I had a hard time finding the right drivers for a Canon PIXMA iX 4000 printer for Windows 7. The drivers available on the european website are old and missing 64-bit support. After googling around, I found the drivers on the asian website. Because I lost quite some time searching for them, I thought I just post the direct links here:
A comprehensive guide on removing the I Want This adware can be found on the forums of Spybot S&D.
Direct link: http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=65998.
If you are unable to uninstall Office 2003, 2007 or 2010 the normal way (via Control Panel), you can try with the uninstall tools made available by Microsoft. They do a manual uninstall of all files and registry settings of the selected Office, but without losing removing personal settings.
They are available here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971179.
I found it rather difficult to find the Belgian version of the Google search provider for Internet Explorer. Here's the direct link: http://www.iegallery.com/nl-BE/Addons/Details/6218.
When I was installing a fresh copy of Cygwin, I noticed that some tools didn't work as they normally would. They would bail out with an error.
C:\Windows\system32>dig dig: dst_lib_init: openssl failure
A quick search on Google shows that there's a dependency error. While the openssl libraries are installed, the openssl package is also required. After installing that package too, it worked again.
If you're running RDS on a vSphere server with VMware Tools installed, you may wish to remove/hide the system tray icon. This can be done by setting a certain registry value.
The registry value is:
Change the value to 0 will effectively disable the icon the next time a user logs on.
Each time Google Chrome gets updated, it leaves behind the old version of Chrome. While this comes in handy when you have to downgrade, it also builds up (precious) hard disk space. You can, however, manually remove the old installation files.
Google Chrome is installed by default in your local profile folder, at:
In that folder you will find the main executable (don't remove that) and the different versions of Chrome.
You can simply delete the lower version numbers so that only the highest version remains. This clears out on average 80-100 MB per folder (although it could very well be much more).
A neat plugin for Pidgin is Lock-n-Roll.
Download here: http://csammisrun.net/blog/2009/06/lock-n-roll-11/
It automatically sets your status to Away, and sets a predefined status message, upon locking your computer (or when it gets locked via screensaver).
Just so you (and especially I) don't forget:
In case you have issues on your Windows 2003 concerning VSS, Microsoft has an update rollup available for download to fix certain issues with VSS: