Configure Vista for Automatic Login

Over the past few years, many technology vendors have put their focus more on security. Microsoft is no exception as is evident with the security enhancements in Vista. However, in some cases, all the security options may be overkill, especially if you are the only one who uses the computer.

If you do not share your computer with any other users and no one else has access to it, you can configure Vista to log you on automatically.
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December 30, 2007
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6:33 pm
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Adobe Flash Player plug-in installer gives error on Mac OS X: error creating file. 1008:5,-5000 Access denied error

While attempting to install the Adobe Flash Player plug-in on Mac OS X you might get the following error message:

error creating file. 1008:5,-5000 Access denied error

Then you’ll see this error message:

You do not have enough access privileges for this installation

There are two Adobe TechNotes that are associated with this issue (8d46f4f8 and 4aa64290) and 1 decent forum posting.

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Date
December 14, 2007
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3:27 am
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Using DVDFab in Parallels to copy a DVD

Well it’s been a bit of a difficult time getting adjust to only using a MacBook Pro laptop for all of my day-to-day needs. One thing that I used to do pretty heavily is backup my DVD movies to my hard drive using Windows XP and DVDFab Platinum.

Well I tried installing DVDFab under Parallels Desktop 2.0. This didn’t work out so well. The copy process would get about half way through then it would error out. This was probably due to the DVDFab trying to write to the Parallels virtual hard drive.

Recently I decided to give it another try with upgraded software:

This time it worked great! The only difference here is that I set the Target directory to my \\.PSF\.Home\Movies folder. This translates to my /Users/larry.gordon/Movies/ directory in Finder.

I’ve successfully copied 5 movies at DVD9 quality with no errors. There was minimal memory usage (no more than what Parallels was using when running no apps). And my CPU levels never went above 50%.

In case anyone is wondering, my system setup is the following:

  • MacBook Pro
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

On my next DVD copy I’ll add a few screenshots of the task manager and the activity monitor in this post.

Date
October 24, 2007
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Remove shared folders from Parallels

This post will show you how to remove or edit shared folders from Parallels

Getting Started

  1. Start up Parallels, but do not boot into the OS. Meaning your VM is stopped.
  2. On your Parallels menu select > Edit > Virtual Machine…
  3. On the left, select “Shared Folders” (it’s the 3rd option down from the top)
  4. On the right you will see a list of shared folders

Removing a Shared Folder

  1. Select the shared folder you would like to remove
  2. Click on the button with the “-” minus to remove the folder

Editing a Shared Folder

  1. Select the shared folder you would like to edit
  2. Click on the button with “…” 3 elipses
  3. You’ll now see the same window you used to add your shared folder
  4. Make the appropriate changes to the Name, Path, Description, Read Only, and Enabled options
  5. Click OK to complete
Date
April 18, 2007
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11:51 am
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