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Apt update slow? Try this fix

On a cloud instance with a slow disk, running the dreaded apt update && apt upgrade could take an eternity. But what if I tell you it may actually not be a disk IOPS issue?

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Enable Hyper-V Integration Services for your Ubuntu guest VMs

For some legacy reasons, my main hypervisor has been Hyper-V running on a Windows Server. And contrary to popular belief, Linux actually supports Secure Boot and UEFI boot pretty well, and so you can create Generation 2 VM that runs Linux OS just fine. However, after installing the OS, you might have noticed that Hyper-V doesn’t talk to the guest VM very well – features such as shutdown or reset do not work. That is because the Linux kernel does not include Hyper-V drivers and agents. This is akin to VMware’s vmtools for the ESXi platform.

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Rules to block that annoying ads in your Android Outlook client

In an earlier article, we talked about how AdGuard helps you hide that annoying ad disguised as email in your Android Outlook client. In this post, we will talking about the rules required to make it happen.

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Repeated ADFS login prompts in Outlook? Disable WAM

Your company e-mail is on Office 365, authenticated via ADFS and you’re using the Outlook client from volume license version of Office Pro Plus and Outlook keeps prompting you for password:

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Installing Caddy as a service in your cloud instance

Caddy should be everyone’s server of choice. Especially lazy people, and that’s everyone. This blog is served by Caddy. It is a modern web server written in Go. It does automatic HTTPS configuration. TF is automatic you ask? Take this blog for example – if it were to run in Nginx, the config file would look like this:

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AdGuard – blocking ads and trackers at the OS level

Everyone loves ad blockers, so long as your livelihood does not depend on advertising. Pretty much everyone I know is running some sort of ad blockers in their browsers, such as uBlock Origin or AdBlock Plus; and the newer Firefox browser even comes with an in-built ad filtering engine! (Which is great btw) But browser extension is so 2009. Let’s read on to find out how you should be dealing with ads and trackers filtering in 2020.