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/misc | May 30, 2012

Creating email forwarders to external addresses in Google Apps (Free) #

In this example, tinyapps.org email is hosted on Google Apps (Free), john@tinyapps.org is the forwarder we want to create, and john@example.com is where we want the mail delivered.
  1. Login to Google Apps Domain Management as admin
  2. Click "Groups"
  3. Click "Create a new group"
  4. Enter "john" for Group name
  5. Enter "john" for Group email address
  6. Enter description if desired
  7. Under "Access level", check "Team" and "Also allow anyone on the Internet to post messages"
  8. Click "Create new group"
  9. Under "Add new members" type john@example.com
  10. Click "Add"
See also: Auto Forward inbound emails to external address

/misc | May 29, 2012

Uncover third-party cruft in OS X #

In addition to hardware and OS specs, Consultant's Canary lists all Login Items, Overly Privileged Processes, and Foreign System Augmentations (including: Address Book Plug-Ins, Automator Actions, Color Pickers, Frameworks, Internet/Safari Plug-Ins, Kernel Extensions, Launchd Jobs, PDF Services, System Preferences Plug-Ins, Safari Extensions, Screen Savers, Scripting Additions, Cocoa Application Services, Spotlight Metadata Importers, and Startup Items). (via OS X Daily)

/mac | May 22, 2012

Windows credentials dumper #

Quarks PwDump is an open source tool that dumps local and domain account hashes, cached domain credentials, and BitLocker recovery information. Requires administrative privileges; currently only runs on live systems, though offline support is planned. (via What's My Pass?)

/windows | May 22, 2012

Command line apps #

/nix | May 22, 2012

Detailed info on OS X processes #

Upload a list of your running processes (ps -A > log.txt) for an instant custom report or check out the entire list of known processes. Like Neuber Software's Windows process and task list, user comments can be added to process listings as well.

/mac | May 12, 2012

"Could not reconnect all network drives" #

is an all-too-common startup error in Windows. I used to work around it with a simple batch file:
   REM delay execution for 10 seconds (wait for networking to load)
   REM see http://www.robvanderwoude.com/wait.php#PING for more info
   ping -n 11 >NUL 
   REM disconnect all existing mapped drives
   net use * /delete /yes
   REM map x: drive to \\server\share
   net use x: \\server\share
saved to the All Users Startup folder as map_x.bat or what have you (it can also be launched via Task Scheduler).

Recently, I've taken to using the "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon" policy instead:

Enable it here:

gpedit.msc > Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon > Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon

If your Windows version does not include Group Policy Editor, use regedit to create or edit the following value name:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\SyncForegroundPolicy

and set the value data to 1:


Speaking of the Windows Registry, sometimes it's not clear if a path is referencing a key or a value name, as Jerry Honeycutt points out in his Microsoft Windows Registry Guide:
When looking at a key's fully qualified path, you have to figure out whether the path includes a value or not. Usually, the text is clear about whether the path is to a key or includes a value, but sometimes it isn't. For example, does HKCR\txtfile\EditFlags refer to a key or a value? In this case, it refers to a value, and I prefer to use explicit language, such as "the value HKCR\txtfile\EditFlags," to make the reference clear. Sometimes, paths that don't include a value name end with a backslash (\). If there is no backslash, pay particular attention to the context to make sure you know whether the path is just a key or includes a value. Sometimes a bit of common sense is all you need.

/windows | May 11, 2012

Fix Word 2010 line spacing #

Home > Styles > Change Styles > Style Set > Word 2003 > Change Styles > Set as Default

/windows | May 11, 2012

Minimal Windows XP installs #

Remember Micro95 (Windows 95 in 4.47MB) and nano98 (Windows 98 in 4.38MB)? reboot.pro hosts two similar projects for Windows XP: XPSP1 with full commandline and NTFS below 10 MB and MiniXP.

/windows | May 08, 2012

On Value #

I was guided by an implicit faith in God's goodness: and therefore led to the study of the most obvious and common things. For thus I thought within myself God being, as we generally believe, infinite in goodness, it is most consonant and agreeable with His nature, that the best things should be most common. For nothing is more natural to infinite goodness, than to make the best things most frequent; and only things worthless scarce. Then I began to enquire what things were most common: Air, Light, Heaven and Earth, Water, the Sun, Trees, Men and Women, Cities, Temples, &c. These I found common and obvious to all: Rubies, Pearls, Diamonds, Gold and Silver, these I found scarce, and to the most denied. Then began I to consider and compare the value of them which I measured by their serviceableness, and by the excellencies which would be found in them, should they be taken away. And in conclusion, I saw clearly, that there was a real valuableness in all the common things; in the scarce, a feigned.
-- Thomas Traherne

/misc | May 07, 2012

"As useless as a chocolate teapot" #

How accurate is the metaphor? A crack team of seven scientists sallied forth to find out. tl;dr: "Total loss of H2O containment", as evidenced below:

chocolate teapot

/misc | May 05, 2012

Recover Photo Stream photos from iOS device #

Photo Stream photos are: Enabling Photo Stream in iPhoto 11 or in iCloud Control Panel for Windows allows the photos to be downloaded permanently onto a Mac or PC, but photos older than 30 days will not be available through iCloud.

Photo Stream photos from an iOS device can be copied to a Mac or PC via the free and cross-platform iExplorer:


(Relatedly, Photo Stream photos can be permanently saved to Camera Rolls or Albums within iOS by pressing the Action button, selecting the desired photos (multiple select with two finger drag), and tapping "Save".)

/mac | May 03, 2012

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