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My tweaks to get Kali Linux running well on the GPD Pocket

Mostly notes to myself, but hey, maybe it helps you too! Get Kali for the GPD Pocket I installed using re4son’s modified image from here. Removing the GRUB splash screen (it’s sideways anyway, which looks horrible, and I’m not multibooting) /etc/default/grub GRUB_TIMEOUT=0 GRUB_BACKGROUND=”” Speeding up WiFi so it doesn’t lag if you SSH into the […]

How to deal with error 0xc03f6506 when upgrading stubborn Windows 10 Home Edition machines to Pro using a VLK

So, the machine auto-activates Windows 10 Home Edition at install time. No prompts, no nothing. You insert the generic upgrade key, and it throws an unhelpful error message back at you: This probably surprises nobody, but trying again, as the above message suggests, will not work for you. The solution? Stuff the install media (in […]

Shrinking a Windows 10 installation for small harddrives

Cheap Windows 10 capable devices often come with very limited internal storage space. To make use of this, it is of course crucial that Windows itself takes up as little space as possible. To combat the bloat, there’s a little known feature in compact.exe, the built-in disk compression tool, that compresses the operating system itself, […]

Making Windows keep the system clock in UTC

Some hypervisors for virtual machines do not properly support sending a fake system time to the guest operating system, thus making Windows guests display the wrong time if their timezone is set to anything except UTC. This happens because Windows, by default, keeps the system clock set to the local time. This is stupid. The […]