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"Bad email"


There appears to be a resurgence in "bad email" at the moment, so it seems an appropriate time to go over the rules for Sensible Computing.

While spam filters can filter out the vast majority of spam, no system is perfect. Spam filters can be gotten around by various methods such as using a known persons account, sending correctly formed email and acting like a "real email server" and so-on.

My advice is to never follow links from an email or open an attachment, without being completely sure that the email is legitimate.

Backup messages should be more like this!

Backup technology has come on a long way in the last 10 years, mostly brought about by the advent of decent broadband and the plethora of backup services.

Now with FTTC (Fibre-to-the-cabinet) technology with its minimum of 10MBit/s upload (in the UK), and the plethora of cloud backup services with massive or unlimited allowances there is now no excuse not to have all of your data backed up.

Running as Administrator tips & tricks

A trick I assumed most people knew was how to run programs as administrator (especially Vista/7/8), however I still people getting tied up in knots about it. Things to remember:-

1) Certain areas of windows, such as Control Panel, have to be invoked as Administrator using runas and/or their actual executable. Trying to use the system object is not going to work. in the case of Control Panel, use 

runas /user:Machinename\Administrator "Control.exe"

or browse to C:\Windows\system32 and right click control.exe

Windows SP3 installation - "The system cannot find the file specified."

Trying to install Windows SP3 (Network Installation) on a client machine. It would not install, giving the error message "The system cannot find the file specified." and "The installation could not complete"

Thank you to DataOne on the softwaretipsandtricks.com forum which pointed me in the right direction.