Sharepoint Workflow not properly copying List Item

I’m currently making use of SharePoint Foundation, due to this I have needed to create my own Approval Workflow for requisitions, for the most part this works fine, but I have a strange issue where sometimes items aren’t correctly copied to another list.

Again due to limitations with the Foundation version, instead of being able to give different users permissions surrounding one list, I’ve needed to create three separate lists.

The flow is as follow: So User A creates an Item in My Requisitions, this then needs copied across to Manager Approval and Finance Approval.

The requisition will first need to be approved by a Manager, then it can be actioned upon by Finance, this works fine for the most part, but sometimes when copying the list item the Manager Field isn’t populated.

This is a problem as it means that when a Manager is going to their Pending List, they can’t see the item as they should only see items Where Manager = [Me]

My question is: Is there something quirky about the Copy List Item action that may stop this from happening correctly, such as updates elsewhere for example and is there a way to stop this, or should I try and manage it some other way, such as updating the item after the copy to ensure parity.

Laptop keyboard & touchpad not working properly when mouse plugged in

I have a ubuntu laptop from the brand Tuxedo. When I plug an external mouse in (which works fine on my Windows pc), I can only click into one window – on the mouse, but also the touchpad. Plus the keyboard won’t work properly any either. This happens in such random ways that I can’t really describe any more precisely. When I pull out the mouse usb cable, everything is fine again.

Step by step guide for doing Wireguard VPN security and setup properly, for Android phone to LAN

Truism: Doing security right, is subtle and full of snags for the clueless.

Concern: I haven’t ever set up a connection between 2 computers using RSA/SSH keys or certificates, in my life. Realistically, I’m very aware of the theory, and I’ve read most of the steps piecemeal in security writeups, but for practical purposes, I’m still one of the clueless (for now).

Conclusion: Step by step help appreciated, so I do my Wireguard setup right, and also begin to learn “properly” and gain confidence for future connections (whether they are certificate or key based – SSH, 802.1X, web HTTPS certs, etc).

My setup

I’ve tried to follow the principle that what I can’don’t know enough to do reasonably safely, I at least try to avoid and not do insecurely.

LAN gateway – runs OPNSense FreeBSD soft router (fork of pfSense running on HardenedBSD, a hardened derivative of FreeBSD, so I can use pfSense analogies and find the same functionality on mine if needed). There’s separate NICs for wired and wireless LAN. Almost all wireless traffic is blocked from the LAN, so I’d open a port for “trusted device” traffic and then limit its access according to minimum needs (no help sought on that).

Wifi AP – The router’s wifi NIC is connected by ethernet to an OpenWRT Wifi router. Because it’s got virtually zero access to the LAN (ping router NIC and reach one dumb isolated printer server IP/port) and can only reach the WAN, there’s actually no security on this at all at the moment (I don’t have a problem running an open wifi network where I am; I’m also running a public tor exit node on one IP on the LAN).

Network services – DHCP4 and Unbound (resolver) on the router. No AD/directory services. No certificates/CA/RSA in use currently except automatically created ones for router/file server WebUI etc. Password based logins (ugh! Hope to learn + fix that someday!).

Mobile phone – Runs LineageOS 16 (Android Pie) with MicroG (FOSS Google services package replacement). Would like to move to 802.1X but again, lack knowhow of the certificate or key setup process done right.

VPN software – Wireguard seems quite well suited to my situation – I use public transport a lot, and theres a lot of intermittent disconnection and short lived reconnects, so a FOSS VPN that needs less config, auto uses decent tunneling setup, seems well reputed, and is designed for quick reconnects, seems better for me than, say, OpenVPN, although I’m sure both would work.

VPN endpoint/IPs – The VPN terminates on the OPNSense router so the open Wifi device isn’t an issue. The LAN uses, with allocated for router, static, DHCP, and all non-VPN devices. So I can use for any VPN-connected devices.

