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Guacamole, RDP, and Windows 10


Guacamole is a killer remote access tool with a metric crap ton of potential uses.  It uses an HTML5 interface to run things like remote desktop, SSH, and even telnet.  Seriously, give it a look.

Well recently I tried to add rdp to a Windows 10 machine to my guacamole instance, and was unable to get it to connect.  After scouring the internet, I couldn’t find much info as to why, so I started looking into the rdp differences with the new OS.  Evidently MS cranked up the default encryption levels in Windows 10, and the rdp client within guac doesn’t yet support it.

The fix is not to just simply disable NLA.  There is a registry hack that must be changed, so pull out regedit.  Change the following key from 2 to 1.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp]

After that, guac will successfully connect.  Hopefully this helps some other folks struggling with this issue.


The 3 best laptops ready for Windows 10

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

Lenovo Yoga
Lenovo has pushed its magical Yoga line to the front of the pack with the Yoga Pro 3, a lightweight laptop with a sexy design that brings a back bending 360-degree hinge.
At just 12.7mm thick when shut, the Yoga Pro 3 decemates tablets and undercuts Microsoft’s Surface 3 by a hefty chunk. The outer frame of the screen and laptop underside are shielded by brushed metal that feels premium and strong.
The special skill of the Yoga 3 Pro is that hinge mechanism, which is comprised of more than 800 pieces of steel and aluminium to deliver a laptop-meets-tablet experience.

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How to create a Windows 10 ISO file from your installation


Microsoft desperately seems to want you to upgrade to Windows 10, and they REALLY want you to use Windows Update to do it.  Honestly, if you have a PC that qualifies for the upgrade, you should do go for it.  However, a lot of people would rather do it the old fashioned way.  Or maybe you’d rather run your Win10 instance in a virtual machine…or even dual boot, for that matter.

Having that installer image available gives you access to some installation and repair options that you don’t have otherwise, such as the option to create bootable media.

Microsoft made it so that after your upgrade is complete, you can create an ISO file from the cached upgrade files. That ISO file can be used to install Windows on any PC, assuming you have the right product key (more on that below).

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Microsoft to accept payments in bitcoin


A blog post on December 11 from Microsoft quietly announced that its customers can now use bitcoin to purchase certain products through third party payment processor BitPay, which also supports tech sales site TigerDirect and Virgin’s space flight offshoot Virgin Galactic.

Microsoft made its announcement with little fanfare on its blog and slotted into the FAQ list of billing and payment queries. Despite the quiet rollout it did lead to the inevitable flurry of speculation and publicity. This is hardly surprising, when businesses announce they accept the decentralized cryptocurrency a headline is often a given.

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Aww…how cute, Internet Explorer gets offended when you download Google Chrome



Confirmed: Windows 10 will have native FLAC support



In a tweet from Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul, Microsoft is throwing out spoilers again.  This time they showed a screenshot showcasing Windows Media Player in Windows 10 playing music with the FLAC audio format.

Keen eyed will notice something cool about this pic. Something to look forward to in the new year!

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How to hit Control Alt Delete over remote desktop

This silly  Windows Security Prompt asking “I want to complete this action by entering my credentials on the authentic Windows logon screen” or “I don’t want to complete this action”, came up because of a UAC setting.  If you choose to enter your credentials, it’ll tell you to “CTRL ALT DEL to enter your details”.

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Well how do you do that if your using a remote desktop connection?  Hitting CTRL ALT DELETE will only work on your host windows machine, not the RDP connection.

The trick is to hit “CTRL ALT END”.


Further, the cause of this little nuisance is most likely this policy setting:

Computer Configuration–>Administrative Templates–>Windows Components–>Credential User Interface–>Require trusted path for credential entry

That policy should be set to “not configured” to do away with the prompt.


Outlook 2010: Recall A Sent Email Message

What if you sent an email without attaching some necessary document or you just mistakenly put the wrong information in the email? Outlook 2010 provides a feature to recall a sent message and is the first desktop email client that provides such an option.

Go to the Sent Items and open the Message that you wish to resend, then hit the Office button(File Menu), go to the Info tab and head over to the Message Resend and Recall option.


Click the drop down button located with the Resend or Recall option and choose the Recall This Message option.

