Matt Hill Matt Hill

Matt Hill is in his mid 20′s and has a passion for technology. Matt studied Computer and Network Administration at University and currently works as an IT Administrator for a company based in his home town.

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Kodi AutoPlay & Repeat Playlist At Startup

Making Kodi autoplay a playlist when loaded, then repeat that playlist until stopped is not as straight forward as you might think, with some trial and error reading the issues various people encountered, this is how i ended up successfully making Kodi play and repeat my video play list when started / loaded up. Firstly go...
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Disable Action Center / Notification Icon On Windows 10

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607) introduced a new annoyance for me, moving the Action Center / Notification to the right of the clock in the system tray. Maybe I’ve just used Windows for too long and am so used to the clock been in the same place, however this minor change really started to annoy me after...
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Explorer Group Policy: Disable Recent Files / Frequent Folders & Open To This PC

It’s easy to customise Windows explorer to your linking on a single PC, however if you want to make these changes for multiple users using multiple computers on a domain you really need to be making the change though group policy. Windows 10 gives you the option to open new explorer windows to “This PC”...
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Use TweetDeck Web as a Twitter Desktop App

As you are probably aware if you are reading this Twitter are closing down the TweetDesk desktop application, however fear not. TweetDeck Web looks exactly the same as the desktop application and you can essentially emulate how the old TweetDeck app worked using Google Chrome and a bit of trickery. Essentially you can create a...
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Join The Outlook.com Office 365 Exchange Preview

Exchange access to your Outlook.com or Hotmail.com inbox is now possible if you apply to join the new Outlook.com preview program. As mentioned above joining the Outlook.com preview program gets your email account converted in to an Exchange Inbox, meaning you can fully take advantage of Microsoft Outlook on the desktop. Changes you make to your...
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MSN Plus (Messenger Plus) PLE Chat Log Decryption

MSN Plus was a popular add on for MSN Messenger (Windows Live Messenger) throughout the 2000’s. One of the features MSN Plus had was the ability to log chats, then in later versions of MSN Plus encrypt these chat logs. Encrypted chat logs we’re certainly a good idea, however as the years go on things change....
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Is Piracy Simply More Convenient? – NowTV DRM

For Christmas I purchased my Dad a NowTV HD box, this is essentially a Roku 2 media player which Sky have re branded to run their NowTV app. Now before I continue I will say I think NowTV is actually really good, with the NowTV HD box came a 6 month Sky Entertainment pass, which gets...
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MSI Wind U100 Netbook Windows 10 Install

I recently found my MSI Wind U100 Netbook out and thought as Windows 10 is currently a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 user i’d give it a try and see how well it runs on the MSI Wind, a 7 year old netbook. MSI Wind U100 Background: The MSI Wind U100 is...
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Colored Title Bar On Windows 10 – Remove The White

Update: The Windows 10 1511 Build 10586 released in November 2015 now nativity supports colored title bars. The title bar colours can be configured in Settings > Personalise > Colours. The white title bar for active Windows on Windows 10 is a bit bland / lifeless and it can often make it quite hard to distinguish between and...
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Mac Mini Late 2012 Windows 10 Drivers – Download

Downloads for Mac Mini Late 2012 Windows 10 Drivers By default Windows 10 will have the majority of the drivers out the box that are required to get Windows 10 fully running on the Mac Mini Late 2012, however you will find some drivers are missing, or simply do now work correctly. To get Windows 10 working...
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Windows 10 File Explorer Open This PC By Default

By default the Windows 10 File Explorer opens to the quick access folder by default, personally i dont find that at all useful and would sooner it open “This PC” (My Computer) so I can have easy access to hard drives, connected devices and network shares. Thankfully the Windows 10 file explorer can be made...
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Disable The Lock Screen On Windows 10

Update: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607) removed the ability to disable the lock screen on Windows 10 Pro editions sadly, this tutorial will still work for enterprise versions of Windows 10, however not on Pro editions if you have updated past Windows 10 1511, released in November 2015. The Windows 10 lock screen makes sense on...
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Free Re Install Of The Windows 10 DVD Player

If you want to re install Windows 10 after obtaining the free upgrade you will find that you loose the free copy of the Windows 10 DVD player you were given for upgrading from Windows 8 Professional With Media Center or Windows 7 Home Premium / Ultimate. However fear not, this simple guide will show...
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Three Different Classes on E-commerce Customer

