Remove Office activation from Windows, Office license reset
article #1241, updated 83 days ago

From the indefatigable Mike Crayton:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/odsupport/2015/05/01/how-to-reset-an-office-365-install-to-the-initial-activationinstall-state/

This can help a lot when Office will not activate.

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Control Microsoft SQL memory usage
article #1256, updated 86 days ago

Great info here:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/database-engine/configure-windows/server-memory-server-configuration-options?view=sql-server-2017#max_server_memory

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Use DMARC to harden SPF and DKIM
article #1255, updated 86 days ago

The following TXT record:

v=DMARC1;p=reject;pct=100;p=reject;adkim=s;aspf=s

at least theoretically, should harden SPF and, if present, DKIM. “=s” means “strict”. According to DMARC documentation, DMARC can be used without DKIM, and experiences with a first setup of the above without DKIM are playing out well so far.

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Set an HTML element to select completely on one click
article #1254, updated 86 days ago

Add this to the style of an element (P, H3, DIV, etc.):

-webkit-touch-callout: all; /* iOS Safari */
-webkit-user-select: all; /* Safari */
-khtml-user-select: all; /* Konqueror HTML */
-moz-user-select: all; /* Firefox */
-ms-user-select: all; /* Internet Explorer/Edge */
user-select: all; /* Chrome and Opera */

and if you click once on any part of the element, the whole thing is selected/highlighted, ready to be copied to clipboard. No JavaScript!

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Webroot and Other Antivirus Removal Tool
article #1253, updated 95 days ago

Try this page:

support.eset.com/kb146/?viewlocale=en_US

One recommendable practice, is to use the tool from the above page, and then run Revo Uninstaller to complete the cleanup.

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Reduce Hand Stress - Left-Click With Your Foot!
article #1252, updated 98 days ago

Admittedly this is a bit of a contraption, but it has worked wonderfully. I type a whole lot at work, and over time tried a large number of ways to get rid of hand and arm stresses. Eventually, having got my positioning right, I found that an enormous remaining stress was my mouse and most especially the left-click, which we all do a very large number of times per day. So I bought this:

www.clearlysuperiortech.com/cst2545saw

from here:

www.ergoguys.com/pctrac-tracball-w-superiorx-button-control-softwar.html

which is a nice big trackball for multiple fingers or palm (I found the small ones worse, not better, than my mice), and more importantly, those three jacks. It’s one jack per mouse-button. Originally I had thought to bring left and right buttons to foot, but I ended up doing just the left, which has done me just fine and dandy. I initially bought two of these:

www.clearlysuperiortech.com/external-buttons

similarly:

www.ergoguys.com/sbuexsw.html

because they were not expensive; I destroyed the first one (with my foot, they’re not exactly designed for stomping) in a few months, which gave me enough time to figure out what to do. Soon I received a marvelous inspiration, and looked into a “ribbon switch” or “tape switch”. These are industrial components used on conveyor belts to detect items, and safety applications where one wants to stomp on something to get it to stop. So I bought one of these:

www.tapeswitch.com/store/proddetail.php?prod=1100

in the one-foot length to save at least a bit of money, with the aluminum channel for mounting (I think this is needed), mounted it on a 48”×6”×3/4” piece of wood, had my friendly neighborhood electronic musical instrument shop solder me a 1/4” mono phone plug on its wire, ran a long wire from that plug to the 1/8” jack on the trackball…and it works!!!

There is a bit of technique I have had to learn for it to work easily, a kind of bounce of my heel to mimic a rapid left-click; and I do sit now with one shoe off, tread does not help; but I have zero pain in my hands after work these days, which is quite the joy.

Admittedly the trackball and ribbon switch are not inexpensive. On the other hand this trackball looks and feels, inside and out, that it will work for decades, and the ribbon switch is an industrial component, so unless I mounted it badly it will do for a nice long time. The only thing I might have done differently is to get a longer ribbon switch, probably two feet long, though that is luxury, not necessity!

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Install Connectwise Automate Agents Over LAN with Windows Domain
article #1251, updated 99 days ago

Use a CMD like this:

FOR %%G IN (MACHINE1,MACHINE2,MACHINE3) DO (
	copy Agent_Install.EXE \\%%G\C$
	psexec \\%%G CMD /C C:\Agent_Install.exe /Quiet
)

Run it from a folder containing Agent_Install.exe.

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Set and clear logon script path for all users in Windows domain
article #1250, updated 100 days ago

Here’s how to set it for all users in xyz.local:

Get-ADUser -Filter * -SearchBase "OU=Main,DC=xyz,DC=local" | Set-ADUser –scriptPath

and how to clear it for all users in xyz.local:

Get-ADUser -Filter * -SearchBase "OU=Main,DC=xyz,DC=local" | Set-ADUser -Clear scriptPath

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A stop job is running for session c1 of user...
article #1226, updated 100 days ago

This notice can be seen at shutdown of recent Linux. The only thorough solution this writer has seen, is to use the ‘watchdog’ service to get rid of hanging processes. You’ll need to compile, perhaps using ‘yaourt’, on Arch and derivatives:

yaourt -S watchdog
sudo systemctl enable watchdog.service
sudo systemctl start watchdog.service

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New version of Azure AD Sync
article #1249, updated 100 days ago

New version, as of 2018-10-29:

www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=47594

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