Thursday, December 3, 2015

Going Without Third Party Anti-Virus &/or Anti-Malware

Quick Tip: Block unwanted sites using the Windows hosts file


Windows hosts file location

Windows has stored the hosts file w/i same path since Windows 95  or so; 
"/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts"

Current resources:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Win X Clean Install Blues

The Microsoft Windows installation software didn't work; Each test machine Win Update Log said, "Win 10 Pro install failed"


Post Question to Microsoft was told win update corrupt & to do:

delete everything in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
wuauclt.exe /updatenow

; tried but ReportingEvents.log failed; file was open under System Rights

Had to use "MediaCreationToolx64.exe" to install on three test machines

In preparing for a clean install, ran "find_prod_key.vbs"

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))
Function ConvertToKey(Key)
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Chars = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789"
Do
Cur = 0
x = 14
Do
Cur = Cur * 256
Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255
Cur = Cur Mod 24
x = x -1
Loop While x >= 0
i = i -1
KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
i = i -1
KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput
End If
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
End Function


But each test machine has same prod key: "TY4CG-JDJH7-VJ2WF-DY4X9-HCFC6"
 "MediaCreationToolx64.exe" after creating a USB media install stick reminds to have a prod key

The test machines have not been activated. They might not be till after 30 day trial period where less than 30 days can put back OS within "\Windows.old"

Looks Reinstalling Windows within the Backup/Restore function is only choice for "Clean" Install till a valid product key is located/decoded.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Win X Day; Win Ten Day; Win Jo Day; Win Dix Day; Win Shi Day; Win Desyat' Day

Fine, I had some fun with the title (roman, english, japanese, french, mandarin, & russian).

Last week, Microsoft (MSFT) said Threshold 2 would be out late October 2015, the original release date for Windows X. Paul Thurrott & Mary-Jo Foley discussed this on WINDOWS WEEKLY 423 BITTER, SWEET AND SALTY, You might wish to wait till November with your Desktops running Windows 7 for the reasons laid out in Windows 10 review: Hold off if you use Windows 7.

Just for the laughs, I suggest watching Windows Weekly 433 Live.  Leo Laporte says he will install Windows X on his Dell XPS 13 during the show. The show records live every Wednesday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific/ 18:00 UTC. Join the chat room to jeer them on.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Please advert firms & tracking vampires; Listen!

Adblocking And The End Of Big Advertising; really summed up how I've personally felt about advertising.

I found NPR's Morning Edition back in late 1990's. I was fed up with all morning radio jockl the.the hammering ad spots.

I used to mute TV's ad spots. Now, my DVR pause button does it for me.

Friday, June 5, 2015

PowerShell v3 to include SSH

Yeah! Windows will allow an BSD encrypted telnet service! Some ISP will block VPN; so ssh has been great access to command line and moving files around (via scp). I rarely (like cannot ever remember doing except in scripting) using scp or rcp. On Android/Amazon, ghost commander is my favorite tool; for Unix/Windows console my goto was/is FileZilla.  puTTY is the terminal tool. I found FileZilla v2.2.32 works great puTTY virtual connections.

But, I've had sshd running on my Windows Servers (2003, SBS, WHS) for years using freeSSHd. I don't understand what the  finds "However, there are limited implementations customers can deploy in Windows production environments."

Set up a free SSH server on Windows with freeSSHd


Anyway, great the new Microsoft will support OpenSSH, an BSD service!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Google Changing Search Ranking: Mobile Device Rendering Stressed; Whacking Stick

For all webmasters; ignore this; you been told this since 2013 with carrots; now the whacking stick is in play. (watch those knuckles)

Google Gives Mobile-Friendly Sites a Boost in Search Ranking by Sara Angeles, BusinessNewsDaily Staff Writer

Google has been helping web site designers with Mobile-Friendly Test Page; find what doesn't work;

get cracking; push forth