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Microsoft Sticky Notes Alternative Windows 10

After upgrading many clients to Windows 10, we ran into multiple issues with Microsofts Sticky Notes. Notes are "lost", Sticky Notes stopped working or has been removed by the system or what ever.

Simply Sticky Notes is our decided alternative.

Benefits are:

  • multiple language support
  • lightweight
  • contains backup mechanism
  • notes are stored in a sqlite database
  • you can move the storage path wherever you want
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Create and manage a shadow copy snapshot for windows with powershell

Following my essence about the topic of creating a shadow copy snapshot.

#bo:create shadow copy
$shadowSourceVolume = ($env:SystemDrive + "\")
$shadowDestinationLinkPath = ($env:SystemDrive + "\shadowed_test")

#@see: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/desktop/vsswmi/create-method-in-class-win32-shadowcopy#examples
$shadowCopyClass=[WMICLASS]"root\cimv2:win32_shadowcopy";

#create a shadow copy object
$shadowCopyObject = $shadowCopyClass.create($shadowSourceVolume, "ClientAccessible")
#fetch shadow object fron that
$shadowObject = Get-WmiObject Win32_ShadowCopy | Where-Object { $_.ID -eq $shadowCopyObject.ShadowID }
#fetch 
$shadowLinkPath = $shadowObject.DeviceObject + "\"
#eo:create shadow copy

#bo:create link
cmd /c mklink /d $shadowDestinationLinkPath $shadowLinkPath
#eo:create link

#bo: remove shadow link
cmd /c rmdir /S /Q $shadowDestinationLinkPath
#eo: remove shadow link

#bo: delete shadow copy
$shadowObject.Delete();
#Remove-CimInstance -InputObject $shadowObject
#eo: delete shadow copy

#bo: FTL
#list all available shadow copies
#Get-WmiObject Win32_Shadowcopy
#eo: FTL

Most important learned knowledge for me is that I only can create a snapshot of a whole volume.

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Manage your windows installed software with chocolatey and backup your collection by using this little manager

While working more and more with windows, I wanted the freedom of having a centralized packagemanager under the hood to ease up "keeping software up to date" or manage installed software in general.

Right now, I ended up using chocolatey.

After using it and building up my "finest selection" of installed software, I wanted to backup this collection.

I found the needed powershell commands pretty fast. Since I am a lazy person, I wanted to even ease up this by just having two scripts doing all the "heavy work" for backing up and restore this software collection.

After 30 minutes of work, I was able to release version one of my chocolatey manager.

This is a simple wrapper to backup and restore packages maintained by chocolatey.

The "restore.sh" will install chocolatey if not installed. The "backup.sh" will create a local file containing the currently installed packages.

Hope I can put you too more into the lazy area with this.

Cheers, artodeto

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How to set a proxy for Signal-Desktop on Windows

If you want to use signal behind a cooperate proxy, you have to write a little bat script to set some proxy variables in the environment before starting signal. Copy and paste the following code into a file like set_proxy_and_start_signal.bat.

:: ####
:: # Sets http and https proxy variables and starts signal.
:: ####
:: # @see: https://github.com/signalapp/Signal-Desktop/issues/1430#issuecomment-397229333
:: # @since: 2020-02-14
:: # @author: stev leibelt <artodeto@bazzline.net>
:: ####

set HTTP_PROXY=<your proxy>
set HTTPS_PROXY=%HTTP_PROXY%
start %LOCALAPPDATA%\Programs\signal-desktop\Signal.exe

If you want to know more here is the thread for this issue.

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