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How To: Fix Intel Laptop Coil Whine and Squeaking

There's nothing worse than getting a new laptop, booting it up, and then hearing that incessant coil whine noise that kicks in and out. I've noticed it's worse on the HP laptops we've used, but HP isn't to blame. Intel is. In our testing, the issue seems to be related to Intel's TurboBoost feature that allows your CPU to kick into a super boosted mode when it needs to (and in some cases increase its clock speed from 1.6GHz to 3.5!), but this can come at a cost. Coil whine. The only way we've found to fix this is to disable TurboBoost. On Windows laptops you have two options: 1. Disable TurboBoost in BIOS/UEFI One option is to head into your BIOS settings and see if there's a way to disable TurboBoost there. We've seen this option on many laptops, but strangely the HP we used did no...
Cheat-sheet: Linux Commands in Windows
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Cheat-sheet: Linux Commands in Windows

If you spend a lot of time in the command line you may find it a bit difficult to remember the different commands you need to use to achieve basic things depending on whether you're using Unix/Linux or Windows that day. This guide contains a cheat-sheet with some of the most used Unix commands and their Windows counterparts. If you use PowerShell you're in luck because Microsoft has added a large number of the Unix commands as aliases for their Windows counterparts for you, but if you use CMD/Command Prompt still this list is for you.   Cheat-sheet: Unix command: clear CMD command: cls The clear command is used to clear the window you currently have open, useful if the clutter is distracting you. The Windows alternative is cls (clear screen).   Unix command: ls ...
Windows Server How To – Use Windows Defender with hMailServer
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Windows Server How To – Use Windows Defender with hMailServer

hMailServer naively supports using ClamAV (provided you have it installed), but ClamAV arguably isn't the most effective antivirus available. Since Windows Server 2016 comes with Windows Defender built in, you can use Windows Defender as a third-party virus scanner instead of purchasing something else. It's all very easy to configure too. (more…)
SSL How To | Exporting the Private Key and Certificate from a .pfx file
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SSL How To | Exporting the Private Key and Certificate from a .pfx file

If you’ve exported an SSL certificate from a Windows PC via the Certificate Manager MMC plugin into a .pfx file, you may end up needing to spilt that file into its constituent parts (e.g; for moving the certificate to a Linux based server or if you’re importing it into Plesk). Thankfully doing this is very easy. While this tutorial is Windows orientated, all of the commands we’ll be using can be used on any OS (so long as OpenSSL is installed). (more…)
Windows How To: How to create a UEFI bootable USB Windows installer
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Windows How To: How to create a UEFI bootable USB Windows installer

In the past creating a bootable Windows USB installer was extremely easy, all you needed to do was download the 'Windows 7 USB/DVD Backup Tool' from Microsoft's website, select the ISO, and then select the USB stick. Easy stuff. Sadly it's not so easy with newer computers that have UEFI instead of BIOS. UEFI USB sticks need to be GPT in order to be bootable, sadly.  You'll need a USB stick that's 4GB or larger for this and make sure you back up whatever is on it because it'll be wiped. For this you'll also need to find an ISO image (available online, just search for one - if you can't find one feel free to email me and I'll link you up). This works for Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 (and perhaps 7, not entirely sure). (more…)