Script that converts static IPs to DHCP based

>Maintaining and administering Windows machines (desktops and servers of Windows make) is a time intensive and often very challenging task [Think about the last time there was a virus outbreak on your LAN machines 🙂 ]. One task which is very time consuming is the configuration of network settings on individual machines.Visiting each box to …

How to use Tata USB modem on Ubuntu

Some time back,I tried putting in Tata USB modem (also known as plug2surf or Tata SXC 1080 here in India) on my Ubuntu desktop. The configuration is pretty much straight forward that involves editing a wvdial.conf file with the supporting parameters for making the modem work. Configuration steps: 1.From Ubuntu terminal,type sudo wvdial(Note that if …

How to use set logon

Windows command prompt is like the old distant uncle you have,you dont speak much with him normally but whenever you go to him for help,help is guaranteed. Let’s take a look at a domain based scenario wherein I want to check connectivity from client system to any available domain controller. I call upon the Windows …

Using task manager in windows to spawn new shell

It is common in Windows that while working we suddenly find ourselves unable to click or do much because of “hangs” in the system. There can be many many reasons for this to happen,event viewer can help to see that.Most of the times,we restart Windows to make the frozen screen go away,however there is one …

Copying songs from ipod to PC-idump

I wanted to transfer the entire collection of songs and movies from my ipod nano to Vista laptop. Idump came to the rescue,it seamlessly copied all my stuff and also preserved the original files on ipod. To use it,download it from here. This is a nice freeware that gets the work done quickly. Method to …

Get it done,period.

Recently I came across IBM’s ad of “Stop talking,start doing”.The content being a bunch of employees laying on floor and a surprised guy drops in and asks them what they are doing.The response he gets is “We are ideating”. Corporate conditioning is addictive.Even if you do a lot of work through out the day but …

Using F7 as command history

There are many useful commands and the shortcuts to invoke them in Windows. One such widely overlooked but a sure time saver is the command history popup window from Windows command prompt. As Windows users/power users/admins,we use command prompt to varying extent and yes it does get boring to type the command that we typed …

How to use psexec – a brief overview

It is quite a familiar scenario that helpdesk/tech support/systems administration folks need to see what is there on a remote box without using a remote viewer like VNC or using RDP (Of course I am talking about Microsoft Windows family here 🙂 ). Say like the other day when I wanted to refresh group policies …

Flock of seagulls

It is funny that sometimes stuff you try to find is right in front of you where you have not looked at all. Back when I used to play GTA:Vice City a lot in 2003/2004,there was always this song I heard during the game which I wanted to download but I wasn’t fully aware of …