Projects

PPtP VPN macOS Sierra – Gone Missing

My title may be a little misleading. After updating my Mac to the new macOS Sierra I realized that my favorite security tool pptp vpn was removed. You can read about it here on apple’s support site – https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206844 I realize that the pptp vpn protocol has been called out with limited security https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-to-Point_Tunneling_Protocol and is often pointed as not being …

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Lenovo ix2-dl NAS – Home Backup

Home Backup History Every year I spend the holidays making sure that our home computers and items are backed up.  I have a mixture of systems and media that need to be backed up.   For the past few years I have used a combination of external drives and computers to create a robust backup and storage system.    This year when …

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Magento – Google Analytics

Magento is a great opensource eCommerce package. If you have not heard of it, you should head to their site and check it out. In a recent project I was working through a transition from ASPdotnetstorefront over to Magento. During the process I wanted to move the Google Analytics over. With great supprise I found that it is built into the …

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QR codes

I found a great site for creating custom QR codes.  I had a project a few years back where I had to generate QR codes, so I wrote my own engine.  Then I used the .net framework to impose images on top of QR codes using GDI+.  The qrhacker.com site does a great job of putting the elements I did a …

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Android SDK Windows 7 (x64) – “invalid command-line parameter” Error

While starting to  write an android application I had to re-install the Android SDK on my new system.  When I did this and tried to execute the Emulator I go the following error: “invalid command-line parameter: Files. Hint: use ‘@foo’ to launch a virtual device named ‘foo’. please use -help for more information” After some google searches and some testing I …

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Windows Phone 7 (wp7) Map task

I’m in the middle of writing a Windows Phone 7 application.  It is part experiment and part project that I’ve wanted to do for a while.   In doing the development I have found a few difficult things in developing for WP7. The application I’m writing requires the use of the network adaptor and also some mapping.  So far the available information for the …

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iPhone and iPod sync multiple calendars – google apps

If you use google apps and an iPhone or iPad you have probably tried to add other calendars to your in app calendar application.  A very simple way to do this is to use iphoneselect.   Iphone select allows you to select the calendars from a webpage and then configure your iPad or iPhone app to sync with them Google APPS: https://www.google.com/calendar/hosted/YOURDOMAINNAME/iphoneselect …

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Jailbreak iOS 4.3.2 – iPhone 4

So today I updated my iPhone to 4.3.2 and Jailbroke it again.   I always get asked why I jailbreak.  The simple answer is because I like to hack devices.  The more to the point reasons are the cool customizations.  The business reason is simple, MyWi it allows me to make the device a wifi hotspot and always have internet where ever …

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QR Code Generator – 2d barcode

I’ve been doing some research on QR codes (the funny looking squares you see in magazines and Sunday advertisements). QR codes are “Quick Reference” barcodes that can contain a lot of information. They started to become popular in Japan and have recently been showing up more and more in media and at stores. There are a few great QR code generators …

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Windows 7

I was reading my daily RSS feeds and came across this headline. “More than 10% of all PCs worldwide now on Windows 7”. (http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2010/04/22/more-than-10-of-all-pcs-worldwide-now-on-windows-7.aspx) It stood out and made me interested. That is pretty amazing, since Windows 7 has only been out for a few months. Considering the volume of users that have a PC that is huge number and to …

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8 Money Mistakes

Here are some great basic money mistakes. If you are in any way questioning these items please email me so I can explain. I am not a financial planner or even a consultant (I work in IT). However, if you don’t understand why these are bad, I am offering to take the time to explain them and answer questions. Here is …

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