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Archive for May, 2009


Make Portable Thunderbird You Default Mail Client

I constantly recommend portable apps to clients as they are the easiest to backup compared to outlook and other programs.

The only problem is that they struggle to work as a default mail client as they are portable. Here is a hack which solves this problem and makes everything work nice and smoothly.

Copy and paste the code below into a .reg file, then edit the path to match your TBP installation.

Works on Win XP SP3, Vista, Windows 7

=== start .reg code ===

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Changes to make TB Portable the default e-mail client
; Make your TB Portable the default mail client: Tools > Options. Don’t skip this step.
; Edit YOUR ThunderbirdPortable.exe path below. MINE is E:\\Program Files\\ThunderbirdPortable\\ThunderbirdPortable.exe
; Run this patch and you are done.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\Mozilla Thunderbird\shell\open\command]
@="\"E:\\Program Files\\ThunderbirdPortable\\ThunderbirdPortable.exe\" -mail"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\Mozilla Thunderbird\shell\properties]
@="Thunderbird &Options"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\Mozilla Thunderbird\shell\properties\command]
@="\"E:\\Program Files\\ThunderbirdPortable\\ThunderbirdPortable.exe\" -options"

@="E:\\Program Files\\ThunderbirdPortable\\App\\thunderbird\\thunderbird.exe,0"

@="\"E:\\Program Files\\ThunderbirdPortable\\ThunderbirdPortable.exe\" \"%1\""

@="Mozilla Thunderbird"

; This fixes MAPI

@="E:\\Program Files\\ThunderbirdPortable\\ThunderbirdPortable.exe /MAPIStartUp"

=== end .reg code ===


Coldplay Give Away FREE Live Album | LeftRightLeftRightLeft

“Coldplay will be giving away a live CD, LeftRightLeftRightLeft, at every remaining live show in 2009 (apart from festival shows). Starting with the band’s first North American tour date, at West Palm Beach in Florida on May 15th, every fan attending a show will be given a free copy of the nine-track CD, which won’t be available elsewhere. Also on May 15th, LeftRightLeftRightLeft will be made available as a free download right here at, for all fans (and for the same time period). ”

According to the band, the give-away is meant as a recession-busting mark of gratitude to everyone who’s supported them: “Playing live is what we love. This album is a thank you to our fans – the people who give us a reason to do it and make it happen.”
The album was recorded over the past year in various cities around the world on the Viva La Vida tour. Its tracklisting is as follows:
1. Glass of Water
2. 42
3. Clocks
4. Strawberry Swing
5. The Hardest Part/Postcards From Far Away
6. Viva La Vida
7. Death Will Never Conquer
8. Fix You
9. Death And All His Friends”

More Info HERE



Newcastle Uni Wireless iPhone PDA Internet Hot Of The Press

From Thursday 30th April 8am, Cisco Clean Access Agent no longer is used for wireless connections, and is only used for wired. wOOOOOOOOOO

Direct from the IT support crew:
Hi All,
the cut over should occur Thursday 30th April from 8am.
We are using a soft launch for these changes as users should fall into 2 categories
a) new users – so won’t know the difference and will use new documentation ( or omit the last steps on the existing documention
b) existing users – who hopefully won’t be affected by the changes.
Comms has taken on board feedback from across the University about simplifying the wireless network for users and students in particular. The changes mean that the Cisco Clean Access login will be bypassed for all wireless users.
This means:
* Users will still need to associate to the wireless network
* Users will still need to login to the proxy server, as normal
* This change wont impact wired connections
* The wireless network is essentially back to where it was two years ago
We have completed some successful testing with the change active in a test wireless network. Any student or staff member already configured will not have to do anything, they just wont see the web login. New laptops are now an easier task to connect after the change.
We have also tested the scenario where the student has installed the Cisco Clean Access Agent – the agent will no longer prompt for a login and lies dormant. This can be removed/uninstalled after the change has been made.
This also means that iPhones and iPod Touches will also work. (along with other smartphones/PDA’s etc. that don’t support Java or ActiveX).
We are working on revising the documents on the web in time for after the change. The current documentation is still useful except for the clean access bit. In the current documentation (, the bit removed from each is:
Windows XP – Web Authentication – Steps 1 to 4
Windows Vista – Web Authentication – Steps 1 to 4
Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) – Web Authentication – Steps 1 to 3
Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) – Web Authentication – Steps 1 to 3
iPhone/iPod Touch – Connection – Steps 8 onwards

This is great news for iphone and pda users, no more cisco login which means internet on nearly any wireless device now :D