ASL class video: Reveille

So this is a bold move for me, but I’m feeling brave today. For the ASL classes I often have to record videos as assignments and post them for the professor to grade. But what the heck, why don’t I post some of them here too, on the off-chance that some friends and acquaintances (or perfect strangers, for that matter) stumble upon them and have encouraging words or tips & critiques for...

What happened to my iPhone...

Recently I gave up on Android phones and got myself an iPhone 5. And because I wanted to stop paying ridiculous prices for cellular contracts, I made sure to get an unlocked GSM phone so I could use no-contract plans. My first choice of carrier (T-Mobile) didn’t quite pan out, even though they currently have the cheapest “unlimited data” plan–I ran out of voice minutes in one day...

Overview of Lync Server 20...

Recently I volunteered to set up Microsoft Lync Server 2010 as a simple instant messaging system to replace Novell Messenger. Now, Lync and its earlier iterations of Office Communicator Server (OCS) can be a bear to frighteningly complex if you’re configuring all the Unified Messaging features, but our Standard User CALs license only allows us to use the Standard Edition server and basic IM and...

The strangest Windows Upda...

I was just attempting to patch a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM when Windows Update failed with error 0×80243004, which wasn’t familiar. A little Googling revealed the source of the problem, and the improbable fix: Windows Update was failing because it couldn’t display the icon in the systray! The systray was misbehaving, with lots of empty space but no icons showing. The solution is to resize...

Walk This Way

After reading over the infographic below, I am SO glad that I live so close to my office that I can walk there everyday. After three years of commuting-by-foot I never want to give it up! Click image to enlargeFrom: Streamline Refinance via...

PowerCLI for easy VMware a...

I’ve had VMware’s PowerCLI installed on my admin PC for months now, but I hadn’t had a chance to use it until today. But I’m glad I did! On several previous occasions I’ve needed to use the vSphere CLI (f/k/a RCLI) or the Perl SDK for specific tasks, but did not find them… intuitive. Sure, maybe if I had all the VMware commands and shell scripts memorized, but who has...
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