IIS Management Console to connect to a remote IIS Server

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If you want to use the IIS Management Console on a technicians computer then you may run into the problem that a lot of people have – simply installing the IIS components and console on the technicians machine will not work. This is because it will only connect to the localhost – you need to … Read more

Lock iPad screen to stop kids exiting the app

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If you have young kids then you may give them your iPad or iPhone to play with to watch kids TV, especially helpful to keep them entertained when travelling. But, your little treasure might be like ours and although wants to watch the latest show of Alvin and the Chipmunks, also wants to explore this amazing device and keeps pressing the screen. Before you know it, you have sent wierd emails to everyone you know, posted “aaaaaaaaaaa#d#a;#d#sfl#” on Facebook and bought a paper clip on eBay!

So, wouldn’t it be great if you could fire up the YouTube or SkyGo app, lock the screen so the touch function does not do anything so that your little one can be entertained by the program and touch the screen without it ever going off?

Well, you can do that!

To do this, we take advantage of the Accessibility Settings, the idea is that we set a password for disabling the Accessibility settings whilst turning off the touch function within the app you are wanting to use.

Instructions

To do this, follow the simple below steps:

Please note that this guide is correct as of iOS version 9.3.1 (April 2016).

Go into your iPad’s Settings and then into General then Accessibility:

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In the Accessibility section, scroll down to the Guided Access option:

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In here, ensure that you have turned on the Guided Access and also go into the Passcode section and set a passcode:

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Then go back into the Accessibility options and scroll down to the Accessibility Shortcut section:

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Go into this and ensure that it is set to Guided Access:

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You should then go into the App that you want to use. Once in the app, triple press the Home button on your iPad. This will now launch the Accessibility settings where you can turn off the touch control. Turn it off and at the top right corner, press Resume/Start.

This now means that touching the screen will do nothing at all!

To get out of this, you have to triple press the Home button again and it will ask for your Passcode. Enter the Passcode and then at the top left of the screen, press the End button. This will exit the Accessibility mode.

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Cisco VPN Client Fix x86 Package

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Download To download, simply scroll down towards the bottom of this page and you will see the options for this download. Ensure you select the correct one and click the blue Download button as detailed below: Prerequisites This program requires Microsoft .Net 4.5.2 to work correctly. You can download this directly from Microsoft by clicking here. Instructions For … Read more

Cisco VPN Client Fix for Windows 10 Package

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Download To download, simply scroll down towards the bottom of this page and you will see the options for this download. Ensure you select the correct one and click the blue Download button as detailed below: Prerequisites This program requires Microsoft .Net 4.5.2 to work correctly. You can download this directly from Microsoft by clicking here. Instructions For … Read more

MD5 Hash Online Encryption and Decryption Tool

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We have recently been working on MD5 hash codes both in encrypting and decrypting the hashes.

So, we have now created a microsite with our work in progress so that our visitors can start to use it and we will work on making better over time.

But before we go any further, we know that there is actually no such thing as encryption or decryption of MD5 hashes, but it is a much simpler way to describe the process method so this is the terminology we shall use for this post!

You can visit our MD5 hash encryption and decryption microsite by clicking the link below:

MD5 Hash Encryption and Decryption Tool Microsite

VERSION LOG

This is the version 1.0 release of the microsite so things are not perfect yet. We have so far got the encryption working and you can now turn any letter, number, word or phrase into a MD5 hash using our microsite.

However, the decryption is much harder and so far we have managed to get to the point allowing you to turn a MD5 hash which is numeric up to 5 numbers long, back into the plain text digits.

Instructions for how to use the tool are available on the microsite.

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Cisco VPN Client Fix for Windows 8 Machines Released

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Please note that version 3.0 has now been released which has support for Windows 10. You may have found that if you use the Cisco VPN Client on your Windows 8/8.1 machines, when you type in your username and password, it fails to connect and eventually will stop trying until you see the “Not connected” … Read more

Microsoft will remove Security Essentials (MSE) for Windows XP in April 2014 – Download NOW!

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If you have Windows XP, or if like me, you have to rebuild many friends and family members old computers, then you will probably be aware of Microsoft Security Essentials – the free Microsoft security program. Microsoft have provided this free of charge to Windows XP and Windows 7 users for some time now but … Read more

RSAT and RDCM for Windows 8

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I’ve now taken the plunge and installed Windows 8 Enterprise on my testing laptop and I’m actually quite happy with it after spending the last few months moaning about my Windows 8 Home Premium laptop!

Some of the features are excellent and I’m getting used to not having a Start Menu (adding everything I need to my taskbar!). I’ve also now installed RSAT and Remote Desktop Connection Manager and both work fine so I’m pretty happy about that.

In case anyone is having any issues in finding either RSAT or RDCM for Windows 8, the links are below:

RSAT for Windows 8

RDCM for Windows

Free Anti-Virus Software

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One of the perils of working in IT is that I am constantly asked by friends and family the age old question;

What is the best free anti-virus software?

Well, there’s plenty of free anti-virus software out there and there is not really an answer to this question – there is no “best” anti-virus software, only personal opinion!

Myself, at home (and recommendations to said friends and family!) I use Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) being the Microsoft slave that I am, but a lot of my colleagues go for AVG, but there’s also Avira and Avast! that will supply you with free AV protection.

To help those out in the hunt for free anti-virus protection, I’ll list below some links to the freebie AV sites, I’ll even pop in some free Mac anti-virus protection sites!

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Microsoft Security Essentials – My personal recommendation

Avast – Be careful of them trying to get you to actually buy their full product!

Avira – Never used it so I can’t really give an opinion on this one!

AVG – Age old free anti-virus, one of the first to supply free AV to the masses

Mac

Sophos Anti-Virus Home for Mac

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So, hopefully, this answers the question of free anti-virus software, or at least what your options are and where you can get it from, the choice is yours!