Archives July 2008

Have Vista? Installed SP1? Want ~800mb disk space back?

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If you are running Windows Vista and have installed Service Pack 1 (SP1), you can gain around 800mb of disk space back.

When you install SP1, it backs up all the files in case you want to remove SP1.  But chances are pretty good that once you have SP1 installed you really have no reason to ever install it, so it is safe to remove those backup files.

It’s pretty simple.  Press Winkey+R to pull up a run dialog.  Type in Vsp1cln and press enter.

A prompt will confirm deleted the files.  Enter y obviously and it goes to work removing these useless backup files.

Enjoy reclaiming a bit of your hard drive space!

Classmates.com can kiss my ass

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Years ago for some silly reason I signed up on Classmates.com

Since that time they have spammed the living hell out of my inbox.

I finally got tired of it today and deleted my classmates.com account.  I’m fucking sick of their bullshit spam.  I also don’t like the site because it’s what I think of as a “bait and switch” scam site.  They show you all these great things you could do, so you sign up for an account… only to realize you can’t do a damn thing with out forking over money to them.

So, if you’re a classmate registered on that spam site, guess I’m lost to you forever.  Oh well.  Chances are I didn’t like you any way.

Vista File Extension Manager (Mounting ISO Revision)

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In my article here I showed you how to make ISO, BIN, and other CD/DVD Image files mountable by simply double clicking them in Vista.

To accomplish this I used a tool call Creative Elements Power Tools.  It worked fine for what I was doing at the time.

Fastfoward 45 days or more later… I go back to use that tool again to manage some other file extensions in Vista only to discover the tool is now expired and they want $18 to register it.  After promptly uninstalling that bullcrap I went on the hunt for a 100% definitely free tool that would accomplish the same task.

I stumbled upon a freeware tool called File Type Manager that will allow you to manage file types to your heart’s content.  I actually like this tool a bit more.  It’s more “power-user’ish” which I appreciate.  No fluff and stuff bullshit, just a straight-up tool to manage what you are wanting to manage.

Even though it was written in 2001 apparently, it still works perfect in Vista!  Just note that when installing it you will get some warnings about it trying to install old versions of files.  Just be sure you keep the current versions of the files you have on your machine and you will be just fine.

That’s all for this post.  Just wanted to update anyone who may have used that tool in my other post and pass along a free tool I found.

Hacker Safe = Most untrustworthy worthless badge ever (iPower Server Hacked)

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I’m sure you’ve seen them… we’ve all seen them… the little green shield icon with the words “Hacker Safe” next to them.  Showing those links on a site is supposed to make the end user feel safe that their servers are, as the claim, “hacker safe”.

Now I for one have never put any amount of credibility in to that badge.  The claim alone is ridiculous.  Just because it passes some mysterious (what kind, who knows) checks from the hacker safe server, then that site is invulnerable to ALL hacks every where.

I got news for you… it’s bull shit, and I have (more) proof.

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Tutorial: Mounting CD/DVD Images with Daemon tools by double clicking the file in Vista

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First off, I’ll say I know there is a plugin that sort of does this for Daemon, but it does not associate all the file types and there is no way to add additional types to it and is quite buggy, as well as doing other shit I didn’t like.

I’d been wanting to do this for some time now to simply make it more efficient to mount CD/DVD images with Daemon Tools.  I always felt going through the DT menu from the tray icon was a giant pain in the butt.

In XP this process is different, and actually easier… but at the last LAN I was at every one was one Vista except for one person, so I’m not going to bother with XP instructions… although you can probably figure out how to do it in XP from these.

Vista’s dumb-down feature creates another casualty when it comes to trying to manually edit file type associations.  There is basically no way to do it.  You can change which program a file opens with, but it has to be a program… there is no way to input custom things for file types.  F-you Microsoft.  How do you REMOVE features from your flag ship OS?  Anyway…

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