How-To: Lock Windows XP

I used to work for a with a guy who was paranoid about keeping his laptop secure – even amongst friends.  He was also a heavy smoker so was forever needing to run out of internal meetings for a quick smoke, and every time he went, he’d lock his laptop (Ctrl-Alt-Del, then click on “Lock…

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How-To: Vista Autologon

One of the most common questions that people these days ask me regarding their home PC’s is how to have it startup and go straight to the desktop.  This used to be the only option, and when Microsoft did us the favour (!) of allowing us to have multiple accounts, very few people embraced this…

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I Finally Bit The Bullet…

My desktop PC that I use for software development has been taking longer and longer to boot recently.  It got to the stage that I could start it, go downstairs to make a coffee, come back upstairs with the coffee, and drink it before I could do anything useful with Windows.  (OK, so I *know*…

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Programming Today

I read a great article today from Joel Spolsky (the author of Joel on Software) talking about the challenges facing students who learn only Java. You can read the article yourself at http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/ThePerilsofJavaSchools.html This made me think about how my own studies had prepared me for programming in the real world, to which I can…

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Going Portable

Regular readers will have noticed that new posts have been a little thin on the ground lately!  This isn’t anything to do with having nothing to write about, rather it’s due to my new role (same company) which keeps me away from home Monday to Friday, and so away from my PC.  I’ve considered buying…

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*NIX

I was asked today by a recruiter which versions of UNIX I was familiar with, and this got me thinking.  It seems that through my whole IT career, I’ve never worked on a mainstream release of UNIX – only derivatives! It started at college with MINIX – a scaled down version that was released in…

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