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Pooched Your Own Computer System ?


Have you ever decided (or been forced) to reinstall Windows (any flavor) and left over were dead folders or files that you either wanted to delete but could not or worse, folders you needed to open but could not because you did not have the correct access on your own computer. This is not so uncommon when moving from an old Operating System (OS) to a new one. There is a secret magic world called  permissions and ownerships, where files have ‘attributes’ that allow or forbid you doing anything to your own files or folders (like opening them or deleting them) There are some common tricks (just change permissions), or less common tricks (go into an old dos command prompt and change settings manually), or into safe mode and change ownerships there.

But unfortunately there may be a time (I had it recently) where your computer is so pooched that taking ownership even in safe mode or via the normal means just does not work. There is a hierarchy that can go on a bit but if it fails this little trick can save you hours (days before I found it) and only takes 2 seconds (so sad). It effectively changes your registry (and can change it back if you want) and it allows a simple ‘take ownership’ click to give you back your rights.


Warning : ! !

I would be remiss if I did not mention the obvious that windows will often put up a fight to protect you from yourself. That is it can save you by having permissions on your folders and files so you can not kill your system too easily. This hack says you know better and sometimes you do other times you might not. Deleting tithe wrong file or folder that you need on your system is not a good thing, and can spoil your day faster then having Sarah Palin call you a golly good friend.


The Fix Itself

This is a small zipped file comprising two small 1kb (.reg) registry files. Click on InstallTakeOwnership.reg to activate, and deactivate to turn it off if you choose. It adds a ‘take ownership’  option to your list of commands  when you right click any file or folder tweak to   If you are curious or want to save time hunting the file ‘’  in google (or bling) open a new text document copy enter the text below change the .txt filename to takeownership.reg save it click on it and you are done. Amazing registry tweak.

This fixed (gave access) to my outlook files as well as my old windows folder.
a real lifesaver.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="Take Ownership"

@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"

@="Take Ownership"

@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"


Tidbit by Loren Paul Wiener

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September 2010

Why Google Instant ? ; Why Seams Obvious

Posted: September 16, 2010 in Blog Life, Google

Google Instant

I heard and read quite a bit recently with folks querying why Google has introduced Google ‘Instant Searching’ recently. To me this seems obvious on a few fronts, but I have not seen any mention of the most obvious reason. One well respective journalist/media papa-san (the great Leo Laporte), and Revision 3 HD guru Robert Heron, touched on it when he suggested that a company that has grown upward of 25% annually cannot do it forever, so has to be seen to do something new to make the shareholders/investors happy, and in Roberts case to make better searchers for the non google experts out there.

Something Borrowed Something New

Years ago when the Internet was new I had new online pioneers such as a large grocery store chain (now with a separate ISP business) and the largest banks in the UK ask me the same question; how much bandwidth do I need to buy and therefore supply my online customers for this new thing called the Internet, for them to have online access to my site. That was the late 1990’s, before the cloud was what we have today, where the word ‘Internet’ was new and the phrase ‘online customer’ was not used yet. The Internet bandwidth world has evolved, but my answer to them I think is not too different today when looking at the obvious Google motivation (cost savings)

Then a 64k dedicated (copper) internet connection was around $ 10,000 USD per month in the UK (fibre did not kick in until 2mb and above). My answer to these companies (and a question back to them) was simple, do you want them to stay online or do their business and get off. For the grocery store chain, they wanted folks to place orders and get off, for the bank, staying online perhaps meant looking at new services they offered so a better experience was better for them. The common measurement of the day was a 56k modem, so depending on how many customers you expected you would need to do the maths a good experience for an online customer was a 56k speed (the fastest anyone could reach you) or 28k for an average experience. The end result was actually surprisingly accurate and working for one of the largest Telco’s in the world I was viewed as a hero just to be able to offer a simple view of it all.

Tell Me Why?

Jump forward to Google instant, and I think you can see where this is going. 64k of bandwidth in an in house server has been replaced in Google’s case with over a million servers globally, in data centres around the world with huge bandwidth and search requests in the billions a day and at least 40 petabytes of data daily. The question remains the same does Google want people to stay online or get off. The answer might be both, but they likely want people to stay online (exposed to ads perhaps) but better if the searches are for the right item and the right ads. That is for every wrong Google, a user requests it is not far-fetched to see this is costing Google time and money. Speed up the search request and the savings would be huge.

Dumb as a Fox

Of course if Google was evil, then you could say that offering the wrong items in the search (also easy with Google instant) could expose users to many more wrong ads, and cost Google advertisers more money (offering them more fake hits) and making Google more money. Either way it seems Google wins, not so unexpected.

Story by MrInternet


Ping and iTunes 10 is a Bit Pongy

Following the announcement by the keeper of unicorn tears at Apple (Steve Jobs of course) , of the ‘new’ iTunes 10 and especially Ping! all seemed good.  Perhaps this would be a shot across the bow to facebook, perhaps a complete (and needed) re-write of iTunes that would finally play well with Windows.

