How to run the Command Prompt under the SYSTEM account.

Yet another thing that may be useful to the IT people out there – a guide on how to make Command Prompt run under a system account.

 Quick note & disclaimer- this guide assumes that your user account has the rights to create, edit and manually start services. Without these rights, this process guide will fail. As for the disclaimer, this account pretty much provides ‘god rights’ on your computer. What you do with it is entirely up to you, but I’m in no way responsible for you breaking your system.

Moving on…

To get command prompt to run as an admin account, you will need to create a service where the command is to launch command prompt, then launch another command prompt window from there. This is because directly launching command prompt will start it and then close it almost straight away. Launching the second window will give you a window that remains open until you decide to close it.

The command to do this is as follows (and will most likely need to be run via an admin command prompt, depending how your system is setup):

sc create SysCMDPrompt binpath= “cmd /K start” type= own type= interact

Note that all spaces in the command line above are required. Taking and spaces out may result in a failure to launch.

There are two methods to running the service (and thus system CMD).

First Method

– Launch a command window with an account that has permission to launch services

– Enter the command line sc start SysCMDPrompt

Second Method

– Launch the Services control applet with an account that has permission to launch services

– Find the SysCMDPrompt service

– Start the service

Which method you use depends entirely on personal preference.

I’ve bodged together a quick program that creates the service, launches the service and then deletes the service. You can find it here:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/64814714/System%20CMD%20Launcher.exe

Running under XP is flawless as far as I can tell, however in Windows 7, you will get a message about Interactive Services Detection. Click View the message and you’ll be able to run it – only flaw is that it runs in its own bubble, where you cannot access other programs at the same time (unless run via the command prompt window).

Note in my testing, Windows 7 had to restart explorer most times, upon reverting back to the standard desktop view…

Is the humble MP3 player a dying breed?

So I was sitting at my desk the other day doing some sort of work. I’ve got my phone sitting in it’s holder and I’m happily typing along, with my MP3 player plugged into my ears, listening to music.

Enter some random person. He asks…’why are you using an MP3 player.’  The man does kind of have a point. I’ve got my phone sitting on the desk, which is capable of doing everything but the dishes and yet I’m using my Creative X-Fi for music instead.

It’s for the same reason that I don’t belive that the MP3 player is a dying breed. Aside from the fact that some MP3 players produce better quality sound and that some people just don’t want to take the jump to a smartphone, there is another reason…

.. we have phones now that can do everything and sometimes that’s a little too much. Allow me to explain:

Bob is working in an office,writing up a report on the efficiency of something or another. He has his MP3 player plugged in to drown out some of the background noise and so that he can concentrate better on the task at hand.

After listening to the same album on repeat for a while, he decides that something else would be good. He picks up the MP3 player, changes album and continues working on time.

Bob gets the work done, gets promoted and gets a fat pay rise.

Now meet Eve. She’s also writing a report on something or another. Let’s call this report ‘Procrastination for the Masses’. Like Bob, she has music on to drown out the background noise. A minor note is that she’s using her iPhone for it instead.

Like Bob, she just put one album on initially and it begins to grate after a while. She picks up the iPhone to change track. While she’s got the phone in hand, she replies to a text message and notices she has an email. The email is from Facebook, saying that Herp McDerpington has invited her to an event. Naturally she goes to Facebook to accept the event invitation. Then she goes onto Twitter to let others know of the event.

The cycle continues. Eve misses the report deadline. She gets fired. Then loses all her money. Then dies due to Hypothermia, as she can no longer afford the heating bills.

So the example was a little..over dramatic and exaggerated. But I think that the MP3 player has a place. A place for the Luddites who won’t get smartphones. A place for the people that just want to get stuff done. A place for the audiophiles that want to listen to higher quality music. But most of all, I belive it has a place in history – as the item that began the steady decline of the CD. The item that succeeded where MiniDisc failed.

Essential FREE Apps for WebOS

This one is inspired by Engadget’s post about apps and accessories for Palm’s WebOS mobile operating system. Unlike Engadget’s article however, I’m going to stick to just free apps.

One thing to note – I have the 1st edition Pre – as much as I love it, I can’t really comment on the functionality on the Pre 2, or WebOS 2 (as Palm / HP have neglected to give the old phone any sort of software upgrade).

The Engadget article, can be found here

Right…moving on to awesome apps that you can download for free, in no particular order.

