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How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10 September 22, 2013

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If, you are a MSDN subscriber then, you might be familiar with the Akamai download manager. Akamai download manager is a normal download manager suggested by Microsoft to download items from MSDN and other sites. The Akamai download manager lets you  download the items in more reliable way and you can resume the download from where you left hence, you get the resume capability.

How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10 with resume option

But, with the release of Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10, Akamai download manager doesn’t seem to work. If, you try to download anything from Microsoft’s servers like MSDN/TechNet then, your browser’s (Internet Explorer’s) download manager will open instead of Akamai.

Although, other download manager especially that of Internet Explorer give you the same download speed but, if, the download breaks somehow, then, you won’t have the ability to resume it and you will have to restart the download again from scratch.

Well, I was having the same problem and had to download Windows 8 Pro from MSDN but, was having problems downloading with the Akamai download manager. After searching a lot on internet I couldn’t find the possible way to download using Akamai but, then, I decided to download from MSDN using the Internet Explorer 10 in Internet Explorer 9’s compatibility settings and was successful.

What’s the problem?

After spending hours trying to understand, I figured out that the download from MSDN using Internet Explorer was a compatibility problem which was restricting me from downloading using Akamai download manager.

If, you are one of the people trying to download from MSDN/TechNet or/and other platform using Akamai download manager then, you will have to try the following solution to succeed.

You can follow the instructions below to download from MSDN/TechNet using Akamai download manager in Internet Explorer 10 of Windows 8.


First of all, you would need to do a bit of changing in the settings of Internet Explorer 10.

  • Open up the Internet Explorer 10 on your desktop and then, press the gear icon on the top right corner of window.

How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10 with resume option

  • A drop down menu will open. Here select ‘F12 developer tools’.
  • The develop tools will open at the bottom of Internet Explorer screen.
  • You will see the ‘Browser Mode: IE10’ option. Press it.

How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10 with resume option

  • You would be showed a bunch of browser options. Here press ‘Internet Explorer 9
  • Once selected, the web pages open in your browser will reload.

Now, when you have changed the browser mode of Internet Explorer 10 on your Windows 8/RT PC, lets proceed to the download process.

  • Login to your MSDN/TechNet account and start downloading the item you wish to download using Akamai download manager.
  • This time you would be showed a small message on the bottom on the screen asking to install an add-on. Press ‘Install’.
  • Internet Explorer will ask for your permission. Press ‘Allow’.

How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10 with resume option

  • Next, you would be asked to select the save location of the file. Select your desired one and press ‘Save’.
  • Now, the download will start in Akamai download manager.

How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10 with resume option

  • That’s all! You would be able to download the item from MSDN/TechNet using the Akamai download manager with resume capability.

Note: If, you decide to resume a stopped download after closing Akamai download manager using the link on desktop, you will have to change the browser mode of Internet Explorer again to Internet Explorer 9 again, to resume download.

How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10


Cannot install apps via Microsoft Easy Assist/LiveMeeting on Win 7 Machines: Windows 7, LiveMeeting October 6, 2012

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While the solution proved promising at first, after some more testing it proved to have some limitiation.  Ultimately made some updates to our GPO to all for the prompts to show.  The following is what we changed:

Under Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies >  Security Options

Set User Account Control: Allow UIAccess applications to prompt for elevation without using the secure desktop to ENABLE

Set User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation to DISABLE

Cannot install apps via Microsoft Easy Assist/LiveMeeting on Win 7 Machines: Windows 7, LiveMeeting

Microsoft: Possible Large Stock Up Tick – GX Blog September 20, 2012

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Microsoft is Currently, 31.45 today. It’s P/E ratio is Lower than Apple. Apple’s price is all over the place and if you have time to short term flip highs and lows you can make a lot of $$$, but you got to have A LOT of capital. Microsoft’s is holding steady so if you are looking for long term gains and regular dividends looks like a safe bet. MSFT has followed the same stock movement pattern at Exxon, Cisco, and GE over ten years. The trick is finding a small company that leverages Microsoft’s Platform. Too bad Vizio is a private company they just got into PCs and Tablets with high reviews and they are killing the rest of the LCD TV makers.

