Ben McCann

Co-founder at Connectifier.
ex-Googler. CMU alum.

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Installing Windows 7


If you need to re-install Windows 7 because you got a new hard drive, you can download a copy of Windows from Microsoft here and then enter your existing product key.  ABR provides one way to get your existing product key.  You can also get a product key for Windows 7 Ultimate and Microsoft Office from Read More

Google video chat volume on Windows


I frequently use Google video chat. It was common for the person on the other end to have difficulty hearing me, which I eventually realized was because the microphone level kept being auto-adjusted to very low levels. It turns out that it was Google video chat constantly auto-adjusting the volume level and that the behavior Read More

Opening a Windows Command Prompt in Windows Explorer


If you’ve ever used Linux and gotten used to having a command prompt, then going back to the Windows command line is a difficult and frustrating change.  Luckily, there’s an amazing program called PowerShell that can alleviate your stress. To open a command prompt in any directory in Windows Explorer, follow these steps to add Read More