#GrooveMusic Friday: October 21, 2016

Groove Music Friday is a feature at Xbox Unlocked, where we highlight a cool song, discovered in the Groove Music catalog. You can check out the song, below, and pick it up on Groove, if you want to add it to your collection.

Song: Hall of Fame | Artist: The Script (feat. Will.I.Am) | Album: #3 | Get it on Groove
Editor’s Note: Interestingly, I discovered this song while watching a Disney Junior commercial. They use the song for their “Dream Big, Princess!” campaign letting girls know that it’s ok to aim high; to embrace and go for your goals. Ever since then it’s been part of my daily rotation as the words are a constant reminder that I should be conquering the days instead of the other way around.


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk48xRzuNvA&w=560&h=315]

So long to Microsoft Essentials

Personally, I’ve never found any of the apps in teh MS Essentials suite useful except for Live Writer. That was only because it seemed to be the only tool I could find to post to my blog on IT Toolbox. I’ve since migrated off of Toolbox to another blog vehicle.


It really does make sense.

Windows Essentials Shuttering January 2017, Microsoft Confirms

Firefox 49.0.2 Released: October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

Version 49.0.2, first offered to Release channel users on October 20, 2016

We’d also like to extend a special thank you to all of the new Mozillians who contributed to this release of Firefox!


  • Asynchronous rendering of the Flash plugins is now enabled by default. This should improve performance and reduce crashes for sites that use the Flash plugin. (Bug 1307108)


  • Change D3D9 default fallback preference to prevent graphical artifacts (Bug 1306465)
  • Network issue prevents some users from seeing the Firefox UI on startup (Bug 1305436)
  • Web compatibility issue with Array.prototype.values (Bug 1299593)
  • Various security fixes
  • Web compatibility issue with file uploads (Bug 1306472)


  • Diagnostic information on timing for tab switching (Bug 1304113)


MVPS HOSTS File Update October-20-2016

The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [October-20-2016]

Note: Windows 10 users … the HOSTS file installs with no issues …

Download: hosts.zip (131 kb)

How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS file

HOSTS File – Frequently Asked Questions

Note: the “text” version (491 kb) makes a great resource for determining possible unwanted connections …

Get notified when the MVPS HOSTS file is updated

If you find the MVPS HOSTS file useful … please consider a donation …

How to Empty Recycle Bin in Windows 10

The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from a hard disk, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

If you have multiple hard drives, partitions, or an external hard drive connected to your PC, each location will have its own $Recycle.Bin and Recycle Bin settings. Removable drives, such as USB flash drives and memory cards, will not have a Recycle Bin. Files deleted from removable drives are permanently deleted.

Each user account on the PC will have their own separate Recycle Bin, and will be referenced by their Security Identifier (SID) in each drive’s $Recycle.Bin.

Items in the Recycle Bin still take up hard disk space and can be undeleted or restored back to their original location. When the Recycle Bin of a drive reaches its maximum storage size, Windows will automatically permanently delete (empty) older files in the Recycle Bin location to accommodate the most recently deleted files and folders.

When you manually empty the Recycle Bin, all files in the Recycle Bin will be permanently deleted to free up disk space.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to empty Recycle Bin for your account or all accounts in Windows 10.

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Contest: Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji2aU4EdQww]

Xbox Unlocked has a weekend contest to offer. The winner, here, will win a code good for Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition.

The retail value of this version of the game is $99.99. The Ultimate Edition includes both the base game and the season pass. Gears of War 4 is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, which means that when you redeem this code, which gives you the game on Xbox One, you’ll get the same game (also as Ultimate Edition) on Windows 10.

Click here for a chance to win. Good luck. Entries accepted until Monday at 12pm PST.

Malwarebytes Acquires AdwCleaner

Guess one way to compete is to buy your competitors!

Malwarebytes Acquires AdwCleaner


How to Pin a World Clock to Start in Windows 10

A world clock is a clock which displays the time for various cities around the world.

This tutorial will show you how to pin to Start a world clock from the Alarms & Clock app for your account in Windows 10.

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PowerShell Summit 2017–agenda

We’re finalising the agenda for the 2017 Summit. Most of the sessions are now up on the event site. Go to https://powershell.org/summit/ and click the Brochure and Registration link. You’ll be able to down load a brochure describing next years Summit and view the proposed agenda (it is subject to change with no notice).

Registration opens 1 November 2016

How to Reset Xbox One to Factory Defaults

There may be times when you may need to completely erase and restore your Xbox One, such as when you sell it or give it to a friend. There may also be times when you want to reset your console’s operating system (OS) to its factory defaults for troubleshooting purposes, but you want to keep all of your games and apps installed. Xbox One provides a simple and easy way to perform both actions.

This tutorial will show you how to reset your Xbox One or Xbox One S console back to factory defaults.

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Malwarebytes Acquires AdwCleaner

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – October 19, 2016 – Malwarebytes™, the leading advanced malware prevention and remediation solution, today announced the acquisition of AdwCleaner, one of the world’s most frequently downloaded tools for removing potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, toolbars and other unwanted software.

