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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

What Day Does That Date Fall On?

Sometimes you want to know what day of the week a certain date will fall on, or did fall on. This site has a cool utility to figure that out. Will it change your life? Maybe. Probably not though. It's just kinda cool.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Internet Explorer Setting Via Group Policy

Internet explorer settings are a combination of the local machine registry settings and the current user registry settings.  Whichever is the most restrictive is the policy that takes effect.  Changing the local machine policy on the terminal server is easy enough, however it will typically not work because the current user settings end up taking preference.

There are two ways to tackle this issue.  The first way is to:
1. Set the trusted site within the Local machine registry settings
2. Set the local machine registrry settings to be used ONLY and not the current user registry settings. This causes all users to have the same settings. (NOTE: the current users settings still show up the UI however the Local machine settings are in effect.

1. Add a new key to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap called "Domains"  It is within this registry hive that you can manually add trusted sites that apply to the entire local machine.  In this case the terminal server.  The way this works is that you add a key for each domain that you want to trust.  For about:internet you create a new key called "internet" within Domains.  Within internet you create a REG_DWORD value named "about" and then assign it the hexadecimal value 2 (which means this site is in zone 2 (trusted)).  Another example would be  You would create a key called and then within create a REG_DWORD value named * (for all subdomains) and then assign hexadecimal 2.

You can even log in as yourself and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains and you will be able to see how the ones you have added from within IE show up.  Essentially you need to recreate this in the Local Computer hive instead of your current user one.

2.  This may not be neccessary, but there is a registry setting that you can add to cause all users to use the local machine settings for IE and not their individual user settings.  (NOTE: this can be very difficult to manage becasue now you must make all IE configs within the local machine registry this is not advised unless you find it neccessary)

This is easier to paste from technet:
"If the Security Zones: Use only machine settings setting in Group Policy is enabled, or if the Security_HKLM_only DWORD value is present and has a value of 1 in the following registry subkey, only local computer settings are used and all users have the same security settings:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
With the Security_HKLM_only policy enabled, HKLM values will be used by Internet Explorer. However, the HKCU values will still be displayed in the zone settings on the Security tab in Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer 7, the Security tab of the Internet Options dialog box displays the following message to indicate that settings are managed by the system administrator: "

Full article:

The second way is to add these keys to the zonemap of each user that you needs current user directory.  I would reccommend trying to add on the local machine first.  Note that despite these settings these sites will not show up in the trusted sites. Only keys added in the current user hive show up in the UI.

Gmail Settings

Reposting here because it's always such a hassle to find it online.

Let's face it, Google would prefer you only check your email via web browser. They make their money from advertisements, not from giving you a free email account.

  • Requires TLS
  • Port: 465 or 587
  • Requieres Authentication
  • Use same credentials as incoming mail server

  • Requires SSL
  • Port: 993
  • Username: <>
  • Password: duh

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Bloody Brain

October is here and that means it's time to start thinking about Halloween and all its associated rituals. One of those is dressing up in something scary (or sexy scary!) but what about your drinks? Dress up your drink like a glob of brain floating in a jar.

On to what you're here for: the recipes. You can probably swap out the vodka or schnapps for a different clear alcohol if you prefer.


  • 1.5oz vodka or schnapps
  • 1/8oz lime juice
  • 0.5oz Irish cream liqueur
  • 5 drops Grendadine
  • Pour the juice and  vodka or schnapps into a small glass (cordial)
  • Gently pour in the Irish cream, drizzle down the side of a spoon
  • Add Grenadine drops, one at a time

Monday, 26 August 2013

Galaxy S2 LTE keeps buzzing and will not turn on.

I found out that this issue was actually due to the power button getting stuck somehow. In my case, it was due to its being left in a backpack during a volleyball game and stepped on.

To fix it, you need to remove the back plate, soak it in alcohol and contact cleaner, then blow on it with high pressure air. It took awhile, but eventually it came back to life.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Control Panel Applets Via Command Line

Being a UNIX guy I like to live on the wild side and launch my programs from a command prompt. Here are the commands to launch all the Control Panel applets. Note that this applies to Windows 7 and newer. The commands with a .cpl extension will also work in Windows XP.

