3 Jan

DISABLE AUTOUPDATES IN WINDOWS 10!

Update for MSP: We have discussed this case with our research team and as per update from them we have to make the changes in registry in below mentioned location.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

Navigate to above mentioned registry path and change the value from 1 to 0.

14 Dec

AUTODISCOVER ISSUES WITH OUTLOOK/EXCHANGE

Had three instances of this problem in the last week:

Step 1

In Windows 10 and Windows 8, press the Windows Key + R to open a Run dialog box. Type regedit.exe and then press OK.

In Windows 7, click Start , type regedit in the Search programs and files box, and then press Enter.

Step 2

Locate and then select the following registry subkey:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\x.0\Outlook\AutoDiscover

Step 3

Create the following DWORD value and give it a value of 1.

ExcludeExplicitO365Endpoint

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/2212902/unexpected-autodiscover-behavior-when-you-have-registry-settings-under

6 Dec

WORDPRESS SITE HACKED!

To prevent your site being hacked (and used as a cache repository for nefarious purposes) you need to make sure that the folder and file permissions are set correctly throughout. Folders are 755 and Files 644. So, something like this, performed at the root level, e.g. /public_html/:

28 Nov

EXCEL – OUT OF MEMORY

Microsoft Excel cannot open or save any more documents because there is not enough available memory or disk space.

  1. Start a ‘blank workbook’
  2. Click ‘File’
  3. Select ‘Options’ in the left menu column
  4. Select ‘Trust Center’ in the left menu column
  5. Click the ‘Trust Center Settings’ button
  6. Select ‘Protected View’ from the left menu
  7. Un-tick ‘Enable Protected View for Outlook attachments’

2 Nov

HMRC….ANOTHER SCAM

Again, many mistakes in the wording: customer with a small c, no full stop after first sentence, no gap between 2 words. Total scam!

28 Oct

QUICK HOMEMADE PIZZA ALTERNATIVE

Rather than ordering an over-priced, processed pizza, why not bake your own incredibly easy alternative?

Slice an onion and a potato (both very thinly), place on a piece of foil on a baking tray with olive oil, salt, pepper, cover with tomatoes (tinned, sauce, ragu, dolmio, whatever) and bake for 30 mins.

Take a look in the fridge, add any optional extras like olives, capers, peppers and don’t forget some cheese 10 minutes before the end.

25 Oct

A 4K GOPRO CLONE WITH 2 BATTERIES AND REMOTE

Amazing what you can get for £60 these days.This is the very popular EK7000 from Akaso. WiFi, Professional 4K 25fps & 2.7K 30fps video with 12MP photos at up to 30 frames per second, Waterproof case, Image stabilisation, Remote control for your wrist, each rechargeable battery last 90 minutes. The 4K is interpolated so it’s not actually native 4K, so it must be just a 4MP sensor.

24 Oct

HP PROBOOK 650

The bigger brother to the 14 inch Probook 640 is the 15.6 inch Probook 650 (on the left), exactly the same look and feel but with a larger screen and a number keyboard to the right, perfect for Excel enthusiasts. Everything else is the same, the scrabble style keyboard, rubberised black lid and same insides which means its highly reliable and robust.

22 Oct

MICROSOFT OFFICE 2013 – KEY UNINSTALL/REINSTALL

Technically, you can’t uninstall Office 2013 product keys, but the theory is that you can uninstall your copy of Office from one PC and reinstall on another. So, it was with much satisfaction that I managed to achieve said uninstall/reinstall that I had never before achieved, completely legal and above board, with a genuine proper paid-for key, but using “Office Toolkit” from a dodgy website. It’s sad I had to go to these lengths, but hey, why let MS get away with it? After all, I had genuinely paid for the key!

You need to use the “Enter Custom Key” option on the Product Keys tab. Now, some of you might be saying “Where do you get this Office Toolkit program from?” Well, if you have to ask you probably shouldn’t be doing it!

19 Oct

A SNEAKY SCREW

You’ll need to remove a tiny red screw from the bottom of some HP laptops if you want to remove the case.

16 Oct

THINSTUFF – UPDATE OF SHARED LIBS CAN DISABLE IT

Please note that an update of another program that uses the same libraries can disable Thinstuff completely so that your remote server becomes single user again as if there was no Thinstuff installed. I can definitely say that one of those programs is GFS Delivery Client.

16 Oct

WHAT PRODUCT KEY FOR OFFICE?

These scripts from MS will get you the last 5 digits. In the command prompt, type the following:

Office 2010 (32-bit) on a 32-bit version of Windows
cscript “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

Office 2010 (32-bit) on a 64-bit version of Windows
cscript “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

Office 2010 (64-bit) on a 64-bit version of Windows
cscript “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

Office 2013 (32-bit) on a 32-bit version of Windows
cscript “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

Office 2013 (32-bit) on a 64-bit version of Windows
cscript “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

Office 2013 (64-bit) on a 64-bit version of Windows
cscript “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

13 Oct

MICROSOFT OFFICE SOFTWARE

Get yourself all legal with Microsoft

I am now re-selling proper license keys for Office 2013 and Office 2016, as well as Windows 7 and Windows 10 for a very good price. Check out my shop for more details.

Store

10 Oct

ABGT #300 IN HONG KONG!

Above & Beyond fans were treated to a night of partying and dance with the show’s 300th episode. Enjoy this mix with Super DJ Ilan Bluestone.

7 Oct

ANDROID – SHARE YOUR SCREEN

Android phones have a nice feature whereby you can display anything on your phone on a TV via the smart technology or roku device etc

 

Can you see what’s happening in this image?

