Category: General Tech

Intel recently fixed a vulnerability with the Intel Processor Identification Utility (advisory here). You may not think this software is on your network, but are you certain? With PDQ Inventory you can be absolutely certain! Find all installs of Intel Processor Identification Utility with PDQ Inventory We’re going to scan for all applications installed on […]

What is SQL? “SQL” stands for Structured Query Language and is used to manage, interact with, and retrieve data from a database. PDQ Inventory uses SQLite which is a lighter version of SQL’s syntax but still fully functional for extracting data. SQLite is file-based unlike other databases you may be more familiar with (Oracle, MySQL, […]

  Intel recently released a firmware advisory for their (Next Unit of Computing) NUC devices. These advisories come fairly frequently from the many different vendors and companies who have a large market share in the tech industry and is not meant to be alarming or scary. The advisory mentions the existence of a vulnerability in […]

Hello there! BlueKeep (CVE-2019-0708) is a dangerous vulnerability in Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). It is wormable (it can spread autonomously from computer to computer), so you should patch it ASAP. I wrote a PowerShell script to help you find the computers you need to patch. The PowerShell Script My script runs rdpscan, parses the […]

  PowerShell Have you ever wanted to gather data from a Confluence page automagically? In this post, I’ll show you how gathering Confluence page data with PowerShell can do just that. I use Confluence pages internally to track lists of items I’m working on and to view current progress. For instance, I have a goal […]

I recently figured out a way to automatically patch Slack in our environment AND apply a dark theme to any user who wants it. I accomplished this with PowerShell, this Github repository, and PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory. If dark mode allows you to see better, cranks your hacker image up to the next level, or […]

Have you always liked the idea of scripting and automating, or even dipped your toes in a bit, but felt overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start? I was there a few years ago when I was asked to switch to our Automation/QA team. Are you someone who’s taken the leap and uses PowerShell scripts […]

Most anniversaries are celebrated with balloons, flowers, or maybe a nice dinner. This anniversary, not so much. It was a beautiful spring morning in May 2017. Birds were chirping, the sun was shining as I came into work. All was right with the world. Then we started getting word of something called “Wannacry” or “Wannacrypt” […]

Earlier this year, Microsoft officially released the “Windows Family” 1809 image, which they have touted in previous blog posts as specifically being engineered to support automated UI testing of Windows applications.  For those of you familiar with containerization technology, this probably doesn’t sound like a great use case for containers, and when utilizing containers as […]