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Configure Remote Access on Windows Server 2008 R2

This video looks in remote access connections on Windows Server 2008 R2. This includes NAT, internet connection sharing (ICS), remote access service, VPN Protocols, Network Policy server and Radius.


Which windows process has locked a file?

Sometimes, you try to delete a file and receive access violation or file in use – errors. To successfully delete a file, you will need to identify the process which has locked the file. You need to exit the process first and then delete the particular file. To know which process has locked a file, you may use one of the methods discussed in this article.

Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

  • Download Process Explorer from Microsoft site and run the program.
  • Click the Find menu, and choose Find Handle or DLL…
  • Type the file name (name of the file which is locked by some process.)
  • After typing the search phrase, click the Search button

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Review: Sobees – The best Windows Twitter Client

Twitstat, the most popular Twitter clients include applications like Tweetie, TweetDeck, and Seesmic.  Sobees, a free Twitter client for Windows, doesn’t even make the list – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth checking out.

When I’m considering a new Windows Twitter client, there are a few criteria I look for each time: customizability, support for multiple accounts, lists (preferably in columns), native retweet functionality, and all the standard features from the web interface.  Sobees includes all of these features along with great support for Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn.

The Sobees Windows Twitter client is built in .NET so it and works with Windows XP, Vista, and 7.

Customizable Layouts

One of the best features of Sobees is its extremely customizable layout.  After you’ve added your social networks accounts, click the Change Layout button to select from any of 16 different layouts.

You can then assign different portions of the layout to each of your social networks by dragging and dropping them.

View In Columns Or Tabs

Your social networks will be displayed in a tabbed view by default.  This is great if you are working on a small screen, but you can easily change it to a separated column view (like TweetDeck) which is much easier to use.

To switch to the column view, click the Settings button for the particular service you are using then click the View in Columns button.

You will now have a column layout just like TweetDeck, and you can add or remove specific columns by clicking the buttons on the left.

Twitter Lists

Sobees has full support for Twitter lists.  You can select your lists via the dropdown box at the top of the Twitter section.

After selecting a list, it will appear as a new column.

Updating Multiple Services Simultaneously

You can update your social networks individually, but Sobees also includes a unified update button which you can use to update your social networks all at once.  To update your status, click the Update my status on multiple services button then select the networks you would like to post to.

Additional Social Networks

Sobees is more than just a Windows Twitter client; it also supports Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn.  Facebook support includes full access to your news feed, inbox, friends list, profile, and events.

Best of all, you can filter items in your news feed by using the buttons on the left side of the Facebook section.

Languages & Themes

Sobees can be customized to use English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian and also includes 5 different visual themes.  To access these settings, click the Gear icon in the top right of Sobees.


Sobees is a great Twitter client that includes all of the features applications like TweetDeck and Seesmic offer but in a much more customizable package.  Sobees is still in a beta version so don’t be surprised if you find a few bugs, but the development team seems to be very active.  This is definitely one of the best Twitter applications I have ever used, and I hope it grows in popularity in the future.

If you’ve enjoyed the Sobees desktop application, you might also want to check out their web-based application, Sobees Web.


Say Avast like a pirate, arrrgh

Welcome aboard, me hearties:

This year, switch avast! to “Pirate English” to keep yer ship safe from treacherous malware and you in a good pirate mood. There’s more to Talk Like a Pirate Day than sayin’ arrr! and putting the Black Spot on a scurvy sea dog. Just click here.

Why talk like a pirate?

“Talking like a pirate is fun,” write Talk Like a Pirate Day founders at “It adds a zest, a swagger, to your everyday conversation. Do you need another reason?”
At AVAST Software, that’s reason enough for us. And since Blackbeard was not looking for booty on his laptop, we’ve kept the pirate element in avast! to a fun level. We’re not going to maroon you on a distant isle.

What’s avast got to do with pirates?

Avast means “stop” or “stand still” in sailor-talk. It has been used since the 17th century and was likely derived from houd vast in Dutch.
We’ve been stopping malware with our avast program for over twenty years. Starting out as an acronym for “Anti-virus – Advanced Set”, the first avast program went to market in 1989. Today’s avast! 5.0 now has 130 million registered users on the high seas, sailing everywhere between the Pitcairn Islands to Norway’s Svalbard archipelago.

