I’ve recently had a number of friends lose large amounts of information (music, essays, and photos that can never be replaced) due to hard drive damage and it has gotten me thinking about how easy backups can be, but how rarely people use them.

Windows – Backup to external hard drive: Backup Magic

Network Linux Box – Great article on network backups

Online options: Carbonite

Make the Send To menu your own

This is nothing new I’ll admit, but it’s a quick and easy way to get around windows a little bit quicker.  Customize the ‘Send To’ section of the right-click menu for files.

Check that hidden files are visible:

  • In any folder, go to Tools -> Folder Options -> View tab
  • ‘Show Hidden Files and Folders’ should be checked

Add shortcuts to the C:/Documents and Settings/<profile_name>/Send To folder.

Command Line Hack for Maxed Out Remote Desktop Connections

“The terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections”

If you’ve got an unreliable internet connection, it’s possible to build up remote desktop connections that don’t time out when they should, putting you in a rough position.  If you have access to another server machine, you can use the following commands to view and reset active connections.

> query session /server:servername

> reset session [ID] /server:servername

More information at: Command Line Hack for: “Terminal Server Has Exceeded the Maximum Number of Allowed Connections”

Update: In the syntax ‘/server:servername’  The ‘server’ is explicitly the text ‘server’.  For instance, if my server is at, the command would be: 

> query session /server:

> reset session 2 /server: