Apple Ask A Tech

How to reset your AirPods and AirPods Pro

You might need to reset your AirPods if they won’t charge, or to fix a different issue. Put your AirPods in their charging case, and close the lid. Wait 30 seconds. Open the lid of your charging case. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the More Info button  next to […]

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Security
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Retrieving passwords from veeam backup servers

One of our readers asked this question. So here is the answer. This requires that you have Admin access to your Veeam server and have installed SQL Management studio. From SQL management studio (of any SQL management interface access method) run the following again the veeam management database: SELECT TOP (1000) [id] ,[user_name] ,[password] ,[usn] […]

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Console Gaming

PlayStation Network experienced an outage on Tuesday

PlayStation Network had an issue Tuesday evening. For about 45 minutes, Sony’s PlayStation Network status page showed that all of its services were experiencing issues, which affected signing into your account and connecting to PlayStation Now and the PlayStation Store. However, the site shows that everything is “up and running.” It’s unclear exactly how widespread the issues […]

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Apple Latest

Apple’s latest iMovie update adds new features to help you create videos more quickly.

Apple’s new iMovie 3.0 update for iPhone and iPad has a significant new Storyboards feature designed to make it easier to create videos in the app with pre-built templates.  The app will offer 20 different templates covering many video types, “including cooking tutorials, Q&As, product reviews, news reports, and more,” Apple says in a press release. […]

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Microsoft

How to Run Linux on Windows 10 (Windows Subsystem for Linux)

Prerequisites To have WSL running effectively, I suggest you upgrade to Windows 11. WSL is also available on Windows 10, but it is way more efficient on Windows 11 based on my experience.  For Windows 10, you’ll need to have build 21364 or higher. This article will cover what you can do on both Windows […]

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Ask A Tech Technology Tips and Tricks

Ubiquity Dream Machine Pro -> SonicWall (VPN How-to)

I migrated from a SonicWall firewall to a UDMP about 4 months ago. I have been mostly happy with the move. Obviously, I do IT for a living and the UDMP caught my attention. Part of the reason was the price and it was time to renew my SonicWall maintenance agreement. So I made the […]

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Apple iOS

Apple releases iOS 15.4.1 with battery issues fixed for iPhone and iPad

After launching iOS 15.4 a couple of weeks ago, Apple is releasing iOS 15.4.1. This update should fix battery drain issues that iPhone and iPad users were experiencing with the previous version. Apart from that, Apple is also bringing updates for tvOS, watchOS, and macOS users. Today’s build is 19E258. You can update your iPhone […]

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Technology Tips and Tricks

QR Codes – The next wave of scamming

As QR Codes become more and more popular it’s only a matter of time before scammers get the bright idea to use them. QR Codes are quick and easy ways to link you to websites, send SMS text messages, dial phone numbers, etc… Just like in the phishing emails you get every day this is […]

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Console Gaming

Sony Launches New PlayStation Gaming Subscription Service

Sony is set to launch a new video game subscription service this summer, seeking to drive sales of its PlayStation consoles and compete with a similar offering from Microsoft. The company said Tuesday it will bundle its existing PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services into one single subscription service called PlayStation Plus. The new PlayStation Plus will […]

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Coding
Development PHP

PHP: Encryption/Decryption

This code works with a JSON stream encrypted with CryptoJS. You can use PHP with openSSL support to decrypt the data stream using your password. Decrypt /** * Decrypt data from a CryptoJS json encoding string * * @param mixed $passphrase * @param mixed $jsonString * @return mixed */ function Decrypt($passphrase, $jsonString){ $jsondata = json_decode($jsonString, […]

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