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If you never updated your Intel 320 SSD firmware, you should

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/04/23

Somehow I missed this:

So I made a file and an image backup, then updated the firmware.


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A while ago, Windows 10 started to popup an Edge browser window after reboot without an internet connection

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/04/21

Does anyone know how to disable Edge popping up with a failed link on machines blocked by a router?

This happens on the PC running Windows 10 Pro N (winver shows 1709 build 16299.371) that is not allowed to do any internet access.

Related: [WayBack] How to Find Out Which Build and Version of Windows 10 You Have | ilicomm


This seems to be intended as per these links:


This can happen on Windows 8 and up when Windows thinks there is a partial network connection and a logon to a proxy or captive portal might solve the solution.

Allowing these in the proxy for port 80 solves the issue:

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4 of the Best Critical Thinking Resources for Learners to Have

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/04/20

Critical thinking resources like these are some of the best ones for learners to have. Share them so they can use them as references and tools for development every day.

Source: [WayBack4 of the Best Critical Thinking Resources for Learners to Have.

Via: [WayBack] have to print it and put it on my desk, been trying to do this for a long time, but this is a really good list to have handy – Lars Fosdal – Google+

Sharing them and the pictures below.


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Fixing a broken mirrored Intel Matrix RAID-1 machine

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/04/20

A while ago I had an Intel Matrix RAID-1 pair of drives that got broken. One of them turned “red” and – since both drives were only a few serial numbers apart – the other was giving issues the moment I tried fiddling with it.

These actions failed:

  1. Windows image backup – would end up with a “blue” screen indicating Windows 10 had a problem and was trying to collect data
  2. Paragon HDM
    1. Migrating the OS to a brand new RAID-1 set
    2. P2V
  3. Disk2vhd would hang at the 100% completion mark

What had succeeded was a regular Windows backup (a non-image one).

This is what I finally did to get it working again:

  1. Kill disk2vhd after it hung a few hours at the 100% completion mark
  2. Verify with
  3. Mark the VHD file as online using diskpart (first atach the vdisk, select disk, then mark it online)
  4. Verify with chkdsk that the image was in fact without problems
  5. Detach the VHD file using diskpart
  6. Copy the VHD file to a HDD that Paragon HDM would recognise
  7. Use Paragon HDM to perform a V2P copy
    • Paragon expects a .VD file, but if you ask it to use all file types, it does recognise that VHD files contain disk images



Posted in NTFS, Power User, Windows, Windows 10 | Leave a Comment »

How to switch off the sound on the desktop Hangout? – Google Product Forums

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/04/20

For a long time, this was hard: [Archive.isHow to switch off the sound on the desktop Hangout? – Google Product Forums.

A lot of people complained, often in a not so nice way.

The solution – that took years to appear – however now is very simple:

Click the options hamburger on the top left, then remove the checkmark for “Sounds for incoming messages”

Posted in Google, GoogleHangouts, Hangouts, Power User | Leave a Comment »

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