The Great Escape (from Yahoo!)

If you don’t care about reading my thoughts and just want to move your stuff from Yahoo! to Gmail click here.

Author’s note: this post was originally intended for family/friends, so my security/privacy preferences have been (somewhat) tamed for the audience.


This is a step-by-step guide to switch from Yahoo to Gmail. If you’re looking for how to transfer your email or contacts from Yahoo to Gmail, you’ve come to the right place!

First, some background on why I think this is so necessary. Hopefully you have heard by now about Yahoo!’s massive data breach – an estimated 500 MILLION accounts!  This included significant pieces of data:

“The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers,” Yahoo said in a statement.

So, what now?   Well, first, this Dilbert strip is probably indicative of Yahoo! in 2014.  Continue reading “The Great Escape (from Yahoo!)”

Kiosk Mode for Windows + SSO for RDP (part 2)

Last time we looked at Kiosk Mode for WES 7. This can also be used for Windows 7 Professional installs, and I plan to test with XP in the future. That could help provide low-cost kiosks for almost any scenario (libraries, church public use PCs, etc).

Today, however, I wanted to go through my struggles with SSO with RDS. My initial thought was that I didn’t want any prompt on the user screen, I wanted the ‘typical’ Windows Server 2008 R2 login screen as shown below. Continue reading “Kiosk Mode for Windows + SSO for RDP (part 2)”

Kiosk Mode for Windows + SSO for RDP (part 1)

This will be a multi-part series on implementing thin clients (or thick clients) with a kiosk mode connecting to an Remote Desktop Services (RDS) farm with Single Sign On (SSO).  I hope to help consolidate 12+ hours of research, testing and configuration changes over the past few weeks, with most of that being this week as we began finalizing our implementation plan for 45 new thin clients.  I hope this is helpful to someone who may be thinking about a similar project, or maybe implement items learned here for something completely different.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time trying to find the solution to this problem for our thin client implementation, and only after several weeks of trial and error was I able to piece together multiple bits of knowledge to accomplish my goal.

Deploying 45 new thin clients to two of our facilities. Continue reading “Kiosk Mode for Windows + SSO for RDP (part 1)”