Cloud managed Edge IE Mode site list [EN]

In my last article regarding IE Mode i have griped that MS allowed to host site list file in the cloud, but there was no option to actually modify and publish it using M365 console. Well, this is now fixed. Microsoft presented a new section in M365 Admin Console called Microsoft Edge site list, which allows to manage multiple site lists, add URLs, save versions and publish them. There is also an option to import xml file with a list. Then you can copy ID of such site list and use it in Intune device profile to push that site list and a setting to use it to selected groups of devices. Alternatively you can use ConfigMgr or regular group policies. Although it is not clear how you can use just ID with group policies. I think it still requires a path to the file. But if you are in Intune camp completely, then this is a nice way to get rid of hosting files manually in Azure and a nice way to have different rings of devices with different sets of sites that has to be opened with IE mode. More information in this article on MS Tech Community.

Fixing Japanese and Chinese IME problem [EN]

From my understanding the “Japanese IME is not ready yet.” (or Chinese) error started appearing sometime around 1903 was released. There are tons of articles and questions on internet regarding this issue with not many working solutions. Especially for restricted corporate environment. We have started seeing reports about this error while pushing 20H2 version. But it seems such problems were also observed after 1903 update (or maybe even earlier) and some IT staff was “fixing” it by copying IME files from older version into new essentially replacing it. This doesn’t work with latest Windows 10 versions. Not to say this is not a pretty solution anyway. I had to involve Microsoft support recently to tackle this and below are my findings and kind of a solution for this.

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Fixing Windows Defender RCE vulnerability in mpengine.dll [EN]

In this post I will share my experience with fixing a vulnerability related to built-in Windows/Microsoft Defender antivirus (not to confuse with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint service). This is an integral part of Windows 10 and is still present on the system in some form even when you use a third-party AV solution. In that case it should be dormant and can be used for just a simple scan. But sometimes it can be not the case.

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SMTP Server As a Relay to Exchange Online [EN]

With Microsoft hammering down on Basic Auth support in Exchange Online many systems admins are wondering what to do about email function in multi function printers and scanners and other internal systems that have to send emails (SharePoint and similar). Although it seems that SMTP Auth might stay available a bit longer even after the final date in October of 2022. Still, there could be better options to avoid problems when Basic Auth is gone and MFPs cannot send emails directly to Exchange Online using just email and password. I am not 100% sure below provided setup will work all the time, but it was recommended by our MS partners and listed on Microsoft support page. Read More

6 years

The blog is 6 years old today. A short overview of changes (full summary as usual on January 1st). This year i have stopped doing Microsoft 365 news posts. Same as with board games news it became too tedious to keep up with the avalanche of news and to do short summaries of all of them in Lithuanian. So, after doing this for 2 years i’ve decided to stop. Now i only occasionally post something on LinkedIn with a link to a news article and my short summary or opinion. This feels more comfortable. I try to pick only something that stands out or is interesting to me or readers. As i don’t post it here, i get less traffic to my blog. But i am still getting enough views of old articles (some are still puzzling). Also stopped doing Firefox release posts as i got disappointed with Firefox in general and stopped posting in a local community that i used to post about Firefox news. Have only done 9 technology articles, 2 books, 3 movies and 1 board game review so far. I might finish one more book before the end of this year or do another review of an old board game in collaboration with But this year will be scarce on content. And i kind of start to feel an urge to start doing some series again 🙂

Mozilla Firefox 89.0 – Proton Redesign [EN]

This will be my last post about new Firefox versions and this time in English. I started posting release notes in Lithuanian here a few years ago as i was posting them in a local forum, so i figured i will post this in my blog and then copy to that forum. Which is nearly dead now. As well as my interest in posting such things 🙂

It feels like only yesterday i was writing about my concerns about Quantum update (with its Photon UI). It killed a lot of things i liked about Firefox (customization and ability to extend various features). I have adjusted to that and to the loss of many extensions, although i still miss some of them and more robust tabs handling (multi rows, tabs opening position, etc.). I didn’t like the UI changes as well, but it was easier to get used to.

Seems that redesigns and UI changes happen more often in Firefox now. Maybe this is an attempt to stay relevant (even bad press is still press). Some will hear negative comments and will be curious to try to see is it really that bad. But i believe that influx of new users is not as high as exodus of long time users.

