Upon logging into a friends Windows 7 laptop I was given to get working again I was presented with a solid black background and a navigation window opened to Computer. No taskbar. No desktop icons. I figured explorer.exe wasn’t running, but a check in task manager proved me wrong. I Googled around and discovered that though I hadn’t seen this problem before, it was not uncommon. The fix turned out to be easy:
- Get into the registry via regedit.exe. You can launch regedit via task manager (which you can launch via ctrl+alt+esc or ctrl+alt+del and then choosing it) by doing a File > Run.
- Head to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.
- Delete the Shell key.
I wonder if I could apply Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling to songwriting.
My son’s first loose tooth was *that close* to coming out, and we wanted something special to give him for it. We’re not the type to start introducing money just yet. We’re still fostering his creativity and imagination. He has the rest of his life to covet the almighty dollar – why not give him as much time as possible without that soul sucking force?
So I bought a nice piece of walnut from a woodworking store, borrowed the neighbors band saw, and made this Tooth Fairy box.
I hand sanded it and rubbed the whole thing down with a beeswax finish to give it that deep color. Within there’s a slot to place the tooth:
…which the Fairy replaces with a magic bead to be used in crafting. That circle you see is the remains of my attempt to fuse the top and bottom on a swivel dowel. I was unhappy with the results, so I lopped it apart, sanded it all down, and bought the hinge and clasp at the local hardware store. I like the result much better than the dowel idea.
I’m pleased with it as a first attempt. I really want my next house to have a proper workshop so I can begin to slowly amass all the fun tools I’d like to have for projects like this.
Some wonderful people gave us this ancient, indestructible White sewing machine/treadle.
We got it tuned up and it’s ready to roll. We found the crumbling manual in one of its drawers. After searching in vain for a digital copy of it, I scanned what we have. I love the art in these old manuals:
The entire manual, such as it is, can be downloaded here in PDF format.
Since I’m running remote sessions within a VirtualBoxed OS on my workstation I find I have to do this with some regularity, so I may as well document it here.
cmd /c echo off | clip
A JRE exploit has reportedly hit the wild. Context here. Some kind Redditor has posted instructions on disabling the JRE in various browsers:
- In Firefox : Press Firefox button -> Add-ons, go to Plugins and click the “Disable” button next to anything named “Java”.
- In Chrome : Type in: “chrome://plugins/” into the address bar (no quotes). Scroll down to Java and click disable.
- In Opera: Type in “opera:plugins” into the address bar (no quotes). Scroll down to:
- Java(TM) Platform <click on> Disable.
- Java Deployment Toolkit <click on> Disable.
- In Internet Explorer:
- Disable UAC (if enabled) and restart.
- Open the Java app in Control Panel.
- Go to advanced tab.
- Expand Default Java for browsers.
- The checkbox next to IE is grayed out. Select Microsoft Internet Explorer and press spacebar. Click OK.
- You can re-enable UAC and restart now.
I needed to do this to test Crashplan. I keep my photos archived on an external drive hooked to, and shared off of, my router. Since Crashplan’s client runs as a service under the Service account, this was the solution to get it to see these shares.
psexec from the sysinternals suite is required.
Open a command prompt as administrator.
Path to psexec’s location and enter psexec -s cmd.exe.
Mount the drive via its UNC: net use DRIVELETTER: \\server\\folder /persistent:yes
The share will probably show as disconnected. Click it – it isn’t. It should also show up for all users of the machine it’s mapped on.
(Killing the share requires the same steps, only with net use DRIVELETTER: /delete
Been a long time. Pass the puddin’.
The Pet Boards is creaking to life.
jadednation is not.
North Shore is no more.
Rebuilt my laptop thanks to lazily allowing a rootkit to hit it and discovered that the Windows 7 Search Files and Programs function wouldn’t work. No good, as this it is the default way I launch everything on my machine (no desktop icons FTW). Turns out deleting one registry key does the trick:
It’s user specific, obviously.