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This is where I will put info regarding issues I have encountered or heard people struggle with.  

Womdee Bone Conduction Headphones - Review 

First thing that struck me when I opened these is that they look a lot like a lot of hearing aids out on the market, but the more I thought about that the more it made sense as it is designed to bypass the eardrum and directly stimulate the bones of your ear.

Mine came shipped with 80% battery so I thought I would just dive straight in to try them. I set the volume at 100% to see what the sound bleed was like, they may as well be portable speakers at that level as everyone around you will be able to clearly hear what you are listening to. Obviously I will not be listening to them at 100% volume all the time as that defeats the object of these as they are supposed to allow you to hear your current environment as well.

Once I found a comfortable sound level (around 40%) I found I was still able to hear my colleagues talk to me clearly while still listening to music. Although it will never match in-ear headphones, I was quite happy with the sound quality produced.

They take a bit of getting used to as you need to find a comfortable position if you are going to use them for an extended period of time. I have sat with them on for most of my work day today and have found they are surprisingly comfortable once you get used to the idea that they are basically pressing on your face all of the time, and have only dropped 20% battery.

The call quality, seeing as they function as hands free, needed to be tested too. I have made and received several calls through this and although it is louder by default they function extremely well, no audio loss and no complaints on the other end of not being able to hear me or the audio being distorted.

My main downside is I still keep checking my phone as pure habit and it does cause the audio to skip but I imagine most of you have better self control than I have and not in an environment where there is around 40-50 Bluetooth devices available to you... I was also able to get the voice assistant working on it as it states on the Amazon listing and because I had Google Assistant and Alexa on my device I was given the option to choose what I wanted to use. I ended up going with Google Assistant as the Alexa option did not give me any feedback to say it was in listening mode whereas Google Assistant did.

I have not experienced any of the dizziness that I know people trying these for the first time have reported but be warned that it can happen if you are not used to the technology.

All in all, for the £31 I paid for these, I am happy with the purchase. The box contains the headphones, USB to micro USB charging cable, earplugs (?) and an instruction booklet.  

Link to the product - https://amzn.to/2YGMQLj

Smart Glasses - Where are we?

After watching Spider-Man: Far From Home I have been intrigued with where the world is with Smart Glasses. So far there are a few out there that are worth mentioning however they are also out of my price range at the moment. So I decided to look into the technology that goes with most of these, Bone Conducting Headphones.

I have purchased some that are dedicated headphones and ones that are part of glasses and I will be doing individual reviews of them here soon. 

Experience with the PS Vita 

Over the last few weeks I've really got engaged with a side project, the Playstation Vita. I've had one since the first month of release and never really did anything with it. So out of curiosity I decided to give it a play to see what can be done with it, and I love what the hacking community have done with this console.
On the newest, and probably last as Sony are discontinuing the console, firmware you can use the Trinity Hack to add the custom firmware features to your console. Note please that on the older style Vita's you need a memory card to store any games and mod so it is required for this, the slim models however have some internal storage so its not an issue.
The Trinity Hack enables Henkaku for your console to allow homebrew to be loaded through systems such as VitaShell, a file browser for your console. Of course there are emulators out there to allow the playing of Game Boy or Mega Drive games, but it was the PSX games that always got my attention seeing as this was the console I spent most of my childhood on. The PSX emulator was actually quite responsive seeing at the Vita has a PSP emulator already built into it and the Vita utilities that to run the games exceedingly well. As any gamer by now will have wondered what do you do about the L2 and R2 buttons? These can easily be mapped to a analog stick or even the touchscreen on the front or back so you wont be without.
However, there is a lot more out there... You can downgrade the firmware once modded to allow for additional features to be enabled such as SD2Vita, something I was particularity interested in as the official storage cards for these are quite expensive. This does require hardware to be purchased at a cost of around £4 but once correctly setup can allow my spare 256GB Micro SD card to be my main storage for the device, which means a lot of games... After very little consideration I went ahead and set this up and it made me very happy to have a large collection of Vita games on my device rather than swapping cartridges or deleting one to make room for another from the store.
There are other things available such as VitaCheat, a live cheat module or PKGj, which allows you to download any PSX, PSP or Vita game that is available on the store without the license but I will leave that for your own research as we start to cross into a legal grey area. If there is enough request I may do a video or a screenshot guide but for now know that it is a great time to own a Vita.
26/06/2019

Add SSL to MSTSC

First of all, name of the server had to be changed by adding DNS suffix. For example, if you want to connect to the server by srv.example.com address, your server name should be "srv" and DNS suffix "example.com". It can be done in computer properties.

