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How to get rid of those annoying Vista “run this program” pop-ups

Since I started using Vista, I have been annoyed by the pop-ups for running programs as administrator. I have also been annoyed by having to close a program to reopen it “as administrator” so i can install updates! So here are the solutions I found to fix this.

1. Set a program to always run as Administrator: (you will still get an “Allow?” pop-up)

  • Right-click the program icon and click Properties.
  • On the Property sheet, click the Compatibility tab.
  • Under Privilege Level, select the Run this program as an administrator check box, and then click OK.

2. Turn off the administrator rights pop-ups:

  • Disable UAC admin approval mode:
    • Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click Run, type secpol.msc in the Open text box, and then click OK.
    • If UAC is currently active, a User Account Control dialog box will appear. If so, verify that the details presented match the request you initiated, and click Continue.
    • From the Local Security Settings console tree, click Local Policies, and then click Security Options.
    • Scroll down and double-click User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode.
    • From the User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode Properties dialog box, click Disabled, and then click OK.
    • Close the Local Security Settings window.
  • Disabling the elevation prompt (when elevating to administrator):
  • Click Start, click Accessories, click Run, type secpol.msc in the Open text box, and then click OK.
  • From the Local Security Settings console tree, click Local Policies, and then Security Options.
  • Scroll down to and double-click User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators or User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for standard users.
  • From the drop-down menu, select the following settings: No prompt
  • Click OK.
  • Close the Local Security Settings window.

Enjoy your prompt and pop-up free Vista environment.

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Time Waster Tuesday is here again

As I said last week, today I’ll be talking about one of my favorite ways to waste time on the internet, catching up on gadget and technology news.  There are many sources of gadget and technology news on the net these days, but only a few make my favorites list and here they are.

  • Gizmodo – Updated incredibly frequently and has a lot of off beat gadget news.  Usually well written with a good sense of humor.  Also has a strong commenting community.
  • Engadget – A lot of great info on mainstream gadgets.  Also has a strong commenting community.
  • Topix/Gadget News – Fairly new to this one, but so far it has a good variety of mainstream tech and gadget news.
  • UberGizmo – Great coverage on mainstream and offbeat gadgets.
  • Wired News – This is the online site for the Wired magazine that I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with.
  • Lifehacker – Provides life productivity tips, a lot of times this includes something involving your computer.  Not really gadget news, but the articles they have are usually helpful and involve your gadgets.
  • Kotaku – Gaming news.  Games are gadgets and tech in my book.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Time Waster Tuesday.

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250,000 hits

Just wanted to celebrate getting over 250,000 hits on this site (since i moved to the new URL a little over a year ago)!

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Time Waster Tuesdays!

Sorry about the lack of posts.  I have been traveling lately (hawaii) and class just started.

This week’s time waster?  Something very short and simple.  This awesome video about a new image resizing technology.  I know it sounds boring, but take a quick look, imagine how much greater images can look on small devices like your cell phone or PDA if this technology was used!  Tech news is always a favorite time waster of mine.  Next week I’ll get into some of my favorite tech news sources.

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Time Waster Tuesdays

As I said last week, every week I will be posting my favorite “time waster” of the week. Last week I talked about Yahoo! Answers, a rewarding way to entertain yourself, or waste a little time online. This week I want to talk a little about one of my guilty pleasures. Celebrity Gossip Blogs and News. Growing up in Los Angeles, I’m not prone to being starstruck, but celebrity gossip is just so entertaining. My favorite places to read up on celebrity gossip?

  1. The Superficial – By far the best one out there, it isn’t updated as often as some of the rest, but the writing is so great. Incredibly funny.
  2. – Updated very often, always something to read, but sometimes I’m not amused.
  3. Yahoo! Omg! – I just got an email about this recently, so I’m new to the site/service, but so far so good.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, give it a try, you never know.

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GREAT night for stargazing!

Tonight’s new moon is going to make the skyvery dark, perfect for watching the Perseid Meteor shower which will peak tonight (august 13 @ 1am EST, or august 12 @ 10pm PST).  The Perseids are one of the two strongest, most dependable annual meteor showers (the Geminids of December are the other).

Here is a link to more info, including tips on stargazing.  Happy Stargazing.

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99 Hilarious things to do in an elevator

This is a list someone sent me a long time ago that I still read for amusement today.

