Jun 09
  1. Boot with Knoppix live disk or usb
  2. Open a terminal window in Knoppix
  3. Type “sudo sfdisk -l” to see what your disk (that you want to wipe) is mounted as (example – sda1)
  4. Type “sudo shred -vfz -n 100 /dev/sda1” – IMPORTANT – Substitute the disk name learned from above command.  Note that the 100 is the number of passes (and can be changed)
Jul 09

After much searching, finally figured out that this was due to a leading space on one of the column headers.

Mar 31



Moving a folder: This folder is shared with other people. If you move this folder, it will no longer be shared.

You get this message everytime you move a folder within a shared folder to another location.


The only work-around that I have found is to
1) cut  the folder you want to move
2) paste it into the recycle bin
3) cut out of the recycle bin and paste where you want it to go.

This will eliminate the annoying message.



Aug 30

If you use chrome in a Digital Display or Kiosk setting, it can be annoying that you will get the “chrome didn’t shut down correctly” if, in fact, chrome did not shut down correctly.  I was finally able to figure out a way to get rid of that message.

I am using the “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –kiosk  command in the windows startup folder to launch the browser.  So I simply added the –incognito command as well, and voila! no more message.  So the full command is:

“C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –incognito –kiosk


Jan 17

I have a older program who’s backup process is a bit flaky.   And there is no notification to me on whether it actually backed up or not.   Then I ran across this little program called Blat (www.blat.net), and it gave me an idea.  I now have a script that runs after the scheduled backup window (via Task Scheduler) to check to see if the file is actually in the backup folder and if not, to email me.

Here is the script:

If exist “\\server\share$\backups\*.zip” goto Worked
: DidNotWork
<path to blat>\blat.exe – -body “Backup did not work!!!” -to <email> -server <emailserver>-f <from email address> -subject “Backup did not work!!!”

Just change the items in the bracket <> and the subject and body (if you want to).

Jan 11

First you will need the Template Files.  They can be downloaded here: http://dl.google.com/dl/edgedl/chrome/policy/policy_templates.zip
(If you are not familiar with how to install ADM/ADMX files in Active Directory, see this guide.)

Once you have installed the template, go to Computer Configuration \ Policies \ Administrative Templates \ Classic… \ Google \ Google  Chrome and enable “Configure the list of force-installed extensions”:



And Click the “Show…” button:

And fill in the Value with the ID of the extension followed by the update url.  (The extension ID is the 32-letter string found e.g. on chrome://extensions when in developer mode.)

Example: gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom;https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx



Find ID in Chrome:

Nov 14

This ended up being a simple solution.

Delete or rename the “LegacyDisable” registry value in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\find

To also enable it for dives:
Delete or rename the “LegacyDisable” registry value in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\find