Product Reinstall Keys

Recently I had an error trying to update Adobe Acrobat and it failed. So I ended up needing to reinstall, then ran into the issue that they don’t tell you the whole product key. (I had the CD but not the case). The whole key is encoded in the registry, but not they don’t show the last 4 digits. After searching for a while I found 2 things that actually gave me the key:
Belarc Advisor (free for personal use) http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

and a little utility from Dave Hope: http://davehope.co.uk/projects/product-key-finder/

Belarc is a lot to find a simple key. Dave’s utility worked great for what it does.

Default Application for a file

There is not a simple Universal utility included with OSX to do this. But there is a freeware package available.

Set the Default application for a filetype in Mac:
http://www.rubicode.com/Software/RCDefaultApp/

  • RCDefaultApp is a Mac OS X 10.2 or higher preference pane that allows a user to set the default application used for various URL schemes, file extensions, file types, MIME types, and Uniform Type Identifiers (or UTIs; MacOS 10.4 only). MacOS X uses the extension and file type settings to choose the application when opening a file in Finder, while Safari and other applications use the URL and MIME type settings at other times for content not related to a file (such as an unknown URL protocol, or a media stream).

Thanks to APC Mag for pointing to this:
How to: set your default applications in Mac OS X

GDM Screen Saver Unlock Background (EasyPeasy)

There is a bug in the current release of the GDM (Linux) Screensaver and it shows ONLY the default background. Not the current one like it is supposed to.

The hack for this is to copy what you want to the following file:
/usr/share/pixmaps/backgrounds/gnome/background-default.jpg
at least that is what the page below says.
Arch Linux Forums / Lock screen?

That did not work on my Ubutntu based retool, EasyPeasy.
For Easy Peasy the following worked
root@host:/usr/share/gdm/themes/SleekDragon# cp /usr/share/backgrounds/easy-peasy-4.png /usr/share/backgrounds/easy-peasy-4-save.png

root@host:/usr/share/gdm/themes/SleekDragon# cp Sleek_and_Sporty.png /usr/share/backgrounds/easy-peasy-4.png

Sleek Dragon Screen Shot I’m currently using Sleek Dragon for my login page, so this worked for the screen saver as well. (great Job Michael Russell, aka Potemkin!!!)
http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Sleek+Dragon?content=25716

The whole reason that I wanted this change is that the Easy Peasy logo is horrible. I like most of their work, but the graphics just don’t work for me.

Mac Keyboard with Linux

I noticed the neat little Mac keyboards @ Bestbuy and was thinking about putting one on a myth box that I’m building.

So just a little research:
http://hansmi.ch/articles/apple-keyboard-with-linux

http://forums.macosxhints.com/archive/index.php/t-44415.html

Google: mac keyboard on linux — looks like some good info