Why Reboot?

January 30, 2006

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Exodus WhyReboot is a small (60KB) Windows application that displays a list of pending file operations that will occur after rebooting your computer. This is useful in determining why an installer has notified you that a reboot is needed.

- Nice utility.. I've needed something like this many times in the past.

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List of RSS readers

January 29, 2006

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This is a comprehensive list of RSS aggregators, organized by platform. It includes many lesser-known ones, as well.

Lists for Windows, Mac, Linux, Mobile phone, PDA, and Blackberry.

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Make your own VMs with hard drive for free: VMware Player + VMX Builder (Hacking Illustrated Series)

January 25, 2006

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Make your own VMs with hard drive for free: VMware Player + VMX Builder (Hacking Illustrated Series): "In my last video I showed how to use the free VMware Player to boot a Live CD ISOs. This time I’m going to show how to use Robert D. Petruska’s VMX Builder to make your own VMs with hard drives (vmdk file) and pretty much any virtual hardware you want."

Active Directory Step-by Step-Guides

January 24, 2006

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Active Directory Step-by Step-Guides: "These guides step through the fundamentals of the Windows Server 2003 operating system, with emphasis on features enabled by Active Directory. Learn about common scenarios, including desktop and server management, the Group Policy Management Console, and using Active Directory to strengthen security. Whether you support a small, medium, or large enterprise, these guides help you take advantage of Active Directory's key benefits: increased operational efficiency, improved security, and enhanced productivity."

NetBackup Faq-O-Matic

January 22, 2006

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NetBackup Faq-O-Matic: "This FAQ is automatically maintained by members of the NetBackup Mailing List. "

Looks like a good resource for those "lucky" souls tasked with maintaining a Veritas NetBackup system.

Lifehacker Pack - Lifehacker

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Geek to Live: Lifehacker Pack - Lifehacker: "Recently Google released a collection of free software for Windows called Google Pack. The big G made some good applications choices for the Pack and a couple of atrocious ones (RealPlayer *cough* Norton *cough*).

Coincidentally, a year ago, when Lifehacker was still just a turkey in the oven, my publisher and I discussed releasing a CD of the best free software. We never got around to it, but if we did, here’s a list of applications I’d include in Lifehacker Pack."

Data Mining using Google

January 20, 2006

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CyberWyre » Data Mining using Google: "Google (and many other search engines) has the ability not only to search on keywords, but also using a more “database-ish” query language to really narrow down your search results. Below is a summary of a few of the most useful lesser known features. "

How to raise domain and forest functional levels in Windows Server 2003

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How to raise domain and forest functional levels in Windows Server 2003: "This article describes how to raise the domain and forest functional levels that are supported by Microsoft Windows Server 2003 domain controllers. Functional levels are an extension of the mixed/native mode concept introduced in Microsoft Windows 2000 to activate new Active Directory features after all the domain controllers in the domain or forest are running the Windows Server 2003 operating system. When a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 is installed and promoted to a domain controller, new Active Directory features are activated by the Windows Server 2003 operating system over its Windows 2000 counterparts. Additional Active Directory features are available when all domain controllers in a domain or forest are running Windows Server 2003 and the administrator activates the corresponding functional level in the domain or forest. "

System Information for Windows Freeware

January 18, 2006

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System Information for Windows by Gabriel Topala - "The Freeware SIW is a Read-Only / Display-Only System Information tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings.

SIW is an utility that displays detailed specs for motherboard, BIOS, CPU, devices, memory, video, disk drives, ports, printers, operating system, installed programs, processes, services, serial numbers (CD keys), users, open files, system uptime, network, network shares, as well as real-time monitors for CPU, memory, page file usage and network traffic."

Very nice utility, especially since it does not require an install to get all of the data needed.

Scott Hanselman's 2005 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List

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ComputerZen.com - Scott Hanselman - Scott Hanselman's 2005 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List: "Everyone collects utilities, and most folks have a list of a few that they feel are indispensable. Here's mine. Each has a distinct purpose, and I probably touch each at least a few times a week. For me, util means utilitarian and it means don't clutter my tray. If it saves me time, and seamlessly integrates with my life, it's the bomb."

Awesome (HUGE!) list.

nubuntu - Network Ubuntu

January 17, 2006

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nubuntu - Network Ubuntu: "nUbuntu is a collection of network and server security testing tools, piled on top of the existing Ubuntu system. While aimed to be mainly a security testing platform, nUbuntu also operates as a desktop enviroment for the advanced linux user."

Useful Links to ASU sites

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Quick Reference Cards - Nice collection of Reference Cards.

Linux Distribution Chooser [© 2005-06 - zegenie Studios]

January 09, 2006

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Linux Distribution Chooser [© 2005-06 - zegenie Studios]: "Linux Distribution Chooser " - a quick test that will help you find the right linux distribution based on your answers.

Quick Online Tips: 50 Best Firefox Extensions for Power Surfing

January 01, 2006

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Quick Online Tips: 50 Best Firefox Extensions for Power Surfing: "There are hundreds of firefox extensions on the web. Which ones do you use? Here is my attempt to collect the 50 best and popular firefox extensions which make your browsing, downloading and navigation in Firefox as easy as possible, while harnessing the full power and features of Firefox."