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Blog annual stats (v2020)

Last year i have mentioned that i have started using Matomo. But it was in the middle of 2019, so i couldn’t use it for annual stats. Now that i have used Matomo for a complete year and also given the fact that i’ve screwed up in February by uninstalling old Google Analytics add-in in WordPress without realizing it is actually connecting my page to GA (i have lost 20 days of stats because of it), i decided to use Matomo numbers instead of GA for page views this time. I have compared them and they of course are very similar. Matomo numbers are a bit higher. Not sure if it counts differently or because of that 20 days gap in GA. But i like higher numbers better 😀 Will see, maybe next year i will go back to GA numbers or maybe i will get rid of Google Analytics completely. Although it is nice to have two options, if one suddenly stops working. The 2020 stats:

  • Posted 76 entries (-36):
    • Technology – 51 (-37), there were no Insider build posts at all this year, now i am only posting about final releases of next Windows 10 versions; about the same amount of Microsoft 365 news and a few other articles here and there (Android, Spark);
    • Reviews – 18 (new), this is a new category which combines my reviews for books, movies, TV series, so the number is high;
    • Books – 8 (+1), just finished last book a day ago to make this number higher 😀 ;
    • Board Games – 4 (-3);
    • Movies – 8 (+5), last year i have explored the option of watching Kinopavasaris movies digitally at home, so i have watched more movies this way and i kind of liked it;
    • General – 2 (-1);
    • Artwork – 2 (+1);
    • Top 10 – 1 (-);
    • TV series – 1 (+1).
  • Removed Next Game category (it is now Board Games and Reviews combined) and a few other old categories that didn’t have any posts for years.
  • Have received even two comments this year (+2) and actually replied to one of them. And also received an email regarding one of the articles. Btw, started using Antispam Bee because older plugin became a bloated money grab. This one is very good dealing with spam comments and is free.

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Yearly Board Games Stats 2020 [EN]

Some stats from Board Games Stats app for the whole year. The play count is rather big, because i also count my plays on Yucata and BGA. But there were also some live plays last year. Numbers dropped a lot because on Yucata i mostly play with one friend and she was not that active. Also pandemic made the live plays number lower, but still managed to play 6 games until the first quarantine.

General stats:

  • Plays: 107 (-125)
  • Games: 28 (-12)
  • Players: 100 (-79), 99% Yucata
  • Locations: 2 (-1) (Yucata and game group at work)
  • H-index: 5 (-4) (x games played at least x times)

Most played games:

  • The Oracle of Delphi: 21 (-6)
  • Firenze: 18 (-3)
  • Rajas of the Ganges: 12 (new)
  • Thunderstone: 9 (-6)
  • Cacao: 5 (-14)
  • Guildhall: 4 (-12)
  • Zooloretto: The Dice Game: 4 (-9)
  • The Downfall of Pompeii: 3 (new)
  • Las Vegas: 3 (-7)
  • Targi: 3 (new)

Favorite player count: 2 (no change 🙂 )

Games played live: 6 (-6), pandemic..

Best board games (v2020) [EN]

I haven’t played a lot of new games this year. Mostly because of the pandemic. Last time i had a game party was at the beginning of March. Which was also the time i played one of the new to me games. Which actually was Pandemic: The Cure. And we won 🙂 But real life situation was more complicated. I also haven’t played any new game aside from Hadara on Yucata or BGA, although there were a lot of new games created in these systems. But most of them didn’t peek my interest. And i guess i kind of cooled off on board games in general. Watch less reviews and related content on Youtube and play less on Yucata. But i still like playing and maybe 2021 will have more new discoveries. As usual, Top 100 compiled using Pub Meeple’s Ranking Engine.

Best new to me games this year:

  1. Pandemic: The Cure (56th overall)
  2. Unstable Unicorns (74)

Best games of all time:

  1. Rajas of the Ganges (+4)
  2. The Oracle of Delphi (+3)
  3. Thunderstone (+3)
  4. Ticket to Ride: Europe (+3)
  5. Tokaido (-3)
  6. Small World (-3)
  7. Keltis (+10)
  8. Cacao (+1)
  9. Firenze (-9)
  10. Carcassonne (-2)

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