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Tag: Windows

Chocolatey Goodness

Windows, Blog, Software, Tech Tips
One of the reasons I prefer Linux over Windows is the ease of package management.Apt, Yum, and Pacman depending on your distribution (Debian:Ubuntu, RedHat/Fedora or Arch) just seem much more logical than the Microsoft App Store or even Apple’s software store. I don’t use the GUI interfaces available on any system if I can carry out the same goal from a terminal. I realize all these systems have a “terminal/Command line” available, but a lot of users have grown accustomed to a graphical point and click method. I haven’t, nor do I enjoy navigating around the screens pointing and clicking - it seems like a waste of time. This is the section that was cutoff PowerShell on the Windows System is an exception. I’ve gotten used to using the Windows command prompt and netshell when po...
End of Year

End of Year

Blog
It’s been an interesting year Security alerts, Cyber threats, Fake news, and more critical patch updates than you can shake a stick at. Robots are competing in the job market, A.I is looming, and cold air from the far north is sweeping across the land.  Whether it was a good year, a bad year, or nothing too impressive, it’s just about over now. The new year is coming fast. Are you smarter than you were a year ago at this time? Hopefully, the answer is yes if you put any effort into improving your skills, knowledge, and confidence level. Now you can set down some goals for next year. You can also reflect on your hopes for next year. New Year Goals One of my goals is to continue to improve and refine my command line skills for both Linux and Windows. It’s the same goal every year, but I k...
Linux type solutions on Windows

Linux type solutions on Windows

Tech Tips
The “Microsoft” Ubuntu command line “App” Sometimes you find yourself working on a Windows-based machine, have to perform a quick task that might normally be very straightforward on a LINUX machine, and you don’t want to spend too much time fumbling through the GUI pointing and clicking until you stumble across what you’re looking for. My first gut instinct usually is to get to the command line quickly and work from there. I installed the “Microsoft” Ubuntu command line “App” on a Windows 10 test machine recently hoping it would become the perfect solution to such situations, but it has been a disappointing experience so far. Maybe I’ll have a better opinion after I spend more time with it, but I doubt I’ll see this installed on too many machines I run into – at least for a while. Luckily ...
Windump (back to basics)

Windump (back to basics)

Tech Tips, Software, Windows
Sometimes I like to go back to the basics, for network troubleshooting a good packet analyzer is what I need. I use Wireshark and Tshark if I can, but sometimes I get everything I need out of TCPDUMP. Sometimes I find myself staring at a Windows machine and not at a Linux command line. No problem, Windows has a couple of useful shells to work with, and it can run something very very close to TCPDUMP. So, if you are also looking for a simple alternative to Message Analyzer, Wireshark, or Tshark than WinDump – (a port of LibPcap ) may be just what you’re looking for. If you are familiar with TCPDUMP on Linux or UNIX than you will find WinDump works very much the same. Download windump here verify your download: SHA1: d59bc54721951dec855cbb4bbc000f9a71ea4d95 MD5: 7b50683722d9efd3dccbb9e65e...
Breaking the Chains

Breaking the Chains

Software
Lately, I have become less enchanted with Windows 10 per each update. It might be a weird mood in the air this summer. Updating an Arch based spin always feels like an improvement rather than a "HotFix" for something that needs "fixing". I know Linux updates are intertwined with numerous fixes, but there's something enlightening and less mysterious about updating from a repository with "Paceman". I sense something about Windows that feels like I have less control over my computer than I do with Linux. Aside from all the privacy and system reporting tweaks when installing Windows you are allowed to do. There are still some veiled baked in settings that you get hardcoded just for you. It's like the system is telling you what is good for you "We know what's best for you...just check yes for ...