Natural Selection

Which flavour of Windows Vista do you choose? With a Microsoft Technet Subscription at my fingertips, I could install any version I like, but not everyone has this advantage. Most will end up with Windows Vista Home Basic. Pirates will probably have Enterprise, before they realise what they actually wanted was Ultimate, those with money to burn will have Ultimate, and businesses will supposedly have Windows Vista Business. The full list of versions (according to Microsoft Technet) goes like this:

  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Business Basic
  • Windows Vista Business Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Enterprise

You can check out a comparison here. Obviously there are academic variations of each of the above versions (excluding Enterprise), and I am sure there are many other types of versions as well (evaluation, pirate, trial etc). For the purpose of my “90 Days of Vista”, I will be using Windows Vista Ultimate.

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Tired of putting up with the same 3 – 4 year old ATI OEM graphics drivers that came with your laptop, because your laptop manufacturer has neglected to consider updating the drivers?

Just updated your laptop to Windows Vista, and want better graphics functionality then that of the WDDM driver?

Well, you have come to the right place, well… almost the right place! Check out the link below.

http://www.driverheaven.net/modtool/

That’s right, Mobility Modder modifies the official drivers and adds additional support for your ATI Mobility graphics device, which would otherwise be unsupported. For more information about how this actually work, please read the full documentation available on the same page.

NOTE: Please follow the guide in the link above exactly to the last letter. If you have Windows Vista, it is easy to get caught up at the “disable UAC (User Access Control)” step. There is a link with instructions on the same page. For your convenience, I have included it here also.

It happens to all us would be system admins at one stage or another. You install Windows 2000 or Windows XP on a machine, and for some reason (you didn’t check the BIOS, or you have some strange device like a ZIP drive connected), the Windows boot drive, is not C: It’s something else, like D: or E: even. How can you rectify this problem?

  1. Disconnect any strange devices, check your BIOS settings, and reformat.
  2. Do a little registry editing. See the link below (both of them):
    1. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=223188
    2. 2b. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=249321

Within the second link, be sure to follow section 3, under the Resolution section. Your values might be slightly different (especially if you are using Windows XP or Windows 2003), but the idea is the same, correct the drive letter.

Once you have made your changes, reboot, and voila! You can log on to your system, and your Windows drive, is now called C:

NOTE: You will more then likely need to re-install any programs you already had installed. In fact, performing a Windows Repair may very well be in order.

Most people would probably just format and start over, but there are plenty of people who have reasons to use the steps above. There are many things and reasons for the driver letter allocated to your Windows drive or partition, to be something other then C:, and if you really need your system working again, ASAP, and if you don’t have the time to reformat, re-install your software, re-install your drivers, configure your PC to your liking and then finally get back to work, perhaps this is just the guide for you!

If this gets more then 10 diggs, I’ll create a full blown fail safe and fool proof guide. I might even make it a PDF!

Are you Diggin‘ it?

Ever wanted to use your real name, or even your real email address on the internet, but were too afraid to, due to the high probability of a spammer / bot finding it, and exploiting it (not to mention the junk email)?. Using the link below, you can now do just that which you have feared doing for so long!

http://getyourwebsitehere.com/jswb/text_to_ascii.html

That’s right, it converts whatever you want, into ASCII code, which is unreadable by spammers and bots, but still displays correctly on the page!

There are plenty of sites on the internet that will do this, and there are also many tools. I know that converting normal text and code into ASCII code is not something of a new practice, but just how many people actually know about it, or how to do it?

I’ve converted some text on this page into ASCII, can you find it?