Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fix Incorrect Clock Settings in Windows When Dual-Booting with OS X or Linux

If you dual boot your Windows PC with OS X or Linux, you may have experienced a problem in which your clocks reset themselves incorrectly every time you boot into Windows. Here's a simple registry edit to fix that.P
Essentially, the incorrect clock setting happens because OS X and Linux use GMT time while Windows tries to synchronize with your local time zone, getting confused when you reboot between the two. Apple's own Boot Camp drivers for Windows are supposed to fix this problem, though some users have noticed that it still happens even with the drivers installed, and some Linux users are left out in the cold. Furthermore, if you have a Hackintosh, you can't install the Boot Camp drivers, so you'll need to find another way around the problem.P
To fix it, just hit Start and type regedit.exe in the search box. Hit Enter and navigate toHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation. Right click anywhere in the right pane and hit New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name itRealTimeIsUniversal, then double click on it and give it a value of 1.P
Lastly, reboot into OS X, then reboot back into Windows. You should now notice that your clock actually displays the correct time.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Switching from IDE to AHCI mode AFTER Windows 7 Installation

I am receiving a lot of emails from users who installed Windows 7 in IDE mode and then realize they need AHCI mode for faster HDD performance. Once you enable that in the BIOS during Windows 7 boot up, the OS will crash.

The common question is, is there a solve for this ?

To answer that question (and I do this safely with all Intel ICHR9/10 chipsets) there is a way to safely enable AHCI mode. Here we go:

1. Startup "Regedit
2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SYSTEM / CurrentControlset / Services
3. Open msahci 
4. In the right field left click on "start" and go to Modify 
5. In the value Data field enter "0" and click "ok"
6. exit "Regedit" 
7. Reboot PC and enter BIOS

In your BIOS change SATA Mode to AHCI from IDE.

You now boot into windows 7, the OS will recognize AHCI and install the devices. Now the system needs one more reboot and voilla .. enjoy the improved HDD performance.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Create Windows To Go on any edition of Windows 8

Create Windows To Go on any edition of Windows 8:

1. Launch an administrative level command prompt.

2. Make sure that your USB Drive is plugged in and then type in diskpart and hit Enter. 

3. List the available disks by running "list disk" and you should see your usb device.

4. Select your USB drive by typing "select disk #" and hit Enter. For example, “select disk 3”.

5. Clean the partitions on the disk by typing "clean" and hit Enter.

6. Now create the boot partition by running the following command:

create partition primary size=350

7. Now create the OS partition by running the following command to create a partition taking up all remaining space:

create partition primary

8. The boot partition needs to be formatted, configured and assigned a drive letter, run the following commands:

select partition 1
format fs=fat32 quick
assign letter=b

(if the b drive letter is already in use on your PC, substitute a different letter and replace b with your letter throughout the rest of this guide)

9. The same must be done for the OS partition, run the following different commands:

select partition 2
format fs=ntfs quick
assign letter=o

(if the o drive letter is already in use on your PC, substitute a different letter and replace o with your letter throughout the rest of this guide)

10. Exit Diskpart by typing Exit.

11. Extract the install.wim file from the \sources\ directory of the Windows 8 install ISO to c:\wim\. OnWindows 8 you can just double click an ISO to mount and then browse it. 

12. Use DISM to deploy the Windows 8 files to the OS partition of the USB device by running:

dism /apply-image /imagefile:c:\wim\install.wim /index:1 /applydir:o:\

13. The boot manager needs to be installed on the boot partition with the help of the bcdboot utility. Run the following command:

o:\windows\system32\bcdboot o:\windows /f ALL /s b:

14. Reboot your computer and test your new Windows 8 To Go device built on Windows 8. Make sure the PC is configured to boot to USB before your local hard drive.

Credit: Steve Sinchak

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Configure Squid to block HTTP request to specific web sites

This article show step to configure Squid proxy server to block client from accessing specific web address (to block URL address).  Open and edit the configuration file of Squid proxy server that usually located under /etc/squid/squid.conf..

