July 18, 2016
Let’s face it, you probably do not backup your personal files on your Windows 10 computer. When I talk about personal files, I am talking about your photos, videos, documents, etc… that are personal to YOU. I know you may say it doesn’t really matter, but it will. I have found that when computer users (including myself) lose files it sort of does something to you. You actually will feel that a loss has occurred and feel helpless in recovering from that loss.
An “automated” backup solution for Windows 10 users is built right into the operating system that I have found to be very easy to use. It is called “File History”… Below you will find a short video from BTNHD that will quickly get you up and running with using File History. What I like about File History is that you can fully configure it to backup any folders that you choose (to an external hard drive), at different time intervals (making it fully automated), and the option of how long you want to keep revisions of your files. I encourage you take a look at File History, learn how to use it, and save yourself some misery when that computer crash occurs…
How To Use Windows 10 File History Feature!
July 14, 2016
Quick post on a tool that is not only a security and vulnerability tool, but could also be used as a forensic and IT audit tool. It is called lastAudit. Take a look at it and let us know what you think. This is an audit tool that I haven’t seen before…
- Portable executable
- Detects and lists: wrong security configuration, vulnerabilities, weak permissions, saved passwords, browser history and cookies, Outlook address book entries
- Reveals sensitive information from: documents, source files, credential files, email files
- Performs WiFI audit: host localization, hotspot history, lists open hotspots
- Performs LAN port scanning
- Lists network resources, shares and files
- Lists Active Directory OUs, users, servers, shares and services
- Generates HTML reports
July 12, 2016
If you use Google Chrome, I encourage you to take a look at the highly rated browser extension called YoWindow Free Weather, at the Google Chrome Web Store. This extension features a living picture of the weather that can be configured to download your local weather (and forecasts) from the National Weather Service. You can also configure this extension to grab the weather for multiple locations. I especially like, that once you open the extension, you can go full screen and leave it running to see the weather at any moment when you are not using your PC.
- Living weather picture – real cloud coverage, rain/snow, fog, grass swings to the wind, Sun, Moon, mist, thunderstorms…
- Full featured weather station – lots of information
- Time-scroll – see weather at any moment
- Animated landscapes – Village, Seaside, Airport plus 1400+ picture based landscapes
- Turn any picture into landscape with living sky
July 9, 2016
If you are an IT Professional you may be able to relate to the fact that maybe we shouldn’t allow everyone to have access to technology. For example, when I was doing IT, I had a user that broke one of my cardinal rules of eating at her computer workstation. It eventually caught up with her one day when her printer began to malfunction and ceased operating. Upon responding and troubleshooting the problem I found that a fat well fed mouse, not a computer mouse, had taken up residence (built a nest) inside her printer.
I can remember another occasion where a user’s eyesight had gotten really bad and she requested that I purchase her a screen magnifier. Being the “make everyone happy” type of IT person, I complied, purchased and installed the magnifier. Since her office was near a window I warned her to position the magnifier away from the window and the sun when not in use. The user failed to heed my advice and one day when I visited her workstation she pointed to a burnt hole in her desk chair.
You can’t make this stuff up… To see some really horrifying situations, I encourage you to read the article (at Mashable) titled 18 photos that will make your IT person want to cry. If you have a story to tell, fire away in the comments section.
18 photos that will make your IT person want to cry
July 5, 2016
I have been playing around with the various Android utilities that are designed to reduce the harmful effects of blue light (that is emitted from Smartphones and Tablets) and settled with the utility called Bluelight Filter.
If you use your smartphone or tablet at night, this utility will help you protect your eyes; and, help you with getting a good nights sleep. Bluelight Filter is very small in size (84kb) FREE app that has no ads and requires no special permissions (to install).
July 4, 2016
If you read my last post, “I Don’t Like The Looks Of This (Evernote Changes Coming!)”, you may be looking for a way out if you currently use the FREE version of Evernote (AND, maybe the paid version since the price is leaping).
The best alternative option out there to Evernote is Microsoft OneNote, which is a very powerful and FREE cloud based note keeping application that can be used on nearly every smartphone, tablet and computer platform out there (i.e. Windows, Android, Apple and the Web). If you are a Windows 10 user, you will find the OneNote app already installed.
Here is how to move everything from Evernote to Microsoft OneNote:
- Make sure you have a Microsoft Account. If you are like me I had a Hotmail account that I have had for many years. That will work… If you use Windows 10 it is highly likely the login credentials you established to login to Windows 10 is a Microsoft Account. If not sure, go to the Microsoft Account link above and see if you can login. If not, you will need to establish an account…
- Go to “Making the move from Evernote to OneNote” … Microsoft has conveniently made a tool specifically designed to import your Evernote data into Microsoft OneNote. Simply download the importer and run it…
- I also recommend that you download the Windows Desktop version of OneNote which gives you the most bang for your FREE buck… Go to “Download OneNote”, look down the page for Windows Desktop. Download and install… You will be prompted to use your Microsoft Account login when you first run it; AND, allow some time for your notes to populate in the application.