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Mike’s Guide to the Galaxy S3 A...

Mike’s Guide to the Galaxy S3 Alpha
I found myself recently in a position to switch from Sprint to another carrier.  I eventually settled on Black Wireless, which uses the AT&T network.  AT&T has much better coverage in my area than Sprint did.  With Sprint, I lost coverage half way home from work and had to have an AirRave device in my house just to make [...]

Connect Windows Live Writer to Blogge...

Connect Windows Live Writer to Blogger
The default settings in Microsoft Windows Live Writer don’t work with Google Blogger.  Fortunately, this is relatively easy to correct.  The following steps will get your Blogger account setup in Windows Live Writer. First, go to the menu and select Options. The options window will appear: Click Accounts.  Then click th [...]

Enable F12 in Internet Explorer for D...

Enable F12 in Internet Explorer for Dell iDRAC
By default, pressing the F12 key in Internet Explorer displays the developer tools bar at the bottom of the Internet Explorer window. If the user is an administrator who needs to access the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) to work with physical servers, this can be a problem as the BIOS on the servers is configured to use F12 [...]

Free Repackaging Tool: CapaSystems ez...

Free Repackaging Tool: CapaSystems ezMSI 3.6
There are a number of application repackaging tools on the market. You may have worked with one of them, such as Flexera AdminStudio, the now-defunct Symantec Wise Package Studio, or any of a number of others. All of them have strengths and weaknesses, and nearly all of them cost money. CapaSystems is a Scandinavian software development house [...]

How to Fix iPod Touch Update Errors

How to Fix iPod Touch Update Errors
While updating my fourth-generation iPod Touch to iOS 6.1, I encountered a problem. The iTunes software generated an error that prevented the update from happening. The iPod was left in the “Connect to iTunes” mode. I tried restarting the PC and reconnecting the iPod, but iTunes still did not recognize it.  After a number of false starts [...]

How to Install Applications Silently

How to Install Applications Silently
What is Silent Installation? Application Repackagers often receive installers that are delivered by the vendor as an executable program, typically with a name like “Setup.exe”.  These installers can be clicked through manually by an administrator to install the software.  However, busy administrators don’t have time to spend r [...]

InstallShield for Administrators&ndas...

InstallShield for Administrators–Part 9
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the challenges an InstallShield based installer presents administrators. In Part 2, we described ways to identify that a given installer is based on the InstallShield technology. In Part 3, we discussed how to determine what is going on inside the installer, to help you figure out how to construct a comm [...]

InstallShield for Administrators&ndas...

InstallShield for Administrators–Part 8
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the challenges an InstallShield based installer presents administrators. In Part 2, we described ways to identify that a given installer is based on the InstallShield technology. In Part 3, we discussed how to determine what is going on inside the installer, to help you figure out how to construct a comm [...]

InstallShield for Administrators&ndas...

InstallShield for Administrators–Part 7
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the challenges an InstallShield based installer presents administrators. In Part 2, we described ways to identify that a given installer is based on the InstallShield technology. In Part 3, we discussed how to determine what is going on inside the installer, to help you figure out how to construct a comm [...]

InstallShield for Administrators&ndas...

InstallShield for Administrators–Part 6
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the challenges an InstallShield based installer presents administrators. In Part 2, we described ways to identify that a given installer is based on the InstallShield technology. In Part 3, we discussed how to determine what is going on inside the installer, to help you figure out how to construct a comm [...]

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