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Blog posts and ramblings to chronicle my adventures in life. This may contain technology, family, business or products that I enjoy.

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Hi, I’m Jim. A father, husband, business owner, entrepreneur, and a person who loves technology. I semi-often update this blog.

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Feel free to reach out to me with questions, contact, business ideas, projects or just a random Hello. Located in the Mitten state.

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Windows Media Center – Windows 8.1

I recently updated my basement and purchased a new TV.  In doing so, my projector and TV are both connected to my Windows Media Center.  I needed up update my older PC running windows media center since Comcast turned to digital.    Here is the setup and configurations I use to…

ShellShock – How to test your system

In the past few weeks the number of security incidents in the news has increased.  Home depot, Jimmy John’s and also Shellshock.  From credit card theft via malware to online security vulnerabilities you need to keep on guard. This most recent ShellShock vulnerability is going to be big.  Since a…

Change WordPress Theme from Database

I recently had an issue with a theme when updating wordpress.  After the upgrade I was unable to get into the site or the admin.  What I discovered was the Theme was causing the issue.   I needed a way to change the theme outside of the admin.    This…

What are you reading?

I read a few blogs but recently have been so busy at work have not really kept up with any technical blogs or news. I find that HackerNews keeps me up-to-date as much as possible.   If you don’t subscribe to the newsletter I would recommend it – go here…

VPN – Why you should use one

It is summer time and people are traveling for vacation.    Heading to hotels, campgrounds, parks, and friends.   If your like my family you have many devices you take with you; tablets, smart phones, laptops, and all kinds of wifi devices.     As people travel they see free…

To use WWW or not – Naked Domains

I recently read an article from Mads Kristensen (http://madskristensen.net/post/url-rewrite-and-the-www-subdomain).  He was posting regarding using a url rewrite for IIS and the use of a subdomain. After reading the article and viewing some info regarding the two camps of “use WWW” and don’t use “www”.  I could not help but reflect…

Selling domains

Selling Domains A few years ago I purchased a few domain names.  I got a great price and have held them since.   Recently I decided to sell off those domains.    I have not had much experience selling a domain before.   The experience I have had, was around…

Quickbooks Alternative

My old Thinkpad that I used as a mini server died, and on that machine I ran an old version of Quickbooks.   I have used Quickbooks for invoicing and accounting for about 7 years.    It has served me well, however when the machine died I decided to look at…