Facebook

Engadget has already mentioned this one, but it is worthy of another mention – the UI is advert free, clean and intuitive. It allows multiple cards so you can look up several things at the same time and the most recent update allows you to add location information, for those who truly want ‘big brother’ to know everything. I’ve tried Facebook applications on other phone systems, and still prefer the Palm version. That said I’m pretty biased as I’m used to my phone.

Ultimate Wallpaper

 

This application allows you to add data to your home screen – this data being either RSS feeds, Stock information or the Weather. Something that the Pre does not allow you to do by default. From what I gather, it works by asking what underlying wallpaper you want to use. Once you’ve provided the background image, plus the data source it will render and set a new wallpaper with the information requested showing. You can also set the application to update your wallpaper after a set period of time, which it can do with the application closed. Overall it’s pretty neat, and it will help you keep up to date while on the move.

Spaz

Spaz

In short it’s a Twitter app. I’ve got through a couple of the free ones fairly quickly, but this one sticks. It’s totally ad free, and will always have an empty price tag as it’s supported by the open source community. As well as Twitter it apparently also supports Identi.ca and StatusNet – I can’t comment on this however, as I only use the Twitter functionality. It allows all the basic Twitter functionality though, and seems to be pretty reliable – in fact with this application, I’m not sure why people pay for Twitter apps. the only thing I can see missing is lists and that may well be because I’m not looking hard enough.

IM+ Lite

In one of my previous posts I mentioned how a I’d love to see Windows Live Messenger integrated into WebOS 2.0. On my old-fashioned Pre MK1, we’ve not had any sort of OS upgrade so this is the solution. It allows for most IM systems including AIM and Yahoo IM, meaning it allows you to keep chatting regardless of which IM network you use. Might be worth remembering however that AIM and Googletalk are both integrated on the Pre from the start.

I should probably mention that this software does have the occasional bug with connecting to the server, but most of the time it seems to work without issue – also looking at the reviews it appears a few users in France (or a french speaking country) have tried it on WebOS 2.0 without success. However as Rimmer says Red Dwarf, “If you can’t get two weeks in the Caribbean then Grimsby is better than nothing”

Despite the issues, it’s still worth a download for users of the older generation of Pre phones. There is also a paid version of the application, but I’m not sure what you get in the full fat version of the application, compared to the lite version.

Accuweather

Basically it’s a weather app. I’m not really fussed about weather apps appearing on the home screen as I only check it once a day. Basically it lets you store multiple locations, shows the weather for a couple of weeks in advance, provides 24 hour forecasting and a few other bits. There is one advert in the application, but it doesn’t get in the way, and it can also be hidden from view.

There are other free weather applications on offer, but for what I use it for, this one has proven to be the best one so far. Only thing I can see it missing is a system to notify of severe weather warnings.

Things I’d like to see HP / Palm bring into Web OS 2.0…

As it’s been shown on a few tech sites over the last few days, HP / Palm has had some Web OS 2.0 screenshots leaked.

I’ve had my first generation Pre since about April, I’ve come up with a list of a few things I’d like to see, assuming that Web OS 2.0 comes to the current gen of hardware.

  • Snappier response time

Although my Pre does the job that it is supposed to, I can’t help but feel sometimes that my fingers are a tad faster than the processor – for instance when putting my PIN into the phone to unlock it. I swear that the phone takes half a second after each keypress to keep up.

  • Flash Support

Pretty much the same thing that I’ve wanted on my XP 64 bit machine at work since I received it – and it’s pretty much the same story, which is “It’s being worked on.”As far as the Palm release of flash is concerned, it was originally promised for the first half of 2010.

There is no official release date these days. No doubt that the HP takeover will have slowed things down, but it would be nice to know what’s going on with it.

  • Windows Live Messenger IM Support

It would be nice to have – currently the phone supports GoogleTalk and AIM – neither of which I use. It would be nice to have another method of being in contact while on the move, or bored on the train.

That said one of the beta screenshots implies that this will be included, so fingers crossed to at least one of my needs being satisfied

  • Patch Fixes

Could be a bit of a long shot, but there is a bug where occasionally the battery will total itself from 60% or more to nothing in a few minutes, after some light web browsing. It’s not a frequent issue for me, but many users over the on the palmcentral forums have reported it.

  • RSS feeds on the home screen

There is already an application for this called Ultimate Wallpaper – as effective as it is (and I recommend this for the time being), I’d like to see the native support for RSS, along with multiple feeds – just so I can see what’s going on in the world at a glance.

That’s pretty much it for now – I’m sure if I spent more than 15 minutes writing this I could think of more things that would make my mobile life easier, but I’ll come back to it later. If Web OS 2.0 comes to the Pre, I might even do a write up…

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