How to Remove Users From the Office 365

The time may come to clean up. Here are steps I have taken

To delete the account for one or more users

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.
  2. Go to the Office 365 admin center.
  3. Go to Users > Active Users.
  4. Choose the names of the users that you want to delete, and then select DELETE Delete.
  5. In the confirmation box, select Yes.

Done; not so fast.  The deleted users is not fully gone yet. It takes 30 days after you have deleted the user for it to purge from Office 365.  However there is a way to do this faster

To delete, deleted users in Office 365

Connect to Exchange Online using the Windows Azure Powershell module.

To connect you enter the following cmdlet’s:

This will prompt you for your credentials and stores them within $msolcred.

Next we enter to connect using the stored credentials

Now that you are connected you can issue the following command to list deleted users

Display deleted user

To remove the deleted user

If you had multiple users, this method would work to remove all deleted users recycle bin


Dryer Cleaning / Troubleshooting

This week like many weeks before it we are doing laundry as we normally do when noticed a smoke smell coming from our laundry room.  The smell was like that of a cigarette. The smell seemed to be coming from the dryer.

So why not open it up and take a look inside.

On inspection I noticed that the inside of the dyer was filled with a carpet of dryer lint.
Dryer lint built up over a five year period of usage and the lack of proper maintenance

This amount of dyer lint would cause excessive heat build up in your dyer causing the thermal sensor to stop the dyer before your items are dyed out. In-fact on further inspection this lint which covered the the bottom of the dyer seem to be burnt; shockingly to my surprise.  This would eventually cause a fire

The advice I can now offer any of you, is to open up and clean out your dryer *NOW* if you have never done so.
The risk of property damage and your life is a reality and all can be avoided with some simple steps.

While I was in the dyer I was able to remove the fins on the internal drum to remove the lost change and even found a few missing socks

Info on my dryer

Type: Kenmore Elite

Video I found online and used to assist me in working on my dryer


Other Photos 

Lint Tray assembly

Dryer Exhaust

How to start an argument online

If your looking to start an argument online, all you need to do is follow these simple yet effective steps. 

  1. Express an opinion; especially about a heated topic in the media
  2. Wait 

With these two simple steps you will have an argument in no time.

Good Luck

Configuring & Hosting Hidden Services

Here are some simple steps to get you going with getting services you want to host under the Tor network hidden service. While they don’t seem simple up front they are.

These notes are based on my own testing and using my headless tor proxy server setup.


  • Tor installed
  • Tor running

Now my steps

Step 1

  • Install the services you want to host (http, https, ssh, chat service…) for the most part; anything you bind a port to for allow connections.
  • Once you have a  service setup, make sure you can connect to it from your local network.
  • If it’s listening and allows you to connect, you are well on your way to setting up your hidden service on the Tor network.

Step 2

  • The next step involves you configuring your hidden service to point to the local machine service you have setup (*note* it doesn’t have to be) 
  • Using your favorite text editor (nano is mine) to edit the torrc file located (/etc/tor/)
  • Scroll down until you find the section that has the configuration options for hidden services. I just search the file in nano  for hidden.
  • Here you will find line groups, each representing a hidden service. They will be commented out. I suggest keeping the the originals for reference and just copy new lines for the service I am configuring.
  • Look for the following two lines: HiddenServiceDir and HiddenServicePort lines.

Some additional information about the hidden service directory and service port

HiddenServiceDir is a directory where Tor will store information about that hidden service. In particular, Tor will create a file here named hostname which will tell you the onion URL. You don’t need to add any files to this directory. Make sure this is not the same directory as the hidserv directory you created when setting up thttpd, as your HiddenServiceDir contains secret information!

HiddenServicePort lets you specify a virtual port (that is, what port people accessing the hidden service will think they’re using) and an IP address and port for redirecting connections to this virtual port.

The default lines look like:

#HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/hidden_service/
#HiddenServicePort 80

In my case I host the service not on my small tor proxy server, but on another system in my local network. So I add the following lines:

HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/hidden_service/
HiddenServicePort 80 <ip of host in my network>:80

  • Next I restart Tor. You can issue: service tor restart or /etc/init.d/tor restart
  • Once Tor start again, a new directory will be created (if it didn’t exist already). Note it’s the one you had specified above (I use the default, but you can change this).
  • Two files will be created in this path: private_key and hostname
  • This is the part that had me confused when first setting up because I didn’t know where to find my .onion address for the Tor network.

The file Tor created called “hostname” contains a short summery of the file ‘private_key’ will look something like: jaindiknajnwoue33.onion. This will be the public name of your service and what you give to clients that connect to it.

*note* you can change this simply by stopping tor and deleting the hostname and private_key files.

It takes a few moments for your .onion address to show up.

How to Enable Data Compression & Bandwidth savings in Google Chrome Mobile Application

A new feature in Google Chrome Mobile which allows you to enable compression to  save on data usage is available.

To enable this feature the following needs to be done:

If you don’t have Google Chrome installed – download it from the Play or App Store.

Once you have it downloaded and installed open Google Chrome (wonderful isn’t it, having the best browser made on your device).

*plug alert* Oh and don’t forget to visit from your device to stay up to date with whats new.

Once installed you just need to enter the “settings”  menu

select  bandwidth management,  then reduce data usage and turn this feature on.

Now you’re on the path of saving bandwidth and money.

If this feature is not yet available to you, check your device for updates it will be here very soon.