[VIDEO] How To Secure Remote Desktop On Windows And Safely Access Your Computer From Outside Your Network.

A while back I did a video that’s gotten a lot of attention. It’s been pretty popular with over 200,000 views as of this writing. Many of you might have seen it. It’s about setting up your router to allow you to access your computer at home through the firewall, through the router, using remote desktop. One of the problems with that particular video is that it doesn’t really address the issue of security. And so in this video I’m going to show you how to set it up so that you are actually using encrypted communications. So this is really about how to enable and secure remote desktop in Windows.

The steps that you need to perform to accomplish this are: (more…)

[VIDEO] How To Create A Simple Advertising Graphic For Website Advertising

[VIDEO] How To Create A Simple Advertising Graphic For Website Advertising

Website advertising is a big deal today. It’s probably the one area of the Advertising industry that still has a huge amount of growth potential. Advertisers and Agencies are finding all kinds of new ways to get the stuff you are already interested into your field of vision: whether it be on the web, on your mobile device, in a video game… and countless new avenues and vehicles yet to be discovered.

If you are a small business, there are a lot of options for web advertising starting with Google Adwords. AdWords allows you to create simple text ads and tie them to keywords and phrases so they know where to show your ad in the SERPS (Search Engine Results Pages). But if you really want your Ad campaign to get the most exposure, you need to create graphic ads for the Google Ad Network (also known as Google AdSense).

Website owners (like my clients Florida News Flash and The Life Center of Hernando) can create ad space on their site and either sell that ad space directly or create placements for Google Ad Network (AdSense) ads. AdSense offers placements for a variety of different ad sizes: 250×250, 200×200, 468×60, 728×90, 300×250, etc. depending on where they want to display the ads (in the sidebar, at the top or bottom of the page, in the middle of the page, etc.). At the time of this writing, there were (more…)

[VIDEO] YouTube Channel Gallery Plugin Not Working? Try This Simple Fix.

[VIDEO] YouTube Channel Gallery Plugin Not Working? Try This Simple Fix.

Description:

The WordPress  Plugin “YouTube Channel Gallery” (found at https://wordpress.org/plugins/youtube-channel-gallery/) is a very popular plugin used by over 50,000 web sites. Recently, Google made changes to the YouTube API and the new Version 3 has caused a lot of web sites to suddenly lose their awesome channel feeds. This video will show you how to fix the “YouTube Channel Gallery Plugin Not Working” problem without changing to another plugin.

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Hi, this is Jerry Boutot and AppDataWorks IT Consulting Services.

In this video I’m going to show you how to easily fix the YouTube Channel Gallery plugin so that it continues to work on your website after the YouTube Data API Version 3 changes.

Recently, Google changed the YouTube Data API to Version 3 and effectively broke the YouTube Channel Gallery feed for many websites, mine included. Suddenly , when users visit your page containing the YouTube Channel Gallery plugin, they may see the error you see on the screen instead of your videos. (more…)

AppDataWorks WordPress Training – WordPress Overview Video

AppDataWorks WordPress Training – WordPress Overview Video

With WordPress positioned nicely as the de-facto standard for blog based SEO Optimized websites, with estimates as high as 60-70 percent of new websites being built on the very flexible and extendible platform, and professional IT services companies like AppDataWorks offering WordPress site development as the “go to” platform for all small businesses with most requirements, almost anything you can think of other than the most unique and custom type of web application can be built in WordPress. Even totally custom sites with custom data and completely custom (never before seen) types of data and displays, if you want to program all of the php for it.

I created this WordPress Overview Video because my clients are always wanting to try and take over their own blogging and page maintenance, and I can’t blame them. I do a lot of ad-hoc training and so I thought I’d start producing a video series for clients and anyone else that wants a down to earth perspective on wordpress and how regular people want to use it (not the real programming geeks – business owners and web developers that have to develop really awesome websites on a budget).

How To Configure a User Account to Log On Automatically With Windows 7 and 8

How To Configure a User Account to Log On Automatically With Windows 7 and 8

I’ve written a few of these instructional videos and posts, and one in particular – How To Set Up TeamViewer For Wake On Lan – raised some questions about machines being rebooted remotely and then becoming inaccessible to the remote user. For my article How To Set Up TeamViewer to Allow Remote Control Even With No User Signed In to Windows, some argue that they are unable to log on through TeamViewer, which prompted the questions: is TeamViewer configured to run as a windows service? Does the user know how to configure the TeamViewer installation to allow logging on to a remote machine when there is no logged in user?

For many of us, the extra step of logging on to a windows PC is a drag. Especially when we have a desktop computer and we never go mobile with it. A laptop, on the other hand, should never be configured for automatic logon! That would be security suicide. Laptops should require a password when starting up, when coming out of sleep mode or hibernation, and whenever the screen saver has been running. Laptops should have a 4 digit PIN set up at the BIOS level as well. And to make it even more secure, Laptops should have BitLocker or some kind of hard drive encryption software configured and running so that even if a thief got hold of the machine and couldn’t log in, they would not be able to remove the hard drive and view the contents. (more…)

How To Set Up TeamViewer to Allow Remote Control Even With No User Signed In to Windows

How To Set Up TeamViewer to Allow Remote Control Even With No User Signed In to Windows

TeamViewer is one of the best remote control software programs that exists today. For most of us who use it just to access our various computers when we’re away from them, this software is completely free of charge. For commercial use, where you are charging money for services related to TeamViewer’s use, then there is a lifetime license that you can purchase. Personally, I have TeamViewer set up on my work PC, my multimedia PC that I use for video and audio production, and my home pc. I also have it set up on my wife’s PC and my son’s PC so that I can get access from my office if they need help with something. My mother-in-law just got a computer for the first time and is a complete novice, so I help her out once in a while when she’s stuck. This kind of use is common and falls into the category of personal use as far as I can tell. But let me tell you, if I wanted to start a computer support business this is the software I would use and I would not hesitate to pay for the license. There’s nothing quite as good out there.

