How to remove the Internet and Mail icons from the Start Menu with RegEdit

There’s always the easy way. by Right clicking and choosing properties on the start bar:
Just click away...

But here’s the quick and dirty… Create a .reg file with this content and apply it.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Scripters, here are the commands to do it from a batch file
:: Clear the pinned icons
REG ADD “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage” /V “Favorites” /T REG_BINARY /D 00 /F
REG ADD “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage” /V “FavoritesResolve” /T REG_BINARY /D 0000000000000000 /F
REG ADD “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage” /V “FavoritesChanges” /T REG_DWORD /D 00000001 /F

A brand new Doctor Who episode: “Blood of the Daleks”

If you aren’t familiar with the Eighth Doctor, the one before Christopher Eccleston, you can listen to a brand
episode that aired on BBC7 this past Sunday starring Paul McGann.

Here is a quick sample: Link

Blood of the Daleks(link)

The Time Lord has plenty to deal with as an intruder appears in the TARDIS and the Daleks prepare to blight a damaged world.

Written by Steve Lyons, directed by Nicholas Briggs
With Paul McGann (the Doctor), Sheridan Smith (Lucie Miller), Katarina Olssen (Headhunter), Anita Dobson (Eileen Klint), Kenneth Cranham (Tom Cardwell), Hayley Atwell (Asha/Martez), Gerry O’Toole (Lowell), Nicholas Briggs (Daleks)
31 December 2006 and 7 January 2006

(BTW the first 5 minutes might sound a little bit familiar to the big fans…)


For 2007, I will corrupt my site with a bunch of non-tech related posts and lots of ads. Well, okay… it is not as bad as all that… There’s no massive swing taking place. This is still cold storage for thoughts, ideas and code you or I might need sometime in the future. But I’m going to add a couple more things.

As you can see on the right, I have added an AdSense widget. Back in January of 2006, I added AdSense to my wife’s blog. It worked well and more than paid for the resources she used. However, it did not pay for 100% of my hosting cost. My goal for this year is to add a few more donated sites, to what I host, and to make my hosting of sites 100% self supporting. They are almost there already. It won’t take much to push it over the top. So, some non-intrusive ads will be shown on The Code Cave. A single day that is a New week, New month, and New year is just tooooo convenient stats-wise to miss. (I get a lot of traffic on the posts for my phones. Maybe if I get inspired, I’ll modify the widget to only show on those posts. Those folks are (I think) are more likely to click the ads anyway… We’ll see…)

But what of 2006?

And why were you tagged?
I heard a good quote yesterday “Who you are *today* is a direct result of the decisions you’ve made in the last six months.”

So, I’ve picking up the tagging chain from Michael’s Technozid (I still try to type Technozoid but there’s no second o) and will review the last year… And I’ve spread the joy by tagging 5 blogs I think you all might like. (see the list at the end). I’ve only done this kind of a post once before, but hey… looking at your choices over the last year makes more sense, I think, than making a bunch of resolutions. If you want to make progress, you’ve got to know where you’ve been…

Here you go, who I am today is because of this:
Gained or lost weight?
I’m almost exactly the same as I was this time last year. Last year I was in the middle of a big swing in my weight. I’d already lost 30 pounds to get to where I am at right now (205) and would continue to drop 30 more. I’d stopped the strict dieting and much of the exercise and have been balanced at 205 for the last six months regardless of what I eat or do. So, that’s pretty good but I’ve been ramping up the exercise again since November. I’m putting myself into training for mountain biking more in the summer. I REALLY enjoyed the parks I went to this fall. I plan to do much more of this and might even participate in a race or two… not sure about that… I’ve got someone pushing me towards it though and I’d love spending more time with him. He’s a good honorable man, and everyone should have more good examples in their life.

Longer or shorter hair?
Hmmm…. longer for just another 20 minutes. Then it comes off! I was planning on returning to my longer than shoulder blades length in anticipation for getting back on two wheels (with a motor this time in the spring. I should have enough $$ set aside to get a junker bike that will last me for a year). But I also think that the longer hair is going to interfere with my exercise plans. So, now that the Christmas skits are over at church, I’m going back to short short.
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