How to Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10

The Windows interface includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar. The taskbar will show on the bottom of a display screen by default.

If you have more than one extended display connected to your PC, then the taskbar will show on all displays by default. The main taskbar will include the notification area on it, and is on your main display by default. The other taskbars show without the notification area on any other connected display that is not set as your main display.

You can change the taskbar location to be at the left, top, right, or bottom edge on a screen.

You can also move the main taskbar to be on any connected display screen other than on the default main display.

This tutorial will show you how to change the taskbar location on screen for your account in Windows 10.

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Introduction to Microservices

I have been playing around a lot with Azure Service Fabric which can be used for microservices.   When explaining this to some coworkers, who were not IT people, I realized they didn’t know what microservices are so I thought I would try to explain it in non-technical terms.

In technical terms, according to Wikipedia, microservices are “…services in a microservice architecture are processes that communicate with each other over the network in order to fulfill a goal”.  So what does that actually mean?  Let’s break it down  a bit.

The first half of the sentence states that a microservice is a process.  So what is a process.  Just about anything can be a process.  In everyday life, making a pizza, getting the house ready to go to bed at night, taking a shower, etc.  Basically it is a series of steps to produce an outcome.  So for making a pizza you would have things like roll-out the dough, add the sauce, add the toppings, preheat the oven, bake at a certain temperature for a certain amount of time, and so on.

Since not all pizzas are made the same way you may have different processes for creating different pizzas or you can use the same process with some optional steps, like using pesto sauce rather than tomato sauce, to make the different pizzas.  The main point is that there are steps to take to get something done.

The rest of the sentence states that the various processes communicate with each other to complete a job.  So to take our pizza scenario to the next level imagine you work in a pizzeria.  You may be the person that makes the pizza but then you hand it off to someone else to do the cooking and someone else to serve it to the customer.  Each person’s job would be a separate process and the communication could be as simple as shouting to each other that your step is done and the next step is ready to go.  All of you do your own thing, the process, and communicate with each other, the shouting, to get the goal, getting a pizza to the customer, complete.

So if you think of it this way, each person would be a separate microservice that communicate with each other to achieve the goal of getting the pizza out.   With a bit more thought you can see that this can be expanded to include the hostess, the bus boy, the manager, etc…

Some small steps in combating Ransomware

Researchers release free decryption tools for PowerWare and Bart ransomware

Chrome updates Stable Release

“The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 52 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Chrome 52.0.2743.82 contains a number of fixes and improvements — a list of changes is available in the log. Watch out for upcoming Chrome and Chromium blog posts about new features and big efforts delivered in 52.”

Handy compilation of patches for Windows

Here’s a handy spreadsheet compiled by Susan Bradley. She updates it frequently.


July Updates for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book

The following updates will be listed as multiple updates when you check for updates in Windows, or when you view your Windows update history after installing the updates:

  • Intel Corporation driver update for Intel(R) CSI2 Host Controller
  • Microsoft driver update for Surface System Aggregator Firmware
  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Touch
  • Intel Corporation driver update for Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Pen Settings
  • Intel Corporation driver update for Intel(R) Smart Sound Technology (Intel(R) SST) Audio Controller
  • Intel(R) Corporation driver update for Intel(R) Smart Sound Technology (Intel(R) SST) OED
  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Button
  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Touch Servicing ML

July Updates for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book

Apple Releases Multiple Security Updates

This might be the last udate for iOS and WatchOS since iOS 10 (and progbaly the next WarchOS update) will be released very soon.

Available updates include:

  • iTunes 12.4.2 for Windows 7 and later
  • Safari 9.1.2 for OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, OS X Yosemite v10.10.5, and OS X El Capitan v10.11.6
  • tvOS 9.2.1 for Apple TV (4th generation)
  • watchOS 2.2.2 for Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition, and Apple Watch Hermes
  • iOS 9.3.3 for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
  • OS X El Capitan v10.11.6 and Security Update 2016-004 for OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, OS X Yosemite v10.10.5, and OS X El Capitan v10.11 and later

Apple Releases Multiple Security Updates

Change your wallpaper and personalize your desktop in #Windows10

How to Turn On or Off Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode in Windows 10

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems (aka: guests) can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in a virtualized and isolated environment.

You can give a virtual machine access to a computer’s local resources, like a removable USB flash drive, when you use Virtual Connection Manager (VMConnect). To make this happen, turn on enhanced session mode on the Hyper-V host, use VMConnect to connect to the virtual machine, and before you connect, choose the local resource that you want to use.

Enhanced session mode provides the following new capabilities for Virtual Machine Connection sessions:

•Display Configuration
•Audio redirection
•Printer redirection
•Full clipboard support (improved over limited prior-generation clipboard support)
•Smart Card support
•USB Device redirection
•Drive redirection
•Redirection for supported Plug and Play devices

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Hyper-V enhanced session mode for your account and/or all accounts in Windows 10.

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The Week in Ransomware – July 22 2016 – Stampado, Bart, HolyCrypt, and More

10 WordPress tricks bloggers may not be aware of

Microsoft Services Agreement and Privacy Statement Update

Own/Use SonicWALL? You probably should apply this patch!

Dell patches critical flaws in SonicWALL Global Management System

Get help with the search box in #Windows10

Check out the great offers and new titles in the @WindowsStore this week

Hidden ‘backdoor’ in Dell security software gives hackers full access

Microsoft Ships First Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607

Tor Project writes about their plans to protect Internet of Things

Malware – 2016 Rio Olympics will be a key theme to bait users

Already “fake Olympic 2016 tickets” and other spammed items are now circulating. Major world events like this, offer the proverbial cheese in the mousetrap for “click happy” users.

Hackers are targeting the Rio Olympics, so watch out for these cyberthreats. The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will attract more than just athletes and tourists this year. Hackers from across the world will also be on the prowl, trying to exploit the international event.  That means visitors to the Olympics and even people watching from home should be careful. Cyberthreats related to the games will probably escalate over the coming weeks and could creep into your inbox or the websites you visit.

During past major sporting events, hackers have come up with fake ticketing and betting services to commit fraud on unsuspecting users. They’ll also use phishing emails and social media posts to spread malware.  Computer users will see these messages and links, expecting to view a video on a record-breaking Javelin throw or a bargain on great seats to the event. But in reality, they’ll end up downloading ransomware that can take their data hostage, Kapuria warned.

How to Hide or Show Notifications when Duplicating Screen in Windows 10

Display Switch is used to change the presentation mode of the main display of your Windows 10 PC to project on either the PC screen only, duplicate on second display, extend across all displays, or second screen only.

When you are duplicating your screen during say a presentation, you may not want to have any notifications show.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show notifications when you are duplicating your screen in Windows 10.

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