Why Does My Password Expire in Windows?

A reader on the forum asked yesterday why his password kept expiring on his Windows Vista installation, so here’s the answer for everybody: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate all have a built-in feature to allow user accounts to have a password expiration.

Finding RSS Subscriber Counts Through Apache Logs

If you’ve declined to use a service like FeedBurner to handle your RSS feeds, you might wonder how many subscribers you actually have. This also works well for finding subscriber counts to specific categories or comment posts on your site, which you typically wouldn’t run through FeedBurner.

Linux Tip: How to Tell if Your Processor Supports VT

Virtualization Technology (VT) is a set of enhancements to newer processors that improve performance for running a virtual machine by offloading some of the work to the new cpu extensions. Both AMD and Intel have processors that support this technology, but how do you tell if your system can handle it?

Easily Restore Your Computer With File and Settings Transfer Wizard XP (Part 1)

After reformatting your computer’s hard drive and doing clean install of Windows XP, using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard utility built into XP makes the process easy.  Also, if you have purchased a new computer you can transfer your files and settings to the new machine.  In Part 1 I will go through saving your files and settings from your old machine.

Automate Windows Functions with Scheduled Tasks

The Scheduled Tasks feature of XP and Vista often seems to be overlooked.  This is a great tool to use for Automating Maintenance tasks for the OS.  There are a lot of things you can do with this handy utility.  In the following shots I demonstrate scheduling a Disk Cleanup in Windows XP.  Later this week I will feature the extra settings and features included in Task Scheduler in Vista.

Use dBpoweramp to Convert Audio Files

dBpoweramp is my favorite music file conversion utilities.  You can convert virtually every known audio file type.  Staying in the theme of home recording, this utility is essential.  When you originally record your music it is in WAV format.  As you can guess these files grow extremely large quickly.  Using dBpoweramp allows you to convert your musical creations to compressed mp3 files.  You get a 30 day free trial so nothing to lose there.  It is not often I recommend “pay for” software but this is definitely worth it!

Disable Win+X Shortcut Keys on Windows 7 or Vista

Windows 7 and Vista have all the same Windows+X shortcut keys as other versions of Windows, such as Win+E for explorer and Win+D for the desktop, but adds in all of the Win+<num> keys to launch the shortcuts in the Vista Quick Launch menu (or switch to apps in Windows 7), as well as Win+X for mobility center, etc. But what if you want to disable all these extra keys?

Quick Tip: Firefox Ctrl+Tab Popup Menu Switcher

The Tab Mix Plus extension has a gem of a feature buried deep within the settings: The ability to turn the Ctrl+Tab key from a direct tab switch into a popup menu that works similarly to the Windows Alt+Tab feature. It’ll pop up a tiny dialog window that gives you a list of your tabs, and then on release of the keys will switch to that tab.

Classic VST Plugins For Home Recording

Since I am a guitarist and love computer technology, it would not be right if I did not include some articles on home recording.  I am by no means an expert in this area.  Music is a hobby for me and I learn from others experiences and good old fashion trial and error.