Category Archives: Web

Google Chrome: Send to your devices

Google ChromeIf you’re like me you’ll find yourself browsing the web on multiple devices. During the day and at work I use my laptop and then in the evening I’ll use my phone. Wouldn’t it be great though if you could start reading an article on one device and finish it on another?

Recently (or recently to me) on my laptop there’s been a new icon on my Google Chrome address bar, on the right hand site. Send to your devices.  Click the icon and a popup shows up displaying your other devices. I can now send websites from my laptop to my phone! Useful if you start researching in the office and have a long commute on the train/ferry/coach and want to carry on where you left off.

Chrome Send to your devices

Sending the other way from phone to laptop is just as easy, and has been around for ages.  Click in the address bar, and select the share icon (highlighted in the red box).

Android - Chrome - address bar - share

Then select the Send to your devices button, simple!

Android - Chrome - Send to your devices

There’ll be more in depth posts following shortly. I thought i’d ease myself back into it with a quick and simple post as it’s been almost a year since my last post!

WatchGuard Dimension: How to change the Logging Encryption Key


It’s good practice to send WatchGuard Firebox traffic logs to a WatchGuard Dimension server so that you have a separate historic log of activity,  as a Firebox won’t retain its logs over a power cycle. The WatchGuard Dimension server can be useful for troubleshooting, but also has a wealth of reports available as well.

To be able to send log traffic to the WatchGuard Dimension server it needs to be encrypted, so you need to supply enter an identical key on the Firebox and in the Dimension server.

If you have multiple Fireboxes you’ll need to know the existing encryption key so you can set it on the additional Fireboxes.

If you don’t know the encryption key, here is how to change it on the WatchGuard Dimension server (don’t forget to change it on existing Fireboxes).

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How to display external bandwidth reports in WatchGuard Dimension


Here’s a quick WatchGuard tip. I had to do some analysis on bandwidth usage recently, but although I could see the live usage via system manager there was no report for external bandwidth utilisation in WatchGuard Dimension.

To be able to report on bandwidth utilisation in WatchGuard Dimension you need to enable Performance Statistics logging on the WatchGuard Firebox. Here’s how to do it.

Continue reading migration to new hosting service

WordPress icon

I’ve been thinking about moving my website to a new host for a while now, has been a great hosting company but it does have its limitations on how much you can modify settings, themes you can use and plugins available.

So towards the end of last week and over the weekend I decided it was time to spread my wings and fledge from the comfort of nest and out into the big wide world (or over to Fasthosts)!

Happily everything went to plan (mostly) and I learnt loads in the process, I even ended up dreaming of WordPress! Continue reading

Exchange OWA not working and WAS Error 5172

Microsoft Exchange

Recently I came across an error where OWA had stopped working on an Exchange 2010 server.

After a quick look in services I could see that the IIS Admin Service wasn’t running. So I tried a quick iisreset /restart command, but received the following error.

iisreset error

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How to reset Internet Explorer to default settings

Internet Explorer

In this post we will look at how to reset Internet Explorer 11 to default settings.

As ever with Microsoft there are a couple of different ways to get to the same end result. So we’ll start off by assuming you are running Internet Explore in Desktop Mode on Windows 7, 8, or 8.1.

Click the Tools menu icon (the cog in the top righthand corner), and select Internet Options.

IE 11 Tools - Internet Options

Click the Advanced tab.

Internet Options - Advanced tabThe click the Reset button.

Reset Internet Explorer SettingsClick Reset again. I wouldn’t select the Delete personal settings unless you don’t mind losing the data the dialogue box mentions.

Reset Internet Explorer Settings complete

You may need to restart your computer for the settings to take effect.

Method 2

If you run Internet Explorer in Chromeless mode from the Windows 8 Start Screen, the quickest way to get to Internet Options is to type Internet Options.

Search Internet OptionsClick the Internet Options, then following the instructions in Method 1.

Related Posts:

1. How to reset Firefox to default settings

2. How to clear cached web content in Firefox

3. How to reset Chrome to default settings

4. How to Open Internet Explorer in Windows 10