4 Oct

SPELL CHECK FOR VIRGINMEDIA EMAIL

While browsers have spellcheck enabled by default, it is possible to turn it off. Check your settings as below:

  • Safari: Edit menu, Spelling and Grammar, Correct Spelling Automatically needs to be on.
  • Chrome: Settings, Advanced, Languages, Language and input settings, Enable spell checking needs to be on.
  • Firefox: Preferences, Advanced, General, Check my spelling as I type needs to be on.
  • Edge and IE: Windows-I. Devices, Typing, Highlight misspelled words needs to be on.
3 Oct

GET READY FOR REDSTONE 5!

Windows October update is about to hit us.

Windows October update is about to hit us. Hold on to your hats! New Dark mode for File Explorer, Edge improvements, new Search tool, Cloud clipboard, Game bar.

1 Oct

SAGE LINE 50 – NOT LAUNCHING

You launch Sage from the icon, it flashes up the green logo, but the Company Chooser box doesn’t appear. You will need to uninstall Sage, search your PC for “Sage*”, then delete all the matching folders and files. To make it easier, use Everything Search to perform this operation. There is obviously a file somewhere that is corrupt or referring to something that is no longer available.

1 Oct

PAT TESTER – COM PORT NOT FULLY INSTALLED

If you have an issue with your PAT testing software, such as KEW Report, then you may need to install the driver for the USB/COM port device. You will find the driver on the CD that came with the PAT tester, under a folder called Driver. Once installed, you should be able to choose the correct COM port (it might be something way down the list like COM23) and then you will be able to download the data.

1 Oct

LISTEN TO ONE OF MY MIXES – ON MIXCLOUD

From Toca Me to Coral Sea (hmmm, that rhymes), this selection is going to fill you with nostalgia and maybe introduce you to a couple of new choons you will love. You will find Howard Jones and Paul Van Dyk in there too, all mixed by Yours Truly. Enjoy!

30 Sep

CALL BLOCKER FOR LAND-LINE USERS

If you have a land-line and want to block scam numbers. (The red button reminds me of that one in Father Ted that Dougal mustn’t press on the airplane).

https://www.cprcallblocker.com/products/call-blocker-v5000-stop-nuisance-calls

“Our newest Call Blocker features a 3-inch caller display screen – large “Block Now” button – 5000 Pre-Programmed Number List and 1500 number blocking capacity and has the ability to block unwanted callers from Cordless DECT extension handsets.”

24 Sep

MORE GOOD LAPTOPS FOR SALE

Splendid pre-owned laptops, refurbished and good as new, over £900 new so a total bargain and better than ANYTHING you can buy at PC World right now. The Elitebook on the left is £250, the Probook £300. Both are Intel Core i5 with plenty of power and all the features necessary for office and study. I have 5 x Elitebooks, and 2 x Probooks. I now have 2 x Elitebooks, and 1 x Probook.

23 Sep

OUTLOOK WEB – BETA THAN EVER…!

The new Outlook Web is Beta then ever (see what I did there?) – a MUCH improved, new user interface and many more features. This is now a serious challenge to Gmail’s web interface which is packed with features. Switch it on with the “Try the beta” setting:-

The old style will then be replaced with the new:-

19 Sep

DON’T MIX UP YOUR GIVENCHY, GENTLEMEN!

Gentleman by Givenchy is a fabulous, masculine, sweet, aromatic, powdery, fragrance with notes of bergamot and patchouli…not to be confused with Givenchy Gentleman, which is a men’s fragrance from the time of the dinosaurs.

18 Sep

62226 TEXT FROM PAYPAL, SCAM?

Here’s a strange one, I received a text from PayPal asking me to confirm an eBay transaction I had just made. The amount was exactly right, but I had never received such a request before so this was quite worrying. I decided not to confirm the transaction and it went through anyway. I suspect it is a scam to get you to cough up a premium rate text but it looks like it is actually from PayPal.

Not content with adding 3% more or less to every transaction they now also want us to top up their massive world piggy bank with premium rate text charges. Shame on you PayPal, you genius baddies.

6 Sep

OFFICE 365 AUTORESPONDER WITH FORWARDING…

…doesn’t work if you haven’t checked “Keep a copy of forwarded messages” which is pretty bizarre!

For some reason, the Outlook.com autoresponder doesn’t seem to generate the message IF you also happen to be forwarding messages, unless you are keeping a local copy.

3 Sep

WHY I LOVE GMAIL

This is good. If you send too big a file through gmail, it automatically prompts you to send it as a link via Google Drive.

1 Sep

HYPERDUO CARD OVERHEATED

Well this was unexpected, the Marvell Hyperduo card from IOcrest that I use in all my SSD/HDD caching servers started crashing in one of them onsite, at intervals of 10 or 20 minutes uptime, and it turns out the card had burned out! Can you see the burn marks?

20 Aug

DYNAPDF.DLL – HALF A PAGE PROBLEM

This is either because you need to change to using OutputTo method (see earlier tip) or you need to set scaling on (Auto Resize) in your report, in design mode.

Earlier Tip:

When using DynaPDF.DLL with Access 2007, 2010 and 2013 to print a report, you may only get half a page. To solve, you have to dispense with ConvertReportToPDF function and use Docmd.OutputTo instead:-

numVersioneAccess = CLng(SysCmd(acSysCmdAccessVer))
If numVersioneAccess <= 10 Then ‘ Access 2003

blRet = ConvertReportToPDF(vReport1, vbNullString, FilePath, False, False, 150, “”, “”, 0, 0, 0)

Else ‘ Access 2007 or over

DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputReport, vReport1, acFormatPDF, FilePath

End If