  1. Make race car noises when anyone gets on or off.
  2. Blow your nose and offer to show the contents of your kleenex to other passengers.
  3. Grimace painfully while smacking your forehead and muttering: “Shut up, dammit, all of you just shut UP!”
  4. Whistle the first seven notes of “It’s a Small World” incessantly.
  5. Sell Girl Scout cookies.
  6. On a long ride, sway side to side at the natural frequency of the elevator.
  7. Shave.
  8. Crack open your briefcase or purse, and while peering inside ask: “Got enough air in there?”
  9. Offer name tags to everyone getting on the elevator. Wear yours upside-down.
  10. Stand silent and motionless in the corner, facing the wall, without getting off.
  11. When arriving at your floor, grunt and strain to yank the doors open, then act embarrassed when they open by themselves.
  12. Lean over to another passenger and whisper: “Noogie patrol coming!”
  13. Greet everyone getting on the elevator with a warm handshake and ask them to call you Admiral.
  14. One word: Flatulence!
  15. On the highest floor, hold the door open and demand that it stay open until you hear the penny you dropped down the shaft go “plink” at the bottom.
  16. Do Tai Chi exercises.
  17. Stare, grinning, at another passenger for a while, and then announce: “I’ve got new socks on!”
  18. When at least 8 people have boarded, moan from the back: “Oh, not now, damn motion sickness!”
  19. Give religious tracts to each passenger.
  20. Meow occasionally.
  21. Bet the other passengers you can fit a quarter in your nose.
  22. Frown and mutter “gotta go, gotta go” then sigh and say “oops!”
  23. Show other passengers a wound and ask if it looks infected.
  24. Sing “Mary had a little lamb” while continually pushing buttons.
  25. Holler “Chutes away!” whenever the elevator descends.
  26. Walk on with a cooler that says “human head” on the side.
  27. Stare at another passenger for a while, then announce “You’re one of THEM!” and move to the far corner of the elevator.
  28. Burp, and then say “mmmm…tasty!”
  29. Leave a box between the doors.
  30. Wear a puppet on your hand and talk to other passengers “through” it.
  31. Start a sing-along.
  32. When the elevator is silent, look around and ask “is that your beeper?”
  33. Shadow box.
  34. Say “Ding!” at each floor.
  35. Lean against the button panel.
  36. Say “I wonder what all these do” and push the red buttons.
  37. Listen to the elevator walls with a stethoscope.
  38. Draw a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers that this is your “personal space.”
  39. Bring a chair along.
  40. Take a bite of a sandwich and ask another passenger: “Wanna see wha in muh mouf?”
  41. Blow spit bubbles.
  42. Pull your gum out of your mouth in long strings.
  43. Announce in a demonic voice: “I must find a more suitable host body.”
  44. Carry a blanket and clutch it protectively.
  45. Make explosion noises when anyone presses a button.
  46. Wear “X-Ray Specs” and leer suggestively at the passengers.
  47. Stare at your thumb and say “I think it’s getting larger.”
  48. If anyone brushes against you, recoil and holler “Bad touch!”
  49. Bring a water pistol. Soak everyone’s shoes.
  50. Start brushing off invisible bugs from your arms, screaming “Aaughh! Get them off!”
  51. Challenge your neighbor to a “Tic-Tac-Toe” tournament.
  52. Laugh hysterically for five seconds, stop, and glare at the other passengers like they are crazy.
  53. Charge into the elevator dripping wet, holding a towel and wearing only a bath robe. Mutter something about how husbands/wives always come home early just when it’s getting to the good part.
  54. Make chalk drawings on the walls.
  55. As the elevator is going up, jump violently up and down, shouting “Down! I said down, dammit!”
  56. Crouch in one corner and growl menacingly at everyone who gets on.
  57. Try to get a game of “Twister” going.
  58. Wrinkle your nose and smell the air repeatedly. Sniff at your neighbor suspiciously, give a disgusted frown, and take a step away.
  59. Find a crowded elevator and pace back and forth inside it.
  60. Walk in, face the back and go about two inches from the back wall.
  61. Walk in, and start reciting a shopping list in monotone.
  62. Stand right in front of the doors when waiting to get on. (This gets a good reaction from the people inside.)
  63. Once inside, stand right in front of the doors, waiting to get out. (This gets a good reaction from the people waiting to get on)
  64. Wait til the door is almost closed then pry the doors apart with a painful expression on your face.
  65. Sing anything by Guns ‘n’ Hosers while pantomiming the lyrics. (I love her but I had to kill her, would be good)
  66. Ask, “Did you feel that?”
  67. Look at the ground while standing in the corner and moan softly.
  68. When the doors close, look at the person next to you and yell, “Your nostrils they’re like wind tunnels, SUCKING UP ALL MY AIR!” Then scream and collapse, when the doors open, get up and calmly walk out.
  69. Comment one by one, on the clothing of all the people riding in the elevator.
  70. Push the emergency stop button and say “Now it’s time for you all to DIE! Just kidding.” restart the elevator.
  71. Wander from corner to corner of the elevator during the course of the journey.
  72. Hit every floor button, and at each floor get out and say, “Nope, this ain’t the right one.” Get back on and ride to the next floor. Repeat.
  73. Explain to some poor innocent stranger all about the complex dental work you supposedly received. Get them to look in your mouth and everything.
  74. Tell some poor sod your complete life history completely out of the blue.
  75. Ask for advice on a completely disgusting problem.
  76. Get a vote from the entire elevator about some completely pointless issue.
  77. Say, “Omigod, did you hear that?” And look completely panicked while not uttering a single intelligible word.
  78. Sit in the corner and meditate. “Ohm.”
  79. Pick up the emergency phone and try to order pizza.
  80. Run like hell while the security guards try to find you to kick you out. (This can be applied to all)
  81. Wear an earphone with the cord inside your jacket, carry a walkie-talkie. Once inside the elevator, stop it and say. “Williams FBI, I need to see some ID. Look at everybody’s ID restart the elevator and talk into your walkie-talkie saying, “It’s ok he’s not on this one. But we think he did manage to find bullets for his gun.”
  82. Say to an older lady “My you’ve got nice hair.” Pull out a pair of scissors and look suggestively at her.
  83. In a foreign accent say “You are very beautiful.” to a young girl. Pull out some money and say “How much to purchase you?”. Indian accents work well for this, like the guy on Short Circuit.
  84. Do all of these things with a friend, while both of you are wearing trench coats and dark glasses.
  85. When there’s only one other person in the elevator, tap them on the shoulder and then pretend it wasn’t you.
  86. Push the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more.
  87. Pretend you are a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the passengers.
  88. Ask if you can push the button for other people, but push the wrong ones.
  89. Call the Psychic Hotline from your cell phone and ask if they know what floor you’re on
  90. Hold the doors open and say you’re waiting for your friend. After awhile, let the doors close and say, “Hi Greg. How’s your day been?”
  91. Drop a pen and wait until someone reaches to help pick it up, then scream, “That’s mine!”
  92. Bring a camera and take pictures of everyone in the elevator.
  93. Move your desk in to the elevator and whenever someone gets on, ask if they have an appointment.
  94. Leave a box in the corner, and when someone gets on ask them if they hear something ticking.
  95. When the doors close, announce to the others, “It’s okay. Don’t panic, they open up again.”
  96. Swat at flies that don’t exist
  97. Tell people that you can see their aura.
  98. Call out, “group hug!”, then enforce it.
  99. Talk in to your cell phone as you enter on the ground floor press floor 5 and when the door closes, in a shock voice say “what do you me theres a gun man on the fifth floor?”
  100. Comment what you think should be #100 on this list!

