Category Archives: Computing

Not a Typewriter

Booting Linux in Safe Mode: “STDIn: Not a Typewriter” Linux programmers have a sense of humor. If Microsoft programmers do, it is rarely seen.

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Get Downtime Using PowerShell

I have been having problem with a computer with random reboots, and hanging on restart.  I wanted to know how long the computer had been unavailable.   I decided to use System Event ID 12 as the startup event for the … Continue reading

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Adding Code to Outlook Mail Messages

I frequently send short PowerShell scripts in the body of Outlook messages.  The spell checker makes the text look lousy.  This tip will allow you to copy code from the PowerShell ISE (or other code editor) and insert it into … Continue reading

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Lync 2010 and Powershell – Toggle Mute, Export Participants

I spent a lot of time in Lync conferences. There are two things about the Lync 2010 client which drive me nuts. The first is that there is no way to toggle your mute on and off without clicking on … Continue reading

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Upgrading from Server 2008 to Server 2012 R2 – Lessons Learned

I am a member of a terrific IT User group, Carolina IT Professional Group.  This group is focused on educating its members, and giving back to the community.  But what really keeps people to the end are the terrific door … Continue reading

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Get User Information

NTUserInfo.vbs is a script based on Ralph Montgomery’s NTUser.wsf file. It gives a good summary about a user account, including user name, description, password status, and more.   I have made a number of changes, including the ability to copy the results to … Continue reading

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Beep! Beep! Using the Bell to Locate a Server

I got a message from a datacenter recently.  They were looking for a server.  Apparently the location information was mis-recorded (or forgotten).  They asked me whether I could make the computer beep so it could be located.  The DOS bell … Continue reading

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PortableApps and HFS, the HTTP File Server

If you carry around a USB drive, or any device with USB storage (for example, your phone), you should be running PortableApps.  PortableApps is a menu of applications you like to take with you.  Visit www.portableapps.com if you have not already … Continue reading

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Can’t find %HOMESHARE%\Favorites\.

I tried to update Adobe Reader using my domain based admin account for elevation, and got this installer error “Can’t Find %HOMESHARE%\Favorites\.”  To fix it I opened RegEdit, navigated to HKCU\Environment, and added a new expandable string value named HOMESHARE, … Continue reading

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Snooze via VBScript

Snooze.vbs is the VBScript implementation of the VBA code I previously published to snooze pending Outlook reminders until 1 minutes before start time.

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