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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The easiest way to watch MKV files on your iphone,ipad or imac

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 5:31:00 AM




I really enjoy my iPhone, it's simple and easy to use.Well for most things at least but my biggest issue by far has to be how crap iTunes is at managing files. Then just look at how easy it is to copy your movies, books, and music to your Android.
So here is a quick, easy and free way on how copy any video files, most notably .mkv files, to your ios devices. This is also my preferred way to get an episode onto my iphone to watch in the bus on my way home.


  1. On your Iphone , navigate to the app store and install vlc player

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  2. Plug your phone into your PC and open iTunes (it usually opens up automatically when plugged in)


  3. Click your phone


  4. Select Apps

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  5. On the right hand side scroll to the bottem where you will see File Sharing


  6. Click on VLC then Add File…

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  7. Select your file and click Open or you can also hold Ctrl+Click to select multiple files


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  8. Wait a few seconds for your files to copy



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  9. That's it, Open VLC and your movies or episodes will already be on your device. Just open and enjoy Winking smile


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I hope you found this helpful and comment and let me know if I'm the only one that likes iOS but hates iTunes. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

How to Recover an Active Directory object using the Recycle Bin , 2008 & 2012 Methods

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 3:08:00 AM



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At some point in your career as an Active Directory Domain Administrator you will have the need to recover an AD object (user,computer,OU etc) and the last thing you want to do is an authoritive restore from backup.

In a previous post I show you how to check if the AD Recycle Bin feature is enabled and how to enable it which is the main prerequisite for this post.

In Windows Server 2012:



In Server 2012 it really easy using the Active Directory Administrative Center aka ADAC

  1. Open the the ADAC

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  2. Select Deleted Objects



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  3. Right click an object on the right and select Restore or Restore To… then select the location the object should be restored to.

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In Windows Server 2008:



There are 3 ways if you’re in a Windows 2008 environment.

  1. Use the ADAC tools installed on a Windows 2012 Server. This will have the same result and procedure as shown above and is by far the easiest.
  2. Option 2 is using LPD.exe ,Microsoft has an easy to follow article detailing this procedure.
  3. Using PowerShell.
    • use the Get-ADObject command if you want a list of deleted objects
    • once found you can simply restore the object using Restore-ADObject (See Example below of a computer object being restored. Same applies to users and other AD objects )

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That's It!

I hope this post has been informative for you. Send a shout out if you found this post helpful or comment if you have any questions.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Check if Active Directory Recycle Bin is enabled and enable AD Recycle Bin

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 6:39:00 AM




    Back in the day when I started my AD journey, there wasn’t an easy way to recover an accidentally deleted Active Directory object. Back then I found a very helpful tool for Windows Server 2003 and 2008 called ADRestore.net

    However, since Windows Server 2008 R2 they introduced a feature called the Recycle Bin, making recovery of AD objects allot easier. This is not enabled by default however and once enabled you cannot disable it.

    So here are 2 easy steps to check if it's enabled and also how to enable it. Once complete you will want to review a previous post on how to actually restore an object using the recycle bin with methods for both 2008 and 2012

    Check if Recycle Bin is enabled

  1. Open up an admin PowerShell window and use the following command to check if ad recycle bin is enabled

    If  “Enabled Scopes” is empty then it is disabled. The below shows off a disabled environment.


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  2. To enable the Recycle Bin feature simply run the following command from an Admin PowerShell windows.



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I hope this post has been informative for you.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How to Download ALL your Facebook data–Legally

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 6:05:00 AM



There may come a time when you want to have a copy of your Facebook data, perhaps you thinking of deleting your account permanently and if you do, you may want to have a look at How to permanently delete your Facebook profile.
You will receive  a copy of your data in a zip file in simple website format with ALL your data,from password changes, where you logged in from 5 years ago, the browser you used, the IP address, all your photos, pokes, likes, comments, messages, videos you name it, its ALL there. See Pic Below
For a full list of items you can visit https://web.facebook.com/help/405183566203254

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  1. Clicking the at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings

