Windows 10 Makes it Easy to Focus on What Matters

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

How many times throughout the day are you interrupted by notifications that impact your focus and concentration? Windows 10 has become very chatty over the past few years with notifications from email, apps, Cortana and more popping up at inconvenient moments. Earlier versions of Windows 10 included a feature called Quiet Hours that would mute these notifications.  In the latest update to Windows 10, the feature has been rebranded as Focus Assist and enhanced for more control.

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Speed up your Startup by Disabling Unnecessary Apps

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

In just about every version of Windows, the amount of time it takes to get to the desktop continues to decrease.  This is due in part to better hardware but also Windows has become more intelligent with what it loads and precisely when it does it. This has resulted in the desktop loading faster after login, but your PC may be extremely slow right after the desktop displays as the start of many apps and utilities were simply deferred. 

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Run Kali Linux on Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Attention security professionals and penetration testers, believe it or not, but Kali Linux is now available in the Microsoft App store for Windows 10.  The suite of security assessment and penetration tools can natively run on Windows 10 thanks to the work of the Windows system for Linux, also known as WSL. While there are some limitations, Kali Linux brings a lot of new command line utilities that will be very helpful to the right professional. In addition, it is possible to leverage the XFCE desktop manager for a more "native" Kali Linux experience. 

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Enable the Virtual Touchpad in Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

If you have a touch display and would like more precise control of your mouse cursor you can turn on a hidden virtual touchpad that can be found in the latest versions of Windows 10. This virtual touchpad comes complete with virtual right and left mouse buttons.  Another great use of the virtual touchpad is with legacy games and applications that don’t work well with a touchscreen. 

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Pin People directly to your Taskbar

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

How would you like to pin contacts directly to your taskbar so you can easily communicate with them over Skype or email? Included in the latest update to Windows 10 is the capability to pin people directly to the taskbar.  Best of all, you can click on their icon in the taskbar, and communicate instantly with them over skype or email all within the popup window.

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Just Say No to Roaming Profiles

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Roaming Profiles were an amazing invention that first appeared back on July 27th, 1993 with the release of Windows NT 3.1. Designed to make it easy for a user to roam from one computer to another, Roaming Profiles provided a synchronization capability that copied user profile information and application settings from the local computer to a central Windows file server. This synchronization would occur upon login and logoff and worked perfectly if you worked for a very small company and sat within 50 feet of the file server. 

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