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News update–2016-08-08

I have the nastiest habit of finding tidbits, then writing a little blurb about them, and never ever posting them. You see, the idea is to make it a regular feature of the site, I mean, we can’t all read every bit of news, right?

These are still pretty good, although they were from early July.

Federal Government releases their strategies to recruit new CyberSecurity talent (Link to FedScoop)

“The government has hired 3,000 people for cyber security jobs in the first half of the current fiscal year”, and plan on hiring 3,500 more before year end.

There’s even a Scholarship for Service (SFS) program called CyberCorps offering scholarships, and stipends, funded through the National Science Foundation.

After graduation you have to work for a Government Agency, or if approved, a State, Local, Tribal or Territorial Government, or a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, in a position related to cybersecurity. You have to work for them for a period equal to the length of the scholarship, with each academic year equaling one calendar year.

Intel is planning on selling “Intel Security” (formerly McAfee). (Link to Knowbe4.com)

Evidently Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO, thinks that antivirus is crap. He’s not the first to say so, with so many new variants of malware popping up, AV companies are having a hell of a time keeping their signatures up to date.

Court Rules that Microsoft can’t be forced to turn over emails stored abroad. (Link to The Guardian)

Will companies move emails all around the world? Does this set the stage for a neutral country to set up some sort of data service?

Fix the OneNote 2010 Screen Clipping Shortcut Key


I ran into a bit of a unique issue today, and it had to do with the Onenote Screen Clipping Shortcut key. Now if you’re a long time OneNote User, you’re probably used to the Windows+S shortcut key for starting a screen clipping.

Well, in Windows 8.1, Microsoft hijacked that shortcut key for search everywhere. Either way, OneNote’s shortcut was changed to Windows+Shift+S. I’ll admit, it took me a little while to get used to, but I’m good now.

However, one of my users is running Windows 8.1, and OneNote 2010, and OneNote is still using the Windows+S shortcut key, but it doesn’t work. To fix this, you can take 1 of 3 paths.

1. Disable the Windows +S shortcut key for Windows.

Once you free it up, OneNote will be able to use it. To do this, run the following command:

reg.exe add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced /v DisabledHotkeys /t REG_SZ /d S /f

2. Change the OneNote Shortcut to a different Key combination

For Office 2010, open registry editor, and naviate to:


Note: The 14.0 designates Office 2010, Use 15.0 for Office 2013, 12.0 for Office 2007.

There should be a DWORD value of “ScreenClippingShortcutKey”, if there isn’t, create one (32-bit DWORD). Change the value to 41 (Hexadecimal) and you’re new shortcut key will be Windows+a.

3. Get a New Version of OneNote

It’s free for personal use, so why don’t you get the new version? I’m only limited because it’s in an enterprise environment, and I’m waiting to roll out the entire office suite.


I went with the first option, since pressing start and typing seems to have the same, if not better, search capabilities.

Hope that helps!


“Unspecified Error has occurred” 0x80070190 when activating Office 2010

I had to do some digging on this one when I first ran into it. I believe it’s actually an issue with a computer which installed the Office 2010 Service Pack 2 before the copy of office could be activated. I’ve been meaning to automate the install of office with the Service pack to see if that straightens it out, but I haven’t yet.

So, you set up a new computer, and realized that office isn’t activated when you get the Microsoft Activation Wizard.


Since you’ve already entered the product key thorough a transform, you click on “I want to activate the software over the Internet (recommended)”. The next thing you know, you’ve got this very specific (not!) error message:


An unspecified error has occurred. Your request cannot be processed at this time. Please try again later. (0x80070190)

Don’t bother trying later, it still won’t work. Here’s what you need to do.

Open up an elevated command prompt, then navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14

Run “cscript ospp.vbs /act”

The script will run through and activate all of your office products that have keys already. After that, you should be good to go.

An Error Occurred during Port Configuration. Access is Denied.

imageSo you’re just cruising along, minding your own business, trying to add a new shared printer to a Windows 2008 Server, when all of a sudden, you get hit with this strange error message. I mean, come on, we’re just trying to configure or delete a port, right?

One of my favorite sayings is that the only constant is change.

The first time I ran into this one, it drove me a little batty. I’ve been configuring shared printers on TCP/IP ports for years, and never had a machine give me this error. Well, Microsoft changed this one on me.

The solution is to close the Printer properties dialog, then in the “Device and Printers” window, highlight the printer you want to change, and click on “Print Server Properties” in the menu bar.


Then in the next screen, click the ports tab, and “Change Port Settings” Note: If you’re using Windows 10, you may want to look at “How to Change Port Settings for Printers in Windows 10


Now you’ll have the configure port button that works. Just select your port and click “Configure Port” and you’ll have access to everything you expected.


Hope that helps you out. I don’t know why they made the change, but we’ll just have to improvise, adapt, and overcome.

How to Install Windows Live Writer

Live Writer is personally my favorite blog editing tool. Has multiple blog / account support, supports WordPress, and even downloads your theme directly from the blog so you have a really preview of the post.

Live Writer is now part of the Windows Live Essentials Suite of apps. Here’s how you install it.

1. Go to the Windows Essentials site

2. Click on Download Now


3. Run the Installer – Windows is going to ask you if it’s OK to install, tell it yes.

4. The Windows Essentials 2012 installer will launch. If you want to, you can install everything, personally, I am going to choose the programs to install.


5. If you chose the second option, then select which programs you would like to install. On the computer below, OneDrive is already installed. I recommend it if you don’t already use it.


The installer will start doing its job.


Once it’s all finished, it will tell you so.


Just go into the start menu, and you’ll find your applications.