Broadcast domain – I’d like to have level 2 OSI broadcast not just switching, I * think * this is typical with VPN but not sure? I don’t expect broadcasts to flood the network 🙂

Likely usage/purposes

  1. SSH/FTP/SMB/RDP/ADB-over-TCPIP and perhaps media streaming between phone and LAN devices. Moving 20-40 GB dirs between phone and file server will become much quicker if I can use Wifi (when available) instead of waiting till home and using USB/SDCard.
  2. VPN tunnel to route all phone network traffic via LAN when away from home when using unknown wifi networks
  3. Moving some functionality from phone to LAN (Example: calendar/notes/feed via a LAN-based web server rather than locally as phone apps).
  4. Once more confident, doing similar for laptop, to allow remote working from laptop via VPN to LAN via RDP.

VPN security choices

A large part of any key/cert setup is about “how secure/hardened do you want to make it?” To make this simple, assume “hard enough that I probably don’t have to worry for 15 years”, other than deal with any publicly identified vuls (which I’ll leave to the software writers to fix). Assume plenty of CPU power for more rigorous at both phone+LAN ends, and roughly, enterprise level rather than home LAN style security for the VPN aspect. Meaning, I’d like to begin learning to do it right, even if patchwork/piecemeal at first (I’d like to avoid “no point in doing much, as more serious vuls exist”).

So I’m happy to use RSA 4096 rather than 2048, or more processor intense but secure algorithms; if a cert is needed, I’d rather have steps that create an intermediate CA so I can keep my top level CA totally offline. If there’s additional hardening options that a conscientious security pro would choose for say, CEO/CFO of a SME size business, that’d be about my kind of level.

Threat model

Mobile phone – overall I’d treat it as trustworthy. AFAIK I haven’t ever had a security issue with it, or an unsafe app, and in a way it’s unavoidable that I need to trust it somewhat. I can also set rules to block all but limited usage, either in the router or in my main servers, so that it’s got limited capacity for usage/harm and no root access to any device even if exploited. But that’s separate.

Connectivity/tunnels – I don’t feel comfortable just with WPA2/PSK. I’d like to ensure its the actual expected device, via some form of mutual authentication, if there’s a way to do it. Hence even where I can trust the network, at home, I’d like not to just connect via WPA2, but only via VPN, even if I’m going to access the LAN from my phone while at home, using my home router.

Own ignorance of correct setup+security processes/good practices for this – See below. I think this, and threats arising from it, are the main risk. I’m especially thinking, if I open the LAN to one device, I’ve potentially opened it to all, so I need to make sure I do only open it to that one device, as best I can, and not to others. I think that’s the biggest risk, and the motive for the question.


I’m worried about my “Unknown unknowns”.

I don’t know what keys/certs I might need, nor how to correctly generate them. There are writeups but not a good start-to-end walkthrough I feel comfortable with. Basically, what recommended software+commands to use? What is good practice for the settings/CLI options/config used to generate them? What .conf settings should I also consider setting in Wireguard’s server/client?

I also don’t know which if any keys/files to generate on a “known safe” machine, and which if any files generated, should be stored airgapped/offline. I think it’s pretty much that simple.

So what I’m hoping for is a step by step recipe for my 1st time. A bit like this –

“Use package X or Y on BSD. These are the important switches/config choices. Use (or don’t use) a password. These are the commands to run on package X, or these commands on package Y. 3 files/keys will be generated. Put this one here and that one there. Hide this one on an airgapped system or USB stick. Configure Wireguard server/client .conf with these extra options. Done.”

I’d like to use CLI packages such as OpenSSL (already installed) rather than the router’s built-in GUI functionality, to generate any keys/certs, as this will help me be more competent in future.

Hopefully if I get this right, I’ll also learn quite a lot of what I need, to do other (certificate|priv+public key) based connections like 802.1X and SSH properly, both between the mobile devices and the OpenWRT bridge, and between LAN devices, and also be well on my way to getting RADIUS or other AAA running at some time to harden the LAN a bit more internally.

