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How to Install Skype in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

I just got around to downloading The new LTS release from Ubuntu which is 10.04. I have to admit as a long time Gentoo Linux user I am very impressed with the speed of 10.04. There are some annoying bugs but I am working on sorting those out and I will try to post some of the results. So this morning I needed to get Skype going so i decided to whip up a quick piece on installing Skype on the newest Ubuntu.

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How to Easily Find Your Windows Product Key

I recently had a friend who wanted to find out his windows product key. his sticker had worn off his computer and he needed to reinstall Windows. There is a great tool for this called the Magical Jellybean Keyfinder. I have been using it for years and it has just been a great tool. It will not only find wour Operating System product key but it will also find the keys for all Windows based products such as Office, Visio and Project. Its a simple tool to get and use but it is a real blessing in many IT situations.

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How to Disable the Caps Lock Key via the Registry in Windows

I am always annoyed by the caps lock on a laptop. I seem to hit it about 100 times a day while typing. It is especially annoying when writing code. I decided to peek into the registry and map the key from its key number to zero which effectively disables it. After disabling it via the registry I found a .reg file online which someone made to map the caps lock key to the control key. This didn’t really interest me so I modified it to map to nothing.

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WebEx: Windows Media Player 9.0 Or Higher Is Required To Convert The File To .WMV Format

Earlier I received a webcast that a colleague of mine wanted me to review to see if a certain service would be a fit for our network. The file he sent over had a .WRF file ending which after some research I found out was a WebEx file meaning WebEx Recording Format. To play this type of file you need the WebEx .WRF Player which can be downloaded here or the files can be converted to WMV (Windows Media Format) to play in the Windows Media Player. To convert the file you have to use the WebEx Editor which allows you to open a .WRF file and export to WMV format. When I attempted to export to WMV I received an error which I describe below along with how I was able to resolve the error.

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