Show/Hide Filenames in XP’s Thumbnail View

May 10, 2006

Did you know that if you hold down the SHIFT key when selecting Thumbnails View or opening a folder, the Filenames for the items will not be displayed?

I got this little tip from a brilliant blog that I read from a Microsoft guy – Omar Shahine. You can read the original article here: Show/Hide Filenames in XP Thumbnails View


Advertisements – what’s hot on the web

May 8, 2006

PopURLS is a great site which brings together what's popular on the web. It describes itself as "The mother of aggregators capturing news from all major buzz and news sites."

It pulls together links from sites such as, and along side of media from, and

Links are updated every few minutes, so if you want to find out what's hot on the net, then take a look at

Smartphone Full Screen Video Sync – at last!

May 3, 2006

If you've ever tried to sync any videos from your PC to your SPV C600 smartphone, you'll know that they play back in a postage stamp size.

On the SPV C500 it is possible to change a registry key to correct this behaviour but this isn't possible on the C600. However – Andy at found a solution which works for me. This is a modification of his original post which can be found here.

  1. Copy \Windows\WMSyncCaps.xml from your phone to your PC

  2. Rename the file to WMSyncCaps2.xml on the PC

  3. Open the file in Notepad and change all the 'height' values to 240, and all the 'width' values to 320.

  4. Save the file

  5. Copy it back to \Windows\ on your phone

  6. Using a registry editor for your phone, edit HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WMDM changing the value WMDMCapabilities to point to the new WMSyncCaps2.xml file

  7. Delete WMPInfo.xml from the root of your storage card

  8. Disconnect and reboot your phone.

  9. Start Media Player on your PC, from the Tools menu, selection Options, the Devices, the click the Advanced button. Finally click the Delete Files button to remove any cached files.

  10. When your phone has rebooted, connect it to your PC and try to sync a video to your phone.

Peat Bog Jumping on Kinder Scout

May 1, 2006

Last weekend we went on a practice walk for the 3 Peaks Challenge, it was an 8 hour walk over Kinder Scout in the Peak District. We had a great day, but on top we found a lot of peat bogs – this video shows how we had to cross some of them!

Don't forget that you can sponsor us by clicking on this link Justgiving – NDCS 3 peaks Challenge to pledge your money

You can see some of the photos from the day on Flickr by clicking this link

XP’s Little-Known ‘Rebuild’ Command

April 30, 2006

Here's another handy tip that I found recently, there's a little-Known 'Rebuild' Command within Windows XP which can save you from errors like: "Missing HAL.DLL," "Invalid Boot.Ini," and several other fatal startup errors

Click here to read the article at InformationWeek

How to put on a plaster so that it lasts more than a day

April 28, 2006

This is a great video hosted on which demonstrates what to do with a plaster (elastoplast) to make it last longer than a day. If you can't see the embeded player, click here to see the video on The audio's in Japanese, but you should get the idea from the pictures. I tried the technique when I had a blister on my foot – the plaster stayed on more than 3 days!

Removing unused device drivers from Windows XP machines

April 28, 2006

Did you know that unless you uninstall a device driver on a Windows XP machine that it still may be sucking up valuable system resources?

I came across a great article that shows you how to display hidden hardware in your device manager – devices that you are probably not using anymore – once you can see them, you can remove them and free up the resources.

Click here to read the article: Removing unused device drivers from Windows XP machines

Top 15 Security/Hacking Tools & Utilities

April 17, 2006

I've just found a really useful article which reviews the top 15 security/hacking tools (all free). Some of them you may already be familiar with, but some of them will be added to my security toolkit today.

Here's a quick rundown on the utilities mentioned:

1. Nmap
2. Nessus Remote Security Scanner
3. John the Ripper
4. Nikto
5. SuperScan
6. p0f
7. Ethereal
8. Yersinia
9. Eraser
10. PuTTY
11. LCP
12. Cain and Abel
13. Kismet
14. NetStumbler
15. hping

These utilities are not only useful for hacking a system but for learning how to protect your own.

Take a look at the article, written by Darknet, here: Top 15 Security/Hacking Tools & Utilities

M1 Motorway – Junctions 21 to 30 Widening and Improvements

April 14, 2006

The highways agency wants to widen the M1 motorway between junctions 21 and 30. Here's the details on their proposed plan:

The M1 motorway is a heavily used strategic route linking London with the Midlands and the North. Up to 150,000 vehicles per day use this section of the M1.

We propose to improve approximately 50 miles of the length of the M1, between Leicester (J21) and Chesterfield (J30), by widening those sections that are currently three-lane, to four-lane motorway.

We also plan to improve this stretch of motorway to current highways standards by:

  • re-surfacing with low noise materials
  • reconstructing and/or improving bridges
  • improving all junctions
  • adding new improved exit signs
  • installing new technology (e.g. electronic messaging signs)
  • building new signal gantries at 1km intervals

The Need to Widen

The road was built in the 1960s and designed for use by 67,000 vehicles per day. Today, it carries up to 150,000 vehicles per day and it is significantly congested at peak times, during roadworks and incidents. This causes delays and increases the risk of accidents.

The scheme will:

  • ease congestion
  • improve journey times
  • improve journey time reliability
  • improve safety

You can see all the details on their page here (not Firefox friendly!):

Newsgator Notifier Firefox Extension

April 11, 2006

For some time I've been using a little-known extension for Firefox which acts as a notifier for new posts in my Newsgator account, called "Newsgator Toolkit"

You'll find some "design features" in it – such as clicking the icon doesn't open Newsgator and doesn't reset the unread post count, but I can live with that for such a useful extension.

It doesn't appear that the person who developed it has done any work to it recently but it does serve a useful purpose for me.

If you'd like to give it a try then visit the creators site here: Chinwags from Abu Dhabi: Newsgator Toolkit or download the extension here: