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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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

Windows 10 Creators Update – How to Hide the All Apps Column in the Start Menu

The Windows 10 Start Menu has brought some mixed feelings among users. In my opinion, I'm glad they got rid of the full screen menu like they had in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The good news is that in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, you'll have a little more control over your Start [...]

By | 2017-02-14T15:13:14+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Windows 10 Creators Update – Automatically Free Up Disk Space with Storage Sense

Windows 10 Creators Update is introducing a new feature that could replace disk cleanup utilities like my favorite CCleaner. In all modern versions of Windows, Microsoft has included a Disk Cleanup Utility, and the only way to automate cleanup was to use Task Scheduler to create scheduled tasks. While it worked well once you configured [...]

By | 2017-02-14T15:01:00+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Windows 10 Creators Update – Re-Enable Command Prompt Instead Of Powershell

If you’re recently upgraded to Windows 10 Creators Update and you’ve used the Command Prompt shortcuts when you right-click on the Start Menu, you might be surprised to see that Command Prompt has been replaced by Windows PowerShell (resembling the left screenshot above). While Powershell has its place, I tend to use Command Prompt more [...]

By | 2017-02-14T14:48:13+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How To Fix Cisco ASDM Font Size Too Small Or Overlap

You manage a Cisco ASA Firewall or any other Cisco appliance that is managed using the Cisco ASDM launcher, you might run into an issue were your font sizes are too small or the fonts overlap making it difficult to read and navigate. This is especially true on newer hardware with high DPI settings like [...]

By | 2017-02-09T12:21:12+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: Cisco, System Administration|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments
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