Sunday, October 1, 2017

How to check flash wear via PowerShell within Windows 10

To check the wear value of an internal SSD drive via PowerShell within Windows 10, launch an elevated PowerShell session and use the following command.

Get-PhysicalDisk | Get-StorageReliabilityCounter | Select Wear


Not all drives accurately report this value to Windows. In some cases, the counter may be blank. Check with your manufacturer to see if they have proprietary tooling you can use to retrieve this value.

Google Chrome URL shortcuts

Below are some Google Chrome URL shortcuts.


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Show system information



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Show advanced configuration settings


vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool

This tool aims to help customers plan and execute both upgrades to vSphere 6.5 as well as new deployments. With this initial release, the tool is focused on the most common upgrade paths and deployments of vCenter Server 6.5. Updates to the content within the tool are planned to occur over time.



BroadbandNow is a web site with ISP information, as well as a speed test based on zip code.


jSQL is an automatic SQL Injection tool written in Java, it’s lightweight and supports 23 kinds of database.  It is open source and cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

Microsoft ColorTool

Microsoft has an utility to allow the command prompt to use different color themes.

How to uninstall Quick Assist within Windows 10

To uninstall the Quick Assist feature use the following command within an elevated PowerShell session.

Remove-WindowsCapability -online -name App.Support.QuickAssist~~~~



UACme is a compiled, C-based tool which contains a number of methods to defeat Windows User Account Control commonly known as UAC. It abuses the built-in Windows AutoElevate backdoor and contains 41 methods.

This utility may be flagged by anti-virus applications.


DuckDuckGo Bangs

The search engine DuckDuckGo has a feature named bangs.  These are shortcuts to certain web sites.  Below are some examples.

!a –> Amazon

!w –> Wikipedia

!ebay –> eBay

!yt –> YouTube

A list of bangs can be found at


Disable Apps from asking for ratings within iOS version 11

With iOS version 11, an option is available to disable applications from asking for ratings.  This feature can be found under Settings –> iTunes & App Store.  Scroll down the list and disable the “In-App Ratings & Reviews” option.