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Earthquake in LA – magnitude 4.5

There was a magnitude 4.5 earthquake in Los Angeles a little over 30 minutes ago (the earthquake was at 12:58am). The epicenter was approximately 4 miles from Chatsworth, CA.  I was sitting at my PC but didn’t feel a thing, did you?

Here are the specs.

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Time Waster Tuesdays!

Just wanted to announce a new blog topic I will be writing about, time wasters. What are time wasters? Time wasters are fun things you can do that essentially waste time from more productive things you should be doing (like working or homework). More often than not these will be websites that you can visit to entertain yourself (or do something productive that is not work or homework). Beginning later this month I will regularly post on every Tuesday my time waster of the week.

To kick off Time Waster Tuesdays I’m going to start with my favorite of this week, Yahoo! Answers. I’ve found this to be one of the more rewarding ways I waste time, I read questions in the areas that I know I have a few answers in (Electronics, Computers, Internet) answering the ones I can, and I read resolved questions in areas I’m interested in to learn more about them. Whether you have questions, want to be helpful and answer a few, or just want to read up and learn a little Yahoo! Answers is a great way to entertain yourself. Also you get points for answering questions, rating answers, and getting your answer voted best answer, these points go towards your ranking, so you can watch your progress by watching your points and ranking.

In case you’re interested I’m currently Rank 2, but movin’ on up!  Leave a comment if you’d like to join my network on Yahoo! Answers.

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Vancouver, Canada and Alaska by Cruise

As a few of you noticed, updates were sparse last week. That isn’t because I was slacking or lazy… it was because I was traveling. I went on a 10 day vacation. Flew from Los Angeles (LAX) to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (YVR, see this post about what YVR stand for). Stayed in Vancouver for 2 days and then took a 7-night cruise to Alaska.  It was great, very beautiful.  Stayed in the heart of downtown Vancouver at the Hyatt (this one), this hotel has a great location, very close to shopping and restaurants.  Explored Vancouver’s Stanley Park while I was there, which is very scenic and has some great restaurants with wonderful views.
After 2 nights in Vancouver I boarded the Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas for a 7-night cruise to Alaska.  The cruise stopped in Icy Strait Point, Skagway, and Juneau.  It also spent a day cruising within 600 ft of the Hubbard Glacier (breathtaking).  Skagway is a great shopping stop, and I hear the Glacier excursions there are amazing.  Juneau has some great whale watching excursions, thats what I did while i was there, but the city is fun to explore on foot as well.  Icy Strait Point was small and did not have much to offer, unfortunately.  Aside from Icy Strait point the cruise was awesome.  Always tons to do, the food was great, entertainment was great, and the other ports of call were beautiful.

Pictures to come soon! Stay Tuned.

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