Unfortunately, on digging a bit below the surface, old and new flaws appear, and nothing  good. iTunes 10 and Windows still do not play well together, and this shows up especially if you have lots of content (iPhone, iPad) with lots of  none purchased  iTunes music, podcasts, apps etc. Some say this is because QuickTime for windows is 3 generations behind (doesn’t help), others say it is just that Apple and Microsoft hate each other. Well with iTunes 10 being launched last week this was a great opportunity for all things to be fixed. It did not happen.

Ping Me, Ping This

The other problem especially with Ping, is that it only works (barely so far), is if your music collection exists only in iTunes purchases. Being outside the US, and between late launches, and publishing issues and the fact a lot of my music collection pre-dates iTunes.  I never, ever got in the habit  of purchasing music on iTunes.  Even if I changed that today. Some of my favorite music is still not in iTunes, including  many some folks do not have period or would want (Beatles live in Melbourne Australia 1964 is a good example). I cannot be alone with that surely.

The Ping Email from Apple

Welcome to Ping. As you get started, here are some tips on how to get the most out of Ping:
Finding People to Follow
Ping makes it easy to find and follow your favorite artists and friends. In iTunes on your Mac or PC, select Ping and click Featured Artists or Featured People to find new or noteworthy Ping members. If you know someone already on Ping, you can search for them by name from the Ping home page. You can even check to see which of your Facebook friends also use Ping by connecting Ping to Facebook when editing your profile.
Your Recent Activity
The Ping home page makes it easy to see recent activity and popular songs from the people you follow. To see what a specific person has been up to, just click on their name. If you find something you like in iTunes, you can tell everyone that follows you by clicking “Like.” You can also recommend a song, album, or a person’s activity – and add your own comment – by pressing Post. And remember, you can always remove any activity you create by clicking Remove from your Profile page.
Purchases and Reviews
Ping automatically tells anyone that follows you whenever you purchase new music or write a review for an album. You’ll also see which of your friends have purchased a song or written a review right from the album page on the iTunes Store.
Going to Concerts
Whenever you follow an artist, Ping will automatically recommend upcoming concerts from that artist and even tell you which of your friends are also going. To see upcoming concerts for a given artist, click Concerts from their artist page in the iTunes Store.
These are just a few of the great new features of Ping. We’re excited to have you participate in a worldwide conversation with the world’s most passionate music fans.
The iTunes Store Team
iTunes Store

Twitter Gets Twitchy

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Misc Tech
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From Twitter 1 minute ago

Hi @mr_internet,

Over the coming weeks, we will be making two important updates that will
impact how you interact with Twitter applications. We are sending this notice
to all Twitter users to make sure you are aware of these changes.

What are applications?

There are over 250,000 applications built using the Twitter API. To use most
applications, you first authorize the application to access your Twitter
account, after which you can use it to read and post Tweets, discover new
users and more. Applications come in many varieties, including desktop
applications like TweetDeck ( ), Seesmic ( ), or EchoFon ( ), websites such
as TweetMeme ( ), fflick ( ), or
Topsy ( ), or mobile applications such as Twitter for iPhone
( ), Twitter for Blackberry
( ), or Foursquare (

Update 1: New authorization rules for applications

Starting August 31, all applications will be required to use “OAuth” to access
your Twitter account.

What’s OAuth?
* OAuth is a technology that enables applications to access Twitter on your
* behalf with your approval without asking you directly for your password.
* Desktop and mobile applications may still ask for your password once, but
* after that request, they are required to use OAuth in order to access your
* timeline or allow you to tweet.

What does this mean for me?
* Applications are no longer allowed to store your password.
* If you change your password, the applications will continue to work.
* Some applications you have been using may require you to reauthorize them or
* may stop functioning at the time of this change.
* All applications you have authorized will be listed at
* You can revoke access to any application at any time from the list.

Update 2: URL wrapping

In the coming weeks, we will be expanding the roll-out of our link wrapping
service ( ), which wraps links in Tweets with a new, simplified
link. Wrapped links are displayed in a way that is easier to read, with the
actual domain and part of the URL showing, so that you know what you are
clicking on. When you click on a wrapped link, your request will pass through
the Twitter service to check if the destination site is known to contain
malware, and we then will forward you on to the destination URL. All of that
should happen in an instant.

You will start seeing these links on certain accounts that have opted-in to
the service; we expect to roll this out to all users by the end of the year.
When this happens, all links shared on or third-party apps will be
wrapped with a URL.

What does this mean for me?
* A really long link such as
* might be wrapped as for display on SMS, but it could be
* displayed to web or application users as or as the
* whole URL or page title.
* You will start seeing links in a way that removes the obscurity of shortened
* links and lets you know where each link will take you.
* When you click on these links from or a Twitter application,
* Twitter will log that click. We hope to use this data to provide better and
* more relevant content to you over time.

Thanks for reading this important update. Come and check what’s new at

The Twitter Team