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Mount USB drives as read-only in Windows #

via a quick registry edit (no reboot required - tested in XP SP2, 7 SP1, and 8.1). Simply save the following text as an .reg file and double click to merge:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies]
"WriteProtect"=dword:00000001
To restore mounting removable disks as read-write, just change "00000001" to "00000000", resave the file, and double click to merge. Not as sound as a hardware write blocker like the Forensic UltraDock, but might come in handy for less sensitive work.

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/windows | Feb 17, 2015

Tiny freeware apps from Sector Seven #

Jonathan Gallant kindly informs us of Sector Seven's tiny freeware offerings:

/windows | Dec 23, 2014

Batch encrypt existing ZIP files #

zipcloak encrypts all unencrypted entries in a ZIP file, but it does not support wildcards in filenames (e.g., *.zip) for batch processing, nor does it allow passing the password in an argument; one must enter and reenter the password manually:
C:\>zipcloak.exe foo.zip
Enter password:
Verify password:
encrypting: baz.txt
encrypting: bar.txt
or jury-rig something like expect.

Happily, T. Furukawa crafted a patch for zipcloak that adds a password option, so batch processing is much easier:
C:\>for %f in (*.zip) do zipcloak -p password %f
Download the patch and/or binary from the above link or this local cache.

Batch password-protecting existing ZIP files can also be done with WinRAR (Select ZIP files > Tools > Convert archives > Compression... > Set password...) or PeaZip (Select ZIP files > Convert > Enter password / keyfile (optionally set algorithm to ZipCrypto under the Advanced tab for compatibility with Windows' built-in ZIP handling)). Note that filenames within ZIP archives are not encrypted; see Filenames display without entering the password when an encrypted Zip file is opened for more information and a workaround. Further note that the encryption algorithm used by zipcloak and ZipCrypto is very weak.

/windows | Nov 22, 2014

Find and optionally rename very long file names and paths #

Green Award Cut Long Names 1.9 [322k] + Find and optionally shorten / rename filepaths exceeding 255, 260, or any number of characters. Screenshot

/windows | Nov 15, 2014

Download emcopy.exe directly from EMC (rather than some random FTP site) #

I just learned about emcopy.exe, a file copy utility from EMC similar (and superior in some ways) to xcopy, robocopy, xxcopy, etc. Finding and downloading it is not as straightforward as it should be; here's what worked for me:
  1. Signup for a free account at https://support.emc.com.
  2. Click link in activation email to complete signup process and then sign in.
  3. (Before continuing to step 4, I clicked "Download Center Registration" on the https://support.emc.com/downloads page and registered; not sure if that was required, as the form output was rather ambiguous.)
  4. The direct download link for the archive containing emcopy.exe (https://download.emc.com/downloads/DL32449_CIFS-Tools.zip.zip (yes, there are two .zip file extensions), which I originally found mentioned here, did not initially work for me even after signing in (though a bit later it did start working - not sure if this had anything to do with the Download Center Registration). I had to go to https://support.emc.com/downloads/82_Celerra, click the Title column, search the page for "CIFS Tools.zip", and click the link there to download (MD5: c5e480a84e6dd7d8d3b2f2186a549d0c | October 30, 2013 | 8.5 MB).
  5. Once unzipped, you'll find 32 and 64 bit versions of emcopy.exe 04.14 in disk3/apps_7.1.72.1/CifsTools/emcopy/nt/ as well as a readme.txt file in the directory just above.

/windows | Oct 26, 2014

Ad Muncher #

Great story from developer Murray Hurps: Ad Muncher's 15 Year History. Here are a few excerpts:
"I loved low-level code, doing a lot of x86 assembly coding on a 386DX-40. When Windows 95 came along, I stayed at the low level and loved finding ways to do novel things on the new platform ... Our first installer was 29kb in size, which included the filter list ... Popups started to become more common around this time (X10's popunder ads were a notable source of complaints from users, wonder why?), so I implemented a rudimentary JavaScript processor, which traced script execution paths and tried to determine which paths to popup functions were automatic (bad popups) and which needed user input (good ones). Ad Muncher was still 100% x86 assembly at this point."

After 15 years as shareware, Murray is generously releasing Ad Muncher for free.

/windows | Oct 19, 2014

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter adds P2V support #

Microsoft® Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) 3.0 is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V® hosts and Windows Azure™ or alternatively convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 or above server operating systems or Windows Vista or above client operating systems to a virtual machine running on Hyper-V host.

(via The Deployment Bunny)

/windows | Oct 15, 2014

Blocking BadUSB #

USB KEYBOARD GUARD from G DATA attempts to block BadUSB attacks by requiring users to approve newly-detected USB keyboards.

(via Robert Penz, who also points to Christian Vogel's Linux instructions for blocking BadUSB)

UPDATE: Claus Valca has more information on BadUSB and USB KEYBOARD GUARD.

/windows | Oct 12, 2014

VirtualObjectives #

offers a number of free utilities, including:

/windows | Oct 05, 2014

Windows 10 Technical Preview #

Windows 10 Technical Preview ISOs are out. A few thoughts (billg: I carp because I care):
  1. Setup screens during install are the same as those from Windows 8
  2. Same annoying "Sign in to your Microsoft account" after install with no apparent way to bypass. As before, disconnecting from the network, clicking the back arrow, then clicking next allows creation of a local account instead. Microsoft: Please fix this - give users an obvious way to avoid having to setup or sign in to yet another online account (as OS X does).
  3. Strange popup (for feedback, I suppose): "How hard was it to use Start?" Seriously? How hard was it to add Start?
  4. The power button ("Power Options") is now at the top of the Start menu - please put it back at the bottom where it belongs.
  5. Put all of the "Windows Store apps" in a folder instead of having to scroll endlessly through them. And while you're at it, please re-add the ability to easily create, delete, and rename folders on the Start menu (the only options from the context menu are "Expand" or "Collapse").

So far, as near as I can tell, Windows 10 is basically Windows 8.1 with a garish Start menu; calling it 8.2 or even 8.1.1 would seem closer to the truth.

Updates:

/windows | Oct 01, 2014


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