Disable Windows Compatibility Telemetry
article #1370, updated 71 days ago

This can sometimes save a lot of CPU and/or disk cycles. In administrative CMD:

schtasks /Change /Disable /TN "Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
sc delete DiagTrack
sc delete dmwappushservice
echo “” > C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection /v AllowTelemetry /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

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Automatic install of Dell drivers and firmware, and more
article #1584, updated 74 days ago

Lots of interesting recently-updated tools here:

www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/en-us/000126750/dell-client-command-suite

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Automatically Resize Windows in Windows with AutoSizer
article #1583, updated 81 days ago

AutoSizer:

www.southbaypc.com/AutoSizer/

really works remarkably well. Rather helpful if you bring up ticket note windows or anything else over and over again which need resizing. It repositions and maximizes as desired too. By default it runs by window class (my own preference!) but can address windows by title as well. Sits in the Windows tray nice and quietly and does its job. Lovely!

Newly updated as of this writing, I’m running it on Windows 11.

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Fixing Windows / Azure / 365 User Connections with dsregcmd
article #1550, updated 85 days ago

Sometimes Windows’ relationship with 365, or a user’s profile, or just a user on a PC or terminal server, will not log into 365. This appears to be the result of corruption of cached credentials.

The most straightforward way is probably to nuke all User/Windows/Azure relationship and recreate. As written, this would probably be very bad on a terminal server, because it will nuke the relationship for all users and all profiles. So far, no per-user commands identified.:

Remove 365 accounts from “Access Work and School”, then run these:

dsregcmd /cleanupaccounts
dsregcmd /debug /leave

from administrative CMD, and also from SYSTEM (paexec or psexec can do this), then reboot, then remove from Access Work and School if still there, then set up user relationship(s) again.

But today we have a report that dsregcmd /status did something, unknown, which fixed one terminal server user. Not sure what. Next time I plan to run many tests with this info:

ss64.com/nt/dsregcmd.html

And if you see error CAA5021, do this:

Search for Manage user certificates in the search bar and open it from Best match. Then navigate to Current User\Personal\Certificates and make sure the MS-Organization-Access and MS-Organization-P2P-Access entries are deleted.

No reboot needed for that last.

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Download Microsoft Teams (newest)
article #1568, updated 86 days ago

Here’s the download page:

www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/download-app

This downloads an .MSIX, which one can usually double-click effectively. The link appears to be nicely static at this writing:

statics.teams.cdn.office.net/production-windows-x64/enterprise/webview2/lkg/MSTeams-x64.msix

And some Powershell to do the download and the install:

cd $env:TEMP
curl.exe -O "https://statics.teams.cdn.office.net/production-windows-x64/enterprise/webview2/lkg/MSTeams-x64.msix"
Add-AppxPackage -Path '.\MSTeams-x64.msix'
# placeholder for Enter

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Bypass Requirements for Windows 11
article #1582, updated 88 days ago

Very interesting:

www.tomshardware.com/how-to/bypass-windows-11-tpm-requirement

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Simple Smiley in HTML/Unicode
article #1581, updated 89 days ago

There are a lot of smileys out there now. But reliable display can be a question. The original is preserved:

 ☺

The code is:

&#263A;

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Cross-Platform Flowchart Application a la Visio
article #1150, updated 94 days ago

My favorite by far is draw.io. Online:

app.diagrams.net/

or cross-platform installable:

github.com/jgraph/drawio-desktop/releases/

Two more I have used:

http://www.yworks.com/products/yed

https://www.calligra.org/flow/

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Ion Injection into Internal Combustion Engines
article #1267, updated 96 days ago

As of March of 2024, there is clear success to report, and more to come. This is negatively ionized air, being sent into engine air intakes. Here it is:

ioninjection.ponderworthy.com

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Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Generator
article #1580, updated 101 days ago

Sometimes you need an SSL cert, but you don’t have a request generator. This works very well:

csrgenerator.com

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