Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Delete the Recycle Bin icon from the Desktop

Open Registry Editor.
In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:


Find the following key:


Close Registry Editor.

There is no need to reboot. Just wait a few seconds and see how the icon disappears from the desktop.

Note : In order to restore the Recycle Bin icon to the desktop just re-create the missing key

OEM Info and Logo

Optional items include the manufacturer and model, a small picture, and a button leading to a separate page of support information.

The information is not held in the registry, but in an old-style .INI file, which can be created in any plain-text editor including Windows Notepad.

This file can have two sections:

  1. The first section, has a section header called [General], and within that section - two entries:
  • Manufacturer=
  • Model=
  1. The second section, headed [Support Information], is optional, but if present adds a button with that label to the page. The entries after that heading should be in the form:
  • Line1=
  • Line2=
  • Line3=

and so on. The limit on the number and length of lines seems limited only by the 64 KB general limit on .INI files.

The file should be saved in the %systemroot%\system folder (for Windows 98/ME computers) or in %systemroot%\system32 folder (for W2K/XP/2003 computers) as OEMINFO.INI.

The picture is a 256-colour-Windows bitmap (.BMP) file.

Microsoft states that the size should be 96 pixels square when using small fonts in Display Property settings, or 120 square with large fonts.

The file should be saved in the %systemroot%\system folder (for Windows 98/ME computers) or in %systemroot%\system32 folder (for W2K/XP/2003 computers) as OEMLOGO.BMP.

No other entry in the .INI file is required, but the latter must exist and have a populated [General] section for the bitmap to be visible in Display Properties.

No reboot is necessary in order for the hack to take place. Press the ÿ +BREAK keys and see for yourself.

or you can download a simple software for this ....


Linux Mint

Linux, like other operating systems, has different versions available. One of the newest Linux systems is Linux Mint. Linux Mint is a version of Linux that strives to become easy to use for the average person. Unlike other Linux releases, such as Ubuntu, Debian or Fedora, Linux Mint has no set release dates for updated versions, but instead pushes quality over timely releases. Because updates are primarily overseen by users of the system, there are several different releases of Linux Mint, featuring several different software suites.

Download Linux Mint 7.0

Nokia Codes..

  • *3370# This Nokia code activates Enhanced Full Rate Codec (EFR) - Your Nokia cell phone uses the best sound quality but talk time is reduced my approx. 5%
  • #3370# Deactivate Enhanced Full Rate Codec (EFR) .
  • *#4720# Activate Half Rate Codec - Your phone uses a lower quality sound but you should gain approx 30% more Talk Time.
  • *#4720# With this Nokia code you can deactivate the Half Rate Codec.
  • *#0000# Displays your phones software version, 1st Line : Software Version, 2nd Line : Software Release Date, 3rd Line : Compression Type .
  • *#9999# Phones software version if *#0000# does not work.
  • *#06# For checking the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI Number) .
  • #pw+1234567890+1# Provider Lock Status. (use the "*" button to obtain the "p,w" and "+" symbols).
  • #pw+1234567890+2# Network Lock Status. (use the "*" button to obtain the "p,w" and "+" symbols) .
  • #pw+1234567890+3# Country Lock Status. (use the "*" button to obtain the "p,w" and "+" symbols).
  • #pw+1234567890+4# SIM Card Lock Status. (use the "*" button to obtain the "p,w" and "+" symbols) .
  • *#147# This lets you know who called you last (Only vodofone).
  • *#1471# Last call (Only vodofone) .
  • *#21# This phone code allows you to check the number that "All Calls" are diverted to.
  • *#2640# Displays phone security code in use .
  • *#30# Lets you see the private number.
  • *#43# Allows you to check the "Call Waiting" status of your cell phone.
  • *#61# Allows you to check the number that "On No Reply" calls are diverted to .
  • *#62# Allows you to check the number that "Divert If Unreachable (no service)" calls are diverted to .
  • *#67# Allows you to check the number that "On Busy Calls" are diverted to
  • *#67705646# Phone code that removes operator logo on 3310 & 3330
  • *#73# Reset phone timers and game scores.
  • *#746025625# Displays the SIM Clock status, if your phone supports this power saving feature "SIM Clock Stop Allowed", it means you will get the best standby time possible .
  • *#7760# Manufactures code.
  • *#7780# Restore factory settings.
  • *#8110# Software version for the nokia 8110.
  • *#92702689# Displays - 1.Serial Number, 2.Date Made, 3.Purchase Date, 4.Date of last repair (0000 for no repairs), 5.Transfer User Data. To exit this mode you need to switch your phone off then on again.
  • *#94870345123456789# Deactivate the PWM-Mem.
  • **21*number# Turn on "All Calls" diverting to the phone number entered.
  • **61*number# Turn on "No Reply" diverting to the phone number entered .
  • **67*number# Turn on "On Busy" diverting to the phone number entered .
  • 12345 This is the default security code .
  • press and hold # Lets you switch between lines.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Disable USB Disks with GPO.

In GPEdit.msc (or any other GPO Editor window you're using) click on View > Filtering.

Click to un-select the "Only show policy settings that can be fully managed" check-box. Click Ok.

Now you will be able to see the new settings in the right pane:

You can now configure any of the above settings:

An additional step that needs to be performed before the above tip will work has to do with modifying the file access permissions for 2 files. You need to remove the SYSTEM access permissions from the usbstor.sys and usbstor.inf files.

You can do so by right clicking these files > Properties, then going to the Security tab. There you need to remove the line for the SYSTEM account.

Download the USB_removable_drives_ADM file

Monday, June 15, 2009


World Fastest Growing Operating System

When I am studying about Microsoft Products ( for MCSE - Microsoft Certified System Engineer ) I have a temptation to learn about LINUX because these day lot of thoughts are going about "Open Source" "LINUX". So that is why I have joined to study about LINUX ( Advanced Linux Administration ) in SLIIT [ Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology ] In the earlier days I have no idea about LINUX but now I have gained basic knowledge about LINUX environment. (I have Tested) ;

> RedHat Linux
> Fedora Core 8.0
> Knoppix 3.2 and 3.4
> Ubuntu 5.10
> Slax linux
> Debian ( Default )
> Mepis

It's easy to install and easy to use because all of the programs that we want to use are included in the same distribution. ( Many software's also included with OS ),like Open Office 2.0 It's easy to handle and the Security level is the most important thing, It's very HIGH. Some of the Distributions can be downloaded free of charge from the INTERNET. Here are some of the URL's :

http://www.free.oszoo.org - ISO images of free operating systems

Now news about LINUX distributions are all over the world. See,


I don't like to compare WINDOWS Vs LINUX, but I have using Linux and Windows together Since 2005 Sept. ( Windows XP and Debian ) [ I have using Windows since year 2000 ] nowadays Linux is more user friendly that the earlier, because the Desktop environment is improving rapidly.( X - Windows System ; KDE,gnome ) Try these Web URL and gain some Knowledge about LINUX