Needed a place to record some notes on Windoz...
Here's how to map a drive in modern Windoz:
C:\dev> net use Z: \\provo-data\builds\somewhere password /user:domain\russ
It's possible to modify the Windows 7 Start menu by...
The problem is that it doesn't appear you can specify which of Program
Files or Program Files (x86) on Windows 7 64-bit.
On persistently getting a start-up error alert for an "IDT Audio Driver system
tray, blah, blah, blah," I
discovered that this is the driver that XP will locate automatically if you
don't supply the right one (which I hadn't downloaded from Dell's site when I
wiped and re-installed). You can get this driver, named "SigmaTel," from Dell.
The best way is to type in your service tag number and then ask for the audio
driver. When I installed it, it removed the bogus IDT driver.
When you want to know every last thing about your Windows host's configuration,
this tool is pretty cool:
It can save you time rolling around on the floor with a flashlight and
magnifying glass as well as having to open the case, for example, to figure out
what kind of memory to buy when adding. Click here to see a sample.
This is for when you can't find the printer on the network (because the
advertising protocols aren't understood by XP?). I have been able to set this
up under Windows 7 (see illustration at right) by seeing the printer in
"Searching for available printers...," however, this doesn't work under Windows
The illustration at the right has this printer twice because I failed to
prohibit its being advertised by my Windows 7 host after setting that computer
up to print to it. So, it's as if my Windows 7 host were sharing it (which it
is, but that's just silly, eh?)
Here are the steps for setting up a "local, IP printer" on Windows XP. It will
work for all other printers that are nodes on your LAN (i.e.: have their own
Control Panel -> Printers and Faxes -> Add Printer
Similar experience to the above procedure. I've also followed this procedure
when setting up to print from a Windows 7 VM running under Linux.
Start -> Devices and Printers
Add a Printer
Add a netword, wireless or Bluetooth printer
The printer I want isn't listed.
Device type: TCP/IP Device
Hostname or IP address: 192.168.0.9
Install the printer driver -> HP
Suspect viruses are playing Romper Room™ in your computer? Been trying to
avoid learning or thinking about that whole anti-virus thing? Hoping the
problems would just go away or never happen in the first place?
Symantec is a very expensive subscription, about $30-$40 per year, that often
comes with your new computer purchase. MacAfee is another, frequent choice
software preload for computer vendors. Typically, these are 90-day free
services and you are expected to begin paying after that in order to get
updates. By the way, both those pieces of software are very good at what they
do; I run them at work because my employer forces me to and pays for them.
Got good reason to think you're in trouble with a virus, worm or Trojan horse,
or just being intelligent and checking up on how best to forestall disaster?
Your anti-virus protection dates back to 90 days after you bought your
computer—if you were allowing it to update. I don't know what the update
settings are by default with Symantec or MacAfee: I always remove them as soon
as I get a new computer and replace them with AVG. Any new viruses created
after that trial period could have infected your computer.
There are free options—very good ones. Here is a link to my favorite,
(If this links goes stale, try finding it on my free software page:
I personally use AVG free. It's from Germany. I've used it literally for years
on every Windows computer (Windows XP and Windows 7) and have never had a virus
infection. I leave my computers turned on permanently and they are set to
receive updates every night around 1, 2, 3 o'clock or so, however, you can
tailor the update process to begin when you turn the computer on, at the same
time each day, each week, etc.—very flexible. At a minimum, you should
try to update your computer's virus-pattern files weekly.
Installing AVG is easy, however, it's a bit tricky removing Symantec or MacAfee.
Here's how I would do the removal and installation (I'm assuming you're running
Be very careful to unclick (don't let it install)
every free offer including and especially any extra
Like many other software vendors, AVG augments their income by offering
to put by default (so, automatically) one or two pieces of junk software
that you will regret allowing them to install. A big one is the Yahoo
search toolbar. (It's not just AVG that does this, installing
world-class software like Adobe Acrobat Reader and Sun/Oracle Java will
install crap if you're not careful.)