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Insight into hacks, tricks, BSD, linux, mobile devices, coding/scripting/programing.
Insight into hacks, tricks, BSD, linux, mobile devices, coding/scripting/programing.


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FreeBSD + Charizard
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How To Remove Windows 10 Mandatory Update

If you were one of the millions of people who "reserved" their download of windows 10, and then realized that you don't want it after all for any number of reasons - wifi network/password sharing, phoning home, you may have found out that you can't get rid of it.

There's only a few things you can try, but ultimately your results will vary.

The steps are similar for Windows 7 & 8.

► Control Panel - > Programs and Features

► View installed updates

► Sort the list so you can find the following entries and uninstall them and reboot:
▷ KB 2952664
▷ KB 2976978
▷ KB 3035583
▷ KB 3112336

Remove install files from system.

► Open This PC/My Computer

► Right click on C: Drive -> Properties

► Run Disk Cleanup
▷ And then run Clean up system files.

You may have to reboot to get this to work. If you are successful then you should no longer see the Windows 10 tray icon, and you shouldn't be prompted to install Windows 10.

The only issue that has not been resolved is that now whenever you do ANY system updates, it will always say "Upgrading to Windows 10" or something similar on Windows 8 machines.
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Upgrading a Dell Vostro 1000

For Black Friday 2007, I ordered my mom a new Laptop, the Dell Vostro 1000 that came with Windows XP and 1 GB of DDR2 RAM. Throughout the years, I've upgraded its operating system through to Windows 7. More recently I loaded windows 8.1, and it finally started to show its age as the system, overall, was extremely sluggish.

I looked into if upgrading the RAM was a possibility, and to no surprise, found some conflicting information. The Dell support website was of no help whatsoever, neither telling me what type of RAM it supports nor how much of it it can handle. Searching for this information was a little confusing at first, as people argued how much RAM the laptop could actually take - from 3GB and up.

The main restrictions seemed to be DDR 2 RAM, at 667 MHZ, and up-to 3 GB. But this is a 64 bit system and it is capable of handling more RAM than that, but the BIOS may not. So I took a risk and ordered 4 GB of DDR2 PC2 6400 RAM from of course.

When it arrived, I put it in and fired it up, no problems. Disabled the "Virtual Memory" (Paging File) and it's flying. Glad I spent the extra money on the 64 bit processor all those years ago. This computer should last my mom easily until it gives up the ghost. Until then, as far as she's concerned, it's a new computer with a familiar layout.

Future Proof Reference

Ram used: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBSQ

Cost $60 for 4 GB

For Troubleshooters:

3.9GB of RAM appears as usable (the rest is used by the video card).
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Edit Device Name missing on 3801HGV

This will work on a number of Gateways that AT&T provides for DSL/Fiber. 

Previously, there was an link you could click to do this, but it has since been removed. So now you have to use a hard link to access the feature.

1 ) Open a browser and go to the gateway's home page (

2 ) Click on "Home Network."

3 ) Scroll down and find the device you would like to rename.

4 ) Click on "Device Details." The URL will look similar to this: ""

5 ) You'll want to change the "a" to "b" like this ""

6) Enter the new name for the device and press enter.

Although you may specify names for the device, they may not stay permanent - I've been unable to figure out why this is.

Also worth noting, if you go to the acknowledgement section of the gateway, you'll see the system is running FreeBSD. Oh yeah! The Power to Serve!
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Keyboard shortcuts to major social media sites.

Via +Bea Kay
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Launch Programs on Start Automatically on Windows 8

With every major version of windows, we have to learn how to do certain things in a new way. Previously, to have a program launch on start all you would have to do is drag a shortcut to the "Start" menu (directory) and that was it. On Windows 8, it's almost as simple.

Just follow the steps as seen in the image below. (image stolen from: )
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Adjusting the volume levels through CLI

Sometimes using the CLI can stump you, such as when you want to adjust the volume level on some music you're playing. Thankfully we have mixer to help us with this.

Simply type mixer from CLI and you'll get output as in the screenshot below. To change the volume levels simply enter:

mixer vol 75

You can change the volume of other devices by using this format: mixer device volume_level
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Check to see if your Google E-mail address was on the list published to the Russian bitcoin forum.

Download the script here:

You'll also need the data file found here (with the passwords removed):

(it's roughly 28MB). Get it from the first post that reads: "Скачать google_5000000.7z"

Put those two together in a *nix machine and have at it.

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Clear the cache on the HTC One M8

To wipe the cache partition, follow these steps:
- Turn off the device.

- Press and hold the Volume Down key.

- Press and release the Power key to turn the phone on.

- Continue holding the Volume Down.

- Release the Volume Down key when the three Android images appear on the bottom of the screen.

- Press the Volume Down key once to move the cursor from FASTBOOT to RECOVERY.

- Press the Power key to begin the wipe. (the screen will turn black for a couple of seconds)

- The device displays the bootup screen followed by a phone with a red triangle.

- Press the Up Volume key and Power key at the same time and release.

- Press the Down Volume key to select Wipe cache partition.

- Press the Power key to initiate the wipe.

- Wait until the phone displays Cache wipe complete at the bottom.

- Press the Power key to select Reboot system now.

Modified from:
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A brief yet informative write up about the Unix Wars.
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