Encrypting Thunderbird email with OpenPGP

Email messages are at the moment the least secure method of transferring information. They are almost always written in plain-text, jumping around from server to server with anyone interested in eavesdropping on them able to do so.

To use an end-to-end PGP encryption with Thunderbird, you’ll need to install Enigmail (Thunderbird extension) and GnuPG…

Skip Avira’s Free Antivirus reboot request on updates

If you’re using Avira’s Free antivirus and are a mad computer user like me that never reboots his computer (unless something blows up), you might have noticed that Avira periodically updates its program (beside the virus definitions) and asks for a system restart to complete this.

Dismount mounted drives that do not have letters in Computer Manager

Upon entering Computer Manager to remove the drive letters, the partitions do not have any letters assigned. In fact, no actions beside “Delete partitions” are present on the context menu. But the partitions show up in Windows Explorer as drives H: and K.

Luckily MOUNTVOL, a Windows utility (present in all Windowses since Xp) “creates, deletes, or lists a volume mount point”.

Making Enter type newline and Ctrl+Enter send in Pidgin

By default, Pidgin uses Shift+Enter to jump to the new line (unlike the Ctrl+Enter in Yahoo Messenger), and this may be cumbersome when you’re used to YM or when you’re a fast typer.

Now, to change the actual behaviour of the Enter and Ctrl+Enter keystrokes, we’ll need to paste the following piece of text in the ensuing (pdigin specific) gtkrc-2.0 file …

Automatically moving and sorting recovered files based on file extension

Let’s consider a very complex folder/files structure with a lot of (read infinity) subfolders and a large amount (read infinity again) of files in each subfolder.

This folder structure is generated by PhotoRec, used to recover lost files from damaged/formatted/erased drives.

I needed to move all the files found in those (very numerous) subfolders into different folders based on the file extensions (so in each folder I would only have one filetype, making it a lot easer to browse through and extract important files out of the piles and piles of bulk information).

Desktop Heap limitation

When running lots of applications, one may notice a moment where no more windows can be opened. This is the Desktop Heap limit; you will see this logged in the Event log as “A desktop heap allocation failed”

Back when I was running Windows Xp I hit this limit quite often (because of my working habits). The solution was to increase the limit; for this one needs to edit a specific registry key (always backup first!):