Consumers and businesses download AdwCleaner more than 200,000 times per day, making it one of the most downloaded products on many sites. Installed around 200 million times, AdwCleaner has proven effective against bloatware, questionable software and specific types of malware.


Spybot Search & Destroy Weekly Update – October 19, 2016

+ Firseria
+ OutBrowse
+ Clearsearch.Net + NavExcel Websearch
+ Popguide ++ Win32.Agent.heqj ++ Win32.Papras.ky
Total: 2622220 fingerprints in 833358 rules for 7726 products.

»www.safer-networking.org ··· updates/

Younger consumers more likely to fall for tech support con jobs

This is interesting. It’s the oppositeof what i (andmany others) believed.

Younger consumers more likely to fall for tech support con jobs

Hackster October Lab

Hackster October Lab : Registrate!

Ven a disfrutar de esta sesión matinal con nuestra comunidad de hackters donde podrás conocer las nuevas plataformas de hardware Intel y sparkfun, además hemos preparado los LAB’s de introducción para que puedas empezar a experimentar con ellos desde el minuto cero, tan solo tienes que venir con tu portátil y nosotros nos encargaremos de traer lo necesario para que puedas conseguir tu primer hack en poco tiempo.

Conecta de forma fácil con nuestra particular nube y experimenta la fuerza del Internet de las cosas casi con un par de clics.

Además de los labs que a continuación te detallamos nuestra charla de cada mes, que en esta ocasión la dedicaremos al desarrollo de aplicaciones universales.

Contaremos con el soporte de Pep Lluis Bano y Francesc Jaumot ambos reconocidos como MVP’s de Visual Studio and Development technologies.

Desarrollo multiplataforma con MvvmCross
El principal objetivo de Xamarin es la unificación del código para las diferentes plataformas. Para ello tenemos diferentes técnicas y frameworks sencillos que podemos usar con los cuales podremos compartir la mayor parte de nuestro código. Con solo C#, Visual Studio y MvvmCross podemos crear soluciones cross platform para Xamarin.Android. Xmarin.iOS y Windows 10 aprovechando el código en las plataformas soportadas.
Las 3 cosas más importantes que aprenderemos en tu sesión:
Crear librerías universales y librerías portables.
Crear aplicaciones multiplataforma compartiendo código.
Framework MvvmCross

Los October LAB’s pondrán a tu disposición los siguientes workshops:

1)      Microsoft Azure IoT hub, Stream Analytics, Storing and Displaying data.

Trabajaremos los kits de Intel Edison + Grove siguiendo el :

2)      INTEL School discover with ARDUINO 101.

Experimentaremos con la placa Arduino 101, haciendo que la creación de trastos  sea justo un juego de niños, incluso para los principiantes.
El cerebro de 101 es el módulo Intel ® Curie ™, un potente ordenador tamaño de un botón al que se ha incorporado un sensor combinado de 6 ejes, la radio Bluetooth * de baja energía y bajo consumo de energía, y es el microcontrolador perfecto para la construcción de aparatos que están siempre encendidos.

Como siempre nuestro punto de entrada será un fantástico blink 🙂

3)      BLYNK BOARD Discovery.

No esperes a que te lo cuenten, fácil y si te gusta descubrir nuevas posibilidades?
drop widgets Drag para crear interfaces de teléfonos inteligentes para el control de Arduino, Raspberry Pi, partículas y todos los demás en cuestión de minutos. Es grande para los novatos y para los pros!
Ven a descubrirlo.

No olvides traer tu portátil tendremos toda la mañana para que nadie salga sin completar su objetivo. Sera una ocasión única para convertirte en un auténtico Hackster!

Angular 2: Getting Started Course Update

This post identifies the changes to the “Angular 2: Getting Started” Pluralsight course from its first release on April 1st, 2016 to its update October 18th, 2016.

Angular 2 first appeared around June of 2015 as alpha.27. The first beta release of Angular 2 was December 12, 2015, a great time to start on an Angular 2 getting started course. The first release of the “Angular 2: Getting Started” course was on April 1st, 2016. The code examples for the course were valid through Angular beta.15. From that time until release, Angular underwent numerous changes … some, such as the new router and the introduction of Angular modules, were significant.

Angular 2.0.0 was released on September 14th, 2016, so that was a great time to update the “Angular 2: Getting Started” course. The changes made to each module of the course are outlined below.

If you have already watched the course and want to minimize which modules to re-watch, I’d suggest modules 2, 10, 11, and 12. That would provide the basics on Angular modules (NgModule) and the new router.

Module 1: Introduction

  • Introduced Angular modules.
  • Updated Course Outline.

Module 2: First Things First

  • Demoed how to get a more current version of npm.
  • Revised setup steps including the application’s root Angular module.
  • Updated discussion of AngularCli.
  • Updated demos for setting up Angular 2.
  • Enhanced discussion in “About Modules” regarding the difference between ES modules and Angular modules.

