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The ramblings of your friendly, furry, neighborhood Techie-from-Hell

With news sites that generally over-hype the bejeezus out of any possible weather event, we were all a wee bit surprised that there was as little screaming about last night’s weather here in the Portland Metro as there was. Here’s my parking lot last night… …and this morning: I tromped around a bit f

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A few weeks ago, we stumbled upon Catan Universe, which is at this point an online, faithful representation of the game and it’s various expansions. It has multiplayer and as a bonus, it offers AI players so you can still play even when your buddies aren’t around. The AI players all have typical German names, [&

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HP Gen 9 servers have better fan control now and don’t quite sound like Cessna’s at takeoff so I had to adjust my customary customization.

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My Mom and my Old Man divorced when I was fairly young, and after a couple years of wrapping her head around it, Mom started dating again. Years go by, and she eventually settles down with the man who will become my stepfather. He’s about 10 years younger than Mom, I figure she just wanted […]

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So the Wife hands me a magazine this evening with a full-page picture spread of the “Best Camping Gear”, and I’m flipping through the list and trying not to hit the floor with my jaw. (There’s cat hair down there, tastes awful.) Item the First: a “Restored” hatchet. Some yokel was digging

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Back in the early 90′s when I lived in ‘Vegas, a few of us were hanging out in Cafe Copioh drinking coffee and playing cards when we met a girl. She was a bit shy, but had been watching us play cards for a bout 20 minutes when we dealt her in. Due to her [...]

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When I was a child, somewhere around 3rd grade, my avid-outdoors-man stepfather managed to get something right and brought me home a child’s archery set – a lightweight fiberglass bow, a handful of arrows and a hay bale. I got pretty good at it, but it was yet another hobby that I fell out of [...]

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Those of you that know me may remember that I had a nasty eye infection a couple years ago that left me wearing an eye patch for weeks because my right eye was so sensitive to everything. The side-effects of that infection were the iris actually sticking to the lens (which meant it didn’t dilate [...]

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You’ve installed Office 2010, but when you try and activate it you get an error “Please try again later (0x8007000D)” Click on Start, then right-click on Computer and choose Properties. In the next window, click on Device Manager. If this opens an empty window, follow this procedure: Log on to the machine

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Another quick notes post. If you have a prgram fail to run with this error, it’s probably a bad entry in the registry. Good news is, it’s easy to find and fix. STANDARD WARNING: Editing the registry can blow things up permanently if you don’t know what you’re doing. Make backups first, then backup yo

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Really, reeeaaally useless. So, you’ve screwed the pooch and accidentally sent that email “Reply to ALL” instead of just your one chum, and your snarkiness is going to get you canned. “Wait!” you exclaim, “I’ll use Message Recall!!” You clickety-clickey over to Sent Items, loc

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Working as an outsourced IT guy, I’ve seen many different approaches to the idea of the ‘IT Liaison’ position – that poor sap who gets tasked with keeping track of all the little things that are wrong with the computers and coordinating with the IT guy(s). Here are some tips for choosing the right Li

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Repair install of Server 2008 Remember the ‘repair install’ option from Server 2003? Well, they renamed it (along with everything else) in Server 2008. Here’s the new method: Boot from OS install disk Select next after making sure the language options are correct. Select Repair option Select CMD CD into re

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So, you’ve just bought the expansion drive cage (8 more SFF drives! W00t!) and you’ve got the SAS RAID controller Expansion Card as well. Great! Only one problem – HP forgot to include a crucial bit of information regarding how you wire the damn thing in. Step 1: remove the existing SAS cables from the [..

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If you’re not using the SharePoint site in your SBS network, there’s no need to clutter up the desktop with links to the Internal site. Here’s how you can remove this little annoyance: Open the Group Policy Management console and navigate to Group Policy Objects – Windows SBS User Policy. Go to the Detai

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So one of our  Partner suppliers requires that a certain number of our staffers be certified in their product line. It’s been a couple years since the last time we took the test, so our certs have expired and we need to re-certify our people. No problem, right? I mean, we all passed the test [...]

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It’s been a while – time for a little rant. Portland is known far and wide across the land for their progressive take on public and alternative transportation. Those of you that live or visit here know that the city is quite proud of it’s Pro-Bicycle stance and the things they have done to make [...]

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“Deja-Bu” – that feeling you get when you pass someone driving a Subaru identical to the one you are driving yourself.

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Here is a phone pic of my computer 3 minutes into the process of installing Internet Explorer 9: Why a phone pic? Because it had to completely shut down everything else, including: Antivirus Firefox Media Monkey All the widgets Logitech software and Windows Explorer. So why it took 6 whole minutes when it wasn’t fight

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The time has come where the good ship HS Golightly (AKA “Holly”) must be retired and a replacement brought in. The reasons behind the move are mainly financial – it was a terrible loan rate and the car was actually rated as worth only about $500 more than the cost of some needed repairs (some [...]

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As can be expected, Microsoft made a lot of changes in the SBS 2008 / Exchange 2007 combination, and while it has been out for several years now, I have yet to find any articles or HOWTO’s that specifically address the problems of getting ancient, legacy code to reliably send email alerts with the new [...]

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So today, Da Wolfe did his civic duty and showed up for Jury duty, and was pissed off inside of 45 seconds. Jury duty is of course served in a courthouse, which is high on the list of places you’ll be subjected to what people say is keeping us safe – the mass-annoyance of everyone [...]

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9:30am. Breakfast with the lovely Illyana at Holman’s. (A great little dive, by the way; you should check it out on a day when I’m not going to be there – I like it quiet.) 11:30am. Left the restaurant and called my insurance company – and got the “please call back during business hours”

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9:30am. Got up to get breakfast (yay for Lazy!) 10:30am. Some light shopping, got the car washed, stopped at Wendy’s for a quick bite. 1:30pm. Discovered I had missed getting into the bank by 31 minutes. Damn. Continue shopping. 3:00pm. Get home, pull shades off of glasses and notice that the left arm is out [...]

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Been busy on a project over at the other blog. Check it out!

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This makes me happy. [Judge Emory A.] Pitt wrote: “Those of us who are public officials and are entrusted with the power of the state are ultimately accountable to the public. When we exercise that power in public fora, we should not expect our actions to be shielded from public observation. ‘Sed quis custodiet

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Have you ever had an argument – with yourself? And lost? Ahh, the joys of mild schizophrenia. Here I am, already a JOAT (Jack Of All Trades) with enough varied interests to skin a cat, and here I am wanting to start up yet another hobby – and an expensive one, at that. Well, expensive [...]

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Got a letter from a lawyer’s office today, which is always a bit freaky. “what the hell did I do?” you think to yourself. It turns out, it was more of what I didn’t do. Apparently, in 2004, I was supposed to have paid $9 in income tax and didn’t. (News to me, I have [...]

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We’ve been missing camping since we haven’t been doing SCA stuff this year, so we decided to head out to a regular ol’ campground for a few days to get at least one use out of the tent this year. We ended up choosing Lazy Bend Campground on the Clackamas River because: It was available [...]

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What the Hell – Da Roomie did it, I may as well follow along. He told me to use the letter “O”, since I am such an Oingo Boingo fan. 1. If you’d like to play along, reply to this post and I’ll assign you a letter. 2. You then list (and upload or link [...]

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