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Poodle mitigation for IE and Google Chrome via group policy

16 October, 2014 (16:54) | security, Stupid windows tricks | No comments

https://isc.sans.edu/diary/OpenSSL+SSLv3+POODLE+Vulnerability+Official+Release/18827 IE – Go to policies>All settings>filter SSL in the options if you want to go fast. Choose the one on the right: Use SSL 2.0, TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, and TLS 1.2.                               Google Chrome- working on that right now.

Some great tools for your home machine

4 June, 2014 (13:19) | networking, Stupid windows tricks | No comments

DNS Speed test from Steve Gibson – https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm Run this, figure out which DNS servers are closest and use those. DON’T use your ISP or computer builder’s DNS.                         If you don’t have a password manager, please install lastpass and get to work   […]

Use your old remote with an XBMC machine

16 April, 2012 (10:17) | How to, Remote Management, Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Need a remote? Just buy this usb dongle and use one of the 20 you have.   http://flirc.tv/

Automatically patch your mom’s computer with Secunia PSI

20 January, 2012 (18:16) | security, Stupid windows tricks | No comments

I use Dell Kbox for patch management, which I can’t afford for home at ~$3k a year. For home Secunia PSI is great. It scans the machine once a week and installs all the patches it can. Adobe products, java, 7zip etc seem to work really well. When you first install it there will be […]

WPKG is awesome

17 February, 2010 (19:49) | software, Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Just deployed a few apps with WPKG. I have to say I love it. Client checks in with server, if it needs software, it installs. If it needs to uninstall, it does. Super cool. This is going to save me so many months of repetion. I would say it is free, but my boss pays […]

How slow is your clock speed in power saver mode?

1 June, 2009 (13:15) | Hardware Info, How to, Stupid windows tricks | No comments

1st – High performance – 2194 2nd – Power Saver – 1097 3rd – Balanced – 2194 So you can see that the CPU clock speed drops more than 40% in power saver mode on my Dell Precision 6300. So if you have ever wondered why your computer was so slow when it is unplugged, […]

Stupid windows trick #14 – desktop icon size in Vista

30 April, 2008 (21:06) | Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Desktop Icon size To change it on Vista, rightclick on the desktop and hit view Now you can choose bigger, and classic for smaller. Isn’t that super duper? Now you can clutter your desktop up with a BILLION little useless icons that you will never use. OR you can have a few icons that are […]

Stupid Windows Trick #13

29 April, 2008 (19:33) | Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Group policy stuff has a tendency to work on your local non AD machine. For the full MS Vista list of Group Policy features, DOWNLOAD THIS!!!

Stupid windows trick #12

25 April, 2008 (20:04) | Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Check your own machine name and user name Vista- Start >in theĀ  start search box type COMMAND PROMPT At the command prompt type WHOAMI and hit return . It outputs computer\user

Stupid Windows Trick #11

13 April, 2008 (17:54) | Stupid windows tricks | No comments

Restart explorer the quick easy way Hit start, then in a blank area (like in the pic on the black area below) hold control shift and right click. Choose exit explorer To start it again, use tip #10, control shift escape Then File>new task type in EXPLORER and hit enter. explorer will reload

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