So far I really like DiskMax (and it’s free as in beer!).
Surely a growing list.
Shut Windows 10 up, and enhance your privacy.
I wanted OpenVPN to autologin on one of my servers. The issue here is two fold: UAC grabs the executable and demands confirmation, and the gui doesn’t retain credentials. The solution to the latter does unfortunately require storing those credentials plaintext in a file, but if you’re not worried about that then read on. Continue reading
Here’s an easy way to check. Insert this into your client as a download:
Then check your tracker status. For example, in Deluge the tracker status appears thusly:
Got an app you want to work only when connected to VPN? Have Windows Firewall do the work for you
First, connect to your VPN. Then, ensure that your Public connection is that VPN connection. You can do this by opening Network and Sharing Center. In the example below, clicking on Ethernet 3 on the Unidentified network reveals the VPN IP address.
So there’s nowhere in its OS to schedule a reboot of ZyXEL’s C1000Z router. Thankfully you can use Telnet to do it.
First, enable Telnet. Log into the router, then choose Advanced Setup > Remote Console. Under Console State choose LAN Telnet Enabled. Set your Telnet username and password and click Apply.
Now you’re ready to go. Create a .vbs file and populate it with the below, changing the IP address, username and password to be applicable to your router.
set oShell= Wscript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
oShell.Sendkeys "open 192.168.1.1~"
Save this file. You can double click it to test it. After having confirmed it works, create a task pointed to it in Windows Task Scheduler. Modern Windows OSes should natively run a vb script in scheduler. If not, use CScript to launch the script:
I use the mighty Pi-Hole to streamline my browsing experience. Sometimes, though, the ole Hole can get in my way, blocking something I need to see. If it’s a one time deal, and not something I want to whitelist (which Pi-Hole has thankfully made easy to do via the web interface as of the latest edition), I wanted an easy way to temporarily switch DNS servers.
Enter QuickSetDNS, a groovy little exe that can do just that. Download QuickSetDNS and unpack it into the destination of your choosing. There’s no installer – it’s a simple standalone exe. Fire it up, right click in the whitespace and create a new DNS server entry. I’ve got one for my Hole, and one that points to Google’s public DNS servers.
After creating your entries, right click on one and choose Copy SetDNS Command Line. Then right click on your desktop and create a new shortcut. Paste the SetDNS command line in for the location of the shortcut and click Next. Name it something informative, and save it. Do the same with your other DNS entries in QuickSetDNS.
There. Now you have shortcuts you can double click to change your local DNS settings.
Facebook stopped using XMPP awhile ago. Get FB chat back in Pidgin with the purple-facebook plugin.
You know what’s groovy? Godmode.
In Windows 8 and 10, create a directory (anywhere, but I put it on my desktop) named
In Windows 8 name it