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  1. Click Download a copy of your Facebook data below your General Account Settings


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  2. Click Start My Archive

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  3. Enter your password



  4. Click Start My Archive again


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  5. Your Download has been requested

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  6. Wait for the Download Ready email and click the link in the e-mail

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  7. Click Download Archive

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  8. Enter your password again
  9. Once the download is complete be sure to secure your archive .
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Don’t get hooked and put down your phone ;-)







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How to permanently delete your Facebook account the right way

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 4:52:00 AM



So finally ,after nearly a decade of pokes, likes, status updates and pictures posted Iimage decided enough is enough and I am re-claiming the little time I have on this earth. No more checking for social media updates on my phone(Wooo Hoooo). It feels rather liberating to say the least.
To many users it might not be that obvious because the setting is hidden from the usual Facebook settings, but you can permanently delete your Facebook account.
Remember there are two things you can do:
  1. Deactivate your account
    • Doesn't delete anything merely “hides” everything e.g you won’t show up on searches etc.
    • You can reactivate if you change your mind
  2. Delete your account
    • Actually deletes your account , permanently. Here is how:
    • Be sure because you can’t change your mind



1. Download a copy of your data




 

 

The first thing you want to do is download a copy of your data. If you not sure how then go here
How to download your Facebook data

2. Process your delete

 
It may take up to 90 days from the beginning of the deletion process to delete all of the things you've posted, like your photos, status updates or other data stored in backup systems. While we are deleting this information, it is inaccessible to other people using Facebook.

 

There are many popups asking you “if you are sure” so be sure before you proceed.

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And finally after you logout you have one last chance of instructions.

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If you are still unsure then find some fun inspiration here and I'm sure you can relate to at least a few.
http://www.boredpanda.com/cartoon-smartphone-cellphone-addiction/?page_numb=1

Thursday, April 20, 2017

How to know if a betting site is secure

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 11:22:00 AM



Online gaming websites covers a range of casino games, poker, sports betting, skills based games, social gaming, lotteries, bingo etc. While these sites provide entertainment to millions of people, they could also pose a real security risk to unassuming players.
Since the first online casino offering real money in 1996, several attempts have been made to create industry standards. However, while there has been some progress, there are many sites which are not secure and do not currently meet such industry standards. In 2006, out of an estimated 2,500 online gaming websites, only about 100 were certified by the E-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA.org) The organisation “certifies online sites as having prompt payments, safe storage of information, random games, honest advertising, and responsible gambling practices”.
So how do you protect yourself when betting online? Two important security features to look out for when you are betting online are: 1) the website URL; and, 2) the “lock” icon. These features should provide a good indication about the security of the website, in this case online betting sites.
You could also use website security checking sites, which enables you to see how secure a betting website is. Some tools such as Qualys SSL Labs apply a grade from A to F to enable you to compare the security offered by different websites. A website graded C and lower should raise concern about their ability to protect your cash and your information.
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Apart from security concerns also be sure to find out more about the legality of a site as this could vary from country to country.
The following tips will help you to avoid the pitfalls of unsafe betting practises:
  • Find safe and imagetrustworthy sites by checking the web page URL. The address of a secure website usually starts with https – which indicates that the site has a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) installed
  • Check for the "Lock" icon - Click (or double-click) on it to see details of the site's security.
  • See betting as entertainment not as a way to make money.
  • Bet on reputable websites, an example being bettingtop10.com
  • Be disciplined when betting - have clear rules for when and how much you’re spending. It is wise to bet only small amounts especially if you are playing at a new website.
  • Do not bet on impulse or when you are in a bad mood, and only use money you don’t need.
  • Do not bet on sports you don’t understand.
  • Use e-wallets for payments – e.g. Paypal.com

Online gambling is an ever expanding and lucrative industry. However, while research is attempting to fill the many knowledge gaps relating to the complex regulatory and legislative aspects of this phenomenon, the millions of players who are enjoying this form of entertainment should remember to always follow basic /general security practises. If they do not, this wise saying - a fool and his money are soon parted - could easily apply.


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