Control Panel Applet
Action Center
control /name Microsoft.ActionCenter
control wscui.cpl
Add Features to Windows 8
control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade
Administrative Tools
control /name Microsoft.AdministrativeTools
control admintools
control /name Microsoft.AutoPlay
Biometric Devices
control /name Microsoft.BiometricDevices
BitLocker Drive Encryption
control /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
Bluetooth Devices
control bthprops.cpl
Color Management
control /name Microsoft.ColorManagement
Credential Manager
control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
Date and Time
control /name Microsoft.DateAndTime
control timedate.cpl
control date/time
Default Programs
control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Device Manager
control /name Microsoft.DeviceManager
control hdwwiz.cpl
Devices and Printers
control /name Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters
control printers
control /name Microsoft.Display
Ease of Access Center
control /name Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter
control access.cpl
Family Safety
control /name Microsoft.ParentalControls
File History
control /name Microsoft.FileHistory
Flash Player Settings Manager
control flashplayercplapp.cpl
Folder Options
control /name Microsoft.FolderOptions
control folders
control /name Microsoft.Fonts
control fonts
Game Controllers
control /name Microsoft.GameControllers
control joy.cpl
Get Programs
control /name Microsoft.GetPrograms
Home Group
control /name Microsoft.HomeGroup
Indexing Options
control /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions
control /name Microsoft.Infrared
control irprops.cpl
control /name Microsoft.InfraredOptions
Internet Options
control /name Microsoft.InternetOptions
control inetcpl.cpl
iSCSI Initiator
control /name Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator
control /name Microsoft.Keyboard
control keyboard
control /name Microsoft.Language
Location Settings
control /name Microsoft.LocationSettings
control mlcfg32.cpl
control /name Microsoft.Mouse
control main.cpl
control mouse
Network and Sharing Center
control /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
Network Connections
control ncpa.cpl
control netconnections
Network Setup Wizard
control netsetup.cpl
Notification Area Icons
control /name Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons
Offline Files
control /name Microsoft.OfflineFiles
Pen and Touch
control /name Microsoft.PenAndTouch
control tabletpc.cpl
Performance Information and Tools
control /name Microsoft.PerformanceInformationAndTools
control /name Microsoft.Personalization
control desktop
Phone and Modem
control /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModem
control telephon.cpl
Power Options
control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions
control powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes
control printers
Programs and Features
control /name Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures
control appwiz.cpl
control /name Microsoft.Recovery
control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage
control intl.cpl
control international
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections
control /name Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections
Scanners and Cameras
control /name Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras
Screen Resolution
control desk.cpl
control /name Microsoft.Sound
control mmsys.cpl
Speech Recognition
control /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognition
Storage Spaces
control /name Microsoft.StorageSpaces
Sync Center
control /name Microsoft.SyncCenter
control /name Microsoft.System
System Properties
control sysdm.cpl
Tablet PC Settings
control /name Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
Task Scheduler
control schedtasks
control /name Microsoft.Taskbar
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL
Taskbar and Start Menu
control /name Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL
Text to Speech
control /name Microsoft.TextToSpeech
control /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting
User Accounts
control /name Microsoft.UserAccounts
control userpasswords
Windows 7 File Recovery
control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestore
Windows Anytime Upgrade
control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade
Windows CardSpace
control /name Microsoft.CardSpace
control infocardcpl.cpl
Windows Defender
control /name Microsoft.WindowsDefender
Windows Firewall
control /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall
control firewall.cpl
Windows Mobility Center
control /name Microsoft.MobilityCenter
Windows Sidebar Properties
control /name Microsoft.WindowsSidebarProperties
Windows SideShow
control /name Microsoft.WindowsSideShow
Windows Update
control /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate

Monday, 29 July 2013

Bic Pen Cutlery

It was only a matter of time before someone came up with these. Everyone's got some Bic pens lying around the office or in the car. And now you can actually put those ubiquitous writing utensils to good use (I'm assuming here that you will only be using them at work for doodling pictures of space battles, pew pew pew!) for a change. These Din-Ink Retools are very nifty. Of course it's probably easier to just get some plastic cutlery, or heck even real cutlery for that matter. But then you wouldn't be eating your low-fat organic salad with pens now, would you?

Friday, 26 July 2013


How to find out information regarding your hard disk drive (HDD) in an AIX system.

aix52a / $ lscfg -vl hdisk1
  hdisk1 U787F.001.DPM17PY-P1-T10-L8-L0  16 Bit LVD SCSI Disk Drive (73400 MB)

        Manufacturer................IBM   H0
        Machine Type and Model......ST373207LC
        FRU Number..................03N6327
        ROS Level and ID............43373044
        Serial Number...............0007AD12
        EC Level....................H13979
        Part Number.................26K5573
        Device Specific.(Z0)........000004129F00013E
        Device Specific.(Z1)........0209C70D
        Device Specific.(Z2)........0002
        Device Specific.(Z3)........06160
        Device Specific.(Z4)........0001
        Device Specific.(Z5)........22
        Device Specific.(Z6)........H13979

