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Live Mesh Update

Couple of points worth noting if you are going to use Live Mesh (1) File paths longer than 269 characters (folder paths > 248) won’t sync  – shorten the path to fix (2) PST files won’t sync – even if … Continue reading

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Live Mesh

One problem I’ve had for a while is how to keep my script library synchronised across a number of machines.  I have a laptop I use for my development work at home and I have two netbooks – at least … Continue reading

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Dell duo tablet

Having bought the Dell Duo a few weeks ago I’ve been giving its tires a good kick. The duo is a combination netbook and tablet. It opens and works like a conventional netbook but the screen flips round and so … Continue reading

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Windows SysInternals Administrators Reference

Windows SysInternals Administrators Reference Title: Windows SysInternals Administrators Reference Publisher: Microsoft Press ISBN: 978-0-7356-5672-7 The SysInternals tool set – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx  – should be one of a Windows administrator’s best friends. You may not need them every day but when you do … Continue reading

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root\wmi–set monitor brightness

Oddly the methods for changing the brightness aren’t on the WmiMonitorBrightness we get a separate class with the methods. This function can be used to set the brightness function set-monitorBrightness {[CmdletBinding()]param ([ValidateRange(5,20)][int]$timeout=5, [ValidateRange(0,100)][int]$brightness) $monitors = Get-WmiObject -Namespace root\wmi -Class WmiMonitorBrightnessMethods foreach … Continue reading

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root\wmi – Monitor brightness

The monitor brightness can be discovered like this function get-monitorBrightness { $monitors = Get-WmiObject -Namespace root\wmi -Class WmiMonitorBrightness foreach ($monitor in $monitors){  $brightness = New-Object -TypeName PSObject -Property @{        CurrentLevel = $monitor.CurrentBrightness        MaxLevel = $($monitor.Level | sort | select -Last … Continue reading

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Testing the 4K boundary

Advanced Format disks have started shipping –see http://managedux.com/2011/04/26/using-vbscript-to-check-partitions-for-advanced-format-4k-512e-sector-alignment/ These disks use a 4096 byte sector instead of 512. To get the best performance from these disks the partitions have to be aligned to a 4K boundary. This happens automatically in … Continue reading

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