Friday, 28 October 2011

Network settings from Run box in Windows 7

On XP and Server 2003 it was only a few clicks, Start > Network Connections, to get at the config screens for IP/DNS/DHCP etc.

In Windows 7 its hidden a million layers down behind all kind of user friendly fluff.

Luckily you can simply type this into the search box (the Windows 7 version of the Run box...):


Much better!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Avoid Sharepoint Authentication Popup

One of the most galling things about Sharepoint in the configuration we have at my place of work is that you end up retyping your credentials all the time.

I've previously posted some ways around this by editing security settings in IE to ensure your AD credentials are always posted through.

However I've found a much better solution! Use Google Chrome. Type in your credentials and the experience is seamless.

Cannot pin Netsupport Manager to taskbar in Windows 7

I access some Windows Server boxes via Netsupport Manager at work. I'd like to pin this app to the taskbar, but as it has the word "Support" in the title Microsoft have explicitly excluded this.

I would have enjoyed attending the product management meeting at Microsoft where the decision to exclude any apps with "Support" in the name was made. I hope they had tea and nice biscuits!

To lift this slightly baffling restriction, you can amend the following registry key:


It will probably look like this:


Mine now looks like this:


And I can now pin NetSupport.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

SYSDATE in Postgres

The equivalent of Oracle's SYSDATE in Postgres is CURRENT_TIMESTAMP.

At least in the context I needed it in!

I learnt about timestamp arithmetic in Postgres from here:

Thursday, 7 April 2011

IntelliJ hang

If you find IntellJ just hangs and you have the kill the process, then you restart and it hangs again, its probably an issue with your JDK. I followed the steps here marked workaround:

Basically this involved editing the JVM startup properties to disable cardmarking or some such. The details are all contained in the link.

IntelliJ worked perfectly afterward. Its quite ironic as I was thinking how much I liked IntelliJ just before it happened. At least it was an easy fix. I am using the version 10 Community edition.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Windows 7 RDP Slow

If your RDP connections in Windows 7 are slow, over a VPN or whatever then go:

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=highlyrestricted

From an administrator command shell on the machine initiating the RDP connection.

Monday, 14 February 2011

WebLogic silent.xml for Centos / RHEL 5.5 Production

Oracle do provide a sample, and there are links on the Web but after much frustration, this one actually works.

Assuming the bin file has been downloaded from Oracle, then:

  • Create the Middleware directory beforehand.
  • Specify -mode=silent -silent_xml=/full/path/to/silent.xml on the command line.
  • This will install everything required,  but not the Server examples domain, which is dangerous on a production server.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Install EPEL Repository on CENTOS

Just putting this here:

rpm -Uvh

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Install latest Python on Centos

This script will download, compile and install a newer version of Python on CENTOS / RedHat 5.* in a way which respects the underlying Python 2.4 used by Yum etc.

Based on and

ZSH and .zshrc

Apparently ZSH is quite good so I'm going to try it out. On most Linux distros this is going to be installed anyway, but the steps are:

yum install zsh
chsh -s /bin/zsh

Here are some links about customizing it:

Sunday, 2 January 2011


Seems like a good article, this has always seemed a little mysterious.
I especially found the part about http-equiv content type useful. It had always bothered me how you could specify the character encoding after the start of the file. As it turns out it is a compromise and I am not the only person who had wondered about it.