Labor Day Tips

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I found several things I wanted to note down today.

First, which I perhaps should have known is how to turn off the crappy Windows Simple File Sharing. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to actually find it. Coming from a network admin role I always found it quite annoying when I tried to take ownership of a folder or simply setup sharing of a folder without Microsoft forcibly holding my hand.

This will help me tone down my frustration somewhat with Windows Hand Holding…

To Turn off Windows Simple File Sharing, simply follow these steps;

  1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
  3. Click the View tab.
  4. In the Advanced Settings* section, click to clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box.
  5. Click OK.

*You should note that in my version of Windows XP Pro that I used this on, there was NO Advanced Settings, I just scrolled down the bottom and it was right there.

The second thing I wanted to write down before I forget is a list of useful Apps I’ve found over the last few weeks;

  • TrueCrypt – a great Encryption tool for making disk images that you can mount when you need them. Works with Windows and Mac.
  • Eraser – Simple file “shredding” tool – seems to be quite good but I’m still fleshing it out.
  • FileZilla – awesome FTP utility that works with Windows and Mac.
  • VLC – wonderful video playing tool for Mac. (and Windows) Includes all the decoders you should need unless you’re heavily into alternatives…
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2 Responses to “Labor Day Tips”

  1. Mat Says:

    Worth noting, Filezilla is a great free ftp client but it also has a free server version so you can run a ftp server on xp with out needing iis.

    For video i have gone old school and use media player classic.
    http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Media_Player_Classic.htm

    Media Player Classic looks just like Windows Media Player 6.4, but has many additional features. It has a built in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support (requires QuickTime and/or Real Player); built-in MPEG2/SVCD/DVD codec.

  2. Dan Says:

    Oh that’s true – media player classic is a fantastic app. I’m surprised I forgot about that one. Thanks for the reminder 🙂 I don’t *think* they have a mac version but I should check before I go saying these things.
    I used to use C. M. P. all the time on my windows laptop.

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