Windows 8.1 Update 1

The mighty keyboard and mouse have roared and Microsoft has listened. Windows 8.1 Update 1 is out and has some (some!) nice changes for content creators and other non touch screen users. Most notable is that instead of forking the OS into mobile/touch & […]

SPF records for Office 365

Some excellent resources if you’re hosting your own domain with Office 365. When doing so you’ll need to create a TXT SPF record for email. The SPF Generator Framework Wizard below was very helpful generating an SPF record that accounted for my webhost generated […]

Asus Zenbook – BIOS Setup F2

Problem: The Asus Zenbook UX32VD manual states to press F2 at startup to access the BIOS Setup Utility – this will not work if your computer shipped with Windows 8.  New computers shipping with Windows 8 use UEFI Firmware and the Asus instructions are written for pre Windows 8 legacy […]

poMMo Survives!

The excellent Mass Mail software poMMo has served me well on a couple of websites over the years. Unfortunately primary development ceased in 2008. That bit me recently when my web host moved to PHP 5.3 and poMMo started generating errors – set_magic_quotes_runtime() and Ajax […]

Internet Explorer – Sync Bookmarks

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox both allow for syncing bookmarks natively. Internet Explorer does not. Well McGyver wouldn’t give up and neither should you! Sync Internet Explorer Bookmarks with SkyDrive Install SkyDrive (or DropBox, Box etc) on all involved computers Create a folder called “Favorites” in […]

Index PST files – Windows 7

You can search local Microsoft Exchange PST email archives easily from within Outlook but you may also want to search multiple PSTs at once or (I keep my email archives by year) include PST files in the results of a standard file system search. The following steps get it […]

SkyDrive – finally!

Microsoft has rolled out a new SkyDrive Preview accessible on Windows, Mac and Mobile platforms with computer sharing, 25gb free storage and unlike past efforts in this space appears to be a solid, coherent, usable release (see past article Dear Microsoft – SkyDrive, Sync, Mesh… Seriously? ) […]

Windows 7 – install from USB drive

Install Windows 7 from a USB stick – easy right? Just download the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and follow the incredibly easy steps. Well that didn’t work for me and apparently quite a few others. Interesting as Microsoft was “forced” to make the tool publicly available after it was revealed […]

Local Domain – Mac

Setting up a private, internal or test network and have Mac clients? Do not use .LOCAL! I setup my Windows 2008 domain as .LOC – worked like a charm and my Mac clients were happy. Starting with Mac OS10.2 Macs use .local for Bonjour hostnames. […]