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How to Create a Hirens Boot CD Usb Thumb Drive

Occasionally I get a PC in my shop which has a broken or non working cd drive. One of the mail tools I use is a disk called Hirens Boot CD. Yes I know its considered Warez however it is by far the best collection of tools for a PC tech around so I use it all the time.  I will leave finding the actual disc up to you however once you have it you may want to create a USB drive with Hirens for situations when you dont have your cd or the cd option is unavailable.

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Google Gmail: Archive Hundreds Or Thousands Of Emails At Once From Gmail Inbox

I am a huge fan of Gmail which I use to consolidate multiple email addresses in one location so I can easily search, store, and manage tens of thousands of emails dating years back. One of the issues I run into is archiving email messages or managing more than the default screen of 25 email conversations at a time. There are two tricks that can assist you managing more than 25 messages at a time using the Gmail web interface which I explain in more detail below. It is also possible to use an email client such as Microsoft Outlook to drag and drop email messages between folders or labels as they are known within Gmail.

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Convert .WMV Files Made From .WRF/.ARF WebEx Presentations To MP4 To Sync To iTunes

We previously published an article on how to convert .WRF and .ARF files generated from WebEx presentations to .WMV format to be viewed without requiring the WebEx Player. Since many people have iPhone’s, iPod Touch’s, and use Mac’s running OSX it makes sense to follow up on that article and show how to take the .WMV files to .MP4 format so it can be synced to your iPhone or iPod Touch or simply played in QuickTime on your Macintosh computer. Follow the directions below to convert the WMV file, which was generated from a WRF/ARF file in this article, to MP4 format.

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CentOS Linux: pyrit: pckttools.py:418: UserWarning: Failed to compile BPF-filter

Pyrit was recently upgraded on a server that I use and when I logged in to run it manually from the CLI I noticed an error. The error, which is explained in more detail below, complains that the libpcap is to old. The server that this pyrit installation is installed on is CentOS 5.4. CentOS 5.X only provides libpcap version 0.9.4-14 as the latest available libpcap version in the yum repositories. At first I searched for a newer libpcap in third party repos though I was unsuccessful so I upgraded libpcap using the source. Below is more information regarding the error and how it was resolved.

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Unrooting the HTC Evo 4g (Going back to the Stock Sprint Rom)

First of I would like to say that none of these hacks and files are my own work. This stuff was done by all the amazing phone developers over at XDA Developers. I am am simply writing a few posts on rooting the HTC Evo since most of the information was all spread out over the forums and I had a hard time gathering it all together in a organized manner.

As you may have guessed rooting your Evo voids the warranty.  If you have to have your phone serviced for any reason you will need to get back to a stock rom.

There are two ways to do this which I will outline below:

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