How to find your Windows Computer Name

Follow the instructions below to locate your company name.

Windows XP:

  • Right-Click My Computer and Select Properties
  • Click the Computer Name tab.
  • Your Computer Name is listed under Full Computer Name.

Windows Vista:

  • Open System by clicking the Start button.
  • Click on Control Panel > System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.
  • Your Computer Name is listed under Full Computer Name.

Windows 7:

  • Open System by clicking the Start button.
  • Right-click on Computer, and then clicking Properties
  • Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, you can find your computer name, and its full computer name if your computer is on a domain.

Windows 8:

  • Hover the mouse at the top right
  • Click the settings cog > PC info.
  • Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, you can find your computer name, and its full computer name if your computer is on a domain.

Windows 8.1:

  • Right click on the Start button
  • Click System
  • Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, you can find your computer name, and its full computer name if your computer is on a domain.

Asterisk Beep on Attended Transfer

Asterisk can produce a beep sound when doing a DTMF attended transfer by setting the relevant options in features.conf

But if you use the SIP phones transfer feature buttons, the default is that there is no beep tone.

If you want to produce a beep tone when the transfer is completed using the feature keys, Asterisk has a relatively hidden option for that.

Set the ATTENDED_TRANSFER_COMPLETE_SOUND channel variable to ‘beep’ prior to dialling and that will cause the recipient to hear a beep tone.

Set(__ATTENDED_TRANSFER_COMPLETE_SOUND=beep)

Enjoy!

Unable to Make Imap Library

Library downloaded from http://www.washington.edu/imap/

When trying to make the Imap library, I got the following error:

osdep.c:110: error: invalid application of ‘sizeof’ to incomplete type ‘struct pam_response’
osdep.c:111: error: dereferencing pointer to incomplete type
osdep.c:112: error: ‘PAM_PROMPT_ECHO_ON’ undeclared (first use in this function)
osdep.c:112: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
osdep.c:112: error: for each function it appears in.)
osdep.c:113: error: invalid use of undefined type ‘struct pam_response’
osdep.c:113: error: dereferencing pointer to incomplete type
osdep.c:113: error: ‘PAM_SUCCESS’ undeclared (first use in this function)
osdep.c:114: error: invalid use of undefined type ‘struct pam_response’
osdep.c:114: error: dereferencing pointer to incomplete type
osdep.c:116: error: ‘PAM_PROMPT_ECHO_OFF’ undeclared (first use in this function)
osdep.c:117: error: invalid use of undefined type ‘struct pam_response’
osdep.c:117: error: dereferencing pointer to incomplete type
osdep.c:118: error: invalid use of undefined type ‘struct pam_response’
osdep.c:118: error: dereferencing pointer to incomplete type
osdep.c:120: error: ‘PAM_TEXT_INFO’ undeclared (first use in this function)
osdep.c:121: error: ‘PAM_ERROR_MSG’ undeclared (first use in this function)
osdep.c:122: error: invalid use of undefined type ‘struct pam_response’
osdep.c:122: error: dereferencing pointer to incomplete type
osdep.c:123: error: invalid use of undefined type ‘struct pam_response’
osdep.c:123: error: dereferencing pointer to incomplete type
osdep.c:127: error: ‘PAM_CONV_ERR’ undeclared (first use in this function)
osdep.c: At top level:
osdep.c:138: error: expected ‘)’ before ‘*’ token
osdep.c: In function ‘checkpw’:
osdep.c:155: error: ‘pam_handle_t’ undeclared (first use in this function)
osdep.c:155: error: ‘hdl’ undeclared (first use in this function)
osdep.c:156: error: storage size of ‘conv’ isn’t known
osdep.c:164: error: ‘PAM_SUCCESS’ undeclared (first use in this function)
osdep.c:165: error: ‘PAM_RHOST’ undeclared (first use in this function)
osdep.c:168: error: ‘PAM_ESTABLISH_CRED’ undeclared (first use in this function)
osdep.c:184: error: ‘checkpw_cleanup’ undeclared (first use in this function)

In order to fix this, you need to install pam-devel

Lastpass Acquired by Logmein – Bye Bye

Logmein (www.logmein.com) has done it again. Following their ridiculous price increases that caused many people to cancel their Logmein subscriptions, another product has now dead in my opinion.

