Try Windows Server 2012 for free with 180 day trial

Microsoft offers 180 day fully functional trial of Windows Server 2012. You can install it on a standalone PC with a 64 bit CPU, or you can set it up as a virtual machine.

I have installed it under VirtualBox running on MacBook Pro. Setup went smoothly and was completed with very little user input.. If you are using VirtualBox, don’t forget to install guest additions after Windows has been set up. My virtual machine has 35GB disk and 2GB RAM, and I haven’t noticed any performance issues.

Downloadable ISO contains Windows Server 2013 standard and datacenter editions. When installing, select to install version with GUI (user interface).

Download Windows Server 2012 trial here.


iOS – Manually backup your devices to iCloud

iCloud backup

iCloud backup

You can manually backup you iPad or iPhone to iCloud at any time.
To do this, go to Settings -> iCloud -> Storage & Backup and select Back Up Now.

Manual sync can be useful for doing backups when erasing all content and settings as part of a reset.

Select Manage Storage to see what’s being backed up. Here you can manage multiple devices if you have more than one, and it shows you how much storage space you are using. You get 5GB free to start with. If you want more space, you can buy a storage plan.

When you select a device, you’ll see a list of installed apps. Selecting an app gives you an option to delete app’s backup. You can also switch backup on or off for each app. If you wish to delete the whole backup, you can do that here by selecting Delete Backup.

Enable classic login in Windows 7

In Windows 7 you can change the login screen and force users to enter their username.
To do this, open registry editor and navigate to:


Look for key “dontdisplaylastusername” and change its value to 1. If you don’t see this key, create it and set value to 1.