Brave Payments Review

Hi Everyone,

Exciting news here – is now Brave Verified Publisher. I even got a shiny referral badge. So if you want to have some privacy and much less annoying ads on the web (and not necessarily by blocking them) you ought to try Brave browser!

Disclaimer: I’m not receiving any money or other compensation for this post. But I will get about 5 USD in BAT tokens for everyone who will use my referral link and do the right thing switching to Brave and using it at least for 30 days.

Now I’ll tell you how this works and why I chose to switch from Google Chrome to Brave and why I recommend you to do the same (it’s not because of referral money).Reading Time: 10 minutes

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Replace existing NIC of Azure Virtual Machine (ARM) with PowerShell

Sometimes we just need to do something dumb. For instance, recently I have changed default DNS settings of network adapter on client OS (Windows Server 2016) side of my Azure VM. Next moment, the RDP connection has failed and I couldn’t reconnect again.

The first idea was to replace NIC to another one, which should be recognized by client OS as a new one with default “auto” DNS settings. Well, actually the first idea was to reboot the VM, but it didn’t help.

So let’s see how to replace an existing NIC on Azure VM.

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File access issue after updating to Windows 8.1 with data deduplication enabled

Today I’ve updated my home PC to Windows 8.1. Windows setup gave me option to update saving all my software, documents and so on, so I took the easiest way.

Never expected trouble here, but after several reboots (OMG, here is the Start button! How to remove it again?!) I found that some shortcuts on my desktop lost their icons. Moreover, I couldn’t launch them! Actually, I couldn’t launch any program installed on my secondary disk drive. And my multimedia library located there is not accessible too! What’s going on?!!

All right, first of all I’ve checked NTFS permissions: my own user had retained all permissions, it’s still owner of all files and a member of Administrators group. Just in case, I’ve added CREATOR-OWNER user to ACL of the drive’s root, but it didn’t help. Also I’ve set the owner of the drive’s root to Administrators group (It was set to System and I wasn’t sure this is correct), but nothing helped. So what is the problem?
After some research I found the cause: this was the data deduplication which I enabled on my secondary drive couple of months ago! Unfortunately, I’ve lost link to the forum which helped me to identify this issue…

So the solution was to re-enable data deduplication feature (which is normally not available on the desktop Windows). You can easily find detailed instructions how to do this over the Internet (I used this post, thanks to weikingteh for this).

I hope this will help someone.