Tuesday, September 26, 2006

"Registry editing has been disabled by administrator"

Situation : You are logged in as an admin, but this message still appears when you try to access the Windows Registry Editor. This could happen for a number of reasons ( the last time I encountered it was after a WGA update).

What you can do:

  1. Open a command window (Start > Run > cmd)
  2. Type in the following and press Enter :
    reg delete HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersionPolicies\System /v DisableRegistryTools
  3. Type "Y" and press Enter when it asks you to confirm the action.
  4. Close the command window, and try opening the registry editor again.

Friday, September 22, 2006

USBCELL : USB-rechargeable AA batteries

Not much "new" developments on battery technology have been made in the last few years, besides using new materials to achieve better or longer performance for our multitude of gadgets.Thus, when I saw the announcement for a USB-rechargeable battery, I thought : "why didn't this come sooner". It was an idea that was just ripe and ready, and with USBCELL's AA batteries , the timing couldn't have been much sweeter.

The USBCELL AA battery acts and looks like a normal rechargeable battery, but instead of using a separate charger, you just need to plug it into a USB port and charging occurs effortlessly. With most us having direct access to PCs that have USB ports, the hassle of bringing a charger is avoided. The capacity of USBCELL is 1300mAH and full charge is achieved after 5 hours of being connected to a powered USB port.

USBCELL website

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Microsoft Security Updates for September 2006

Yes, it's the time of the month for the Microsoft updates to be automatically downloaded, or applied in some other administrative way. Well, this month's updates are composed of : 1 Critical update for MS Publisher 1 Important update for Reliable Multicast Program 1 Moderate update for Windows Indexing Service See more from the MS Technet.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The New Apple iPod shuffle: world's smallest music player

The new Apple iPod shuffle packs 1 GB of flash memory for only $79, and offers the portability of a matchcase. The new shuffle has a clip at the backside that makes it easy to carry, just slip on the clip to a shirt pocket and you're all set to go.

The iPod Shuffle page
Tech Specs page