Protect your Privacy in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

August 27th, 2016

Privacy in Windows 10 Anniversary UpdateWindows 10 Anniversary Update, otherwise known as Windows 10 Version 1607, was released earlier this month.

Recent updates from Microsoft seem to indicate that only about 16% of machines running Windows 10 have actually been updated.

If you’ve got Windows 10, you’re going to get this latest update sooner or later. When you do, you’ll want to – once again – review your system’s settings to improve your privacy.

Fortunately, not much has changed…

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How to install git and gitk on Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10

August 14th, 2016

gitk on Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10You may have heard about “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows”. If not, you can check out my post on Bash for Windows 10.

First, you’ll need to make sure you have the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which you’ve probably received automagically by now.

Then, you’ll need to manually install Bash on Ubuntu on Windows to get your bash prompt.

When you’re done, you’ll probably listen to Microsoft when they say “no GUI stuff!” on bash… But actually, you can set yourself up with a lovely development environment including git – and even gitk – right in Windows.

And it’s much easier than you might think…

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WordPress and SSL: How to convert your WP site to use HTTPS

August 7th, 2016

WordPress SSLEveryone seems to be moving towards using “SSL” (which is actually TLS) so that entire sites load with the HTTPS protocol.

In some cases, this is a rather simple affair. But if you have a WordPress-powered site, it’s a bit more complicated than one would expect.

After all, WordPress is supposed to make everything easy, right?

Well, no.

So, here’s a list of tricks to make your WordPress SSL Conversion go as smoothly and quickly as possible!

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How to log off or switch users in Windows 10

July 30th, 2016

I can't log out of Windows 10!The other day, I desperately wanted to log off, and then log back in again on Windows 10. I was trying to fix something, and a reboot wasn’t necessary.

Well, wouldn’t you know, I couldn’t find the dang “Log off” button any more?!

I also realized the “Switch users” option seemed to be missing.

This should be really obvious, but I’m afraid it isn’t.

Well, fear not, fine people! Both options are still there…

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Fix “Something happened: Windows 10 installation failed” errors

July 22nd, 2016

Something Happened: Windows 10 installation failed.First, FYI: Exactly one week from today, 29 July 2016, Windows 10 will no longer be a free upgrade. So, if you’ve been thinking about upgrading to 10, now’s the time!

Next, I recently ran into a problem trying to upgrade a puter from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

I’d run the Win 10 installer from within Win 7. It would reach the point where it was about to reboot for the first time to actually start the upgrade, and I’d get the following lovely error message:

Something happened – Windows 10 installation failed.

Gosh, that’s helpful.

There are many “fixes” for this Something Happened Error, but none of them worked for me. After a bit of digging, I found a solution that works!

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PPI, Retina displays, and what makes a screen ‘good’

July 17th, 2016

Retina PPIIf you’ve read any reviews recently about phones, tablets, and other gizmos, you’ve probably come across a lot of talk of PPI (Pixels Per Inch) and “Retina” screens.

In short, the number of pixels crammed into a device’s screen seems to be uber-important to which gizmos get the best reviews.

But hang on a minute… Just what do these numbers mean?

Does it really matter that much?

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Superglue: Everything you need to know, and some things you don’t

July 10th, 2016

Superglue: Be careful with it!Superglue is awesome.

Originally discovered in 1942 by American scientists who were trying to come up with good transparent gun sights during WWII, superglue is the “sticks to everything” goto adhesive for all your gluey quick-fix needs.

And frankly, until you’ve superglued two fingers together, you really haven’t lived…

Anyway, there’s probably a lot about superglue that you’ve never heard before. So, read on, and then you can go impress your friends with your amazing knowledge of cyanoacrylate adhesives!

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Remove the “Choose an operating system” message when starting your computer

July 3rd, 2016

Choose an operating systemMany of you have installed Windows 10 on your puters only to discover that every time you boot up, you get a screen that reads: Choose an operating system

Windows 10 will of course be at the top of the list, usually followed by either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. If you pick Windows 10, it fires up and everything works normally.

Obviously, there is still something wrong: Why is Windows 10 asking if you want to boot your old version of Windows? After all, you upgraded, right?

Fear not! There’s a very easy trick to remove this boot menu – and it works for all flavors and versions of Windows all the way back to Vista at least…

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Is the Adobe Flash Player really dead?

June 25th, 2016

Flash PlayerBy now, you’ve probably heard that Adobe’s Flash Player is going the way of the dinosaur. Except, wait… No, it’s not. It’s still around, and it still works.

No, wait… Yeah, it’s dead. No it’s not. Yes it is.

You could be forgiven if, like most of us, you’re really, really confused about what’s happening with the Flash Player.

Okay, so, seriously: WHAT THE HECK is going on with Flash?

Is it alive? Is it dead? Is it a zombie?!

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How to improve your online security

June 12th, 2016

Improve your Online SecurityI’ll be honest: I didn’t think I had to explain any of this, because I thought it was obvious.

Given the number of recent online security breaches – including the release of really, really bad passwords – clearly it’s not so obvious.

Well, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, I think about this kind of thing as part of my work. Most people don’t. It’s my job to program things that work, but a big part of it becomes making things that other people will find difficult to exploit.

Otherwise, what’s the point? No one cares if it “just works” if some evil person out there can break it in 5 minutes! The way to go about doing this is to not program a single line of code until you’ve got the whole thing sorted in your head. Then, think about how you would hack it.

You don’t do this by thinking like yourself; you must think like someone who wants to attack you. Unless you’re a Russian chess master, you probably don’t think this way very often.

But, not to worry! The following are a few tips that will greatly increase your online security without making your brain catch on fire. Which is nice…

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