Musings on O356

So work is pushing me to Office 365; it wouldn’t surprise me if the next home system does so too. I have decided to see if W7 and a more modern hardware makes OWA easier to use. I have had to upgrade my phone since my current one was very old, and they didn’t want to support BB6. Microsoft have also bought Yammer and Skype recently and launched Lync as part of the desktop; so everyone needs a clear road map. I shall start with the view that I should use Lync for chat and Yammer for micro-blogging inside the company. Obviously, outside the company I shall continue to use what people read/reply to. An interesting insight, inside a company managers can declare use policies that have a chance of sticking, but it’s not guarenteed.

So can pidgin act as a Lync chat client? Here’s the google search, here’s the pidgin plugins home page., it seems SIPE is the keyword, and the pidgin page says it’ll support TRM as well as implying it’ll support Lync although it seems designed for MS Office Communicator.

So, here’s the SIPE code, http://sourceforge.net/projects/sipe/, it’s an NSIS install on Windows, think I had to reboot windows to see the “Office Communicator” option. The configuration runes are documented on this page, which is part of the O365 community site. DFL 9th Oct 2014

Recoverying W7 admin user

I came across these links when trying to recover a Windows 7 system which had been “upgraded”

We had lost the one admin user password and a shell had been installed in the Admin user.

I logged into the BIOS and added the DVD as a legacy device.

I used the install disk to open up a command window.  I then used trick No 4. “Use the Sticky Keys trick to reset the Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP password” from this article, 12 ways how to reset the Windows administrator password – Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP  which takes you to this article, The Sticky Keys Trick. This allowed me to reset the password.

I then downloaded autorunsc which can be run from my emergency cmd shell. ( I downloaded it using a non admin user and copied the files to my emergency directory and run the program from my emergency shell.) It opens as a windows program. I was then able to delete the startup link for the crapware.

I was then able to use the admin user to remove the crapware.

I reset the sticky key program and then deleted the DVD as legacy device.

W7 and Sleep with an HP Probook

As shipped the HP Probook can take too long to wake from “Sleep”.

I found this post on MS Technet and have applied the advice to the WIFI adaptor. I found it using this google query.

I have tested it using the [fn] and [moon] button and it seems to work fine. I need to test it over a longer period but it may be safe to reconfigure the power management config to “Sleep on Lid Close” which should make using the laptop on a train commute feasible.

My laptop is an HP Probook 5320m.