Fallout 4 Release Day Eve News

If you’re like me, you woke up this morning, and checked your preload status for Fallout 4, just to make sure you would be ready to go. Next stop? News of course! Today (Monday 11/9/15) is the day that reviewers are allowed to post their impressions of the title.

This weekend I dropped the $120 (2 copies at $60 each) on Fallout 4 this weekend just so I would be pre-loaded. Both my wife and I play, and I have to ashamedly admit, she’s going to play it a whole lot more than I will. That doesn’t mean I’m not still pumped about it though!

Reading this review on the Verge, which is very positive on the gameplay and the world of Fallout 4, “what Fallout 4 adds to the world is heart”, stating that for the first time they cared about their character.

What scared me there was that “the game also features the series’ infamous technical problems, with frustrating glitches and bugs that often pull you out of the experience at best, and at worst, lose hard-won progress”

The bugs they point out sound primarily related to NPC’s being difficult, characters talking over each other, blocking doors, with one case mentioned of loading a game and not being able to move.

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This PC World Review isn’t quite as glowing. While the Verge liked that the game had the same feel as Fallout 3, Hayden Dingman from PC World didn’t enjoy that part of the game. He goes on to say that the world is huge, but that most of the locations aren’t worth exploring, and it can feel pretty monotonous.

One of the new features I’m looking forward to is the crafting. When I saw the system on the E3 release video, I immediately became excited about the idea of customizing the weapons. Dingman doesn’t care much for it, and says that he ended up using the same weapons and armor most of the game.

He also points out a number of bugs / glitches, many with the NPCs. I guess that shouldn’t come as any surprise, being familiar with the other Fallout Games.

Installing RSAT for Windows 10 gives 0x80070003

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After the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, I’m missing all of my admin tools. Found the link to download the “Remote Server Administration Tools”

Fired up the install, and I received “Windows Update Standalone Installer” Installer encountered an error 0x80070003 The system cannot find the path specified.

Well, the fix was easy enough. I was actually installing it from a network location. Usually my first troubleshooting step is to copy it locally, and then try and install it. That’s what I did in this case, and it worked.

So just copy it locally, then try again.

How to Install Oracle VirtualBox Additions in Fedora 22

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I’ve had to beat around the bush in past distros, and finally found a pretty straight forward way to get the VirtualBox Additions working on my Fedora Virtual Machines under Oracle Virtual Box. It’s handy because you get all the native mouse and display support. Here’s all you have to do.

Once you’re at the Fedora Gnome Desktop, click on Activities (or press the windows key on your keyboard) and type terminal. Then click on the terminal icon.

Quick note, they replaced yum with dnf, don’t panic, the yum command still work. Anyway …

Enter the following:

su

(type your password)

dnf -y update kernel*

dnf -y install kernel-headers kernel-devel dkms

Reboot

Insert the disk and run it.

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You’ll have to enter a username and password.

When it’s all done, you should see something like this:

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Then reboot again.

How to Change your Password from the Command Line in Windows

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I mainly run into this when I’m using a server core install, but this works on pretty much any version of Windows. The only caveat is that you need to be an administrator on the system.

Of course, you need to run an elevated command prompt as well.

Just enter the following, and you’ll be prompted to enter the password and confirm it.

net user %username% *

You can also run the following command, which specifies the password:

net user %username% %password%

So, if BoDuke wanted to set his password, he would enter:

net user BoDuke *

or to specify a password of “GeneralLee4Life!” he would use:

net user BoDuke GeneralLee4Life!

Fix the OneNote 2010 Screen Clipping Shortcut Key

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I ran into a bit of a unique issue today, and it had to do with the Onenote Screen Clipping Shortcut key. Now if you’re a long time OneNote User, you’re probably used to the Windows+S shortcut key for starting a screen clipping.

Well, in Windows 8.1, Microsoft hijacked that shortcut key for search everywhere. Either way, OneNote’s shortcut was changed to Windows+Shift+S. I’ll admit, it took me a little while to get used to, but I’m good now.

However, one of my users is running Windows 8.1, and OneNote 2010, and OneNote is still using the Windows+S shortcut key, but it doesn’t work. To fix this, you can take 1 of 3 paths.

1. Disable the Windows +S shortcut key for Windows.

Once you free it up, OneNote will be able to use it. To do this, run the following command:

reg.exe add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced /v DisabledHotkeys /t REG_SZ /d S /f

2. Change the OneNote Shortcut to a different Key combination

For Office 2010, open registry editor, and naviate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\OneNote\Options\Other

Note: The 14.0 designates Office 2010, Use 15.0 for Office 2013, 12.0 for Office 2007.

There should be a DWORD value of “ScreenClippingShortcutKey”, if there isn’t, create one (32-bit DWORD). Change the value to 41 (Hexadecimal) and you’re new shortcut key will be Windows+a.

3. Get a New Version of OneNote

It’s free for personal use, so why don’t you get the new version? I’m only limited because it’s in an enterprise environment, and I’m waiting to roll out the entire office suite.

 

I went with the first option, since pressing start and typing seems to have the same, if not better, search capabilities.

Hope that helps!

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Fedora Replaced Yum with DNF ?!?!

First off, I was kind of shocked yesterday when I went to grab an ISO of Fedora 21, and realized that 22 had been released. I hadn’t read or seen anything that mentioned it was coming out. Not that I’m all the hyped up to grab the latest version or anything.

