App Spotlight: Directory Opus
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Directory Opus is a file manager – remember those? I haven’t thought about them for years. DOpus (as it’s known for short) has a long history starting on the Commodore Amiga where in later versions it was available as a Workbench (the Amiga’s operating system) replacement. I only used Directory Opus version 4 on the Amiga, but it was a great file manager and was a great tool to have back then.

The New Microsoft Edge - The Microsoft Alternative To Chrome
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Microsoft have been developing an all new version of their web browser Edge and will release it in early 2020. If you are familiar with the existing Edge browser, it’s the same in name only - the new Microsoft Edge is vastly improved in many ways. The new Edge is now based on Chromium, the same project that Google’s Chrome browser is based on. So, this new version of Edge will share all the compatibility that Chromium based browsers have.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for the Enthusiast, Home or Small Business
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This article is directed towards enthusiasts, IT professional’s for small businesses, or anyone who wants to create custom images and doesn’t have volume licensing, an Active Directory domain, or a lot of server infrastructure. I hope this article is useful to you, if it is please consider supporting my work with PayPal. In this walkthrough we’re going to cover: Installing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and its dependencies on Windows 10 Home/Pro Edition.

The Tale of the Fail of Google Stadia
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Disclaimer: This isn’t my personal experience with Stadia as I’ve haven’t tried it myself, either during it’s beta phase or in its current state. xCloud and Stadia comparisons: xCloud currently only streams to phones and tablets running Android and is in a preview phase. Stadia has had a preview phase, which was available as an invite-only beta, using Google Chrome and playing Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and is now a released product and service.

Installing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Deploying Windows 10 - From Scratch!
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If you’ve read my other posts you’ll know that usually I make a post focusing on building a reference image and then another post on deploying that image. This post is very similar but I’m going to streamline things by just covering the installation of MDT, and deploying Windows 10 1909. I have also recently published a video walkthrough covering this. What you’ll need: A server to host the MDT share.

First Impressions with Project xCloud Preview
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For the last couple of days I’ve been trying out Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service which is currently in preview. You can sign up to try it out yourself here. To get straight to it, the service has worked well for me. There have been some audio glitches, and in some situations - like scrolling around a world map, compression artifacts are very visible, but none of these issues have persisted.

Video Walkthrough: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Deploying Windows 10
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I’ve made a video walkthrough covering installing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and deploying Windows 10. The video follows my previous posts on the subject, but I’ve added some additional useful information to cover silent application installation and I also touch on driver management. I intend to write a post that covers the same subjects as this video, just to bring all the information together in written form. If you find the video useful I would very much appreciate it being shared around, and don’t forget to like etc.

Resurrecting the Windows Photo Viewer
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I’ve avoided posting about this for a while mostly because I thought Windows Photo Viewer would get removed. But it’s still there in Windows 10 1909 and it’s still good - even though it doesn’t play animated GIFs and hasn’t been updated since the time of Windows 7. Here’s how to enable it in Windows 10. Enable Windows Photo Viewer To enable Windows Photo Viewer so it shows up as an option to open image file types with, copy and paste the text below as is into a new text file and save it with a “.

In-Place Upgrade to Windows 10 1909 November 2019 Update (19H2) with MDT
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2019-11-12: Microsoft have confirmed on Twitter that there will be no updated ADK for Windows 10 1909, so keep using ADK 1903 with the fix as noted below. 2019-10-24: At the time of writing there is no ADK for Windows 10 1909 November 2019 Update (19H2), so I’ve tested this walkthrough using the ADK for Windows 10 1903 with the hotfix for Windows System Image Manager. I’ll keep these pages up to date when Windows 10 1909 is officially released.

Quantum Computing Primer
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Recently I’ve been doing some research into quantum computing; I wanted to understand its current state in 2019 along with where it could be headed in the next few decades. Let me preface this by saying that I’m not a physicist, although I do have a basic understand of quantum mechanics. I would like to take the opportunity here to thank some friends who’ve advised me during the writing of this article.

Bash Bunny Payload: Garfield steals passwords with LaZagne
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The Bash Bunny is a USB attack platform developed by Hak5 a security research group. It’s a device that looks like a USB memory stick, except it is a small computer running a Debian based Linux OS with a desktop class SSD and a quad core ARM processor. It can be configured to be a HID (Human Interface Device), storage device, serial device and USB based network adaptor in order to carry out automated tasks on a computer.

Elevating Permissions To Disable Windows Defender
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I’ve been developing a new payload for the Bash Bunny using external tools but a lot of them get flagged by Windows Defender - so I turned my attention to disabling Windows Defender and found some interesting information. I wanted to disable Windows Defender temporarily, just enough time to run the attack and then re-enable it. At most it would be disabled for a few seconds - my aim was to leave as few traces as possible.

Updating "Weird Al" Yankovic's track It's All About The Pentiums
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I’m a big Weird Al fan, and going through some of his work I came across ‘It’s All About The Pentiums’. If you’re not aware Weird Al Yankovic is a musician and comedian. He writes parodies of popular songs and has been for the last few decades. I thought I could update this track in particular to 2019’s technology without changing the song completely. Just for fun, also I had a lot of coffee this morning.