Windows 8 Disables WoL

Overview I had Wake on LAN working on Windows 7 but since Windows 8 it didn’t work. It didn’t help that every UEFI firmware flash would wipe the settings. It turns out Windows 8 shutdown behavior is different to Windows … Continue reading



Ubuntu 12.04 Disk Utility S.M.A.R.T

I was surprised to be greeted by an error dialogue notifying me of a potential issue with one of the HDD but also very grateful. Clicking on the Examine button opened up the Disk Utility program which is part of … Continue reading



Add Programs To Metro Apps UI In Windows 8

Programs which are not installed by an installer like putty do not appear in the metro ui (also known as a tile) in Microsoft Windows 8. To add them is very simple: Create a shortcut for the program and name … Continue reading



Windows Explorer Not Refreshing

After a crash I encountered an issue where Windows Explorer would not automatically refresh in Microsoft Windows 7. For example downloading a file using a web browser to the Desktop the file doesn’t appear until you Right click > Refresh. … Continue reading



Windows 7 Monitor Power Test

There is a report generator in Microsoft Windows 7 which can help you track down what is being used in terms of power. The report tells you what is stopping the computer going into sleep mode (if sleep mode is … Continue reading