How To Disable Notification Ads In Windows 10 Creators Update

With the launch of the Windows 10 Creators Update coming soon, users will start to see notification ads after they update. These ads inform you about various Windows features and appear as normal desktop notifications. For example, you might see a notification telling you to set up Cortana. Like other notifications, they’re also stored in [...]

By | 2017-03-24T14:52:38+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How To Disable Ads In File Explorer In Windows 10 Creators Update

While Windows 10 has been out for a while now, in recent months, we've started to see Microsoft push advertisements to the end users in various ways. Most of these ads started with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and included ads in the Start menu, taskbar popups, notifications and on the Lock Screen. Now that [...]

By | 2017-03-24T14:54:45+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How To Reset All Windows Security Settings To Default In Windows 10

If you recently tried applying a Group Policy or Local Policy in Windows and are having odd side effects, or notice the policy doesn't seem to be working as expected, you can try to reset / restore your local security policy settings to default in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP. I recently tried [...]

Review: Mesqool Digital Projection Alarm Clock

Over that past few weeks, I've had the opportunity to review the Mesqool Digital Projection Alarm Clock with a 1.8" LED display, AM/FM radio, USB charging, dual alarm, and battery backup. The projection feature of this alarm clock allows you to display the time on your wall or ceiling which makes it easier to see [...]

By | 2017-03-18T21:12:07+00:00 March 18th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Run PlayOnLinux as root on Kali Linux

PlayOnLinux is a Linux application that is based on Wine, which let's you install Microsoft Windows programs on Linux. It runs on Bash and Python and is free to download and install. The initial install of PlayOnLinux is easy since it can be found in the repository, but you'll have to do some tweaking if [...]

By | 2017-03-17T08:53:58+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Categories: Linux|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Review: Dodocool Bluetooth Headphones Earbuds

Over the past few weeks, I've had the opportunity to review the Dodocool Bluetooth Headphones and I was very impressed with the sound quality and features you get for an entry level price. These headphones are a sport style headphone with the wire resting on the back of your neck. They include multiple tips to [...]

By | 2017-03-15T08:57:19+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Adjusting Child Processes For PHP-FPM Nginx – Fix Server Reached pm.max_children Setting

As an addition to my previous NGINX articles, today we'll discuss how to adjust the number of child processes for PHP-FPM to fix the common error of "server reached pm.max_children" in the logs. This is a follow-up to the LEMP Install NGINX PHP7 MySQL on Ubuntu 16.04 Server or LEMP Install NGINX PHP7 MySQL on [...]

Review: Dodocool N300 WiFi Extender

I've had the opportunity to review the Dodocool N300 WiFi Extender over the past week. The testing environment I had was a house with three floors and a wireless router on the 3rd floor using both 802.11g and 802.11n protocols. While using the cable company provided router, there were corners on the basement level where [...]

By | 2017-02-27T22:04:26+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Review: MPow Bluetooth Headset MPBH059AB

Over the past week I've had the opportunity to review the MPow Bluetooth Headset MPBH059AB, and it did not disappoint! I typically use earbud style headsets, but this over-the-ear bluetooth headset intrigued me. The headset offers both wireless and wired connectivity along with amazing 13 hour battery life. If you're a talker, you can get [...]

By | 2017-03-03T16:30:46+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How To Disable NetBIOS on MacOS OS X

Even though my network has NetBIOS disabled in my Windows environment, including on the Windows DHCP server, the Mac OS X computers on the network still want to send NetBIOS requests. While monitoring network traffic using tools like Responder in Kali Linux or Wireshark, you can see the NetBIOS requests being sent. In my case, [...]

By | 2017-02-16T15:10:13+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Categories: Mac, Security, System Administration|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment
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