Friday, April 4, 2014

Using WMIC to check current SMART status

WMIC can be used as a quick method to check the SMART data from hard drives.  Launch a command prompt window and enter:


diskdrive get status



tinc is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) daemon that uses tunneling and encryption to create a secure private network between hosts on the Internet.  Because the VPN appears to the IP level network code as a normal network device, there is no need to adapt any existing software.  Several different operating systems are supported as well as IPv6.

How to configure Outlook 2013 to read all messages as plain text

To configure Outlook 2013 to read all messages as plain text, access File –> Options –> Trust Center –> Trust Center Settings button.


Access E-Mail Security, and enable the option to read all messages as plain text.



Pytbull is a python-based flexible IDS/IPS testing framework shipped with more than 300 tests, grouped in 9 modules.

How to disable certain file types from previewing in the Outlook Preview Pane

To disable a certain file type from being previewed within the Outlook 2013 Preview Pane, access Options –> Trust Center –> Trust Center Settings button.


Access Attachment Handling –> Attachment and Document Previewers button.


Find the file type in question (RTF in this example) and remove the checkmark.  Click on the OK button.


Double Commander

Double Commander is a cross platform open source file manager with two panels side by side.

Blocking international domains within the Junk Mail options within an Outlook client

Outlook clients include an option within the Junk Mail filters to block certain international domains and/or encoding.  Once in the Junk Mail options dialog box, click on the International tab.


A default list of domains and encodings will be under the appropriate buttons.  The United States is listed individually under both, so be careful when using the “Select All” option.