Max getting stuck in

This photo is from a Tewkesbury Tigers under nines game against Cinderford Rugby club 25/10/2009

Unread mail folder in Outlook 2003

Outlook 2003 – Lost Unread Mail Folder

In Outlook 2003, on the left-hand side at the top there is ‘Mail, Favourite
Folders’. It contains a number of ‘shortcuts’ – it is possible to accidentally
delete and lose these.


Development Funding

I have been looking at getting some finance or funding sorted out to launch a new development, I have an idea for. I have been speaking to a firm who specialise in funding business start ups, there website is

Once Funding4U have secured a funding provider, they then monitor your case throughout the lending process to ensure that you are kept fully informed of its progress.

Because their coverage is national, they can get a qualified associate to a meeting, if required, within 24 hours of contact with their office.

VMware Server on Centos

VMware server installation on CentOS:

1. Log in the server as ‘root’. It’s not best practice but for now it’s easier.

2. Run all the software updates and reboot, you’ll be prompted about them in the upper right corner. It’ll take a while. If you’re not on dhcp you’ll have to set up your networking to work under ‘System | Administration | Network’ before updates will work.


Install Webmin on Centos

1. Go to the Webmin Download page and note the download link for Centos. Currently its

2 .Login via SSH to your server.

3. At the SSH prompt type: yum -y install perl-Net-SSLeay

4. use wget to obtain the webmin package for Centos that you got the link for in the first step. Using the URL above, we’d type: wget

5. When the file is finished downloading it will print what it is saved as on your server. For example you should see the line: webmin-1.450-1.noarch.rpm saved All we need do now is RPM the package. Type (substituting the name of your saved webmin package for ‘webmin-1.450-1.noarch.rpm’) : rpm -i webmin-1.450-1.noarch.rpm You can now simply login in at https://YOUR-I.P.:10000

Changing your hosts file in Vista

hosts file 

By default, if you try to modify your hosts file in Vista, it will not let you save it.  It tells you that you don’t have permission.  To successfully modify the hosts file, run notepad.exe as an administrator and open the file (more…)

Anti-Virus scanning exclusions should be considered for systems and servers

Will’s Note: I am not the orginal author.  I have updated some of the info:file scanning exceptions for your Anti-Virus software where applicable:

Consider the following 

NOTE: the %systemroot% variable will not work as an exclusion for some OSs.  So make sure to spell out full path in your exclusion files (GPO or via AntiVirus Server)

1.) %systemroot%\System32\Spool (and all the sub-folders and files) 


NOTE: The %systemroot% is normally the C:\WINDOWS or C:\WINNT directory depending on your OS. 

NOTE: If you exclude the SMS\Inboxes directory from virus scanning or remove the antivirus software, you may make the site server and all clients vulnerable to potential virus risks. The client base component files reside in the SMS\Inboxes directory. 

9.) If you have a MOM (Microsoft Operations Manager) Server, you consider excluding:
a.) Drive:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft Operations Manager
b.) Drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (where Drive: is the drive letter where profiles are located) (more…)

Windows XP File Association fixes

I have found a great site if you are having trouble with file extensions.

The files listed here are all ZIP files, which contain a REG (Registry) file. Download the ZIP and open it.  Extract the REG file to your hard disk and double click it.  Answer yes to the import prompt.  REG files can be viewed in Notepad.  Each of the REG files contains the default settings for the file extension indicated.  For the ZIP file fix, the download is a REG file, since ZIP’s aren’t working anyway!

Time Keeping in Linux

Setting System Time
To set the system clock under Linux, use the date command. As an example, to set the current time and date to July 31, 11:16pm, type “date 07312316” (note that the time is given in 24 hour notation). If you wanted to change the year as well, you could type “date 073123161998”. To set the seconds as well, type “date 07312316.30” or “date 073123161998.30”. To see what Linux thinks the current local time is, run date with no arguments.

Setting Hardware Time (HWCLOCK)
To set the hardware clock, my favourite way is to set the system clock first, and then set the hardware clock to the current system clock by typing “/sbin/hwclock --systohc” (or “/sbin/hwclock --systohc --utc” if you are keeping the hardware clock in UTC). To see what the hardware clock is currently set to, run hwclock with no arguments.

Trouble Shoot Network connections in XP

1) Do a TCPIP fix first
TCPIP fixes reset NIC and TCPIP

What I like to do on any network problem….Is to reset it ALL….

netsh int ip reset reset.log
netsh firewall reset
netsh winsock reset

Then remove ALL NIC’s from the device manager..
In the Device Manager, select View>Show Hidden Devices

(If the Show Hidden devices is not presetn, do the following command from a command prompt..)

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

More information on that command here….
Device Manager does not display devices that are not connected to the Windows XP-based computer

Go back to Network Adapters, and make sure your adapters are all gone, including any older ones. (there will be several ‘ miniport’ devices that are not able to be uninstalled….)
Once they are all gone, reboot and let Windows reinstall them…

Thats a total rebuild of your network connections, to hopefully correct any problems with Basic connectivity.

2) If that does not fix it then do a

SFC /scannow from a DOS box

3) Try using a new windows User profile.

4) If that does not work, I would do a repair install