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Back in 2011 we created a tool called IdleLogoff. It was designed to automatically logoff users that no longer moved the keyboard or mouse for a set amount of time. This is usually needed for compliance reasons or in some cases public kiosks. How it works is you run the program from the startup folder […]


This week I found a utility that can clean up temp files from your system. It is called BleachBit, and can find and clean temp files created by Windows, Chrome, Firefox and IE: Just so nothing important is deleted, you can get a preview of what it is going to clear out: In addition to […]

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I am almost positive you have run into this error before. Recently I have had 1000s of files like this. Where did they come from? Both times it was a hidden cache folder for DropBox and AeroFS. I had been playing with both to see if I wanted to use them to sync my files. […]


Since Microsoft purchased SysInternals, there has not been much activity out of them over the last few years. A few weeks ago that changed and they released SysMon. It is an interesting tool that I think primarily would be used for research and investigations of malware. At the same time, you might find it useful […]

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I have been using the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit from Microsoft for quite some time now (EMET). It is a great way to keep yourself protected from the unknown – unknown and yet to be discovered flaws in Windows, and Windows applications. What exactly is EMET? Well it is a free tool that runs in […]


I came across a neat utility this week that you might like. It changes the folder view in Windows (Windows Explorer) so it can have a tabbed view just like in Google Chrome: It is a simple one, but it sure beats having folder windows open all over the place It is called clover, and […]


Last weekend I pulled out an old utility that I have used for years. I wanted to check on my Raspberry PI that I used in this project: Sprinkler system controlled by a Raspberry PI What did I need to check? I forgot the IP address 🙁 Just wanted to see if the thing was […]


If you are a command line junkie like me – you might want to check out this free utility I found. It is called ConEmu, a free command line replacement for Windows. The feature that got me interested is the tabbed interface: The tabs can be renamed, for quick identification: You can also start a […]

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A while back I wrote an article about a VB script that could pull your serial number / product key. The problem with that is VB script has an issue with registry redirection on x64 versions of Windows. Under many installs of Windows 7/8/2012 (x64) that script will just get you a bunch of zeros. […]


I got a question from Jim this week: “Hi Steve. Back in the old days when I was connected to the Internet via a modem, there was this cool network activity indicator down by the time. Do you know of anything like that for my network card?” Thanks for the great question Jim. There is […]


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