The company where I work sells repair parts / home security upgrade related products online. Currently we have three main outlets. The E-Commerce Website Ebay Amazon Over the last couple of years i’ve noticed the mindset of people shopping at each different on-line outlet is very different. The E-Commerce Website – Generally I would class...
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Apple TV 2 XBMC Install / Kodi Downgrade

So you have a Jailbroken Apple TV 2 and want install a specific version of XBMC or Kodi, this mini tutorial will show you how to do so. You might be wondering why would you not simply do: apt-get update apt-get remove org.xbmc.kodi-atv2 That would install the latest version of Kodi, which normally wouldn’t be...
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CloudFlare Flexible SSL Redirect Loop Fix For WordPress / IIS

So you are hosting a WordPress Blog running on IIS (Internet Information Services) which is behind CloudFlare CDN (Content Distribution Network) and you want to enable CloudFlare’s free Flexible SSL so your WordPress Blog can be accessed over https. You have tried to set this up, however have ended up with an annoying a redirect loop leaving your...
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OpenVPN Install / Setup on a £2 VPS

In today’s world online privacy, regional blocks and censorship is becoming more and more of an issue. A lot of VPN services are appearing which aim to allow people to be anonymous when browsing the internet. However these VPN services present a few problems. The first is you have no idea what data is really logged, or...
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Kimsufi Windows Install Guide (KS1 / KS2) – OVH Server

Welcome to my Kimsufi Windows Install Guide. OVH have some very cheap entry level dedicated servers which are branded under the Kimsufi name. The KS1 server which is currently £5 a month including VAT gets you a: Atom N2800 @1.86ghz Processor (2 cores, 4 threads) 2GB DDR3 ram 500GB sata hard drive 100mbps connection 1x IP...
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Appalling Customer Service From Virgin Media Business

Since our Suberhub was unfortunate enough to receive the new BUS_V2.37.13 firmware around the 21/10/14 our whole experience with Virgin Media Business Broadband has been terrible, totally a joke would sum it up quite well. Now in all fairness to NTL / Virgin Media Business, the company I work for has been with them since...
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Small 8 Bay Home Nas / ESXI Server Build – U-NAS NSC-800

A Small 8 Bay Home Nas / ESXI Server is something I had been wanting to build for a while. Unfortunately small and 8x 3.5″ drive bays are not something that can be often found together in the same sentence when looking to build your own home NAS / ESXI Server Build. However i then found the U-NAS NSC-800...
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Install Windows 8.1 with Windows 8.0 Product Key / Serial Number

Installing Windows 8.1 using your Windows 8.0 key is not as easy as it should be, Microsoft first want you to install Windows 8.0, then upgrade to 8.1 using the Windows Store, then after that install Windows 8.1 Update 1 and any Windows Updates released after that. That is a lot of wasted time both...
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Nvidia ION Coprocessor Driver For Windows 8 / 10

The Nvidia ION chipset was used in affordable Intel Atom based Nettop PC’s released in 2009 onwards. Although not very powerful compared to PC’s of the time Nvidia ION based Nettop PC’s such as the Acer Revo R3600 series and the AsRock ION 330 where very popular for playing HD video. Using XBMC 720p and...
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Fix WordPress / IIS Unable To Get Local Issuer Certificate Error

“SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate” is an error message WordPress kept presenting to me when i was trying to integrate my Instagram / Twitter feed in to this blog. The good news is the fix is really easy, once you know how! Basically the problem was a PHP configuration issue on...
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Ebay File Exchange – Update Listings With Variations

This tutorial will teach you how to update listings with variations on Ebay, using Ebay File Exchange. This task will be completed with one simple upload to Ebay File Exchange. If you have been re stocking your item quantity or revising prices manually, this is guaranteed to save you a lot of time. If you have...
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A Good Reason To Block Adverts?

