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UltraEdit Vista x64 Context Menu Fix Print
Sunday, 30 December 2007 16:38

UltraEdit is the best text editor that I know of. It provides the ability to integrate with Windows Explorer under Advanced / Configuration / File Associations; but even the latest version 13.20a doesn't add itself to Vista x64's Windows Explorer.

How do I find the services associated with a specific svchost.exe process? Print
Saturday, 24 November 2007 09:53

Svchost.exe is a generic host process name for services that run from dynamic-link libraries (DLLs) on NT based operating systems such as Windows XP and Windows Vista. Each svchost.exe process session started contains a group of services. Until passed versions of the Windows operating systems, Windows Vista includes a way to identify the specific services associated with each svchost.exe process.

To identify the services associated with a specific svchost.exe process, simply right click the svchost.exe process and select go to services.

task manager processes screenshot

This will take you to the Services tab, but it will highlight the associated services for you.

task manager services screenshot


Alternatively you can use SysInternals Process Explorer which works with Vista and older versions of Windows.

sysinterneals process explorer screenshot

Install and Customize Miranda IM Print
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 14:24

Miranda IM is a wonderful instant message client. I’ve used every major instant message client available, and nothing holds a candle to Miranda. It is a multi-protocol client, which means you can chat with friends on AIM, Jabber, ICQ, IRC, MSN, Yahoo, Gabu-Gabu, Google, and others all at the same time. Miranda hasn't gotten the attention it deserves in the past. It is so customizable it can be a daunting task to setup.

I thought I would document the setup and customization of Miranda on my computer. This isn’t intended to be a full guide, but just the specific plug-ins and themes I’m currently using. A basic knowledge of the Windows file system is required. You will need to know how to extract files from a ZIP archive to specific directories in order to install and customize Miranda. This usually involves extracting a dll file from a zip file and placing it in the Miranda Plugin folder. This guide is for Windows NT based PCs (Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista) and was written for Miranda IM v0.7.3.

Gravity Pods Screenshots Print
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 19:10

I posted a link to Gravity Pods the other day, a additive vector-based physics shooter / puzzle  game. I could have really used a hint on a couple of the levels, but couldn't find much on the Internet. I snagged some screen shots of each level after I finished in case someone else gets stuck and needs a little help. There are multiple ways to complete many of the levels. I?m quite sure some of mine weren?t optimal, but if you are stuck it might help you out. 

If you found this page helpful, please give me a digg below. Thanks!

Ditch Vista Sidebar and Keep the Gadgets Print
Friday, 22 June 2007 19:44

The Vista sidebar has always felt a little awkward to me. Specially because I am used to running certain applications on the right side of my monitor. For instance ReGet (download manager) and Miranda (instant message client) are commonly found hovering on the right side of my screen. Vista's sidebar was constantly appearing over the top of them, making it cumbersome to drag and drop a file to a buddy on ICQ for instance. I first looked to see if I could control the height of the bar, but then stumbled onto perhaps an even better approach.

I dragged my gadgets (I feel dumb saying that word) to my desktop, then right-clicked the bar and selected 'Close Sidebar'. My calendar, clock, and weather are all visible on the desktop now, and I can still easily drag and drop a file to a friend. If a window is covering them up, just press Windows + Space and all the gadgets jump to the front.

Disable "Do you want to run this file" Prompt Print
Sunday, 27 May 2007 15:45

When running files from a local server you receive "Do you want to run this file?" or "The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?". These prompt can be disabled via the Internet Explorer security settings.

Allow Blank Passwords for Vista Remote Desktop Print
Monday, 09 April 2007 13:57

Problem: When attempting to connect to a remote Vista machine, you receive the message "Your credentials did not work". Vista does not allow a blank password when connecting with remotely via remote desktop. The obvious solution would be to create a password for the account but I hate that.

Solution: Enable blank passwords with the Group Policy Object Editor or via the registry.

Internet Explorer cannot download / from help Print
Sunday, 08 April 2007 11:57

Problem: Receive "Internet Explorer cannot download / from help" when attempting to open Help and Support in Windows Vista.

Fix: Correct .xml file association in the registry

Firefox Can't Play Embedded Windows Media Player Files Print
Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:31

Problem: Firefox is displays, "No suitable plugins were found. Unknown Plugin (application/x-player2)" when viewing sites with embedded WMP files.

Plugin Finder Service

Disable Vista's Desktop Search Indexing Print
Sunday, 18 March 2007 21:28
  1. Navigate to Control Panel, choose "Uninstall a Program" under "Programs" and then click on "Turn Windows features on or off". There you can disable the Indexing Service.
  2. It is also possible to disable indexing for a certain drive or enable it only for selected folders. You can do this by changing the Properties of a drive or folder (right click on drive letter in Windows Explorer).Windows Search service
  3. The fasted way is to simply disable the Windows Search service. Run Services (just type "Services" at the Start Search bar), right click on the Windows Search service and select "Properties". Then choose "Disabled" for the start type. Afterwards, you have to stop this service by right clicking on it and selecting "Stop".


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