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Missing icons on desktop? Let’s bring them back

While working on Windows it might happen to do something that causes the disappearance of some desktop icons. The issue might be due to several circumstances: virus/trojan infecting shortcuts cleaned by an antivirus, missing or broken system registry keys, some unwanted DEL clicks here and there….

Fear not! You can easily bring them back, even if they are valuable system icons such as Recycle Bin, Control Panel, System Resources, Computer, Network etc.). Let’s see how we can do that.

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How to disable Asus IstantOn auto startup

If you got yourself an Asus notebook you’ll probably know about IstantOn, the proprietary energy management software bundled togheter with the asus-branded Windows package. IstantOn is good if you need to switch over your energy settings on-the-fly – which is often unlikely: on the other hand, after many years of refinement, it’s still incapable of getting itself minimized in the systray, wasting some valuable desktop and taskbar space.


Sadly, at the time being (may 2015) there is no systray icon at all. That’s why, despite is usefulness, you might want to prevent Asus IstantOn from automatically launch itself during system startup. If you want to do that, all you need to do is to right-click on its desktop widget and de-select the option “Run when Windows starts”.


Don’t worry, preventing IstantOn automatic startup won’t affect your energy management: you’ll only lose the ability of doing the on-the-fly switch with a single icon click. if you want to re-enable that functionality you can always manually execute the program using its Start menu icon.

Game of Thrones fake Musical for Red Nose Day (feat. Coldplay)

Chances are you don’t know Red Nose Day, a yearly charity event where british celebrities gather togheter in order perform funny sketches to raise money for kids & infants living in poverty. This year, on may 21, the show also aired on the american network NBC and featured an outstanding – yet ridiculous, although in a funny way – performance by Coldplay and the Game of Thrones cast, faking the rehearsal of a musical dedicated to the worldwide-successful TV series.

The event was anticipated on the Chris Martin‘s band official Youtube Channel a couple days ago with the release of some funny clips:

  • Still Goin’ Strong, with an outstanding performance by Peter Dinklage / Tyrion Lannister.
  • Closer to Home, hilarious serenade sang by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau / Jaimie Lannister to his sister/lover Cersei.
  • The exhilarating Red Wedding song, featuring Kit Harington / Jon Snow and other members of the cast.

You can see the final montage below or directly on YouTube.

Game of Thrones Fake Musical

Hope you’ll enjoy it like we did!

How to read/open Winmail.DAT files

If you’re reading this, chances are you just received an e-mail message with a strange winmail.dat attachment file. Don’t worry, it’s not a virus neither a dangerous content: it’s just a container of data (files, metadata, info, notes etc.) built by s Microsoft Outlook client using the Redmond company’s proprietary data encapsulation format protocol (TNEF, as per Transport-Neutral Encapsulation Format). If you’re receiving that it means that the sender is most likely using either MS Outlook or some other Microsoft-based client system of the MS Exchange family (SharePoint, etc.).

If you don’t, in order to see what’s inside the aforementioned file you need to use some specific software such ash:

Both software are pretty much straightforward to use: download, install, and you’ll be able to unpack any winmail.dat file just like any other archive (zip, rar etc).

If you’re using Mozilla Thunderbird you can achieve even better results by downloading and installing the LookOut+ add-on by Attila K. Mergl, built as a replacement of the almost-identical (and now discontinued) LookOut by Aron Rubin: once installed, the component will automatically show the winmail.dat content (if any) just below your e-mail messages.

In case you’re the one using Outlook and you don’t want to send your attachments wrapped into a winmail.dat file, you can turn off the whole TNEF feature as explained in this guide.