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Archive for December, 2012

Cool app, wish I had known this 6+ months ago: AirDroid-Enjoy your Android Experience over the air

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/31

Boy, this free AirDroid App makes managing your Android so much more productive as you can do everything from the web-browser on your desktop.

The web-browser makes a secure connection to a small web-server on your Android device.

  • with full desktop screen resolution
  • upload files
  • send messages
  • install applications
  • manage contacts

Highly recommended!

–jeroen

via: AirDroid-Enjoy your Android Experience over the air.

Posted in Android Devices, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Getting localized translations of built-in Windows account names

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/31

A lot of scripts you find on the internet have hardcoded Windows account names or groups, for instance BUILTIN\Administrators

Those don’t work on many localized Windows versions, as part of the account names have been translated as well. Not only Administrators is translated, but BUILTIN can be translated too. Basically, expect everything in Windows to be translated as part of the localization process.

Some people keep translations lists, but that is not the real solution.

The real solution is that each such group, account or other identifier stems from a SID or Security ID.
Many of those SIDs are the same on any machine, or structured the same within a domain.
Microsoft has a list of these called Well-known security identifiers in Windows operating systems.

That list isn’t in a format most Windows tools use it, so I generated the list below that is more suitable.

The list below is based on a Windows 7 machine. Other versions or editions give slightly different results, but it is a good start.

At the bottom is the batch file that I used to generate this table. That file is adapted from the Microsoft list above.

The batch file depends on a few tools and tricks: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Batch-Files, Development, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP | 1 Comment »

openSUSE 12.x: “A plain `halt` will not shutdown the system properly.”

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/30

Just noticed that in openSUSE 12.x, A plain halt will not shutdown the system properly.
On my system, it would leave the screen as shown on the right:

Only halt -p works, none of the other hints in the shutdown does not power off thread work, nor the acpi=off or acpi=oldboot settings.

The odd thing: a plain reboot still works properly.

If someone knows a better workaround: please let me know in the comments.

I hope they will fix this in a future openSUSE version; at least for 12.1 they have a “CHECKIT” marker in the documentation, but it has disappeared as of the 2.3 docs, but still fails:

5.4. systemd: System Shutdown

CHECKIT for 12.3. Is this entry still required?

To halt and poweroff the system when using systemd, issue halt -p or shutdown -h now on the command-line or use the shutdown button provided by your desktop environment.

Note: A plain halt will not shutdown the system properly.

Luckily, my openSUSE is a VM, which I can reboot from the ESXi host.
On a physical system, you will end up without any option to resurrect the system.

Later

After installing antivir, a plain halt works sort of: it says it is halted, but ESXi still thinks it is not:

After installing antivir, a plain halt works.

After installing antivir, a plain halt appears to work, but it doesn’t.

ESXi is sure the system didn't actually power down.

ESXi is sure the system didn’t actually power down.

–jeroen

Posted in *nix, Linux, openSuSE, Power User, SuSE Linux | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Tyvek is not to be recycled with paper, and should be recycled with plastic

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/30

I see a lot of people throwing Tyvek envelopes and sheets in the recycled paper bins.

Don’t do that!

Since Tyvek is a plastic, you should recycle it as such: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in LifeHacker, Power User | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

WordPress.com silently fixed the “tab order broken” issue. Thanks!

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/29

WordPress.com silently restored the Please restore the tab order the way it worked 2 weeks ago problem.

I wished they’d send update notifications on those fixes (it seems the underlying ticket 21340 was fixed about 2 months ago in changeset 22250 when I was on a long holiday), so I’m glad to announce it works again.

Even better: you don’t need the tab key to go from “Edit” next to “Publish immediately” into the Month field:
When you press “Edit” the focus automagically shifts to the Month field.

Thanks!

–jeroen

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