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How To (quickly) Tell If You’re 5 Years Out Of Date On Security Updates

There’s a fun indicator you can use to quickly evaluate whether you’ve been missing security updates for the last five years (ish) on older Operating Systems (i.e. Win2008-2008 R2), and it’s the build number. Not infallible, but then not often wrong. Helpful Table Of Problem Versions If you’d rather skip my rambling – and let’s… Read more

Conditional Formatting Text in Excel from PowerShell

Hopefully a helpful note, as this had me confused for a while… I wanted to add text-based conditional formatting to an Excel sheet I was creating from PowerShell – so I could colour one of the columns automatically depending on the values. I used the technique any self-respecting dabbler would: I recorded a macro in… Read more

Note: Surface Pro Volume-Up Reset

I once experienced a problem with my Surface Pro 3 where the keyboard (and screen rotation) stopped working while I was working in another State. I can never find the instructions I used to fix it, so I thought I’d post them here. Note: For Surface Pro devices only. Hold Power and Volume Up for… Read more

The RDP Ghost is real.

Recently, when connecting to a reasonably-sleepy Windows system, I’ve seen the RDP Ghost. An 8 bit rendition of a scary, scary ghost. It scared me. If you’ve seen it, you’re not alone. It’s a thing. I hope – one day – to capture a screenshot of this apparition. The Rules appear to be that you… Read more

Krebs’ Immutable Truths of Data Breaches

A rationale for more stringent risk assessment. Or indeed any risk assessment for internet connected assets, regardless of size or perceived value to others. Krebs’s Immutable Truths About Data Breaches “There are some fairly simple, immutable truths that each of us should keep in mind, truths that apply equally to political parties, organizations and corporations… Read more