Module 3: Introduction to Components

  • Updated demos for new import statements (import from @angular/… instead of angular2/…)
  • A first cut of the app.component.ts is now included as part of the starter files. This changes some of the initial steps when building the app.component.ts file.
  • Added a callout to point out the use of the back tick (not quotes) for defining the inline template.
  • Bootstrapping process now includes the application’s root Angular module.
  • Additional checklist for resolving issues when coding along.

Module 4: Templates, Interpolation, and Directives

  • Updated demos for new import statements (import from @angular/… instead of angular2/…).
  • Added steps to update the application’s root Angular module (AppModule).
  • Added information on how an Angular module defines the boundary or context within which the component resolves its directives and dependencies.
  • Added a demonstration of a common Angular error and how to fix it.
  • Updated the ngFor syntax to match the released syntax using the let keyword instead of #.

Module 5: Data Binding & Pipes

  • Updated demos for new import statements (import from @angular/… instead of angular2/…).
  • Added information on adding FormsModule to an Angular module so the template can use ngModel for two-way binding.

Module 6: More on Components

  • Updated demos for new import statements (import from @angular/… instead of angular2/…).
  • Updated the code for the pipe transform to match the new transform signature.
  • Added a step to add the custom pipe to an Angular module.
  • Added a clip on using component-relative paths by setting module Ids.

Module 7: Building Nested Components

  • Updated demos for new import statements (import from @angular/… instead of angular2/…).
  • Added a step to add the nested component to an Angular module.

Module 8: Services and Dependency Injection

  • Updated demos for new import statements (import from @angular/… instead of angular2/…).
  • Mentioned how service can be registered in an Angular module.

Module 9: Retrieving Data Using Http

  • Updated demos for new import statements (import from @angular/… instead of angular2/…).
  • Enhanced discussion of Observables.
  • Enhanced the comparison between Promises and Observables.
  • Removed the setup clip since these setup steps are no longer valid.
  • Added a step to add Http to an Angular module.
  • Separated out the exception handling to its own clip.

Module 10: Navigation and Routing Basics

  • Divided this course module into two modules: 10 and 11.
  • Major modifications throughout to change to the current router.
  • Expanded on the details for how routing works.
  • Enhanced the discussion of Html 5 vs hash style routes.
  • Updated demos for new import statements (import from @angular/… instead of angular2/…).
  • Added steps to add the remaining components to an Angular module.

Module 11: Navigation and Routing Additional Techniques

  • This new module is the second half of the prior module.
  • Major modifications throughout to change to the current router.
  • Updated demos for new import statements (import from @angular/… instead of angular2/…).
  • Added a clip on route guards.

Module 12: Angular Modules

  • This new module is all about Angular modules. It covers:
    • The definition and purpose of an Angular module.
    • Understanding the Angular module metadata and its many rules.
    • Refactoring the sample application and creating a feature module.
    • Minimizing repetition by creating a shared module.
    • Reexamining the root application module (AppModule).
    • A look at building separate routing modules.
    • And summarizing options for your Angular module architecture.

Module 13: Angular 2 Setup Revisited

  • Updated the demos to the Angular 2 release setup files.
  • Added discussion of the systemjs.config.js file.
  • Added discussion of the bootstrapping process differences for the Just in Time (JiT) compiler vs the Ahead of Time (AoT) compiler.
  • Added discussion of the Angular CLI.

Module 14: Final Words

  • Minor wording changes.


Server Uptime

Its easy to get the last boot time of a Windows machine but how do you get the uptime


function Get-Uptime {
param (
   [string]$ComputerName = $env:COMPUTERNAME

$os = Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_OperatingSystem -ComputerName $ComputerName

$uptime = (Get-Date) – $os.LastBootUpTime




Use Get-CimInstance to get the Win32_OperatingSystem class. To calculate the uptime subtract the value of LastBootTime from the current time and date.

You’ll get a Timespan object returned.

PS> Get-Uptime

Days              : 1
Hours             : 10
Minutes           : 32
Seconds           : 26
Milliseconds      : 838
Ticks             : 1243468385381
TotalDays         : 1.4391995201169
TotalHours        : 34.5407884828056
TotalMinutes      : 2072.44730896833
TotalSeconds      : 124346.8385381
TotalMilliseconds : 124346838.5381


Pick out whichever properties you need for your report

How to Read Windows Update Logs in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 9926, Windows Update logs are no longer saved to “%windir%Windowsupdate.log”.

Windows Update client now uses Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) to generate diagnostic logs saved as .etl files in the “%windir%LogsWindowsUpdate” folder. This method improves performance and reduces disk space usage. However, the logs are not immediately readable as written.

This tutorial will show you how to read the Windows Update logs for your Windows 10 PC.

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Learn how to create a rolling average table using #Excel VBA

You won’t be able to download Windows Essentials after January 10, 2017

Tech Support Scams are profitable

Looks like the  UK fares far better than the US.

Microsoft says 1 in 10 Brits fall for tech support scams

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