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Install and run a Microsoft Access application with one click

A revised article on this topic has been published:
Deploy and update a Microsoft Access application with one click
Microsoft Access on Windows 10
Deploying a Microsoft Access application in a normal Windows environment is not difficult but takes a few steps. The method and script provided here will - literally - turn the process into a one-click process for the user, even in a Citrix environment.
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Determine the Perfect Price for Your IT Services
Determine the Perfect Price for Your IT Services

Do you wonder if your IT business is truly profitable or if you should raise your prices? Learn how to calculate your overhead burden with our free interactive tool and use it to determine the right price for your IT services. Download your free eBook now!

Warning - A respectable looking scam attempt

I get scam attempt emails all the time, however, this one caught my eye due to how cleverly it's been put together. An almost perfect reproduction of a genuine Energy Australia electricity bill. Two screw-ups from this particular scammer though - An invalid "From:" email address and the Copyright statement at the bottom of the bill is dated 2017.

Other than those two mistakes, it is an almost perfect reproduction that I fear would fool the majority of technically challenged users. Even the Sign in to My Account etc. links are genuine. Take a look at this:

EnergyAustralia Scam
















The "view your bill" link is bogus and hyperlinks to the following address, which I've purposely mangled to make it unclickable.

h t t p: // org155 DOT outdoorjacketstore DOT com / route / b65ffaead5b87a47

Give a heads up to your folks if you still have them, as well anyone else you think might benefit from this information.

Hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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by:John
The Windows 7 update out today and listed as an optional update fixes the invalid file handle error successfully. Requires a restart and blue screen "updating windows" message.

I have a folder mapped to my Windows 7 VM from my Windows 10 host.

Works, Fixed, Done.   At least for now.
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by:Brian B
Thanks for summarizing the title of my post.
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Yesterday, MS started phased rollout of Win 10 v 1809 (to Semi Annual Channel Targeted machines 'that can take it' ...)
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Current status of Windows, version 1809, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server, version 1809
Windows 10, Version 1809 Rollout Status as of January 16, 2019
We are now starting our phased rollout to users via Windows Update, initially offering the update to devices we believe will have the best update experience based on our next generation machine learning model.
Fully available for advanced users who manually select “Check for updates” via Windows Update.
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Windows 10, Version 1809 Rollout Status as of January 16, 2019

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Smallest pentest for windows domains ever. Launch
findstr /s /i cpassword %logonserver%\sysvol\%userdnsdomain%\policies\*.xml

Open in new window

...let's hope that no results come up.
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https://www.computerworld.com/article/3005184/encryption/bitlocker-encryption-can-be-defeated-with-trivial-windows-authentication-bypass.html
Wow. Just came across this by chance. I can't believe I missed that one back in 2015. The article describes, that due to bad design, windows (all versions) allowed attackers at the logon screen to break in without knowing the password of your domain user account.

I consider myself very well-informed when it comes to computer security and I did not know this. How did Microsoft manage that this did not start a giant outcry, back then? Must be, because the security advisory simply does not even rate this "critical"!
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18 Signs of maturity: How mature are you?

Which of these do you relate to?

  1. Maturity is when you stop trying to change people and instead focus on changing yourself.
  2. Maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.
  3. Maturity is when you accept people for who they are.
  4. Maturity is when you understand that everyone is right in their own perspective.
  5. Maturity is when you realize that nothing is more important in this world than you and your family.
  6. Maturity is when you understand that whatever you do, you do for your own peace.
  7. Maturity is when you stop proving to the world how intelligent you are.
  8. Maturity is when you focus on positives in people.
  9. Maturity is when you do not seek approval from others.
  10. Maturity is when you stop comparing yourself to others.
  11. Maturity is when you are at peace with yourself.
  12. Maturity is when you can differentiate between Need and Want, and you can let go of your wants.
  13. Maturity is when you stop attaching Happiness to material things.
  14. Maturity is when you learn to Let go, accept the situations and move on.
  15. Maturity is when you don't react to the behaviour of insane people.
  16. Maturity is when you are able to drop expectations from a relationship and give for the sake of giving.
  17. Maturity is when you are able to walk away from people and situations that threaten your peace of mind, self-respect, value, morals or self-worth.
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by:BillDL
I'm not sure I agree with:
15. Maturity is when you don't react to the behaviour of insane people.
It is completely out of context with the other points.
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by:Andrew Leniart
I got a hilarious response to point Number 2 from a member at another forum. He said "Some people say violence never solves anything. I think that sometimes a good hard punch in the mouth is the only solution."

Made me laugh out loud :)
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Just received a phishing sms text message attempting to look like an Amazon delivery alert. Very clever. Stay safe out there!
amazon phishing sms message
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Saw this a while ago and just came across it again. I think it's too good not to share. Enjoy...  :)

IT Emergency
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by:Lucas Bishop
I follow the same procedure when I mis-send an email.
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by:Prabhin MP
even me follow the same.

this note can save your entire organization during cyber attack
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Changing the default password on your router will only be the first step for securing your network soon

https://www.zdnet.com/article/hacking-attacks-on-your-router-why-the-worst-is-yet-to-come/
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by:Lucas Bishop
Yeah, I can't recommend it enough. I'm hoping in my spare time I can write up a review of it here.

