Lync 2013 to become Skype for Business this month.

The Windows client for Lync will presumable be updated this month to Skype for Business as part of the regular Office 2013 updates.  The update will add new functionality to Lync (Skype for Business) but will more importantly come with a slightly updated (and more Skype like) interface, acording to this blogpost.  You may want to considder if you wish to control the deployment of this new client/layout as to not totally confuse your users in a corporate environment.

You should also be able to force a “Lync 2013” look-a-like look for Skype for Business, read more here;
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn954919.aspx
You can basically create a new “GroupPolicy Preference” that blocks the SkypeUI, and this sounds like the right approach as this would work from first launch where as the server patch will “only” display a user dialog offering users to switch back to the LyncUI.

SkypeForBusiness

Blogposting;
http://blogs.office.com/2015/04/01/whats-new-in-skype-for-business-and-how-you-can-take-control-of-updates/

YouTube video;

attackmapSo if you like me have an interest in Internet security you may find this interesting, a live map of ongoing DDOS attacks.

http://www.digitalattackmap.com/#anim=1&color=0&country=ALL&list=0&time=16486&view=map

Have you ever had a USB device that for the life of you would not work properly, perhapes even only on one specific computer!? Well, sometimes it’s caused by drivers that somehow malfunction and it can be a hell to debug.

Anyhow, I stumbled across this util that promises to remove all traces of a usb device from a machine, I think I will keep this in mind for next time I experience one of these driver nightmares.

https://code.google.com/p/usboblivion/

 

2015-01-21 13_51_10-Program ManagerSo maybe you experience that opening a Word document takes FOREVER?  This could be a document from a coworker or an old document from wayback when..

See the thing is that Word documents may be referring to an old office template that no longer exists, this mean that every time you open the document it will attempt to open a template file that no longer exist – Word, Excel etc. may now take several minutes to figure this out – and meanwhile you will be starring at a logo just waiting and hoping..

So my thoughts were that there must be some setting in office that could bypass this, I managed to find several posts about the subject but it took some time to find a solution that worked for me.  I guess you could just open the documents one at the time and then save them with a different name, that is likely to loose the link to old templates – however if you have MANY such documents this is not a viable solution.

So I finally ended up finding a sweet little utility that will “fix” your Word Documents, it may still take a while – but you can start the program and have it running in the background traversing a folder structure.

Sweet.

SOLUTION!
You can download the software here;
http://www.cjwdev.co.uk/Software/EditAttachedTemplates/Download.html

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read more about it here;
http://blog.cjwdev.co.uk/2010/04/07/edit-attached-templates-for-word-documents/

NOT THE SOLUTION (For me at least);
What I found that did NOT really work for me was;

http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/830561

http://www.ehow.com/how_7285906_remove-template-word-document.html

You can see what template your document refers to by opening it, and then..

Navigate to here (Word 2013);

FILE -> OPTIONS -> ADD-INS -> MANAGE -> “Templates” -> GO
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This is the problematic setting;
2015-01-21 14_31_05-2.doc [Compatibility Mode] - Word

Debugging Microsoft Direct Access can be a pain, Microsoft however did release a utility to make this a little easier..DA_DEBUG

Microsoft Windows DirectAccess Client Troubleshooting Tool
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41938

Be sure to click the “enable debug mode” before scanning to get all the juicy details.

DA_DEBUG2

USB Device Tree ViewerIf you ever need to debug some USB driver or device, then this utility seem like a nice utility to have in your backpack.

It is not soo much better than the devicemanager but still it seem a bit more accessable.

Download it here;

http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbtreeview_e.html

Direct link;
http://www.uwe-sieber.de/files/UsbTreeView.zip

So we had some problems at work with PC’s not wanting to PXE boot, they just stopped right before the pxe boot..

The problem was discovered to be with the DHCP settings we had added “Option 43” for our HP Wireless Accesspoints to be able to find the management server – but somehow this confused some client PC’s…  Tried to add option 66+67 to resolve it, but this was not enough – option 43 had to go before client pc’s could PXE boot again..  We have an idea though that it is not all models that have this problem seeing that we had a number of sites that had no problem with the option 43.

glaxitianWell, if you ever watched scifi movies then you know of one of the first issues in communication with an alien species is language, infact we do not even need to go into space to have this issue – event though English has become sort of a universal language here on earth it can still be a problem to communicate with people from different countries, they may not know English or be very bad at it – so you are back to hand gestures and drawings.  Now hand gestures and drawing may be great fun if you have ample time and the spirit is high, but in a pinch it’s not the best way to go.

If you have ever watched Star Trek you know they have this wonderful gadget – the Universal Translater – a contraption that translates alien languages in real time…  Well, it’s no longer as far fetched as it sounds 😀  Skype to the rescue, Skype has been working on a near real time vocal translation addon to their popular communications software, and now they have something to show for it – it may still be in the very early stage but it’s a first step in the right direction.  Links below to a narrative on this as well as a youtube clip.

http://sl.readmydamnblog.com/Ssb5tT

YouTube video;
http://sl.readmydamnblog.com/1x5as9Z

Some other fun site on the same subject.
http://sl.readmydamnblog.com/1tGR4eR

suspicious-fry So what is up with Truecrypt??  Something fishey is indeed going on, their website www.truecrypt.org has been taken down and is now just redirected to; http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net/

My initial thought was that they had been hacked, but that does not appear so – the redirect happened several days ago and had it been a hack I would have expected it to be fixed by now.  So something more serious seem to be going on.  I read and heard several different ideas on what is going on ranging from protest against the XP end of support, Lavabit a like case, to NSA infiltration.

My personal “favorite” is that it is and internal powerstruggle in the Truecrypt team, the team has always been very secretive and roumers are that then internal power balance in the team has not always been the best.  It is thus likely that the team somehow ended up imploding and subsequently just abandoned the whole thing.

I do feel that if the case is internal power struggels, then the team defaced their own gravestone, why would you not give a good explanation on your website as to what happened instead of having people be suspicious as to possible NSA infiltration etc.

Shame on you Truecrypt team, this exit is just plain irresponsible, grow up and face the music.

A summery of what is known, a repository of the “original” truecrypt files and some additional useful insights can be found on the GRC website;
http://sl.readmydamnblog.com/1xgFhIK

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Npolitifact_photos_redditow I have for the longest time been way to occupied to do a lot of reading on Reddit – which is actually a shame as there is lots of good info flowing around in there..  But anyhow, I came across a neat little trick which might be wellknown to you Reddit sharks out there, but I did not know it so I’ll share 😀

See the thing I hated was that in order to get to the groups that interests me I had to logon and then do several mouse clicks afterwards..  Might not sound like a major undertaking, but if you are busy then everything that takes mouse clicks may put you off..

Then I discovered that you could actually embed the groups you wanted to see in the URL and hence bookmark it!?  Now I have one bookmark with the mail groups I want to read and thats it…  Nice..

A few examples;

First one group;

http://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin

Now a bunch of groups, you see you just add a “+” sign and the groupname..

http://www.reddit.com/r/andSec+antiforensics+AskNetsec+computerforensics+homelab+HyperV+netsec++PowerShell+pwned+SCCM+sysadmin+sysadmintools+usefulscripts

As mentioned, this is likely childsplay to Reddit know-it-all’s but to me it is a real neat trick.