Now issue certificate to domain name srv.example.com (i.e. in Let's encrypt)
Convert let's encrypt cert files into windows one via: openssl pkcs12 -export -out certificate.pfx -inkey privkey.pem -in cert.pem -certfile chain.pem (Linux command) if you issued certificate with help of acme.sh, you command should look like: openssl pkcs12 -export -out certificate.pfx -inkey yourdomain.com.key -in yourdomain.com.cer -certfile fullchain.cer

Install converted certificate to personal store at the computer level. Not at user level

Then with this command display the thumbprint of the certificate, copy it to a text file or something similar: Get-ChildItem "Cert:\LocalMachine\My"

This is a variable to set the WMI path to the RD Session Host RDP listener (Where the certificate needs to be changed): $PATH = (Get-WmiObject -class "Win32_TSGeneralSetting" -Namespace root\cimv2\terminalservices)

Finally this is the command to change the active certificate on the RDP listener: Set-WmiInstance -Path $PATH -argument @{SSLCertificateSHA1Hash="thumbprint"} The "thumbprint" above, is the value you noted earlier, just insert it between the ".

10/06/2019

Automatic Virtual Machine Activation Keys

Seeing as i've been asked for these twice in the last few weeks, figured i'd put them here.
The following AVMA keys can be used for Windows Server 2019.
Datacenter H3RNG-8C32Q-Q8FRX-6TDXV-WMBMW
Standard TNK62-RXVTB-4P47B-2D623-4GF74
Essentials 2CTP7-NHT64-BP62M-FV6GG-HFV28

The following AVMA keys can be used for Windows Server, version 1809.
Datacenter H3RNG-8C32Q-Q8FRX-6TDXV-WMBMW
Standard TNK62-RXVTB-4P47B-2D623-4GF74

The following AVMA keys can be used for Windows Server, version 1803 and 1709.
Datacenter TMJ3Y-NTRTM-FJYXT-T22BY-CWG3J
Standard C3RCX-M6NRP-6CXC9-TW2F2-4RHYD

The following AVMA keys can be used for Windows Server 2016.
Datacenter TMJ3Y-NTRTM-FJYXT-T22BY-CWG3J
Standard C3RCX-M6NRP-6CXC9-TW2F2-4RHYD
Essentials B4YNW-62DX9-W8V6M-82649-MHBKQ

The following AVMA keys can be used for Windows Server 2012 R2.
Datacenter Y4TGP-NPTV9-HTC2H-7MGQ3-DV4TW
Standard DBGBW-NPF86-BJVTX-K3WKJ-MTB6V
Essentials K2XGM-NMBT3-2R6Q8-WF2FK-P36R2
03/05/19

Reset Your Windows Password Using the Command Prompt 

1. Boot your computer using your Windows installation disc.
2. Wait for the setup files to load, and select your language. Click Next.
3. Click the Repair your computer link on the Install Windows screen.
4. Select the operating system to repair, and note the drive letter on which the OS is installed (it is probably C: or D:). Click Next.
5. Click Command Prompt at the bottom of the list of recovery tools.
Now you need to overwrite the Sticky Keys executable with the Command Prompt executable. Sticky Keys is an accessibility feature that allows a user to tap the Shift, Ctrl, Alt, or Windows key once to achieve the same effect as holding the key down. Ordinarily, tapping Shift five times activates Sticky Keys--but with this trick, you are going to make tapping Shift five times activate the Windows Command Prompt instead.
The instructions below use drive letter C: as an example. If your operating system is installed on another drive, replace C: with the appropriate drive letter.
1. In the Command Prompt window, type copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\ and press Enter.
2. Type copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe and press Enter.
3. Exit the Command Prompt and reboot the computer. At the login screen, tap Shift five times. The Command Prompt will pop up.
4. Type net user username password, replacing username with your username and password with a new password.
5. Exit the Command Prompt, and log in using your new password.
To prevent another user from exploiting the same trick to reset your password, you can restore Sticky Keys as follows:
1. Step through the instructions above to boot the PC using your Windows installation disc, open the recovery tools, and launch the Command Prompt.
2. Type copy /y c:\sethc.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe and press Enter.
3. Exit the Command Prompt and reboot the computer. Pressing Shift five times will now activate Sticky Keys instead of the Command Prompt. Store your Windows installation disc in a secure location.
03/05/19