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Samsung HW-K450 2.1 Channel 300 Watt Soundbar Review

I recently purchased the Samsung HW-K450 to replace my aging surround sound and to compliment my new TV and entertainment center. Depending on your needs, a soundbar won't replace a full surround sound system, but this unit does a good job filling my living room with sound and even bass. If you're on the market [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Mac Troubleshooting: Reset NVRAM and SMC

A Mac is like any other computer, sometimes things just go wrong without a good reason. Besides some basic troubleshooting steps, here are a couple of things you can try if you're having issues related to each. Reset NVRAM NVRAM is non-volatile random-access memory which stores information such as Speaker volume, Screen resolution, Startup disk [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker Review

I've been a long time Fitbit user over the years and I've had good times and bad times with their devices. A few months ago, my wife and I decided to get the new Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker. Our FitBit history includes the Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR, and the Fitbit Surge. The [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How To Enable Admin Shares For Local Accounts And Allow WMI Access

If you have a local computer that is not on a domain, since Windows XP, you cannot access the admin shares or have WMI access using a local account, even if that account is in the administrators group. The example I have is trying to configure Solarwinds IPAM to query the MicrosoftDNS via WMI on [...]

Cisco AnyConnect Fails To Install Or Upgrade In Windows 10 Anniversary Update

If you've upgraded to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client, you may run into a problem during the installation or upgrade where you get the error message "There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: Cisco, System Administration|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Windows Server Tip: Disable 8.3 Naming and Strip Existing Short Names

There are performance and security benefits to disabling short file names (or 8.3 file names) on a Windows Server. From the graph below, you can see the performance benefits of disabling the 8.3 short file names. On Windows 2012 servers, the 8.3 naming is disabled when you format a new volume. When you've upgraded from [...]

Workaround Firefox Blocking Weak DHE Cipher Suites

If you have Firefox version 39 or newer, then you may have run into the error message below: "SSL received a weak ephemeral Diffie-Hellman key in Server Key Exchange handshake message. (Error code: ssl_error_weak_server_ephemeral_dh_key) The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified. [...]

NMap Script to Test SSL Versions and Cipher Suites

A few months ago, I wrote an article on how to configure IIS for SSL/TLS protocol cipher best practices. To test your configuration, you can use a handy tool called NMap (nmap.org) or the ZenMap GUI. Included in NMap is a script called ssl-enum-ciphers, which will let you scan a target and list all SSL [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Windows 7 Stuck At Checking For Updates

I was recently working on an older computer that needed a fresh installation of Windows 7. I downloaded a fresh image of Windows 7 with SP1 and ran through the installation. As any IT person would, the next step I do is to download and install Windows Updates. This has never been an issue in [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: OS|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How To Setup Fitbit MobileTrack

If you've used a Fitbit in the past, then you probably are familiar with the Fitbit app and the social aspect of fitness. You can create challenges with your friends and view a 7-day leaderboard. I've had my share of issues with Fitbit and last year my wife and I switched to the Apple Watch [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Gadgets|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments