Monthly Archives: February 2013

What is Bitcoin?

I have heard recently about this currency called Bitcoin and my first thought was WTF? Then I thought it was only for use on the Internet. But I was wrong. Thousands of brick and mortar establishments accept Bitcoin.

So what is Bitcoin? Watch the video below and you will discover how cool Bitcoin really is.

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Bitcoin



Unable to boot from CD/DVD on HP 4540s ProBook Laptop

I received a new HP ProBook 4540s today. I needed to image it to our business standard image. I placed the CD in the drive to boot but it just kept on booting into the OEM Windows install. After many curse words and much grinding of teeth, I found a solution:

  1. When the laptop is at the initial HP log screen, press the ESC key
  2. Wait for the menu to appear and then press F10
  3. Select “Log in as a guest user”
  4. Choose “System Configuration”
  5. Expand the “Boot Options” option and scroll down and un-tick the “Secureboot” option.
  6. You then just have to choose ‘UEFI Hybrid (with CSM)’ or ‘Legacy’  under ‘Boot Mode’.

Save these options and exit and your laptop will now boot from the CD/DVD ROM drive.

HP ProBook 4540s


Posted by on February 14, 2013 in BIOS, Laptops / Notebooks


How to remove the users “Documents” folder from Windows 7 desktop

If you find that all your new users have a documents folder on your desktop, but you want them all to store their files on a server, you can remove the folder from view.

To do this, perform the following:

  • Run REGEDIT.exe
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu\
  • Find this key: {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee} and change the value to ‘1’. If this key does not exist, just create a new DWORD key.

If you do not use the classic start menu, navigate to the NewStartPanel key and change the same value to ‘1’.

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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Registry, Windows 7