Lastpass (www.lastpass.com) is a fantastic Password Manager. It syncronises over various devices and offers two factor authentication, even with their free version.

I’ve been using their free version for a year now and really love it. I was about to sign up to their paid version to get password access on my mobile.

That was before I saw an email saying they’ve been acquired by Logmein. Based on Logmein’s history of price increases and money grabbing, there is no reason to believe they aren’t going to pump up the pricing on Lastpass subscriptions.

Loads of angry Lastpass customers commenting here https://forums.lastpass.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=185955

I’m going to try out https://www.dashlane.com/ (Any other suggestions?)
A little more expensive than LastPass (at the moment), but when I left LMI, I promised myself that I wouldn’t give them a single penny more!

Good luck to all LastPass users.

Remove RunDLL Popup – Cathel~.dll

A client was receiving this error every time they logged on.

cathel

There was a problem starting C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\ARCADE~1\CATHEL~1.DLL.

I searched the common places to try to remove this process from trying to start up and couldn’t find it.

Solved by downloading ‘Autoruns’ from Microsoft.

This is the link at time of writing: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

If the link fails, please let me know and I’ll update the post.

It lists all the processes that startup on login and allows you to remove them easily.

Enjoy!

LogMeIn Price Increase (part 2)

I emailed them to query the pricing and got the most condescending email I’ve ever seen!

It started like this…

We are indeed introducing a new version of Central designed to deliver new value to all of our IT customers, while making it far easier for each and every Central customer to get the right product – and the capabilities – to meet their specific needs. No more, no less.

The new product is NOT my specific needs and IS MORE than I require. Adding extra features and charging more is exactly the opposite of ‘NO MORE, NO LESS’

I really take offense when you say that you deliver ‘new value’ to your IT customers.
It is not ‘new value’. You are forcing us to take extra features which we don’t use and don’t want.

DO NOT RENEW OUR ACCOUNT. I will certainly not be giving any LMI any further consideration.

My original post is here: http://www.danjourno.com/logmein-central-price-increase-forget-sas/

Logmein Central Price Increase – Forget SaS

Logmein has just announced a price increase. Last year we paid £117+vat. This year, our renewal is £350+vat!! That’s a £233 increase!

I found a nice list of alternative products. Some may be SaS. Screenconnect looks interesting.

http://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/comments/2shj8g/collection_of_links_to_logmein_alternatives/

I posted this on their forum and posting it here to ensure it remains on the internet for future browsers.

Time to forget the Software-As-Service model and purchase a remote solution to ensure my costs are fixed!

Logmein has become a joke and extememly annoyed all their clients by sending an email talking about the ‘All New Central’.

After last year’s removal of Logmein Free and subsequent price increases for Logmein Central, when I saw that email, I KNEW that ‘All New Central’ meant ‘All New Pricing’.

We Small Business IT Professionals have enough to deal with in our business without having to struggle with Logmein pricing. Really unfair of them, and I really hope people switch away from them quickly.

Just for the record, I’m switching away from them, even if it costs me more. I don’t use companies that treat their clients in this way. Strength in numbers.

Posted at http://community.logmein.com/t5/Central/New-Year-New-Central/m-p/128922#M2882

Windows program lost off screen

I recently had a client whose Microsoft Outlook window would not show. After using Windows System Restore a few times to fix it, i was forced to look into it further.

I discovered that something was causing it to go off-screen. Maximising it helped by using Task Manager, but it wasnt a solution and when not maximised, the problem was still there.

I downgraded to 32Bit office, to see if that would help but i still needed to get it back onto the screen.

Thats when I found this program which checks all running applications are within the available screen.

More info https://sourceforge.net/projects/movewindows/
Download link: https://sourceforge.net/projects/movewindows/files/latest/download

I repost if the 32bit downgrade didnt help.

 

 

asterisk: error while loading shared libraries: libjansson.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Issue

You install Asterisk 12 successfully but receive the following error when trying to launch asterisk:

asterisk: error while loading shared libraries: libjansson.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Solution

Execute this

echo “/usr/local/lib” > /etc/ld.so.conf.d/usr_local.conf

and

/sbin/ldconfig

Cause

I’m not expert on this. Can anyone explain why this works? I’ll give you a link to your website in return.