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Thursday, November 24, 2022

How to Reduce Memory Usage on Windows 11?

I just upgraded my both machines from Windows 10 to Windows 11. I find out that initial memory after boot up has used around 6GB memory. You can view it from Task Manager.

Here is my fine-tuning and success to reduce around 3GB of memory.

1. Disable start-up program. Microsoft runs a few applications in the background.

-> Use Task Manager | Start up | Disable unwanted programs such as Cortana, MS Team, Onedrive

2. Go to System Properties | Advanced Tab | Settings

-> Under Visual Effect, set Adjust for best performance

3. Modify the registry key

-> Type Regedit

-> Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management

Set ClearPageFileAtShutDown to 1

Restart the machine

Check again the memory usage using Task Manager. Do you get from 6GB to around 3GB? 

Hope this trick helps to reduce your memory usage when upgrading to Windows 11.

Note: These settings are applicable after the upgrade to Windows 11 or the initial setup. Not apply when you install more program and run more on start up application.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Unable to Connect to Google Cloud SQL

 You've just created a MySQL on Google Cloud. However, was not able to access it via MySQL Workbench.


Tried to enable Private IP and use VPC and Public IP, but still failed.

Workaround is

1. Go to Connections > Networking > Public IP

2. Add Network | Put a name

3. Put CIDR of your public network. Example: 34.124.242.59.

Enter:

34.124.242.0/24


4. Save

5. Try accessing again using MySQL Workbench.

Another trick.

1. Go to Connection > Security

2. Check Allow only SSL Connection

Wait for changes to apply

3. Set again root password

Wait for changes to apply

4. Uncheck Allow only SSL Connection

Wait for changes to apply


5. Test access again

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Unboxing Minisforum HM80 and Assembling Parts

 My new lab machine setup. Enjoy


Parts:
  • 2 TB SSD from Crucial
  • 512 GB SSD from Kingston
  • 1 ADATA NVME 1 TB
  • 2 X 32GB RAM ADATA PC3200 SODIMM (JEDEC, 1.2v, CL22)
  • Acasis External Casing for SSD - Support RAID configuration.

Damage control on this purchase:

  • HM80 - USD 300 ( RM1425 - with conversion 4.75.Initial price USD 339, minus refund on customs charges)
  • 2 TB SSD - RM535
  • 64GB RAM - RM750
  • Acasis External SSD casing - RM 69
  • The rest components is reuse from old machine
Total = RM2779

Cyber Security Roundtable

 How the Major Threats of 2023 Impact Microsoft 365 

 

In a rapidly changing environment as ours, prioritizing threats has become increasingly important. Ransomware threats, nation state threat actors, log4J, exchange vulnerabilities and so on all need to be handled, but how to tell what threats need to be dealt with first? The answer is quite simple, you, we, the whole security community, needs to respond collectively. We’re all in this together and taking this into account Hornetsecurity has put together a really exciting event centred around predicting the major threats to Microsoft 365 environments in 2023. 




Curious about the implications of the results laid out in the Cyber Security Report 2023? Make sure to join Andy Syrewicze, Hornetsecurity’s technical evangelist, as he discusses the 2023 threats with a panel of security experts. In this session Andy and the panel will discuss:

 

  

·       The major threats from 2022 and their future implications  

·       The threats faced by the industry’s “digital transformation” to cloud services  

·       Current world events and their impact on the threat landscape  

·       Predictions for 2023  

·       And more!  

  

 

Note, if you haven’t read the Cyber Security Report 2023, you’ll also get a copy when you register!

At the 90 min-long event, the expert panel will take a deep dive into the current Microsoft 365 threat landscape and discuss latest trends, major attacks and upcoming cyber threats from different perspectives. 

Profiler Mark T. Hofmann will take you on an exciting journey into the mind of cyber criminals.
Security expert Hasain Alshakarti analyzes the topic from the point of view of companies and specially focuses on their needs for security measures. And Head of the Security Lab at Hornetsecurity, Umut Alemdar, will provide a wealth of key statistics from his team which conducts forensic analyses of the most current and critical security threats, specializing in email security. 

