Windows Update has been getting stuck checking for new updates for the past several months. The automatic update somehow manages to complete, at least sometimes, but running a check manually doesn’t complete within a couple of days. It should be more like minutes, shouldn’t it? (more…)
I should have noted this Outlook tip with the fixed font one earlier:
- File > Options > Mail
- Scroll way down to the Message Format section
- Uncheck Remove extra line breaks in plain text messages
What are “extra line breaks” anyway? Removing them does bad things to code.
- Moving a photo library to a new computer is easy with Picasa. It even does the right thing with the folder naming in Windows 7 vs. Vista (“Pictures” vs. “My Pictures”).
- MSXML 4 is EOL. Fortunately Alton Blom has perfect instructions for removing it. (more…)
One less Outlook annoyance: How to show fixed font for plain text
- File > Options > Mail > Stationery and Fonts
- Set the font for plain text e-mails to a monospaced font (e.g. Consolas)
Why is this not the default…
Windows tries to use 6to4 and Teredo automatically, not always resulting in a good IPv6 experience. To disable both, execute these commands:
netsh interface ipv6 6to4 set state disabled netsh interface teredo set state disabled
On Windows XP teredo isn’t a context inside interface, but rather a setting in ipv6:
netsh interface ipv6 set teredo disabled
Sources and more information:
- When you insert a software CD-ROM into the drive on your Windows machine, it can be nice that the installer runs automatically. If you insert a virus infected USB stick, it is not so nice that the virus runs automatically… Microsoft has a knowledge base article about disabling AutoRun (KB953252) on the current versions of Windows. The procedure may require you to install a patch (all instructions are included in the article).
- Adam asked me about an old document I had written about preventing a Windows NT machine from causing an ISDN router to dialup unnecessarily. I think I had junked the document as too old, but maybe it still is a useful reference. So I have restored it from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
I never seem to be able to remember this, and somehow I end up with new Windows installations without this change:
netsh interface ipv6 set privacy state=disable
This will disable temporary IPv6 addresses. These are especially nasty on desktop systems, where the address will expire from under you. If you find yourself having to restart your SSH terminal connections every 14 hours to 6 days, this is why (as far as I can tell).
I really don’t buy the privacy aspect of generating random IP addresses. If you worry about eavesdropping, encrypt your traffic. If you worry about someone tracking your traffic patterns, stop browsing those questionable sites. :)