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How to Use a USB Key to Unlock a BitLocker-Encrypted PC

Enable BitLocker encryption, and Windows will automatically unlock your drive each time you start your computer using the TPM built into most modern computers. But you can set up any USB flash drive as a “startup key” that must be present at boot before your computer can decrypt its drive and start Windows. This effectively adds two-factor authentication to BitLocker encryption. Whenever you start your computer, you’ll need to provide the USB key before it will be decrypted. This would be particularly useful with a small USB drive you carry with you on a keychain.

How to Create and Run Bash Shell Scripts

With the arrival of Windows 10’s Bash shell, you can now create and run Bash shell scripts on Windows 10. You can also incorporate Bash commands into a Windows batch file or PowerShell script. Even if you know what you’re doing, this isn’t necessarily as simple as it seems. Windows and UNIX use different end-of-line characters, and the Windows file system is accessible in a different location in the Bash environment.

How to Edit Photos Using the Histograms

Histograms are helpful tools for both capturing your images and editing them. When used correctly, histograms can help you to use the proper exposure levels while capturing your images. This video tutorial explains how histograms work and how you can use them to create the perfect exposure for your images:

How to Use Photoshop to Retouch Baby Skin Tone

One of the hardest things about photographing babies and newborns is properly capturing their skin tones. Depending upon their specific health conditions, baby skin tones can often have an abundance of red, yellow, or blue. While the exact color of the baby’s skin isn’t the relevant point of the photograph, photographer Aaron Nace shows just how easily you can use Photoshop to balance out the baby’s skin:

Where to Download Windows

You can reinstall Windows from scratch using the product key that came with your PC, but you’ll have to find installation media yourself. Microsoft offers free ISO files for downloading; you just have to know where to look.

How to Build a Lightweight Command Runner for the CLI using PHP

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As most programmers are aware, there are large amount of tasks that need to be completed. To combat wasted time, there are a number of popular task runners. Task runners do just that: execute a task that has been provided. Two popular task runners are gulp and grunt. With the amount of time saved by automating some processes is a huge benefit. With that in mind, let's write our own command runner using PHP 7. Why PHP 7?

The best way to detect database connection leaks

Database connections are not free, and that’s the reason for using a connection pooling solution in the first place. However, the connection pool alone does not solve every issue associated to managing database connections. The application developer must make sure that every Connection is closed when no longer needed. Behind the scenes, the connection pool gives a logical transaction which, when being closed, it returns back to the pool so that it can be further reused by other concurrent transactions.

Fix: Windows is Showing Wrong Storage of USB Device

If you are a Windows OS user, you may have already got tons of problems those are produced by different causes. If your Windows is showing wrong storage of USB device or it is showing comparatively low memory than what it should be, here is a simple solution.

How to Install WordPress with HHVM and Nginx on OpenSUSE Leap 42.1

HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine) is an open source virtual machine developed by Facebook, it is a JIT (just-in-time) compiler to execute programs written in PHP 5 (and some features of PHP 7) and Hack language. If you want to run HHVM on your server, you can use the FastCGI-based web server on top of Nginx or apache web server, or you can use the inbuilt web server called "Proxygen". In this tutorial, I will show you how to install WordPress (a well known CMS based on PHP) with HHVM and Nginx as our web server. I will use OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 as the operating system, so basic knowledge of OpenSUSE is required.

Create Burned Lettering in Wood

In an earlier post I gave you a set of scanned in wood textures. This week we can do a burned lettering effect to give it a more aged rustic effect! First get an image of some wood textures.

5 Ways To Start Windows 10 In Safe Mode

Unlike Windows 7 and earlier versions, starting Windows 10 in Safe mode is not very straight-forward. The old method of pressing the F8 key while your PC starts/restarts doesn’t work in Windows 10 as well as in its predecessor Windows 8/8.1. If you’re wondering what happened to the Safe mode in Windows 10, the Safe mode feature is still present in Windows 10.

How to Determine What to Build With WordPress

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WordPress is a large application, and it provides a lot of functionality and a lot of opportunities, but knowing what potential exists coupled with what talent and passion you have can help you decide where you want to get involved with the project.

How To Differentiate Zeros Vs Blanks In Formulas

In this tutorial we are going to use IF, SUMPRODUCT, and ISNUMBER to figure out the difference between summing values that add up to zero vs. summing blank cells in Excel.

How to create stunning plexus geometry with x-particles

In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at how to create some really impressive looking plexus geometry using the X-Particles plugin in Cinema 4D.

3 Easy ways to distribute your Sage Intelligence reports with or without embedded formulas

In Sage Intelligence Reporting you have the ability to distribute reports using 3 different methods. In older versions of Sage Intelligence Reporting, only static values were sent when sharing the workbook. This meant that recipients were limited to what they could do with a report once they received it.

Speed up calculation by running in parallel

In this example we have a bunch of numbers. We need to make some heavy calculation on each number (using our calc function), and then collect the results in a hash where the keys are the original numbers and the values are the results. For the sake of our example the "heavy computation" is generating and summing up lots of random numbers.

How to Setup RackTables, a Datacenter and Server Room Asset Management for Linux

If you, as a system administrator, are in charge of managing not only servers but also your company’s IT assets, you will need to monitor their status as well as their physical location. Additionally, you must to be able to report the current occupation and utilization percentage of your datacenter.

Working With Numbers In Sass

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You work with numbers all the time in CSS. 16px. 50%. 0.875em. Unfortunately CSS doesn’t give you a lot of options for manipulating them. There is the calc() function that offers some basic math, but it is limited in what it can do. Sass, on the other hand, offers more ways to work with the number data type.

Using Hexadecimal Colors

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Standard CSS color keywords are limited to 149 named shades; the hexadecimal (or “hex”) color method has access to the full RGB gamut. The key to learning hex is understanding the hexadecimal counting system. Unlike our familiar base-10 system, with integers from 0 to 9, the hexadecimal system has 16 digits: 0 to 9, followed by a to f.

The Future of Browser History

I am really unsatisfied with the current state of Browser History. I think that this is the most underestimated feature of every modern web browser. Let’s take the most popular browser as an example. Before we talk about browsers history, we need to understand how we tend to browse nowadays.