9/18/2005

Tip: Save Windows Activation Files Before Reinstall

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Like any windows machine at some point you’ll need to format your hard drive and reinstall Windows XP. If you didn’t prepare for that you’ll need to reactivate your Windows XP.

Now if you do not want all the hassle of reactivation you can save your old activation files and use them in your clean system (as long as you didn’t make any hardware changes).

Follow these steps.

Backup your activation files:

1. Open Windows explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\System32
2. Copy the files Wpa.dbl and Wpa.bak to another media floppy, CD-R or another hard drive (if you have more than one installed)

Now you can reformat your drive and reinstall Windows XP.

At the end of the installation, when Windows asks you to activate your product, decline and do not activate.

Restore your activation files

1. Restart your system, and as your system boots up press F8 to access the boot options (Windows Advanced Options)
2. From the menu options select to start Windows in safe mode (minimal)
3. After Windows loads in safe mode, open Windows explorer and navigate back to C:\Windows\System32
4. If you find the files Wpa.dbl and Wpa.bak in this folder, rename the files to something like Wpa.dbl.backup and Wps.bak.backup
5. Copy your original Wpa.dbl and Wpa.bak from the CD or floppy back to C:\Windows\System32
6. Restart Windows

You should now have a clean and activated Windows XP

Database Seeks to Lower Firefighter Deaths

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

It’s a scene that plays out in firehouses every day: Firefighters return from a blaze or rescue call and talk about a close call that could have injured or killed someone. The International Association of Fire Chiefs wants firefighters nationwide to learn from such stories through the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System.

The national database went online last month after the completion of a pilot program involving 38 fire departments across the country. The Web site lets firefighters report such incidents anonymously and without fear of punishment.

Source: AP

Get A Disposable Email Box

Filed under: — Galit

Mailinator is about saving you from spam. In our internet world, you often need an email address NOW. Signing up for an email service takes time - that’s probably ok for most emailing, but every now and then you need a quick email address for just signing up to read an online magazine, or to register to some site. After that you don’t care what happens to it. Given that such disposable email is ready at your disposal, you can avoid giving out your real email address when you are afraid of getting spammed. Instead, make up any address @mailinator.com on the spot and go check it later.

Mailinator is a service that gives you free, disposable email anytime, anywhere. No need to ever sign up. Send first - come to the site later. Mailboxes are created when email arrives for them.

How is Mailinator different than some other webemail? Say, Yahoo or Hotmail?
The differences are easy to list. Generally speaking however, anything you can do with Mailinator, you can do with some other email service. In fact, you can do more with other services since they allow you to actually send email (Mailinator only receives).
The differences are:

  • Mailinator requires no sign-up. To create an account, you send email to it.
  • You cannot send email from Mailinator.
  • Your Mailinator email inbox can be read by anyone. There is no security here. If they know (or guess) your email address, they can read your mail.
  • You cannot delete your email here (you can’t reply either), after a few hours, all email is auto-deleted.
  • Mailinator has strict rules about what kind of email it receives. Plain text is best, html is filtered. Images, attachments, and fancy stuff is simply stripped away.

So next time you need a bogus and expandable mail box just make up any address @mailinator.com and you are set to go. Later, come to the site and check that account.

Visit: http://www.mailinator.com/

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