Unlimited Rearms with KMS

I’ve been playing with MDT 2010 and Windows 7 recently and noticed something interesting.  If you have a KMS in your environment, activating your copy of Windows with KMS adds 1 to your rearm count!  You can see this on the VA chart on the bottom right.  That means you don’t have to worry about keeping a master copy that doesn’t get rearmed if you are using KMS.

The 3 rearm limit still remains if you just use MAKs.

– Soli Deo Gloria

Yet Another Screenshot Program!

For the past few years I’ve always looked for that ultimate screenshot utility. When creating technical documentation, a good utility can be a life saver. I first found MWSnap which allow you to snapshot any portion of the screen freehand.  Unfortunately, there are no image editing tools that come with MWSnap, so I was forced to bring the result into a program such as 20/20 to add text, highlights and arrows.  Recently, I found out about JetScreenshot which includes the ability to draw arrows right on your capture within the program.  Unfortunately, this program has quirks of its own, namely its default action is to save results to some Internet site (eww) and it puts a watermark on every result.

Finally to the rescue is a program called PicPick.  PicPick is like JetScreenshot, but there is no watermark on the resulting images.   It also has a very cool “scrolling window” feature.  This feature is invaluable if you say to take a screenshot of a very long page and want to do it as one picture.  The only “bad” part of PicPick is that if you use it at work, you are supposed to buy a licensed or “commercial” version.  At the time of this writing, that was $20.

Another cool one I found was called Greenshot: a completely free and opensource screenshot program.  This one allows you to create complete or partial screenshots quickly, easily annotate, highlight or obfuscate parts of the screenshot and send the screenshot to a file, the clipboard, a printer or as e-mail attachment.

Collecting screen capturing tools is becoming my favorite hobby!  Yet another one: Screenshot Captor.  This one is free as well and it has some nice highlighting features along with the blur tools.  I like Greenshot’s arrows better, so I just combine the two as needed.

– Soli Deo Gloria