Create UAC-free shortcuts trusted programs, avoid irritating UAC popup

The much-hated User Account Control (UAC), part of Windows Vista and 7, is actually a capable security feature to prevent malware execution. Mac and Linux flavors have had it for years before, but the outcry surfaced only with Vista. While UAC is less agressive in Windows 7, it is not perfect either. The easy way […]

Change default font face and size in Word 2010

The Microsoft Office 2010 suite uses Calibri 11pt as default font. However, users can easily change the default font style, including size, letterface and color. The font you set as default will be used for all new documents, however you can still change it on a per-document basis. To modify/customize default font in Word 2010 […]

Force enable Windows 7 AutoPlay to show

Windows auto play dialog box appears upon inserting external (removable) media like memory cards (CompactFlash, Secure Digital, microSD, miniSD etc.), optical media like CD, DVD, USB devices like flash memory drives and portable hard drives. It can help you save time with a list of shortcuts to common operations. If you use removable media frequently, […]

Fix “403 Forbidden – You don’t have permission to access /MAMP/ on this server” error

MAMP is a web server package for Mac that developers use for local development on a Mac. It has PHP, MySQL, phpMyadmin etc. witihn, and a handy control panel to control some aspects (caching, PHP 4 or 5 etc.). While using MAMP recently, I encountered the following error: 403 Forbidden – You don’t have permission […]

“Windows 7/Vista Cannot Activate Due to Invalid Volume License Key” error

Microsoft’s Windows activation woes continue. OEM versions of Windows Vista and 7 (ie. bundled with new computers) have activation error due to corrupt/missing data in the motherboard BIOS chip. The issue is known for Lenovo X60 and T60 laptops. The error messages might be any of the following: Invalid Volume License Key In order to […]