Saturday, 31 May 2014

Untick The Use Proxy Server Tick In Internet Explorer

Here is how to tick and un-tick the use proxy server tick in Internet Explorer, this has been tested on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 but it will work on other versions also.  This maybe required if you are connecting via a corporate VPN and you need to disable and re enable the settings on a regular basis.  

You can save the following into a .reg file that you can run when required. 

Enable Proxy Server Tick Box

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]

Disable Proxy Server Tick Box

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]


Friday, 30 May 2014

SHA2 and Windows XP and Windows 2003

Before Windows XP Service Pack 3 was released, there was no SHA2 functionality within Windows XP. With the release of Service Pack 3 some limited functionality was added to the crypto module rsaenh.dll. Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 does not ship with support for SHA2.  It took me ages to figure this out, as you can get some strange errors or page not found etc and it will confuse you as to why you cant access a certain website.


On Windows XP ensure that you install Service pack 3 this will give you some limited functionality that was added to the crypto module rsaenh.dll.

On Windows 2003 download Please be aware that it is not available via Windows Update it needs to be requested via the “View and request hotfix downloads” link.  You may also need to install if you need to enroll from a SHA2 certificate authority and process SHA2 certificates, KB 968730 completely supersedes KB 938397.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Apple Buy's The Popular "Beats" Headphone Brand

Apple has just announced it has agreed to acquire subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion (US), consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion (US) and approximately $400 million (US) that will vest over time. In just five years since launch, the Beats “b” has become the brand of choice in the music and sports worlds, and is the market leader in the premium headphone market. Subject to regulatory approvals, Apple expects the transaction to close in fiscal Q4.

Formally established in 2008 as the brainchild of legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre and Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Iovine, Beats Electronics (Beats) comprises the Beats by Dr. Dre family of premium consumer headphones, earphones, and speakers as well as patented Beats Audio software technology and streaming music subscription service Beats Music. Through these offerings, Beats has effectively brought the energy, emotion and excitement of playback in the recording studio to the listening experience and has introduced an entirely new generation to the possibilities of premium sound entertainment.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

1992 ITN Control Room Countdown

Here we have a short clip of audio taken from 1992 it's the ITN Control Room Countdown that goes on in the control room seconds before the ITN news goes live.

Note : This recording was taken from my own audio and converted to MP3 then added to Mixcloud, this has not come from another website. If you wish to use this audio please credit myself for the original recording. You wont find this clip anywhere else on-line if you do then they get it from me !

Friday, 9 May 2014

Convert PNG to ICO

Just a quick post, I had the need tonight to convert a PNG image to a ICO file for use on a website.

I used the site which worked great, no messing around adjusting image size etc just select the PNG and the site generates you a ICO file, so easy works great.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Should You Use Registry Cleaning Utilities ?

Some products such as registry cleaning utilities suggest that the registry needs regular maintenance or cleaning.  However, serious issues can occur when you modify the registry incorrectly using these types of utilities. These issues might require users to reinstall the operating system due to instability. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved without a reinstallation of the Operating System as the extent of the changes made by registry cleaning utilities varies from application to application. 

It has been a proven fact that you don’t need to clean the registry, it’s not like a defrag on your PC.  You gain nothing from doing this.  My experience of such programs over the past 20 years are that they are more trouble than they are worth, they cause problems, mostly with spyware or viruses.  Even the Wikipedia article on this subject states “Registry cleaners are not supported by Microsoft, but vendors of Registry cleaners claim that they are useful to repair inconsistencies arising from manual changes to applications, especially COM-based programs.” Full details here ( )

This is the official Microsoft article on the use of such tools ( ) There is also a very good blog post by Mark Russinovich from Microsoft talking about this topic ( ) Most good software will have a un-installer that will remove both the program files and the registry data.