SOLVED: How to Easily Bulk Edit / Search and Replace Text or Links In WordPress

If you have to change text or update links in many of your WordPress pages, there is a simple solution with BETTER SEARCH REPLACE. We recently removed a YouTube video player that required all of our YouTube links to be prefixed with httpv:// (not the ‘V’) .  The plug-in is now dead because WordPress now supports YouTube links directly but we had literally hundreds of pages with httpv://youtube.com/<whateva’> that we needed to change to https://youtube.com/<whateva’>  . …

How To Add a Canadian US Dollar Bank Account To PayPal US Dollar

If your a Canadian with a PayPal account with US Dollars in it, you likely will want to transfer it to your Canadian bank and keep the money in USD.  The problem is PayPal defaults all Canadian bank accounts to Canadian Dollars and tells you that this cannot be changed.  That means you have to pay PayPal’s “exchange rate” (which they make money on) + a 2.5% fee, which means you will likely loose 3%…

SOLVED: What Happened To Google Earth Desktop & Is Google Earth Web Merging With Google Maps?

Google Earth for the desktop is a NEAR end of life product, but it is still available.  They are replacing the GoogleEarth desktop app with a GoogleEarth Web App.  Google said: While rebuilding the new Google Earth from scratch we decided to start with features that are essential for exploring and learning about the planet: Voyager, Knowledge Cards and I’m Feeling Lucky. Some of the features you may be missing from classic desktop Earth are…

SOLVED: How To Silently Deploy Google Earth For Desktop

Google Earth desktop is going away; it is being replaced with Google Earth Web App.  That should not be a big surprise in this connected world.  For more details, read THIS. However, Google is still producing new builds of Google Earth as the Web App version still has serious limitations.  Google has also changed the way that you can deploy Google Earth and removed the old copy the .MSI from %temp% trick.   In fact,…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Add File Explorer and Customize Start Menu In Windows 10 1803

There are only a few things about Windows 10 1803 (build from Spring 2018) I do not like and one of them is that Microsoft removed FILE EXPLORER but added PHOTOS and DOCUMENTS to the START menu, even on the Pro and Enterprise versions.  While that is great for home users, most companies have their staff keep files on network shares so they will want the old FILE EXPLORER shortcut back. Fortunately, adding FILE EXPLORER…

SOLVED: How To Setup RDS User Profile Disks

A User Profile Disk is simply a VHDX that is created for each user that contains their C:\USERS\<user> profile and blocks remote users from interacting with the physical disk.  This is good for security and also lets user profiles roam across different Session Hosts. Setting up User Profile Disks is easy but the thing tech’s make a mistake on is using a local path.  You MUST use a path that all of your RDS users…

SOLVED: GPOs To Lock Down Your Remote Desktop Session Host Server

If you have a Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services infrastructure, you will likely want to lock down the Sessions Hosts.  Below are some of the useful Group Policies that we suggest you apply. Note that Server 2012 and Server 2016 have the option to use something very important for security named USER PROFILE DISKS.  A User Profile Disk is a VHDX that is created for each user.  That Virtual Hard Disk contains their C:\USERS\ profile…

SOLVED: How to Create a .PFX Certificate File

I needed to import a certificate into a Server 2016 RDS server but it was requesting a .PFX file I did not have, so I had a problem.  The certificate I wanted the RDS to use was already installed and functional but the RDS CONFIGURE THE DEPLOYMENT did not show the cert. How to Create a .PFX File From An Already Installed Certificate: Launch a new MMC Click START and type MMC.EXE then press the…

SOLVED: What is Windows Timeline & How Can I Use Timeline?

Windows Timeline is a new feature in the just released Windows 10 Spring 2018 (1803) build that lets you easily see and resume your activities from the last 30 days: What Windows Timeline Includes: Windows Timeline will only display apps that support Timeline and today that includes primarily Microsoft Office, “modern apps” (like the Calculator, News, Weather, Maps…) and the Edge browser. It will also have a “basic card” for any program you start through…

SOLVED: GPO’s To Disable Notifications Like Cortana, Store, Photos, News, Calendar, OneDrive, Mail & More

If you are in a corporate setting, so called “alerts” can be quite annoying to your users and you will likely want to disable them.  Unfortunately there are no native GPO’s to disable the various notifications.  Fortunately there are two very easy ways to disable notifications using GPO’s. Download an addtional ADMX template from this Technet Article .  If you do this be aware of the warning the author writes just above the end of the…

SOLVED: How To Customize Your RDS RDWeb Page

If you are running Remote Desktop Services (RDS) you likely have an /RDWeb landing page that you would like to reconfigure to make it easier for people to visit.  My RDWeb page now looks like the one on the right. If you are interested in customizing the RDWeb page, you might be interested in our easy explanation of how to eliminate the /RDWeb portion of the rds.YourDomain.com/RDWeb and change it to just rds.YourDomain.com, HERE. WARNING:…

Mixed Reality to Change the Online Casino Landscape

“MIC – Imagin@rium VIRTUAL REALITY” (CC BY 2.0) by pallina60 Loon Following an initial surge of interest in late 2016 and early 2017, the virtual reality market has reduced to a gentle simmer of late. As developers and manufacturers start to evolve and perfect their products, consumers are starting to accept that the future of gaming is here. Indeed, what was once seen as a niche, potentially novel sector of the industry, is now becoming “the industry”. Therefore,…

Bitcoin’s Offspring Is the New Kid on the iGaming Block

“poker_gamble_chips_gaming_roulette_casin” (CC BY 2.0) by Casinolobby.dk For longstanding critics, bitcoin as a currency has had its day. Following its dramatic rise in 2017 to a value of $20,000 per coin, the market has been spooked in 2018. Following ad bans by Twitter and regulatory moves and security concerns, the price of a single bitcoin was as low as $8,000 by the close of March 2018. However, while the coin itself may have had its issues of late, one…