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Posts tagged ‘Windows’


iPhone 3.0 Firmware Direct Download Links 17/06/2009

Direct download links to Apple 3.0 Iphone Firmware:

1st Gen Link: (229.26MB)

3G link: (230.05MB)

3G[S] link: (297.83MB)

To upgrade your iphone using those direct links i just provided hold down shift when you click update in windows (or hold the option key on a mac) and select the file.


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 ===


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


2 Windows Taskbars On Dual Monitors Windows 7

Dual monitors are awesome but can be a little restrictive in the default windows environment.

Normally you can only have one taskbar so when you have windows on the 2nd monitor they clutter up your one and only taskbar.

Now you can have 2 taskbars and more on your monitors, it feels like you are running multiple computers!

Multi Monitor Taskbar – Freeware & Even works with the latest Windows 7 unlike Ultramon(another monitor solution but $40)

or Direct download HERE

Screenshot of my monitors next to each other: image

UPDATE: ULTRAMON now supports Windows 7. Goto here for latest download.


Windows 7 Decoder Error In Media Center

My TV was working fine when i first installed the Beta but today when i opened it up i got the error “"The video decoder has either malfunctioned or is not installed. Restart Windows Media Center or the computer”.”

Solution: Turn your Clock date back to February and it works!

For some reason its a bug and the decoder expires before the beta expiry..

UPDATE: Fix the problem completely with this solution:

The .dll files are ready for download :
To install (on your own risk!!):
1. start a command prompt  (as administrator)
2. cd c:\windows\system32
3. takeown /f filename.dll (for all mentioned .dll files)
4. icacls filename.dll /grant your_name:F (again for all .dll files)
5. md c:\temp 
6. move filename.dll c:\temp (all .dll files)
7. now copy all files from the downloaded zip into c:\windows\system32
8. restart the machine


VLC media player 0.9.9 Released

The VideoLAN team is very pleased to announce the release of VLC media player 0.9.9.
This is a bugfix release on the 0.9 branch of VLC. Notables bugfixes are:

  • fullscreen behaviour on Windows with multiple screens,
  • workaround bug with libxml2 >=2.7.3,
  • video performance on Intel-based Macs,
  • various decoders updates on Windows.

An experimental native decoder for Real Video 3.0 & 4.0 using FFmpeg has been added and many fixes happened in our Real Media demuxer.
This should improve Real Media Files support on all platforms.