Here’s want a REAL Dark horse Nokia, $2.85, they are all in on Microsoft Ecosystem, worst case Nokia gets bought outright by Microsoft, they still have tons of patents. Microsoft is infusing them with Cash too.

Microsoft: Possible Large Stock Up Tick – GX Blog

Going back to the factory default – UC520 Factory Reset – UPDATED | UC500.com July 20, 2012

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Going back to the factory default – UC520 Factory Reset – UPDATED


It is fairly easy to get back to the default configuration…

1. Get into IOS command line mode.
2. Go to ‘enable’ mode(default password is ‘cisco’).
3. Type in ‘show flash:’
Page down toward the bottom of the list.
One of the last file names will look something like … UC520-8U-4FXO-K9-FACTORY…yada…yada….
That is the factory default configuration…never copy TO this file!!
4. Type in ‘copy flash:(default config file name) startup
That will copy your default config file TO the startup-file in NVRAM.
5. Once that is complete and ok…power off and power on the UC520.
You will back to the default….

If you would like to reset CUE(voicemail) to factory defaults…here is the procedure. This should probably be done before the IOS factory reset…

To Reset CUE

Step 1: Session into CUE using the command service-module Integrated-Service-Engine 0/0 session. (Hit ‘enter’ twice to get a prompt).

Step 2: Type ‘offline’ to go into the offline mode.

Step 3: Type in ‘y’ when you are prompted with ‘Are you sure you want to go offline[n]?’

Step 4: Type in ‘restore factory default’

Step 5: Type in ‘y’ when you are prompted with ‘Do you wish to continue[n]?’

Step 6: Press the Enter key when prompted to ‘Press any key to reload:’

This reset can take 5-10 minutes. Wait until the CUE message ‘SYSTEM ONLINE’ is displayed before proceeding.

Step 7: Exit the CUE by typing ‘exit’.

Going back to the factory default – UC520 Factory Reset – UPDATED | UC500.com

Running Windows Embedded Standard on Hyper-V – Olivier’s Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs April 23, 2012

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So here is something interesting I have been doing and that I wanted to share.

I am working on some labs and I needed to have a Windows Embedded Standard image running in a Virtual machine on top of Hyper-V. I felt like I would have a hard time doing this but at the end of the day it was really easy!

imageSo here are the 3 special steps (sure those who have kids watching Special Agent OSO know  what I am talking about with the 3 special steps :-))

Step 1: Create a VHD

First of all I created a new VHD and for this I used this amazing feature of Windows 7 (I am running the Release Candidate on which, by the way, all the Windows Embedded tools, both for CE and WES, are running perfectly well) that enables you to create, mount and boot from VHD files. So it was as easy as opening the Disk Management tool of Windows 7, going to menu Action|Create VHD.

image I had to indicate a location for the VHD file, a size, and whether the size is fixed or dynamic.

image At this point the VHD was mounted



Next step consisted in initializing the disk (right click on the Disk name in the disk manager):



Once the disk was initialized I could create a new Simple Volume (right click on the disk in disk manager) and format it as I would have done for any other usual hard disk partition. As I wanted to boot an OS from it, I activated the volume.

At this point I had a new volume on my Windows 7 machine ready to host the Windows Embedded Standard OS.

Step 2: Prepare a WES 2009 image.

So 2 options here when you want to build a WES 2009 image for a specific target. First one is to directly go into Target Designer and Component Designer and grab the right components (you can leverage test & dev macro components), and second option is to analyze the target running the target analyzer tool that is provided within Windows Embedded Studio and that runs on Windows, DOS, WinPE. Target Analyzer creates an xml file that lists all the hardware detected on the target which can then be imported into Target Designer in order to select the exact set of drivers required for the target. In my case I went for the first solution and put some components in my OS configuration along with the Virtual PC 2007 Helper macro (this one is usually used to prepare a WES image for Virtual PC 2007 but it works fine for Hyper-V too ;-)).