The Problem with adverts on Google search results I’m someone who uses Google Adsense on a website I own, the adverts cover the server and software costs of running the website, leaving me a bit of extra cash for myself, which i usually spend on things to create more content / reviews for the website...
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TP-Link TG-3468 Network Adapter Review

The TP-Link TG-3468 is a cheap PCI Express (1x) gigabit network card currently retailing for £5.98 on Amazon UK, the question i was wondering when purchasing the TP-Link TG-3468 was is this network card actually any good? The TP-Link TG-3468 appeared to get generally positive reviews on Amazon, however some of them did contradict each other. To cut...
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Asus Transformer Prime TF201 Unlock, Backup Blobs and Enable nvFlash

Unlocking The Asus Transformer Prime TF201 on Jellybean 4.1.1 This tutorial will show you how to unlock the bootloader on the Asus Transformer Prime TF201 Tablet, running Android 4.1.1 jellybean, along with backing up your blobs and enabling nvflash. You can just unlock the bootloader and happily go about flashing roms, however if you brick...
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Create a VMware ESXi Bootable Flash Drive on Windows

Why create a ESXi Bootable Flash Drive on Windows? Lets be honest, I personally find burning a disc to install something a waste these days, chances are you might not even have an optical drive in your main computer any more if your anything like me. Creating a bootable usb flash drive to install VMware ESXi from on...
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Add drivers to a VMware ESXi ISO using Windows

Why do you need to add drivers to a VMware ESXi ISO? VMware ESXi 5.5 was recently released, unfortunately ESXi 5.5 removed a lot of drivers for previously supported hardware. The drivers for the hardware that were removed still work fine on ESXi 5.5, you will just need to add the drivers for your hardware...
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Highpoint Rocket 2720SGL VMware ESXi Passthrough

Why the Highpoint Rocket 2720SGL? The Rocket 2720 SGL is an ideal SAS / SATA controller to use with VMware ESXi, it is a cost-effective, high-performance PCI-Express 2.0 6GB/s SAS controller. The 2720SGL supports up 8x SATA3 6gbs hard drives and is compatible with large drives above 3TB in size, prefect to use if your not...
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Vmware ESXI Upgrade from CD or USB Memory Stick

The Vmware ESXI Upgrade Process Vmware ESXi has a simple upgrade process that can be carried out either from a CD or USB Memory Stick. As i had never upgraded ESXi since my original install i decided to do a quick blog showing how the Vmware ESXI upgrade process should go. I will presume you either...
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Using Google Authenticator to enable SSH Two-Factor Authentication for SSH Connections

Why enable SSH Two-Factor Authentication on your server? SSH Two-Factor Authentication add’s an additional layer of security to your server / network. If your anything like myself you probably have your network locked down from the outside world, with just an SSH server accessible from the internet. Once I’m authenticated and logged in to SSH i can...
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Half Life for Windows RT / ARM (Works on Surface RT)

The 1997 blockbuster Half Life has been ported to Windows RT, meaning it owners of ARM based Windows RT tablets, such as the Surface RT can play Half Life. In order to play Half Life your tablet will need to be jail broken as third party desktop applications are not allowed to run as standard...
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Remove the Apps button from Google Chrome

An apps button has recently appeared in my bookmarks bar on Google Chrome, linking to chrome://apps/. I personally don’t use any apps on Chrome and find its presence in my bookmarks bar a bit annoying, luckily however you can remove the apps button despite the delete option been inactive when you right click it. Google Chrome...
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Outlook.com / Hotmail IMAP setup on OSX Mail

Outlook.com (Hotmail) setup with IMAP in the Apple OSX Mail App. By default if you want to access your Outlook.com / Hotmail or MSN email account in the OSX Mail app you had to do it with POP. Using POP is not ideal as it simply downloads the massage from the Outlook servers. You can...
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Ebay File Exchange – How To Update Product Quantities and Prices

The aim of this tutorial is to explain how you can easily update the quantity and price of many Ebay listing, including items with variations. This task will be completed with one simple upload to Ebay File Exchange. If you have been re stocking your item quantity or revising prices manually, this is guaranteed to...
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Create an Xbox Live account for a different region

Why Create an Xbox Live account for a different region? Xbox Live account’s for a different region can offer various benefits. Most people want an account in a different region to gain access to an alternate marketplace which offers content not available in the region the person is currently in, for example you could be in...
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Obtain OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion InstallESD.dmg From Macbook Air / Pro / Retina

I own a Macbook Air and wanted to extract an OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion InstallESD.dmg from the Air. However as OS X 0.8 Mountain Lion came installed on my Macbook Air i could not obtain the InstallESD.dmg from the App Store. So i needed some way to obtain the InstallESD.dmg, this would allow me to burn it...
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Windows 8 Print Drivers for Konica Minolta Bizhub C250

