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Helpful XP Registry Hacks

Every-once in a while, someone asks me for neat little tricks or how to customize their computer.  One of the things that I find fun to do, are registry hacks to make Windows XP do things that otherwise I couldn't do.  Also some of these things can be implemented as minor security measures or help you troubleshoot a problem.  So below are five [...]

Q&A Wednesday: Screen Saver Group Policy

Since I for some reason thought that Monday was Wednesday, it only seems right for me to post Q&A Monday on Wednesday: Question: Hi I am currently running Windows 2003 on my servers.  I have two DC's in my environment.  Clients are running Windows XP.  I have 5 OUs created for the varying users in the different departments in my [...]

Cool Site: Prey Project

In today's world system admins can't be too careful about where their equipment ends up, I've seen many Admins get panicked when a laptop goes missing, especially when the company doesn't have a decent check-in and check-out system for their equipment.  Though there isn't any fool proof way to find a stolen laptop, I've recently come across an [...]

Q&A Monday: Hard Drive Wipe

Question: At my company we are throwing out a bunch of older computers, and I want to make sure that all the data on the computer and servers are completely non recoverable, is there an easy way to do this? Answer: I've seen two major approaches to this kind of problem.  One of them being the low tech approach, where you just physically [...]

Remove the .NET Framework Assistant for Firefox

Like me you may have abandoned the Internet Explorer browser for the more secure Firefox.  Well if you recently updated your computer, Microsoft may have snuck a vulnerability into Firefox without even telling you.  If you take a look at the installed add-ons in Firefox you might notice an add-on called Microsoft .net Framework Assistant. If [...]

Q&A Monday: Change Remote Desktop Port

Q&A Monday: Change Remote Desktop Port

Question: Do you know if there is any way to change the port number of remote desktop? I am looking to make RDP more secure by changing the default port on our servers. Answer: There is a way to change the default port for all supported versions of Windows and it isn't really that complicated.  By default for those of you not aware, [...]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for Viruses

I know that this time of the year, the average home users computer is pretty vulnerable to virus, spyware and malware attacks.  The reason I think this is, is because with most newer computers you get a year of Anti Virus protection, and well that year is coming to an end.  Most people in this tight economy (or even in general) don't want to pay [...]

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