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WordPress Per-Page CSS, And Background Image Pattern Overlay

April 10, 2014

Did you know that you can apply custom CSS code to individual WordPress pages? It’s a nifty little trick to help you personalize your WordPress theme. On my photography blog, I wanted to have a [...]

Microsoft SQL Server

How To Backup A SQL Express Database With A Scheduled Task, And Cleanup Old Backups

April 9, 2014

So you are running SQL Server (2005 or 2008) Express (presumably installed as part of an application server install) and you would like to make sure your databases are backing up each night. You go [...]


Fix: Citrix Netscaler Access Gateway Blank Page, Missing Username Or Password

March 14, 2014

This article is written specifically for the Netscaler VPX virtual appliance, so your mileage may vary. Increasingly we were getting complaints from users of incompatibility with Internet Explorer 10 and 11 when trying to login [...]


Can’t Power Off Virtual Machine: Operation Cannot Be Performed In Current State

March 11, 2014

If you are having trouble powering off a VMware ESXi 5.x virtual machine, there is a command line method to force the VM to shut down. Here was the message I was receiving when trying [...]

How To Use PowerShell To Connect To Office 365 And Recursively Add Mailbox Folder Permissions

February 27, 2014

In case you haven’t noticed, Microsoft is making you do more and more with PowerShell. Features we’d love to see in a GUI interface instead require commands and scripts. Okay, this is good when you [...]


RDS 2012: The User Profile Service Failed The Sign-In: User Profile Cannot Be Loaded

February 12, 2014

If you ever allow the system (C:) drive to fill up on a Windows Server 2012 running Remote Desktop Services (RDS) that is also utilizing “User Profile Disks” then get ready for a headache. Okay, [...]


Hockey Players Might Eat Their Young If They Thought It Would Help The Team

February 11, 2014

Yeah, hockey players are a tough bunch. To make it to the NHL, especially the goon squad, one must be equal parts foolhardy, demented, and zany. To make it to the NHL, one must be [...]


RDS and XenApp: How To Prune FontCache Files Under Windows ServiceProfiles Directory

January 9, 2014

I’m not sure exactly when this started on my Remote Desktop Service (RDS) and Citrix XenApp servers (because it wasn’t always a problem), but on both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 I’m [...]


Batch File: Append Ping Failures And Time Stamp To A Text File

October 21, 2013

So I’m trying to troubleshoot a problem where backups of a Windows 2008 server over a 1.5Mbps Wide Area Network (WAN) connection keep failing. Occasionally it will work, but most nights it will fail after [...]


SQL Reporting Services Error: Logon Failed For The Unattended Execution Account

October 2, 2013

If you have an application that uses SQL Server Reporting Services and you are seeing errors similar to this: ReportServerException: The report server has encountered a configuration error. Logon failed for the unattended execution account. [...]


How To Get VMware Tools Working On An Ubuntu Linux Server

October 1, 2013

If you’re like me, and are familiar with setting up virtual machines (VMs) on VMware 4 & 5 ESXi servers using Microsoft Windows, then you have probably gotten used to the simplicity and user-friendliness of [...]

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Verify That Short Link Address With URL Uncover Or Unshorten.It!

August 28, 2013

Are you tempted to click on a shortened link in your Twitter feed or a discussion forum, but you are unsure of the trustworthiness of the person who posted it? Usually when that happens, I [...]

Founders Dirty Bastard

Featured Beer: Review of Founders – Dirty Bastard (Scotch Style Ale)

August 11, 2013

Today I bring you a deliciously complex craft beer by Founders Brewing Co. of Grand Rapids Michigan. “Dirty Bastard” is a “scotch style ale” and it is indeed quite tasty. BeerAdvocate — Scotch Ales are [...]

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NTP: How To Sync Time Between Servers, Workstations (Windows, Ubuntu)

August 5, 2013

It’s important for all workstations and servers to agree what time it is. There’s a long list of reasons for this, including log file synchronization, and avoiding the inevitable end-user complaints when their computer’s time [...]

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The Point-and-Shoot Camera Might Be Dead, But The DSLR Will Live Long And Prosper

July 16, 2013

Point-and-shoot cameras are dying. Whether they die off completely or remain on protracted life support is the only thing left to question. And it’s not surprising, because most people simply need the ability to snap [...]