Many times when I go to build someone a new computer, I run into old outdated software that is no longer supported, cannot find the installer, or just simply don’t exist anymore. I recently ran into this with Quest PowerGUI 188.8.131.52. Luckily, I was finally able to find the download link and get my end user a new computer. Continue reading “Where to find Quest PowerGUI 3.8”
Have you ever heard about different projects where you can donate your computer time when you are not using it to help cure diseases? It is much simpler than you think to get started. This is the first part of a series of posts that will explain what, how and when of the BOINC project. Continue reading “What Is BOINC: How To Donate Computer Time To Goodwill”
By default, SSH runs on port 22, and most scripts attack that port by brute force to attempt to gain access to your server. One way to stop script kiddies from brute forcing your SSH server so often is by changing the default port that OpenSSH uses. You must remember this port number and change all your connections that use SSH to the new port number. Continue reading “Change Default SSH Port Number”
This will be a very short post, but I wanted to be sure and share this great deal that I run into! I have been considering buying a Microsoft Phone for a while now, and this may be enough to tip me over the edge to buying one! Continue reading “Nokia Lumina 950 XL Buy One Get One”
The past few days I have been getting calls regarding people’s phones not working right. The number one worry – I need my pictures. The way a phone’s internal storage works, if the phone will not come on, there is not much of a way to recover your pictures if they are not on an SD Card. Which leaves the question of how do I keep from loosing my pictures if my phone quits working? The answer – cloud storage. Continue reading “Automatically backup pictures on Android With OneDrive”
Back when Windows Vista came out, Microsoft introduced User Account Control (or UAC). UAC is Microsoft’s response to Ubuntu’s sudo command, which must be run to run a command as admin. It has since then had many iterations and updates, and despite all the security positives of having it turned on, some people choose to turn it off. If you are wondering how to turn it off, then follow the steps below. These steps will work for Window Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Continue reading “Disable UAC Prompts”
Microsoft decided it would be a good idea to start moving some of your mail to a separate folder. Do you know how the announced it? They put an email in the clutter folder saying “Welcome To Clutter”. They put it in a folder that you never seen before? Yeah, who is going to see that? Here is how you disable it!
I have run into a few times when I needed to turn off or on the Windows Firewall via command line or script. It is actually very simple to do!
To Turn Off:
NetSh Advfirewall set allprofiles state off
To Turn On:
NetSh Advfirewall set allrprofiles state on
To check the status of Windows Firewall:
Netsh Advfirewall show allprofiles
You can replace “allprofiles” with public, domain, or private and you can manipulate just that one profile. I used this in creating a script to test the firewall settings of a remote server. That way if I messed up the config, it would turn itself back off after a minute and I was able to reconnect to it. You can view that script on my other post Testing Windows Firewall Settings Safely From Remote Machine.
A while back I got me a new crisp Windows Server. By default, the Firewall was turned off and of course I wanted to turn it on for security reasons. But what happens if I lose my connection to a server a few hundred miles away? How would I disable the firewall if I can’t connect to it anymore? I decided to write a script!
The function of the script is to enable the firewall for the public internet, wait 2 minutes, then disable it again. Here is my script:
Netsh Advfirewall set public state on
Netsh Advfirewall set public state off
Save those lines as a batch file, then run it as Administrator. Keep in mind to use this at your own risk! It saved me, but never know about you! An explanation of the commands can be found on my other post Turn Windows Firewall Off or On By Command Line Or Script.
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