Technology Insights

Import Outlook Express .DBX Files Into Windows 7 Windows Live Mail

I had a client over the weekend that had a computer crash which required a new computer to be configured and old data imported. The old computer was Windows XP and the new computer was Windows 7 so one of the things to import was Outlook Express email into the new Windows 7 Windows Live Mail. The directions below will assist in importing the Outlook Express .DBX files into Windows Live Mail.

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Technology Errors

Google Spreadsheets: You can’t access this spreadsheet because it is in violation of our Terms of service

About 30 minutes ago we started having trouble accessing Google Spreadsheets that were located on Google Docs. The error displayed stated that the issue was related to something in the spreadsheet violating the Google Terms of Service but the same content has been in the document for some time. Below is an image of what the error from Google states when attempting to access the document.

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Technology Insights

System Restore disabled by Group Policy & Regedit disabled by Group Policy

I had a customers computer in the store today which was a simple windows XP home edition desktop and they wanted to restore the PC to a earlier time. This is normally a simple task however when I went to system restore I recieved the error “System Restore Disabled by Group policy”. Since this was just a normal persons desktop I found this very odd. Next I tried to edit the policy values via the registry and was greeted by another error saying ” Registry Editing has been Disabled by Group policy”. This was starting to get a little annoying so I decided to document my steps to fix this issue.  Now before I get a hundred comments with people saying there is a better way remember there is more than one way to do things and this is just my way.

Below I document the few simple steps to fix this error.

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Technology Insights

Restoring the Windows 7 Boot Loader After a Dual Boot

A few months ago I made my laptop a dual boot install with Windows & and Ubuntu 10.04. I recently remembered why I dislike dual booting and decided to remove the ubuntu partition. I never use it. When I need Linux I either boot a Virtual Machine or else I ssh to one of my many Linux servers, there is just no good reason to have a dual boot linux system for me. The laptop was booting from Grub so if I would have just deleted the Linux partitions I would have been left with a unbootable system, so I had to rebuild the Windows & boot loader first.

Below I outline my steps for doing so:

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Information Security

OCLHashcat: Multi GPU Password Cracking on Linux using Open CL

Recently some pretty major advances have come around in the world of GPU based hash cracking. Up untill now there was not much for Linux which would utilize multi GPUs to crack password hashs. This has been changed with the release of Oclhashcat. The release of oclhashcat signifies a signifigant jump in the speed on linux based GPU systems. There is also a cpu based version called hashcat but for this article I will be reviewing oclhashcat

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