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Superior Kola

I'm not a really big fan of colas, but we thought we'd give this one a try. All natural Superior Q Kola with organic ingredients. They started making their cola from scratch to get back to the original flavour that included notes of tang, spicy, sweet, and savory. Add to it some spiced rum and you have a winner.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Blanche de Chambly

Blanche de Chambly is a nice wheat ale, with notes of citrus. Chill it, especially in a cooler of ice on your patio. Great for a summer evening bevvy as you watch the sun set. From Chambly, Quebec and it has a cork, so you know it's gotta be good!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Real Ginger Ale

Did you know that ginger ale was once made with real ginger? I knew that, but I wondered what it would have tasted like back in the olde days. Well now I know. Bruce Cost Ginger Ale is the real deal. Give this stuff a try, it's a very different taste to the normal ginger ales you find nowadays. And it goes nicely with rye whiskey.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Wild Vines Blackberry Merlot

We found this little gem the other day. It seemed a bit different, but I like sweeter fruit based wines as well as the dry wines. This one in particular though is quite tasty. A fruity merlot mixed with blackberry accents. Serve it chilled.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Strawberry Muffins


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to butter mixture. Add vanilla. Gently stir in strawberries.
  • Spoon batter into muffin pans.
  • Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over muffins.
  • Bake at 400ยบ for 20-25 minutes.
This should make about a dozen muffins.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Password Checker

Want to check how strong your password is? Visit the Password Checker website ( and see. One of the options is to save your Gmail address and password on their website and compare it to other Gmail users. OK, that last part's not true, but feel free to email us your bank account and password so that we, um, can "check" your security.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Fancy Baked Potato

  • whole peeled potatoes
  • olive oil or butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Cajun seasoning (optional)

Cut the potatoes almost all the way through. Drizzle olive oil or butter over the top and season with salt & pepper. Add some Cajun seasoning as well if you're feeling sassy. Bake at 425F for 40 minutes.

A Wee Angry Scotch

I gave this a try a little while ago. A dark ale with a hoppy taste to it. Definitely a distinctive taste, that's for sure. I think I probably wouldn't get another one of these, but the bottle is cool and if you like dark hoppy ales then your opinion of its taste might differ from mine.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Homemade Insect Repellent


  • 1/2 litre of alcohol
  • 100 gram of whole cloves
  • 100 ml of baby oil or similar (almond, sesame, chamomile, lavender, fennel etc)
  • Leave cloves to marinate in alcohol four days
  • Stir every morning and evening
  • After 4 days add the oil; it's now ready to use.


  • Gently rub a few drops into the skin of the arms and legs.
  • Observe the mosquitoes fleeing the room.
  • Repels fleas on pets too.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Google Voice for Canada

I have a Google Voice account, which is pretty spiffy. Except that it has a U.S. area code, which makes it not super awesome for dealing with my local clients. About a year ago, Dell Voice emerged, which was very nearly the same thing as Google Voice. They've now switched the name back to Fongo. Implemented not as well, and you have to pay if you want Canadian texting, and you have to pay more if you want North American texting. But it's about $2/mo & $3/mo respectively, so it's not too bad.

You also have to register an address, since Canadian numbers are required by the CRTC to have an address for 911 service. Stupid, I know, since you could be anywhere with your phone. Also, I have a Speakout Wireless phone that I never associated an address with so obviously it's not a total requirement.

If you're looking for for an inexpensive phone line to add on to your cell for either free or very cheap, look into Fongo.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Auto-Installer & Updater (Ninite)

Have you ever found it to be a pain in the butt to install a bunch of programs when you're setting up a new machine? Or even just having to keep track of those programs and update them manually?

Ninite is your solution. It allows you to create a custom installer that will automagically download and install the programs you select. If you run that same installer a month or two later, it will update all that software to the latest version, if required. This thing has saved me so much time.

They have a pro version which will update programs for you on a schedule, or you can use them as part of a logon script (or any kind of script really) so it can be very useful for larger scale deployments.

Works with Windows & Linux. Sorry, no Mac version.

Check it out at

Monday, 24 June 2013

Find User SID

Sometimes you need to find out a user's SID...
c:\> wmic useraccount get name,sid
Or you could do it the Microsoft Way, but that's more difficult for some reason.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
Under the ProfileList key, you will see the SIDs. By selecting each one individually, you can look at the value entry and see what user name is associated with that particular SID. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

File Transfer Time Calulator

Super spiffy and very handy!
This file transfer time calculator will help you figure out how much time a data transfer will take. Sure, you can do this in your head, but meh... why work so hard?

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Seven Layer Mexi Dip


In a serving dish, layer:
  • Refried beans
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Diced onions
  • Salsa
  • Grated cheddar cheese

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Speakout Wireless Configs

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