Amazon Cloud Drive Sync clients for Windows and Mac now available for download

I don’t know about you, but my impression of Amazon Cloud Drive has always been somewhat negative due to the fact that you couldn’t sync the files with your PC after you uploaded them. I mean, this completely defeated the purpose of having that type of storage for a lot of people. Normal sync clients like Dropbox and even OwnCloud were proven better solutions than an account with Amazon Cloud Drive with Unlimited storage.   Last time I checked, the Amazon-provided Cloud Drive client for Windows would only let you…

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How to: Fix acd_cli ERROR: sqlite3.DatabaseError: database disk image is malformed

I was using acd_cli, mounted to my file system last night, and picked up today to finish up. I navigated to the directory I mount ACD in and listed the contents.

Only to see an error that I haven’t seen yet (in my experience with ACD_CLI.) I thought maybe the mount went bad. It was throwing an  error when I tried to mount the file system again:

Since the local cache could be corrupt, let’s go ahead and clear it: Your cache directory should be .cache in your…

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Use screen to maintain persistent SSH sessions after disconnecting and reconnecting

I find myself stuck in situations where I can’t really leave or close my shell session, but I have to go somewhere else, disconnect my internet, or otherwise lose shell access for some reason or another and unable to get back where I left off. Things like this happen sometimes, right? Or is it just me? The solution for this is screen Overview of Screen: Screen is a full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal between several processes, typically interactive shells. Each virtual terminal provides the functions of the DEC…

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Download all of your Android/iOS Google Photos to your PC

I filled up my 15GB of space on Google Photos. I always thought the photos were kind of stuck in there. I knew I could download them, but I didn’t want to do it through their web interface. That would be very cumbersome as I have many photos. I discovered I could enable a folder within my Google Drive that contained all of my Google Photos. I could use this folder with my Google Drive desktop app and sync/download all the files in Google Photos. I like my photos being…

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Extending the size of an iSCSI based Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) in Windows Server 2012

I just had to expand the size of one of our CSV’s without much notice. I wasn’t prepared for this, but I knew two things: The iSCSI LUN had to grow The Virtual Disk inside Windows also had to grow. Our Hyper-V cluster contains three virtual disks: Volume1, Quorum Witness, and Volume2. Volume1 = 1TB Volume2 = 1TB Volume 2 filled up. Only 11GB free. Not okay. 1. Expand the iSCSI LUN size There’s a Synology backing this cluster. I didn’t do any documentation of expanding the iSCSI LUN because…

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Disable Microsoft Office 2013 first-run wizard and welcome splash with Group Policy

The computer lab is coming together, but every time a student logs in, they are forced through the first-run wizard. I was asked to disable this, and here’s how: Download and Import ADMX files First, if you have not already, you will need to obtain and import the Microsoft Office 2013 Administrative Template Files (ADMX) Copy all the ADMX files plus your language folder and paste them into your /Policy/PolicyDefinitions folder within your domain’s SYSVOL share. Now open a fresh Group Policy Management console, modify an existing GPO or create…

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Create full-screen “kiosk-mode” shortcuts to websites in Google Chrome using PowerShell

I was given a list of 200 or so webpages so I could create shortcuts. Not just any old shortcut, but they needed to contain an argument to tell the browser to open a URL in full-screen kiosk mode. This is so that the user cannot immediately exit the page; beneficial for controlled environments and public portals. After creating- I don’t know- twelve shortcuts; I thought, there has to be an easy way to do this. It wasn’t too bad, just.. cumbersome. It could be scripted, I thought. I made the determination…

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Automatically force log off and terminate disconnected RDP sessions to free up system resources.

I’m working with a situation where all of the computers in a computer lab are actually zero-clients connecting to a dedicated Windows 7 VM on a server cluster. This environment has its complexities, and I’m working to improve the performance. That being said, I would get frequent notices from the Instructor that the computers would be running slow. Rebooting the VMs would fix that, but it appeared that was just a Band-Aid. I noticed that each VM would hold on to the disconnected RDP sessions and continue to consume resources in the background.…

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Check if your accounts have been compromised in an online data breach

With all of the recent data breaches, online security is (and has been) becoming a growing concern. If you aren’t aware, hundreds of major breaches have been publicized, and who knows how many smaller breaches are going unnoticed each day? With the “have I been pwned” website, you can both view a list of pwned websites (websites which have been breached and data compromised) and also check your e-mail addresses and online usernames to see if they were included in any of those breaches. What if I’ve been pwned?! How you use…

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Secure your Sophos Network: Use Network Groups for Trusted Remote Hosts.

My primary concern lately as my internet presence has grown has been in the general realm of security. How do I know that no one is accessing my port-forwarded server? How do I know that no one is logging into my router? […] An easy answer to this has always been limiting inbound connections to trusted hosts; But that’s not always an easy solution. Most consumer routers don’t even support this (correct me if i’m wrong) and in most firewall applications it can be cumbersome to append and manage trusted…

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