Some highlights:
802.11AC + 802.11bgn
3000Mbps throughput
3 Radios (1, 2.4 and 2, 5.0)
4x4 MU-MIMO
Beamforming
Mesh
Six Antennas
DFS Bands

One of the main reasons I picked it up though was the parental control features that are built in. Almost every other router I researched, required you to subscribe to a third party parental control service (ex. Circle by Disney or OpenDNS Parental Controls). So I'd go and review those services and see nothing but problems. I even tried using OpenDNS on my router (Netgear at the time) and then when I found it to be substandard, it wouldn't uninstall -- forcing me to factory reset.

Meanwhile the Gryphon comes with parental controls integrated by default at no extra cost. Then on top of that it has ESET's malware detection built in (costs $9.99 after the first year) and a variety of other features that should be (imo) part of all routers -- like the ability for the router to detect if an IoT device is suddenly acting like it's been infected by malware and isolating it from the network.

I'm at the point where I expect my router to be the strongest piece of hardware when it comes to home security and this Gryphon is the first one I've found where I actually believe it's holding up its end of the bargain, without me having to manage iptables.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Yeah, I can't recommend it enough. I'm hoping in my spare time I can write up a review of it here.

Along with some of your personal experiences with using it, that would be a very welcome addition to our articles database Lucas.
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Rowby Goren Makes an Impact on Screen and Online
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Rowby Goren Makes an Impact on Screen and Online

Learn about longtime user Rowby Goren and his great contributions to the site. We explore his method for posing questions that are likely to yield a solution, and take a look at how his career transformed from a Hollywood writer to a website entrepreneur.

GitHub private repositories now free for up to three collaborators


TechCrunch

Great news!
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I have been looking into scripts that record everything you may do on many websites and found what I consider to be the best answer to the problem.  The ad blocker plugin AdBlock Plus (ABP) has been updated to block all the scripts that were found in the Princeton study of websites that run these scripts (see this page for a complete explanation).
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by:Andrew Leniart
Cool, I use that plugin already.

BTW... I shared that post you made on LinkedIn here as well :)
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I moved away from using Apple iPhones because of my waning eyesight. My Android is much easier to use. Having experienced an Android-based Samsung s9+ phone now, I can't see myself going to back to an iPhone as my main phone. I have both - but I'm using the iPhone less and less these days.

What's your take?

https://thewest.com.au/business/apple-drops-iphone-bombshell-on-already-reeling-market-ng-b881064164z
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This was originally shared by Thomas Zucker-Scharff on LinkedIn, but I thought it worthy of sharing here as well.

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/activity:6484900450318503936/

https://s3.amazonaws.com/ftt-uploads/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/15012417/user_replay_fullstory_demo.mp4



Quite a scary revelation. The question now is how to detect any website using such scripts?
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Get Windows Phone ringtones on your iPhone

Bring Windows Phone ringtones to iPhoneMany loved their Windows Phone for its superior design. That included the contemporary ringtones. Now, having an iPhone, you are kicked back at square one with a dull variety of ringtones of yesterday.
Rejoy, here is how to retrieve the superior Windows Phone ringtones and bring them to your iPhone.

Bring Windows Phone ringtones to iPhone
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Gee, it was hard to find how to post!  I wanted to share this whitepaper, which I just received via email.

The direct link to the whitepaper on 4 backup programs and how they rank against ransomware is:

https://media.bitpipe.com/io_14x/io_143910/item_1766942/NioGuard_Corporate_Backup_Solutions_Self_Defense_Test_180321.pdf
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For O365 Administrators: If you are facing unusual issues with your few mailboxes, how to fix that quickly..?

https://www.techiessphere.com/2018/12/how-to-perform-move-request-for-o365-mailbox.html
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Big Business Goals? Which KPIs Will Help You
Big Business Goals? Which KPIs Will Help You

The most successful MSPs rely on metrics – known as key performance indicators (KPIs) – for making informed decisions that help their businesses thrive, rather than just survive. This eBook provides an overview of the most important KPIs used by top MSPs.

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I haven't worked with SQL Server since 2001. Now I'm trying to configure SQL Server Reporting Services. I keep getting an error when I try to create a database in Report Server Configuration Manager or when I try to access the URLs in Web Service URL & Web Portal URL. The following is from ReportingServicesService_2018 log file. Do I need to uninstall SQL Server & SSRS & just start over? Is there a book out there that is for a beginner (which I am after a 17 year break)?  Thank you!

One more thing, the version is 2017. SQL Server Express = 14.0.600.906

library!ReportServer_0-1!665c!12/21/2018-14:14:55:: e ERROR: Throwing Microsoft.ReportingServices.Diagnostics.Utilities.ServerConfigurationErrorException: No DSN present in configuration file, Microsoft.ReportingServices.Diagnostics.Utilities.ServerConfigurationErrorException: The report server has encountered a configuration error. ;


When trying to change database in the database section in SSRS Config manager, I get this - error 40 - could not open a connection to SQL Server. Thank you

Test Connection Error
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by:Dolores Hardy
Tried another account & the connections work. Thank you for your help!
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by:Pratik Somaiya
Hey. That's great your issue is resolved. Sorry was too much occupied with office work ☺️
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Just ran into something really annoying while installing Windows 10. They're forcing us to create pins now during setup. If I don't want a pin I still have to choose one and then remove it afterwards. Super annoying.
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by:Brandon Lyon
It's worse... they ask me to create one every single time I login >_<
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-Link temporarily removed as it contains exploit code that still works- [McKnife Dec. 29th]
Same old story... privilege escalation from user to system.
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by:McKnife
This is so frightening: It's out and known for 3 days now and still, only one AV product over at virustotal recognizes it.
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New Intel graphics card and integrated graphics coming in 2020

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-xe-gpu-specs-features,38246.html
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