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Stop the Beeping!

On my laptop, every time I connect to a wireless network, the Intel software pops up a notification window telling me that I've connected, but it is accompanied by a loud BEEP -- even though my speaker is muted and I run the "No Sounds" sound scheme.

Turns out that BEEP is a service; but a service that's hidden from almost all user interfaces.

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Change Your Router Password

There's some new malware floating around -- a variant of Trojan.ZLob --which asks you to install a new codec to see some videos... but what it really does is change your router settings so that all of your internet traffic gets routed thru their servers before going to its final destination.

Our Favorite Tools: Google Calendar

Not only am I a sysadmin, but I'm also a family man. I've spoken of my love for the Exchange connector which syncs my Treo with my Outlook calendar; but that doesn't help my wife who would like to know where I am too...

Enter Google Calendar.

Both my wife and I have Google acounts which allows us to share our calendars.

MonaRonaDona – Don’t Get Stung

There's a new bit of malware out there going by the name "MonaRonaDona" and it basicially infects your PC, changes Internet Explorer's title bar to announce itself and does a few other more or less benign things. It's designed so that you Google the name and buy a piece of anti-malware for $40 which disables it.

My Favorite Sites: Instapaper

One of the developers from Tumblr has come up with a new service: Instapaper.

The site basically acts as "to-read" list. As you surf the net, you click on a bookmark (which you conveniently place in your links bar) and that page gets added to your "to-read" list; something that's interesting but you don't have time to spend on it right now.

Outlook Deleted Items Recovery

At one of my clients, we limit their users mailboxes to keep the Exchange server humming along. We use an archiving program to keep older mail around in accordance with our document retention policies.

One of the things we mandate is that Outlook purges its Deleted Items folder upon closing.

Our Favorite Gadgets: Microsoft Exchange Wireless Connector

Just a quick post to trumpet the virtues of the Exchange Wireless Connector and how it's helped us at Cuyler Burk.

I chose my SmartPhone, a Treo 700w, because my previous PDA (a Dell Axim) was Windows Mobile based, and I was familiar with it. I also knew that Cuyler Burk, as an all Microsoft shop -- sure, we have a few Linux boxes (this blog is sitting on one) -- that Exchange 2003 would support my phone out of the box.

Handy Word Tip – Tracking Changes by User

A few versions ago, MS Word came under fire for including personal information with every document. The registered user's name, company and other info was available in the metadata of the document.

MS answered the hue and cry by giving users the option of removing this personal information.

The Case of the Missing Properties

After installing SP2 for Win2000 Professional, I found that right-clicking on a file no longer brought up the properties for that file.

After trawling around the newsgroups, I found that this is a fairly common problem.

The solution that presented itself and worked for me was to select a few files in a given folder, then right-click and choose properties (which opens the properties window for those files). After doing that, the Properties window came up as expected.

Restoring Property Sheets in Win2K Explorer

After installing SP2 for Win2000 Professional, I found that right-clicking on a file no longer brought up the properties for that file.

After trawling around the newsgroups, I found that this is a fairly common problem.

The solution that presented itself and worked for me was to select a few files in a given folder, then right-click and choose properties (which opens the properties window for those files). After doing that, the Properties window came up as expected.