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Friday
Sep172010

Reset Local User passwords in Windows 7

I forgot my own password for the Boot Camp partition on my MacBook Pro, I'd been letting it sit unused so long it just never had a chance to gel with me.

Well, it turns out the trusty "Offline NT Password & Registry Editor" is still fully functional with Windows 7, so I downloaded the appropriate ISO, burned it to a CDR, and minutes later I had access to the system

Holding down alt/option to select the boot disk at startup allowed me to choose the CDR I had burned, though it did not detect my keyboard, plugging in an external made everything work smoothly from that point forward.

A handy tool in a pinch when you're locked out of your own OS.

Tuesday
Sep142010

Format Large Drives as FAT32 Easily

A customer came in today with a 640GB External Hard Disk intending to connect it to his PlayStation 3.  

The trouble was it came pre-formatted with the newer NTFS file system and the PS3 wants the older FAT32 format common before Windows XP.

Being a savvy guy, he had already tried and failed with the built in Windows Formatting tool, as well as CompuApps Inc. SwissKnife which he had read about, but I was able to turn him onto Fat32 Formatter by Ridgecrop Consulting.

Fat32 Formatter was able to format his drive as FAT32, no problem.

So if you're planning to hook up your fresh-out-of-the-box External Drive to your PS3, give Fat32 Formatter a try to avoid hiccups.

Monday
Sep132010

Preview of our Local Ad

Looking forward to our first printed mailer going out, here it is, in non-glossy internet vision.

Realistically I shouldn't expect more than %1 of %1 in the direct-mailer format.  At close to 20,000 being sent, ninety-nine percent will throw it away, and of the %1 that does hang onto it, maybe %1 will care that I offer the best service in town.

So if you're one of the two people that see the ad, come on in.

If it's not perfect we haven't earned your money.

Monday
Sep132010

Security Essentials Success

Over the weekend we had a walk-in ask if we installed Norton AntiVirus; I explained that we do but she'd be better protected with Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), because:

  • It wont expire, ever.
  • Free instead of $40-$50.
  • Less resource intensive.
  • Made by Microsoft.

While I installed it for her I went over Internet vulnerabilities and why she should stick with Firefox and/or Google Chrome to stay safe, and also threw VLC and Picasa on there because she had no easy way to manage her photos.

Coming in with a simple question, they left informed and happy, and saved more money than they paid.

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