I checked the dependencies, corrected the few errors, and built the image.

Step 3: deploy the image to Hyper-V.

At this point I had a vhd mounted in my Windows 7 file system (Step 1) and a WES 2009 image in my C:\Windows Embedded Images folder (step 2). I copied the image files into the VHD that is seen as a volume in the file system. Then I detached the VHD in the disk manager of Windows 7:


I then copied the .VHD file to my Hyper-V server, created a new VM, pointed to the new .VHD file and started the virtual machine: after fba, I got my image up and running on Hyper-V


Running Windows Embedded Standard on Hyper-V – Olivier’s Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

Adobe: Illustrator – How to get Effect – Pixelate -Halftone with Vectors March 13, 2012

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One way that will give you a clean halftone pattern using vector objects:
1. Draw a circle;  2. Copy the circle and drag the copy to where the top anchor of the copy aligns with the right anchor of the original;  3. Select both, copy, and align so the top anchor of the copy aligns with the bottom anchor of the original:

4. Repeat the copying/pasting until you have a nice little row of circles;  5. Select the entire row, and make a copy waaaay to the right:

6. Select all, give it all a black fill, remove the stroke;  7. Select the right row, and hit Ctrl-Alt-Shift-D (Object>Transform>Transform Each) and set the scale for 2% vertical and 2% horizontal (Hard to see them lil specks for a moment…):

8. Select the left row of big circles, group them;  9. Select the right row of small specks, group them too;  10.  Select all, make a blend:

Adjust as needed.  You’ll notice that if you drag the right row to the right, more rows will blend in.

Adobe: Illustrator – How to get Effect>Pixelate>Halftone Colour in one color

Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com March 2, 2012

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Jeremiah Grossman is the kind of guy you’d expect to be super paranoid when it comes to computer security. He was on the front lines at Yahoo more than a decade ago when a hacker named MafiaBoy was abusing the site with DDoS attacks. Now Chief Technology Officer at security consultancy White Hat Security, Grossman spends his time fighting web intruders for his company’s clients.

When it comes to computer security, he’s paranoid — and for good reason. He’s seen what the bad guys can do. But when he met with Wired at the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week, he said something surprising: He doesn’t use antivirus software.

As it turns out, many of his security-minded peers don’t use it either. The reason: If someone is going to try and attack them, they’re likely to use a new technique, one that most antivirus products will miss. “If you asked the average security expert whether they use antivirus or not,” Grossman says “a significant proportion of them do not.”

Read More…Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Great detailed article that is very correct on not necessarily needing anti-virus software. A properly configured Windows computer can very very virus resilient in conjunction with a properly educated user on the system.

Rule #1 Be aware of when you open links or click on pictures in web pages. Many malwares disguise themselves to look like valid Windows warnings. If you are not sure hit Alt-F4 to close

Rule #2 Make sure your daily use account is set as “Standard User”, make a separate account as “Administrative” i.e. call it Admin. On any new PC the very first account created has Administrative rights. Call it Admin then create another account for yourself, i.e. John

I will be publishing a full article in the near future.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO formats February 29, 2012

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO formats

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images


Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO files (.iso) are provided as an alternative to using Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup. If you are on a PC running Windows and want to install the consumer preview on another partition, another PC, or a virtual machine, we recommend you download Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup and use the built-in tools for converting an ISO image into installation media, such as a DVD or USB bootable flash drive. You can find additional information, including a list of supported upgrades, in the FAQ.

Note before you download: Windows 8 Consumer Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you’ll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC.

ISO images

An ISO image must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. Instructions are provided on this page. Developer tools are available for download from Windows Dev Center.

64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749
32-bit (x86) Download (2.5 GB) Sha 1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39
Product Key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J