Controlling Applications with AppLocker

Recently I have found the need to remove access to various flavors of third party toolbar from some Windows 7 computers.  In the past a remote uninstall was attempted which removed the problem application, but also removed or tweaked some dlls that other applications might have had some inclination to use… long story short, problems were had.… Continue Reading


PowerShell is Coming

I realize that PowerShell is here, and can pretty much run the administration of Windows machines and in some cases other devices as well.  PowerShell is significantly newer than the point and click GUI that Microsoft has made the cornerstone of the Windows Operating System.  In prior command line environment, custom command line tools were sometimes created to allow scripting of tasks in Windows.… Continue Reading


Review: OmniFocus 2 Standard – Simpler Project and Action Management

I have been waiting to see what the next iteration of OmniFocus might be for quite some time and have to admit, I do not hate it. So far (at the time of this writing) the total investment was about 3 hours and it is much more streamlined than I expected and this is an awesome new approach.… Continue Reading

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Multi-Platform difficulties

So I have discovered a bit of a quandary.  It is not new by any stretch of the imagination and it centers for me around productivity.  What to use and how to use it across all the platforms I work on in a given day.  I like Omnifocus for task and project management (although my overall use habits there need a bit of work) but it is Apple only.… Continue Reading

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Thank you Windows XP

Thank you Windows XP - 

For showing us a picturesque wallpaper of rolling hills, but neglecting to tell us that the up and down nature of those hills may be hinting at restarts to come (until we install Service Pack 3).

Thank you Windows XP - 

For providing much needed insight into reasons why software installations were not successful… Does 1603 ring a bell?… Continue Reading

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Moving away from Windows XP

So here we are.  The last day of updates and support for Windows XP… at least from Microsoft.  Surely there are many IT shops and consulting firms still making XP work as well as ever.  Personally, I think I am down to about 18 computers needing an upgrade, out of about 100 I don’t think that is too shabby.… Continue Reading

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Backup Exec Dedupe Folder Sometimes Useful, When It is Around

Backup Exec De-duplication Storage folders are interesting. They use postgreSQL to manage usernames and passwords for access to the contents of the folder from within BE.

The service in Windows is generally managed by BE, but can sometimes get stopped and not stay running. If this is not running the jobs fail.… Continue Reading

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Using PowerShell to automate routine things

In my job as a Systems Administrator I find myself copying files quite often.  Usually this happens from my laptop which connects to our VPN and my home drive on the company network.  To simplify this process, since the destination doesn’t change much, I have mixed PowerShell and Robocopy.

This is not new… nor is it rocket science, but it is pretty handy regardless.… Continue Reading

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Give the best available

There are some days when giving 100% is the biggest chore in the world, but when I find myself looking back after one of those days, it feels pretty bad. Sure, we all get to have our share of bad days and not feel great about doing what we do, but regardless of how much we live or loathe what we do, being lax in our work can’t be a good thing.… Continue Reading

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TechRepublic Post: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 101: Customize your Start screen


The Microsoft Surface Pro is a really solid tablet for business users, but Windows 8.1 may take a bit of getting used to for those coming from Windows 7 or earlier versions of Windows.  This post looks at the new Start Screen on the Surface and discusses customizations that can be made.… Continue Reading

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