VIDEO: Prank The Phone Scammers

Listen to me pretend to be everyone from Ronald Reagan to L Ron Hubbard to Jesus Christ with these stupid phone scammers. The first half of this recording is me jerking these guys around with fake names and stupid accents but the second half is a recording I did trying to get them to lay out the whole scam. It was shocking how complex the attack was. They used a front end staffer to call…

Basics of VIN Check

For some vehicle owners and prospective owners VIN is much more than a standardized 17-digit code that includes a serial number, but rather a short overview of the full history of a car. If one knows how to use properly, obviously. In this article, we will explore the basics of VIN, its check, and relevance in the nowadays car market realities, as well as benefits of undertaking such.   Main Terms to Understand As one…

SOLVED: GUI To Add Files or Drivers To A .WIM Image File

Over the years we have produced many instructions on how to add files or add drivers to a .WIM image file, but they are all outdated because they are command line.  There is now a free GUI front end for DISM made by Mike Celone. To get DISM GUI to work you need two things: .NET 4.0 which can get from Microsoft HERE in unlikely event you don’t have it already Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) that…

SOLVED: How To Create a CAPTURE Boot Image in WSUS

If you have already got a deployment image in your Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) then you likely will want a CAPTURE IMAGE so you can collect the Operating System from a SysPreped PC.  This is easy to do:Launch WSUS Expand your server > BOOT IMAGES Right click on the appropriate boot image (i.e. Windows Setup (x64) – 1803) and select CREATE CAPTURE IMAGE On the METADATA AND LOCATION screen click the BROWSE button, select…

SOLVED: SysPrep – [0x0f0070] SYSPRP RunExternalDlls:An error occurred while running registry sysprep DLLs, halting sysprep execution. dwRet = 0x3cf2

If you are trying to SysPrep a Windows 10 PC and see: Sysprep Failure Unable to Validate Windows Installation and then see in the log: [0x0f0070] SYSPRP RunExternalDlls:An error occurred while running registry sysprep DLLs, halting sysprep execution. dwRet = 0x3cf2 You likely have some Win10 apps that are installed per person.  Things like the calculator and paint may be installed by default but they are installed per person and not allowed to be sysprepped. …

VIDEO: Garmin DriveAssist 51 Unboxing, Configuration and Review

Below is our Garmin DriveAssist 51 Unboxing, Configuration and Review: The three important things to do are: Connect the DriveAssist 51 to your WiFi Update the firmware and maps and from then on, they will automatically update when they are on your Wifi… like in your garage Connect to your cell phones Bluetooth To use the Garmin as a speakerphone and have it display inbound text messages SETTINGS > DASHCAM > CAMERA PLACEMENT Core configuration so…

SOLVED: 5 Things To Know When Choosing a Web Hosting Service

Many non-technical people run blogs and don’t know what to look for when deciding on a host.  Many simply choose the first reliable sounding service or choose one based on referrals.  Unfortunately these referrals are nearly always PAID referrals.  Being paid for a referral completely invalidates the purpose of a referral.  We have not received a penny for the content you see below. 5 Thing To Look For When Selecting a Blog / Wed Host…

SOLVED: How To Easily Ad Google AdSense Adverts Into Your phpBB

Now that Google has Auto Ads, you no longer need to struggle to get advertisements onto your phpBB bulletin board. To Add Google Adverts To Your phpBB: Login to your Google AdSense account and expand CONTENT > AUTO ADS > SETUP AUTO ADS (blue text link in top right corner), the copy the code snippet if you don’t have Auto Ads setup, set it up! Using your favorite FTP tool (we like FileZilla) download and…

SOLVED: phpBB Upgrade Errors: No input file specified and Fatal error fix_user_styles.php

I just finished struggling through updating phpBB 3.1 to 3.2 on a GoDaddy hosting plan which required me to get through two seemingly complex errors.  Before you get started there are three things you should confirm: Your PHP level is at or above 5.4 You can do this in the PHP section of your hosts control panel (likely cPanel these days), or you can just phone your hosts support line Inside your phpBB > ADMINISTRATIVE…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Easily Move Your WordPress Website To A New Server Host For Free

We recently migrated a dozen WordPress sites from one GoDaddy host to another GoDaddy host and then to a totally different host named InMotion.com.  As a result we had to put a lot of time and effort into learning efficient migration strategies.  We moves sites completely manually and using tools.  Below are the videos explaining what we found and how to use them. It turns out that a manual WordPress migration is quite doable, you simply…

SOLVED: GPO To Set Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016 To Not Update Automatically

If you want to set your modern Windows (Win 10, Server 2016, Server 2019…) to not download and install updates automatically, there is a simple Group Policy Object you can create: GPO To Stop Windows From Automatically Updating: Expand COMPUTER > POLICIES > ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS > WINDOWS COMPONENTS > WINDOWS UPDATE Set CONFIGURE AUTOMATIC UPDATES to ENABLED and select a CONFIGURE AUTOMATIC UPDATING option from the drop down We like #3 AUTO DOWNLOAD AND NOTIFY FOR…

SOLVED: How To Remove a Server From Dell SAN Headquarters

If you installed the DELL SAN HEADQUARTERS ‘SERVER’ on a new server and are connecting to it from your desktop (or another server), you will likely want to get delete the old server in SAN HQ.  The problem is REMOVE SERVER is not an option.  Fortunately the solution is easy: REMOVE A SERVER FROM DELL SAN HQ Launch Dell SAN HQ Right click on your NEW server (not the old one) Select MAKE THIS DEFAULT…

SOLVED: GPO To Block Store On Windows 10 Pro

As you likely already know, because you have found this page, the GPO to disable the MICROSOFT STORE app was set to be ineffective on Windows 10 Pro after build 1511.  This annoying change meant that you could only block the store using a GPO if you were running Windows 10 ENTERPRISE or EDUCATION and that made admins cranky.  The solution was to block the store app through a SOFTWARE RESTRICTION GPO as we explained…

Dell Latitude 5490 Benchmark Comparison With M.2 PCIe Drives, Spinning Disk & SATA SSD

The video and table below clearly demonstrate that PCIe NVMe connected SSD’s run much faster than do conventional SATA connected SSDs or SATA spinning disks. This benchmarking was completed using a Dell Latitude 5490 laptop with Novabench free benchmarking tool.  For comparison, we also included some benchmarks we completed last year on a nicely configured Dell Optiplex 5050 and a Dell Latitude 5480 (the 5490’s predecessor). We explain that although the 5490 has a 2242…