Category: General Tech

I recently figured out a way to automatically patch Slack in our environment AND apply a dark theme to any user who wants it. I accomplished this with PowerShell, this Github repository, and PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory. If dark mode allows you to see better, cranks your hacker image up to the next level, or […]

Have you always liked the idea of scripting and automating, or even dipped your toes in a bit, but felt overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start? I was there a few years ago when I was asked to switch to our Automation/QA team. Are you someone who’s taken the leap and uses PowerShell scripts […]

Most anniversaries are celebrated with balloons, flowers, or maybe a nice dinner. This anniversary, not so much. It was a beautiful spring morning in May 2017. Birds were chirping, the sun was shining as I came into work. All was right with the world. Then we started getting word of something called “Wannacry” or “Wannacrypt” […]

Earlier this year, Microsoft officially released the “Windows Family” 1809 image, which they have touted in previous blog posts as specifically being engineered to support automated UI testing of Windows applications.  For those of you familiar with containerization technology, this probably doesn’t sound like a great use case for containers, and when utilizing containers as […]

  At PDQ.com, we are always looking for ways that we can drive the creation, testing, and support of our applications to be as efficient and effective as possible. To that end, I’ve recently been diving into experimenting with Docker, specifically using Windows Containers. I have received several warnings from the internet-at-large along the lines […]

If you or anybody you know uses ASUS notebooks, you might want to check the tech news (if you haven’t already). Your machines may have been host to malicious updates that were passed via ASUS’s Live Update software in a massive supply chain attack. Kaspersky Labs recently published an article for something that they are […]

One of the most common requests that we’ve received over the years is for instruction on how to properly deploy Office 365. Some time ago, High Overlord Brigg was kind enough to compile an article that many of you have used to build your own Deploy package for this task. Unfortunately, as his power has […]

You’ve found yourself in the same situation as most other sysadmins in the world. Now, you’ve been tasked to clean up Windows 10 for your organization. You’ve searched the internet and found blogs and forum posts with random bits of PowerShell, most of which only run within the current user context.  Not to fear, this […]

Try PDQ Deploy Bobino Rubber Cable Wraps This gadget makes a great cable wrap for securing long cords that can easily make a mess of your desk. It’s compact and flexible, making it easy to conceal and store excess computer cords and chargers. Stick-On Charger Clips Maybe it’s just our ‘lazy’ generation, but there’s nothing […]