Opting out of Google Cars drive-by wifi snatch AND Microsoft’s Windows 10 Wifi Sense at the same time

September 10, 2016

To opt out of Google worldwide wifi collection you must add _nomap at the end of your wifi SSID

To do the same for Microsoft Wifi sense your wifi SSID must contain _optout somewhere.

So if your current wifi SSID is mysuperhomewifi it is highly recommended you change it to mysuperhomewifi_optout_nomap

Now, I hope there won’t be another “friendly” provider that will require its optingout string at the end of the SSID…

More info here :

https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/1725632?hl=en&rd=1

https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-10-about-wifi-sense


Only show unread mail in the primary inbox from Gmail

August 9, 2016

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GodMode in Windows 10

January 17, 2016

In order to access all the settings and configurations in Windows 10 in one place, create a folder and rename it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Then, simply double-click it and feel like a Windows God


How to record streaming radios

August 25, 2012

Recently wanted to record my favorite band that was playing live on the local radio. I used the excellent Screamer-radio software. It runs on windows and really gets the job done. Best of all it’s free : http://www.screamer-radio.com/


Fix Access Denied error when running Minecraft under Windows 7

April 29, 2012

I just bought Minecraft and downloaded the installer. When I ran the Java program I got an error message “Access Denied”. Well, after hours and hours and trying to fix various permissions on all the directories I just realized that MineCraft and ZoneAlarm don’t play along well at all. Removing the Browser Virtualization option from ZoneAlarm fixed the problem. It’s the second time I have a problem with ZoneAlarm and this is starting to piss me off. This first time being the unability to run AVIDEMUX. For this one, no workaround unfortunately, I had to run WinXP in a VMWare instance !!! Unbelievable !

Careful Checkpoint… I may not renew my subscription for next year.


How to add new rules to Belvedere on Windows 7

April 22, 2012

As mentionned here I use Belvedere to automate files operations. Recently I tried to add a new rule but the program wouldn’t save it. After a bit of searching I realized that the directory where the RULES.INI is located was read-only. The trick is to launch Belvedere in Admin mode just to create the new rule. You can then shut it down and relaunch it in regular mode.


How to quickly add text bubbles to a picture

October 2, 2011

I recently needed to create a little birthday party invite for one the kids and wanted to add a bubble to a picture. I could have fired up Photoshop but I thought for the task at hand it might have been overkill. So I went on checking out the great world wide web and ended up using this nice website : Superlame. It allows you to upload a picture and very easily add a cartoon-like  bubble speech.

Just what I needed and a job done in under 10 minutes.

The resulting image has a unique URL and can be saved, printed or sent to a friend.  The image will sport a (very) small icon for superlame.com on the bottom right corner (which is fine by me as I think they did a great job and don’t mind spreading the word !). The url will expire after 24 hours, which is also fine with me.

Highly recommended…