Ads show up in any website I browse

Browser used: Firefox 25

Scenario:

I browse any decent website and annoying ads show up. I already disabled all the browser add-ons. This does not occur in Chrome. I did not try it in Internet Explorer because I am not using it.

Cause:

This is because of a particular program called OKitSpace.

Solution:

To remove this, you have to:

  1. Uninstall it from the Control Panel. You will not find the word “OKitSpace” there, because it disguises as “BrowserProtect”.
  2. Remove “OKitSpace” extension from your browsers.

Basic Guide for New System Administrators

In 2012, I played partly the role of a system administrator and I learned some important things (especially during the sleepless nights and long hours of waiting and reading). I have very little experience with this kind of work, but I want to share with you what I learned especially to those who are just beginning system administration.

1. Have common sense.

This is one of the most important things that everyone should have. You don’t want to be called an idiot by your boss, right? Therefore, be aware of your job. Have a clear judgment of things. If you don’t know what to do, ask (either Google or your co-employees).

2. Be familiar with the system you’re working on.

You may work on several big enterprise systems. You cannot be an expert with all of those even if you devote all your life on them, but be familiar at least. Always know all the basic stuff.

3. Always keep track of what you do.

You don’t want to search and search again if you forgot important things, especially if you are following a very long procedure that you are not familiar of.

4. Record all the errors and unexpected incidents you encountered.

One of the most frustrating moments is when you encounter an error out of nowhere. Good thing if you find a solution for that, and if you do, record it. What is the complete description of the error? What do you think is the cause of the error? What are the steps that you did to correct that error?

5. Always perform backup.

Storage devices are not immortal. Always have a backup of your important files, at least.

6. Make clean documentations.

Documentations play a crucial part in the IT industry. They contain the detailed description of the system you’re working on such as how it was implemented and who were the people implemented it. These documentations will also be the basis of your co-workers and future employees (if you will ever be resigning).

7. Exercise.

Everyone needs it. If you want to die earlier, don’t do it.

Windows: How to know which application uses a port

1. Run command prompt.
2. Type netstat -ano | findstr 0.0:<port>

For example:

netstat -ano | findstr 0.0:80

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The 8080 in the picture is the process ID (PID). You may see the corresponding application of the process ID through Windows Task Manager. You may also use another application such as XAMPP and run Netstat.

If there is no application using the port you provided, it will not return any value.

SharePoint Designer 2013 crashes when checking for errors or publishing workflow

Scenario:

When you click the Publish button and the Check for Errors button, SharePoint Designer 2013 crashes and restarts. However, this occurs again even when restarted.

Solution I applied:

I re-installed SharePoint Designer 2013 on my developer workstation. Repairing it through Programs and Features does not solve the issue.

I have encountered this issue several times now and re-installing it indeed solves the issue.

Cause:

Unknown for now.