Category: How To

  • Notepad++: the Macro recorder

    In my last post, I detailed how I solved the challenge of finding all the group members of a set of groups containing more than five hundred groups. While the Powershell script was very effective, I needed one more tool in order to really make quick work of it all; Notepad++.

  • Facebook: Exporting your data

    Last week, I wrote about Twitter, that I’ve stopped posting there, and how I went about exporting my posting history. I actually made a similar decision with regards to Facebook back in the end of June. Like I did with Twitter, I also grabbed a copy of my data on Facebook – here’s how:

  • Twitter: Exporting your data

    I’ve been a Twitter user for the better part of fifteen years, now, and it’s a platform I’ve enjoyed using. With Elon Musks takeover of the site, and the sackings that immediately followed it, I have found continuing to use it much less of an attractive proposition, and I have made the decision not to […]

  • Powershell: A script to find all members of several groups refined

    One of the scripts that I use most often is the one I wrote about back in September of 2019. Usually, I only run it for up to ten or so groups, so it’s not a big problem to simply swap out the group name, rince and repeat. Recently, however, I needed to run it […]

  • Powershell: Add user to multiple groups

    A while back, I had a user that had to be added to a large number (150+) of active directory groups. Rather than doing so manually, I spent a little time looking up how to automate it, and created a script to help me do it. Here’s how I constructed it:

  • Outlook: Problems opening and organizing calendars

    On a relatively regular basis, I find my days packed with appointments, reminders, and meetings. At other times, I need to organize a meeting, or talk to a colleague, and need to check their availability. For these reasons, and others, I’m an active user of digital calendars. Anything that happens during the work day is […]

  • Powerpoint: Remove presentation notes

    As part of my job, my role as head of my union local, and as a board member in my shooting sports club, I give presentations on a relatively regular basis. Whenever I do so, I usually share my slides so that people can refer back to them later on. I do not, however, share […]

  • PowerShell: Troubleshoot network connectivity

    A while back, a customer contacted us because they were having problems connecting to Amazon WorkSpaces. This led me to dig into a PowerShell command which was new to me; Test-NetConnection. In its simplest form, the command simply checks your network connectivity:

  • Finding your YouTube comments

    From time to time, I’ve found that I need to find a comment I made on a YouTube video some time ago. As luck would have it, that a feat which is relatively easily achievable. Here’s how:

  • Endpoint: Finding the serial number of a computer

    One of the nice things with managing computers in Endpoint is that you can get a lot of information about the specifications of a given computer out of it, such as the serial number, which is useful for warranty check purposes. Here’s how:

  • Find WLAN password from the command line

    If I’ve been there once, I’ve been there a thousand times; I’ve connected to a wireless network with my computer, but want to connect with my phone, too. The only problem is that I don’t know what the WLAN password is. Luckily, you can find the password to networks you’ve connected to using the command […]