Facebook does not display properly on my screen

I use Facebook in my chrome browser on my windows laptop and also use the Facebook App on my android tablet.
In both case the Facebook page does not display properly.
In the app, there is a column that overlays the the news feed and cuts off some of the text. screenshot from app.
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In my chrome browser there is sometimes overlap too, but mostly it shows a narrow time line.
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Facebook does not display properly on my screen

Create view via Powershell : One or more field types are not installed properly

I’m trying to create some new views, here the code I use:

Add-PSSnapin "Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell"    $  web = Get-SPWeb "SHAREPOINTSite/Projects/Test" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue     $  View1Title="ViewTest"     $  View1Filter=    "<Where>                         <And>                         <Neq>                             <FieldRef Name='ProjectRole'/>                             <Value Type='Text'></Value>                         </Neq>                         </And>                         </Where>"     $  View1Columns = @(("Attachments"),("Stakeholder Name") ,("Approval Role"))   $  list = $  web.Lists.TryGetList("Stakeholders") $  viewFields = New-Object System.Collections.Specialized.StringCollection     foreach($  Field in $  View1Columns)         {             $  viewFields.Add($  Field) > $  null         } $  viewRowLimit = 50 $  viewPaged = $  true $  viewDefaultView = $  false   $  newview = $  list.Views.Add($  View1Title, $  viewFields, $  View1Filter, $  viewRowLimit, $  viewPaged, $  viewDefaultView)  Write-Host ("View '" + $  newview.Title + "' created in list '" + $  list.Title + "' on site " + $  web.Url) $  newview.update() $  list.update() $  web.Dispose() 

So when I execute my script everything works, I see the view in my view list and all settings are the one I put in the querry, but when I tried to apply this view, I get the following error message:

One or more field types are not installed properly. Go to the list settings page to delete these fields. Correlation ID:9bb3039f-ec30-90c7-a070-9ea838f613d6

But if I go in my view setting and then I click on Ok(without modification), after that the view will works

Any idea of what I’m missing?

Thank you for your help

After an update and few freezes, ubuntu can’t restart properly

I’m facing a peculiar problem with my ubuntu 18.04, Dell computer.

I’m not a huge fan of rebooting on every updates (happened a lot recently) but since Monday few applications refused to worked (they open but nothing is actionable) like the calculator or clicking on “update” from the UI when a new update is available.

Thus today I decided to reboot my computer and then the fun happened. I got stuck on the DELL black screen with this message (the longest I waited was 20min):

Found update fwupdate-b950d63c-f9a5-4823-b48d-395e960ab468-0

File \EFI\ubuntu\fw\fwupdate-KXJikb.cap searched

I forced reboot (power off / on) it boots properly but from now on each time I want to reboot, black screen with the message and I have to manually off / on.

Anyone experienced this and would have a hint about what to look for / how to solve it?


How to count races properly? [on hold]

Imagine there’s a puzzle:

A party of humans and orcs enter the dark dungeon. The party consists of 6 characters. All 6 characters can read and speak. None of them can cast any spells nor have any magic items that may emit light. None of them have torches or any other sources of light.

Question: what is the minimum amount of orcs the party needs to read a word on a wall in a very dark (but not completely dark) area?

The right answer is 1 or 0.5? Half-orcs also have dark vision ability, but are they 1 orc and 1 human at the same time or 0.5 orc and 0.5 human? Or half-orcs are neither humans nor orcs, but they’re just… half-orcs?

Is properly quantified 3SAT complete for PSPACE and all PH levels?

I know 3SAT is NP-complete and QSAT is PSPACE-complete. However, is it true that

$ $ \exists X_1 \forall X_2 \cdots Q_k X_k \colon \varphi(X_1, \ldots, X_k)$ $

is complete for $ \Sigma_k$ , the existential side of level $ k$ of the polynomial hierarchy if each clause in $ \varphi$ has at most 3 literals (or some other constant size bound)? Similarly for

$ $ \forall X_1 \exists X_2 \cdots Q_k X_k \colon \varphi(X_1, \ldots, X_k)$ $

in relation to $ \Pi_k$ , and the quantified version with unbounded alternation in relation to PSPACE, once again with each clause of $ \varphi$ having at most 3 literals (or some other constant number)?