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Mailchimp’s CSS Inliner Tool

Formatting HTML emails to look great in email clients can sometimes be a real pain. Some email clients strip out <head> and <style> tags from emails, so it’s best to have your CSS written inline within your markup. We all know that writing inline CSS is time consuming and repetitive, so Mailchimp built a conversion tool to automatically inline your email’s CSS.

Mailchimp’s CSS Inliner Tool

You just paste your email’s HTML, click Convert, and you’ll get a more email-friendly version that’s ready to send. If your email’s CSS includes media queries for responsive styling, don’t worry – the inliner tool will leave those rule sets alone.

Thanks Mailchimp 🙂

Failed BIOS Lock, Windows Server 2012 R2 (ROK) HP Proliant ML 10 Gen9

Having problems trying to install Windows server 2012 R2 OEM Reseller Option Kit (ROK) on your HP Proliant ML 10 Gen 9 server? Me too! Brand new server, new install using the ROK software supplied, boot from the DVD then a few screens later I would get the following “Failed BIOS Lock” error message.

Luckily I found the following article on the HP enterprise support site that confirmed it was an issue with the installation media not the server.

http://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c05136138

If your installation media matches one of the many listed then the solution is to fill out some forms and they’ll send you some new DVD’s.

https://ebiz3.mentormediacorp.com/HPEDGRCR/ 

How to boot in to Safe Mode on Windows Server 2012 R2

If you have worked on Windows 8 or newer, you will know that Microsoft has removed the F8 boot functionality. They did this to decrease boot times. What is odd is that they applied this logic to servers. Regardless the F8 Safe Mode functionality is not truly removed, it is just turned off.

To turn F8 boot on in Server 2012 you need to get to an elevated CMD prompt.

If your server is functional that is easy. If your server won’t boot (hence the need for F8) then you can boot off of a Windows Server install DVD and select REPAIR YOUR COMPUTER option, the Troubleshooting, then Command Prompt.

Once you have a Command Prompt (as an administrator) open enter the following commands which are self explanatory:

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} timeout 10

Reboot your machine and enjoy pressing F8 and getting back into SAFE MODE or LAST KNOWN GOOD to work out your problem.

This will also work on Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Original article can be found here

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Secure your IIS web server! SSL best practices.

If you are setting up a windows server that’s going to be dishing out websites using IIS on the web then you really need to make a few changes to default settings when it comes to SSL security and settings.

IIS Crypto is a free tool that gives administrators the ability to enable or disable protocols, ciphers, hashes and key exchange algorithms on Windows Server 2008, 2012 and 2016. It also lets you reorder SSL/TLS cipher suites offered by IIS, implement best practices with a single click, create custom templates and test your website.

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For further information and to download the tool visit https://www.nartac.com/Products/IISCrypto

Once you’ve tweaked your configuration (you can’t really go wrong with the “Best Practices” button) you should go and test your sites using something like https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/ to see how they fare.

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How to save Windows 10 lock screen images

If you’ve ever wondered how to get hold of the beautiful background wallpapers that the lock screen of Windows 10 has then there are a couple of methods.

The newest and easiest method is to download “Spotbright” from the Windows store.

The older method involved a bit of tinkering and can be found in the following article https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/find-windows-spotlight-lock-screen-images-windows-10/

 

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Site Launch: Experts in management and strategy consulting recruitment in the UK

Looking for management and strategy consulting recruitment experts in the UK? If so then it might be worth checking out the following company that I recently helped out with their new website.

New Sourcing International work in a number of areas including:-

  • Digital Consulting
  • HR
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare Consultation
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Supply Chain / Logistics
  • Government Consulting

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How to Edit Hosts file in Mac OS X El Capitan

The hosts file is used by your computer to map hostnames to IP addresses.

By adding or removing lines to your hosts file you can change where certain domains will point when you access them in a browser or using other software. You can block certain hosts names, like ad-serving/malicious hosts, or used for web development purposes, i.e. to redirect domains to local addresses.

This is an important file and one that is under the computer administrator’s control, so you’ll need an account with full privileges to make any changes.

Making a backup of the hosts file can be a good idea if you plan on making significant changes or just want to play around with modifications and see what happens.


Step 1: Launch Terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities/ or launched through Spotlight

Step 2: Type the following command at the prompt to backup hosts file to documents folder:

sudo cp /private/etc/hosts ~/Documents/hosts-backup

Step 3: Type the following command at the prompt to open hosts file:

 sudo nano /private/etc/hosts

Step 4: Enter the administrator password when requested, you will not see it typed on screen as usual with the command line

Step 5: Once the hosts file is loaded within nano, use the arrow keys to navigate to the bottom of the hosts file to make your modifications

Step 6: When finished, hit Control+O followed by ENTER/RETURN to save changes to /private/etc/hosts, then hit Control+X to exit out of nano

Step 7: Verify your hosts modifications. You may need to clear DNS cache first.


If you want to restore the modified hosts to the backup of the original file use this command:

sudo cp ~/Documents/hosts-backup /private/etc/hosts


All credit goes to https://www.ihash.eu/2014/10/edit-hosts-file-mac-os-x-10-10-yosemite/ for this article.