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Replacing My Kitchen Faucet Saga
Note: This is NOT computer related, but merely a cathartic rant about my faucet saga. While cleaning up some dishes I noticed my feet were getting wet. Couldn’t understand how that could be as I wasn’t splashing the water out of the sink. I opened the door under the sink and...
5 Oct 2011
Indian Restaurant: Indique Heights, Chevy Chase, MD
On a recent trip to our Washington DC office I had the opportunity to go to the Indique Heights Indian restaurant for dinner. This is not your usual Indian restaurant, a little more high end, with an eclectic menu that includes some interesting Street Snacks and appetizers as well as some slightly...
23 Nov 2010
End of an Era: Sony to stop manufacturing 3-1/2” Floppies
Really? Come on, own up!!! Who’s still buying these in 2010? I can’t remember the last time I saw a computer with a floppy drive. Although I have to admit a family member recently tried to give me a file to work on that they had put on a floppy, much to my chagrin and amusement...
26 Apr 2010
Indian Restaurant: Madras Cafe – Pompano Beach, FL
I haven’t written about my road trip Indian restaurant visits in a while. So I’m here in Ft. Lauderdale, FL for an Angelbeat event tomorrow and thought I’d try one of the local Indian establishments and tell you all about it. Rather than looking up restaurant reviews to choose where to go...
23 Feb 2010
Creating a Firewall Rule to Allow ICMPv4 Echo Requests
You're trying to do some basic troubleshooting on your network and you ping a machine but it doesn't respond. You know its there. Why isn't it responding? It's probably the firewall on the machine that's causing the problem. In this screencast you'll see how to create a firewall...
11 Feb 2010
Indian Restaurant: Bangkok & Bombay - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Last week I was in San Juan, Puerto Rico for a long weekend visiting my friend Jose. We had just been to an authentic Puerto Rican restaurant in Old San Juan for lunch and were driving over to the beach, (yeah the beach in late December - its sunny and 85F (29C for you metric types) can you say...
23 Dec 2008
Screencast Series: Step-By-Step Windows Vista "Nibbles" - Part 4 of 12 - Changing Your Desktop Background
In this screencast we're going to take a look at how easy it is to change desktop background in Windows Vista. There are a variety of options available to us including over 20 different wallpapers, sample photographs and solid colors. And if that isn’t enough, you can use your own photographs...
14 Nov 2008
Screencast Series: Step-By-Step Windows Vista "Nibbles" - Part 2 of 12 - Using and Modifying the Start Menu
This is the second screencast in my 12-part series and will look at Using and Modifying the Start Menu . The Start Menu is what links you into all the programs and tasks you can run on your computer. It is very different from the Windows XP start menu as it has much more information and is...
7 Nov 2008
Unified Communications helping Road Warriors: My laptop is now my phone!!!
My teammate John Weston has created a couple of great screencasts talking about how we use Unified Communications (UC) in our day-to-day work to keep us productive, especially when we're on the road. Everyone in the team has a UC phone number which means no matter where we are, if you call our phone...
6 Nov 2008
Phishing Scams: What Can You Do?
There are a lot of phishing scams out there at the moment. The reason I decided to post this is because I almost fell for one of the social networking scams. I was in Facebook the other day and what appeared to be an instant message from a friend popped up. It said something like " You won't believe...
23 Oct 2008
Hand Made Lamborghini: Built In the Basement
This has got to be the most crazy or most impressive project I've ever seen. Mr. Ken Imhoff saw the movie Cannonball Run seventeen years ago, I saw that same movie and in my case it nearly took away my will to live J , in his case, he fell in love with a car in the film - the Lamborghini Countach. ...
21 Oct 2008
A Big Mac and Wireless Access Please: McDonalds Internet Lounge
Last week I was looking for a quick bite early one evening and decided for some reason to go to McD's. I don't know why, maybe it was a burger and fries craving and I just didn't want to drive anywhere. It's probably the first time I've been to one in years, so I don't feel too bad about going, even...
13 Oct 2008
TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows - FREE Online Book
Whether you're a network administrator or just starting out in the IT world, knowledge and understanding of TCP/IP is requirement. Download this just published, free online book TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows and have that information at your fingertips. It a soup to nuts guide...
