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Windows 7 with removable IE

Microsoft officials made this public acknowledgment via the Engineering Windows 7 blog on March 6. Jack Mayo, the Group Program Manager for the Documents and Printing team, listed a set of Windows 7 features that will be able to be turned on and off by users after the initial set-up.

Together with Internet Explorer several other modules can be switched off.

  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Media Center
  • Windows DVD Maker
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Search
  • Handwriting Recognition (through the Tablet PC Components option)
  • Windows Gadget Platform
  • Fax and Scan
  • XPS Viewer and Services (including the Virtual Print Driver)

But don’t be fooled into thinking that Microsoft is actually thinking about the user, they are just covering their backs after trouble with European Lawsuits.

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Remove toolbar on Firefox / IE

The toolbar even after being uninstalled can remain stuck as Firefox’s URL search. I found this problem on a Vista machine . To remove it follow these steps.

  • from the Control Panel/IE
  1. Uninstall the toolbar using the Add/Remove Programs
  2. Remove it form the Internet Options  /General Tab / Change search Defaults
  • From Firefox
  1. On the address bar type about:config (you will get a warning, be carefull this is the regedit equivalent on Firefox)
  2. Change the setting – keyword.URL; – from  to
  3. Change the setting – – from to
  4. change the settings – extension.snipit.chromeURL – from to{searchTerms}
  5. restart Firefox

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Server 2003 – removable storage database failed to load

When trying to start the Removable Storage Service it may hang and stop responding. You may get the following error messages:

  • Backup cannot connect to the Removable Storage service. – This service is required for use of tape drives and other backup devices.
  • REMOVABLE STORAGE – Server Execution failed.
  • The removable storage database failed to load. Check the event log.

To fix this just follow these simple steps.

  1. Copy all files located in the %SystemRoot%\System32\NtmsData folder to another location (don’t delete them for now just for safety)
  2. In the Computer Management tool, double-click the Services and Applications branch to expand it, and then click Services.
  3. Locate the Removable Storage service, try to start the service, or change the startup type from “Disabled” to “Automatic”, and then restart your computer. This should import the database from the export folder, build a new index file, and be consistent from when the last %Systemroot% backup was performed.
  4. Done

See the Microsoft Knowledge Base:235032 in case you continue to have the same problem.

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Important SQL and Exchange Server patches

A security issue has been identified in the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (WMSDE) that could allow an attacker to compromise your Microsoft Windows-based system and gain control over it (Bulletin MS09-004), and Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Could Allow Remote Code Execution (Bulletin MS09-003).

The vulnerability in the MS Exchange Server is the most severe, Microsoft explains:

”This vulnerability means that any cybercriminal sending a well
crafted email attachment to an enterprise could gain complete control
over the server and gaining one of the keys to the kingdom…

All kinds of highly confidential and proprietary information pass
through an Exchange server every day.  Gaining control over it and its
content would be a gold mine to any cyber criminal,”  – Extracted from ZDNet

Other applications are also being patched up, Microsoft Visio and IE being included. Microsoft released its monthly security bulletin on the 10th of February.

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Synergy – share mouse and keyboard cross platform

Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between
multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its
own display, without special hardware. It’s intended for users
with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its
own monitor(s). 

Redirecting the mouse and keyboard is as simple as moving the mouse
off the edge of your screen. Synergy also merges the clipboards of
all the systems into one, allowing cut-and-paste between systems.
Furthermore, it synchronizes screen savers so they all start and stop
together and, if screen locking is enabled, only one screen requires
a password to unlock them all.

You can get synergy working on computers running different Operating Systems, the sharing is done via your local network and hosts are linked via the hostname or IP address. Setup is very intuitive. To install just follow these steps.

For Windows download it from

For Macs you can use the SynergyOSx or QuickSynergy

For Linux you can use QuickSynergy

Watch this video with an idea of what is possible with Synergy.

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