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Find a lost Windows product key

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Find a lost Windows product key
For older versions of Windows you can extract the product key from the Windows Registry. Click Start | Run and then type regedit and click OK.

For Windows 95 and Windows 98, browse to this key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ProductID

For Windows NT 4.0, browse to this key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductID

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November 29th, 2006 at 4:28 pm

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Windows XP Advanced Tricks

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Uninstall Programs

Sometimes a program was not in the Add/Remove program list but you want to remove it, you can find the ‘UninstallString’ key for the program in the windows registry HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall The you just run the command.

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May 22nd, 2006 at 3:19 pm

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Open Source Business Intelligence

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Some open source BI companies in the news:

Pentaho, a company that has created open-source business intelligence software, has landed $5 million in series A funding, the company said Thursday. Investors are New Enterprise Associates (NEA), which led the round, and Index Ventures. NEA partner Vladimir Jacimovic will join Pentaho’s board.

Business intelligence tools are for querying corporate databases, analyzing results and generating reports. Pentaho’s revenue model is to have a free low-end product and to charge for more functional versions of the product. The company also charges for support services. The free version is designed to serve between 300-500 people, according to a company spokesperson.

Vendors, such as SAS, Business Objects and Cognos, have been in the market for many years, but a handful of open-source companies are trying to break in. These include Jaspersoft and Greenplum, which have developed open-source business intelligence products. The Eclipse open-source foundation also launched a business intelligence project, started by Actuate.

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May 5th, 2006 at 2:17 pm

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Researching a Competitor

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Your first source is obviously the search engines, such as Google, Yahoo! or MSN.

You should also consider accessing business directories online, such as Hoovers, Dun & Bradstreet, Leadership Library, Reference USA, Corptech, Datamonitor, Mergent, and Plunkett Research. These are good resources to understand a company’s ranking in its industry, its financial strength, its executives and their backgrounds, industry trends, competitors, and customer base.

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May 1st, 2006 at 5:35 pm

Posted in Testing

Secure M-Business Anywhere Sync Server

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To enable SSL on sync server on Linux, you need to run the utility avantgoserver/openssl/bin/reqcert.sh to generate a cert request. VeriSign then issues a cert per request. You put three certs in a single file in this directory avantgoserver/conf in the right order. Remember that the order is very important as it won’t work if the order is incorrect.

SSLLoadLocalIdentity: Public/Private keys don't match!
createMasterContext: SSLLoadLocalIdentity returned -6981
(2156) error: Security Error: There was an error loading your RSA certificate: SSLBadParameterErr (-6981)

The order of various certificates in the final cert file:


—–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—–
VeriSign Intermediate CA Certificate
—–END CERTIFICATE—–
—–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—–
VeriSign Signed Certificate
—–END CERTIFICATE—–
—–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—–
Your Private Certificate
—–END CERTIFICATE—–

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January 26th, 2006 at 4:25 pm

Posted in AvantGo Tips,Testing