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Free Short Course: Hacking Countermeasures

The aim of the short course is to give you a taste of what it is like to undertake Postgraduate study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University. The Hacking Countermeasures short course covers sections of our subject ITE516 Hacking Countermeasures, an elective subject in the Information Systems Security Masters Degree at Charles Sturt University.

The short course will be run over 5 weeks with lectures being delivered via weekly after hours Webinars (recordings of the Webinar will be available if you are unable to make the live event). In between the Webinars, you will be asked to do 10-12 hours of study.

The course is free to undertake – link below..  Course begins May 28th 2014.

http://sl.klogmand.dk/1k4ld6s

“Darn users” never do get back to you :-(

If you ever worked with any kind of support you are likely to know the sittuation, a user has a problem – you implement a fix, ask the user to get back to you if it worked or not…  Well he/she NEVER does get back to you, instead you have a case hanging open for weeks till you contact the user for a reply or maybe the user call and complain a week later and ask why you did not do anything!?

Fustrating right!?

Well here’s a neat little trick I picked up for those of you that use Outlook/Exchange in your orginazation..

You can actually add a reminder for your email!?  Yes, I know you may say, but did you know that you can add the reminder not only for yourself, but ALSO for the RECIPIENT!?

Neat right, but how does it work you say!?

  • Well firstly – you just write your email as usual.
  • annoy1  Second – you move to “Follow Up” and select “Custom”

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  •   Finally – you add the reminder and the caption for the recipient

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On the given date and time the user will get a reminder on your email (via his/her own calender) and thus be more enclined to reply to you..

Now is that not neat or what!?

 

 

Free online training – multiple levels and topics

OfficialAchievementCertificateA friend of mine just joined an online Android course at the University of Meryland, from what he tell me it is actually really good.  So I did some peeking and ended up finding a source of online courses;

Among the courses I managed to find one of personal interest, it’s in Crypto – sadly it had already finished, but that turned out to be a Blessing in disguise as this let to a preview of the course videos;
https://class.coursera.org/crypto-preview/lecture

Other courses can be found here;
https://www.coursera.org/courses?orderby=upcoming&stats=upcoming&lngs=en

Below is another source (more just free videos and thus maybe not the same leauge, but still).

http://thenewboston.org/tutorials.php

 

 

Disaster and Recovery Plan

Need some inspiration on your Disaster plan at work?

Well Dilbert surely has one for you 😉

Building a PC

I have done this myself numerous times in the past, build a PC from scratch or upgraded a PC with new hardware, however for some a PC is still a mystery box that just works.

Anyhow, I stumbled across this neat video that take you through the process of building a PC – so if you ever had the urge to get on-board with a project like this you really should watch this video, it gives you some great pointers and also give you some idea on whats involved.  A word of caution though, this guy know what he is doing and is 100% sure all the parts will fit, that in my recollection is sometime where things gets tricky (when things wont fit or work together).

Enjoy..

http://youtu.be/cUzdNcZeM-s

MINIX NEO X7 – On the subject of mini pc’s

intel-nucSo I was reading about the Intel NUC which is a mini pc that will fit in your palm, I heard it was just released in an i5 version (previously i3) so it is a fairly crafty machine that will easily run Windows and even throw in a virtual machine or two.  One drawback though is the price, with a full fledged Intel cpu the price shoots up :-/ not unreasonable but enough that it’s not for me.

Anyway, a comment in a review led me to this link;

http://www.minix.com.hk/Products/MINIX-NEOX7.html

so at 1/3 the price (more or less) you get a cool gadget, that although it will not run Windows will run Android and although not being super fast and powerful as the i5 processor it is fast enough for realtime HD video, netflix and the lot..

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Bottom line, if you are looking for an extention to your big screen tv, to play a bit of netflix, surf and other stuff this Minix Neox7 looks real cute and fair priced.

http://youtu.be/cBR3ZrurMKI

Online Photo Editor – FREE and excellent

You might be one of those people that have occasionally been using Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, Gimp or some other graphics editor to clean up a picture every now and then – but to be honest how often do you need software like that?  Only rarely right, well – I just stumbled across a great online resource for this, it’s a free service that lets you edit a picture/photo or may just pimp it up with some effects..

Basically there are three editors available, one classic editor (like Photoshop, PaintShop Pro etc.), one to create cool collages and finally one to add effects (like make a photo look old, modify the colors etc.).

If you ever used any of the above mentioned programs this site will be a breeze, if not then the two last tools will still be piece of cake to use.

 

Below a few examples.

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Remember it’s free, fun and easy..

The default site is;
http://pixlr.com/

The advanced editor directly is;
http://pixlr.com/editor/

Check if a specific KB update is installed in Windows

With Windows XP/2003 and earlier you could often just look in C:\windows for installed patches there would be a KBxxxxxxx folder, however life moved on..

Today I had the need to see if a patch was installed and I found this quite useful;
http://serverfault.com/questions/263847/how-can-i-query-my-system-via-command-line-to-see-if-a-kb-patch-is-installed

I ended up using the command;

wmic qfe | find "KB2744129"

You ofcause exchange the KB number with the one you are looking for..

This worked like a charm for me 🙂  tnx Jscott.

Google Glasses…

OMG I am just looking forward to these Google Glasses, I really think this will have a huge impact on our daily life over time..  like Augmented reality etc.

Sadly I do fear that V1.0 likely may be a bit buggy and expensive..

http://youtu.be/V6Tsrg_EQMw

Forefront Endpoint Protection – fustrations

2013-06-28_14h08_52I just updated our “Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection” client software, this in turn caused several of my scripts to stop working 🙁

Digging led to the discovery that the PATH has changed :-/ omg why change that…

Namely I ran two commands weekly on all our servers;

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MpCmdRun.exe" -SignatureUpdate -MMPC"
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MpCmdRun.exe" -scan -scantype 2"

The first foreces Forefront to update it’s definitions straight from the Internet repository, and the second forces a full scan.

but the “Antimalware” part of Forefront (or at least MpCmdRun.exe) seem to have moved from;

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware” to “”C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client

But why 🙁  – anyhow, if you update your Forefront Endpoint Protection be sure to check any manual scripts you have running.

 

Downloading the updates manually;

You can still download the update file manually (80mb aprox), it’s the same file as for Endpoint Protection –  get them here;
http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/definitions/howtomse.aspx
or try this undocumented one (direct download link); http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=121721