I guess it’s actually been coming for a long time, but I’m not very current on most Linux news. I personally prefer CentOS, but it seems like the only version of Linux that my coworkers use is Fedora, so that’s what I have to support. I guess I can count my blessings though, at least it isn’t Ubuntu 😉

The side benefit of this is that Fedora and CentOS are pretty close, so I don’t usually have to learn the commands / how to do things two different ways.

From the article linked above, it sounds like DNF is going to be better than YUM, and actually started out as a fork from Yum.

According to tecmint, DNF is going to replace yum in Centos and Redhat as well, so that works for me 🙂

8 Reasons you should use Microsoft OneDrive

1. It’s Free

Yes, there are lots of free cloud storage services out there. Why choose? Free is free. OneDrive is offering 15GB free storage (as of the time of this writing). Even if you don’t use it, sign up and get it. You can also get 15G more free if you turn on Camera Roll (mobile device picture backup).

2. It doesn’t bug you about sharing pictures from your Phone.

I absolutely hate how Google gives me a notification every time it backs up my photos and says “12 pictures ready to share”. It also carries this over to my Google account with a notification. OneDrive doesn’t do this. That’s reason enough.

3. Multiple backups are good

Why not back up your photos in more than one location? If you’re already using iCloud or Google, OneDrive can just be another haven for your precious memories.

4. Windows Users – You can sync files automatically across computers

That’s right, install the OneDrive desktop app, which is going to be standard on Windows clients, and documents / photos / music that you have in your OneDrive folders will be available across all of your computers.

5. Non Windows Users – It’s all available on the Web

Don’t use Windows? Well I’m sure you have a web browser. You can still get all of your files.

6. Make files available between your phone and your computers

OneDrive has a client for the major smart phone OSs, including iPhone and Android. If you install it, you’ll have access to your files in OneDrive, and you’ll be able to upload files to use on your Windows Desktop / Laptop.

7. OneNote can open / save / sync notebooks with OneDrive natively.

Let me just say, if you’re not using OneNote, then you really should. It’s been a life saver for me far too often to count. Use it!

If you do use it, OneNote opens Notebooks to, and syncs notebooks with, OneDrive. So if you save a notebook to OneDrive, and then open it on either your mobile device, or your other computers, you’ll be able to read / edit the contents, and changes will be synched between all of your devices.

8. Portable Apps

I’m going to have to post about Portable apps, and link it here, but until then, go to PortableApps, and any app you download and install to your OneDrive folders will be available across all of your computers. This is a life saver just for KeePass (a password manager).

Missing Internet Explorer in Windows 7?

I don’t know how it happens, but once in awhile you’ll run across a computer that doesn’t have any web browser. Where did Internet Explorer go? I don’t know why it happens, but sometimes IE just decides enough is enough, and disappears.

Microsoft has this really neat KB Article titled “How to repair or reinstall Internet Explorer in Windows” and although it’s wonderful, it doesn’t help you if you don’t have a web browser. The link for each version needs to be accessed with a web browser, and of course, you don’t have one. Also, if you try to download one of them using a working computer, it tells you that version of IE is already installed, or isn’t applicable to your system.

Download and Install Firefox

My advice is to download Firefox. It’s a great browser. Of course, you’re going to have to use another computer, then somehow get it over to your computer via flash drive or something. Once you get it there, install it.

Now you have to uninstall whatever version of Internet Explorer you already have. To do that:

1. Click the Start button, and enter Programs and features in the search box.

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2. Click Programs and Features in the list of results, and then click View installed updates.

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Once you’ve clicked it, wait for the progress bar up top to finish loading all of the results.

3. Find internet explorer.

The quickest way to find it is to type it in the “search updates” box, and hit enter.

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Once you find it, right click and choose “Uninstall”

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4. In the Uninstall an update dialog box, click Yes to uninstall.

This could take awhile.

5. Click Restart now to finish uninstalling.

If you want to continue with installing the new version, you’re going to want to reboot first. Of course, save any work before you do.

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Now that you have Internet Explorer uninstalled:

Go to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Site, and download the version you would like. Right now the easy one is Internet Explorer 11. It’s going to download and install the updates for that version, so that could take awhile too. It’s also going to want to reboot when it’s done. I know, such is life.

Hopefully, after everything is installed, you’ll be good to go.

How to Open a Shared Calendar in Outlook 2003

Using the Navigation Pane:

Step 1: Click on the Calendar Shortcut button

In Outlook, Click on the Calendar Button in the Navigation Pane. The button may look like this:

Or if the shortcut bar is not expanded, it may look like this:

Step 2: Click the Open a Shared Calendar Link

Scroll down to the Bottom of the pane, and there is a link titled “Open a Shared Calendar”.

Note: The “Open a Shared Calendar” Option only shows up if you are using a Microsoft Exchange Server.

After Clicking the link, the “Open Shared Calendar Dialog Box page will appear. Pressing “Name” will open up the Address book, and you will be able to select a specific user from the list.

After opening a user’s calendar once, their name should appear under the “Other Calendars” section of the Navigation Pane.

How to Check or Change the Default Reminder setting in Outlook 2003

Meeting invitations use the default reminder options of the person who creates the meeting, and ignore the default reminder settings of the recipient.

To Check or change this setting:

In Outlook, click on Tools | Options

On the tab titled “Preferences”, find the section titled “Calendar”

If the “Default Reminder” check box is not selected, then no reminder will be placed on appointments by default. If the check box is selected, then the time shown will be used for the default reminder.