How-To

Restrict Access to Cisco Switch Based on IP Address

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For added security, I wanted to restrict access to my Cisco SG300-10 switch to only one IP address in my local subnet. After initially configuring my new switch a few weeks backs, I wasn’t happy knowing that anyone connected to my LAN or WLAN could get to the login page by just knowing the IP […]

Enable Public Key Authentication for SSH on Cisco SG300 Switches

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Previously, I wrote about how you can enable SSH access to your Cisco switch by enabling the setting in the GUI interface. This is great if you want to access your switch CLI over an encrypted connection, but it still relies on just a username and password. If you are using this switch in a […]

How to Enable SSH Access for Cisco SG300 Switches

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I recently purchased a Cisco SG300-10 switch for my home networking lab and I’ve been quite happy with it so far. It has a whole slew of features, most of which I’m probably never going to use in my home environment. However, for a small business, it gives you a lot of control over your […]

Force Close/Restart an App Instead of Suspending in Windows 8.1

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In Windows 8, there is a new feature by which you can drag an app window from the top and drag it down to the bottom to “close” it. Instead of closing the app and killing the process, Windows simply suspends the app. The system is optimized very well so that these suspended apps don’t […]

Avoid Installing Browser Extensions with Adware or Malware

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Up till now, I used to install browser extensions and add-ons like a child picking candies from a candy store. I really didn’t think twice about it even though I am extremely careful downloading and installing programs off the Internet. So why in the world I never thought browser extensions could be malicious is beyond […]

Open A Command Prompt to a Folder from Windows Explorer

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If you’re in IT, you probably have to use the command prompt quite often. You also probably have to navigate to specific folders and run certain commands or executables from that location. I don’t know about you, but having to type in CD foldername ten times is pretty annoying. Of course, there are shortcuts and […]

HDG Guide to Taking Screenshots of Boot Environments

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Ever had to boot from a CD or DVD and wanted to take some screenshots while you were in that boot environment? Maybe you are trying to fix your computer and have to boot using the operating system DVD, but can’t figure out what to do. You could take a screenshot and send it to […]

Turn Off Clicking Sound on Touch and Type Cover for Microsoft Surface

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Got yourself a new Microsoft Surface in the last couple of days? The Surface is definitely an interesting new tablet, especially when you pair it with the new Touch Cover and Type Cover that you can use with it. The touch cover is especially cool since it doesn’t even really have buttons like a normal […]

Find the Best Deals on Computer Parts without Coupons

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Purchasing PC parts is for the most part a straightforward process. However, there are a few manufacturer pricing tricks and retailer pricing schemes that effect the price of PC components. In today’s post, we will review some essential tips for buying PC computer parts, which may help you save a few dollars and also help […]

HDG Guide – What to do with an Extra PC?

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I recently came across a great deal on a used PC. Before, I only owned one computer, but because this PC was priced so aggressively and I’ve been wanting to have an extra PC (with Windows 8 approaching), I didn’t pass it up. In today’s post, we will review the top 10 uses for an […]