Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 1 links

December 11th, 2007 is reporting that the Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 1 links will go live any time soon.

They aren't working yet but I'll keep trying them ...

How to get YouTube working in Ubuntu 7.10

December 11th, 2007

Question: I recently made the switch from Windows to the Linux distro Ubuntu 7.10.  Most things are working well but one thing that I can't get working is YouTube in Firefox.  Any ideas?

The problem that you are having is that you don't have the Flash player installed.  To get it working you'll need to fire up a Terminal window and type the following (press ENTER between each line and allow time for the install process to complete):

  1. sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
  2. sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer

Start enjoying YouTube again!

Where can I get a Wii?

December 9th, 2007

Question: Santa is supposed to be bringing my kids a Wii this Christmas but I gather than the elves are having some trouble keeping up with the demand!  Any ideas where Santa might be able to get one?  😉

To be honest with you, I wish I'd bought as many Wiis as I could over the past few months and hoarded them for Christmas because I'm certain that I could have made a few bucks helping out Santa's elves!

A good place to watch out for stocks of the Wii is on Nintendo Wii Tracker.  Over the past few days I've seen this site show a few come into stock at Wal-mart and Sears.  You have to be determined and you have to be fast though!

Other sites worth keeping an eye on are Wii Hunt and Wii Chat - this post is especially useful.

Good luck!

Quick access to Task Manager in Vista

December 7th, 2007

Question: In the days before Vista I used to press CTRL + ALT + DEL to bring up Task Manager.  Under Vista I have to then click Start Task Manager before it comes up.  Is there a quick way to bring up Task Manager in Vista?

Yep - CTRL + SHIFT + ESC instead.

Disable “User Account Control is turned off” notification

December 7th, 2007

If you've turned off UAC (User Account Control) in Windows Vista you might after a while get tired of the "User Account Control is turned off" notification.  If you do, here's how to kill the warning:

Go to the Control Panel, choose Security Center and click on Change the way Security Center alerts me. Here you can choose to disable the message and the icon, the message only, or display all alerts.  However, it's important that you remember that any changes you make will apply to other security notifications, such as the anti-virus alerts, so be sure to keep your security software updated.