2D barcodes, winners and losers

Although 2D barcodes (also called QR codes – short for Quick Response) aren’t new, but they still haven’t caught on in the US. I’ve been asked by a lot of people "What is that?" when they see a QR code. To answer those people, they are postage stamp size or larger mathematical image that smartphones (with a high enough resolution camera) can read and convert to characters. Those characters can be a web address or a block of text or just about any input that a smartphone can …

Why doesn’t YouTube have a charge-for-play model?

I’ve been saying for quite a while that YouTube should have a “charge-for-play” model, where they get a cut of each transaction… just like PayPal or eBay or Amazon or any number of other companies… Yes, I know they are working on the advertising model, but it would be so easy for them to put together a package for content creators who want to SELL their videos to consumers. There are plenty of content creators out there who would LOVE to have a charge model via YouTube. No, …

How to disable the UAC Prompt for a specific application: (Windows 7)

Open the Task scheduler. Right click on the "Task Scheduler Library" and create a new folder called "myTasks". Right click on the "myTasks" folder and select "Create Task…" (not "Create Basic Task…") Enter a name for the task (I always name them "autoElevatePROGRAMNAME". (i.e. "autoElevateProcessExplorer") Check the "Run with highest privileges" checkbox at the BOTTOM of the window. Click the "Actions" tab at the top. Click the "New…" button, and browse and select the ".exe" that you want to run with elevated permissions. Click "OK" to create the …

Spell-check…

I suspect that most people, like myself, use spell-check for emails and documents. Obviously it’s a great tool, but I find that about 50% of the time, I’m misspelling the same words! I’m a pretty good typist, so it’s not misspelling due to speed, it’s just that my brain is trained incorrectly. So, Microsoft, here’s a suggestion that you may add/include, FREE OF CHARGE OR CREDIT: the "Teaching spellchecker". It works pretty simply – whenever you run spell check, it keeps track of the words that are misspelled, …

How to compress Virtual PC virtual hard disks (.VHDs)

Clear out the machine of filler I recommend installing CCLEANER.EXE from http://ccleaner.com which deletes all temporary files from the Windows installation, Internet Explorer cache, the Recycle Bin, and any number of other "garbage"/"temp" directories in the VPC. Disable hibernation If you have hiberation turned on, there’s a colossal sized file called hiberfil.sys in the root of the .VHD.  Go into Power options in Control Panel and disable hiberation to get rid of this file. Capture the Virtual Disk Precompactor .ISO In the menu of Virtual PC windows for …

Change your password – Microsoft Passport / Live ID / Hotmail breach…

Around October 1, 2009, about 10,000 Microsoft Passport / Live ID / Hotmail username/passwords were posted to the web by a hacker who got the information from "phishing" emails. "Phishing" is a VERY low-tech way of getting people’s usernames and passwords – they ask you for it. Yeah – seriously. When you get an email from your bank or hotmail account (or just about any site that uses a username/password) that asks you to confirm your username and password via email, you can be SURE it is a …