Summer stuff

It’s at least 88° everyday here. Often more like 93-96 once the sun comes up. Some days I wish it was only 88°.

Since it is too uncomfortable to walk around I’m spending more time in air conditioning. I have two laptops where I am right now, and they both have been having wi-fi problems which seem to be caused by the latest Windows 10 updates. The strange thing is that when I uninstall the May and June updates, the wi-fi connects again.

So the question is, what is going on that is causing these 2 year old Atheros wi-fi network adapters to stop getting online after the latest Windows updates. I am now going to post some links to anything I can find that could be related to this mystery.

Anyway thats the technology link here, but theres so much going on I will continue this post later. Have a great night and enjoy the 2019 summer…


Woke up this morning not feeling good and not expecting to get calls from companies I applied to months ago. However, one of them is very interesting and close to where I am staying. Hopefully more on that at a later time.

Lets jump back to the wi-fi problems, unfortunately I found out that my internet provider is doing maintenance this week. My wi-fi isnt working at all.

Anyway, Happy 4th of July

Amazon Firestick Kodi NoLimits Build Installation

The easiest way to get Kodi going on a new Amazon Firestick is to install the Nolimits Build.

It’s not difficult if you follow the simple directions.
Step 1: If you haven’t turned on “Unknown Sources” already, go to Settings > System Settings > Add-ons > Unknown Sources and switch to ON.
Step 2: Now go back to Kodi home screen, and click “Settings” icon.
Step 3: Click “File Manager”
Step 4: Step 4: Go to last option in the list “Add Source”
Step 5: Click “None”
Step 6: Type “” in the “Media Source” field and click OK.
Step 7: Write “Kodi No Limits” in the “Media Source Name” field. Recheck the URL / name, and click OK.

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To earn 25 taps for winning auctions, you just have to install some apps and run them for 30 seconds, then you can uninstall them, once you get the points.
Once you get 10000 points you can cash out in bitcoin. (It used to be only 1000 points, but since bitcoin transaction prices went up, the minimum cashout had to be increased.)

Device Guard and Code Integrity Policies

Windows 10 Enterprise, Education, and Windows Server 2016 include Device Guard.  Device Guard is kind of like AppLocker, but is a more advanced form of whitelisting.  You create a Code Integrity policy that tells the OS what software and device drivers are allowed to run.  All of the software that you allow must be either digitally signed, or you can create a FileCatalog with PowerShell that tells the OS exactly what files are allowed to run, and if any software attempts to execute that is not listed in the Code Integrity Policy, it will be blocked.  That is basically how it works, but i am going to now go through what it takes to enable device guard, and to create policies, and also how to audit first to make sure you aren’t going to block yourself from running any essential applications or services.  Device Guard is a pretty complicated subject, and if you are not sure how to implement it in an enterprise or corporate environment, you should hire a security consultant to help you out.

Here’s some code to get you started with a simple Code Integrity policy
# To create a Base Code Integrity Policy from a Golden Computer:
# First we set up the variables CIPolicyPath, InitialCIPolicy and CIPolicyBin



# Now we will create a New CodeIntegrity Policy
New-CIPolicy -Level PcaCertificate -FilePath $InitialCIPolicy –UserPEs 3> CIPolicyLog.txt

<# Notes: When you specify the -UserPEs parameter (to include user mode executables in the scan), rule option 0 Enabled:UMCI is automatically added to the code integrity policy. In contrast, if you do not specify -UserPEs, the policy will be empty of user mode executables and will only have rules for kernel mode binaries like drivers, in other words, the whitelist will not include applications. If you create such a policy and later add rule option 0 Enabled:UMCI, all attempts to start applications will cause a response from Device Guard. In audit mode, the response is logging an event, and in enforced mode, the response is blocking the application. You can add the -Fallback parameter to catch any applications not discovered using the primary file rule level specified by the -Level parameter. For more information about file rule level options, see Code integrity file rule levels in “Deploy code integrity policies: policy rules and file rules.” To specify that the code integrity policy scan only a specific drive, include the -ScanPath parameter followed by a path. Without this parameter, the entire system is scanned. The preceding example includes 3> CIPolicylog.txt, which redirects warning messages to a text file, CIPolicylog.txt.
# Use ConvertFrom-CIPolicy to convert the XML to binary format!
ConvertFrom-CIPolicy $InitialCIPolicy $CIPolicyBin

# After you complete these steps, the Device Guard binary file (DeviceGuardPolicy.bin) and original .xml file (IntialScan.xml) will be available on your desktop. You can use the binary version as a code integrity policy or sign it for additional security.

# NOTE: Note We recommend that you keep the original .xml file of the policy for use when you need to merge the code integrity policy with another policy or update its rule options. Alternatively, you would have to create a new policy from a new scan for servicing. For more information about how to merge code integrity policies, see Merge code integrity policies.

After the computer is scanned, there should be a deviceguard.bin file created on your desktop. In order to deploy this policy, you need to move this file to the C:\Windows\system32\CodeIntegrity directory, and renamed to SIPolicy.p7b.
You then need to restart the computer to enter Device Guard Audit mode. Deploy your code integrity policy

Restart the reference system for the code integrity policy to take effect.

Use the system as you normally would, and monitor code integrity events in the event log. While in audit mode, any exception to the deployed code integrity policy will be logged in the Applications and Services Logs\Microsoft\Windows\CodeIntegrity\Operational event log.

Obvious tip for web site admins…

Don’t use admin as the username to login to your website. Reason: Bots on the internet are constantly scanning the net and 95% of the time will automatically attempt to log in to your website using admin as the username. If you block any logins using admin, then you will block these attempts to hack your webserver.

Disabling the windows firewall will block inbound Remote Desktop connections

WindowsPlatform_120If you disable the Windows Firewall, you will no longer be able to remote desktop into the machine, you will not see the machine on your network, and you will really not be able to do anything with it. It does no good, from a management perspective to disable the windows firewall. Try it and see. Disable the windows firewall and then try to connect to that host with Remote Desktop, (mstsc.exe). It will not work, it will even show the error that says that Remote desktop is not enabled, even though it is. As soon as you start the windows firewall service with an exception for port 3389, the rdp session will commence. You wont be able to ping the server either, the point is, DO not disable the windows firewall, unless you feel like troubleshooting network connections for awhile. Just leave the firewall enabled and configure the rules. I Never disable the windows firewall no matter what.