Windows 8 automatically connecting to unsecured wireless networks (MAKE IT STOP!)

Issue: Windows 8.1 w/ Intel wireless driver will automatically connect to “free”, unsecured, wireless networks.

This issue has been bugging me for a little bit, but has not been at the top of list until there were a large number of unsecured wireless networks available while traveling. So here’s the solution.


  1. open the control panel
  2. Open “Network and Internet”
  3. Select “Intel ProSet/Wireless Tools”
  4. Select “Settings…” under “Intel Wifi HotSpot Assistant”
  5. Remove all check boxes
  6. Close out of the dialog box




Performance Monitoring for Atlassian Applications (JIRA, Confluence on Windows)

Who doesn’t want to know how their applications are performing? Here’s a quick way to start collecting data and analyzing it.

  1. Sign-up for a free New Relic account
  2. Download your New Relic java agent zip file to your server and extract. I placed mine in the “D:\Program Files” folder.
  3. Edit “D:\Program Files\newrelic\newrelic.yml”
    1. update the “license_key” and “app_name” variables
      1. note: the license_key is surrounded in ticks ” and app_name is not.
  4. Configure the java agent to start when the service starts
    1. start > run > regedit.exe
    2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Apache Software Foundation\Procrun 2.0\[App ID]\Parameters\Java
    3. edit “Options” by adding “-javaagent:D:\Program Files\newrelic\newrelic.jar” to the bottom
  5. Restart your application service

If your app doesn’t show up in the console check your logs! (D:\Program Files\newrelic\logs\newrelic_agent.log)