Thinkpad x1 Touch

Number of Views : 1249I am a ThinkPad junkie (proof 1, 2). I currently have 3 active thinkpads in our home. My primary laptop T410, My wife’s T410, and our home server (everything PC) t61p. Today I just purchased another thinkpad to add to the collection. I got a Thinkpad …

Tech Travel

Number of Views : 829I recently went on a trip to San Francisco for the Microsoft Build Conference. First and foremost the conference was excellent. You can say what you want about Microsoft, but they are making both hardware and great software. Packing for a trip like Build, where everyone …

Home Phone – Free using google talk

Number of Views : 5223I just setup our home phone to have free calling and kept our existing number. The new setup I am using incorporates Google voice and an obitalk Obi110 ($40) device. I have been a VOIP user at our house for the last 7 years. I started …

Printers – Home Laser Printer

Number of Views : 896I hate printers. They have caused me so much headache over the years. Printers bother me from the standpoint that they don’t work when you need them, and most likely they are near or out of ink when they do work. In the past few years, …

Reverb

Giro Reverb – Commuter Helmet

Number of Views : 1753I recently upgraded my helmet to a more fully bodied helmet for commuting to work. I have a Giro Road helmet that really allows for air flow and the ability to cool your head. But for commuting to work and being packed away in my desk …

Check your Ubuntu Version – Command Line

Number of Views : 967I often ssh into my home linux server or my remote Machines. Recently I could not remember what flavor (version) of ubuntu I was running. Since I don’t use the UI on the server I only had the command line to use. I quickly found a …

Ubuntu or Mint

Number of Views : 1766I have been using ubuntu for a while. In fact, the last Linux box I had prior was Fedora 10. My current primary linux box is running Ubuntu 10.4 (a bit outdated). I recently upgraded to 12 and found some performance issues on my dual core …

iPad VPN – OpenVPN – PFsense

Number of Views : 1939I have been waiting for a while for a good openvpn client to be available for the iPad or iPhone with out JailBreaking. A few months back openvpn released an app for the iPad and iPhone. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/openvpn-connect/id590379981 Head on over and download if you are a …

IIS 6 and .net 4 – 404 error

Number of Views : 2198I just spent the last hour troubleshooting an issue with an upgrade. It had to do with upgrading a website to a new version using .net 4 on an iis 6 (server 2003) machine. I was consistently getting a 404 error when I switched to using …

RIP Google Reader

Number of Views : 1031Google recently announced that it is going to turn off Google reader. Reader.google.com I can remember when it launched in 2005 and I was amazed that I could take all these RSS feeds (web news) and put them in one place. It was not sexy or …

Backup Script for SQL Express

Number of Views : 1205I like the usability of Microsoft SQL especially the SQL Express versions. The only few limitations I have ran into have been some of the enterprise feature and things like backup scripts. There is a great Codeplex package that can help http://expressmaint.codeplex.com/ I have used a …

Suits and new Music

Number of Views : 1514In the last few years I have found it hard to find new music. I don’t listen to much radio these days, in the Van it is WCSG 91.3 at all times (the kids love that). I my car I find that I listen to talk …

Windows Mesh – Shutdown

Number of Views : 1622Feb 13th 2013 is a sad day. Microsoft decided to turn off what I though was one of their best services. They are discontinuing Live Mesh. If you have not heard of Mesh, it was the precursor to SkyDrive. Mesh allowed you to sync and access …

Windows 8 – And tablet

Number of Views : 3406I’m a fan of windows 8. Since using it as my primary OS at home and on my development box I find it very stable, fast, and likable. It is interesting that when I’m on a Win7 box I find myself going to the upper right …