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Windows XP start menu Internet iconsSunday 27th January 2008
The Windows XP Start Menu features, by default, two 'pinned' entries for your Web-browser and Email client. Personally, I use SeaMonkey for both. But, I'm not the greatest fan of the SeaMonkey icons, and I certainly don't want to use the same icon for both.

A quick search of the registry reveals these two locations:
* HKLM\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenu\Internet
* HKLM\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail

Within these keys are sub-keys for all the registered browser and mail clients. If you expand your preferred application key you'll see a sub-key called "DefaultIcon".

Just change the (default) value in that key to the location of your icon (either just a path to the .ico, or a path comma index for a library (e.g. 'myicons.dll,4'))

You may need to repair your icons for this to refresh, you can do that using TweakUI

Everybody stores personal dataSaturday 19th January 2008
Why is it that whenever a company loses a laptop, it seems to contain hundred of thousands of personal records?

Does everybody in every public sector organisation have a complete copy of all the people their organisation interacts with on their laptops?

I just sold my old laptop, but whilst I was resetting it and rebuilding it, I noticed even that old laptop came with built in hard drive encryption.

Currently the company I work for is in the process of encrypting all laptops - and we don't even store personal data on ours. Our business users use VPN and RDP to access data on a farm; and us IT users, well maybe a bit of source code, but we're hardly doing anything cutting edge.

Dell Inspiron backupTuesday 8th January 2008
I've just received delivery of a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. Complete with a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM and an Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT.

It comes with Windows Vista; which due to the reports, and my limited experience of, will be getting wiped and replaced with Windows XP. But, being the careful type, and somebody who may sell his laptop in the future, I generally Ghost a system prior to messing it up.

Ah, what a headache that was. I use Bart's Network Bookdisk for this. This allows me to boot up and connect to a network in DOS, and then run Ghost 2003. I can then image to my NAS.

But, naturally, this is an ageing method. So a few tips for those people who want to do similar on a Dell Inspiron 1520.

1. Change the config.sys and remove h=128 for emm386 on the [MAX] section. In the same section, set ifshlp.sys to be loaded with "device" instead of "devicehigh"

2. Download the latest Broadcom 44x ndis drivers and make a driver cab as per these instructions.

3. Create your boot disk

4. Boot, selecting option 2 from the boot menu

5. After logging onto your network etc, run ghost with the -noide flag

Robin HoodWednesday 2nd January 2008
Happy New Year! What am I expecting to see in 2008? More Robin Hood on BBC1. Which is a shame.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the first series; but I was slightly miffed at them doing a second series. Still, I watched it, and to be fair there is only so many times they can break in/out of Nottingham castle.

So I was looking forward to a big ending with King Richard landing etc. But no... it's another open, and to be honest, crap, ending. So we have to be putthrough another series. It's all about milking things till they leave a nasty taste these days.

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