Want to see who is on your wireless? SoftPerfect’s WiFi Guard is freeware that scans your network, both wireless and wired and it also inventories connections on your network.
Before setting up WiFi Guard, inventory your computers, printers, routers, TVs and other devices that use your network. Get each devices’ MAC address. Load WiFi Guard and mark each device as trusted. WiFi Guard’s settings allows you to set a scan interval and to put comments on devices that you know. In the event a new device is connected to your network, you’ll be alerted.
Set a scan interval that meets your needs.
WiFi Guard keeps a history of devices that connect to your network.
I discovered GE Geek through Rick at What’s On My PC. GE Geek is a resource like no other. The time and dedication to linking and uploading the thousands of resources at GE Geek is commendable.
The best feature by far is GE Geek’s Toolkit that contains 1.7 gigabytes of tools that every IT pro needs.
“A complete collection of over 300 Portable Freeware Tech Related
programs, all accessible from one Menu Launcher Utility. There’s
even a program to update all the essential programs automatically,
all contained on a USB/Flash drive for travel.” ~GE Geek
Here’s a short list of the categories -
Apps to Install
Repair Tools 1
Repair Tools 2
Windows Services Defaults
Windows 7 Tools
Windows 7 Troubleshooting
Windows 7 / 8 Shortcuts
Here’s a Snapshot of his Site. You have to visit the site to get an understanding of how this has to be one of the best sites on the web for IT Professionals. Link
If you are a beginner or an expert, MySQL Workbench is a must have if you have installed MySQL. The community edition allows you to Start/Stop your MySQL instance, write queries, monitor performance and has dozens of other features.
With MySQL, the my.conf file normally found in Linux installs is the my.ini file. This configuration file can be found under the ProgramData folder (you have to show hidden files in Windows Explorer to see it). This file can be configured using MySQL Workbench. If you get an error connecting to it, go to the server instance and navigate to the my.ini file. This is a common error when reading the configuration file.
Other features -
SQL Editor – SQL Code Completion, SQL Code Formatter, SQL Syntax Highlighting, SQL Code Generation, SQL History, SQL Snippets, Server-Stop/Start, Server Status, Performance and more.
Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment. Plus I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (Almost 300 total)! Please enjoy these FREE eBooks and resources, and be sure to pass this along to your friends, colleagues, peers, and others who you think would benefit from and enjoy them. After all, wouldn’t it be fun if we could surpass the 1,000,000 download mark within just one week again? ~Eric Ligman, Microsoft
I encourage my students to go over and visit Rick, Paul and Bill’s blog. In 2009, Rick posted a link to a Scientific American article on How Hackers Steal Secrets from Reflections. Great Article. With our students going through some of the best security courses available, these links are very valuable.
Although we used a mirror for this example, we have tried glasses and other reflective materials and you can take a picture and reverse the photo.
Today, six programs were recognized as “Excellence in Action” award winners, representing the best Career Technical Education (CTE) has to offer. These programs of study were selected based on their uniquely inventive and effective approaches to stimulating student learning, raising student achievement, offering extensive work-based learning experiences, and increasing student postsecondary and career prospects, as described in Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education.
NASDCTEc Executive Director Kimberly Green said, “These Excellence in Action award winners are incredibly successful – graduating their students at above average rates, building strong business and community partnerships and setting a course to increase students’ attainment of postsecondary credits and degrees and industry-recognized credentials. These high-quality programs of study are leading the way, improving both the practice and perception of CTE.”
The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) honored the award recipients at the 2014 Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters Institute.
Two-page, printable profiles of each winner, detailing their unique strengths and justification for their selection are available at the newly-launched NASDCTEc/NCTEF website. For further updates from the Achieving Excellence Institute, including a recap of the award ceremony, visit the CTE: Learning that Works Blog.
Windows 7 SP1 is a necessary critical update that should be applied when reinstalling or updating Windows. You may run into errors when applying this service pack. During the update, the update may stall or revert changes. What should you do?
Be Patient – The installation failure or reverting changes may take up to an hour or more.
Boot into Safe Mode with networking (Reboot hit F8 several times and select Safe Mode)
Be patient this can take an hour or more during the reverting process
Once in Safe Mode with networking, disable all antivirus software – Look for other antivirus software programs that may have been installed at an earlier date and remove these (You may have to use removal tools from the vendor). Also look for any old installations of other anti-virus software or malware tools under c:\program files\any old anti-virus software. Remove these with Programs and Features (Add/Remove Software) if possible.
Rename the SoftwareDistribution folder under C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistributionold
Delete any files under C:\Windows\Temp and C:\Temp
Why Tweaking All-in-one? Reset Registry Permissions Reset File Permissions Register System Files Repair WMI Repair Windows Firewall Repair Internet Explorer Repair MDAC & MS Jet Repair Hosts File Remove Policies Set By Infections Repair Icons Repair Winsock & DNS Cache Remove Temp Files Repair Proxy Settings Unhide Non System Files Repair Windows Updates Repair CD/DVD Missing/Not Working and more…
Technet has a list of 77 Windows tips, don’t close the tips out too soon, you’ll find things you may not know how to do. Although most of these are old if you have discovered Windows 7, many people still don’t know about many of these tips.
Know what Robocopy is? How about a search connector? perfmon /report or permon /rel? Link
This enterprise hotfix is for WebDAV, DFSN client, Folder Redirection, Offline Files and Folders, SMB client, Redirected Drive Buffering Subsystem, Multiple UNC Provider, SMB Service, TCP protocol components (Network Performance), processing of Group Policies, Group Policy preferences, helps to reduce network load and domain load, WMI and more.
Hard drive cache on if not SSD Drive
(Device Manager – double click and make sure checkboxes under policies are checked)