But enough singing TeamViewer’s praises. This video and article will teach you how to set up TeamViewer to allow remote control even when there is no user logged on to the target machine. (more…)

How To Successfully Install SQL Server 2005 In Windows 8

How To Successfully Install SQL Server 2005 In Windows 8

Check out the YouTube instructional video on how to successfully install sql server 2005 in windows 8.

HOW-TO: Successfully Install SQL Server 2005 In Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

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In the video, I will show you how to install SQL Server 2005 in Windows 8 and overcome this error message:

The SQL Server service failed to start. For more information, see the SQL Server Books Online topics, “How to: View SQL Server 2005 Setup Log Files” and “Starting SQL Server Manually.”

Installing SQL Server 2005 in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 (as well as some other Operating Systems) can be a frustrating and hair pulling task. For those of us who write software for a living, Microsoft makes it difficult to buy a new PC with a new operating system and install an older version of the SQL Server software. We know we need it to do our jobs. Microsoft thinks it’s too old and everybody should upgrade. The problem is, we can’t all afford to operate and maintain multiple machines with different OS’s just to host different versions of SQL Server. Even according to Microsoft’s own documentation, the only SQL Server version that is supported in a Virtual Machine environment is SQL Server 2008 R2 and above, and ONLY on Hyper-V. I’ve got VMWare Workstation and have for years, and for the life of me, as many times as I’ve tried to create a virtual machine environment for SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005, it never works out. The VM’s are way too slow compared to installing in the native OS tied to the hardware without any additional processing layers. (more…)

How To Configure a Static IP Address on a Windows PC

How To Configure a Static IP Address on a Windows PC

Check out the YouTube instructional video on configuring a static IP address.

HOW-TO: Configuring a Static IP Address on your Windows PC is a snap!

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To many people who have been working with and around PC’s for a while, this HowTo may seem, at first, a bit unneeded or unnecessary. But that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is, there are many many people with PC’s that don’t have the first clue about how to do anything other than start them up, send emails, and surf the web. And for many, that might be all they ever need or want. But there are many people new to PC’s that want to learn all the small stuff that the rest of us “seasoned professionals” already know. (more…)

Forcing your PC to wake up to run a ShadowProtect Backup Job

Forcing your PC to wake up to run a ShadowProtect Backup Job

Watch the YouTube video.

AppDataWorks Video HowTo: Forcing your PC to wake up to run a ShadowProtect Backup Job

OK so you have finally decided, like I have, that leaving all your PC’s on 24/7 may not be the most “green” thing to do. OK, I’ll admit, I’m old school, and back in the day, before sleep mode and hibernation and hybrid sleep, you had to put your computer through more pain and agony on startup than you did in a month of usage. And when Sleep Mode and Hibernation technologies first came out, they didn’t work too well. They were unreliable and the Internet is full of horror stories about PC’s that went to sleep and never woke up again…

So we all kept our PC’s on 24/7. At least the old school IT people like me did. And some still do. And in some cases, you have to. But if you’re anything like me in 2014, there’s a computer in the Living Room/TV Room/Family Room, one in the Office (or more!), a backup server, your wife/husband has their own laptop or desktop, maybe one in every kids bedroom. In my house, no kidding there are no less than 8 PC’s! One is a Windows Home Server, which backs up all of the PC’s every night, but the rest are development machines, personal machines, media server machines, and none of them need to be on 24/7. It eats up a lot of unnecessary electricity, which these days is not cheap. So I decided a while back that I would start putting these machines to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity. (more…)

The First AppDataWorks YouTube Ad – “Crappy Websites” featuring Simon and Adrien

The First AppDataWorks YouTube Ad – “Crappy Websites” featuring Simon and Adrien

Watch the first AppDataWorks YouTube Ad

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Simon and Adrien star in the First AppDataWorks YouTube Ad

So here it is. The first AppDataWorks YouTube ad. The more I watch it, the more hilarious it is. Not just because it’s funny, but because it’s so true.

I’ve known for quite some time that YouTube advertising just may very well be the most important and valuable form of online advertising today. Why? Because it’s perfect for the mobile-centric generation that has very little use for reading and is better adapted to learning by watching. YouTube ads are little movies, and in many cases better than TV commercials. I’ve known this and have been heading down the path of getting to my first ad for a while now, but I’ve finally done it. And I couldn’t be more proud of my son, Jerry Boutot III, who agreed to use his awesome, simple, and extremely humorous cartoon characters to help me with an impactful video.

It all started several weeks ago when I was analyzing the web site of (more…)

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