Add Any Program as a Windows Service!

Windows ServiceDo you have a program that you need to run when your system reboots, even if you do not log-in to the system immediately? That is what “running as a Windows Service” is all about. The key is that you need to run the program with permissions and credentials that will allow this to happen. This “HowToGeek” tutorial shows how to set this up.

How to Run Any Program as a Background Service in Windows

“If you’re like most Windows users, you have lots of great little utilities that run when you start Windows. While this works great for most apps, there are some that would be nice to start even before a user logs in to the PC. To do this, you’ll need to run the app as a Windows service.

Windows services are a special class of programs that are configured to launch and run in the background, usually without any sort of user interface and without needing a user to log in to the PC. Many gamers and power users know them as those things you used to disable to help speed up your system, though that’s really not necessary any more.

The primary advantage of running an app as a service is that you can have a program start before a user to log in. That can be particularly important with apps that provide important services you want to be available when you’re away from your computer.”

By the way, the SrvStart program he mentions is no longer at the link provided, it is available here: This method is no longer supported, so use at your own risk. However, Microsoft also has instructions to deal with services here: Create a user-defined service

Chromebooks Turn Ten!

ChromebookBelieve it or not, it has been ten years since Chromebooks came out! I was an “early adopter” because I have always been a Linux geek, and I wanted to see a Linux based system in the hands of “regular users.” Because of that I started the “Chromest” Netcast to chronicle Chromebook adoption and features. Since then, “Chromest” was retired, and “rolled up into” this main “Dr. Bill.TV” podcast, along with “VirtZine” (about virtualization) and the “HandHeldHack” (about hand-held devices.)

Here’s a link to the Google Blog post, where they discuss the decade of Chromebooks:

Chromebook turns 10: Looking back and moving forward

The Raspberry Pi 400 Keyboard Computer

Raspberry Pi 400 Keyboard Computer

“Featuring a quad-core 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, wireless networking, dual-display output, and 4K video playback, as well as a 40-pin GPIO header, Raspberry Pi 400 is a powerful, easy-to-use computer built into a neat and portable keyboard.

It’s a Raspberry Pi designed into a keyboard.

Raspberry Pi 400 incorporates a purpose-built board based on Raspberry Pi 4. Featuring the same powerful processor, Raspberry Pi 400 has specially designed thermals to keep your computer cool and silent while you’re hard at work.

The GPIO pins remain accessible, so if you want to explore beyond the desktop, you can connect components and prototype your projects.

Your personal computer kit comes with a mouse, power supply, micro HDMI to HDMI cable, and SD card preloaded with Raspberry Pi OS. There’s also the official Raspberry Pi Beginner’s Guide to help you get the most out of your new computer.

As well as our UK and US English keyboard variants, Raspberry Pi 400 is available in Spanish, French, German, and Italian variants, with more to come.

Raspberry Pi OS
Edit documents. Organize your calendar. Get hands-on with programming. Connect with friends.”

All this for $100.00!

Video of a Cool Windows Tablet PC Build!

Turn down the sound, but watch this cool DIY tablet build using a Lattepanda single board computer!

LattePanda – A Powerful Arduino Compatible Windows 10 Single Board Computer
“The Intel Cherry Trail Z8350 quad-core based SBC from DFRobot provides an integrated onboard ATmega32u4 co-processor to execute Arduino sketches and allow easy connection of peripherals.

Preinstalled with Windows 10 Home Edition, the LattePanda single board computers from DFRobot offers the familiar desktop interface and experience Windows users are used to. Available with either 32 GB internal storage and 2 GB of RAM or 64 GB storage and 4 GB RAM, these powerful computers can easily handle software tasks of typical PCs, such as Microsoft Office, playing high-definition video, and tools such as Visual Studio, NodeJS, Java, Processing, and more.

Standard connectivity options include USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, Ethernet, HDMI, 3.5 mm audio jack, microSD card socket, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi, all of which allow for connection of standard PC peripherals, such as printers, cameras, and more. The board is powered via a micro USB connection, similar to other popular SBCs, and requires only 2 A to 3 A at 5 V.”

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