When your computer has more than 1 sound card, you may find it cumbersome to change audio devices. The standard method requires going through the control panel or settings application , a process of multiple dialogs and multiple clicks. There is a better way.
My primary desktop computer has an integrated audio device on the system board and a USB attached Blue Yeti microphone. Great mic, it makes me sound good on online meetings and that's a win. The Yeti in addition to being a high quality microphone also has a headphone jack underneath, which has a very high quality DAC and permits great music playback as well as the ability to hear yourself when you talk in online meetings. In my view, that last part is kindof not needed, but it is there and if you mute the microphone, you can listen to music without hearing yourself type. With two audio devices in the machine, Windows allows easy selection of default audio device for playback and default audio device for recording and as you may guess, my configuration is to use the Yeti microphone for recording and the system speakers for playback. Now, add Skype for Business audio conferencing and you'll find that when using the Yeti as microphone, Skype absolutely INSISTS on using the headphone audio connection on the Yeti as audio playback device - a device which normally has nothing plugged in. The result is that when you join meetings, the audience can hear you, but you cannot hear them.
I struggled with this for a bit, using phones to dial into meetings. I have since found the configuration screens to tell Skype to use the system speakers for conferencing.
Hurricane approaching, you live on the water with a canal behind the house, does the boat go in the water or stay on the lift? With the experience of hurricane Irma just completed, I can answer this question: Put the boat in the water.
After writing a 3 part series on purchasing and using S/MIME certificates with Microsoft Outlook 2016, some months went by I started receiving certficate renewal emails from Entrust. The first encouragement to renew arrived at 90-day warning, then 60, 30 and finally, 10. This post reviews the Entrust renewal process and describes that it is actually a new certificate purchase, not a renewal and describes the configuration changes required to configure Microsoft Outlook to use the “renewal” certificate rather than the expiring certificate.
Phishing is popular activity in evil circles. Avoiding HTML and rich-text formatted email is a level of defense; one that I've taken on recently as a matter of security hygiene. This post describes how to configure Microsoft Office 2016 to read and send all email as text, and discusses some of the opportunities lost in not well distinguishing good guys from bad guys.