1.  Find and edit ACCESS CONTROL part and put in the ( acl bad_url dstdomain "/etc/squid/bad-sites.squid" ) as shown in example below.

# ACCESS CONTROLS-------------------------------------- **** +++++

#acl macaddress arp 09:00:2b:23:45:67
#acl myexample dst_as 1241
#acl password proxy_auth REQUIRED
#acl fileupload req_mime_type -i ^multipart/form-data$
#acl javascript rep_mime_type -i ^application/x-javascript$
#Recommended minimum configuration:
acl all src
acl manager proto cache_object
acl localhost src
acl to_localhost dst
acl SSL_ports port 443 2083 563
acl Safe_ports port 80 # http
acl Safe_ports port 21 # ftp
acl Safe_ports port 443 2083 563 # https, snews
acl Safe_ports port 70 # gopher
acl Safe_ports port 210 # wais
acl Safe_ports port 1025-65535 # unregistered ports
acl Safe_ports port 280 # http-mgmt
acl Safe_ports port 488 # gss-http
acl Safe_ports port 591 # filemaker
acl Safe_ports port 777 # multiling http
acl FTP proto FTP
acl bad_url dstdomain "/etc/squid/bad-sites.squid"

2.  Then put the (http_access deny bad_url) on http_access part.

# TAG: http_access
# Allowing or Denying access based on defined access lists
# Access to the HTTP port:
# http_access allow|deny [!]aclname ...
# NOTE on default values:
# If there are no "access" lines present, the default is to deny
# the request.
# If none of the "access" lines cause a match, the default is the
# opposite of the last line in the list. If the last line was
# deny, the default is allow. Conversely, if the last line
# is allow, the default will be deny. For these reasons, it is a
# good idea to have an "deny all" or "allow all" entry at the end
# of your access lists to avoid potential confusion.
# http_access deny all
#Recommended minimum configuration:
# Only allow cachemgr access from localhost
http_access allow manager localhost
http_access deny manager
http_access deny bad_url

3.  Then save and exit the Squid configuration file.

4.  Create file new file called bad-sites.squid and then enter sites URI that clients not suppose to access, save and exit the file:.

[root@cempakasari ~]# cat /etc/squid/bad-sites.squid
[root@cempakasari ~]#

5.  Restart or reload the Squid proxy server to make sure the new configuration apply.

[root@linux fedora]# /sbin/service squid stop
[root@linux fedora]# /sbin/service squid start

[root@linux fedora]# /sbin/service squid reload

6.  Then point the browser URL adrress to the site that you put in the bad site list to verify the changes that you made, if nothing goes wrong you should see the ERROR page that say "The requested URL could not be retrieved".

Monday, January 28, 2013

My Experience with Lifebushido

Lifebushido is a company that offers Virtual Assistance jobs to those who looks for genuine work from home assignments. I first heard about this company from a classified website. Using the information provided with website, I applied for a job and they mail be details for further recruitment process. It was about one month and one week ago I have applied for a job. My first communication with Lifebushido started from 12/12/12. They have got a unique way of application process. I uploaded my application and resume in the given portal site, Llifebushido tied up with for managing prospective applicant's application data and other relevant information online.

After few weeks, I received a mail from Lifebushido, explaining about the application process and tasks that I need to complete to take my application process to the next level. These tasks are assigned to new applicants only, and it takes about 5 hours to complete. During the same time, I received my next mail from them that explained about Lifebushido Triangle process and its importance. I was also informed that once these tasks were completed, the applicants would be given another set of tasks and then eventually would be taken to the next level of process and Lifebushido Triangle finally.

  So far, I have completed most of the first set of tasks that have been assigned to me. I gets response on each task that I completed and they update me with details. I came to know that Lifebushido offers varieties of Virtual Assistance assignments online for people who wants to do part time work from home. I look forward a very fruitful association with this company and a rewarding career ahead. 

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