Jan 22

HandBrake can through error messages and give you no options (blank) in the Title drop-down because it cannot get past the Content Scramble System (CSS).  Or the resulting video is all garbled.

The best solution I have found is to install XBMC somewhere (doesn’t have to be on the same machine) and copy the libdvdcss-2.dll file out of the XBMC\system\players\dvdplayer folder and into the Handbrake installation folder.

Update: Easiest to just copy the libdvdcss-2.dll from here: http://download.videolan.org/pub/libdvdcss/1.2.11/win64/libdvdcss-2.dll 
Rename it to libdvdcss.dll and copy it to the HandBrake installation folder.

That seems to allow HandBrake to read and rip the disk properly.

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Jan 07
  1. Make a folder in your main account’s Drive an name it whatever you want (I use <account> Drive)
  2. On your other Drive account, share you folder or folders with your main account with permission of “Can edit”
  3. Back in your main account, go to the “Shared with me” section and drag the shared folder(s) from your other account int the folder you made in step 1

That’s it, now you can access other accounts in Drive from the one account.

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Sep 09

Of course this is for modifying APKs that you own!

  1. Use 7-Zip to unzip APK file to folder
  2. Modify what needs to be modified within the APK
  3. Re-Zip the contents of the folder into a zip and rename to APK
  4. Download and extract the apkPack from xda-developers: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=9995058 (direct link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=470146&d=1292967733)
  5. Put your newly zipped and renamed to .apk file in the apkPack folder and run apkPack_all.bat
  6. Your new APK file will be in the “packed” directory
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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

 

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Jul 24

You need to get the specialized ESXi image from HP (well, provided to VMware by HP).  I found it here: https://h20392.www2.hp.com/portal/swdepot/displayProductInfo.do?productNumber=HPVM09

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Jun 13

I tested and created my Windows 7 image with all my software and customization installed.  Use MDT 2012 to deploy to workstations in a multi-user environment.  Only to find out, that every new user on every machine must open Acrobat before clicking to open a PDF file from the net, email, network drive or anywhere else!

So I went searching and found this great post about something similar, but having to do with a “CR” in the filename or path (which was not our case).  But none-the-less the solution worked!

Simply adding a key to your registry got rid of the error.

Reg file for x32: EULAAcceptedForBrowser_32bit

Reg file for x64:EULAAcceptedForBrowser_64bit

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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!!!”
:Worked

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

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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”:

GPME-Chrome

 

And Click the “Show…” button:
GPME2-Chrome

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

GPME3-Chrome

 

Find ID in Chrome:
Chrome-FindID

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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

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Jan 11

If you already run AdBlock, then when you run Spiceworks you are left with a blank space on the right of the screen. Run this userscript (chrome users) to remove that blank area!

Hat tip to userstyles.org (http://userstyles.org/styles/58953/spiceworks-remove-ad-column)

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