10 Oct 2008
Yet Another Article On Data Loss
Our TechNet Events team in the US have been talking about using BitLocker to encrypt and protect your data for the past year. During our sessions I always try to give examples of real-life scenarios of data loss or theft of laptops and drives and have talked about some of the most recent examples here...
6 Oct 2008
InformationWeek: Microsoft, Washington State Launch Legal Assault On Scareware -- Spyware
I found this interesting article in InformationWeek. You've probably had those Registry Cleaner XP pop-up ads appear on your screen. They look like a "real" Windows system message - they pop-up and tell you a critical system error has occurred and you need their software to fix it. Because it looks like...
30 Sep 2008
Windows Home Server Technical Brief for Remote Access
Following on from yesterdays post about Home Networking with Windows Home Server, I thought this Technical Brief on how to remotely access your system would be useful. The thing is I'm not just talking about you remotely accessing the shared folders on the Windows Home Server, but you being...
24 Sep 2008
System Slowing Down? Checkout "5 ways to speed up your PC"
Is your system getting sluggish? Here's a useful article, 5 ways to speed up your PC , that gives you some simple tips to help speed it back up. 1. Free up disk space 2. Speed up access to data 3. Detect and repair disk errors 4. Protect your computer against spyware 5. Learn all about ReadyBoost
18 Sep 2008
Are you a Small Business and Need Help Deploying Vista?: Introducing Windows Vista Small Business Assurance
If you're a small business and thinking about upgrading to Windows Vista and you're stuck and need some help where do you turn? The place to go for help is the Windows Vista Small Business Assurance website!! From the Website: "Taking risks is a part of every small business, but making...
9 Sep 2008
How would you like to live in a shipping container?
Here's a strange article I came across. You know those shipping containers that come from China with all the stuff we buy? OK, maybe not just China, that's just a dig because 95% of what I buy now is made in China J . Even some of the food I'm buying is from China, but I digress. I guess it had to...
29 Aug 2008
AITP User Group Meeting, Charleston, SC - August 21st, 2008
Just wanted to thank the Association of Information Technology Professionals in Charleston, SC for inviting me down for their monthly meeting. Also wanted to call out the evenings sponsor: ECPI College of Technology . I had a great time, and enjoyed a nice Outba ck steak!!! This month I did...
23 Aug 2008
Indian Restaurant in Jacksonville, FL: Cilantro
I'm in Florida for a TechNet event tomorrow at the Wyndham Hotel in Jacksonville. Tonight JJ, TS2 presenter, and I went to an Indian restaurant called Cilantro . We had originally intended to go to one called Shalimar, but it appears its been closed down. I asked the guy at front desk if there was an...
19 Aug 2008
Home wireless networks: Why is everyone still only using WEP?
It always amazes me how some people buy a wireless router for home and just plug it in and setup the basics; no security, default SSID (usually the manufacturers name like Linksys), default user and password (try user: admin, password:admin ). "Hey, I'm set - its works right? I get access to the Internet...
9 Aug 2008
Indian Restaurants: The start of my series of reviews of Indian restaurants on my travels
Being English I have a penchant for Indian food, in fact, much to the chagrin of many of my road warrior buddies, I would go as far as to say I have to have it at least once a week... MINIMUM. When we're on the road doing live events, we usually travel in groups of 3 or 4. Most times we try...
8 Aug 2008
Windows Live Sky Drive: 5GB of FREE Online Storage!!!
Yes, as you can see from this and the previous post, I've been discovering stuff that you can get on Windows Live. This time its 5GB of FREE online storage. (I'm actually using it to store all these pretty pictures in my posts). So What Exactly Can You do with this Space? Go to Windows Live...
8 Aug 2008
Wi-Fi in the Sky......
Since I live in Atlanta - Delta's headquarters - practically every flight I take is on Delta, so you can imagine how pleased I was to see this article: Delta To Offer Wi-Fi Across Its U.S. Fleet . I REALLY like the idea of Wi-Fi access on the plane, but do I need it? No, not really, I can...
6 Aug 2008
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