Trick to Pin Programs and Applications to Taskbar and Start Menu using Powershell

Recently at work, I am trying to automate my image creation for new computers to streamline the process and make everyone’s computer more consistent. Not to mention that my workload has increased dramatically over the past 2 to 3 months. With that, part of my major issue has always been pinning apps and programs to the task bar and the start menu. This is simply for the user to have multiple options of accessing the most common programs that they use, such as email or VPN.

Searching through Google there was a lot of methods available, but 95% of them were inefficient and only worked for the current user who was running the shell.… Read More

Trick to Take Flash Screenshots on Headless Linux

A man with a magnifying glass, trying to increase the size.
Along with the Slunked blog site I also run a Flash Game site, GameUsage.com. Recently I have been wanting to hack the code a little to provide a screenshot of each game. Unfortunately, all of my servers are linux based and have no monitor attached (headless). I began thinking a little bit outside of the box and came up with a trick to capture a flash game screenshot (should also capture with or without in-game ads) on a 256MB VPS server I run. The script is very lightweight, and easy to setup for automation with with a cron jobs. I find that the screenshots for the Games to be of decent quality, especially for something that takes a small amount of time and effort to setup.… Read More

Create Directory in PHP with User Input

Recently I had an inquiry about how I would go about creating a directory in a PHP script using a FORM with POST / GET data. Creating a Directory from a PHP script using PHP is not all that easy and should be done with caution, as you want to make sure that you validate the input and prevent un-wanted characters from being used to create a directory.

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