American Airlines pilots who over flew their intended destination were busy on their laptops!
  • Well when I’m flying, my hands are firmly on the controls and my mind is fully on the job in hand

Auslogics – disk defrag


  • Updated disk defrag tool for Windows/7. Very cool tool, as Win7 doesn’t have a native GUI for defragmenting files. Can run in background, at Windows start up, multi-drive, move system files etc. For a free tool it’s very good

Download from CNET