   

 

Dates and time: 

Wednesday 30 November: 4pm CET / 10am ET / 7am PT

 

As a bonus, all Roundtable registrants will receive a free copy of the Cyber Security Report 2023 when signed up for the event! 

 

Bring your questions and clear your calendar. This is THE cybersecurity live event you don’t want to miss! 

 

Save your seat for November 30! 


Saturday, November 12, 2022

How to Apply Sirim Import Permit?

Recently I bought a mini pc from a trusted seller: Minisforum. I bought HX90 in 2021, love the beast, and still running strong. 

My two old machines running AMD 2400G and 2200GB (both 64GB RAM) had problems and the motherboard is finally faulty.

Then I saw Minisforum has a Halloween Sale on Oct 2022 & I decided to order HM80 as a replacement. 

Here is my UPS tracking status:

12/11/2022
7:38 A.M.
On the Way
Import C.O.D. (ICOD) charges have been paid or billed.
12/11/2022
4:20 A.M.
UPS has received the information needed to submit your parcel for clearance.
12/11/2022
4:19 A.M.
UPS has received the information needed to submit your parcel for clearance.
12/11/2022
3:54 A.M.
Import charges are due for this parcel. Select Pay Now (where available) or pay at delivery.
12/11/2022
3:54 A.M.
UPS initiated contact with receiver or importer for clearance information. Once received, UPS will submit for clearance.
11/11/2022
10:40 P.M.
Warehouse Scan
Sepang, Malaysia
10/11/2022
10:37 P.M.
Warehouse Scan
Sepang, Malaysia
10/11/2022
10:26 A.M.
UPS initiated contact with receiver or importer for clearance information. Once received, UPS will submit for clearance.
Sepang, Malaysia
09/11/2022
10:40 P.M.
Warehouse Scan
Sepang, Malaysia
09/11/2022
10:15 A.M.
UPS initiated contact with the sender to obtain clearance information. Once received, UPS will submit for clearance.
Sepang, Malaysia
08/11/2022
10:38 P.M.
Warehouse Scan
Sepang, Malaysia
08/11/2022
10:30 A.M.
Import Scan
Sepang, Malaysia

08/11/2022
9:52 A.M.
Arrived at Facility
Sepang, Malaysia
08/11/2022
8:00 A.M.
Departed from Facility
Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam
08/11/2022
7:46 A.M.
Your parcel is pending release from a Government Agency. Once they release it, your parcel will be on its way. / The package is at the clearing agency awaiting final release.
08/11/2022
7:46 A.M.
The package is at the clearing agency awaiting final release.
08/11/2022
6:44 A.M.
Departed from Facility
Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam
08/11/2022
5:47 A.M.
Arrived at Facility
Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam
08/11/2022
4:15 A.M.
Departed from Facility
Shenzhen, China
08/11/2022
1:55 A.M.
Arrived at Facility
Shenzhen, China
07/11/2022
10:40 P.M.
Departed from Facility
Changi, Singapore
06/11/2022
11:33 P.M.
Arrived at Facility
Changi, Singapore
06/11/2022
8:08 P.M.
Departed from Facility
Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
06/11/2022
6:05 P.M.
Package is delayed in transit. Delivery will be rescheduled. Check back or signup for UPS My Choice® to receive updates.
Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
05/11/2022
7:01 P.M.
Export Scan
Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
05/11/2022
7:01 P.M.
Origin Scan
Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
29/10/2022
4:56 A.M.
Label Created
Shipper created a label, UPS has not received the package yet.
Hong Kong

When the mini pc arrived on 8 Nov 2022, it was held by Malaysia Customs and required an import permit.

Below is my experience on how to apply for Sirim Import Permit and hopefully can help those individuals who would like to apply themselves rather than go through 3rd party agent.


Here are my final charges to import the computer

  • Import Permit = RM40
  • sales tax charges RM81.61 
  • disbursement fee RM50.00
  • Import declaration Surcharges RM43.00.
  • Total RM214.61 [Malaysia Ringgit]