Month: October 2018

Microsoft Launches Its Web Version of Sticky Notes

While the world waits for Windows 10 1809, Microsoft has now rolled out a web-based interface for its Sticky Notes app where customers using the app can gain access to saved notes from anywhere. Sticky Notes is available for Windows 10 1803 or greater, and iOS and Android through the OneNote app. Launched under the OneNote domain, users with an Office 365 subscription can find it here:   Want to get to your sticky notes from anywhere? How about on the web at !? Rolling out worldwide soon – give it a whirl and let us know what you think! More details: #WindowsInsiders #OneNote — Reza Jooyandeh 🌈 (@RezaJooyandeh) October 31, 2018  

Windows Insiders Now Testing Windows 10 Fix for Zip File Extraction Failures

Microsoft continues to heap more and more fixes onto the failed Fall Feature Update so that it appears as the company may still want to deliver it at some point.  In an update to a blog post that originated back in September… We have released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update Build 17763.107 (KB4464455) to Windows Insiders in the Slow and Release Preview rings. This Cumulative Update contains the same fixes as Build 17763.104 plus these two additional fixes: We fixed the issue where dragging (extracting) files from a .zip file in File Explorer to a write-protected location you don’t get a “Do you want to replace these files” prompt and the copy action fails silently. We fixed an issue causing roaming profiles to not work correctly.   Could this be the last bug to be fixed befor...

Tip: Best Notepad App for ChromeOS

ChromeOS has a simple, integrated Notepad-type text file viewer, but it’s not great. However, there exists one of the better Text file editing and reading applications for ChromeOS. Called simply, Text, the app provides speedy performance along with fast, syntax highlighting for scripters and coders. It also allows you to open and edit multiple files at once. Get it here: Text  

Tip: Changing the ChromeOS Background Daily with Bing Images

Microsoft’s web search tool, Bing, produces some of the best daily images around. By default, ChromeOS includes some really significantly excellent images for updating the desktop background and these are updated pretty regularly. But, what if you see an amazing Bing image that you wish you could update your background with? A ChromeOS app called Wallpaper from Bing for Chromebook will update the background each day as Bing’s own images are updated. Additionally, when the background is updated, a ChromeOS notification is delivered with the image’s description.    

Windows 10 Security Checklist Starter Kit

I love it when a tech speaker lays out an overwhelming topic so clearly that it starts to feel approachable. That’s how I felt during a recent ITPro Today webinar with Orin Thomas on security configuration management for Windows endpoints in the enterprise. I’ve gone through Orin’s webinar and pulled out many of the items into a checklist that you can use as a starting point. It’s obviously not a complete checklist. That’s why I’m calling it a “starter kit.” You can use it to see how your company stacks up on these essential items. Then you can take steps to address any shortcomings and toward building a comprehensive checklist to help make your organization more secure. Organization-Wide Checklist These items apply to all Windows 10 endpoints the entire organization. □ Managing All System...

Tip: Getting Google Assistant Capability for a ChromeOS Device on the Stable Channel

Google is working on delivering always-on, always-listening Google Assistant capability for all Chromebooks someday soon. The option to turn on the feature exists in Canary and Developer builds right now. If you are running on one of these builds, see: Tip: Enabling Google Assistant on any ChromeOS Device For now, though…those that are running their devices on the Stable Channel can still enable this capability if just a bit limited. The only thing you don’t gain is the always-listening capability. To do so, for those devices that support installing Android apps from the Google Play Store install the Google app on the ChromeOS device. You can get it here: Google When the Google app installs, it also includes a separate Voice Search app. To gain quick access to the Voice Search ...

About: Inateck USB-C Wall Charger

Its hard to beat the quality of Inateck devices. I was first clued-in to Inateck a couple years back, ironically, with a wall charging device – much like this latest version. The construction of this latest version is just as quality-great as previous versions. This is really what makes devices from Inateck a good choice when looking for a mobile charging device. There are a number of similar offerings, so it boils down to a device that can easily be tossed into a travel bag without worry that it’ll still work on the other side of a flight. This latest USB-C wall charger has enough ports to make it feasible to dump all other device chargers and just use this one. It contains a USB-C charging port, and 2 USB-A ports, allowing you to charge multiple devices at once. For example, ...

Mini Review: Inateck 9-in-1 USB C Hub

Combining connection options and features value always gets my attention. I recently tested the Inateck 9-in-1 USB C Hub, which combines several connection options for those with mobility needs. In its compact and light footprint that’s driven by USB-C, it delivers the following ports: USB-C, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA, 1 Ethernet, 1 SD, and 1 Micro SD memory card readers. For those that travel and have equipment with USB-C ports, it’s an awesome addition – with one caveat. Connectivity is immediate and all the ports work well, but when using the built-in network adapter, network performance was visibly muted. My current goto setup is an ASUS C302 Flip Chromebook and the USKY adapter to drive USB-C (connects to the unit and provides additional USB-C connectivity), USB 3.0 (...

Script to Enable HTTP/2 Support for Exchange 2019

The RTM release of Exchange Server 2019 doesn’t properly configure cipher suites whitelisted for HTTP/2 on some browsers. This script updates the cipher suite ordering to allow HTTP/2 negotiation on supported browsers. Restarting the server or services should not be required after executing the script. The script should be executed after Exchange Server 2019 RTM is installed on a server. New servers installed using Exchange Server 2019 Cumulative Update 1 or later do not require the use of this script. Download:    

Tip: Enabling Google Assistant on any ChromeOS Device

Google is beginning to roll out its electronic Assistant to all ChromeOS devices. Seen in early canary builds and coming quickly to the Dev channel build, the following flag will enable Google Assistant: chrome://flags/#enable-native-google-assistant Of course, the Beta and Stable channels will have to wait for the capability. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections is what conferences should be.

Review: RAVPower FileHub Plus with WiFi, Mobile Charging, and SD Card Reader

What started as a need to improve the WiFi signal in my office has turned into a valuable travel gadget. A couple months back my home office network equipment was upgraded by my Internet provider, Spectrum. Spectrum promised that I’d have stronger WiFi signals with full coverage over the entirety of the house. This didn’t exactly work the way they promised. While the signal was stronger in most of the house, my home office was actually the one area that suffered. And, the signal was so good in the rest of the house, I was overruled when I wanted to switch back. I’ve used repeaters in the past to amplify signals, but those don’t work as well as promoted, so I decided to go a different route. My home office is wired, so I simply wanted to take my wired network connect...

Microsoft Admits to Zip File Bug, Assures Its No Big Deal While a Fix is Planned for November

Microsoft hasn’t had a lot of luck with its Windows 10 1809 feature release. New bugs continue to pop-up, keeping the company from finalizing the update and releasing it publicly. One of those is an issue reported that overwrites destination files when copying them from a compressed zip file. According to Microsoft, a bug does exist here, just not in the way it’s being represented. While there is a problem with a missing warning dialog box to overwrite files, they aren’t really being overwritten anyway. In a new thread in the Microsoft forums… With the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, if you copy or move files from a .ZIP file (without first “extracting” the contents) into a new destination folder that contains duplicate filenames or is write-protected, you don’t get...

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