The Bizhub C250 Printer by Konica Minolta has no official Windows 8 drivers yet, apparently some updated Windows 8 drivers will be released in July 2013 if all goes to plan. However I can confirm that the Windows 7 drivers appear to work perfectly on Windows 8. I tested the Bizhub C250 on a Windows 8 64bit install using...
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Doom 3 Android Port, Complete with Internet / Network Play

Doom 3 the epic science fiction horror first-person shooter game, originally released in 2004 on PC has now been ported to Android. Doom 3 is set in 2145 on Mars, where a military-industrial conglomerate has set up a scientific research facility to research into fields such as teleportation, biological research and advanced weapons design. However, the teleportation...
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An Xbox 360 set-top box, the future for the Xbox 360?

If rumours are to be believed Microsoft wants to expand its Xbox brand with two new Xbox consoles, one would be the next-gen Xbox we’re awaiting to be announced, the other one would be a new redesign of the Xbox 360 as an Xbox 360 set-top box You might think so what, the Xbox 360 gets...
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Personal Domain Name’s, A Great Present?

A Personal Domain Name is a pretty unique present to purchase someone, I certainly wouldn’t say it’s your average Birthday / Christmas present anyway. That’s exactly what I did last Christmas, I purchased my parents and brother their own Personal Domain Name. I managed to get them all firstnamelastname.eu domain names which I was quite pleased about. With...
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Dolphin Android – An Android GameCube / Wii Emulator

Dolphin Android is a port of the popular Dolphin GameCube / Wii Emulator to Android devices. Essentially Dolphin is an open source emulator that allows GameCube and Wii games to be played on devices other than the respective consoles. At the moment Dolphin is capable of full speed emulation of almost all Wii / GameCube games on...
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Fix Google Play [RPC:S-5:AEC-0] error retrieving information from server error

The RPC:S-5:AEC-0 Google Play Store Error The Google Play / Android Market error retrieving information from server RPC:S-5:AEC-0 error message can be a bit of a pain, the RPC:S-5:AEC-0 error just randomly appeared on my tablet after it upgraded to a newer version of Android. However this is how i managed to fix the RPC:S-5:AEC-0 error with ease. Load...
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DRM, a great way to ruin a game?

DRM (Digital Rights Management) has always been hated by a lot of people, it restricts what you can do with content you have paid your hard earned money for, and usually end’s up causing people who purchase the content problems. Where as people who simply pirate the content will never have any issues with it. It’s hardly an...
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VMware ESXI Low Power Home Server Lab Build

A VMware ESXI Low Power server for learning at home is something I have been interested in for a quite a while. Both VMware Esxi and Microsoft’s Hyper V Server is something i’ve kept randomly hearing about over the years, I recently did some reading up and decided a little VMware ESXI Low Power server dedicated to running virtual machines on...
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Windows 8 Install / Re Install’s, OEM Product Key’s Embedded in BIOS

Windows 8 Install’s just got even easier on computers / laptops from OEM’s. Yesterday I had my first chance to do a clean Windows 8 install on a Laptop that shipped with Windows 8. Windows 8 from OEM’s no longer supply you with a product key, that product key is now embedded in the BIOS. With that...
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High quality maps for Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City & San Andreas

Looking back at the Grand Theft Auto 3 series It’s pretty mind-blowing that games you formerly played via loading up a disc on your cutting-edge gaming console or PC just ten years ago can now be downloaded and played on your cell phone in a matter of minutes, Insane! Although one particular drawback of digital downloads is...
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New server for MattHill.eu

Recently i have been playing about with Windows Server 2012, for my birthday earlier this year Nathan was kind enough to give me a licence for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 which he got from Dreamspark. This was most appreciated as i’ve not had access to Dreamspark since i graduated from University. As ive had the week...
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Get £20 off a £75 spend at Tesco Direct

Here is how you can get Black Ops 2 and Halo 4 for £28.92 each when pre-ordering from Tesco Direct. First add the two games to your basket: Halo 4 and Blackops 2 Next enter the following codes in this order at the checkout: TD-MXTN Gives £10 off TD-KMPW Gives £5 off TD-PXTM Gives £5 off The above should give you...
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