Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My new external monitor

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I now have a new external monitor with my Thinkpad. Unfortunately Windows 7 is missing some tools to optimize this setup (dual monitor). Here’s what I use :

DisplayFusion

The free version of DisplayFusion is a must have for everyone with two monitors or more. It will allow you to have a different wallpaper (background) on each monitor. You can also add keyboard shortcuts to move your Windows from one monitor to another.

Good Wallpaper sites

If you want to span a single wallpaper through all your monitors you need big wallpapers. Here’s a list of good sites where you can find those special wallpapers :

Ref :

Best Places to Find Multi-Monitor Wallpaper
Make the Most of Your Dual Monitors
Customize Your Dual Monitors with Display Fusion

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View List

This download consists of a list of sites that are most likely to be displayed better in Compatibility View in Windows Internet Explorer 8.

Source : Microsoft Download Center

People Using SharePoint in Education

Watch a couple of interviews that highlight how SharePoint was used to implement solutions for the University of Washington, Foster School of Business and the Lake Washington School District.

Source : Get the 'Point: Posts

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

TM VBA Inspector

When coding, it's easy to make small mistakes. Usually these types of mistakes have no direct effect; the code runs and everything appears to be OK. That makes this situation so dangerous.

If you want to gain a quick overview of potential errors, you can use the free TM VBA Inspector. This add-in lets you browse the entire VBA code of an application for potential errors.

Source : Microsoft Access Team Blog

Facebook spammer fined $1 billion

MONTREAL – A Montreal man who sent more than four million spam e-mails to Facebook users over a two-month period was ordered to pay the social media giant more than $1 billion in compensation.

Source : cnews.canoe.ca

A self elevating PowerShell script

The long and the short of it is that, as a general rule, I always leave UAC enabled on Windows and never run as Administrator by default.  But I do have scripts that need to run as administrator from time to time.

Rather than launching PowerShell “as Administrator” (which would result in me running other scripts as administrator – because it would be convenient) I have put together the following chunk of script :

# Get the ID and security principal of the current user account
$myWindowsID=[System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()
$myWindowsPrincipal=new-object System.Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal($myWindowsID)
 
# Get the security principal for the Administrator role
$adminRole=[System.Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole]::Administrator
 
# Check to see if we are currently running "as Administrator"
if ($myWindowsPrincipal.IsInRole($adminRole))
   {
   # We are running "as Administrator" - so change the title and background color to indicate this
   $Host.UI.RawUI.WindowTitle = $myInvocation.MyCommand.Definition + "(Elevated)"
   $Host.UI.RawUI.BackgroundColor = "DarkBlue"
   clear-host
   }
else
   {
   # We are not running "as Administrator" - so relaunch as administrator
   
   # Create a new process object that starts PowerShell
   $newProcess = new-object System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo "PowerShell";
   
   # Specify the current script path and name as a parameter
   $newProcess.Arguments = $myInvocation.MyCommand.Definition;
   
   # Indicate that the process should be elevated
   $newProcess.Verb = "runas";
   
   # Start the new process
   [System.Diagnostics.Process]::Start($newProcess);
   
   # Exit from the current, unelevated, process
   exit
   }
 
# Run your code that needs to be elevated here
Write-Host -NoNewLine "Press any key to continue..."
$null = $Host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("NoEcho,IncludeKeyDown")
This means that when you run the script in question – a new window will be opened “as Administrator” (with an appropriate prompt).

Cheers,
Ben

Source : Virtual PC Guy's WebLog

Monday, October 04, 2010

Volkswagen 2011 Jetta reviewed by Wired.com

…VW aimed the sixth-gen Jetta at the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. But going head-to-head with two perennial best-sellers meant dropping the Jetta's base price to just $15,995. In doing that, VW cut some corners, even on the upscale SEL version ($21,895) we spent a day in.

The biggest changes are to the interior, where you'll find a lot of hard, shiny plastic where VW once used more upscale materials. Some of the knobs and switches feel flimsy. Leather is no longer an option. And though the interior is spacious and comfortable, it doesn't have quite the same fit and finish as earlier models.

VW cut costs under the car as well. The base model doesn't get cruise control. The base and SE models get old-school drums brakes at the rear, but to be fair VW says they perform as well as competitors' discs. And only the sporty GLI — available early next year— gets the multi-link independent rear suspension. Everything else uses a less sophisticated semi-independent torsion beam.

Source  : www.wired.com

Friday, October 01, 2010

F1 2010 – Review

No, F1 2010 is not iRacing and does not qualify as a hardcore simulation in any shape or form.

To be honest, I´ve never been more torn regarding a title as I am with F1 2010. There certainly is a lot on the bright side, namely stunning graphics, excellent atmosphere like you won’t find in any other racing title and a rather innovative career mode.

Sadly, the title feels very much unfinished in its current state, being plagued by bugs and a horrible AI system as well as very limited multiplayer options. What makes these problems worse is that, aside from the issues, F1 2010 is a very fun title that shows a lot of promise.

Source : www.virtualr.net