How to delete .NET Passports from the drop-down list of the .NET sign-in dialog on XP.

September 29, 2005

There are two ways of doing this, depending on whether you are logged on with an account that has administrative privileges or not.

Steps with Administrative privileges account:
1. Go to Control Panel >> User Accounts.
2. Within “User Accounts” double click your account name.
3. This will open a new window which on the left, in the “Related Tasks” section, click on “Manage My Network Passwords.”
4. This will open the “Stored User Names and Passwords” window which shows the list of MSN Messenger user sign-in names. Select the names you wish to remove and then click the Remove button.

Steps using Limited privileges account:
Repeat steps above except for step 2. The difference here being that by selecting Control Panel >> User Accounts takes you straight to your account details “ONLY.”


Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Tools

September 8, 2005

The Windows Support Tools for Microsoft Windows XP are intended for use in diagnosing and resolving computer problems.


One of these tools is whomai, a tool which when run with the /groups switch can be used to display all the groups in the currently logged on user token as shown in the following command and output:

whoami /groups

[Group 1] = “MYDOMAIN\Domain Users”
[Group 2] = “Everyone”
[Group 3] = “MYPC\Debugger Users”
[Group 4] = “BUILTIN\Users”
[Group 5] = “BUILTIN\Administrators”
[Group 7] = “NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users”
[Group 8] = “LOCAL”
[Group 9] = “MYDOMAIN\Domain Admins”
[Group 10] = “MYDOMAIN\Enterprise Admins”

In this example, my user account is a member of the Domain and
Enterprise Admin groups as well as all the other displayed groups. You
can use this same command to determine the group membership for the
local computer account. To do so, start a command session under the
system context, which you do by using the scheduler to start a command
session 1 minute in the future, as the following command shows:

<1 minute in future> /inter cmd.exe

When the new command session starts, run the whoami /groups command to
show the groups that the computer account is a member of, as this
example shows:

C:\WINDOWS\system32>whoami /groups

[Group 1] = “BUILTIN\Administrators”
[Group 2] = “Everyone”
[Group 3] = “NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users”

Notice that the computer account is a member of the Authenticated Users
group, which you might not have expected.

Web Sites can copy Clipboard Contents.

September 7, 2005

If you are using Internet Explorer, there is a chance that Web sites you visit can retrieve whatever data you last copied into your clipboard. The following site explains:

“It is true, text you last copied for pasting (copy & paste) can be stolen when you visit web sites using a combination of JavaScript and ASP (or PHP, or CGI) to write your possible sensitive data to a database on another server. Hopefully you haven’t copied a credit card number recently before surfing!”

To disable this setting in IE, do the following:

1. Under the Tools menu, select Internet Options

2. Click on the Security tab.

3. In the box labelled, “Security level for this zone”, click on Custom Level

4. Scroll all the way down to the Scripting heading

5. Under “Allow paste operations via script” choose the Disable button.

6. Click OK and confirm that Yes you do want to change security settings for this zone.

Even if you use another browser, it is still a good idea to perform the above operation to make sure your clipboard contents aren’t compromised.

To test this feature click link…

How to use WMI to enumerate MAC addresses on a machine.

September 6, 2005

You can enumerate a machine’s list of network adapters and find the associated MAC address but creating a script with the following sample code…

Dim objNetworkAdapters, objAdapter, objWMI

Set objWMI = Nothing
Set objWMI = GetObject(“winmgmts:”)

‘ Get a list of IP-enabled adapters
Set objNetworkAdapters = objWMI.ExecQuery(“select * from Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration where IPEnabled = 1”)

For Each objAdapter In objNetworkAdapters
wscript.echo “Network adapter: ” & objAdapter.Caption & ” has MAC address ” & objAdapter.MacAddress

How to Pimp your USB Flash Pen.

September 6, 2005


Slipstreaming Windows XP with SP2 and other Patches.

September 2, 2005

Slipstreaming is the fixing of a bug or adding of enhancments to software withought identifying such inclusions by creating a new version number.

Newer versions of Microsoft Windows Operating Systems (2000,XP,2003) have the ability to integrate Service Packs and HotFixes into the initial installation of the operating system. You can use this method to replace the original source files with updated Pack files before installing Windows. When the operating system is installed, the Service Pack and Hotfixes are installed automatically.

For example suppose you have an original Windows XP installation CD without for example Service Pack 2. Everytime you successfully complete an installation using that CD, you need to go to the WindowsUdpate site to apply Service Pack 2 and other recent patches. If you are using the same CD to install on various PCs, this process can be time consuming. A more effecient way is by using your original XP CD, create another XP CD with SP2 as well as other patches already slipstreamed, meaning that upon completion of XP using the slipstreamed CD, the XP wprkstation will already have SP2 installed as well as the latest patches. See link below for instructions on how to do this.


FedEx Furniture.

September 2, 2005

FedEx Furniture is furniture put together by empty FedEx Boxes, and held together by fedex packaging supplies. All of the furniture seen here is 100% functional. The couch is standing/sleeping approved, I sleep on the bed every night, I eat at the dining table, and I work at the desk almost 20 hours a day.