Feb 26

If you find yourself in need of being able to manually delete an application in Windows then follow the steps below:

1.) Make sure you delete the proper directory for whatever application you are having a problem uninstalling.
2.) Make sure you delete any services that application may have running. You can see how to do that by clicking here!
3.) Now you need to get rid of the application in “Add/Remove Programs” or “Programs and Features”:

a.) Start -> Run -> Regedit or Just run the application Regedit.
b.) Go to -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
c.) Right click on the application you want to delete and click Delete.

That’s it!  Your application should now be removed from “Add/Remove Programs” or “Programs and Features”.

Feb 26

It never fails that there are a lot of Windows applications that will fail to uninstall correctly or you may be have some kind of adware that was never meant to uninstall correctly. These applications may leave a running service behind. If you need to manually delete a service in Windows from the Command line then follow the steps below:

1.) Open a command prompt.
2.) Type the following: sc delete Service_Name
3.) Press Enter or Return.

That’s it!  Your service should now be deleted.

Dec 28

There are a lot of people out there that want to have their Linux box automatically login for them after a reboot.  Follow the steps below:


In order to setup your Linux box to automatically login using a particular user, you will need to follow the steps below.
You need to edit /etc/kde/kdm/kdmrc using terminal and add the following to the end of the file:


AutoLoginUser=username   ###NOTE:  Where username is your username you use to login to the linux box. ###

DefaultUser=username ###NOTE:  Where username is your username you use to login to the linux box. ###


That’s it!  You should now be able to have your linux users login automatically using kde.

Oct 11

So, you’ve forgotten your root or admin password to your Ubuntu pc and you need to reset the password.  If that is the case, then just follow the steps below and you will be reseting your password in just a matter of minutes:

1.) When you turn on your Ubuntu pc, and it starts to boot, press ESC to access the GRUB boot menu.
2.) Once the GRUB boot menu is showing, Highlight the first option and press E to edit the selection.  The selection should look something like this:  Ubunut 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-18-generic.  It will depend on what version of Ubuntu you are using…
3.) Scroll down and highlight the line that looks like this:  kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6….. and press E to edit.
4.) Change ro quiet splash to rw init=/bin/bash.  Then press ENTER.
5.) Now you should be able to press B to boot up your system into a root shell prompt.
7.) Once you have booted to your root shell prompt, just type passwd root or passwd admin or whatever username you need to change the password for.
8.) You will then want to type the following commands:

reboot -f

That’s it, your password is now reset.

Oct 20

Connecting to a Cisco Router or Switch with a Mac or a Macbook Pro is not quite as straight forward as it is on a Windows PC. Mac’s don’t have serial ports and sometimes finding a USB to Serial adapter with Mac Drivers can prove difficult. This tutorial will show you how to connect just about any USB to Serial adapter to a Mac using a very generic driver and then how to start a session to your Cisco device by just using the Terminal app.

This tutorial assumes that you already have some kind of USB to serial adapter.

1.) Download the Prolific Technology Driver for USB to Serial adapters for Mac: md_PL2303_MacOSX10.6_dmg_v1.4.0.zip
2.) Install the Prolific Technology Driver and then Reboot your Mac.
3.) Plug the USB to Serial Adapter into any USB port on your Mac.
4.) Open “System Profiler” located in /Applications/Utilities.
5.) In “System Profiler“, under USB-Serial Controller, you should see your device. Click on it.
6.) You should now see Product ID and Version ID. These id’s will be listed in Hex and you will have to convert it to decimal using a calculator or an online converter.
7.) Open up the following file by typing this command into Terminal: sudo vi /System/Library/Extensions/ProlificUsbSerial.kext/Contents/Info.plist
8.) You should see something similar to the following:


9.) Make sure that the converted decimal value of your Product ID and Version ID in System Profiler match the values in Info.plist.
10.) Save your changes by type ESC :wq!.
11.) Unplug your USB to Serial Adapter.
12.) Type the following command into the Terminal App: sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/ProlificUsbSerial.kext
13.) Plug the USB to Serial Adapter into any USB port on your Mac.
14.) Open up “System Preferences” and go into the “Network” options and verify that your Mac lists your new USB to Serial Controller.
15.) Type the following command into the Terminal App to verify that your device is indeed installed on your system: ls /dev/tty.usbserial
16.) You should now be able to type the following command into the Terminal App to start a connection to your Cisco Device: screen /dev/tty.usbserial 9600

You should now see something like this on your terminal screen after you press return a few times:


Oct 18

So you have either forgotten your Mac User’s password or you need to change an existing user’s password without knowing the original password. You have come to the right place. In my case, I was working on a friends Macbook for them and they left it with me to work on and they forgot to give me the password so that I could login and fix the issues. I could have waited until I could reach them to get the password but then I started thinking….If I ask them for the password, then they are going to think I don’t know what I’m doing, especially if I have to ask/beg them for the password…..Or I could just reset it and let them wonder with amazement at how I gained access to their system so quickly.

This tutorial assumes that the Mac User in question probably didn’t password protect their firmware (Which is the default out-of-the-box option).

1.) Power on the Mac in question.
2.) Immediately after you power on the Mac, before you hear the initial mac boot sound, Press and hold the “Command” + “s” keys until the Mac boots into a command prompt.
3.) Once you get a root prompt type the following commands:
mount -uw /
passwd username
4.) You will now be asked to enter in a new password for your user. Enter your new password.
5.) Now just type “reboot” and press return.
6.) You should now be able to login with the password that you just typed in.

