Trick to Pin Programs and Applications to Taskbar and Start Menu using Powershell

Recently at work, I am trying to automate my image creation for new computers to streamline the process and make everyone’s computer more consistent. Not to mention that my workload has increased dramatically over the past 2 to 3 months. With that, part of my major issue has always been pinning apps and programs to the task bar and the start menu. This is simply for the user to have multiple options of accessing the most common programs that they use, such as email or VPN.

Searching through Google there was a lot of methods available, but 95% of them were inefficient and only worked for the current user who was running the shell.… Read More

Working with Windows Powershell 3.0 at Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Windows Powershell 3.0 IconHaving a heavy Linux background since 2010 I have been one of those users who hated Microsoft Windows “shell”. Until recently when I found an awesome free online resource to start learning Windows Powershell 3.0. Since my IT job basically focuses on Microsoft Products, I decided to give the Microsoft Virtual Academy a try as well as Powershell. The Microsoft Virtual Academy or MVA for short is an awesome free resource to learn more about Windows products. Having an explanation from the inside guys at Microsoft can help you learn how to be more productive and gain an intimate understanding of the software.… Read More

VirtualBox on Windows 7 as a Development Server

A lady clicking on a virtual graph image.Virtualization has a ton of uses in today’s programming and development world, from being able to test on many different operating systems without having to format or partition your host computer to running server setups with ease. I have recently converted over to Windows 7 from Ubuntu with the purchase of a new laptop, given how many hacks it took to get my new laptop working on Ubuntu. This had me thinking, since I really do not care for the WAMP install set, and prefer a LAMP stack for my development server, how can I get the LAMP inside of Windows 7.… Read More

Setting Up ICS in Windows XP

Recently I have found a need to setup an ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) system for personal uses. Doing so was actually really simple and so I decided to post a guide just to help anyone who is timid about setting up their own personal network with internet to be ready to take it on in full! All you will need is at least 2 computers (only 1 needs XP on it), a hub, an internet connection and a willingness to try!

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How To: Join / Combine MP3’s for Free on Windows

Recently I had a need to combine multiple MP3 files into one. Looking at the many different MP3 Joiner / combiners I found most of them to be bulky and just not what I was looking for in an MP3 Joiner / Combiner. After doing some digging into the Windows Command Line I came across a flag for a common function, "Copy" that intrigued me. After reading up on the flag of the Copy command in Windows I decided to give it a try with some tests. Where this came about was I copied some Books on CD to my harddrive a while ago (and the CD's have long since been scratched beyond fixing) so now I have about 15 files per chapter for 30 chapters. I would rather combine them into 30 MP3 files instead of the massive amount of files.

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