From the monthly archives:

March 2008

Google Marked their Own Email as Spam

by Bruce on March 25, 2008

I created a new blog and made my first post. Shortly thereafter I received an email from blogger informing me that my blog was flagged as a spam blog and was suspended. I didn’t notice the email for a few days because it landed in the spam folder of my Gmail account. I guess Google doesn’t discriminate.


How to Read Binary Registry Files

by Bruce on March 23, 2008

If you find yourself with only a binary copy of your registry files and you want to extract pieces rather than import the entire hive, here’s an example. I needed to extract my PuTTY sessions from an Araxis (like Ghost) disk image of my computer that I literally cooked.
Extract c:\Documents and Setting\yourUserName\NTUSER.DAT from the disk image.
Open regedit and navigate to HKU (HKEY_USERS – not HKEY_CURRENT_USER).
Load NTUSER.DAT as a Hive within HKU with File->Load Hive, identify NTUSER.DAT, and give it a unique name.
Navigate within your new hive to the desired key (Software\SimonTatham\PuTTY\Sessions) and export the key to a .reg file (PuTTY-Sessions.reg).
Unload the hive by selecting it and choosing File->Unload Hive
Modify the PuTTY-Sessions.reg file so the registry paths are correct (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SimonTatham\PuTTY\Sessions instead of HKEY_USERS\JUNKBRUUCE\Software\SimonTatham\PuTTY\Sessions for example) You will find a full path that will need to be modified for each key.
Save the .reg file and import it into your registry by double-clicking.