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Jul 08

Do you need to be able to automatically run scripts or services at startup in Windows? I recently needed to have all of my Windows pc’s run a script everytime the box started up. For instance, every time my Windows boxes started up, I wanted all of my install scripts re-copied over to the desktop every time I rebooted the box. That way if I made a change to any of my startup scripts, I would only need to reboot a box for the new scripts to be install automatically for me. If you need this to be able to do this, just follow these quick and easy instructions:

I have tested this method and it works on the following Windows operating systems:

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

1.) Go to “Start” -> “Run” -> “Notepad.exe” and type the following into your notepad document:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

“copyScripts”=”\”c:\\copyScripts.bat\” -hide”

2.) Now save this document as “installCron.reg“.

3.) Now all that you need to do is to Double-Click the file “installCron.reg” and answer yes to the prompts. Depending on what versions of Windows that you run this on, you should get a prompt similar to the following:

Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?

4.) Click the “Yes” button.

5.) You should then see “Are you sure you want to continue?

6.) Click the “Yes” button again.

7.) You should now see “The keys and values contained in C:\installCron.reg have been successfully added to the registry.

8.) Reboot. When you Windows computer restarts, it should automatically run your script or services for you.

Jul 06

Have you lost your Mac OS X Server Installation Serial Number? If you have lost the OS X Server Installation serial number or have a Mac OS X Server and you need to reinstall it, but you don’t know what the installation serial number is, just follow these quick and easy instructions to retrieve it from your Mac OS X Server:

1.) Open Terminal and type the following command: sudo /System/Library/ServerSetup/serverserialnumberutil -get
2.) Press <Return> or <enter>.
3.) You should see something that looks like the following:

XSVR-000-R-XXX-XXX-XXX-XXX-XXX-XXX-X|username|company name

That’s it, you should now have the serial you either lost or never knew.

May 23

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to mount a Windows Share on most versions of Linux. We will be using the following information below for the examples in this tutorial:
IP Address of Windows/Samba Server:
Windows/Samba Share Name: swap
Linux Directory where Windows/Samba Share will be mounted: /mnt/swap
Local Linux Username: crazyedy
Windows/Samba Domain User: Administrator
Windows/Samba Domain User’s Password: t@rg3t
Windwos/Samba Domain: crazyedy.com

Just follow the steps below:

RHEL 5 & 6/Ubuntu 7.04, 7.10, 8.04, 8.10, 9.04, 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04/Fedora Core 10, 11, 12, 13, 14:

1.) Type the following commands into “Terminal“:
su -
mkdir /mnt/swap
vi /etc/fstab

2.) Once you have opened the file in a terminal using vi, type the following:
shift + g #NOTE: This vi command takes you to the last line of the /etc/fstab file.
o #NOTE: This vi command adds a new line after the last line in the /etc/fstab file.
// /mnt/swap cifs uid=crazyedy,username=Administrator,password=t@rg3t,domain=crazyedy.com 0 0
Press [esc] #NOTE: This vi command takes you out of insert mode.
:wq! #NOTE: This vi command saves the file for you with your changes.


3.) Reboot your Linux box and log back in.

4.) You should now be able to browse to your windows share from your linux box.

###VERY IMPORTANT### When you are using this method to mount a Windows/Samba Share to a Linux box, you can only mount the Official Windows Share Name. For example, if you have a windows share named // but you have directories underneath that share name that you would like to mount, you can only mount //, otherwise it won’t mount up for you and it will give an error in the logs. ex.) In the example used in this tutorial, if I had tried to mount //, it would have given me an error because the share name is // One more important thing to note is that a share in Windows would be in the following format \\\swap, but if you are connecting to a Windows share from Linux or Mac, it would be in the following format: // IMPORTANT###

###DISCLAIMER: I have tested this procedure with the OS’s listed above only. I have done this several times and I have never run into any problems. However, if you use this tutorial, you are using it at your own risk. ###DISCLAIMER###

May 23

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to jailbreak your iPhone 3GS on Mac OS X in less than 10 minutes. Just follow the steps below:

1.) Download the following software to your “~/Downloads” directory:


iPhone 3GS ipsw

2.) Click your cursor on the Desktop to bring up the “Finder” menu, and go to “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.

3.) Type the following commands into “Terminal“: mkdir ~/Desktop/redsn0w;mv ~/Downloads/redsn0w.zip ~/Desktop/redsn0w/;mv ~/Downloads/iPhone2,1_4.2.1_8C148a_Restore.ipsw ~/Desktop/redsn0w/;cd ~/Desktop/redsn0w;unzip redsn0w.zip

4.) Now using “Finder“, open up the ~/Desktop/redsn0w directory and double-click on the redsn0w.app application.

5.) Once you have opened the redsn0w.app application, you should now see the redsn0w 0.9.6b4! application window. From here you will need to click on Browse and select the file ~/Desktop/redsn0w/iPhone2,1_4.2.1_8C148a_Restore.ipsw and hit next.




















6.) You should now see the following screen:


















7.) Now you will need to select “Install Cydia” and hit next and follow the on-screen instructions. Also once this process has finished you will need to perform steps 5 through 6 again and when you get to step 7, select “Just boot tethered right now“. Again, you will need to follow the on-screen instructions and this time your iPhone 3GS will be booted up in tethered mode and you will have access to cydia and your iPhone 3GS will have been successfully jailbroken.

###VERY IMPORTANT### Every time you need to reboot or boot up your iPhone 3GS, you will need to peform step 7 and use redsn0w.app to “Just boot tethered mode“. Your iPhone 3GS will be able to go to sleep or be re-sprung without having to be booted up using redsn0w.app, but every time you need to perform a hard reboot of the device, you will need to use redsn0w.app to boot it up.###VERY IMPORTANT###

###DISCLAIMER: I have tested this procedure with iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.2.1 only. I have done this several times and I have never run into any problems and I have never bricked an iPhone. However, if you use this tutorial, you are using it at your own risk. ###DISCLAIMER###

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