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GODADDY – BACKUP DNS ZONE

Here is how to backup your DNS information in GoDaddy

Login into your account

Navigate to https://dcc.godaddy.com/control/portfolio

Identify the Domain name you want to backup

Click the three dots next to it “

Select Edit DNS

On the DNS MANAGEMENT page, next to the ADD button, click the Three Dots “

Select Export Zone File

Your DNS will backup to your computer.

Save it to somewhere special, and go on your merry way

CREATE SPF RECORD

This is a quick how-to on setting up the SPF record for those of us not using Microsoft 365. They have a different record type If you want a more in-depth one, there are many available elsewhere. So for now, here it is

Login into your DNS Provider
Ex – Network Solutions, Hostgator, ENOM

Navigate to the area to Manage DNS records

Create a TXT record

Name will be
@

Value will be:
v=spf1 a mx ip4:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx ~all
Be sure to change xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx with the actual IP of your mail server

Save the record

Go to MXToolbox.com and enter your domain name

You should see a green box with your SPF record info contained inside

CREATE DMARC RECORD

This is a quick how-to on setting up the record. If you want a more in-depth one, there are many available elsewhere. So for now, here it is

Login into your Email Server

Create a new email address. Something like dns@tacticalware.com

Next, Login into your DNS Provider
Ex – Network Solutions, Hostgator, ENOM

Navigate to the area to Manage DNS records

Create a TXT record

Name will be
_dmarc

Value will be:
v=DMARC1; p=reject; rua=mailto:dns@tacticalware.com; ruf=mailto:dns@tacticalware.com; fo=1;

Make sure you change dns@tacticalware.com to whatever the email address is that you created in the first step

Save the record

Go to MXToolbox.com and enter your domain name

You should see a green checkmark next to DMARC

FIX – “NO HEADSET FOUND” ERROR WHEN USING MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR WITH META QUEST 2

This quick how-to is what you need to do to get the Meta Quest 2 also known as the Oculus Quest 2 connected to Microsoft Flight Sim.

On the computer, go to the Microsoft Store
Search for and install OpenXR
Download and Install the Oculus Software to your computer
Add new headset in Oculus Software
Reboot the computer
Open the Oculus Software
Use the Link Cable to Connect the Headset to the Computer

Now put the Meta Quest 2 headset on
Allow the files and link settings in the headset
When prompted, return to the computer

Open Microsoft Flight Simulator
Go into the VR Settings
Now you can “Switch to VR” and it will work

Enjoy!

THE VESPER

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“Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”

-James Bond

DELETED HORDE EMAILS STILL SHOW IN INBOX

When you delete email from the Horde webmail client, the email does not move to your trash, it still shows up in your inbox, with a strikethrough. This guide will show you how to delete it from your system

Within your Horde webmail client
Click the Gear icon at the Top Right
Select Preferences
Click Mail
Select the link for Deleting and Moving Messages
Place a checkmark next to:
Move deleted messages to your Trash mailbox instead of marking them as deleted in the current mailbox?
Click Save
Return to your Inbox, select your previously deleted emails, and delete them again. Now your messages will be moved to trash

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HOW TO BACKUP INSTAGRAM PHOTOS & STORIES IN 2021

If you want to back up your photos and your stories, you can do so by:

On your Computer
Open a web browser like Chrome
Navigate to https://instagram.com
Login
Click your Picture in the top right corner
Click Settings
Scroll down to Privacy and Security
Select Data Download
Click Request Download
Enter your password to confirm
Wait up to 48 hours for your data to be available

Once your data is available they will email you. You can go back to instagram, and download the zip files. It will contain all of your photos, stories, and videos.

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DISABLE LIGHTS ON GIGABYTE MOTHERBOARDS

Most of my systems are built on linux, and linux does not have the ability to install the RGB Fusion software. For me to disable the lights on the motherboard, I have to do that from the BIOS. Here are the steps I use on my Gigabyte Motherboards:

Boot the computer
Press DEL during the boot to enter the BIOS
Scroll over to the Peripherals tab
Select RGB Fusion
Click OFF
Save & Exit
Reboot and your lights are off

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ELF MADE STAMP STL FROM SANTA CLAUS THE MOVIE

So I was watching Santa Claus the Movie…you know, that old movie from the 80s:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089961/

In the movie, the Elves have this stamp that they stamp onto each of the toys they make…and in having little ones, I needed to get my hands on it.

Coincidently enough, I couldn’t find it online, as an STL….so I had one made, and want to give it to you as a Gift.

Elf Made Stamp STL


You can download it here:
https://tacticalware.com/downloads/Elf_Made.zip

Or directly from Thingiverse at:
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4685864

Hardware that I used to print it:
Ender 3 Pro
https://amzn.to/3qZQTks

Hotend
https://amzn.to/37iIrVW

Tubing
https://amzn.to/2IQ8V7N

eSun Black PLA+ (For the Handle)
https://amzn.to/37gdSjs

TPU (For the Stamp)
https://amzn.to/3mmCOdB

And I have the following gear in place running Octoprint:
Raspberry Pi 4 (4gb)
https://amzn.to/3q551IO

SanDisk 32GB Ultra microSDHC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter
https://amzn.to/2Vfvo0y

CanaKit 3.5A Raspberry Pi 4 Power Supply (USB-C)
https://amzn.to/3fNTYPu

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Micro HDMI Cable – 6 Feet
https://amzn.to/33u5hr9

Western Digital 500GB WD_Black SN750 NVMe
https://amzn.to/3nZ5pH4

Plugable USB C to M.2 NVMe Tool-free Enclosure
https://amzn.to/3lflV3L

The most important thing is after you setup your system, before you print this stamp, is to calibrate your system for these filaments. You will need to do it for both the PLA+ and the TPU. For that, you can refer to these pages:
Configure your Extrusion Multiplier:
https://tacticalware.com/ender-3-pro-simplify3d-configuring-the-extrusion-multiplier/

Confirm your heat settings:
https://tacticalware.com/3d-printing-heat-tower/

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WORDPRESS ERROR USING W3 TOTAL CACHE

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If you are running a wordpress site with the W3 Total Cache plugin, and you come across this error:

There has been a critical error on your website. Please check your site admin email inbox for instructions.

The way to fix it is to:
FTP to your server
Navigate to the wp-content folder
Rename the following (I put a -tacticalware at the end of each to know i removed it from being processed, and if all works well, I circle back to delete it afterwards):
cache folder
w3tc-config folder
object-cache.php
advanced-cache.php
dbcache.php

After they are deleted, you can go back and add the W3 Total Cache plugin back to your site. Be careful making the changes because one of those changes, may result in the error again. So I would suggest making one change at a time, saving, and letting it run for a while before attempting another change.

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