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11 Aug 11 A Simple Download Manager from Microsoft

Microsoft Download Manager is a lightweight and easy-to-use tool that you may use to download files from the Internet. There are no complicated settings to configure and all you need to do is paste the file URL to begin the download process.

It can run minimized in the system tray and pops-up a unobtrusive notification every time a file download is complete or if the program has trouble downloading a particular file.

The software can only handle files that are served over the HTTP protocol (no FTP) but it does support downloading of files that require authentication. It was originally designed to help users download files from Microsoft sites but there’s nothing stopping you from using this program with any other site.

Microsoft Download Manager is compatible with all recent versions of Windows including XP, Vista and Windows 7.

11 Aug 11 How to Remove Personal Information from your Digital Photos

The iconic Situation Room photograph, captured by offical White House photographer Pete Souza, has now been viewed more the 2.5 million times on the web.

The corresponding photo page on Flickr says little about the photograph but if you download the full-size version, you can get details about the camera model, the camera settings and even the software that were used to edit this picture before it was published online.

This information is stored in every digital image, in the form of EXIF tags, and you can extract it using Windows Explorer or with the help of even the most basic image editing software. In the case of mobile phones, your pictures may even include location information thus giving others an idea of the exact geographic coordinates where that shot was taken.

How to Remove Camera and GPS Data?

If you are planning to share your personal photographs over email or on a public website (like Tumblr), it may sometimes make sense to remove the camera data and the location information from the images before putting them online.

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28 Mar 11 Searching Group Policy Settings

Very often you spend a lot of time searching for the right Group policy setting. You can use the filter function in GPMC or you can download the excel sheet from Microsoft:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=18c90c80-8b0a-4906-a4f5-ff24cc2030fb&displaylang=en
But this often ends up with you not finding the setting right away. And it also takes a lot of time downloading the Excel sheet and searching it. You end up trying Google and at last you find something.

But Instead of using Google I suggest to take a look at this url.
http://gps.cloudapp.net

It is an online search application for Group policy settings created in Windows Azure. They have also included the option to add it as a search provide for Internet explorer. This is really a great tool for finding Group policy settings.
From now on this will be my first place to search.

 

28 Mar 11 Outlook 2010 (Focus on name cache/NK2)

One of the big things with Outlook 2010 is that they have remove NK2 files completely.Not exactly remove of course it is stored somewhere else.So where is it stored now when the NK2? The answer to that is that it is stored inside the mailbox in a special folder called “suggested contacts”. To see this you first have to change your view to “folder list” :

Then you will see the “suggested contacts” folder: (more…)

28 Dec 10 Future First Person Shooter

The technology was developed so that, we will be able to play games like that.

02 Sep 10 Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V rolü için önemli güncelleme!

Windows Server 2008 R2 üzerinde Hyper-V kullanıyorsanız ve işlemciniz de Intel Xeon 5500 serisi Nehalem ise CPU’ ya biraz yük bindiğinde aldığınız mavi ekran ilk anda sizi çok şaşırtmış olabilir. Aylar önce bu hatayı önemli bir production sunucusunda almam oldukça heyecanlı vakit geçirmeme neden olmuştu.

Microsoft bu hatayla birlikte Intel Westmere CPU kullanıcılarının aldığı bir hatayı ve özellikle Hyper-V üzerinde Forefront TMG kullanan adminleri ilgilendiren network bağlantısının gitmesiyle ilgili problemleri gideren KB2264080 güncelleştirmesini yayınladı.

Unutmadan, Intel Xeon CPU kullanıcıları bu hatadan kurtulmak için eğer KB975530 makalesindeki registry kaydını girdilerse sunucularının enerji tasarrufu özelliklerinden tekrar faydalanmak için güncelleştirmeyi yükledikten sonra aşağıdaki komutla ilgili registry kaydını kaldırabilirler.

reg delete HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Processor /v Capabilities /f

An update rollup package for the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2008 R2: August 24, 2010

05 Apr 10 Windows 3.1: The Future of Computing

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05 Jan 10 How to Enable Windows 7 GodMode

GodMode is the name given to cheats in video games that provide you with all weapons and access to all areas. It is basically a control panel of sorts which provides you access to all the features in one explorer window.It enables “GodMode,” a term devised by the Microsoft development team, which provides a single place to access all Windows settings without needing to browse options and folders in the Control Panel.

To use it:

  • Create a new folder.
  • Rename the folder to

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

(note that you can change the “GodMode” text, but the following period and code number are essential).

The folder icon will change — double click it to show the Godmode window.

The trick is also said to work in Windows Vista, although some are warning that although it works fine in 32-bit versions of Vista, it can cause 64-bit versions of that operating system to crash.

29 Dec 09 Microsoft and NetApp form a 3 year alliance on virtualization

Microsoft and NetApp announces a three-year alliance on virtualization, cloud computing and storage management.
The pact includes joint product development, technical integration, sales and marketing activities.

Finally the Hyper-V enterprise users will have a solid alternative to Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) for virtual machines live backup when using the Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) technology.

The two companies together will release architecture blueprints for disaster recovery with virtualization (like this one), snap-ins to manage the NetApp storage inside the Hyper-V console, management packs for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM).

NetApp is a major storage partner of VMware, which spent remarkable effort in these years to persuade the customers that its products can integrate with VI (and now vSphere) much better than the ones offered by the VMware’s parent company EMC. For NetApp, VMware is a cash cow, despite EMC.
Nonetheless, the vendor now announces that it’s ready to become a major partner of Microsoft too, not just by supporting Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), but by signing a long-term agreement which even involves Azure.