Monday, 27 January 2014

Google And HTTPS Search's and Proxy Servers

This issue will really only affect people in a corporate environment where there is a requirement to log requests from Google and log on a proxy server what users search for. Back in Sept 2013 Google forced everyone to use HTTPS searches, this results in the search request not been logged on internal proxy servers etc. All requests to http://www.google.co.uk are been redirected to https://www.google.co.uk

Here is the steps to resolve this issue in a corporate environment :-

1. Open DNS, and select “Forward Lookup Zones”

2. Right click and “Create New Zone”

3. Create a new zone called www.google.co.uk

4. Once created go into that zone and create a “A” record to 216.239.32.20 you do not need to give this A record a name.

5. Repeat the above and create a new zone called www.google.com

6. Once created go into that zone and create a “A” record to 216.239.32.20 you do not need to give this A record a name.

7. Await DNS to update

If you now open a web browser and navigate to http://www.google.co.uk it will no longer be redirected to https://www.google.co.uk you will also notice that if users sign in via Google, it signs them in but will keep the connection as HTTP.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Windows XP End Of Life Support

Microsoft has said that after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to protect your PC.)


If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Delete hiberfil.sys Hibernate File Windows Vista

My main PC is Windows Vista and I’m getting a bit low on space, I needed to do some editing on a large audio file and during this it creates a massive temp file, and it kept filling my C drive up.  As a temp fix I found a way to temp disable Windows Hibernate mode. 

The hibernate file just saves the state the machine was in when you put it into Hibernate mode, it is safe to delete.

  1. Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
  2. In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
  3. When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
  4. At the command prompt, type powercfg.exe /hibernate off, and then press Enter.
  5. Type exit, and then press Enter to close the Command Prompt window.
I then deleted the hiberfil.sys file from the root of the C drive, this then gave me an extra 4Gb. 


I did what I needed to do and then repeated the above procedure but this time typed powercfg.exe /hibernate on to re enable the Hibernate mode.

Friday, 3 January 2014

How to Transfer Text Messages From Samsung S2 to S4

Here is how I transferred all my text messages from my Samsung S2 to my Samsung S4.  Before I did this I transferred all my contacts over.

Please note there is a number of different ways to do this, as you will see if you read on-line this is how I did it.

1.  On the Samsung S2 open your contacts list, press the function button (bottom left) this will bring the menu up, select "Import/Export"

2. Select "Send namecard via" 

3. Select all contacts, then click "Send"

4.  Select Bluetooth.  Ensure that Bluetooth is enable and visible on your Samsung S4.  You can now transfer them via Bluetooth. 

5. Now onto the text messages, on both phones download a free app from the Google Play store called  SMS Backup & Restore ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore )

6. Open the application on the Samsung S2 and select "backup" you need to tell it where to backup to, I put a old SD card into the phone for this task.

7. Once this had done, I took the SD card from the S2 and put it in the S4 and repeated the step this time did restore.  It successfully restored over 3000 messages with no errors at all.

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