Bringing “Pirate English” aboard your ship is simple.
If you don’t have avast! Installed:
Click here to get the latest version.

Get it on deck!

If you have avast! and want to get your computer speakin’ proper “Pirate English”, update your avast! Application with the following steps:

1. Open the avast! application.

2. Go to Maintenance tab and click on Program Update.

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3. Go to settings menu on the top right corner. Chose language, click on Pirate Talk and wait for installation.

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4. Well done. Your avast! is ready to Speak Like a Pirate.


SSD HDD Speed test: Kingston SSD vs. WD Scorpio black HDD

Two identical machines.

One with a KingstonV+ 128GB SSD.

One with a Western Digital scorpio Black 250 GB HDD.

Which one will win the race to install Windows 7 first?  (as if you couldn’t guess).   The race is from the drive configuration screen to the “create a username” screen.

SSD on the left, HDD on the right.  Ready, set, GO

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New zero-day vulnerability affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8

Today Microsoft released Security Advisory 2458511 to warn Internet Explorer users of a new zero-day attack that Microsoft has seen in the wild. It affects versions 6, 7, and 8, although Microsoft says that the default installations of IE8 make that version of the browser harder to exploit.

UPDATED: Security researchers at Symantec reported the attack to Microsoft and earlier today posted details.  I’ll summarize. Attackers figured out specific exploits for older versions of IE, 6 and 7 specifically. They hacked otherwise innocent Web servers and added a page with malware. They sent e-mails to specific individuals within various organizations. When those individuals visited the page, the malware told them which version of IE they were using. If it was not IE 6 or 7, the victim saw a blank Web page. If it was, the nasty page downloaded a Trojan that allowed the hacker to install commands disguised as .gif files. The victim need do nothing but visit the Web page. The owners of identified Web sites hosting the malware pages have been contacted and the files removed, but there’s no telling how many more are still out there.

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Blast from the past: Steve Balmer promotes Windows 1.0


Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – RC released to the web

Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications with the new virtualization innovations provided in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC. Dynamic Memory and Microsoft RemoteFXTM, to help businesses further optimize their datacenter and desktops.

  • Dynamic Memory lets Hyper-V administrators pool available memory on a physical host and dynamically distribute it to any virtual machine(s) running on that host.
  • RemoteFX lets Windows Server 2008 R2 administrators provide a rich end user desktop virtualization experience by delivering vivid content, independent of any graphics stack, to server-hosted virtual and session-based desktops.

Businesses can take advantage of these innovations to help deliver new capabilities such as private cloud and VDI. To learn more about Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC and the benefits it provides, read the documents, feature overview and FAQs below.

For full details and the download links, head on over to or  Want to skip the guided experience?  Head directly to the download center at


Aerofoil: Extends your laptop battery life with Windows Vista and Windows 7

Aerofoil 1.5.1 is a System Utility product from, An efficient utility to improve notebook battery performance.. With Aerofoil you will be able to extend Vista and Windows 7 notebook battery life.
Aerofoil Features:
1. Allowing you to manually disable Aero Glass
2. Optionally managing Aero Glass user interface
3. Optionally managing sound muting
4. Optionally managing YOUR chosen power plans
5. Optionally managing Windows Sidebar
6. Optionally showing a quick hibernate button
7. Changing icon colour to show your power type. had fully tested, reviewed and uploaded the install files, Aerofoil does not contain any adware or spyware, the latest version is 1.5.1, you can download this system utility software (630.47 KB) from special server of The license of this windows utility software is Freeware, you can free download and free use this system utility software.

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FileToFolder Review: Create and move files into their own folders

Do you ever want to have a bunch of files moved into their own folders?  I have this need for a lot of media files such as movies, TV Shows, and music.  Usually it’s a tedious, manual process to go through all of the file creations and cut & pastes.

With a tool that I found called FileToFolder, we can automate a bit of the tedious work.  This free app does one simple thing: it processes files to create a folder for each and move each file into its own folder. The folder will have the same name as the original file. Pretty straightforward and simple, yet potentially very useful. FileToFolder can be used from it’s main GUI interface or optionally via the Windows explorer context menu. See image below for an illustration of how it works.

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