Mapping network folders to Windows Libraries

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Say you’ve got a network share with all your music on it. Adding it to a Windows 8 library so you can access it from Windows Music seems like it’ll be simple, right? Well, not quite.

Mapping the network drive and attempting to add it gives you this error: Image

This network location can’t be included because it is not indexed. Well, that’s helpful. Continue reading

Network timeout while downloading iOS 4.0.1?

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As with last time, some people are reporting problems while trying to download the 4.0.1 iOS update for their iPhones, where their network connection is interrupted and the download cancels. It’s also painfully slow when you’re in Australia or other third world (as far as internet connections go) countries. If you’re one of these people, you can grab the direct downloads here. They’re all direct links to the Apple servers.

Downloading direct is also a lot faster, especially if you’re using a Firefox add-on called “Down Them All!” which splits downloads into multiple chunks so that instead of being restricted to a single slow download, you can run ten slow downloads concurrently – effectively making your download run ten times as fast.

Once you have the file, connect your iPhone to iTunes 9.2 and perform a backup, then hold the Shift key (Windows) or Option key (Mac) while pressing the Upgrade button and select the firmware you downloaded to begin the upgrade process, or the Restore button if you want to install fresh.

Screen Brightness on Lenovo T400

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If you’re having the problem on a T400 where you can’t change screen brightness, even after installing all the correct drivers, try the following:

Right click on the green battery on your taskbar, go to ‘Switchable Graphics’ and select ‘Energy Saving.’

You should now be able to change your screen brightness both via the function keys, and automatically via your power profiles.

 

Update: Turns out this is a bug with the original Bios which was shipped with the T400. Jump on to the Lenovo website and download the updated bios to fix it all up.

Move PuTTY settings to another computer

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As an extreme nerd, I spend a lot of time either SSH’d or telnetted in to various servers around the world. I’ve tried a lot of different clients over the years, but nothing comes close to the simplicity and effectiveness of PuTTY. It works, it works well and it’s free. These things combined means it’s always one of the first applications I install on a new Windows machine.

But there’s no config file or list of settings you can simply copy from one machine to another. So how do you take your server list with you?

Simple. Continue reading

System Shock 2 on Windows 7

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A lot of people I talk to rave on about how good Bioshock was, but they don’t seem to realise that Bioshock is the spiritual successor to two great roleplaying first person shooters – System Shock and System Shock 2.

My favourite of the two is System Shock 2 (SS2), a dark, gritty shooter with heavy roleplaying and an atmosphere you could drown a cat in.

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Iphone screenshot howto

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Taking a screenshot on your iPhone is a pretty simple affair, and doesn’t actually require a special app to make it happen.

Simply press and hold the lock button, then tap the home button. The screen will flash, a camera shutter noise will be played, and your new screenshot will be dropped in your camera roll.

Enjoy!