by lunarg on May 4th 2023, at 11:22
In an organization you may not want to get prompts to try out the new Outlook Preview versions. Luckily, there's a way to turn this off, either through GPO or through a registry key, which can be distributed to your users.

If you're using the latest Administrative Templates for Office, you can find the setting under User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2016\Outlook Options\Other, where you can enable the Disable Preview Place setting.

Alternatively, add the following DWORD-value:

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Options\General

DWORD-value: DisablePreviewPlace, set its value to 1.

Note that the above only disables the user p  ...
by lunarg on April 20th 2023, at 09:59
I recently ran into an issue during a full restore of a Time Machine backup where the Launchpad layout would not be restored, and instead returned to a default layout. If you're like me and have put a lot of effort in customizing the layout, it's a bummer having to do all the work again, especially since one would expect a full restore from Time Machine actually restores *everything* (but that's discussion for another thread, I guess).

At first, I assumed Time Machine didn't back up everything but, as it turns out, the files are present but not restored during a full restore operation. Luckily, there's a way recover this manually. You can also do this if for some reason Launchpad is corrupt  ...
by lunarg on March 31st 2023, at 12:59
I recently ran into an issue where my FortiClient app on macOS no longer worked and I had to reinstall it. Unfortunately, if the installer detects it is already installed, it refuses to install and instead, simply attempts to update it, concludes there's no new version, and ends with the message "No updates found". The official solution is to use the FortiClient Uninstaller app, which can also be found in the /Applications, but if that's no option, you're seemingly stuck.

Fortunately, there's an easy way out by manually removing the app files, then rerunning the installer.

First, using Finder, completely remove the following apps (remove and remove from Bin):


FortiC  ...
by lunarg on February 21st 2023, at 09:48
When installing Powershell modules from the gallery, you may run into the following error, particularly on older versions of Windows (even Windows 10):

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Install-Module -Scope AllUsers -Name module-nameWARNING: Unable to resolve package source ''.PackageManagement\Install-Package : No match was found for the specified search criteria and module name 'module-name'. Try Get-PSRepository to see all available registered module repositories.

The most common reason for this (aside of having some other issue with internet access) is that Powershell may still be using TLS 1.0, which is no longer supported by Powershell Gallery.

To   ...
by lunarg on February 7th 2023, at 14:12

On a Windows Server with GUI, you can use the traditional method of setting the display resolution but as there's no Control Panel nor Settings app on Windows Server Core, the only way is through Powershell with the Set-DisplayResolution cmdlet.

Set-DisplayResolution -Width 1024 -Height 768

The cmdlet above sets the resolution to 1024x768. It will prompt you to accept the change, if you don't want that, append -Force parameter.

To get the current display resolution, you can use the Get-DisplayResolution cmdlet.

by lunarg on February 4th 2023, at 12:49

You can easily trigger SCSI UNMAP in Windows via PowerShell:

Optimize-Volume -DriveLetter C -ReTrim -Verbose
by lunarg on December 22nd 2022, at 15:26
A slow and unresponsive Steam app on Mac is a rather common issue. Symptoms are intermittent display freezing of the app, sluggish and delayed reaction to user input (i.e. clicking on items) and slow animations in the various screens. The issues may not appear straight away after starting Steam but may build up over time, causing Steam to run increasingly slower. However, the problems are only related to the Steam app, as games themselves run normally.

This is a known (but undocumented) issue with GPU acceleration, which luckily can be turned off rather easily:

With the Steam app active, in the main menu, click Steam → Preferences.

On the left, click Interface.

Look for Enable GPU a  ...
by lunarg on December 19th 2022, at 11:05

Remote Desktop Manager Mac sometimes has issues with stale cache, especially after an update. Below is a simple one-liner/script I like to use for deleting all the cache files in a Remote Desktop Manager Mac installation.

find "$HOME/Library/Application Support/com.devolutions.remotedesktopmanager" -iname "*.mcdf2" -type f -delete
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