Welcome

Welcome to my blog. In here I hope to share with you tips, tricks, hacks and code that will make your life easier as a network administrator or general computer user. I come with a background in computer engineering and have worked for the past 12 years in the Library world as Manager of Library Systems. Even though some of my posts may be Library specific, most will be of use to all computer users.

If you have a tip that you wish to share with the group, please feel free send me your tip via email at my address rkisch@kischtech.com and I will include it here and give credit where credit is do.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ubuntu 10.10 is now available.

If you've been waiting until the official release, your wait is over! Ubuntu 10.10 final is now ready for download at Ubuntu.com to download a the disk image or if you already are running it, then go to Update Manager to get this new version.

Features:

Browse the web:
Ubuntu includes Mozilla Firefox – for fast, safe web browsing. You can also choose alternative browsers including Google Chromium from the Ubuntu Software Centre.







Create professional documents and presentations:
Ubuntu has Open Office which is fully compatible with Microsoft Office and has everything you need to create professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations.







Get all the software that you will ever need:
 Ubuntu Software Centre gives you instant access to thousands of open-source and carefully selected free and purchasable applications.









Email and Chat:
Ubuntu has Evolution email which provides an easy and intuitive eamil client as well as Empathy a chat utility that quickly integrates with Yahoo, Gmail,Jabber, MSN, AOL and many more chat clients.







Be Social:
Ubuntu's new Me Menu lets you access your Facebook and Twitter accounts straight from the desktop. You can connect to all your favourite chat channels and make updates through a single window.








Music streaming:
Ubuntu's music player includes an integrated store, so you can buy and download new tracks with just a few clicks. And thanks to Ubuntu One's file-syncing magic you can stream your music uninterrupted to your Android device or iPhone.






 Photo editing:
Ubuntu has lots of  apps to help you manage, fix and share your photos with the world. Included are apps like Gimp, Flickr and Shotwell.








Ubuntu One:
Ubuntu One allows you have your own personal cloud service that simplifies your digital life. Imagine buying music and getting it delivered to the computers of your choice. Or synchronising your files and notes and accessing them from anywhere. Or consolidating your computer and mobile phone contacts and safely sharing documents and pictures with them.




Edit video like the pros:
 Play your own videos with Movie Player or use Pitivi to edit your videos.PiTiVi's user interface is carefully designed to suit both the newcomer and the professional, to be efficient and intuitive.







Games:
The Ubuntu Software Centre has hundreds of free games, including puzzles, adventures, tactical and more.

Prevent Windows Automatic Updates from rebooting your computer

Here's how to prevent Automatic Update from rebooting your machine:
1. Start -> Run
2. Type: gpedit.msc (this will open the group policy editor)
3. In group policy editor choose one of these steps depending on your OS:
For Windows 2008/2003/2000 Server:
  • Expand Local Computer Policy / Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Update
For Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2000:
  • Expand Local Computer Policy / Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Update
4. Double-click "No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled Automatic Updates installations"
5. Select "Enabled", then Apply/OK. Close the Group Policy configuration program.


Now as long as there is a user logged into the server, it will never automatically reboot after patches have been applied. For extra security as you will have a user logged in, I would suggest enabling the Windows screen saver with password prompt.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Simple mailto command tip

Here is a really simple way of embedding an email link into any HTML page.

First we start with just a simple email link:

<A HREF="mailto:someone@somewhere.com">EMAIL ME</A>
This will put a simple email link in a website that will open and address an email to you.

Second method we will add a subject to your email link:

<A HREF="mailto:someone@somewhere.com?subject=This is a great website">EMAIL ME</A>
This will put a simple email link in a website that will open and address an email to you that will have a a subject of "This is a great website".

And lastly, a complete email with email address, subject and a message body:

<A HREF="mailto:someone@somewhere.com?subject=This is a great website&body=Hi, I found this website and thought you might like it http://randykisch.blogger.com/">tell a friend</A>
This will put a simple email link in a website that will open and address an email to you that will have a a subject of "This is a great website" and have a message body that says "Hi, I found this website and thought you might like it http://randykisch.blogger.com/".