Monthly Archives: February 2011

Zune Suffering Travelling Overseas

I am feeling extremed pain now as I’m about to go on a long trip, finally have a chance to listen to some podcasts. Without my laptop I’ve used a local computer to  install Zune Software. Here is the fun: … Continue reading

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Using SMB sniffing to determine target’s host name, domain, OS version, system time and time zone

Once again needed an alternative method to “verify” a massive list of computers : 1) The machines existed on the network 2) that DNS was resolving to the actual machine on the list. i.e. when verifying machine name “PC-1234” I … Continue reading

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Creating a Single .EXE when you need a separate .EXE to run on x86 and x64 Platforms

Sometimes you may have separate .EXEs to run whether on x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) platforms. Reasons for this are often around the need to access the native 64-bit registry location i.e. HKLM\SOFTWARE without getting redirected to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node…But sometimes having … Continue reading

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Bing Copies Google?

Google had a bit of a PR stunt this week accusing Bing of copying Google search results, with claims they had used a “honeypot” to catch Microsoft “cheating”. Personally I would have preferred Google spent more time making Honeycomb then … Continue reading

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Using Excel 2010 to Identify Tasks that Took Too Long from a Log File

OK typically I am using the quick & dirty SMSTrace32.exe for viewing log files…nice clean interface, and highlights errors in red, and also works in WinPE. Simple. In this case I’m looking at a scanstate log file from USMT 4.0. … Continue reading

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Ping A List Of Computers and Double Check DNS name against NetBios name

I’ve seen in the past where environments use Dynamic DNS to update clients, where due to bad configuration the DNS on clients gets out of whack, especially if many users moving sites/or PCs replaced. In any case if you have … Continue reading

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Geeky Excel Formulas – Subnet Math / Group By Subnet using Built-In Excel 2010 Formulas

As some of you may know,  I spend 3 hours a day on the train travelling from cow country in Regional Victoria to the big smoke Melbourne…what a perfect time to test the power of Excel formulas to the limits. … Continue reading

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